Celebrating the launch of my first story with Liquid Silver Books, I’m blogging about other Firsts of mine.
Picture the scene. I was a slightly plump, bespectacled thirteen year old, more used to picking up a book than a racquet / ball, and it was the end of term dance. My first dance. My sporty, popular friends were all swapping ideas on what to wear, while I stood there looking flummoxed. My parents didn’t have loads of money for spending on clothes and I ended up going in my newest outfit – a knee-length wool skirt and a polo-neck sweater. In my defence, polo-necks were big at the time and this was my trendiest outfit. Well, you can imagine. I melted! Even though I spent most of the night hugging the wall, hiding in the shadows, I must have been bright red in the face.
I spent the evening staring at the clock and counting down the minutes until my father would come to give me a ride home. And then…just when I was seriously contemplating asking a teacher if I could leave early (and walk home), someone strolled over and asked me to dance. A boy.
He was short and pimply, and the much younger brother of a girl I knew slightly (on reflection, he probably shouldn’t have even been there), but he asked me to dance!
The dance itself was mercifully quick. He trod on my toes, I stepped on his. He had the mandatory grope and I pushed his hands away. But for all that, in those three minutes of dance-time, I loved Archie for saving me from my eternal wallflower status. See? I even remember his name 🙂
When I write, my heroines are usually more confident than I ever was, at least on the outside. In my new book, Wolf at the Door, shifter Alpha Jake has the ability to enter his future Mate’s dreams. He’s met Lillian while in wolf form and his first chance to talk to her as a man, is when she’s asleep. She’s dreaming about dancing in a nightclub.
Jake had slipped into Lillian’s dream as easily as a pair of well-worn jeans. She fit him perfectly and he took his time, drinking his fill of her beauty. She was magnificent. Jake had never seen another woman, human or wolf, to even come close. It wasn’t just her perfect skin that begged to be stroked; her hair heated his blood to fever pitch. Fiery red, the color of flames at the heart of a fire; he longed to run his palms across it to see it if burned as bright as he imagined.
His wolf growled at the thought of other men dancing with her, touching her, and he had the idea that this was her natural habitat, every bit as much as the woods and mountains were his. A momentary doubt assailed him. Were they too different? He studied her expression, the barely concealed outrage that softened to amusement. She stood before him, hands on hips, head cocked to one side.
“I’ve seen you before, haven’t I? Your eyes are familiar.” He strained to hear her words above the music.
He had to touch her. Reaching out, he placed a finger under her chin and tilted her head to meet his eyes. She didn’t resist. “Dance with me.” He had the ability to join her sleeping world but not to control it. If he could, he would already have her panting and naked, lust glazing her expression as he ravished her body.
She seemed to fight an inner battle at his words, and then shrugged with one shoulder, lazy and careless. “Sure. One dance.” She jerked her chin free and took a step back. “But only because I like this track. Okay?”
Jake recognized the song although he couldn’t give it a name. A sensuous bass beat with haunting female vocals, the lyrics murmured about promises freely given. He noticed her lips moving as she sang along. Striding forward, he took her in his arms and guided her to the center of the dance floor, right under the spotlight. Her hair glowed a fiery shade, the ends sparking where they caught the strobe.
Her smile threatened to undo him, especially when she wrapped herself around him, one hand stroking the fine hair at the back of his neck. “You remind me of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. Are you going to eat me all up?”
Wolf At The Door (Snowdonia Wolves #1), is available from Liquid Silver Books 13 May 2013, and here’s a little trailer to whet your appetite 🙂
Blog tours are fun to take part in, and if you’d like to follow me around cyberspace for the next fortnight, you might pick up some freebies too.
Anyone that comments on 5 of my stops, will go into a draw to win a copy of Wolf At The Door. I’ll also be giving away Kindle copies some of my favourite shifter stories, so come along and say Hi.
This is where you can find me 🙂
Fri 17-May – CoverReveals (http://coverreveals.blogspot.com)
Sat 18-May – Love, Lust & Laptops (18+) (http://lovelustandlaptops.wordpress.com/)
Mon 20-May – My own blog (http://sofiagrey.com) Join me for the Wet ‘n’ Wild BlogHop, sponsored by Skye Warren
Tue 21-May – Silken Sheets & Seduction (18+) (http://silkensheetsandseduction.wordpress.com/) Talking about My First Time
Wed 22-May – Kimber Vale – (http://kimbervale.wordpress.com/) Talking about My First Smexy
Fri 24-May – Layne Macadam – (http://laynemacadam.blogspot.com) Talking about my First Time at Faking It
Sun 26-May – My own blog (http://sofiagrey.com) Talking about My First Worldbuilding
Mon 27-May – Allyson Lindt – (http://blog.apathyshero.com/) Talking about My First Kiss
Tue 28-May – Jennah Scott – (http://www.jennahscott.com/) Talking about My First Shifter