Last year, when I saw that Carina was looking for m/m shapeshifter romances, I perked up really fast and immediately thought of two series I could pull characters from. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this about me, but almost nothing I write is alone in its own little universe. I always figure if I’m going to build a world, I’m going to flesh it out all I can.
I ended up pulling characters from my Shrew & Company series mostly because I knew that those two would ever get a story of their own otherwise. Jim West—the New York state Coyote alpha—lives too far away from the Shrew crew to be a regular part of the action. He shows up in Eric’s Edge and Promising Peter to give a helping hand, but I purposefully didn’t plant any romantic seeds for him because I didn’t want folks to get their hopes up about there being a Shrew & Company story for him down the line.
So, the Primal Need anthology was a perfect opportunity for me to quiet that character in my head and let folks know a little bit more about the politics of the Coyote pack. His story, The Alpha’s Claim, is absolutely a stand-alone. I don’t drag any of the Shrew drama into the story beyond mentioning that his favored lieutenants have gone south to find mates. You don’t have to have read any of the Shrew & Company stories to catch on to what’s happening.
(If you’re curious where this story is set timeline-wise, it’s after the Shrew series ends—book 7 of that will be out in July).
You can get the story two ways.
In the Primal Need anthology along with stories by K.L. White and Parker Foye:
An exiled wolf shifter meets his mate and experiences a desire so intense it could be the death of them both.
A coyote pack alpha must convince a human to let down his guard and accept him—the man and the beast.
And a Kelpie naval officer discovers that the man marked for sacrifice is the man he’s crossed oceans to find.
Get it on its own.
Now, some of you might be reading this…
…because you already read The Alpha’s Claim and you surfed here wondering if [Spoiler] is going to get a story. Short answer: yes.
Longer answer: I’m currently in the process of plotting it. I’ve got a couple of series to finish up in the next few months, and as soon as there’s some daylight in my schedule, I’ll be writing more stories with Chesterton Coyotes.
One more thing!
Some of my series do overlap, and I’ve admitted to a couple of folks that the Shrew world overlaps with my Desert Guards stories (remember how I said that Mason’s addle-brained ex Jill was from a pack in New York?).
That being said, the Willa in The Alpha’s Claim is absolutely NOT the same Willa that lives in Maria, New Mexico. That was an inadvertent echo. Just FYI. 😉