Guest Post, Excerpt, and Contest by Theresa Meyers
First off, thank you Cloey, for letting me visit today. (My daughter’s name is Chloe, and she was named after her great-grandmother Cloie, so this makes me feel right at home.)
Deep down we’re all a little werewolf inside. Okay, now before you hold up your hands, shake your head and say, “Oh, no. Not me,” let me ask you a question. Have you ever wanted to take a chance, been tempted in that one moment to try something you’ve never dared to try before? Have you ever told a friend a story about something you’ve done and had them be shocked that you did? If so, you, my friend, do have a little of the werewolf.
You see, the thing about shifters is that they aren’t always what they seem on the outside. Sometimes, they have deep, hidden depths that give them that edge that makes them stronger, more focused, able to do things the rest of us only speculate about. What we see on the outside is just a normal person—until they shift into their inner form. The truth is what’s on the inside doesn’t just go away. It’s still in there, even when the person appears perfectly normal.
Take my heroine, Jessica Brierly. She’s an elementary teacher in a small town. She doesn’t even realize she’s got the nascent were potential in her. She just assumes that her life is always going to go along the predictable route planned out by her three older brothers who think they know what’s best for her. But Jess yearns for something more. Just one night. Just a fling on the wild side with someone that hasn’t been part of the town she’s always know all her life where everyone knows everyone and her teachers at school taught her parents and knew her grandparents.
But that one night fling with werewolf Tyee Grayson has unintended consequences. Not only does she realize she’s found someone who is just as alpha as her brothers (which she never intended for a boyfriend) but that she that the comfortable little world she’s always known has a dark side, and that she’ll need someone as strong and prepared for it as Ty to save the town of Sinclair and protect her and her unborn babies (yes, more than one, because you know I torture my characters for a living, LOL. And while an unplanned pregnancy is a challenge, one with multiples who are part Were is even more mind-bending for an expectant mom.)
But like Jess, when life throws us a curve ball, we can take in stride if we reach down and summon that little bit of Werewolf deep down. There are a few things you ought to know about my Weres. First, they are either born with the virus that causes them to shift – handed down from parent to child – or they become Were by having the virus introduced into their body when the natural immune system is unable to fight it off. So everyone in my fiction world has the potential to turn Were.
Second, Weres are loyal. In fact you could say it’s almost their biggest fault. What they believe in, or who they love is a constant. They don’t give up on family. They are ferocious about protecting their own. (Sound like you whenever someone’s given your friend a hard time at work, or made one of your kid’s cry?)
Third, my Weres are not fearless, but rather they believe that it is not fear, but the determination that something matters more than fear, that drives them to do great things. I believe we all have that potential within us – to do great things, in spite of fear, because something matters to us more.
So ask yourself, have you ever gotten a cold? If so, then you could have the potential to become a Were in my world. Viruses are everywhere. Two, are you a loyal person who’d do anything to protect those you love? If so, you’ve got another reason you could deep down be a Werewolf. Third, can you decide to overcome your fears to reach out and do something, because accomplishing that thing, whether going back to school, raising your kids, speaking up for yourself, applying for a new job, might be more important than holding onto that fear? Then you, my friend are definitely tapping into your inner Were.
I hope you get a chance to read, One Night with the Shifter, and see how just an ordinary person from a small town turns into something extraordinary, then let me know what you think.
Oh, and one last question for you: if you could have any superpower, what would it be? (You never know, your superpower and name might end up in a future story someday.)
Thanks for visiting with me!
The air was clean and cold outside. Ty’s head cleared, his senses grew sharper. The cool evening breeze, heavy with the salty scent of nearby Puget Sound, ruffled Jess’s hair, sticking honey-colored wisps to her full, rosy lips.
“You okay?” he asked as he gently tucked the strands back behind her ear.
Jess blinked, and stared up at him, a mixture of curiosity and disbelief in her eyes. “What just happened in there?”
He tried to give her a lopsided grin, but it turned into a wince when he found his jaw was tender from the hits the vampire had landed. He rubbed the soreness. The night air chilled the dribble of blood from the cut on his cheek, making it wet and cold, but there was no scent of vampire. The third one must have been smart enough to ditch his buddies. His body ached from the fight, but it would heal fast enough. “A bar fight with strangers.”
“You didn’t know those guys?” she asked, looking around her nervously. “They seemed pretty intent on messing with you.” She grazed the corner of his mouth with her fingertips. “You’re hurt.”
The light touch was enough to send a powerful surge of awareness pounding through him that wiped away any of the ache that remained. Damn. There was no doubt in his mind there was a strong Mesmer forming with this woman.
He gently moved her fingers away from his mouth, keeping them folded in his. Her hands were fine boned and slender and feminine. “No big deal.”
Her full lips tipped up into a soft smile, making him crave to kiss her. “Tough guy, huh?” She pulled a car remote from her pocket and pushed it, making the lights flash on a silver pickup on the edge of the dirt-and-gravel parking area beside the bar.
“Sounds like you’ve been around a few.”
She opened the driver’s door to the pickup and turned, standing in the gap, staring at him, her head tilted. “A few. But they’re nothing like you.”
Ty closed the gap between them, putting one hand on the door frame, shielding her from view of the parking lot but maintaining space between them. He knew better than to get close enough to be swamped by temptation. The Mesmer might be working on him, but that didn’t mean she’d understand if he came on too strong. Especially not after the fight.
“If you want to head home, I understand. I’ll stay here awhile and make sure those guys don’t follow you home.”
She reached out and grabbed fistfuls of his T-shirt near his collarbones, pulling him close until he was chest to chest with her. The soft swells of her breasts pressed against him and the minty scent of her hair, and hint of lilac on her skin teased his sensitive sense of smell. Everything within him went silent and still, fixated on the lush curve of her mouth so damn close to his he could feel the warmth of her breath.
“What I want is for you to come home with me.” Jess stood on her tiptoes and looked up into his face, the dark fringe of lashes around her eyes making the blue luminous. Her rapid pulse beat against his chest, taking over the rhythm until his matched the pace she set. For a second the world tilted sideways.
Ty’s gaze dropped to the silky, damp edge of her lips and he was lost. He dipped down and kissed her. Her lips were soft and willing, tasting of peppermint. She tasted so damn sweet, hot and spicy all at once. A warm, viscous heat flowed through his veins, coating and drowning out every other sensation until he was hot and hard at the same time.
Ty gripped the edge of the truck’s door frame, nearly denting the sheet metal with his fingertips. But he was determined to keep his hands to himself, even though they itched to touch her. Heat seeped through his shirt, the temperature difference amplified by the chill in the air. The kiss turned deeper, slicker, the tip of her tongue brushing against his. The spicy fragrance of female that spiked the air left no doubt she was aroused. When they broke apart, both of them were breathing hard, their breath creating misty white clouds.
“You sure about this?” He could control his body, but not the rough edge of his voice as he struggled to maintain composure. “I could follow you.”
Jess looked up at him, her dark lashes dropping a fraction, giving her a sultry look. “Hop in.”
He was smart enough not to argue with her, but that didn’t mean that the little voice of human reason in the back of his head wasn’t screaming loudly that this was stupid and rash. He should take his own vehicle so he didn’t get stuck who knew where. He didn’t know a damn thing about her. Couldn’t read her mind and certainly hadn’t asked enough questions. But this was a Mesmer, the wild Were instinct side of him shouted back. No one, Were especially, could blame him for responding so quickly and profoundly to her. And hell, he could always follow his nose and walk back if he needed to.
“Anything you say,” he answered. He waited until she climbed up into the cab, admiring the way the dark denim jeans hugged the curve of her ass, then closed the truck door and walked around the back of the pickup. An uneasy sensation raised the hairs on his skin. He glanced over his shoulder one last time to make sure they weren’t being followed.
Sons of Midnight Series
Genre: Paranormal romance
(vampires and werewolves)
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Date of Publication: February 2014
Number of pages: 304 pages
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A one-night stand with a werewolf has unexpected consequences in Theresa Meyers's latest romance in the Sons of Midnight series.
After he is exiled from his pack, Tyee Grayson must learn to make it on his own. But one night with a beautiful stranger who has luminous blue eyes changes everything…. Especially when his instincts shout that she is the one.
All elementary school teacher Jessica Brierly wanted was a night on the wild side, but when she finds herself pregnant, all the rules change. Not only does her lover have more secrets than she ever imagined, but suddenly they're both fighting off vampires.
When vampires attack the town she dearly loves, Ty must work with his old pack to save them from a ruthless enemy who could kill not only his mate and his unborn child—but the entire human race.
About the Author:
Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car.
They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, two horses, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd, a rabbit, parakeet and an out-of-control herb garden.
You can find her online at her website www.theresameyers.com or frequently on Twitter @Theresa_Meyers