Lydia Dare Guest Blog, Author of The Taming of the Wolf
There are two of us who make up the writing team of Lydia Dare, and as we sit on the cusp of our latest Regency Werewolf romance, The Taming of the Wolf, it seems only fitting for us to look back at where we began in this journey. Initially, we wanted to merge the paranormal world Tammy was writing about with the Regency era Jodie was writing about into one unique world. In doing so, we tossed around several ideas about various paranormal creatures and who we thought might be a good fit for the time period. Aristocratic wolves were born, and earlier this year we were thrilled with our debut Westfield Wolves trilogy – A Certain Wolfish Charm; Tall, Dark and Wolfish and The Wolf Next Door.
Four books later, we’re still writing about Regency Lycans, or werewolves, if you will. (But don’t say the “w” word around Simon, the oldest of the three Westfield brothers. It’s a bit of a slur and he’s been known to have a temper.) From the beginning, Aristocratic Lycans worked rather well with our plans. After all, the Regency gentleman has a reputation for being quite a rake. He’s powerful and commanding, and he is often growly and dark. So, casting a Regency nobleman as a Lycan seemed to be a perfect fit in blending our two worlds into one.
Of course, our Lycans only walk on four feet one day of the month, when the moon is full. The rest of the time, they live in polite society and no one is aware of their predisposition to grow a snout and fur. It’s a well-kept secret, who they are. But, as the moon waxes, their inner beasts come to the forefront. They get a little more lusty, a little more surly and they feel the need to take a mate as their very own. So, integrating a wolfish demeanor with a Regency gentleman is fairly easy and quite believable, and we had a lot of fun putting the traits of both beasts into one man.
With a Lycan’s exaggerated sense of smell, he can sense changes in people just by the way their bodies respond. He can smell fear, aggression, lust, and other body-changing emotions, but he can’t smell or hear love. Here, our heroes are completely in the dark. With their heightened sense of hearing, they are clued into subtle yet definable changes in someone’s heartbeat. He can hear insistent thrum of someone’s pulse when they’re excited, and he can hear the galloping beat of the heart when someone is afraid. Yet he has no way to differentiate between the various emotions. (Even Lycan men are clueless, at times…).
Keeping in mind the five senses --- Sight, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting, if you could have one sense that could be amplified, which would you prefer? Why?
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Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (November 1, 2010)