Friday, May 15, 2015
My Sexy Saturday ~ The Mountain Lion King
Sexy Saturday kisses, everyone.
This week I'm featuring Pat Cunningham's debut, self-published novel, THE MOUNTAIN LION KING. Check the sidebar for Pat's previous books.
Like my romance, HER MIDNIGHT STARDUST COWBOYS, this is a ShapeShifter Seductions Presents novel, and takes place in our fictional shifter/supernatural town of Talbot's Peak, and the surrounding Montana territory. We authors at SHAPESHIFTER SEDUCTIONS have a whole, ever-growing community of werewolves, werebeasts, and various shifters of every type and stripe, and, yes, including the herbivores. As well, other paranormal beings inhabit the Peak, including gods/goddesses, witches, fae beings, vampires, just to name a few -- and all of them take turns starring in our flash fiction pieces.
First seven paragraphs from Chapter 1 ~
Nilambari ran as if her life depended on it, because it most definitely did. If her pursuers caught her, she would die, at the hands of her husband-to-be.
She had not said a word since she and her escorts had boarded the plane in India, or during the car ride from the small private airfield to the town of Talbot’s Peak. Shock, she figured now. She’d caught only a glimpse of the town itself before the car turned off the main road onto a long, paved drive. At the end of the drive awaited the destiny Mother had groomed her for her entire life: marriage to a powerful tiger lord, a man she’d seen but never met. Zhere Ghan.
It wasn’t the prospect of marriage to a stranger that finally shook her free of her torpor. It was the wall. Eight feet of solid stone surrounding the palatial compound. Sight of that wall turned her insides to ice. This was no dream, no illusion. This was reality. Once that iron gate closed behind her, she would never emerge again.
With surprisingly steady hands she silently removed her jewelry, gifts from the man who had purchased her. She let the expensive bracelets and necklace and earrings drop to the floor of the car. Her escorts paid no attention. They were Ghan’s men to the core. They had treated her with politeness but no special caring the whole trip. To them she was a package to be delivered to their lord and nothing more.
The car passed through the open gate. Nilambari quietly toed off her slippers. She sat barefoot with her hands in her lap while the car rolled up to the house.
A figure stood before a second-story window, gazing down at them. Nilambari stiffened. Zhere Ghan? One of his minions? A son? She didn’t know, and didn’t care. She gathered her resolve.
Her chance came almost at once. Her escorts held her arms to help her out of the car, but released her for a moment to get her bags out of the trunk. It was enough. In those seconds of freedom she bolted for the wall. Halfway there she shifted to tiger. Adrenaline fueled her desperate leap. Her paws caught the top of the wall. She scrambled up and over and landed running. Her sari unfurled, fluttering to the ground behind her like a discarded bridal train.
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BLURB: Cougar shifter Rick Donnelly is happy living alone on his mountain and isn't looking for company. Then company literally falls into his lap, in the form of tiger-shifter Nilambari, who's fleeing from her arranged marriage to the vicious Ravi Ghan. Rick has no love for tigers, but for this terrified tigress he's willing to make an exception. Provided he can defend them both from Ravi, who's not about to let his bride-to-be go without a fight.
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AVAILABLE at Amazon ~ http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Lion-King-Pat-Cunningham-ebook/dp/B00XIQ2DQM