Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why LOKI'S WOLVES as a series title? #Giveaway @MelissaSnark

Coming up with a series title for my Victoria Storm novels proved to be more difficult than the actual book titles. I would have been content with the character's first name, but later stories will be from other characters' points of view.  

My werewolves are descended from the trickster god, Loki, which is where I eventually acquired my series title. Loki is a fun and fascinating figure in Norse mythology...

Sometimes known as Lopt, Loki was the Norse fire god. He was the son of the giants Farbauti and Laufey, and he became Odin’s blood brother.His main role was that of a trickster. He was clever and manipulative, a mischief-maker and a shape-shifter. He often caused trouble for the other gods, either on purpose or as a result of getting himself into a difficult situation, and sometimes risked serious harm to the other gods. 
"The children of Loki" (1920) by Willy Pogany
He fathered three children with the giantess Angrboda: Fenrir, Jormungand, and Hel. Fenrir was a huge wolf who was so strong that every attempt by the gods to bind him failed; he snapped the first chain, Laeding, and the second one, Droma. The third one, Gleipnir, was magical and strong enough, but Fenrir refused to be bound by it until Tyr offered to put his arm in the wolf's mouth as a gesture of goodwill. When Fenrir was bound and realised that he could not break Gleipnir, he bit off Tyr's arm, and at Ragnarok, he would break free of even that chain.

Fenrir's brother, Jormungand, was an enormous serpent who was cast into the sea by Odin. He was so large that he was able to surround the world of men, Midgard, completely, biting his own tail. He would only let go at the end of the world, when he was destined to kill Thor and be killed by him in turn.

Finally, there was their sister Hel, a half-living, half-rotten woman. She was cast into the underworld by Odin, where she became the grim ruler of the dead.
Valkyrie Victoria Storm has werewolf hunters hell bent on revenge trying to kill her. She can barely keep her own downtrodden pack alive, let alone respond to the pleas of a murdered mother.  Can she set aside her differences and work with her sworn enemy to save a little boy from a Christmas nightmare?

Free Everywhere:

Victoria Storm faces seemingly insurmountable odds to keep her dwindling pack of werewolves alive and together. She fights hunters- including the brother and father of her deceased lover-and the pack takes another devastating loss. When they seek sanctuary in a small town near Lake Tahoe, high in the secluded Sierra Nevada Mountains, Victoria discovers they are infringing on the territory of a vastly more powerful Alpha wolf. To save her pack, she uses her feminine wiles to seduce the Alpha. Nothing comes easily for Victoria. Her plans are complicated by the Alpha's erratic son, a ghostly wife, and a vengeful witch. Not even her status as a Valkyrie or the favor of the Goddess Freya can change the course of destiny for Victoria or her packmates.

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Kim said...

Awesome series title! Anytime Loki is involved it's going to be nonstop chaos!

Melissa Snark said...

Thanks! And yes, I have a lot of fun things planned! Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

Catherine Lee said...

To what do you attribute the continuing appeal of werewolf and shifter stories?
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