Secrets of Lunar Falls
Lunar Falls, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Lashell Collins
Date of Publication: October 31, 2014
Number of pages: 288
Word Count: 102,260
When veterinarian, Dr. Carly Tipton, takes a new job in the tiny farming community of Lunar Falls, she expects to build a new life for herself. She expects to meet new people and have new experiences. Maybe she’s even expecting a little adventure. But what she’s not expecting is to fall head over heels in love - not with the town, and certainly not with its ruggedly sexy sheriff, Gabriel Masters. She’s also not expecting all the secrets Lunar Falls is hiding. Secrets that could destroy everything she ever believed was true about her own heritage and the family she left back home.
Gabe isn’t ready for Carly when she blows into town. That woman has the power to bring him - a man born and raised to be a GrandAlpha - to his knees, and she’s human! That simple fact alone makes her dangerous to Gabe’s position within the pack. But the fact that he can’t seem to stay away from her tells him that this woman is the one. Human or not … she’s his mate. And now Gabe has to find a way to make their bonding complete without sparking a civil war among his people.
Secrets of Lunar Falls is book one in an adult, sexy shifter romance trilogy.
Hidden in the dense brush, he watched as the hybrid ran toward her and followed her back into the house. Then he stayed close by until he felt her fear dissipating. He hadn’t meant to frighten her. He hadn’t meant for her to sense him at all, he only wanted to check on her, make sure she was okay, just as he had done each night from the moment they’d met. And being completely honest with himself, he knew that he’d just wanted to see her. If only for a moment.
He rose from his crouching position and stood on two legs, sniffing the air and catching her delicious scent. Then he drew in a deep breath and let it out in a frustrated huff that sounded more like a growl than a sigh.
Inside the house Carly attempted to let the strange sensation go as she readied herself for bed, but when she slipped between the sheets she had difficulty falling asleep. She tossed and turned for nearly half an hour before finally drifting off. But the memory of her sensual experience in the garden lingered, even in her dreams, and Carly soon found herself in the woods at Wolf Creek, running.
She was wearing a knee-length billowy night gown and running barefoot among the trees, a smile on her face as she relished the tingle on her skin. She looked up at the bright, shining moon as she ran through the woods, and she laughed. The sound echoed all around them.
She wasn’t alone. She smiled at the wolves running all around her, running with her. She was one of them, wild and free, and they ran and ran for what seemed like hours.
Then she was standing in a clearing of the forest, her canine companions milling about around her. One of them, a large black wolf with glowing gray eyes, stepped out from among the others and walked toward her. She reached out to him, staring into his smoky eyes, and suddenly he wasn’t a wolf anymore. He was a man, crouched down before her. She smiled as Gabe Masters slowly stood, completely naked, looming tall and imposing as he stared down into her eyes. She felt his hands running along her now naked body, heating her still tingling skin. Then his hands were in her hair as he gently pulled her head back. He leaned in close, his lips and his nose lightly brushing over her skin as he sniffed her neck, inhaling deeply. An act that caused her body to shiver. Then his tongue retraced the path his nose had just taken, running from the base of her neck all the way up to the back of her ear, and she moaned loudly.
She woke with a start at the sound of her own voice, and she looked around the bedroom in a heated frenzy. Her cotton nightshirt was drenched with sweat and totally plastered to her damp skin, and she sat up wiping the thin sheen of perspiration from her forehead as she softly panted. She’d never had such a vivid erotic dream before, and never about someone she actually knew. A singer or two. Maybe the latest Hollywood hunk, but Sheriff Masters? She’d only met him a few days before, and granted the man was sexy as hell, but why was he starring in her very real, very wet dream? An erotic dream about wolves, no less.
“Shit. What is wrong with me?” she mumbled to herself.
Throwing back the covers, she got out of the bed and pulled her nightshirt over her head, stripping naked, save for the tiger’s eye necklace she rarely took off. She walked over to the armoire and opened the door of the wardrobe and took out a fresh nightgown, slipping it over her head. Then she tossed the damp one into the hamper on her way out of the room.
She walked through the dark house to the kitchen and opened the freezer, reaching in to grab a single cube of ice. Then she ran the frozen sliver of relief across her chest in an effort to cool off as she tried to push the enticing image of Gabe Masters licking her neck from her mind.
Outside, not twenty feet away, he sat at her back door, feeling her nearness. Smelling her arousal as it mingled with her mouth-watering scent and wafted through the open kitchen window. And as he sat there reveling in the essence of her, he wondered what it would feel like to really run his tongue along her beautiful neck.
Today, we welcome author Lashell Collins to Musings and Ramblings. Let's all give a big Geeky welcome!
Thanks for having me.
Let's start with some writer specific questions before moving into the fun stuff. That way everyone can really get to know the person behind the writer. We will finish things off with a round of Think Fast. Ready for the interrogation to begin?
Let's do this!
Is your writing style more plotter or pantser?
I am definitely a plotter. My process begins with sort of seeing my story in my head like a movie first. Then when I sit down to write, I always start by plotting out what I just saw in my head. I make a very loose outline of sorts, and then I start writing.
How involved are you with Social Media and self-promotion?
Very. As a self-published author I think you absolutely have to be, there's no way around it. And I don't particularly like social media. But there are things about it that are unbelievably cool, like being able to connect with and get feedback from readers who really enjoyed my stories. That's amazing! I feel the same way about social media, but from the other side. :)
Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.
Hmm. Well, I'm fascinated with werewolves. I believe in Bigfoot and aliens, and I consider myself a Trekkie. Basically, I'm just a pretty geeky girl who can recite the dialogue from any given episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as classic movies like The Princess Bride and Legally Blonde. Drives my husband nuts! I totally had a thing for Commander Riker, but Voyager was my favorite.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Not writing? That's an interesting concept! But in my limited free time, I like to read, of course. I like to watch TV (huge fan of General Hospital and Grimm), I like to listen to music (currently obsessed with Slash and his band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators). I love riding on the back of my husband's Harley, see... Shiny!
How did you choose the genres you write in?
You know, I don't really think I chose the genres I write in. I think they sort of chose me, if that makes sense. I mean, I just write the stories that come to me. Like with my first book, Pierced by Danger – my first three books actually (it was a trilogy) – I didn't realize that I had written romantic suspense until readers started saying, “Oh, it's so suspenseful!” And then with my rock star series, Jagged Ivory, which is contemporary romance, again I just wrote the stories that came to me without really thinking consciously about what genre it was. My newest release, Secrets of Lunar Falls, is technically paranormal romance, but for me it's really just romantic suspense where some of the characters happen to be … not totally human. The semi-official start of a new genre!
What was the last movie/concert/show that you saw?
The last movie I saw at the theater was Guardians of the Galaxy, great flick. The last concert I saw was Slash and Aerosmith back in July, which was AMAZING, by the way! That movie is on my Redbox list. Sounds like an awesome concert.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I don't know, I'd want something really cool like … the power to manipulate fire or water or something like that. Something different.
What was the name of the last book you read?
Wereleper by Dina Haynes. So good! Read that book! Recommendation received!
Tell us 2 positive and 2 negative character traits you possess.
Two positive traits – When there's work to be done, like a book to finish, I'm dedicated 'til the end. And I'm a very loyal person.
Two negative traits – I am the most impatient person I've ever met. And I'm extremely impatient! Can I say that twice? (I'm also sort of silly! Which is a good thing, in my opinion.).
If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?
I've given this one a lot of thought, and I've decided that a dinner with Edgar Allen Poe and Dr. Seuss would undoubtedly be an interesting evening. Imagine the conversations! Do you think Dr. Seuss would drive Poe crazy with all the rhyming? I think a wild time would be had by all, seriously! Oh, imagine the wickedly funny yet scary stories that could be concocted.
AM or PM? PM.
Meat or Veggies? Veggies.
Italian or Chinese? Ok, this is like choosing between my children … but I'm going with Chinese (Shh! Don't tell Italian!).
Cake or Pie? Pie. Or sometimes cake.
Dead Tree or Electronic? I still love paper, but I adore my Kindle!
Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?
Thanks for having me; this was fun! As for words of wisdom … don't believe the lie. The truth is out there! (I was also a big fan of The X-Files back in the day! ;-) ).
Lashell Collins is an American author of romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance. She spent the last twenty years of her life working in veterinary clinics and garden centers in her home state of Ohio, and is now living her dream of writing full-time. When she's not busy tapping away on her laptop and living vicariously through her characters, she can usually be found watching TV, rocking out to Slash, stuffing her face full of Chinese food, or riding on the back of her husband's Harley-Davidson. Give her a shout, she loves to hear from readers!
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