Q & A with Darien Mackey
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I didn’t know for sure. I just knew that I wanted to make something physical, something real. I didn’t want to develop a phone game that people would delete six months later, or get people to click on more ads. I wanted to work with my hands.
What do you value the most in your friends?
That every member of the Lipsius Preservation Society, aka the Werewolf Court of Brooklyn, has my back at all times, in all circumstances. And that no matter what I do, they are my brothers and they’ll always be my brothers.
What is your favorite song?
I’ve still got a soft spot for “Hej Sokoły,” an old Polish folk song about a Cossack who goes off to war. Mr. Nowak and all the other guys at Nowak’s Meats used to sing it all the time, so often that even I finally learned the words, and I don’t speak Polish.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hmm…I’ve already changed so much recently…I was introverted, withdrawn, solitary, and unlocking my “wolf nature” has changed so much in me, in my life, all for the better. Any more changes right now and I might just blow a fuse.
What word or phrase do you overuse?
“You’re kidding me.” The more I learn about my wolf nature, the more I’m amazed how many things are possible in this world.
Werewolves of Brooklyn
Release Date: August 5, 2015
Pages or Words: 54,000 words
Categories: Historical, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Darien Mackey wasn’t looking for an adventure. For ten years, he’d been happy living in Brooklyn, working as a butcher in the same job, living in the same apartment, dating some “nothing-special” guys. Until one night his buddy Jacob talked him into taking ayahuasca, the soul-changing drug. And Darien had a vision…of a wolf, its all-too-human eyes on him, its paws on his chest, its enquiring mind in his own…
Darien Mackey is changing. He’s more confident, more assertive, hungrier, hornier. And his world is changing around him – his job, his home, his beloved Mechanic’s Library all falling victim to the predations of unscrupulous developers, bent on demolishing the old Brooklyn he loves and replacing it with a forest of condos. But he’s no longer a passive observer of his own life, and as this thing, this power, grows inside of him, he resolves to fight back, to preserve the way of life he loves.
And he’s not alone in the fight. The Lipsius Preservation Society of Brooklyn stands ready to assist in the battle, even though it seems like a bit of a joke to Darien, with its King and its Duke, Marquess, Earl and Viscount.
But there’s nothing funny about his growing attraction to Albeus Finley, King of this mysterious Court. And when slumlords and condo-mongers start to die mysterious, violent deaths at the hands of savage animals, Darien begins to realize that something is afoot in Brooklyn – something supernatural.
And it’s afoot in him, too…
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The wolf’s eyes were lava-yellow with hate. His growl and his snarl were meant to terrify Darien, to freeze him in his tracks, prepare him for his death.
Then something rose up in Darien, rage, frustration, primal energy. And his own lips curled, his own growl met the enemy’s.
The Duke retreated a pace, taken aback. Darien felt sharp pains in his palms and looked down. Where he’d had fingernails, he had claws, long and sharp, and the fists he was making were digging them into his flesh.
He smiled, exhilarated, wild. He lunged and snapped at his enemy, knowing that his canines had become…literally that, elongated spikes ready to tear out a neck.
Darien’s ears were ringing, something surging in him beyond mortal feeling – like testosterone but stronger, more powerful, the smell of victory, immortality.
“The King is mine,” Darien declared. “And I am his.”
He knew he’d taken a step from which there was no turning back. He was the King’s man, the King’s consort. He would open to Albeus and take him, and be taken by him, and he would be alone no more.
He was one of the pack.
And it curdled the blood of men for miles around when he raised his face to the full moon, and howled.
Meet Brad Vance
Brad Vance writes gay romance, erotica and paranormal stories and novels, including the breakout hits "A Little Too Broken" and "Have a Little Faith in Me."
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