Thursday 1 September 2011

Wolfie World Tour Day 1 - Guest Post + Giveaway

I was very excited when Vivian Arend asked me if I'd like to take part in her Wolfie World Tour to celebrate the release of Black Gold, the first book in her new Takhini Wolves series.  This is a spin off from Vivian's Granite Lake Wolves series and although we are going to be introduced to a whole new selection of characters we are going to get to see some of the characters we know and love from the previous stories too.  I'm a big fan of the Granite Lake Wolves novellas so I can't wait to read Black Gold and I'll be posting my review on the 13th of September so make sure you come back then to read it.

Lone wolf Shaun Steven’s automatic response to the words “happily ever after”? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he’s begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing’s for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it’s about more than her research project. It’s her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there’s something in the air she can’t quite define—something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts.

Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done—and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don’t belong together become painfully clear.

It’s enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words…

Warning: Two strong wolves getting exactly what they deserve. Includes wilderness nookie, shifters being naughty in public places, the Midnight Sun as a canopy for seduction and grizzly shifters on the loose. Oh, and don’t forget the sarcasm.

So to kick of the Wolfie World Tour I'm going to hand you over to Vivian so she can tell you more about the Takhini pack and where they are based.  Check back tomorrow to read an extract of Black Gold!


Just what exactly is Takhini?

No, it’s not a swimsuit, although you can use one there.

When I decided to expand the Granite Lake Wolves books into something other than novellas, it seemed only right to actually move OUT of Granite Lake as well. And the easy solution?

Head to one of the other northern packs. Even deciding which one was fairly simple. It all started innocently enough back in the first of the Granite Lake books: WOLF SIGNS.

Oh goodie. TJ was an idiot. Robyn glared at him and shook his hand hard enough to make him pull back in surprise. She grabbed the pad.

I’m deaf, not stupid. Don’t talk weird for my sake. She flipped the pad around to let him read it while she took another drink.

This was the hard way to get to know people. It was much easier when Tad was along, because she could talk to him and he’d pass on messages and it would end up feeling natural and not this ridiculous slow process. She sighed and grabbed the pad back. Keil laid a soft hand on her arm to get her attention and a curious sensation raced through her body.

Heat slid from his hand to her arm, tickling, tingling. What was that all about? She looked down at his hand and felt the warmth still radiating, small bursts of electricity racing up her arm and making the hair on the back of her neck stand up. He gave a slight squeeze to get her attention and she glanced up at his face.

“What pack?”

She pulled back in confusion and shrugged.

“Robyn, you said you live in Whitehorse. Are you Takhini or Miles Canyon pack?”

Here it was again. What was he talking about? It was too bad he seemed to be slightly crazy because he was the hottest thing on two legs she’d ever seen.

She hoped he was fun crazy and not kill-people-in-the-middle-of-the-night crazy.

Writing a short note she tossed the pad toward him as she got up from the table. Putting on her coat, she took a final quick glance his direction before heading outside for a breath of air.

Yup, he was hot. Out of his mind, but very easy on the eyes. Smelt yummy too. She ignored the strange throbbing sensation in her limbs and forced herself to walk outside.

And with that one sentence question from Keil, it was established that there are two packs in the Whitehorse, Yukon area. Not your typical set up—most wolf packs are exclusive in territory, but it turns out there’s a very good reason for it. Over the next while you’re going to discover that Whitehorse is a little different than Granite Lake in other ways as well.

But for today, let’s get back to the Where the Heck IS Takhini bit again.

Break out the Google maps time!!

Here’s the world. See us? That blue dot to the right in England? We’re right now at Feeling Fictional. **waves** Then look way left. That cluster of dots is where the wolfies live and play.

Now we’re going to jump to western Canada. You can follow that blue line and drive the Alaskan highway northward from Calgary, Alberta to Whitehorse, Yukon in about 24 hours. Small place, Canada.

And in the next map you can see Haines, where the Granite Lake pack is located (bottom dot) Takhini is the dot that’s labeled with Miles Canyon slightly lower to the right. The dot to the left of the two of them is the actual location of Granite Lake.

If you want to play with the map, click through HERE and you can find out where some of the other locations from the Granite Lake books and some very VERY north places you’ll find in BLACK GOLD.

Come back tomorrow for an excerpt from BLACK GOLD.


There is a giveaway happening with this tour. There’s a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore of winner’s choice up for grabs. If you comment during the tour you will be eligible to win. There’s also a Friends of the Wolfies giveaway happening back at my blog the entire tour, so make sure you check that out as well.

To be entered today, tell me if you knew where in the world the wolfies lived. Or have you ever been up north?

Make sure you leave a comment answering Vivian's question (above) to be entered in the giveaway!  Also check out Vivian's blog where she is hosting lots of different authors throughout the tour and will have lots of different giveaways going on. For more chances to win the $50 gift card check back here tomorrow and comment on the extract of Black Gold that I'll be posting and make sure you check out all of the other stops on the tour and comment to increase your chances of winning.  The winner will be announced on Vivian's blog at the end of the tour!

Sept 1-2 Feeling Fictional: England

Sept 3-4 Pearl’s World of Romance: Holland

Sept 5-6 Ex Libris: Hungary

Sept 7-8 Larissa’s Bookish Life: Brazil

Sept 9-10 The Book Pushers: USA

Sept 11-12 My Disorganized Ramblings: Canada

September 13 all the sites will have a release day post, and on the 14th we’ll announce the grand prize winner of a $50 gift certificate chosen from the comments at the various sites.  The winner will be announced on Vivian's blog


  1. Hi Viv, Loved reading all about the GL wolf pack and can't wait to meet the Takhini wolves. Have never been further north than Vancouver BC but would love to visit the northern Canadain/Yukon area where these books are set. But only in the early fall when it is still warm and the sun sets.

  2. No I didn't know where they live but it was very interesting finding out. I've never been up north I don't travel very much.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  3. No I didn't really know where they lived and played. I have never been to the US but I will one day!Can't wait to read all about the new wolfies.

  4. No, I didn't know where they lived; I learn something new every day!!

    Thanks for the contest.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  5. Great post! I didn't know where they lived, so thanks for sharing this with us. I have never been that far north. I've been close to the Canadian line, but never been in Canada. I can't wait to read about the Takhini wolves.


  6. I've never had the pleasure of traveling to Canada. The farthest north I've been is Montana, which was totally gorgeous.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  7. No I never knew where they lived, look forward to reading about the Takhini wolves, have visited Alberta and British Columbia, but never the Yukon

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. I'm Canadian so I followed that map pretty well.I have not been up north though..the farthest out west I've been is Winterpeg..err I mean

    Love the warning for the book :d

  9. I remembered a little about them being mentioned in Wolf Signs, so I would have guessed either Alaska or Canada, but would not have been able to pin down to the Yukon area. I have not had the opportunity to travel to Canada or Alaska but would love to. Alot of books that I have really enjoyed are set in Canada so I would love to see this country for myself, I would jut want to go when it is not winter.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  10. I didn't even know Granite Lake was a real place! But I'm super excited about this new series :-) Can't wait for "Black Gold" to come out.

    smaccall AT

  11. Hi Ladies.
    When I read the 1st Granite Lake book, Wolf Signs, I did a google search for Granite Lake, and found out that it is a real place. I clicked on the Granite Lake images, and fond some of the most beautiful pictures of nature. I have never been further north than Seattle, but found the pictures of Granite Lake inspiring.

    thanks for the contest.
    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  12. I knew, I read the first book Wolf Signs and believe it or not I had a friend who moved to Alaska to teach the Inuits! We used to have to talk via sat phone!

  13. Hi I didn't know I am new to your work but I can't wait to dig in. I live in the US, Iowa to be exact but I have only been as far north as South Dakota. I would love to go to Canada and Alaska, I think it would be cool(sorry no pun intended, lol)to live in Alaska. I hope it is okay I put the contest on my FB contest page "Book Contest-Win Free Books" and I will tweet (@brandlwyne) it and post on my blog Brandy'z Books page on FB.


  14. Did not know where they lived. Have never been as far north as Canada.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com


  16. Thanks for all your comments everyone, good luck in the giveaway & don't forget to comment on tomorrows post too for another chance to win :o)

    Viv, I'm not entering the giveaway but I wanted to answer your questions anyway! I knew the wolfies were in Canada but I had no idea that Granite Lake was a real place so it was great to see the actual location on the maps. Until last week I'd never been to Canada but we only went slightly over the boarder from the US so that we could visit Niagara Falls. A beautiful place but one day I'd love to actually visit Canada and get to explore more :o) I could go looking & see if I can find me a wolfie lol (I'd settle for a mountie too hehe)

  17. I'm another that didn't know where they were other than in Canada lol. Having great fun playing with the map though.

  18. i cant wait to read!!!

  19. Yes ,though I haven't been there , but love the Granite Lake Wolves and have been anxiously waiting for the Takhini books to come out...Black Gold is preordered as of yesterday. Can't wait :)

    maryjooller at yahoo dot com

  20. I wasn't familiar with where the wolf packs lived. I vacationed in Alaska. That is as far north as I have been. It was beautiful!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  21. I have been to Canada, but not as far north as the wolfies play! Fabulous intro to Viv's new series! YAY!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  22. I didnt know where they live either .Viv I loved Wolf Signs cant wait to read more of your work.

  23. I always associate wolves with cold weather climates. Northern Europe & the Northern regions of North America. That a lot of North.


  24. I love your maps! It always helps me to orient when someone breaks it down for me. But, actually, I did know where the wolves call home because I hauled out my maps when I read Granite Lake and then again when I read about this new series. Like I said, I need to orient myself!

  25. I love your maps! It always helps me to orient when someone breaks it down for me. But, actually, I did know where the wolves call home because I hauled out my maps when I read Granite Lake and then again when I read about this new series. Like I said, I need to orient myself!

  26. I didn't really know where the wolfies lived and I have never been up north unfortunately. But I'd like to go. and thank you for the contest. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  27. Great post and never knew where in the world wolfies lived. I always assumed places with huge forests. I've also never been up north.


  28. I am from Canada and in my neck of the woods, there are plenty of bears and cougars not wolves though. I would expect them higher up in the Yukon terroitories or so.

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. I had no idea where they lived. :)

    duskyfaery [@] gmail

  30. Hi, Love your books! I did know where the wolves are, but have never been to Canada or Alaska.

    donnafisk [@]

  31. Hi, I didn't know where the wolves live, and I've never been to North America, or anywhere close to north.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  32. HI
    i believe they are from CANADA.

    i love wolves and collect them.
    I HAVE NOT READ THE BOOKS, BUT THEY SOUND SO GOOD i am anxiously waiting to get some and read them

  33. Hi, I didn't know they were from Canada but I have never been there or read the books, but I would like to.


  34. I did know roughly where they lived, since I've read them all. LOL I live in Michigan and I've been in parts of Canada, but the farthest North I've been is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I love it there, and I camp, fish and hike a little bit but I'm not an outdoors sports kind of person. Still, I love wilderness areas and hopefully can do more traveling when the kids are grown:)

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

  35. I've never been there, the truth is I've never go anywhere outside of my country, I live in Greece.
    I believe the wolves live in Siberian, Alaska and Canada.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  36. Hi. I'm new to your Wolfies, but I'm super interested in catching up and then moving onto this new series. BTW. The cover for Black Gold is stellar - seriously hot.
    This is my first comment in your tour and you will be seeing more of me as the tour progresses. When I want to win a book, I go all out!!
    Congrats on the up coming release.
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  37. I certainly have a lot of catching up to do to read Black Gold. Looking forward to it though. Love Wolfies and the maps are great. I live in Jersey and haven't been further North.I don't travel much but when I do it's usually South.:)
    Your cover is great as well Vivian.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  38. Interesting post. I'm new to this series so I had no idea where the Wolfies lived just by the name. Though I do live in Canada, but I'm not located that up north.


  39. Nope, I sure didn't! I'm a southern girl :-) This was such an intriguing post!


  40. I didn't know they're from Canada, but I have been to certain parts of Canada before. I've been to Quebec and Toronto, as part of a bus tour. We had a lot of fun in the Chinatown of Toronto.


  41. I did not know where they lived, and the most north I have been was Montana.

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  42. I do not know. I've been to Canada!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  43. No I didnt know any of that. And I also haven't been anywhere North.


  44. I actually don't know where they lived. I have never been outside the USA except for Canada...but I've traveled a lot in the US! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  45. I knew they lived up north:)
    I have never been up that way,But i love them!

  46. I've never been anywhere north of Dallas, TX. I'm from Florida, so I don't do very well in cold climates. :)



  47. OOOOH! I have always wanted to go to Alaska, but I have not been further north than Tennessee.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com

  48. I loved the Granite Pack Series, and praying that through some miracle that the series would continue.....*S* I am ever so happy that it is...I LOVE IT! Thank you, thank you, thank you! There is a goddess.....*just tickled*......*S*
    I'm late for the contest as I just got my laptop back here in ALASKA....LOL
    Yes I live in the neck of the woods at which your Google details. I am 26 north of Fairbanks on a mountain above the Elliott Highway that is a few mere mile from the you guessed it yeppers...the "Haul Road" the Dalton Highway is its real name. I'm just a couple hundred miles from the Artic Circle.
    I know the history, and love living here in the interior, and its beautiful. We have a pack of wolves that wander my mountain and the wolves are the biggest reason why we moved to Alaska in 2001.
    I hope I haven't missed the whole contest, but if I have...then so be it..I will still read the series as it has a special place in my heart...Thank you !

    I am a follower of this blog..and posting the link to to my blog as a reader in Alaska.

    Pomma's Little blog:


  49. No, I didn't know, where they lived. The farthest north that I have been is Washington DC. I would love to visit, but not in the winter.

  50. No, I actually thought it was fictional. The farest north I've been is Seattle Washinton, oh wait Mt Hood we drove up there.

  51. Love the warning for the book!! I had no idea where the wolfies lived but it was fun to learn. I haven't really left the great state of Wisconsin, but I do plan of visiting Canada one day! I've always loved Canada and some of my favorite wrestlers are from there :)
    Ashley A

  52. I did not know where they live thanks for sharing! This book sounds great I love reading about Alpra males!

  53. Never been that way before. And never knew where they were but it's great to know! And cool google maps!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com



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