A to Z Challenge – A for Alpha

Hi all,

Yay, it’s day 1 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – I’m so excited to get started! As you may have realised, my ‘theme’ is all things wolfie. I love wolves and they are a big inspiration in my writing, my current series is very loosely based on the red riding hood fairy story, with my own version of some ‘big bad wolves’ 😉 Scarlett Legacy is out now, and book 2 should be coming later this year. Since it’s A, I thought we better start at the top of the heap, so to speak, and have a look to some alphas.

packWolf packs are established according to a strict hierarchy, with a dominant alpha male at the top and alpha female not far behind. Usually this male and female are the only animals of the pack to breed. Packs consist of between five and ten animals – usually offspring from several years. All of a pack’s adults help to care for young pups by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt.The alpha pair can gain preferential access to food and other desirable items or activities, though the extent of this varies widely.

wolvesAlphas may achieve their status by superior  physical strength, through having the most experience in things like hunting and defending territory, or through social efforts and building alliances within the group. The alpha wolves are usually the ones to make decisions for the pack, like when they should go out hunting and when they should move from place to place.

The individual with alpha status sometimes changes, often through a fight between the dominant and a subordinate animal. Such fights may or may not be to the death. (eek, just wait for book 2!)

Although my wolves aren’t exactly ‘standard’ I wanted to make sure they still had some of the pack hierarchy and Damian is definitely in charge as Alpha. That also means that he is responsible for the safety and well-being of the pack though, which is something he takes very seriously.

Scarlett Legacy is on sale at Amazon now.

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Take care x


10 responses to “A to Z Challenge – A for Alpha”

  1. 😍 wow .
    Are they yours ?

    1. Sadly not (wouldn’t that be amazing?). One is a stock photo and the group one I got from a friend who lives very near a wolf sanctuary. I’m most jealous of her! 🙂

      1. Oooa :'(
        Don’t be sad , one day get them 🙂

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  2. Congrats on giving it a go, Shelli. I love your pics and the lowdown on what makes an Alpha. anne stenhouse

    1. Thanks, Anne. Yup, I may be slightly nuts to take on another project this month, but hopefully it will be fun 🙂

  3. I am really impressed you went with such a specific theme, I look forward to coming back and seeing what you come up with for all the other letters!

    1. Thanks, Tara. Yes, I must admit some of the letters were a bit of a challenge lol. Hope to see you back again x

  4. I love this. I’m a sucker for a good wolf romance story. Great info.
    P.S. Great minds think alike—at least with titles.

    Romance, Passion, & Thrills | ❤ Twitter: @sashaknight

    1. Thanks Sasha. Yup, def great minds, just been to check yours out 🙂 Gotta love alphas whichever the species lol!

  5. I like the wolf theme–can’t wait to see what comes next. Good luck with A-Z. I also wondered why I decided to add one more project for this month, but it’s been fun so far!

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