Ali Atwood: Bound to Brody – Guest blogger and giveaway!

Brain Power and Writing

Hi everyone, long before I started writing for publication, I used to create stories as I drifted off to sleep. I thought of them as my moonlight novellas. Naturally, they were R rated tales featuring an array of male hotties, who might turn out to be a shapeshifter, a wizard or a God.

Now that I write professionally, I do most of my visualization sitting in my comfy office chair, but as I frequently dream about plot problems that dogged me during the day, I keep a notebook and pencil on my bedside table. Luckily, I took shorthand so most of the scribbling makes sense in the morning.

I imagine most of you have fixed problems while you’re half-asleep, or woken up with a solution without knowing where the idea came from. Scientists tell us the average person uses a mere 10 per cent of their brain’s capacity. Something to think about!

25461790Blurb: Zac McQuade is a former marine living two lives. On the surface, he’s a special agent for the FBI but undercover, he’s an assassin for the Secret Intelligence Service. When Zac returns to his childhood home for his niece’s christening, the last person he expects to see is Brody Maitland, his former college crush. Though Zac’s attraction to Brody has gone unfulfilled, he still thinks of him as the one who got away.

Dr. Brody Maitland is a practicing psychologist with a few secrets of his own. Though he has always admired Zac, he thinks he is terminally straight. Currently, Brody is conducting an off-the-record investigation, in search of a young male patient who’s gone missing. Believing Zac’s cover story, Brody enlists his help to solve the intricate case, plunging them both into a deadly game of intrigue and deception. As the attraction between the two very different men heats up, they are faced with the ultimate test of love and loyalty.


Zac pushed open the door to The Decoy Club and almost fell back from the blast of thumping music and raised voices. He grinned as he snaked his way through the mass of bodies. He’d always enjoyed the high energy of gay clubs, and this one was one of the best, crowded with guys of all ages and from all walks of life.

Heading for the bar, Zac was lucky enough to snag a seat at the far end. Above him on the mezzanine, there were rows of men leaning over the balcony railing, watching the action below. Zac was aware of the speculative glances being cast in his direction. It was liberating and reassuring to see so many like-minded men, knowing every one of them accepted him for who he was.

“Well, hello, good-looking. I haven’t seen you in here before.”

Glancing up at the smiling bartender, Zac automatically clicked into cover mode. “Yeah, I’m visiting friends in the area.” In truth, he’d been in the club several times over the past few years.

The bartender held his gaze. “Well, if you’re looking for company, I get off eleven…”

“Tempting,” Zac said. “But I’m waiting for someone.” Then again, if Brody wasn’t on the scene, this guy was exactly Zac’s type, fair-haired and well-built without being overly muscular.

“Well, if your date doesn’t show, or you change your mind, I’m right here.”

“Good to know,” Zac said, “and I’ll take a beer.”

* * * *

As Brody entered the noisy Decoy Club, he was in a state of high excitement. Though he didn’t expect that Zac and he would have sex tonight, he hoped they would make a start in that direction. It had been hell holding his feelings in check while he worked the case alongside his walking wet dream, and after that kiss…

He stopped dead and backed up when his beast detected a familiar scent, turning his head to see Zac sitting at the dim end of the bar. God, Brody thought, he looks sexy as hell, all dressed up in his cute button-down shirt.

Brody had deliberated over his outfit, not sure if he should wear jeans because Zac might. He was glad he’d changed his mind and worn tailored black trousers to go with his new burgundy Armani shirt. As he drew closer to the bar, his heart began to pick up a beat. He skirted around a group of men in business suits, and ended up a few paces behind Zac, reaching out to tap one of his muscular shoulders, then freezing in place when Zac turned abruptly with a fierce look on his face.

“Uh, hi,” Brody stammered, taking a step backward. “Has something happened?”

Zac blinked and blew out a breath. “Sorry, coming up behind me like that can spook me.”

Brody surmised the reaction was left over from Zac’s marine days, where combatants counted on their heightened senses.

Now, he watched Zac’s features soften into a slow, gorgeous smile. “So, Doctor Maitland, can I buy you a drink?”

Gazing back into those heavily lashed, electric-blue eyes, filled with sexual promise, Brody felt the blood pooling in his groin, stiffening his dick.


This is far from your typical shifter story. The premise of this book is more a psychological thriller/mystery. The author presents a well thought out storyline that includes a well-developed back story between the two main characters. The antagonist of the story has been targeting gay men and mass murdering over a series of time, without ever being discovered by the locals.

The chemistry between the two characters leads you to believe that they were destined to meet again and have a second chance at fulfilling each other desires and need for each other. The secondary characters were a nice touch to an already

well plotted story line and allowed you to see different dimension of the characters and their interactions with family and friends. The shifter part of this story was integral to the plot and the secret Brody has kept from Zac.

This was the first in a series and I look forward to reading more,  as well as future works from this author. My one recommendation would have been for the book to have been longer and allowed the relationship to develop further between the main characters but as it is, I can definitely recommend.
Giveaway rules (always have to have them)
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Winners will be notified via email. We are not responsible for incorrect email addresses on entries, alas.
Thank you to Ali Atwood  for generously donating this ebook for giveaway.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Ali Atwood is a transplanted Brit, living the outdoor life in Florida. Her previous careers could fill a catalogue—everything from flight attendant to ice cream parlor owner. Since Ali has traveled over much of the world, she draws from that knowledge to create unique characters and backdrops. Aside from writing, Ali enjoys horseback riding and golf. She has eclectic taste in music, a fondness for French champagne and a slight obsession with social media.

You can find Ali at these places:!/AliAtwood1




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  1. I really like this post, it’s fun to learn a bit more about the how or why authors write. The blurb and excerpt are great so thanks for the giveaway chance and count me in please.

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  6. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Thanks for the excerpt and review. I’d love a shot at winning a copy.

  8. Thank you for the excerpt and review. This sounds like an interesting read. Thank you for the giveaway chance!

  9. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  12. I love mystery mixed with romance.

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  15. Hello everyone, thank you for your interest and good luck with the contest!

  16. This looks interesting, a shifter romance and a mystery as well as part of a series 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win a copy

  17. I need to read this book. I know that this book is going to keep me at the edge of my seat. Thhank you for the post.

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