Hello, and thanks for hosting me here today! My new book, Gentleman Wolf, is an historical MM romance complete with werewolves and I’m so excited about it! This is something a bit new for me—I’m best known for writing histrom, so the choice to set this book in Edinburgh in 1788 is not unusual for me. The werewolf part, however, may be a little more of a surprise for people.
So, why did I choose to write a werewolf book? Simple: I LOVE werewolf stories. What’s more, I’ve read a lot of them, and I know what I like and what I don’t. A lot of readers adore what I call ‘pack books’—shifter stories that take place in pack-based communities with established traditions/structures (alphas, betas, councils etc.). These stories are wildly popular but for me, the main appeal of werewolves is the wildness and ‘otherness’ of the wolf, so that’s what I like to read. In particular, I adore stories that show werewolves struggling with the reality of their non-human lives.
For example, in the Gentleman Wolf universe, wolves are near-immortal. They can (and eventually do) die but because they are so long-lived, and so rare, my main character, Lindsay Somerville, has no real sense of how long a lifespan he will have. He knows that he could live for centuries and that he will not age meantime, however, he has no experience of growing older, and no sense of his life following a finite path. That changes how he views everything.
Here’s Lindsay thinking about his relationship with the now elderly Blaireau, someone Lindsay has known for over seventy years:
Blaireau, Marguerite’s devoted majordome, stood in the doorway, the candle he held illuminating his stooped frame. These last few years, Blaireau had noticeably aged. His shock of hair, so recently a distinguished iron grey, was now pure white and his broad shoulders had rounded, bowing his back.
Standing on the street, looking up at his old friend, Lindsay was struck by a familiar melancholy pang. Wolves grew attached to the humans they allowed into their lives, grieving them sorely when they passed. Lindsay had known Blaireau since he was a filthy street child, brought home by Marguerite after he tried to steal her bracelet. Now Blaireau was an old man, but in some way, he would always be that child to Lindsay.
Lindsay mounted the steps. “I’m back,” he said, smiling, when he reached the top.
The majordome smiled, his expression fond. At some point, perhaps twenty, or even thirty years ago, he had begun to adopt a fatherly manner towards Lindsay, inverting their old relationship and saddening Lindsay in some way that was difficult to put into words.”
I think this is how I might feel, if I never aged.
What do you think? Do you like werewolves who struggle with their existence, like me? Or do you prefer stories of stable packs and complex shifter communities?
Title: Gentleman Wolf
Author: Joanna Chambers
Cover Art: FelixdEon
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Page Count: 216
An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh…
1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.
… on a mission…
While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.
… meets his match
As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?
Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.
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Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.Website Facebook Twitter Newsletter Goodreads