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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Haunted Sanctuary Blog Tour (Guest Post/Giveaway)



THE BACKSTORY

From the time we announced the final Red Rock ebook in 2009, people have been asking us when we'd go back to the Sanctuary world and write more about werewolves and their witch rivals.  In the beginning we didn't want to return--we had our four books and our two prequel novellas, and those were the stories we had to tell.  But people kept asking, and we kept saying, "Well, what if...okay, no, but maybe if..."

A watched pot never boils, and I'm starting to think a watched plot is the same way.  The harder we tried to force ourselves to come up with the right story, the more they slipped away.  Finally we set the idea aside for a while, reluctantly admitting that maybe it had been too long in any case.  We'd missed our window.  It was time to work on other--

BOOM!  That was our idea, knocking us head over heels.  It hit us so hard we sat down and wrote Haunted Sanctuary instead of the book we were supposed to be writing.   It wasn't the story we'd originally imagined.  It takes place in a new town, with a new cast of characters, and is set several years after the end of Red Rock Pass.  You don't have to be familiar with any of the previous books to pick up Haunted Sanctuary...

...but hey.  Any excuse to give away books is good for us!

THE BLOG TOUR

Thanks to the generosity of Samhain Publishing--and with the assistance of many awesome bloggers--we get to spend the next twenty days giving away 80 ebooks!  Those of you who haven't read the Red Rock Pass books will have twenty different chances to win the entire set in the ebook format of your choice.

In honor of that, we're going to be revisiting some of our favorite scenes from each of the four books...and maybe showing a few sneaky peeks at the next chapter in the Sanctuary Universe!


TODAY'S SNIPPET

Sanctuary Lost: Power Games
aka A Dominant Wolf & a Newly Turned Beta
Walk Into a Bathroom...

Abby was a quiet woman who found a tremendous inner strength as a wolf.  Brynn is a strong and stubborn woman turned under less than optimal circumstances, one who was shocked to discover that a strong will doesn't necessarily translate to an alpha wolf. 

In the world of Red Rock Pass, there are dominant wolves and subordinates, alphas and betas.  And in all things, there are blurry lines.  Subordinates who find the strength to defy those with stronger magic, and dominants who lack that spark of leadership that makes it so hard to fall into place behind someone.

Sometimes the lines are fuzzy for Brynn and Joe, but sometimes they're very, very clear...

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“Okay.” She turned her face into his neck as he started up the stairs, and he could hear her heartbeat quicken. “You feel different,” she whispered hoarsely.
He knew exactly what she meant, because the awareness burned in him too. Before, his wolf had all but ignored her, taken a calm survey of her and noted that Joe’s attraction to her had nothing to do with him. Now, he could feel that instinctive part of him studying everything about her, the way she moved and breathed. The way she looked at him.
She shuddered in his arms and he felt cracks form in the wall of blankness. “I want things I shouldn’t want. Everything’s so loud and bright and you smell so good.”
The wolf rose up, his interest piqued. “Shower, Brynn.”
“Shower.” Her breath skittered hot against his neck. “I feel weird.”
Having hard, instinct-fueled sex in Keith’s shower wasn’t an option. “Do we need to go home?”
“I don’t know. I don’t—” Her rigid control slipped again, and he got a taste of the tangled mix of emotions just under the surface. She might cling to the numb shock that kept the world in focus, but the wolf paced impatiently inside, waiting for her chance. She was strong, not in the way Abby was, not dominant, but the call of the moon or the brutal way she’d been changed had smothered Brynn’s humanity under something dark and primal.
When he got to the bathroom, he set her down and twisted the knob to turn on the shower. “How warm?”
She didn’t answer. When he glanced back he found her studying her hands as if she didn’t recognize them, both held out in front of her and shaking a little. Her gaze jumped up to meet his, and she closed her hands into fists. “I’m not human.”
Even though his own circumstances had been vastly different, he still remembered the feeling of not belonging in your own skin anymore. “No, sweetheart. You’re not.”
Brynn tilted her head back and screamed, and an overwhelming wave of pain and fear hit him, followed by blinding, uncontrolled rage.
He caught her face between his hands and kissed her hard. It was the only thing he could think of, the only way to distract her from her terrifying loss of control. It was possible to stop her change with his own energy, but he was exhausted after the events of the previous night. “Stay with me, Brynn,” he whispered against her lips. “Fight it.”
The snarl that left her lips raised the hair on the back of his neck. Her teeth caught his lower lip and she bit him as she raked her nails down his chest, a flirtatious challenge from the wolf inside her.
The scratches burned, but he barely noticed it as his instincts took over. Her back hit the tile wall, and he growled low in his throat, his mouth hovering a mere inch over hers.
Her eyes fluttered open. “I want you to do things to me that would have scared me yesterday.” Emotion clogged her voice, made it husky, and because of the bond he knew it was a mixture of confusion and lust.
He knew what she wanted. Strength, domination… All the things she’d only flirted with as a woman would be things the wolf inside her craved. “Not now.” His words were forceful because he knew her wolf would listen. “Right now, we’re taking a shower.”


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THE CONTEST


Leave a comment to if you'd like to be entered to win a set of the Red Rock Pass ebooks!  And keep an eye open for the new book, Haunted Sanctuary, on sale January 22nd from Samhain Publishing and available to pre-order at Samhain, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, iTunes & Books on Board!


8 comments:

I love fantasy, and I'm always looking for good books to read. :) These look great!

haven't tried this series yet but that snippet was definitely good & tempts me to dive in for more :)

jmcgaugh said...

Wow, great snippet! This looks like a great series.

laurie said...

Wow, great snippet! This looks like a great series.

I absolutely love Moira Rogers!:) I've read just about most of all their series.. with the exception of this one. Great post! :)

donnas said...

Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!!

This series sounds great!

Thanks for the chance!
mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

Would love to get to read these books!!

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