Marek was originally created from a dare. In 2006 Duality won the WisRWA Fab 5 Silver Quill Award, and I met one of the first-round judges, author Donna Marie Rogers. When TWRP had their Got Wolf? contest, Donna told me I should write something to enter. I told her I didn't do short. (Duality is 108K.) She dared me to try, so I did. I wanted to do something different than the usual urban fantasy/paranormal romance.
I've always been drawn to nature. It's just easier to breathe in the woods. My Morab Sassy and me still go riding on the weekends (wearing very glamorous Day-Glo yellow vests & saddle pads to ward off hunters). When I was in high school, we had to take a test that categories interests & skills into career choices, and one of mine was "park/forest ranger." Although that didn't happen to ME, my heroine Cheyenne IS with the US Forestry Service. A white wolf shifter and guardian of the natural world.
So now, about Marek's New World, the story. It's a 27K novella, what I call a "contemporary rural paranormal" romance and has a strong environmental theme. I wanted a "girl next door" pretty heroine, and a Native American hero. Enter Amanda Tapping and Rick Mora as Cheyenne & Marek. You can check out my Pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/reneewildes/marek/
When park ranger Cheyenne Rafferty’s truck is destroyed by an earthquake, she doesn't think her day can get any worse. Until she runs afoul of a demon from the ancient past - and the compelling warrior who followed it forward in time.
Hero Marek awakens 2000 years in the future, to a world all but incomprehensible. Sent to teach modern warriors to combat the Reynak, he now finds the demon the only thing familiar. His people and their epic struggle have been lost to the passage of time. The only one willing to help him is a daughter of the earth, a beautiful shifter woman with the heart of a wolf.
I have high hopes for my new baby Phoenix!