A Second Chance Love came out for early download at Totally Bound yesterday so my fingers are crossed right now. Does anybody ever get used to this.
I finished Destiny's Mates for the most part. I have one little scene I might go tweak before I submit it for the anthology. Only problem is it might nudge the length slightly over the limit. Whoops.
Thought I might post a snippet & see if anyone likes it.... A fairly long one
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“Mine!” A voice snarled behind me. Taking me by surprise. Even more shocking was the part of me deep inside of me that snapped to attention.
Oh hell no, Gaia! Not yet! Shouting silently to my Goddess, and even more troubling was that I recognized that growly tone. It had shifter written all over it. I turned around to see a large man, coming out of the shadowed trees, stalking towards me. The way the other pack members and humans from the town scattered I knew he was a powerful wolf. He growled again when I took an instinctive step backwards. It was more to get the full view as he closed in on me than any true fear, but I don’t think he realized that as his expression softened.
“Don’t be afraid. I’d never hurt you, mate.” His voice a whispered reassurance, sent a shiver down my spine along with a riot of other wonderfully delicious sensations.
I couldn't deny my own reaction. He was my mate. Dammit, looked like I was going to have to get used to shedding problems. Sighing to myself over the headaches that were sure to come from being mated to a big, stubborn wolf shifter, I could at least be grateful he was gorgeous.
Thick caramel, shoulder length hair and toffee colored eyes set in a roughly handsome square face. I almost moaned out loud as I slid my gaze down over the rest of his body. And there was good amount to take in. He had to be way over six feet tall, wearing a tight black shirt that showed off a solid, muscled build that had me rethinking my misgivings. Because, hell, I just wanted to tear that off him and start licking.
But when I reached the erection that was barely contained by his snug black jeans, I changed my mind about where I wanted to start.
Foreplay could wait for round two.
Shaking my head to clear it, I tried to focus on some practical things before I gave in and jumped on my new favorite toy.
Like the fact that we’re surrounded by people and finding out his name.
“Don’t deny me.” He reached out, cupping the entire right side of my face with one hand. His touch was very gentle, almost as if he thought I would run away. “Just give me a chance.”
Aww, he was so sweet.
I put my hand over his, holding against my cheek as I nuzzled into it. Because in spite of the complications I knew were going to crop up I had longed for this. “I’m not denying you. Just trying to focus on some priorities first.
His gaze turned quizzical.
“I’d like to learn my mate’s name.” I stepped closer to him, trying to show he had nothing to worry about. He had to be almost a foot taller than me, so I tilted my head back so I could meet his gaze.
A sheepish expression spread over his face. And was that a slight blush? “Ethan Alexander.”
“Destiny, I just moved here.” I grinned up at him. “I thought it might be a little exciting to get out and meet everyone tonight.”
“Did you get more than you bargained for?” He teased me but I could see a lingering wariness in his eyes.
Trying to put him at ease, I put a little purr into my voice, answering, “Maybe, but nothing I can’t handle.” I’d always thought the stories of that instant connection when mates met were a load of crap or just exaggerated. But I was going to have to rethink that if the wave of tenderness that swept through me was any indication. In some ways it was even more intense than the arousal his nearness caused.
Those almost pretty toffee eyes turned heated as he wrapped his arms around me, pulling me completely against him as he leaned down towards me. I closed my eyes as I raised my head to meet his kiss. This was my mate, I wanted to savor this first taste.
But we were interrupted, quite rudely.
“MINE!” A new voice roared behind me as a hand grabbed my shoulder and pulled me away from Ethan.
Gaia, are you fucking serious!
Ethan snarled as he lunged for me. “No, she is mine!”
As I was shoved out his reach Ethan’s grab turned into an enraged charge at the man who’d been behind me. It was so fast I didn’t even have time to curse as I hit the ground and rolled to my feet. Grateful I’d worn jeans and sneakers because if I’d gone with the sundress and strappy sandals I probably would've broken an ankle.
I turned to a pack member I’d met earlier, “Andrea, who the hell is that?”
“That’s our Alpha. I can’t believe Ethan is fighting him. They’ve been best friends all their lives and Ethan is his Beta.” The timid blond wolf was pale as she watched.
Okay, I’d been out of the game for a while but I think that meant Ethan was second in command. Well shit, this wasn’t good. I saw everyone watching the two snarling wolves, because, yes, they’d shifted into a couple of overgrown furballs.
They were circling each other, snapping and snarling. I assumed Ethan was the wolf with the dark brown fur with the caramel shot through it. His eyes had turned a dark amber color that were filled with menace, quite an intimidating sight. He was almost twice the size of any non-shifter wolf I’d ever seen
And Ethan still wasn't as large as the wolf he was facing.
That one, my other possible mate was massive. Heavily muscled and at least half a foot taller that Ethan. I hadn't gotten a look at him before he shifted so I didn't know if the absolute black of his fur matched his hair. I would loved to find out but from the way they were going on I didn't see it happening anytime soon.
Goddess forbid they actually act like intelligent, civilized leaders.
The others, anger clearly on their faces, started turning to me because this was so obviously all my fault. Yeah, like I had any say in this testosterone fiasco. It wasn't like I had intentionally mated the two most powerful shifters in the pack and set them at each other’s throats.
And all within fifteen minutes of showing up at my first party in my new town.
“Stop!” I yelled at them, growing more furious when they ignored me as they continued to circle. Then they came together in a fury of fangs and claws.
Hurrying over to a refreshment table, I grabbed a huge bowl of punch. I hefted it up, getting a few double takes as I carried it over to the stubborn assed flea bags still rolling around.
“BAD DOGS!” I dumped the contents on them, smiling at the startled yips as they stopped fighting and turned to me. They looked like over grown puppies as they gaped at me incredulously. If I hadn’t been so pissed I would’ve been surprised that canine faces could be so expressive. “I’m going home. Give me an hour to calm down, then come to my place if you two want to grow up.” Yeah, I was snarling but dammit this wasn’t how I had pictured finding my mates.
When the Alpha growled at me I curled my lip at him, hearing a few gasps from the crowd. They all better get used to it, especially his royal wolfiness. I didn’t back down for anyone.
Just ask my king.
Ethan shifted, punch dripping down his face, “Where do you live?”
As I stomped off I snorted. “You’re both wolves. Figure it out.”
I'm starting out as a writer of M/M & a few M/M/F romances and who knows what else. I have deep appreciation of humor, sci fi, paranormal & all around weirdness...But most of all I love HEA's