Not many authors break into publishing with starred reviews from almost everyone, but Maria Vale and her wolves managed to make a huge splash – howl? – everywhere.
It took me a while to get to them (well, the first one) but wow, I can see why they were so brilliantly received.
In her visit on the page today (thanks so much for coming, Maria!), she said this:
“The Last Wolf started simply enough. Reading another book in which the wolf form is dreaded and bestial and the human form is…well, humane, I thought, is this really fair?
“Wolves are, after all, the most sociable creatures. The pack is everything. They are one of the few animals that cross-foster, meaning if a pup wanders into the den of a nursing mom, she’ll take that pup in.So why not change things up and make them wolves first and foremost and humans only when it is needed to survive in a world where humans are the alpha predator?”
This makes such perfect sense, because that’s what makes the books so centered – they have a much different tone than most other shape-shifter worlds. The internal dialogues are very psychological—not in a boring psychology textbook kind if way, but in a “these creatures live in two different words, which is confusing enough, but they’re also wounded and sometimes confused, and the way the pack works is quite complex, but fascinating” kind of way….
Seriously, these are next level in terms of emotional intensity, because of all of those things—and these books should definitely be added to your TBR lists.
Find the books:
Maria Vale @Amazon
In anticipation of the release of Book 4 next week, the first three titles are currently on sale:
The Last Wolf (1) is currently FREE @Amazon
A Wolf Apart (2) is $1.99 @Amazon
Forever Wolf (3) is $2.99 @Amazon
Season of the Wolf (4) releases 8/25 ($6.15) @Amazon
THE LAST WOLF (currently FREE @A
If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.
But if she stays…
Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves…
For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.
SEASON OF THE WOLF
In a world of danger and uncertainty, the Alpha has enough to worry about without him…
For Alpha Evie Kitwanasdottir, things are never easy. The Great North Pack has just survived a deadly attack. Evie is determined to do whatever is necessary to keep her Pack safe, especially from the four Shifters who are their prisoners.
Constantine lost his parents and his humanity on the same devastating day. He has been a thoughtless killer ever since. When Constantine is moved to live under Evie’s watchful eye, he discovers that taking directions and having a purpose are not the same thing.
Each moment spent together brings new revelations to Constantine, who begins to understand the loneliness of being Alpha. He finds strength and direction in helping Evie, but there is no room for a small love in the Pack, so Constantine must work harder than ever to prove to Evie he is capable of a love big enough for the Great North Pack itself.
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