A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
TRAVELS THROUGH THE SCARLET EQUINOX
TITLE: A Bear's Bear SERIES: Smokey Mountain Bears 3 ANTHOLOGY: Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox PUBLISHER: Mischief Corner Books
BLURB: The Autumnal equinox—when the trees dress in their formal scarlet and gold and the crisp air whispers of chance and change, when bright days turn into sudden storms and the veil between reality and imagination thins. Join the Mischief Corner authors as they share stories evoking this often unpredictable time of year.
A Bear’s Bearby Toni Griffin Matthew Warner's been a Chicago Bears fan as far back as he can remember. What other team was a young bear shifter from the Smokey Mountains supposed to root for? When his college friend gets tickets to the next home game, Matthew jumps at the chance for a holiday. It's his favorite time of year and Nic promises him pumpkin carving and a visit to the world's largest corn maze, what more could he want?
What Matthew doesn’t expect is finding out the defensive tackle for the Bears is his mate. Between fainting at the realization, meeting family, and dealing with the media fallout of his mate's coming out Matthew is in for a hell of a rocky Halloween.
The Autumn Lands by J. Scott Coatsworth Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can't remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay. Caspian still hasn't figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he's running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
Beside a Black Tarn by Angel Martinez When Shax stumbles across rumors of an experimental house that responds to the occupant’s brain functions, creating scenarios to please and delight, naturally he wants to steal it. But with the return of a troubled and hunted Julian Parallax and an overabundance of Poe references, even Shax’s scheming may not be enough to get the Brimstone crew out alive this time.
Eternity in the Tides by Freddy MacKay Autumn has always been Zak's favorite season for hiking and camping. Not to mention breathing in all that crisp fall air and sitting around toasty bonfires. That all changed year and a half ago when a rich prick high on prescription pills sideswiped Zak while he was out biking.
Now his days are filled with pain and limited mobility. No more camping. No more trails. Zak's life as he knew it is gone forever.
Back at his beloved stomping grounds, Zak is ready to say hello and goodbye one last time. But when a cry from the frigid Lake Superior waters throws him into the role of a rescuer, more than just his life hangs in the balance. Little did Zak know how much one person giving a damn mattered to him.
EXCERPT: A Bear's Bear by Toni Griffin Chapter One
Matthew Warner stood in the middle of his Alpha's backyard. Christian Packard was hosting the last sleuth get-together for the year. Yes, they would still meet up and have a run once a month. But the gatherings and cookouts like this usually ended in October before the weather turned too cold. As shifters, they tended to run hotter than humans did, but it would look weird to the neighbors if Christian hosted cookouts when the weather had dropped into the low thirties.
People stood around in small groups talking and laughing. The entire sleuth had turned out, as they usually did. Matthew pulled on his beer, drinking the last of it. He laughed at something Bobby said, thankfully swallowing his beer first. Spraying beer through your nose was disgusting. Matthew clapped Aaron on the shoulder and held his empty beer out.
"Anyone need a refill?" he asked.
"Yeah," Bobby, Aaron, Clayton, and Jeffery all acknowledged.
"Be back in a sec." Matthew gathered the empties and headed for the bin Christian and Vincent had put aside for them. The glass rattled as it hit the other bottles already littering the base.
Matthew said hello to Patricia, the previous Alpha, as he passed her on the back porch where she was laying out food on the massive table. She'd been a great Alpha and continued to be a wonderful support to her son.
He'd just reached down to start digging in the ice chest for the beers when Matthew's phone vibrated in his pocket. Seconds later, his ringtone sounded. He stood, fished his phone out, grinned widely when he saw the display, and swiped his finger across the screen to answer the call.
"Give me good news, man," Matthew greeted his old college buddy, Nicholas Valenti.
A slight pause, then, "I got the tickets."
"Yes." Matthew might have jumped in the air and pumped his fist. When he realized what he'd done, he quickly looked around to see if anyone had witnessed his uncool moment.
He heard laughing on the other end of the line. "You seriously just pumped your fist, didn't you?"
"I did not," Matthew spluttered.
"Dude, you can't lie to me. After sharing a room with you for four years, I know everything there is to know about you."
Not everything, Matthew thought. There was one major fact about him that Nicholas didn't know. He wasn't about to tell the man either. As his friend wasn't his mate, it was against their law to divulge their secret without either prior approval from their Alpha or extenuating circumstances. Matthew had neither.
Matthew lowered his voice. "There may have been a small fist pump," he admitted.