By Grace Duncan
Today I welcome my friend, Grace Duncan with the re-release of her amazing Forbes Mates series. Make sure to check out the excerpt from book 5, Hope. I beta read Hope and highly recommend this book and all the books. There is a fantastic tour-wide giveaway, don't forget to enter!
Blurb - Hope- Forbes Mates book 5:
Miguel and Luis’s cross-country trek in search of a new home may bring more than acceptance. It may change the wolf population forever.
Miguel Garcia and Luis Rodriguez have been best friends all their lives. For the last year, they’ve been hiding the fact that they’re also destined mates. When Luis’s family finds out, they kick him out. Miguel’s family would keep them…except their alpha has been known to be downright violent against gay wolves.
With the help of Miguel’s mother, they set out to find a pack that will accept them. They run into more that a few obstacles before they end up in Denver, at the national wolf headquarters, meeting the alpha prime. They’re stunned to find, not only offers to join more than one pack, but that their struggle can shine light on a bigger problem–and make things better for LGBT wolves across the country.
Exclusive excerpt from Hope – Forbes Mates 5
They made it a little over two weeks. They’d kept busy, cleaning up trails, trimming brush, and repainting things. After the first week or so, Luis suspected the alpha was digging up things for them to do, but he wasn’t going to complain. They’d earned quite a bit of money, so when they were asked to move on, they could keep going for a while.
So far they hadn’t even had to sell Miguel’s mamá’s ring. It stayed in an inside pocket of one of the backpacks, hidden, their unspoken last resort.
Luis had known it wouldn’t last. Mike and Beth were very nice, as was the pack beta, a Native man named John Chavis, who ran the local horseback riding stables. He’d taught them how to saddle and unsaddle the horses, how to brush them down. When they ran out of things to paint and clean at the lodge, they’d cleaned out stalls and fed the horses, helping around the stables. John had even paid them for it, and they’d put that money away with the rest of their earnings.
Despite how nice everyone was, Luis had known something would happen. They were on borrowed time. Something would give them away. It ended up being the last thing they expected.
After dinner some eighteen days after they got to Silver City, Mike called them into the kitchen at the lodge. Beth was putting away the last of the dishes as they sat around the small table in the corner with iced tea.
“Do you remember when we agreed to let you stay?”
Luis swallowed, his heart pounding. Here it is. Both he and Miguel nodded.
“Well, I said there was one caveat to you two staying here, and that was that you didn’t bring trouble with you. But I just got an e-mail that’s worrisome. Now, if you can tell me you’re not the two people it’s talking about, then that’s fine.” He pushed a piece of paper across the table.
Luis looked down, and his former alpha’s name stared back at him in big, bold letters. He couldn’t even bring himself to read the entire e-mail. He saw something about mates, descriptions of the two of them, their first names—which of course they’d given to the alpha—along with language that included something about harboring them and causing trouble to anyone who did.
He looked up and met Miguel’s eyes, unable to stop the disappointment and fear from filling him. He knew what Miguel was thinking. After being friends most of their lives before becoming mates, he knew how Miguel thought. They couldn’t lie, even if they wanted to. And they’d already lied enough by leaving out the fact that they were mates. But saying it wasn’t them wasn’t something Miguel could do.
And Luis, while he might have been better able to than Miguel, really didn’t want to.
He swallowed the fear but let Miguel do the talking for them.
“It is us. I’m sorry, I had no idea our former alpha was looking for us. I… we….” He closed his mouth and shrugged helplessly.
Beth came over to the table and picked up the paper, reading it. “Look, if it was just about being mates… well, we’d have to ask you to keep it private. Our guests—and the small town down the hill—wouldn’t want to see it. But we might be able to accept that. This, though….”
Mike sighed. “When you came here, we told you we’re a small pack. If your former alpha wants to make trouble for us, it could be all over before we could even alert the prime.” Mike frowned. “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to ask you to leave.”
Luis’s heart sank, even though he knew it had been coming. He nodded.
“Can we stay the night?” Miguel asked.
Mike nodded. “Yeah. John’ll give you a ride into town early in the morning. There’s a bus at 7:00 a.m. to Deming. The next closest pack is Santa Fe. You can talk to them, but I don’t know that Nate’ll be any more able to take you than I am. You understand, we just can’t take the chance.”
Miguel swallowed, then nodded. “We understand, alpha.”
“All right, then. I suggest you pack and get ready.”
Join us in celebrating the rerelease of the Forbes Mates books! The celebration tour has a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and lots of fun excerpts from the books. Devotion is also on sale for 99¢ for the whole tour, so you can get started on the series!
Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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