When pack politics collide with destined mates, Alpha Levi and his men must make some hard choices…
The Alpha’s Demiwolf (Utopia 1)
Kya: I’m half wolf, half human, and despised by both species. I hung on to my virginity until I got knocked up by the big bad wolf. Now, I’m going to bring another demiwolf into the world.
The Beta’s Spitfire (Utopia 2)
Samson: Levi and I have always been best friends. Now he’s the pack Alpha and I’m his beta, a.k.a. the man who cleans up after his shit storms. When he dumps his intended, it’s my job to take care of her. Delilah is beautiful, a real spitfire, and completely off limits. But she ignites a fire that makes my wolf sit up and howl.
The Omega’s Temptation (Utopia 3)
Alex: I’ve had enough of trying to please my parents and their pack. I escaped to hide among the humans, but now I have to choose -- stay in hiding or reveal my identity to save the woman I love?
Praise for Utopia
"I’m a fan of shifter romance and I loved all three stories. All the characters are great, with realistic problems to overcome before they can get their happily ever afters."
-- 4 Stars from Fancy1972, Amazon Review
"Idealist but real! This book touched on topics that we as humans can not seem talk about honestly. I have to say Ms. Stanley has a very clear grasp of the how we are perceived by others and ourselves when we are alone."
-- 4 Stars from Beast's Beauty, Amazon Review
"Each story is quick, but thorough. I ended up really enjoying the tales."
-- 4 Stars from Brandi, Amazon Review
"...short stories with insta-love... I enjoyed the characters."
"Each of the three stories revolves around a couple that has major obstacles to overcome. I loved seeing all the characters grow and accept themselves. The stories are well-written with plenty of emotion and heat. It’s a great read from beginning to end."
-- 5 Stars from H. Volpe, Amazon Review
"I loved this set--I got to read the series all at once (no waiting) so that was good for this not so patient reader! I have been a fan of shifter romance for a very very long time and so I am a sucker getting as many books about that as I can and I was definitely not disappointed in this set or with this author."
-- 5 Stars from Andrea, Amazon Review
"This is a box set of three short and quick reads. They are good paranormal reads about fated destined mates. I enjoyed all three stories. I enjoyed how they developed and love the characters!"
-- 4 Stars from Mary S., Kobo Review
"This set has three short shifter stories that you won't regret reading. I was quickly drawn into these stories and feel in love with the characters. Definitely not disappointed with this one."
-- 4 Stars from lmdez, Amazon Review
Praise for The Alpha's Demiwolf (Utopia 1)
"This is an adult novella so expect plenty of spice... there are sparks aplenty whenever they’re together. It was well-written, especially with such a short amount of words. There is world-building, and character-driven changes, all of which make this an enticing story. If you are looking for a book where animal attraction runs high then I have no hesitation in recommending this as a great coffee-break book."
-- 4 Stars from Moonflower, Long and Short Reviews
Praise for The Beta's Spitfire (Utopia 2)
"...a short but sweet HEA by Gale Stanley for Changeling Press. First off, Kudos to you Gale. This was a poignant tale that drew on the heartstrings... I thoroughly enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading more."
-- 5 Stars from Ken, Amazon Review
"I found this to be an interesting short story. I thought the plot was very well written... When Delilah and Samson finally both got onto the same page the sex between them was hot and steamy and I feel a lot of erotica readers will find it satisfying. With lots of plot and action this is a good story with a strongly paranormal world."
-- Fern, Long and Short Reviews
"The Beta’s Spitfire is a wonderful coming of age story paranormal style. I like how Delilah’s character grows and becomes stronger with every page. The story is about an evolution of love and personal growth and what happens when the life the characters thought they would have is turned upside down."
-- 4 Cups from Delane, Coffee Time Reviews
Praise for The Omega's Temptation (Utopia 3)
"While Cassie and Axel’s growing relationship is the main thrust of the story’s plot, I was really impressed that what I thought would be a cliched ex-boyfriend sub-plot turned into something far more fresh and interesting. With interesting characters and a few fresh twists to the plot, this was a really good short story that I enjoyed."
-- Fern, Long & Short Reviews
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Excerpt from The Alpha's Demiwolf
I cringed when I saw the billboard proclaiming, Girls! Girls! Girls! It was a tacky way to get attention, and I hated it. Averting my eyes, I turned the corner, pulled into the lot, and parked my old pickup behind the club. It was my first night at Show ’n Tails, and a definite step down from my old job, but I’d been fired and needed a gig ASAP.
The incident wasn’t my fault. There were two of us on the stage and Brandi was so sloshed she invaded my space and fell on her ass. As if that wasn’t enough, she accused me of tripping her. Well, one thing led to another and we both got canned. Another girl told me that Show ’n Tails was hiring and I went for an audition. The manager was an asshat, but he doesn’t ask too many questions. I like to keep a low profile.
This isn’t the life I wanted, but taking off my clothes pays the bills, and I won’t apologize for trying to earn a living. At least I’m not selling my body, just the illusion of sex. A lot of girls up their game, but not me. My virginity is the last piece of self-respect I own and I won’t give it up to some creep for any amount of money.
The heavy backdoor slammed shut and locked behind me and the manager shot me a dirty look. “Hey, Kya. You’re late.”
“Sorry, it won’t happen again. And my name is Raven when I’m working.”
Marty’s lip curled in a sneer. “Yeah, yeah. Whatever. You better get dressed. I mean undressed.” He snickered.
I ignored his disrespectful ass, and walked over to the dressing room. A row of dented lockers lined one wall. A wide counter with a lighted mirror behind it ran the length of the opposite wall. Everything stunk from sweat and cheap perfume. The long vanity was cluttered with makeup and no one made room for the new girl, so I started changing next to my locker. When a spot at the mirror opened up, I grabbed it and started working on my wild black curls.
Marty stuck his head in the door. “Hey, fresh meat, you’re on next.”
I knew he meant me. I was the newest girl there. Half of me cringed, the half that’s wolf. The half I keep hidden. Or is it a quarter of me I keep hidden? I guess it depends on how you look at it. A full-blooded wolf-shifter is already half human, although they’ll never admit to it. My father was a wolf, but my mother was human.
Does that mean I’m… Oh, fuck the fractions. No matter how you look at it, I’m a demiwolf.
But I look human. I checked my body in the mirror. Yep, a hot as hell human female stared back at me. Tacky, but sexy. Nothing says stripper like stiletto platform heels and a thong that shows off a girl’s booty. I slipped on a white, halter mini-dress with a drape-neck, an open back, and a side slit. Then I ran my hands through my curls and gave my lips one last swipe of purple-plum gloss.
It’s so much easier to call myself human and blend in with the majority. The humans are clueless. They know we exist, but they believe we keep to our own side of the tracks. The wolves are a different story. They can smell my lupine pheromones, but they don’t want me. I’m not pure. Fuck ‘em. At least I can make a living among the humans. Stripping might be a trashy job, but it pays for the life I’m trying to live. It’s not the life I want, but it’s all I’ve got. I used to dream about being accepted by my father’s people. Fat chance. They wouldn’t even accept him because he had a human lover and a half-breed kid.
My parents never married, but they lived together -- sometimes. When my father was around, I was daddy’s girl. But all too often, he would disappear as if he had no family. My mother would drink and tell me that he liked to hang out with his own kind in places where we weren’t accepted. When he came back from his trips, he’d act cold and resentful, but it wouldn’t last long. Eventually, he’d tell me he loved me and everything would be okay again. I thought nothing would keep us apart for good. I was wrong.
One day he didn’t come back. We found out he was killed in a bar fight. One of his so-called friends called me a mongrel and Dad died defending me. My mother cried and cried. She said this was why they never wanted kids. So I was what… an accident?
I couldn’t blame them. Not really. Life was hard enough without being born with this weird mix of genes. I hated myself, too. I wished I’d never been born. At least I could make things easier for my mother. As soon as I finished school, I left home and never looked back.
While waiting to go on, I thought about my routine -- floor work, then pole dancing, then back on the floor. I’m not nervous anymore about being naked in front of a roomful of men. I was at first, but now I focus on my moves. I’ve been scorned and dehumanized all my life, so I like to emphasize something I can do well -- dance.
I peeked through the curtain and watched Candy finish her routine. There’s a mirror behind the stage and a pole in the center. Chairs surrounded the stage for customers who wanted direct contact with the dancers. I watched one of the men put a bill in his mouth. Candy shoved her breasts in his face and used them to grab the money. There were hoots and hollers and more men waved bills at her. She collected all of her tips, then picked up her clothes, and ran off the stage.
The DJ, sitting in an alcove nearby, introduced me. “Next up is a beautiful lady who’s new here. You’re gonna see her naked for the first time tonight.”
Well, it’s not a complete lie. It’s my first time naked on this stage.
“Give Raven a nice warm welcome.”
My heartbeat skyrocketed as I stepped through the curtains and climbed the three steps to the stage. The opening bars of my music started up and I began to move.
* * *
My anticipation ran high. I’m always excited to see new talent. Samson made a joke about the taste of fresh meat and we all laughed, then I looked up at the stage and my eyes practically popped out of my head, like in one of those old cartoons. The new girl… what’s her name? Raven. She took my breath away. Her curvy shape and that thick black mane had me salivating. From what I could see, everything looked natural, and she had the best set of legs in the club.
“That is one hot piece of ass.” Samson stood up. “I need a closer look.”
Samson walked over to the stage and we all followed. Raven smiled in our direction and my heart took a leap. Her white mini dress emphasized all that golden skin, but it was her eyes that really stood out. Almond in shape and color, they seemed to be staring directly at me.