Sam Burn Guest Post: Favorite Werewolf Stories

Everyone’s read those articles of five or ten or a hundred books you have to read for whatever reason, but since I write a lot of werewolves, it seemed apropos for me to suggest the werewolves I also like to read. Our genre is full of great werewolf novels, so I’m limiting myself to ones I’ve read this year, and yes I know I’m way behind in reading some of these.

Here we are, in no particular order:

Nox, by Adrienne Wilder. This is one of the freshest takes on werewolves I’ve seen in . . . well, possibly ever. There’s very little I can say about it that doesn’t give away pivotal plot points, but if you’re okay with polyamory, violence, gore, and really dark (seriously, very very dark) themes, this isn’t just a great werewolf book, it’s one of my favorite books of the year.

Wolves of Black Pine, by S.J. Himes. Sheena Himes is better known for her Necromancer’s Dance series, but the Black Pine wolves came first, oh so far back in 2015. I just read it—and its follow-up—this year, but it’s proof positive for me that when I like an author’s work, I should scour their backlist for other things I haven’t read but ought to.

Pendulum, by Joel Abernathy. This one is first in a series, and again, polyamory, and lots of violence and dark themes. You’d think I didn’t write the fluffiest fluff ever to fluff, given my reading habits. If you’re okay with all those things, this series is perfect for you. It’s fascinating, twisty, and absolutely will not end up where you expect it to.

Wolf at the Door, by Charlie Adhara. More mystery than romance, Wolf at the Door is the start of an ongoing series that I haven’t caught up with yet, but will definitely be continuing. It’s got both secret werewolves and a government organization created to control them. Er, help them. Yeah. Help. shifty government organization eyes

Omega Reclaimed, by Tanya Chris. Like Wolf Lost, Omega Reclaimed is set in a non-mpreg omegaverse, and Tanya specializes in writing sex scenes, so those a/b/o dynamics are put to good use, both traditionally, and later in the series quite nontraditionally. The developing world around her couples makes the series even deeper and more interesting as it goes.

Title: Wolf Lost (The Wolves Of Kismet #1)
Author: Sam Burns
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 5, 2019
Genre(s): Alpha/Omega shifter romance/mystery
Page Count: 188 pages
Reviewed by:

1. Tosha5 stars
2. Belen5 stars
3. Kirstin A5 stars


An omega on the run.

An alpha fractured.

Sawyer Holt can’t go home. The Alpha who has replaced his father wants to use him as a tool to cement his political power, and Sawyer isn’t interested in marrying his father’s murderer.

Dez Sullivan’s leg may never heal from his last mission in Afghanistan, but he’s getting used to that. What he can’t adapt to are the nightmares and the tremor in his hand that the doctors insist is all in his head. Next to that, being a brand new werewolf seems easy, until Sawyer Holt blows into his life. The omega activates his burgeoning wolf instincts in a new way, and they threaten to overwhelm his common sense.

Both men are in Colorado searching for a new start, a new pack, and the safety they’ve lost. Their meeting is pure Kismet.

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Sam lives in the Midwest with husband and cat, which is even less exciting than it sounds, so she’s not sure why you’re still reading this.

She specializes in LGBTQIA+ fiction, usually with a romantic element. There’s sometimes intrigue and violence, usually a little sex, and almost always some swearing in her work. Her writing is light and happy, though, so if you’re looking for a dark gritty reality, you’ve come to the wrong author.


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