Title: Strength to Let Go
After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.
Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.
Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.
Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.
Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?
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About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com
Alina Popescu - If a werewolf can do it…
If a werewolf can do it…
Whenever I write stories that have a strong romantic element, I try very hard to drive a certain point home. And that paramount idea I try to drill into my readers is that if you’ve failed once, you need to get up, dress your wounds, heal, and try again. It does not matter how many times you’ve failed, unless you try, you will never get it right. Just talk to my character Alexa, she’s gone through a fair share of failed relationships and complications, and I’ve only published two books in her series, Bad Blood.
I chose to focus on this part of Shiki’s story – him losing his mates – because, like many other people of both the real and imaginary variety, he thought that if he had already failed once, he couldn’t and wouldn’t find love again. In the end, werewolves mate for life, right? Probably, if all goes according to plan. But sometimes it’s not that straightforward. Not that relationships are not hard work, but once you’ve failed, you have to put the work in both dealing with your new issues and in helping a new romance bloom.
It’s about trust, about how you view yourself, about how you question your desirability and ability to partner with someone, be intimate and exposed all over again. The second, third, fourth time around always take more strength and courage than the previous relationship, tons more than that first love where you went all in, innocent and dreamy.
Probably having a lot of stories that focus on a first love that, despite hiccups and bumps, lasts forever (sometimes unhealthily so) doesn’t help much. Fairy tales end with the perfect wedding, and a non-descript happily ever after. Of course, Prince Charming and their significant other don’t fight, don’t get lazy, don’t ever grow apart while on page. And they never get a divorce!
Life doesn’t work that way, and sometimes your very best is not enough because of so many reasons, it will make your head spin. It does not matter you shouldn’t give your all the next time around. In the end, if a werewolf can do it, so can you!