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Serpent’s Teardrop by Mary Rundle : Blackwood Pack #7 : Audio Book Tour : Exclusive Excerpt

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Author:
Series:

Blackwood Pack Series by Mary Rundle

Series Type:
Same story universe
Number In Series:
7
Publisher:
Dragonheart LLC
Published:
17 August 2021
Book Type
Words:
110,559
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Synopsis

The Blackwood Pack saga continues…

Brian, a.k.a. “The Loch Ness Monster” has searched for his Fated Mate in vain for more than 600 years until he scents Reif in the frigid waters of the lake. But his mate seems to be purposely eluding him, so Brian turns to the Shaman of the Blackwood Pack to help find him.

Reif, one of a line of ancient shifters thought to be extinct is drawn to Brian but must focus on completing a mission to free his enslaved people from the clutches of an evil group. Despite his powerful attraction to Brian, he hides from him, believing it’s the only choice he has.

That changes when Reif surreptitiously kisses Brian while he’s sleeping, setting off a chain of events that puts both of them in mortal danger, and the powerful Blackwood pack resolves to help them stave off the wrath of vampires and witches.

Along the way, both Brian and Reif learn some hard lessons about the mutual trust necessary to achieve the happiness and fulfillment both have sought for hundreds of years.

A heartbreaking confession, an action-packed rescue, a riveting courtroom battle and many unexpected twists and turns make this passionate love story by Mary Rundle impossible to put down once you’ve read the first page.

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Excerpt

“Ye know it’s my Fated Mate?” Brian asked, in disbelief.

“Yes, my spirit told me,” replied Kieran. “Go ahead, I promise we’ll help you find him.”

“Him? Are you sure?” Brian asked.

“Yes,” Kieran said, softly.

Relieved to know that much at least, Brian began, “I was doing a back float when a passing boat’s wake carryin’ my mate’s scent washed over me. Shifting, I dove down, searching for it, but twas weak and quickly dissipated. That night, I searched again and the scent was stronger, but as I followed it, I realized twas at least an hour old. It led to the shoreline, where I shifted and climbed onto the bank, but there was nae a trace…even though I felt its presence.

“Every night, the same thing happened, even though I went into the water at different times…sometimes early, other times later, but twas always the same…except for last night,” Brian said. “After cruising the loch, I waited until the sky turned pink before I shifted and climbed aboard my boat. As I headed below, I felt someone watching me and I sensed my mate was somewhere near the marina’s buildings, but still I could nae see him.” Brian was getting agitated by this time, prompting Kieran to lay a calming hand on him.

After a few moments of silence, the sea serpent continued. “I decided to search the area lookin’ for a clue to help me figure out who he was, but could nae find anything. I know he was close by, because I again could feel his stare and sensed his presence,” Brian said, his frustration now evident. “Please Shaman, I need yer help. I dinna know why my mate is hidin’ from me, but I feel something is amiss and he needs me.”

“Of course, we’ll help you won’t we, macushla?” Kieran asked, glancing at his mate.

“My mate’s right, Brian,” answered Logan. “Our Alpha regards you as a member of the Blackwood Pack so whatever needs to be done, we’ll do.”

After hearing a chorus of ‘absolutelys’ and ‘count-me-ins’, Brian felt his sea serpent relax, confident his mate would soon be found. “Thank ye, thank ye, I canna tell ye how much I appreciate it,” Brian said, with a sigh of relief.

“So,” Logan then proposed, “I think the first thing is to figure out what shifter can swim and breathe underwater while disappearing when he’s on land. Slate, Ian, any ideas?”

“I haven’t ever heard of a shifter doing that,” answered Slate. “I could ask my research team to look into it.”

“Let’s keep that as an option but, right now, until we know what kind of shifter Brian’s mate is, I think we should keep this to ourselves,” Logan said.

“Sorry, Logan,” said Ian, “I’ve studied every shifter alive today and none of them can do both things.”

“Maybe he’s a myth,” Zane offered.

“But he’s real!” exclaimed Dakota.

“Yes, I know, but maybe we can find a myth or legend that describes a shifter who can do what Brian’s mate can,” Zane insisted. “Just like the stories that described someone like David and Daniel.”

“That’s a great idea,” Kieran said, clapping his hands.

“I’ll do a search,” said Zane.

“Do that, bro,” said Logan, “and I’ll talk to Maximus and Mystia to see if they can shed any light on this shifter.”

“Why don’t we help Brian search?” asked David.

“Yeah,” said Slate, “we can spread out on land while you’re in the loch, Brian. Why don’t we stake out the places where we know he’s left the water?”

Macushla, we can fly over the loch to look for him,” said Kieran.

Logan nodded, then asked Brian, “Do you know if your mate is ever at the surface?”

The sea serpent thought for a moment before answering. “Canna tell. The scent was auld when I found it and parts of the trail had vanished.”

“Okay,” said Logan, “Kieran and I will fly over the loch tonight while the rest of you will be stationed at the previously known exit points. Since we don’t know what we’re dealing with, I’ll have Groose assign a couple of enforcers to each team.”

Macushla, Brian’s mate is not a threat!” exclaimed Kieran.

“I know that babe, but he may view us as a threat. I want the enforcers along so it gives us time to explain who we are and why we’re there,” answered Logan. “Do you see anything wrong with that, Brian?”

“Naw, I’m fine with it,” Brian said.

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Shutting the door behind him, Kieran hurried down the hallway, wanting to meet Brian at the private elevator, but was still some distance from it when he heard the doors open. Seeing the enforcers with raised guns, Kieran ran towards them, shouting, “Stop. He’s with me.”

Groose grunted his approval and ordered his men to stand down.

Turning to the sea serpent, he said, “Sorry about that, but I can’t be too careful.”

“Tis okay,” Brian said, impressed with the level of security protecting his friend, David, and also Ian, King of the Scottish Wolves. Suddenly, the Shaman was at his side, breathless, but smiling.

“Hi Brian, my spirit told me you were coming and you needed my help so I had Logan get all his brothers up and dressed, thank goodness, or else I think we might have had a few problems with their mates but now it won’t be a problem so that’s good. Have you eaten? I ordered some food because most of us were up late so we slept in and I’m pretty sure no one has had breakfast. They can get so grumpy when they’re hungry. C’mon, Logan is waiting for us,” Kieran huffed out, as he caught his breath.

Finding himself grinning at the joyful aura always surrounding the Shaman, Brian stepped from the elevator, following Kieran a short distance before being invited into his and Logan’s suite.

Macushla, I’m back with Brian! Has the food arrived yet?” Kieran called out, gesturing the sea serpent to follow as he headed to the living room.

A chorus of ‘hellos’ and ‘hi’s’ greeted Brian as he rounded the corner and found Logan, Slate, Dakota, Zane, David, Ian, and Colton sitting around the room— all looking at him with curiosity. Taken aback, he was overwhelmed by the power radiating from the group. Never had he felt anything like it. He’d had an inkling of what to expect after meeting some of the brothers previously, but that was one-on-one. But this—their powers plus the ones radiating from their mates—this was other worldly. Suddenly, one huge shifter stood up, facing him.

“Hi Brian,” Slate said, “please accept my belated thanks for helping to rescue me. I want you to know anything I or my mate can do for you, consider it done.”

Dakota rose next to Slate. “Hi Brian, glad to see you again. And my mate’s right…anything at all.”

“Hey, Brian,” Logan said, giving Kieran a kiss as he stood up, “have you eaten yet? The food’s just arrived. How about joining us for brunch?”

“Ay, I had breakfast, but can always have more,” replied Brian.

“Perfecto,” Kieran exclaimed, taking Logan’s hand, pulling him to the dining room table. “C’mon everyone, chop, chop! The food’s getting cold. Brian, you can sit here at the head so it’s easy for everyone to talk to you. Everyone else find a seat.” Grabbing a chair next to the sea serpent, Kieran then patted the chair next to him, indicating where Logan should sit. After everyone settled down, platters of food were passed from hand to hand around the table.

Brian dug into his food as he listened to the chatter among everyone. Keen to discover how David was fitting in, he was pleased to see his friend joining in the teasing between the brothers—a way of life in the Blackwood Pack.

Observing Brian throughout the meal, Kieran saw fatigue in the sea serpent’s face he hadn’t seen before and figured the cause of it was the reason for his visit. Thinking back over the various times he’d been with him, one stuck out—when he, Theo, Norman, and Fionn spent the day on Brian’s boat. Asking his spirit, Kieran found out why that day was different from all their other encounters.

Brian leaned back in his chair after he finished eating, letting his gaze roam over everyone as he mentally listed the abilities these shifters possessed—empath, shape shifter, extraordinary healing, among many others and wondered what plans the gods and Fates had for this pack. In his entire life, he could count on one hand the number of times he encountered a shifter with even one of these attributes and that amounted to over 600 years.

 

Giveaway

 

Mary is giving away a $20 Amazon gift card

and

a “Love Queens” mug with this tour

Mary Rundle

Biography

The first book I ever wrote was Dire Warning in 2017 and, much to my delight, it became an Amazon Best-Seller. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicling the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates—stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings.

 

As my books began to be translated into other languages, I also became an Amazon International Best-Selling author and then achieved the honor of becoming an Amazon All Star due to their popularity. My tenth book, Darkness Master has just been published and audible versions of the entire series are in progress.

 

I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box.

 

My readers tell me they feel like they’re members of the pack as the stories unfold…as if they’re right there in the middle of the action. Others tell me it’s like watching a fast-paced movie. My writing style pulls no punches…readers love it and are always clamoring for the next book.

 

Stories come to me as if channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures and are not inhibited when it comes to revealing steamy, sexy details.

 

I currently live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order. I’m always happy to hear from my readers and can be reached through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, or my website.

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