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Ramey’s world is shattered when his brother dies suddenly. He tries to go through the motions, day by agonizing day, doing the best that he can at his job, but it’s not enough.
Months of depression escalates into alcohol use and drug abuse to numb the pain.
For the past year, he’s been dreading meeting with his lawyer and accepting his brother’s death. The pain becomes too much to bear and Ramey is caught with cocaine at work and fired immediately. When he hits rock bottom, he realizes that he’s disrespecting his brother’s memory and checks himself into rehab with the help of an unlikely friend.
Londyn’s life is perfect living as a wolf Shifter in the Pack Lands. He’s been working in the family business and happy living in his cabin in the woods. Londyn has high expectations for the perfect mate to make his life complete.
Can Ramey accept his destiny as a Shifter’s mate? And is his love for the wolf Shifter worth leaving behind the demons and the only world he’s ever known?
Author Name: Tina Blenke
Book Name: Shifting Cargo
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Series: Shifting Paradigm
Standalone: Can be read as standalone
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Pages or Words: 20,765
Categories: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/140907-shifting-paradigm
“It pleases me that you want to see my wolf so bad. Have a seat on that fallen log by the fire and watch the master at work.” Ramey took a seat as instructed and watched Londyn prepare for his shift. Londyn removed his clothing piece by maddening piece. It was a slow strip tease set to the music of the forest and Ramey swore all the blood left his body and pooled into his cock. Londyn’s body was absolutely lickable. He had definition in his lean muscles, his chest was smooth and hairless with pale pink nipples that Ramey couldn’t help but drool over. His back and legs had corded muscles and fine blond hair covered his legs and groin. Except for a few old scars, the man didn’t have a mark on him. No blemishes, birthmarks or tattoos and given his age it was odd that he didn’t have at least one. Ramey had never been with a man who didn’t have any ink. And the ass on his boyfriend. He had won the lottery ten times over. He had to sit on his hands to keep from reaching out and when he turned around, he caught Ramey ogling his mate.
“Hey, eyes are up here, sir.”
“I’m sorry, it’s just that—”
“Nah, just messing with you. I like your eyes on me.” Londyn’s own blues were dark with heat proving that Londyn was just as turned on as Ramey was by the show. It wasn’t just Londyn’s eyes giving away his arousal either.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
Finding time is absolutely the hardest part about writing. I’m the primary bread winner in the family and I work full time outside of writing. Along with that, I volunteer with LGBT community events while taking care of the family, three dogs, and a very old cat. While deep in my stories, I try to spend a minimum of an hour an evening on my manuscripts but it’s difficult to do. But it’s about making the time during the day for me, ya know? We all have our needs and it’s important to me so I have to make the time. I try not to feel guilty when I can’t dedicate time every night and sometimes I can go many weeks without writing but I can’t ignore life and I shouldn’t have to. Writing is about relaxing and letting free my imagination so if I feel guilty about not writing then it isn’t relaxing. I just need to find the time when I have it and let the voices whisper their words.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Hmm, I like to listen to music when I write and a lot of times I have YouTube videos playing, too, just to get the right feel for my audio inspiration. But many times, it’s me and the musical cacophony of my fingers dancing on the keyboard. Maybe another quirk is that I don’t have one set place to write. I’m quite mobile and can write anywhere. No special desk or writing space and no special coffee mug or hat or earbuds. I just need a laptop or iPad and I’m good to go. Though there was this one time when I had neither but I did have a checkbook so I wrote on a bunch of duplicate check receipts. My muse wasn’t waiting for real paper.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
I hear from readers frequently and I’m equal parts surprised, thrilled, and frightened. I’m surprised when they’ve read something that I’ve written. I sat next to a woman on a flight and we got to talking about travel and then books. During the course of the conversation, another woman next to the window had heard of me from a blog and had read my work. See? That was me surprised. I received fan mail through my Facebook page and a reader was surprised that a woman could write the stories that I do. He had some very sweet things to say and it made my whole week. I was thrilled. I also must mention that I have a friend that makes sure that I have only the best of inspiration. Then, I was frightened when a cousin by marriage took a copy of my book on a cruise. I wasn’t sure if he’d like it and worried that it would make our relationship weird. But it ended well. He read my story three times, and the more interesting parts even more than that!
What did you want to be when you grow up?
Impossible! I’m never growing up. I’m now officially younger than my youngest child.
How do you do research for your books?
Most of the stories I write draw on personal experience and if that doesn’t work I call in the big guns. I have a friend with nightclub experience and he’s my reference for Vivacity in Whitewater that takes place in Shifting Gears. I also have a friend who’s really into cars and we spent several hours creating the character of Connor. My husband is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol counselor and my go-to guy for Ramey in Shifting Cargo. I have a friend that was working on his trucking license and he was my guy for Londyn. In my current WIP novel, one of my main characters is a dancer and my daughter helps me to get the lingo right and has pointed me towards other appropriate resources. I like to get the feel of characters by talking about them with other people to make my stories more three dimensional though sometimes it can be an interesting conversation. Like when I talked to my paramedic friend about a character that was beat up but I didn’t want to kill him so I had to know where I had to stop. That was fun to discuss.
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn’t writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can’t get enough of.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Blenke-Author/487878157926041?ref=hl
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