Today’s Visitor is Charlie Richards!

A big Thank You to Amber for inviting me to share in her November Birthday Bash! To celebrate, here is a short tale about Frankie’s birthday (he’s the wolf shifter who starred in The Vampire’s Special Lover). If you want to leave a comment, I’ll enter you in a drawing for a free ebook – reader choice. The drawing will be held at the end of the month.

Happy Birthday, Amber!

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Frankie’s Birthday

Frankie shoved open the door to Reb’s tattoo shop. Even the jingle of the bells overhead didn’t cheer him. He leaned on the counter, watching his brother create a tattoo on some woman’s ankle. After a few seconds, Reb lifted his needle and glanced toward him, smiling at him.

“Hey, little brother. Happy birthday!”

Smiling for the first time that morning, Frankie replied, “Thanks.”

Reb returned his focus to his work even while he asked, “Got any big plans?”

Frankie’s smile disappeared. “No.” He knew the response came out a little forlorn, but he couldn’t help it.

Evidently surprised by his tone, Reb paused again and peered at him. “Really? I’d have thought Vince would have something planned.”

Shrugging, Frankie admitted, “Yesterday he left town on a…” he paused, glancing at the woman getting the tattoo, and changed what he planned to say. Since the woman was human, Frankie knew he couldn’t blurt out that his lover had to complete an errand for the Vampire Council. “…a business trip. He was supposed to be back this afternoon, but he called last night and said he wouldn’t be back until tomorrow.” He knew he whined, but he couldn’t help it. “He’s gonna miss my birthday.”

Reb patted the woman on the shoulder and murmured, “Just a sec.” After she smiled and nodded, his brother moved around the counter and pulled Frankie into a hug. “I’m sorry, man.”

Frankie didn’t even try to resist. He knew they were both big men, and some might think it weird, but as a wolf shifter, they knew the importance of a comforting touch. Besides, his brother had cared for him since he was two years old and their parents had died.

Returning his brother’s hug, Frankie muttered, “Thanks. I know it’s not his fault. I just miss him.” Vince was Frankie’s vampire mate, and he hated being separated from him. Since Vince had thought he’d only be gone one night and Frankie’d had to work the afternoon before at Reb’s tattoo shop, Frankie hadn’t gone with him. Now, it seemed that decision had been a mistake.

“Tell you what,” Reb said, pulling away. “Let me finish up with Lindsey here.” He indicated his waiting customer. “I don’t have any appointments this afternoon, so I’ll close up the shop and we’ll go for a run. How does that sound?”

Frankie brightened. “Really?” He loved running as his wolf.

“Absolutely,” Reb responded. He patted Frankie on his back, then returned to Lindsey.

Twenty minutes later, Reb instructed the woman on aftercare for her new butterfly tat and sent her on her way.

Lindsey paused at the door, smiled at Frankie, and offered, “Happy birthday.”

Frankie returned her smile. “Thanks.”

He helped his brother clean up his supplies, then lock up the shop. Reb drove to their favorite, out-of-the way trailhead. After hiking the trail for ten minutes, they ducked under some branches and stood in a small hidden clearing. He and his brother stripped down, shoved their clothes in a backpack, and shifted.

The familiar sensations worked through Frankie’s body and he dropped to his knees. His skin rippled as his fur grew. His spine tingled as his tail formed. His muscles stretched, his bones cracked, and his tendons popped. Finally, pressure on his head and behind his eyes told him his skull reshaped. It all happened quickly, taking maybe ten or fifteen seconds.

Once Frankie completed his change, he shook out his fur, then loped out of the tiny clearing. He knew his brother ran just off his left flank. There wasn’t much better in life than running and playing in wolf form…except, sex with Vince. His mate always made him feel special, taking great care of him, pleasing him.

Frankie felt his body heat at his thoughts.

Deciding to think about something else—heck, he didn’t want a boner in wolf form, that would just suck—he bumped shoulders with his brother, then took off after the scent of a rabbit.

Hours later, Frankie and Reb made their way back to the clearing. They shifted back to human form and pulled on their clothes, then flopped onto their backs and relaxed, staring at the blue sky overhead.

Looking at his brother, Frankie grinned. “Thanks. I needed that.”

“Me, too,” Reb replied, patting his shoulder. He pushed to a sitting position, then to his feet. “Come on, little brother,” he urged, holding out a hand. “Let’s go find you some cake.”

Frankie grinned, responding eagerly. “Yeah!” He grasped his brother’s hand and the other man helped him to his feet. Peeking under the branches and scenting the wind, they checked for people on the trail. Finding it empty, they stepped out and headed back to the parking lot.

As he climbed into the truck, Frankie listened to Reb talk with Daithi, his brother’s human mate. “Yeah, babe, we’re headed back…uh huh. It was great. Yeah, I’ll tell him, but we’ll see you in a few.”

“Are we going to your place?” Frankie asked after his brother tossed the phone into the center console.

“Yep.” Reb started up his SUV, then winked at him. “Daithi made cupcakes. Strawberry.”

Frankie hummed, anticipation filling him. “My favorite!”

“Of course.”

Reb expertly maneuvered the vehicle down the mountain roads. Before long, they were pulling up in front of Reb’s home, a three-bedroom, two-bath house that Frankie used to share with him. When Frankie had mated with Vince, he and his vampire had bought a place with two-bedrooms, two-baths right down the street. They spent time there as well as at Vince’s home near Atlanta, Georgia, depending on the time of year and what work the Vampire Council assigned to Vince. Sometimes, Frankie missed the camaraderie of being with his brother and his pack, but he wouldn’t give up spending as much time as possible with his mate for anything.

Frankie climbed out of the SUV and followed his brother to the house. Reb shoved the door open and stepped inside, moving left out of the doorway. Frankie followed him, turned around and shut the door.

“SURPRISE!”

The shouts of many voices caused Frankie’s heart to trip in his chest. He spun around. His mouth sagged open in shock as he swept his gaze over the dozen or so people crowded into his brother’s house. From their midst, strode Vince.

Giving his own shout of glee, Frankie threw himself at his lover. His vampire caught him and wrapped him tightly in his arms. Lowering his head, Vince captured Frankie’s lips. He thrust his tongue deep, devouring—claiming—his mouth, sweeping deep. Frankie clung to his lover, reveling in the possessive, feral kiss. It told him that Vince had missed him just as much.

Vince brought the kiss to an end, then grinned down at him. “Happy birthday, Frankie.”

“Thanks,” Frankie replied. “I thought you weren’t going to be home until tomorrow?”

Vince caressed his face as he glanced around at everyone. That’s when Frankie noticed everyone staring at them, grinning. Vince brushed a butterfly kiss to his lips, then stated, “I’m sorry I misled you. Things fell into place easily enough this morning, and I finished early. When you didn’t answer your phone, I called Daithi.” The vampire looked over at the human. “He thought you’d enjoy this, so helped me put it together.”

Frankie finally took a moment to look around at his friends and pack-mates. His alpha, Declan McIntire, smiled at him from where he leaned against the wall with his arm around his human mate, Lark. A couple of others from the pack stood nearby, as well as a few vampire friends and their mates.

Laughing, warmth flooded Frankie. His friends and family surrounded him, having remembered his birthday after all. Vince wrapped his arm around Frankie and led him over to the others. There were plenty of hugs, slaps on the back, and well wishes.

Eventually, Daithi thrust a strawberry cupcake into his hands. Frankie ate almost half in one bite and moaned his approval of the moist, fluffy, frosting-covered deliciousness. He finished it in two more bites. When another appeared in his line of vision, Frankie looked up to see Daithi holding it out to him with an indulgent smile.

“Go on,” the human urged. “I made plenty.” He winked. “It’s your birthday.”

Vince leaned close and whispered into his ear. “And you’re going to need your strength for later.”

Frankie’s eyes widened. His breathing sped up and blood flowed to his dick, making him hard and aching in his jeans in seconds.

Inhaling deeply, Vince hissed out the breath. “Later, Frankie, later,” he crooned. “Eat your cupcakes.”

Swallowing hard, Frankie nodded absently as he took the second cupcake. “Okay.”

After everyone polished off at least one cupcake, though most of the shifters ended up eating three and four, Reb held up a handkerchief. “Come on, Frankie. Time to play Pin the tail on the wolf.” He pointed into another room.

Frankie turned and headed that way. Inside, a large poster hung on the wall. Drawn on the paper, was a big, strawberry blond wolf, minus his tail. Snorting, Frankie turned to his brother. “That’s you!”

Reb snickered. “Yep. Daithi took a picture of me and used it to make the poster. He’d planned to give it to parents for their kids parties, but I convinced him it’d be fun for us, too.” He held up the blind-fold again. “So, how about it?”

Frankie nodded enthusiastically. “Hell, yeah!”

The group played. With much joshing, cajoling, and heckling, everyone took a turn. Even his alpha agreed to be blind-folded, spun around, and pointed toward the paper with a bushy brown tail clutched in his dark fingers.

Much to everyone’s amusement, Lark won. The slender blond did a happy dance complete with Oh, yeahs and I’m all that’s. Finally, Declan grabbed his man, dipped him, and laid one on him, silencing his jubilant shouts. Several wolf whistles and hoots sounded through the air.

Frankie thought kissing sounded fabulous. Not his alpha, of course, but his own mate. Glancing around, he found his vampire standing off to the side, smirking. He walked up to Vince, cupped his jaw, and licked his way into his man’s mouth, tasting cupcake, beer, and something all his man’s own.

Vince responded by growling a bit. He pulled Frankie close and opened to him. For several seconds, they fought for dominance, their tongues dueling and teeth nipping. Not really wanting to win, Frankie moaned and sank into the vampire’s embrace.

When breathing became paramount—and Frankie nearly vibrated with the need to rut against his lover, to get pressure on his throbbing shaft—Frankie drew away. Vince’s eyes glowed red, expressing his own desire, as if his aroused scent didn’t give him away.

Grinning widely with his kiss-swollen lips, Vince winked at him. Then, he lifted his gaze to sweep it around the room, smirking at the group of men. “Time for us to go. I need to give the birthday boy his birthday blow job.”

Groans and hoots sounded throughout the room. Some of the men threw napkins or empty cupcake wrappers at them.

Vince just laughed, even as he grabbed Frankie’s hand and tugged him from the house. Shouts of Happy birthday and Go get ’em, tiger followed them out the door.

Frankie giggled—not that he’d ever admit it—as he followed his mate down the street to their home. Upon entering, as soon as the door closed, Vince pressed Frankie against it. For several seconds, Vince just stared at him with red, feral eyes.

Then, his vampire lowered himself to his knees. He grinned up at him, showing off his fangs, as he opened Frankie’s jeans. His lover wasted no time sucking him down to the root.

Over the next several hours, Vince seemed to make it his mission to see how many times he could make Frankie come.

Sated and content, curled up in his vampire’s arms, Frankie sighed.

Vince cupped his jaw and pressed their lips together, sliding his tongue deep for a slow, thorough kiss. When he pulled away, Vince whispered, “Happy birthday, beloved.”

Smiling, Frankie relaxed against his man. “Best birthday ever.”

The End

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Blurb for Crashing the Comicon:

Out of the Cage: When a shifter won’t do…maybe a vampire will.

Sebastian Seb Russo is forced to take a commercial flight to his next assignment since the Vampire Council doesn’t have any planes available. His leaders have charged him with assisting the alpha of the wolf shifters in Stone Ridge, Colorado with communications between paranormals and the human government. Except, the one thing that would delay him happens…he discovers his beloved, his soul mate, on that plane. Now, Seb finds himself in Las Vegas, trailing the human Dirk Lemans. His attempts to woo the human are successful, until he makes one too many verbal slips, and he discovers a powerful truth. Dirk thinks Seb is a shifter…and not too long ago, shifters held him captive. Can Seb convince Dirk that not all paranormals are the same?

 

110 thoughts on “Today’s Visitor is Charlie Richards!

  1. yay! Thanks for visiting Charlie =D
    I love your books!! Especially Kontra’s Menagerie!!~ ❤ ❤

    Frankie's birthday snippet was really sweet and cupcakes do make everything better~ hehe 😀

  2. What a sweet story for Frankie and Vince. I loved their story. I have read them all but not the Kontra ones.

  3. Uwaahhh~~ OMG OMG!! Thank you for this short birthday special. I loved it! ❤ I love this series. ❤
    Thank you amber for having Charlie at your birthday bash! \^o^/

  4. Great story! I love to see how the characters are doing after the story is over. Keeps me believing in happily ever afters!!

  5. Thank you Charlie Richards! I enjoyed visiting Frankie and Vince. I also just finished Crashing the Comicon and loved it.

  6. Each time I read a new book that character becomes my favorite, until Frankie. I’ve read them all and he has stayed on top.

  7. Between the wolves of stone ridge and kontra books, Frankie and Vince are still one of my fav couples. Super nice birthday story.

  8. I have read some of this series, I seem to be behind on them though…. I need to catch up! Awesome Birthday story 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and sharing it with us.

  9. I love the Stone Ridge books. I’m a bit behind, just finished book 10. I’m trying to catch up though. Thanks for sharing Frankie’s short story. 🙂

  10. I need to read this series! It sounds like a fun one.

    Congrats on Crashing the Comicon.

    Brandi

    Scssugar(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. I cant believe I missed this series?! Holy cow, adding it to my TBR file for my next payday. Love the “pin the tale on the wolf” LOL

  12. The scene is sweet. I love all your series and that there’s a little humor. I look forward to catching up with the WoSR gang.

  13. Thank you Charlie for the short story with Frankie. He’s great and so very sweet! I was so excited to see you here and with a short story! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the Wolves of Stone Ridge fix! I try to hard to be patient while I wait for the next book. I love your books.

  14. Aw, loved it! Happy birthday Frankie. Love your books Charlie, finished Crashing the ComiCon already. Need the next one…Thanks Amber, you always have the best guest.

  15. Yes! please enter me in the drawing. Love me some shifters and vampires! Amber, Happy Birthday! Charlie, you and Amber need to come here to New Orleans to get some more spooky inspiration for your fantastic books. Huge fan here of both your work.

    Jim

  16. Great story Charlie!! I have read most all your books and love them all!! Thanks for visiting Amber’s site and giving us a Frankie birthday…

  17. I love the wolves of Stone Ridge, can’t wait to read the new one! Thanks for the great short story too!

  18. I love the Stone Ridge pack series. In fact I love all your series. I can’t wait to read Seb’s book!!

  19. 2 of my favorite authors!!!! Thank you for the short story and the blurb. Can’t wait to get the new book

  20. Happy Birthday Amber! May you have many more. 🙂 Thank you Charlie Richards for that great story Frankie & Vince are one of my favorite couples. Really looking forward to more books from the both of you.

  21. Omgg I love Frankie, that short was freakin adorable ❤ He's definitely one of my favorites out of the series. Also, considering I reread that one like two days ago it was excellent timing =D

  22. What a great Birthday thanks for the short, my friend turned me on to your stories a few months back I took two weeks, but I got caught up on the three series. I am convert can’t wait for the next.

  23. Loved the Short on Frankie & Vince, it was a great choice. I love all your books but I have to admit Frankie is a favorite Thanks!

  24. Thanks for the excerpts. They all sound good. I’m not that far in either series yet but I do enjoy reading them.

    Tj

  25. Happy birthday Frankie. Thanks for the Birthday bash… Charlie you are great. So happy to have my fav 2 authors in one place. Charlie and Amber your both amazing. Thanks for all the wonderful series. xxx

  26. Thanks! I have all of The Wolves of Stone Ridge series and Kontra’s Menagerie. I also have the series A Paranormal’s Love. I just got Crashing the Comicon, I’m going to read it soon. I got about all of Amber Kells’ books too.They are all great and can’t wait for more in each series to come out. Betlyn

  27. Whoopie! Another party! Recently started Kontra’s Menagerie series and now I see I must get started on the Stone Ridge series. Oh my, what a budget buster! My addict side thanks you even if my budget side moans in pain.

  28. I love your books can not wait for the next one any one who has not read this series should check it out they will fall in love with it like I have lol

  29. i love all you’re books frankie has always had a soft spot in my heart am so happy he found his happily ever after and love this mini story i read seb’s book last night can’t wait for the nex’t book thank you for you’re books they make me smile when i’ve had a really bad day 😉

  30. Great short story, Charlie. Love your books! Waiting on Thursday so I can get Crashing the Comicon.
    Thanks Amber and Happy Birthday, Got Keeping Kylan, loved it, now waiting on the next Moon Pack, lol

  31. Really enjoyed this. I have all your books and will be purchasing Crashing the Comicon. Happy Birthday Amber, just finished Keeping Kylan, waiting on the next one.

  32. Thanks for the birthday story Charlie. I love your Wolves of Stone Ridge and related stories. Nice to see a real mixture of Paranormals, not just wolves and vampires.

  33. Really liked the short story, enough to go and buy one of the boos in the series but you forgot a hyperlink 😦 Will have to google.

  34. What a fun celebration. Frankie was very adorable being all forlorn and then so happy. Thanks for sharing that, Charlie. It sounds like you have a great paranormal series that I need to check out.

  35. I love Charlie Richards. I have every stone ridge, kontra’s, and paranormal book written. I like how they all blend in together and I love all the character’s. I can’t wait for the next book.

  36. This is the series that started my love of this genre. Now I can’t get enough of Charlie’s books! To get to read a snippet of Frankie and Vince??? Yay!!!!! I cannot wait for payday so I can get the next one! lol

  37. that was awesome. I discovered Charlie’s books several months ago and cant get enough. Cant wait to read the latest installment.

  38. Hi Charlie! Thanks for another glimpse into Frankie and Vince’s lives! I loved their story! I really like when we get to see small snapshots into out favorite characters! Can’t wait for next book!!!
    Foretta

  39. I enjoy your writing especially the Wolves of Stone Ridge. Werewolf at the Zoo is one of my favorites.

  40. Thanks for the story! Vince is pretty cool for a vampire and Frankie is pretty sweet. My all time favorite character, though, is Jared. I look forward to all your books, though. 😉

  41. Thanks for the story, Charlie! Love the Wolves of Stone Ridge series!! Although it would be nice to win a FREE ebook, I’m just glad to get another installment of these shifters… can’t wait for the next book!

  42. That was a great update to Frankie and Vince’s story. I love the who series and I’m looking forward to the next one!
    Thank you 🙂

  43. Enjoyed this story so much…. went straight to Amazon and bought The Vampire’s Special Lover!!! Now I have to get the rest in the series!!! Loving Birthday Month! 😀

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