Untamed Hearts, the series
This month, I wanted to showcase the series titled Untamed Hearts, the first and most educational joint venture I've ever had the experience of sharing with good friend and writing buddy Jenna Byrnes. Jenna and I have been friends only online for several years. She could probably tell you closer to when we met than I can, her memory is much more like that steel trap we hear about. LOL When we first decided to try our hand at co-writing, we knew we wanted to try m/m together. That's way back when the genre was really getting it's feet under it and going like wildfire. We wanted in on that action.
Feral Heat, of course, told the story of wild cats. Specifically cougars from where I live, or thereabouts. Poor Jenna was a little lost when it came to the outdoorsy stuff, but she really made the characters come alive and pushed the story ahead with their wicked sense of humour and the wonderful twists she came up with for the story.
A little blurb:
Kai is the holder of the talisman for the cougar clan. His lover Aric find themselves in a world of pain when it's stolen by the beautiful female Sable. In order to ensure the safety of their clan, possibly their very survival, they must retrieve the amulet. Can the mated pair prevail?
This one taught us that we could write together and do a good job of it. We found that we loved leaving each other in crazy spots, the characters dangling over cliffs or on the verge of being burned alive. Anything to make the other partner cringe then smile. We also learned each others weaknesses and how to get the best out of each other.
The next book in the series, Bear Combustion was a joy to write. We hit our stride and we really loved our characters. We'd decided to write three books, each one linked by a specific amulet for the tribe, or group of changelings. The bears began with a near tragedy.
A small blurb:
Fire rages, not only through the forest to threaten the lives of his clan, but in the hearts of Tarek, the leader as well as Inuka, his fiery lover and Raven, the stoic companion who secretly adores him. Can the flames of their love survive?
Again, we truly felt at ease with Tarek, Inuka and Raven. They grew to be extremely familiar and likeable, even if they were stubborn and bull headed at times. Book 3, and supposedly our last one, was
Wolfen Heat. In this book a true tragedy befalls the leader of the Wolfen Clan at the opening of the book. The leader dies, leaving no heir to take over and a talisman with no one to hold it. A true catastrophe. Or so it would appear.
A little blurb:
Fire takes the life of the wolfen tribal leader, and a new leader must be found before catastrophe befalls the pack. Only Cole, young irresponsible and unattached, has felt the talisman's heat. Is he the chosen one?
And the series was done, or so Jenna and I had thought. When Claire, our publisher came to us with the proposal of having these books in print, she also mentioned we'd need one more in the series. Two e-books per print. Oh man!
Jenna and I talked. We pulled hair out. We whined, we moaned, we tossed ideas around and slept on this for a couple of weeks before we finally came up with an idea. Heck, it took us a few days just to come up with which animal we'd tackle. (Jenna does not like snakes! Who knew?)
And, seeing as we'd kind of wrapped things up at the end of Book 3, we had to figure out a way to blow it open for the 4th. It took some doing, and it took a lot of fancy footwork, but we finally came up with a brilliant plan. I give most of the credit for this to Jenna. She's super at dreaming up plots and twisty turny plots.
So, we introduced, Stallion's Pride. We had to bring back all of the main characters from the first three books to make this one work and trust me, it wasn't easy. Heck, just remembering the details of each book was a challenge. I wound up making a spreadsheet to keep hair colour, eye colour, what they wore and all that kind of stuff straight for both of us, (mostly me)
Here's the short blurb for book 4:
A recently discovered horse talisman and a gypsy horse changeling tribe seem like the perfect match. Is headstrong Brishen ready for the power the talisman brings?
Headstrong, stubborn and determined not to be rushed into anything, I wasn't even sure Brishen was going to make to the end of chapter one, let alone take over the vista. Even the language had to be modified for this one. Jenna and I decided to go with a gypsy background, so finding the words we needed took time and figuring which ones we really wanted to use took even more time. And, Brishen didn't even have a life mate, which he needed in order to hold the talisman. Oy!
We so walked into a mess with this book. But, it was great fun working with Jenna, and we sorted it out. We even managed to have some hair between us when we'd finished. Plus two gorgeous print volumes.
Untamed Hearts, Volume 1 and Untamed Hearts, Volume 2, which we are incredibly proud of.
So now, it's on to more, bigger, better and sexier. Have an amazing Thursday!