Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Author J Hali Steele

Keep your dog safe this Halloween!

My new series at Changeling Press is about german shepherd shifters. These guys are sexy and hot; they can handle anything a human throws their way.

During this holiday I’d like to remind all wonderful dog owners that candy and other treats are not good for dogs. Especially chocolate—it can be extremely toxic to your dog. Artificially sweetened candy, gum and other goodies may also contain xylitol, a highly toxic substance. Dogs may also ingest food wrappers, causing a risk of choking, upset stomach or gastrointestinal blockage. Various party snacks can be too salty and may contain ingredients that can poison your dog. Alcoholic beverages and dogs do NOT mix—they pose a significant risk of severe illness or even death! Keep all of these “human goodies” far out of their reach. (Excerpted from Halloween Safety for Dogs by Jenna Stregowski, RVT, at Guide. Read full article here: )

Some of us love to dress our pets for the festivities…here are some great costume ideas.

Fun Halloween photos from Google images:

Let’s all have a FUN and SAFE Halloween. Now, on to the real goodies!!

One stroke of his tongue and you're his forever.

Experience the true meaning of doggy-style.


Wade Alsatian is stuck guarding the owner of the escort service he frequents. He doesn't count on the sexy as hell woman tying him in knots and driving him insane with her mouth and body

Jetta Volker still carries scars from a dog attack. Now she's left in the care of a huge shepherd, and afraid to move in her own home. But it's for other reasons she waits for her guard to return. His scent triggers a need she has ignored far too long. Jetta gave up on men -- but she wants this one.

Breaking through barriers and accepting the scars from their past may tear them apart.

A bite of GUARDED:

Wade didn’t move a muscle. His eyes drank her in like a man who’d been too long in the desert. Jetta wasn’t much shorter than Victoria, but the thin, black material clung to her like a second skin. She had far more curves. Her long, dark hair hung in wet curls down her back. The scent of lavender seeped into his nostrils and tugged at the beast buried in him. If he’d been outside, he would have howled. As it was, all he could do was stare with his mouth open. His cock pressed painfully into his zipper and wept to get out. So did his shepherd. The animal zigzagged back and forth through his gut, whimpering. Christ. Wade wasn’t sure he could keep the dog in check.

Before Vic answered, Jetta took a step into the room and faltered. In one leap, Wade caught her and sat her in a nearby chair. Her small hands pushed at his chest. “Stop, damn it. I’m fine.”

“Fine, my ass. You almost fell.”

“I don’t want your help.” Green eyes blazed at him before she turned away. Why was she so pissed off? “Vic, can you take me home?”

“You need someone with you.” Wade looked at Victoria for help. Now she needed to pour on that syrupy voice of hers more than ever. “Vic?”

“He’s right. You’ve had a nasty bump, and unless you can tell us why you were kidnapped and dumped in the alley, you need to be guarded.” Clearing her throat, Victoria continued. “One of your girls could have riled someone and they want to take it out on you. I keep telling you to get out of that damn business.”

“I live far enough out of town that no one will bother me, and furthermore, I won’t be kept from my business.”

“Honey, unless you stay here, you get a guard. You’ve heard me talk about Shepherd’s Watch and the Alsatian brothers who own the company? This is Max.” The smile Victoria Germaine leveled on his brother practically lit up the room. “You’ve met Wade, and he’ll take good care of you until we can figure out what’s going on.”

“Over my dead ass.”

Wade leaned down, and with his lips practically touching hers, he whispered, “Sweetheart, that’s a distinct possibility.”

She glared at him. The gold flecks dancing in her angry eyes excited his animal, and his throat worked to trap the growl lifting through his chest. Shit. Wade pulled away from her and faced his brother who wore an odd look.

“You two take my car, and I’ll have Ren bring you a change of clothes and… and whatever else you want once you’re settled.” Max stood and peered at him closely. “Ren can help with what you’ll need more than I can.”

It dawned on Wade what he meant. “No, brother, it’s not what you’re thinking.”

“We’ll see.” Max left the room with Victoria, and Wade hoped he’d bring the car to the front door of the building. The sun was peeking over the horizon, and he didn’t want to chance anyone seeing them leave.

Jetta fidgeted in the chair, and he twisted to face her. His shepherd mewled inside like a fucking sick cat. Damn it to hell, what if Max was right. Was it possible this woman was his mate? “Christ.” Sweat beaded on his brow.

She was very astute and it was as if she knew the meaning of their cryptic conversation. Jetta smiled at him, but when she spoke it was cold. “Don’t worry, Mr. Alsatian. I keep very good books and I know the type of woman you need. I’ll arrange something.”

He snatched her to her feet and pulled her into his arms. Burying his hands in her hair, he tugged until she looked in his eyes. “That won’t be necessary, you’ll do fine.” His mouth smashed down on hers and he pried her lips open until he tasted her. Her body molded against his perfectly and her tongue lashed back at him. It was heaven.

Wade knew he should stop but he couldn’t. His dog clawed for release and he damn near let him out. If Victoria wasn’t still in the apartment, he’d have ripped the clothes from Jetta and taken what he wanted right there on the floor. He moved his hand to caress her cheek, and she whimpered. Jesus Christ. What had he done? He was no better than the jerk-off who’d dumped her in the alley.

Jetta bit into his lip and shocked him back to reality. He let her fall back into the seat. With his fingers, he touched the fresh bite. Watching her reaction, he put his fingers in his mouth and sucked them. She never batted an eyelash.

“Guess you only faint when it’s your blood.” Turning, he strode toward the door. The words he threw over his shoulder brooked no argument. “Be ready to leave in five minutes.”

Upcoming Trick-or-Treat:

I’m at Blog-A-Thon on Halloween day with Shepherd’s Watch and there will be a giveaway of goodies I’ve stashed up on from Cons around the country!

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Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out.-© J. Hali Steele

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J Hali said...

Wishing you all an early Happy Halloween. Yes, there is a contest, and it's easy...

Name ALL my Changeling Press books in the comments, tell me which you'd like to read more of, and your name goes into the random drawing for a box of goodies from Cons I've attended this year--including some awesome reading.

See how easy that was? Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

*grins* Your makingme work.....Joann....*groans* I haven't even had my coffee yet. Ok here I go....wish me luck because I am still half asleep.

Shepherd's Watch: Serviced, Guarded
Cougar by the tail, Hot Tin Roof, With extra cream, Screwed, Screwed again

Great post and some funny pics. Thans for the giggle.

love2read28 @ yahoo dot com

J Hali said...

lol, Dawn...go get that coffee! Yay, you got them, and good luck.

A couple of those pictures were just impossible to pass up. *grins* The bed-shot is adorable!!

Judy said...

Shepherd's Watch: Guarded
Shepherd's Watch: Serviced

Cougar by the Tail
Hot Tin Roof
With Extra Cream

Screwed Again

Your Shepherd's Watch series looks real good, never really thought about using dogs as shifters !!

I love the costumes they come out with for animals, they are so cute in them.


J Hali said...

Hi Judy, aren't the costumes the cutest. Shepherds are wonderful creatures--I couldn't resist writing about them!! Yay, you got them all.

J Hali said...

OK, so you're both winners for braving the howling dogs! I'll be sending an email with more info.

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