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Time Travel into the Deep Past by Kerry Adrienne

Have you read any of the books in Decadent Publishing’s Black Hills Wolves series? If not, let me take a moment to tell you about the world. The series is multi-authored, but each book is standalone (but so much better if you read them all—because characters do appear in multiple books). Los Lobos is the town where the Pack lives and works and plays, though not all the books take place within the town. The hierarchy of the Pack is the same throughout the series, so you’ll see the Alpha come and go, and of course you’ll meet the resident werebear, Gee.

I’m so thrilled to be a part of this series! When I was thinking about what I wanted to do, I went with what I loved—time travel. I love history and I got to research the history of the Black Hills to find the perfect time to set my story. I settled on a time just past the last Ice Age—when life was truly flourishing in the area. What a great time for my hero and heroine to discover new love!

Creatures of all kinds roamed the lands at that time: mammoths, giant sloth, sabertooth cats, dire wolves… Vegetation was prolific and so varied. Some was similar to today, but some was very different. I think if we could travel to that time, our senses would be overloaded with the beauty of the time (though I’d want more than the knife Nika had to defend against the creatures of the time!).

There’s a massive cave system in that area of the Black Hills, Wind Cave National Park (you can visit it today: http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/parks-monuments/wind-cave-national-park ), which must have been an amazing refuge to creatures in the past. The cave system is amazing and so long! Over 140 miles documented to date, and even more unexplored.

Now when it comes to fiction, especially set so long ago (with no first source material), how does an author know they are being accurate? Well, I tried to be as accurate as I could with the setting detail—knowing that everything I read was based on the science of today. After all, as far as we know, no one has traveled back to that time to document things. But, boy, I sure would like to!

If you could travel to any time period and place in history (safely) for a day, which time and place would it be?

Thanks so much for reading!

Kerry Adrienne

 

Book Blurb:

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Nika, the pack’s newest scout, wants nothing more than to please his Alpha. When he discovers a beautiful, and very sick, stranger in the woods outside Los Lobos, he finds himself torn between his duty and his hormones. The stranger carries a deadly wolf virus—one that hasn’t been seen in the Black Hills in ages.

Kimi, a Lakota Sioux, is dying. She’s transported herself forward in time, hoping to find the cure to the illness that’s stricken her tribe. Her only chance for survival is to trust Nika, even if she’s not used to having help.

To find the cure and save the pack, Nika and Kimi must travel to a time long ago—before the Lakota populated the Black Hills—a time filled with dangers neither can imagine. Their growing attraction may save them, or kill them both.

 

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Kerry’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and many small animals, including a panther chameleon.

In addition to writing, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, guitarist, and editor. Her newest love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures together.

 

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A Writer’s Brain is Never on Vacation by Jessica Jarman

Last fall, I went on (one of) my dream vacations—to London, England. I’ve wanted to do this for as long as I could remember. Heck, I’d have gone anywhere in the UK, but London’s an amazing place to start, yeah?

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Before I left, I’d been trying to come up with something for an anthology I’d agreed to be a part of. The theme? Bad Boy Next Door. Easy enough, I thought. While I had a few ideas swimming around in my head, I hadn’t settled on anything concrete by the time I got on the plane. But I had plenty of time, so I wasn’t really worried.

On the plane, this character popped in my head—a woman traveling to London, a dream trip for her, but she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be going. So I thought on that during the long flight. Why wasn’t she happy about this amazing trip? And if she didn’t want to be going, what would motivate her to go?

To be honest, I didn’t even connect her with the “bad boy” story. That happened when we arrived at the flat we were renting. While maneuvering the tiny stairwell up to our flat as one of the neighbors was coming out of theirs, it hit me. The heroine I was thinking about so much? She was going to fall for her neighbor—her hot, younger neighbor—who she’d have to leave in a matter of weeks.

Although the anthology this was to be a part of fell through, it sparked an idea for a series with one of my best friends, Bronwyn Green, who shares my love of the UK, dominant men, and sexy accents.

 

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My vacation was absolutely amazing, and I’m already planning more trips. Many, many more—for research purposes, of course!

 

Book Blurb:

After losing her husband six years ago, Meg Stevens has focused on the day-to-day and being a mother, not sparing a thought for anything beyond—no dates, no excitement, no life other than what she already had. A six-week vacation to London, all but forced on her by her two children, changes all of that. Meg meets the man of her dreams—gorgeous, dominant, and completely on board with a short-term fling—despite the fact he’s far too young for her.

Nathan Harris is more than a bit curious about the beautiful woman renting the upstairs flat, and once he talks to her, curiosity is quickly replaced by arousal and desire. It doesn’t take long before it’s clear she longs to experience sexual submission, and Nathan finds himself desperate to be the one she submits to.

Her days spent exploring the city, her nights exploring Nathan and the pleasure submitting to him brings, Meg discovers the trip she’d taken out of obligation has turned into something she doesn’t want to walk away from. However, the life she left behind beckons, and there’s no room there for dreaming of something she can never have.

 

Excerpt:

“Will you submit to me?” His thumb skimmed along her cheekbone. “Give yourself over to me, completely?”

Closing her eyes, she turned into his touch. “Please.”

“Oh, sweet girl.” His husky whisper skittered over her nerves. He trailed his thumb down to press lightly on her bottom lip. “As much as I love the sound of that word falling from your lips—and I plan on hearing it again and again, later—I need you to answer. Open those pretty eyes and answer me.”

Meeting his gaze, Meg fought not to cry from the intensity of it all. The want, the need, the anticipation overwhelmed her senses.

Nathan smiled, the gentle quirk of his mouth at odds with the powerful desire in his eyes. “It’s all right to say no. No matter the answer, I’m still here, and I’m still going to make you feel so good.” 

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Author Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather obsessive fangirl. Jessica loves romance and writes what speaks to her—contemporary, paranormal/fantasy, new adult and more. She loves to hear from readers and can be found at http://www.jessicajarman.com

 

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