8 Reasons Shifters Make Their Home in Big Sky Country
“You want me to write what?”
That was my question when my agent suggested I write a cowboy meets shifter paranormal romance proposal for Sourcebooks Casablanca. Before I drafted the debut book in my new Seven Range Shifters series, Cowboy Wolf Trouble, every book I’d written was set in upstate New York, and as a born and bred Detroiter turned Floridian, I’d never lived anywhere near Big Sky Country nor had I spent many days on a cattle ranch. My previous characters were city-slickers, far from cowboys, but the challenge of writing my signature badass alpha heroes in a new, non-suburban setting called to me and before I knew it, I was researching everything from management of wild horses to how to birth a baby calf.
Despite my newfound interest in all things Big Sky Country, I know some paranormal romance readers (like myself initially!) might be skeptical about a shifter romance with a cowboy twist, so with that in mind, I give you the Eight Reasons Shifters Make Their Home in Big Sky Country…
Wide Open Spaces
It’s like the Dixie Chicks song, but with sexy muscled cowboys who can shift into wolves. What shifter wouldn’t love to make their home in a vast open landscape where they can stretch their legs in wolf form?
The forests and mountain ranges of Big Sky Country offer predatory shifters plenty of opportunity to hunt for prey, but don’t worry, though my heroes are bad boy cowboys, I promise you won’t see Cowboy Wolf Trouble hero, Wes Calhoun, seeking out Bambi…at least not on the page.
City lights leave wolf shifters like the Grey Wolf Pack exposed to human eyes and intervention. How would you like to battle your enemies with a confused and terrified human audience? The forests of Montana’s mountain ranges provide the perfect cover for covert supernatural affairs.
Low Population Density
More humans = more problems…at least that’s what Cowboy Wolf Trouble hero, Wes Calhoun, would tell you when he gets caught in a human rancher, Naomi Evan’s, wolf trap.
What other region of the United States boasts more biological diversity than Yellowstone and it’s surrounding mountain ranges? The Grey Wolves aren’t the only shifters that make their home in Big Sky Country. Seven shifter packs rule the Montana mountains they call home.
Self-Sustainable Income (Ranching)
The isolation of a large cattle ranch operation--run solely by Grey Wolf packmembers--allows the pack to earn a hearty living without extensive human interaction. Plus, you’d be hard-pressed to get these rough and tumble cowboys into a business suit.
The frigid cold of Montana may be off-putting to some, but to shifters whose body heat is as hot as what they can do beneath the sheets, the cold is a welcome relief.
Who says shifters can’t enjoy the gorgeous views?
To the Grey Wolves and the other shifters of the Seven Range Pact, what they say in real estate is true: it’s all about location, location, location.
Cowboy Wolf Trouble - Seven Range Shifters Book 1
"Kait Ballenger is a treasure you don't want to miss." —GENA SHOWALTER, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Seven shifter clans call the Montana mountains home.
But a new evil will stop at nothing to tear their world apart.
For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to keep the peace. Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up his violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps catching up with him...
Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her father's legacy. Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the verge of war—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab in the middle of it.
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Kait Ballenger hated reading when she was a child, because she was horrible at it. Then by chance she picked up the Harry Potter series, magically fell in love with reading, and never looked back. When she realized shortly after that she could tell her own stories, and they could be about falling in love, her fate was sealed. She earned her B.A in English from Stetson University-like the Stetson cowboy hat-followed by an M.F.A in Writing from Spalding University. After stints working as a real vampire aka a phlebotomist, a bingo caller, a professional bellydancer, and an adjunct English professor, Kait finally decided that her eight-year-old self knew best: she's meant to be a romance writer. When Kait's not preoccupied with writing captivating paranormal romance, page-turning suspense or love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family, being an accidental crazy cat lady (she has 4 now-don't ask), or with her nose buried in a good book. She loves to travel, especially abroad, and experience new places. She lives in Florida with her doting librarian husband, her two adorable young sons, a loveable mangy mutt of a dog, and the four conniving felines.