The newest installment in Sins of Innocence  is up at blogspot

So as not to overwhelm the blog readers, I have been keeping them to no more than two scenes depending up length.  From now on, I will be referring to them as installments rather than chapters.   Next week’s is a very long scene, so I’ll be using a standard text cut there.

Book six of the lycan blood series has been uploaded to kindle and should be available no later than Friday.

The oldest marriage and courtship customs of the lycans (which have mostly died out) were based more on their innate wolfish natures than on their acquired humanity.  They aimed at proving that a male could be resourceful, strong and determined.  One of them is the Wild Cousins Courtship, which features in the Lycan Blood series.

It was a rite of chase and capture and assumed that a female would be as resourceful in the woods as the male.  It was initiated by the female, who threw the challenge at a suitor.  It had a set number of days for each event to happen.  The male had to accept the challenge or abandon the courtship of the female.  The male could not change into a wolf during this period unless the female changed first and was given a head start so that she could disappear into the woods.  If the chase was initiated during the daylight, then it lasted until nightfall and vice versa.  He had to track, trap, and mate with her to prove that he was worthy.  A clever female could avoid him until the time ran out.  The courtship lasted for a year and a day.  If the female defeated the male’s efforts, then he was forbidden to ever associate with her again.  In the backstory to the lycan novels,  Aisha defeated Claw up until the last day when she realized she had fallen in love with him and allowed him to capture her.

Eventually this style of courtship fell out of favor as the lycan communities grew in size and complexity.  It was replaced by a system of courting a family as well as the daughter.  The suitor would give courting gifts to the parents to gain their permission to marry their daughter.  Tobacco and liquor (and other more expensive items if the suitor was wealthy) were given to the father.  Sweets and household goods were given to the mother.  And, of course, gifts for the daughter being courted.

As the lycans adopted more humanish customs, this tradition evolved into brideprice.