Where The Wild Things Are, by Jessa Slade

by Jessa Slade, author of Mated by Moonlight (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, July 2013)

I live in Oregon where wolves have recently moved back into the wilder eastern areas. Since my XY and I camp out there, we’ve talked about maybe someday getting a glimpse of these still relatively rare predators. What a rush it would be to come over a hill and see a lone wolf – poised against the skyline, at least in my imagination.

 In other outdoor adventures, I’ve been lucky enough to see fascinating creatures – bears, moose, wild horses, otters, sea turtles, and rattlesnakes (maybe “lucky” is the wrong word with that one, but I actually saved XY from stepping on one rattling monster, which, believe me, I use against him whenever he gets too cocky) – and less charismatic perhaps but still wonderful beasties, like elk, beavers, mountain goats, sting rays, and seals. One time, we sat on a high sand dune and listened to a chorus of coyotes calling across the hills as the moon rose. That was as close as we’ve gotten to wolves, but I’ll keep looking.

I’m mostly a city girl (heck, I “camp” with chocolate donuts and red wine, so I ain’t exactly roughing it) but I delight in the thought that wildness still exists. Which is why I think werewolves capture our collective imagination. Parts of my Steel Born dark fey series are set in Oregon, which abounds with wild places, from the rough, rocky beaches to snow-capped mountains to high deserts. It seemed only natural – in the way of wild things – to include werewolves in the third Steel Born story, Mated by Moonlight.

My werelings are creatures of earthy passions. They live with their wild second natures just under their skin. My hero Beck and heroine Merrilee are Alphas of adjoining packs, and both have learned to balance the demands of the “real” world with their animal sides. Of course, it doesn’t help that they are slowly driving each other wild 😉 Here’s a little tease of them together:

“What do you want?” she murmured.


He always made it sound so simple. Alarmingly so.

This once, she wanted it to be that. “Then have me.”

When he rolled her, somehow he managed to center her perfectly—terrifyingly perfectly—right on his discarded T-shirt to protect her from the prickling grass. He loomed above her, silhouetted against the bright moon for a moment before he dipped his head to kiss her.

“You make this so hard,” he said.

“I make you hard.”

“That too.”

“Now.” She raised her hips toward his.

“No.” He kissed his way down her throat, as leisurely as the moon tracking across the sky.

earrings_sladeI like the idea we all have a bit of wildness living under our skin. Even me, although my “hunt” is usually limited to the nearest chocolate dessert. Just like we need the wild places to dream, I think a bit of wildness in our stories can give an outlet to our beasts within.

Especially when we get wild in a romance!

 Have you ever had a wild wildlife encounter? Would you want to meet a wolf face to face? Leave a comment for a chance to win a pair of “Alpha’s Heart” Swarovski dangle earrings.



Steel Born #3, Harlequin Nocturne Cravings

As the latest in a long line of female Alphas, Merrilee Delemont lives by the code be strong always. While she will never forsake her duty to her pack, she sometimes longs for a mate to share her life with. At least she’s found someone to share her bed: Beck Villanova, leader of the neighboring wolf pack.

Their red-hot attraction and struggle for dominance leads to wild sex, but any chance of a real relationship goes up in smoke. Until phae invaders threaten the peace of their remote valley, forcing Merrille and Beck to finally decide which is more important: vying for power, or a passionate partnership that could change their lives forever.


 Jessa Slade writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance and science fiction romance. Basically, anything with woo-woo and woo-hoo! The third book in her Steel Born series—and her first werewolf book!—MATED BY MOONLIGHT, is out now.

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15 Responses to Where The Wild Things Are, by Jessa Slade

  1. I’ve listened to and watched coyotes, nearly stepped on rattlesnakes, barked at arctic foxes, and surprised a brown bear (he surprised me, too). Haven’t met a wolf, yet, but would hope he’s alone. Packs tend to look at humans as a buffet lunch. Good luck with your release, and thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Jessa. 🙂

  2. One wild encounter was me sitting on my front porch, after a few moments I had a family of SKUNKS! walk only a little bit away from me…cutest thing I seen though, was one of the skunks was pure white.

    Wild encounter two I found baby raccoons in the apartment garbage bin, they were sooooo cute..

    Now what would I love to have a wild encounter with, is a wolf..I love wolves!

  3. Lori Harvey

    My hubby and I like to go hiking and have had several encounters with wildlife. We’ve encountered an opossum, a skunk, foxes, deer, wild turkeys, turtles, snakes, and coyotes.
    I don’t think I would want to come face to face with a wolf because my first thought would be it could be rabid because it’s not with its pack.
    Thanks 🙂

  4. Encountered wildlife; don’t want to face a wolf

  5. June M.

    I generally stay out of the woods & such but I have encountered deer, raccoons, turkeys, turtles, skunks (stinky!!!), opossums (I hate!), snakes, lots of rabbits, and so on. I do try to stay clear of where anything dangerous could be (things like bears, coyotes, mountain lions/cougars/whatever you want to call them, etc. I would not want to meet a wolf face to face, even though I think they are beautiful.

  6. Natasha

    I have encountered some wildlife before. I’ve seen deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, opossums, snakes and coyotes.
    I wouldn’t want to face a wolf, but they are very beautiful!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I have encountered deers and coyotes at my friend’s house. I ran into raccoons, skunks, and hawks in my neighborhood which is impossible since I live in an urban area.

  8. Beth Shriver

    No wolves but I have seen deer, coyotes and a mountain lion once. Looking forward to reading your Steel Born stories.

  9. Siobhan, arctic foxes! How cool (cold?) is that?!

    Amy C, I surprised a possum in a garbage can once. NOT cute! 🙂

    Lori, I’ve heard interesting stories about wild turkeys and how clever they are. Beautiful birds.

  10. bn100, yeah, I’ve even been cautious around elk. When you are on the ground with them, they are big!

    June, sometimes the wild is better appreciated from a respectful distance!

    Natasha, my sister has lots of rabbit encounters… in her garden 🙂 My dog keeps most of the garden eaters away. Although she eats more than her share of blueberries!

  11. Kai, it seems to me hawks are moving deeper into suburban/semi-urban areas. We have one that hunts the bird feeders and I never saw that when I was a kid. I hope it’s because our suburbs are doing better with having more “natural” spaces.

    Beth, a mountain lion! That’s one of the creatures that still actually eats people! I’ve seen tracks, but never the cat. I’d like to see that one from a distance 🙂

  12. Do three hungry kitties count? (I swear they revert to some form of feral when the food bowls are empty!)

    We were on vacation and visiting a fish hatchery in Alaska when we passed by a roadway with a Mama bear and her cub. Mama wasn’t happy and growled a warning. We were apparently too close, as far as Mama and I were concerned!

  13. Annwitch

    We have wild turkeys that roam our neighborhood. I think that is the wildest encounter I’ve had except got my four children and four dogs.

  14. Diane Sallans

    Face to Face in the open might be too much, but from a distance would be very cool! I sometimes see the white-tail deer in my back yard when they pass by on their circuit – they are magnificent to watch too.

  15. Probably not a face to face encounter but I would definitely love to see a wolf in the wild. Unfortunately there are none in Florida. We have Florida Panthers but not in my area. Thanks for the giveaway!