How do you make Alaska red-hot? By giving it a sexy werewolf hero! That’s what author Linda O. Johnston has done in her new Harlequin Nocturne novel, Alaskan Wolf. Here’s Linda to tell us more about it….
It’s not the hot sex shared by the hero and heroine of my December Harlequin Nocturne, ALASKAN WOLF, that melts the glaciers in the story. Nope, they have to figure out what’s really doing it.
I’m excited that my covert military unit of shapeshifters, Alpha Force, has a mission to accomplish in Alaska. That gave me an opportunity to revisit, at least in my writing, some of the most gorgeous natural areas I’ve ever seen.
In ALASKAN WOLF, Lt. Patrick Worley of Alpha Force is sent on a mission to Alaska to learn why the disintegration of glaciers in one area is much too fast to be explained by global warming. He goes to work at a dog sled ranch–a great place for his cover, since Patrick is a shapeshifter. A werewolf. At the ranch, he’s surrounded by other canines. When he’s on the ice, by himself or with his aide, he gets to prowl glaciers, while shifted, to observe what’s going on.
But his cover is imperiled when he is assigned to take a nosy–and sexy–nature writer, Mariah Garvey, out on the glaciers on his dog sled. That’s also when some of the worst glacier destruction just happens to occur.
Can Patrick hide his secrets from Mariah while keeping her safe–and being so attracted to her that he just can’t keep his paws–er, hands–off her? Find out when you read ALASKAN WOLF!
I’m delighted to say that I’ve visited Alaska more than once. Walked on glaciers and observed some from the water. Taken a dog sled ride. I was able to use those experiences in ALASKAN WOLF.
I have taken cruises to the area as well as touring the land, and am eager to return. Will I run into Patrick or other members of Alpha Force–including its delightfully sexy shapeshifters? Of course! In my imagination, at least. I’ll also get to see more true canines, in the forms of sled dogs. Wild wolves? Less likely, but I can hope.
One of my cherished memories of Alaska was seeing bald eagles soaring through the air. There are no shapeshifting eagles in ALASKAN WOLF, but one of my upcoming Nocturne Bites will feature a lady hawk who’s a member of Alpha Force.
Yes, there’ll be more Alpha Force stories in the future, both full-length and Bites. No more are set for Alaska, although the settings may include Arizona and a national park.
So tell me–have you been to Alaska? Seen any wildlife you particularly enjoyed? Any werewolves or other shapeshifters? And if you haven’t, wouldn’t you love to?