The snippet is from QUEEN BITCH, Book 1 in the Callowwood Pack series. This tale is a M/F paranormal romantic suspense, and Julianna Morris is dreaming. Kinda. She's packed and ready to go home, but there's one more little thing she has to know.
Her breath sawed through her chest as a sense of unbalance gripped her. She needed to use her arms more, needed to feel the dirt on her hands. She turned sharply and dove off the path into the bushes, landing on her hands to scramble up the hillside. Branches from the shrubs caught at her clothes, and the scent of moist leaf litter filled her nose. But she couldn’t see clearly enough.
Julianna’s nose shot out in front of her face, her spine elongated from her buttocks and grew heavy with fur, and her fingers shortened and sprouted claws. Scents became sharper, her vision cleared, and the world intensified. Then the wolf inside her took over, threw back her head, and howled in jubilation at her new-found freedom.
Julianna woke with a gasp. Holy shit, what the hell was that? She stared at the red numbers of her clock beside the bed, trying to slow her heartbeat.
Two thirty-seven a.m.
She’d been dreaming. At least she thought it was a dream. It had felt so real.
Was it a memory?
She shook her head hard. Sweet glory, I do need therapy.
She held her breath, trying to figure out what she’d seen. A clear vision of hunting a lone raccoon surfaced, complete with the scents of blood and fear. She recalled the taste of the raccoon’s fury and desperation, and the texture of its fur along her tongue as it fought the grip of her jaws. Then she remembered the sweetness of its flesh as she fed from its warm belly.
Panic and dread swelled with her revulsion.
“Oh my glory,” she whispered, horrified. “I’m a monster!”
That's a helluva way to find out. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Jessica Subject, J.D. Walker, Addison Albright, and Iris Blobel.
Here's the blurb to QUEEN BITCH OF THE CALLOWWOOD PACK:
Julianna Morris didn’t know werewolves existed…until she became one.
Waking up on her front porch with sticks in her hair isn’t Julianna’s idea of a good time, but returning to her home town to bury her father isn’t any better. When the hot guy she crushed on since high school invites her to a party, she thinks life might be improving. Jeff’s the future Alpha of the Callowwood werewolf pack. She’s been nominated as a candidate for the next Luna, the Alpha female—and Jeff’s mate. All she has to do is pass the Seven Tests of the Luna. This is perfect, except Julianna knows nothing about being a werewolf.
Jeff Lightfoot lusted after Julianna for years, even when he thought she was human. Now she’s home and all wolf, his True Mate. She’ll be his Luna—if she passes the tests. He wants no one else, but pack politics trump Mother Nature, and he’ll have to go rogue to choose Julianna if she doesn’t pass.
But someone’s determined to make her fail the tests, and the rivals for Jeff’s attention have more clout in the pack. Throw in a few family secrets, and Julianna discovers not everyone is what they seem. For the future she wants, she must pass the tests to become Queen Bitch of Callowwood—or watch Jeff take another woman as his mate.
This title will be available from Three Lakes Books on October 17, 2017, but you can pre-order it HERE.