Tate and Claire are nibbling at my mind. Ok, they are downright chewing at it, letting me know in no uncertain terms their time to shine has arrived! Their story is in my head and outlined on the page (yep, I’m a plotter, though I end up pantsing as well when I actually write), and they are well on their way to busting out into the world. Or something like that.
So Tate is the next-to-youngest Bardou in the Black Mesa Wolf Pack. Big sister Lily and her love, Kieran, got their story in Guardian Wolf; then Rafe and Sara in Alpha Wolf; then Caleb and Rielle most recently in Hunting Wolf. Tate has been kind of at the edges of the pack, waiting his turn. He doesn’t have the first-born status of Lily, nor the alpha-to-be air of Rafe, nor the bulldozer ways of Caleb. Softer, gentler, but still with an agile mind and a definite presence, Tate is generally prepared to let his siblings be at the forefront of things if that’s what they want.
What does Tate want? He wants to train horses and connect with them on a soulful level, hang out with sweet girls who don’t demand a whole lot from him, and figure out how to honorably slip away from his Guardian role to pursue his life’s passion of working with animals. Tate loves his Pack and is very loyal to it, and he takes his Guardian duties seriously. With every passing year, however, he’s realized his life goal isn’t to be a Guardian, or lead a pack. But how do you extricate yourself from the very thing all your siblings wholeheartedly do and define themselves by, the very thing that has defined your own waking moments since you were a teenager, the very thing your entire family is known for? How do you leave the role of protecting your Pack when it’s currently under the greatest threat it’s faced for over a hundred years? That’s what Tate is quietly struggling with when he unexpectedly meets Claire, the one wolf who will shake his very foundations and make him question his life even more. Her wildness and freedom trigger something in him, and she fascinates him more than he ever thought it possible for a woman to do.
Claire is a wild wolf. She is a wolf without a pack, although she is not rogue. Wild wolves are rare, but they exist. Her mother fled a restrictive pack years ago and raised Claire as mostly wolf until Claire was a teenager. Now, Claire lives life by her own rules, and she likes it that way. Claire lives in a “free zone,” one that is not dominated by any pack and one in which she may live without the pack rules that delineate the lives of most shifters. This doesn’t mean she can do whatever she wants, though. If she travels through pack territory, she must play by their regulations. Overall, though, Claire wants little more than to remain a wild wolf, unattached to any pack and its strictures. A loner by nature, Claire is completely comfortable in her own skin. She certainly doesn’t want anything to do with male shifters, especially not after her last, very possessive shifter boyfriend. Everything is about to change, though, when she meets Tate! He’s gentler than any male shifter she’s ever met. He doesn’t seem to want to own her, possess her, claim her. In fact, he doesn’t seem to pursue her at all–which only gets her more intrigued.
Now that you’ve been somewhat introduced to Tate and Claire, back I go to writing about them!