Sunday, 19 January 2014

Protecting Bear - Alicia Norwell

Today, I'm lucky enough to be hosting an old (she's not old, I am :) ) friend Alicia (Cia) Nordwell. I've loved everything I've ever read of hers and this is no exception. The story started off as one of our Wednesday Flashes and grew from there. Bear's a sweetheart, and well worth protecting. His story is well worth reading.

Oh, is it the best for last? Nephy’s kind enough to host me for the final day of my blog hop. Thanks Nephy! Don’t forget to check out the new excerpt and comment for your last chance to win the $10 Amazon gift card. Contest ends at midnight! The winner will be chosen randomly from the commenters and then announced on the final stop back at my blog tomorrow. Don’t forget to leave your email, or I won’t be able to contact you.

Passing on the Plot

I’ve written a lot about Bear and Kameron this last week. I thought today I’d share one of the major ways the plot changed too. You already saw the new beginning. Kameron’s part in the story became far more overt, but I also changed a few other events too, including the ending to some extent. Now, as I was asked in a previous stop, I didn’t do away with the happily ever after. I’m too much of a sucker for them myself.
Other things changed though. I’m sure everyone remembers Vilem… our backstabbing bad boy ex-boyfriend who screwed Bear over. This time around I went a little more explicit on what happens with him and there’s a lot of new content regarding him and the drugs Choika’s looking for.
Of course I can’t tell you everything or the major fun part of the eBook would be revealed! If you haven’t already read the eBook, I would hate to spoil it. For now, enjoy the excerpt and I’ll see you on my blog tomorrow to announce the winner!

Synopsis: Bear has horrible luck with guys. Kameron seems like a good guy, but Bear thought his ex was a good guy too. He turned out to be a drug dealer. Kameron isn't who Bear thinks he is, though, and Vilem's enemies are looking for Bear. They want to… talk. 

Excerpt: Casually, over their hot dogs, Bear decided to deal with Kameron’s distraction. His constant fidgeting was worse than usual, and Bear knew that there was something on his mind that Kameron was reluctant to talk about. Normally the man inhaled his food, needing a large amount of food to keep that big body moving… and damn could he make it move. “So, did your partner have any news for us?”
Kameron’s mouth dropped open again.
“Ew, man, I didn’t need to see that. Swallowing is important, very important.” Bear smirked. Kameron flushed. “You really think I didn’t realize you were going out every other day around dinner time to pick up food, and come back with a little wrinkle in your forehead?” 
Kameron frowned.
“Yeah, that one,” Bear said. 
“I just need to know what’s going on.” Kameron wiped his mouth. “The phone is a burner purchased with cash. I never call from the same place or too close to the apartment.” 
Bear nodded. “I know you’re being safe. I like the idea of having someone to fall back on for information, too. Jimmy’s still out of commission, and the last time the captain called all she would say was to sit tight. It’s frustrating when you’re kept in the dark, even for you own protection.” Bear wasn’t above getting that dig in. Kameron winced. “Did he have anything to say? Have they found Choika’s drugs?”
“No.” Kameron cleared his throat. “Actually… Vilem was shanked in prison. He might not make it.” 
Vilem could be dying. Bad guy or not, Bear hadn’t expected to Kameron to say he’d been stabbed. His hot dog fell from numb fingers. “I… he what?” 
“One of the Zbrane inmates got him during the transfer from his cell to the bus. He was scheduled to go before the grand jury.”
Icy chills washed over Bear. His mouth was incredibly dry, so he reached for his drink. His hand shook, and he tipped over his glass of soda. Bear watched the spreading stain, unable to move. In his mind the stain wasn't soda, it was blood.
Their blood.
Kameron bolted out of his seat and knelt beside him, pulling Bear into his arms. Bear wrapped his arms around Kameron’s chest and held on, trying to stop the waves of panic. He shook his head, grabbing Kameron's shirt and holding on tight.
His ribs protested when Kameron pulled him out of the chair and onto his lap on the floor.

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Author Bio:

Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started... Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out. Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published! Oh yeah, she's a wife, mom of two, and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!  


  1. I've really loved seeing some of the new tidbits on the blog tour. Looking forward to reading this.

  2. Hm, I'm glad I didn't read the earlier version of this story. Because As much as I would try NOT to, I would compare too many things to the original and it kills the story for me.
    But, because I haven't, eek!! <3 This all sounds absolutely fantastic! I want to read it so bad! lol...

    Judi P

  3. Love all your stories. Read Protecting Bear and thought it was fantastic. Pre-ordered the experiment and waiting to be able to download it. Please enter me in the GC giveaway. Thank you. :)

  4. And again, all I can say is keep writing and I promise to keep reading. I've loved everything I've read of yours, so far. :-)

  5. Loving the changes so far. Looking forward to reading the story and see what all you've added or changed.
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  6. Looking forward to reading the revamped version.

  7. Thank you everyone! It's been a lot of work, but I'm so glad the story came out the way it did. Thanks again for commenting and following the hop! You're all entered into the contest. The winner will be announced on my blog tomorrow.

  8. I can see why Bear would be shaken, not easy hearing someone you know near death after someone stabs him.
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  9. Nice to meet you, Alicia. I live in the inland Northwest, so we're kinda neighbors...