Friday, December 05, 2014

Wounded Warrior Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my first Blog Hop in aid of the Wounded Warriors charity.

What I'd like for Christmas is for everyone that reads my Blog to donate £1/$1 to help these selfless people, who were injured so we can live in freedom and safety.

Some of you have just celebrated Thanksgiving and we are headed into the Christmas Holidays, so keeping to the "giving" theme I'm sharing my blog this weekend with fellow SCP authors who have had releases in November or coming in December. 

I'd like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. For my Christmas give-away I am going to give 2 lucky readers a Derwent Pack Tote bag and swag plus eBook copies of both books in the series. Just tell me what you would most like for Christmas.

My November release was Book 2 in The Derwent Pack, The Beta gets his Man.

Craig slowly became aware of his surroundings. The sterile smell only hospitals have was the first thing he noticed, but then another scent over-rode everything else. The scent of home. It was freshly cut grass, the woods after a storm, and totally mouthwatering. He slowly opened his eyes and looked around to see an Adonis sleeping in the chair next to his bed. He inhaled and that smell of home hit him like a freight train. He tried to move, but pain sliced through his body. He looked down to see his left arm was in a sling and his right leg was in a brace. His left side hurt, and bandages surrounded his chest. Memories of leaving work flooded his mind, on reaching his car he was hit over the head. The next thing he knew, three men had him in an alley and were beating him with baseball bats. He didn't see their faces because he covered his face and curled into a ball. His last memory was one of them telling him. 
“This is what happens when you lie to Brian.”
Craig started to panic. Brian knew where Emma was, was she safe? He had to warn her Brian was on a rampage. He tried to sit up and groaned with the pain. 
“What the hell are you doing?” said a husky voice. 
“I've got to make a phone call. It’s really important,” Craig replied and looked up into the eyes of the Adonis. They were golden brown, and Craig lost all sense of what was happening, or what he was doing. He could drown in those eyes and be very happy. Another part of his body agreed because blood rushed south and the hospital gown he wore tented. The Adonis looked down and back up to Craig’s face, but Craig knew it affected him, because his eyes glowed and arousal rolled off of him in waves. Holy crap this god of a man could quite possibly be his mate.
“Who are you?” Craig asked.
 “I'm Scott Cross, Beta of the Derwent Pack. Don’t worry, Emma is safe. The threat has been dealt with, and there is a lot to discuss once you’re feeling better. First things first, you have to shift to start healing properly. Your breaks have been straightened and immobilized just so they didn't start healing wrong. Come on, I will help you remove the brace and sling,” Scott said.
“Answer one question for me first,” Craig replied.
“Okay, ask away,” Scott said. 
“What do I smell like to you?” Craig asked. 
Scott smiled and said, “Home, you smell like home.”
“Aren't I a lucky boy,” Craig laughed and then winced. 
Scott laughed and said, “I think I'm the lucky one. Come on, let’s get you shifted, then we can talk after you have had something to eat.”
Scott helped him remove the brace and sling. Craig tried to get up, but Scott held him in place with a firm hand on his shoulder.
“Do it on the bed. You can’t stand yet.” 
Craig lay back and thought about his wolf. The change came over him, but it hurt like hell, and he softly whimpered. He lay in his wolf form, panting. He was exhausted, but knew he had to shift back. Then he felt a hand softly stroking his flank and opened his eyes to see Scott running his hand down his side.
“You’re gorgeous in both forms,” Scott whispered.
Craig leaned over and licked his hand before focusing on his human form, and Scott’s hand lay on his naked hip, the gown had shifted and Scott could see just how much he affected him. 
“I need to sleep, before I do. Will you kiss all my boo-boos and everything in between?” Craig said laughing, which caused him to wince again. 
Scott rearranged the gown and then the sheet.
“You can have a kiss, and then you can rest. I'm gonna have my hands full with you, aren't I?” Scott replied smiling. 
“Well, I have been told I'm more than a handful,” Craig snickered as his eyes closed.
Scott laughed softly and Craig felt his breath move lightly across his forehead as he kissed him.

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Also released in November was Book 4 in The Warrior's Challenge Series. Code Name Luminous by the exceptional Natasza Waters.

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V.L Locey also released this hot read in November.

Roxanne Jones has one day off this weekend. She does not want to spend it carrying her unmentionables to the nearby Laundromat but Fate has different plans. When the washing machine in her apartment building dies mid-cycle, Roxanne has no choice but to finish her laundry across the street. Once inside the Tumble Dry launderette, she discovers that the dryers aren`t the only hot things to watch. In walks a younger man wearing the only clean items left in his wardrobe: torn jeans, sandals, tattoos, sex appeal, and a few well-placed piercings. When the two lock gazes no amount of fabric softener can stop the sparks from flying. It doesn`t take long for Donovan King, an English major at the local college, to not only woo Roxanne, he manages to begin to a steamy seduction that won`t end until both are well-tumbled.

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Coming December 11th by the wonderful Tricia Anderson

Book 4 in her Black Irish Series. 

Being lured home to Belfast, Northern Ireland, by the lie that he is a free man, Sloan O’Riley is arrested for the bombing in London he never committed. His only chance to stop his condemnation and execution is his wee wife, Abbey.

Abbey throws herself into her husband’s past with the Irish Republican Army to construct the one thing that can free him – a bomb. With the help of her mother and Sloan’s sister, Maggie, she targets empty, crumbling buildings throughout Belfast to cast doubt on Sloan’s guilt.

As things heat up in the courtroom and on the streets of Belfast, Abbey fights for Sloan’s freedom. Will her actions free Sloan from prison and from those who would like to see him dead? And will their love withstand Abbey becoming just like Sloan?


  1. Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause. Military life has been a huge part of my life, from being a military brat until my father retired, meeting and marrying a man in the military, and now our son who has been in since 2001 with 7 deployments, 4 to Iraq and 3 to Afghanistan. We know all too well what it is like to have him overseas during the holidays.
    Kathy Watts


  2. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season full of love and happiness.

  3. I'd like my mother to get well.
    Merry Christmas, my love

  4. I would like for everyone to have a great holiday season, that's what I wish for :)

  5. Warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday season! Thank you for the spotlight on Tumble Dry.

  6. I would like continued health and happiness for my family.

  7. I'd like to have my family together again for the first time in years.

  8. I would like my grandkids to have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for this. It is a wonderful cause!

  9. All my children together for the holidays!
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  10. I wish you and yours all the best this holiday season! Thank you for supporting the Wounded Warrior project.

  11. I'd love to have the family together for Christmas. I love the beauty of your part of the country. I am currently living in England.
    Bestwishes to you and yours for Christmas.

  12. Here's hoping the Wounded Warrior Project Blog Hop is a rousing success. Thank you for your contribution to this worthy cause.

  13. Merry Christmas! Thanks for participating in this blog hop.

  14. Happy Holidays! This is a wonderful blog hop.

  15. This is a great thing you all are doing. Happy Holiday's. I think I just want for everyone to have a great Christmas.

  16. I love the name of your blog-- Cumbrian Lass. How cool. Great excerpt. Thank you for participating in this blog for a worthy cause. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and splendid yew year. What I most want is to finish my WIP by deadline January 1! Send some good vibes ok?