Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Guest Post/giveaway by paranromal romance author Sondrae Bennett

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Guest Post by Sondrae Bennett

Today, I’m interviewing Amber and Danny, stars of the recently released Covert Desires. So tell us how you two met.

(Amber and Danny exchange a long, speaking glance.)

Amber: That’s a funny story, really. Well, maybe funny is the wrong word. It all started when there were some riots in the area. They attracted some attention because no one could figure out why the riots came about, or what people were rioting against. So, I was sent here to gather information. Only, Danny and his family found out I was coming, and was tasked with distracting me in order to assure I didn’t learn too much about him and his pack of wolf shifters.

Who sent you, Amber?

Amber: The government. FBI, to be specific. I’d just gotten out of a…difficult assignment. (A low growl rumbles from Danny. Amber grabs his hand and entwines her fingers through his.) He gets a little possessive when I bring that up. (She pats their joined hands with her free one.) Anyway, the Bureau thought this would be a nice, simple assignment to ease me back into undercover work.

How’d that work out for them?

Danny: She’s never going back, so not so good.

Is that true, Amber?

Amber: Why would I go back? I have everything I could ever want right here.

Danny: And I’m going to make sure it stays that way. (Amber leans in and kisses Danny’s cheek.)

So what happened when you first met? Was it love at first site?

Amber: He brought me cookies. (Amber purses her lips as Danny groans and hides his face in his free hand.) At least, I think they were cookies. Really, they were just black circular chunks on a plate, burnt beyond recognition.

Danny: I believe you said it was the thought that counts.

Amber: It was. Is. (She turns back to us) It was sweet. Of course, I still didn’t trust him. Any criminal can bake something, or attempt to, and my trust in other people had taken a beating. But it didn’t take me long to realize Danny was a stand-up guy with a heart of gold.

So after that it was happily ever after?

(Both Danny and Amber start laughing)

Danny: Hardly. That was the just the start of our troubles.

How so?

Danny: Well, after she learned I was a good guy, she wanted nothing to do with me. No need to get to know someone who had no bearing on her investigation, I guess.

Amber: That wasn’t why.

Danny; But no matter. I’m not so easily put off. (A roguish smile crosses his face. Amber rolls her eyes, but a smile lurks in their depths.) Then we had some problems in the pack. (Danny’s smile drops as his face darkens.)

Amber: Don’t forget about your family. (She glances at us with a teasing smile.) His family didn’t exactly like me.

Danny: It wasn’t that they didn’t like you, they just didn’t trust you.

Amber: (shrugs) Can’t really blame them. I didn’t trust them, either. Especially your sister, Laurie.

Danny: I remember more than one time having to get between you two before it came to blows.

Amber: But they love me now.

Danny: Of course they do. What’s not to love? (Amber bites her lip and looks down. Her face glows at Danny’s words.)

Thank you for joining us today, Amber and Danny. If anyone has any questions for them, or me, we’ll be stopping in all day. More information about Sondrae Bennett and her books can be found at www.sondraebennett.com.

Will desire be enough once all their secrets are revealed?

Still recovering from a traumatic assignment, Amber is wary of the man who shows up at her door with a plate of cookies and a welcoming smile. Instinct warns her he’s not all he seems. Then again, neither is she. Since she was sent to root out the secrets of the town and its people, she might as well accept his invitation to dinner. But when things start to heat up between them, will her loyalty lie with her job, or the man trying to win her heart?

Danny knows Amber is an FBI agent. Tasked by his brothers and the shifter council to keep her from discovering too much, he sets out to seduce her, a perfect cover to keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn’t learn about his pack or their society. He hadn’t counted on a blazing attraction at first sight, though. His wolf knows Amber is his mate, and he’ll do anything to keep her safe and happy. But how can he reveal everything he is, and everything he’s been keeping from her, without losing her forever?


Amber put her hands on Danny’s chest as he leaned in and brushed his lips over hers. Pleasure rushed through her, pooling in her belly, but she turned her head to the side, determined to maintain control.

Instead of being deterred, he grazed his lips against her cheek, sliding them toward her ear. A shot of lust spiraled toward her core. She closed her eyes against the rush of sensations.

Everything inside begged her to lean into the embrace. To catch his lips with her own and lose herself in passion.

But in the end it came down to duty. When she’d taken this assignment, she’d sworn to herself and to her boss, that she’d prove the doubters wrong. And if that meant she had to resist temptation, then she’d resist. No matter how much she wished otherwise, or how much she wished to be someone else. To be a woman without the baggage of her job. One who could lean into Danny and take everything he promised.

She gave herself a moment. One small moment to bask in the comfort and pleasure before pushing against his chest. For a second, she thought he wasn’t going to back up, and a flash of fear took her back to another time, when a man had pretended to care for her only to turn against her when he learned she was an agent and responsible for taking down major members of his cartel.

Danny backed away so quickly Amber stumbled against him and almost lost her footing. Hard hands gripped her shoulders as he leaned down and stared directly into her eyes.

“What’s the matter?” he demanded. Concern reflected in the brown depths. Concern for her, she realized with a start. He’d been so in tune to her body and emotions, he’d sensed her mental recoil when she’d flashed back.

She stared at him, amazed at the realization.

“Amber?” Impatience and worry clear in his voice.

“Nothing,” she choked out, coughing against the tightness in her throat. “Nothing’s the matter,” she said with more certainty. “It’s… We’re moving a bit fast for me. I just met you. I need some time to think, is all. It’s been a rough morning.” All true, but she hadn’t included her real reason for pulling away. She could never give in to the pull she felt toward him.

“Are you sure that’s all?” he asked, his hand cupping her cheek while the other moved up and down her arm.

The security he offered felt like a warm blanket surrounding her. She hadn’t expected to find comfort here. Looking up into Danny’s eyes, she knew the concern was genuine. He was beginning to care for her. A pang built in her chest, because when all of this was over, she was going to hurt him.

Amber swallowed against the lump in her throat. After everything that had happened that morning--the nightmare and the attack--the realization that she would hurt this man, who’d not only come to her rescue against a pack of crazed wolves, but had offered her comfort when she’d needed it most, caused tears to well up in her eyes. What she wouldn’t give to be the woman he thought she was.

Sondrae is giveaway and eCopy give away an ecopy of Covert Desires (can be swapped for any book in the series if the winner notes that in their comment). Make sure you leave your email, if it's not on your profile. 

Link to my review of Covert Desires 


  1. I'd love to win a copy of this book. with me being out of work i cant exactly afford to induldge in buying books


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laurie. There are a ton of great giveaways going on now, so hopefully you can fill up your virtual bookshelf. I hope things get better in the New Year. Good luck!

  2. Congrats on the new release. This book, this series, sounds fantastic. Do these books have to be read in order? If not, I'd love to win Covert Desires. If they do, I'd love the first book in the series. Thanks for the giveaway.


    1. Hi, Joanne, thanks for stopping in. The books don't have to be read in order, although the other characters and plot lines do make appearances, so I recommend it.

  3. Hi Sondrae - thanks for the giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading the book. I've enjoyed all of the others so far. Do you plan to only write paranormals, or do you want to write in other genres also?


    1. Thanks, JenM. Happy to hear you're enjoying the books! The five books I have stewing in my head are all PNR, with one maybe UF in the mix, but I wouldn't rule anything out. I plan to keep writing for the next 20-30 years (if not longer) so anything is possible. :)

  4. Everything about COVERT DESIRES says must read.


  5. I would love to win this book it seems to be very interesting .Bibbiesparks@yahoo.com

    1. Thanks, Toni. Love your name, by the way. Good luck!

  6. Since I haven't started this series YET...I'd love to start at the beginning with Arctic Winds.

    Thanks so much for the chance!

    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

    1. Thanks, Texas Book Lover! Arctic Winds is a nice introduction to the series and characters. Hope you enjoy it! Good luck!

  7. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. Very nice excerpt.


  9. Sounds like a great read...thanks for sharing!


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