Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday Tour Stop with Grace Duncan and Patience

Today we have an excerpt from Grace Duncan's latest release, Patience, Book 2 in the Forbes Mates series..  And don't miss the Rafflecopter giveaway!


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Jamie stood perfectly still, determined not to look like the nervous wreck he was inside. He was dead positive he was going to fuck this up somehow. He’d forget his vows or drop the ring or trip over something...

Or lose control of his wolf and shift in front of everyone, shredding his tuxedo and getting stuck in wolf form.

It didn’t help he’d spent the last three nights dreaming of doing exactly that. Every single night, he’d awakened in a cold sweat, scared he was going to mess up the wedding Chad had put so much time and effort into. He knew Chad had been doing it more for him than anything, wanting to prove—though he didn’t need to—that it was the human part of Jamie he wanted most.

But despite his assertions, Jamie had learned enough about his mate to know Chad wanted the ceremony too. He knew Chad was looking forward to it, not to mention Finley as his best man and Tanner as Chad’s. Then there was Carol, Tanner’s mom, and Molly, Chad’s mom, both of whom had been ecstatic to put together the reception.

Yeah, Jamie was sure he was going to ruin this for all of them somehow.

The first night, he’d dreamed he’d completely forgotten his vows. He stood facing Chad in front of Bob—the pack’s former beta and religious leader—and the entire pack and drew a complete blank. He couldn’t come up with a single word. He kept opening his mouth then closing it, looking for all the world like a dead fish as he tried to remember something so he could pledge his life to his mate in the human way.

The second night, his dream had been filled with him dropping or losing their wedding rings. Never mind the fact that they wore their rings—much like engagement rings—with the oaths they’d taken in front of Jupiter in the temple. They didn’t come off except to shift, but Jamie somehow had both rings and had managed to drop them, eventually losing them completely in the grass. After waking up, he hadn’t felt better until after he’d checked both his and Chad’s fingers to make sure they both still had their rings on.

Then, the night before, his dream had gotten even worse. Instead of forgetting his vows or dropping the rings, he’d lost control of his wolf—something that had happened once since he was a pup—and shifted in front of everyone, shredding the expensive tuxedo. He had, of course, gotten stuck that way. No matter what he’d tried, he couldn’t get control of his wolf and shift back. He’d ended up barking his “yes,” instead of saying it.

And now, he stood on the edge of the pack clearing, reminding himself they were just dreams. He was a big boy, he had control of his wolf—mostly. He didn’t even have Chad’s ring, Finley did, and neither his best man, Finley, nor groomsman, Miles, would let him forget to  speak entirely. And Tanner and Quincy would do the same for Chad.

He blew out a breath, tugged a little on his collar, and resisted the urge to pace. He did say another prayer to Diana that his dreams were just that—dreams—and he wasn’t going to screw this up for them.

“Dude, you’ll be fine,” Finley said, for probably the thousandth time.

“He should have had Chad blow him,” Miles said, smirking. “He’d be a lot more relaxed.”

Jamie rolled his eyes.

“I don’t know what you’re nervous for, anyway.” Finley shook his head. “You’re already mated and you did the vow thing once already.”

Jamie snorted. “Tell me you weren’t nervous when you married Tanner.”

Finley looked distinctly uncomfortable, but didn’t reply.

Jamie turned to Miles. “And I will bet you the cost of my wedding rings you’ll be just as nervous when you’re up there with Q.”

“I’m not taking a sucker’s bet,” Miles said, laughing. “I’ll be too worried about Quincy’s claws if I screw up too much.”

Finley laughed. “He wouldn’t claw you!”

“Says you. Do not get on a jaguar’s bad side.” Miles shook his head. “Just saying...”

Jamie laughed. “I seem to remember chasing that jaguar a few times.”

You don’t have anything to worry about,” Miles said. “I’m the one that’s supposed to sleep next to him.”

“Have you considered buying him a scratching post for Christmas?”

“No, thank you. I prefer my balls where they are.”

This sent Finley into a fit of laughter. Jamie couldn’t resist laughing along. When he finally calmed down, he realized he felt a lot better. Just then the music in the clearing started and he took a deep breath, turning to his groomsmen. “Thank you, for calming me down.”

“As amusing as it might be to see you shift in the middle of the ceremony,” Finley said, stepping toward the treeline, “my own mate would have a thing or three to say to me about letting you get that worked up.”

“Mine too. He’s too anxious to see you get on that plane to Europe and stop making cat jokes.” Miles smiled.

“Yeah, yeah.” Jamie took a deep breath and let it out. “All right, then. Let’s do this.”

As he stepped into the clearing and saw Chad on the opposite side, the last of his fears and worries faded. By the time he was looking into the brown eyes of the man he loved so much, every word of his vows was clear in his head. And as he took Chad’s hand, his wolf curled up, just happy to be near their mate again.

With a squeeze of hands, they turned to Bob.

“Are you ready to begin?”

Jamie smiled.



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Patience

Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with and same-sex versions downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end of semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate.

Who’s human.

Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.

Jamie has no idea what a shifter’s mate bite will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt together for answers while working together on a case for Chad. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.




Patience is availabe from: Dreamspinner ◊ Amazon ◊ ARe ◊ B&N ◊ Kobo   





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  Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica. A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind. As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.





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