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Eli’s Mad Tales of Mad Creek
Or “Howl at the Moon”: The Series
By Eli Easton
“How to Walk Like a Man” was released on Nov 13th. It’s the second book in my “How to Howl at the Moon” series, and I had so much fun revisiting the world of Mad Creek! I wanted to take you behind the scenes a bit and also talk about what’s next for the series.
Mad Creek is a fictional town set deep in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s close to Yosemite ‘as the crow flies,’ but it’s not on any major roads. It’s a place no one has a need to drive through, and it’s far from any other place of note. And that’s the way the citizens like it.
Mad Creek is the secret home of the Quickened—dog-human shifters. In this series, the world does not know that dog shifters exist. It is, in fact, just like our world but with this tiny sprinkling of hidden magic. Another feature of this universe is that dog shifters are the only kind of shifters possible. That’s because dogs who gain the ability to shift into humans are extremely rare, and it only happens when a dog forms an incredibly strong, loving bond with a specific human and that human dies. It’s sort of like the Velveteen Rabbit or Pinocchio theory.
Because dogs are the only animal that lives that closely with humans (and for other Reasons to be discussed later in the series), they are the only animals that can become Quickened. In this universe wolves, bears, etc would never be shifters because they are happy being animals and have no interest in humanity.
Mad Creek has been the home of the Quickened for many generations. There are families in the town of dog-human shifters who were born that way (because their parents were quickened). In addition, newly quickened dogs can find their way to Mad Creek by word of mouth.
The Quickened of Mad Creek have a challenge integrating and teaching the newly Quickened who arrive in town. Imagine a dog who has recently gained the ability to become human, usually right around the time that dog lost its beloved owner. It needs to learn to talk, to read, to drive, and to earn a living somehow. It needs a place to stay and food to eat while its learning these things. Mad Creek is an open refuge for all Quickened who come to the town, and it tries to help them get used to life as a human.
The Mad Creek sheriff and protector #1 is Sheriff Lance Beaufort, who is the MCs of book #1, “How to Howl at the Moon”. Lance is descended from border collies, so it’s his instinct to herd and protect the pack. His mother, Lily Beaufort, organizes all the classes in town. Incessantly curious and protective, she knows everything about every soul in the area. Minnie, a Quickened Newfoundland, runs the town’s real estate office and helps scare off potential human buyers. Daisy, a Golden, is the waitress at the town’s diner, and she loves everyone! Fred Beagle at the post office is the local gossip and non-stop talker. And Roman and Charlie are the town’s deputies. Charlie is a bloodhound, and Roman was a military dog until he lost his K-9 handler and became Quickened.
There’s a lot more to explore in Mad Creek, and I’m looking forward to continuing the series for some time to come. Here’s a rundown of the first three titles.
Howl at the Moon Series
Book #1: How to Howl at the Moon
The town sheriff, Lance, is all work and no play. He’s got a border collie’s obsessive focus on his job—protecting the town of Mad Creek—and has no time for love or family. When a young human named Tim moves into the area and acts suspiciously, Lance suspects the boy is trouble. Lance pretends to be a regular dog to get closer to Tim and figure out what he’s up to. Tim LOVES his new doggie, though, and Lance’s inner dog bonds with a human for the first time in his life. As Lance gets more attached to Tim he has to figure out how to make Tim love his HUMAN side.
Book #2: How to Walk Like a Man
Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend—his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It’s not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff’s office and starts making trouble.
Matt Barclay has the worst luck. First he was shot in a SWAT drug raid, then he was sent as DEA investigator to Mad Creek, a little town in the California mountains. Matt’s job is to keep a lookout for illegal drug farms, but nobody in the town wants him there. And then there’s Roman, Matt’s erstwhile baby-sitter. He’s the hottest guy Matt’s ever seen, even if he is a bit peculiar. If the town doesn’t kill him, sexual frustration just might.
The town is counting on Roman to prevent Matt from learning about dog shifters, Matt’s counting on Roman to be his work partner and tell him the truth, and Roman’s trying to navigate love, sex, and a whole lot of messy human emotions. Who knew it was so complicated to walk like a man?
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Book #3: Title TBD
Book #3 will be about a local lad, and Quickened shifter, Dr. Jason Kunik. He moved away from Mad Creek to go to college and get his PhD. He’s a research scientist who is fascinated by the Quickened and is trying to figure out the science behind how it all works. So expect a) nerdy scientist finds love and b) more exploration of the idea of the Quickened. Can you guess from his name what kind of dog he is?
Meet Eli Easton
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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