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  • Author to Author: Sharing Books and Inspiration

    By J. Daniel Reed

    Congratulations to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library program team and volunteers for the Lit Stoll, Saturday June 25th held in four downtown Arlington Heights establishments. It was an extremely well-organized event, featuring four Illinois authors—all of whom were wonderful to meet and listen to. I enjoyed the event author to author, sharing books and inspiration.

    Jon Seidel, federal courts reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and true crime author of Second City Sinners

    Mia P. Manansala, award winning mystery/thriller author and her Tita Rose Kitchen Mystery series

    Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author, and her latest release Woman on Fire

    Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author, reviewing her beloved Mason series and more of her work

    On a personal note, while impressed with all of the authors, I want to express what a thrill it was to meet Elizabeth Berg and to hear her thoughts on the importance of reading, on her experience writing books, and on how she came to be an author. IMHO, she is an incredibly talented and lovely soul. While there is no doubt, she inspired many in attendance with her presentation, she especially inspired me to continue my effort to write stories that have personally and socially redeeming messages.

    She reassuringly confirmed that while writing, character’s personalities often surprise her as they are developed, and they can lead her storytelling in unexpected ways. This reality of writing is expressed by current and past authors, including two of my favorites, Ernest Hemingway and Dean Koontz. Having experienced this myself writing The First Wolf Pack and again with my pending novel (coming this fall) it was big-time supportive of my new author experience. Thank you, Elizabeth Berg!

  • Fans of Dog and Wolf, one of the beloved Aesop’s Fables, or those who have ever wondered how the first dog came into being, will be captivated by the powerful novel The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable. With its rich descriptions and memorable characters, the story is a heartwarming and action-packed journey into ancient history told from the perspective of a modern dog. You will discover what every dog knows about the true beginnings of human civilization and the connection between man, wolf, and dog.

    From the Reader’s Perspective

    You’ve heard what the publisher says, but what are readers and reviewers saying? Here is a taste of some of the well-deserved praise:

    Loved it! 
    “A mythical story of the ancient origin of wolf packs told second-hand by a modern dog that shares lessons of cooperation and compassion…It’s a good read for fans of personified animal tales, dangerous adventures, and powerful female leads.” —Jada Wilson, Reedsy Discovery

    An original and compelling tale that captures the very heart of the ancestry of “man’s best friend.” I so admired the attention to detail that inspired such a novel. As I was reading The First Wolf Pack, I saw my own dogs in a new light.”–Beth Hoselton, Artist

    “J. Daniel Reed’s fantasy tale of The First Wolf Pack draws the reader into an imaginary world of two mighty predators who must decide to survive together or fight to the death...The author has created an epic saga of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, or other Norse legends of old, even faintly reminiscent of Eden and the first humans. We learn how humans and wolves intertwine. Those who love poring over those tales will thoroughly enjoy The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable.“–Lisa Lickel, Windy City Reviews

    “I was completely caught up in the telling (it felt like the re-telling) of this legend, and how a society can learn to live together, cooperate, evolve and prosper. Although on one level, it is an engrossing tale about wolves, there are also many good lessons we can all take to heart. If you’re a dog (or wolf) lover, this book is for you. And if you’re not a dog lover, this tale might just make you one.”

    “Great book, written as a fable. The story is told on many levels and makes one reflect on life and what is important. Also, a great book to read with one’s children. Looking forward to more from this writer.”

    You’ll find even more reviews on Amazon

    Where to Learn More and Connect with Author J. Daniel Reed

    You will find The First Wolf Pack on the following websites:

    Amazon , Amazon Canada

    Amazon UK

    Barnes and Noble

    Bookshop.org

    Connect with J. Daniel Reed:

    Facebook

    Goodreads

    BookBub

    Have you already read the book? Kindly leave a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads. Use the comments section on our blog to tell us which wolf-hero is your favorite character!

    The First Wolf Pack

    Buy it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble

    “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”

    –Paul Sweeney
  • Which character from the novel are you? Take the Quiz!

    Have you ever wondered if you had a spirit animal? Or maybe you have met an animal—even one of your own pets—who reminds you of yourself or someone you know? More than likely you have.

    While there are many famous personality tests around, Enneagram, The Fascination Advantage, Myers & Briggs, and DiSC to name a few, there has never before been a personality test that links you to The First Wolf Pack!

    Let’s have some fun! Take the personality quiz to find out which character from the novel The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable you are. (Don’t forget to share with friends.)

    https://www.opinionstage.com/t3c/which-character-from-the-first-wolf-pack-a-dog-s-fable-are-you

    P.S. When you’re done with the quiz, head back to this page to see the other characters in the pack!

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    Meet the Other Characters from the First Wolf Pack!

    You are Casso!

    Small and mighty, you are known as “The Pint-size Powerhouse”. People admire you for your courage, loyalty, and determination. You are quick to help others and are not afraid to take the lead. Likeable and humble, you have many friends and fans

    You are Fic!

    Sensitive and kind, you can almost see into the hearts and souls of others. You have the ability to put your thoughts and needs on hold to help people. Despite your empathetic nature, you can also connect with your inner wolf to ferociously defend your loved ones and protect others.

     

    You are Ellip!

    Beautiful in and out, you are the clever one with a side of spunk! Smart, curious and unique, you are also fiercely tender to protect those you love. Your sometimes brittle shell reveals a most loving and tender heart. You can wield sarcasm naturally, as an attractive sense of humor

     

    You are Bord!

    Quiet, brave, and reserved you are the Wolf Pack’s secret weapon. You know your past and are determined to make a better future. You do not suffer fools, cheats, or liars gladly. You love your pack and are eternally grateful for the place they have in your life. You often prefer action to words.

     

    You are Jett!

    With a calm reserve and easygoing nature, you exude joi de vivre and confidence in your abilities. While you find humor in life, you have also learned the great lesson of acceptance. When you aren’t communicating to the world, you show your devotion to your pack in all you do.

     

    You are Tria!

    Ever mysterious, you let few close to you. Your many strengths, combined with your suspicious nature, can make you seem intimidating to others. Once you find those who understand you, you shine. Sometimes anguished by your tendency to act before others are ready, you find peace with the friends who know your heart. You will make a great impact on the world!

     

    You are Arn!

    Large and in charge, you are a natural-born leader. You are a fierce warrior but you also understand that your internal flaws can make for a compelling life lesson. Counseling others, you guide them and love them like no other.

     

    You are Barr!

    Wise and reserved, with great discernment into your pack and your neighbors, you are one who has insight, understanding everyone. You are happy to lovingly defer praise and attention to others in your pack in spite of all you do.

     

    You are Versa!

    A wise and tender leader, you are devoted to your pack, discovering solutions to their needs. Fearless and persistent, you eschew fatigue and fear. You lead with trust and can easily communicate with both your pack and outsiders.

     

    You are Ammer!

    Youthful, but wise and thoughtful, you are charitable to those in need, including strangers. A confident leader, you eagerly embrace the wisdom of others in your service to your pack.

     

     

     

     

     

  • There is such a depth of inspiration that comes from art—art of all types, painting, sculpture, music, writing, and more. Creativity unleashed married with God-given talent has produced centuries of inspiring art.

    When I wanted to give my husband, author J. Daniel Reed a special birthday gift to encourage him to finish writing his novel The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable, I turned to the world of art as the source.

    “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas

    I searched through hundreds of depictions of wolves, but none of them had the quality I was seeking. Then I saw it— a majestic wolf howling into the night sky with the frost of its breath collecting before it. THIS was the one that spoke to my very heart and soul! I could almost hear its mournful howl.

    And so, the search began. Despite extensive internet searching I could not find this lithograph for sale. As a last ditch effort I contacted the renowned nature artist, Beth Hoselton, directly. What did I have to lose?

    Call of the WildShe told me that the lithograph titled Call of the Wild was made by etching the image on limestone to make the plate for the print. I liked the unique sound of that. I also learned that her wolf model was a Canadian wolf named Tamarack. I loved the name! I will always be grateful to Beth for going out of her way to get the lithograph to me in time for Joe’s birthday. Ah, the kindness of a stranger is a beautiful thing.

    Now, let me tell you a little bit about this acclaimed nature artist. From her biography: “Whether painting jaguars in Mexico, bighorn sheep in the Rockies, giraffes of the Serengeti, or songbirds in the South of France, Beth Hoselton captures the fascinating symphony of nature with both passion and intricacy. Beth was elected a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. She works in a variety of media including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her original paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world.”

    I could feel that passion in her lithograph, Call of the Wild. In this excerpt from The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable you can see one of many examples of how the art became an inspiration for author J. Daniel Reed:

    “Jett began calling with soulful howls into the brisk night sky, frosted breath gathering under the moonlight in small twinkling clouds. His first offerings to the night consisted of gratitude for life’s good fortune. Just as Arn and Versa each pondered the prosperity of the pack the summer after the first litter was weaned, Jett’s profound comprehension derived from both the perspective of pup and now as an alpha.

    His songs reached far across the dotted valleys and into the range of Tria’s great ears. Joyfully she realized this meant her brother had now achieved Arn’s dream for Jett. No wolf had ever before sung into the night with wolf-speak, which you humans foolishly call howling.”

    See how that one image sparked this compelling scene? Whatever version of art speaks to your heart, lifts your spirits, elevates you to inspiration, I urge you to immerse yourself in the incomparable power it holds.

    Enjoy the ride.