Cover art by Jess Small
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Hope, part of the Forbes Mates series
Length: 13,000 words
Genre: m/m paranormal shifters
BLURBMiguel Garcia and Luis Rodriguez have been best friends all their lives. For the last year, they’ve been hiding the fact that they’re also destined mates. When Luis’s family finds out, they kick him out. Miguel’s family would keep them… except their alpha has been known to be downright violent against gay wolves.
With the help of Miguel’s mother, they set out to find a pack that will accept them. They run into more that a few obstacles before they end up in Denver, at the national wolf headquarters, meeting the alpha prime. They’re stunned to find, not only offers to join more than one pack, but that their struggle can shine light on a bigger problem–and make things better for LGBT wolves across the country.
Hope is available on September 6, 2019 exclusively at Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited.
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Thanks so much to Wicked Faerie’s for the space today! I'm going to do something I love with this post - a character interview! In this case it is with Noah, the current Alpha Prime and father of Tanner from Forbes Mates.
What's it been like being Alpha Prime?
Weird. *Noah laughs* Okay, not entirely. It’s a bit weird for me. There’s a lot more responsibility to prime than your garden-variety alpha. There are some perks, and there’s power, but anyone who takes it seriously doesn’t really think about that aspect of it. It’s a job, like any other job, with a lot of work involved. The food’s good… don’t tell my wife I said that, since she doesn’t cook much anymore. *looks around slightly uncomfortably*
What was your first thought when you saw Miguel and Luis?
That those boys looked downright terrified. I suppose I have made something of a reputation for myself. I once overheard some say they thought I’d be eight feet tall and be able to kill someone with my eyes. That’d come in handy, but I’m afraid that’s a bit of an overstatement. I—thankfully—don’t think the boys were really afraid of me though. More like they were afraid of my position and of what they were facing. I don’t blame them, after all they’d been through. And it infuriated me that we—wolves, I mean—could treat each other in such a horrible way. I should know—I’m not as old as, say, Nate in Santa Fe, but I’ve been around a few years and I’ve seen some of the terrible things. I just can’t understand where that kind of bigotry comes from. In shifted form, we look the same, no matter what our human skin color is, what our genitals are, or who we are mated to—chosen or not—and forming an opinion about someone based on any of these just doesn’t make any sense to me. My mother and father were the same way and that was way back before the equal rights movement in the United States. So, I was furious on their behalf, more than anything.
What has happened with the bigoted alphas since the vote took place?
The Angeles—the boy’s original pack—and Tonto Alphas and their betas have been removed from their positions. I don’t like to do things like that. In fact, the wolves as a rule are pretty hands-off when it comes to other packs or from the national headquarters to the packs. But I can’t forgive putting those boys through what they did and it’s one of the few things I have the discretion of doing. I had long talks with the San Jacinto alpha, as well as Mike in Gila and Nate in Santa Fe and I understood their positions a bit more. Given the situation, Mike and Nate did what they had to do. Both packs have older wolves and both alphas had to think of their packs as a whole. San Jacinto, on the other hand, wasn’t quite in the same situation, though he did have a pretty good reason for hesitating. Still, his pack wasn’t nearly as old or as few in number as Gila or Santa Fe. He’s been formally reprimanded, which basically means if there’s another dispute regarding his position or pack, he’ll be removed. I don’t think we’ll see problems with him again, though.
Being the father of a son who is gay, with LGBT extended family, what advice would you give to other parents with LGBT children?
The same I’d give to any parents. Teach them no one is better than anyone else. Teach them that their mate is their mate, regardless of who that mate is. Stand up for them if they do face people who want to discriminate based on their mate or their sexuality. And remember that the United States wolf population has spoken and we, as a whole, think it shouldn’t matter who a person’s mate it.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I look forward to seeing more acceptance and less bigotry among the wolves. I hope it continues to get better and less hostile. I think we could—and should—be better than the humans when it comes to acceptance. We know our gods and goddesses. We have wolves who have met our patron goddess. If that doesn’t mean we should believe them, then what does? I hope you enjoyed the chat with Noah! We got to meet him in Devotion and talked with him throughout the Forbes Series. If you like him, you’ll get to see even more of him in Hope. Thanks again to Wicked Faerie’s for the space and thanks for reading!
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.