Spoilers below about Rogue Alpha. (And there’s a LOT to talk about. I’m going to get into a bunch of it because I’m really excited about the changes this book brought to the series and the future of the series)
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OH NO, WITCHES!
Not all witches are bad, but they’re getting a bit of a reputation for being somewhat of a problem for other supernaturals at this point. Maybe the next Tribunal Archives series will be my witch series. It was going to be, but then Everly invaded my brain space and refused to leave.
But that’s not the point.
The point is: There are witches out there who believe it’s their god-given right to enslave the moon cursed. If you think it’s over with this book, you are very very wrong. Welcome to the second half of the Jacky Leon series. Truly.
I have to keep telling people I have a plan. 80-90% of the Jacky Leon series is not “on the fly, whatever I feel like writing that book”. I plan this stuff out (The other 10-20% gives me the freedom to shift or evolve if something changes for characters in ways i don’t expect). In a 15 book series that plan is really important. At book 15, Jacky Leon’s story ends. Finale, moving on, etc. Rogue Alpha introduces (some of) the problems Jacky needs to face to get to that ending, plus…
M Y BABIES ARE ENGAGED! -insert happy sobbing-
Been waiting for that and it could only happen one way for these two. Jacky and Heath might not have fireworks, but they have this steady burn of togetherness that I find genuine and adult. They’re not teenagers with this heart racing, the world is ending passion. They’re mature about it, they’re partners. For a man like Heath, having a partner is a new experience that he craves and wants to keep. For Jacky, it’s just how relationships should be done and he’s the man she wants to have her partner.
My sweet babies. I love them. Love Carey, Landon, and Dirk too. And my good boy, aro ace Oliver. Let’s discuss those babies.
Carey was fun to write this book, honestly. From being a pretty typical teenage girl to a supportive daughter there for Jacky after the attack. She’s more complex than I think many will give her credit for. She’s tough and yet… normal. She makes her mistakes with her dad and brother and Jacky, but she steps up for them too.
Landon and Dirk? Silent, stoic men that don’t open themselves up to many… except each other. Their off-screen romance was because they would never have a romance in front of Jacky of Heath. Never. But now? They’re together now! And with that comes how they act in private but not private anymore. Yeah, they joke and talk shit all the time together and it’s bleeding into their public faces. they relax each other. They’re men with burdens, but together, they can be almost boyish, something neither of them had a lot of growing up, no matter how much their loving fathers tried to give it to them. (and oh shit, Dirk is a werewolf now! Feel free to speculate)
And Oliver, finally in the thick of it. He’ll be back. He’s rattled, but he’s a good kid. Everything is out of his weight class. his one friend was brutally attacked and Changed. Will he be next? No one knows.
And let me take a moment to bring up this new cast of characters joining the crew in Jacksonville, Texas. (They’re not all on the Tribunal Archives website yet but here’s the site for reference in the future: https://tribunalarchives.com/
Fenris: I don’t even know. Enjoy some purely chaotic energy and ridiculousness. Talk about things I didn’t even expect… (But now I have him folded into the plan, so it’s okay)… (WHAT IS YOUR REAL NAME?!)
Teagan: Is getting a standalone novella. Full Moon Magic, actually. I can finally tell you! YAY! You’ll find it 4 October, 2022 in the Rituals and Runes Anthology. Finally time to get into the head of a Beta and figure out what makes them tick. Also, will it make him leave the pack already? You’ll have to find out. He’s the legal guardian of two older teens. I never mention it, but those boys are 16/17 in Rogue Alpha, and generally, that makes them old enough to know the laws of their kind. However, if another pack attacked, they would be exempt from punishment/violence because of their age. That will change at 18 for them.
Shamus and Co: The cool family is back. Loved writing Stacy and Shamus in Oath Sworn. Happy to see them back.
And Ranger… Poor Ranger. God, I hurt him really bad. He wasn’t mate bonded with Sheila but it was really heading that way and… yeah, I definitely ruined it. He’s a good man, though. He’s going to do his best on three legs and in a small pack, Heath will be able to keep him alive while he adjusts.
There’s more. There’s just so much this book, but this is what I’ve got to start off the discussion. You guys can theory craft and speculate in the comments. Enjoy!