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#RainbowSnippets: Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

Rainbow Snippets is a group of authors who get together every Saturday to post a 6 line snippet from a work in progress, or a work that’s already been published. There’s tons of fun reading every week, so check them out here!

Last week I introduced the red panda twins, who were named after Devon Hunter. (This is important information for the blog tour and giveaway starting Thursday. Hint, hint) This week I’m introducing Alice and Rudy, the pygmy fainting goat kids. (Mom’s a pygmy goat, Dad’s a fainting goat. It was my daughter’s idea.) This snippet happens shortly after the “Protect the burgers!” of last week. 😀

Alice, dodging a sneak attack by Hunter from under the table, ran straight into the back of Vince’s knees. “Hey!” he yelled, and made a grab for her with his free arm, but she hopped merrily over it and kept running. With a happy bleat, she scrambled between the two men and ran into the undergrowth.

Her brother raced after her, until Devon popped out from behind a small tree, paws spread wide and trills of excitement filling the air. Rudy jumped sideways, then stiffened and fell over.

Alice popped out of the bushes. Her bleats sounded like a laugh as she jumped over him, headed for the picnic table.

As a bonus, here’s a video of some baby fainting goats (no fainting though)

And they have a couple of live webcams, or goatcams, where you can watch the goats do what goats do. (Link is found on the YouTube page.)

Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

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Nathan's met Vince's family, but Vince hasn't met Nathan's, and Nathan would like to keep it that way. Holy smoked almonds, what else do you do when you know how completely nuts your relatives are?

Why, you ease your man into it, by introducing him to normal shifters. Assuming you can find any.

But with a gossipy werehummingbird spreading the news, and a pair of young red pandas wreaking havoc with their fainting goat friends, Nathan’s about ready to climb into a pine cone and pull it in after him.

Then the local playboy weremoose hears about Vince, and Nathan has to find his inner alpha or the consequences will be worse than moldy hazelnuts.


#RainbowSnippets: Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

RiseoftheAlphaSquirrelfinalAs we get closer to release date, my fingernails get shorter. I’ve been bouncing around the story trying to figure out a good 6 lines to use for Rainbow Snippets this week (check out all of them here!), but I’ve found one that sort of introduces a few new characters.

Now, there’s a bit of a story behind these characters. I’ll explain the goats next week, but the red pandas I’ll explain right now. Devon Hunter is an actor in porn films and sometime male escort, and he loves red pandas. Like, serious squeeing kind of love. It all started as people being silly, chatting on Twitter, but somewhere in there, the red panda family was born, and the twins, Devon and Hunter, ended up being named after Devon. (But, Devon is way better behaved than the twins. Not that the twins mean badly, they’re just young and determined and, well–twins). And that’s why the book is dedicated to Devon.

There’s a serious possibility of Devon and Hunter and their older brother Jake coming back in their own book, once I get Nathan and Vince mostly squared away.

The subtle rustling of the bushes created a haven of privacy for them. Nathan had just finished licking raspberry juice and salad dressing from Vince’s fingers when it occurred to him—there wasn’t actually any wind. He sat back and peered in the direction of the noise.

A small red, masked face poked through the leaves. A second one popped up, right beside it. Then, with a massive crash of snapping twigs, two little black and white goats leaped over the pandas and into the campsite.

“Protect the burgers,” Nathan cried and ran to intercept the four-legged torpedoes barreling around the picnic table.

#RainbowSnippets: Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

In my last couple of snippets, we met cute, fluffy, nut-obsessed Nathan, and his hot-as-roasted-chestnuts love interest Vince. This snippet comes from the beginning of the sequel, Rise of the Alpha Squirrel. If you’ve read Nuts About You, you know that at the beginning of Alpha Squirrel, Nathan sneaks into Vince’s home and plays a silly squirrely trick on him, and gets caught.

And then Vince commits a terrible crime–he calls Nathan…Nutsy. *gasps of horror*

And Nathan’s going to make him pay.

I’m aiming for a February 21 (or probably the 18th, because I have classes all day Thursday and it keeps me from obsessively clicking reload on the browser) release date for Alpha Squirrel, but you can see the cover now. 🙂

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He didn’t go far—just out into the yard and up the post of the new birdfeeder seated conveniently outside the kitchen window. Good thing this Nutsy obsession was Vince’s only bad quality, or Nathan might have been tempted to go home. But with Vince, there was a lot more in the ‘good nuts’ pile than the ‘bad nuts’ one, so he stayed.

Didn’t mean he had to be all happy and cheerful though. Disgruntled, he fished out a fat black and gray sunflower seed and gnawed the shell open as he waited.

Check out the rest of the group’s snippets here.