Guest Post: Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure

This contest is closed. The winner is Julianne.

Welcome to Day Two and more adventures with Thea and Viv. The theme for this second day is Transportation and a chance to introduce you to our heroes. Now-transportation is a BIG theme in WOLF LINE, like there’s a really big boat as the setting for this story: a cruise ship. Kinda like this one:

Yes, for anyone who has already read others in the Granite Lake Wolves series, you know there’s a pun in that title, just like there are in all the story titles. One is obvious, I hope—but there’s more than one line being pulled in this story!

Like—don’t let the names fool you, but the fellow being called Mark Weaver in this scene is actually Jared: playboy extraordinaire first met in WOLF GAMES. Only after a pretty exciting morning he’s suddenly thrust into this meeting with Keri Smith who’s acting as a troubleshooter during her BFFs maiden voyage as Cruise Coordinator.

Welcome aboard, trouble!

The late arrival was dark haired, the strands long enough to lie tousled around his shoulders like some bad-boy rock star on tour. Mmm, she liked bad boys. His leather jacket hung open, his chest moving rapidly, and Keri hesitated.

Chest heaving? Slightly panting—as if he’d been running? “Did someone escort you to the ship, Mr. Weaver?”

His eyes widened, then his grin flashed and her belly warmed. Damn, that face of his should be labeled a dangerous weapon. “No, but I sure could use an escort to my room.”

“You’ll get your sleeping assignment in a minute,” Chad cut in. “First, sign here.”

Keri shook herself, stepping back in self-defense.

Mark winked her direction then leaned over the table to add a swirl of chaos to the bottom of the page. “There you go, love.”

Chad choked for a second before handing over a key. “Your room is on the port side, toward mid ship. You can get extra linens and supplies from the hall storage, and your first shift starts at eleven hundred hours. Report back here and you’ll find your team leader, who will get you fitted up and give you last-minute instructions.”

Mark tilted an imaginary hat at Keri, ignoring Chad completely. “You going to be around? Help me find my sea legs, that kind of thing?”

Keri continued to retreat until her back hit the wall. “I think we’ll end this conversation now, Mr. Weaver. Find your quarters.”

His dark eyes sparkled for a second before he dropped his gaze, stroking his way down her body. She should feel insulted. She should turn and demand he treat her with more respect. The words wouldn’t come, mainly because what she really wanted was to strip right there and ride him like a Harley. Feel his power rumbling between her thighs and—

Sweat broke out on her brow, cooling instantly in the air-conditioned room. Mark was out the door before she figured out how to respond further. Keri avoided the blatant question in Chad’s eyes and raced away, slamming through the door that led the opposite direction from where her mystery man had gone. All thoughts of why he’d been chased aboard were lost in the disastrous new revelation that had overtaken her.

This was not good. This was so not good. The situation had gone from troublesome to tortuous in less time than it took for the average wolf pack to consume a prime-rib dinner.

Keri stopped to lean her forehead on the nearest wall. She hit with more force than intended, which was moderately excruciating but somehow appropriate.

In fact, she repeated the move. A couple of times.

Bang. Bang.

The resulting pain made her screw up her face. Bang. She was supposed to be there for her friend and act as a troubleshooter. Bang. Not be the one to cause chaos right under Tessa’s nose. Bang. Not discovering her mate in the midst of the hired help.

Oops? Okay, this is going to be a tricky cruise. Not as tricky as this one, but still:

Hope you’ll come along to see exactly why Jared is being called Mark, and why Keri is reacting to her mate, and yet Jared doesn’t seem to be…

Leave a comment here, and then head over to the Book Binge to see what Thea is up to. Tomorrow you’ll find us both hanging out at Smexy Books to talk about our heroines and take on the next part of the adventure.

THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian ArendNew York Times and USA Todaybestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.
Thea’s DEVIL’S GATE releases June 5. The novella returns readers to the world of The Elder Races. Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Samhain Publishing
WOLF LINE, #5 in Viv’s bestselling Granite Lake Wolves, is available June 12. Available at: Amazon | Barne’s & Noble | Samhain Publishing
Comment for your chance to win:
Information re: Grand Prize can be found at Thea or Viv’s
DAILY PRIZE: One commenter here at this blog will win their choice of one of Thea or Viv’s backlist Samhain ebooks from either the Elder Races or Granite Lake Wolves series. If you’ve got them all, you can gift this to a friend!
Winners from comments at all the tour stops will be announced at
Viv’s and Thea’s blogs on JUNE 13.
Question for today:
Which cruise trip would you take? Alaska, Caribbean or elsewhere?


  1. I’d like to take a cruise to Alaska. It would be beautiful. Now, I’ll have to check into that.


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  3. The only cruise I have taken so far was a couple stops in Mexico. Loved it though!! My aunt went on one to Alaska and I was very envious of her pictures, such a beautiful place!

  4. Heh! GREAT excerpt, Viv! Poor Keri…

    Our family hasn’t taken a cruise together yet, but they’ve come highly recommended–my parents loved the one they took on the Oasis, and I think that was a Caribbean one. We may have to try the same–apparently the ship is ENORMOUS!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  5. I went on a cruise round Spain, Italy and France. It was wonderful! No hot guys though *sigh* life just isn’t fair. I think I’d like to go on a cruise around Alaska. It’s so cold that I wouldn’t want to stay, but looking out from a cozy ship? Excellent.
    hannah.mohammed.hmg (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I would take the carribean cruise to see the crystal blue waters.

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  7. Hi everybody!

    Ooh, all your cruises sound wonderful! I’ve never taken a cruise, but I hope to some day. I would love to go on an Alaska cruise and on a Caribbean one.

    Erhm, Jen, please don’t enter me for the contest. *wink*

    Have a great day!!

  8. I’ve always wanted to see Alaska and the Caribbean. Either trip would be perfect for me!

  9. I’m not a cruise type of person but I think I’d like the Alaskan one because of the glaciers. Thank you.


  10. I would love to cruise around Greece. I have never been to Europe but that seems like a delightful place to start.

  11. I love cruises and been on a couple to the Caribbean. I really want to go on a Mediterranean cruise with stops in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

  12. A cruise to Alaska would be cool. Never been to Alaska or on a cruise do that would be cool to combine the two.

  13. I’ve never been on a cruise.And with some of the stories coming out about them I’m not sure I ever will.But i used to want to go on a Caribbean cruise.
    great excerpt.Thanks fr sharing

  14. went on a short Caribbean cruise once & really enjoyed it. would love to try an Alaskan cruise.

  15. I hear such fabulous things about the Alaskan cruises and would love to go there some day. Plus it’s cold, and trust me, the more clothes I am wearing the better for everyone lol.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  16. Alaska or the Mediteranean! They both are beautiful places and I’ve heard the cruises to either are wonderful!

  17. I’ve already taken 3 Caribbean cruises so I’d like to an European cruise.

    thebooknympho AT gmail DOT com

  18. My best friend at work took a cruise to Alaska a few years ago, and I would love to go there. It was so beautiful in all the pictures she brought back, and she had a blast.

  19. I have been on a Caribbean cruise, but that has been a while ago. I had so much fun, that I wouldn’t hesitate to go to the Caribbean again.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  20. I’d like to take a cruise around Norway.


  21. Whoaa, I never take a cruise, but would love to go for Caribbean cruise. Of course must save money first

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  22. I haven’t been on a cruise yet but I want to go on both. My parents have been on an Alaskan cruise and they loved it! I would also like to go on a one in Scandia.
    Seawitch Reviews

  23. I love cruises! 21 hours a day you can eat, and you get to go to different locations without having to change hotels! My mom was to go to Alaska on a cruise last year, but then my Grandma passed away and she had to cancel. Maybe I will go with her the next time….

    sooz at boodlerbeads dot com

  24. I’ve never been on a cruise. I would love to go to the Caribbean, it must be wonderful out there! It must be a great experience!

  25. Oh definitely the Alaska cruise. That’s one of my bucket list dreams. Enjoyed the excert, thanks!

  26. The only cruise I’ve taken has been to Alaska. The scenery outside was gorgeous, but I don’t remember any scenery on the boat that looked like that.


  27. It would probably be to Alaska. I’ve heard that it’s beautiful.

  28. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! Congrats on the newest releases!

    I haven’t taken any cruises but I’d love to go to Alaska or Caribbean. !

  29. An Alaskan cruise has been on my dream trip list forever. Someday I will have the money and time!

  30. allof the above. I’ve been on a western caribbean and loved it so any of the would suit me.

  31. I haven’t taken a cruise yet and the truth is I would like to go anywhere.

  32. Caribbean 🙂 It’s so beautiful over there!

  33. Even thought it’s closed I like to reply. I’d have to say Caribbean only because I’ not really taken with Alaska. Too cold

  34. Alaskan. I have heard from people that have gone how beautiful it is up there and I would love to see it.

  35. In 2008, I went on an cruise to Alaska. It was absolutely breath-taking. Now I want to take a cruise to the Mediterranean Sea and countries.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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