Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Releasing on Thanksgiving from Harper Impulse--Santa Wore Leathers

I'm hosting a Book Release Party on Facebook on Black Friday from 9am to 9pm
We'll be talking about how pets create havoc in our lives. Share pictures of your pet's worst mess! We'll also be talking about handsome hunks...I mean, that's a given. Right? There will be pics of them, too.
And prizes.
And laughter.
Lots of laughter.
Wolf strode to her townhouse, rang the doorbell and waited.
Finally, her door opened, and he was greeted with a scowl.
“What?” She tugged the lapels of her short white silky robe together.
“I…ah…” His gaze snagged on all those ample curves showcased by the slinky material. I…ah…”
“You said that already.” She fisted a hand on her hip.
Einstein cannonballed around Becca with something red clamped in his jaws. He streaked across the grass, his strong muscles propelling him as he circled both of their yards.
“Get back in here!” Becca pointed into her house.
Einstein loped across the grass and shrubbery, ignoring his owner’s command.
Maybe if he acted the hero and returned the pet to its owner, he’d gain a few brownie points. “Stay here. I’ll get him.” Wolf took off after the dog. Seeing he was being chased only made Einstein run faster. Wolf followed him twice around the yard in front of Becca’s house. The dog leapt over a flowerbed and stopped, his head lowered, shaking his prize, his hind end elevated, wiggling in excitement.
“Give me that.” Wolf stepped to the right around the flowerbed. The dog trotted to the left. In a quick move, he sprinted to the left and the dog dashed to the right. “Think you’re smart, don’t you?” He could have sworn the dog smiled. Wolf leapt across the blooms, hoping to grab the smartass canine. Once he’d grabbed the collar, they rolled, and Einstein yelped. Wolf grimaced as he, too, rolled across a low-growing cactus and into the trunk of a palm tree. “Dammit.”
The dog whined and dropped the fabric to lick and bite at the prickly thorns in his groin.
“Easy now, Einstein.” Wolf cooed as he slipped his Swiss army knife from the front pocket of his jeans.
“What’s wrong? What’s going on? What are you doing with that knife?” Becca tugged on the hem of her short robe and glanced up and down the street as if she thought to run out into the yard.
“Stay where you are. He’ll be fine. He’s got some thorns in his hide.” Wolf removed the tweezers stored in a slot of the knife and began extracting the offending needles. “We can’t have an awesome fella like you in pain now, can we?” He worked as quickly as he could. “One more, big guy, and then you’ll be fine.” The dog licked him several times. “Yeah, I like you too. Let’s keep what I’m about to do just between us, shall we?” He ran his fingers over the affected groin area, keeping his attentions on the dog’s reactions. “Looks like we got them all.”
“What in blue blazes are you doing to that dog? Are you performing some kind of ‘beasty-wildy’ on him?” Mrs. Minelli, his neighbor, punctured the air with her cane, her white eyebrows arched in question.
He fought the urge to laugh. “No, Mrs. Minelli. I was taking out thorns.”


Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Vonnie - your site looks gorgeous. I love the new look and colors and everything. Go you!!!!!

I wish you well with your new book. I wish also that I could read it, but maybe next year. Christmas is just too painful for us so we skip it. Huggles!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

I'm sorry this time of the year is so painful for you, Paisley. Holidays often come with their own luggage of pain. Hugs to you and your family.

AJ Nuest said...

LOL! Great last line! Great excerpt! Great banner! All around GREAT! LOL I can't wait for this book to come out!!!! Congrats, V! One more week!!! Whoo Hoo!

Angela Adams said...

Awesome way to end an excerpt!

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas, Dogs, military people, and your books. SO excited for this to release!

The banner is awsome, I love it!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

AJ, can you believe the time is drawing closer and closer? I hope I'm ready. Having a book release on Thanksgiving is kind of surreal, but when your publisher is in the UK, I suppose they don't do turkey day. LOL

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thank you, Angela. Mrs. Manelli is a senior citizen featured a lot in this story. I love secondary characters that add that layer of realism and spicy humor.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Oh, Michelle, I'm excited for this release, too. This is my first story contracted with the Big Six (HarperImpulse being part of Harper Collins) and I've been so pleased with the difference in the level of promotion.

Calisa Rhose said...

LMAO This is still my favorite scene in the whole story, Vonnie!!!!!! Oh and that banner is awesome too! Fitting for just this scene. LOL

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Einstein kind of stole the show, didn't he? LOL I need a dog like him.

Georgie Tyler said...

Love it!! Can't wait to read it. Love the dogs name too.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks Georgie. I hope you enjoy it.

Renee Miller said...

V, Love the new banner, and I'm anxious to read your new story. Sounds like one of those books that keeps you up all night reading because it's too good to put down!

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Janice Hougland said...

This story sounds to be quite a hoot, Vonnie! Love it! I have pre-ordered it and can't wait to read the whole thing. Besides, I love holiday stories. :-) Thanks for the post.