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Talk about getting your signals crossed…

Granite Lake Wolves Book 1

Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving.

Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf.

Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full.

Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

Warning: Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘talking with your hands.’ Includes dangerous use of sarcasm and hot nookie in a remote wilderness sauna.

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Two years ago today my first book was published, and I can honestly say I had no idea how much that little story was going to change my world.

Wolf Signs started on a whim, and ever since I thought up the idea for the book, life has pulled me along like an out of control storm. I’ve shared the story before that I began writing because a friend talked me into it. Wolf Signs wasn’t the first book I wrote, but the first that I submitted, and when it sold I smiled and laughed and dove into all the stages of publication with delight.

That delight is still dogging me, two years after the Granite Lake Wolves came along. I’ve written more paranormals, expanding from wolves to big cats to dolphins (really) birds of prey (really, really) and otters (very nice otters, right, Lillie?) With my background in outdoor adventures and small-town living, I branched out into writing contemporaries—cowboys, red-hots, family sagas.

Through it all, I’ve met people who have rocked my world—the good way. Writers who kick me into gear and help me brainstorm through plot issues. Readers who make me laugh and smile with their emails and tweets.

Friends.

I’ve grown a lot since writing Wolf Signs, and yes, if I were to write it today, some parts would be different. Different word choices, stronger sentences—but at the core? Everything in there is what I still try to include in my current stories. A heroine who knows what she wants, even if the goal takes a while to reach. A hero who can make knees quiver and hearts sigh with happiness. A setting that’s …well maybe not familiar when you start the book, but a place that you’d like to visit, and a group of people you’d like to be friends with.

Two years. I’m now writing full-time, and loving that there are still stories bubbling up, wanting to be shared.

Will you celebrate with me? If you haven’t read Wolf Signs, I’ve got a copy for you. Just let me know in the comments what format you’d like to try it in. It may not be for you, but here’s your chance to try.

And if you have read it, I hope you enjoyed it.

This year continues to be amazing, with paranormals out in April (otters!) and May (eagles!) and contemporaries in July and August…and more. Stop by my website for the full list of what’s coming and what’s available.

Vivian Arend:  website | blog | twitter | facebook

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A big thank you to Viv for joining us today!

Remember, if you want a digital copy of Wolf Signs you need to leave a comment with which format you’d prefer. The first 50 commenters will get a copy!

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