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Fantastic Fables: Heart Mates by Mary Hughes

Beautiful woman sleeping among fairies

Please welcome author Mary Hughes! Her new series, Pull of the Moon, is a paranormal romance that combines witches with werewolves. The first book is Heart Mates and it was released on April 28, 2015 from Samhain Publishing! Enjoy the story below!

One lucky reader will win ebook copies of Masked Attraction (Heart Mates Prequel) and Paranormally Yours (8-author box set)! Adults only, please. This is an international giveaway! This giveaway is provided by Mary Hughes!

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Little Blue Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf

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Once upon a time, witch princess Sophia Blue skipped along a path through the big forest, her heavenly blue cloak floating like a cape. She carried a basket of goodies to her little old grandma who lived in a cottage deep in the woods.

Well, not quite. At twenty-six, Sophia didn’t skip so much as powerwalk. And her cloak was really a banker-chic navy pantsuit. And her little old relative was her Aunt Linda, herself a witch.

But those are simply details, interchangeable scarves and belts on the little black dress of our Fantastic Fable.

As Sophia powerwalked along the wooded path, she swung her basket, thinking of how her dear aunt would enjoy the gooey chocolate chip cookies inside, baked fresh that morning—in the bank where Sophia worked. As penance for a terrible mistake, Sophia had given up her magic and embraced the life of a mundane.

So Sophia didn’t see the dark shape filtering between trees, following her.

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Alpha wolf shifter Noah glided after the beguiling female, following her exotic scent like a dog on the trail of kibbles. Or rather, as an alpha wolf scenting a possible mate. He didn’t know who the female was, but as he ran to get ahead of her, he was stunned motionless by the most amazing eyes. Star-shot blue, like the moon sparkling on a warm sea dazzled him over a strong nose, pure skin, kissable lips…she’d passed him again.

The woman lifted the basket and did a little spin. “I just know Aunt Linda will love these cookies.”

Noah had heard of Linda Blue—she was a witch. He didn’t trust witches. Witches had killed his mother and nearly killed him. But he was desperate to meet the beguiling young woman, so he shifted to wolf, an alpha’s easy morph with his clothes shifting inside with his human, and ran ahead to Blue’s little cottage in the woods.

Nestled deep in the forest was a snug bungalow. At the round little door, Noah shifted back and raised his hand to knock.

The door flung open in his face. A kindly apple-cheeked woman peered up at him. Blue eyes opened wide and the little old woman gasped.

Scared? Noah winced. His big black wolf must still be bleeding through his human form. He’d never scare a woman, so he scrunched his eyes in concentration, willing the powerful beast to fade…

“Oh, aren’t you a good-looking wolf?”

His eyes flew open.

Linda Blue wasn’t scared. She was grinning in delight.

A plump, beringed hand grabbed his arm. “Well, what are you waiting for. Come in, come in.”

She yanked him inside—by tooth and claw, the woman was strong—continuing to natter. “You’re the new alpha, aren’t you? Unmated to boot! And guess who’s coming here? My little niece Sophia, a princess and unmarried too. You should go on a date!”

“Ms. Blue, I’m not here for a blind date—although I do want to meet your niece.”

“Oh, yes of course. We can do that” She smiled cherubically as she dragged him into a smaller room. “Just climb into bed.”

What?” He blinked from a raised old-fashioned four-poster back to Blue.

The little old witch’s cheeks pinked and she finally let go. “Well, how else can nature take its course?”

“Ms. Blue, that’s totally inappropriate.” He scrubbed a hand through his hair.

“Not if a mommy and a daddy love each other very much—”

“Ms. Blue!”

“Hmm.” She tapped a plump finger against her lips, costume jewelry clacking. “You’ll apparently need a bit of ‘convincing’. Okay. One for the money, two for the show.”

“Aunt Linda?” Sophia called through the cottage front door in her lovely alto. “I have cookies!”

Noah closed his eyes and a smile drifted onto his lips. He could listen to that voice forever…

“Three to get ready—”

So he didn’t see the witch’s wind up, and only felt her wallop him with a spell.

“And four to go!”

Magic hit him like a blast of electricity, shocking him numb, then burrowing into every cell in his body. “What was that…?”

Something fluttered against his bare feet. His eyes snapped open, and he glanced down.

Masked AttractionHeart Mates

He was wearing a sack-like ruffled nightgown. His hand rose to his head…an equally ruffled dust cap was on his head.

Damn witches. Never trust a witch.

“Oops.” Linda tittered. “That wasn’t quite the spell I meant, but it’ll do. You’d better get under the covers.” She hooked a foot behind his knee and shoved him until he stumbled and fell onto the bed.

She shooped underneath.

“Auntie, where are you?” The beautiful Sophia came into the bedroom. Seeing Noah, her star-shot eyes widened.

They really are the most beguiling blue…

“Aunt Linda? Um, what big ears you have.”

“Huh?” was all Noah could think to say. His voice came out half growl, and he saw for the first time that the hands atop the nightgown were covered in a large amount of black hair.

By his fangs and claws. He was partially shifted.

A fist punched him from under the mattress.

“Um, all the better to hear you with?” He gazed at Sophia’s lovely skin and lips…he felt a stupid grin float onto his face.

She startled. Swallowed hard. “What big teeth you have.”

He snapped his snout shut. Damn, what part of half-shifted had he forgotten?

Another poke of the mattress made him growl. Enough was enough, accident prone spell caster or no. He rolled over the edge of the bed and snarled under it, “I am not saying ‘All the better to eat you with.’ That’s just spouting a line from a bad porno. Change me back.”

“I can’t.” In the dark under the bed, Blue twiddled her fingers and grinned innocently.

“Fine. I’ll have to do it the natural way.” He leaped to his hairy feet and tried to shift. He was an alpha and normally could do it almost instantly, but the spell had screwed something up. He couldn’t shift human so he tried wolf. He closed his eyes and rearranged, his black hair running down his body like rapidly laying overlapping roof shingles, his limbs flowing forward and down, his face extending, ears sliding up.

In less time than it took to think it, a huge black wolf stood in his place.

Sophia gasped, eyes wide in both fear and wonder.

He’d never scare a woman, much less one who might be his mate. He clamped eyes and practically forced his cells to shift human.

Again the spell interfered. Normally his clothes shifted out with his human form.

This time, when he opened his eyes, he’d shifted back naked.

Sophia’s jaw dropped. Then she swallowed hard and licked her luscious lips. “You’re…quite muscled.”

Shifters weren’t body conscious and he preened. “Thanks. You’re quite beautiful.”

“Oh. Um, thanks.”

“I’d like to get to know you better.”

“So would I.” She set the cookies down by the bed. A plump, beringed hand snaked out and snared them. “But you have to get dressed.”

“I can do that.”

After he dressed, they walked out, hand in hand, Linda beaming behind them.

And they all lived happily ever after.

The End

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Mary HughesAbout Mary:

As a girl, Mary Hughes spun romantic, happily-ever-after stories to get to sleep. A husband, family, two degrees, and a blackbelt later, she’s delighted to spin them for readers.

She has lived with love and loss, in bright times and dark, and learned we can all use a break from reality now and then.

So join her for action, sparkling wit and red-hot love. Strong men. Stronger women.

You can visit Mary around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Mary Hughes?

Bite My Fire Biting Nixie The Bite of Silence Biting Me Softly Biting Oz Beauty BitesHeart MatesBlack Diamond Jinn (A Hot S...Edie and the CEOTwice ShyBiting Serendipity

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This contest is provided by Mary Hughes!

One lucky reader will win ebook copies of Masked Attraction (Heart Mates Prequel) and Paranormally Yours (8-author box set)! Adults only, please.
(International)

Heart Mates

Available April 28, 2015 from Samhain Publishing

About this Book:

Witch plus wolf? They’re allergic. Except no one told their hearts.

Shifters and witches? Forbidden on pain of death. Might as well stick a fork in a light socket. Yet those are the kind of sparks witch princess Sophia Blue feels when she meets wolf shifter Noah in her aunt’s bookstore.

But Sophia is stuck. Her aunt is missing and Noah, the last person to see her, is Sophia’s only hope. If not for that and her aunt’s new, cute little doggie, Sophia would run as far as she could from the sexy, hard-hewn alpha.

Noah’s stuck too. Before disappearing, the aunt hit him with a hex gone horribly wrong—he’s the doggie. By day he’s fifteen pounds of yippity-yip, and with five anti-alpha wolves nipping at his heels, that’s deadly dangerous. Only Sophia can help him, but she has lost her magic.

Then an evil mage from Sophia’s past shows up with murder on his mind, and all Noah’s instincts shout to protect the woman his misguided heart thinks is his mate.

Warning: Sinfully sexy alpha thrown together with a hot witch in a small town. Sass, sparkle, a meddling aunt, snafus, growling, fighting, and oh yeah, sex. Might want to get up to date on your shots.

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6 Responses to “Fantastic Fables: Heart Mates by Mary Hughes

  1. LilNo Gravatar
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    I really enjoyed the tale and was especially amused with the heroine being a power walking woman in navy pantsuit instead of the expected skipping along wearing red hooded cape.

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    I loved it! I’ve bought the first book in the series. Great reading and I’m not even done!

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    I love the twist on little red riding hood! Changing the name to little blue riding hood and having a shape shifting wolf is genius. Thank you

    I am new to this author.

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    congrats to Mary on her success and thanks for such a fun story :)

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    the cover’s nice

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    I loved the tale!
    I have not read anything by this author yet, but I hope to sometime soon!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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