Saturday Morning Video: How Kristan Higgins Met McIrish (Bonus clip from LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS)

Very reminiscent of the in-between bits from When Harry Met Sally

LBTC Bonus Clip – Kristan Higgins – How I met my husband from Laurie Kahn on Vimeo.

OMG, so cute! I almost expected her to say, “At that moment, I knew. I knew the way you know about a good melon.” 😉

If you missed it, check out the trailer for Love Between the Covers here. It’s definitely a must-see video, if you love romance!

Author Heather Long and UNTAMED WOLF’S Dylan Royce Discuss the Care and Feeding of Omegas (For DESERT WOLF’s Release Day and Giveaway!)

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The Care and Feeding of Omegas

 

In Bayou Wolf, Cassius met with Serafina in private in order to ask about borrowing Sovvan. 

In Untamed Wolf, Dylan Royce found himself confronted by a different type of wolf—one who didn’t always listen or follow the rules. One who grew very distracted when she was hungry, and one, as it turned out, who had a very special gift.

Chrystal is an Omega—a very special type of wolf in the world of Willow Bendso I asked Dylan to stop by and fill you in on what he learned after he and Chrystal went to Delta Crescent to study with Sovvan, the Delta Crescent Omega.

Dylan: Thanks for having me today, although I’m not really sure why you wanted me when we’re going to be talking about Cassius.

Me: Not talking about Cassius precisely, even if he is the hero of the tale…

Dylan: Last time I checked, he was a jerk, not a hero.

Me: Last time you checked, you were a playboy and not a happily mated wolf.

Dylan: Point.

Me: So, work with me?

Dylan: Sure, why not. What do you need to know?

Me: We’re here to discuss the care and feeding of an omega.

*pause*

Dylan: Seriously?

Me: Yes.

Dylan: An omega isn’t a pet.

Me: I’m aware of that.

Dylan: Then why do you have a subject like that? It sounds like you’re talking about the care and feeding of your chinchilla.

Me: It’s a basic subject, but I know it’s more complicated—hence me talking to you.

Dylan: Uh huh. I almost want to go back to discussing jerk heroes.

Me: *laughs* We can, but I think we should discuss omegas.

Dylan: It’s your quarter.

Me: More like my four bucks, but we’re digressing… Before you met Chrystal, had you ever met an omega?

Dylan: Nope.

Me: Heard about them?

Dylan: Not really.

Me: So, she’s your first?

Dylan *grins* In so many ways.

Me: *coughs* Stay on target. She is the one with the shiny object issues.

Dylan: She is, but not to the same extent as she was when we met.

Me: Would you say it’s the mating her or training that has helped her focus more?

Dylan: It’s her—oh, I see what you did there. It’s her eating habits. *he mimes a half bow* She didn’t eat as well before she met me. In fact, I don’t think she understood how much wolves need and burn in the terms of calories.

Me: All wolves? Or is there something peculiar about the omegas?

Dylan: *shrugs* All wolves need to eat a high calorie diet. Shifting requires a lot of energy. Chrystal didn’t grow up around other wolves, and she didn’t understand the caloric intake. That said…yes, she does tend to become a little more unfocused when she’s hungry.

Me: You took her to Delta Crescent to spend time with another Omega?

Dylan: *nods*

Me: Can you share a little of what you learned?

Dylan: I could, but I won’t.

Me: Why not?

Dylan: Because omegas are precious, and who knows what you want to do with the information…

Me: I know they’re precious, and I know how important Chrystal is to you, I promise. I’m not going to use the information to harm them.

Dylan: You do realize I’ve been written by you.

Me: Of course.

Dylan: So, not telling. *folds arms* Omegas are all different. Precious but different. So, yes, you should feed them and take care of them.

Me: Were you always this stubborn?

Dylan: Yep.

Me: If you could give one piece of advice for someone who may never have experienced an omega before, what would it be?

Dylan: Be prepared to be amazed.

Me: I like that… Does Chrystal still amaze you?

Dylan: Every single day.

If you want to know more of Dylan’s story, check out Untamed Wolf. To learn more about Omegas, don’t miss Desert Wolf.

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Title: Desert Wolf   
Author: Heather Long
Series: Wolves of Willow Bend #8
Genre: Paranormal/Shifter Romance
Release Date: November 24th, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Print Length: 90K
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-1-517315-795
Digital ISBN: 978-1-310000-867

 

Synopsis:

Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. A pack comprised of misfits who didn’t fit in their previous packs, cast offs discarded by their packs and forgotten wolves who rose to create a pack more than a century before in utter defiance of the order of the day. Sometimes pitiless and cruel, he wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a new place, a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack, means to change himself and he will find rebellion on all sides, not the least of which is his own defiant heart.

Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack, a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several long months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.

Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him…

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An Excerpt from DESERT WOLF:

Heat rolled in waves from the blacktop of the old highway. Around him, the desert sprawled in its painted glory, seemingly melting into the horizon where it kissed the sky. The colors streaked past him as he accelerated, blowing past the old trading posts and bypassing the interstate with its smoother surface and promise of civilization in the distance. If one sought to journey through the decades, the old highway east of Holbrook was the place to start.

Sweat slicked his back beneath the leather jacket and the motorcycle vibrated between his thighs. Clocking over a hundred, he barely noticed the machine’s growl echoing his wolf’s. Cassius Lucera del Alba, Alpha of Sutter Butte squinted to catch sight of the town he sought ahead.

Though town was a generous description for the collection of ramshackle structures—of which a filling station with a decrepit market attached and a lone bar were clearly detailed. Time hadn’t forgotten the town, it had left it in the dust by doing a hundred and sixty and never looked back. If the location had a name, no map detailed it, not even Google. The poor bastards didn’t even have a ghost to call their own.

Though they might when he finished.

He didn’t slow until he reached the main drag, all eighty-five feet of it and parked his bike in front of the bar. A handful of vehicles were scattered amongst the cracked pavement and gravel. Three he recognized, two he didn’t. Like the bar, the cars were in sad shape and far more popular in earlier decades. Killing the engine, he dropped the kickstand and slid off his baby. Road dust coated her paint and chrome. With a stroke of his gloved hand over the seat, he promised her a bath later.

Leaving the bike, he strode toward the building. No one moved outside, but one wolf stood inside the filling station. He was a smart wolf, he’d spotted Cassius, yet didn’t reach for a phone or make any move other than retrieving his newspaper and flipping it open.

Inside, the cool air rushed over his sweaty face like a sweet kiss. The scents of stale beer, body odor, remnants of the blood spilled throughout the years, and fear stained the experience. The population of the bar—easily a dozen wolves though Cassius scented at least four more in the back—glanced up from their places scattered around the room. Three played pool, four others huddled around a card game while the rest sat in various spots including two at the bar drinking. A couple in the corner paused with her hand down his pants. The bartender—a tall, broad wolf with a balding pate and a world-weary expression raised his eyebrows in silent inquiry.

“Beer. Cold.” Cassius said, and the bartender nodded. A moment later, he set a tall bottle of Corona on the weathered bar top. The sides frosted and a hint of vapor escaped the top. Condensation formed almost immediately on the sides, slicking along the glass in rivulets.

Stripping off his fingerless gloves first. Cassius set them on the bar. Next, he peeled off his jacket. The old leather moulded him perfectly after the many years he spent wearing it. Only after setting it on the bar next to his gloves did he peel off three one hundred dollar bills and lay them next to the bottle. The bartender didn’t say a word as he took the bills, tucked them into his pocket then locked his register and exited through the double doors behind the bar.

Leaning against the aged wood, Cassius swept the room with his gaze. “If any of you are still sitting on your asses, disobeying the direct orders I sent out when I finish this beer, I’ll kill you.” He didn’t raise his voice. Shouting accomplished nothing. Yelling indicated the battle was lost before it began.

Chair legs scraping across the floor splintered the silence. The couple in the corner disengaged. The she-wolf grabbed her purse as she stood. Boots striking the floor punctuated her exodus. No sooner did the door slam shut behind her than the four wolves playing cards toss them down, abandoning their game. The men muttered, but they divvied the pot, then bowed their heads to him one at a time before hurrying out.

Tipping the bottle up, he took a long pull of the cold drink. It soothed his parched throat. One of the pool players threw down his stick. One of the wolves tried to stop him with a hand on his arm, but he shook it off. Then like the other wolves before him, he hurried out the door.

From nearly twenty to only ten—behind feet stomped on the stairs followed by another door slamming. Make that eight. One of the upstairs wolves strode into the bar, and stood in the center of it. Surprise filled his scent at the emptiness in the room. The others waited, their attention divided between Cassius and Finch.

Stupid fucking name for a wolf. Another long pull from his beer, and Cassius was three quarters finished. One by one he met the gazes of the wolves around the room. The smarter ones lowered their eyes immediately, the dumbasses fought to hold his gaze—even Finch.

Focusing on him last, Cassius studied him. Fresh beads of sweat began to trickle along Finch’s cheeks. The wolf swore, then stomped out and slammed the door with enough force, one of the hinges cracked.

Then there were seven.

Other Books in the Wolves of Willow Bend Series:

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WOLF AT LAW

Prequel is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | ARe

WOLF BITE

Book 1 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

CAGED WOLF

Book 2 is available for pre-order at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

WOLF CLAIM

Book 3 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

WOLF NEXT DOOR

Book 3.5 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

ROGUE WOLF

Book 4 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

BAYOU WOLF

Book 5 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

UNTAMED WOLF

Book 6 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

WOLF WITH BENEFITS

Book 6.5 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks 

RIVER WOLF

Book 7 available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

SINGLE WICKED WOLF

Book 7.5 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe | iBooks 

 

 

About Heather Long: Heather Long

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.

Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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WOLF BRIDE by Elizabeth Moss: Courtly Love Quiz and a Giveaway! (Lust in the Tudor Court #1)

Which Tudor-era hero is perfect for you? Take the quiz to find out!

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COURTLY LOVE QUIZ by Elizabeth Moss

Follow this quiz to discover what kind of courtly hero you might prefer to curl up with!

 

Question #1- What word best describes you?

A             Ambitious

B             Romantic

C             Feisty

D             Secretive

 

Question #2 – Complete this sentence: My preferred courtly hero is most likely to…

A             Set me up in a large palace with servants

B             Serenade me with a lute

C             Ride off with me on his horse

D             Keep my head safe from the block

 

Question #3 – I prefer my hero’s kisses to be:

A             Forbidden

B             Long and lingering

C             Fierce

D             Intriguing

 

Question #4 – My hottest historical hero wears…

A             A crown and ermine-trimmed robes

B             Top designer doublet and hose

C             Shining armor

D             Black, for lurking in the shadows

 

Question #5 – On his day off from courting me, my hero usually…

A             Goes hunting

B             Plays bowls

C             Polishes his lance

D             Reads Machiavelli

 

Question #6 – I like a hero whose bragging rights include:

A             Absolute wealth and power

B             Fluency in five European languages

C             Ancestors who led the charge at Agincourt

D             A string of political assassinations

 

Question #7 – For my birthday, my ideal courtly hero would get me:

A             Diamonds, of course

B             A love sonnet tied with a red ribbon

C             A romantic, tumbledown castle

D             A chess set

 

Question #8 – My hero’s worst feature is probably his:

A             Lack of long-term commitment

B             Poor work/life balance

C             Obsession with his horse

D             Tendency to listen at keyholes

 

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If you chose mostly ‘A’s, then you won’t settle for anyone else but the King himself. The King is the man with power over everyone, including his Queen. Regal and dynamic, he dominates his world with natural authority. But like many powerful men, he lives his private life in public. Only an ambitious woman, destined for the top and comfortable with celebrity, can keep pace with this dangerous Alpha male. You’ll need to keep him happy in the bedroom, and never stray yourself, as the King is not known for fidelity or a forgiving nature. Serial divorcer and beheader, Henry VIII got through six wives – and may have been contemplating a seventh marriage when he died!

 

If you chose mostly ‘B’s, then a charming Courtier is on the top of your list to love. The Courtier is a man skilled in the art of courtly love as well as international diplomacy. He was educated at Oxford or Cambridge, can sing and play the lute, and knows when to compliment the Queen’s eyes and when to hide in the closet. A lady who loves expensive gowns and state dinners would do well with the Courtier, as long as she is not too possessive and does not mind him disappearing off to another European court every few months. Many Tudor courtiers were of noble French descent, like Hugh Beaufort in Wolf Bride, and possessed substantial lands as well as looks and charm.

 

If you chose mostly ‘C’s, then the strong and brave Knight is just right. The Knight is a courtier with other strings to his bow. He has the charm, wit and courtly manners to seduce the ladies, yet stands ready to charge into battle for his King at a moment’s notice. Less of a smoothie than the Courtier, he’s also better equipped to protect his lady from danger. If you hanker after a Knight, you’re probably earthy and ultra-feminine, and enjoy being in the arms of a big strong man. Although Lord Wolf is noble, he’s also a Knight at heart, a fierce lover and courageous soldier whose loyalty to his lady and his country is beyond question.

 

If you chose mostly ‘D’s, then you are meant for life at court directing the action behind the scenes with your powerful Political Advisor. The Political Advisor is often a commoner who has risen to power at court through his own skills. A cool and calculating strategist, his innate power and influence can be very seductive. Those who find this courtier intriguing are likely to be intelligent women with low boredom thresholds who enjoy mental stimulation (and maybe some power games in the bedroom). Your main challenge will be to sidestep the scandals that often surround the Political Advisor. Sir Thomas Cromwell was Henry VIII’s right hand man for years, becoming almost as powerful as the King himself during the period in Wolf Bride.

 

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Book Information:

Title: Wolf Bride
Author: Elizabeth Moss
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Series: Lust in the Tutor Court Book #1

 

Summary:

Bound to him against her will…

Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII’s court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.

Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who-though she is loath to admit it-frightens her more than a little.

Their first kiss awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees firsthand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives…

 

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Author Biography:ElizabethMoss

Born into a literary family, Elizabeth Moss lives with her husband and five children in South-West England, and is a keen countryside walker. She writes fun and sexy historical romances. She also writes award-winning fiction as Victoria Lamb. For more information, please visit her website:www.elizabethmossfiction.com.

 

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