When wolf shifter Robin agreed to cover for his older brother Tim and Tim’s lover Jay, he never imagined feeling so stifled. Tim’s overprotective attitude suffocates him. Pressure from within—the urge to find his own mate—mounts daily. With a little help from Jay, Robin finally convinces Tim to let him go for a run alone, but he has no inkling that his life will change forever as a result.
Unexpectedly, he finds his mate Peter Brannigan, an old and special soul, and the one shifter who can bring balance to Robin’s life. The new couple spend days together, developing their bond as mates. Yet even as they explore and cement their relationship, crisis looms just ahead when an old enemy of the pack shows up and kills someone Robin loves.
~ Dreamspinner Press
Guest Post: The concept of hybrids in Secret Energy
by Chris T. Kat
I’m very glad to be back on Butterfly-o-Meter with my new release, Secret Energy, which will be published on August 29th by Dreamspinner Press. Secret Energy is a shape-shifter story, and the sequel to Secret Chemistry.
In Secret Chemistry, the two main characters are Tim Evans, a werewolf, and Jay Cox, a hybrid between wolf and fox. In Secret Energy they play a prominent role, but Secret Energy is Robin’s story. Robin is Tim’s baby brother, and now 19 years old. He’s a pure wolf, with pristine white fur. His mate isn’t a pure wolf, however.
In both books, I wanted to focus on a different aspect than the often used trope of a gay alpha wolf finding love and acceptance of his orientation in his pack. Secret Chemistry and Secret Energy deal with other prejudices. A lot of wolves don’t like hybrids for a variety of reasons. I think this is something many people can relate to. We can see and experience it every day. Couples that consist of two people from different ethnic groups often have to face prejudices. In my opinion, prejudices are often based on misconceptions and fear of the unknown. I wanted to explore this topic some more in Secret Energy.
What’s the worst prejudice you ever had to face?
Tim stood on the porch, one arm looped around Jay’s shoulders, and scowled at Robin.
“Be sure to let us see you once in a while. If anything happens or you smell something—”
Robin continued Tim’s sentence, “Then I’ll come straight back here or call you. Yes, brother dearest.”
Tim’s scowl intensified. Jay raised himself on tiptoes and nudged Tim’s cheek with his nose, whispering, “Tim, let him go.”
“I am letting him go!”
“Come on now, Robin, shift. I can’t stand the drama anymore,” Walter cut in, his voice thick with exasperation as he settled in his favorite chair on the porch. “You’re an adult and can do as you wish.”
Tim glared at Walter. “He’s my brother, and I decide—”
“Oh God!” Jay moaned.
“You do not make Robin’s decisions. He’s an adult by law, or do you werewolves have different laws? I understand you’re worried about him, believe me I do,” Walter took in a deep breath, glanced over at Jay, and then added, “I’m surprised he hasn’t gone running without your permission already. All he had to do was go behind your back. It speaks for him and how much he respects you and your father’s decision that he’s obeyed so far.”
Robin’s eyes widened. Walter was right. He could have gone running, yet everything within him bristled at the mere idea. Sometimes his senser personality, with its classic traits of affectionate and clingy behavior as well as submissiveness and gentleness, could be a real obstacle.
Since he didn’t have those baby blues of his for nothing, he directed them at Tim. It had the same dramatic effect as always, especially since Robin added a heartfelt plea to it. “Please, Tim. Walter’s right. I could have gone behind your back, but I didn’t. That has to count for something.”
“Mom and Dad will kill me if something happens to you,” Tim replied. In a whisper he added, “Not to mention what I’d do to myself.”
“Nothing will happen to me, I promise.” Robin pulled the shirt over his head before working on his belt buckle.
“I just had a change of mind. I’ll go with you,” Tim declared.
Robin’s head shot up, his jeans pooled around his ankles as he gaped at Tim. “No! You promised I could go alone!”
Tim shrugged, loosened his embrace with Jay, and stepped forward, pulling the shirt out of his jeans. Jay snatched Tim by the back of his waistband and stopped Tim’s approach. “Tim.”
“Leave Robin alone.”
“No.” Tim shook his head.
“You—” Robin started, trembling from pent-up frustration. Why the hell couldn’t he just shift and run without Tim’s permission? Life would be so much easier.
“Shift,” Jay demanded. “I’ll distract him.”
“You are not going to distract me,” Tim objected.
Walter heaved a long sigh. “Should I get my headphones?”
Jay blushed but kept his eyes trained on Robin. “Come on, Robin, shift. He already gave you his permission.”
Robin couldn’t go through with the shift. Defeated, he bent down to retrieve his clothes, when Tim laid a hand on his shoulder and stopped him. Robin looked into his eyes, which had changed color from a light blue to a steely gray, the way his eyes always changed when he was agitated. “Don’t make me regret my decision,” Tim said.
“I won’t.” Robin hugged Tim before he quickly stepped out of his jeans, lost his briefs, and shifted.
Robin yipped once, which caught Tim’s attention. I’ll be back in a couple of hours.
About the Author & Links:
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.