Spotlight, Trailer, Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway : A Mate's Bite (Sassy Mates #2) by Milly Taiden (PNR)

Book Blurb & Info

Mission: Don’t fall in love

After an explosive night of passion during a scenting ceremony, Karla Alves is sure she was just a one night stand for the man she'd been crushing on for years. She teased him and pleased him, and Nate hasn't been around since. Her fear of becoming clingy kept her from risking her heart and asking for more than a few hours of skin sin.

Mission: Crack her walls

She. Is. His. Nathan Wolfe marked Karla. His mate. Deeply involved in pack politics, Nate has had to stay away. When his sister warns that Karla needs him more than he thinks, he'll discover a bundle of secrets only his wolf can sniff out. But getting the woman he cares about to let down her guard may prove to be his undoing.

Mission: Embrace the bite

With Karla's wayward sister wreaking havoc and friends needing more of his time than ever, Nate will have to rearrange his priorities if he ever hopes to earn Karla's trust. But will time with her be enough? Only true love and a wolf's promise can hold together a relationship created with a bite, a scenting, and a hope for tomorrow.

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Book Excerpt

“Emma, I don’t think she really cares what color of blue you pick.” Karla tried to keep the bite from her words, but her OCD friend was getting on her last nerve.

It had been like this for an hour. One frickin’ hour of them staring at decorations. All for a bridal shower for their friend Jordan. Aric, hunky leader of the Sexy Four, finally popped the question, and she’d said yes. Not that it came as a surprise to anyone. The way poor Jordan went beet red whenever they spoke of Aric was a major indicator she had more than the hots for Ellie’s oldest brother. But now they were in a scramble to do things in a matter of days. The couple had decided they’d marry ASAP, which played havoc on Emma’s planning tendencies. Her very annoying bossy tendencies. And it meant Karla was going to have to plan the bridal shower with Nicole, or she’d end up stabbing one of her closest friends with the pretty pen she had in her hand.

“No, it has to be perfect.” Emma frowned while tracing the lines of the lace overlay she wanted to use on the reception tables.

That’s it. She couldn’t do this. There was too much other shit on her mind. Mainly, on the frustrating Nathan Wolfe. Stupid man. And why was she letting the fact that he wasn’t around annoy her? Just because they had sex—hold it. They hadn’t had sex. They’d had toe-curling, skin-biting orgasms. And now that she thought about it, her body heated with memories.

Fucking Spot.

Almost three weeks since the day of the scenting ceremony, and she’d seen him only one time at a barbecue his parents held for Jordan and Aric. And her mind and heart could do nothing but miss him. Their promise to see each other had been thwarted by multiple issues concerning Jordan and then Ellie. Then Nate had ended up leaving to help Caleb and “tomorrow” had turned into “someday." Not that she could ever be angry with her friends. It wasn’t their fault all kinds of crap had taken place. She loved them and was happy things had finally calmed a bit. But it saddened her that what had been something she’d looked forward to had disintegrated before it started.

“Okay, Emma. This is what’s going to happen,” Karla turned toward the drill sergeant with a soothing smile, “you’re going to go off and take care of all those wedding details you need to and leave this to me and Nic. We’ll handle all of it. Alone.” She tugged the fabric out of Emma’s hands with force, all the while clenching her back teeth. Emma’s grip didn’t budge. Karla tugged again and became woozy with the quick moment. The room spun for a nanosecond before righting itself. Another tug and Emma released the material. Karla wasn’t a violent person, normally, but Emma could drive a saint to murder.

Emma’s brows shot up, and her pretty hazel eyes went wide. “Are you sure? I thought you didn’t like having to decide on this kind of stuff.”

She took a breath and held it before slowly letting it out. She really needed to calm down. And stop thinking about Nathan. “No, honey. You don’t like giving me a chance to make any decisions. But as of right now, I’m releasing you from this task. I’ll handle it.”

Character Bios


Hi Milly,

Thank you so much for sitting down with Toot's for an interview. If you don't mind, I have some questions for you about your series Sassy Mates, your new book, A Mate's Bite, and your process for our budding authors as well as fans.

So first off, Your newest book is part of your series, Sassy Mates. Let's talk about the series as a whole....

In your own words, what is the Sassy Mates series about?

Think of fun fearless females. Real women. That have no problem speaking their mind but are sort of hesitant when it comes to the men who own their hearts. They’re fighter with deep sense of family and friendship. These women are bound together by friendship but also by things they have in common like family history or issues while they grew up. They love to laugh and have fun but are always there for each other. And when they commit it’s one hundred percent.

How did you come up with the idea, title of the series and of the current book, A Mate's Bite?

Well, Jordan (MC for Scent of a Mate Book 1) just rushed into my head one day and wouldn’t go. It was so fun writing her story based around the scenting ceremony they weren’t supposed to be watching. All the things that happen after and how she gets her happily ever after.

For A Mate’s Bite I kept it with the mating ritual and like Scent of a Mate decided to use that for my title.
Can you tell us a bit about the newest book in the series, A Mate's Bite?

Sure. This book is about Karla and Nate. We see them in book one but if you didn’t read it you get some back story. They’re a great couple. Karla doesn’t have any good memories of growing up and depending on men. Nate is set on her being his. What follows is fun, drama, action and some very sizzling scenes where Nate uses his skills to convince her of his love.

How does the new book, A Mate's Bite, fit into the series?

Karla is one of my Sassy heroines and Nate is one of the Sexy four. Their story (much like all the others) commences with the scenting ceremony but we see it from their perspective. We also get deep into what is going on with them as a couple and what happened after book one. It’s really a good follow-up.

How many books are planned for the series?

I think five is my hope but there’s a short or two nagging me so we’ll see. It won’t be the never-ending series, but it is fun to write these.

What was your favorite scene to write for your hero or heroine in A Mate's Bite?

Probably when Karla has an epiphany about family and friends towards the end.

What was the hardest scene to write for A Mate's Bite?

I think when she finds out some things about her sister. It broke her heart and mine.

What is your favorite line or quote from A Mate's Bite?

“My life is here, with people that love me for me, not for what they can get out of me”


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated and what made you decide to pursue it as a career?

Have always loved to write and read. I didn’t have a tv in my room til my sister and I had to share bedrooms. But before that I was happy without one.

What inspires you to put the pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard?

It starts out with a tiny scene and grows until I can’t get rid of the idea. And it plays like a movie and I have to write it.

What are some of the elements in/of your writing process?

Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. I need quiet so I can concentrate.

Are you a Plotter or a Panster?

Hybrid of both. I let the story roll in my head for a while before I do a loose outline and start crackin’

Have you released anything under a different pen name, and if so, is there any difference between them?

I have a contemporary name April Angel I write as. She is all contemp and Milly is all paranormal.

What's next for you?

More writing hopefully. Ideally another Sassy Mates, something under my AA name and the next of the Federal Paranormal Unit.

Personal questions......

Now I know this is like asking you to choose between your own children, but out of all your amazing characters, who is your favorite and why?

I can’t really answer that. You see, all of them have something that connects with me in some way or another. It’s why they’re so special.

What actor/entertainer do you envision playing your fav in a movie or TV adaption?

Oh um I can totally see Joe from True Blood as one of my shifters :D hehehe snap out of it ladies! I know you were visualizing him too.

Are there any of your stories or characters that hold a special place in your heart?

All of them!

If the book or series had to have a theme song, what would it be?


Is there anything from your own life or experiences that has been worked into the book?

Probably that I love humor and I’m committed to family and friends. I am a giver and helping others is something that makes me happy.

Lastly, let's steal an idea from the magazines.....What 5 things do fans not know about you and 5 they don't know about the book?

I’m a pretty open book but let’s see

Me: I’m a foodie( LOVE FOOD). I take my hubs to get pedicures with me. I have small hands. My hair looks like a brillo pad if I don’t get it done often. And I’d love to have another baby but my body isnt’ cooperating.

Book: I won’t spoil it for you. But let’s just say this one almost didn’t make it to readers because I was so stressed with the things I had going on. I almost scratched it.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for taking time to answer some questions. Congratulations on the new book and I can't wait for everyone to read it!

Thanks for letting me visit!

Author Info

Hi! I'm Milly (AKA April Angel) I love to write sexy stories. They're usually either paranormal or contemporary with a large dose of heat. My paranormal stories can be anything from wolf-shifters (my favorites) to witches, demons and anything in between. My contemporaries are usually anything from soldiers to corporate romances.

I was born the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. Currently, I live in New York City with my hubby, the bossy kiddo and our little dog "Needy Speedy". Don't ask.

When I'm not working some really long hours at the day job, or hanging out in the awful life-sucking invention known as Facebook, messaging my bestie in the UK or shopping with my sis Julie, then I can be found watching scary movies. Buuut when I'm not doing that, I'm usually writing because the voices won't shut up.

I am addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate (but who isn't, right?) and Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Come on over and visit me! I love to meet new readers!

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