Mary Rundle has a new mm paranormal audiobook out, Blackwood Pack book 6: Ghost Walker. And there’s a giveaway!
The Blackwood Pack saga continues…
This is part of an on-going series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Mary Rundle, and catching up on previous titles is advised. Readers of the past books will enjoy meeting old friends once more as the pack does what it does best ̶ caring for one another and helping shifters everywhere.
David spent most of his life as a prisoner, beaten countless times as he was taught by the Sisters of the Four Gods. After learning the truth about what they had planned for him, he escaped and eventually landed in Scotland where he was rescued by kind shifter who gave him a job and a bed. His feeling of safety ended abruptly when he was discovered by the ones he fled.
Zane, the Blackwood Pack’s genius computer programmer, joined his brothers and friends in Scotland on his very first vacation. It had been a long and hard road for him since parents and younger siblings were massacred, but his life was finally coming together Not expecting anything more than fun and sightseeing, he was stunned to find his Fated Mate there.
Before they can claim each other, they find themselves in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, trying to elude brutal pursuers who want to capture David and kill Zane. As they fight to stay one step ahead of them, Zane sets out to win David’s heart and restore his confidence and also becomes his protector and lover.
Learning about each other’s abilities and gifts—and about the gods’ plans for David’s formidable new role in the shifter world—they form a unique bond with undying trust and a deep love that will bind them forever together as one.
Narrow escapes, kidnappings, battles, rescues and the revelation of unique gifts from the gods will keep you turning page after page as Mary Rundle weaves another thrilling tale of love and adventure.
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During dinner, Logan kept an eye on Zane and David, wondering what was so special about the newest member of the Blackwood Pack that Jackson would ask for a picture of him. He hadn’t told his brother about what happened when Zane and David shook hands, but he’d get to that when he called him later, back in the privacy of his hotel suite.
“David, are you coming back to the hotel with us tonight?” asked Theo.
Zane spoke up, “We haven’t decided what we’re doing, Theo.”
“Where are you from?” asked Norm, then adding quickly, “Not that it matters but I was just wondering.”
“No problem,” David said, “I’m from a region in Italy called Tuscany.”
“I know all about it,” Kieran said, “It was one of the areas my Shaman made me study. I always wanted to go there to see the Church of the Four Gods. From the pictures my Shaman showed me, it’s magnificent, but he told me I couldn’t really appreciate it unless I stood exactly in the center of it, looked up and turned around in a circle and then I’d understand why so many paranormals chose to follow that religion. Have you ever been there?”
Unsure if Kieran was trying to expose him, David felt the urge to vanish again and it was only Zane’s hand holding his that kept him there giving him a sense of calmness. “Yes, I have,” he answered, “but I never did that. What happens when you do the circle thing?”
Shrugging his shoulders, Kieran said, “I don’t know. My Shaman never told me that, only that I would find understanding, but that doesn’t matter to me, I just want to see the architecture…Oh macushla, did you ever go there?”
“No, but I agree with you—it’s a stunning piece of workmanship,” answered Logan, “and it’s one of the finest examples of Ancient High Gothic Celestial architecture left on earth.”
“It’s a church for paranormals? I never heard of it. Can humans go there too?” asked Theo.
“Only if they’re mated to a paranormal,” Kieran said.
“You mean a shifter can have a human for a mate? Pooh bear, did you know that?” Theo asked.
“No, I don’t remember learning that in school,” Norman answered.
“My Shaman,” continued Kieran, “told me it was more common a long time ago, but after humans started to hunt shifters—and when shifters began to go underground, so to speak—the gods decreed it should stop. They also forbade any shifter from disclosing the existence of another.”
Dakota then joined in. “Slate told me the original owners of this pub were a wolf shifter and a human and that’s what saved it when the war against the Scottish wolf shifters occurred.”
“Very true,” Ian’s mother, Lili, joined in. “Your parents would bring you here, Ian, whenever they had to visit Edinburgh. Do you remember?”
“So that’s why I had a déjà vu moment downstairs,” Ian chuckled. “I was chalking it up to my pregnancy hormones.”
Smiling, Lili’s husband, Samuel, said, “Remember dear, we would come here every year for our anniversary.”
Lili ducked her head, giggling, as she remembered what they did afterwards, and said, “Of course I do…and I also recall how beautiful the nights were.”
Seeing Ian blush at his mother’s comment, Colton smirked at the thought his mate wasn’t comfortable about his parents reminiscing about their sex life, so he steered the conversation back to the original topic. “If I understand you, Kieran, the Church of the Four Gods is also a religion?” asked Colton.
“Uh-huh. My Shaman told me about it but I wasn’t too impressed at the time because my belief in our gods and the Fates was very strong, but seeing the Church of the Four Gods was always something I wanted to do. Hey, macushla, I have a great idea!”
“Oh, no, here we go again!” groaned Theo.
“What do you mean?” Zane asked.
“Anytime, Ki says he has a great idea, beware,” answered Norman.
“P-u-u-leeze, that is so not true,” Kieran said. “I was thinking Logan and I could stop there on our way to Mykonos.”
“Why are you going to Greece?” asked David.
“Oh. My. God. David, you and Zane must come with us since you are newly mated also.”
“What about Slate and me?” asked Dakota. “We’re newly mated too.”
“Absolutely!” cried Kieran. “The more the merrier I’ve always said.”
“Ki, why Greece?” Zane asked.
“It has the very best gay parties with lots of music and dancing, and fabulous theme parties where we can make our own costumes. And then, there are also pool parties with lots and lots of hot sexy men that are about 99% naked.”
“What are they wearing if they are 99% naked?” asked Theo.
“Speedos!” exclaimed Kieran. “Teeny, tiny swim suits that highlight everyone’s assets, if you crotch my drift!” he said, giggling at his play on words.
Theo’s eyes widened then, turning to Norman, he said, “Pooh bear, I want to go there too. Can we, please?”
Norman smirked, he knew exactly why his honeybunch wanted to go. “Sure, if Ki agrees.”
“Oui!” Kieran answered, clapping at the thought of the fun everyone would have.
“Babe, before you buy tickets, I’ll have to check in with Jackson about the work he wants done,” Logan said.
“Oh, I know, macushla,” Kieran said, “I’m just making plans.”
Groaning, Logan murmured, “That’s what concerns me.” Then he lifted his mate onto his lap, nuzzling Kieran’s neck and giving him soft kisses and gentle nips until he got to the mating scar, which he licked.
“Macushla!” Kieran exclaimed, shivering in excitement. “Oh, my gods, that’s what rim…”
Watching Logan place his hand over Kieran’s mouth confused David because, as far as he could tell, Kieran wasn’t doing anything other than talking. Bile rose in him—the sight of physical restraint brought back bad memories of his time with the High Priestess. If the Alpha allows this, I don’t want to be in the Blackwood Pack. Calling forth his ability again, David disappeared, taking Zane with him.
Hi everyone, I’m Mary Rundle and thanks for hosting me today for my blog tour of Audio version of Ghost Walker, Book 6 of the Blackwood Pack saga, narrated by Nick J. Russo. It’s Q & A time as I tell a little more about me. Please enjoy!
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Neither. It’s a choice, just any other thing in life. I could just as well (and had the talent to) become a lawyer, teacher, pilot or anything else. I decided to write and learned how to be good at it. I don’t regard it as something special or as drudgery but I’ am thankful that it gives both myself and my readers enjoyment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I did not write anything except some legal briefs which relied more on logic and a knowledge of law than imagination before I started to write fiction. I had always read a lot growing up but nothing serious. My first story was my entrée into writing for readers.
How did you come up with the idea for (the Blackwood Pack Series)?
I had gone on a reading binge of MM paranormal romance novels and realized that most of them were left me wanting more. I kept thinking that if I were to write one of these, I I’d write one I wanted to read. And after getting encouragement from a author friend, I did.
Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.
Every writer’s process is unique to them. In my case, I don’t spend time plotting anything, I just jump in and begin. Some authors talk about their characters taking over the process and channeling their thoughts to the writer. That’s not just hokem. It’s exactly how it happens to me. I am swept up into their world and “report” on what I see happen. Then I free-write without worrying about grammatical technicalities which are corrected later. My motto is: Story Uber Alles (the story is the most important thing).
How did you break into publishing?
I assume you’re referring to what comes after writing the book. New authors have some choices to make. The traditional publishing world has undergone a sea change since indie publishing has entered the scene. Your chances of getting your work published by a known publisher are, as they say, nil to none. The quickest way to break in is by self-publishing. You don’t have to wait weeks for your book to go through a myriad of readers, most of whom are wannabe writers, before it is rejected (and it will be). You can get it out to potentially millions of readers and get a royalty about 10 times greater on every book that’s sold than if you went the old-fashioned route. It’s really the difference between a horse buggy approach vs. a Porsche.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It didn’t change the process of writing as much as it did procedures that make putting out a book easier and more efficient. For example, I now hand off shorter sections of it to the editor as I go along and then get those to beta readers. A second edit go-through is now mandatory, which cleans up some of those gremlins that always seem to creep in. Each author, of course, will have a different modus operandi but mine has been an evolutionary process that makes the production process faster.
What does literary success look like to you?
Like any business, success is measured in how much product you sell and so you can show a strong bottom line. Writing is no different. You still have a product (your book) and need customers to buy it so you can make money on it. Now I know that some beginning writers would consider this crass; after all they are writing to express themselves. Good! Do that and hope others will pay for your work. Artists of all kinds are not really successful until someone pays for their creations. Unless, of course, you are a true amateur, doing it for the love of it. And that’s also perfectly okay, but always be aware of which category you fall into to avoid disappointment.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
I would take less advice from so-called “experts” on writing who all seem to contradict each other anyway. Things like don’t use certain word “that” or “had” which is just tripe. As a new writer you can really get so hung up on advice, it paralyzes you and you lose your writer’s voice. Just sit down and start writing. Then get a good editor to go over your work…that’s the most important thing.
What are you working on next?
Two books – first, Brady’s story. I’m hoping to release Blood Prophecy, Book 11 of the Blackwood Pack series by the end of August − depending on whether Brady’s mate behaves himself. Also, the next audio book – Serpent’s Teardrop. Nick finishing his narration so hopefully it won’t be too long before it’s available on Audible.
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, or my website.
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