In my blog posts, I usually tend to focus on the sexy. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, in my stories I actually like to explore the psyche as much as the physical. I like to put together characters who seem to have insurmountable issues and then watch them work it out.
That definitely happened with the novella I just wrote. In Harvest Moon, Eli and Maddy have had a contentious relationship since childhood. He liked her, so he teased her, as boys sometimes do, but she didn’t respond. She was painfully shy but he didn’t realize that–instead, he took her silence for snobbishness and rejection. And because he felt hurt, he kept after her, which hurt her in turn.
By the time I had their backstory together, I wasn’t sure Eli and Maddy could ever get over the pain they’d inflicted on each other in the past. And if they’d been a twosome, it might have been much harder. But in this world, werewolves mate in threes, which means Eli and Maddy had Donovan there to knock some sense into them when they were being pigheaded, lighten the mood when things got too heavy, and steam things up when they threatened to cool.
What are some books you’ve read where you didn’t know if the h/h(/h/h) could get over their issues and fall in love? And do you prefer that, or would you rather have them getting along well from the beginning (and maybe facing some big obstacles outside of their relationship instead of inside)?
While you’re pondering those questions and preparing to answer in the comments (!), have a look at this excerpt from Harvest Moon. Then I invite you to enter the giveaway below. I also have other giveaways going on right now, so check out the Giveaway link in the menu at the top if you’re interested.
A smell hit Maddy, the scent of freshly printed books and soda pop fizz and home.
Lisa said something else, but Maddy didn’t hear it. A need washed over her, moving her almost against her will. Maddy grabbed Lisa’s hand. “My mates.”
Lisa squealed as Maddy walked away, around the desk to the open area in front of it. She headed toward the hallway leading to the front doors. Where were they?
Out of the corner of her eye, Maddy saw a man catapult around the corner, coming from the fiction section. He stopped a few feet away from her.
She smiled. She’d always found him attractive with his dark hair and eyes. Sort of mysterious and movie-star like. Donovan Geary. Her mate.
He moved toward her, a little more slowly now, and pulled her into his arms. “Hey,” he whispered in her ear.
“Hey.” She squeezed him tight. He felt as solid as a concrete block.
Donovan moved his head a little, then a little more, til his lips were millimeters from hers. Then he kissed her, more than a peck but less than a five-alarm-fire. When he pulled back, he didn’t pull back far. “Where’s our third?”
They both turned their heads to one side then the other. Maddy spotted him first. Before the knowledge even hit her brain, her knees gave out.
Donovan caught her weight before she could fall. “Whoa. What’s wrong?”
Maddy didn’t say anything, just focused on finding her legs. Her stomach tightened and she thought she might throw up. This couldn’t be happening. She couldn’t be mated to him.
Donovan grinned. “Eli Couteau. I never would have guessed.” He held out his hand to Eli.
As Eli walked toward them and took Donovan’s hand, his face stayed frozen, his eyes locked on her face. Maddy tried not to look at him. She didn’t want to see how much he hated her.
The most horrible thing of all happened as soon as Eli and Donovan touched hands. She’d already felt the mating pull, but now the urge grew twice as strong. She wanted her mates. She wanted Eli. Wanted to pull off his clothes and kiss every inch of his body. Almost more than she wanted to run away from him.
Eli kept staring at her. “I can’t believe Miss High-and-Mighty is my mate.”
A mad werewolf chose Lunaville as the perfect hunting ground. He needs new wives to rebuild his harem, and what better place than a town full of wolves? But when he sets his sights on Madison Blake, he runs into trouble–she finds her fated mates before he can grab her.
Maddy, Eli and Donovan face trouble of their own just making their mating work. Maddy and Eli have bad blood between them, history strong enough to keep them apart in spite of the overwhelming mating lust. To find true love, they must not only conquer their own problems but also keep Maddy safe from the mad wolf stalking her.
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