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Daughters of Artemis

Anthology

Out of Print

Werewolf lore has long been dominated by tales of the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology Daughters of Artemis explores this mostly neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos, with an erotic twist.

Bounty hunter Toni McGowan has faced supernatural beasts that would send most running, but her latest assignment may be the toughest yet—playing babysitter to a New Ager wannabe. Jade Nicols, though, has a few secrets of her own, the darkest of which may just get them both killed.

Luna Rivers isn't the most graceful of people at the best of times, and being stalked by shadowy figures and prowling wolves hardly qualifies. But after being rescued by the beautiful and sensual Syrene, Luna learns that there is more to herself than she'd ever suspected. She's a werewolf, too, and in a whole new world of danger.

Andrea—Andy to most—is a pack leader in the forests of Washington state. Poaching in a nearby pack's territory throws suspicion on Andy's leadership. In order to find the truth, Andy and her mate Fiona find themselves forced into an uneasy alliance with Rafael, the other pack's alpha.

Susan Runningwind is forty-five, but already strong enough to have earned a seat among her pack's elders. Jesse Westfield is a documentary filmmaker investigating the so-called "Werewolves of South Dakota". But when Jesse begins to get too close to the truth, Susan must make a choice between her pack's welfare, and the growing attraction she feels to the younger woman.

Sasha is the first female in the kingdom of the shapeshifting House of Wood to be granted leadership of her own pack. The transition is hardly smooth, however, and Sasha winds up at odds with Aneira, her mate. Failure to maintain control of her pack would mean demotion and shame, but doing what she knows she must could drive Aneira away forever.

When werewolf Katya captures blind weretiger Yun alone in the wilderness, she sees only an opportunity to finally end the raging conflict between their two peoples. Yun remains loyal to the tigers, though, and as time passes, Katya finds herself less and less inclined to force the information from her. But when the fight comes to them, both will see their loyalties tested in the crucible of battle.

"The Seattle wolves are coming into town," I told her. My flip flops made satisfying thwacking sounds against my feet. I walked silent so often that when I could make noise, I rejoiced in it. "I might be late."

"I'll call in delivery on my way home," she offered, and then, before I could remind her, "and I'll make sure to get extra, just in case."

"I'll try not to need it," I promised, and she grinned. She hated it when I brought my work home. I didn't blame her; she'd lost three coffee tables to it and a gorgeous wolf sculpture. I was still trying to find a suitable replacement.

Her ride was waiting, so she gave me a quick, chaste kiss. We weren't out to upset anyone, but I saw no reason at all we couldn't indulge in some of the same discrete public displays of affection that straight couples did.

After all, I wasn't humping her leg in the middle of the street. What more could they want?

I waited until the shuttle was out of sight, carrying her away from my world and into the human one, and then headed back to the house. The Seattle wolves weren't arriving until early afternoon, but that meant I had to compress an entire day's session into one morning to clear my schedule for them. I had a lot of audiences scheduled, too, just my luck.

Sometimes it was a pain in the ass—usually mine—to be pack leader.

-- from "The Fullness that Love Began" by Marie Carlson

5 - Sinclair Sexsmith for Lambda Literary
"The beastly nature of these stories surprised me, and when I got deep into the characters and plots I felt a connection to my own animal nature. Lesbian sex can certainly bring out the lusty, raw animal, and this collection pulled deeply on those tropes. Though we usually see werewolves as alpha males, there are plenty of alpha females out there and many have just as much command and demand."

5 - Sally at Bibrary Book Lust
"Daughters of Artemis is a really fascinating collection, with its own duality of spirit and tense dichotomy between horror and eroticism. Given the pack mentality of werewolves, and the traditional focus on the alpha male leader, it's really exciting to read a collection of stories about female werewolves who are both leaders and lesbians. Additionally, it's wonderfully rewarding to find authors who remain true to the wild mythology, while finding creative ways to make the stories contemporary."

5 - Fire Pages
"I loved Daughters of Artemis. The women in the stories are all strong, yet have diverse personalities that make each character unique. I liked the overall theme of wolf culture that was woven throughout each story. This provided a continuity that I subconsciously appreciated. I think anthologies are a great way to read many stories and meet talented new authors. Daughters of Artemis definitely exceeded my expectations."

3 - Between the Covers
"Anthologies are always hard to judge, since the writing varies, both based on strength and personal preferences.... For fans of the genre, this will be an enjoyable dip into several different worlds with varying takes on werewolves and steamy scenes between our heroines. It's worth a shot if these two things push all your buttons...."

0 - Good Lesbian Books
"The six stories range from 'why on earth did you publish this?' to completely and wonderfully awesome, and range from light romance to outright erotica, urban fantasy to mythology, to high fantasy. Is it worth picking up? Yes, there are enough good stories to be worth it, and there's enough variety, while staying on theme, that most people will find a favorite. Is it brilliant and outstanding? A couple of stories are, but the anthology as a whole comes out average."

Series

Daughters of Artemis

Length

77,000 words
186 pages

Release Date

Book Type

Anthology

Categories

Lesbian

ISBN

978-0-9827008-6-0 (print)
978-1-937058-28-9 (ebook)

Cover Art

Nathie Block

Keywords

F/F, werewolf, polyamory, menage a trois, interracial, pregnancy, bisexual

Contributors

Della R. Buckland
Erik Moore
K. Piet
Marie Carlson
S.L. Armstrong
Shashauna P. Thomas