The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story

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Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn

Excerpt: She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings...
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About Nicky Charles

Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:

In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”, and soon became ‘hooked’ on story-telling. She joined a fan-based group for the show and through there met Jan Gordon. It was an idle comment made by Jan during a review of Black Silk (Jan’s newly published book) that inspired Nicky to write her first original story. Over the course of the next two months, she hastily scribbled down a suspense-driven romance entitled Forever In Time and presented it to the world in August of 2009. Soon after, she wrote The Mating, a paranormal romance and followed it up with The Keeping and The Finding. The three stories formed a loose paranormal trilogy called The Law of the Lycans. Nicky continues to expand the Lycan series and has a long list of possible plots waiting in the wings.

Nicky has recently retired from her day job and now hopes to concentrate more of her energy on her new passion of writing.

When she writes, Nicky sees the story unfolding in her head like a movie and tries to include enough detail so that readers can ‘see’ the story just as she does. The sights, sounds, smells and sensations of a scene are almost as important to her as the actual plot.

Creating main characters that are ‘real’ is also something she strives for. Nicky tries to make each character different, to give them an interesting backstory, to make their actions and feelings logical and to hopefully make the reader actually care what happens to the people in the story.

Nicky lives in Canada and tries to stick to Canadian spelling and punctuation in her work, in support of her country. She is an avid supporter of animal shelters, nature conservancy, food banks and a variety of other charities. Currently she has two ‘inside’ cats and one official ‘outside’ cat though a number of strays seem to take up residence in her garden each year.

When not writing, Nicky enjoys reading – though she often bemoans that she seldom has time for it any more. Her favourite authors are Elizabeth Peters, S.C. Stephen and Cherise Sinclair. She also enjoys spending time out in nature, gardening, taking day trips and eating dark chocolate.

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About the Series: Law of the Lycans
A series of paranormal romances, featuring Alpha males and dangerous rogues, suspense, action and, of course, happily-ever-afters. Based around an ancient tome called the Book of the Law, each novel reveals a new twist, a new layer within the Lycan universe.

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Reviews of The Mating: The Original Law of the Lycans Story by Nicky Charles

Akanksha1612 reviewed on July 1, 2020

Its a great story line....
I have read next 4 four books inthe series and all are engaging and intriguing....
My best wishes for Nicky Charles.....
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Karen McDonald reviewed on June 11, 2020

Great start of a series. I am not into paranormal much, but liked this book. Enjoyed reading, onto the next book.
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Sarah Spelbring reviewed on July 7, 2018

I think I've mentioned it before, that if I really fall into a book, it doesn't take me long to read it, no matter how long it happens to be. I've had this little Smashwords book in my library for quite some time before finally reading it.

If it's not apparent, this is a book about werewolves. The plot is fairly typical, in fact I could see what was coming long before the book even hinted that it was coming. In spite of that, I still enjoyed it, and even anticiapted how the characters would react.

It's a supernatural romance that starts off a whole series of supernatural romances (I haven't read the sequels...yet). I'm not currently in the market to buy more books, but I would definitely put the next book in this series on my "to buy" list.
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Pso Muller reviewed on Feb. 1, 2018

Kudos is all I have to say cuz its a gr8 book
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dorothymathewson3432 reviewed on Dec. 21, 2017

I found this story malechovnisic and it down grade women to the1600s you know are supose to be bare foot and pregnate and in the kitchen but beside thatit is well writen and good story.
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CalamtyJane reviewed on Aug. 5, 2017

As a first book from an author it is a nice read. It is a mix between romantic novel (including explicit adult scenes) and a suspense novel.

Elise is given in an arranged marriage and ends up as a stranger in a new werewolf pack. The werewolves in this universe have sped up healing, the power to magically shift at will including clothes (or not ;) ) and some growling. So apart from the shifting quite normal.

My critic is the anti-feministic setup. What do I mean by this? If you want to avoid spoilers stop reading here:

All women in this book, who work are either portrayed as unpleasant or even turn out to be the villains. Not so secret message: If you want to be more than a housewife, you are probably evil or at east non likeable. Nothing like the independent Mercy from Patricia Briggs!
Elise is portrayed as a young woman, nearly still a girl, who has no goals and clue. And except for a paragraph at the end of the book where it is mentioned, that she helps now her mate with the administration tasks, she shows all behaviour to stay guileless and clueless: She rather goes in the kitchen than wanting to know how her new environment works.
All decisions are left to the males unquestioned by any woman, while cooking and cleaning is the main task of the women.

However this is not so bad, that I haven't read the book a second time. And at least in the follow up books the heroine is a more active and educated character.
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Abdel zilpha reviewed on April 6, 2017

Superb read.
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Mike White reviewed on May 31, 2016

The writing quality is good, and it exceeds a lot of other entries in this genre. I love werewolf stories. However, I would like to see more werewolf packs that have less of a monarchist, traditionalist family structure that's particularly bad for the women in the packs.

'Alpha' wolves are a discredited idea, and it would be nice to see more werewolf stories that use modern knowledge of how wolf packs operate. Still, the story is good for what it is, and you should judge the book that's there and not the theoretical book that could exist.
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Sveety Sharma reviewed on April 4, 2016
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Nicky Charles has done justice to her pen and our time. The story is leaves the reader spell bound. She describes Love and Sex in its natural form without any vulgarity. Her thinking is original and description is marvelous.
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TeamJacob1970 reviewed on Feb. 17, 2016

Excellent Book!!!
I've read this and The Keeping and I'm really looking forward to reading The Finding...FAB!!!
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