Hello all! Thank you for joining me on another stop of the tour celebrating the release of Healing Hunter’s Heart.
The Little Bite of Love series centers on the shifters of St. Veles. The Provence of St. Veles is a heavily wooded land mass located between Maine and Nova Scotia. It was revealed centuries ago when the veil between the human world and magical world crumbled. St. Veles is mostly occupied by canine shifters.
Unlike my THIRDS series, the shifters in Little Bite of Love were born of myth and magic. Although they live very human lives, they are also very deeply connected to the ways of their ancestors. In this world, there is what’s known at the World Law which governs all. The World Law encompasses many human laws to keep order among all creatures. But each clan has its own laws. These laws can be brutal, but they must be respected by all creatures and humans.
In Healing Hunter’s Heart, we get to see how the canine shifter clans live. We get to see the very human side. They have jobs they go to, school, shopping, gardening, barbecues. Then there are instances where we’re reminded who these shifters really are and the kind of world they live in.
Justice – For example, Hunter is entitled to retribution against Skyrah for her dishonorable actions against him and his mate. He can choose one of three options: exile, servitude, or death. If he’d still been part of the Hagan Clan during her betrayal, the Hagan Council would have enforced the punishment. However since Hunter had abdicated his position before then, her punishment is up to him. Of course since the Hagan Clan is on the verge of war with Hunter’s Clan, his retribution has to wait as the Hagan Clan has no intention of cooperating.
Priorities – In a canine shifter clan, nothing is more important than the clan’s pups. They are the future of a canine shifter clan. This means when war breaks out between clans, those with no honor will go for the pups. Destroy them, and the clan will not survive. Clan members who’ve lost their pups will disband to join other clans. Their ancestry, their families, their name is destroyed. This is why clans have Enforcers. Fierce defenders to challenge and eliminate any threat to the clan and any possible danger posed to their pups. Canine shifters need family, whether they’re related by blood or bond. They very much have a pack mentality.
Mates and Bonding – Mates in the canine shifter clans of St. Veles are also complex. The type of mate a canine shifter has along with who is the stronger of the two will result in certain changes once the bond is complete. Canine shifters can have sex without bonding, though if they find the rate mate, the call of their ancestors will grow with time, demanding the shifter seal the bond. A bond requires commitment and a spiritual connection.
The stronger of the two shifters will have to pierce the skin of his mate where droplets of blood will travel down their fangs and into their mate. Enforcer blood will always cause changes in a pureblood when bonded, giving the pureblood an Enforcer’s strength among other changes. For this reason, the Hagan Clan had outlawed Enforcer/Pureblood bonding, using false reasoning in order to hide the truth. This would ensure no pairing could grow strong enough to challenge the clan’s Alpha.
Types of Mates
True Mates: Are very rare. Trip and Boone are true mates. With true mates, depending on the pairing, a bond stronger than any other is forged. An Alpha/Enforcer bonding like in Trip and Boone’s case means the Alpha canine shifter takes on all of the Enforcer’s strengths. There are physical changes. It prepares the Alpha for any and all who may challenge him.
Compatible Mates: A canine shifter can have more than one compatible mate from which to choose from. They can be in a relationship and have sex. There will be a strong connection and a bond can be made. Compatible mates aren’t rare, but they aren’t plentiful either. Some connections may feel stronger than others. Hunter and Ari are compatible mates. However, Ari’s scent had a far stronger pull on Hunter than any other compatible mate he’d come across, enough to draw out his canine shifter instincts.
Mates: Much like with humans, canine shifters can meet someone, enter a relationship, and fall in love. Whoever that is will become a mate and they can bond. Their bond is no less deep or strong than the other types of mates, but there will be no changes in either party after the bond.
For all shifters who bond, there will be a small change. Such as the ability to communicate telepathically no matter the form they’re in with each other. With Compatible mates and true mates, the changes are greater, and they vary depending on the pairing.
One thing’s for sure, being a canine shifter is tough. There’s always danger lurking in the woods, whether from the wilder canine shifter clans, from those looking to expand their clan, looking to take over someone else’s, looking to pilfer mates, or just cause problems. For the most part, the canine shifters of St. Veles just want to live out a peaceful existence, and their Enforcers are there to ensure that happens. So who are these Enforcers? Find out on the next stop!
Genre: M/M Fantasy, Shifters
Published: April/May, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Coming Soon
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781634760201
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781634762847
Months after being forced to leave his lover and mate Ari Jannsen behind, Hunter Devin settles into his role as Enforcer for the newly formed Deagan Clan under the rule of his new Alpha and best friend Tristan ‘Trip’ Hagan. Along with Hunter’s brother Boone, their nephews, sister, and mother, Hunter finally has the family he’s always wanted, but without his little rebel Ari, his heart is incomplete.
The Hagan Clan is unable to accept the Deagan Clan’s betrayal for walking away and taking the clan’s pups with them. War looms. As both clans plan their attack, a greater enemy plots against them. But Hunter is determined to get his Ari back. Bonds are put to the test and unexpected alliances are made as Hunter and his clan set out to protect their own and end the spreading heartache.
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.