Thursday, April 11, 2013

Resonance Blog Tour: Pack Structure Explained with Intelligence by J.A. Belfield (Guest Post)!

Pack Structure Explained with Intelligence. *cough*

Thanks to Ambur asking me what I think makes a healthy structure for a successful pack, I’ve been giving this some thought. At first, I just kind of went with, ‘Well, the Holloway Pack is the Holloway Pack, and they just sorta turned out that way.’ But then, upon berating myself for such a half-a$$ed answer, I started to realise exactly how much more there actually was to them.

You see, Jem aside because she’s just the sweet-smelling icing on their wolf-cake, the Holloway Pack does consist of recognisable components. 

So, let’s take a look at those.

Number 1: The Leader
What makes a good Leader? Someone who knows how to boss about, rule with a fist of iron, and terrorise others into doing his bidding?
No, of course not. A good Leader is more likely to be followed if he has a willingness to listen, to absorb and adopt the input of his team, to empathise and make each member of his team matter, and he also the ability to control with request rather command.

Number 2: Confidante
Every pack Leader needs his Confidante. The one member he knows he can discuss delicate situations with. The one member he can admit to that he has no idea what he’s doing without feeling as though he is admitting a weakness. And a pack Confidante will never be afraid to let the leader know when he’s steering his pack wrong.

Number 3: The Muscle
Yeah, there has to be a pack Muscle. The one who believes it’s his job to protect all those close to him no matter the costs.
Does this make him a hothead, though?
Well, yes and no.
Yes, in that he can get pretty damn mad when he needs to and, dude, you had better watch out if you’re the cause. And no, because I’m pretty sure that madness could be reined if, if the pack muscle would be so inclined.
And he’s hot. Always the hot one. ;)

Number 4: The Witty Sidekick
Just as a pack Leader needs his Confidante, every pack Muscle needs his Witty Sidekick. The one he can be assured will stand by his side when admonishment is dished out for those moments where madness beats rationality. He’s also the one who stops the pack muscle—who takes his job very seriously—from being too serious. Very important component for balance.

Number 5: The Quiet One
Yeah, there’s always a Quiet One. The dude in the sidelines who no one can quite get a handle on because his personality mostly stays just below the surface.
Well, you know what they say about the quiet ones, dontcha?
Those are the ones you gotta watch.

Number 6: The Romantic
Well, someone has to be loved up and ‘deep’, otherwise it’ll end up all brash and brawl and no kissy-kissy. And I’m a woman. I need my fix. Which means someone, somewhere, has to provide that. Hence The Romantic. Because, whilst he may not always say the right thing, and he will most definitely mess up on occasion, it’s obvious he loves his female with a passion and would kill to protect her.

Number 7: Ah, yes, The Tim-Nice-But-Dim
Often there is one who’s spent his life being fussed over. Who’s been shown favouritism. Treated as though he needs molly-coddling because ... well, maybe he does. And whilst he can undoubtedly hold his own when need be, he is inbred with a deep naivety that means he’s often a step behind the rest of the crowd.
The result?
Mothers worldwide want to hug him to their bosom. And young females everywhere want his body because they know there’s little chance he’ll bore them with intellectual talk when they could just be getting down to business.
Because, no matter how much he might appear clueless, folk just love him for it.

And there we have. The extremely dissected components of a successful pack (heh).
So ... which number applies to whom, do you think? More so, which number would apply to you?


About Resonance:
 Guilt is a heavy burden for the one carrying it.

Jem Stonehouse is no exception to this rule.

What if she’d acted sooner? What if she’d fully recognised the threat? What if she hadn’t allowed the male pack members to head into the witches’ ambush?

For one, youngest pack member Josh Larsen wouldn’t be trapped in the sleep of the dead.

Now, Jem is convinced it’s her job to bring him back to life no matter what it takes— learning more about her heritage, risking pack exposure, or travelling to places she couldn’t have imagined possible.

Even if the journey endangers her soul.
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About the Author, J.A. Belfield:
One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.

One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.
(Author Bio from Goodreads.)

I just love getting little insider details about the pack mentality! :D 
What did you think of J.A. Belfield's Guest Post?
If you've read this series, who do you think fits each category? :)


  1. Thank you so much for the Resonance love this week, Ambur, and for being a part of my tour. <3

    1. You're welcome! :D Thanks for letting me be a part of it! :D


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