About today’s guest: Kate Douglas
Kate is the lead author for Kensington’s erotic romance line, Aphrodisia. Her WOLF TALES series pushes all the boundaries and her books continue to go into extra print runs as more readers discover that, at least once in awhile, those boundaries need to be pushed. She also has titles with Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and Hard Shell Word Factory.
Two lucky commenters will win one of Kate’s books (a choice of Wolf Tales V, VI or VII or Sexy Beast V or VI) Winner will be announced at end of Full Moon promotion. Last day to enter Saturday, April 25th at midnight central U.S. time. Winners for this contest does not have to be in the U.S.
Thank you, Lori, for this great opportunity! Kate Douglas, here…I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks and haven’t really had time to prepare anything, so I’ve asked Anton Cheval, the Chanku wizard and uber-alpha of my Kensington Aphrodisia Wolf Tales series, to appear in my place. Many of you know Anton—he’s in almost all of the fourteen Wolf Tales and Sexy Beast books released so far, including a role in the Wild Nights anthology from September 2006, so he’s been around since the beginning and can answer any questions you might have. Without further adieu, please welcome Anton Cheval~~
Thank you, Ms. Douglas, for your introduction. Now please get back to work on Wolf Tales X…or is that going to be 10? I heard they might change the numbering…no matter—¬just write it. Hello. I’m not exactly certain why Ms. Devoti thought to include us in her blog event. It is, after all, dedicated to werewolves. While I am more than capable of shifting from human to wolf, I am a shapeshifter, not a werewolf, dependant upon the phases of the moon or some obscure virus that can be passed on through a bite. I am much more—more than human, more than a creature of legend.
I am Chanku.
We are an ancient species that originated on the harsh Himalayan steppes. Powerful and fierce by nature, we have an ingrained sense of honor and integrity you humans should think of adopting. Our pack is our family, the health, happiness and safety of our packmates our uppermost concern. I did not ask to be our leader—this was a title thrust upon me by my pack. It’s not an honor I wear easily, but I do my best for the ones who love me. Most important of those, of course, are my daughter Lily and my lovely mate and our alpha bitch, Keisha, who is my superior in all ways.
I try not to remind her of that…
We are, after all, a matriarchal society. Our women carry the genes for shifting. Every child of every female who has the Chanku DNA is born with the ability—once they are sexually mature—to become a shapeshifter, even if the mother doesn’t know of her birthright. So often our kind lead lives of quiet desperation, out of step with the rest of society, knowing they’re different but not why. We all have a tiny gland near the hypothalamus that is only enabled by ingesting certain nutrients found in grasses native to our Tibetan birthplace. Those nutrients allow us to take animal form.
Until about a year ago, we believed every Chanku would become a wolf—that was until Mei Chen came along and had the audacity to turn into a snow leopard! We had our “back to the drawing board” moment when that happened. Luckily, the man she loved was eventually able to become both a leopard and a wolf, as is Mei, now. Otherwise, they never could have bonded.
That’s an important part of our pack structure—the mating bond. Our people mate for life in their animal form. Since we are telepathic, we are capable of achieving an amazingly intimate mental link during sex. That link is even more profound when Chanku choose the bonding ritual during mating—everything we’ve ever known or done is shared. Our minds open entirely to our mate—or mates, as the case may be—in total union. Indescribable, really. Another thing–once a woman becomes Chanku, she can only become pregnant by mating as a wolf after she consciously releases an egg for breeding. She has total reproductive control.
We are ruled by a powerful libido, and our packs tend to be polyamorous in nature. While we have our bonded mate and love them more than life, we are sexually free within our packs. The petty differences that tend to alienate humans in their complex relationships are not an issue for us—we have no concern with gender identity, race and age—as long as our partners are adults, obviously. What is important is that we are all Chanku with the common needs and drives or our kind. Impervious to human diseases and illnesses, we are still learning more about ourselves every day. We are discovering new abilities and new powers we had no idea were ours. We’re all quite amazing, really, but we are most definitely not werewolves.
If you have any questions about the Chanku, I will be more than happy to answer. And thank you to Ms. Devoti for generously sharing her blog with me, even though I don’t actually meet her werewolf criteria.
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