First off, thank you to Diverse Reader for hosting me today!
Like most of us in the community, when I heard about the Pulse tragedy, it sucked the breath out of me, made me cry and angry all at the same time. I got even angrier as I saw news outlets and politicians try to strip the reason for the shooting out of it—try to take the focus off the LGBT aspect of the tragedy. I wanted to do something to help the victims and their families. I wanted to find a way to add my voice to the mix that said “we know exactly why it happened” and “it’s part of our community”! I have made no secret of my bisexuality and as part of the LGBT rainbow, I felt it was my duty to do something. So, when Dreamspinner Press announced to us that they were doing a charity anthology, I jumped on it.
Well, before I could even really wonder what I wanted to write, Miguel was poking me. He’s a young Mexican wolf from Los Angeles, who’s best friend Luis is his destined mate. Well aware of the vitriol still out there against gay people—even among the wolf community—they kept it to themselves.
These guys had a hard journey. It was hard for me to write because I felt their frustration, the attempts to hold onto hope—even though they wanted to just give up. But they didn’t, if not for themselves, then for each other.
Now, I have a tendency to get a little crazy on my research. (Me? No! Say it isn’t so!) This is a part of the world that I hadn’t given much thought to in my Forbes Mates world, so I had no idea what packs were out there or what their attitudes might be like. So, of course, I started looking a maps, figuring out where things ought to be. I even ended up printing a bunch out from Google and deciding on the packs that way.
I can get a little, um, involved in my planning. But it helped a lot and I managed to come up with several new wolf packs and a route for them to take. Can you tell I had a bit of fun with it?
And a short excerpt:
When they pulled into the Phoenix station, Miguel found himself annoyed that there didn’t seem to be anything nearby. He’d spent so much time in a city—a real, big city, with McDonald’s and In-N-Outs on every corner—that to step outside and see nothing but an airport and desert was disheartening.
He shoved the thought off and found the text from his mamá with the Tonto alpha’s phone number. In a few moments, he had directions to a McDonald’s a little distance away by city bus and where to pick it up. They stored their bags in a locker and headed out.
But barely two hours later, he and Luis were once more waiting for a bus, this time with an even less friendly suggestion to move on. He couldn’t say the alpha was hostile necessarily, but the curled lip he got when he saw Miguel and Luis holding hands had said enough. The meeting had been very short, very tense, and ended with the alpha telling them there was a 2:45 a.m. bus from Phoenix going east and they “had better be on it.”
Miguel was already tired of that reaction. While the pack in Palm Springs hadn’t been nearly as mean, he knew quite well it was because they were same-sex mates. Three packs, so far—their original and two others—hadn’t wanted them.
“Maybe we shouldn’t tell them, Miguel.”
Miguel sighed and kissed the top of Luis’s head. “I was just thinking something like that. If we didn’t, if we maybe made something up about why we left, maybe we could at least stay for a while.”
Thank you again to Diverse Reader for hosting me and helping us to promote the One Pulse anthology. Please consider picking it up today to help the Florida charities and the Pulse victims.
Miguel 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 than 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.
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.
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