Mary Rundle has a new mm paranormal/mpreg book out in her Blackwood Pack series: Ghost Walker.
The Blackwood Pack saga continues…
This is part of an on-going series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Mary Rundle, and catching up on 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 one another and helping shifters everywhere.
David spent most of his life as a prisoner, beaten countless times as he was taught by the Sisters of the Four Gods. After learning the truth about what they had planned for him, he escaped and eventually landed in Scotland where he was rescued by kind shifter who gave him a job and a bed. His feeling of safety ended abruptly when he was discovered by the ones he fled.
Zane, the Blackwood Pack’s genius computer programmer, joined his brothers and friends in Scotland on his very first vacation. It had been a long and hard road for him since parents and younger siblings were massacred, but his life was finally coming together Not expecting anything more than fun and sightseeing, he was stunned to find his Fated Mate there.
Before they can claim each other, they find themselves in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, trying to elude brutal pursuers who want to capture David and kill Zane. As they fight to stay one step ahead of them, Zane sets out to win David’s heart and restore his confidence and also becomes his protector and lover.
Learning about each other’s abilities and gifts—and about the gods’ plans for David’s formidable new role in the shifter world—they form a unique bond with undying trust and a deep love that will bind them forever together as one.
Narrow escapes, kidnappings, battles, rescues and the revelation of unique gifts from the gods will keep you turning page after page as Mary Rundle weaves another thrilling tale of love and adventure.
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During dinner, Logan kept an eye on Zane and David, wondering what was so special about the newest member of the Blackwood Pack that Jackson would ask for a picture of him. He hadn’t told his brother about what happened when Zane and David shook hands, but he’d get to that when he called him later, back in the privacy of his hotel suite.
“David, are you coming back to the hotel with us tonight?” asked Theo.
Zane spoke up, “We haven’t decided what we’re doing, Theo.”
“Where are you from?” asked Norm, then adding quickly, “Not that it matters but I was just wondering.”
“No problem,” David said, “I’m from a region in Italy called Tuscany.”
“I know all about it,” Kieran said, “It was one of the areas my Shaman made me study. I always wanted to go there to see the Church of the Four Gods. From the pictures my Shaman showed me, it’s magnificent, but he told me I couldn’t really appreciate it unless I stood exactly in the center of it, looked up and turned around in a circle and then I’d understand why so many paranormals chose to follow that religion. Have you ever been there?”
Unsure if Kieran was trying to expose him, David felt the urge to vanish again and it was only Zane’s hand holding his that kept him there giving him a sense of calmness. “Yes, I have,” he answered, “but I never did that. What happens when you do the circle thing?”
Shrugging his shoulders, Kieran said, “I don’t know. My Shaman never told me that, only that I would find understanding, but that doesn’t matter to me, I just want to see the architecture… Oh macushla, did you ever go there?”
“No, but I agree with you—it’s a stunning piece of workmanship,” answered Logan, “and it’s one of the finest examples of Ancient High Gothic Celestial architecture left on earth.”
“It’s a church for paranormals? I never heard of it. Can humans go there too?” asked Theo.
“Only if they’re mated to a paranormal,” Kieran said.
“You mean a shifter can have a human for a mate? Pooh bear, did you know that?” Theo asked.
“No, I don’t remember learning that in school,” Norman answered.
“My Shaman,” continued Kieran, “told me it was more common a long time ago, but after humans started to hunt shifters—and when shifters began to go underground, so to speak—the gods decreed it should stop. They also forbade any shifter from disclosing the existence of another.”
Dakota then joined in. “Slate told me the original owners of this pub were a wolf shifter and a human and that’s what saved it when the war against the Scottish wolf shifters occurred.”
“Very true,” Ian’s mother, Lili, joined in. “Your parents would bring you here, Ian, whenever they had to visit Edinburgh. Do you remember?”
“So that’s why I had a déjà vu moment downstairs,” Ian chuckled. “I was chalking it up to my pregnancy hormones.”
Smiling, Lili’s husband, Samuel, said, “Remember dear, we would come here every year for our anniversary.”
Lili ducked her head, giggling, as she remembered what they did afterwards, and said, “Of course I do…and I also recall how beautiful the nights were.”
Seeing Ian blush at his mother’s comment, Colton smirked at the thought his mate wasn’t comfortable about his parents reminiscing about their sex life, so he steered the conversation back to the original topic. “If I understand you, Kieran, the Church of the Four Gods is also a religion?” asked Colton.
“Uh-huh. My Shaman told me about it but I wasn’t too impressed at the time because my belief in our gods and the Fates was very strong, but seeing the Church of the Four Gods was always something I wanted to do. Hey, macushla, I have a great idea!”
“Oh, no, here we go again!” groaned Theo.
“What do you mean?” Zane asked.
“Anytime, Ki says he has a great idea, beware,” answered Norman.
“P-u-u-leeze, that is so not true,” Kieran said. “I was thinking Logan and I could stop there on our way to Mykonos.”
“Why are you going to Greece?” asked David.
“Oh. My. God. David, you and Zane must come with us since you are newly mated also.”
“What about Slate and me?” asked Dakota. “We’re newly mated too.”
“Absolutely!” cried Kieran. “The more the merrier I’ve always said.”
“Ki, why Greece?” Zane asked.
“It has the very best gay parties with lots of music and dancing, and fabulous theme parties where we can make our own costumes. And then, there are also pool parties with lots and lots of hot sexy men that are about 99% naked.”
“What are they wearing if they are 99% naked?” asked Theo.
“Speedos!” exclaimed Kieran. “Teeny, tiny swim suits that highlight everyone’s assets, if you crotch my drift!” he said, giggling at his play on words.
Theo’s eyes widened then, turning to Norman, he said, “Pooh bear, I want to go there too. Can we, please?”
Norman smirked, he knew exactly why his honeybunch wanted to go. “Sure, if Ki agrees.”
“Oui!” Kieran answered, clapping at the thought of the fun everyone would have.
“Babe, before you buy tickets, I’ll have to check in with Jackson about the work he wants done,” Logan said.
“Oh, I know, macushla,” Kieran said, “I’m just making plans.”
Groaning, Logan murmured, “That’s what concerns me.” Then he lifted his mate onto his lap, nuzzling Kieran’s neck and giving him soft kisses and gentle nips until he got to the mating scar, which he licked.
“Macushla!” Kieran exclaimed, shivering in excitement. “Oh, my gods, that’s what rim…”
Watching Logan place his hand over Kieran’s mouth confused David because, as far as he could tell, Kieran wasn’t doing anything other than talking. Bile rose in him—the sight of physical restraint brought back bad memories of his time with the High Priestess. If the Alpha allows this, I don’t want to be in the Blackwood Pack. Calling forth his ability again, David disappeared, taking Zane with him.
GHOST WALKER / Mary Rundle
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today. Below I have an exciting and exclusive excerpt for you from Ghost Walker, Book 6 in the Blackwood Pack series. It’s the story of Zane and David and when trouble visits these two, the entire Blackwood Pack turns out to help them.
The early morning light coming through the unshaded portholes in the cabin fell across David’s face, waking him. Surrounded by his mate’s scent and encircled by his mate’s arms, he smiled; a strange, calming feeling had settled in his soul. David didn’t immediately recognize it because the last time he savored it was when he was still with his mother. His feeling of contentment, though, was soon replaced by the sadness of remembering what happened to her.
Renewing his vow to destroy the shifters who’d hurt her, David knew it was time to tell Zane everything, and then ask for help to fulfill his pledge. Placing one hand over his mate’s arm, David felt the energy connecting them as one now, wondering if that meant they were mated. He cursed his ignorance of Fated Mates, damning his teachers who refused to tell him what to expect. The little he now knew came from Kieran last night—he should have taken advantage of the opportunity and asked more questions.
Hoping there’d be another chance to talk to Kieran alone before the claiming ceremony took place, his mind pondered questions ranging from what ceremonial robes were required to what he had to memorize so he could recite it without stumbling. The back of his legs still bore scars from canings received for messing up in the past. Hopefully, Zane would overlook his mistakes since he wouldn’t have a lot of time to learn his part. Overwhelmed by the enormity of what he had decided to do and, knowing the risk he was taking by claiming a Fated Mate, David’s body began to shiver, his worry giving way to sheer panic as he thought about what would happen to him if the High Priestess ever learned of it.
Zane had been feigning sleep since David had awakened, keeping a watchful eye on him. He and his wolf knew their mate was in serious trouble, but Zane wasn’t going to push David to talk about it until he was ready. In the meantime, even though his body was yearning to touch every part of David, Zane did everything a mate should—except become intimate. Though he didn’t understand why, he was sure David not only was a virgin, but also had no idea how sex between two men was consummated. If his hunch was correct, then taking everything slow was the best choice he could make.
“Babe, are you cold?” Zane asked when he felt his mate shiver.
“No-o-o-o,” David said, embarrassed his mate sensed his panic attack. Doing breathing exercises the doctor had prescribed hadn’t helped as they’d done before. The last one he remembered was when Morgan found him sleeping in a garbage pile behind the Wolf Pack Pub, homeless, hungry and cold. Why he ever thought Scotland would be the perfect place for him in the dead of winter was beyond comprehension. By the time he discovered how brutal the weather could be compared to sunny Tuscany, he’d used up the money he’d stolen, and it was too late to go anywhere else.
His fear when Morgan grabbed his arm, dragging him out of the heap of trash he’d wormed his way into triggered a panic attack so fierce, he couldn’t disappear, though where he’d go to, he hadn’t a clue. Realizing his precarious state, Morgan lifted him up, carried him inside and called a doctor who calmed him down. Then he shoved David into a shower, produced some clothes for him and had a hot steaming meal waiting for him when he emerged. Just how lucky he was, became apparent the next day when Morgan offered him a job and a warm place to live. David knew he owed his life to Morgan because he would have frozen to death that night without his help.
“What’s the matter, babe?” asked Zane, pulling David tight against his body while sending out his Alpha power, “Are you worried the shifter might find you here?”
David’s body and wolf immediately responded; his panic attack faded, and his body stilled. “Sorry, I tried to stop it, but I couldn’t do it this time.”
“What triggered it?”
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, six books later, Ghost Walker, 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.
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