Meet The Characters – Mace’s Awakening

Hi everyone, so excited because Mace’s Awakening is live today on Amazon.com.  As a lot of you know, I always pick out the pictures of my two MCs before I even think about writing. Today I want to introduce you to Mace and Roan.

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This is Mace – I have to admit this was not the original photo I was using for my inspiration, but somehow that one got lost when I transferred files to my new computer. But this guy here is a good facsimile of him. In my book he doesn’t have as much hair on the top of his head or on his face, but that attitude is pure Mace.

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Roan is truly pretty, at least I think so. Despite having a really hard life, he’s a warm and caring person, with a surprising amount of backbone when it counts. But you only have to look at those eyes to understand why I had to give him his HEA.

Check out my previous posts for cover reveal and blurb, and yesterday I posted an excerpt. You can order the book from Amazon here, and it’ll be available at other outlets within the week.

Have a great day peoples 🙂

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Had to share an excerpt

Hi everyone, as you know I’ve been running around like a headless chicken getting things sorted for Mace’s Awakening, now available on pre-order at Amazon.com.  This is book 3 of the Stockton Wolves series, and the first book I’ve written with a human MC, which was interesting and challenging all at the same time – especially seeing as Mace was straight.

Just to tempt your fancy, here’s an excerpt, where Mace finds out he has a mate.

“Morning,” he [Mace] grunted, slipping into the seat across from Dimitri. “Where’s your shadow this morning?”

“At home, coping with Roan,” Dimitri said bluntly. “Seems there’s a lot more going on with the young pup than we first imagined.”

Mace was just about to take a sip of coffee, and he quickly set the cup down as his hands started to shake. “What do you mean? Is he hurt? Is he in some kind of trouble?” He said urgently. Mace didn’t know why he cared about the young man, but there was no denying the churning in his gut at the thought something might be wrong.

“You’re not going to want to hear this,” Dimitri said, keeping his voice low. “But you have to and I’ll explain why, after.”

Mace barely kept from crushing his coffee mug as Dimitri outlined what he and Shane learned the night before. To think someone so young, had been sold since he was fifteen, repeatedly, to men who abused him and treated him like a slave was bad enough. To hear Roan thought the way he’d been treated was normal and he’d expected to be sold again was an outrage.

“Where did he get the idea I’d sold him to you guys? I don’t even know him and never met him before yesterday,” Mace whispered angrily.

He took the last mouthful of his coffee, and promptly sprayed it all over the table as Dimitri said, “You’re his mate.”

“I can’t be,” Mace muttered as he quickly wiped the spilled coffee with some napkins. He knew exactly what being a mate meant. He didn’t do commitment; he barely even dated. And when he did date it was someone in skirt, not pants.

“Roan knows you’re straight, and he now knows that you didn’t realize your connection when you met. Incidentally that’s the only reason you caught him – you being mates. He got a whiff of your scent and couldn’t get his feet to move.”

“But…he thought I’d…how can anyone…?”

“He’s been raised with some pretty bizarre notions,” Dimitri agreed. “It’s going to take a lot of time, patience and understanding to break his training. Shane’s at home now trying to convince him that he doesn’t have to clean the whole house, or cook meals for everyone. You can imagine how Kalel felt this morning bursting into the kitchen to find Roan had already cooked. It was world war three in there at one point.”

“And he thinks we’re mates?” Mace wondered if that’s why he’d had such an inappropriate reaction to the young man the night before; why he felt the urge to go straight to Dimitri’s and sweep Roan into his arms and keep him there.

“He knows you’re his mate,” Dimitri said firmly. “You’re going to have to trust me on this. We know, people like me and the others, we know. I knew the second I scented Shane after my first shift. He didn’t because he hadn’t shifted for the first time yet. But I knew and I never forgot his scent.”

“But you ran away. You left him and didn’t come back into his life for eight years.” Mace remembered hearing the story not long after he’d become an unofficial member of Dimitri’s pack.

“I did. I’m not proud of my reaction. In my defense, I was young. I’d been screwing girls for years. Same-sex matings weren’t allowed in my home pack, and they still aren’t tolerated that well now. But it was stupid because eventually my wolf wouldn’t allow me to get close to anyone, and I missed Shane like crazy. I had no choice but to hunt him down, and I’ve thanked the Fates every day since that he forgave me and let me claim him.”

“I don’t know what you want me to say. What should I do?”

Dimitri looked at him and if Mace didn’t know better he’d think the big man was being compassionate; Dimitri was only kind to his mate. He was proven wrong when Dimitri spoke. “I can’t tell you what to do,” he said softly. “I do know that Roan is an omega wolf, and they think differently than others. Shane could handle being on his own, and he was strong enough to leave our home pack and forge a life for himself, but then he hasn’t got an omega bone in his body. He still found it tough. Omegas need to be looked after. They’re usually mated to alphas strong enough to protect them and keep them safe. Roan’s been abused by everyone in his life before now, including his parents who had him simply so they could sell him. You’ve rejected him twice already. In his heart he knows you’re human but his wolf is feeling like he’s not wanted and this could break him.”

“So basically, what you’re telling me is that I have no choice but to be with him. Even though I’ve never thought of having a man in my life like that; even though I’m married to my work and would make a lousy partner for anyone. Just because Roan’s a special kind of wolf, I’ve no choice but to have him as a mate?”

“You have every choice in the world,” Dimitri snapped, getting to his feet and throwing money on the table. The grumpy Alpha Mace was familiar with was back. “It’s a pity Roan doesn’t have the same choices you do. I get it, I do. I’ve been where you are. But if you can’t help Roan, then stay away the hell away from him. The pack will make sure he’s taken care of.”

Dimitri stalked out of the coffee house looking every inch the predator he was. Mace’d never felt uncomfortable in the man’s presence before, not even when he’d changed into a wolf and tore out a killer’s throat right in front of him. But as he signaled the waitress for another cup of coffee, he had a feeling he’d just made a horrible mistake.

End Excerpt

Of course, I always write stories with happy endings, so Mace will get his crap together, but it takes a bit of time.  You can pre-order your copy simply by clicking here. Available July 19th.

 

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Cover Reveal and Blurb – Mace’s Awakening

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It’s on Pre-Order and due for release July 19th.  So freaking thrilled, because Mace was a stubborn SOB and this book took some sorting out. I’ve posted the blurb below and keep an eye on the blog for excerpts coming through the week.

Blurb

Book 3 Stockton Wolves series – can be read as standalone. Complete story.

Roan didn’t expect to be put in a jail cell by the man who was meant to be his mate. But it wasn’t as though his life had ever been easy. In his world Omega wolves were sold as soon as they became useful, and he’d been trained his whole life in the arts of keeping a clean house and a Master happy. Unfortunately for him, being looked after was the last thing his mate seemed to want or need.

Mace was happy enough in his life. Women seemed attracted to his bad boy looks and his surly attitude. They never stuck around, but then he was married to his job, so he didn’t mind being alone at nights. And he had a pack. Okay, that wasn’t something he’d been raised to believe in, but he’d spent enough time with Shane and Dimitri and the rest of the guys to know they were like anyone else. They just sprouted fur on occasion, and ran on four legs instead of two. So when Dimitri confronted him with the fact that the cute little shifter he’d booked the day before was his mate, he had a lot of thinking to do – dealing with man bits was the least of his problems.

A serial killer with blond women in his sights, a whole host of misunderstandings, and the protective antics of Kalel, the cutest little cat shifter in existence, are just some of the hurdles these two men are going to have to overcome before they can have their HEA.

Warning: contains an Omega shifter who will break your heart, a gruff human detective who has a lot to learn about mates, and a pack that works overtime to keep their members safe. Contains M/M intimate situations and off page references to child abuse. If these are triggers for you, please don’t buy. As always, no cheating, no cliffhangers and an HEA guaranteed.

Available for pre-order now on Amazon.com

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Oh Wow – Having a Happy Dance Moment

Hi all, I know, this poor blog gets so neglected but most days I am scribbling furiously, trying to catch up on my book schedule.  But today I had some news that I just had to share – I’m a finalist in the Passionate Plume Contest, run by Passionateink.org. Look 🙂 I’ve been included for The Power Of The Bite in their Paranormal and Time Travel Section – woo hoo!!!!

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I am super dooper thrilled. Unfortunately I won’t be at the conference, so I won’t have a chance to meet the winners, but considering this is the first ever finalist list I’ve ever been on, I am doing a happy dance big time.

Some one likes my book lol.

In other news, Mace’s Awakening will be out this month! Yes, the long awaited book 3 in the Stockton Wolves series is finally done and going through it’s edits. I will be posting excerpts and pictures and all of that other stuff real soon. Next month Harder in Heels, a new Alpha and Omega book will be out, and in September, finally Angel In Black Leather Pants, which will be book 9 in the Cloverleah Pack will be released. I know there are some other short stories you are all waiting for, plus the second book in the Shifter’s Uprising series, and I promise they haven’t been forgotten. I am learning how to write two different stories at the same time.

Have an awesome day peoples and thank you all for your support 🙂

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Overdue Update and Teaser Excerpt

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Felt like sharing the cute factor 🙂

Hi all, I know this poor blog has resembled a long-forgotten graveyard this past month, but I have been super busy. Moving house took a lot more out of me than I thought it should (I must be getting old, lol) and I didn’t get my internet sorted for weeks after moving day, which thoroughly annoyed me. Only this morning I had to ring the company AGAIN because I can’t play videos as the connection is so slow, and I get the same old message – it will be fixed in 24 – 48 hours. So in the meantime I am limping along.

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working, although I haven’t done as much as I would like. I was trying to write three books at the same time, in an effort to catch up with my schedule, but I have had a lot of distractions this month. However, what I can tell you is that the next book in the Alpha and Omega series (Harder in Heels) and the third book in the Stockton Wolves series (Mace’s Awakening) are both nearing completion, so there will be at least one new book out in July, possibly two.

And to tease your reading taste buds here’s  short excerpt from Mace’s Awakening.

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“Do I make you nervous?” Mace had always found being blunt about things worked for the best. He wasn’t one for saying nice things, or coddling someone, not even his female dates. And he hated trying to guess how another person might be feeling. He and Roan would get on famously if the man was prepared to tell him how he felt about anything, although Shane and Dimitri both had warned him that Roan might not be capable of being more than a people pleaser because of the way he’d been raised.

“Not nervous no.” Roan’s fingers picking at his jeans told a different story. But then Roan surprised him by looking straight at him, his face almost a mask. “I don’t understand what’s going on. I thought you didn’t want me. Why did you ask me to lunch?”

Mace grinned and he could tell Roan was surprised by his reaction. “I owed you an apology, and in my book, treating someone to a meal, and talking to them is a good way to go about it.” There, nice and simple.

“You consider pizza an apology?” Actually, when Roan put it like that, it made Mace sound like a cheapskate, and he wasn’t. “I didn’t want other people to look at you,” he said, flustered, because yep, one fucking pizza wasn’t going to make up for what Mace had put Roan through. But it seemed his mouth was running well ahead of his brain.

“You don’t like the way I look? What’s wrong with me?” Roan was looking at his clothes, his hand stroking over his hair as though it was a mess – and it really wasn’t, but all of a sudden Mace wanted it to be. A brilliant dark mess all over his pillows.

“You look perfect,” he said, closing the distance quickly, pulling Roan into his arms. “You are perfect. I’m just a big Neanderthal who doesn’t want other men looking at you, or women for that matter, and thinking they can have you.”

End Excerpt – poor Mace, human and straight.  Let’s just say that Roan was a huge shock to him in more ways than one 🙂

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