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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Character Confessions: Luc Danes complains about author Heather Long + giveaway

Heather: I hope you don’t mind, but Luc Danes decided to join us for this interview. I thought it would be Brett, but Luc practically volunteered for the job…

This is Brett, Luc's best friends.
Luc: Volunteered? Is that what they're calling it these days?
Heather: Be nice, Luc. We’re here to introduce people to the Wolves of Willow Bend…

Luc: *coughs * You meant Hudson River, right?

Heather: Technically, the series is the Wolves of Willow Bend, and we met Brett in the third installment…

Luc: Technically? Yeah, I’m not here to talk about Mason’s pack, though. I came to talk about Brett’s—you know my best friend, the guy I actually needed help from?

Heather: Absolutely, and we’ll get there. No need to be so surly…

Luc: You broke both my legs and my arm, then stuck me in a hospital where I couldn’t shift to get better.

Heather: Well, true.

Luc: So, we’re talking about Hudson River.

Heather: Fair enough. You win. Let’s talk about Hudson River.

Luc: Well, while we’re on the subject, exactly why did you have to break both my legs and my arm? Not to mention my ribs and you gave me a concussion. Wouldn’t any one of those do?

Heather: Need I remind you that you’re a wolf? One broken bone would hardly slow you down.

Luc: *grunt* True. So you had to break a lot of them, then you introduced me to the sexy little minx, Colby, who has the bedside manner of a freight train.

Heather: You started it.

Luc: I was the patient.

Colby: Luc? Shut up and cooperate, then I’ll bring you a cheeseburger.

Luc: Fine. I’m cooperating. What were we talking about?
Heather: Hudson River.

Luc: Right! Hudson River. Best pack in the U.S. Our Alpha is Brett. He’s had a silver platter of shit delivered to him over the last few years. Did you know one of his Hunters went crazy and actually murdered several wolves?

Heather: Yes, I knew that
Luc: That’s your fault, too.
Heather: How much of all of this is going to be my fault?

Luc: Everything.

Heather: Good to know. Which means all the good stuff is my fault, too?

Luc: No, I brought the good stuff.

Heather: You have a thing about being right, don’t you?

Luc: Hello? Dominant wolf with Alpha tendencies, here.

Heather: That I can neuter in the next book if you keep being a smartass.

Luc: Nah, I’m too freaking adorable for words. Your line, not mine.

Heather: Stay out of my head.

Luc: Haha. It’s my personal playground, and you’re distracting me. So, Hudson River. I grew up there, you know.

Heather: Keep it up and you can die there, you know?

Luc: Nah, like you said. I’m adorable and tried to steal the show from Brett. I’ve got some of the best lines in the whole book.
Heather: Note to self. Give Luc a woman he can’t charm.

Luc: Hey, now…

Heather: Not to mention one who puts him in his place and doesn’t take any of his crap.

Luc: You wouldn’t…

Heather: Oh, and make her sweet and full of laughter so he has to put up with happy all the time…kind of like cotton candy on crack.

Luc: Now you’re just being mean.

Heather: No, I’m giving you challenges to overcome. Like returning to Hudson River…

Luc: The only challenge was getting there. Like I said, I grew up in Hudson River. Brett’s my best friend, and he needed me. After Marco killed so many wolves and Brett’s grandfather, Hatcher, I knew he’d blame himself. It’s stupid, he’s Alpha, not God, but he was going to blame himself. The man deserved to know I had his back…

Heather: Except you were gone for all of that.

Luc: Doesn’t change anything.

Heather: Do you think, if you’d been there when Marco started killing, you could have made a difference?

Luc: Damn straight I would have. Except I wasn’t, so that’s on me. But Hudson River is one of the oldest packs in the States. It has a great history. We’re not big on nonstop violence, we don’t get bloody just to have a fight like Sutter Butte, and it’s in the prettiest territory with the best seasons, not hot all the damn time like Delta Crescent or freeze your nuts off cold like the Yukon.

Heather: You realize that description applies to Willow Bend territory, too?

Luc: Except I’m not talking about Willow Bend. Sure it’s a nice place, sure it’s got some good wolves, but it’s nowhere near as awesome as Hudson River.

Heather: So if it’s so great, why did you leave?

Luc: That’s a long story…

Heather: We’re listening.

Luc: No, honey, that’s a long story you need to write.
Heather: Because Hudson River is awesome?

Luc: *slow grin* Now you’re talking…

River Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend #7) 
by Heather Long
Genre: Paranormal Romance
August 25th, 2015
Print Length: 100K
Brett Dalton, Alpha of Hudson River, isolated himself from his pack mates after one betrayed him. The once, easygoing Alpha has become taciturn, remote and unforgiving. His pack worries for him, but they too have suffered a devastating blow. When several members leave to join Three Rivers, the pack faces the threat of dissolution until Brett's best friend and Lone Wolf, Luc Danes returns to Hudson River accompanied by a beautiful young human—or is she? Something about the woman consumes Brett. Has Luc come home to help or to take the pack from Brett?

Colby Jenson wrapped up thousands of hours of community service working at the hospital in Maine when an injured Luc Danes rolled through the door. The impossible patient drove the nurses crazy, but when Danes offered her money no strings attached to drive him to New York, she agreed. The last thing she expected was to arrive in the small Westchester County town and to meet the craziest collection of residents—especially the devastatingly sexy Brett Dalton. Part of her wants to hit the road, the rest wants to make him smile and he keeps making excuses for her to stay.

Then she sees the wolves...and is exposed to a world she can barely imagine. When Brett discovers a secret about her, nothing will be the same again. Now she will find herself torn between a world she isn't sure she can understand and the man who has taken her heart hostage...

Excerpt from River Wolf: 

So not ready to be awake…

A knock on the door intruded in her drifting and she groaned. Dammit, she was a guest. She couldn’t stay in bed all day. In fact, what she needed to do was get up, shower, dress and get her ass on the road. Florida seemed a hell of a long way to go, though. Rolling over, she shoved the blankets away then climbed out of the bed. Glaring at the light between the curtains, she rubbed a hand over her face, then stumbled to the door.

Opening it a crack, she gazed at her host. Goddammit. He looked perfect. Dressed in a clean, nicely pressed shirt with the top two buttons open to reveal the faint curls of dark against his chest and smelling like heaven, he looked good enough to eat. His hair wasn’t even damp, though it fell in a soft wave toward his forehead. He’d been up long enough to shower and dress—and he wore a smile.

“Ugh,” she sighed. “Please God tell me you are not one of those happy morning people.”

The corner of his sensual mouth quirked higher. The effect on his expression devastated her sleepy senses. No human should ever look so damn good without coffee. The combination of rake and boy next door added to his appeal, but the trace of scars and mottled skin gave him a ruggedness she desperately wanted to smooth away. “I woke you.”

“Not exactly,” she admitted, rubbing her cheek against the door and leaning on it a little more heavily. Everything ached and she wanted to go back to sleep. “I’m used to getting by on a lot less sleep.” And rolling out of bed to go to work for eight hour shifts that as often as not turned into ten to twelve hours on her feet. “I think I am tireder than I thought.” She yawned the last three words, and when she glanced at him again, his expression softened.

Extending a finger, he traced the line of her cheek and it was a soothing motion, one which had her eyes half-closing in pleasure. “Go back to bed, Colby.” His voice washed over her. “I’ll be in my office working.”

“I can’t laze about in bed all day.” No matter how good it sounded.

“Why not?”

“Because…” She had to go to Florida or at least say her goodbyes. She was a guest and not even an intentional one. “…Luc. I should probably check on him.”

“He’s fine, the doctor is with him.” The indulgence in his voice evaporated, but the steadiness in his tone remained. “Go sleep. When you wake up, come find me. We’ll have coffee.”

Tempting. So. So. Tempting. “I’m up now…but coffee sounds like heaven. Really, really strong coffee.”

“Double pot? I made one, I can run it through again.”

Colby groaned at the idea. Now that he’d mentioned it, she could smell the coffee. It proved even more alluring than the sweet vanilla and jasmine entwining the pine of his cologne on her pillow. Releasing the door to stretch, she would have thumped her tail if she’d had one. “Yes, please. If it wouldn’t be too much to ask.”

Silence greeted her comment, and she found Brett gazing at her. Rapt admiration in his eyes as he trailed his gaze down her body and up again.

Fuck me… She still only wore a t-shirt and panties and she’d just given him a show. “Crap. Sorry.” Slamming the door shut, she leaned against it. Adrenaline burned through the remaining traces of sleepiness, adrenaline and a healthy dose of lust. Having him look at her like that warmed inside and out.

“Please,” his voice stroked her through the door. “Don’t apologize. I’ll go fix the coffee. Come and find me.”

The invitation had her toes curling and she bit her lip. “I will,” she said, then added in a low whisper. “I promise.”

“I’ll be waiting.”

A shiver skated over her spine and she closed her eyes. Maybe she should have invited him inside to go back to bed with her. Inappropriate as hell, and impulsive, but she bet Brett would wake her even better than the coffee.

He already has…

Other Books in the Wolves of Willow Bend Series 

Book 1 is available HERE
Book 2 is available HERE

About the Author:
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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.  


  1. If you were to neuter a character who was a shifter or were, wouldn't his testicles just grow back when he shifted? Or are they not those kind of shifters?

  2. Loved the interview, and Steph, that is a great question. LOL

    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. So when do we get Luc's story?

    1. He's on the list, but he had to get in line. O.o I think you can imagine how well that went