Title: Wolf of the Northern Star
Author: SJ Himes
Series: The Wolfkin Saga, #2
Release Date: June 15th 2017
Genre: Gay Paranormal Shifter Romance
Ghost, once known as the cub Luca, is finally home. Back among his kind and learning what it means to be both a man and a shaman, Ghost battles the expectations of his people, his family, and the pressures of a society that is both foreign and familiar. His power is greater than any seen before, dwarfing that of even the legendary Shaman Gray Shadow—and his union with Kane places him in the center of a controversy that rattles wolfkin society around the world.
Kane, greater alpha and Heir to Black Pine Clan, has finally defeated the traitor and murderer that destroyed the heart of Black Pine years before. Freed at last from guilt and pain, Kane has a new enemy to face: his own people. Placed on trial for violation of Law and blasphemy, Kane will have to fight to the death to preserve his bond with Ghost and keep his mate and people safe.
The soulbond between Ghost and Kane is forged by the creator and Goddess of the wolfkin. Usually, a sacred and treasured union that honors the pair and their clans, this soulbond is seen not as a gift, but a threat to eons of tradition and Clan Law.
The union of a Shaman and Alpha is anathema—but how to reconcile that belief when it is the wolfkin Goddess who forged it? Can Ghost and Kane save themselves, preserve their bond, and find a new future when the laws of the ancient past threaten to tear them apart?
*This book is part of a series and should not be read as a standalone. Prior books should be read to understand content. 104,000 words*
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“I don’t know if Caius can survive anymore loss.” Ghost spoke quietly, the gray wolf’s ears drooping and his tail ducking between his legs. “Always duty before all else—and that left him cold and remote. Duty before all else has led to death and grief at every turn. Sending Kane in his stead will be his move because that is dutiful—the clan leader remains with the clan while the heir executes his will. And he will die for that choice.”
So many futures, so many things that could go wrong. The thought of Caius dying, after losing so much, his life nothing but cold duty, grief, and pain, weighed on him the most. The gray wolf whined again, and Ghost looked down at him, sighing. Silver eyes pleaded with him to believe, to understand. He tugged again on an ear, and the gray wolf dropped his jaw in a wolfish grin, ears perking up and tail flagging with joy and hope.
“You said hope for a better future?” He asked, wondering. “What do you mean?”
“Find the missing wolves. Save the three who need you the most—the lost wolf, the one who slumbers, and your grandfather.” She looked down at the gray wolf, who with an oddly human gesture, nodded back at Her, once, firm. She turned back to Ghost. “Sacrifice, duty, redemption. It all comes down to one thing in the very end. Love. It can heal wounds, soothe scars, repair broken lives, and even right a wrong choice made for the right reasons in the depths of history. If you succeed, a wolf’s willing sacrifice from long ago will be rewarded, and the clans will have new hope to guide them forward. All choices have led to this point, this place, and the choices you have now. I have done what I can to rearrange the pieces, to return my children to the right path. All that is needed now is for you to begin.”
“I will do my best,” he said, taking a deep breath.
She leaned in and pressed a kiss to his cheek. Pulling back, She smiled, a hint of fangs flashing in Her grin. “Your best has always been enough, my shaman.”
She backed away, and with a bright flash, She stood before him as a wolf, grander than his mind could comprehend. A flicker of light and She was gone, bounding into the sky with a great leap.
The gray wolf danced across the field, his coat shining under the starlight. Ghost gave in and chased the wolf, laughing as he ducked and wove around his legs, out of reach of his hands. The winter meadow began fade, darkening around the edges, but the gray wolf ran without hesitation, melding with the shadows perfectly, his eyes glowing in the night.
The Wolfkin Saga #1 Title: Wolves of Black Pine
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Shifters, MM Romance
An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war.
Peaceful for thousands of years, the wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes. Among the dead is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans, but he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.
Heir to the wolfkin clan Black Pine, Kane is charged with hunting down the traitors who them to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.
Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining, though the reunion does not come without cost...
150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.
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About the Author
I'm a self-employed writer who stresses out about the silliest things, like whether or not I got my dog the best kind of snack and the fact my kindle battery tends to die when I'm at the best part in a book. I write mainly gay romance, erotica, and urban fantasy, with ocasional forays into contemporary and paranormal. I love a book heavy on plot and character evolution, and throw in some magic, and that's perfection. My current series are: The Beacon Hill Sorcerer, Bred For Love (as Revella Hawthorne), and The Wolfkin Saga. My last two novels in the Beacon Hill Sorcerer won 3rd Place in the Gay Fantasy category for the 2016 Rainbow Awards.
I live in New Orleans, where the personalities are big and loud and so are the bugs! New Orleans is rich in cultural history, and the flavor and music of the City is impossible to hide. Before that, I lived all over the United States: Tampa, Western Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and on and on.... I'm a nomad, and I've yet to find a place that calls to me strongly enough to become home. My faithful travel companions are my dog Micah, the numerous voices in my head who insist they all get put on paper, and the wind at my back.
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