Blog Challenge – Day 17 – Shifters & Spice


If you dream of shifters, this set of 20 brand new shifter stories featuring USA Today and New York Times best-selling authors has you covered. Whether you like them large and in charge or sleek and sexy, you’ll find the right story to spice up your night in these pages.


A.J. Bennett ? Masquerade
Becca Vincenza ? Contracted
Blaire Edens ? Frenzied
Carolyn Spear ? Taming the Puma
Dara Fraser ? Lion’s Pretend Girlfriend
Desiree Holt ? Shadow of the Wolf
Dominique Eastwick ? Bearing the Hunger
Erin Hayes ? I Found My Rhino
Ever Coming ? The Mismatchmaker
H.D. Gordon ? Blood Sport
Hazel Boyer ? Accidentally Mated
Kate Richards ? An Evening in the Superstitions
Lila Felix ? Wolf Protector
Lisbeth Frost ? Encounter on a Mountain
Louisa Bacio ? The Luna Twins
Margo Bond Collins ? Laugh Out Love
Marissa Farrar ? Wolf Torn
Merryn Dexter ? Bear Faced Lies
M.J. Haag ? Escaping the Lutha
Rachael Slate ? Untamed Lord of Thessaly

Bear Faced Lies by Merryn Dexter

A roaming bear?gathers no strings, and that?s just how Tobias Langstreet likes it. A chance?meeting with beautiful, lonely Harriet Mills might just change his mind. Can he?trust her with his secrets and unwrap the web of lies around her?



Tobias wrenched?the wheel, returning them to the smooth tarmac surface. Harriet forced herself?to look away, staring at her own reflection in the dark window beside her, the?view beyond swallowed by the still night.
The truck jolted?again, and she started around, shocked to see Tobias steering them onto the dusty?verge. His hands flexed on the steering wheel a couple of times before he?jabbed at the release mechanism of his seat belt. ?This is a really bad idea,??he muttered, eyes still fixed on the blank windshield before him.
?What is?? She?knew what he meant though. Even before he lunged across the cab to grab her in?a fierce embrace that stole her breath. She knew, she might even agree with?him, but it didn?t stop her opening her mouth to the demanding press of his?tongue.
He swept inside?her lips, sucking and feasting on her mouth, stealing her breath until she saw?stars. She didn?t push him back though. The banked arousal simmering in her?belly roared to life, and she threw her arms around his neck, pulling him?closer, needing to feel the heavy weight of his body against hers. He cursed,?fumbled at her side to release the belt constricting her, then lifted her up,?dragging her across his lap as though she weighed nothing.
Harriet squirmed,?tried to get closer to where she wanted to be, to get the thick length of him?notched into the ache between her legs, but the tight skirt of her dress?stopped her. ?I hate this damn dress,? she snarled against his lips, and he?laughed through their kiss. The pleasant rumble of his chest rubbed her nipples?through their clothing and she gasped.
?I?m a big fan of?your dress, sweetheart, but it does have some drawbacks.? Tobias grabbed the?bottom hem and rent the fabric in two, splitting the seam to her waist.
Free at last, she?scrambled into his lap, knocking her head on the roof of the truck in the?process. ?Damn!? The smile fell from his lips and he held her still. She could?read the concern in his eyes and was having none of it. ?I swear, Tobias. If?you tell me not here, not now, I?m going to scream.?

A strange light glowed in his eyes, a flash of?the eerie brightness she?d glimpsed earlier. It sent her heart pounding, part?fear, part arousal at the hunger burning there.?


New Release: Chloe & Eros – The Bet

Chloe & Eros, the bonus story in the Mystic Zodiac series, is here!!! It was a long time coming after I finished up the series. A REALLY long time coming. In fact, I wasn’t sure how the story would even come about when I started the series. Was I going to sum it all up at the end of book 12? Were they going to get their own story? If I did that, how long was it going to be? So many questions., absolutely no answers. At least none until I finally sat down to concentrate on what I wanted to do.

What I ended up with was compiling all of the prologues and epilogues into one document and then writing about Chloe & Eros and how they wanted to resolve the bet.

You can grab Chloe & Eros’s book for $2.99 and if you haven’t gotten the entire Mystic Zodiac Series yet you should definitely grab it now. My original plan was to raise the price of each box set from $2.99 to $9.99 (the regular price) as each box set released but something came up and I’m keeping them all at $2.99 until August 29th!


What was meant as a scathing remark has turned into a twelve-month long bet between Chloe (Clotho, the Fate of Birth) and Eros (the God of love and desire.)

Chloe and Eros are revered Gods on Olympus. Their station in the otherworldly life is that above the mere mortals and Mystics of the world they hold power over. What they aren?t above, though, is lashing out in a jealous rage and coming up with the biggest wager the realm has seen in some time.

Chloe must perform Eros?s job of matching one Mystic a month with their fated soulmate. If she wins, she gets Eros for an entire month, with no interruptions, to do with as she pleases. If she loses, Eros gets one favor, no questions asked. What Chloe doesn?t know is that Eros wants her to win the bet just as much as she does.

*Includes the Prologues and Epilogues from all 12 books in the Mystic Zodiac series


Eros paced his sitting room. The carpet was worn down into an easily seen path. Unease he could no longer suppress filled his chest with each step. He had the faint feeling there would be no end to it anytime soon. Not until one decidedly delicious Fate blessed him with her presence.

It had been a couple weeks since Chloe had won the bet between them, and he?d yet to hear a word from the blasted woman. He, of course, assumed she would be the one to get hold of him to cash in on the terms of the bet the day after it had become official that she?d won. Yet there was nary a word from her since that night in the hospital.

He trod over the path again, stopping in front of the piece of art he?d seen her standing in front of the first time she?d come to his home. It was as picturesque as before.

The landscape in which they lived and was represented, was as lively and beautiful as ever. The lush field of grass appeared alive with a rustling of a breeze. The man who lay entwined with the breathtaking woman had a glow of pure happiness about him. But no longer was his golden head tossed back in ecstasy. The woman was no longer arched beneath him, but her hands were now resting on his chest. They appeared sated and drunk on the endorphins that came from long bouts of euphoric sex.

He had to spin away, the sight pulling at something in his chest. There was an ache at the thought of not knowing how intimacy would feel with Chloe. He?d craved it for months on end; but, stubbornly, he would not be the one to cave. Gods and the like came to him, not the other way around.


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Curved Lines: Tattooed Bad Boys and the Women They Love
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10 Hot Tattooed Alpha Men and the Curvy Women They Love. Let these bad boys sweep you off your feet in this bestselling boxed set! From billionaires to shifters, there is a book boyfriend for everyone.

Authors: Dee Tenorio, Dee Carney, Allie Cooke, Lex Couper, Merryn Dexter, Tilly Greene, Kathryn Lively, Dawn Montgomery, Jodi Redford, Quinn



Acquired Taste – Dee Carney

When celebrity chef August Jaeger mixes it up with a curvy food blogger, they both realize what they want isn?t on any menu.

Dirty Deeds – Allie Cooke
Four days, a million dollars, the performance of a lifetime?but what happens when they stop faking it? Dirty Deeds ain’t always dirt cheap.

Scorched Desire – Lexxie Couper
When a Harley-riding hunk literally sweeps her off her feet, Jilly Parker finds herself transported to a world of dragon shifters,?carnal lust, and fated love.

Pretty In Ink – Merryn Dexter
Sexy, sweet Aubrey Jensen is everything a semi-reformed bad boy could want ? but sometimes getting what you want doesn?t give you what you need.

Hot Tamale – Tilly Greene
Derek Schrizer is a retired Marine looking to get a new tattoo, not reconnect with his first love, the curvy sexy Cat.

Waking Up – Kathryn Lively
A chance encounter forces a plus-sized woman with dormant dreams to wake up and find her own Happily Ever After.

Marked By Ice – Dawn Montgomery
His only job is to protect her at all costs, but who will protect the big bad wolf?s heart once he gets a taste of her sweet lips?

Like a Boss – Quinn
Proving she?s more than a smart mouth and sexy curves would be a hell of a lot easier if she wasn?t so distracted by her sexy new boss.

Kinky Curves – Jodi Redford
The queen of dirty talk. The king of grind. Love is about to get real filthy.

Another Man?s Treasure – Dee Tenorio
A widowed actor and single dad pulls out all the stops to show a single mom just how well a woman can be treasured.


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Wolf with Benefits – Romancing the Wolf

Release day 6 glimpse part 2 ?from Heather Long

Romancing the Wolf 3DWolf with Benefits (Wolves of Willow Bend)
Heather Long


After graduating college and spending a summer breaking the law, Shiloh Sullivan needs to make amends and accomplish something for Willow Bend. When her best friend, the wolfish and playful Matt Montgomery moves her in with him, she?s hard-pressed to refuse. But pretending a relationship with a wolf is impossible, and while Shiloh might be human, she knows the rules…

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After sweeping a glance across the spotless kitchen, Shiloh Sullivan sacked the trash with a tie, then a twist followed by knotting the plastic gathers at the top. Dragging the bag out of the can, she palmed the recycle-only can as well.

?Take those straight out, put them in the right cans?dark green for the trash and blue for the recycling.? Her mother didn?t look away from the stove or the fish she grilled.

?I have put trash out before, Mom.? Shiloh fisted the bag. ?Twenty years of experience.?

?Don?t take that tone with me.? Her mother spun and pointed her spatula in her direction. ?Take it out, put it in the right cans, then get back in here. Everyone has had quite enough of you lately, and they aren?t going to be particularly friendly at the moment.?

Blowing out a deep breath, Shiloh pursed her lips. She was twenty-four, not four. She had a college degree and plenty of options. Hell, she?d spent an entire half a year coordinating the most daring gamble of the century and been instrumental in forming a new pack?an unheard of sixth pack in the United States. And they were still going?none of those words passed her lips, however, not when her mother glared daggers at her. ?Is there anything I can say that won?t piss you off right now??

Delia paused as though considering her answer, before she shook her head. ?No. Do what I told you to do.?

Not rolling her eyes, she hoisted the bag and can higher to show she had the task in hand then escaped from the hall of judgment known as the Sullivan kitchen. Being a human in a wolf pack had never been a picnic, but being a daughter in the Sullivan family made dominance battles look like a walk in the park.

When she jerked the door open with more force than she intended, she winced at the bang it made hitting the wall.

?Shiloh!? Her mother could encompass so many sins within one yell of her name.

?Sorry, Mom,? had become her mantra from childhood onward. Why did she make everything so difficult? Battles with her parents were par for the course, and she never imagined, after she?d shipped out for school, that she would find herself back in Willow Bend. Worse yet, be back to living in her parents? home.

Walking down to the curb, she deposited the trash in the cans. She?d put them out earlier, thinking she would be a step ahead of her mother?s judgmental tones. Too bad she?d forgotten her mother wanted every scrap of garbage out when the cans were picked up.

Down the street, the Drakes worked in their yard. They paused at her appearance and the weight of their regard struck her. Two houses down, the Yorks were trotting in their wolf forms toward the woods,

but the two paused to glance at her. Disapproval gleamed in their gazes. Knowing better than to get in a stare off, she closed off the trash can, then emptied the recycling into the blue can.

Across the street, Mrs. Sexton walked out onto her porch and folded her arms. Disapproval radiated from her stance. The wolf owned the local grocer and made the best muffins and other sweets. Pissing her off took skill, so apparently Shiloh earned a gold medal. If looks could kill, she would be dead or at least on the ground writhing. The wolves wouldn?t lay a finger on her. She was human, and they were wolves. Mason gave her permission to return, but she was on thin ice with the Alpha. His orders wouldn?t be challenged, but it didn?t mean they planned to make her welcome.

The cold air coupled with the trash being taken care of meant she needed to go inside. ?Shiloh!? her mother bellowed and Shiloh closed her eyes, tilted her head to face the sky and counted to twenty. The sooner she got her own place, the better. Living at home sucked.

Hands snaked around her waist and hit her ticklish spots even as she was lifted off the ground. A squeal of surprise burst out of her. ?Matt!? She beat at his hands, but he had her, and the gentle squeezes sent laughter through her.

?Hey, gorgeous.? He pressed his cheek to hers and, thankfully, stopped setting off the racing sensation over her skin. ?Long time no see??

?Shiloh Maria Sullivan,? her mother snapped the words like fired bullets.

?Oh boy, you?re gonna get it.? The whispered chant from her best friend didn?t score her any points. Slapping his hands worked, however, and he pivoted both of them to face her mother. ?Good evening, Mrs. Sullivan.? Matt?s butter wouldn?t melt in his mouth smile charmed more than one parent over the years. ?Sorry about distracting Shiloh. I came over to invite her over for dinner.?

?She can?t.? Her mother?s lips compressed to a thin line. Though her hair had been pulled into a ponytail, gray wisps escaped. Gray hairs she attributed to Shiloh?s choices. ?Shiloh, come inside, please.?

Matt didn?t release her. ?Aww, Mrs. Sullivan. I know you?re upset, but my mom was really looking forward to seeing her.?

?I?ll call and apologize for her, then.? Delia Sullivan didn?t bend, not even for Matt?s charm. ?Shiloh, go inside please.?

?Wow, Mommy Dearest is pissed.? His faint whisper had been meant for her ears.

Elbowing him, Shiloh pushed free and reclaimed the recycle bin. ?You?re not helping,? she hissed.

?Call me.? He bumped her shoulder as she cut around him to jog up the path to her mom. When she didn?t respond, he raised his voice. ?Call me, Shiloh. Call me. Call Me. Call me.?

Pausing, she swung around and stared at him. ?I heard you the first time, Matt. I?m not deaf. I?ll call you after dinner.?

His face lit with a broad grin. ?Can?t wait. I knew you missed me.?

Despite her irritation, she rolled her eyes and laughed. He was her best friend. Of course she?d missed him.

?Go away now, Matt.? Delia shooed him, then gave her a rather forceful nudge. ?Get inside and stop embarrassing me.? The low-voiced utterance would carry. They?d lived around wolves long enough to respect their sharp hearing. Shiloh?s face heated. Half the street watched them?no, they watched her.

Door open, she slid inside, then held it for her mother. Her gaze collided with Matt?s and his cheerful face softened. He winked at her, then held his thumb and pinky toward his face. She nodded.

After pushing past her, Delia tugged her away and closed the door. ?Look, I get that you don?t fully understand everything you did, Shiloh. You?re a grown woman, making passion-based decisions. Passion leads to foolish choices?like that sixth pack.?


?Don?t Mom me. You made the choice to go against your family and the pack that shelters us. You made a crazy call, risked your life, your future, and our position?you don?t just walk back from that.? Anger cooled every word and, for a brief second, tears glimmered in her eyes. She took the recycle can from her hands, then nodded to the stairs. ?So, do as I ask you to do and go wash for dinner.?

Chewing the inside of her lip and maybe some of her pride, she nodded. ?Yes, ma?am.? Taking the stairs two at a time, she headed for the bathroom where she washed then ducked inside her bedroom. From there, she stole a peek from her window. Sure enough, Matt leaned against his car across the street.

He straightened, and his gaze met hers as though he?d been expecting her. In fast strides, he crossed the yard, climbed the tree and alighted on the ledge outside her window before she could even get the locks undone. ?You said to call you, dumbass. If my mother catches you up here??

?She won?t,? he said with a grin, crouching to peer inside. ?Damn, with the My Little Pony Shi. You still keep that crap??

?Ignore the girly frills since I have photos proving you played with ponies, too.? Had in fact given her several over the years for her birthday.

?Stalking them is not the same as playing.? He winked, then settled his arm as if he planned to hang out. ?So, how you doing??

?I?m doing great. Everyone is so happy to see me they can only stare. My mother can barely look at me, and I?m on probation. How much better can it get??

Scratching his chin as though to give the matter some thought, Matt scrunched his face. ?Break any mirrors lately?? At her snort, he grinned again. ?What? You asked me. How much better it could get??

Her mother yelled from downstairs, and she sighed. ?I gotta go. She?s freaking out and, until she accepts that I?m not going to go rob a bank or something, she?s going to keep freaking out.?

?Okay. I?ll be around. Call me later. After they go to sleep, I?ll stage a jail break, and we can get a beer.?

?Oh man.? A drink sounded like heaven. ?I don?t want to make her any madder.?

The sharp, hard syllables of her name reverberated from downstairs.

?Yeah, not thinking that?s possible.? Matt winced, the rubbed his ear. ?Beer. You. Me. Let?s say midnight to make sure she?s really asleep.?

A slamming pot jerked through her. A motor down the street caught her attention. Dad was home. ?You got it. Go, before they see you.?

?Later, babe.? Matt didn?t leap to the ground. Instead, he climbed higher, then over the house. Damn, he could move. Weird as it seemed, he?d gotten taller, or at least she thought so. Maybe she?d forgotten how tall he was. Retreating from her room, she made it to the first floor as her father came in from the garage.

?Hi, Dad.?

?Shiloh.? Chilly.

Damn, dinner would be fun. Maybe her brothers and sister would ignore her, too. She couldn?t wait.

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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren?t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories?her characters drive the books. When she?s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you?re sure you?ve been friends with women just like them, you?ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Violet’s Shadow – Romancing the Wolf

Release day 6 glimpse from Jennifer Kacey

Romancing the Wolf 3DViolet’s Shadow (Shadow Mates)
Jennifer Kacey


Two weeks alone in a secluded cabin is music to Violet?s ears. Until she sees a shadow in the forest with red glowing eyes. Red eyes she?s seen in her dreams for as long as she can remember. Eyes that make her want to forget the rest of the world. But she doesn?t believe in fairy tales anymore.

Rayden was sent to protect her. To keep her safe. Nothing more than to guide her as she transitions into a Shadow and takes her rightful place in the pack. What he finds instead is the mate he?s been unwilling to search for and a passion so fierce he?ll never be able to walk away.

Violet?s spent her entire life aching to belong and she finally finds it in the pack of Shadows she is destined to join. Everything she?s ever wanted in life and love is finally at her fingertips if she?s brave enough to embrace?her Shadow.

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Violet Clare slammed the flimsy wooden door to her cabin, then threw the lock. It was somewhere around an inch of steel away from comforting. Retreating while keeping her eyes trained on the only entry point, she strained to identify what she could do to avoid the inevitable if the animal wanted in. With only moonlight illuminating the cabin she tried to convince her heart to evac out of her throat and settle into a more subdued rhythm. Instead, it had a mind of its own, and continued on the Jesus, Mary and what the fuck gravy train it was currently joy riding atop.

It was out there. Chasing after her. She?d seen him. Not him. It. A shadow. Or a wolf. Both?

At least she thought it was a wolf. But wolves weren?t so damn big and they sure as hell weren?t born with red, almost glowing eyes?

Remove the almost part.

Emphasis on the what the fuck part.

?It?s just a dream,? she whispered, trying desperately to stop shaking. ?Only another dream. And I?m going to wake up. I am.?

Shaking her head didn?t work. Squeezing her eyes shut did nothing, but freak her out more.

Beyond the cabin, in the shadows of the huge pine trees?no from the shadows of the trees a wolf had appeared. Watching her. It was like something out of a children?s book. Not moving a single muscle but she knew every fiber of his being was ready to?what?

Pounce. Attack. Seduce?

?Heheheheeeheheeee?? A high-pitched giggle, the love child of her frayed nerves and anticipation, bubbled out until she slapped a hand over her mouth.

Holy nut house, Batman! Her mother had told her for as long as she could remember to get her head out of the clouds. Fairytales weren?t real and the sooner she learned to live in the real world the better off she?d be. At twenty-five, she still couldn?t seem to get that one right.

If someone needed a random prediction of the future she couldn?t control? She was their girl. For as long as she could remember, she experienced foresight?visions which came true. Every. Single. Time. She?d been hiding her freaky ability since the first time she?d made the mistake of telling her mother something she knew was going to happen. When her predictions came true, her mom had been furious. Violet?s backside still stung when she thought about how angry her Mom had been. Scared even. So she?d tried to act the part. Perfect daughter. Perfect student. Perfect employee. Living a lie in the real world? It didn?t fit her so well. Never had.

But what if her dreams were true? She shook her head again as she continued to retreat from the door. Not possible. It?s just not possible. A wolf with red eyes appearing right outside a cabin she?d rented and only one other person knew she was at.

The travel agent promised her a remote, picturesque secluded getaway located in the middle of a protected forest in East Texas. Perfect for a couple weeks of rest and relaxation in the summer where nature walks abound and it was almost expected to sunbathe for hours?all

described in the brochure. Didn?t say anything about creatures stalking her in the forest or appearing out of thin fucking air.

?It?s beautiful there,? the travel agent told her as she?d booked Violet?s flights from where she lived in Destin, Florida. ?It will be a trip to remember. Fresh air, sunshine, and you?ll be surrounded by wild flowers.?

?Wild flowers my ass,? Violet murmured as she finally hit the far wall. Being jarred out of her inner monologue, she ran clammy hands across the wood behind her. A weapon wasn?t forth coming along the wall as her heart got good and comfy on its seat on the holy shit train to freakoutville.

Violet slid down the wall and wrapped her arms over her knees seeing nothing but the pair of bright red eyes following her all the way to the cabin as she?d sprinted for the only structure within fifty miles. Out for a walk to get some fresh air, she?d caught a whole heck of a lot more nature than she?d planned on. God she had felt the gaze on her like a caress. Her body had responded like someone had licked her up the middle. Her breathing grew labored, her nipples pebbled and wetness coated the lips of her pussy preparing to be penetrated clear through to her soul. Adrenaline coursed through her veins as if she?d had someone seducing her for hours. A lover dedicated to showing her what it was going to feel like when she came so hard reality fell away and the only thing left was her desire staring at her with those red eyes. The same red eyes she?d been dreaming of for the entire twenty-five years she?d been breathing. She?d known them forever. Which is why she?d run. Terrified he was real. More terrified he wasn?t.

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Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her family in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she?s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

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