Welcome to my Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop Spot! I love the holiday season, although I seem to love something different about it each year. This year I really enjoyed decorating my house. Some years I didn’t even decorate, but this year something moved me to do it and I loved it. Other years, my favorite part is shopping, or baking cookies and other treats. But every year, I love watching my family open the gifts I got them and seeing how big I can make the smiles on their faces.
Do you have a favorite part of the holiday season? (Any of this season’s holidays are fair game!) Let us know below, and enter the giveaways at the same time.
I also wanted to give you a look at this excerpt from The Alpha’s Secret, one of the novellas in The Alpha’s Downfall, the Stonewall Pack Alpha boxed set.
Many thanks to www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com for hosting this hop!
Excerpt from The Alpha’s Secret
Bridget parked down the block from The Weeping Widow, a pub/tavern that claimed roots back in the colonial days. It certainly looked the part, with its wood timbers and dark interior. When Bridget told the hostess who she was meeting, she was told they hadn’t arrived yet, and was seated at a table for four. She glanced at her watch. Noon, on the nose. At least she hadn’t been late again.
A couple of minutes later, Bridget felt a powerful tingling, just like she had the night before on the phone. The outside door opened, and the most delicious smell wafted inside. It smelled like forest and sex and home. She couldn’t imagine what it was, but she had to find out. She stood to go look.
Her eyes met those of two wolves. From across the room, she couldn’t scent them to know they were wolves, but she just knew. Just as she knew what the scent meant, and who they were.
Bridget’s pulse pounded in her neck. She didn’t want mates. She’d never wanted mates. Shit. She sat down.
The two wolves walked quickly across the room to her, but she wouldn’t meet their eyes. She fought the urge to run. Their chairs scraped across the floor as they sat down.
“That’s why…” one of them said.
The other said, “Yeah. That’s why.” He reached out and took her hand where it rested on the table. “Bridget?”
She jerked and looked up at him, immediately caught by his eyes like a rabbit in a trap.
“We can skip lunch,” the other one said. “Find a hotel somewhere.”
The mating urge must be riding him hard. Hell, it was riding her hard. Her body had turned to a soft mush all centered between her legs. If she weren’t so scared, she’d be dragging them out of the restaurant and finding the nearest alley. She pulled her hand away.
“I’m Gavin,” the big one said. His dark hair and chocolate eyes made him exactly what she’d always found attractive—big, dark and sexy. If only he weren’t her mate.
“Liam,” the other one said. He wasn’t small, either, though he didn’t have the big muscles Gavin did. Liam was slimmer, lean and mean, his hair cut short in a dark buzz cut. His eyes were a striking blue.
She wasn’t sure what to say, so she went with the obvious. “I’m Bridget.” Her voice sounded small.
Neither of them would take their eyes off her. She felt naked and exposed.
“Let’s get lunch,” Gavin said. He flipped open his menu.
Liam gave a very faint whine, his wolf protesting the delay. He continued to gaze at Bridget. “I never thought I’d be lucky enough to have mates.”
Bridget couldn’t take it. She stood, dropping her napkin onto her seat. “I’ll be right back.” Then she fled to the bathroom.
“What’s wrong?” Liam asked Gavin. He’d found his mates. They should be kissing now, on their way to the closest bed. But she was obviously upset. “I don’t get it.”
Gavin gazed at the bathroom door. “I don’t, either. Something’s not right. She’s acting…”
“Scared. But she doesn’t have any reason to be scared of us. We’d never hurt her.” Liam didn’t know what he felt, himself. When he’d first scented her and then seen her across the room, he’d felt so excited. This was what he’d always wanted—mates of his own. Someone to come home to, someone to protect.
Then when he’d seen her body language, his wolf had nearly had a fit. She acted like someone had hurt her. Why else would she be afraid of them, two strangers who’d never done her any harm?
But he felt hurt, too. Why would his mate reject him when she didn’t even know him?
Bridget returned to the table, avoiding their eyes. Her hands shook a little as she replaced her napkin on her lap. “I’m sorry. I know this probably isn’t what you expected when you found your mates.” She took a breath. “The thing is, I don’t want mates.”
Ouch. “Why? What’s wrong with us?”
She met his eyes and he felt it like a kick in the gut. Hers were a warm blue, fringed with lashes the color of her reddish brown hair. Her lips looked full and kissable. “There’s nothing wrong with you,” she said fiercely. “Nothing at all. I just…I’ve never wanted to be mated. I’d hoped it wouldn’t happen and then I wouldn’t have to deal with…this.”
“Why?” Gavin said, face hard.
Liam had known the alpha a few weeks now. And while he was every bit as strong as any other alpha Liam had met, Gavin tended to be more low key. He didn’t flex his muscles unless he had to. Liam had asked him about it once, and Gavin had told him he’d had to curb his natural instincts when he became a detective, because he made a much better detective if he blended into the woodwork than if he walked in, fists flying. But now the alpha was back.
Bridget shook her head. “There isn’t a particular reason. I just never—”
“That’s not good enough. Did someone hurt you?” Gavin’s voice was soft, too soft. Like a wolf on the prowl.
“No. I mean, yes, but no. It’s not like that.”
“Then why? We’ve been given an incredible gift. Why don’t you want it?” Gavin was starting to sound angry.
“Just tell us why,” Liam said. He fought the urge to reach out and take her hand.
“I don’t know, all right? I just—I just don’t want to be owned.”
She stood. “I have to go.”
“No, wait,” Gavin said. Both men stood, but she’d already gone half the length of the restaurant.
“Should we go after her?” Liam said. His hands felt clammy.
“Let’s give her time to cool off. Maybe she’ll change her mind.”
Can they overcome their demons to find a love that lasts?
In a world where werewolves mate in threes, four threesomes face an intractable foe to find love. As an overwhelming mating lust pulls them together, they must face obstacles both outside and within their triads and conquer them all to have any hope of everlasting love.
This boxed set includes the following four novellas:
The Alpha’s Pack: An overwhelming lust draws werewolves to their two mates in this otherwise ordinary world. Deirdre, Jake and Sam find each other only to discover they must conquer the Stonewall Pack Alpha or be separated forever. Their enemy breaks every rule to get what he wants. Can these three mates overcome him to find their “happily ever after?”
The Alpha’s Obsession: Hidden in an otherwise modern world, werewolves mate in threesomes dictated by a mating lust that tells them without doubt who their fated mates are. After struggling through years of separation made worse by the mating urge riding them all, three werewolves come together once again. Maeve, Nate and Damian must face their past in a fight for their love and their lives. Can they overcome their pasts to build a better future together?
The Alpha’s Secret: Werewolves mate in threesomes in this world where packs operate just under the surface of everyday life. Private investigators Gavin and Liam find their mate, Bridget, while on a case. But in spite of the mating lust riding all three of them, Bridget resists the urge. Something stronger than the mating lust keeps her from committing. Meanwhile, Gavin and Liam discover treachery in her past. Can they unravel the clues to both mysteries so all three of them can come together at last?
The Alpha’s Legacy: An overwhelming mating lust pulls mates together in this world where werewolves mate in threesomes. Sheriff Caleb Couteux comes to Marysburg to investigate the former Alpha of Stonewall pack, but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers his mates. Best friends for years, Fiona and Grady fought the love between them until the mating lust draws them together…with Caleb. But Grady sees Caleb as an interloper, and Caleb feels left out of their twosome. Can they solve their relationship problems in time to face the trouble to come?
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