From May 29 to 31, Lincoln City Archery will host a book-signing event by author Drue M. Scott, whose new release is the third in the “Mortal Choice” series set in the fictional town of Blackwood Forest, Ore. Lincoln City Archery is located in suite 410 at the Lincoln City Outlets, 1500 SE East Devils Lake Road.

Scott’s series has found resonance within the deaf community for its heroine Jinx, who is a werewolf and happens to be deaf. Her best friend Christian is gay.

Originally, Scott had intended to explore what happens when a deaf girl changes into a werewolf, and how that change would affect her hearing. He was also interested in exploring the dynamic between the werewolf and her gay best friend, who doesn’t know she’s a lycanthrope. The story follows more than the two characters Scott had envisioned in its first phases, and Oregon plays its own role.

“I love the Pacific Northwest: the smells, the sights, the mountains and rivers, and the ability to drive a short amount of time and be in the wilderness. I wanted a place far enough removed from the hustle of city life but still attached enough to be open-minded, mostly. A place that could easily harbor some close-mindedness but not be without hope for making the world better,” said Scott. “I really wanted my fictional town to be cool, damp, beautiful, and not too far from the rocky coast of the Pacific; Oregon was the perfect place to create Blackwood Forest.”

The Mortal Choice series has been called cinematic in scope and, with its werewolves and fairies, it compares favorably to “Twilight.” Those who are looking for a new twist on old themes are encouraged to check out Scott’s stories.

Scott will be at Lincoln City Archery on May 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when he will give a talk on “Inclusivity in Fiction” in the evening. On May 30, he will be available to sign books from noon to 4 p.m., and on May 31, he will be in town to sign books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours may be expanded due to popularity.

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