Cowboy Wolf Trouble is the first installment of my new paranormal romance
series, The Seven Range Shifters.
The second installment in the series, Cowboy in Wolf’s Clothing, will be released on June 25,
2019. In this series, seven shifter clans call the Montana mountains home. Ruled by The Grey
Wolf pack, they must come together to fight a new evil in their midst. I think the best way to
describe the series concept to readers is to say the characters are cowboys by day, wolf
shifters by night.
As an author, it’s been both fun and challenging to combine
the paranormal and western romance subgenres. Both cowboys and werewolves are beloved
romance tropes, so balancing the two well can be tricky, but I’ve certainly enjoyed the
challenge. One way I’ve always kept my inspiration for my characters on track is to visualize
what they would look like in real life. It helps to make them even more real in my mind.
Below you’ll find my dream cast for Cowboy Wolf Trouble. I’ve always
hoped that one of my books optioned for film someday and if I could pick the cast for Cowboy
Wolf Trouble, these actors and actresses would be perfect for the part!
From the start of the series when I first created this cast, I
had one true goal: find rough-around-the-edges actors to play my heroes, men who looked
like the true bad boy alpha warriors my characters are. Bonus points if they would look equally
sexy in a cowboy hat or with wolf eyes. Enjoy!
Charlie Hunnam as Wes Calhoun – This
motorcycle-riding Sons of Anarchy actor is the only person I could ever imagine playing the
nefarious hero of Cowboy Wolf
Trouble, Wes Calhoun. And really, how can anyone resist that sexy smirk? As a bad boy
rancher and former leader of a renegade wolf pack, Wes has given up his violent ways and
sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past is quickly catching up behind him. When a
violent run-in with his old packmates leaves him caught in a human rancher’s trap and staring
down the barrel of her shotgun, he has no choice except to reveal himself to her—or risk
everything he’s worked for.
Shannon Baker as Naomi Evans – Cowboy Wolf Trouble heroine and
human rancher, Naomi Evans, was perhaps the hardest character to cast. Naomi is Apsaalooké
Native (Crow Tribe), so I wanted to find an actress that was also of native heritage. When I
came across Shannon Baker, a Carrier Dene of the Stellat’en First Nation res in northern
British Columbia, I knew I’d found the perfect match. As both a female rancher in a male-
dominated industry and a woman of color, Naomi is a fierce fighter. When she’s unexpectedly
swept into Wes’ supernatural world—a world of the verge of war—she has no choice but to
hold her own against Wes and the wolves of the Grey Wolf pack as she fights to protect the
ranch that is her father’s legacy. Naomi is full of heart, yet fierce and stubborn when she
needs to be, and I think Shannon’s soft yet fiery gaze is exactly my vision of Naomi’s
Jensen Ackles as Colt Cavanaugh – I’m a
long time fan of this Supernatural star and while his dreamy face may not be my first thought
when I think “badass cowboy werewolf” when you add in the beard, it’s like bad-boy magic
and he makes the perfect Colt. Colt Cavanaugh is the High Commander of the Grey Wolf
armies and while Colt may appear to be the perfect soldier on first introduction, as we find out
in Cowboy Wolf Trouble, there is far more to this future hero than meets the eye. Colt is the
hero for book two, Cowboy in Wolf’s Clothing (June 25th).
Jason Momoa as Maverick Grey – Grey
Wolf packmaster, Maverick Grey, has to be the most badass wolf of them all and who better
than rough-around-the-edges Jason Momoa? This Aquaman star is the perfect fit for
Maverick. He’s just wild and mangy enough to be a wolf packmaster, don’t you think? The
scarred eyebrow definitely helps.
Ryan Hurst as Donnie – Another Sons of
Anarchy favorite! Formerly Wes’ friend and the newfound leader of Wes’ former pack, a group
of renegade wolves known as the Wild Eight, Ryan Hurst is the perfect fit for Donnie. Donnie
will stop at nothing to punish Wes for his betrayal of Wild Eight, and he’ll go to any length
possible to see his former friend buried six feet under once and for all.
A whole-hearted thank you to Fresh Fiction for allowing me to share a few of the
characters from Cowboy Wolf
Trouble with you!
Seven Range Shifters #1
Seven shifter clans call the Montana mountains home. But a new evil will stop at
nothing to tear their world apart.
For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to keep the peace.
Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up his
violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps catching up with
Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her father's legacy.
Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the verge of war
—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab in the
middle of it.
Romance Paranormal [Sourcebooks
Casablanca, On Sale: January 1, 2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN:
9781492670766 / eISBN: 9781492670773]
Kait Ballenger is a full-time romance author, wife, a former professional bellydancer, and soon-
to-be-professor. She is the multi-published author of the Execution Underground paranormal
romance series about an international network of supernatural hunters who fight to protect
With a B.A in English from Stetson University (2011), Kait is graduate of Spalding University’s
M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults program (2013), where she studied dual-genre
When Kait’s not preoccupied with paranormal creepy-crawlies, she can be found spending
time with her family or with her nose buried in a book. She lives in Florida with her husband,
their doggie-daughter Sookie (yes, like the heroine in Charlainne Harris’ books), and two
mischievous cats Elliot and Olivia (yes, like the Law and Order characters), near the love and
care of her supportive family. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication.
One day, she will be a bestseller and have people name their pets after her characters too.
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