Friday, September 2, 2011

NEVER BEEN BIT Launch Party!!

It seems like a lifetime ago that Sorcha and Alec first stepped onto the pages in our second book – TALL, DARK and WOLFISH. Back then, Sorcha was a naïve lass, the youngest of her coven, controller of plants, exuberant and full of life. And Alec was head over heels in love with Caitin Macleod. Over the course of both our Westfield Wolves and Gentlemen Vampyres series, many things have changed with these two. And many things have stayed the same.

So we thought (much like the ending of a much loved television series often does with a montage to music) we’d revisit some of our favorite moments of Sorcha and Alec (without the music, however.)

TALL, DARK and WOLFISH

Alec tries his hardest to win the affection of Caitrin, much to his friend Ben Westfield’s chagrin. (There’s still not a ton of love lost between Ben and Cait – one of those things that hasn’t changed.)

Sorcha is the only witch within the Còig who accepts Ben as Elspeth’s husband. In fact, she’s the only member of the coven who attends the pair’s rather impromptu wedding. (And through the event, Alec is right beside her, supporting his friend.)

Sorcha becomes enamored with the idea of Lycans thanks to Ben Westfield, and decides right then and there that she’d like to marry a wolf of her very own. So when another Lycan turns up in their midst (charming rakehell Lord William Westfield) Sorcha considers slipping a love potion to the rogue in order to seal the deal. But coven sisters, as they are wont to do, put an end to those plans.

THE TAMING OF THE WOLF

After being rejected by Cait time and time again, Alec left Edinburgh for England. He can’t quite believe his luck when he stumbles upon her along the Great North Road. Hoping that providence is finally on his side, Alec pursues the lass with renewed vigor. Unfortunately he has a new rival to contend with – Dashiel Thorpe.

Upon meeting Dash and learning that he is a Lycan, Sorcha is nearly beside herself with glee – convinced that each member of the coven will end up with a wolfish mate.

After Cait chooses Dash, Alec is truly heartbroken, but gentleman that he is – Alec heads to The Highlands to check on another coven sister Blaire as Cait is nearly worried sick about the other witch. His final goodbye to Cait still makes us weepy.

IT HAPPENED ONE BITE

Upon his arrival at Briarcraig Castle to ensure Blaire’s safety, Alec finds himself surrounded by vampyres, both benevolent and not-so benevolent. Too late he realizes what he’s up against when he’s attacked and left for dead beside the shores of an icy loch.

Not long after, Sorcha first comes in contact with vampyres back in Edinburgh – an evil one who was involved in Alec’s attack, and a noble one who had fallen for Blaire. Always the sweetest of the bunch, Sorcha’s heart aches for the tortured, malevolent vamp; and she welcomes the other into the coven’s circle with open arms.

IN THE HEAT OF THE BITE

Alec struggles to adjust in his new life as a vampyre under the tutelage of his maker Matthew, who’d saved him beside the icy loch that fateful night. He’s not comfortable in his new skin, but there’s no going back now. Still a gentleman, he tries his hardest to protect Rhiannon from those of his kind (particularly Matthew), even going so far as to align himself with his one-time rival Dash in order to do so.

Sorcha thanks Matthew profusely for saving Alec from certain death, once again welcoming a newcomer into her midst.

Alec hits his lowest point when he realizes Matthew has changed for Rhiannon and he will have to face this dark world all alone from here on out.

At Rhiannon and Matthew’s wedding, Sorcha comes face to face with Dash’s three Lycan half brothers and she is certain one of them is in her future – the wolfish husband she’s always wanted.

And that’s where Alec and Sorcha are (metaphorically speaking) when NEVER BEEN BIT begins and their story starts to unfold.

Sorcha - a naïve lass, controller of plants, exuberant and full of life. And Alec - a vampyre, still heartbroken over the loss of Caitin Macleod.

We hope you'll join us (and Mr. Seamus Ferguson) in the celebration in honor of Sorcha and Alec and long awaited Happy-Ever-Afters.

25 comments:

  1. Oh wow. It's lovely to see the story arc like that. Makes me want to read them all over again from the beginning. Might take the latest to the soccer gala day tomorrow. Thanks Lydia for reminding me.

    ReplyDelete
  2. That's quite a series, ladies! Congrats on the release of the latest volume!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Heather ~ Thanks for stopping by. It was a little bittersweet looking back at everything involving these two. They've been with us for so long, saying goodbye makes me (Jodie) tear up. But ALSO - because they've been with us since almost the beginning, their story arc was so much fun. I know them better than some of my own relatives. :)

    Cheryl ~ Thanks! We're glad it's here.

    Seduced ~ Yay!! I'm so glad to hear it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Now that is a gorgeous line up! Congratulations on the new volume! Love that comment about knowing them better than your relatives, and probably like them better, too, on most days if you are anything like this old cowboy writer!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Of course NBB wasn't on sale earlier this week when I went shopping. And I can't get away for the weekend because there is baseball practice and a party my husband planned. (Someone has to clean the house - Oh yeah.)

    Where is my ereader for Christmas when I need it. I hate waiting and now after reading the post, I want this book more than ever.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The entire series, from beginning to end, has taken the romance world and turned it on its head! Regency England mixed with the paranormal? Fantastic. Every book is proudly displayed on my bookshelf, with room for this one!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Carolyn ~ LOL! You said it. (You always do, btw) I do like them better than some relatives. (It doesn't even depend on the day.)

    Beth ~ Aw, that's so sweet of you! I hope you get the chance to spend some time with Alec and Sorcha very soon. :)

    Nancy ~ I'm so honored you left a space for NEVER BEEN BIT on your shelf. I hope you enjoy it as much as the rest of the series.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Congratulations! I am so looking forward to seeing this in print. :)

    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love watching secondary characters emerge into the limelight over a series of books. My investment in them--when will they get their book? Will the author pair up the right couple? How are they going to deal with the ever-accumulating pile of issues heaped on them from book to book?--grows and grows until I'm devouring their tale well past a prudent bedtime.

    Can't wait to read this one--and THEN whose stories will be next?

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love the montage. Thanks for all the reminders. This story has been a long time coming.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sarah ~ Thank you! It's always different to see it in print vs. a word file, isn't it?

    Grace ~ That's sweet of you. The next three books are about Dash's wolfish half brothers. So that trio has been with us for a while now too.

    Shana ~ It does feel that way. But now - having written 1.5 more books since this one ended - it seems a lifetime ago. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I am totally out of the loop and somehow missed this series but what a great way to bring new readers into the series. And what great covers you have too!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Lydia, those are some of the best titles I've ever heard. And I love the covers, too! What a great way to talk about the story current story. Enjoyed it all.
    Amelia

    ReplyDelete
  14. This looks like a great series!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow, I'm almost sad to see them all end. I can still remember when you two were just brainstorming some of these ideas in the beginning. Seems like forever ago.

    You two really are some of the best writers and teachers I know. I'm really glad I stuck around to see how this unfolded.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm a day late, but Happy Release Day! I was at BN yesterday and was excited to see Never Been Bit on the shelf. Sometimes my BN is slow about these things. :)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I can't wait to read this one! Congrats on the release.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, Sorcha and Alec really have had a long wait for happily ever after. Can't wait to read all about it.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I keep hoping the Còig witches will let me into their tight knit group, but they think my powers are amateurish. `Suppose I'll have to keep practicing.
    The invitation image is a hoot; thanks for the invite. Now, what to wear? Lol.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congrats on your new release! I love it that you brought these two characters together.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Can't wait to get my hands on this one. I will have them all and can spend an afternoon reading the series from start to finish! Now that is what I call a TREAT !!! Congrats on this newest one!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I've not read any of the books (but I am sooo going to now) and already I really admire Sorcha and her optimism:) She held out hope for love and now I really want to read her HEA.

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a great post. I haven't read any of the books yet, but they are on my TBR list! I love the titles too, very clever.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Brilliant idea on presenting your books and their overall arc, ladies. I may borrow. :}

    ReplyDelete