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I love shifters and have been reading them for years. One of the notions I enjoy with those kinds of characters is the idea of fated mates. I just love that notion. But as a romance writer, it creates challenges and opportunities. With the notion of fates mates, it means that the search for that one person can be cut short. You meet them and you know they’re right for you. So the challenge is how to make that idea work for you. What will keep the two apart? And there lies the opportunity to create a different kind of story with conflicts that aren’t necessarily the same as other romances. In this case, the main characters meet when they are just on the verge of adolescence. One is aware of the mate bond and the other isn’t. One knows he’s met his life mate, the other completely unaware, Neither has any control over their lives, but for two weeks, Falco is thrilled, he knows who his mate is and gets to spend time with him. Then his mate is gone, taken out of school, moved away and Falco doesn’t see him again. Until.....
Can you see why I love shifter stories?
Wolf shifter Falco Gladstone knew Carter McCloud was his mate when they were in seventh grade, but school and the foster care system tore them apart. Years later, Falco is second in command of his Michigan pack, serving under an uncle who cares more about his own power than the welfare of their people. The alpha orders Falco to marry and produce offspring—but Falco’s already found his mate, and mates are forever.
Carter’s lonely life is turned upside down when he detects a familiar scent on the wind. The mates might have found each other, but their happily ever after is far from guaranteed. Falco’s commitment to Carter puts him at odds with his uncle’s plans, and when one of the alpha’s enforcers starts shadowing the couple, something must be done—something that will either cement their relationship or destroy it once and for all.
Genre: M/M, Paranormal Romance, Shifters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 1 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Falco pulled into the lot and around to the back of the building where there was a small loading dock. He backed in and unloaded the furniture with the help of one of the men from the store. Once he was done, Falco thanked him for his help, walked around the truck to get inside, and his knees buckled.
Just like that, a scent he hadn’t smelled in over a decade, one he never expected to encounter again, barreled into him. He groaned and turned toward the store. It was coming from inside, but getting fainter. Falco jumped in his truck, started the engine, and drove around the store, not slowing down until he was in front, following the sweetest scent God ever made.
He pulled up to the front, parked, and raced inside. The scent was there, but faint, like Carter had been there but was gone now. Falco pushed through the door and back outside, scenting the air, tracking the sweet smell down the line of doors to the very end.
It grew stronger with each step until Falco stood outside a small pet store. He pushed open the door and walked inside, trying not to rush. The yips of puppies met his ears, along with the squawks of birds and the cries of kittens.
“May I help you?” a high-school-aged girl asked from behind the counter.
“I’m looking for Carter.”
She turned toward the back of the store. “He was just here, but he said he was leaving.” She tilted her head to look through the store. “It looks like he just left. If you hurry, you might be able to catch him.”
“Thank you,” Falco called, already out the door, and raced around the side of the building just in time to see a small blond man close his car door, sending a wave of sweetness wafting over to him. The engine coughed to life on the old Corolla, and it then pulled out and around Falco.
The car braked to a halt twenty feet past where Falco stood, and the window lowered. He hoped Carter had smelled him as well. Falco walked in Carter’s direction, nervous and excited that he might have finally found his mate again after all these years. But then the window rose and the car started forward once again, pulling away, leaving Falco standing alone alongside the drive next to the store, wondering what the hell had just happened.He’d gotten close enough to Carter to know he was a wolf. His memories on the subject hadn’t been clear, but Carter was a shifter, like him, and therefore he had to have scented him and known Falco was his mate. So why had he run?
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Dirk is very much an outside kind of man. He loves travel and seeing new things. Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades. He has a Master’s Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job. But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he's built. Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.
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Other Works by Dirk Greyson
Yellowstone Wolves Series
Day and Knight Series
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