Alpha Bear Synopsis:
A man with a plan…
John is the Alpha bear of Grizzly Cove, a town built to his own design, made up mostly of bear shifters. He brought them all together, so it’s on him when the community comes under attack.
A woman of power…
Ursula is more than she appears, and when her secret comes out, she’s afraid the shifters aren’t going to take it well, but John surprises her. He needs her help to combat the evil targeting the town, but there seems to be more to their relationship.
A battle to the death…
When evil attacks from the ocean, can John afford not to utilize Urse’s skills to protect the town and people in it? Better still, can John reconcile his inner bear’s demand that she is his mate, with his lifelong dream of leading his people into a new way of living—in a town built just for them? Or will he have to give up Grizzly Cove in order to keep the woman he loves?
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“You’ve done it now,” Urse said to her sister once she’d calmed down. “They’re probably going to run us out of town on a rail.”
“And you think it would have gone any better if we’d gone to them on bended knee the way you wanted? Either way, they were going to be pissed,” Mellie argued unapologetically.
“The way this came out made us look really bad, Mel. It was really embarrassing.”
“Oh, get over it, Urse. Mr. Cutey Mayor was going to find out either way. What difference does it make how it happened? Or did you honestly think either of us stood half a chance with a guy like that?” Mellie scoffed.
Her words hurt, striking a little too close to truth for Urse’s peace of mind. She bit her tongue, not saying a word, which in itself, spoke volumes.
“Oh, shit, Urse. The mayor? Really?” Mellie’s tone was sympathetic, but Urse couldn’t stomach her pity right now.
Urse hadn’t even really realized that she was interested in John Marshall. Not until the shit had hit the fan, and she’d been outed right in front of him. She’d wanted to dig a hole and bury her head in the sand right then and there, but of course, she couldn’t. She’d been stuck there, feeling like an idiot and watching all her half-formed dreams crash around her.
Urse set down the books she’d been sorting and walked out of the shop. She needed air, and she needed to get away from her sister. Mellie had a way of grating on her nerves every once in a while, and this was definitely one of those times.
She heard Mellie call after her, but she couldn’t deal with her right now. Urse ignored her as she walked across the street and headed for the picnic area by the beach.
It was empty, of course. Everyone in town had been told to stay away from the beach for some reason that wasn’t too clear to Urse, but she didn’t care much for vague warnings at the moment. She wanted a little peace, and maybe the wash of the waves would help wash her worries away. At least for a little while.
Urse walked parallel to the shore, listening to the waves, feeling the tears that were a mixture of the action of the wind in her face and, if she was being honest, more than a little regret for those half-formed dreams that would now never be.
She didn’t know how long she walked along the beach before she sensed something…wrong. She stopped short and found herself backing away from the shore. There was something really
out there in the water.
Urse had no idea what it could be, but she knew to trust her instincts, and she started backpedaling as fast as she could, heading back the way she’d come as far up the beach as she could get from the water’s edge. All the while, she called on all the protective magics she knew that she could cast quickly and while on the move.
It wasn’t the most effective defense in the world, but when the water started churning about twenty feet out into the cove and then stopped short about fifteen feet away, not coming any closer, she was glad she’d thought to cast any wards at all. She was running now, heading back to the picnic area at her top speed, which wasn’t all that fast, since she wasn’t much of an athlete.
She kept one eye on the water, watching the churning spot follow her progress as she moved back toward the center of town, where she could get off the beach entirely. Unfortunately, she’d walked so far around the cove, she’d stumbled near heavily wooded private property. She feared getting lost in the woods and encountering one of the residents in bear form more than the threat in the water at the moment, so she ran around to where the trees cleared and the town brushed up against the apex of the cove.
As soon as she could run off the beach and into town, she would. Even if the closest route would take her right past city hall…and the mayor’s office.
Then again, maybe she needed to stop there and report what she sensed. Now that the cat was out of the bag, it would be irresponsible of her not to report this event to someone. Maybe she could talk to the sheriff. His office was in the same building. She saw the break in the trees drawing closer just as her ward failed, and she made a run for it.
Looking over her shoulder as she ran, she saw massive tentacles reaching out of the water toward her, but with any luck, she’d be out of range. A thundering crash behind her sent up a cloud of sand and shook the ground beneath her as she continued to run.
“Holy shit!” she cursed, even as she ran for her life.
Thank the benevolent Goddess, she was just out of range of that thing. Whatever the
it was! She had no choice but to tell somebody in charge about this incident. She ran for city hall as if the hounds of hell—or at least their
cousins—were on her tail.
Bianca D’Arc Bio:
Bianca D’Arc is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She has twice won EPPIE Awards for her work, along with the Australian Romance Readers Favorite Erotic Romance eBook of 2008 for her first werewolf romance, Lords of the Were. She is a native New Yorker who worked as an executive on Wall Street during the summer of 2001. She changed careers after the tragic attacks of 9/11 and started seriously pursuing publication in 2005. She has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, a Masters in Library Science, and a Juris Doctor, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves her garden and plays the piano, ukulele and guitar.