The final chapter

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Read the final chapter below and then check out the sneak peek of the cover for my next release (late November). RACING THE MOON is a re-release, but since so many readers are just discovering me it could be new to you!


Blaise put up a hand as Cady started to follow him to the edge of the forest. She paused. A cool fall breeze shivered through her light T-shirt and made her skin a conductor for every sensation of lust and desire, but mostly apprehension.

He was methodical in taking off his shirt and pants and folding them. She supposed he must ruin a lot of clothing if the shift came on him suddenly. Like when he hadn’t remembered what he really was. And now that he did remember? It must be such a relief to him.

Good thing she had a talent for sewing. She foresaw brushing up on her seamstress skills in the future.

She’d seen Blaise shift a few times now, and marveled that in that short time she’d come to accept the man—werewolf. She had. Mostly?

“Slow,” she whispered. “I do love him. Always have.”

But knowing what she now knew added a new dimension to her emotions that had to be tendered carefully. And, she needed to stand before his werewolf and look into his eyes and…accept.

So when his body transformed, and fur grew over his bulging muscles and his head took on the shape of a wolf, she shivered at the incredible realization that something she’d always thought fiction was real. And then she couldn’t stop herself from walking forward, to meet the hand—paw—the werewolf held out to her.

He smelled like fur and field and wild. His maw revealed brilliant, sharp teeth and his ears rotated as she stepped up. Black leathery nostrils flared to take her in. The werewolf then thrust back its shoulders and howled, long and loud. The sound carried through the forest and was answered by what she suspected could be a natural wolf. Then he dropped to one knee before her and nuzzled his nose and face aside her thigh.

Cady combed her fingers over his fur and even dared to brush them over his ear. So soft. Yet the beast was strong and powerful, and she decided he could rip a man apart with but a tug.

“I’m not afraid of you,” she said. “I love you, Blaise.”

The werewolf stood, drawing its nose along her side until it touched her hair. It wasn’t a sexual touch. He was just familiarizing himself with her while in his shifted shape. Gold eyes were rimmed with brown stars. So much empathy in his gaze. There lived a man behind those eyes.

A man she loved.

“Go,” she said. “Run and howl at the moon. You’ve given me your wild. Now take it for yourself.”

The wolf loped off into the forest. She stood there until it howled again. Cady fancied he’d just called her name…in wolf.


Now here’s a sneak-peek at the cover for RACING THE MOON!



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Blaise paced the living room before the couch. Cady lingered in the kitchen after the supper dishes had been washed and put away. Was she organizing the fridge?

No, she was avoiding him. He knew it as he knew the shift beckoned to him even as he fought it.

Damn it, he wanted her to accept him, and to not feel forced into anything. Like having a romance with an animal. Cady was strong and proud. So sexy. And yes, she probably was the wife he didn’t know he needed.

He did need her. He wanted her.

“So are you going out soon?”

He spun to spy her fiddling with the ends of her hair. Reluctant. Not so strong and proud.

Blaise dropped to his knees before her and kissed her hands. “Tell me that you can love me,” he said. “I need you, Cady. As more than a glorified secretary. I need you here.” He slapped a palm over his heart. “But you don’t want that, do you?”

“I do,” she said with surprise. “Oh, Blaise, stand up and hold me. Be my big strong lover.”

“With a tail and moonlight howls?”

She bowed her forehead to his and nodded. “I was avoiding you just now. But only because my thoughts have been conflicted lately. ‘Does he really love me?’ ‘Can I love him?’ And you know what?” She straightened and directed him to stand before her. “I’m in love with a werewolf.”

“You don’t have to say that because you think it’s what I want to hear.”

“I’m not. I’m in this for all the full moons to come. Think you can handle that, boss man?”

“I thought you wanted us to take it slow?”

“We will. But making slow love is the best.”

He kissed her. “I agree.”

“Are you cool with us…?”


He did make it. Just barely. Blaise walked Cady down the sidewalk to his car, passing troops of costumed children along the way. The adults were out and about in all kinds of costumes and levels of drunkenness, as well, Some had started to get into the party mode early.

He just wanted to get Cady home and then tug off that tail and… He’d let her keep the ears on. The idea of it rocketed up his horniness.

He opened the car door for her just as a trio of sexy Elvira vampires haunted by. Behind them, a mangy-looking werewolf leaped and sent the vamps fleeing in a fit of giggles.

Blaise felt Cady’s hand tense in his. She didn’t get in the car, but instead stood there staring at the silliness with the most frightened look.

He could smell her salty fear. Damn. He’d made a mistake. She couldn’t handle this. What had he been thinking?

“Oh.” She startled out of the stare. “Uh…right. Your place.” She tugged off the cat ears.

“Cady.” He clasped both her hands gently. “Are you cool with us or not?”

“I, uh…”

“That pause tells me you are not.”

She sighed and tilted onto her toes to kiss him. “We’re taking a big step tonight. I need you to go slow with me.”

“We don’t have to do this.”

“Yes, we do. I’ve already seen you shift. And I admire you.”

“Nothing will happen that you don’t agree to. I promise.”

“You’re such a honorable man,” she whispered. “Do you know I’ve always considered myself the wife you didn’t realize you needed?”

“Uh, I’m not sure what to say to that.”
“I wasn’t implying anything. Just that…” She kissed him softly. “I like taking care of you, and I want this relationship to work.”
“So do I. Love you.”

He kissed her, but realized she hadn’t replied that she loved him. Hell, was he doing the wrong thing with her?

Would a werewolf wear a Halloween costume?


Halloween fell on a Wednesday, so Blaise had to work. Which meant no dashing out to the cabin to shift tonight. He and Cady had appeased his werewolf last night. Over and over. But on the night of the full moon? The werewolf would need to be let out.

And on Halloween, of all days. Should he count that as a blessing since a furry man loping about the city might not earn a second glance on such a holiday?

He snickered to himself, then caught a glimpse of Cady through the half-open doorway as she entered the office and dropped her purse on the desk, while juggling two coffees. What was she wearing? His cock instantly hardened. And yet… Really?

Three eager strides took him into the reception room. He studied the black velvet cat’s ears on her head, and then turned her by the shoulders to make a show of checking out the long black tail sprouting from her short black skirt.

“A cat?”

She wiggled her derriere, setting the tail to a bobble. “I’m always a cat on Halloween. Oh.” She preened one of the ears. “Do you have a problem with cats?” She glided a hand up his suit to his tie, where the blue-striped silk wasn’t quite so tight as usual. “Does the big bad wolf fear one little pussycat?”

He grabbed her by the ass. “This wolf is going to show the pussycat just how wild he is.”

“You already have.” A nudge of her thigh against his erection made him hiss in restraint. “Just friends at the office, remember?”

“How long until quitting time?”

“Eight and a half hours.” The purring cat wiggled away from him and cast a wink over her shoulder.

“I’ll never make it,” Blaise muttered.

Chapter 27


Sign her up for the challenge of keeping the man sexually sated! On the night before the full moon, the twosome hooked up at Blaise’s place. After wine, popcorn and only fifteen minutes of the corniest action movie from the ’80s the man could find, they didn’t even make it down the hall into the bedroom before their clothes were stripped away.

As Blaise knelt before Cady and kissed her mons, dragging his tongue in wicked slowness about her aching folds, she pressed a hand to the wall to steady herself. His dark tousled hair and the beard rubbing softly against her thigh reminded of when she’d seen him in the forest as a wolf. Wild.

“Will I ever get to formally meet your werewolf?” she said on a sudden gasp as his tongue found the perfect spot and did not relent in giving her pleasure. “Hold that thought. Oh, yes. Right there…”

An hour later, Blaise shoved the sheets off the bed because they were only getting tangled in them. The man’s penis was exquisite, and she couldn’t get enough of it. Stroking, squeezing, licking, sucking; it was all good. For a few moments, such actions gave her the control over such a powerful man, and she realized that feeling was necessary to alleviate any lingering fears.

The man grasped her hair gently, and came with a shout and a growl. The animal part of him always emerged to have its say when he was at his most vulnerable and yet also most powerful.

When she snuggled beside him and he kissed her on the nose, he said, “You asked about meeting my werewolf. You sure about that?”

“I think so. Maybe?”

“I’ll wait until you’re sure. It could get intense. My werewolf will want to claim you.”


He nodded.

“Okay, not ready for that. Yet. But I trust you, lover. Completely.”

“I’ll make you mine. Someday. I love you, Cady.”

“You do?”

“I think it’s like you knowing you wanted me from the moment of the job interview. I think I’ve always loved you.”

That had been a forthright confession. But something kept Cady from responding in kind.

Her alpha lover


Days later, back at the office, they dove into work, but remembered to close Blaise’s office door when stolen kisses and some between-the-legs groping could not be avoided. It was just the two of them in the office, but clients walked into reception all the time.

“Save it for home,” Blaise muttered even as he kissed Cady silly.

“I agree.” It took all her determination to tug down her skirt and move to the opposite side of the desk. “Full moon in two days.”


“I expect you won’t be waking on a stranger’s lawn wondering what the heck is up?”

“I’m glad I got that knowledge back. No telling what would have happened if someone had seen me shift.”

“You got your wolf back.” She winked at him. “And I got myself an alpha lover.”

“You did.”

Blaise hiked a thigh onto the corner of the desk and ran fingers through his hair. “So this is what happens on the full moon. The day before and after the full moon I’m compelled to shift. But shifting so often is not cool when living in the city. I can either head for the cabin, which isn’t always possible when I have work demands. Or—there is something a werewolf can do to suppress his urge to shift those two days.”

“Does it involve chains?”

He gave her a startled shake of his head. “No. Uh…no? Are you into that stuff, Cady?”

“No. But if you were, I might give it a try.”

He chuckled. “I like sex to feel good, not hurt.”

“Me too. So what do you have to do to keep back your werewolf on those days?”

He leaned in so his lips brushed her earlobe. “I have to have sex until I’m sated.”

It is a short story so…

…sometimes that makes writing a sex scene difficult. Especially when the chapters average 320 words. But you get the idea, right? 😉


Blaise tugged on his pants and left the rest of his clothing beside the door. He wanted to get to Cady before she fell asleep. But he needn’t worry; she stood right inside the doorway, waiting for him.

Without a word, she slid a palm up his bare chest, igniting a sensual shiver through to his bones. She tilted onto her toes to kiss him.

“I’m not that tired,” she whispered against his mouth. “And the fire is so inviting. On the rug, over there.”

He could respect a command when he heard one. Blaise carried Cady over to the rug and laid her down. Kneeling over her, he kissed her until her sensual moans drove him mad with want.

Their clothes were shed with ease. He couldn’t get enough of her skin beneath his mouth and tongue. Her fingers danced down his abs and circled his erection. He growled and then laughed heartily.

“Tonight you’ve managed to tame my wolf and yet all this time you’ve only wanted me to set the wolf free.”

“Yes, but taming is the most dangerous part,” she said with a biting kiss to his jaw. “Show me your wild, Blaise. Take me.”

His kissed her breasts, leisurely teasing each nipple while gliding his fingers down to her wetness. Her heat made him growl hungrily. While in human shape he thought, dreamed and acted as a man. Yet now he felt an animal need to fill her and take her as she demanded.

Cady gasped as he entered her. Hilting himself in her lush heat, Blaise thrust quickly, finding a rhythm that brought both to panting, shouting orgasms within minutes.

And as he settled onto her, resting his head against her pounding heartbeats, he closed his eyes, thankful that she had trusted him, and accepted his wolf.

“We’re just getting started,” she said. “Upstairs on the bed for round two?”

He took her into his arms and made the stairs in four seconds flat.

Chapter 24

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The clearing opened before a stream that smelled fresh and wild. Upon spying the wolf lapping at the water, Cady stood back by an elm tree. The creature lifted its head, scenting the air, then turned to stare directly at her.

At the sight of its gold eyes that glowed with moonlight she swore quietly. But just when she felt the urge to turn and run, something instinctual stayed her. That wolf was Blaise. She’d once read an article about defending oneself against a wolf attack. Always maintain eye contact. If she were serious about wanting a relationship with him, she mustn’t be afraid of the man, even when he was in fur and on four legs.

Keeping eye contact, she crouched and held out her hand. The wolf padded up to her. She did have to remind herself he was just like a big dog, and she shouldn’t be afraid. Muscles tensing, she held her breath as the wolf sniffed her fingers, and then licked her hand.

“It’s me,” she said softly. “You’re such a beautiful wolf.”

Brown-and-gray fur brushed her arm. His tongue lashed out to lick her jaw playfully. She stroked his pelt, amazed at its softness. And Cady laughed as the wolf licked her cheek. All fear dissipated.

“I’m glad you invited me along this weekend. I think you wanted this to happen, yes?” She tilted her head against the tree trunk. “I’m good with all this now. I think. Still not so sure about a formal meeting with your werewolf, but I’ll face that challenge when it occurs.”

She gave the wolf a hug. “I’m heading back to the cabin. It’s been a long day. See you in the morning?”

The wolf followed her back, and when she stood in the doorway near the pile of clothes Blaise had left behind, the wolf pawed the ground once and sounded a quick sharp bark. She took that as him wanting her to go inside. But as she closed the door behind her, she managed a peek outside and saw the man’s bare limbs forming out of fur and claw.

Up North

Yep, Up North is a place in Minnesota. It’s not a town or a county, but rather, the entire upper portion of the state. If you live Up North, you don’t use the term much. But if you live below ‘the line’ then you probably head Up North for the weekend or have a cabin ‘up there’ or somesuch. Check my Pinterest page for a handy-dandy map showing the intricate borders of Up North. 😉


The cabin was Up North and sat on forty acres near Gooseberry Falls State Park, a three-hour drive from the Twin Cities. The forest was thick and the mosquitoes hearty. Blaise had purchased the land a decade ago and it was his sanctuary. He came here most full moons. For privacy, and to let out his wolf.

Despite Cady’s beliefs otherwise, he did let out his wild. When no one was looking. But she had seen him shift twice now. They’d moved beyond boss and employee.

He’d always held back from making the first romantic move with her. Office relationships could never work. Or could they? He wanted to find out. But in the process, a whole new set of rules would have to be established.

Wrapped in a blanket on the couch before the hearth fire, Cady seemed transfixed by the amber flames. It was close to midnight.

“I’m going out for a run,” Blaise said as he opened the door. “There’s an extra bedroom upstairs on the left. I’ll be out for a while.”

“Are you going for a run on two legs or four?”

It was weird knowing someone who knew his secret. But also nice. “Four.”

She nodded and waved as he left.


         The minute the door closed, Cady threw off the blanket, slipped into her ankle boots and wandered out into the night. The moon was a little over half-full and brightened the night. But she didn’t fear a dark forest. Nor even a wolf.

Maybe a little?

Not sure what she was after, she crept down an obvious path littered with crunchy gold and red leaves. When she heard the wolf’s howl, her skin prickled.

“You can do this.” And she walked onward.

Werewolves of Minnesota

Yeah, it’s a thing. I’m sure of it. At least, in my world it is. 😉 Here’s a fast fact/tidbit about my werewolves. They can’t get tattoos. Well, they can, but they usually don’t. Because when they shift, well, it doesn’t screw up the ink too much, but it alters it a little, all those atoms and cells rearranging, don’t you know. So eventually, after hundreds of shifts, that tattoo is not going to look good at all. (Vamps don’t get tats either, but that’s only because they heal so rapidly it is a lesson in futility.)

Now on with the story!


Cady pulled him into a hug and whispered, “Never apologize for saving me.”

Her body shook against his. And his werewolf wanted out again because the vile threat had caused her fear. He’d chased the man off, but had had the sense not to take him down and attack him. Not in the city. He couldn’t risk remaining in werewolf shape for long, so he’d shifted back.

Blaise tucked his head against Cady’s soft, corn silk hair. If anything had happened to her he would have never forgiven himself. But he knew he couldn’t always be there to protect her. The world was a vicious place. His brother was an example of that.

He could be thankful he’d been able to help this time.

“That was risky,” she said, clinging to him.

“I had to do it. My werewolf reacted.”

She pulled back and gazed into his eyes. He knew what she was thinking. Yes, so he’d lost some control. But he was a better man for it. And she was alive because of it.

“Let me walk you to your apartment?”

She nodded and tapped his chest. “I may have a T-shirt you can borrow. You’ve got the abs to pull off this look, but still.”

At her place, Blaise pulled on a well-worn men’s T-shirt, and wasn’t going to question why she had such a thing. Standing before the door to leave, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her.

Holding her felt exquisitely right. Could he allow himself to set aside the control and let out his wild for her? If she’d been frightened by a small dog, he suspected his werewolf had little chance at earning her acceptance.

Yet he couldn’t give up. Not on Cady.

“We’re either going to have to stop doing this,” he said, “or we’ll have to follow through one of these days.”

“I vote for following through.”

That’s what he hoped she’d say. “Do you want to go to my cabin with me this weekend?”

“Is that where you relinquish control?”

“It is. But don’t worry, it’s not the full moon. You won’t have to deal with my werewolf. I promise.”

“Then I’m in.”