Cover reveal: Cold Moon Rising by Sarah Mäkelä

Posted January 27th, 2014 by pj and filed in cover reveal

Cold Moon Rising by Sarah Mäkelä Expected publication: February 2014 by Kissa Press LLC

Cold Moon Rising by Sarah Mäkelä

Passions flare when the cold moon rises…

Kelly: a normal college girl, who knows what she wants—to survive her final exams, and find someone to share her life with. Studying with Jacob is becoming too hot to handle; she’s falling for him, but he’s going too fast…

Jacob: a not-so-typical frat guy, who hides a secret—he’s a werewolf. Whenever the moon is high, he’s driven to shed his human form and satisfy his powerful desires. He craves Kelly, but she’s pushing him away…

Fallout: Jacob can smell Kelly’s arousal, but she insists she doesn’t want sex. A wolf can only take so much before his natural instincts win out. When the tension between them explodes, Jacob has no choice but to walk…

Kidnapped! Kelly is abducted by evil scientists who’ve mistaken her for a female werecat and, despite their differences, Jacob has to try and find her. But it’s a race against time and the lunar tides. The scientists have taken Kelly to their lab and turned her into a werecat for real. The full moon is rising, and soon neither Kelly nor Jacob will be able to control their inner beasts. Who knows what the consequences will be when they are consumed by unquenchable animal lust…

Details on Sarah Mäkelä’s website.

24 Karat Romance blog hop: win a copy of Hunted

24 Karat Romance Blog Hop

27th January to 2nd February, 2014

 

Grand Prize – $100 Amazon.com gift card
Ruby’s prize: free copy of Hunted

I’ve been very busy recently, with numerous guest appearances on other blogs: interviews, extracts and other features. For the 24 Karat blog hop, I thought I’d post one of those extracts here. I’ll also be giving away a free copy of my shifter romance Hunted to a randomly selected commenter on this post – so remember, if you’d like to be entered in the draw do please include contact details and preferred format (Kindle, epub or PDF) in your comment!

 

Hunted: a Shifters’ World novella

Hunted: a Shifters' World novella by Ruby Fielding (werewolf, shifter, shifter romance, post-apocalypse, werewolves, dystopian, shapeshifter romance, paranormal erotica, shapeshifter, werewolf romance, erotic romance, plague, werewolf erotica, breeding, breeding romance)

Should she struggle to survive alone or give in to desire and risk the – perhaps deadly – company of others?

In a world where plague has swept civilization away like leaves in a storm, where viruses that cause people to shift and change have altered what it is, for most, to be human, a few survivors hold out in a desperate attempt to save the human race. Selene lives alone in the forest, protecting herself from human and shifter alike until one day a stranger turns up: a young man called Skinner, out on a quest to hunt down and destroy any shifter he can find. Torn between desire and fear, Selene must confront her true nature and make some impossible choices if she is to survive this harsh, post-apocalyptic future.

Hunted: a Shifters’ World novella – a shapeshifter erotic romance of survival and desire in a deadly future from the co-author of Seduced by Moonlight and The Touch.

(The contents of this book first appeared in different form as four separate stories, Lone WolfWanted by the PackSanctum and Hunt Her Down.)

Extract

With the water up to her waist, she stood close to him but not touching. Intensely aware of his musky man-scent, of the rise and fall of his chest, of the lean tightness of his physique.

“How do you know I’m safe to be with?”

He seemed surprised by her question.

So close… she turned, still moving, starting to circle him.

“How do you know I didn’t flee in the night to protect you?”

What was she doing? Toying with him like this… Teasing him with the truth in some kind of seductress’s double-bluff.

She continued to circle and he turned slowly on the spot, so that he was always facing her.

He smiled now, as if deciding to play along. “Believe me,” he said, “but I’d know. Have you ever seen a beast up close? Even by day, when the shifting virus is at its lowest ebb, it’s a twisted, debased thing. A man taken by the virus becomes less than a man. They can’t hide it, not when you know what to look for.”

Her heart thumped in her chest. Surely he must be able to hear it? Was he playing with her, just as she had thought she was playing with him?

“You sound like you’ve a lot of experience.”

He nodded. Not bragging, just matter-of-fact.

“I told you yesterday, I’ve been in the refugee camps. I’ve seen people taken by the viruses.”

“You know the signs?”

A simple nod again.

Was he toying with her, or simply over-confident in his own abilities and over-distracted by her naked body as she circled him?

She stopped, reached out, and trailed a finger down his sternum to the first ripple of his abdomen.

Her touch elicited a slight twitch in his belly. So yes, maybe this was as intense for him as it was for her.

Down, and her hand reached water level and the hollow of his navel.

Almost immediately, hardness made contact with her wrist below the water and she moved down to take his solid shaft in her hand.

He put a hand to her face then, his knuckles brushing along her jaw. Burying his fingers in her hair, he tipped her head back. His mouth came down on her neck: hard lips and then the wet heat of his tongue and the delicious pain of raking teeth, dragging across her skin to that point where too hard is exactly hard enough.

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Shifters’ World blog tour: interviews and extracts

I’ve been very busy recently, with numerous guest appearances on other blogs: interviews, extracts and other features. Here’s a listing, with details and links. Enjoy!

14th January: Gladiator’s Pen – interview
15th January: JE & M Keep – extract
16th January: Willsin’s World and Coffee Fueled Erotica – extract
16th January: Written in Blood – interview
17th January: VL Locey – extract
17th January: Lisa Jung – interview
18th January: Elodie Parks – extract
18th January: Decadent Kane:  Ten things I look for in paranormal romance
19th January: Tina Donohue – extract
22nd January: Fantasy Pages (Denysé Bridger) – interview
23nd January: Rosanna Leo’s Room – interview
23rd January: Jane Wakely – Fantastic Forty Q&A interview

Join the Pack! 99c shifter romance book sale and giveaway

99c shifter romance sale and giveawayI’m delighted to be part of this promotion, running 17th to 19th January. All titles listed are available at the special promotional price of only 99 cents, and there’s a $100 prize draw, too!

  • Ruby Fielding – Hunted: a Shifters’ World novella
    Should she struggle to survive alone or give in to desire and risk the – perhaps deadly – company of others? Hunted: a Shifters’ World novella – a shapeshifter erotic romance of survival and desire in a deadly future from the co-author of Seduced by Moonlight and The Touch.
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  • Lynn Red – To Catch a Wolf
    USA Today Best-selling author Anya Karin writing as Lynn Red presents a steamy, hilarious, delicious werewolf romance! Sometimes a wolf’s gotta fight and growl and bite. But Erik? He just needs a mate. Sometimes a girl needs romance and wine and sweet kisses. But Izzy? She just needs a job.
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  • Molly Prince – Curves for the Lone Alpha
    When two lost souls find each other neither can explain how they feel so drawn to one another. Carrie, still recovering from a recent rejection, can’t believe this untamed and sexy stranger could possibly be interested in her. And packless alpha James is at a loss to explain how this cute and curvy human can possibly enter his dreams… and why it feels like they were fated to be together.
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  • Evelyn Lafont – Pack Mistress, The Complete First Season
    All werewolf packs need a sexual outlet. For south Florida’s Red Wolf pack, the sexy, liberated and infertile werewolf Lorena is it. Not your average Were, Lorena satisfies the males like no other wolf can. But as much as she enjoys her role as pack mistress, she begins to long for something she’s never had. A mate she can call her own…
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  • The Killing MoonV. J. Chambers – The Killing Moon
    She knows she shouldn’t want him. But she does. Six months ago, werewolf tracker Dana Gray barely escaped from Cole Randall, the wolf serial killer who kept her in his basement torturing her. Toying with her. He almost killed her, but he couldn’t. He let her live. Now, she finds herself obsessed with him. A darkly erotic paranormal thriller.
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  • Sarah Makela – The Witch Who Cried Wolf
    New Adult Paranormal Romance. Be careful what you wish for… Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed…
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  • Adriana Hunter – Taming The Alpha
    When you’re the Alpha Male there are certain things that are expected of you, and finding a suitable mate is at the top of the list. For Jax, a powerful and dangerous werewolf, that’s not so easy because the one woman he’s deeply attracted to is a girl that will never be accepted by the pack. A woman that he can’t seem to get out of his head. A first for him.
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  • The Alpha's MateMichelle Fox – The Alpha’s Mate
    Chloe Weiss’ dreams have finally come true: She’s now a full member of her pack, mated to the pack’s next alpha, Jackson Swift. Then women start disappearing, violently kidnapped from their homes and never heard from again. There’s a killer on the loose in the small town of Huntsville, and the one wolf he’d do anything to have is Chloe.
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  • Tabitha Connall – Hunter’s Moon
    Tate did everything she could to save her sister from being kidnapped, but failed. When Sawyer sees Tate lying in the hospital after the beating the kidnapper gave her, he feels rage like he’s never felt before. But it isn’t until Tate and Sawyer go to Lunaville to help hunt down the kidnapper and retrieve Tate’s sister that they meet Matt, their mate…and their lives are changed forever.
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  • Liliana Rhodes – Resisting The Alpha
    From USA Today Bestselling Author Liliana Rhodes. Faith Galloway is an orphan, a witch, a powerful charmer, and still in love with her high school sweetheart. But Abel Barlow isn’t the man she fell in love with, instead he’s the cunning coyote Alpha behind the kidnappings and killings of wolf shifters in Leeds Point. Will Faith remain true to her love for Abel or will she follow her heart which is leading her to grizzly bear Alpha Erich Krause?
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New – Hunted: a Shifters’ World novella by Ruby Fielding

Hunted: a Shifters' World novella by Ruby Fielding (werewolf, shifter, shifter romance, post-apocalypse, werewolves, dystopian, shapeshifter romance, paranormal erotica, shapeshifter, werewolf romance, erotic romance, plague, werewolf erotica, breeding, breeding romance)Should she struggle to survive alone or give in to desire and risk the – perhaps deadly – company of others?

In a world where plague has swept civilization away like leaves in a storm, where viruses that cause people to shift and change have altered what it is, for most, to be human, a few survivors hold out in a desperate attempt to save the human race. Selene lives alone in the forest, protecting herself from human and shifter alike until one day a stranger turns up: a young man called Skinner, out on a quest to hunt down and destroy any shifter he can find. Torn between desire and fear, Selene must confront her true nature and make some impossible choices if she is to survive this harsh, post-apocalyptic future.

Hunted: a Shifters’ World novella – a shapeshifter erotic romance of survival and desire in a deadly future from the co-author of Seduced by Moonlight and The Touch.

(The contents of this book first appeared in different form as four separate stories, Lone Wolf, Wanted by the Pack, Sanctum and Hunt Her Down.)

Extract

Content that there was no immediate danger, she gathered the empty water drum from just inside the ruined wall and set off on the rough trail that led through the scrub and down into the trees. She was lucky to have somewhere like this: a building with a door that closed and walls that were intact until just past the level of her head. It might not look much, but it was a castle to her.

Before long, the track leveled, cutting across the sloping forest floor and then, ahead of her, there was a splash of sunlight where the trees thinned again.

She approached cautiously, a lesson well lodged in her head despite her failing memory. Clean water was a place where animals gathered, and therefore a place of danger.

She came to a place where creepers hung down from the trees forming a natural screen, a vantage point she used every time she came here.

Today, she sensed threat before she saw anything. It was something in the air. Maybe sounds her ears had picked up but her brain was yet to process. A strange scent, perhaps.

As her eyes adjusted to the bright light of the clearing she surveyed the forest fringe, looking to see if anything was lurking in the shadows. There was nothing, and then she looked at the pool itself and saw rings of spreading ripples followed by a sudden swelling of the water as a bulbous object emerged.

A head. A man’s head, dark hair and beard plastered flat by the water. Pale shoulders, a dark smudge of hair to the chest as he bobbed up and then settled again, deeper in the water. He raised a hand to rub water from his eyes, then flicked his hair back, creating a fountain of glimmering droplets flying through the air.

And then, as if water were his natural element, he dipped forward. His head submerged as his back appeared, a sinuous, flowing movement, and then his butt, legs, feet and he was gone once more, lost below the churning surface of the pool.

Briefly transfixed by the sight of the man, which had lasted only a moment, she tore her eyes away and searched the forest perimeter again for signs of any others.

Nothing.

She waited, and then there was another swelling of water and the man’s head and shoulders bobbed up again, followed by the same eyes swipe and head flick.

She didn’t know what to do. If she slipped away, she would never know where he went, only that there was a stranger here in her forest. But what else? She could hardly approach him. That would be too dangerous. He was an unknown, a risk.

She needed water, too, and the spring that fed this pool was the only safe source she knew.

What to do?

She watched him carefully, now picking up all those clues that must have been subliminal before. A grunt as he cleared his throat, an irregular splash of water as he moved, the sound almost lost to the steady gurgle from the stream. A scent in the air, perhaps. When you live a life like this your senses become attuned to all these subtle warning signs.

§

He had been lying back in the water, arms spread, eyes shut, drifting slowly until now he straightened, found his footing on the rocky bottom of the pool – she knew the slimy hardness of those rocks so well! – and stood.

Swaying for balance, the water came up to his ribs now.

His arms were long and lean, his frame wiry and muscular. He had the look of a fighter, a scrapper. A survivor.

That smudge of dark hair thickened across his chest, down over his ribs and over his belly, she saw, as he started to emerge from the water, treading carefully as he headed towards dry land… towards her.

His belly rippled with muscles and looked hard, dark with that hair as it thickened towards…

She swallowed as he paused, the water around his thighs and the long shaft of his manhood hanging down, fat and heavy. Its head just touched the water’s surface, sending its own ripples spreading outwards.

She reached down, fingers trailing across her ribs, her belly, to the waistband of her jeans, that belt of cord and the hardness she had tucked there before venturing out.

Easing it free, she raised the handgun, suddenly very aware of its weight. She didn’t aim it yet, just stood there with it poised. A solid lump of reassurance in her hands.

The man stretched, yawning, and she watched his manhood twitch, and then flop to one side as he took another step out of the water. Its length swung easily as he moved.

“You got a silver bullet in that thing?”

He was staring right at the screen of vegetation, as if he could see through it!

She didn’t move. She wasn’t the only one whose senses were attuned to the environment, it seemed.

“If so, you don’t want to be wasting that silver bullet on me,” the man went on.

How long since she’d heard another voice? She didn’t know. Another memory lost, or buried deep.

“It’s an old wives’ tale anyhow.” The man’s tone was easy, conversational; no indication from his voice that she had a handgun that was now trained on him and he was standing there butt-naked in front of her. “Silver bullet or any old bullet – you hit one of the beasts right in the head or in the heart and it’ll drop just like a man. Useful piece of information that, and I’m giving it you as a gift, you hear me?”

One more step, another, and he was clear of the water.

She studied him, unable to deny the base feelings the sight stirred in her. How long had it been? Since the touch of another human, of bare skin against her own. The intimacy, and the trust.

And damn, but he was growing hard as he stood there! As he’d been talking, that shaft had thickened even more as it filled out, hung longer, then started to push away from his body. Then, like an animal emerging from its lair, the swollen purple head started to break free, the skin rolling back to reveal that most intimate of places.

Now, the man shrugged, and a shy smile broke across his face. “I think I need to apologize, ma’am. It’s been a time and I guess my body’s got a few less manners than the rest of me. If you’d just allow me to…?” He nodded towards a pile of clothes nearby.

She caught herself. She had to pull herself together, stop reacting like this. She was a woman. She was a human. She was in control of herself and her responses. She wouldn’t allow herself to be distracted by…

“No,” she snapped.

How long since she’d spoken aloud? Her voice was dry, little more than a croak. “You wait there where I can see you,” she went on. “Ain’t no reason why I should trust you with your things.” Who knew what he might have concealed there with his clothes?

He shrugged, and spread his hands briefly, as if to acknowledge the sense in her caution, and damn, but that thing of his just cranked itself up a notch or two higher as, finally, she broke free of her hiding place and came to stand before him.

§

Close to, he was younger than she had guessed. No gray to his hair, no craggy lines to his face. A few scars on his body, but that could happen at any age.

Now it was his turn for eyes to roam, and suddenly she was reminded of when she’d checked herself in that shard of mirror earlier on, remembering how exhausted she had looked and – fainter – a time when that kind of thing had mattered a whole lot more than it did now.

“You can shoot me now, if that’s what you want to do,” he said, his tone still conversational. “But I suggest you don’t want to do anything that’s going to make so much noise. Never know what you might draw in, and that’s not meant to be a threat, although it sounded like one. Just common caution born of experience.”

He moved his hands to cover himself, cupping his manhood but barely containing it.

“As an alternative to shooting me you could just let me get my things and I’d beat my retreat. That’d be a sensible thing to do – no point killing off those of us who may just be ordinary good folk like yourself when some day you may come to realize just how rare a commodity we are. But then I’d be the first to acknowledge the inherent risk in that proposition, ma’am. Set me free and how do you know I’ll be as good as my word and won’t just hang around until I can take you off guard and do whatever it is I might be wanting to do?”

As he shrugged, she couldn’t help but notice the movement of his hands, pulled by the raising of his shoulders, and the slight gasp that induced in him. Damn, but her guard was low today! She’d never have thought she would be drawn so much to the physical…

She lowered her aim until it was pointing at his crotch. “Am I to take that as a sign of what you ‘might be wanting to do’?” she asked.

“No ma’am. That’s just what a man’s body does when he puts himself naked before…” he stopped. “Hell,” he then started again. “That’s just a natural response, ma’am. Ain’t much I can do about it, I’m afraid.”

“So what’s it to be?” she asked him. “Shoot you or set you free on the promise there’ll never be a hint of you round these parts again?”

“You asking my advice? Hell, if I were you I’d take the third option, ma’am.”

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New: Hunt Her Down (Shifters’ World 4)

Just out: the fourth story in my Shifters’ World series.

Hunt Her Down (ShiftersAlone in the forest, Selene didn’t know where she was going, but she knew where she did not want to be. And also, she knew that someone – or something – was following her…

In a world where plague has destroyed civilization and viruses cause people to shift from human to animal form, the surviving humans can be the worst enemies of all. Struggling with her own condition and fighting the need to give in to the changing viruses, Selene’s tormentors are on her trail. Will she survive, or will they hunt her down?

An explicitly erotic story in the Shifters’ World setting, from the author of Lone Wolf and co-author of paranormal erotic romances Seduced by Moonlight and The Touch.

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Cover reveal: Hunt Her Down (Shifters’ World 4)

Just in: the cover for the next Shifters’ World story!

Hunt Her Down (Shifters' World 4) by Ruby Fielding

Just out: Sizzling Ghost Stories (Erotic Paranormal Anthology)

Posted December 31st, 2013 by pj and filed in new releases

Just out today from Excessica: a box-set anthology of erotic ghost stories from top authors, including my collaboration with Polly J Adams, “The Lady in White”.

From some of the bestselling names in erotica comes a book full of sizzling encounters with ghosts and other things that go bump in the night, guaranteed to leave you breathless in more ways than one. Authors like Selena Kitt, Carl East, Delilah Fawkes and more, bring you paranormal chills with the sexiest of thrills – stories that are sure to raise your temperature a notch or two!

Warning: not for readers of a delicate disposition – these stories are likely to set the heart racing and fill the reader’s head with wild and erotically charged sexual fantasies. You are advised to read these on your own but be sure to keep the lights on – just in case!

Authors in this boxed set are: Carl East, Anita Dobs, Giselle Renarde, Alexx Andria, Delilah Fawkes, Polly J Adams, Savannah Reardon, Leona D Reish, Selena Kitt, Ruby Fielding.

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New: Sanctum (Shifters’ World 3) by Ruby Fielding

Sanctum (ShiftersIn a world where plague has swept civilization away like leaves in a storm, where viruses that cause people to shift and change have altered what it is, for most, to be human, a few survivors hold out in a desperate attempt to save the human race.

When they take in a woman found wandering in the forest, they must be sure she is pure, and only then will they be certain of her true value to the community as a fertile woman. Will she pass their tests and will she settle into their community to reproduce for the future?

An explicitly erotic story in the Shifters’ World setting, where a woman’s fertility is at a premium and it is her duty to reproduce, from the author of Lone Wolf and co-author of paranormal erotic romances Seduced by Moonlight and The Touch.

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New: Wanted by the Pack (Shifters’ World 2) by Ruby Fielding

Wanted by the Pack (ShiftersShe’d known it was a mistake to let the stranger into her lonely existence. She had been safe, in a world where safety is the most valued of prizes. She had shelter at night, fresh water, food.

So stupid to let him in, to risk all that!

A man. Just a man.

In a world destroyed by plague, a world where viruses could change your very nature, where beasts roamed the night and nothing was safe, the most dangerous creature of all was man.

An explicitly erotic story in the Shifters’ World setting, from the author of Lone Wolf and co-author of paranormal erotic romances Seduced by Moonlight and The Touch.

“He put a hand to her face then, his knuckles brushing along her jaw and then he buried his fingers in her hair, tipping her head back. His mouth came down on her neck: hard lips and then the wet heat of his tongue and the delicious pain of raking teeth, dragging across her skin to that point where too hard is exactly hard enough.”

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