Today I am so excited to share an interview with you from Saloni Quinby’s new Peppermint Twist book, Oh My Deer. I hope you enjoy it!
Well, I enjoy making flights around the world to secretly deliver gifts to people, but since meeting Jake, I look forward to cuddling with him on Christmas morning, after the other reindeer and I have finished our deliveries.
How did you meet Jake?
He saved my life. You can read all about how he rescued me in Oh My Deer.
Do people leave you and Santa milk and cookies?
Sometimes, but most people have no idea we’ll be visiting them. If you’re so inclined, however, my favorite cookie is chocolate chip.
Do you keep your antlers when you’re in human form?
You know, I’ve never been asked that question. To be honest I’ve never tried. I even shed them in winter while in my reindeer form.
What are you giving Jake for Christmas?
A flying reindeer ride to wherever he wants to go.
What do you hope he gives you?
I can’t tell you what I hope he gives me, but it’s both naughty and nice. [Winks]
Oh My Deer by Saloni Quinby
When Jake rescues a wounded reindeer less than two weeks before Christmas, he doesn’t realize he has found one of Santa’s reindeer-shifters. The adorable shifter is willing to show his gratitude in sexy ways Jake never expected, but once he flies away will he be gone forever, or will he return as promised on Christmas day?
Fleet started to rise, but Jake stood and placed his hands on his shoulders. It didn’t take much effort for him to push Fleet down. “Go where? You need to heal. I understand the need for privacy, but I can’t help being curious. Shapeshifters from the legends can be pretty mean. You can’t blame me for wanting to know more.”
“Do I seem mean?” Fleet gazed up at him with those huge blue eyes.
Right. He looked about as mean as a good-natured puppy. However, as the old saying went, looks could be deceiving. Fleet was injured. He needed Jake’s help so acting nasty wouldn’t be wise.
Despite his caution, Jake didn’t believe Fleet was trying to trick him at all. Another old saying was the eyes are the mirror to the soul. Jake had always been a good judge of character. He trusted a man who wasn’t afraid to look into his eyes, and Fleet was such a man — even when he’d been in animal form.
“You can’t blame me for being curious,” Jake said. “It’s not every day I meet a creature of legend. I wish my grandfather was still around to see this.”
“You’re going to tell others about me?”
“Don’t worry. You’re safe here. I won’t talk. Like I said before. No one would believe me anyway.”
Fleet glanced past Jake to the coffee table. “Can I have some of those pancakes? They smell so good. That’s why I woke up.”
Jake chuckled and reached for the plate. He put it on Fleet’s lap and was about to return to his chair when the shifter grasped his wrist. His hand was warm now and his skin felt good against Jake’s.
“Thank you for everything,” Fleet said.
Jake nodded and glanced at Fleet’s long, pale fingers wrapped around his darker-skinned wrist. Instead of releasing him, Fleet loosened his grip and ran his hand along Jake’s forearm. Jake’s gut clenched. That touch felt so good. His gaze drifted to Fleet’s face. The shifter’s eyelids were partially lowered as he stared, his own hand caressing Jake’s arm. His slim lips were slightly parted. Jake wondered how they would taste. He wondered how Fleet’s sinewy body would feel pressed chest to chest and thigh to thigh with his.
Those thoughts made Jake tingle all over. His heartbeat quickened and his cock stirred.
Fleet lifted his gaze to Jake’s and again moistened his lips, then he took his lower lip between his teeth, the gesture sexy and adorable. Damn, Jake wanted to kiss him, but he wasn’t sure that would be a good idea. He didn’t know how Fleet would react — if these signals he was sending were sexual or not.
In the city, Jake had learned where to go to find boyfriends, but here in the village he’d never revealed his desire for men. Of course Fleet didn’t live in the village, but it still didn’t feel right.
Or maybe it felt too right.
This was too much for Jake — not only had he discovered a shapeshifter, but he was incredibly attracted to him.
From Changeling Press
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