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Awakening Ember by Meraki P. Lyhne : The Vargr #2 : Release Day : Author Guest Post.

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The Vargr series by Meraki P. Lyhne

Series Type:
Interlinked
Number In Series:
2
Publisher:
Meraki P Lyhne
Published:
20 September 2021
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Pages:
267
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Synopsis

The belief in the old gods of Norse mythology may have been suppressed by Christianity, but that doesn’t mean the races of old didn’t survive. Like the Vargr wolves.
All his life, Matt had been alone with his mom, but the Vargr in him responds quickly to meeting his pack. His relationship with his lover Rasmus evolves, and he’s grown tight friendships with the other Vargr pups.
Matt has also started Alpha training and is being taught and guided in what that means for him and the ember that awoke in him far too early.
Pack Alpha Steffen keeps a close eye on their new pup and the powerful ember Matt arrived with. It worries him—not just for Matt but because of the lore and history of how the Vargr pack Sköll Hati had gotten their name.
He senses trouble on the horizon. When Matt’s ember reacts violently around a Geri Freki Alpha, Steffen must step in and step up. The trouble that lands on his doorstep is but the beginning of whatever he fears lays ahead.

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Guest Post By Meraki P Lyhne

Today, I’ve been invited to do a guest post in connection with the release of Awakening Ember, the second book in my new Vargr series.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to write shifters, yet I never really felt like I had something valuable to offer the genre or an original spin on it. I’d decided I wouldn’t write one unless I had something new to add to the many other awesome books in this sub-genre.

Worldbuilding is my absolute favorite part of writing within the Paranormal genres, so it became part of the puzzle to add something new. And finally, on October 31st last year, an idea formed, and the muses didn’t stop talking until I began writing book #6 in May this year! I think they need a breather. I know I do. A palette cleanser. But this series won’t be over soon—I can reveal that much. It will be at least as long as the Cubi, which ended on its 9th book in January this year.

I’m from Denmark, and I’m Asatru, meaning a follower of the old ways. We have a lot of wolves in our lore, so I took the most known and spun them into a shifter tale, worldbuilding it as if the lore and legends could be true yet shrouded in allegories and comparisons like so many mythological stories are.

To really bring it home and give it its natural settings, I brought it…home!

The Vargr series takes place in Denmark, and the culture is introduced through Matt, who starts his journey at age 16 as an exchange student coming from New York State to Denmark.

The story unfolds in a slightly moderated version of the neighborhood I grew up in—a suburb to the second largest city in Denmark: Aarhus. Never before have I written from an actual place, and I’ve even added a good bunch of stupid stuff I did in my time as a 16-year-old in that area. There might be a contest one day, seeing whether readers can guess at what details are fiction and which ones are my…confessions.

Worldbuilding the Vargr is an incredibly difficult task because I don’t want to cling too hard to lore, yet I also want to keep actual lore in there. Of course, it takes a boatload of research, and I’ve had help from a Völve here in Denmark. She does rune magic, and the sigil on the human’s arm (cover of book #1) or the book (cover of book #2) is a piece of rune magic she made for the series.

The symbol on the Vargr’s shoulder is called a binding rune, which I made. It simply says Vargr in the older Futhark rune alphabet.

Another challenge to this series is that it’s set in the same world as the Cubi, yet since the Vargr are shifters and bred from a lineage with a very different set of instincts, there’s a sudden and heavy drop in the heat that readers are used to from the Incubi series. But I wanted to make them separate and believable in their own right as an individual race. That doesn’t mean there won’t be heat, but the series won’t be as focused on it. Instead, a lot of those scenes will end up on Patreon as exclusive hot-takes.

 

Seeing as the MC, Matt, is 16 when we meet him in #1, there’s of course very low heart. It picks up in book #2, but the expected romance is…not the one you’re expecting! (Yes, I’m being a tease)

There’s another first for me when writing this. I’ve never based a character on a real person, and I’ve never let myself inspire by music. I loosely let myself inspire for a character, once, but that was to credit an art teacher who inspired me, so I made him an art teacher in a book.

This time, though, Pack Alpha Steffen was inspired by someone and his art, and every time I see him or hear this song, the character roars to life and wants to tell me more. I even wrote to the man who inspired such a talkative and vivid muse and asked if I could use his face as the unofficial official face of Pack Alpha Steffen (but not for covers), and he said: “That’s fine!” (and a sweet emoticon full of hearts around its face). So, I’d like to introduce you to the guy whose art inspired mine. The singer is Peter Hollens, and this is the song that kept haunting me until I began writing, and it ran on loop for days while I built the world of Vargr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3k4pf-Js_s

Mind you, the song is inspired by Game of Thrones. I’ve never seen it because I don’t watch TV, and since the book series seems to never get finished, I’m not going to bother reading it before it is. But the song set this moving, a tale about Jettir (from Norse Mythology) furthered it, and Peter Hollen’s ended up embodying the Pack Alpha, who is my personal favorite character in the Vargr series.

I hope Steffen will grow on you, too. And if you’re new to Peter Hollens, I hope you enjoy this song (and possibly his 9 hours of Youtube content of awesome acapella).

More than anything, I hope you found something of interest here. If you have further questions, I’d very much like to answer them.

I’m easily reached in my reader’s group Merakinky’s Minions on Facebook. You can also find me on my Discord. It’s new, and I’m learning, and we’re slowly populating it.

I’m also on Patreon where I share some of the heated scenes between Vargr characters that don’t fit the way the series is written, but…we kinda need them, so I give those exclusive and hot little insights there.

Thank you to mm fiction café for hosting me and showing off my newest book.

Merakinky’s Minions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Merakinkysminions

Discord: https://discord.gg/UHbrQgZV97

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/merakiplyhnedark

 

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A E-book Copy of 

Awakening Ember 

 

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Meraki P Lyhne

Biography

Meraki P. Lyhne/Dark is a Danish author spanning multiple genres and pseudonyms.
This pseudonym is best known for huge worldbuilding within MM Paranormal and a bit of space opera. Meraki P. Lyhne spans the genres from plot heavy and character dense stories like Chronicles of an Earned to space opera thriller with a sexy twist like Ore 5 to the highly erotic series The Cubi.

Under Meraki P. Dark, he delves into the darker side of the paranormal, and he doesn’t hold punches. Under this name, the trigger warnings are there for a reason!

His love for books has urged him onto a new path in life, and he’s currently building a new publishing house with his trusted friend and editor, Laura McNellis, focusing on the dark/kinky/fetish/taboo genres. Taboo BooxXx.

Other than that, he’s a single dad to a teenage boy, the happy companion to a Rottweiler, (the lapdog in the picture), and he lives in a very small village next to nowhere.

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