In honor of I'll Be Mated For Christmas' release day which was yesterday I invited her to drop by with a guestpost. It'll make you appreciate the good guys. Then check out I'll Be Mated For Christmas! It's a short story—see below for details if you're unfamiliar with the 1 Night Stand series—but the sweet ending had me slavering for more holiday werewolf reads. Afterall, who wouldn't want a loyal, passionate werewolf at Christmas? -- Rhi
When Real Life Becomes More Like Fiction
Last night, I had a girls’ night out with some of the mom’s from my son’s nursery school class. I think that this time of year, with everything going crazy and all the present buying and running around that it’s important to take a little time to make sure we enjoy ourselves.
We had a great time. Six moms drinking wine and munching for hours. Then it was time to leave, it was almost midnight, and one of my friends has a two-month-old baby at home. Exiting the restaurant, we say our goodbyes and head to our various cars, which were parked around the building.
I got in my car and I was ready to leave when my phone rang. I’ll admit it, I thought it was my husband calling to complain that I was out too late. But it wasn’t. On the other end of the line was my friend with the two-month-old baby. She had driven with another one of our friends to the restaurant. Only when they had arrived back at their car—there was no car. Both they and another friend had been towed, for some unknown reason, why we were in the restaurant.
After some maneuvering we finally find out the cars have been towed to some unknown lot. Into my car we all get and arrive at this lot where we had been told that the cars would be released for $40 each. But the man at the lot, holding the cars, has no intention of releasing the cars for $40 each.
He wants $180 each. Cash. Or the car is not getting released. Not to mention the place was, how shall I say it, shady. Dark and not well lit these two men stood next to their tow truck blowing cigar smoke all over us. Finally, my one friend calls her husband. He says he’ll be right down but it takes some time to get to the lot so we need to go retrieve the cash since he also doesn’t have $180 in cash on him at the moment.
As I’m standing there in the dark in this horrible part of town looking at this situation (which we did taken care of, eventually, for $180 in cash for each car.) all I could think was that one—it felt really surreal that it was even happening and two—I preferred the fictional version of the night that I would write. The tow truck driver would turn out to be a hero and the lot filled with crazed were-panthers who he would protect everyone from.
But, alas, he was just another crook looking to make some money off of women with no other choice but to pay him.
If you get the chance, I hope you’ll check out I’ll Be Mated For Christmas, it has the right kind of hero. I promise.
Luke Denarius is the new Alpha of the Delta pack. He’s never met Bethany but the second he scents her he knows she is his. No way is she going off to Italy for adventure and hot sex with other men.
With the help of Madame Eve these two will find that a mating is in the works for Christmas.
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You can purchase I'll Be Mated for Christmas in print as part of Madame Eve's 1Night Stand Holiday Anthology or alone as an ebook.
Thanks so much for dropping by to share your story Rebecca! Gosh there are some real jerks out there. Glad Luke is a far sweeter kind of guy most deserving of Bethany.