Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New from Bestselling M/M author Maggie Walsh
"Strange Sensations" & "Strange Sensations Revealed"
Omega Island books 2 & 2.5
                              Because one book just wasn't enough to tell their story.
Strange Sensations Book 2: Blurb
When Alpha wolf Freedom Meyers and his two best friends and betas Larz and Lake are called back to their home pack, that they haven't been to in almost a hundred years, for a family emergency, none of them ever expected to learn that their brothers, Jake, Theo, and Landis were dead. But there is something about the whole thing and how the pack alpha is behaving that makes the three question everything they have heard.
The trio heads out on an adventure to find their brothers and prove they are still alive, but on the journey many secrets they have each been hiding from one another come to light and they must deal with their own feelings for each other. Feelings that have long been kept hidden with lies and deceit.
As they get closer to finding out the truth about what happened to their brothers, Freedom, Lake, and Larz come to find out that their lives are in danger not only from someone who seems to be hunting them, but from their very own mate, who is the only one who can bring them together.
Will they be able to get past all the lies to find the love they all so desperately crave in each others arms, or will the truth be too much to handle?


  Shit! They were in deep shit. How could he not even have considered this as an option? Never in a million years had he ever thought his brother, Theo, or Landis would want to rip them apart and kill them. Okay, maybe they would want to beat the snot out of them a time or two, and they would be in the right thinking back over their history, but to want them dead? Come on now.
  “Look, Jakey, I know I have always been a monumental prick and you have every right to be pissed at me, but this is a little overboard don’t you think?” Free tried pleading with the snarling wolf above him.
  Jake’s only answer was to lean in closer, open his jaw wide, and wrap those sharp teeth around his throat. Free didn’t want to fight Jake, but right now he had a very large and very pissed off alpha wolf ready to rip his throat out. Every instinct inside him screamed to let his own wolf out and fight to the death. A whisper in the back of his mind kept up a mantra he fought to quell. It kept saying, “Never submit.” But Free also knew that if he listened to that voice, that one of them would die and he didn’t want that. The thought of Lake or Larz being hurt or worse—he just couldn’t take that. He had only just got them and there was no way he was going to lose them now, so he fought against everything inside him and remained calm. Free relaxed his body, dropped his arms to his sides on the sand, slowed his breathing, then lifted his chin, exposing his throat. The sign of total submission.
  The enraged wolf slowly pulled back his head, his gaze boring into Free’s, then he began to move cautiously off him, backing away. Free remained prone the whole time, until Jake moved to stand between Theo and the hot guy with the gun pointed at him. Free sat up, then climbed to his feet and raised his arms as he took the few sideways steps to stand beside Larz and Lake.
  “So, where are we? What’s going on here?” Free asked softly, making sure to keep his voice non-threatening.
  “Seeing as you three are the intruders, you don’t get to ask the questions,” Flynn sneered.
  “What the fuck are you three doing here? I thought you caught a plane home?” Theo asked angrily.
  “Well, you see, we knew something wasn’t right and that you and Land were trying to feed us some bullshit story, so we told you what you wanted to hear and made it appear as if we left,” Larz replied.
  “Then we spent the next few days following you. From a distance of course. We knew Jake wasn’t dead, and I wasn’t going anywhere until I saw him, and we got some answers,” Free added.
  “We watched from the cover of one of the boats as that little cute guy came and found you and the three of you took off on that boat. We waited until you were just disappearing out of the harbor, so you wouldn’t see us, and we started following you,” Lake said.
  “We checked behind us a thousand times and we got here hours before you, so how the hell did you follow us?” Theo asked, his eyes and voice showing his suspicion.
  “And how do you know someone didn’t follow you?” Clovis asked with a growl.
  “Shit,” Larz hissed under his breath.
  Free turned to look at him. “No one followed us, or we would have seen them.”
  “No, not that. Free―” Larz started, but the little hottie cut him off.
  “Like you didn’t follow them? Great, so who should we expect next, a fucking Naval Fleet?”
  Free looked back to the gorgeous man and met his angry gaze. Damn the man had the most stunning deep blue eyes he had ever seen.
   “I doubt that. Seeing as there was no one to follow us. We only spied on them and gave chase because they’re our brothers and we knew they were lying. We came a long way to find them to make sure they were safe, and there is no one looking for us. No one but us is looking for them.”
  “Free, they’re omegas,” Larz whispered very low from the side of his mouth, but it was just enough that he could hear him. And apparently the men with the guns could too, because they raised them up again and took aim as Jake, still in wolf form began to pace in front of the men baring his teeth and letting out a deadly growl, his gaze trained on them.
  “Omegas? So is that it? You three found some omegas and are now living a life in paradise getting all the ass you want?” Free asked in disgust, but from the reaction he got, it was obvious everyone misunderstood him.
  Lake and Larz looked at him in horror as Jake began to stalk closer, his front going low as he prepared to strike, and the hot little man raised a hand at them and looked into his eyes. Free could see the deep concentration behind those pretty blue orbs and wondered what the little hottie was doing.
  After a moment the man’s eyes widened and filled with confusion. He quickly raised his gun, pointing at Free’s head, as he took a few steps closer. But the wolf only moved in front of him again as if telling the little man to back off.
  “Do you think you should clear their minds, Flynn, so we can send them on their way?” Theo asked.
  The man Theo called Flynn, ground his teeth together. His gaze hardened, and his eyes narrowed as he looked at Free suspiciously. “I just tried. It didn’t work.”
  “What do you mean it didn’t work? It always works,” another of the little men asked, his voice going a tad higher, showing his distress.
  “For some reason it’s not working on these three, so the only option we have is to shoot them,” Flynn said, and immediately every one of the armed men took aim and cocked their weapons.
  Free held out his hands in front of him as he took a step back and tried to reason with them. “Hold up. Just hold on a minute. We didn’t come here to cause any trouble, just to see our brothers and talk to them for a minute. Before we head home we just want to know that they’re okay and this is what they want and where they want to be. Once we hear that, we’ll be on our way.”
  “Unfortunately for you three, that’s not an option anymore. The only option at this point is to kill you and feed your remains to the sharks,” Flynn replied.
  “Jake, Theo, you can’t be serious? You’re an alpha, god damn it, Jake, why are you letting this little omega tell you what to do?” Free asked, with a growl in a last-minute attempt to save their lives. It was clear both Jake and Theo were following whatever this little omega said. Were they being kept here against their will? Did these omegas have some kind of hold over them?  Were they using their powers to control the men? What the hell was going on around here?
  In a quick second, Jake transformed back into his human form and moved to stand before Flynn. A sudden wave of rage and jealousy washed over him and Free felt his wolf coming to the surface. He could feel his eyes change and his canines broke free through his gums. He didn’t know why the hell he suddenly wanted to rip Jake apart, but his wolf snarled that his brother was standing too close to what was his.
  Mine! The wolf snarled in his head and the air rushed out of his lungs in an instant. What the hell? Where had that come from? And what did it mean? The wolf snapped again, growling, “Mine. Mate.” And Free’s world rocked on its axis.
  “Oh shit. Jake, step away from Flynn,” Theo warned calmly, but his eyes were wide open and had a hint of concern in them. But what Free saw most, was anxiety and fear.
  Like him being this Flynn guy’s mate was the worst possible thing in the world. Maybe it was. Hell, the little hottie was fucking gorgeous, but he was an omega, and everyone knew all they were was trouble.
  How many times had Alpha Andrew told them that omegas were the downfall of most packs and it took a strong alpha to control one. He said it was the omegas who turned their backs on packs and used their powers against them to abolish the packs they were in, leaving every man, woman, and child dead in their wakes. But if that was really true, then why did Alpha Andrew want them in his pack? Why was he always actively trying to find the breed and bring them to their pack? Something wasn’t adding up here.
  And since when did he listen to the ramblings of the psychotic man? For many years he had witnessed Alpha Andrew spiral into insanity and knew his word couldn’t be trusted. So, why now was he even considering anything that the man said to him as truth? Jake’s words brought him out of his head and he focused on what they were saying.
  “No. It can’t be. I will not allow it. I don’t give a rat’s ass as Theo always says. I am not their mate!” Flynn insisted.
  “Their mate? As in our mate? The three of us?” Larz questioned.
  “Yes, your mate. All three of you,” Jake replied, his voice laced with deep regret.
  What the fuck? Free thought.
  “What? Hold on a minute. Since when are you two gay?” Theo asked.
  “Um, since... always,” Larz replied, in annoyance as he glared at his brother.
  “Bullshit!” Jake spat. “What fucking game are you three playing here? If Flynn can’t use his mind-sweep on them, then I say we bring them to Chad and let him wipe their minds, then we send them packing.”
  “Wait a gods damn minute, Jakey!” Free ordered, releasing some of his alpha power. Everyone but Larz, Lake, Jake, and Flynn dropped to their knees and raised their chins, offering him their throats.
  He took a deep breath as he tried to control his anger and confusion. His own damn brother either wanted him dead or thrown off this island. Gods he knew he had been a rat bastard, but he had no idea how deep Jake’s anger at him went. It bordered on hatred and that thought killed him. He didn’t care what anyone here said, he wasn’t going anywhere until he made things right with Jake. And now that he had Lake and Larz, and they had found this man who was supposed to be their mate, he sure as hell wasn’t going anywhere.
  Free took another deep breath, then released it slowly. He looked to Larz, then Lake, and saw the confusion and worry in their eyes. Free then looked to Jake and saw disgust and that just wrecked him deeper. Jake may have been mad at him over the years, and maybe had not even wanted to spend time with him, but this look of pure revulsion twisted his heart and made him want to cry. Was this how Jake always felt when their positions were reversed and Free had looked at him like that? Oh, shit. He had so much to apologize and make up for.
  One of the little cuties looked around, then said, “Um... I think I know what they’re confused about.”
  Flynn, Theo, and Jake looked to him. “What is that, Ayrn?” Flynn asked, in exasperation.
  “They are your true inner circle, Flynn. They are all your mates, just like Jake, Landis, and Theo are Aiden’s mates. Remember what you said. A true inner circle created by the gods, and blessed by them, made up of an alpha, two betas, and an omega? Well…” the one Flynn called Ayrn said, with a shrug at the end.
  A true inner circle of four? What the hell was that? And did that mean that Larz and Lake were also his mates? But, if that was the case, then how did they spend their whole lives together and not know it? Just one whiff of the gorgeous omega’s scent and Free knew who he was, so why hadn’t he had the same reaction to his two best friends? Gods he was getting a headache. He looked to Flynn and met his gaze again, and suddenly, it felt like the floor had dropped out from beneath him. What he saw in the beautiful man's eyes scared the ever-living hell out of him and he knew he wasn’t going to like what the man was about to say.
  “I don’t care if they think I am their mate, or if the gods themselves came down from the heavens right now and told me they were. I will never, and I mean never be mate to these three monsters. The gods can kill me now and send my soul to hell and it would be a better outcome than to mate them. Take them away and lock them in the cells until we can get Chad to wipe their minds,” Flynn ordered, then without another word, he spun on his heels, and stormed away, disappearing into the brush.

Strange Sensations Revealed Book 2.5: Blurb
This book picks up exactly where book 2 left off.
Freedom, Lake, and Larz finally make it to the island where they find their brothers, but they also make a startling discovery. Not only do they find an island housing a family of omega wolves, but one of them is their mate. A mate who thinks of them as monsters and would rather die than to let them claim him.
Flynn remembers these men as enforcers to Alpha Andrew, the man who kept he and his brother Aiden prisoner for many years as he raped and tortured them. Along with the alpha, the betas and the enforcers had also spent many years doing horrible, despicable things to them. How could fate be so cruel as to make these three monsters his mates? All Flynn sees when he looks at the trio is the years of torment he had endured.
When the three arrive on his island Flynn wants them dead. He knows he can’t let them off the island for fear they will return to Alpha Andrew and tell him where they are, and Flynn will die before he ever lets anyone control him again.
But evil forces are already on the way to this private, hidden island, and Flynn as well as Jake, Landis, Theo, and all of the omegas, will need to find a way to listen to Freedom and his men and trust in them if they are to survive.
A nefarious plan by their former alphas and the council itself is discovered, and in the end they learn that it is not only omegas who are in danger, but true tri inner circles as well. Can Flynn, Freedom, Larz, and Lake find their way to come together in time to save them all, or will they all become captives of an evil council hell bent on power?
No, no, no! Flynn raged in his head as he flew past his office door and headed down the back hallway to the library. He flung his hands out before him, throwing the doors wide open as he stormed into the room. As he moved across the floor, he threw his hands down and back and the doors slammed closed behind him.

  Flynn grabbed ten books that sat lined up on one shelf and dropped to the floor on his ass, spreading them out around him, then grabbed the first one which he thought was the most promising to have the answers he sought. There had to be a way to break a mating pull. Flynn thought, then began skimming through the pages of the old text.
  He couldn’t mate them, there was just no way in hell he could ever give himself to any of them. Even though Larz was freaking adorable in his wolf form acting all excited like a young pup and all he wanted to do was shift into his wolf and play with the larger wolf.
  “No! Stop thinking like that,” he chastised himself, as he furiously fingered through the pages, his eyes quickly scanning the text.
  “I have to find something. There must be something. Please, Fate. You know I can’t trust them. I can’t give my heart to them ever, so why did you send them to me, just so I could hurt them?”
  What the hell was that? No, I should be worried about mating them because of my own heart and safety, not worrying about hurting them with my rejection. This is about protecting me, not them. He thought.
 Yeah, keep telling yourself that and maybe you’ll be able to keep fooling yourself.
 “Shut up!” Flynn yelled at the thoughts in his head.
Tears began to form in his eyes and Flynn tried to blink them away, but the more he fought the emotions, the faster his tears came. He couldn’t let them in. He couldn’t trust them. Even though he knew everything they had talked about a few days ago when they sat in that cell were true, he still couldn’t allow them in.
  Yes, he now knew they were not to blame for the horrors of what he, Aiden, and other omegas had suffered, and they couldn’t even really be blamed for knowing and doing nothing about it, because they had actually tried to help, but because of lies, they hadn’t realized the omega was male.
  “It doesn’t matter. None of that matters. They are an alpha and betas and therefore cannot be trusted. End of story.”
  Then why do you trust Jake, Theo, and Landis so much? They are alpha and betas as well. And then there is Breccan, Randy, and Cyder. You trust them more than anyone except for Aiden and they are an alpha and two betas.
  Flynn wanted to punch himself in the head to shut up the voice. The last thing he needed right now was a voice of reason. Yes, he was fully aware of how stupid that sounded and how ridiculous he was being, but he just couldn’t give a fuck right now.
  When Larz had run toward Val, Flynn’s immediate reaction was to fry his ass to keep him away from the young wolf, but Luka had done it for him, which Flynn was thrilled about. His boys were showing more signs of not only protecting themselves, but each other, and that is exactly one of the reasons he and Aiden had started Omega Island. But once he saw Larz fly through the window, Flynn’s heart damn near stopped in his chest and he was frozen momentarily, and not from Aiden using one of his powers.
  Flynn had wanted to run out the door immediately and check on his mate to make sure he wasn’t hurt, but then he stopped himself, because the thought of mate running through his head shocked the hell out of him. The fact that he had actually thought about one of them in the term of mate was horrifying. But then as soon as everyone was unfrozen and Free asked if he could check on Larz, another wave of concern had washed over him and he was struck with fear of another kind. Fear that his mate was hurt or worse and Flynn couldn’t stop his feet from following Free outside.
  “Damn it. I knew I shouldn’t have allowed then to join us for breakfast, but that’s one of the things we do around here. I listen to everyone's opinions, and all the men agreed to let them out of their suite and join them.” Each of the men said it was the only way for them to get accustomed to them being around. Flynn knew they all knew he was their mate and they were thinking along the lines of Free, Lake, and Larz staying, but he was adamant that it wouldn’t be a good idea to let them stay. Even though he admitted to himself that he didn’t think he could actually kill them, or have anyone else do it, and he didn’t think they would have to wipe their memories when they sent them away, but he still couldn’t let them stay.
  That’s your own fears telling you that. The snarky voice in his head spoke again.
  “Stupid voice,” he mumbled as he grabbed a second book.
  “Flynn, what are you doing?” Aiden asked, as he stepped into the room with his mates.
  Without looking up, Flynn replied, “Trying to find a spell or something that will break a mating bond before it’s forged.”
  Aiden gasped as he dropped down on the floor beside him. “Flynn, why would you want to do that? I know you’re not happy with your mates showing up right now, but you don’t know if that will change at any time. What if you break the mating pull and a month from now you want your mates? You’ll never be able to take it back.”
  Flynn’s head snapped up and he glared at Aiden. “We don’t know that. If there is a way to break it, then there must be a way to re-form it. But that’s beside the point,” Flynn argued as he waved his hand around.
  “And what is the point?” Aiden asked.
  “The point is, I will never want to mate any of them, I want to forget all three of them,” Flynn insisted then looked back down at the book.
  Aiden sighed as he laid a hand on the book Flynn was trying to read and pushed it down, getting Flynn’s attention again. “Flynn, I know you feel that way now, but don’t say never because you don’t know what tomorrow brings. After everything we said and everything we heard from them the other day in the barn, how can you still think they had anything to do with what Alpha Andrew was doing? I know they were being honest with us, Flynn, and I know you do too.”
  “Yes, okay, I admit it, I know they were telling the truth. I couldn’t sense any deception, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are still an alpha and two betas and we can’t trust them,” Flynn said adamantly.
  Aiden’s eyes filled with tears and he swallowed, then whispered in a broken voice, “So you don’t really trust my men like you claim to. Well, that’s good to know.” Aiden climbed to his feet and turned away.
  Flynn jumped to his feet and grabbed Aiden’s arm, then spun him around. “No, Aiden, that’s not it. I do trust Jake, Theo, and Landis, I do, but…” He didn’t know what to say to prove it to his brother, or how to explain it.
  “But what, Flynn? None of us trusted them when they first arrived, and they had to prove themselves to us,” Aiden argued, and motioned with his hand toward his mates who stood silently by just watching. “And you know what, Flynn? They did. More than we could have imagined. My mates were, are, still willing to throw their brothers, their only living relatives out, for us. To protect us. All of us. They may not fully like it now that they have talked with their brothers and some misunderstandings have been worked out, but they will still do it if it means keeping us and this island safe. If I have learned anything from my mates as well as from Brec, Randy, and Cy, it’s that we can’t judge all alphas or betas as if they were evil monsters like those others. It’s not fair to them and it’s not fair to us. We may be pushing some amazing people out of our lives, Flynn. And I know, with absolute certainty, that if you do this, if you find a spell that will break the bond, or even send them away, you will regret it.”
  Aiden pulled his arm from Flynn’s grasp and turned, then grabbed one of Jake’s hands and one of Landis’s and pulled them along. Before he stepped out of the room, Aiden turned back, and their gazes met. “And another thing. If you hadn’t convinced me to take a leap of faith and give my men a chance, to get to know them, then I would never have found my true happiness, Flynn. I would have stopped myself from the love I have for my mates and the love they shower me with. I would have denied myself the joy I have in my life now. By accepting my men and allowing myself to fall, to love, the darkness within me has gone away. What was left festering because of those who did evil to me, is now gone and the space is filled with the love of my mates. Think of that before you allow your fear to do something you may never be able to take back.” Aiden spun back around and walked away with Jake and Landis.
  Flynn noticed Theo didn’t make a move to follow. He just stood there with his hands tucked into the front pockets of his jeans, looking at Flynn with loving eyes.
  “Believe it or not, Flynn, I do actually understand. After what Monroe and his betas put me through, I do have some understanding of what you and the others went through and of the fear that grips you because of it. I agree with my wonderful mate. Please don’t let that fear stop you from getting the love and happiness you deserve. I’m not saying you have to mate with them, or even keep them here, but don’t break the bond. They can’t go anywhere, we have all made sure of that, so we don’t have to worry about them leaving without us knowing and telling anyone. Which I honestly doubt they ever would, even if their motive was just to keep me, Jake, and Land safe. So why not let them stay and get to know them? I’m not asking because Larz is my brother and Free and Lake are Jake and Land’s. I’m asking for you. You are an amazing man, Flynn Starlight, and you deserve to have all the love in the world and three wonderful mates to stand by you and be there for you to lean on when all of this gets too much for you. And I know that it does. How could it not? It’s not easy being in charge. All I’m saying is, don’t make others pay for the evil things certain people did or do. It would be just like packs hunting omegas to kill them because of the lies and stories that have been told about your kind.” And with that, Theo turned and walked away.

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1 comment:

Tina Donahue said...

Great series, Maggie - congrats! :)