Mary Rundle has a new MM paranormal mpreg book out: Shadow Voice. Please join me in welcoming Mary to my blog. She’s here today generously sharing an exclusive excerpt from her popular recent release, Shadow Voice.
Shadow Voice by Mary Rundle
p style=”text-align: center;”>Series: Blackwood Pack (book #5 – earlier books in the series should be read first)
Publisher: Dragonheart, LLC
Release Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Length: Novel / 118,910 words
Pairings/Genres/Tropes/Keywords/Categories: M/M, Paranomal, Erotic Romance, Wolf Shifters, Fated Mates, MPREG, HEA, True Mates, Alphas and Omegas, Dirty Talk, Masterbation, Scottish, Survivor Guilt, Pride, Love, Grief
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The Blackwood Pack saga continues…
This is part of an on-going series and reading the previous titles is advised. Readers of the past books will enjoy meeting old friends once more as the pack does what it does best ̶ caring for each other.
Slate, one of the last Dire Wolves, has carved out a life which suits him fine—plenty of traveling to exotic locations and an abundance of one night stands to handle his needs. While he’s happy for his brother, who has found his Fated Mate, Slate isn’t interested in finding his—at least not for a long time. That is, until his body betrays him. Seeking his mother’s help—who is an Oracle—Slate pays a visit to the Blackwood Pack where he finds the Fates have once again, messed with his life.
Dakota, the chef for the Blackwood Pack, fell in love with cooking as a young child and ultimately the kitchen became a place of refuge for him. Suffering with a ‘curse’ through much of his childhood, he relied heavily on his mother’s help to deal with it. After the massacre of his mother and siblings by their greedy uncle, Dakota barely survives, but finally forges a life for himself, content to stay home and take care of the people he loves.
About the Series
Join the journey of the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates – stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure. Each book has two main characters who meet, fall in love, mate and achieve an HEA but the stories also chronicle the continuing saga of the Blackwood Pack. The series is best appreciated by reading the books in order.
A long-hidden secret, rejection of a mate, acceptance of rare gifts, and a brutal kidnapping are just some of the obstacles Dakota and Slate must battle together to save their relationship. As the pack rallies around them, both must learn to trust the other before they can find the happiness that the Fates have ordained for them…
Slate ran down the hall, scenting his mate’s cum, determined to find him. Fuck! I don’t even know his name.Down the stairs he went, into the great room, then to the front door. Nearly tearing it off its hinges, Slate stepped out on the porch and saw the torn clothes scattered about. Just as he was about to shift and follow his mate, his father took hold of his arm and using his Alpha voice, forced Slate to stop.
“Dad, let go…my mate ran off and I have to find him!”
“Son, your mother wants to speak to you first.”
Slate fought his wolf, finally gaining control and, as the tension left his body, he slumped against the house. He stared into the woods, hoping to see his mate and when that didn’t happen, he shifted his gaze to his father. “Why did he run off? I thought a mate would rather die than abandon the one the Fates had chosen. I don’t understand it. Why didn’t he like me?”
“Slate, your mate is safe. Talk to your mother. She can help you.” Maximus gently pushed his son into the house to see his mother.
Exhausted, Slate walked to his parents’ suite. He was numb, unable to comprehend what happened and how it went wrong. Never expecting to find his mate so soon after the onset of his first toirchigh, he was confused at his need—the overpowering drive to claim his mate. All Slate knew as he entered the sitting room was that somehow he had fucked up badly. Even his wolf knew it as he keened for his mate.
The man who walked in was in pain, that much Oracle could see. But it was going to get worse before it got better. How much worse depended on her son and what he decided to do. Taking his hand, Oracle led Slate over to a chair, pushed him down in it, then sat beside him. Holding his hand, she began. “Sweetie, tell me what happened.”
Sitting next to Oracle, Slate, remembered all the times during his childhood when his mother was there for him, comforting him when he fell, and chasing the demons in his nightmares away. Drawing in her sweet scent, he confided that he’d found his mate but had been rejected. Rubbing his heart, Slate hated even saying those words, because it made the pain there more intense, so much so, he was sure it was breaking in half. Finally, when he admitted he didn’t even know his mate’s name, the tears began to flow.
Oracle put her arms around her son, gently rubbing his back as he cried. She could feel the sadness enveloping Slate, but she had no quick fixes to make it better for him. Only he could do that and she wondered, for the thousandth time, why her youngest son always had to travel such a hard road in his life. Together they sat, one trying to find the strength to continue, the other giving love and support.
When the tears had finally stopped, Slate took stock of himself, trying to find the hidden well of strength he always seemed to have. Wiping the remnants of his tears away, he looked at his mother. “Mom, I fucked up big time but I don’t know what I did wrong or how to make it right.”
“Let’s see if we can sort it out, okay, sweetie?”
“I’d appreciate it.”
“What are your intentions? Do you want him?”
Slate thought it over and much to his surprise—considering his feelings just a few hours ago—said, “Yes, I do, but I don’t even know who he is.”
“His name is Dakota and he is Jackson’s brother.”
Dakota…Dakota…oh I know him. “He’s the chef, right? Colton told me about his cooking when we were in Mexico.”
“Yes, he is and he loves it. Right now, he is teaching Theo.”
“Maybe I can share some of my recipes with him. Colton said Dakota is always looking for new recipes.”
“That might be a good way for you to get to know him.”
“Good idea, Mom,” Slate exclaimed, but then his face fell. “But first I have to find him and see if he wants me. He ran away from me. What did I do wrong?”
“May I give you some advice?”
“Sure. As you can see, I need all the help I can get.”
“Before you claim Dakota, take some time to know him and let him learn about you, Slate. His story is the key to who he is and will help you understand why he ran.”
“Okay,” Slate said, “I promise I’ll talk to my mate before throwing him down and biting him.”
“That would be a good thing to do sweetie,” Oracle said, smiling gently. “One other thing. I must talk to Dakota before you claim him to explain the gift the Fates have for him.”
“I understand, but first I have to find my mate, Mom, and I’ll bring him back here so you can tell him what you need to.” Slate stood, extending his hand to his mother and helped her up. “I don’t think we’ll make it back for lunch, so will you make my excuses to Jackson?”
“You can do that after you tell him Dakota is your Fated Mate.”
☆ Exclusive Excerpt ☆
Oh wow! I am so excited to be here and thank you for hosting my blog tour. The exclusive excerpt I have for you today is from Shadow Voice ̶ Book 5 of the Blackwood Pack series and is the love story of Dakota and Slate. In this story The Fate Mates do eventually have their HEA but not before the entire Blackwood Pack helps save them. I hope you enjoy it!
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Opening his eyes, Dakota gave Slate a small smile as he felt the infusion of love, then continued, “I never returned home again. Jackson drove my mother back, picked up my brothers, then returned to get me. I went back to school for my next semester and when it was over, I met my brothers at their college and helped pack up their dorm rooms. Jackson planned on dropping me off at my grandparents for the summer but the night before we left, all of us went to a local gay bar where, after we probably had too much to drink, Carson’s proposal to make a stop in Las Vegas met with instant approval. The next day, we headed out early and made it there in plenty of time to spend the night gambling and drinking.
“When I got a call from Logan the next night I instantly knew something was wrong. He asked me where Zane and I were and once I told him, he ordered us to stay there and he would come and get us. As soon as I hung up, Zane asked me what happened and all I could tell him was Logan said he was coming to get us. I was worried, but my brother was shaking with fear—fear that was now my fear as I absorbed his emotion. The only thing I held on to was my mother’s voice in my head telling me I was strong and could handle it.
“Once we were all together, and in the car, Jackson broke the news to everyone. Instantly, I had waves of emotions buffering me from everyone—anger, sorrow, hatred, guilt, joy—so strong, in such a closed space, I knew if I didn’t immediately block what I could, I would be driven insane. So while Jackson was driving us somewhere safe, I spent the entire trip, constantly trying to block everyone’s emotions. By the time we stopped, I was so tired I don’t know how I ended up in a bed, but the next morning I woke up to my new world.
“My mother—my lifeline—the person who knew what I was and the only one I could count on to guide and help me when it all became too much for me, was gone and I was left trying to figure out how I would survive. So before everyone woke up, I headed out, shifted, and ran deep into the forest, seeking a place where there weren’t any other beings so I could find the quietness my mind needed so badly. When I got back, Jackson took me aside and asked if he could do anything to help. I assured him I was all right because I knew he was panicking about how to protect his brothers and keep us safe, so I wasn’t going to add to his burden.
“That summer we camped in the woods while Jackson oversaw the building of a pack house for us at a site Jimmy had provided. When the chores were divided up, I ended up with chef duties. I often wondered if Jackson knew how badly I needed to be away from everyone but he never said anything. As you can imagine, all my brothers had very strong emotions that summer as one by one, they came to grips with our family gone.
“During that time, if one of my brothers objected and complained I wasn’t pulling my weight because all I did was cook, Jackson told them to demonstrate they could cook as well as me; then he’d give me a wink and walk away. My brothers also had to accept that Jackson had stepped into the role of Alpha and more than once his orders and decisions were challenged by one of them. But Jackson, with Logan backing him up, kept us together on a path that eventually made us a strong pack.”
Slate felt his eyes tear up before saying, “Oh, babe, I can’t imagine how alone you must have felt that summer.”
Dakota nodded, grateful his mate understood, but worried that when his story was over, Slate’s sympathy would disappear. Biting his lower lip, Dakota hesitated, wondering how he could explain his darkest secret to his mate. Picking at the grass, he grew more nervous before he revealed the final piece. So far, Slate had surpassed Dakota’s expectations with his understanding about the curse. But will that change when I tell him what I almost did?
Slate waited while his mate sorted out his thoughts, but when nothing more was forthcoming, he said, “I know you’re worried about something,” he said, pausing to touch his mate’s bottom lip, “but please trust me and just tell me. Nothing you say will change my mind about what I think about you or how I feel.”
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Meet the Author
The first book I ever wrote was Dire Warning in 2017 and, much to my delight, it became an Amazon Best Seller. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicling the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates– stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings.
Now, five books later, Shadow Voice, another Best Seller, has just been released to critical acclaim. I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box.
My readers tell me they feel like they’re a member of the pack as the stories unfold. As if they’re right there in the middle of the action. Others tell me it’s like watching a fast-paced movie. My writing style pulls no punches– readers love it and are always clamoring for the next book.
Stories come to me as if they were being channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures and are not inhibited when it comes to revealing steamy details.
I currently live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order. I’m always happy to hear from my readers throughmy website or on Facebook!
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