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The Legend of Devil’s Tower

Guest post by Dena Garson, author of Your Wild Heart.

Last year I was asked to write a book in the new Black Hills Wolves series from Decadent Publishing. The series is centered around a wolf shifter pack that controls the Black Hills. To prepare for my book, I researched not only the geographic area but also the history, myths and legends of the people who live there.

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The Black Hills of South Dakota have a somewhat rocky history. The area is considered sacred land by the Lakota/Sioux and was the site of the “last major Indian War on the Great Plains – the Black Hills War (1876-1877).” Several famous battles were fought there including the Battle of Rosebud, Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Dull Knife Fight, and the Battle of Slim Buttes.

One of the most recognizable features of the area is Devils Tower, a large mass of igneous rock. Many people know it from the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

A popular Native American legend of how the rock came to be says a group young Indian boys or girls were playing in the forest when a gigantic bear came upon them. The children fled and tried to find a place to hide, but the bear soon gained on them. As they ran, they prayed to the Great Spirit or the Creator to save them. All at once the earth trembled and began to rise. It lifted the children up into the sky, out of the reach of the bear. The bear, still trying to reach the children, stood on its back legs and clawed at the sides of the rock. He tried every spot around the formation. The scratches he left are what you see today.

The Cheyenne believe the Devil’s Tower is where one of their cultural hero’s, Sweet Medicine, died. The Lakota consider it to be the birthplace of wisdom.

To this day, there are over a dozen tribes who return to the area to hold personal rituals like vision quests, healing ceremonies or simply to offer prayers. If you visit, you will probably find small bundles of cloth left as prayer offerings.

dena garson shapeshiftingMy spin on life in the Black Hills and as part of the Los Lobos Wolf pack is titled Your Wild Heart. It’s scheduled for release in April. Here’s a bit about it:

While tracking a wolf from Georgia to South Dakota, wildlife biologist, Isabelle Acker, meets sexy park ranger, Wyatt Powell. His Wolf sits up and takes notice of her, but when he learns why she came to the park, he becomes wary of her intentions. After all, as far as the general population knows, there are no wolves in the Black Hills.

Ordered by his Alpha to keep an eye on the smoking-hot biologist, Wyatt finds it difficult to keep his hands to himself. He wants to possess her, to share everything about his life, but that might endanger the Tao Pack. But the attraction proves too great and, unable to deny his Wolf, he takes her with a passion he didn’t know he possessed.

However, their sexual bliss is short-lived, and on the night of the full moon, more than one secret is revealed. When all is said and done, they must each decide—is what they have between them true love or just hot sex?

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Dena Garson loves to read romance – the hotter the better. When one of her BFF’s said “one of us should be writing this stuff” she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s making beaded jewelry and somehow still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.

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