It's the new moon, and another Sawtooth Shifter finds his mate. We haven't heard from the Channings in a few months, and there was no way I'd leave Dallas hanging.
Dallas and Lyssie have been in each other's sights for a while now. They were together at the shelter when Dallas was rescued, and spent some quality time together while the threat from Ryker loomed large, but they were both gun shy about making a commitment. Let's be plain about what they were actually doing: being stupid. They were waiting for everything to be perfect before they moved forward, until they learned there is no perfect, there's only forward, whether we're ready for it or not.
Sometimes when I read over a story in editing or for whatever reason, I'm in shock that I actually put those words together in that exact way. Shelter Me is one of those stories. I didn't realize how much I would identify with Lyssie when I sat down with this story. Like Lyssie, I'm guilty of waiting this perfect thing that doesn't exist. I like to think of myself as this fearless badass, but sometimes I get punched right in the face with the reality that I'm not.
In the middle of writing Shelter Me, someone tried to burn my apartment building down. There were two small fires intentionally set. No one was hurt, and the fires were caught in time that we didn't lose any material things. No arrests were ever made.
I couldn't stay there anymore. That morning, I lost my home. I'm in a new place now. I know I'm lucky, because I was able to move to a nicer place that technically makes a lot more sense for me (much closer to the city for the day job, and no more trips to the dreaded laundromat!). But that feeling of coming back at the end of the day and being able to simply exhale and let go hasn't followed me here yet. I'm hoping it's just taking the scenic route, because I miss that feeling. A lot. While I'd known I had to move for a long time, I kept putting up with a lot of unnecessary shit because the devil I knew seemed easier than taking a chance on something new.
That fearless badass is still here. She needed a little kickstart. Just like Lyssie. Making the best of the worst is what makes us appreciate all the little things that make life great.
Shelter Me isn't a downer, I promise you. There are tons of light-hearted moments and appearances from our favorite wolves and the Forever Home crew. And of course, some smokin' hot sex. The Sawtooth Shifters never disappoint in that department.
And if you don't believe me, here's some more teasers:
My next move is definitely to Granger Falls, Idaho. There's got to be a couple of unattached wolves still roaming Sawtooth. (If only the town really existed!)
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