Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blog Tour ~ The Blackwood Pack Series by Mary Rundle (Reviews + Excerpts + Guest Post + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ The Blackwood Pack Series by Mary Rundle (Reviews + Excerpts + Guest Post + Giveaway)

Mary Rundle has a new MM paranormal mpreg book out in her Blackwood Pack series:

About the Series:

Blackwood Pack Series

Join the journey of the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates – stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure. Each book has two main characters who meet, fall in love, mate and achieve an HEA but the stories also chronicle the continuing saga of the Blackwood Pack. The series is best appreciated by reading the books in order.


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Dire Warning, Blackwood Pack - Book 1

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 1 - Dire Warning

Steel, one of the last Dire Wolves on earth, has searched more than 100 years for the special mate promised by the Fates. Discouraged after meeting his latest prospect, he sees a naked hitchhiker on his way home who's everything he'd envisioned the man of his dreams would be. His wolf and body tell him he's found his fated mate but why can't he pick up his scent?
Robbed of his car, clothes and money, Jackson, Alpha of the Blackwood Pack has no choice but to thumb a lift, frantic to get home to his six brothers. He's been protecting them from a rival pack who massacred most of his family and wants to finish off the rest. When Steel rolls down his window, Jackson knows he also has found his fated mate but it would be too dangerous to claim him with his pack under attack. 

After the intervention of an Oracle and a Witch, Jackson discovers why the Fates made him unique-just for Steel. Navigating the mine field this revelation brings, Jackson and Steel must figure out how to make their relationship work while dealing with forces determined to kill the Blackwood pack - and them.


Steel’s wolf was snarling and snapping as he drove away from Jimmy’s after leaving Jackson behind. He just couldn’t understand his wolf. What am I missing here? Jackson is not my mate.His mate had to be a wolf—he knew it because he’d been told not only by his mother who was an Oracle but by no less than three other Oracles. His mate would help save his species of wolves.

The importance of this was impressed upon him throughout his life. He stepped on the gas, eager to get home to do some research. He needed answers because he had a feeling of foreboding about what was going to happen to Jackson and that was driving his wolf crazy.

Finally arriving home, he stopped at the fifteen foot high gates, keyed in his passcode and then drove up the long driveway to his sprawling house, nestled among the trees on the knob of a small mountain. Although there were taller mountains to roam on his 200,000 acres of land, this spot spoke to his wolf spirit. He inhaled deeply as he got out of the truck, feeling his body reacting to the sights and smells around him.

Looking around, he wondered if Jackson would like this spot as much as he did. And that did it—his cock hardened in a second and his blood started to heat up. What the fuck? He drove the image of Jackson’s firm body from his mind and thumped his cock several times to get it to go down.

Hmmm, what to do first?Decision made, he stripped out of his clothes and stood still for a second before he called on his wolf and shifted. Birds scattered as the noise of bones cracking and stretching filled the air. When the sound faded away, Steel stood in his wolf form, shaking out his fur and scenting the air. Deer to the east, a small black bear and her cub ambling along the trail to the south and, yes there it was, a path that was free of any animal—Steel knew it wouldn’t be a good day to engage in a sparring match. His wolf was too unsettled for that.

He struck out at a full run for the trail leading north to one of the tallest mountains on his land. His large paws made no sound on the thickly carpeted forest floor. Steel had gotten so many mixed signals from his wolf today he needed this time to figure out what was happening. He knew his wolf needed it also. While he was running, Steel examined his wolf’s feelings regarding Jackson because it was much easier to understand his wolf when they were one, especially now, since he hadn’t understood his wolf’s reaction to a man who had no scent. Taking in the smells and sounds of his forest, his mind searched and filtered through his wolf’s feelings.

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3.75 stars 

I really liked the concept of this book and the plot lines. The author built this book in a way that opens up so many possibilities for future books and storylines. We get multiple POVs in this book, from both of the MCs, Jackson and Steel, as well as almost every other character we meet. I personally like getting both MCs POVs, and I even like getting a supporting character POV every now and again in a book. I liked getting so many people's perspective in this book because it helps to build the story. However, the way that it is executed is a little distracting. The POV will switch from one sentence to the next in the same paragraph. The writing and the dialogue between the characters is a little quirky and dramatic. For me, a lot of the conversations and reactions between the characters were a little over the top.

I liked the way the author portrayed this shifter universe. The way their wolf is separate in its own feelings/actions but obviously a part of them as well was interesting. I loved how they would check on their wolf and see them in their head doing certain things. I was also drawn in by the fated mates aspect of this shifter universe. I would not say this book ends on a cliffhanger, but there are definitely some unresolved issues that I and am curious to see how it plays out in the next books.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4 stars

I love the instant connection Jackson and Steel have, even when one thinks he can’t claim the other as mates due to the dangers they are facing as a pack. My heart hurt for both men.

Jackson’s family had to endure so much heartbreak and danger but they have grown so much stronger because of those troubled times.

Steel’s mom and dad are so lovely and funny, and I loved how they drop everything when they know their sons need them. Slate was so supportive and I loved how he was doing anything he could to help his Newly mated Brother.

I loved each of Jackson’s brothers, they were funny sweet and protective of each other and I can not say enough about the fierceness that comes when one or more of their kin is in danger. Even when one messes up and does something stupid they gather together to help right that wrong.

Close-knit families always draw me in and make the story so much more.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Raphael's Power, Blackwood Pack - Book 2

"COVER Blackwood Pack Book 2 - Raphaels Power

Dr. Ian Wallace, a rare Scottish Wolf, has dedicated his life to saving and healing wolf shifters by joining Frontline Doctors. Determined never to take a mate, he avoids relationships and is content to live a nomadic life, taking assignments to wild and remote places. That is, until an old friend asks him for a favor which Ian’s wolf will not let him refuse. Now on his way to the Blackwood Pack compound, his wolf becomes frantic and Ian learns not only that he has a Fated Mate, but that his Fated Mate is in danger.

Colton was forced to give up his dreams of becoming a nurse and joining Frontline Doctors when tragedy befell his family. Instead, he healed sick animals around his home while hiding from a pack who wanted him dead. Given the chance to use his skills, Colton seizes it and embarks on a journey that will reveal just how special he is.

A kidnapping, slave auction, revelations of long-kept family secrets and a rare, powerful gift from the gods are some of the surprises in store for both of them until they finally find their way into each other’s hearts after discovering neither is who the other thought he was.


His wolf surged forth, claws grew, teeth dropped, fur sprouted and he vibrated in Colton’s arms trying to fight the shift. But did he want to? Ian wasn’t sure. He and his wolf needed to avenge the wrong done to their mate. If Colton wasn’t going to kill Pablo, Ian’s wolf would. Then, mind made up, he pushed out of the arms holding him and landed with all fours on the floor. Snarling and growling, Ian’s wolf wanted his prey—to kill him and remove any threat to his mate. He lifted his head, opened his mouth and issued his challenge. Howling loud and long his wolf wasn’t going to quit until his mate was safe.

Stunned, Colton looked at the small yet fierce wolf in front of him—a rare golden-tipped, white wolf with deep golden eyes—the stuff of legends. Holy Shit! Before he could do anything, the room was filled with six, very large bodies, ready to handle the threat of Ian’s howls. In a blink of an eye, Ian’s wolf turned, facing the perceived threat against Colton. Hackles raised, saliva dripping, he looked as if he’d take on everyone now crowding the space.

Colton knew this had the makings of a disaster; he needed to calm his mate so he could shift back. Slowly he slid off the loveseat and knelt next to his mate. “Ian, please babe, stop. I’m safe. These are my brothers and Steel. You know them, please babe.” Colton put his arms around the neck and buried his hands in the soft fur. Rubbing his face against his mate, Colton inhaled deeply, marveling again at the scent. He felt Ian’s wolf slowly relax as he reassessed the situation. That was, until Colton heard Jackson.

Jackson waddled into the room, bellowing, “What the fuck is going on?”

And just like that, Ian’s wolf turned to face the new threat, growling, tensing, ready to spring. Colton saw Steel move in front of Jackson, the rest of his brothers moved and stood in front of Steel, forming a wall of muscled bodies, intent on protecting Jackson and his unborn pup.

Colton panicked. He jumped up and moved in front of Ian’s wolf. Nobody was going to touch his mate. Now Colton was the one fighting a shift as he listened to his mate issue howls and growls, warning everyone he was ready to fight. Colton knew everything was going to hell in a handbasket but he didn’t know what to do. He needed help to defuse this right now—but who?

Suddenly, he heard an Alpha voice so powerful and overwhelming that Colton immediately tilted his neck in submission as did all in the room. Maximus, in Dire Wolf Alpha mode, strode into the room, immediately sussed out the situation, and commanded, “Stand Down! Now!!” he roared those words, enveloping the room in his Alpha power.

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3.5 stars

This story centers around Colton and Ian as MCs, but just like book one, we get multiple characters POVs. At the end of book one, there were a few unanswered questions left and this book picks up those questions and gives us a few more.

Just like the first book, the storyline is interesting and the author does a good job of setting up the couple together, but also a larger background story that it seems like is going to run with most of the books. Like book one, the dialogue between characters is a little cheesy. However, the plot and main overarching theme keeps me wanting to come back to this series!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4 stars

I really didn’t like this one as much as book one but I still liked the characters. The brothers have a special bond that is very apparent to anyone who meets them.

Colton is very passionate about his goal of finishing his nursing degree. Taking care of his brothers has helped fill the void that was taken from him. While he is compassionate, he is also very stubborn but that is not very often, thankfully.

Ian Wallace is a very compassionate, very hard-working and willing to do about anything to help those in need even putting their care above his own. He has had a rough background but has never let that drag him down.

Truthfully, I liked Ian a lot more then I did Colton and that pains me to admit but together they are great. As doctor and nurse, they work so good together combining their knowledge and experiences to heal Shifters.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Peace Maker, Blackwood Pack - Book 3

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 3 - Peace Maker

Enforcer Dylon Royd worked for the notorious Silver Point Pack until they accused him of disloyalty. Imprisoned and beaten to within an inch of his life, he's dumped at the side of a road and left for dead. Waking up in the Blackwood Pack's hospital, he's shocked to discover his Fated Mate is one of the pack's members he'd been ordered to kill.

Cody is a seer and has grappled with visions all his life, but after most of his family is massacred they have intensified so fiercely he begins to make plans to escape his pain and suffering. Thinking no one wants a freak for a Fated Mate, he tries to reject Dylon until he realizes his salvation depends on accepting him.

A life or death situation for Cody, a rare gift to both from the Fates, a dangerous mission, and an unexpected surprise are some of the challenges they face. Together they begin a journey to save Cody's life while forging a partnership that requires absolute trust for both to survive.


Low hanging, heavy, cloud cover. A pitch-black night in the Tajikistan mountains. It were as if the gods were blessing his commitment to stop the bloodshed so many of his people had experienced over these long years. Ulfric tried to recall a time in his life that was free of the beatings and killings that Arald had inflicted on his pack. But he could not remember such a time. Now his wife was expecting their first pup, and as much as he was excited about it, he dreaded it just as much. So, when this chance arose, he had to try, for the sake of his family.

After telling his wife he was leaving, Ulfric slipped out the back door and paused. Lifting his nose, he sniffed but found no other wolf nearby. Sticking to the shadows, he quietly made his way out of town, hoping his luck held. Right now, Arald was meeting with the representative of Dire Enterprises in a pre-conference meeting. He hadn’t wanted to wait this long but it was impossible to even contact the other pack Alpha until today.

As he saw it, this was his final chance to stop the tyranny he and his pack lived under. But he couldn’t stand alone. He needed the other pack to join with him during the conference if there was ever a chance his pack would be free of Arald and his goons. Pausing often to check for anyone following him, he crept down to the mountain waterfall where they could talk where not even wolf hearing could distinguish spoken words.

Apologizing to Arald and Slate Valentin for his need to get home to help his wife, Ordovic left the building, nodding to the guards who stood outside the meeting room. He wasn’t sure why his presence was required since nothing would change for his pack. No, Arald controlled this land—something even a young shifter knew. And even though he tried to tell himself there wasn’t anything he could do about it, Ordovic hoped that this time might be different.

That was the reason he gave himself for heading to the agreed meeting place instead of home where his wife and children slept. But he wanted a better life for his children. A place they could grow up and not fear being attacked every time they left home. And as the leader of his pack, he owed it to his pack members to at least try to free them from the oppression they now lived under.

Fading back into the shadows at the top of the mountain path, he waited to see if anyone had followed him. His ability at camouflage was superb, though it was a well-guarded secret. After a few minutes he continued down the path. At least he didn’t have to worry about being attacked—killed, yes—but the guy from Dire Enterprises made the three leaders sign a contract agreeing to not attack another pack while the peace conference was in session.

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3.5 stars 

This was another interesting book from this series. We get to know Cody and Dylon and them together as fated mates. After reading the other two books from this series, I am used to the POV changing so often. With so many different perspectives, the story is built from many different sides. We still get pieces from the storyline from books one and two, but again, this book we meet new people and new plot lines start that I am eager to see till the end.

There is a little bit of a power exchange with Cody and Dylon in the bedroom and it is HOT. There are so many characters in these books and each has some sort of mind link so basically everyone is connected in some way or another. Through the mind links and different POVs, we learn a lot more about the side characters than we normally would in a book that does not have this.

I have wanted Logan's story since we first meet him in book one as Jackson's twin. After meeting Kieran, I want to see his sassy and bold side with Logan.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4 stars

I like Cody and Dylon, they compliment one another really well, sometimes I think these matings happen too easily but I love how it all works out and continues each couple in the other books.

Cody having to hide his ability has taken its toll on not just his ability to function but his soul as well. With each vision and inability to stop what he sees is tearing his soul apart.

Dylon is a strong man who has been lied to by his previous Alpha about the Blackwood Pack and when he realizes Cody is his Mate and what really happened he vows to help protect them and their secrets.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requiremen
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Ice Soul, Blackwood Pack - Book 4

COVER Blackwood Pack Book 4 - Ice Soul

Kieran was sold into slavery where he was forced to care for other prisoners held by a shifter trafficking ring. But that changed when a Blackwood brother freed him and the others. Now for the first time in his life, the world beckons and he can plan his future. That is, until he discovers why the Fates brought him to the Blackwood Pack.

Logan, one of the brothers, has become a virtual recluse, spending hours at his design table, unable to shake the horrible memories of his family's massacre and an unhappy childhood under the fist of his father, a dictatorial and abusive Alpha.

When Kieran appears, Logan is smitten with this pink-loving twink who tries to use his sassy and irrepressible wit to win his heart. After Logan claims Kieran, he finds keeping him is not easy. When both realize Logan can't give himself completely to his Fated Mate, Kieran takes off but tells no one where.

A frantic search, rejection, dark secrets revealed, ghosts exorcised- these are just some of the obstacles Kieran and Logan must overcome as they embark on a mission of discovery that will make their love for each other stronger. Only then, will these two unique wolves fulfill their destinies decreed by the Fates and gods and prove worthy of the powerful gifts bestowed on them.


Kieran saw Lizzie coming in from the kitchen and said to her, “Miss L, what fantastic taste you have. I’m so glad they have you supervising their clothing choices otherwise, who knows what they would learn from their daddies?” Then, turning back to Dylon and Cody, “No offense big guys, but you really should let Miss L do some shopping for you, too. I mean, I know you are mated—I mean Fated Mated—so there isn’t going to be anyone else for you but still, you should look good for each other. Hey Miss L, do you think Dylon could use a facial mask? Maybe something to soften his skin so Cody will want to kiss him more? You know, that’s the first thing to go when you have kids. No time to take care of yourself. But I bet with a little help from Miss L and me, we could have you looking like you did before you had kids. Do you take bubble baths? You know, they’re great for softening all parts of your body, well maybe not all parts, if you catch my drift. That’s another side benefit for new parents who aren’t getting all they want in the sex department. Maybe Miss L and I …”

“Stop!” yelled Dylon, startling Jessica who let out a wail while most everyone else was doubled over with laughter. “Now, look what you did!”

“Don’t you blame Kieran, Dylon. You yelled, causing your daughter to cry,” Lizzie scolded, taking Jessica from her son’s arms, “Shush there, sweetie, grandma has you.”

“But did you hear what he was saying to us? He said we had sex problems!” complained Dylon, handing Jessica’s bottle to Lizzie.

“Kieran was only trying to help, weren’t you honey?” Lizzie asked Kieran. “All new parents can do with a little help.”

“That’s right, Miss L. I have some ideas to spice up their sex life I can run past you, and if you agree, then I can find out where to buy the items online—you know since they are new parents and all.”

Growling, Dylon spat, “You are not going to discuss my sex life with my mother—do you understand? No way! No how! Never! Kieran, am I making myself clear?” Then turning to his mother, he said, “Mother, don’t, just don’t. This is embarrassing me and my mate.”

Holding up his hands, Kieran said, “Whoa, big guy! If you don’t want my help, then no problemo. I’m sure Jackson or Colton will appreciate my help in getting their sex life back on track. If you want to suffer, then who am I to interfere? But you really ought to think about Cody before you go issuing your orders. Right Miss L? It takes two to tango.”

Handing Jake to Dylon, Cody said, “Kieran, that’s enough. While I appreciate your offer to help us, there’s no need as we’re very happy with our ‘sex life’. You and I are going to have a talk later about boundaries, or the lack of them, in this case.”

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3.75 stars 

After reading the last book, I was excited to get to know Kieran more and the author did not disappoint. We see him in all of his outspoken and sassy glory. His character has a lot more depth than I originally expected, because he is also incredibly sweet and genuine. You cannot help but like his him.

I felt like the first half of this book had more outside POVs than main character POVs. Once we got to about midway through, that switched, and we get to see more of Logan and Kieran together and building their relationship.

We still have the impending conflict with the uncle that we have seen in all of the other books. I personally like this storyline and am ready for them to basically kick Josiah's wolf butt. We also discover new things about the pack that makes me want more!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.

4 stars

Logan has waited to find his fated mate and was beginning to give up hope. He is the brother that supported each of the others even when he was hurting and hiding it. I love Logan’s strength and loyalty and his fierceness at the protection of his family.

Kieran is a sweet, sassy, ball of cuteness. He has had such a hard life the last few years but he hasn’t let that keep him from what he wants in life. Caring for his friends and learning how to continue forward is all he wants

Each man in this series has such a vital part to play in the survival and protection and happiness of the rest of the pack that when it comes down to it Love is Love and it is too precious to throw away.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***


Blackwood Pack Series review-

Overall: 4 Stars

I love these mating stories though some feel a bit rushed or happen too easily, but I love how it all works out and each couple continues in the other books. Seeing how far each set of men go to keep their loved ones safe no matter the risk or consequences.

As a series (so far) things have progressed nicely, it has action, adventure, and really nice romance, and on the plus side some really hot Sexy Times.

Its one of the better Shifter series I’ve read and would totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys Alphas, wolf shifters, family, and special gifts from sneaky fates!

Guest Post:

Hi everyone, I glad to be here on the blog tour of my Blackwood Pack series which is about seven Alpha brothers who are trying to stay alive from an outside threat. Each book is about one of the brothers finding his Fated Mate but it also continues the ongoing saga of the Blackwood Pack. After the brothers found out about the blog tour, they ̶ and some other members of the Blackwood Pack ̶ decided to interview me since they know me very well. So here goes…

Logan ̶ Who was your first story about?

My first book was Dire Warning and that was about Jackson and Steel. The way they met is still a favorite of mine but the story also sets the scene for the ongoing story of the Blackwood Pack; seven brothers in search of Fated Mates. There’s also a witch (the good kind), an oracle (also good) and a few sons-of-bitches who are going to get their come-uppance in a future book.

Cody ̶ Did you focus on a particular group? A group that suffers from society’s judgment?

Yes, I did! In society, men who love men still face ostracism for who they are. Yet, that love, as can be seen in my stories, it is some of the strongest love around. And it has to be because men who love men have to fight so hard and go through so much social rejection even when they are holding hands walking down the street. That makes them the strongest men I have ever met. I wanted to show the strength of their love in my stories so the overriding theme is that love is love

Carson ̶ What trait do you have that you consider vital to writing?

Simple. Persistence is the hammer that nails success. I’ve never let anyone discourage me. History is full of stories about people in all fields, sports, politics, science who just kept plowing on in the face of great odds. As a matter of fact, that’s the mantra of most novels: A hero or heroine must overcome great obstacles to achieve a worthwhile goal. Paste that saying over your desk and you have a roadmap to both personal and professional success.

Dakota ̶ How long on average does it take you to write one of our stories?

About 45 days for an 110,000 word book. But that’s just the beginning. It then goes through several edits, beta readers, advanced readers and proof-reading. So that comes out to one book published every three months.

Jackson ̶ Did you read a lot as a child?

Yes. I loved fiction but read a lot of other stuff, too. Funny thing ̶ I loved reading so much that in third grade when I was asked what I wanted to do when I grew up my answer was to read every book in the world. Of course, that never happened but I never outgrew my love of reading.

Theo ̶ Who lives with you?

My hubby and I have a cat that tries to add her two cents to my books at times by walking on my keyboard and needs to be discouraged.

Norman ̶ What are some of the most unusual jobs you have had?

When I was a teenager I worked a lot of different factory jobs during the summer. They were hot, grimy and tiring and it was enough to convince me that education was very important.

Dylon ̶ Of all the bad hombres you’ve met in our stories which one do you dislike the most?

Oh wow! Boy there have been some real nasty ones but I would have to pick Josiah, Alpha of the Silver Point Pack.

And why?

Because he’s a despicable murderer and a greedy asshole.

Zane ̶ I know you love sci fi but I want to know which one you like the best ̶ Star Trek or Star Wars? Why?

Both! But for different reasons. Star Wars because of grandeur of the story and all the fantastic effects they can pull off which is not as easily achieved on a TV series. And Star Trek—because it allows me to really get to know the characters in a more intimate manner.

Jackson ̶ Which of my brothers will be next to have his story told?

That would be Dakota and it will be the fifth book in the Blackwood Pack series titled Shadow Voice. I’m shooting for a September 2018 publication date but it could be sooner or later.

Author Bio

I never went to school to learn writing nor attended a writing workshop, but it didn’t stop me from entering a writing contest and from that came my first book, Dire Warning. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicling the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates– stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings.

My stories come to me as if they were being channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures and are not inhibited when it comes to revealing steamy details. I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box. Although my writing is sometimes raw—that’s the way I like to tell my stories—readers love it and are clamoring for more. I currently live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order.

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