Ghost Walker by Mary Rundle :: Recent Release + Exclusive Post
Title: Ghost Walker
Series: Blackwood Pack book 6
Author: Mary Rundle
Publisher: Dragonheart LLC
Published: 29 January 2019
Length: 114,539 words
Keywords : Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal – Shifters, Alpha, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Rescue, True Love, Wide-Eyed Innocence, Wolf Shifters, Alpha, MPreg, Fated Mates,
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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.
/ Mary Rundle
Hello and thank you for hosting me today.
Today I have an excerpt from Ghost Walker,
Book 6 of the Blackwood Pack series. It’s the story of Zane and David, Fated
Mates, who have to fight the evil trying to destroy them. Fortunately, the
entire Blackwood Pack helps to make sure Zane and David eventually get their
Remembering how good it felt in his mate’s
arms back in the break room, David wanted more of it and, since he wasn’t sure
what would happen after Zane knew everything about him, he wanted to seize the
opportunity to be held again. “I would like that,” David said shyly.
“Me too,” Zane grinned, “You can have the
bathroom first. I’ll be in the living room so give me a shout when you’re
“Okay,” David said, opening up his
backpack and removing his kit bag and pajama pants. He hoped Zane didn’t mind
if he slept topless, but he was dying to feel the sheets against his skin.
Pouring himself a glass of sparkling
water, Zane wandered around the room, sipping it until he reached the large
windows where he finished it off. Leaning against the glass and looking down at
the rain-soaked pavement, Zane spotted a man standing in a doorway across the
street, only half visible. A helluva
night to be out so late. Wonder what he’s up to. Then, his eyes flicked up
into the darkness of the nighttime sky. He’d bet anything his mate was hiding
something—he could see the wariness in David’s eyes every time he brought up
talking about themselves.
Whatever David was afraid of telling him,
it wouldn’t matter; he’d already made up his mind he wanted to claim his mate.
Doubts he may have had were erased by one kiss, when his lips touched David’s.
Zane knew he’d never get enough of him. But what would his mate think about the
gifts his brothers received and the one he’d get? He couldn’t put it off any
longer. Oracle would be here tomorrow, and all hell might break loose if David
found out from her instead of him. Sighing, he set his empty glass on the table
and headed into the bedroom after hearing David call to him.
Zane found David in bed, covered up,
looking nervous, but smiling at him. He grinned at his mate then, grabbing his
suitcase, Zane plopped it on a chair, opened it, and pulled out what he needed
for tonight. Deciding to take a quick shower once he was in the bathroom, he
stripped, turned on the water and jumped in. Wasting no time, he soaped up his
body before rinsing off, making it one of the shortest—if not the shortest—showers he’d ever taken.
Toweling himself dry, he brushed his teeth and, stepping into his pink unicorn
print pajama pants, flipped off the light and headed to the bedroom.
David’s eyes grew round as he watched Zane
approach the bed. Giggling, he said, “I love your unicorns.”
“Thanks. Ki gave them to me as a gift for
helping him set up a virtual dance club to show Theo and Norman what to expect
at a real one.”
“He likes pink.”
“Ahh, yup, lots of pink and in all
different shades. When Cody brought him home after rescuing him, Ki showed up
wearing a bright pink t-shirt along with a sassy I’m-always-right attitude. I
knew right then and there he and I would be great friends.”
“He’s my friend too.”
“I’m not surprised. He’s so much fun, you
just naturally want to be around him. And what he did for Logan’s psyche after
they mated, is nothing short of a miracle,” Zane said, getting under the
covers. “Do you mind if we spoon? I meant what I said—I won’t do anything, but
my wolf is going crazy with you over there.”
Smiling shyly, David moved over to Zane,
rolled onto his side, then wiggled until he was against Zane’s body. A low moan
escaped as he felt his mate’s naked chest against his back; the skin-to skin
contact was making his cock hard and his nipples erect. Embarrassed, he asked
Zane to turn out the lamp next to the bed to hide his response. He felt one of
Zane’s arms sliding under his head, the other landing over his body, pulling
him tight to his mate. Not sure if he was ever going to sleep with all the
sparks flying through his body, he said, “Good night, Zane.”
“Sleep tight, babe,” Zane said sleepily,
his eyes already closing in contentment.
“You too,” David whispered,
knowing it would be a long time before he reached that state.
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.
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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.
Now, six books later, Ghost Walker, another Best Seller, has just been released to critical acclaim. 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 a member 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 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 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, MeWe, or my website.