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 has come home to help her mother after her father's death. This is the first time she gets to talk to the man who ignored her when she was younger, her crush. It's been 18 years, but he's still got it.
“Good to see you, Ms. Julianna. I’m sorry about your dad.” Jeff’s rich voice washed over her, damn near breaking her composure.
She wanted to throw herself into his arms and let him take all her cares. Or relieve all her sexual desires. How does he do that?
“Th–thank you.” She tried to slow her racing heart. How could she be aroused at her father’s funeral?
“How are you doing with it?”
“I–I’m okay.” Liar. “I feel better knowing he’s no longer hurting. It was hard to see him suffer when there was nothing I could do for him.”
Jeff nodded, his shoulder-length hair sliding over his jacketed shoulders. He smelled like male strength, compassion, and protection. Does Calvin Klein sell those scents as cologne? The way he studied her made her want to take his sympathy and wrap herself up in it. Actually, she wanted to throw herself into his arms and sob like a baby until her grief disappeared.
She must have shown something in her expression because he reached out to take her hand. The moment they touched, a frisson of excitement ran through her and the rest of the world disappeared.
Recognition of her soul mate blazed in a moment of clarity, as clear as it had been the day she saw him walking home with Tawny.
Sounds like Julianna's done running. ;) 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 is now available from Three Lakes Books. You can grab a copy HERE at all your favorite book sellers.