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Release Blitz: Not the Leader of the Pack by Annabeth Leong

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Not the Leader of the Pack

by Annabeth Leong

Blurb

Rival alphas Juli Gunby and Neil Statham want to tear each other apart — but will they do it in battle or as mates?

When Juli Gunby left Missoula, Montana, she didn’t intend to come back. Not to her exacting alpha werewolf father, and certainly not to Neil Statham, the beta who rejected Juli’s girlish advances. Her father, as usual, has other ideas, using his dying breath to pass pack leadership to his daughter. Juli resolves to carry out her duty to her father and her pack, but the one man she wants on her side has made himself her enemy.

After years of loyal service to the pack, Neil expects to take over as alpha when his mentor dies. As good as it is to see Juli again, he knows he can’t trust her. After all, she abandoned both him and the pack years ago and never looked back. Neil determines to fight for his rightful position in the pack, even if that means going up against a woman who fills him with an overwhelming urge to mate every time she walks into the room.

Someone needs to lead, and the more Neil and Juli fight, the more they attract interference from those who would control the pack and destroy the ties between them.

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Excerpt

“Juli. We’re the only pack members who saw your father pass that ring of leadership to you.” He paused to allow the significance to sink in, the bar noise around them rising to fill his silence. “You have another life in Lewistown. You have a career. You’ve made it clear you’re not interested in this pack. We can say whatever we want about what took place in that room. He could have passed the ring to me as far as anyone else knows. No one would question that.”

He would have kept talking, except that Juli wrenched herself violently out of his grasp at that point. “Not interested in this pack? We can say whatever we want?” He heard her just fine over the music despite the new distance between them. In fact, he worried who else had heard her mention the pack. And who else had seen that furry paw she’d thrust into his face.

They both froze for a second, staring at her latest lapse of control.

“Damn it.” Juli’s curse came out more as a growl than as words.

“We need to get out of here,” Neil said. “You just focus on staying cool.” She knew better than to argue with him. He grabbed her hand and pulled her out, leaving their beers behind. They could finish this conversation in his truck.

They ran for the truck like the rest of the world was on fire, and slammed the doors behind them once they got there. Juli writhed in her seat, gasping, her wolf form rippling just on the other side of her skin. Neil panted in response. He didn’t normally have trouble controlling his shift, but with her beside him, so close, too much of him wanted to meet her in a place of complete abandon. He wanted to run with her under the moon, fight her for supremacy until neither cared who wound up on top or on the bottom. Then, with one last vicious pounce, he wanted to surrender to the merging of their bodies. He swallowed hard.

Stats. He ran through the winning World Series teams for the last three decades. He tried to calculate his total career RBIs. The stream of data calmed Neil down. He started the car. “I’m going to drive us somewhere a little more private,” he told Juli. “Just in case.”

“Back to the hospital.”

“You’re in no shape—”

“Back to the hospital.” She showed fangs. Neil didn’t need that so soon after he’d regained his own control. He stopped arguing and pressed the gas. They’d go somewhere. He just needed to be driving so he had something to concentrate on besides the idea of Juli giving herself up to the beast. He needed a really good reason to remain in human form.

The truck’s cab filled with her labored breathing. Neil turned on the radio to distract himself from the sexual images the sound called up for him. He’d always avoided being alone with her, afraid to give even the appearance of impropriety. Right then, Neil wasn’t sure if he was grateful for the trouble he’d saved himself or sorry as hell for what he’d missed. The instinctual attraction he felt for her was off the charts.

He got so caught in his reverie that only Juli tugging at his sleeve alerted him that her struggles had become sobs. “Neil, can you pull over?” Her voice sounded deflated. “I’m sorry I insisted about the hospital. I’m not ready to go back there yet.”

Her obvious misery immediately pierced his sexual fog. Neil pulled the truck into a convenience store parking lot and looked at her. “Do you want a minute? I can go get some water.”

“No, it’s okay.” She hesitated, chewing on her top lip. “I’m obviously way out of control.”

He watched her face carefully. “About what I said in the bar… I didn’t mean to offend you.”

“You just think I don’t care about any of this.”

“Well, do you?”

Her head snapped up and a bit of the wolf flickered behind her eyes again. “How can you ask me that?”

Neil blew out a long breath. She wanted him to make his case? He could do that. “You know being pack alpha doesn’t pay. What about your fancy job in Lewistown? The one that was so important you couldn’t come back here to visit your dad?”

She rubbed her eyes. “Can you try to keep the venom out of this, Neil? Jeez, you’re so bitter, you’d think I failed to visit you.” Bingo. But Juli continued speaking, oblivious. “Gabriel’s not going to like it if I resign. He talked a lot about developing new talent when he hired me. But it’s not like the Council can’t run without me. This was my father’s last request. Besides, the pack probably needs me more.”

He swallowed, unable to believe she had the nerve to say these things. “Maybe I’m underestimating how good you are at walking away from things. Foolish of me, since I have personal experience.” Neil shook his head, uncertain if the anger surging through him was directed at himself or at Juli. “The pack needs someone really committed, Juli. Not someone who will leave again the next time it’s convenient.”

She snapped her gaze to his, her eyes widening with understanding. A wave of fear rushed through him. He’d revealed too much of his personal feelings. They needed to decide about the pack first. “You were the one who rejected me, Neil,” Juli said, her voice so soft he almost couldn’t hear her. “All I did was move on.”

Bio

Annabeth Leong has written romance and erotica of many flavors — dark, kinky, vanilla, straight, lesbian, bi, and menage. Her titles for Breathless Press include Not His Territory, Not the Leader of the Pack, and a contribution to the Ravaged anthology. She enjoys writing about the tension between passion and control that werewolves embody. Unfortunately, when Annabeth loses control of herself, she does not gain the power to change shape. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, blogs at annabethleong.blogspot.com, and tweets @AnnabethLeong. She loves talking books on Goodreads, too: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5295946.Annabeth_Leong

Buy One, Get One Free Offer:

Not the Leader of the Pack stands alone, but Annabeth has written in its world before. She’d love to share the previous title, Not His Territory, with current readers. If you’d like to participate, e-mail proof of purchase of Not the Leader of the Pack, such as an Amazon receipt, to annabeth dot leong at gmail dot com and let her know your e-book format of choice. Annabeth will buy a copy of Not His Territory for the first 25 people who respond.

 

First Kiss With a Bang!

Whoops! I’m late putting this post together – but welcome, all, to the First Kiss with a Bang Bloghop! Be sure to click on the graphic to hop to all the other posts, and scroll to the bottom for my two contests!

My very first kiss? Well, not too much of a “bang” – I was a late bloomer :). I was at a high school party with friends the week before my sixteenth birthday. I don’t remember how the conversation got started, but I was talking with a guy who I considered a friend, nothing more, and somehow we got to sweet sixteen and never been kissed, and he asked if I’d like to remedy that situation. I agreed, we kissed, and nothing much happened!

Am I making up for lost time? You can bank on it! Hubs and I are having a total blast writing erotic romance and creating first kisses with a big bang for the heroes and heroines who’ve materialized on our pages. Here’s a sample from our latest release – um, not so sure they’re starting with kissing, though. They’re more ready to go for the big bang. 

BLURB

Bad boy meets bad girl – is that all there is?

Passionate, hard working and every inch a business woman,Chicagorealtor Kitty Paige likes her sex raw and edgy, and sees no reason to limit herself to just one man. Never married and not quite forty, the striking blonde has successfully raised her daughter, Susan, and is already pushing her new-found freedom to the limits.

Wealthy commodities middle-man and race horse owner Jared Jacobs is father of the best man at Susan’s wedding. He is smitten by the vision in yellow who exudes sex as she escorts her daughter down the aisle. Also single, the handsome mustachedCaliforniaranch owner with mischievous eyes views his sex life as a series of splendid love affairs, and sets out to make Kitty next on the list.

Together and apart, their chemistry is explosive, and their sparkling repartee and steamy sex catch both partners by surprise. Jared is first to recognize he’s fallen in love. When Kitty panics, can Jared finesse his every move and reel her in?

EXCERPT

Fifteen minutes from the time they got into her Mercedes, they were clambering out of the car. Kitty fumbled with her keys but finally succeeded unlocking the front door. She led Jared into her grand entryway and closed the door on the outside world.

“Welcome to my house,” she said, leaning against the door. She reached out and traced the length of his mustache. “Would you like a tour?”

He shook his head. His eyes darkened. “Not of the house. Later.”

She undid the top button of his shirt. “Would you like a drink?”

Again he shook his head and kept his gaze on her fingers as they moved to the next button. She watched him and undid one more button before lowering her head to nibble on his chest hairs.

“Damn,” he muttered into her hair, “this is as good a spot as any.”

She chuckled against his chest as he tried with little success to slip his fingers inside the back of her jeans. She reached between them to undo the snap. His hands immediately seized the advantage, sliding under her panties to cradle her rear. His fingers kneaded her butt cheeks and she purred against his pecs.

She used both hands to work on his buckle. This was proving to be a damn good spot. He might as well learn right away she didn’t require lace and frills, not that she didn’t enjoy them from time to time. She’d introduce him to her bedroom later. Right now there was a more important introduction she wanted to make.

With his buckle free, she fumbled with his zipper until she’d worked it down as far as it would go. She rested the top of her head against his chest and watched her hands slide out her reward. As expected, his cock was hard and thick. Her eyes rounded with pleasure when she unfurled its length. “Oh my,” she moaned. “We are going to enjoy getting to know each other better.”

 CONTESTS

Contest #1, for the First Kiss With a Bang Bloghop: Leave me a comment below about first kisses (yours or a fiction fave) to enter for a free download (PDF or Kindle) of The Best Man. Winner will be drawn on July 8.

Contest #2, the Silk Scarf contest:runs through the rest of July. We don’t want to give away any secrets, but the yellow scarf that’s just dropped to the floor between Jared and Kitty on their cover has some very special scenes of its own in the book – and you have a chance to win it (U.S. delivery only)! One lucky reader will win a hand-finished (by moi!) yellow scarf made of genuine Thai Dupioni silk, just like Kitty’s.  Your comment on this post enters you for the scarf, and if you leave us any more comments in July, you’ll have that many more entries!

Be sure to visit all the other stops on the hop at this LINK!

 

Hump Day Hook – A taste of wild sex #HDH #Contest

I loved Annabeth Leong’s tips for Werewolf Sex in her guest post here on Monday – in keeping with that theme, here’s a teaser from one of my favorite scenes in The Best Man. Jared has just shown up in Chicago unannounced – looks like Kitty’s up to the challenge! Scroll down for the contest.

Fifteen minutes from the time they got into her Mercedes, they were clambering out of the car. Kitty fumbled with her keys but finally succeeded unlocking the front door. She led Jared into her grand entryway and closed the door on the outside world.

“Welcome to my house,” she said, leaning against the door. She reached out and traced the length of his mustache. “Would you like a tour?”

He shook his head. His eyes darkened. “Not of the house. Later.”

She undid the top button of his shirt. “Would you like a drink?”

Again he shook his head and kept his gaze on her fingers as they moved to the next button. She watched him and undid one more button before lowering her head to nibble on his chest hairs.

“Damn,” he muttered into her hair, “this is as good a spot as any.”

She chuckled against his chest as he tried with little success to slip his fingers inside the back of her jeans. She reached between them to undo the snap. His hands immediately seized the advantage, sliding under her panties to cradle her rear. His fingers kneaded her butt cheeks and she purred against his pecs.

She used both hands to work on his buckle. This was proving to be a damn good spot. He might as well learn right away she didn’t require lace and frills, not that she didn’t enjoy them from time to time. She’d introduce him to her bedroom later. Right now there was a more important introduction she wanted to make.

The Best Man is available at Amazon.com

CONTEST

The Silk Scarf Contest We don’t want to give away any secrets, but the yellow scarf that’s just dropped to the floor between Jared and Kitty on their cover has some very special scenes of its own in the book – and you have a chance to win it (U.S. delivery only)! One lucky reader will win a hand-finished yellow scarf made of genuine Thai Dupioni silk, just like Kitty’s. All you have to do is leave us a comment about The Best Man any time all month, here on our blog or on our blog tour. 

Be sure to catch all the
Hump Day Hook excerpts at this

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