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HOLIDAY HOP WINNERS!!!

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The Grand Prize WINNERS!!!

$100 Gift Cards

Heather Kuebler

Olivia Thomas

$50 Gift Cards

Lisa Carlton

Joseph Hawkshaw

*Winners were drawn from the qualified entries via Random.org. Winners will be contacted via email. If they do not respond within 72 hours, replacement winners will be selected. Thank you all for participating! Each author will be responsible for drawing winners for their giveaways from the entries on their own personal blogs.

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The winners for my personal blog are:

Prize #1: All 5 ebooks in The Gray Pack

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Prize #2: $10 Strandbucks

Samantha Rozyczko

Prize #3: Lori King Swag

Denise Dechene

*I’ll be emailing the winners, and they’ll have 72 hours to claim their prize. :)

HOLIDAY HOP! Win $100 Gift Card!

Holiday Hop - Siren Authors

It’s a Holiday Hop!

Join over 30

Siren Publishing authors during

the week of December 15-19

for daily prizes on each

individual’s site, as well as

multiple grand prizes!

33 different stops bring

all kinds of great goodies

from books to swag!

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The Grand Prizes:

US Readers                                                      International Readers
$100 Amazon Giftcard to one reader ~ $100 Amazon (INT) Giftcard to one reader
$50 Amazon Giftcard to one reader  ~ $50 Amazon (INT) Giftcard to one reader
On top of those fabulous gifts, every author will be drawing winners on their own sites for various swags, ebooks, and gifts.

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HOW TO WIN!!!!

There is a secret code embedded in this Holiday Hop. Each author has one word of it, and readers must visit each site to collect all of the words and enter them on this form.

HOLIDAY HOP PRIZE ENTRY FORM

Word #21: DETAIL

There are 32 Authors, and 32 Words, so be sure you capture all of them. Individual prizes on each site will be given away per terms of the author hosting them.

Here’s the link to the Author list:

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 On top of the grand prizes for the hop, I’m giving away prizes of my own this week!

Every reader who comments on this blog post will be entered!

Prize #1: All 5 ebooks in The Gray Pack Series

Prize #2: $10 Strandbucks

Prize #3: Lori King Swag!

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Gray Pack - Trish Bowers

Fire of the Wolf

Fire of the Wolf The Gray Pack 1

Fire of the Wolf
The Gray Pack 1

Introverted nurse Caroline Trainor’s apartment burns to the ground, and she is rescued by a sexy fireman. Waking up in the hospital, she finds the delicious fireman and his identical twin brother waiting for her.

Devin and Damon Gray claim that they are alpha leaders of a pack of werewolves, and that she is destined to be their mate. Her logical nature resists this unreal situation, but her body craves their every touch. Struggling with unresolved pain from her past and her need for her own identity, she has no desire to be their house wolf—until another wolf pack’s alpha threatens their lives and relationship with a challenge to the death.

Scared to lose the men she has grown to love like she lost her parents, she runs directly into the arms of the lethal alpha challenger, and the brothers must save her before they all wind up dead.

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Reflections of the Wolf

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Reflections of the Wolf The Gray Pack 2

After being rescued from a crazy werewolf with murderous intent, Tina Jameson has a scorching night with Liam Gray, local firefighter and Beta Wolf of the Gray Pack. When he announces that she is predestined to be his mate, she is fast to push him away.

Suddenly she finds herself in a whirlwind of conflicting emotions and rioting desires. Having been a victim of a senseless act of violence in her past, Tina has given up on a forever kind of love, even if that man turns her on like no one else has.

Liam didn’t think he wanted a mate, but his wolf wants Tina in his bed and his life for good. In order to have her he must let go of the guilt he has from his daughter’s death and then help Tina to let go of her own tragic past. Can one night determine their destiny, or will fear drive them apart?

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Legacy of the Wolf

Legacy of the Wolf The Gray Pack 3

Legacy of the Wolf The Gray Pack 3

Built like Vikings, the Whetstone brothers are a force to be reckoned with. As Beta Wolves of the Gray Pack, Rafe and Ryley are simultaneously two of the strongest men in the pack, and firefighters for the Kansas City Fire Department.

Twenty years have passed since their parents disappeared, and they dream of finding their mate, and having a family. They want to build a legacy of their own, but fate just dumped a big old monkey wrench in their plans by the name of…Shandi Martin.

Fighting cancer for her life, she was devastated when her boyfriend left her. So why would she want to risk her heart again? Facing destiny, she realizes that she stopped living to protect her heart three years ago. But when a mysterious rogue wolf threatens their new relationship, they are forced to make a choice. Can they accept a life with just each other, or do they need a family to be happy?

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Dreams of the Wolf

Dreams of the Wolf The Gray Pack 4

Dreams of the Wolf
The Gray Pack 4

Katie-Jo (KJ) Whetstone is on a mission to save her mother’s life and protect the Quiver Creek pack from Nicolas Kaplan, a deranged werewolf. She has already journeyed across the country from Wyoming to Missouri to find brothers that she never knew, and now she must lead them back against their own reservations. She’s shocked when her libido goes haywire over the only human traveling with them, Dr. Thomas Jameson.

Fighting to keep her distance from the mating lust, KJ and Thomas both end up needing to be rescued. Bryson Samuels is an enemy wolf that makes her body sing as loudly as Thomas does. With strangers for mates, she fights the need to bond, with her desire to be free from the pack. In the end they will all have to decide if they are willing to do anything to protect each other.

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Caress of the Wolf

Caress of the Wolf The Gray Pack 5

Caress of the Wolf The Gray Pack 5

In a time of transition, only the strongest will thrive…

Whitney Gray is less than thrilled that her werewolf pack is hosting another packs Alpha battle. She figures the Diego wolves have done enough damage to the Gray wolves to last a lifetime, but when cousins Cadence and Mateo Diego step into her life she finds herself on a new and dangerous path.

Cadence and Mateo are determined to protect their birthright, and secure their place as the leaders of the Diego Pack. They didn’t anticipate finding their mate, and now they are protecting her and her family from a threat that ends up being way to close for comfort.

The newly mated trio begin planning for a life or death battle, and end up on a journey from betrayal to forgiveness, but when you’re battling the past, someone’s bound to get hurt.

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FLASH GIVEAWAY – win a pair of Lori King earrings now!

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Continuing my holiday celebration with another Flash Giveaway! This time it’s for a pair of handmade Lori King earrings! You can win them if you know the answer to this question:

In which of my books did the heroes and their heroine get married on Christmas Eve under the glowing tree?

Fill out this form and I’ll draw one winner at random! If we get 100 entries I’ll draw two winners, so share with your friends!

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Happy Holidays – Flash Giveaway Happening NOW!

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FLASH GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I’m celebrating the holiday season all month long with flash giveaways on my Facebook Fanpage!

 

If you haven’t already visited, here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/LoriKingBooks

Get over there and get entered into this weekend’s giveaway of $10 Amazon giftcards. For every 200 comments or shares the post receives I’ll giveaway another giftcard, but hurry, the giveaway will only run through this weekend. Next week it will be something new!

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November’s Picture Capture features a HOT new photo!

Capturing the moment is every author’s goal. We want to express emotions so clearly that the reader’s impacted when they put the book down. So I’ve brought you a collection of authors who are all using the exact same photograph as inspiration for a short scene. They are capturing the picture with their words. These short scenes are NOT part of a book…yet, but they will give you great insight into the authors head!

As always you’re welcome to give it a go and post your story scene in the comments, in fact, I encourage you to try it! Here’s how to do it…

2014 - 11 November

Use the prompt to write a 350 word scene.

No limitations.

No restrictions.

Let your imagination go wild.

Alongside every entry, is the authors contact links, and most recent book cover.

If you like what they did, please leave a comment or even better, buy a book!

So, here is what the authors came up with this month….

 

Amy J Hawthorn Amy J Hawthorn

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The rumble of the propellers vibrated through the ancient hulk of a plane. Mike didn’t care. As long as the relic got Renee out of the hot zone safely he couldn’t care less.

He looked into her bottomless bown eyes and cupped her nape.

Jesus, he couldn’t believe he’d nearly lost her. She could’ve died in that hellhole and he never would’ve known. No one would have and the bright light of her smile would have been gone forever.

Had it been luck or fate that had put a single witness in place? Or could it have been something more?

There’d be time to sort that out later. And he’d get to the bottom of her disappearance if it was the last thing he ever did.

Now?

Now he needed to touch her and reassure himself that she was real. He needed to feel the satin of her skin and hear the sweet sound of her sighs.

“Never again. Do you hear me? I don’t care if you think I’m an overbearing caveman. You’ll never again travel abroad without me.” If he had his say, she’d never again leave her home without him by her side but she’d give him hell if he dared say that out loud. He’d just keep that tucked tight to his chest for now.

“All right. Does that mean that you’re going into caveman protective mode as my bodyguard or something more?” Her shaky, sultry voice washed over him.

“You have to ask? I’m both and I intend to be your everything, the same as you’ve become my entire world. Callie, you’re the reason I breathe.” “Okay.” The simple shaky word undid him.

He set his mouth to her in a blistering kiss and tumbled her to the floor. He hated that she’d have to be uncomfortable in such a sad vehicle, but if it got her out of the war-torn, godforsaken country in one piece, it would be worth it.

He sank into the soft heat of her kiss and showed her with his body what words would never be able to explain.

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Michelle Roth Michelle Roth

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Maggie looked back and forth between Brent and Grayson’s profiles. The tension was so palpable that the cockpit almost vibrated from it. Though they had saved her from Mendez, she realized that they weren’t out of trouble quite yet.

Gingerly, she placed a hand on his shoulder and asked, “Grayson. What’s wrong?”

She saw Brent flick a glance back at her, and then at Grayson, as if he wasn’t sure he should speak. When Grayson gave him a nod, he finally spoke.

“Maggie. Mendez shot one of the fuel tanks. We’re lucky the whole plane didn’t blow. We don’t have enough fuel to make it to the rendezvous. I’m trying to get Lou on the radio now, but something seems to be jamming the signal. If I don’t find a place to set the plane down soon…”

She choked on the words as she asked, “How much time do we have?”

“A half hour. Forty five minutes, tops.”

“I’m so sorry,” she said, her voice shaking.

“Don’t you get it? We would have gone to the ends of the fucking earth to find you. You’ve got nothing to be sorry about.”

When Grayson turned, he must have seen the look on her face, because he said, “Maggie. Baby.” He got out of his chair, scooped her up as if she were a child and moved them out of the cockpit. Sitting against the cargo hold wall, he sat her his lap.

She curled into him, took a deep breath and then said, “If you need to be up front..”

“What I need is to be here with you,” Gray murmured against her hair. “I’ve missed you.”

“I need you,” Maggie said almost desperately. “I don’t want my last memories to be of Mendez’s hands on me.”

“Are you sure,” he asked, his voice gravelly with want.

In answer she turned her face up and pressed her mouth to his. She savored the feel of his lips against hers as he laid her back on the cargo hold floor. She enjoyed the weight of him as he stretched out beside her.

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Kalissa Wayne Kalissa Wayne

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She couldn’t believe she had agreed to see him again. He’d lied to her. No matter what they had survived together, he’d lied. Admittedly, a lie by omission, but still. She watched as the limo passed through trees that looked ancient and fields with horses grazing and colts running and playing in them. The limo continued past the mansion and over the rise into the lake valley. Near the edge of the water lay the fuselage of the wrecked jet. Sammi jumped from the limo and stood at the broken end of the jet.

Inside, Jonathon stood waiting for her with the lace throw they had salvaged. “Thanks for coming Samantha. I wasn’t sure you would.” Sammi heard the limo drive away. “Please hear me out. When we were rescued, I tried to tell you but they took us to the hospital. I tried to find you, but the press descended and it was too late.”

“Too late? You should’ve told me in the two months we were marooned.” Sammi turned to go, but Jonathon grabbed her.

“I wanted you, Samantha. You didn’t know who I was and you seemed attracted to me. For once, I didn’t have to worry about if you were a corporate spy, a gold digger or someone my mother was trying to force me into a relationship with. I could be myself and love you, knowing you were honest and open.” Jonathon stroked the back of his fingers along her cheek before gripping her jaw. “Tell me you don’t love me and I’ll leave you alone. I’ll call for the limo and you can go on your way.”

Sammi looked around the empty fuselage then up into his eyes. “Why? Why all this?”

“Because this is where you loved me. If it takes giving up my empire, I will. Just tell me you love me.”

“I love you.” Sammi barely got the words out before he was kissing her. So lost in their shared emotions, she didn’t realize when he lowered her to that precious blanket…

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Jade BelfreyJade Belfrey

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“You’re enjoying this, aren’t you?”

“I have no idea what you mean.” He said, grinning.

Sara struggled against the hand cuffs. Now that the immediate fear of dying was over, she was aware of just how uncomfortable the binds were.

Instead of coming to her aide, Mark picked up the fur coat she had “borrowed” from the Ambassador’s wife as her disguise. As he spreading it on the floor of the cargo plane, the glint in his eye revealed exactly what was on his mind. His reputation was legendary.

“I can’t believe that we barely survived a plane crash and now you want to get laid.”

“I landed this plane perfectly fine.” Mark knelt on the fur and frowned. “It was the kidnappers that we barely survived.”

Could it be that the country’s most decorated special agent, mythos second only to James Bond’s, had been actually scared for his life? The admission humanized him. She was one of the only people who saw this side of him.

He moved her onto the fur. At the moment he was more interested in the side of her that was a woman and not an agent.

“We escaped because I distracted them.” She blurted, nervously.

Mark nodded. “That was fast thinking flashing him your breasts. Now are we going to sit here rehashing the assignment, or are we going to burn off the rest of our adrenalin?”

“But the recon team will be here any minute.” She wanted him, but not here and not this way.

“I won’t be put off any longer, Sara.”

“Put off?”

“I suffered through a long year of buns and short skirts. Then you tortured me with your Kevlar vests and holsters.”

“I didn’t think you saw me.”

“Since we met I’ve seen nothing but you every time I closed my eyes.” He reinforced the sincerity of his words by closing his eyes now as he bent down for a kiss.

Sara couldn’t help herself. She closed her eyes too. She desperately needed to feel his lips on hers, even if it was for this one time only.

 

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Thank you so much to all of the authors who participated! I hope you’ll encourage us by letting us know if you would like us to continue our specific stories. Just leave a comment for us in the comment section. We’ll be back December 31st with another one!

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance! ~ Lori

Strange Lake Falls is back for a third installment! Welcome author KD Jones…

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The infamous KD Jones recently revealed that she has an alter ego! Originally released under the pen name DJ Cruz, the Strange Lake Falls is a journey in paranormal romance with every possible reason to fall in love. Check out the newest release: Strange Lake Falls Vampire Mistress, and go back to pick up the first two Strange Lake Falls stories today!

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Welcome to Strange Lake Falls. Population 5,100 and growing. The air is clean and the sky is clear blue. Small businesses keep this town going. And the residents are a mixture of humans, vampires, weres, and witches. Stop by for a visit.

Strange Lake Falls Vampire Mistress

By: KD Jones

SLFalls 4Lila Draken is a 2000-year-old natural born vampire. She is one of the last born of pure blood vampire parents. She is considered royalty among the existing vampires, Mistress of her Clan. But she doesn’t feel royal, she feels out of place. She awakens after centuries of a self-imposed sleep and comes to the small town of Strange Lakes Falls to seek out her future. Little does she know that her past and future will collide, nor does she see the danger that will come from that collision. In the center of all the chaos is a tall, dark, and handsome werewolf that she can’t ignore.

Laws Carrington is back in Strange Lake Falls and he is shocked at the changes he finds. A new pack and a new Alpha have taken over the town. Not only that, but the wolf pack shares the town with a vampire clan, which was almost unheard of in his time. He plans to challenge for his old position as Beta, and is looking forward to resuming his normal life. At least he thinks he is, until a sexy female vampire shows up needing protection. The attraction he feels is taboo. A werewolf can’t mate with a vampire. But his wolf has other ideas.

They come from two species that have warred with one another for centuries. They both must learn to overcome their prejudices and fear to find common ground. Will they be able to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles and dangers that surround them? Can they overcome their misgivings and let their hearts rule?

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Book 1:

Strange Lake Falls Vampire

SLFalls 2In one night, Jackie Copley-Tegan’s normal ordinary life turned upside down. Her teenage daughter, Samantha, falls for the wrong guy, which nearly ended in tragedy. Both mother and daughter thrust into a new and unfamiliar world where werewolves and vampires are thriving among humans.
Jackie will have to draw on every bit of strength she has in order to protect her only child, and learn how to cope with the changes in her life. Amongst the chaos a single piece of stability in the form of a young-looking, gorgeous five hundred year old vampire, rattles her to the core, and leaves her wondering just where her place is now.
Adrian Belliveau rarely finds a reason to enjoy his life anymore, so when the pretty woman who is meant to be his mate enters the picture he embraces his destiny with open arms. They both will get more than they bargain for, as they combat lust, love, and jealousy to put down roots in an ever-changing world.

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Book 2:

Strange Lake Falls Werewolf

SLFalls 3Mary Mags McGregor is an ordinary woman who married her high-school sweetheart, and stayed at home to raise her son. After losing her husband to cancer, and her son to college life, she did a short stint in the working world trying to keep busy. It didn’t take her long to find herself unemployed, lonely, and nursing an unhealthy fascination with the local werewolf Alpha.
As one of the oldest pureblood Alpha werewolves left, Alpha Eric Nelson has an obligation to ensure that his lineage continues by mating a female werewolf. Unfortunately he faces two big obstacles; female werewolves are extremely rare and therefore hard to find, and his wolf has grown attached to a human female.
While fighting their attraction to each other, Mary and Ric become entangled in a political tug-of-war. Face to face with the very real possibility of losing Ric forever, will Mary be able to leave her comfort zone and admit her feelings, or will she hide behind Ric’s familial duties? And when he’s forced to choose between Mary, and his pack, how will Ric prioritize for his future? Together they will find out if true love really does conquer all.

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Find KD Jones @

Email: www.kdjonesauthor.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kdjonesauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorkdjones

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Avery Gale is Taking Out The M.O.B.

Think you are going to plan drama-free nuptials?  Here’s to your delusional fantasy.

Avery Gale
Taking out the Mother Of the Bride and Other Christmas Wishes centers on the heir to a Russian mob dynasty who’s beautiful bride-to-be is nearly perfect…
Juliana’s only fault?  Her mother.
This is a short and humorous look at a groom whose penchant for nonviolence wrecks challenges him as he tries to deal with his wicked future mother in law, and his family and friends see him as an embarrassment to criminals everywhere because he doesn’t simply take her out.
The sex is hot…the setting is snowy…and the humor is biting.

Buy it now:

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The secret is out! Honor James is also writing as…

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Hello my lovelies, I would like to first and foremost thank my lovely host for having me on their blog today. My name is Honor James, and I am a romance author. I know, I know – shocker right? Today though isn’t about the Honor James name, or the books under that name. Today I’m here to introduce, and better acquaint you with my other pen name, April Zyon.

Under the April Zyon pseudonym I write for both Evernight Publishing, and Secret Cravings Publishing. For some you may already have known, for others this will be a little bit of a revelation. I felt it was time now that I have some books out, and making their own way under April’s name, to let everyone know. It also makes it a lot easier to interact with folks if I’m not having to hopscotch around from account to account to chat with all my readers, but can centralize a little more for the everyday things while still maintaining separate accounts for the specific publisher, book related items.

With all that said I’d like to introduce you to my two series. Just a taste mind you, to give you an idea of what they are about without overloading you.

From Evernight Publishing is the Massey, TX series. This series revolves around the fictional town of Massey that is about two hours south-west of Dallas. Give or take a bit, after all it is fictional. The series core is based around the Carver family, seven kids in total – yup, seven. Mama Carver was a very busy woman for a while there. Each of the Carver kids has gone out in the world, and now that they are older they are starting to come back to the place of their birth. But it isn’t only the Carvers, we also have the Hollisters, and some military friends of the oldest Hollister kid. Lots of trouble, plenty of hot sex, and of course cowboys. After all, what’s Texas without a bunch of hot, sexy, half naked…uh, cowboys?

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From Secret Cravings Publishing I have the Guardians of the Light series. This is a series that is more fantasy based, with a Goddess giving longevity to select warriors of history who may were taken too soon, yet had proven to have what it takes to win against the growing Darkness. These warriors are reborn to fight back the Evil, and one day find the ultimate reward. They also have some interesting times when the Thirteen Vestal Virgins are once again reincarnated. Unfortunately the Darkness wants these Thirteen as well, and aren’t afraid to kill half of mankind to get them for their own purposes. The Guardians of the Light series has it all, hot studs of history, sexy women with kick ass (and mildly terrifying) abilities, bad guys out to dominate humankind, and a Goddess that occasionally likes to have a say in things. At least for a time.

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If either of these series has caught your curiosity you can check them out on the April Zyon website for character details, blurbs, and excerpts. I also have a page for my WIP’s that you are welcome to also take a look at for whatever my mind has cooked up.

Last thing before I let you all get back to whatever fantastic book you’re reading. I am continuing to write as Honor James, and will for many, many, many books yet to come. I’ve shifted my focus a little though for my Siren specific books, which is another reason for my April Zyon persona. It allows me the freedom to write all over the map in the hopes that all my readers can still find something of mine to read, and enjoy.

 

For my books as April you can find me here:

http://april-zyon.com/

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For more about my books as Honor you can find me here:

http://honorjames.com/

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Bryce Evans – Cravings – Read an Excerpt!

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Cravings

Alpha City, Book 2

By Bryce Evans

Zoey Malone has it all. Her best friend is now her sister in law, and her partner in a new and thriving business, she’s treated like a princess by the members of her pack, and she’s found the man she wants to give her heart to in Kayden Lynn, Alpha of the Panther Pride. When business takes her to sunny Las Vegas and puts her in the path of Alpha wolf Johnny Ringo; she has to make a decision between the guaranteed security Johnny offers, and a deep soul-stealing love with Kayden.

Forced back to her hometown, and hurt by the man who’s held her heart for years, she and the rest of the Malone Pack are threatened by outside forces. Will Kayden be the man she knows he can be, and come to her rescue, or will his pride put an end to their future before it starts?

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Excerpt

Zoey pulled her dress down for the hundredth time. She loved the dress, but it showed more leg than she wanted it to. Damn Donnie! He had talked her into buying the dress saying that all the men would be looking at her, and she would have plenty of dates after tonight. Still, uncertainty crept up inside her. She lacked the most important skill a woman could have when it came to men, and that’s self-esteem.

Tonight was the night. She had promised London that she would flirt and have some fun by putting herself out there and allowing everyone to know she is on the market.

Zoey slowly opened the door to the Rusty Nail Pub. She had been here hundreds of times, but tonight was different. Tonight she was a new woman with a new dress and a new attitude. Only thirty seconds in the door, and she wanted to throw up. Everyone seemed to turn and gawk at her when she finally entered.

Donnie ran up to her grabbing her hand. “Now, don’t you look slutty?” Stopping mid stride, Zoey looked up at Donnie panicked.

“What? You told me to wear it. You said it looked good on me.” Zoey couldn’t help the hysteria coming out of her mouth. Her eyes widened, and her body went into flight mode, but before she could run out, Donnie got into her face whispering. Even over the music, she could hear what he was saying to her.

“You look great, Zoey. That dress is fantastic and makes your legs look like they could wrap around a man’s body for days. So stop and listen to what I’m saying. Yes, people are looking at you. They are checking you out and liking what they see. If I weren’t gay, I would take you outside and fuck you on the hood of my car. That is what I’m trying to say.” Zoey stared up at her friend and couldn’t stop the giggles as Donnie’s comment sunk in. Then Donnie started laughing with her.

“You whore.” Zoey snorted out.

“You slut.” Donnie responded, as he broke out in a fit of giggles with Zoey.

“What are you two laughing about?” London asked as she walked up to her two best friends.

“Nothing. Just getting our little girl here in the right frame of mind.” Donnie looked down at Zoey. “Now, think like a wolf looking for their prey, and walk like you own this damn place. Let’s head for the table and get this evening started. Capiche, my little wolf?”

Zoey nodded and pushed her shoulders back with confidence. As she walked toward the Alpha’s table, she swayed her hips provocatively. She could see people had stopped talking and watched her walk past, especially the men. The only attention she wanted tonight was not even at the table. He wasn’t even here tonight.

She hated that about herself. She heaved a sigh and scanned the pub a little more looking for Kayden.

“He isn’t here yet,” London whispered in her ear. Zoey shrugged trying to act as if it didn’t bother her as Nolan Banks pulled a chair out for her.

“Now, now, what do we have here?” Nolan teased. “I don’t believe we have met yet, Miss?” Zoey smiled as Nolan acted as though she was a stranger.

“My name is Zoey Malone, and what is yours, big boy?” Zoey teased, and then winked at him. Nolan was the best, and he made a tense situation into a bearable one.

“Well Ms. Malone, how about we dance? With a dress like that, I think you need to be center of attention tonight. Well?”

“Shut up, Nolan. That is my sister you’re talking to. I know you are going to say something, and it’s only going to piss me off.” Ryder interjected.

Ignoring her brother, Zoey extended her hand to Nolan. “Well, kind sir, I would love to dance with you.” She did feel special as Nolan escorted her out to the dance floor when a fast song came on. The stars must have been in line because Kayden walked through the door with none other than Jena Carnes. He hadn’t seen her yet, but she saw him. Putting on a show, Zoey did things with her body that she didn’t know she had in her. Dancing at home in front of the mirror doesn’t count. Tonight was her night to shine, and make Kayden Lynn jealous as hell.

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Zoey watched as Kayden and Jena sat at the Alpha’s table. She could see Kayden look at everyone, but nobody was talking. All eyes were watching Nolan and her on the dance floor, except her brother, that is. He had his face in his hands. Kayden’s eyes followed their gaze, and she knew the moment he saw her. His eyes turned bright green, and she could actually see steam come out of the man’s head. She laughed to herself because this was exactly what she wanted. His expression was worth every damn dime she spent on her dress.

She continued to watch Kayden, even though he didn’t know she was watching him. He stood up mad as hell and thundered over to Ryder’s side. She couldn’t hear what he was saying, but he was pointing a lot at her and Nolan.

Giggling to herself, Zoey felt powerful for the second time in her life. The first time was when she beat the shit out of Penny Sanders. This was the second best.

Slowing down, the song turned into a slow one. Nolan pulled her body into him holding her close. “Did he notice?” Nolan whispered in her ear.

Zoey acted as if she didn’t know whom he was talking about. “Who?”

“Come on, Zoey. I have known you your whole life, and as soon as Kayden Lynn saw you grow your hair out in the tenth grade, he was smitten with you. He doesn’t talk about it, but we all know. Did he see your dance moves?”

She was hesitant to answer him, but the look on Nolan’s face told her he wouldn’t let it go until she did. “Yes.” Zoey answered. “Is he pissed off?”

Nolan twirled her around and glanced back at the table.

“Oh yeah, he is good and pissed off now. Let’s see what we can do to make him even more pissed.” Nolan replied, and then flipped her backwards kissing up her neck.

The growl could be heard over the music as Kayden stomped over to her and jerked her away from Nolan. “What in hell do you have on?” Kayden’s expression was angry, but instead of yelling at him, she just smiled and looked down at her dress.

“You mean this old thing?” Zoey’s hands stroked down the short dress then looked around at all the men in the room. “I think it is doing exactly what I want it to do.” Zoey winked at the table of bears that were eagerly watching her.

Nolan laughed as he took her hand and escorted her back to the table leaving Kayden on the dance floor fuming. Zoey didn’t look back at Kayden. She couldn’t. If he wanted her, then he would have to fight for her. He couldn’t act as if he liked her one minute, then act as though she wasn’t there the next by bringing a women she hated the most to their table. How his mind worked made no sense to her.

Kayden approached the table and sat down hard beside Jena. The look on the woman’s face was priceless. Apparently, Jena knew something was going on between Zoey and Kayden, so she made her move.

Leaning over, Jena whispered in Kayden’s ear then licked it. Everyone at the table was watching the interaction between Kayden and Jena. Zoey kept telling herself to look away, but she couldn’t stop staring.

“Zoey, you look great tonight, sweetheart,” Brody King suggested, bringing everyone’s attention away from Jena’s show.

“Why thank you, Brody,” Zoey smiled back at the grizzly bear. Brody King was forever surprising her. He would take her on rides around the forest on his back and show her things in the forest she would have never seen even in wolf form. He had a kindness that none of the others had. Even though he was the biggest and scariest of all the Alphas, he was by far the most gentle and sweetest of them all. Brody was the one who looked after her the most, and she loved him like a big brother.

Pulling her out of her memories, Brody stood up, went to her side, and held out his hand. “Let’s dance, sweetheart.” Zoey smiled, reached out to curl her fingers around his, and followed Brody to the floor.

“What’s going through that head of yours, sweetheart?” Brody asked. She felt so little in his arms. His hands were massive as he held on to her. She could always talk to Brody. He never judged her even when she was wrong.

A moment of silence followed before she spoke. “Everything, I guess.”

“Kayden?” Brody answered.

Zoey’s eyes widened in surprise. “Why…do you think that?”

“We all see how he looks at you. He always has. Now he looks at you in a different way. You’re the person he wants the most, but he thinks he doesn’t deserve you.” Zoey gasped not believing what she was hearing.

Sputtering her words trying to form a sentence, Zoey asked, “Why…why would he think that, Brody? I’m just a wolf. Nobody special. He’s an Alpha and needs a strong mate, one who can give him whatever he needs. I…” Self-doubt surged forward as she spoke. Here she was again letting all the stuff Jena said about her get into her head. It was hard to shake the years of bullying that made her feel so small. It was such a hard habit to break.

“You remember the day I took you to Pier’s Point?” Zoey nodded, thinking back about those fun days. “That day meant a lot to me. I finally talked you in to jumping off that cliff into the water. It was wonderful to finally see the smile that came on your face when you came up out of that water. You looked like you were on top of the world. You went for it even when you thought you might get hurt. That is the Zoey Malone I know. The one who needs to see just how important she is to her family and friends. If Kayden can’t see that and if he thinks you’re not good enough, then he isn’t the man I thought he was, and you’re not the girl I know you are if you allow him to get away with it.” Tears ran down her face as she listened to the giant tell her how important she was. Brody knew how to touch her heart.

“I just…” Zoey tried to talk but couldn’t come up with anything logical.

“Now, let’s have some fun tonight, and when a man asks you to dance, don’t think about it; just go for it. She isn’t important to him. We all know that, and what is amazing, she knows it too. Now, the playing field is even because Jena knows how important you are to him, and you have an advantage there. Have fun, Zoey. Stop looking at him for once, and let him chase you,” Brody explained, then twirled her around until she couldn’t stop the laugh that came out of her mouth.

She could feel the tension ease from her shoulders. For the first time in her life, someone told her how it really was, and she finally got it. Brody was a man of few words, but when he spoke, you paid attention. He was a freaking genius, and she was going to follow his directions to a T. She felt happy and relaxed when she looked up at Brody. It looked like he was nodding to someone then quickly glanced around the room. She made sure she didn’t look back at the Alpha’s table when Lex Crenshaw walked up to her.

“Can I have the next dance, Zoey?” Lex asked. Zoey liked Lex. He was kindhearted too, until you pissed him off. It must have been something about the bears because most of them were sweet and gentle unless you were their prey or made them angry.

“Sure Lex, if Brody doesn’t mind.” Lex and Zoey both looked up at the Alpha.

“As long as you take care of my girl here. You know I think of her as my sister, right?” Brody’s voice was higher as he said the last part.

“Yes sir, Alpha.” Lex replied and held his hand out for her. Kissing her on top of the head, Brody walked off leaving her with Lex.

Zoey did what Brody suggested and danced with almost every bear in the room and a few wolves. She laughed at how the bears joked with the other wolves when they tried to dance with her before the song ended. It was all in fun, but she enjoyed the attention.

Finally, near the end of the night, Zoey informed Lex that she needed a break, and he escorted her back to the Alpha’s table. Pulling her chair out for her, Lex kissed her hand and walked away.

It was hard, but Zoey never looked over at Kayden. She sat and made conversation with London and Donnie the rest of the night.

Leaning over, Zoey whispered in Donnie’s ear, “I need to go to the bathroom. I will be back in a few minutes.”

“Do you need me to go with you?” Donnie asked.

“Nope. I think I can handle that on my own.” Zoey got up and slowly walked to the bathroom talking to friends as she passed their table. She walked into the stall and did her business. She felt free for the first time and was actually having fun. She righted her dress and opened the stall door. Figures, it couldn’t last long as she stared at Jena Carnes and one of her friends standing by the sink, waiting for her no doubt. Zoey walked over to the sink and started washing her hands.

“Do you really think a man like Kayden Lynn would want someone like you?” Jena remarked. Instead of immediately responding, Zoey took her time washing her hands. When she finished, she could see Jena struggling to react but didn’t touch her. She knew if she did, she would be disciplined by the Alpha.

Without looking at her, Zoey spoke with self-confidence. “You know, Jena, this isn’t high school anymore and what Kayden does isn’t my concern, but don’t worry, Sugar, I’m positive he wants you for one thing and one thing only.” Zoey leaned closer and commented, “The Alphas talk about you when they are together.” Zoey continued to walk toward Jena who had never seen her do this and apparently, it was unnerving her, so she backed up a step. “They talk about the ‘sure thing’. They say you’re only useful for a fuck and not a good fuck at that. They also say you’re not the mating kind, just the fucking kind.” Zoey tossed the paper towel in the trash can and started to walk out.

Finally, she had enough of Jena telling her what a low life she was. Tonight was the last night she would ever take shit from Jena Carnes again. She heard Jena make her move and was prepared for her. Zoey turned around and blocked the punch Jena was throwing. Jena thought that she could hit her with her back turned, but Zoey had continued her training and flipped Jena, launching her against the door, knocking it down in the process. The noise was loud as Jena and the door flung against the outside wall.

Zoey could hear people running toward the bathrooms. Apparently, the noise was louder than she thought. Looking back, Jena’s friend was wide-eyed and stepped back away from her.

“Oops.” Zoey showed the wolf her teeth then walked out.

Stepping over the moaning Jena, Zoey walked down the hallway with a half smile on her face. London, Ryder, and the entire table of Alphas were looking down the hallway as she walked toward them. Kayden’s eyes were wild-looking as she approached him.

“Kayden, your date is lying on the floor. You might want to go and pick her up.” With that statement said, she continued to walk back to the table where Brody was still sitting with his hands crossed over his chest. She could see the smile widened as she sat down.

“You know Brody, I think we need to go back to Pier’s Point soon and go swimming. Would you be up for that?” Brody laughed and stood up from the table.

“I think that is a wonderful idea, sweetheart. Let’s blow this joint and go get breakfast somewhere. I think you did all the damage you can do tonight,” Brody suggested. Donnie ran back to the table as Zoey picked up her purse.

“I’m coming with you guys. I think the party is over here,” Donnie muttered, then turned and looked down the hallway snickering.

“Let’s go eat. I’m starving,” Zoey sang in a giddy voice as she took Brody’s arm and walked out of the bar.

 

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Happy Halloween Picture Capture! Read your favorite authors scenes, and get in the spooky spirit!

Capturing the moment is every author’s goal. We want to express emotions so clearly that the reader’s impacted when they put the book down. So I’ve brought you a collection of authors who are all using the exact same photograph as inspiration for a short scene. They are capturing the picture with their words. These short scenes are NOT part of a book…yet, but they will give you great insight into the authors head!

As always you’re welcome to give it a go and post your story scene in the comments, in fact, I encourage you to try it! Here’s how to do it…

2014 - 10 October

Use the prompt to write a 350 word scene.

No limitations.

No restrictions.

Let your imagination go wild.

Alongside every entry, is the authors contact links, and most recent book cover.

If you like what they did, please leave a comment or even better, buy a book!

So, here is what the authors came up with this month….

 

 

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Lori KingMistress Hedonism 200x300

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“What if you don’t make it back to the gate in time?” Mia tried to ignore the sense of foreboding that filled her chest making it hard to breathe, as she waited for the full moon to appear overhead.

“I’ll make it.”

“But what if you don’t? Gavin I can’t do this without you.”

Gavin’s arms went around her instantly stopping the panic that was building inside her. “Stop doing this to yourself. You’ll be fine, with or without me. If something goes wrong, go to Nan. She’ll help you because she knows how much I love you. I have to do this, Mia. I have to know.”

She knew that. For weeks they’d been planning this night down to the final details, and now they waited outside the stone circle in the hopes that the gate to the nether would open. If all went well Gavin would cross the bridge to the other world and retrieve their sister Sia. If all didn’t go well… Mia shook her head, forcing the negative thoughts out and focused all of her mental energies on being positive. This would work. It had to.

“There it is. Now remember, we have to direct all of our magic into the stone and say the spell together.” Gavin instructed for the umpteenth time.

“I know, I remember.” She turned and reached for Ryan’s hand, linking him to her and Gavin. As Gavin’s best friend, Ryan was the only other person in the world who knew the secret of their magic, and even though he was a poor substitute for their sibling in their magical triad, Mia was relieved as hell that he’d agreed to help them.

The bright white light of the moon enveloped them, making their surroundings seem both magical and erie.

“Now, Mia.” Gavin said sharply, and together with Ryan helping form their circle they began to chant…

 

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Amy J HawthornAmy J Hawthorn

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RIP. Rest in peace. What a fucking joke.

Mac stood, hidden in a copse of skeletal trees. He shook his head over the tombstone’s inscription and watched the couple walk away arm in arm.

Was it a blessing or a curse for Tom Barker to believe the best of his younger brother when, in fact, the man beneath the tombstone hadn’t been worth the dirt covering him, let alone tears.

Mac would know. He’d been the one to end William Barker’s life. If he could, he’d end it again. But the gratifying violence wouldn’t bring his Cecelia back.

Damn, but she was sweet. Vibrant and beautiful. She’d been everything he’d wanted in a woman when he’d never, ever expected to have light of any kind in his life. Each time he closed his eyes he saw the bright honey of her hazel eyes as she’d laughed at him the first time they’d met. The pure joy in her laugh had lanced right through him, shattering the brittle ice encasing his black heart.

She’d called him silly.

Mac Harrison Silly. No one in this life had ever called him silly. He didn’t have a single humorous bone in his body. He lurked in the shadows, walked through the night, and dealt in death.

Yet Cecelia had called him silly because he hadn’t understood why something so simple as a chocolate bar could make a person happy.

When they’d taken her, they’d not only taken the light from him but from the entire world and as she’d shown him, the world needed more of her light.

William Barker had been a low-ranking pawn and he’d died a sniveling coward. He’d known nothing but it was no matter. He’d find her. If he had to raze the city, he’d find her.

Hell, if he had to set fire to the earth, he’d find his Cecelia and lay waste to those who’d taken her. And if she’d been harmed, vengeance would go beyond the mortal realm of Earth and into the darkest depths Hell. Without her, he was already there.

 

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Mackenzie WilliamsMackenzie Williams

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Jason paced back and forth in the damp grass. He could smell the newly fallen raindrops but none stuck to his black shoes. He watched the crowd file in between the rows of trees. Most of the women were holding handkerchiefs to their faces. The men all whole stoical masks.

He stopped walking when he saw his ex best friend, Adam, come onto the scene. Adam wore a black suit, just like all the others. He walked with his hands in his pockets and followed the rest of the mourners down the grass lane.

Jason had to fight the urge to walk straight up to Adam and punch him in the face. That thought made an annoyed grunt raise from the back of Jason’s throat. The two men had been like brothers. They met in boot camp and had fought alongside one another. All that meant nothing now. Not nothing, worse than nothing. Adam had betrayed Jason the moment he started sleeping with Jason’s true love.

Adam gently pushed his way to the front of the crowd to stand next to the newly dug grave. Jason stood silent, as did his ex comrade, through the entire funeral and burial. Long after the priest stopped talking and after the last crying family member was gone, the two men still stood, motionless. Both just staring at the new tombstone.

“I’m sorry I didn’t do more.” Adam spoke but there were no tears.

“You’re fucking right you’re sorry!” Jason shouted.

Adam blew a kiss towards the gravestone and shook his head. With one last sigh, he turned and left. Jason watched but did nothing. He didn’t know how long after that moment he stood in the trees. Hours, days, weeks? Never moving, never speaking. Finally, it happened. Mary came forward, looking just like the angel he knew she was.

“I’ve missed you, Jason.” She brought her ghostly hand up and touched his cheek.

“Me too, baby.”

“Adam was always sorry about your death, you know.”

Jason ignored the comment. They held hands and started to walk down the row of trees. Together, again.

 

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Jade BelfreyJade Belfrey

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My mother used to say, the best way to say something unsettling is quickly – just put it out there before you have a chance to second guess yourself. So here goes: I’m dead.

Not what you thought I was going to say, right? I know, it came as a surprise to me too. One minute I was standing at the aisle ready for my forever, about to marry the tall, dark and handsome Aiden, and the next thing I know I’m in some other dimension.

I was shocked too. I was also pissed that my pretty white (I wasn’t a virgin but hey what bride is) wedding dress was exchanged for some ugly black robe. Black is really not my color, it washes me out. Unfortunately everyone here wears them.

At least that’s what Owen tells me. He’s tall and dark too. And he’s also a death dealer.

There I go again, blurting out information. He’s a death dealer, I’m a death dealer, bla bla, we’re all death dealers. Again, this is from Owen. I’ve never met anyone else. It’s just been me and him here since my wedding day and the day I died.

He was the first thing I saw when I opened my eyes. I had closed then at the aisle expecting a kiss from my almost-husband. Aiden was a great kisser – this I’ll admit, but there was something different about this kiss. It lit up my body in a way I’d never felt, and certainly never expected whilst in the house of the Lord. Honestly, it may have been the best kiss of my life.

Yet when I opened my eyes, it was Owen’s lips that were pressed against mine. It was his electric kiss I had felt.

I screamed.

“Calm down” he instructed.

It was impossible not to freak out. “What am I doing here?”

“I think I called you here.” He held up his hands in defense. “Unintentionally I swear.”

My chest began to heave, moments away from a full-scale panic attack. “Where the hell am I?”

“Exactly” He frowned. “We’re in hell.”

 

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Kalissa WayneKalissa Wayne

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Mary screamed as the coffin lowered into the ground. She wasn’t dead! She couldn’t be dead. They were burying her alive! Stop!!! Please stop!!! But no matter how loudly she screamed, the dirt kept dropping onto the top of the casket.

Eventually, the sounds of the dirt stopped. Only her cries echoed inside the elegant coffin. Her tears soaked the satin below her head, her tear ducts empty. She closed her eyes, resigned to the fact she would die of suffocation deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

It was the breeze stroking the wetness of her cheeks that brought awareness. Drying her tear stains cheeks while dappled sunlight danced on her eyelids, causing strange patterns of light and dark.

Lifting her eyelids, she squinted into the sunlight. Above her, trees swayed in the breeze, leaves dancing to the joyful tune of the forest surrounding her. It looked to be a beautiful summer morning in the woods of her childhood. A shadow stood beside her, a hand held out to help her up. She raised her own hand, blocking the sun to see who stood above her. John! Oh my God, John!!!

Her husband of seventy years gently held her upraised hand and raised her to her feet. But it wasn’t old John whom she’d seen pass into the next world a couple years ago. It was John from their youth; young, virile, handsome in his tailored dark suit. As she reached her feet, she realized she was in her favorite white dress, the one she wore on their first date. As she looked where she had been laying, the headstone she had purchased for John and her to share at the graveyard sat there. But instead of having their names and dates on it, it only read “RIP.”

“Mary, my love. I know you have a lot of questions and I’ll answer them all. But to help you understand now, know this. You must pass through Mother Earth to reach the next life. Come my love, let me take you home.”

And with that, Mary and John walked into the light…

 

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RE ButlerR.E. Butler

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Gilly peered through the portal into the outer realm. The woods looked scary, but it was the only time the veil was thin enough between the realms for her people to pass through. It was these annual visits that made Gilly’s otherwise mundane life as a starship lab technician exciting. On this night, known in the earthly realm as All Hallows Eve, she and her people would gather on their home planet of Merr and pass through the portal.

“You think he’ll be there?” Her friend Jolie asked.

“He has been for the last two years,” Gilly said uncertainly. He was an alpha werewolf; a powerful male, and would eventually find a mate. She could never be that mate. Her people were forbidden from remaining for more than twenty-four hours. If she stayed, her people would come for her and she’d be punished severely – a few dozen years in confinement on one of the prison ships that orbited their dead moon. He would be welcome on Merr, but she would never ask him to give up everything for her.

One by one, her people filed through the shimmery portal and went their way. Gilly found herself alone in the woods. Her heart sank as she realized the man she’d been looking forward to seeing was absent. She took a step back toward the portal.

“Leaving so soon?”

She turned with a gasp to see Lux dressed in a sharp suit. He grabbed her, lowering his mouth to hers.

“I thought you wouldn’t come,” she whispered.

“Tomorrow when the moon rises in the sky, I want to come with you.”

“You do?”

“You don’t have a male in your own realm do you?”

“No!”

“Then it’s settled. Tonight we’ll say farewell to my pack and tomorrow we’ll start the next chapter of our life on Merr.”

They sealed their declaration with a kiss and headed into the darkness to say goodbye. She’d always dreaded the rising of the moon, but she eagerly looked forward to it. It was the first night of the rest of their lives, after all.

 

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Samantha PotterSamantha Potter

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Misty fog surrounded the grounds as the evening sky continued to darken. The atmosphere became eerie as the animals of the night woke from their daily slumber. Eye’s glowed from above as they watched the forms below them. Silvia turned her attention towards the ongoing noises, her eyes glowed a bright red as tears of blood trickled from her eyes. Sending a warning to the animal’s above to stop there annoying noise’s. Silvia mourned the loss of her brother, hitting a point where it was becoming too much to bare. Suddenly there was nothing, silence had filled the air. She let out a small sigh of relief before cuddling the strong masculine creature standing close, her mate. As they stared intently at the large block of cement in front of them, a permanent reminder that the person buried here was no longer part of this world. A sign for those that walked the grounds of the cemetery that the form buried here was once loved by many and missed by all.

“All will be right, I promise you this.” Silvia’s mate assured her.

The grief of her brothers passing had become overwhelming, her body shook with shock, constantly reminding Silvia of the memories that led to her brother’s sudden passing.

She grabbed her partner’s hand pulling him away, begging to leave the gloomy surroundings of the cemetery. He willingly followed her lead as they walked the hidden path. The further away they became the more relieved Silvia felt as if she had jut escaped the nightmare she had experiences the past few days, as it hit the darkest, coldest part of the night. Thicker fog seeped along the ground making it almost impossible to see, protecting the secrets that may occur during this time. The soil beneath the headstone began to move as the ground shook, parting the soil. A hand broke free from its underground prison, awakening the un-dead and allowing them to walk the earth once again.

 

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Alanea AlderAlanea Alder

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“Hand it over Angelique. I saw you snag his soul, it doesn’t belong to you,” Damian said holding out his hand.

Angelique pouted, her red lips forming a pretty bow. “It’s just one teeny tiny soul, can’t I keep this one?” She ran a scarlet fingernail up and down his damp, navy blue suit jacket.

“No. This was a good man, he died protecting the woman he loved. His soul will be taken to a place where he will know peace.”

The woman dug into the pocket of her long white coat and pulled out a perfect silver orb. She turned it over in her hand. “But it’s so pretty, it sparkles more than the others.”

“That’s because the souls you usually handle are covered in a fine layer of grim and smut. This one is pure. There aren’t too many men like him out there anymore. It’s a shame he had to die so young.” He plucked the orb from her hand. Her eyes flashed a molten gold color, before she quickly hid her anger.

“Let’s make a bet,” she said as a devilish smile graced her lips.

Damian shook his head. “That seductive smile may work with others, but not with me. You’re thousands of years too young to trick me into giving up this soul.” Though he spoke with a smile, his handsome features had hardened.

Angelique stamped her foot. “You can’t be older than me!”

Damian chuckled and kept walking. Cursing Angelique followed him until they reached a fork in the road, one led upward to a hill, the other downward towards a dark valley.

“Trot back home and tell your master you failed. These group of men belong to me. I was kind to you, I won’t be so kind to the next thief.”

“My master will definitely hear about this. Those souls hold more value than you could possibly know,” she hissed.

He smiled at her. “I know more than anyone, the value of these men’s souls. The group of men you have targeted are mine to protect, they are true warriors.”

“My master will destroy you.” Her eyes were no longer seductive but filled with hate.

“He could not destroy me in Heaven and he cannot destroy me now. You know me as Damian, but I have another name.” He turned his back to her and began walking up the sunlit hill.

“Who are you?” she whispered stepping back defensively.

He stopped and without turning spoke a name that had her racing into the shadows.

“Michael.”

 

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Corinne DaviesCorinne Davies

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“Do you know what I love the most about you?” Bryan asked as he shrugged his suit jacket on.

Noelly smiled over at him as she slipped the strap of her blood bra over her shoulder. “The little I do with my hips when I’m riding you?”

“Well yes, but that’s not what I was thinking of…” His mouth dried out when she bent over to step into the red g-string he’d removed with his teeth earlier. Her ass was lush, creamy and as red as her panties and bra. He was sorry to see it disappear underneath her pristine white dress. His formerly sated cock jumped at the idea of her stretched out across the bench seat of his truck, her face in his lap as he pulled up the back of her dress to smack her ass and make her moan.

“You were saying?”

Her question jolted him out of a pleasant mental image he planned to make a reality. Wrapping his fingers around her hand, he brought it up to his face, brushing his lips against the soft skin of her knuckles.

“You are the only woman who can still surprise me. “ Keeping a firm grip on her hand, he supported her as she lifted each foot and slipped her heels back on. “I distinctly remember you saying you wanted to dance on that old bitch’s grave in a red dress.”

She winked saucily over his shoulder, “The horizontal mambo is a kind of dance.”

 

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Thank you so much to all of the authors who participated! I hope you’ll encourage us by letting us know if you would like us to continue our specific stories. Just leave a comment for us in the comment section. We’ll be back November 30th with another one!

As always Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance! ~ Lori

 

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