Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Flashback ~ Running of the Buck Rabbits


Lusty Spring howls and yowls, shapeshifter lovers.

This was a flash written during the 2012 Spring Equinox about Sadie, a rabbit shifter on a mission of sweet revenge.

Given my time restraints, I figured a flashback would be the best idea. I need to keep writing on my latest SHAPESHIFTER SEDUCTIONS WIP, which has had several tentative titles, the newest being Soar Into His Heart.

HAPPY EASTER, Everyone. And as I said on March 20, 2012... May Springtime bring you joy and a beautiful connection with our Mother Earth.
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Running of the Buck Rabbits

Competing with the raw green smells of Springtime, the fast heated blood of rabbit shapeshifters tantalized Dante's nostrils as they morphed to human form. Their rapid heartbeats called to his wild wolfen nature, and he mentally licked his chops.

Instead of giving chase, Dante merely shook his head as he observed the gathering of the two rabbit clans from atop an outdoor stand, disguised to look like it belonged to human hunters. Yip-yip awoooo, the first day of Spring, what else did he expect? When the bunny bucks turned March-mad with the need to hump and mate.

Only it wasn't the four strapping bucks who would fight for a mate on the vernal equinox of 2012. No, Dante had never witnessed this type of 'gamechanger' role-reversal between the sexes. Not once during his lengthy worldwide travels.

So, yeah-howl, he'd had a big paw in bringing it about, though, all to help the little bunny shifter, Sadie. She was an excellent server at the Midnight Stardust Supperclub. So, when she'd come to him with those big brown eyes of hers, and her sweet round face, asking him to keep the peace between her clan and another local clan, Dante hadn't been able to refuse.

Thank the Mother Moon, Blade Runner -- Talbot Peak's resident extraterrestrial rabbit shifter and Dante's good sparring buddy -- had been amused by Sadie's unusual request. He'd taken control the situation with his usual efficiency and elegant style.

Immediately, Blade Runner gained agreement on the rules for the Sadie Hawkins like event, meant to ease tensions between the two rabbit shapeshifter clans. With his carefully chosen team, he'd laid out the miles' long course through the surrounding forest, then placed observation stations along the challenging terrain.

Blade Runner had also appointed himself the official referee. There'd been little argument from the two buck clan leaders, especially after their mates eyed them. Dante had grinned to himself watching the wifely warning -- also the silent promise of mating pleasures later.

****

Sadie twitched her buns back and forth, shaking her invisible tail. She jogged in place preparing to run the course she'd already been over with a fine-tooth comb, and committed to memory.

Oh, tingly-wiggly inside, yes! She was absolutely aware of how the four Velvephur brothers eyed her assets, like a prime patch of carrots.

"Give it up, girl. You won't catch any of us," the oldest Velvephur shouted with an assertive arrogance that flattened her inner ears. "Besides, the Leap Year date has already passed, if you haven't checked a calendar recently."

Lettuce turds, he could be ultra annoying. Not bothering with an answer, or even glancing in his direction, Sadie halted her pumping legs. She flipped her long pony tail over her shoulder, then began warming up her torso with rhythmic waist twists.

"Even wearing that skintight pink racing suit won't help you, sweet cheeks," the next-in-line-brother taunted, amusement in his tone.

Yeah, who's going to look like the dumb bunny ass when I tag your ass? Unknown to everyone but herself, Sadie had trained with the dedication of an Olympic athlete, before she'd even spoken with Dante.

A steady supply of anger had driven each and every step during her long training sessions. Sadie had been insulted to her core by the Velvephur brothers' refusal to honor the agreement their clans had made when they'd been youngsters -- even though Sadie herself had no intention of keeping it.

From the corner of her eye, she watched the third brother smirk, and fold his arms as if all he planned to do was languidly lope his way to the finish line. He winked audaciously, then called out, "I might just let our hot-pink cutie catch me, if she promises to give up the tail pink..."

"Shut up, son," Clan Leader Velvephur cut through the still-chilly morning air. 

The neatly spinning flash of Blade Runner's slim weapon aimed at Mr. Dumb Bunny, the Third -- as Sadie thought of him of late -- gratified her some. She also used his ego-stupidity to fuel her. Now the desire to win raged through her like a dry-grass prairie fire.

Sadie twisted at the waist facing the fourth brother, and the handsomest one to her eye. Admittedly, she couldn't get enough of his dark-chocolate soulful eyes, his waves of hair that were the same rich color, his high-jumper athletic build... but she also knew he was a humper, a Lothario-type of the worst order, even for a rabbit shifter. Everyone knew he kept a room reserved at the Pleasure Club, unlike his brothers.

"Anything you want to say?" She tossed her words like a bunch of tasty root veggies at Mr. Humper Thumper, then turned away.

She took a moment to grin. Even to her ears, her tone had been remarkably neutral with just that perfect slice-to-the-gut edge. Focusing on the course before her, Sadie felt her racing engine rev up inside. She loved it.

"Catch me, Sadie. Drag me across the finish line, beautiful tail girl, and I'll honor the marriage agreement between our clans."

A frisson of astonishment shot through her middle. Not so much from Mr. Humper Thumper's words, but because of his calm and enigmatic manner as he spoke them. There'd been a depth in his tone she had no time to explore.

Shaking it off, Sadie leaned forward, and positioned herself to launch into her full racing speed. After all, she had a plan, one forged in the ice and fire of her wrath.

"Ready, gentleman rabbits," Blade Runner intoned. "Once the point of my dagger touches the ground you're off and running for your bachelor's freedom." He paused for dramatic affect, his wand-like blade twirling rapidly between his fingers. "Once I retrieve the dagger, Sadie of the Windflower Clan, will be chasing your un-furry tails." Blade Runner paused again. "As has been agreed by both clans, the outcome of this event will end all enmity."

Like everyone present, Sadie fastened her gaze on Blade Runner. With a precise and artful flip of his wrist, he sent the dagger high into the air. She stilled, tensing. There was no sound as the glistening silver dagger succumbed to gravity, the point aiming for earth.

The dagger struck with sweet precision. From her peripheral vision Sadie watched the four brothers sprint across the start line. By their early speed, and their dash for the brambles, she figured they now suspected or sensed her intention to hunt them down.

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Wishing you love and passion on the wild side ~ 

Savanna 

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance

Monday, March 30, 2015

Good for the Goose


Every March, in the wake of the Talbot’s Peak St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the town picked up several hundred overnight guests, in the form of migrating goose shifters. In exchange for providing the air show, those geese who chose not to camp out at the pond were granted free overnight lodging, primarily at the Pleasure Club complex. Rooms at the Pleasure Club came with benefits, which the wing-weary ganders were more than happy to enjoy.

“Room’s ready,” Mark announced. “All we need is—”

“Blankets?” Robert said. “Dante says that’s taken care of.”

“That isn’t what I meant.”

Jeremy yawned. “I just want to sack out for a while.” He swept his gaze around the room they’d been given. Almost every inch of floor was covered with large, soft cushions which could be shoved together to form one huge bed or a series of smaller ones. Bowls of fresh grains and vases of rushes and cat-tails completed the decorations. Jeremy shrugged. “Beats the hell out of a swamp, I guess.”

“Anybody know where the ladies are bunking?” Chris asked. “That’s where I’m sleeping tonight.”

“I’m going out to watch the floor show,” Mark said. “Anyone want to come with?”

Someone knocked on the door. “Blankets,” Robert said. He opened the door. “I think we’re fine here—well well.”

Four lovely goose-girls stood in the hall, each toting a blanket and wearing a big, suggestive smile. Their faces sported identical eyes, cheeks and noses, proclaiming them sisters. “May we come in?” asked the girl in the lead.

Chris shouldered Robert aside and held the door open. “Please do.” He watched their pert tails parade past him with a grin widening into the leer zone. Robert shot him a dirty look before his eyes too were drawn to the girls’ hypnotically-swaying assets.

Mark shut the door. “I guess I don’t need to see the floor show.”

“I’m not as tired as I thought,” Jeremy agreed. “Evening, ladies. I don’t recall seeing you around these parts before.”

“We weren’t old enough before.” The girl speaking dimpled prettily. The action was mirrored by her sisters. “Dante wouldn’t let us in. That all changed in January.”

“Happy birthday,” Chris murmured thankfully.

Robert cleared his throat. “So. I’ll bet you’re sisters.”

“Quints,” the girl said. “I’m Gracie. This is Ginny, Georgia, and Gabrielle.”

Chris counted on his fingers. “That’s only four.”

“Our sister Gloria has a boyfriend. She elected not to come.”

“Too bad,” Chris said. “I’ll bet my brother Tom could charm her away from him. Ladies fall all over him. Where is he, anyway?”

“Last I saw,” Robert said, “he was trying to fall on the housekeeping staff. Quints,” he continued. “Let me guess. You do everything in a gaggle, right?”

“That’s right,” Georgia confirmed, returning his lewd wink. “Now that we’re old enough.”

“We like to flock, too,” Jeremy said, now totally wide awake. “Don’t we, boys?”

“Definitely skipping the floor show,” Mark put in.

# # #

Lights were dimmed, blankets spread, cushions piled together. The goose girls moved from cushion to cushion until pairs were decided upon. No ties, everyone agreed, only mutual fun. Good for the goose and the gander.

Robert found himself with Georgia, though his gaze kept drifting to Ginny. Jeremy obligingly brought her over. The four of them spoke in low tones, with tentative, exploratory caresses. Mark and Gracie had already progressed to deep kisses. While over in the farthest corner …

The first honk cracked on a cough. This was followed by an explosive set of bass gander honks, counterpointed by a goose’s alto warble, and finished in a honk duet. The tips of the reeds shook in their vases.

“For flock’s sake!” Robert exploded. “Chris!” While Georgia snapped out, “Gabby!”

“She do that a lot?” Jeremy asked.

Ginny made a face. “That’s one of the reasons we call her Gabby. Normally you can’t get a peep out of her. Normally.”

“I want a piece of that,” Gracie decided, and scuttled across the floor to join Chris and her sister.

“I get the winner,” Mark called after her.

“What if it’s Chris?” Jeremy said.

Mark shrugged. “Whatever. It’s been a long migration.”

# # #

Eventually the goose-shifters settled into pairs, once Chris finished with his threesome. Kisses, murmurs, giggles and partners were exchanged throughout the night. None of the geese realized it, but their positions on the floor formed a perfect V.

# # #

All throughout the Pleasure Club the supposedly-soundproofed hallways echoed with the sounds of the overnight guests finding rest, relaxation, a mate, or just a bit of fun before they resumed their long flight. A pair of wolves from the kitchen staff lugging a keg of cider to one of the rooms paused to listen and exchange superior snorts. “Honk if you like geese,” one snickered.

“Every year,” the other complained. “Same damn joke every year. Get some new material, why don’tcha.”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY: Her Midnight Stardust Cowboys ~ Chapter Forty-six


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Her Midnight Stardust Cowboys

Note: Sherilyn is mightily enjoying the attention of both Dontoya and Zance.
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The first six paragraphs from ~  


 Chapter Forty-six:
"Oooh, caught in the crossfire."...  

"Oooh, caught in the crossfire." Sherilyn languorously shimmied. She took her time gazing at them both, then drawled, "And am I ever liking it."

When had she ever felt this sexually powerful?

"You're feelin' it, aren't you, darlin'?" Dontoya arched a black brow. The amusement in his eyes played on his lips--lips she could swoon over forever.

Sherilyn spooned in another creamy bite. She sure was relishing the cake, as well as Zance's and Dontoya's attention. "Is it the ring, or can you just tell?"

"How about both?" Dontoya velvety purred his words.

"Yep, it's both. My wolf side is pantin' like a steam engine. And my man side is ready to ride."

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Blurb & Excerpts for HER MIDNIGHT STARDUST COWBOYS are on the page above.
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Wishing you shapeshifting cowboy love on the wild side...

Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~
 

Sleep isn't Underrated





Gill fluffed his pillow again. He watched Chloe burp each of the triplets after nursing them. Three sleeping children and now he was to do the same. Another night of sleep sounded delicious.  The past week with nights filled with sleep of eight or more hours left him feeling energized and rested.  
 
“Whoever said sleep was overrated apparently didn’t go without it often,” Chloe surmised crawling into bed next to him.   “Quiet and rest are something parents need.”

“Kids too.  We better get em trained when they start insisting on their independence.”  Gill smiled remembering the parenting book Louie and Bettina gifted them recently. 

“Agreed.  By then Rachel and Tyburn’s twins will need a firmer hand too.  So we need to get a united front going.”  Chloe yawned and leaned back into her pillow.

Gill yawned twice as he reached toward the lamp on his bedside table.  “Tomorrow is soon enough to contemplate more.”

Moments of quiet passed before soft snores started to sound.  Sleep was once again a welcome guest at the mayoral mansion.


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Happy Weekend Gang!

End of the quarter is here.  End of month as well.  Day job is morphing into a lot of different things.

The spice homestead is pulsing right along.  I'm sorry for the short post.  Like Gill and Chloe, sleep is running short last few weeks.  I'm off to write a bit before I take a nap.

Keep a few good books handy to share with your loves and spice.  I know I am as soon as I finish writing them.

Until Next Week,

Solara

Friday, March 27, 2015

On The QT...


They were going to assess her skills?  Her skills? Edina cringed, the ones she supposedly had as a freaking dominatrix…

“Wow,” her sister spoke on a very aroused sigh. “That was some woman.”

“Sophie…,” Oh hell. “What am I going to do?”

“Sounds to me like you’re going to have to show off your evil powers in making people lose weight…”

“Just that, huh.  Oh my god, Soph…”

“Well that and you get to submit.” 

Again with the sigh.  Clearly she’d missed this side of her sister’s personality. “You’re not helping.”

“Sorry, I don’t really see the problem here.”

Of course she didn’t.  “That’s because it’s not your ass on the line.  We were supposed to keep it on the QT here, remember.”

“And we are, Edina.  I mean, we never leave the club.  Dante, Rafe and Reetha bring us everything we need so we don’t show our faces out in the world and Dante verifies all of our clients are actually Peakites.  That’s pretty QT if you ask me.”

“Yes, but…”

“No buts sis.  You have to do this or stop helping people.  Which will it be?”

“Damn you.”  Her sister was too smart for her own britches sometimes.

“Love you, too.  Now start by going back in there,” — she jerked a thumb at the office door — “and get Mr. Ed to agree to sub for you at this thing.”

“Sophie, don’t call him that.” Edina whispered back at her from the open door way.

“Why not, he likes it.  Don’t you, Niles.”

“Yeaaaaaah, I kindaaaa do.”

Edina laughed at her client’s dead on imitation of the famous talking horse and tried not to think about her upcoming review, especially the submitting part.
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A bit of a quickie from me today as school has dumped the proverbial load on me of late.  No worries though, I'm working through it.  :)

Have a great weekend!

Serena

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mad Scientist Tracked To 'End of the World' Island


Springtime howls and yowls, shapeshifter lovers.

So, here's another sneak peek of an 'unedited' chapter from my SHAPESHIFTER SEDUCTIONS WIP,  starring my winged horse heroine, Keina, and her more-than-human hero, Drev.  This is a Talbot's Peak scene. Anyhoo, if any of my fellow authors want to make corrections and/or suggestions, have at it.

Also, the above pic is just one I found of two other Peakites, not my heroine or hero.

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Chapter Twenty-one

Drev took a generous swallow of his cooling coffee, a premium blend at Java Joe's. After a glance around the coffee-shop hangout, owned by the town witch, Marissa, he buried his nose in the G&B Gazette.

The alpha-werewolf run newspaper always entertained, and Drev kept up with White Fang's front-page scoops. Beyond their patrols together protecting Talbot's Peak territory, the ace crime reporter had become a true friend.

Mad Scientist Tracked To 'End of the World' Island
White Fang Khent

This reporter recently learned Morloxian, a bio-genetic scientist for hire, was spotted in South Africa as he boarded a local fishing boat. Last summer, Morloxian, who has been connected to town founder, Damian Hancock, used his twisted genius to lab-brew up what some named the mutant werewolf mammoth. This leviathan-sized beast with a gargantuan appetite, terrorized the populace as he thundered down the highway toward Talbot's Peak.
According to Ewan Carter, who rescued Maureen Starkey from the hellephant's back, the bio-tank with an anaconda-like trunk intended to trample our fair town into oblivion. Due to the brave stand of many Peakite heroes and sheroes, and the monster hunter, Abel Cochrane, the mutant of your worst nightmares was stopped dead in his ground-quaking steps.
At the time, mad-scientist Morloxian escaped capture, and this reporter has been dogging his world-hopping steps ever since. The Afrikaner boat captain, Rodney Vandyke, when interviewed by this reporter stated, "It was like dropping Mr. M -- what he called himself -- in the middle of the ocean. Almost.  A small black sub bobbed to the surface next to the boat, like Mr. M said it would. I watched him climb down -- strangest moving man I ever saw, reminded me of a werewolf I saw in the movies. And he was covered head to foot like he was about to be trekking through the Antarctic ice fields.
"I couldn't give you a detailed description of his face," Mr. Vandyke added without this reporter asking. "Well, the hatch opened automatically, and Mr. M jumped right in, spry as a grasshopper. I tell you, that sub vanished beneath waves before I could blink. The nearest land is an island none of us dares approach... many a good man has mysteriously disappeared."
Upon investigation this reporter discovered the island, Bouvette, is a rocky fortress, approximately 1,000 miles from South Africa, Antarctica, and the tip of South America.
A cursory look at history reveals the Nazi connection to South America and Antarctica, where a secret submarine base, New Schwabenland, was established during World War II. In the estimation of some military experts, the base remains active.
Speculation and research suggests advanced war technology is being designed and built, as well as space-time vehicles like the Nazi Bell. Hidden in the shadow-pages of history, further information about the Nazi Bell is detailed by muckraker journalist, Jim Marrs, in his recent book "The Rise of the Fourth Reich". 
Has Morloxian joined this rise of the Fourth Reich? Or, what sinister forces are at work when it comes to this mad-genius scientist?
In the near future, this reporter plans to do an on-sight investigation.

Drev became aware his eyebrows arched so high they were likely stuck to the ceiling. That was White Fang. The intrepid super wolf kept a low profile, but never backed down in the face of a fight.

Lowering the paper, Drev glanced out the window. Fresh snow blanketed the streets and sidewalk, the slant of sunlight making it sparkle. Not many were about, probably choosing to cozy up at home.

Damn, he hoped Keina wasn't angry with him for sending his brother to her apartment. Like a razor blade ripping through his belly, Drev warrior-sensed the prince's stud-determined pursuit. The way he figured it, his filly girl would be safer in the company of a human, rather than flying back to his cabin.

She hadn't seemed upset when Sean called to tell him they were on the road, and the snow had let up. He'd briefly spoken to Keina then. But, women were skilled at disguising their emotions in any given social situation.

Drev grinned to himself, then savored another large swallow of coffee. Sean had practically volunteered. 'Course, his brother would be dying of curiosity, knowing Drev avoided relationship. For years now.

Plus, as he'd told Sean no other woman 'charged his batteries' like Keina. Hell yeah, his brother would be chomping at the bit to meet her, learn all about her.

And if he only knew about her horse shifter side... well, maybe one day, if his brother opened up to the paranormal...'cause, Sean had a thing for horses like their dad.

"Refill?" Gloria asked, holding the old-fashioned, glass pot at the ready. The goose shapeshifter flashed a sweet smile.

"Sounds good. And how about bringing me any pastries you have left  over? Didn't realize how hungry I was. Missed lunch."

Gloria smiled even wider. "I'll go round up what we have. And if you want to order anything else, just let me know."

"Sure will, Miss Gloria." Drev gave her a wink when she finished filling his mug. Dang, he was feeling too good -- on top of the world like in his on-the-fast-track early twenties.

He ignored Moon-Moon's glare, Gloria's werewolf squeeze, and inhaled the coffee's wonderful aroma. After an appreciative sip, Drev pointedly looked out the window at the shiny new snowmobile he'd purchased.

He'd make certain Keina wrapped up warmly for the ride back to the cabin. Or they could spend the night at The Talbot's Peak Inn -- reputed to be haunted by an American Indian Shaman.

Once Gloria set a basket of baked goods before him, Drev munched on the treats he allowed himself when in town. At the same time, his mind spun with scenarios of how to protect Keina.

No doubt Tretorff schemed like the depraved horse's ass he was to abduct her. Although, his filly girl was darn good at defending herself, as he'd discovered when they romped and tussled in the snow.

Anxious, even though he psi-sensed Keina remained safe with his brother, Drev shot a glance at the end of Main street, then turned his attention on the movie critic, Ralph the *da bear's* column. He chuckled between sips of coffee.

"Praise the lord and pass the pumpkin pie," Drev muttered his mother's favorite saying at this time of year -- once he finished reading.

"Pumpkin pie latte?" Gloria asked, on her way to another table. 

"Huh?" Drev looked up at the smiling goose girl. "Sure, bring three. One to go." he added. From the corner of his eye, he'd caught a glimpse of his brother's dark blue pickup as it rounded the corner.

Drev swore every atom inside him vibrated like the biggest, baddest buzz saw ever made in anticipation of his Keina.

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Wishing you love and passion on the wild side ~ 

Savanna 

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance

Monday, March 23, 2015

Home Improvement


Digger had fallen into the habit of gazing out his kitchen window while he waited for his morning coffee to perk. Sometimes he got lucky and spotted a gopher or a squirrel. One quick shift and bang, breakfast. Today, however, all he saw was his neighbor Lorelei, staring forlornly at the bare patch that would be his garden come spring.

What the hell, he still had a good five minutes before coffee. Digger went outside. “What up, bunny?”

“This won’t do at all,” Lorelei said. “I need green. Where’s all the green?”

“It’s March. The ground’s like concrete. I won’t be able to plant for another month at least. What do you need greens for?”

Lorelei stared at him. “Hello? Spring? Fresh shoots and leaves? I want to make an edible outfit for Bobby. He loved that Romaine dress I made one year. I was hoping you’d have something.”

“Not this early in the season. What’s wrong with the grocery store?”

“Your greens taste so much better. You can’t beat garden fresh.” The bunny peered around the side of the house. “I thought you’d have a greenhouse by now. Why don’t you have a greenhouse?”

“Do I need to remind you yet again why I started the garden in the first place?”

She sniffed archly. “You don’t even need the meat any more. You can get all you want in trade with your veggies. I thought you were doing that as a sideline.”

“Not year round. Anyway, nothing beats a fresh kill. The thrill of the chase, the taste of hot—”

Lorelei slammed her hands over her ears. “I can’t hear you lalalalalala…”

The back door opened. “Coffee’s ready,” Digger’s human mate Laurie called out. “Hey, Lorelei. Are you all right?”

“No. Your carnivore boyfriend’s turning my stomach with tales of his disgusting eating habits. Not to mention I need leafy greens and he doesn’t have any. Why hasn’t he built that greenhouse yet?”

“We don’t need a greenhouse,” Digger insisted. “We dry enough herbs in the fall to get us through the winter. We’re not that big on veggies—”

“Speak for yourself,” Laurie said.

“Yeah. Sorry, babe. But c’mon, we’re covered there too. Mam loves canning, and she puts up a ton of—”

“Your mam cures game for jerky,” Lorelei cut in. “She ages venison in her attic. Bobby and I know elk who check out her house, make sure none of their relatives are in there.”

“How many times do I have to say this? My family doesn’t eat sentients. Never did, never will. It’s real game animals all the way. We always make sure our meat can’t talk back.”

“Your cousin Alf—”

“Is getting treatment. He should be out in five years, tops.”

“Lorelei’s right, you know,” Laurie said. “We should have a greenhouse.”

“We don’t need—”

“But wouldn’t it be nice if we had fresh herbs for cooking all year round? And green veggies. And tomatoes for sauce.” Laurie eyed Digger’s gut. “I know how much you love my tomato sauce. And I could experiment with flowers. It’s a hobby of mine,” she told Lorelei. “I like developing new strains. The growing season here’s too short, and they won’t let me play around with the stock at the garden center.”

“You’re talking about starting an entire home-based business,” Digger said. “I don’t even know if we’re zoned for that.”

“I’m sure Mayor Gil would okay it,” Lorelei said quickly. “Anything that benefits Talbot’s Peak gets his seal of approval. And face it, Digs, what you’ve started here is benefitting the Peak. There are more herbies than carnies around, and they all love fresh organic veggies.”

“And you’ve been talking more and more about starting your own business,” Laurie added. “Construction was never your dream job. Gardening lets you dig more.”

“I don’t believe this. You’re ganging up on me and you’re not even the same species. Why do shes always do this? And before I’ve had my coffee, yet.”

“We could have fish,” Laurie said. “Back in high school, the Ag Department had one of those hydroponics systems with fish added. The fish swam around and lived off the plants, while the fish poop provided nutrients for the veggies. At the end of the semester the kids harvested both. We could have fresh fish all winter long without you having to go out and get it.”

“They tried that at our high school,” Lorelei said. “It never works for long. As soon as the fish get big enough, somebody breaks in and eats them. The otters and the raccoons just can’t help themselves. And the bears—don’t get me started. But the lettuce always makes it through the semester.” The bunny sighed in recollection.

Digger had gone quiet at the words “fresh fish.” Now he licked his lips. “Indoor fish hatchery, eh? I could get behind that. Next to red meat, I could go for fish. You eat fish too. I’ve seen you.”

“I need the protein,” Laurie admitted. “So do a lot of the herbivore shifters, to keep their human selves healthy. Fish solves a lot of dietary problems.”

“You’d be a hero to the community,” Lorelei said. “Providing food for hungry children when foraging’s tough.”

“Hungry herbie children, you mean. That’s not how it’s supposed to work between wolves and prey animals. What about my reputation?”

“Carnie boy, you dig in the dirt like a dog, live with a human, and pal around with bunnies. Everyone knows this already. How much worse could your reputation get? Look at it this way: you pull this off and you’ll be eating better than everyone else in your pack. You won’t even have to chase it. Where’s the downside there?”

“I suppose you’ll be wanting a job in this hypothetical greenhouse? To be paid in produce?”

“I’m willing to invest in a startup business,” Lorelei said. “In exchange for produce.”

“How about you? Are you in?” Digger asked Laurie. “If it takes off, you may have to leave your job at the garden center. Aw, scat. I might as well marry you. Make it a family business.” Suddenly his words caught up with him. “Did I just propose?”

“You did! You did! I’m a witness!” Lorelei hopped up and down.

“I accept,” Laurie said, and kissed Digger before he could retract his offer. The kiss got longer and longer, and more enthusiastic.

“So that’s settled,” Lorelei said. She tapped her finger thoughtfully against her lips. “Now, about beehives … ”

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY: Her Midnight Stardust Cowboys ~ Chapter Forty-five


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Her Midnight Stardust Cowboys 

Note: Dontoya realizes the real danger Sherilyn is in, given her unique star-race heritage, and her powers that are now actualizing.

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The first six paragraphs from ~
Chapter Forty-five:
Dontoya watched awareness darken... 

Dontoya watched awareness darken his mate's gorgeous green eyes as her words stopped. He knew in that instant, Sherilyn had been targeted. Likely because of her accident, and the fact that he and Zance had brought her home to the ranch.

As he and his pardner had discussed, those who operated on the evil shadow side would have kept her on their remote viewing radar. Now the bastards wanted to know if her Ubarion lineage had been triggered.

That knowing spiked through Dontoya hard. Course, he also realized his and Zance's true abilities hadn't been discovered, due to the masking vibes they created.

"Don't you worry now, Sherilyn." Zance took hold of her hand. "Me and the pardner here, know how to protect you."

Her gaze flitted between the two of them. Her honey-colored curls bounced, and shone extra in the flame light, captivating his eye.

"Because you know how to protect yourselves, right?" she asked. 


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Savanna

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sanity Returns for A While Longer







Gill leaned back in his recliner.  On the couch close by, Chloe read one of the books from her book club subscription.  Love stories seemed to abound as spring officially started.  Heck, the book he read contained a romantic subplot.  Then there was Ralph’s notion of what a story consisted of.  Not that anyone could blame his concept. Not all the clich├ęs and bad lines turned a story into a book or a book into a story.  With the mayoral library tidied and put back to rights, taking time to relax and read agreed with him.  Chloe already read each night to the growing triplets.  Three months old and already, they slept the night through.  Except last night.  First full moon and the little darlings howled most of the night.  Wasn’t until they got Cashew and Almond milk in them that quiet prevailed.  


“Gosh, I’d forgotten how delicious quiet and a good book are.” Chloe looked up from where she sat nodding as she continued speaking.  “Right now, I want to snuggle into bed.  Finish a few more pages and sleep.  A whole eight hours worth if those little blessings are fully conked out.”


“I agree.  I miss the house full at times.  I know Vernon and Miss Ellie were loath to go back to the racket at their place.”  Gill smiled as Chloe laid her bookmark in size the paperback she read.


“Yes, family is good.  Refuge from many things.  However, I know one thing tonight.  Sleep is going to be a wonderful thing.  I’m going upstairs.”  Chloe stood, held out her hand to him, and smiled.


Gill yawned.  Tucking his bookmark in his book, he stood.  He entwined his hand with Chloe’s.  Down the hall, they strode knowing a restful repose would embrace them soon.  

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HAPPY WEEKEND GANG!

Spring is officially here.  Extra light and time to do things too.  I'm going to catch up on missed sleep with a lovely afternoon nap until the weather warms up more.  LOL!  Right and weekend chores prevail.  Got a new book going strong.  I'll share more once I've got it submitted.  Let's just say all that snow in two weeks gave me inspiration.  Here at the Spice Homestead we wish you and yours a warm wonderful Spring.  Remember to share a good book or two with your loves and spice.  I know I am!

Until Next Week,
Solara 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Just under the wire!

Ok, posting just under the wire today. Here's another snipet from "Witch's Moon." The first two paragraphs of this bit particularly amuse me!

~ Rebecca

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Snipet:



“How did you find me?” I asked a half hour later. We were scoping out the sugar factory, checking to see if the site really was abandoned and therefor safe to inspect. It was a nice neutral question, touching on none of the icky emotional sap that had been hovering just out of sight since our conversation a bit ago.
“Juniper bushes don’t usually go wandering around,” Mooney answered dryly, not taking the binoculars from his eyes. I clamped down on the urge to slap myself in the forehead. Yeah, kind of didn’t think about that. Binding my scent to something was pretty straight forward, even if it wasn’t the easiest spell to cast. To cast it, I identified something I wanted my scent to mirror and then set my sweat glands to actively release chemicals already in my body that mimicked the chemicals released by that item. It had to be something organic because I didn’t have the right kinds of stuff in my body to mimic plastic, rock, or metal, but it was a very effective scent mask. I had good reason to expect most shifters would have been tricked by it—no one else had caught on to that ‘things wandering around that shouldn’t be’ thing before. Then again, Mooney had already proven that he was an excellent investigator and that would be the type of anomaly a trained investigator would notice.
“You were right; they are long gone. No fresh tracks in the snow at all,” he said, pulling me out of my reverie. “I don’t feel the wards, either. Are you picking up anything passive?”
“The wards were likely destroyed in the fire,” I replied. “A flood might deactivate permanent wards, unless the wards anchors were moved too far by flood water to make a connection, but fire flat out destroys them. No point rebuilding wards for a location you’re planning to abandon.” I stopped and did a quick scan of the area. “I don’t sense anything passive, but there might be something subtle that’s being shielded by the snow and debris.”
“Can you do that scent thing for both of us?” Mooney asked. I looked over at him and saw him worrying his lower lip with strong white teeth. NO! No more thoughts like that about the Moon-dog, I sternly told myself.
“Yeah, it’s pretty easy. What do you want me to bind our scent to?”
“Not plants,” he said quickly. “The Yakooza may or may not catch on to that trick, but it’s just too obvious. Can you make us smell like humans?”
“I would need an article of clothing or something,” I said, nodding my head vigorously when I caught on to his plan. “Actually, two articles of clothing, since we’d be leaving two sets of tracks. It’s a mimic spell, so whatever the spell is set to mimic needs to be fairly close to the person or item it’s supposed to be masking.”
“Perfect. Let’s go back to the truck. We can run over to the Pleasure Club and see what’s available in the lost and found box. Then we can drive right up to the sugar factory already disguised as humans. I’ll go picking through the rubble looking for salvageable stuff, since this is just the kind of wreck scrappers would hit, while you look for whatever you need to look for,” Mooney said with a grin. Damn, I sure did like working with a fellow professional!