Hi everyone! Today I am so excited to welcome back the fabulous Poppy Dennison!  Poppy is here to talk to us more about the latest book in her fabulous Triad series, Wild Magic.  She has also brought a copy to give away to one lucky reader.  And we get a crazy story about her high school love!  So please join me in giving Poppy a big welcome!

Never Say Goodbye

So, I have a question for all of you.  For those of you who didn’t end up with your high school sweetheart (yes, Lara Brukz and Jay, this excludes you!), do you ever wonder what would happen if you suddenly met up with them again? I’m kind of hoping you say yes. Um, ‘cause otherwise I’m going to feel like a bit of a goober…. Since I just happened to avoid my 20th high school reunion (whew, that was close… I mean, darn it! Why didn’t I know in time to go?), I thought I’d share a little “Poppy History” and a bit of the inspiration for my new Dreamspinner release, Wild Magic.

See, I have one of those high school sweetheart who got away stories.  You want to know the real reason I became a romance author? It’s because I have such a great high school sweetheart story! So, picture me, sporting a bit of an early 80s Madonna look. (Okay, so maybe you don’t want to picture that….) But yes, lots of bracelets and neon and mile high bangs….

Problem was, my family moved the summer before my first year of high school! So I was starting all over again, having to meet new friends and try to find my way past the scary world of high school. (It didn’t help that my dad told me that my new high school’s mascot was a gopher. And I believed him. I was traumatized. How could I be all “GO Gophers”????)

I survived the first few weeks of school with only a few minor hiccups. And then came Homecoming. Oh My God. My first big high school dance! So I get all dolled up (with more hairspray and bracelets than usual) and went to the big game….and I forgot my ticket! (Some things never change…) But then… standing outside the door, wondering what on earth to do, this absolutely adorable guy came up to me and offered me his extra ticket. It seemed his girlfriend at the time had stood him up, and he’d heard about my dilemma. Go on, you can awwwww….. I’ll wait….

We went inside and were doing our awkward, um, I mean awesome teenage dancing to the best of the 80s, when…oh yeah…Bon Jovi came on. You know the ones. The power ballad. Yeah. One of those. Never Say Goodbye to be precise. Swoons. I still can’t hear the song without getting that little butterfly thing in my stomach.

Now, being the wild and bold thing I was, I decided to be brave. See, my ticket-saving hero just happened to be standing by himself along the side. So I went and asked him to dance. Oh yeah. I so did. And I even cleverly couched it in “I just wanted to thank you for the ticket”. I’ve got moves, I tell ya, MOVES.

So we danced. And then danced some more. And danced a little more. AND THEN HIS GIRLFRIEND SHOWED UP! OMG! The drama! There was screaming and I felt so awful and it was a MOMENT! But then he glared at her and said that I’d been nicer to him in the short time I’d known him then she’d been in the entire two weeks they’d been dating! So he dumped her right then and there, grabbed my hand, and led me back onto the dance floor!

We dated all four years of high school. *happy sigh* The memories!

So what’s this got to do with anything? Well, in Wild Magic, the newest addition to my TRIAD series, Joseph Anderson meets up with one of his old high school buddies—the one that got away. He’d had a crush on Dominick but then Dominick ended their friendship for no reason. Years later, and the two meet up again when Joseph learns Dominick’s biggest secret—he’s a mountain lion shifter. Joseph wants to help Dominick take care of his recently orphaned nephews, but the feelings from the past are holding him back. What’s a guy to do? Who knows, maybe things will get a little wild!

Now how about a little contest? Answer the following question and give a brief explanation.

Would you want to get back together with your high school sweetheart?

I’ll go first.  Yep, because he really was very romantic. I need a little more of that from the men in my life these days!


wild magicJoseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.

When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.


Poppy Dennison bio picA sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

Visit her on her web site:http://poppydennison.com/


Poppy is offering up a copy of Wild Magic to one lucky winner. If you want, you can share with us the answer to her question: Would you like to get back together with your high school sweetheart? Or you can just leave a comment to enter.  The contest closes on Saturday, September 28th at 11:59 pm EST.

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