Author Name: Mary Rundle
Publisher: Dragonheart LLC
Release Date: Friday, September 7 2018
Genres: MM Paranomal Erotic Romance
Pairings: MM couple some references to previous MM couples included
Tropes: M/M, Wolf Shifters, Fated Mates, MPREG, HEA
Keywords/Categories: gay, paranormal true mates, shifters, wolf shifters, wolf, alpha male, alphas and omegas, chef, business man,masturbation, dirty talk,sex, scottish, pride, survivor guilt, grief, guilt, love
Series Title: Blackwood Pack
Position (Number) in Series: 5
Necessary to Read Previous Books: Yes
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.
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…
Hello, I’m Mary Rundle and thank you so much for hosting me today as part of my blog tour for Shadow Voice ̶ Book 5 in the Blackwood Pack series. Today I have an exclusive excerpt from the book in which Dakota and Logan eventually find their HEA after a story full of startling twists, turns, and adventures. Enjoy!
Before him stood his mate—a naked mate—with a perfect body that ticked all of Slate’s boxes. He had fucked more men than he could remember in his long lifetime but none had ever come close. Sheer fucking perfection! Except for the frown on Dakota’s face. Slate studied it, trying to figure out why his mate looked so sad. Is he unhappy because I ended up as his mate?
Seeing Slate naked brought back all the delicious feelings Dakota experienced in the bedroom but it also drove home the impossible situation he was now in. Dakota spied a backpack on the ground behind Slate, guessing one of his brothers left it there for him. Stepping around his mate, Dakota retrieved it, zipped it open and took out the clothes meant for both of them. Smiling to himself at his brothers’ love, he handed some jeans to his mate and then put on his. While his mouth still watered over Slate’s delicious naked chest, at least Dakota thought he’d now be able to talk to him. “C’mon, I know a better place where we can figure out what to do about this,” Dakota said, leading the way through the forest until he arrived at a shady glen with a mountain brook running nearby. Kneeling down by the cold mountain water, Dakota scooped up handfuls of it to quench his thirst before sitting back against a tree.
Slate picked a tree across from his mate, wondering how to proceed. Never at a loss for words, he now couldn’t figure out how to begin. Yet he had to, because he knew instantly his whole life would be worth nothing if he couldn’t have Dakota.
“Just start by telling me about yourself,” Dakota said quietly.
Startled by the suggestion that answered the question in his mind, Slate wondered if Dakota had a natural ability, like some of his other brothers. Putting that aside, he began. “Well, you know I’m Steel’s brother and work at Dire Enterprises which is something I love although I really didn’t expect to in the beginning.”
“Why do you love it?” interrupted Dakota.
“Because I help shifters have a better life and that makes me feel like there is a purpose to my life.”
“So why was it such a surprise?”
“Because ever since I can remember I knew my life had been decided for me—I mean I grew up knowing I would be a guardian of the Dire Wolf Treasure.”
“And you didn’t want to do that?” asked Dakota.
“Honestly? No. I wanted to be like every other shifter who had a choice in what they would do with their lives. But instead I was expected to do that with no chance to build something on my own, to see if I had the stuff to make a success of it. Instead I walked into a ready-made job with all the perks that takes others years to achieve.”
“But now you enjoy it?”
“Yes, surprisingly so. It’s rewarding to know my decisions have made someone’s life better—fathers can provide for their families because they have a good-paying job, pups have food to eat, and shifters are now healthier than they ever were. Unlike some jobs where results are measured in micro steps, I see huge changes as soon as we build a hospital or a house.” Slate glanced down at the ground, thinking about the shifters recently saved in Mexico and Tajikistan, knowing it would remain one of the highlights of his life.
Looking back at his childhood, he wondered why he’d fought so hard against being a guardian because he now realized it was as close to being a superhero as you could get, at least the ones he’d admired in his huge collection of comic books. The dreams of rushing to the rescue, fighting evil and bringing happiness to everyone was what he ended up doing, only without the cape and tights. Giving a hint of a smile, he pictured himself dressed in a costume with a big letter ‘G’ for Guardian on his chest, a flowing cape and his trusty sword of justice in his hand. Funny he had never looked at what he was doing now that way before, but when he thought back about the wolf shifters he helped, it all seemed to fit.
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.”
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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 through my website or on Facebook!
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