Protected by Request

protecting his packMy wolf shifter novella, Protecting His Pack, is now out, and it came about for a rather unusual reason. When I wrote the first of my Grayling Wolves stories, Must Love Wolves, I intended it to stand alone, and I certainly didn’t expect that if I came up with another tale that involved this pack of Highland wolves, I’d be following a male/male story with a male/female romance. It’s not as though I haven’t written sequels before, but that’s either been because I created a character who clearly had a life beyond one short story, such as jewel thief The Black Lily, who has made appearances in the Xcite collections Lesbian Love and Crimes of Passion, or because I’m working on a series, like Steel City Nights.

However, I  happened to read a review of Must Love Wolves on Amazon (not something I usually bother with, as that way madness lies…) from a reader who was keen to find out what happens to Lennox Grayling, whose act of exiling his brother, Logan, kicks off events in Must Love Wolves. And in the spirit of giving the people what they want, Protecting His Pack was born – and proved to be great fun to write.

So has that ever happened to any other authors out there? Have you written a sequel to a book thanks to reader demand, or have you taken a suggestion on board and maybe flirted with a different genre or style of writing? And would you ever go so far as to create a bespoke piece of fiction for someone? I’d be really interested to know your thoughts.

Meanwhile, Protecting His Pack is now available from Xcite and Amazon. Will there be a book three? Watch this space – and come back on Sunday, when I’ll be sharing a snog between Lennox and Sarah.

 

Cover Reveal – Protecting His Pack

Just got the gorgeous cover for my Xcite novella, Protecting His Pack, and wanted to share it.

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The second of the books about the Grayling Wolves, it features Lennox Grayling, the alpha who’d exiled his brother, Lennox, at the beginning of Must Love Wolves. Here’s the blurb:

Lennox Grayling is coping with the challenge of being pack alpha. He’s grown a hard shell since being forced to drive his brother, Logan, into exile, and the only thing that can pierce it is his devotion to his mate and his love for his baby son, Lachlan.

Sarah Woods is a vet in the Highland village of Kirkmuir. Having moved there to escape a boyfriend whose behaviour became obsessive and violent, love isn’t on her agenda any more.

When tragedy makes their paths cross, Sarah and Lennox discover an attraction for each other. Sarah can’t believe she’s falling for a wolf shifter, but their passion is too powerful to deny. But what will happen when Lennox is forced to protect his pack?

Look out for an extract and more details nearer the time of release…

 

 

Wolves Gone Wild

Just got back from the football at Crawley, and a first victory in League One for the mighty Millers, to discover that Must Love Wolves has hit the top twenty bestseller list on All Romance eBooks. That enables me to add this nifty little graphic to this post:

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If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens when a university lecturer who’s researching myths and legends about werewolves finds himself crossing paths with a wolf shifter who’s been exiled from his pack, then this is the novella for you. Click on the book cover below to visit the ARe site and read a hot extract from the story. Though I say it myself, it’s a howlingly good story (OK, so I may be a little over-excited, but a good win at the football and this kind of news will do that you…)

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Wolf On The Loose

must love wolvesFeast your eyes on the gorgeous, wild creature on this book jacket – and then take a look at the wolf, too! Must Love Wolves is my first foray into the well-trodden genre of werewolf fiction, and I hope I’ve brought my own particular slant to it. The idea to write about wolf shifters originally came from a review I received of one of my BDSM stories, where the reviewer mentioned that I’d obviously never met a master in real life, because no real master would behave the way my character had. So I thought I’d write this novella, then sit back and wait to be told that I’d obviously never met a real werewolf…

Anyway, Must Love Wolves is the story of university lecturer Neil, who is researching the subject of wolfmen in literature and folklore for his doctorate, while trying to forget about a disastrous cyber-affair that has seriously dented his trust in men. His solitude on the outskirts of the village of Lochailde is broken when he finds a young man in his cottage garden, half-naked and bearing the marks of a vicious beating. What he doesn’t realise at first is that the man, Logan, is actually a wolf shifter who’s been exiled from his pack.

This is Logan’s reaction to meeting Neil:

Someone was patting gently at his shoulder, trying to wake him. He whined, low in his throat, shifting away from the touch, wanting only to sleep till all his aches were eased. Then that maddening, arousing scent hit his nostrils again, and he blinked open his eyes.

‘Hey, are you OK? Who did this to you?’

The blond stranger’s voice held a mix of concern and fear. Hardly surprising, he thought, raising himself to a sitting position with less difficulty than he’d expected. He was afraid himself, never having been quite so close to a human before. There’d been brushes with hunters in the woods, but he’d always had Lennox, or one of the older pack members, to keep him safe, and from them he’d learned to keep a respectable distance from a man with a gun. This man was different; unarmed, and wearing a short, striped towelling robe from which his legs emerged, lean and bare. He bore no immediate threat.

‘Are you OK?’ the stranger asked again.

‘Aye, I’m fine.’ His words sounded gruff, even to his own ears, and for the first time he became aware of a powerful thirst. Quite how far had he run the previous night, and how much punishment had he put his body through? At least his cracked ribs were healing; he no longer felt that sharp little hitch of pain accompanying every breath. Rising to his feet, he added, ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t know this was your garden. I just needed somewhere to rest.’

‘That’s not a problem.’ The stranger’s eyes, soft blue-green behind the lenses of his spectacles, blazed with concern. ‘I’m more worried about how you came by those injuries.’

‘I – I got into a fight with my brother. We – well, I think it’s safe to say we’ve come to a parting of the ways. But honestly, this isn’t so bad.’

‘Not so bad? We should be reporting the bastard to the police.’

That was the last thing he wanted, anyone other than this man knowing even a fraction of the truth about what had happened. He shook his head. ‘Like I say, it’s over and done between us. There’s no need to get anyone else involved. Maybe I should just be on my way.’

‘No way. You need a bath, and some breakfast at the very least.’ The stranger made to usher him inside the house, then stopped, proffering a hand in welcome. ‘I’m sorry, I should have introduced myself. I’m Neil. Neil Affleck.’

He grasped Neil’s hand, fighting the urge to squeeze as hard as he would when greeting a fellow pack member. A human hand’s bones would crack under the force, or so he’d always been told. Though this man’s bones didn’t feel fragile; his whole body seemed to fizz with a subtle power that was most appealing. A jolt of lust shot straight down to his groin, needing to be slaked as urgently as his thirst. ‘Logan Grayling,’ he replied, even though he’d given up his right to use the pack name when he’d been banished from Grayling territory.

‘Come on, let’s get you inside.’

Though in truth he needed no assistance in walking, he accepted the invitation to lean against Neil’s body as they entered the cottage. His mating instincts had been roused beyond endurance by the man’s nearness, and it took all his willpower not to throw the man to the floor and fuck him. But that wasn’t how things worked in the civilised world – and, like it or not, once he’d left the pack he’d become part of that world.

If you want to know whether wolf and man can co-exist, and what happens when Logan realises he’s not the only shifter in Lochailde, check out Must Love Wolves. It’s available from Amazon, and I hope you’ll think it’s howlingly good…