Monday, May 14, 2012

Worth Fighting For by Sondrae Bennett (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I am very happy to welcome back paranormal romance author, Sondrae Bennett, who is joining us with the 4th novella in her Alpine Woods Shifter series, Worth Fighting For. Please give her a warm welcome. J

It’s been said that the most lasting love is one built on a strong foundation of friendship. But once friendship is in the equation, risking it can sometimes be easier said than done. That’s the situation Cody, hero of Worth Fighting For, faces when attraction blooms for one of his best friends, Misty. 

Misty has loved Cody for years, and tries everything she can to show him how good they could be as more than friends, but Cody resists both her and the attraction he feels, because risking what he has scares him too much. And almost loses her in the process.

It happens to all of us, the need to take a risk and play our cards. Sometimes it’s as simple as whether or not to run that yellow light. But sometimes, what we need to risk is something much more important than a possible traffic ticket. Sometimes, what we have to risk is something we’re not sure we can live without. 

And sometimes, the prize is worth the risk.


The first thing Cody heard when he approached Misty’s front door was laughter. The kind of laughter that came straight from the gut, borne of pure joy. A sound he’d come to associate with Misty. He smiled as he opened the door and strode into her living room.

The text he’d received earlier had said to come right in, but his confident steps faltered as he saw the cause of her giggles. Misty in human form, sat on the floor with a beaver puppet, playing with a fox. The kit’s eyes were open, but he still possessed his black baby fluff. It couldn’t be older than a couple weeks.

“What is that?”

Apparently unaware of his presence until he spoke, she jumped at the sound of his voice.

“Oh, hi Cody.” She looked at her wrist as if expecting a watch to be there. Why she did that when he could count the times she’d worn a watch in the past two years on one hand, he’d never understand. “Is it time for training already? I’m not dressed, yet.”

Cody looked down at her clothes. Skin tight jeans that looked way too appealing and a black t-shirt with the words Foxy Lady spelled in big pink letters across her breasts. Perky breasts that would fill his hands perfectly.

Way too tempting. Those clothes had to go. Wait. He mentally back-pedaled, rephrasing his last thought. She had to change into different clothes, more clothes. Some nice baggy sweats would be perfect. Something to hide her figure. And tennis shoes, he thought as he watched her bare toes curl into the carpet, the bubble gum pink polish peeking out from under her jeans.

Cody shook his head and refocused on the problem at hand. “You can change in a minute. What is that?” he asked again, pointing to the animal at her feet.

“What’s what?”

She looked  down, as if unaware anything abnormal was going on. Apparently in Misty’s world, playing with a fox on the living room floor was business as usual.

“That’s a fox. You know, one would think the Premier of fox shifters would know that.”

The teasing tone almost brought a smile to his face, but his curiosity wouldn’t let the subject go. “I know it’s a fox. What is it doing in your living room?”

“I adopted it,” she said.

“Adopted it?” Cody looked down at the animal again. There was no humanity in its scent, but the boy was still a baby. He hadn’t been around enough newborns to know the difference between a shifter baby and a fox baby. “It’s a shifter, then?” He hadn’t realized Misty was considering adoption. But the more he thought about it, the more he realized Misty would be a great mom.

“No. It’s a fox.” She spoke slowly as if to a simpleton. “I feel like we’ve been here already.”

As leader of a fox skulk, Cody is used to feeling protective of his people. But when his best friend, Misty, gets attacked, the panic he feels has nothing to do with duty. Suddenly, he’s noticing Misty as a woman instead of the girl he grew up with. Is he willing to risk their friendship to pursue a relationship with her?
Misty has loved Cody for years, but he’s always viewed her as one of the guys. She’s tried everything to show him how perfect they would be together, without success. Now, he’s looking at her like she always dreamed he would. But every time she gets close, he pulls away.
Neither see the danger lurking in the background. Someone is plotting against the foxes, leaving them all in jeopardy…especially Misty. Can Cody overcome his fears in time to save the woman he loves?
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Sondrae is giving away one ebook from her Alpine Woods Shifter series, winners choice, to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. What's a risk you've taken in life? And was it worth it? Then fill out the RaffleCopter below! Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 
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  1. This sounds like a great series and I'd love a chance to read it. My risk...I am deathly afraid of heights but I took a trip on an airplane to visit New York. I wouldnt say my visit was the best or the worst. But I actually touched down and got stuck in New York during 9-11. Its was a tragic time but I also saw some the best in people as they banded together to help one another.
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

    1. Oh my God, how scary. Probably more of a risk than you bargained for. Glad you weren't hurt.

  2. Thanks for having me today! Good luck to everyone on the contest!

  3. I took a risk and went out with someone from work, which was not allowed. We'll be married for twenty four years this month so I guess it was worth the risk.


    1. What a sweet story! I'd say it was definitely worth the risk! Happy almost anniversary!

  4. I took the risk of moving 2 states away with no family or friends when I had just turned 22. It was my first real job and in a city (I was a country girl). Very frightening at first but boy was it the right decision to make. My life is fantastic! I've been here for most of my life now and call Ohio home :).


    1. Good for you! I did something similar and moved to NYC after college with a friend of mine, but at least we had each other. You've got guts!

  5. I moved in with a man after knowing him less than a week. We will be married 13 years tomorrow ;)

  6. It took me a while but I finally told my crush that I liked him and it paid off. We have been together now for a little over two years.

  7. I've really enjoyed the first three stories in this series. I'll be looking forward to reading this one too. As for risks, I left a perfectly good career in accounting at age 30 to go back to school and become an RN. It was definitely worth it, even though ultimately, I didn't remain in the nursing profession.

  8. I Risked My Heart To A Man Who May Not Love Me. Was It Worth It The Jury Is Still Out On That.

  9. We all take risks and at the time I'm sure they ALL seemed worth it. I know I've certainly taken more than I should have...luckily most worked out fine. I won't discuss them here, however. Suffice it to be said that the old saying '...nothing ventured...nothing gained' DOES apply to most risk worthy circumstances. :) Thx for the giveaway op.

    barbbattaglia @

  10. I took a risk going on a blind date. We have been married for almost 11 years now. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  11. Staying out where i live and not moving back to colorado. Now my husband and my-self have 2 wonderful kids:) i would love to win one of these. thank you for the chance.

  12. The first risk that's pops into my mind was asking a man to come home with me for a one night stand (my first ever) and here I am 16 years later married to him :D
    Regrets.. Nah. I love my ever lasting one night stand!

    Sondrae, your books sounds great! I LOVE shifters and this is my first time hearing about fox shifters. AWESOME!

    I wish you the very best of success with your works.

    dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

  13. Thanks for a fantastic post and giveaway!

    The biggest and probably most foolish thing I've done (thank god it all worked out in the end) was to go out on a date w/ someone that I met on an online dating site. We've been together for over 3 years now and no one is buried in the backyard ;)

  14. My risk was a job promotion that would put me on salary with longer hours and of course more responsibilities. I knew that I should do it despite the stress and less pay per hour because it would look good on my resume. Now I'm in my dream job because of it.

  15. My latest move to Missouri was a risk. I don't yet know if it was worth it or not. Too much stress and problems right now, but it may turn out good with a little time.

  16. Wow! So many great stories! And so many of you took a risk and ended up falling in love! How amazing!

    Thank you all for sharing.

  17. I can't really think of any great risk I've ever taken. I have jumped out of a plane a couple of times. Does that count???

  18. I'd say that counts! I've never jumped out of a plane. Was it fun, and amazing, and everything you expected?

  19. I'm not really a risk taking type of person. The riskiest thing I've done is play chicken with a NY city bus and won!!! This looks like a great series to read and I'll be adding it to my TBR mountain!

  20. BlackwaterMama - I lived in NYC for years, and I can honestly say, playing chicken with a NYC bus is plenty risky! LOL

  21. Moving on from my first marriage when he wanted me back-- I knew it was wrong but taking that leap was hard-- I moved, bought a new car, and started dating. It was worth it because I met my husband, we had three kids and have been married for 23 years now:)

  22. Wow, Brenda. Good for you. That takes a lot of courage, but it sounds like it's paid off tenfold!

  23. Thanks for a great post and giveaway!

    I took a risk by signing up and then going out w/ a guy I met on an online dating service. I was lucky, it's the first and last time I ever did it and we are 3 years and going strong ;)

    Your book sounds fantastic and it's definitely goin on my wishlist ;)

    Have a wonderful night!

  24. Committing myself to a long-distance relationship :D

  25. leaving home at a young age of 16 and I do not regret it one bit.


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