Guest author post & possible prize from Teresa D’Amario! January 3, 2010Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, Fun stuff, Releases.
Tags: Lone Wolf, Teresa D'Amario
To kick off 2010, I’ve got Teresa D’Amario with a special post for us as part of her blog tour to talk about her new book, LONE WOLF. This is also your chance to help her shape a story! Teresa needs you to answer questions at the end of her short story (posted below) to decide where the story goes next! Yup — it’s up to you! There are some fab prizes to win so read through her guest post! Happy New Year! — Diana
Once the victim of scientific experimentation by the Government Control of Supernatural Activities (GSA), Damon doesn’t have a past, and he isn’t sure he has a future. He doesn’t even know if his ability to change from human to wolf is a virus, or magick. But the instant he lays eyes on the pretty cop from the local police force, he knows he has to learn the secrets of his past before they destroy her future.
Krystal is the best animal cop on the police force, hiding magickal talent beneath layers of excuses and quick thinking. For five years she’s tracked Peter Burke, a butcher who steals any form of canine to supplement his dietary needs. The day she saves a wolf from losing his head at the sharp end of an axe, her entire life changes. And then there is Damon, the mysterious, sexy ex-soldier with no memory of his past who awakens fantasies of dark and sensual nights.
But the GSA isn’t finished with Damon, and when the shadowy government agency joins forces with Burke, Krystal too finds her life in jeopardy, the target of men and women led by their own desires. Damon and Krystal must work together to stop evil and destroy years of illegal research.
Hi Diana! Thanks so much for hosting today’s part in the Blog Tour. I hope everyone following our little tour had a great Christmas and New Year’s celebration! Nothing is better than spending time with family and friends.
For those just joining us, for my blog tour, I’m creating something very special. A free read. And you get to help! Each blog posting will be a new scene or chapter of the book titled above, He’s no Faery Prince. Previous chapters can be found on my FREE READS page of my blog. Then, at the end of my post for today, you’ll see some questions. They are designed to make life easier for me (or much more fun, at least) because the answers to those questions will determine the course of the story. Also, if you happen to think of something really awesome to add, not addressed by my questions, feel free to throw that in there too. I’ll be sure to take a look at it.
Before Christmas I asked several fun questions. One was What does Ted REALLY look like. Oh my the awesome suggestions! It was a tough call, but I think this is my favorite. You can just feel the steam coming off this dude. I wish I could find the original site for this guy. Bet he’s got some awesome photos he’s modeled for.
And now, it’s time to continue the story.
Ted tossed the pen on his desk. He’d called each of his contacts with the military, checking on Damon, only to find he’d been “loaned” to the GSA prior to being medically discharged from the Army. Curious, he’d asked what was the reason for the medical, only to discover those records were classified. He needed to find an “in” with the GSA and fast. If he didn’t, the council would snatch his ass back to the Fae court faster than he could sprinkle magic dust on his pointy ears. One thing he didn’t want to do, was go back without Tamed, his best friend and body guard.
The trill of the phone echoed in his lonely office. He snatched it wishing, not for the first time, the sounds in this human world weren’t quite so sharp and edgy. After all, a Fae’s ears are sensitive. “Noble,” he grumbled into the phone.
“There’s a woman here to see you. Sasha Connell?”
“Be right there.” He slammed the receiver down and was out of his seat in seconds. The woman was key. If he could get her to work with him, he would find the Phouka Tamed had come in search of, and that could lead him to his friend. The shape shifting Fae had made an enemy of the GSA and Tamed had been determined to rescue the man. Now both had disappeared.
Sasha stood on the other side of the front desk, staring at the Most Wanted posters. She was as beautiful as he remembered. Now wasn’t the time to let his own desires get in the way. A shame, really, because shifters were known to be very hot in bed, and he had no doubt this woman was a wolf shifter. He walked around and took her arm.
“Let’s talk over lunch.”
She jerked her arm from him and took a step back. “I’m not hungry,” she growled.
Ted fought a smile. Not for food, at least.
One reason the Fae were so feared in the paranormal community was their innate ability to identify pheromones, even faster than shifters. They could detect any mood changes and any underlying fears when all else was hidden. And this little lady was hiding her emotions physically well. Her pheromones told a different story.
“But I am. Come. There’s a small diner down the road. I have information for you, as well as a few questions.”
She remained quiet on the walk, and he wondered what she was thinking. He hoped it was about him. The scent of her arousal called to him more powerfully than the sparkle of diamonds. And diamonds were a true Fae weakness. It was the only earthly trinket he kept in his coffers.
Inside the diner, he held her chair for her. She glared at him as she dropped into it, but he smiled. When they ordered, she chose coffee. He couldn’t help himself. He ordered her a big slice of apple pie.
“I said, I’m not hungry.”
He shrugged. “And I find I want to feed you.” He glanced over her body, enjoying the subtle curves. “It won’t hurt you.”
The waitress dropped the pie and coffee before each of them, and before she left, she gave Ted the once over. He sensed her casual desire and flashed her a brilliant smile.
Sasha snarled at the woman until she turned away. “I thought you said you had questions for me. It’s been two days and not a word from you. I want answers.”
He grinned. Jealous. He liked that. He wondered if she even noticed what she did.
Clearing his throat, he dived in. “I checked on Damon’s military records. It appears he transferred from the Airborne unit he’d been with, to the GSA. Have you heard of it?”
She frowned, creating the perfect little dimple between her eyes. For the moment he forgot what he was talking about, instead, staring at the perfection of her face. The soft, gentle curve of her cheek and the life glittering in her brown eyes grabbed his attention.
“Stop staring,” She growled. “Did you even hear what I said?”
He mentally shook himself. Damn it. This was why the Fae didn’t mix well with humans. He couldn’t seem to carry a conversation without phasing out. Time just didn’t work the same on the earth plane as it did in the Fae plane. He couldn’t afford to stare at this beautiful piece of art another moment.
“No, sorry, I was distracted.”
She cut him a sharp look before continuing. “I said, I hadn’t heard of it.”
He forced himself back into the conversation. “The GSA usually stands for the Government Services Agency, a supply agency. But I don’t think that’s what Damon was transferred to.” He held her gaze with his eyes. “I think it’s the Government Control of Supernatural Abilities.”
He waited, wondering if she would spill her secret so he could better find her brother.
Her lids dropped, shielding her eyes from his gaze. Her fingers tightened on her coffee cup. “What makes you think that?”
“Damon wasn’t the supply type. And rumor mill says there’s another organization, hiding under the same acronym, in the hopes nobody will notice.” When she didn’t reply, he continued. “They claim to be an agency designed to monitor and assist anyone who suddenly develops a talent they can’t control. But that’s not their primary goal. Instead, they take captive any person they believe has special talents. Does Damon have any special talents?”
He already knew the answer, but he had to get her to acknowledge, so they could get on the same page.
Her eyes narrowed and she glanced around the room, scanning for hidden dangers. At last she focused on him, staring with such intent, he almost squirmed in his chair. Almost. Fae Princes don’t squirm. Instead, he stared back.
“He’s a shapeshifter.”
Time for the questions:
- Sasha has just revealed what she believes to be a surprise bombshell. How will Ted respond?
- Pretend he’s never heard of shifters and ask her or more information.
- Nod, and acknowledge shifters exist, then ask her if she’s a shifter.
- Nod, and continue, making her realize he’s known all along.
- What is the next step of our investigation? And does Sasha offer to help Ted find his friend and the shifting Fae?
- What obstacles do you think the couple will have to overcome in the next section?
- An uncompromising Fae messenger who insists Ted return to his home
- The shifter council is outraged a Fae is among them, and insists Sasha steer clear of him and drop her investigation into her brother’s disappearance.
- The GSA finds out they are researching them and comes after Ted, or Sasha, or both.
Or if you have additional suggestions, feel free to add those as well in the comments section.
Now for prizes:
- Grand Prize: A $50 gift card at the online bookstore of your choice to be announced at the end of the entire blog tour.
- Unadvertised prizes will be given on random days. You won’t know when, but I’ll choose them and post on the blog in question once you have won!
There are two ways to enter:
- Leave a response on each blog I’m visiting — one entry for every blog you comment on during my blog tour. Multiple comments a day do not get you additional entries for the small giveaway, but will for the larger one.
- Email me at email@example.com with a copy of the receipt for the purchase of any Teresa D’Amario book, so long as it was purchased after 15 December. Older receipts do not count, though I’d love to know you’ve read one of the books. Five entries for every receipt. If you prefer not to share receipts, simply email me and so long as I’m satisfied, I will provide you with the credits.
So follow along, ladies and gentlemen, to help me write a short story, and to enter for the prizes!
Again, the entire blog schedule is found on my blog in the calendar, which will include links to each blog participating!
The next stop on the blog tour is with Larissa Ione on 7 January, so don’t miss it!