Today I am so pleased to welcome Meraki P. Lyhne to Joyfully Jay. Meraki has come to talk to us about his latest release, Running Ember. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving him a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Meraki sometimes writes short stories and shares with subscribers on Ream (like Patreon but created for authors by authors). This is scene from Vargr 8 that never made the cut due to a POV not in the series: Alpha Bitch Vivi

“I don’t understand why you get so nervous whenever being given the time for a bon fire song,” Finn said to the old Incubus King, Nol-Elakdon.

“Or Karaoke,” Tristan added, holding up a finger.

Elakdon looked at Finn, gaping. “Because I have to impress him!” The King threw both arms toward his husband.

“Whether he’s there or not, Ela’s honor simply won’t let him shoot for anything less than impressing Randr,” Marisol said.

Finn’s gaze shot to Randr, and the ugly Incubus seemed uncomfortable about having been put in the spotlight. 

“I’ll…sing, though.” Elakdon got up and moved away from Randt, and Vivi understood. Elakdon sang to impress Randr and to pull attention away from him. 

“My King,” Randr said, almost in a whisper. He reached for Elakdon, who came to sit so close to him he almost sat on Randr’s lap. An expression full of understanding and need to…deflect the spotlight if needed shone in his eyes. 

Randr half-turned and slid his hand under Elakdon’s, raising them to the height of their heads. Their fingers played intimately against each other, barely touching, and a rare but intoxicating scent spread around the fire.

Thristan uttered a growl and turned his head theatrically, reminding Vivi of when she’d smelled that sweet scent before. Soon after, like last time, the scent of doses spilled.

“I’ll sing a song for My King,” Randr said. “If our bard knows it.”



They all looked up at Elakdon’s voice, and the two ancient lovers were looking at a puzzled Alpha with a silent guitar in his lap. 

“Right! Challenge accepted. What song?”


running ember coverThe Vargr Series, Book 8

They’d expected the run of the North to be just that—a run to pull the biggest bond of Alphas in thousands of years. What none of them had expected was to find secrets of the past buried in the old and scarcely touched nature of Scandinavia.

In one instance after another, the past tosses its puzzle pieces at them for the Völve to work with, and as they gather the clues, synchronicity aids by lining up strange occurrences.

The ones that are hit the hardest are Pack Alpha Steffen and Nol-Elakdon. With help from the bond, they both have to deal with the necessities of going against their ways to figure out what’s going on. Digging for answers unearths a corner piece, and they finally have an idea of what they’re up against.

Something forgotten. Something they don’t know. Something that simply can’t be true.

And the wind brings news for the Völve to hear: “Rigr, Rigr, it’s time to rise, for swans to land, and for eagles to fly. Valkyrie, Valkyrie, pick your warrior. It’s time for them to burn!”


meraki P. Lyhne bio imageMeraki P. Lyhne, real name Martin, is a Danish author spanning multiple genres and pseudonyms. Meraki P. Lyhne mainly writes contemporary paranormal LGBT fiction with various degrees of romantic heat, some with a HEA, some with a HFN, and some with white-knuckling cliffhangers. Mostly, he writes long series with focus on worldbuilding, action, and something epic.


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To celebrate the release of Running Ember, Meraki is giving away a copy of Book 1 Slumbering Ember! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win!

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