BLOG TOUR: Shadow Voice by Mary Rundle

Author: Mary Rundle
Book: Shadow Voice
Series: Blackwood Pack, Book #5
Page/Word Count: 387 pages, 118K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Release Date: September 7, 2018
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Blurb:
Get Shadow Voice by Mary Rundle on Amazon & Kindle UnlimitedThis is part of an on-going series and reading the previous titles is advised. Readers of the past books will enjoy meeting old friends once more as the pack does what it does best ̶ caring for each other.

Slate, one of the last Dire Wolves, has carved out a life which suits him fine—plenty of traveling to exotic locations and an abundance of one night stands to handle his needs. While he’s happy for his brother, who has found his Fated Mate, Slate isn’t interested in finding his—at least not for a long time. That is, until his body betrays him. Seeking his mother’s help—who is an Oracle—Slate pays a visit to the Blackwood Pack where he finds the Fates have once again, messed with his life.

Dakota, the chef for the Blackwood Pack, fell in love with cooking as a young child and ultimately the kitchen became a place of refuge for him. Suffering with a ‘curse’ through much of his childhood, he relied heavily on his mother’s help to deal with it. After the massacre of his mother and siblings by their greedy uncle, Dakota barely survives, but finally forges a life for himself, content to stay home and take care of the people he loves.


Blackwood Pack
Join the journey of the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates – stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure. Each book has two main characters who meet, fall in love, mate and achieve an HEA but the stories also chronicle the continuing saga of the Blackwood Pack. The series is best appreciated by reading the books in order.

A long-hidden secret, rejection of a mate, acceptance of rare gifts, and a brutal kidnapping are just some of the obstacles Dakota and Slate must battle together to save their relationship. As the pack rallies around them, both must learn to trust the other before they can find the happiness that the Fates have ordained for them…


About Mary Rundle:
The first book I ever wrote was Dire Warning in 2017 and, much to my delight, it became an Amazon Best Seller. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicling the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates– stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings.

Now, five books later, Shadow Voice, another Best Seller, has just been released to critical acclaim. I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box.

My readers tell me they feel like they’re a member of the pack as the stories unfold. As if they’re right there in the middle of the action. Others tell me it’s like watching a fast-paced movie. My writing style pulls no punches– readers love it and are always clamoring for the next book.
Stories come to me as if they were being channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures and are not inhibited when it comes to revealing steamy details.

I currently live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order. I’m always happy to hear from my readers through my website or on Facebook!

Exclusive Post by Mary Rundle:
Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be here for the hosting of my blog tour for Shadow Voice, Book 5 of the Blackwood Pack series. Today, I have a special treat for you. Dakota will be talking about the history of Bear Bug Ice Cream along with a recipe for you to try. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Hi, I’m Dakota, one of the seven Blackwood brothers and the pack’s chef. Mary included Bear Bug Ice Cream in Shadow Voice, and my Alpha, Jackson, asked me to write about it and tell everyone how they can make it. So to begin with, what exactly is it? What’s the story behind it? And what makes it so special that Slate, my mate, prefers it more than any other dessert?

Well, Bear Bug Ice Cream is a creamy, vanilla-honey ice cream liberally laced with pieces of dark chocolate that provide a nice counterbalance to the sweetness of the honey. It’s delicious and my mate loves to slather me with it and then lick it off—which, as you can imagine gives both of us a great deal of pleasure.

As legend has it, Bear Bug Ice Cream was created by Artio, known also as the Bear Goddess because she was able to take the form of a bear. She’s well known as the protector of all bear shifters, including Theodore and Norman who are now members of the Blackwood Pack.

Anyway, to get back to why she came up with it. Every year shifter cubs who had been orphaned were brought to Artio for protection. There were lots of reasons why a cub might be orphaned but it usually resulted from human bear hunts. But regardless of the reason, she adopted all the parentless shifter cubs and provided them with love, guidance, discipline and education.

As the story goes, it was a warm day in summer and her cubs were acting up, unhappy at being in the classroom when they really wanted to be outside having fun chasing each other and climbing trees. To get the class to settle down and pay attention to their assignments, Artio announced that any cub that completed the day’s lessons satisfactorily would get a special dessert.

The cubs’ ears perked up at the mention of a treat and they diligently applied themselves to the tasks at hand. In the meantime, Artio whipped up the first-ever batch of a special ice cream and when the cubs were finished with their lessons, they each received a big dish of it. One of them asked her what it was called. Having a great sense of humor, Artio told them she was naming it Bear Bug—since she’d made it in response to being bugged by them that day. As you can imagine, Bear Bug Ice Cream was a big hit and it is still the dessert served at all bear shifter gatherings.

In Shadow Voice, I was introduced to it by my mate, Slate—and I promised him there would always be some in the freezer for him. It’s an heirloom shifter dessert served at the Wolf Pack Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, and after a little pleading and begging, the chef finally gave me the recipe. So without further delay, I give you Bear Bug Ice Cream.

BEAR BUG ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
½ cup of honey
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise and scraped
4 large eggs
1 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces (dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
Heat the cream, milk, honey and vanilla beans and seeds in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot, being careful not to let the mixture boil and curdle.
Lightly whisk the egg yolks in a medium heatproof bowl, then slowly drizzle 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the yolks while whisking. Pour the yolk mixture into the saucepan of cream; heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon, again being careful not to let it boil and curdle.
Pour through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the vanilla beans and any bits of cooked egg yolk. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 6 hours. You can speed this process dramatically by partially submerging the bowl of custard in a larger bowl of ice water to form an ice bath and stirring the custard occasionally until cold. The colder the custard is, the faster the machine will be able to freeze it for ice cream.
Pulse the chocolate pieces in a food processor until you have a mixture of fine pieces as well as larger chunks remaining.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and follow the directions on your ice cream maker to freeze. After about 10 minutes into the freezing, add the chocolate chips. After the ice cream has thickened, about 30 minutes later, spoon into a container, and freeze for 2 hours.
Before taking the first spoonful, give thanks to Artio and the bear cubs that bugged her.

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