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Off The Beaten Path
When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.
Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.
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On Planning, The Futility Of
This is a post I had no intention of writing. Not at this point, anyway. September 13th was supposed to be a fairly innocuous mid-week day, a day for writing and working and getting ready for baby. My first kiddo is due in early October, and—
Oh wait, no. Due to circumstances beyond my control, getting her out into the world has been moved up to the 13th. To today, in fact. So while you’re reading this, hoping to learn something about my book Off The Beaten Path, I’m off being in labor right now. Gosh. Funny how things work out.
This is actually kind of topical, though, and relates to the book (in a weird, roundabout way). Off The Beaten Path features dual POVs, and one of those perspectives is that of Ward Johannsen, a professor and single father of a three-year old, who had no idea when he sent her off to her first day of preschool that she’d shift into a werewolf there. Being a werewolf is a rare thing in the world I set up in this story, and shifts are often unexpected. The law requires that his daughter be taken away from him and sent to the nearest pack, because the only safe place for werewolves is around other werewolves, people who can’t be accidentally turned by a frantic, frightened child. Ward is supposed to be paid off, his parental rights eliminated, and that should be the end of it.
Only of course it isn’t, because Ward is a devoted daddy who has some friends on the inside of the agency that monitors and oversees American werewolf packs, and he finds out where she was sent and how to get to her. It’s not nearly that easy, naturally, because even the best of plans can fall apart at some point. Your daughter turns into a werewolf, doctor schedules an induction, or a hurricane comes and necessitates you either evacuating or spending most of your time preparing to weather it. I’m not in a hurricane zone, but the host of My Fiction Nook is. I think it’s safe to say that neither of us was anticipating our weeks going quite like this, but all we can do is our best.
So to Sandra, I say, “I sincerely hope you’re well.” To my future self, “Hang in there, girl, you’ve got this.” And to my readers, “Hey, if you want to read about a different type of werewolf and what happens when things don’t go to plan, check out Off The Beaten Path. I think you’ll like it.”
Thank you, Cari. I hope the same for you. All the best for a successful delivery and a healthy baby!
About the author:
Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine. She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she's put out there as much as she enjoyed writing it in the first place.
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