The bear was smiling at Flame’s mate, and the dragon in him made the fight a bit more real than he had intended. When he hit the door, he stole the shifters’ attention from her. They should not look at her with desire. She was his. Nightshade was treasure.
“There you are Nightshade, I thought I had lost you there for a minute.” He slurred his words and stumbled a bit. His adversaries immediately assumed he was drunk, and they turned to face him.
“Go away, Flame. You have had too much to drink.”
The little imp was playing along with him. He would have grinned at her if it would not have given him away to the other men. God, he loved her. She was more perfect than he could have ever imagined. He stumbled closer to her.
“I’m sorry, Nightshade. Please forgive me. I swear I can be good.” He slurred the words as he begged her. She looked at the other men around her as if she were helpless to deal with Flame. Nightshade was too good at this game.
The bear took the bait first. “Do you need help getting rid of this fool, ma’am?”
The bear made her the offer. The wolves nodded agreement with the bear’s sentiment. She nodded and looked away from them. She had all three of them at once. Damn, even her power was sexy.
“Don’t run from me Nightshade. I need you.” Flame told her. That was easy. It was true. He did not have to act it.
“She asked you to go away. I think you better leave her alone.” The bear spoke to Flame. The shifters thought it would be easy. They had no idea he was a dragon.
“Mister you need to move away from my lady before you regret it.”
Flame’s words had a harder edge to them than he had intended. Nightshade was his. The dragon inside did not want these men looking at her with desire. She was his mate. Flame was having a harder time keeping up his pretend drunkenness as his adrenaline spiked up in anticipation of the fight. He stepped slowly forward again trying to appear drunkenly wary. He stared the bear in the eye. The challenge was extended.
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I live in El Paso, Texas at the moment but am serious about getting out of the desert. I love Texas, but I need some trees and water. I grew up in the country in Tennessee. I miss water. Soon maybe!
I fell in love with the Tyler Longview area of East Texas years ago. So that’s why the setting for the series.
I still work the day job. I do have to pay the bills. The kids, the dogs, and my mom all still like to eat even if I would rather write. Books have always been my great escape, but it was a super boring meeting that I had to attend as I was part of the department that changed everything. I already knew what the meeting was about. I had done that training the year before. So I sat in the back and began the story of Eli and Luke that would eventually become the first book of the series Draoithe: A Pack forms.
It was the worst book ever written. When I finished it, I hated it. I remember thinking that a five year old could have done better. It was boring. Maybe someone would want to read it, but I would have been ashamed of it. I could not even get excited to learn how to publish it.
So I began reading because that way I did not have to look at the miserable failure of a book I hated. My ebook habit was like a minor addiction. Thankfully there is no rehab for that. But I read constantly and began the tale again. The character’s names stayed the same. I kept the first scene, and I wrote another book, a better book with a way better story line.
I love fantasy and romance so this time I wrote the story the way I would want it to be. It was going to be a short series, maybe a trilogy. Then it was going to be eight books. The seventh book is published. The prequel will be out in less than a week. The unedited series has nine more semi-finished books and parts of at least four more already. Maybe it will have twenty books. I don’t know.
If I get to finally leave the desert and quit the day job, maybe I will figure out how many books it takes to finish the story. The good news is that I know what the ending is about. That took me over a year to work out.