Have you read any of the books in Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves series? If not, let me take a moment to tell you about the world. The series is multi-authored, but each book is standalone (but so much better if you read them all—because characters do appear in multiple books). Los Lobos is the town where the Pack lives and works and plays, though not all the books take place within the town. The hierarchy of the Pack is the same throughout the series, so you’ll see the Alpha come and go, and of course you’ll meet the resident werebear, Gee.
I’m so thrilled to be a part of this series! When I was thinking about what I wanted to do, I went with what I loved—time travel. I love history and I got to research the history of the Black Hills to find the perfect time to set my story. I settled on a time just past the last Ice Age—when life was truly flourishing in the area. What a great time for my hero and heroine to discover new love!
Creatures of all kinds roamed the lands at that time: mammoths, giant sloth, sabertooth cats, dire wolves… Vegetation was prolific and so varied. Some was similar to today, but some was very different. I think if we could travel to that time, our senses would be overloaded with the beauty of the time (though I’d want more than the knife Nika had to defend against the creatures of the time!).
There’s a massive cave system in that area of the Black Hills, Wind Cave National Park (you can visit it today: http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/parks-monuments/wind-cave-national-park ), which must have been an amazing refuge to creatures in the past. The cave system is amazing and so long! Over 140 miles documented to date, and even more unexplored.
Now when it comes to fiction, especially set so long ago (with no first source material), how does an author know they are being accurate? Well, I tried to be as accurate as I could with the setting detail—knowing that everything I read was based on the science of today. After all, as far as we know, no one has traveled back to that time to document things. But, boy, I sure would like to!
If you could travel to any time period and place in history (safely) for a day, which time and place would it be?
Thanks so much for reading!
Nika, the pack’s newest scout, wants nothing more than to please his Alpha. When he discovers a beautiful, and very sick, stranger in the woods outside Los Lobos, he finds himself torn between his duty and his hormones. The stranger carries a deadly wolf virus—one that hasn’t been seen in the Black Hills in ages.
Kimi, a Lakota Sioux, is dying. She’s transported herself forward in time, hoping to find the cure to the illness that’s stricken her tribe. Her only chance for survival is to trust Nika, even if she’s not used to having help.
To find the cure and save the pack, Nika and Kimi must travel to a time long ago—before the Lakota populated the Black Hills—a time filled with dangers neither can imagine. Their growing attraction may save them, or kill them both.
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