Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Paige Tyler
Welcome to the first day of the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.
It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post, and I’ve put some handy dandy links for today at the end of this “holiday traditions” scene from Paige Tyler.
Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT)
Becker and Jayna: A Christmas Day Tradition Story
© Paige Tyler
I love giving readers a peek into the lives of my characters outside of their books, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of how werewolf/SWAT officer Eric Becker and his mate Jayna Winston, the hero and heroine from my Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series, IN THE COMPANY OF WOVES (December 1, 2015), are spending Christmas Day.
Eric Becker leaned back on the couch and tugged his mate, Jayna Winston, closer. She repositioned their new Dachshund puppy Biscuit a little nearer, then pulled the fleece blanket up higher and snuggled against his chest, grabbing a few more minutes of sleep before everyone came out.
Megan Dorsey and her mate Zak Gibson were still in their room getting dressed. Those two had been up late last night…and they hadn’t been hoping to hear Santa’s reindeer on the roof. He wondered when Megan—the smallest and quietest beta werewolf in Jayna’s pack—would tell Zak that keeping their voices down when they made out was a waste of time in a house full of werewolves. Everyone had heard exactly what was going on in their bedroom. Megan knew that of course, but she probably wouldn’t tell Zak for a while. Why freak out the newest—and the only completely human—resident of the loft apartment if it wasn’t necessary?
Joseph Garner, Chris Hughes, and Moe Jenkins, the three other betas who lived there too were in the kitchen fixing plates of leftovers from the big Christmas party at the SWAT compound last night. It had only been six hours since they’d stuffed themselves at the party, but werewolves could put away a lot of food, and turkey, ham, and all the fixings sounded like a pretty damn good breakfast.
When everyone finally made it into the living room ten minutes later still wearing their pajamas, T-shirts, shorts, or whatever else they usually slept in, Becker pressed a kiss to Jayna’s head and gently nudged her awake. It was the beta pack’s first Christmas together and they’d decided to start the tradition of celebrating the holiday by watching movies together. Today was about having fun with family, and for this group, pack was family. Each member of the pack had selected a movie that was special to them and now was the time for the big reveal.
“Okay, let’s see what’s on today’s movie agenda,” Jayna said, smiling at everyone like a proud, happy mother.
In a way, she kind of was. Jayna was the beta pack’s alpha and seeing them happy was just as important to her as making sure they were safe, had a roof over their heads, and were well fed. All pack alphas were like that to some degree, and Jayna was amazing at it.
“You first,” Chris said, pointing at Jayna as he started shoving turkey and mashed potatoes in his face.
Jayna reached into the backpack leaning against the side of the couch. A moment later, she came out with a DVD.
“I picked the movie Elf,” she explained. “I remember watching it with my dad back when I was younger, and because it’s one of the fondest memories I have of him, I wanted to share it with all of you.”
Becker knew that Jayna’s father had died when she was a kid, but other than that, she didn’t talk very much about him. He was honored she was sharing something so special with them, and he knew the rest of the pack felt the same.
Megan revealed her DVD next, holding up an oldie but goodie—Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. “I know every song in this movie by heart and I’m going to sing all of them too, so feel free to join in.”
Everyone laughed at that. Becker could definitely picture sweet little Megan running around the apartment singing at the top of her lungs.
Zak followed his new girlfriend with his favorite movie and another comedy—The Santa Clause. Becker was starting to see a trend here. Everyone seemed to be in the mood for a light-hearted film. He just hoped he didn’t put a kink in the plan when they saw the movie he’d brought.
The trend continued with Chris, who’d brought National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. “The part where the dad wires up the whole house with lights and practically takes down the local power grid reminds me of living in Biloxi. Those good ol’ boys I grew up with really knew how to rig the hell out of Christmas lights.”
Moe—the youngest member of the pack—was next. Sure enough, he pulled out How the Grinch Stole Christmas. “You can’t have Christmas without the Grinch. And Jim Carrey makes the best Grinch ever.”
Joseph finally took things in slightly different direction—barely—by holding up The Nightmare Before Christmas. “I figure since we’re all a little strange, it’d be good to have a little strange in our movie agenda.”
Moe shook his head, a dubious look on his face. “You can call it strange. I just call it freaky. There’s something wrong with that Tim Burton dude. The man needs some psychological help.”
Becker couldn’t say Moe was wrong. He couldn’t remember ever seeing a Tim Burton movie that wasn’t weird in some way.
Megan was just getting up to load her movie first—insisting that Christmas couldn’t start without Rudolph—when Jayna looked at Becker.
“What movie did you bring?” she asked. “And don’t tell me you forgot. I’ve been reminding you for two weeks.”
Becker shook his head. “Nope, I didn’t forget. I have it right here.” He reached over the side of the couch and grabbed his DVD out of a bag he had sitting there. “But I kind of went in a different direction. I hope you guys don’t mind.”
He held up his movie and watched as everyone’s brows lifted.
“Eric, I don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie,” Jayna finally said.
“Sure it is,” Becker insisted. “The whole movie takes place around a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Place, there’s Christmas music in the background, and one of the would-be thieves even has a Christmas stocking hat stuck on his head after the hero John McClane breaks his neck. I mean, what could be more Christmassy than that?”
Jayna opened her mouth to point out that there were a lot of things more Christmassy than a thief with a broken neck wearing a holiday stocking hat, but closed it again when she looked around at everyone else and saw that they seemed okay with the movie selection.
“Okay,” she finally said. “But we watch your movie last. Otherwise everyone will be shouting Yippee Ki-Yay the rest of the day.”
“Deal,” he agreed. “Bring on Rudolph and let’s get these Christmas movies started.”
Jayna snuggled up close to him, placing a sleeping Biscuit on his chest. “You’re crazy, you know that?”
Becker grinned and kissed her as Megan started the movie. It wasn’t easy to kiss someone with a puppy sitting on his chest, but he made it work. “Yeah, I know. But that’s part of the reason you love me.”
Jayna smiled. “Probably.”
The third book in Paige’s SWAT team series was just released on December 1st… here’s a bit about it…
He opened his mouth to order her to drop the MP5 she had aimed at him, but nothing would come out. It was like she’d robbed him of the ability to speak. Shooting her wasn’t an option, though. And the idea of arresting her didn’t make him feel any better.
There’s a new gang of criminals in town who are organized and ruthless in the extreme. When Eric Becker, along with the rest of the Dallas SWAT team, ends up in the middle of a shootout, he immediately senses werewolves-a lot of them. Turns out, the new bad guys are a pack of wolf shifters.
In a spray of gunfire, Becker comes face-to-face with the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen. Becker does the logical thing. He hides her and leaves the scene with the rest of his team.
Jayna Winston has no idea why that SWAT guy helped her, but she’s glad he did. Ever since she and her pack mates got mixed up with those Eastern European mobsters, everything had pretty much fallen apart.
So what’s a street-savvy thief like Jayna going to do with a hot alpha-male wolf who’s a police officer?
Be sure to check out the holiday fun happening over on the other blogs today…