By the turn of the century, the wolves in the park were extinct, having died by natural causes or been killed by men. Since elk were the prey of wolves, their number skyrocketed.  They were eating all the fresh shoots of young trees, bushes, and grasses, devastating the health of the ecology. For a time, the elk herds were culled by shooting. This brought a strong protest from animal rights activists. Finally, some smart person realized the answer was to reintroduce wolves. Elk were their prey, and it would be a natural thing for these predators, rather than people, to thin the herds. So far, it is working.

Contrary to my story, wolves don’t normally attack people. They’re shy animals rarely seen by visitors.

Until releases this week from Science Advances, it was believed there were two species of of wolves in the United States: gray wolves (Canis lupus) and red wolves (Canis rufus). Gray wolves were brought in from Canada to repopulate Yellowstone Park. DNA studies have now determined that the only true species of wolf in the US is the gray wolf. The red and Eastern wolves are gray wolf-coyote hybrids.

Hybrids are rarely protected as a species, but since the red wolf is in immediate danger of extinction, some steps are being made to reinstate its protection.  Coyotes are too numerous to probably ever worry about them becoming extinct.

Gray wolves come in many colors. In Awakening the Alpha, my villain is a black shifter, but Blaze Canis, my hero, has a gray coat mingled with white and a bit of brown and fur tips of  black. As a species, both are gray wolves. When I visited Yellowstone National Park some years ago, they had offered refuge to a gray wolf pack raised for a Hollywood movie that never happened. The ranger told us the alpha was female, and he also pointed out the weakest wolf…the one at the bottom of the pecking order. Frankly, these were not the gorgeous animals you see in the wild.

Since Awakening the Alpha’s ex-Navy SEAL is a secret gay werewolf, I named him Blaze Canis, thinking Canis meant wolf. Recently, I read it means dog in Latin. So I guess the laugh is on me. It happens.

I’m now working on a sequel to this story. Although this may change, its working title is Awakening the Alpha: Flute, Rattles, and Drums. Right now Blaze and Logan are at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where Logan is being honored for his art.

Please note: In some instances, the word “Indian” is an acceptable substitute for Native American. It is freely used in other countries, and the museum covers exhibits from Indians in the Americas (plural), not just the US. In my story, you’ll see I’ve correctly identified the cards a Native American may carry as a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood. The same is true for the Smithsonian’s museum.

Have a great rest of the week!

Carolina Valdez (site being refurbished)

From notes I took some time ago, but which I think are still accurate:

Do you know what the numbers in an ISBN mean? Let’s take this number: 1-9891237-018-4
1 = Identifies the country or geographic group of publishers
989201437 = Identifies a particular publisher within a group. Each time a publisher purchases ISBNs, this number will change to reflect the group of publisher’s numbers they purchased. No other publisher will have that number.
018 = A particular title or edition of a title
4= A check digit that validates the ISBN

Note: X can be used in place of 10 as a check digit—I.E.ISBN-X:








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My sexy words are from AMEN TO LOVE, my erotic gay December 2014 release.

THE STORY: Dr. Bond Bergstrom fights to save the life of a man shot near the lakeside path where Bond was jogging. When the shooter swings back in a failed attempt to kill Bond, the board of the hospital where he’s chief of surgery insists on security protection for him 24/7 until the killer or killers are caught.

Bond is furious. Former Navy SEALs can protect themselves better than anyone in the world. Not so, argues former Delta Force Rory O’Shea. He’s the hot, sexy Irish American who owns the agency providing the hospital’s routine security. Bond grudgingly gives in, unaware that O’Shea has an ulterior motive in assigning himself to spend nights with him as his personal bodyguard…in more ways than one.

EXCERPT – Explicit Gay

Rory wakened to the feel of Bond making slow strokes over his shoulders and down his back. Warm lips pressed the nape of his neck as they kissed and then tasted with a wet tongue lapping his skin as if it were nectar.

Rory felt his blood leave his head, hands and feet and gather at his core to fill the veins in his stirring cock. He wanted to be tasted all over. To revel in this man’s touch, hands gliding everywhere, his whole body responding to this strong and honorable man who had risked his life to save not only the Aid worker but his dying teammate. Who had sought to ease his friend’s journey as his soul slipped from this life to the next.

Bond’s teeth scraped his shoulder as his fingers kneaded Rory’s butt cheeks and slid down to where his balls rested on the SEAL’s thigh…

AMEN TO LOVE – A 37,000 word novella coming in December from Amber Quill Press in their Allure line.
Copyright 2014 by Carolina Valdez

Carolina’s books are available on Amber Allure, Amazon (US & UK), Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks, Kobo


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My 7 paragraphs are from Amen To Love, my latest contemporary gay romance. It will be released this fall as a single extended novella and in the General Hospital AmberPax from Amber Allure. AmberPaxes always contain five stories from five different authors. New releases are discounted.


The stranger smiled, and out of a face framed by greasy hair and smudged with grass stains and earth, two stunningly arresting emerald eyes caught his gaze. They took his measure, head to toes. And they invited him for sex. The look said it all. The man hadn’t spoken a word or made any gesture, but there was absolute certainty in his posture that this would happen. The hairs rose on Bond’s neck and arms and his pulse kicked up.

It was a look beyond any Bond had recalled ever experiencing with any other man. Not even the initial one from the man who had once been his lover. What he’d felt for that partner and what they’d had together instantly faded from his thoughts as if it had never been. Good Lord, you’d think I was young again. And still a virgin.

He might have scoffed, but instead he stopped. His mind imploded with visions of being in bed with this man, tangled in sheets damp with sweat, their bodies naked, wet, and slippery with their cum. The scintillating smell of sex was pungent in the air.

He knew this man’s touch on his arousal would bring searing heat and pleasure beyond bearing. Bond’s every nerve ending flooded him with sensations with the knowledge that fucking this man would be primal, rough and primitive. Cataclysmic. More satisfying than any encounter with any other man had ever been. They would make love, and then they would do it again. Simply being together would set off the need, the urgency.

Bond’s dick threatened to surge in response. His tongue stuck to his mouth as his breath caught in his throat.

The look also said, “I will have you. I am your man. You are my destiny.”

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Welcome to BOOK HOOKS, a blog hop sponsored by Marketing For Romance Writers. Enjoy a few sentences here and then hop to taste the work of another author.

Awaking The Alpha is my latest release. It answers this question: Can two men who bridge two different worlds find a life together?

Logan extended his hand.

Because of what had happened when their gazes met, Blaze hesitated a split second before extending his to shake. As soon as the smooth skin of the new man’s hand gripped his, his inner wolf paced restlessly. Blaze ended the shake fast.

He watched Logan leave, unable to avoid noting wide shoulders that tapered to a narrower waist and hips in just the right proportions. He turned away before he could take in the man’s ass. Instinct told him that might bring trouble he didn’t need. Just keeping his wolf shut down took enough energy.

For most of his twenty years as a Special Forces warrior, he’d had it under control, fighting the need to change, hunt and howl during the three days of the full moon…

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Awaking The Alpha © 2014 Carolina Valdez
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I raced off to a brunch meeting before I could post this, and I don’t think there’s a blog hop after all. Still, I’m offering a prize to one lucky commenter here for a 4 1/2 inch stylus for your phone or tablet.

Here are seven paragraphs from Awaking The Alpha, my new werewolf novella. On the shooting range outside Yellowstone National Park, Blaze instructs Logan in the correct draw.
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“That’s what I thought. You’re right handed, but your left eye is dominant. This is what I want you to do. Watch me.”
He stood where Logan could see him and went through the motions of drawing a weapon from a back belt, gripping it with both hands, sighting with his left eye and firing.

“Holster your gun.” Retracing his steps until he was behind his student again, he drew Logan’s right arm down to his side.

“So. Remember what I did? On one, I pulled my gun from a back holster and swung it around in front.”

Grasping his student’s wrist, he drew it behind to let Logan free his weapon. In doing this, Blaze’s head swam a moment as the barrel of the gun brushed against his dick, creating a stimulating wash of pleasure.

“On two, I brought my left hand in to form the grip.” Now he had both arms around Logan as he guided his arms and hands together. He was careful not to let his sensitive dick touch what studying had told him was a too-sexy butt.
“On three, I brought the gun up to sight with my left eye and fired.”

The urge to pull Logan back against him, cradling his ass in against his groin to feel the swarm of pleasure bringing his dick to a raging cock was strong. It took all his resolve to release him and step away. He shook his head to clear his mind of such thoughts, then walked around and was beside Logan once again.

Awaking The Alpha by Carolina Valdez – an All Romance eBooks Best Seller
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