October 9, 2013

Across the Line by Amy Lee Burgess {Guest Post & Giveaway}

When Councilor Allerton sends Stanzie to investigate a territory dispute between tiny pack Stony Fell and the British branch of much larger Mac Tire, it seems routine until someone sets a bear trap. A young Stony Fell man pays with the loss of his leg and now it’s up to Stanzie and Murphy to figure out who set the trap–and why–before more members of the packs are maimed.

Add a pair of star-crossed lovers, one love triangle, a grief-stricken bond mate with jealousy issues, and bad blood all around and the resultant twisted hell brew reveals the darker side of inter-pack politics that could prove too difficult–and dangerous–for even Stanzie to untangle.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: August 26, 2013

We didn’t get three feet through the apartment door before he had me on the floor, tearing at my clothes. I ripped at his too. He kicked the door shut with his foot while simultaneously tearing at my clothes.

I sank my teeth into his shoulder and he yanked my hair hard.

“Are we playing rough?” he asked me.

For an answer, I head butted him. “That’s for being a giant asshole.”

We rolled over and over, smashed into the coffee table and knocked the lamp in the corner over. The crash of the bulb shattering was loud as hell.

“We’re not rolling around in glass.” Murphy lifted me up and I locked my legs around his waist. He staggered us over to one of the sofas.

We crashed down and the springs gave a protesting wail.

I scratched his back with my nails and he bit my lip until we both tasted my blood. It smeared across our faces as we kissed and he shifted so I straddled him on my knees as he sat upright.

“I love you,” he said as he tongued my earlobe. He sucked on it, sending a shooting burst of pleasure through my body.

“I love you,” I told him. When he lifted his head, his eyes gleamed with tears he blinked away.

“Say it again,” he begged. “Tell me again.”

“I love you.” I cupped his face with my hands. Beneath my fingers, his cheeks were smooth and warm. When his wolf colored his eyes amber, my wolf reached for his through me.

He pulled me down so he could kiss me and our lovemaking turned slow and gentle. His touch was reverent and lingering, his kisses a drug that pulled me into him, so my heart beat in time with his.

He brushed his lips, feather light, across my bruised jaw and bleeding lip, whispered to me in Irish as we moved together in a slowly building rhythm.

A rush of energy, my soul to his, and I buried my face in his sticky warm throat. God, I loved this infuriating man.

In Across the Line, Stanzie investigates a territory dispute between two packs. Mac Tire is the biggest and most powerful pack in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Each country has a branch with a separate set of Alphas, but overall Mac Tire rules the land.

Over the years, Mac Tire has been taking over smaller packs either through bonding Alpha pairs one from each side or, more commonly, simply by being bigger and offering more security.

Mac Tire owns several parcels of land throughout the United Kingdom which is held in trust by one member of the pack for his or her lifetime and then willed to a descendent. It is understood, however, that the land belongs to the pack, not the person.

Stony Fell is a new pack formed by disillusioned members of the Scottish branch of Mac Tire and one former member of the British branch.

Destined never to be Alphas if they stayed with the larger packs, these seven people formed Stony Fell so they would all have an opportunity to have children as Alphas someday.

Evie, the former member of the British branch of Mac Tire, inherited a small strip of land in the Lake District from her grandmother. Stony Fell use this land to shift and run as their wolves.

The British branch of Mac Tire insists that the land is theirs – held in trust by Evie’s grandmother and then Evie herself in the name of Mac Tire. Stony Fell interprets the law differently. The land is held in trust by Evie for whatever pack she belongs to. In this case, Stony Fell.

It’s a gamble on their part.

The packs can’t settle this dispute on their own so they call in the Great Council. Stanzie, as Advisor to Councilor Allerton, is sent ahead to scout the situation and report to Allerton before he arrives to make a decision.

Things get out of hand when someone sets a bear trap on the border between the disputed land and the youngest member of Stony Fell is caught in it. At the time he was running as a wolf with his girlfriend, a young member of Mac Tire.

The dispute turns very ugly and Stanzie is caught in the middle. She has to figure out whether it was someone from Mac Tire or Stony Fell who set the trap. She also struggles to come to grips with the realities of big packs versus smaller ones. Until she bonded with Murphy and joined the Irish branch of Mac Tire, she has always belonged to small packs and the idea that they can be taken over by larger ones and the injustices and prejudices that arise when this happens sometimes, appall her.

She finds herself at odds with Murphy who believes that larger packs have not only the right, but the obligation to take over smaller packs. He believes larger packs offer more security and stability and he’s right, but people from the smaller, absolved packs can become marginalized.

Will Stanzie discover who set the trap? Can she and Murphy overcome their differences?

Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out!

About Face – Book #5
Publication Date: March 27, 2013

Being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Stanzie’s job as Advisor to the Great Council is discovering other people’s secrets. When those secrets are being kept by the ones she loves most, can she find the courage to expose them?

Under orders from a Councilor, Stanzie journeys to Dublin and the MacTire pack. Her mission: warn her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy, to abandon his overzealous search for the man responsible for the death of his first bond mate. Not only is he endangering himself, but also disrupting the delicate balance between opposing factions in the conspiracy threatening to tear the Great Pack apart.

Liam needs Stanzie’s help to protect their Alpha, who has entangled himself in the conspiracy’s deadly web. But he also desperately needs her back. In a race against time, Stanzie and Liam discover enemies often wear the faces of friends.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations
Inside Out – Book #4
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For Stanzie, being herself is more dangerous than ever.

There’s no place like home…or is there? When Stanzie is asked to investigate her birth pack- Mayflower–she isn’t prepared for what she finds. No one respects the Alphas and the newest adult member of the pack is being encouraged to leave. Why?

To make matters worse, the men are dangerously intent on mating and shifting with her. How far will the pack she thought she knew go to get what they want? Without her bond-mate, Liam, Stanzie must face this alone and, barely ahead of threat of violence, must solve the mysteries, and fast.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Hidden in Plain Sight – Book #3

As Stanzie discovers her wolf, she learns being herself is more dangerous than ever.

Where is Bethany Dillon? The seventeen-year-old girl is missing from the Maplefair pack and Constance Newcastle–Stanzie–and Liam Murphy must find her. Fast. A serial killer still has not been caught. Bethany could have run away, or killed herself. But no one in her pack seems to know the truth. Or, they’re just not telling.

Constance’s knack for uncovering secrets leads her into peril, and to save Bethany, she must break every rule. She risks losing everything, including Liam…and her life.

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations
Scratch the Surface – Book #2
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Something’s rotten in the Riverglow pack.

Still learning more about each other as bond mates and adjusting to their new roles as Advisors to a Councilor, Constance Newcastle and Liam Murphy must deal with the ghosts of their past.

A quiet weekend in Boston is anything but that, when Constance comes face to face with the betrayal of those she considered the closest to her. Everyone has secrets, and wherever Constance goes, she has a knack for uncovering them. The only problem is that some secrets are deadly.

WARNING: Strong language, sexual situations, and a lot of graphic shoe description.
Beneath the Skin – Book #1
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If you could shift into a wolf, what would you discover about yourself?

Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all.

Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone– throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on?

CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, some sexual situations

Amy Lee Burgess is a transplanted New Englander living in Houston, Texas with two dogs and lots of DVDs. In an attempt to bond with the city after being forced out of New Orleans post-Katrina, she turned to her writing. Determined to finally finish that novel she’d been hacking away at since high school, Amy managed to come up with a wolf shifter character named Stanzie Newcastle. She and Stanzie have been BFFs ever since.

In addition to Stanzie, Amy has also forged a relationship with several vampires, a witch or two, and other assorted supernatural creatures she hopes will entertain her readers. But she will always have room for coffee and butterscotch squares with Stanzie.



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