The Blackwood Pack saga continues...
Blackwood Pack, 4
This is part of a continuing series by Amazon International Bestselling Author, Mary Rundle – reading the previous titles is advised. Readers will enjoy catching up with members of the Blackwood Pack and reading about what is happening to them as the pack does what it does best ̶ caring for one another and helping shifters everywhere.
Kieran was sold into slavery where he was forced to care for other prisoners held by a shifter trafficking ring. But that changed when a Blackwood brother freed him and the others. Now for the first time in his life, the world beckons and he can plan his future. That is, until he discovers why the Fates brought him to the Blackwood Pack.
Logan, one of the brothers, has become a virtual recluse, spending hours at his design table, unable to shake the horrible memories of his family's massacre and an unhappy childhood under the fist of his father, a dictatorial and abusive Alpha.
When Kieran appears, Logan is smitten with this pink-loving twink who tries to use his sassy and irrepressible wit to win his heart. After Logan claims Kieran, he finds keeping him is not easy. When both realize Logan can't give himself completely to his Fated Mate, Kieran takes off but tells no one where.
A frantic search, rejection, dark secrets revealed, ghosts exorcised- these are just some of the obstacles Kieran and Logan must overcome as they embark on a mission of discovery that will make their love for each other stronger. Only then, will these two unique wolves fulfill their destinies decreed by the Fates and gods and prove worthy of the powerful gifts bestowed on them.
Release Date: Monday, March 22 2021
Publisher: Dragonheart LLC
Word Count: 108047
Genres: MM Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal - Shifters
Pairings: Kieran and Logan – MM Gay
LGBTQ+ Identities: gay
Tropes: Alpha Character, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, omega, Mpreg, Rescue, True Love, Magic
Keywords/Categories: Wolf Shifters, Alpha, Omega, MPreg, Fated Mates, M/M, HEA, gay, MM Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal – Shifters, giveaway, announcement, new release, Alpha Character, Fated Mates, Soul Mates, omega, Mpreg, Rescue, True Love, Magic
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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40132578-ice-soul
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Hello, thanks for hosting my blog tour for the Audio version of Ice Soul, Book 4 of the Blackwood Pack saga. Nick J. Russo, an award-winning narrator, is simply amazing in his ability to make each character come alive. As an author, I get many questions about writing, so today, I’ve answered some of them for you.
What advice would you give to help others create plotlines?
Plots are how events unfold within your story and sometimes several of them are interwoven together. Don’t become too complex or it may be hard for readers to follow. As for creating stories and plotlines, many are usually based on a writer’s life experiences so be open to life and the plotlines will be realistic.
What has helped or hindered you most when writing a book?
The Interruptions of daily life: deliveries, phone calls, my cat walking over my keyboard trying to prematurely edit my writing. After a while, I just decided to become a night owl and write when most of the rest of the world was asleep.
What’s your writing software of choice?
Microsoft Word. It has every bell and whistle a writer might need (which isn’t really very much) and its strong point is its capability to track changes allowing my editor to make changes and for me to accept or reject them.
Whom do you trust for objective and constructive criticism of your work?
Primarily, my husband, who is a professional editor and knows every storyline and character in my books by now and has keyed in to my writing style. But several Beta readers who go over my books after he’s finished will sometimes come up with some valuable insights.
What are the essential characteristics of a hero you can root for?
There’s an old saying about what makes a good novel that goes something like this: “A hero must overcome overwhelming odds to achieve a worthwhile end.” . So, obviously, the hero has to be likable (or become likable at some point). Other than that, there’s a wide range of characteristics that heroes can have–and should have.
What do you do to get inside your character’s heads?
Without sounding flippant, they get into my head and I simply channel their thoughts and actions onto the page. They are all very real to me and sometimes when my husband and I are discussing everyday things, he or I will say something like: “Well, Kieran [one of my characters] wouldn’t go for that, he’d…” And then we both break out laughing.
Have you ever tried to write a novel for a genre you rarely or never read?
Yes. M/M Paranormal Romances was a new genre that I had just begun reading and it reached right out and grabbed me. I knew that my first novel would have to be in that genre and so it was.
If you could be a character in one of your favorite books, who would you be?
Oracle. She’s closest to the Fates, a woman of supreme confidence and beauty and has a lot of empathy. Who wouldn’t want to be like her?
Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself?
Yes. I used to be underworked and overpaid. Now I’m overworked and underpaid. Seriously, though, you have to love writing to stick with it. You have to make sacrifices you never thought possible. You have to take criticism without tears. And you just have to keep writing despite all the obstacles. Sticking to writing is like training to be a Navy Seal—Just keep at it one step at a time and don’t ring the bell…the rewards will eventually come.
Would anyone in your family disapprove of anything you’ve written?
Unfortunately, I think that is true for a lot of writers. For me, only a few of them know what I write about. The LBGTQ community is not their cup of tea. The old saying about not judging a book by its cover is particularly apt here. Although my sexy, male, nude covers have become my brand, what’s inside is far different from what most people would think. There’s a lot of substance within the books—love, adventure, sorrow, set within a fantasy world that just enthralls the reader. One told me that even if the sexy parts were omitted, she’d still buy my books because the stories were so compelling. That’s what every author loves to hear.
What are you working on next?
Two books – first, Brady’s story. I’m hoping to release Book 11 of the Blackwood Pack series in July depending on whether Brady’s mate behaves himself. Also, the next audio book – Shadow Voice. Nick has finished his narration so hopefully it will be released by Audible soon.
The music was playing once again as Logan woke up. Listening to it he could feel it wrap itself around his heart. Content and relaxed, he lazed on the sofa, thinking about nothing at all while his world fell into place. No more anxiety, tension, worry—all gone as if they’d never existed.
He felt reborn and reenergized, ready to finish all the work waiting for his design genius—to give his nephew and niece a nursery worthy of the journey they’d made, and another for a prince—or princess—as the case might be. He wanted to look at the ancient artifacts Ian received when he mated with Colton because an idea was forming in his head about using them.
Then, there was the design that was driving him nuts—Cody’s home for gay boys. No matter what changes he made, it just wasn’t right, but he was determined to make it perfect. When Cody and Dylon approached him initially with their idea, he was so fucking proud of his brother, and touched that they wanted him to do the design. As he drew up the first set of plans, he cried all through it, thinking about the boys who would be living there after being rejected by their parents.
That’s why it had to be right—it had to feel like a home—a home filled with love, so the boys’ souls could recover from the worst thing that could ever happen to a child—feeling unwanted by parents they trusted. But every time he tried to draw a home he ended up with a dormitory—hardly helpful in erasing bad memories. Logan was determined to get it right and after a great night’s sleep, he felt he would have the ‘ah ha’ moment today, signaling the breakthrough he needed to do justice to Cody’s dream.
After those major jobs, he still had to redesign Dakota’s kitchen, the great room, Cody and Dylon’s suite and Colton and Ian’s suite. Thinking back to the days after the massacre, Logan was sure he would never have another design job again while they hid from their uncle and his attempts to kill him and his brothers. His twin knew how upset Logan was when he was forced to give up his schooling. He’d been only a year away from an Interior Design degree, but that dream was tossed to the winds when they were forced into hiding.
Chuckling to himself, he remembered how upset he’d been about Jackson finding his Fated Mate. So afraid Jackson would leave him, as had happened for a summer when they were young. Logan had mixed feelings about Steel for a while, but in the end, his brother was happier than he had ever seen him, and Logan ended up with a nephew and more design jobs than he could ever have believed possible.
The ringing of his cell phone interrupted his thoughts and after fishing it from his pocket and looking to see who was calling him this early, Logan answered. “Hello bro, how’s Daniel?”
“Good morning to you, too. Daniel’s doing fine which you would know if you came down from your design tower.”
Logan grinned. “Design tower? Really?”
“What do you call it?”
“Uhmm…my design studio?”
“Well, I guess that’ll work. Listen, the reason I’m calling is to let you know I’ll be calling a pack meeting after breakfast today and I want you there.”
“What’s the problem?”
“Josiah filed a complaint against us claiming we killed our parents and everyone else in the…”
Logan sat up. “That fucking asshole. Of course, I’ll be there.”
“Good, because I’m worried about how Zane will react, and I need him…well, his computer skills…to find the proof we were in Las Vegas at the time.”
“Got it. Do you want to meet first?”
“Good idea. After breakfast but before the meeting. Are you gonna come down or eat in your room?”
“I’ll be down. Tell Dakota. I’ll see you soon, I need to take a shower.” Logan quickly ended the call and rose, intent on getting into the shower quickly. Remembering Dakota’s instructions, he opened some windows to air out the place. Checking his cock and wolf, Logan was glad to find both were behaving themselves this morning. Even the thought of seeing Kieran had no effect on them which was most strange. Could I have been sick? The more Logan thought about it the surer he was. Certainly, if Kieran had been his Fated Mate, his symptoms would not disappear overnight…Oh my gods, unless he died! Frozen in place, he considered the possibility but rejected it after seeing his wolf calmly grooming himself. Logan shook his head at the ridiculous thought. No, he isn’t my mate and I must talk to Ian to make sure I don’t have a relapse.
Jumping into the hot steaming water, he let it course over his body, enjoying the feeling of it. Grabbing some shower gel, Logan lathered his body before rinsing off days of sweat and grime. Turning the water off and grabbing a heated towel, he dried himself quickly as he thought about what to wear for Kieran…ugh, not for Kieran…what to wear, period. He had to stop thinking of Kieran this way because if Cody ever found out, there would be hell to pay.
Without thinking, he grabbed his skinny jeans that showed off his package nicely and a skin-tight t-shirt in a deep, dusty rose color. Finger-combing his hair, Logan checked himself in the mirror and liked what he saw. The shirt color emphasized his eyes and his rosy lips. Picking up his phone and slipping it into a pocket, Logan grinned. He was finally going to see Kieran again. Slipping out of his room, Logan never realized his thoughts were all about the pink-loving twink.
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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.
As my books began to be translated into other languages, I also became an Amazon International Best-Selling author and then achieved the honor of becoming an Amazon All Star due to their popularity. My tenth book, Darkness Master has just been published and audible versions of the entire series are in progress.
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 members 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 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, sexy 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 and can be reached through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, or my website.
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