Guest Post – Sofia Grey – A Welsh Wolf in Wellington

A Welsh Wolf in Wellington blog tour

 

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The Terrace

 

Since most of Sasha’s story takes place in Wellington, the compact and thriving capital city of New Zealand. I though it would be fun to feature a different part of the city – especially those mentioned in the book – on each tour ‘stop’. Come and join me on a truly unique virtual tour of Wellington 

The Terrace is one of the main business streets in Wellington, and apart from cafes and bars, and the odd hotel, it’s mainly offices. It also feels like one of the steepest streets! Wellington is hilly at best, damned steep when you’re wearing heels or carrying a heavy bag.

 

Terrace 1

 

The climb creeps up on you, if you’re on foot. You only realise how far you’ve gone, if you (a) look back down from the top of the street, or (b) take the elevator from the shopping street. It goes up 7 levels. Yes, 7 levels. In a glass-fronted elevator, it feels like you’re shooting up into the sky, and then you cross though a walkway to not-even-the-top-of The Terrace.

 

Terrace 2

Wellington is still undergoing a massive phase of building-strengthening to make the hotels and offices safer in the event of another earthquake. Many office blocks have scaffolding frames in place, with construction crews climbing up and down to do their work, and it was this activity that inspired Sasha’s opening scene. I might have been staring at one particularly hot construction worker, much as Megan does, but only for research purposes you understand 

EXCERPT:

 

Chapter 1

 

Any minute now and the girl would lose her scarf. Sasha watched with interest as the wind snatched at the gauzy pink fabric and blew it briefly onto her face. She pushed it down with one hand, a frown appearing on her smooth forehead. Her attention seemed to be riveted on the phone call she was making or taking. Either way she was oblivious to the group of builders on the raised platform opposite of where she stood.

 

“Twenty bucks on her.” Dion nudged him and Sasha stared at her some more. It wasn’t the first time he’d seen the curvy brunette and he figured she must work in one of the nearby office blocks. Kissing her would be no hardship at all.

 

He flashed a grin at his colleague. “You’re on.”

 

Dion winked and they bumped knuckles. “I’ll raise it to fifty if you score a date with her.”

 

Fifty? The guy was earning too much. “Just a date?”

 

“Yep, but she has to turn up. No show, no pay.”

 

Sasha shrugged. He loved a challenge and this would be a fun diversion for the end of the week. “Sure.” At that moment, the breeze intensified and whipped at her scarf, tugging it free.

 

“Watch and learn, dude.” Sasha prowled to the edge of the platform and leaned on the rail. The girl grabbed at the errant scarf, but it was too late. It swirled up and away from her before floating on the breeze, racing across the busy road and flying upward toward the builders.

 

Sasha channeled his inner wolf and jumped onto the guardrail. He crouched for a second before springing forward and catching the trailing end in his fingertips. He dropped neatly onto the next platform and stood there, waiting to see her reaction.

 

Dion whistled and clapped his hands. The girl stared open-mouthed and then laughed, a dimple appearing in her cheek.

 

Wow. Sasha could see why she’d been wearing a scarf; her very generous breasts were all but falling out of her stretchy white T-shirt. He had a thing for leggy blondes, but there were plenty of those in Wellington and he’d dated more than his fair share, so maybe it was time for a change.

 

The girl dodged between a string of cabs and made it safely to his side of the road. Sash vaulted over the guardrail and grinned as she approached. Dion stood no chance of hanging on to his money.

 

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A Handful Of Wolf  is available 25 November 2013, from Liquid Silver Books.

 

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Sasha’s not a looking-to-the-future kind of guy, but he’s made an exception with his plans to travel and meet lots of pretty girls. Too bad his Pack Alpha, fate, and reality have other ideas about his trip abroad. He’s pretty sure he didn’t sign on to be a diplomat for the Snowdonia Wolf Pack. Or to find a Mate. Especially not a human Mate.

Megan knows better than to let a sweet-talking charmer get under her skin, but Sasha’s sexy playfulness is making her forget all her rules. Except one: she’s not willing to risk her heart by falling in love. The gorgeous boy from Wales can only be a fling, especially since her over-protective brothers hate him on sight.

In the midst of a wolf uprising, a hesitant Mate, and Megan’s complicated family ties, Sasha learns that sometimes impulsiveness is dangerous and even lethal. Can he show Megan why they belong together before it all comes crashing down around him and he loses his Mate forever?

 

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Giveaway

 

I’m giving away 3 copies of A Handful of Wolf, to 3 lucky commenters across the tour. Just leave a comment at whichever site you visit, and you’ll go into the draw. The more comments you leave, the more chances you get to win 

Links

 

Buy links:

 

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Handful-Wolf-Snowdonia-Wolves-Book-ebook/dp/B00GWADOMI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1385359831&sr=8-3&keywords=a+handful+of+wolf

 

AllRomance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-ahandfulofwolf-1359796-149.html

 

Other links:

 

www.SofiaGrey.com

 

Catch me blogging with Allyson Lindt at www.GeminiGirls.com

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6906923.Sofia_Grey

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sofia.Grey.Romance.Author

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sofiagrey1/

Twitter: @SofiaGreyAuthor

 

Blog Tour

 

25-November – www.GeminiGirls.com

27-November – Silken Sheets & Seduction (http://silkensheetsandseduction.wordpress.com/)

27-November – Facebook Party!

28-November – Rosanna Leo (http://rosannaleo.blogspot.com)

29-November – Barbara Elsborg (http://barbaraelsborg.blogspot.com)

30-November – Love, Lust & Laptops (https://lovelustandlaptops.wordpress.com/)

1-December – CoverReveals (http://coverreveals.blogspot.com)

2-December – Daisy Banks Advent Calendar (http://daisybanks.wordpress.com/)

3-December – Sotia Lazu (http://justsotia.blogspot.com)

4-December – Lissa Matthews (http://lissamatthews.com/blog/)

5-December – Kimber Vale (http://kimbervale.wordpress.com/)

6-December – Tina Carreiro (tinacarreiro.blogspot.com)

8-December – Layne Macadam (http://www.laynemacadam.com/#!blog/cfxc/)

 

10-December – Laura Kaye (http://laurakayeauthor.blogspot.com)

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About Author

Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.

Black Friday…already? by Christy Gissendaner

Black Friday…

It seems this shopping holiday always falls on my day to post, which is fine by me since I’m not a shopper by any means. (Although I really do hope my hubby snags the $99 Kindle Fire HD from Best Buy!) With three little boys, I’m proud to say our Santa list is quite short.  Simple, really. A trampoline and a Nintendo 2Ds. I’ve been trying to push the Wii U for entirely nefarious reasons, but so far no one is paying any attention to me.

I tend to avoid crowds, so I will miss out on the mad rush for the shopping deals, but I know many of you are probably seasoned shoppers. Share with us your best deal of the day…or worst horror story. Any altercations our readers to know about?

And while you’re out making your shopping lists, how about adding Unmasking the Wolf to your must-have items of the season? My first ever wolfie story is now available for pre-order and will release on 12/5/13, just in time for the holiday season. Check out the awesome trailer and excerpt at http://christygissendaner.webs.com.

Happy holidays, ya’ll!

Christy

Giving Thanks

For those of us in the US, it’s Thanksgiving day. While our ancestors ate venison and had no sugar (or ovens) for pies, I believe the meaning of the day remains the same today as it did then – except for the football, of course. 🙂

We are stronger when we stick together. Give thanks – not just today – but every day. Express kindness and compassion for your fellow man. Share the bounty of life with those around you. It seems so simple, doesn’t it?

Rome and I spending our day with friends. Our children are coming this weekend and I will be making a very non-traditional meal: fried rice. My kids love it, and request it every year – it is sort of a speciality in my kitchen. My kids have several places that require their attendance during the Thanksgiving holiday. The fried rice tradition was my way of ensuring they stopped at our house first (no shame in my game!). If they started with my fried rice, they could load up … and then be hungry a few hours later for a more traditional fare elsewhere. Genius, right?

What are your traditions? For those out of country – what are you doing today?

As we enter into the holiday season (and an insane shopping day Friday that I will be avoiding like the plague), I wish you all a very safe, very happy holiday.

Family, friends, readers – thank you. You all make my world a brighter place.

Much love,

Parker

I’m thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Seriously, a day to spend with our families and express gratitude and share good food? It’s like it was custom-designed just to push all my happy buttons.

I’m thankful every day, but I don’t always express it. So today, I will.

I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made with the ladies on this blog. I’m thankful for Lucky’s and Love in the Cards and how much fun putting those anthologies together has been. I’m thankful for the past year of getting to know Rosanna, Lynn, Parker, Cherie, Monette, Becca, Emilia, Christy, and most recently Jianne.

I’m thankful for the readers who enjoy what we do.

I’m thankful for a new publishing contract–you all will hear much more about that later.

I’m thankful for my big, dumb dog, even if he does keep chewing his toenails off.

I’m thankful for my handsome hubs, who turns 41 today and is just as gorgeous, smart, and funny as the day we met.

I’m thankful for our two little boys who make me laugh every day.

I’m thankful for relentless curiosity.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Carnival anyone?

Coincidentally I’m currently driving through New Orleans, but I’m not going to that kind of carnival! Nope. Not this time. I’m going on a cruise! It’s my third cruise, but I always feel a bit giddy like a kid in a candy store anyway.

The best part of the week will be the lack of internet. No work for five whole days! I’m not going to write or edit or read through this long ARC I have. I’m just going to relax and enjoy the sun and the family. I may read, but only for pleasure. I have my new Kindle Fire all loaded up with fun books–and they aren’t my own!

Also, I’ve only seen the tops of my kids heads for years now. No matter where we go or what we do, everyone has their head dipped down to the gadget in their hands. They have lovely heads, both with very nice hair, but I’m looking forward to seeing their faces since they won’t have internet!

Imagine the meals. All four of us sitting down to long dinners with nothing to do but talk to each other. What will we say? “So, sure wish my Ipad worked in here…” “Man, I miss my video games…” “I wonder what’s happening in the news…”

Ahhh, the life. Five full days. I hope we don’t kill each other and we make great memories. I’m excited. Fun times are ahead!

By the time you all see this post on Tuesday, I’ll be lounging around with a nice adult beverage playing bingo or watching a comedian or getting my butt kicked in some sort of trivia contest.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. They’re serving up my turkey on the starboard side this year!

Becca

The Thanksgiving Holiday Et Al!

Hi everyone *Jianne waving*

Happy Monday! Today’s blog is a twofer – a notice and a blog.

First the notice: For the next couple of days, today and tomorrow, I’m running a few contests over at The Romance Studio’s Thanksgiving Party. Drop by and meet new authors, read some smexy posts, and win prizes. Here’s the link: http://trsparties.com/ or click on the banner below:

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Here’s the big prize!

Amazon eGift Card Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a $125 Amazon eGift Card! Deadline is midnight EST 11/26/13! Click here to find out how to enter!

And now for the blog:

Most of the North Americans I’ve met don’t realize that Thanksgiving is a holiday peculiar to the continent. While Germany, Bavaria, and Japan have similarly named holidays, to my knowledge no other countries in the world besides Canada and the United States celebrate Thanksgiving in such an elaborate manner.

While Thanksgiving is ‘the’ national holiday in the U.S.A., it isn’t so in Canada. Don’t get me wrong—it’s observed and is a day off, but not with the grand pomp and fervor of the American celebration.

I find the differences between the two nations peculiar because both are offshoots of Britain, both are ‘melting pots’ in terms of population, and both are immigrant-based nations. Yet—and Rosanna you can correct me on this—in Canada, Thanksgiving yields to Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid-ul-Fitr, Divali, and a whole host of other cultural holidays, in importance.

Over the years I have come to relish Thanksgiving because of the very fact that it’s commemorated by every single American no matter what his/her origins.

This year is my second without having all my sons present. Last year the young ‘un was in Madrid, and this year the wayward one (middle son) will be in California. He keeps trying to appease my sorrow and worry by reiterating constantly the fact that Google does whosoever’s left on campus proud with incredible feasts and fun-filled activities.

Sigh.

It won’t be the same, but I’m ever so grateful for Skype. We’re going to set up our biggest screen in the dining room and involve the wayward one even if he isn’t so inclined. His gramma insists on it (read his mom).

This will be my last blog before the big occasion, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone who’s celebrating Thanksgiving a joyous, happy, family-filled holiday!

Be safe!

Cheers,

Jianne

P.S. I’m on Cover Reveals on Saturday, November 30 – so those who aren’t braving Thanksgiving shopping please drop by – there will be contests galore and prizes!!! Here’s the link: http://coverreveals.blogspot.com/

Insight into the Male Mind by Emilia Mancini

**Warning: This post contains comments that are completely inappropriate male ramblings, and also an insight into to what I have to live with on a daily basis. Probably NSFW and you may want to put your coffee down.

If there is one thing Mr. Mancini is, he is supportive. I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, probably so much you guys are sick of hearing it. But, hell, sometimes you just gotta give a guy credit.

What has he done this week that has warranted such an honorable mention in today’s blog post? He desperately tried to help me come up with a topic for today because I’ve been drawing an absolute blank.

Just what types of things would Mr. Mancini like me to delve into?

  • “Fisting. Why would anyone try that? It’s not really a recreational activity.”
  • “Why is it called squirting when you’re just peeing on your partner?”
  • “Why is it that Germany seems to be the number one place to find animal porn?” (I am not asking how he knows this. Some things are best left a mystery, even between marrieds.)
  • “Why is it you can’t ever get the right amount of lube? And who dreamed up lube?”
  • “I like the idea behind having a sex chair. No, I like the idea of having sex rooms.”

Clearly that last one was more an unfiltered ramble than an actual topic suggestion, so at that point I informed him he was no longer being helpful. Not that he really was to begin with.

So, while I still didn’t manage to get a topic out of him, I did get some pretty good laughs.

Next time maybe I’ll ask him for ideas for my next book. Then again…maybe not.