Cindy Sutherland’s Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Shifter Romance novel Love Aggression is now available from Purple Horn Press in both print and ebook formats.
Blurb: Tyler Calvano knew his ex-wife’s boyfriend was bad news from the way the little hairs on the back of his neck stood on end, from a smell of danger, from an animal instinct his ex had once appreciated. He wished she’d listened to him. Custody exchanges were hard enough on Jesse, now Ty had to wonder—did Jesse have enough wolf bursting inside him yet to have heard his mother’s pleas as she was gunned down? He couldn’t trust the police to protect them. He took Jesse and he fled across the continent, as far as he could go.
Ty and Jesse became Tanner and Jason—different names, different lives. The nightmares still woke Jesse. Ty kept looking over his shoulder. The only spot of light was a man at the daycare, Kelan, a shifter like Ty—a wolf in human guise, ready to change, ready to protect. The daycare was safe. But another shifter was something Ty hadn’t counted on. With it came the complications of pack rivalries, of shifter brothers who tormented Kelan, of the unreasoned animal want that grew every time Ty caught scent of him.
And every day, the killers kept looking for them, the only people who might identify them. Ty couldn’t take risks. Ty couldn’t open his heart. Ty had to keep Jesse safe. Nothing else mattered.
500 Word Excerpt:
“Would you like to come and color with me?”
Jesse took so long to answer that Ty was ready to let her down gently, but his son finally found his voice. “Okay, I’d like that.” He looked at Ty for permission and waited for his nod of approval to get up and join Meg. They followed Beth to a table on the other side of the room and she passed them a bunch of paper and some coloring books before pulling a bucket full of crayons and markers off a shelf and setting it between the two children. Once they were settled, she came back to Ty.
“Sorry about that. Meg has a tendency to get overheated easily, so we bring her out of the sun when she asks.” She sat across from him. “So, you wanna tell me his story?”
Ty sighed and scrubbed his hands over his face. “All I can tell you is that his mom died a few months ago. It’s been really hard on him and he’s still working on getting over it.” Ty knew he wasn’t over it either. “I’d appreciate it if you didn’t ask a lot of questions about what happened. It makes him very upset to talk about it right now.”
Beth shook her head. “Don’t worry. It’s not our business to pry. I think it’s best to let kids take their own time when they’re dealing with things.” She paused like she was considering her words. “But I hope you’ll consider some kind of therapy for him. He’s going to have to deal with it at some point.”
“I know. And I will. It’s just… things are difficult right now. Once things calm down, I’ll figure out the best way to help him.” Maybe he was being selfish, but there was only so much he could handle at once. Right now, his priority was keeping Jesse safe and making money, so they could live.
“Okay.” She patted his hand and stood up. “I need to get snacks ready for the kids. I’m going to call everyone in to get cleaned up, and then you can meet Kelan.”
“And who’s Kelan?” Ty didn’t think there were many men in childcare.
“He’s my partner. I couldn’t do this job without him.”
“Alright.” He looked at Jesse and Meg coloring. “How many kids are going to be here on a regular basis?”
“Including Jason? About eight. That’s more than enough for one house. Too much sometimes.
And a couple of our kids have some issues to work with, like Meg there.” She smiled at the little girl. “Kelan thinks that smaller numbers are better because it lets us spend more individual time with the kids, and I agree.”
Ty was about to respond when the door opened and the sounds of what seemed like fifty kids filled the air. The breeze that blew through the playroom brought a scent with it that Ty hadn’t smelled in a long time.
Shifter. He should have smelled his own kind sooner, but the situation had been a distraction.
Author Bio: I’m a writer and a reader and I’m completely in love with m/m fiction. My family thinks I’m absolutely bonkers but they love me and are very proud of me. I’ve always been an advocate of equality but it wasn’t until later that I’ve actually come to understand what that means…and I’m still learning.
Around my 40th birthday, I discovered something that changed my life. I was a big fan of Torchwood and was looking around Youtube for fan vids when I discovered the Luke and Noah story on As the World Turns. I sat and watched the whole story in less than a week and I was hooked. But the writing was terrible…really really terrible and I got so frustrated and thought “I can do better than that!” I sat down and wrote my first story and I never looked back.
From there to being published the first time felt like it took forever, but it really happened so fast my head is still spinning to this day. These days I’m reading and writing and working and I love sharing myself this way with others. I have met amazing authors and received fantastic messages from people who have read my books. I hope to keep doing this for a long time!