Alina Popescu, Writer

Tales of the Werewolf Tribes

The world is divided between werewolf tribes. Each has its own culture, rules, and territory. Come meet these tribes and their leaders in the paranormal romance series Tales of the Werewolf Tribes published by Wayward Ink Publishing.

Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes, Book One)

StrengthtoLetGo-3DrenderAfter being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.

Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.
His death.

Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous consequences of having Shiki die in battle.
Instead, he saves him.

Having suffered loss himself, Ganz takes it upon himself to help Shiki deal with his pain.

Blake, Shiki’s best friend since childhood, is as determined to show him there is life after a wolf’s ultimate loss.

Could there also be something ‘more’ for them after friendship?

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Readers and Reviewers on Strength to Let Go

It all begins and almost ends with Shiki losing his two husbands for reasons he could only guess. His inability to find the answers is just one of the few things that drove him on a suicide mission. Shiki has to get out of his depression and do something. And he does. The journey to that point where he finally found the energy to get up and be out there as beta, now that is what this read is all about.

It is a heartbreaking story, Shiki goes through. Two men help him out. Ganz and Blake. But it is Blake who finally gets him to get out of his funk and face the world and responsibilities. To finally live again.

Narrative, image-filled, emotional. Alina can turn text into a movie in my mind. The action sequences here, they put bushido movies to a test. As for the characters, think cosplay and you get the full blast of her men. Yes, she’s really good.

JP, Multitaskingmomma book blog

Alina has given one of my favorite characters a beautiful start to his story. The playfulness and fun I love about Shiki are definitely included in the story. However, the book does not begin on a particularly hearts and flowers note.

The first part of the story devastated me. My heart broke for Shiki. While I understood the devastation and the reasoning for his decision (I’m not doing spoilers LOL) I wanted to wrap him up and just hold him. His pain was written so vividly, I fought tears to continue reading.

JT Cheyanne, author

Apart from a small anthology story this is the first thing I have read by Alina Popescu and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement!

Strength to Let Go moves away from the normal view in stories that I have read that once a shifter, in particular werewolves, have found their mates that that’s it for life. The view that has everyone shouting ‘mine’ and mates that would die to protect what they have found.

Prism Book Alliance

I should admit I have never come across a shifter story till now, where the MC is being abandoned by his own mate/s. In all the shifter stories I have run across so far the love between mates was undeniable, instantaneous, and forever-lasting, so you can imagine how astonished I was that here this isn’t the case. And I love it!

I liked the way Shiki overcame the state of devastation he was forced into and how smoothly his friend and future partner Blake made him forget all about the betrayal and rejection he suffered. Their way of passing the friendship borders and finally becoming lovers was very touching and even accompanied with couple of very funny scenes among the rest.

Ally, reviewer

Book Trailer

Werewolf Tribes

Dragons of the Fang

Location: Far East Asia, including Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia etc.
Leadership: Japan clans. Alpha—Shishou Kirishima. Betas—Shiki Kirishima, Ren Yukina
Other special traits: Must be born into the tribe. Cannot turn humans. Eyes turn blue when the wolf comes closer to the surface (strong emotions or arousal are big triggers).

Sons of Ulric

Location: United Kingdom, Ireland, Northern countries
Leadership: U.K. clans. Alpha—Stuart Hawkwood. Betas—Doug / Douglass Margrave, Paul Townsend
Other special traits: Must be born into the tribe. Cannot turn humans.

Dacian Wolves

Location: Eastern Europe, parts of Central Europe, Balkans, Turkey.
Leadership: Romanian clans. Alpha—Vicks (Victoria) Ionescu. Beta—Cristian Ghica
Other special traits: Constant number—2,000 wolves, must be born into the tribe, cannot turn humans. The Dacian Wolves’ alpha is the leader of all werewolf tribes and heads the Tribes’ Council. Position in the tribe is given by the placement of a Dacian Wolf tattoo that appears when a wolf turns (back of the neck for alpha, shoulder for beta, upper torso for war leaders, lower on the body for everyone else).

Loups Royals

Location: France, Spain, Portugal, North African countries
Leadership: French clans. Alpha—Etienne Chevalier. Beta—Claude Lachance.
Other special traits: Can turn humans.

Saxon Fighters

Location: Germany, Italy, Switzerland, part of Central Europe
Leadership: German clans. Alpha—Michael König. Betas—the Kühn twins, Greta and Walter
Other special traits: Must be born into the tribe. Cannot turn humans.

Gray Spirits

Location: North, Central, and South America
Leadership: Only tribe led by a Council of Elders. They give directives to the War Council led by the War Chief.
Other special traits: Can turn humans but warriors and Elders must be born into the tribe.

Siberian Killers

Location: Russia, Mongolia, some parts of the Middle East
Leadership: Mongolian clans. Alpha—Chinggis. Beta—Ganzorig
Other special traits: Must be born into the Mongolian clans. Other clans can turn humans. Any wolf that steps into Siberian Killer territory will be killed.

Werewolf Tribes Map

Other worldwide werewolf tribe directives:

  • Turning humans requires leadership approval.
  • The secrecy of werewolf existence must be upheld by members of each and every clan.
  • Leadership representatives must attend the two Tribes’ Councils (spring and autumn). The location for the next meeting is established during each council.
  • Tribes are made up of clans. Clans are divided into packs (not always, one pack can also count as a clan).
  • Most wolves that don’t change eye color have a golden circle around their pupils or golden flecks in their irises.

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