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Serpent's Teardrop by Mary Rundle – Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

The Blackwood Pack saga continues…

Blackwood Pack, 7

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.

Brian, a.k.a. “The Loch Ness Monster” has searched for his Fated Mate in vain for more than 600 years until he scents Reif in the frigid waters of the lake. But his mate seems to be purposely eluding him, so Brian turns to the Shaman of the Blackwood Pack to help find him.

Reif, one of a line of ancient shifters thought to be extinct is drawn to Brian but must focus on completing a mission to free his enslaved people from the clutches of an evil group. Despite his powerful attraction to Brian, he hides from him, believing it’s the only choice he has.

That changes when Reif surreptitiously kisses Brian while he’s sleeping, setting off a chain of events that puts both of them in mortal danger, and the powerful Blackwood pack resolves to help them stave off the wrath of vampires and witches.

Along the way, both Brian and Reif learn some hard lessons about the mutual trust necessary to achieve the happiness and fulfillment both have sought for hundreds of years.

A heartbreaking confession, an action-packed rescue, a riveting courtroom battle and many unexpected twists and turns make this passionate love story by Mary Rundle impossible to put down once you’ve read the first page.

Release Date: Tuesday, August 17 2021

Publisher: Dragonheart LLC

Genres: MM Romance, Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal - Shifters, Mpreg

Pairings: M/M

LGBTQ+ Identities: gay

Tropes: Alpha Character, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Mpreg, Rescue, True Love, Magic,

Keywords/Categories: Wolf Shifters, Alpha, Omega, MPreg, Fated Mates, M/M, HEA, Dragons, gay, gay romance, mm, mm romance, erotica, fantasy, paranormal, shifters, mpreg

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Hi everyone, I’m Mary Rundle and thanks for hosting me today for my blog tour of Audio version of Serpent’s Teardrop, Book 7 of the Blackwood Pack saga, narrated by Nick J. Russo. It’s Q & A time! Please enjoy!

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I am currently working on my 11th book in The Blackwood Pack series and I find each of them more fascinating than the ones I’ve written before because I have more characters to work with and more adventures to write about. I love working with intricate plots and sub-plots—my mind just seems to be wired that way— and to juggle things around and have them all make sense in the end. Readers have old me they think they always have things figured out, only to have a neat twist occur that throws them for a loop…and they love that!

How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book on yourself as you are writing the story?

This is something that readers probably never think about but let me say that if they are emotionally moved while reading parts of the book, they can be assured that I was. Certain scenes are so moving that I cry as I write them. When that first happened, my editor husband came running into my office really concerned that I was in distress. Now he just comments: “Must be a great scene—can’t wait to read it.”

How do you handle literary criticism?

Some writers never read their reviews because they don’t want to be upset by criticism. I think that’s burying your head in the sand. If you write a book, you can never have it appeal to everyone and some readers are just not going to like it. On the other hand constructive criticism can be very valuable to a serious writer. You have to separate reviews from those who just don’t like certain aspects of the story, from those who are giving you valuable advice. For example, there have been times when a sharp reader has caught a continuity error such as dates or names that don’t match…things that you can correct in a next edition. Some criticism is good and some just off the wall. The latter, I simply ignore.

What did you do with your first advance?

Self-published writers don’t receive advances; however they do receive much better royalties than if they worked in conjunction with a publishing house and they don’t have to chew your fingernails waiting to see if some summer intern editorial assistant passes your book up the line—a process that can take months (or even years). When I received my first royalty check, just let’s say it was enough to pay all my outstanding bills and buy a few goodies. And I didn’t have to worry about sweating an unrealistic deadline or making enough sales to cover a publisher’s advance.

What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

The only thing a dedicated writer has to give up to become better is to forego time spent on other activities. And I have, as many writers have, made that sacrifice. Because the longer you write, the better you get, but other facets of your life take a hit. Your house becomes a bit messy, your social interaction with people wanes and, at times, you may become a bit of a recluse . If you’re willing to accept that, you’ll become a better writer. And that’s the deal I made with the Devil.

What advice would you wished someone gave to you when you were starting out?

First - don’t panic. You are not going to write the Great American Novel at this point…probably not ever. So get that monkey off your back and relax. There’s a saying in the business that a new writer has to pound out about a million words before s/he begins to get good at it. That doesn’t mean you won’t sell books, just that they may not always be the best sellers you’d envisioned them to be. Establish a routine…this is a killer for most beginning writers (it was for me). You can’t write only when inspiration moves you. It’s essentially a 9-5 job. Set a minimum word count that you must reach every day and get there, no matter what. Do not let anything interfere with your daily writing to allow you to procrastinate. Six to seven days a week until you finish the first draft. Don’t worry about the niceties of grammar, syntax and spelling…just get your thoughts down. Your first draft may look like a disaster (and will certainly need editing…first by you and then by an impartial editor) but you will have written your first book. Oh and when you finally write ‘The End’, you will have the best feeling of achievement ever!

What are you working on next?

Two books – first, Brady’s story. I’m hoping to release Blood Prophecy, Book 11 of the Blackwood Pack series soon − depending on whether Brady’s mate behaves himself. Also, the next audio book – White Knight. Nick finishing his narration so hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s available on Audible.


“Ye know it’s my Fated Mate?” Brian asked, in disbelief.

“Yes, my spirit told me,” replied Kieran. “Go ahead, I promise we’ll help you find him.”

“Him? Are you sure?” Brian asked.

“Yes,” Kieran said, softly.

Relieved to know that much at least, Brian began, “I was doing a back float when a passing boat’s wake carryin’ my mate’s scent washed over me. Shifting, I dove down, searching for it, but twas weak and quickly dissipated. That night, I searched again and the scent was stronger, but as I followed it, I realized twas at least an hour old. It led to the shoreline, where I shifted and climbed onto the bank, but there was nae a trace…even though I felt its presence.

“Every night, the same thing happened, even though I went into the water at different times…sometimes early, other times later, but twas always the same...except for last night,” Brian said. “After cruising the loch, I waited until the sky turned pink before I shifted and climbed aboard my boat. As I headed below, I felt someone watching me and I sensed my mate was somewhere near the marina’s buildings, but still I could nae see him.” Brian was getting agitated by this time, prompting Kieran to lay a calming hand on him.

After a few moments of silence, the sea serpent continued. “I decided to search the area lookin’ for a clue to help me figure out who he was, but could nae find anything. I know he was close by, because I again could feel his stare and sensed his presence,” Brian said, his frustration now evident. “Please Shaman, I need yer help. I dinna know why my mate is hidin’ from me, but I feel something is amiss and he needs me.”

“Of course, we’ll help you won’t we, macushla?” Kieran asked, glancing at his mate.

“My mate’s right, Brian,” answered Logan. “Our Alpha regards you as a member of the Blackwood Pack so whatever needs to be done, we’ll do.”

After hearing a chorus of ‘absolutelys’ and ‘count-me-ins’, Brian felt his sea serpent relax, confident his mate would soon be found. “Thank ye, thank ye, I canna tell ye how much I appreciate it,” Brian said, with a sigh of relief.

“So,” Logan then proposed, “I think the first thing is to figure out what shifter can swim and breathe underwater while disappearing when he’s on land. Slate, Ian, any ideas?”

“I haven’t ever heard of a shifter doing that,” answered Slate. “I could ask my research team to look into it.”

“Let’s keep that as an option but, right now, until we know what kind of shifter Brian’s mate is, I think we should keep this to ourselves,” Logan said.

“Sorry, Logan,” said Ian, “I’ve studied every shifter alive today and none of them can do both things.”

“Maybe he’s a myth,” Zane offered.

“But he’s real!” exclaimed Dakota.

“Yes, I know, but maybe we can find a myth or legend that describes a shifter who can do what Brian’s mate can,” Zane insisted. “Just like the stories that described someone like David and Daniel.”

“That’s a great idea,” Kieran said, clapping his hands.

“I’ll do a search,” said Zane.

“Do that, bro,” said Logan, “and I’ll talk to Maximus and Mystia to see if they can shed any light on this shifter.”

“Why don’t we help Brian search?” asked David.

“Yeah,” said Slate, “we can spread out on land while you’re in the loch, Brian. Why don’t we stake out the places where we know he’s left the water?”

“Macushla, we can fly over the loch to look for him,” said Kieran.

Logan nodded, then asked Brian, “Do you know if your mate is ever at the surface?”

The sea serpent thought for a moment before answering. “Canna tell. The scent was auld when I found it and parts of the trail had vanished.”

“Okay,” said Logan, “Kieran and I will fly over the loch tonight while the rest of you will be stationed at the previously known exit points. Since we don’t know what we’re dealing with, I’ll have Groose assign a couple of enforcers to each team.”

“Macushla, Brian’s mate is not a threat!” exclaimed Kieran.

“I know that babe, but he may view us as a threat. I want the enforcers along so it gives us time to explain who we are and why we’re there,” answered Logan. “Do you see anything wrong with that, Brian?”

“Naw, I’m fine with it,” Brian said.


Mary is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card and a “Love Queens” mug with this tour:

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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.

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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