Please welcome my very special guest, Siren author – Lynnette Bernard. She’s talking about her latest release, Lauries’ Loves. Welcome Lynnette!
This is part of a series. Are they any special challenges when writing for a series?
Keeping the storylines clear and the characters well developed is important. It’s also important to find a way to introduce the characters to set them up for their own book without making their appearance awkward just to place the characters. Every character in the series has an important role within it. Their story should be unique to them and cause the reader to care about their happiness. At least I hope they will.
Tell us about your latest book?
I just finished and submitted the second book in the Beckett’s Wolf Pack – Triad Mates Series. It is tentatively titled Babies for Nikki. This one is Laurie’s best friend Nikki’s story.
I really loved writing this book. Nikki is an awesome character. She’s strong, funny, caring and doesn’t take crap from anyone even though she has her own issues she’s fighting. She is exactly what Alexander andButlerneed. I love the two men as well. They are such strong men who have had to live their lives very seriously in order to protect the pack. Having Nikki as their mate, frees them to be the sensitive, kind and loving men who finally enjoy life. They also love it when she stands up to them. It’s fun to see them be the men they are deep inside – men that they can be because of her. I found myself smiling a lot when I was writing this one. J
Plotter or Pantser?
A little of both, actually. I have the basic idea of what I want each story to be about, but the story also takes on a life of its own and becomes what it was meant to be as I write it.
What makes a great hero?
I think a hero is the person that you root for and hope for. A true hero doesn’t cave in to what others think is acceptable. A hero has a definite understanding of right and wrong. A hero should be someone with good moral values who fights for what is right and is a decent person who helps and cares for others. Because of this, you want them to succeed, find love, triumph over evil, and be happy.
I believe in the basic golden rule for my characters. They are kind and do the right thing even if they have to make sacrifices to do so. I refuse to allow evil to win, and I don’t enjoy books or movies that allow that to happen. I know it’s often the way things are in real life, but my reason for writing, for reading and for seeing movies is to escape from reality. My books definitely have a happily ever after, and I always make sure the good guys win.
Do you have anything in common with your characters?
Absolutely! Laurie’s Loves is basically my story. I was that person who came out of the other side of domestic abuse with a bruised ego and little to no confidence. It took me about ten years to reclaim the person I was before I met my ex, but I am happy to say I’m now the person I once was. Not everyone who survives abuse has to come out of it bitter and angry. I didn’t. Laurie is me, the insecure me, who questions her worth even though she knows she’s a good person with a lot of love in her to share. Nikki is me, the outgoing smart-mouth, who protects everyone, makes jokes and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Just as Laurie is, I am a mother of two, a girl and a boy, and Laurie’s children’s personalities are dead-on for my own children’s personalities. Mia is the protector who has an uncanny ability to evaluate situations and offer logical advice. Dean is the calming influence with a wicked sense of humor. Both Laurie’s kids and my kids are a supportive team, love each other to death,
defend each other, and want all of us to be happy. Laurie’s personality is very much like mine. She is a nurturer who wants to please and help others – so do I. Just like Laurie, I hadn’t had a vacation if fifteen years because I was alone raising my children under very difficult circumstances. There is one big difference between us though. Laurie found two incredibly hot, caring, kind, and loving men on her vacation. I did not. Damn it! J
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I used to, but life gave me a big dose of reality so I’m more of a skeptic now – a hopeful skeptic.
Have there been any real-life love stories that have inspired you?
My grandparents, my parents and my aunt and her husband definitely had that love story kind of thing going on. All of them were lucky enough to find their soul mates when they were very young and their marriages were strong and loving. Despite their problems and hardships, they were committed to their families and each other. I still remember my parents holding hands and laughing together on the couch when I was an adult. I think what made theirs such a wonderful love story was that they were good friends, too. And they loved their children to death.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers trying to get published?
I’ve been trying to get published since I wrote my first book at age 14. I constantly ran into problems with publishers refusing to read my work because I didn’t have an agent and agents who were not willing to represent me because I had never had anything published. It was so frustrating. Luckily, writers today have the route of ebooks. Ebook Publishers are open to everyone and give all writers equal opportunity to submit their work. This is not an automatic thing though. Aspiring writers need to be prepared. They need to hone their skills and make sure their work is worthy of the publishing. I would tell aspiring writers to take the chance and submit their work. What could happen? Someone could say no. I have a drawer full of rejection letters. You have to persevere. Don’t give up. Have confidence in yourself and your work.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
One big thing that is really difficult to deal with as an author is negative reviews. In today’s age of technology, people tend to say really mean things because they can hide behind their computers and fake names and not take ownership for their words. There is no need to be so cruel. As a writer, you have to get to a place where you accept that not everyone is going to like your work. You may have two or three people that are really vicious in their reviews but you have to remember that they might be three out of thousands who have read your stuff. It took me two months of tears and anger to get to that point and, to some degree, every bad review hurts, but eventually it won’t be so soul shattering.
Finding the time to write is another big difficulty. We writers all have full time jobs and commitments to our families that make a lot of our life about everyone else. Writing is just for me. I long for it. I cherish it. Writing is a long, hard process but the end result of a finished book is worth every moment of sacrifice and loss of sleep. Sometime I think I’d die if I couldn’t write.
What are you currently working on?
Since I just submitted the 2nd book in Beckett’s Wolf Pack Series, I’m going to take a day to go to a movie or something, and then I’ll start Book 3. This one is about Doc and his triad partner Carter and their mate Susannah.
How can your fans find you on the net?
I love to hear from readers.
I have a website that will keep them up to date on my work.
I have an email account.
I also have a Facebook account and I would love to have my readers “friend” me. J
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Laurie’s Loves (MFM)
Beckett’s Wolf Pack, Triad Mates
By: Lynnette Bernard | Other books by Lynnette Bernard
Categories: Erotic Romance, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves
Word Count: 107,312
Heat Level: SCORCHING
Published By: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
[Ménage and More: Erotic Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, werewolves, sex toys, HEA]
Alpha Jace Beckett is not willing to commit himself to a mate—even if his hold on humanity is quickly slipping away without the grounding presence of the final member of his triad.
Jackson Scott is beta and triad partner to Jace.Jacksonknows they both need that one woman to complete their triad, love them, and give them a future filled with tenderness, caring, and cubs.
Laurie Young is their fated triad mate—a human who knows nothing of their world. They need her to accept their wolves and their mating. Her children would be theirs, and they would do everything to protect her from her abusive ex. They just have to convince her to stay with them and accept that they were fated to share a life together. She has to know that they loved and wanted her even before they realized she was carrying their baby.
Note: This book contains double vaginal penetration.
Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among the men.
A Siren Erotic Romance
The guests walked up the front porch steps quickly, none of them even drawing any interest from him. He took in a deep breath, scenting her once again. The scent wasn’t coming from the group that had just passed him. His brow furrowed in confusion. He knew he scented her. Where was she?
He turned and saw one woman standing to the left of the shuttle, struggling with luggage from a car that was obviously on its last leg, its make more than ten years old. She was reaching into the trunk and pulling her overnight bag out, letting it fall to the ground before she reached back in to pull a larger suitcase to the edge. It tipped precariously, and she used her body to hold it against the back of the car, awkwardly trying to keep it from falling. Her desperation was obvious.
Jace stepped forward, and in three long strides was by her side. Breathing in deeply, his heart raced. Her scent filled his lungs, and he barely contained the growl of possession that threatened to erupt from him. Damn, but her scent soothed him deep down to his very soul. Every bit of denial left him. There was no denying her.
He wanted to reach out and pull her into his arms and never let her go. And that pissed him off more than anything. Instead, he reached forward and took the bag from her. He looked down at her, unable to do more than stare at the voluptuous beauty before him. She was beautiful in a way that nearly hurt him. She had curves in all the right places, and he wanted to touch every bit of her. He wanted to lay her out before him and feast on her. And he wanted her naked. Now.
When she looked up at him and smiled openly, her large brown eyes bright with gratitude, his breath caught in his chest. How could that one small smile send him into such a tailspin? He struggled to fight down his wolf. Arguing with his wolf wasn’t an option right then. He pushed it down with every bit of strength that he had.
“Thanks,” she told him sincerely, reaching out to take the bag from him.
She stopped suddenly, and he saw her take in a deep breath. His heart raced, and he found himself holding his breath as he watched her close her eyes and take in his scent, and he had no doubt that she was doing just that. Damn it! There was no mistaking it. If she caught his scent and recognized that there was a difference, even though she didn’t understand it, he was doomed.
“It’s really nice out here,” she told him finally, opening her eyes to look at him and smile, the softness of her eyes capturing his attention.
He watched her silently as she took another deep breath and closed her eyes in satisfaction, but when she opened them again and looked up at him, he could sense her sadness. He had to take a step back from her and clutch his hands into fists at his sides to stop himself from reaching out and pulling her into the safety of his embrace and holding her until her sadness abated. His wolf paced restlessly and demanded that he take her in his arms immediately and claim her.
Before he even had a chance to decide how to handle his wolf or deny her as a man, she took a step away from him and tugged the large suitcase, along with her overnight bag, up the stairs. He watched her delectable ass as it swayed with each step she climbed, and fought back a growl as he envisioned grabbing onto the feminine flare of her hips as he plunged deep inside her warmth and lost himself in the feel of her wet and welcoming channel. The instant image he had of her filled with their child made his breath catch in his throat, bringing her delectable scent deep into his lungs once again.
He mentally shook the vision out of his head, knowing thatJacksonsaw exactly what he had just envisioned. He could feel his triad partner’s confusion but was at a loss to do anything but follow the retreating form of the unsuspecting female with his eyes. He watched in stunned silence as the woman dragged her suitcases across the front porch, disappearing from sight without an ounce of flirtation.
What the hell? Jace had never been more confused in his life. That little slip of a woman, with her beautifully expressive brown eyes, shoulder-length dark brown hair, and a curvaceous body that he had an all-consuming desire to feel beneath him while he plunged into her sweet warmth, had dismissed him without a thought.
Jace! What’s going on? Jackson’s voice resounded in his head. He could senseJackson’s concern as well as his anger. But underlying it all, he could feel the spike of desireJackson felt when he had shared the erotic vision Jace had unwittingly sent to him.
I found her. Jace’s voice sounded defeated as he spoke to the man who had been his best friend and second-in-command more years than he cared to remember.
Who? Jackson’s voice held only confusion.
Jace leaned in and kissed the side of Laurie’s neck, opening his mouth and scraping his canines against her body where her neck met her shoulder. Laurie moaned and reached out to clasp her hands around his neck to pull him closer to her. He reached up and covered her mouth with his, coaxing her lips open to accept him, gently thrusting his tongue into her mouth and sweeping its sweetness, moaning his approval as she responded shyly with her own tongue.
One of his large hands was holding the back of her head as he leaned in to claim her mouth once again while the other swept her body to feel the silkiness of her skin and settle gently against her breast, circling her already taut nipple.
“Laurie,” he moaned as his mouth left hers, and he trailed kisses down her body to her full breast before taking the rosy nipple into his mouth and sucking hard before laving it gently with his tongue.
“Jace,” she gasped, her body arching up toward his touch. Wanting. Needing. “Please don’t stop,” she pleaded. “I need you.”
“Oh, baby,” he groaned, laughing, his voice gruff with passion, “I have no intentions of stopping until you scream my name as you come.”
Laurie moaned and reached out to grip his head, threading her fingers through the silkiness of his black hair and pulling him back toward her breast. She lost herself in the sensations of his mouth suckling at her breast and his hands petting her body. She was floating in sensations as her body received such total gentleness and love.
Her legs were slowly parted, and she felt Jace kiss his way down to her inner thigh. She reached down and touched his head lovingly as he leaned back to look up at her.
“I’ve been needing to taste you since the moment I saw you,” he whispered, gently spreading her lower lips to reveal the shiny pinkness that awaited him. She was already wet and ready for them, and he wanted to make her know the ecstasy that they would give her.
The moan that escaped her made him smile as his tongue took one long swipe from her delicate opening to her clit, humming in satisfaction at the glorious taste of her juices. His tongue speared deep inside her, and he pulled out to latch onto her clit and suck gently before biting down on it carefully.
Laurie’s hips lifted off the bed, and he smiled as she cried out his name. Jace chuckled and reached forward with his large hand to gently rub the swollen bud as Jackson inserted two fingers into her tight opening and curled them slightly to rub against the elusive spot inside her, his body pressing against her hip as he settled comfortably beside her. Laurie nearly shot off the bed at the explosion that shot through her body.
They slowed their movements to gently coax her down from her orgasm, kissing her face, her breasts, her stomach, as they soothed her. Moving as one, Jace settled between her legs and placed his cock at the entrance to her body, leaning in slightly so she could feel the pressure of the tip of his erection.
“Do you want this, Laurie?” he asked her quietly, stilling all movement until she gave him permission to enter her body. “If you say yes, there’s no going back.” His voice was deep and serious. She looked up at him and saw the need in his face, but her eyes filled with tears at the love she also saw there. “If you say yes, you’ll be ours.”
She looked over at Jackson. He waited beside her on his knees as he watched them, his heavy cock hard and dripping with pre-cum. His eyes held a longing that stole her heart, and she saw the love he had for her shining back at her. Tears filled her eyes as she looked from Jackson to Jace, and she reached out to gently touch Jace’s face with her right hand and Jackson’s face with her left.
“I love you both,” she whispered, her heart nearly breaking at the love she felt for both men. “Please make love to me. Make me yours.”
Jace covered her body with his, moaning against her neck as she took hold of his shaft and brought it to her waiting channel. He rocked into her in small increments, groaning at her tightness. It took every bit of effort to work his way into her body with careful thrusts, easing himself into her with a gentleness that would ensure he didn’t hurt her. She was so tight, so exquisite, he feared he would spill his seed before he even seated himself deep within her. Hearing her moan with pleasure as he pushed the last inch of his rock-hard cock into her, he had to stop and gather his control as he felt the tip of his shaft touch her womb. Pulling out gently, he surged back into her waiting warmth, making her moan in pleasure at the feel of him deep inside her.
He stilled, searching her face for any fear or pain, allowing her body the needed reprieve to relax and open to accommodate his size. Only when he felt her body grow pliant beneath him, did he start to move again. Each pull of his cock within her silky channel made the most erotic sounds escape her mouth. She canted her hips to take him deeper into her body. He leaned down to kiss her gently, picked himself up on his arms to get a better angle, then slowly rocked in and out of her body, groaning in ecstasy as her internal muscles gripped him as if she never wanted him to leave the warmth of her body.
Laurie moaned and turned to Jackson, reaching out to grab his cock and gently pull him toward her mouth. His length and girth were impressive, but Laurie was determined to take every inch of him. When he hit the back of her throat, she swallowed, and he moaned her name as he pet her hair and rocked slowly back and forth within the warm depths of her mouth.