Guest Blogger: Teresa D'Amario Celebrates her new release Dark Succession! Out now from Freya's Bower
First, let me thank Rae for hosting my release party! Rae is an awesome artist and author in her own right so it's an honor to be here.
Wow. I can't believe it. It's finally here! The release of Dark Succession. The story of Ryland, who was introduced in my first book, SheWolf. It's hard to believe it has finally arrived. When we first met Ryland, he was not a very nice guy. In fact, one thing which holds true with him is he gives a very BAD first impression. I have to admit, the first time my critique partners met Ryland in Dark Succession, 4 out of 5 of them said "I don't like him". Good, I thought. Because Ryland likes it when people don't like him. In fact, he seems to thrive on it.
As a bad boy, Ryland fits the bill. He's got hutzpah, that's for sure. He hides his feelings beneath an aura of aggressive masculinity, refusing to acknowledge the softness we all know must hide beneath those glaring eyes and gruff manners. When he meets his mate, he doesn't think "It'll be great to be loved". Instead, he wonders if she's strong enough to be at his side. Does she have the strength and stamina? Is she powerful and aggressive? Or is she a wimp? Well, he makes his decision, nicknaming her Rabbit.
Oh yes, he is so not impressed. Why? Well, you have to read the book to find out.
Isn't Ryland hot? Here's a pic I found, that to me, IS Ryland. (Please do not remove these photos and use on your sight, they are licensed and paid for). Oddly enough, I wrote the book long before I went in search of the "face" of Ryland. This photo is just HOT. The thing is, this wasn't why I chose him as the face of Ryland. Despite the mysteriousness of the hot sunglasses, the powerful, thick muscles that matched his physique, and the golden blonde hair which also matches my description of Ryland. Can't you just picture this guy on a Harley, dressed in jeans with a leather jacket? Oooh mama. A man with a true edge, is my Ryland. He's fought long and hard to maintain his individuality in a world where he's always compared to another. The picture I really chose this guy for, I'll show you later. (I know, I'm just evil, aren't I?)
As hot as he is, this book isn't only about Ryland. There is, of course, Nora. Nora is the daughter of a former pack leader, Sean, who is also introduced in SheWolf. Nearly destroyed by those who wanted nothing more than control of a pack that didn't belong to them, she must face the long and daunting task of recovery. She hides more than the scars on her back, left by a silver blade of torture. There's the deep, haunting fear that keeps coming back. As an alpha female, she knows she must overcome this fear, or forever be relegated to the sidelines of any pack she adopts.
If you visit my website, there's a really enticing excerpt of Ryland, the day he comes face to face with his True Mate. But I promised Rae I'd show you a never before seen excerpt of Dark Succession. I had to wrack my brain to find the perfect scene to share. One which doesn't give away too much, but brings you deep into this dark and frightening world. I hope you enjoy it. And stay with me, because there's be more on the fun and games after you read this.
This had to stop, this taunting and teasing. He wasn’t for her, no matter what her wolf side thought. Strong and powerful, he would hate her ingrained cowardice. Bending over had been a bad idea. She’d known it the instant she’d done so, but she’d been so caught up in his scent she’d been unable to resist.
And now his hands burned her hips where he held her close to his body.
“Ryland,” she protested softly, her hands tugging at his wrists.
He rubbed his face in the hair along her neck. “So nice,” he murmured.
Nora couldn’t move. She was mesmerized by his heat.
He nuzzled her throat, his lips searing her flesh. She tipped her head to the side. God, what am I doing? But the wolf inside refused to pull away, relishing the masculine scent and the feel of the male holding her. Fangs scraped along her throat, and a tremor ran through her body.
His breath quickened. “You like that,” he murmured.
Stop. Nora tried to say the word, but it wouldn’t come. She swallowed hard.
Her eyes fluttered open. His tanned flesh was so tantalizingly close. All she had to do was lean in, and she could taste what she knew would be heaven. Saliva pooled in her mouth.
Sharp fangs scraped along her throat again, and she groaned. Her own gums itched in response. She had to stop this. She would not be another in his pack of shewolves.
Searching for anything to distract her line of thoughts, her gaze rested on his scar. The mark on his face extended from below his left eye to his chin. Fine and straight, resembling the slice of a knife. Only a powerful male could survive a slice to the face. She knew first hand how silver burned the blood, boiling beneath the flesh, hindering the clotting process. The puckered skin looked soft. She reached up, her fingers aching to touch, just once.
Quick as a snake, Ryland’s fingers snapped about her wrist.
Are you hooked yet? I certainly hope so. So do you want to see the photo I chose to "Be" the face of Ryland? Yes, I have several photos of the man above. But why did I choose him? I'm sure you'll understand when you see it. You see, Ryland isn't a nice guy. He doesn't play with children and he doesn't play Mr. Nice Guy. Instead, he's a powerful, masculine male who fights to protect what is his, and kills when he must. So, below is the photo which made the final decision.
Now isn't that a man to take a second look at? Can you feel the aggression? Can you feel the testosterone? Oh yes. This is Ryland. And yes, it's the same man as you saw with the sunglasses.
Ok, now for more fun stuff. This is a party, after all. And what is better than party favors? So to celebrate the release of Dark Succession, I have a few party favors. First, I have three "Surprise goodies" to give away. Second, I have a copy of SheWolf to give away (Might as well get started on the story right). And last, there is a $25.00 Amazon gift card to give away on May 30th. And, since all games have to have rules, here's mine:
- For every comment you add, you receive one free entry into the contest.
- For every person who can tell me which is their hottest or favorite scene in SheWolf (thus proving they have read SheWolf) receives 15 entries in the contests (This proves they've read SheWolf).
- For every person who emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org and gives proof of purchase for Dark Succession, (Get your copy from Freya's Bower) I will give you 25 entries into the contests.
- For every person who is following me on twitter, 10 entries. (this includes new followers and old, but please add this in your comment)
- For every person who is a fan on my Facebook Fan page: 10 entries.
- For every person who is a fan of Rae Lori on twitter, 5 entries. (HA! I betcha didn't expect THAT!)
This comment: 1
My favorite scene is.... : 15
Purchased Dark Succession: 15 (email proof of purchase to email@example.com)
Following on twitter: 10
Fan page: 10
Following Rae Lori: 5
Total entries: 56 entries
Well, that's the only freebies for entries I can think of. So one last thing for everyone. Below is my Book Trailer. I hope you enjoy it.