Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
I know it is a hectic time of year no matter where you are. I just wanted to pop in and thank you all so much for your continued support through the year. As you know, it’s not been the easiest year for me this year; what with health issues, moving house and learning to live alone. But through it all, you have all been so supportive, caring and excited when I offered up a new release. You have no idea how much this means to me and even as a writer, I don’t have the words. Just thank you. Thank you so much and more importantly, thank you all for being such wonderful friends 🙂
And now, as you know I am fast finishing On The Brink which is book 10 in the Cloverleah Pack series. That will be released on January 10th. I thought I’d leave you with a wee excerpt to tempt your taste buds through the holiday season.
Nereus allowed himself to be led to a chair, and he sat down while Raff bustled about filling a plate for him. “I don’t expect you guys to stay with me, you know,’ he said quietly when Raff finally sat down and sipped from a soda bottle. “What you saw back there. I swear my father’s the only one who can make me angry simply by breathing, but my yelling…the crying,” Nereus’s voice dropped to a whisper. “How could you ever have any respect for me now?”
“Seems to me a good cry was long overdue,” Teilo said casually before taking a huge bite of a meat-crammed roll. He chewed for a few moments and then Nereus was transfixed as the man swallowed. The Fates had done him proud. “Losing a loved one can be painful, regardless of the relationship. My mom died giving birth to my younger brother Marius. I was only two, but I still remember her like it was yesterday. I’ll always miss her. At least your other dad’s still alive.”
Nereus thought he couldn’t feel any worse, but Teilo’s comment cut right through him. His big warrior had lost both parents and yet every five years, Abraxas had come to the sea, in a bid to see him. And Nereus had refused him for centuries, so upset by what he perceived as the man’s betrayal.
“How did that happen?” Raff asked after a long silence. “Poseidon said Abraxas gave birth to you, but he’s your father.” A shocked look crossed his face. “I’m not going to get pregnant, am I?”
Teilo gasped and choked and Nereus quickly thumped him on the back before soothing him as Teilo got his breath under control. “Please tell me it ain’t so,” he panted when he could finally speak. “If it is, you’re using a condom buddy.”
“No, I can’t get you pregnant,” Nereus’s lips twitched. “Not that I don’t think it would be an amazing thing to have happen, the only reason Abraxas got pregnant was because he’s from a line of the Gods. Poseidon is a god, and while I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, Abraxas could get pregnant with him. We can’t impregnate male mortals, shifters or anyone else from the paranormal line.”
“But you can women, right?” Teilo asked. “Do you have any kids?” It was Nereus who wanted to choke then, but he settled for shaking his head.
“It was a fair question,” Raff said with a smile. “You’re older than sin and have been with heaps of people. I imagine accidents were common in the Dark Ages.”
The Dark Ages were nothing but a blur for Nereus, but he was sure he’d know if he had any accidents. His father would have been crowing about it for a start.
“Nope,” he said firmly. “No kids. I always prayed for a mate. I didn’t think much further than that.”
“And now you have two,” Raff said brightly….
Stay safe, be happy and hug the one you love 🙂