Blurb Nine years ago Eric Joyce went wolf when his chosen mate broke the bond, and he hasn’t walked on two legs since. Convinced he lost his friends when he ran out on them, he cut himself off from the pack. But a surprising visitor prods him back down the mountain, and he finds himself welcomed warmly. Ben Arellano grew up in Texas with a human Catholic mother who didn’t understand a thing about wolves—and didn’t try to learn. He spent his whole life being told his wolf was a demon that needed to be exorcised, surrounded by a wolf pack made up of good ole boys who had no tolerance for his Mexican ancestry or his bisexuality. When he’s given the opportunity to relocate to an accepting pack in Pittsburgh, he jumps at the chance. When Eric and Ben meet for the first time, neither is ready for it. Where Ben expects rejection, Eric is convinced yet another mate will leave, break the bond, and put him through the same hell all over again. Can they get past their reservations and have a happily mated life.
Five Things I Learned While Writing Forgiveness 1) English is one of, if not the only, language with one word for love. The Japanese have not one, but three different ways of expressing love. (Actually, it may be four or more, but I know of three.) Spanish has two. I’m pretty sure Portuguese does, as well. Those are the three languages I’m most familiar with but in the process of researching language (especially Spanish) for Forgiveness, I discovered that so many languages have more than one way of expressing a concept. In Spanish, “I love you” is expressed differently for familial love than for romantic love. Further, it seems different regions (continental Spanish—from Spain—and Latin American Spanish, for instance) even approach it different, using opposite words for the concepts. It certainly made checking language fun! 2) Google is really scary sometimes. While I was going through Google Maps for locations for the story, I ran across this from street view: I’m about 99.9% sure that white car is a rental I had while I was visiting Pennsylvania a while back. The timing is right for me to have been there visiting my son and we’d driven out to look around the area. I’d stopped right there, in that spot in the parking lot, to take a picture of the tavern because I was the one I’d used for Bob’s place (Tanner’s Dad’s beta who owned a bar). It was both cool and creepy all at the same time. 3) The single most powerful motivator for me is a reader asking for a story. I hadn’t intended to write Forgiveness. Well, I hadn’t intended to write Eric’s story. He was a big part of Tanner’s hang-ups, but he’d been mated to a woman and in my head, Eric had been straight. But one day, a reader posted on my page, asking if I was planning to write Eric’s story. I was originally taken aback because Eric was straight, and I don’t write het. I hadn’t even considered he might be bi (which is funny because I am and it’s something I often consider when writing my characters). Well, Eric piped up then to let me know that, yes, he was in fact bi and, well, that was that. I had to write it. 4) The words will come, even if only a few at a time. Up until Forgiveness, my stories had flowed pretty well for me. I got stuck now and again, but they’d been (relatively) short bits and most often because something wasn’t working for the story. After Acceptance was published, I’d been finishing up the final stuff for Three Hearts. That story had just come tumbling out for me in an insanely short amount of time. But with Forgiveness, I’d been having a lot of health problems and there’d been a lot of other things going on in my life at the time. Well, I had to really push to get the words out, but I learned—on some days, the hard way—that the words will still come, even if it’s only a few words (even a single sentence) at a time. 5) While #4 is true, it’s okay not to write when you really can’t. This was a hard lesson for me to learn. Any day I didn’t sit down and pound out a thousand (or more) words, I felt horribly guilty. That guilt only worked against my mental and physical health, which only made writing even more difficult. It took my friends many, many times for me to finally accept this and remember that it’s just as important for a successful career to take care of yourself and focus on being healthy as it is to get the words down. Productivity is going to go down in direct proportion to your health. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I’m glad I did. Thanks so much to Lou for the space today! I’m glad I got to share some of the things I’ve learned.
Author Bio: Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art. Website ◊ Facebook ◊ Twitter ◊ Youtube ◊ Goodreads
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