No plans for an Awakening
novel, alas. In general, the studios seem to be doing fewer novelizations these days.
FYI, all the backstory on Raze in Rise of the Lycans
came straight from Kevin Grevioux himself. We had a nice phone call in which he filled me in on the bio he had worked out for Raze . . . .
Regarding research, I relied heavily on travel guides to Budapest, especially for the first book where they were more city scenes. For the medieval flashbacks, I mostly used lots of general books on the Dark Ages and medieval life, plus some historical novels--including a couple of historical romance novels.