Wolfie World Tour – Vivian Arend Guest Post



Welcome to the next stop on the WOLFIE WORLD TOUR. And now I have to do a 180-degree turn because someone asked me… what the heck a wolfie was.



Okay, I know. It’s not the usual name for a group of paranormal people who can shift into wolves. It’s not my fault—I didn’t make it up. Really! Shortly after the first book released I got mail from readers asking when the next wolfie book was going to be out. I thought it was a fun, somewhat appropriate, a little off the wall name, and I ran with it. The wolves in my worlds have been referred to as wolfies ever since.

But if you’ve never read one of the books, maybe it’s confusing. So I asked on Twitter. “What’s the difference between a werewolf and a wolfie” just to see what the people following me thought.

:headdesk: The results were TOO FUNNY.

First off, one of my best friends didn’t know the story and thought I’d come up with the wolfies as a marketing thing. If only I was that smart. Then I got a few answers that made me snort. Things like:


Sounds like the werewolf equivalent of a buckle bunny! (Oh dear! Probably not what you intended, right?)

IDK – but if I had to guess….a werewolf is a noun and wolfie sounds more like an adjective.

Obedience training.  (I swear I spewed Coke on this one. Read the question again and then this answer.)

Werewolf = badass killer Wolfie = harmless pet J  (To which I replied: Shaun’s not gonna like THAT)

But I think my favorite of them all is this one by Renae_Jones:

Wolfie: less likely to rip out your grandmothers throat and leave it on your doorstep as squishy fun surprise.


THAT, my friends, sums up the wolfies nicely. They have traits of wolves in them. The pack hierarchy, the Alpha, the Omega. They like being around others, they find comfort in the pack. My wolfies mate for life, and they know that mate by scent and other clues. Doesn’t mean they don’t have to work to have a good relationship.

A couple other differences between Weres and my wolfies. The full moon doesn’t cause a shift although it can help a new wolf, especially a grown wolf, who’s changing for the first time. And the full moon is ritualistically used in wolf culture. But it’s not the ‘oh noes! I’m gonna change against my willllllll…..’ kinda thing.

There’s only being a human, or a wolf, no in-between creature like some were stories. And bonus for my world—shifting feels good. Unlike those poor creatures in some stories who go through hell every time they shift. I know, it makes sense for shifting to be painful. But I’m too wimpy to be mean to my wolves. So instead? It’s like this:

Maggie bowed politely to the captain of the team, backing away with deference before leaping into Erik’s arms. “I can do this. I really and truly can do this.”

He patted her cheek. “I knew you could. Now get naked, little wolf, and let’s go for a run.”

Stripping off her clothes was freeing. Seeing the admiration in her mate’s eyes brought even more pleasure. But the sensation of shifting itself was almost orgasmic. Last night she’d been too worried she wouldn’t be able to shift, she’d missed the awesome physical rush. Today she experienced it fully, moaning with delight.

“Are you going to do that every time you shift? Because, holy shit, that was hot…” Erik nudged her flank and her wolf took control, teasing and rubbing against her mate. “Whoa, sweetheart. We’re in the middle of a contest. Remember? As much as I enjoy sex with you, now is not the time. Rein her in.”



Let’s see, anything else? Oh. Sarcasm. Even with the rules of the pack, or maybe because of them, your typical wolf has a decent sense of humor. Poking fun at others is almost a requirement that says ‘I care about you.”

Light-hearted, happily ever afters. Wolfies. There you go.


If you leave a comment today, you’ll be entered to win a gift card for $50 to the book store of your choice. As well, check out my blog for the daily Friends of the Wolfies giveaway. And come back tomorrow and there will be an exclusive excerpt from BLACK GOLD  to enjoy.

UPDATE: Multiple entries will NOT count.

60 thoughts on “Wolfie World Tour – Vivian Arend Guest Post”

  1. I’ve enjoyed Vivian Arend’s works and look forward in reading Black Gold. I’ll return tomorrow to read the excerpt; I know it will be great.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. I love the Wolfies and have Black Gold on preorder. The world (or my world) could definitely use more.

  3. I didn’t know what a wolfie was but I love that last response about them not ripping your grandmother’s throat out 🙂 Can’t wait to read the first in this new series!

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  4. I like your wolfies Viv, I like to think of them as being extra big…don’t laugh, well you can if you want…like in the twilight movie where Jacob walks up to Bella in his wolf form and rubs up against her, his shoulders are at her head level.
    The last response you gave was funny …squissy surprise. Love it.

  5. Look forward to reading Black Gold, Wolfies sound like very interesting characters.

    skpetal (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. I’ve only recently “met” Vivian’s wolfies, but have quickly fallen in love with them! 🙂 I can’t wait to read Black Gold.

    Btw, that whole “recognizing one’s mate by scent” thing, I find really sexy!

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  7. LOL!! LOVE the Obedience training answer, priceless! 😀

    Thanks Viv for this informative post, really enjoyed reading these deinitions (LMAO) and great to see all the differences listed in one place by you ;-D

    I laughed so hard imagining Shaun’s reaction to being called a harmless pet ;-D lol

  8. I love Vivian’s books. Looking forward to Black Gold. Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. LOL. Those are some great definitions of “wolfie”. Teehee. So excited for Black Gold. No housework or school work will be done in this house on Tuesday until the book has been conquered. 😀

  10. Ah, LOL! Those definitions are certainly helpful and do clarify a few things 😉 Can’t wait to read your newest wolfies, Viv!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  11. I haven’t read any of Vivian’s books yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.


  12. WOW – how have I missed these books? They sound wonderful. I love a story with snark and a happy ending.

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

  13. It’s your humor that makes your stories so much fun to read. I am definitely a wolfie fan!

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  14. I had always wondered why you called them Wolfies! I didn’t always think it fit. I mean they are kinda of badass. Ha!

  15. I love your wolfies. I love everything about them They are the most lovable, funniest and wonderful characters I have read in a long time. When I finished the last book in the Granite Pack series, I slowed the last chapter so I wouldn’t come to the end so fast. I hate it when a good series comes to an end, and so do NOT want this one to end yet…..*S*
    Thanks you for not letting that happen, and for the blog tour. *S*
    As an Alaskan I DO love the wolves, sending you some howls and yips….LOL

    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  16. I’ve loved all of your guest posts but I think this is my favorite:) I love your Wolfies and I’m SO excited that you wrote a full length novel. I really can’t wait. I want to reread them all beforehand but I can’t right now:( I’ll have to read Black Gold,THEN reread the other stories, then Black Gold again! Yep, that’s the plan.

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

  17. Viv’s wolfies are such fun to read. I fell in love with TJ in the first book, and was delighted when he got his own book. And Black Gold is going to do just as well as the Granite Lake books-I just know it!!!


  18. I loved the tweets you got. I look forward to reading your wolfie stories. 🙂

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  19. I love that wolfies mate for life. I find that really romantic and touching. I wish more humans were like that LOL. Would love to read Black Gold, and thanks for the excerpts!


  20. This was a cute post. What appeals to me about wolfies are that they are so protective and loyal. Plus they would make pretty great cuddlers being so furry.

  21. I like the training answer and buckle bunny. I’m drawn to the wolfies because they are so loyal and they mate for life and they recognize their mate so quickly and they aren’t afraid of that.

  22. Thanks for the post as I’m new to the wolfies, but I really like that they differentiate from other kinds of shifters.


  23. The answers to your question makes me think I really need to start reading this series. It sounds like my sort of humour.

  24. Well I am certainly glad we got the Wolfie issue clear up LOL Thank you for sharing the fun today and making me smile. I am intrigued 🙂


  25. Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL}

    I love your type of ‘wolfie’. I sure hope this book will be in paperback, because I really want to get it.

  26. This blog tour is my first introduction to Wolfies….I have to say I am soooo interested.
    Gonna be begging for this one. Maybe I will get it with my new kindle.

  27. Love your Wolfies. Much better then some wolves I’ve read. Cannot wait to read Black Gold. It’s o the old TRL already.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  28. Thanks for clearing that up! I was thinking of wolfies as grown men who turn into cute, cuddly little wolf puppies upon the full moon, but now I know better!! Your book sounds great, Vivian, and I can’t wait to read it 😀

  29. I like that your Wolfies love to change. I’ve always thought that was the worse thing about Werewolves, the pain of changing. Made me wonder why they ever bothered if they had a choice.

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