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Sometimes Love isn’t Enough: Loved by Wolves, on presale NOW

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Penelope Levinson, owner of the Sunshine Cafe, in HARMONY, Washington and wolf-dog shape-shifting firefighter cousins Kent & Tucker O’Mara and John & Jack Stephens have known all their lives they were destined to be together.  So why won’t the mating ceremony work?  They’ve been trying since she turned twenty-five, and failure after failure is driving them apart.  Mating has become a chore, not a pleasure, and they are getting tired of people asking them when they are going to settle down, mate, and start a family.

They decide to give up on the ceremony if one last try doesn’t work, but what does that mean for their relationship?  Without the ceremony, Penelope faces exhaustion trying to handle the demands of the four brothers.

And then there’s Oliver McKay, the new doctor in town and a human.  Why does Penelope suddenly find herself attracted to him?  Does this mean it’s time to give up on love with her wolves and move on?

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Excerpt

On the first night of the first full moon after her twenty-fifth birthday, they all went out to the glade together. With Kent being the oldest, they’d just all assumed that he was the Alpha, but when they did the ceremony, they’d felt nothing. The sex was hot, but they just instinctively knew that they weren’t Mated. Indeed, if they needed any additional evidence, the mating bites on Penelope’s shoulder hurt. Normally, they would have healed at an accelerated rate because the men’s saliva mixing in her bloodstream but even with their semen mixing inside her, the unbreakable bond didn’t happen.

The sex, of course, had been fantastic. But not Mating-fantastic.

They just shrugged it off and didn’t even try again that cycle. Then they next monthly full moon cycle arrived and they tried again, figuring that this time it was a sure thing, but when it didn’t work, they tried again the next month. And again. And again. They’d tried for a full year, in every possible combination on all three nights each full moon. Penelope’s shoulder where the mating bites needed to be ached with the memory. The bites had taken time to heal, and with three sets of bites, one for every night of the ceremony, by the end, she was really hurting and the healing was slow, the teeth marks leaving small scars.

The men had been horrified when they got a look at her shoulder one day a few months into their mating trials as they took to calling them. Normally things happened in the dark, and Penelope made sure that they never saw her shoulder in the daylight. She was ashamed of the marks because they signified her failure as a woman, a Mate.

She put on a positive front of her men though, and the rest of the town. Not everyone in Harmony was a shifter, but there were plenty of them and they all wanted to know when the five of them would make it official and start popping out pups… It was getting harder and harder to smile and joke and deflect the questions, especially since she owned a café and many of these people were her customers.

After six months of trying, they’d even made the trip to New Harmony to talk to the pack elders. They’d even talked to Lena’s father, who was a vet who specialized in wolf-shifters, to make sure there was nothing physically wrong. They’d talked to Rory McAllister, the elderly Alpha of the Harmony Pack, but he’d never heard of such a thing. The Mating had always worked. They’d tried everything they could think off to make it work. Rory had been able to give them the names of a few shifting experts who might be able to help. Lena’s father had only been able to admonish them for taking so long to ask for help, but even he couldn’t do anything but prescribe some ointment to use on the bites on Penelope’s shoulder after yet another failure.

And something alarming was happening. With every failed attempt at Mating, there was a growing distance between them all, the feeling of failure permeating their every encounter. After the first few months, sex had become a duty more than a pleasure, something they did each month with the attempt to Mate, and each time it didn’t work, it drove them further apart.

Last night had been the first anniversary of the first failed mating, and they all knew without talking about it that it likely wasn’t going to work this time either and that if it didn’t, they weren’t going to try again. They all had talked and talked and talked, and a month ago, after the last failure, they’d decided to try just the one last time. For three nights, they’d do everything they could and if the mating didn’t take, then that would be it. They would still love each other and spend time together and have sex frequently, but they wouldn’t try to Mate again.

Maybe, eventually, they’d even move on and Mate with someone else, they’d said, but Penelope knew in her heart of hearts that she was meant to be with them, and if they found another Mate, then she’d live out her life alone.

And last night was the final night of the full moon. They’d gone back to the glade to try to make it special, but even before they’d started, Penelope had known that it wasn’t going to work, and looking at her men’s faces, she’d known that they knew it, too, and were only going along with it to humor her.

When they’d bitten her shoulder, she’d flinched from the pain. But she’d only cried when they’d all finished and she’d lain there with them knowing they’d failed again. It was only 10:00 p.m., but none of them had the heart to try again, and for once, even her Mates weren’t aroused. She’d never seen them naked and not hard for her. It showed her the depth of their despair that they were as limp as she felt.

In that moment, she resolved not to put them through another Mating Ceremony until she figured out what the problem was. They weren’t going to suffer through another failure again.

She felt Kent and Tucker get up. They never used an alarm. Both had one of those inner clocks that seemed infallible.

“Wake up sleepy head. Want us to get you come coffee?” She felt Tucker brush her hair back and kiss her cheek lightly.

“Yes please. I’ll be down in a minute.”

Kent walked over to her and paused. ‘You okay?”

“Yes, now shoo. I have another ten minutes before I have to get up, and I intend to enjoy every last second of it!” She waited until Kent kissed her cheek and both men headed downstairs before she let the tears start flowing.

“Fuck the ceremony,” Penelope decreed as she sobbed quietly. “Fuck shifter lore and mating ceremonies. I love them. They love me. It will be enough.” Her voice dropped lower. “It has to be,” she almost whispered. “At least until I can find the answer.”

Guess what’s on sale today at Amazon? Submission 101

 

Abby Smith writes erotic ménage romance in her spare time but has never experienced it. Doctors Dex Maplethorpe and Pat McGrath hire her as their research assistant, but haven’t told her that they are also hoping to fill the position of permanent submissive.

Because Abby’s spending the summer in London, the three of them have to do their research planning via Skype. By the end of the summer, Abby’s in love, but she’s convinced the hot doctors would never be interested in a plump, older woman.

Back in Seattle, Abby’s best friend Lindy convinces her to visit Club Libertine, where Abby’s two worlds collide when she sees Dex and Pat there and realizes that they are Doms. Soon, she finds herself under contract to the hot docs for one month of training they dub, Submission 101, but will that be enough?

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What if Love isn’t enough? Come back to Harmony and be Loved by Wolves, Call of the Wolf 3

What if Love isn’t enough?  Call of the Wolf 3, Loved by Wolves, on presale Thursday afternoon and available for download November 11th.  http://www.bookstrand.com/diane-leyne

 

Penelope Levinson, owner of the Sunshine Cafe and wolf-dog shape-shifting firefighter cousins Kent & Tucker O’Mara and John & Jack Stephens have known all their lives they were destined to be together.  So why won’t the Mating Ceremony work?  They’ve been trying since she turned twenty-five, and failure after failure is driving them apart.  Mating has become a chore, not a pleasure and they are getting tired of people asking them when they are going to settle down, Mate and start a family.

They decide to give up on the ceremony if one last try doesn’t work, but what does that mean for their relationship?  Without the Ceremony, Penelope faces exhaustion trying to handle the demands of the four brothers.

And then there’s Oliver McKay, the new doctor in town and a human.  Why does Penelope suddenly find herself attracted to him?  Does this mean it’s time to give up on love with her wolves and move on?

 

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Desired by Wolves – Call of the Wolf Book 2

With Loved by Wolves, Call of the Wolf 3, going on presale Oct. 31st, I thought I’d catch you all up on what’s been happening in Harmony so far.

 

Yesterday I posted an excerpt from Claimed by Wolves which is a humorous take on shape-shifters.  Desired by Wolves is more serious as Alex is a wounded war veteran who thinks can is no longer worthy of love.

 

EXCERPT – Desired by Wolves

 

 

“Damn it, Joe.” Will sat down on the couch in their office and bent over, his head in his hands. “I thought the fact that she was here on a full moon night meant something.”

“Me, too.” Joe’s tone was a bleak as Will’s own as he sat on the chair in front of the desk, leaning back and staring at the ceiling. “She never goes out on a full moon night, ever. And she never lets us come to her either. But she was here in Lupo’s, and I thought it was significant, but I guess she was just here for Samantha.”

“Yeah, she tried to tell us that when she first arrived. And she was quick to shoo us away from her table when Sam, Ginger, and Pen arrived, but, I don’t know how much longer I can take this half relationship. I want a commitment. Sure the three of us have hot sex frequently as long as it isn’t a full moon, but that’s not enough anymore. I want marriage and a family.”

“Me, too, .” Joe chuckled. “I may be turning into a woman, but I don’t want to just be used for sex anymore. We’ve been more than patient. She’s thirty-one. We’re thirty-one. None of us are getting any younger. If she won’t commit to being mated to us, then we need to move on.”

“Easier said than done. You know it’s in the blood. Deep inside, we know she’s our mate and she knows we are her mates. It’s not like she’s been seeing other men or other wolves, except, of course, as patients. And she’s free with her body when she’s with us, although that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. She just won’t commit emotionally. She still holds part of herself separate.”

Joe and his brother looked up when the man sitting behind the desk chuckled. It was a sound without much real mirth in it. He looked a lot like them. He was tall with the same green eyes and dark hair as Will and Joe, but where their hair was shaggy and unkempt, his was militarily short and it was shot through with gray at the temples. He was older than them, too, only by four years, but he had the eyes of a man who had seen too much that made his seem much older than his years.

“Alex, ,” Will snapped. “You caused all this. If you had just let us mate her properly back when she was willing, we wouldn’t have this problem.”Will’s tone was accusing.

“The three of you were barely twenty-one. I was twenty-five and shipping overseas for god knows how long, and there was no certainty I was ever going to come back. I made the right decision. Should I make a recording and play it for you whenever you try to go over this old ground yet again?” Alex’s tone was hard and flat. He’d had this discussion with his brothers and himself many times, and he wasn’t going to budge from his position. He couldn’t budge from that position. It was hard enough as it was not being with his mate, but if he admitted that he made a mistake all those years ago, he knew that he wouldn’t be able to deal with the knowledge, so he deliberate refused to consider the possibility. He couldn’t consider the possibility.

“As it was, I didn’t come back in quite the same condition as I was when I left.” His hand went to his left leg automatically. The damage to his hip and the leg muscle was extensive. They told him he was lucky to walk again, but he wasn’t sure that it was luck, more like a punishment, to make him half the man he was and unable to either do the job he loved or be with the woman he also loved.

“Is that why you refuse to see her and just lurk in the dark like the god damned Phantom of the Opera?”

Alex could hear the irritation in Will’s voice.

“You think I should be wearing a mask, little brother? I thought women liked scars?”

“Nah. You’re no uglier than you were when you left. But you have been back for a week and never leave the house in human form.” Will’s voice was now more worried than irritated.

“I’m here, aren’t I?”

“Yeah, but only because you thought Lena wouldn’t be here.” Joe wasn’t letting Alex off the hook.

“You told me she never went anywhere on a full moon night.” His eyes narrowed. “Was that a lie to get me here? Did you think that if I saw her again, I’d suddenly change my mind and rush out and sweep her off her feet?” He laughed again with no mirth in his tone. “You know, if I tried that, I’d end up flat on my ass. The crippled veteran making a fool of himself over a woman who would probably spit in his face.”

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Who says erotic paranormal shape-shifter menage books can’t be funny?

With Loved by Wolves going on presale on October 31st, I thought I’d go back to the beginning and the first Call of the Wolf book that introduces Harmony, Washington.
My first paranormal erotic romance was Claimed by Wolves.  I didn’t consciously decided to write a paranormal romance. But then this scene came to me one morning on the way to work and I couldn’t get it out of my head.  Here’s the first part of the scene the started the series
CLAIMED BY WOLVES – The scene:  Gabe (the Alpha) is in his wolf-dog form to spy on Samantha.  He doesn’t realize that she… knows he’s not just a stray dog and has decided to teach him a lesson.
The brushing actually felt pretty good. He could get used to this. He closed his eyes and leaned back. So when Sam placed a thick leather collar around his neck, he was taken by surprise and didn’t react until after she had it fastened and the leash attached.
“Well, pup,” she said. “Time to go walkies. I’m heading to town and I’d like some company, and you cannot run free in town. The dog catcher would lock you up.”
She set off down the stairs. Gabe had no choice but to follow. When they went outside, he tugged at the leash, but she had it wound around her hand and arm in such a way that he’d hurt her if he pulled too hard. As a result, he found himself bundled into her Corvette.
Damn, he thought, looking around. This car is amazing. She’s done a great job with the restoration. He forced himself to sit still so his claws didn’t scratch the leather, but what he really wanted was for her to pull over so he could look under the hood, but that would have to wait. He looked at the dashboard clock. It was almost ten, and he was hungry, but he was also sick of kibble. The sooner he confessed his secret to Sam, the better.
The ride ended up being kind of fun. He’d never been in a car in wolf-dog form. She’d left the window partially open, and he shoved his head through, enjoying the feeling of the wind ruffling his ears. He found himself actually howling with enjoyment. Maybe he’d be embarrassed when he changed back, but for now, he was going to enjoy himself.
Gabe found his good mood lasted all the way into town until he realized just where she was going. Then he started whining and trying to pull away, but she did that thing with the leash again, and he could see her wince when he tugged on the leash, so he ended up walking beside her, his inner human cringing with embarrassment, desperately hoping that no one he knew was in town at ten a.m. on a Saturday morning.
Fat chance, of course, especially when her first stop was McAllisters. He wanted to drop down through the floor as his brothers recognized him. He tried growling at them, but Samantha tugged his leash and his brothers just laughed harder.
Things went bad to worse when Nick excused himself to “take care of something in the back.” Gabe knew just what that “something” was. The bastard was calling people. At minimum, his other brothers would be hotfooting it over here. Worst case, it would be half the wolves in town.
When Nick came back, Samantha had let the leash play out a bit since they were inside. Gabe very deliberately walked over to his brother, who leaned down to patronizingly pat him on the head, and raised his leg and peed on Nick’s foot.
“Bad, bad, Fido,” scolded Samantha, causing his brothers to get the giggles again.
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Time to Return to Harmony Washington and the Call of the Wolf

Call of the Wolf 3, “Loved by Wolves” on Presale Thursday and ready for download Nov. 11th.

Penelope Levinson, owner of the Sunshine Cafe and wolf-dog shape-shifting firefighting cousins Kent & Tucker O’Mara and John and Jack Stephens have known all their lives they were destined to be together.  So why won’t the Mating Ceremony work?  They’ve been trying since she turned twenty five, and failure after failure is driving them apart.  Mating has become a chore, not a pleasure and they are getting tired of people asking them when they are going to settle down, Mate and start a family.

They decide to give up on the ceremony if one last try doesn’t work, but what does that mean for their relationship?  Without the Ceremony, Penelope faces exhaustion trying to handle the demands of the four brothers.

And then there’s Oliver McKay, the new doctor in town and a human.  Why does Penelope suddenly find herself attracted to him?  Does this mean it’s time to give up on love with her wolves and move on?

In the meantime, check out Call of the Wolf, Books 1 and 2:  “Claimed by Wolves” and “Desired by Wolves”

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CLAIMED BY WOLVES

Samantha Anderson is carrying out her grandmother’s last wish and visiting the Northwest to learn about her family’s heritage.

She’s surprised by her immediate attraction to the five McAllister brothers: sexy big brother and pack alpha Gabe, hot carpenter twins Bart and Nick, and young and sweet fitness trainer twins Eddie and Andy. She’s even more surprised when they all decide to pursue her.

What she doesn’t know is that the wolf-dog shape-shifting brothers have recognized her as their mate and are determined to win her over so she’ll agree to a formal mating ceremony which will tie her to them forever.

The only holdout is Gabe, who worries about mating with a human and wants to learn more about her before revealing their secret. To do this, he decides to spy on her in wolf-dog form. That’s when he finds out that Samantha has a secret of her own.

 

DESIRED BY WOLVES

Veterinarian Lena Windsor grew up expecting to be mated to shape-shifter Alex James and his brothers, Joe and Will, when she finished university, but when military vet Alex leaves the three of them behind to re-enlist, she builds a new life for herself, eventually coming home to take over her fathers’ practice in Harmony, where she reconciles with Joe and Will.

One day, Lena begins to suspect that someone has been prowling around her house while she’s at work and uses a nanny cam to find the culprit. She’s shocked to see a very changed Alex, who is dealing with a severe war injury by bonding, in wolf-dog form, with the stray dog she adopted who has a similar injury.

She’d never turn away an injured animal, not even when he’s also the man who broke her heart. Can she help him to heal without falling in love with him again?

CONTEST: Closed – thanks for entering!

The five contests are closed and thank you to everyone who entered.  And the winners are:
Contest 1: Kristal Fahl wins “Sun, Sand and Submission”.
Contest 2: Teresa Jacobs wins “No Place Like Home”
Contest 3: Linda Mallett wins” Submission for Skeptics”
Contest 4: Libby Barns wins “Desired by Wolves”
Contest 5: Abigail Madison Chase wins “The Dom, the Switch and the Sub”
Website entrants:  Sheila F and Nancy Goldberg Levine “Claimed by Wolves”
All Winners have been notified.
Contest Announcement!!!   Here are the details!  I am going to be giving away 5 books on Sunday October 27th, 2013.
*** If you don’t have a Facebook account, just leave a comment on THIS post with the name of the book of mine that you want to win (go to www.bookstrand.com/diane-leyne to find a list of my books) and I’ll pick one comment at random and they’ll win the book they’ve named.  But hurry. Contest closes today, October 26th at midnight***
Head on over to my Facebook page and enter today:  http://www.facebook.com/dianeleynebooks
There is no cost to enter and no need to buy one of my books (although it would be super nice if you did, LOL!).   Books will be in eBook format and downloadable to all major eReaders.
And now the rules:  You can enter all 5 contests, but only enter each contest a single time.   Anyone who enters a contest more than once will be disqualified.
For each contest, you must leave a comment with the which book of mine that fits the particular category of the contest that you would like to win.  You just need to post the title of my book.  You don’t have to say anything else.
On Sunday morning, I will randomly choose one of the comments as the winner and send the winner Gift Code to download the book they chose from the Bookstrand site for each of the 5 contests.  If you have any questions, please feel free to message me and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

Welcome to Harmony – Call of the Wolf 3 on pre-Sale Nov 1st/releasing Nov 11

Meet the hunky wolf-dog shape shifters of Harmony Washington:

In book 1, Claimed by Wolves, Samantha Anderson meets the McAllister brothers lead by Alpha Gabe.  She’s shocked that she’s attracted to all the brothers.  They’re worried that a human will not be able to deal with shape-shifters.

In book 2, Desired by Wolves, Lena battles her love for Alex James and his brothers.  Alex walked out on them all years ago.  Now the injured vet is back and only Lena can heal him.  Can she do it without losing her heart?

In book 3, Loved by Wolves, Penelope loves her shape-shifting men, cousins John & Jack and Kent & Tucker.  They are frustrated by the fact that the Mating Ceremony won’t work.  And then she finds that she’s attracted to Oliver, a human.  Does that mean it’s time to stop trying with her hunky wolves?

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The Picture of Submission

Have you been to Libertine Island yet?  Book 4, The Picture of Submission is on sale now Exclusively (for the next few weeks) at www.bookstrand.com/the-picture-of-submission
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