Lydia Dare Guest Blog, author of A Certain Wolfish Charm
I grew up reading Regency era romance, and somewhere along the line I lost track of the number of times I read something about the hero’s wolfish grin. That wolfish grin is as much a staple as the Regency-era rake himself. So I decided to take it a step further and make that wolfish grin a real wolfish grin. And, honestly, who better than an actual werewolf to have one of those?
It seemed like the natural progression.
After all, those Regency bucks were sort of like a pack of wolves in their own way. Sans any real occupations, they hung around each other, looking for one sort of enjoyment or another. They belonged to any number of gentlemen’s clubs. They raced their flashy phaetons. They pummeled each other at Gentleman Jackson’s. In their own way, struggling to be noticed, struggling to be a pack alpha.
So the idea was born.
Take a couple of those Hessian-wearing, wolfish-grinning rakes and turn them into true wolves in gentlemen’s clothing – men who seem, on the surface, to simply be the charismatic Regency rogues debutants should be wary of, but just beneath the surface they’re more dangerous than any chaperone could ever imagine.
Truly, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. From this whim of merging the Regency rake with werewolves, I have created a set of heroes who are playful at times, wildly passionate at others, but always loyal beyond measure. The first three books in my series focus on the Westfield brothers.
The alpha of the pack - Simon, the Duke of Blackmoor, is up first in A Certain Wolfish Charm. Simon has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem in hopes that society will oust him completely from its realm or accept him as he is, wolfish traits and all. And he succeeds in hiding just enough of himself that he never truly can be happy, until he meets Lily Rutledge, who just happens to call more loudly to him than the moon.
Simon’s youngest, trouble-prone brother Benjamin is next in Tall, Dark, and Wolfish. Benjamin is absolutely appalled to find that, following an overzealous incident with a whore, he can no longer shift into wolf form. He sets out to find a healer who can help him return to his beastly self. But finds the fiery Elspeth Campbell, instead.
And finally, William, the silver-tongued middle brother, finishes out the series in The Wolf Next Door. Will has actually revealed himself to his lady love in wolf form and she dearly loves him when he has a tail and long teeth. But she can’t stand to be in the same room with him when he’s a man. And one heck of a man, he is. He wants nothing more than for the lovely Prisca Hawthorne to give him a scratch between the ears, but it takes a rogue werewolf vying for her attention to make him see how much he couldn’t stand losing her.
The alpha-rake makes for a very natural transformation into the beastly world of Lycans and their lady loves. Letting the rake actually take on the properties of the wolf that resides within all men made them even more fun to write.
A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM by LYDIA DARE—IN STORES APRIL 2010!
He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full…
The rules of society can be beastly—especially when you’re a werewolf and it’s that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is…
A woman whose charm is stronger that the moon…
When Lily’s beloved nephew’s behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy’s cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon’s idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.
They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other’s darkest secrets…
About the Author
Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in Spring 2010! For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/.
Want to win a copy of A Certain Wolfish Charm? I have two copies to giveaway! USA and Canada only, no PO Boxes. Leave a comment about your favorite wolf with charm or a question for Lydia perhaps. Make sure to leave you email too! Ends 4/17.
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