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Trigger Warnings:
References to sexual assault
Author's Notes:
Was This Book Published in An Earlier Edition?: This book was originally published in 2011. This edition has been revised and updated.

Book Info

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Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat

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Publisher:
Vegan Wolf Productions
Published:
12 May 2022
Book Type
Words:
73,600
Pages:
259
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Synopsis

Since moving to Boston, Kyle Slidell has met only a few of his neighbors, including Tobias Rogan. Kyle is very interested in Tobias, and is ecstatic to learn that Tobias wants him, too.

But his neighbors have a secret: They’re a werewolf pack, and Tobias is their Alpha. When one of the wolves attacks Kyle, he learns the truth in a hurry–and in the most painful way. Now he’s a werewolf too, and as a vegan is at war with his wolf aspect, who craves meat.

With Tobias’s help and love, Kyle must adjust to his new life. But can he protect the pack and his lover from a werewolf seeking revenge against Tobias?

 

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Guest Post By Karenna Colcroft

I’ve been asked how and why I came up with the character of a gay vegan werewolf. It’s a bit of a long story…

Back in 2010, I belonged to a Yahoo group with several authors and editors, some of whom were involved with writing and publishing male/male fiction. At the time, other than one short story that I wrote for an anthology honoring another author I knew, I had only written heterosexual romance. I’d considered trying male/male, but I didn’t want to write something I wouldn’t be able to depict authentically.

One day in the group, one of the other authors was talking about a book she’d recently heard about that was about a reformed vegan werewolf. (Or a vegan reformed werewolf. It’s been twelve years; my memory’s a bit shaky.) My author friend asked how a werewolf could possibly be vegan.

At the time, I greatly enjoyed writing challenges. My friend’s question wasn’t posed as a challenge, but I challenged myself to write something that would answer the question nonetheless. Within less than half an hour, I typed up a 1000-word scene depicting someone awakening from their first shift as a werewolf and refusing to eat the meat his new pack members brought to help him recover, even when his love interest—who turned out to be the pack Alpha—tried to convince him to eat it.

I wasn’t necessarily planning to do anything with that scene. It was just a fun thing to write and, to be honest, a way to procrastinate from a couple of things I was supposed to be doing. But not long after I wrote that scene, an editor in the group issued a challenge to write a scene with “hot men and whipped cream.”

Again, I liked writing challenges. And it occurred to me that my vegan werewolf and his love interest might be just the right “hot men” for this particular challenge. So I wrote the scene and posted it in the group—and was asked when the book would be written.

I wrote it. Those two scenes were the genesis of Salad on the Side, which was originally published in 2011, and both scenes appear, slightly revised from their original forms, in the novel.

After Salad on the Side was published, feedback led to me creating a series about Kyle Slidell, the gay vegan werewolf, and his mate Tobias Rogan, the sexually submissive Alpha. Two character types that at the time, at least, were pretty much nonexistent in romances. The series, Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat, ended up being five novels long, counting Salad on the Side, which were published between 2011 and 2014.

In 2016, because of things going on in my personal life, I chose to stop being Karenna Colcroft. I requested my rights back from my publisher, including the rights to the Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat novels. And I believed that was the end of the story. (No pun intended. Well…okay, maybe a little bit intended.)

In 2021, I started rereading my previously-published books, all of which I’d pulled from their respective publishers over the past several years. And I fell in author-love with Kyle and Tobias all over again, and realized it was time to get them back out into the world.

The 2022 version of Salad on the Side has been moderately revised and re-edited to correct some plot holes that arose due to events in the subsequent novels as well as to update technological references and a few other things that have evolved over the past decade-plus. Over the next year and a half or so, I will be rereleasing the rest of the series, along with a series of heterosexual romance novels that parallel Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat. And then there might be a continuation of Kyle and Tobias’s story…even though I thought it had ended with the last book of the series. (Kyle clearly has other ideas; he’s oppositional like that.)

All of this because of a simple question in a Yahoo group…

 

Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

4/5

This is a werewolf story with a quirk.   And now has me wondering what would happen if this was real life?

Could a werewolf or a Vampire survive as as vegan?

Well, the answer is obviously yes, as Kyle survives after he is bitten and turned into a werewolf.  And I mean what happens in a book is real life right?

 

Seriously though as quirky as the title suggests, this story is quite a page turner.  It has all the wholesome ingredients of a good novel.

There’s a budding romance between Kyle and Tobias who is his hot neighbour, there is the whole being turned and learning a whole new lifestyle, and rules etc. Add jealousy, Betrayal and the fact Tobias is the packs Alpha, who can not be seen to be weak, and you guessed it in pack culture, being gay is seen as a weakness.

So, their budding relationship is rocky from the start!

I loved that Tobias is the submissive one in bed, if only the whole pack knew.  I also liked the way Kyle seems to be an equal to Tobias and they must hide the fact that Kyle can resist Tobias powers.

The story is well thought out, nicely paced and the suspense builds.  I liked that Kyle did not suddenly become a meat-eating werewolf as the story progressed, it makes it more believable and authentic.

The main characters are well developed and have strong supporting characters, each unique.

I was not sure what I expected from the title, but I must say I am very happy with this interesting and exciting read.

Excerpt

No! Oh, God, anything but this!

That was the first conscious thought I’d had since the wolf had bitten down. I didn’t know what it meant at first.

Then I opened my eyes. Nothing looked right. Everything around me appeared flat and muted. I definitely wasn’t in the garden anymore, but since I couldn’t see things properly, I couldn’t tell where I was. Inside, somewhere. Not my apartment. I was lying on a floor; that much I could tell.

When I tried to stand, my legs didn’t want to cooperate. Then I caught a glimpse of my foot.

It was covered in fur.

Shit.  Wolf bite. Wolves didn’t live in Boston.

Maybe werewolves did. Even though as far as I knew those didn’t exist.

I tried to see my body. Fur, check. Pretty off-white color, or at least I would have thought it was pretty if it didn’t cover me. Snout protruding out far enough to see, check. Four paws with claws sticking out from the end of each… finger? Toe? Didn’t know what to call them. Check, anyway.

Shit.

At least my head moved the way I wanted it to. I glanced around, trying to gain some sense of place. This time, I spotted two humans crouching nearby. One of them was Tobias. Even as a wolf, I recognized the regret and sadness in his expression.

Tobias was there, and that meant he knew what had happened to me. My brain refused to go any farther than that.

The other human… After a second, I recognized her too. The hair color gave it away, perfectly matching the color of the fur on the wolf that bit me.

Fucking Melia. She eyed me with a contemptuous smirk which vanished quickly when Tobias glanced at her over his shoulder. He turned back to me, and Melia glowered. “He should be dead.”

“Fortunately for you, he isn’t,” Tobias snapped. “I thought you’d learned better control than this, Melia. Clearly I overestimated you.”

Melia bowed her head. “I’ll do better in the future. He could have died.”

As a wolf, tone of voice wasn’t quite as obvious to me as it was when I was human. But something in the way Melia spoke caught my attention. She meant what she’d said. I should have been dead, because that had been her intention. Maybe I was wrong, but the fury and contempt in her eyes confirmed it.

I snarled and tried to stand, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to get those four legs under me. Tobias raised his hands and took a couple steps toward me. “Kyle, easy,” he said softly. “We aren’t going to hurt you.”

“I didn’t mean for this to happen,” Melia said. “Tobias, I didn’t mean—”

“Shut up, Melia,” Tobias ordered without taking his eyes off me. “You’re here to see the results of your poor control, not to make apologies. I don’t think Kyle will accept your apology easily.”

I managed to move my head in something resembling a nod. Fuck if I’d ever forgive the bitch! It hadn’t been my fault I’d wandered into the path of a frigging werewolf. Like I’d even known there would be a wolf in the garden. It wasn’t the sort of thing people usually considered when going out to pick strawberries. “Oh, I’d better be careful; there might be a werewolf out there.” Right. Not outside horror movies.

Hopefully they’d figure out soon how to change me back so I could get things ready for my dinner with Tobias the next night. I’d be sorely pissed if that had to be put on hold.

The next night. Except I didn’t think it was “next” anymore. I had no clue how long I’d been unconscious. The sunlight streaming through the window beside me pretty clearly told me that it wasn’t night any longer. But if it wasn’t night, why was I still a wolf? Didn’t werewolves only shift when it was dark?

I blinked at Tobias and he caught the question. “It’s your first shift, Kyle. You changed while you were out cold and it’s going to take your body and mind a little while to coordinate so you’ll go back to human. That’s how it works for all of us our first time. And we can shift whenever we want.”

All of us.  Now I couldn’t prevent myself from grasping the truth. The truth Tobias and Mrs. Frelich had been so damned determined to keep from me. Tobias was one of the wolves. And he’d probably made sure none of the other neighbors would ever see anything he didn’t want them to. Tobias, the man I lusted after, was a fucking werewolf. I didn’t even know what to think about that.

“You have to eat something, Kyle,” Tobias said. He crouched low to look me in the eye. “You’ve been unconscious for three days, since Melia attacked you. You don’t know how sorry I am about this. I wanted to protect you from it.”

Even in my current form, my heart and a couple other things responded to his words. He did care about me. Maybe at our dinner he would have admitted all this to me. Though I certainly understood why he’d been reluctant. Without seeing it for myself, I probably wouldn’t have believed him.

He might have told me the truth, though, and if I’d believed him, if I hadn’t thrown him out, who knew where things might have ended up? I knew where I would have wanted them to end, whether Tobias was a werewolf or not.

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Biography

Karenna Colcroft lives just north of Boston, Massachusetts, and has been in love with the city since childhood, though she has yet to encounter any werewolves, vampires, or other paranormal beings in her travels. At least none that she knows of. Though since in her non-writing life, under another name, she offers services as a channel and energy healing practitioner, it could be said that she herself is a paranormal being. The jury’s still out on that.

Karenna is a polyamorous, nonbinary human who splits time between the home she shares with her husband and the one she shares with her committed partner. She also has two adult children and a bonus son, three grandchildren, and two and a half cats. (Half in terms of time the cat lives with her, not in terms of the cat itself…)

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