Blog Tour: Desert Hunt (The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch) by Anna Lowe

 

 

Blog Tour:

Desert Hunt

(The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch)

by

Anna Lowe

Sept 21st – Sept 28th

 

 

 

Rae has

a secret — one she can’t let any wolf pack discover. But with an old enemy hot

on her heels, her options are running out. Taking off on the back of Zack’s

Harley seems like good idea at first, but when she lowers her defenses for the

captivating coyote shifter, she might just be risking it all.

The new she-wolf in town may be strictly off-limits, but Zack just can’t keep

away. When the thrill of the chase gets his blood pumping in more ways than

one, he’s ready to overstep every boundary and break every rule. Destiny says

she’s his — but the pack’s ruling alpha says she belongs to another.

A paranormal romance with adult content / 43,000 words.

 

 

Inspiration

for the story & characters of DESERT HUNT, the Prequel

to the Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch

 

I

actually wrote Desert Hunt, the prequel to the series, after writing

books 1, 2, and 3! The concept of a prequel was born when I had the opportunity

to participate in my very first boxed set called Masters of the Hunt, and took

that as my theme. It was also the perfect opportunity to show Ty and the pack

at a time when the younger generation (personified by Zack and Ty) was just

starting to push at the limits set by the overly traditional old alpha, old

Tyrone. Since Books 1, 2, and 3 hadn’t yet gone to press when I worked on this

story, I was able to work hints of Rae and Zack into each of those stories. Did

you catch them? Remember that early scene in Desert Blood, when Heather

wistfully watches couples at the dance? If you read closely, you’ll find that

Zack and Rae are two that strike her. These two make many more appearances

throughout the series, so keep your eyes open for them!

 

Zack has

so much depth, I just love him. He came to me bit by bit: first as a coyote,

then coyote-wolf mix, and finally as Ty’s best friend, the kid from the wrong

side of the tracks. Zack is one of the wounded hero-in-waiting types I love so

much, one of those rare people who is born into difficult circumstances yet overcomes

the odds. He’s a good man who gets his chance to shine despite many trials and

travails. I love how he ultimately wins the recognition of the entire pack and

even the grudging respect of the old alpha – but he would never have dared push

himself that far if it weren’t for Rae.

As a

kid, I was a huge fan of Robin Hood, and I couldn’t resist making Rae a skilled

archer. I love the idea of the balance of nature: how wolves are actually the

friends of their prey because they keep the herds strong. It didn’t take much

tinkering with that idea to fill out the rest of Rae’s character and give her a

mystical role as Mistress of the Hunt. I wanted a strong villain to add into

the mix, so along came Jed, Rae’s old nemesis from her days as a member of

North Ridge pack. Jed and Rae’s back story also helped this prequel tie in to

the rest of the series – specifically to Desert Fate (Book 3), in which Greer,

the evil alpha of North Ridge pack, is finally vanquished for good

by Kyle.

 

MY FAVORITE SCENE:

 

Rae and

Zack riding his Harley to the remote cabin to sit out the storm. I experienced

exactly that kind of desert storm myself (too bad I didn’t have a handsome

shapeshifter to see me through it!), and love how the tension in the air plays

off the tension between the two characters.

 

BIGGEST CHANGE FROM THE EARLIEST DRAFT OF THE STORY:

 

I played

with several variations of the hunter/guardian theme before I honed in on Zack

and Rae’s story. In one early version, I had Zack as the hunter and Rae as a

guardian type! Then I had Zack being sent to Nevada to bring Rae safely to Twin

Moon Ranch (and unwittingly, to bring her to be mated to Ty). That eventually

went by the wayside in favor of the hunting scene that appears in the final

version of the story now. It’s funny how a story plays out in your mind in

different variations until exactly the right one develops – and that’s exactly

how the story of Rae, mythical Mistress of the Hunt, came to be!

 

 

USA

Today and Amazon bestselling author Anna Lowe is a middle school teacher who

loves dogs, sports, and travel – and letting those inspire her fiction. Once

upon a time, she was a long-distance triathlete and soccer player. Nowadays,

she finds her balance with yoga, writing, and family time with her husband and

young children.

Anna

started reading romance in spite of herself (because tomboys don’t read romance

– right? Wrong!) and has enjoyed reading and writing in the genre ever since.

Two of her favorite romance authors are Kristan Higgins (for sweet love

stories) and Rosalind James (for the combination of a New Zealand setting and

sports). She’s a fan of capable heroines like Rylee Adamson (by Shannon Mayer,

who mixes action, fantasy and romance). On any given weekend, you might find

her hiking in the mountains or hunched over her laptop, working on her latest

story. Either way, the day will end with a chunk of dark chocolate and a good

read.

PS – Who

Anna Lowe is not: She is not the Anna Lowe of the Paris boutique (!) nor is she

the Anna Lowe of an autobiographical book concerning her childhood. She’s just

plain old Anna of this site!

 

 

 

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