Monday, August 14, 2017

A New Series by Christine DePetrillo

Wolf Kiss, Book One in my new series, The Warrior Wolves Series, will be releasing on August 17th. This is the first time I have written all the books in the series before publishing any of them. This afforded me some unique revision opportunities. I completed each book and went through my normal routines before moving on to writing the next one, but then I sat down and read the entire 5-book set in a week.

In doing this I was able to:
  • comb through and fix any inconsistencies, 
  • make sure the passage of time worked out correctly, both within books and between books, 
  • keep each story focused around the series theme while maintaining its own uniqueness, 
  • keep the action moving from book to book
  • check that all the paranormal "stuff" I made up made sense,
  • see the arc of the entire series from Book One to Book Five
  • change anything that wasn't working and make sure it got changed everywhere it needed to,
  • think deeply about cover design and how to make it consistent so readers know it's a series,
  • get excited about how everything tightened up nicely!
I read Jennifer Probst's writing book, Write Naked, right before finishing this series and used many of her tips to help me sharpen up the series too. I highly suggest this text. It's an easy read and full of goodies to get you thinking about your writing and career as an author. 

While this series is paranormal due to the inclusion of some supernatural characters and events, I think I still maintained an air of contemporary romance with the setting of good old Vermont. As I've maintained since the publication of my first series, The Maple Leaf Series, "love grows in the woods." I'm convinced that love does best when surrounded by a heavy dose of nature, maple trees in particular. 

The Warrior Wolves Series follows five Celtic warriors who have been banished from Ireland by Flidae, the goddes of wild things when they use their "gifts" to kill. They all end up in present-day U.S.A. While they don't all start out in Vermont, the Green Mountain State becomes their gathering ground when they find each other... and their one true loves. 

These books are about finding your pack and making a home. 
Here's the cover, which I LOVE. Many thanks to Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs. She always gets it exactly right.

And here's the blurb:

Warrior Reardon McAlator kills anyone’s enemies for the right price. Victory comes easy to him and his fierce army… until one day, they meet their match. Faced with the possibility of destroying their legendary winning streak, Reardon takes action. He makes his men more like him and angers the wrong Celtic goddess. Banished from her protection, he wakes up alone in a different place, in a different time, and in a world of pain. He must do something worthy to get home to Ireland, but maybe getting home isn’t where he thought it was.

Wildlife biologist Dr. Brandy Wendon cares for wolves—and her sister’s son, Dylan—at Silver Moon Wolf Sanctuary in the woods of Vermont. She loves everything about her work, including secretly researching clinical lycanthropy just for the fun of it. It’s what nerds do. Brandy stays busy, but in the lonely hours of the night, she can’t deny something is missing. If only she could find that soul mate people are always mentioning. As if one perfect match for her really exists.
When a pained howl echoes from the dark forest beyond the sanctuary fence, Brandy meets a wolf unlike any to cross her path. Why does she grow instantly connected to him? Why does he become so important to her? 
She’ll only get answers if she accepts a wolf kiss.

Check my website for preorder information and prepare to howl along with my warrior wolves!


The Maple Leaf Series, Books One to Six, available now, Book One is always FREE!
The Shielded Series, Books One to Three, available now, Book One is always FREE!
Wolf Kiss, Book One in The Warrior Wolves Series, coming August 17th! 


Leah St. James said...

Congratulations, Chris. So exciting! And you're so smart to finish the whole series before releasing the first book. I love the cover and story concept...and the excerpt! I love the line: "It's what nerds do." :-) Wishing you much success with this new series!

Jannine Gallant said...

Wow, you must be writing your fingers off! Seems like you just finished the last series. I'm currently writing book 3 of a 3 book series while book 1 is in final edits. I was able to fix a few things in that one based on what happened in #2 and #3 before it was too late, thank heavens. I do like the idea of getting a whole series written before the first book releases, but with a publisher, that's harder since each one has to be written about eight months out. I love your cover, too. Very nice!

Rolynn Anderson said...

What a huge endeavor! I'm soooo impressed that you wrote the whole series before you published! And having the first one perma free is brilliant. Since I just spent a week in Vermont, I see how 'wolves' would like the state...what beautiful country...and all that maple syrup and yummy cheese for the 'human' side of the pack. Happy sales to you, Chris!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Wonderful idea you had to finish all the books in the series. Can't tell you how many times, after a book is in print, I've thought about some woulda, coulda, shoulda. Best of luck with this latest.

Diane Burton said...

I can't imagine reading five books in one week, even my own. LOL But great idea to make sure everything is consistent, etc. Best wishes.

Alicia Dean said...

Congratulations!! How cool to have all the books written before release. I bought Write Naked, but I haven't read it yet. I really need to! The series sounds fantastic!

Brenda Whiteside said...

How wonderful for you! Best of luck, but sounds like you won't need it with all of your hard work.