Monday, December 14, 2015

#DecemberJoyathon2015: Heather Long's Favorite Things

Heather Long's love for superheroes and all things paranormal shines through on her social media pages. We're a little jealous she got to meet some very good looking super famous people. Today, she's sharing her favorite things about this holiday season and it all has to do with family time. 

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.


Spending time together has become a valuable commodity with everyone so busy, so a few of my favorite holiday things all involve the time we get to spend together:

Decorating – Whether we’re putting up the tree, setting up the winter village or stringing lights outside, we always manage to have a good time. Every ornament has a story behind it and we begin to reminisce, it’s precious time.

Lord of the Rings marathon – Every year over the holiday break, Mini and I pile into the living room, light the fire and turn on the tree while we curl up with hot cocoa and popcorn to watch each of the Lord of the Rings movies, extended editions.

Gloomy days – We don’t get a lot of snow here, ice yes and rain more often in winter than not, but gray, dreary days during the holidays seem to make our decorations a little brighter and our lights a little prettier and the warmth inside a little cozier. Maybe it’s a cliché, but the darker days make us appreciate the sunnier ones. I particularly like this day on Winter Solstice and Yule, because I keep a fire lit all through the longest night of the year to remind me that the days will get warmer again.

Christmas Eve - We pile into the car, usually stop at Starbuck’s before they close, and it’s right after dark and we drive around to look at all the Christmas lights, we sing along with the Christmas music, we laugh and sometimes we argue, then we make up and laugh up some more. When we get home, we each get to open a present and we usually watch a movie before everyone crawls into bed to wait for Christmas morning.

Christmas Day – It’s very low key here, we open presents, eat breakfast and watch the Disney Parks parade on television—though last year it was more talking than actual parade which was annoying. We spread out through the house and come back together again, but it’s all about the time spent together.

We’re busy all the time it seems, but at the holidays, we remember what’s important. We remember to make time.


Series: Wolves of Willow Bend #8
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 282 pages
Publisher/Release Date: Heather Long (November 24, 2015)
Desert Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend, #8)

Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. Misfits, castoffs, and forgotten wolves, they rose to create a pack more than a century ago in utter defiance of the order of the day. Seen as pitiless and cruel, Cassius wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack means to change himself, and he will find rebellion on all sides, not to mention from his own defiant heart.

Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack—a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.

Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him…




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