Six years ago in February my family and I took an icy getaway into the wilds of the Yukon bush. I’ve been on many adventures before that trip, and many since, but that one marks a very special moment in my life. It’s the event that set the foundation for my writing career, and the base for the Granite Lake Wolves series.
It was an exciting trip from beginning to end, starting with a helicopter trip into the area. Notorious tightwads, the only reason we splurged on the route in was because the cabin we were hitting was free to stay the week.
Our pilot wasn’t at the airstrip at the appointed pick-up time—he’d tied one on a little too hard the night before and showed up an hour late with rather bleary eyes. Shortly after arriving at the cabin my then ten-year-old daughter announced she was tired. She crawled into one of the bunks and slept for nearly two days, running a high fever.
In spite of that, the weather was amazing, the vistas beautiful. The February weather unseasonably warm—the ice cream bars we’d brought in our food supply refused to stay frozen in our makeshift outdoor freezer. And at the end of the week I got to convince a slightly healthier, but still tired, little girl that she was capable of skiing the 10 miles out to the highway where our car waited.
No, it hadn’t been the adventure we’d expected, but in the end it was something even better. We worked together as a family and now have marvelous memories.
When I wrote a story set at Granite Lake cabin, I had no idea what adventures would ensure. Today my 5th book in that series releases, my 18th book with Samhain. The adventure has been incredible. Exciting at moments, frightening at others. But in the end it’s been the people who made it extraordinary.
People like you, the readers. Thank you for all your support and love for the wolfies. You rock! Arwhoooooooo!
Granite Lake Wolves, Book 5
Into the best-laid plans a little chaos must fall…
Jared’s not sure how his quiet morning coffee near the harbour ended with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Well, it might have something to do with a woman, but who can blame him? The female of the species was made to love, and he’s more than willing to share his considerable skills in that area. Especially since he figures the chances of meeting his own one-and-only are slim.
Keri Smith is positive the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines tour is her mate. Ix-nay on confirming that, though, at least for the next ten days. She’s promised her best friend to be overall troubleshooter for the shifter-only cruise. Getting tangled up in mating lust would reduce her skills to nil. Avoidance of the sexy wolf for the duration of the cruise, followed by jumping his bones, seems the logical solution.
But when libidos are on the line, “logic” and “wolves” don’t go together. Throw in suspicions of wrongdoing, and these two virtual strangers will need a lot more than luck to find their way through to forever.
Warning: Really? You need to be warned about the hot nookie and sarcasm? Yeah, it’s in here. Also colourful cat shifters, lupine royalty, and wild adventures in cabins like you’ve never seen before.
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.
Viv will be giving away 5 ebooks from the Granite Lake Wolves series! The winners can pick whichever of books 1-4 they’d like for themselves or a friend. For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. Good luck!