Today I am so pleased to welcome Mary Rundell to Joyfully Jay. Mary has come to talk to us about her audio release of Shadow Voice. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Hi everyone, I’m Mary Rundle and thanks for hosting me today for my blog tour of Audio version of Shadow Voice, Book 5 of the Blackwood Pack saga, narrated by Nick J. Russo. Today, I’m answering some of the questions posed to me from my readers.  Please enjoy!


What do you do if you get a brilliant idea at a bad time?

Well, then that changes the bad time to a good one. BTW, writers should always carry a small pocket notepad with them because I can guarantee if you try to remember those brilliant ideas without writing them down, they will vanish.


How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?

I wasn’t. I had never written in my life when I entered a contest by another author on the web to write a few paragraphs to go with a sexy picture of a guy hitch-hiking in the nude. It struck my fancy so I just entered and came in second prize. But the readers in her group bombarded me with requests for more, so I figured, what the hell, let’s see where this goes and out of came Dire Warning, my first book which was very well received.


What is your writing Kryptonite?

If by that you mean what can interfere with my powers, I’d have to say “birds.” Now don’t laugh. I write at night and into the dawn and in the summer the birds can drive you crazy when they wake up and start chirping away.


What were your goals and intentions in your books, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

My goals were to write about men in love and the trials and tribulations along the read to a happily ever after life. I also wanted to bring in adventure, mystery, and sex. I’m happy with how it has turned out and, evidently, so are the readers who have taken this sojourn with me.


What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

Reading your books is like watching a film, the way they move from scene to scene. Any plans for a film or TV series?

That question comes up a lot and, yes, I am exploring that option. My husband has always said that it would be like a gay shifter version of The Waltons, only a lot more exciting.


What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Not realizing that writing is a business and that if you want to make money at it finishing the book is only 50% of the job done. Readers are not going to rush to buy your book unless you promote it properly. If you have a publisher, they will do most of that work but your royalties will only be a fraction of what you could earn if you self-publish.


What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

I can’t say since I don’t subscribe to any. My advice is to just read, read, read anything and everything and follow your own instincts. You cannot learn writing from magazines and workshops. You can learn certain techniques but not writing. For example, you can take piano lessons but that does not guarantee you’ll turn out to be a pianist. That part is embedded in your soul and you either have it or you don’t.


What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?

My characters are not based on real people however, my readers certainly identify with some of them. They see in my characters the best parts of themselves whether it’s a thought, behavior, feeling, or an action.


What are you working on next?

Two books – first, Brady’s story. I’m hoping to release Blood Prophecy, Book 11 of the Blackwood Pack series by the end of July ? depending on whether Brady’s mate behaves himself. Also, the next audio book – Ghost Walker. Nick has finished his narration so hopefully it will be released by Audible soon.


shadow voice audio coverThe Blackwood Pack saga continues…

This is part of an on-going series and reading the previous titles is advised. Readers of the past books will enjoy meeting old friends once more as the pack does what it does best ? caring for each other.

Slate, one of the last Dire Wolves, has carved out a life which suits him fine—plenty of traveling to exotic locations and an abundance of one night stands to handle his needs. While he’s happy for his brother, who has found his Fated Mate, Slate isn’t interested in finding his—at least not for a long time. That is, until his body betrays him. Seeking his mother’s help—who is an Oracle—Slate pays a visit to the Blackwood Pack where he finds the Fates have once again, messed with his life.

Dakota, the chef for the Blackwood Pack, fell in love with cooking as a young child and ultimately the kitchen became a place of refuge for him. Suffering with a ‘curse’ through much of his childhood, he relied heavily on his mother’s help to deal with it. After the massacre of his mother and siblings by their greedy uncle, Dakota barely survives, but finally forges a life for himself, content to stay home and take care of the people he loves.

A long-hidden secret, rejection of a mate, acceptance of rare gifts, and a brutal kidnapping are just some of the obstacles Dakota and Slate must battle together to save their relationship. As the pack rallies around them, both must learn to trust the other before they can find the happiness that the Fates have ordained for them.

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The first book I ever wrote was Dire Warning in 2017 and, much to my delight, it became an Amazon Best-Seller. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicling the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates—stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings.

As my books began to be translated into other languages, I also became an Amazon International Best-Selling author and then achieved the honor of becoming an Amazon All Star due to their popularity. My tenth book, Darkness Master has just been published and audible versions of the entire series are in progress.

I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box.

My readers tell me they feel like they’re members of the pack as the stories unfold…as if they’re right there in the middle of the action. Others tell me it’s like watching a fast-paced movie. My writing style pulls no punches…readers love it and are always clamoring for the next book.

Stories come to me as if channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures and are not inhibited when it comes to revealing steamy, sexy details.

I currently live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order. I’m always happy to hear from my readers and can be reached through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or my website.


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