ALL COVERS Blackwood Pack Series

Book Info

Title: Dire Warning, Raphael's Power, Peace Maker, Ice Soul

Series: Blackwood Pine Series

Author: Mary Rundle

Publisher: Dragonheart Publishing

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Length: Average word count 96,000 per book

Keywords : gay, paranormal true mates, shifters, wolf shifters, wolf, alpha male, alphas and omegas, twink, interior designer, doctor, healer, nurse, bdsm light, masturbation, spanking, dirty talk, exhibitionist, dom, submissive, irish, scottish, pride, survivor guilt, grief, guilt, love

The books should be read in order, for full enjoyment.

Series Blurb

Join the journey of 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. Each book has two main characters who meet, fall in love, mate and achieve an HEA but the stories also chronicle the continuing saga of the Blackwood Pack. The series is best appreciated by reading the books in order. 

 

Mary Rundle popped by for a chat

Hi Everyone, So glad to be here and thank you for hosting my blog tour for the Blackwood Pack series. Today there’s an exclusive excerpt of Dire Warning, Book 1, where the brothers’ story begin ̶ a story of seven brothers, all with secrets, and all barely surviving the massacre of the rest of the family. I hope you enjoy it!

Dire Warning ̶ Excerpt

Jackson awoke alone in the bedroom where Steel carried him after their shower. He missed the warmth of his mate but then the smell of coffee sneaked up his nose. Looking around, he spied a steaming mug on the nightstand with a note leaning against it. Jackson read it as he sipped his coffee. “Mo chroí, I’m in the kitchen making you breakfast. Please join me, I miss you. Love, Steel.

Jackson held the note to his heart, his love for his mate overflowing. His Steel… who was kind, thoughtful, considerate, and selfless all rolled up in the most delicious body he had ever seen. Jumping out of bed, eager to see his mate, he spied the sweatpants and t-shirt Steel left for him. Yeah, I hit the jackpot as far as mates go.

Dressing quickly, Jackson followed his nose, navigating through the house, zeroing in on Steel’s scent. After descending the stairs, he froze at the scene in front of him. Steel was dancing and singing to Rascal Flatts. Jackson laughed to himself so as not to disturb the performer; Steel was holding up a big spoon, using it as a microphone, and singing into it about being on a highway. Hips swaying, body twisting, head tossing, Steel was poetry in motion. Suddenly he saw Jackson and stopped, a faint pink blush appearing on his face. Smiling at his mate, he asked “Ready for breakfast?” and turned off the music.

Laughing, Jackson replied, “Sure, but don’t I get to see the rest of the concert first?”

Steel was mesmerized by the beautiful sound of Jackson’s laughter. “Maybe later, but first I think food is in order for both of us.”

Smirking at the sound of his stomach growling, Jackson said, “Now that I think of it, that’s a very good idea.” Then, sniffing, he added, “Smells great, what did you make?”

“Pancakes, scrambled eggs, steak, bacon, sausages, toast, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Do you want anything else? Did I leave anything out?”

“Do you plan to feed an army?” Jackson joked, sitting at the island counter.

“Shut up and eat,” Steel grinned. “I might have gone a little overboard but I wasn’t sure how hungry you’d be this morning.”

Surprise showed on Jackson’s face. “You know, come to think of it, I really am starving. I have to give you full marks for knowing what I need before I even do.” Then, leaning over, he gave Steel a kiss; his tongue gently licking and thrusting into Steel’s mouth, then pulling back with Steel’s bottom lip between his teeth before he letting it go.

Steel watched Jackson dig into the food, relishing the thought he was providing for his mate and child. As he began to eat, he thought about how long he waited for his mate, sometimes becoming depressed because it was taking so long, but never giving up.

Now he was sitting with Jackson, eating breakfast and feeling good with the quietness, companionship, and the thought it would be that way for the rest of their very long lives. It still seemed unreal that after searching for over a hundred years, he’d finally found his mate at the side of a road and he smiled at his luck.

Jackson kept glancing at his mate; he would never tire of him. He admired Steel’s throat, itching to lick that Adam’s apple, bobbing as he swallowed his juice. Then Steel smiled and Jackson inhaled sharply at the sheer beauty of his face. I’m one lucky dude, and he could feel his body getting hot.

Jackson jumped out of his thoughts as Steel stood to put the leftovers away. “Are you finished?”

“Sure,” Jackson confirmed. Getting up, he quickly gathered the breakfast dishes, and took them over to the sink for a rinsing and then put them in the dishwasher. “This is a beautiful kitchen. Dakota would love cooking here.”

“He’s one of your brothers, right?” As Jackson nodded, Steel continued, “I take it he likes to cook?”

“He was studying to be a chef before our family was murdered. His training was put on hold when we went into hiding. He’s taken some on-line cooking courses, so hopefully that will make up for the loss somewhat,” answered Jackson, sadness washing over his face.

Steel’s heart hurt, realizing his mate was reliving the trauma of what happened to his family. He vowed it would be his mission in life to avenge the lives stolen from the Blackwood brothers. Steel moved over to Jackson and, hands on his hips, leaned in to give him a soft, gentle kiss, murmuring, “Maybe I can help him get back to cooking school. Let’s talk about what can be done.

Jackson nodded, “I also have some questions about our mating.” Steel entwined his fingers with his mate’s, leading Jackson to a black leather sofa in the great room. Jackson surveyed the room more thoroughly than before, noticing the mountain framed by the floor-to-ceiling windows, the giant fireplace into which a log, big enough to celebrate the Long Night Moon Festival would fit, and plenty of deep, comfortable furniture scattered around—just the right size for wolves. But he again noticed no books or photos, without which, the room exuded a cold and impersonal feeling.

When Jackson finished scanning the room, Steel asked, “What do you think? Do you like it?” and before Jackson could answer, he nervously added, “You can change anything you want,” and sat down next to his mate.

 

 

 

 

 

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 1 Dire Warning

 

 

Book 1 Blurb

Dire Warning

Steel, one of the last Dire Wolves on earth, has searched more than 100 years for the special mate promised by the Fates. Discouraged after meeting his latest prospect, he sees a naked hitchhiker on his way home who's everything he'd envisioned the man of his dreams would be. His wolf and body tell him he's found his fated mate but why can't he pick up his scent?

Robbed of his car, clothes and money, Jackson, Alpha of the Blackwood Pack has no choice but to thumb a lift, frantic to get home to his six brothers. He's been protecting them from a rival pack who massacred most of his family and wants to finish off the rest.

When Steel rolls down his window, Jackson knows he also has found his fated mate but it would be too dangerous to claim him with his pack under attack.

After the intervention of an Oracle and a Witch, Jackson discovers why the Fates made him unique-just for Steel. Navigating the mine field this revelation brings, Jackson and Steel must figure out how to make their relationship work while dealing with forces determined to kill the Blackwood pack - and them.

 

 

MEME Dire Warning

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

Steel’s wolf was snarling and snapping as he drove away from Jimmy’s after leaving Jackson behind. He just couldn’t understand his wolf. What am I missing here? Jackson is not my mate. His mate had to be a wolf—he knew it because he’d been told not only by his mother who was an Oracle but by no less than three other Oracles. His mate would help save his species of wolves.

 

 

The importance of this was impressed upon him throughout his life. He stepped on the gas, eager to get home to do some research. He needed answers because he had a feeling of foreboding about what was going to happen to Jackson and that was driving his wolf crazy.

 

Finally arriving home, he stopped at the fifteen foot high gates, keyed in his passcode and then drove up the long driveway to his sprawling house, nestled among the trees on the knob of a small mountain. Although there were taller mountains to roam on his 200,000 acres of land, this spot spoke to his wolf spirit. He inhaled deeply as he got out of the truck, feeling his body reacting to the sights and smells around him.

 

Looking around, he wondered if Jackson would like this spot as much as he did. And that did it—his cock hardened in a second and his blood started to heat up. What the fuck? He drove the image of Jackson’s firm body from his mind and thumped his cock several times to get it to go down.

 

Hmmm, what to do first? Decision made, he stripped out of his clothes and stood still for a second before he called on his wolf and shifted. Birds scattered as the noise of bones cracking and stretching filled the air. When the sound faded away, Steel stood in his wolf form, shaking out his fur and scenting the air. Deer to the east, a small black bear and her cub ambling along the trail to the south and, yes there it was, a path that was free of any animal—Steel knew it wouldn’t be a good day to engage in a sparring match. His wolf was too unsettled for that.

 

 

He struck out at a full run for the trail leading north to one of the tallest mountains on his land. His large paws made no sound on the thickly carpeted forest floor. Steel had gotten so many mixed signals from his wolf today he needed this time to figure out what was happening. He knew his wolf needed it also. While he was running, Steel examined his wolf’s feelings regarding Jackson because it was much easier to understand his wolf when they were one, especially now, since he hadn’t understood his wolf’s reaction to a man who had no scent. Taking in the smells and sounds of his forest, his mind searched and filtered through his wolf’s feelings.

 

 

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 2 Raphaels Power

 

Book 2 Blurb

Raphael's Power

Dr. Ian Wallace, a rare Scottish Wolf, has dedicated his life to saving and healing wolf shifters by joining Frontline Doctors. Determined never to take a mate, he avoids relationships and is content to live a nomadic life, taking assignments to wild and remote places. That is, until an old friend asks him for a favor which Ian’s wolf will not let him refuse. Now on his way to the Blackwood Pack compound, his wolf becomes frantic and Ian learns not only that he has a Fated Mate, but that his Fated Mate is in danger.

Colton was forced to give up his dreams of becoming a nurse and joining Frontline Doctors when tragedy befell his family. Instead, he healed sick animals around his home while hiding from a pack who wanted him dead. Given the chance to use his skills, Colton seizes it and embarks on a journey that will reveal just how special he is.

A kidnapping, slave auction, revelations of long-kept family secrets and a rare, powerful gift from the gods are some of the surprises in store for both of them until they finally find their way into each other’s hearts after discovering neither is who the other thought he was.

 

 MEME Raphaels Power

 

 

Excerpt

 

His wolf surged forth, claws grew, teeth dropped, fur sprouted and he vibrated in Colton’s arms trying to fight the shift. But did he want to? Ian wasn’t sure. He and his wolf needed to avenge the wrong done to their mate. If Colton wasn’t going to kill Pablo, Ian’s wolf would. Then, mind made up, he pushed out of the arms holding him and landed with all fours on the floor. Snarling and growling, Ian’s wolf wanted his prey—to kill him and remove any threat to his mate. He lifted his head, opened his mouth and issued his challenge. Howling loud and long his wolf wasn’t going to quit until his mate was safe.

 

 

Stunned, Colton looked at the small yet fierce wolf in front of him—a rare golden-tipped, white wolf with deep golden eyes—the stuff of legends. Holy Shit! Before he could do anything, the room was filled with six, very large bodies, ready to handle the threat of Ian’s howls. In a blink of an eye, Ian’s wolf turned, facing the perceived threat against Colton. Hackles raised, saliva dripping, he looked as if he’d take on everyone now crowding the space.

 

 

Colton knew this had the makings of a disaster; he needed to calm his mate so he could shift back. Slowly he slid off the loveseat and knelt next to his mate. “Ian, please babe, stop. I’m safe. These are my brothers and Steel. You know them, please babe.” Colton put his arms around the neck and buried his hands in the soft fur. Rubbing his face against his mate, Colton inhaled deeply, marveling again at the scent. He felt Ian’s wolf slowly relax as he reassessed the situation. That was, until Colton heard Jackson.

 

Jackson waddled into the room, bellowing, “What the fuck is going on?”

 

 

And just like that, Ian’s wolf turned to face the new threat, growling, tensing, ready to spring. Colton saw Steel move in front of Jackson, the rest of his brothers moved and stood in front of Steel, forming a wall of muscled bodies, intent on protecting Jackson and his unborn pup.

 

Colton panicked. He jumped up and moved in front of Ian’s wolf. Nobody was going to touch his mate. Now Colton was the one fighting a shift as he listened to his mate issue howls and growls, warning everyone he was ready to fight. Colton knew everything was going to hell in a handbasket but he didn’t know what to do. He needed help to defuse this right now—but who?

 

Suddenly, he heard an Alpha voice so powerful and overwhelming that Colton immediately tilted his neck in submission as did all in the room. Maximus, in Dire Wolf Alpha mode, strode into the room, immediately sussed out the situation, and commanded, “Stand Down! Now!!” he roared those words, enveloping the room in his Alpha power.

 

 

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 3 Peace Maker

 

Book 3 Blurb

Peace Maker, Blackwood Pack - Book 3

Enforcer Dylon Royd worked for the notorious Silver Point Pack until they accused him of disloyalty. Imprisoned and beaten to within an inch of his life, he's dumped at the side of a road and left for dead. Waking up in the Blackwood Pack's hospital, he's shocked to discover his Fated Mate is one of the pack's members he'd been ordered to kill.

Cody is a seer and has grappled with visions all his life, but after most of his family is massacred they have intensified so fiercely he begins to make plans to escape his pain and suffering. Thinking no one wants a freak for a Fated Mate, he tries to reject Dylon until he realizes his salvation depends on accepting him.

A life or death situation for Cody, a rare gift to both from the Fates, a dangerous mission, and an unexpected surprise are some of the challenges they face. Together they begin a journey to save Cody's life while forging a partnership that requires absolute trust for both to survive.

 

 

MEME Peace Maker

 

Excerpt

 

Low hanging, heavy, cloud cover. A pitch-black night in the Tajikistan mountains. It were as if the gods were blessing his commitment to stop the bloodshed so many of his people had experienced over these long years. Ulfric tried to recall a time in his life that was free of the beatings and killings that Arald had inflicted on his pack.

But he could not remember such a time. Now his wife was expecting their first pup, and as much as he was excited about it, he dreaded it just as much. So, when this chance arose, he had to try, for the sake of his family.

 

After telling his wife he was leaving, Ulfric slipped out the back door and paused. Lifting his nose, he sniffed but found no other wolf nearby. Sticking to the shadows, he quietly made his way out of town, hoping his luck held. Right now, Arald was meeting with the representative of Dire Enterprises in a pre-conference meeting. He hadn’t wanted to wait this long but it was impossible to even contact the other pack Alpha until today.

 

As he saw it, this was his final chance to stop the tyranny he and his pack lived under. But he couldn’t stand alone. He needed the other pack to join with him during the conference if there was ever a chance his pack would be free of Arald and his goons. Pausing often to check for anyone following him, he crept down to the mountain waterfall where they could talk where not even wolf hearing could distinguish spoken words.

 

 

Apologizing to Arald and Slate Valentin for his need to get home to help his wife, Ordovic left the building, nodding to the guards who stood outside the meeting room. He wasn’t sure why his presence was required since nothing would change for his pack. No, Arald controlled this land—something even a young shifter knew. And even though he tried to tell himself there wasn’t anything he could do about it, Ordovic hoped that this time might be different.

 

That was the reason he gave himself for heading to the agreed meeting place instead of home where his wife and children slept. But he wanted a better life for his children. A place they could grow up and not fear being attacked every time they left home. And as the leader of his pack, he owed it to his pack members to at least try to free them from the oppression they now lived under.

 

Fading back into the shadows at the top of the mountain path, he waited to see if anyone had followed him. His ability at camouflage was superb, though it was a well-guarded secret. After a few minutes he continued down the path. At least he didn’t have to worry about being attacked—killed, yes—but the guy from Dire Enterprises made the three leaders sign a contract agreeing to not attack another pack while the peace conference was in session.

 

 

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 4 Ice Soul

 

Book 4 Blurb:

Ice Soul, Blackwood Pack - Book 4

Kieran was sold into slavery where he was forced to care for other prisoners held by a shifter trafficking ring. But that changed when a Blackwood brother freed him and the others. Now for the first time in his life, the world beckons and he can plan his future. That is, until he discovers why the Fates brought him to the Blackwood Pack.

Logan, one of the brothers, has become a virtual recluse, spending hours at his design table, unable to shake the horrible memories of his family's massacre and an unhappy childhood under the fist of his father, a dictatorial and abusive Alpha.

When Kieran appears, Logan is smitten with this pink-loving twink who tries to use his sassy and irrepressible wit to win his heart. After Logan claims Kieran, he finds keeping him is not easy. When both realize Logan can't give himself completely to his Fated Mate, Kieran takes off but tells no one where.

A frantic search, rejection, dark secrets revealed, ghosts exorcised- these are just some of the obstacles Kieran and Logan must overcome as they embark on a mission of discovery that will make their love for each other stronger. Only then, will these two unique wolves fulfill their destinies decreed by the Fates and gods and prove worthy of the powerful gifts bestowed on them.

 

MEME Ice Soul

 

Excerpt

 

Kieran saw Lizzie coming in from the kitchen and said to her, “Miss L, what fantastic taste you have. I’m so glad they have you supervising their clothing choices otherwise, who knows what they would learn from their daddies?” Then, turning back to Dylon and Cody, “No offense big guys, but you really should let Miss L do some shopping for you, too. I mean, I know you are mated—I mean Fated Mated—so there isn’t going to be anyone else for you but still, you should look good for each other. Hey Miss L, do you think Dylon could use a facial mask? Maybe something to soften his skin so Cody will want to kiss him more? You know, that’s the first thing to go when you have kids. No time to take care of yourself. But I bet with a little help from Miss L and me, we could have you looking like you did before you had kids. Do you take bubble baths? You know, they’re great for softening all parts of your body, well maybe not all parts, if you catch my drift. That’s another side benefit for new parents who aren’t getting all they want in the sex department. Maybe Miss L and I …”

 

“Stop!” yelled Dylon, startling Jessica who let out a wail while most everyone else was doubled over with laughter. “Now, look what you did!”

 

“Don’t you blame Kieran, Dylon. You yelled, causing your daughter to cry,” Lizzie scolded, taking Jessica from her son’s arms, “Shush there, sweetie, grandma has you.”

 

“But did you hear what he was saying to us? He said we had sex problems!” complained Dylon, handing Jessica’s bottle to Lizzie.

 

“Kieran was only trying to help, weren’t you honey?” Lizzie asked Kieran. “All new parents can do with a little help.”

 

“That’s right, Miss L. I have some ideas to spice up their sex life I can run past you, and if you agree, then I can find out where to buy the items online—you know since they are new parents and all.”

 

Growling, Dylon spat, “You are not going to discuss my sex life with my mother—do you understand? No way! No how! Never! Kieran, am I making myself clear?” Then turning to his mother, he said, “Mother, don’t, just don’t. This is embarrassing me and my mate.”

 

Holding up his hands, Kieran said, “Whoa, big guy! If you don’t want my help, then no problemo. I’m sure Jackson or Colton will appreciate my help in getting their sex life back on track. If you want to suffer, then who am I to interfere? But you really ought to think about Cody before you go issuing your orders. Right Miss L? It takes two to tango.”

 

Handing Jake to Dylon, Cody said, “Kieran, that’s enough. While I appreciate your offer to help us, there’s no need as we’re very happy with our ‘sex life’. You and I are going to have a talk later about boundaries, or the lack of them, in this case.”

 

 

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 Author Bio

I never went to school to learn writing nor attended a writing workshop, but it didn’t stop me from entering a writing contest and from that came my first book, Dire Warning. 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.

My stories come to me as if they were being 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 details. 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. Although my writing is sometimes raw—that’s the way I like to tell my stories—readers love it and are clamoring for more. 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.

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