Waking Hearts is only one week away!
I can’t wait for you guys to get back to Cambio Springs. All the gang is back, but this story really belongs to two very special characters, Allison Smith and Oliver Campbell.
These two have been the subject of MUCH speculation over the years, and let’s just say, ALL their (nosy) friends have something to say about their relationship. The teaser today comes from one of my favorite scenes between Ollie and Sean. Writing old friends is fun. Writing old friends FIGHTING is even more fun. (Okay, so there’s probably something twisted about that, but it’s true. Old friends fight differently.)
This book is also an opportunity for readers to see more of Sean Quinn, rattlesnake shifter from the (more-than-slightly-shady) Quinn clan. He left the Springs when he was young and only turned up at the end of Desert Bound. But he’s a really fun character, so I hope you guys enjoy reading him as much as I enjoy writing him!
Enjoy the teaser. The book releases a week from today!
Ollie pulled over to grab Sean by the neck, only to find the man had disappeared into the floorboard. Ollie heard the whisper of a rattle somewhere in the truck, but couldn’t see his old friend anywhere. The sudden chill of a brush against his ankle brought him back to sanity.
He took a deep breath. “I hate it when you do that.”
Ollie reached over and shoved open the Bronco door, tossing Sean’s empty clothes out the door.
“Shift and get back in the car. I’m not driving into town with your naked ass next to me.”
Another, stronger rattle and Ollie took the keys out of the ignition. “Fine. I won’t leave you on the side of the road.”
There was a flash at his shoulder, and when Ollie turned his head, he was greeted with the flare of a frilled lizard cape flashing in his face while Sean hissed, inches from his face.
“Dammit!” He brought his elbow up to smack it, but it had already darted away. “I hate that one, Sean.”
A ripple of air outside his truck, and Sean’s pale arm grabbed for his jeans.
“Hey, I could have scared you as a horned lizard.”
“What does that one do?”
“Spits blood out of its eye.”
Ollie grimaced as Sean hopped back in the truck.
“You do the weirdest shit.”
“Because hibernation isn’t odd.”
“I don’t hibernate.”
“But you could.”
Ollie shook his head and started the Bronco back up.
They rode in silence until Sean started talking again. “You think she’s still in love with Joe?”
“I don’t know.”
“She hasn’t loved him for years. You ought to know that by now.”
“The timing still sucks.”
“Yeah, it does. But the timing is never going to be perfect. She’s got four kids, two sisters, one father, two jobs. Her life is crazy. But being with you could help with that. She loves you, Ollie.”
“As a friend.”
“So show her it’s more! She can’t keep her eyes off you. Anytime you’re nearby, she watches you. Attraction is not the problem.”
“I don’t want to talk about this with you.”
“And I don’t even want to think about how wound up that girl is. She’s a fox and she’s been alone for how long? She’s got to be frustrated out of her mind.”
“Don’t make me kill you. You know I can.”
“Hey.” Sean grinned. “This is only good news for you, my friend. Everyone knows vixens are freaks.”
“Just saying, when this has been settled, you will be the envy of us all.”
“She is a mother of four, you asshole.”
Sean burst into laughter. “Yeah. You ever wonder why?”
No, he didn’t need to. A long clothesline of lace panties spoke for itself.
Copyright 2015, Elizabeth Hunter