Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Number of pages: 246
Word Count: 60,000
Zac Montclair's first priority is to protect his people. With the escalating war between factions of shifters over land and resources, he has agreed to an alliance between his polar bears and the Shadowcat Nation of cougar shifters. But the treaty comes with a condition…he must accept one of their Seers into his Timik and put her under his personal protection.
Sarai Bouchard doesn't need her supernatural gift to know that Kyle Carstairs's obsession with controlling her ability will eventually result in her misery and demise. Her power is essential to her people's survival, so when Kyle goes rogue, she's sent to Zac Montclair to keep her safe. However, her visions reveal that while staying will lead to their becoming lovers, it also leads to his death. Leaving Zac will result in her own.
If Sarai can't find a way to change the future, she will be forced to choose…save her lover or save herself.
Sarai concentrated on precise, sharp movements with as much power as she could muster. She’d only been working out for ten minutes or so. She’d started the day similarly yesterday. She cooked breakfast, eating with the guys. She dragged George and Scott on more sightseeing trips. Today she’d decided to explore a small portion of Central Park. She didn’t try to lose them this time. When they’d got home, they’d hit the gym.
Now, Sarai tuned out Scott and George—who were sparring across the way from her—to focus on her own drills.
“How about you try that out on a man who moves and reacts.”
Sarai spun on her heel to find Zac standing behind her. He was wearing running pants and a tight tank top, which meant she didn’t need to use her imagination to picture the muscles of his arms and chest. They were on display. Her own personal show. Sarai swallowed.
Then she computed what he’d said. How was she going to get out of this? The truth was she couldn’t spar. Her visions messed her up. But that was a secret she had no intention of sharing with three people.
“Not really a good idea.”
He stared at her for a long moment. Then he glanced over her shoulder at George and Scott who’d stopped to listen. “I’ve got this, fellas. Why don’t you go back up to the apartment?”
There was no doubt in her mind that was a command, not a suggestion. Clearly the guys thought so too. She watched them leave the room with wide eyes.
As the door closed behind them, Zac’s hands landed on her shoulders, turning her to face them. “Okay, kuluk. It’s just you and me now. What are you not saying?”
Sarai had never felt this vulnerable in her life. Or this scared. This man got to her in a way no one else ever had. How was she supposed to resist that?
“Why is this so important to you?”
He moved his hands from her shoulders to frame her face, his fingers threading through the dark blond strands of her hair. “Keeping you safe is important to me. I need to know how much you can defend yourself if you have to. It will help me determine just what I need to prepare for. No surprises. Okay?”
Sarai took a deep breath. He couldn’t have meant it that way. Just the thought of being important to this big, strong man connected with the frightened, lonely little girl who’d spent her life just trying to survive. But she couldn’t think that way. She had to leave him, and that knowledge made her want to cry.
Seeing her hesitation, he brushed her cheeks softly with the pads of his thumbs. “Let me help you with this burden,” he murmured softly, his voice a hypnotic, deep rumble.
Sarai bit her lip. Sharing this with him really wasn’t that big a deal. She knew she could trust him.
On a deep inhale, she gave a tiny nod and started talking before she could change her mind. “Okay.”
He gave her one of those rare little half-smiles, making her suddenly very glad she had agreed to capitulate. Thankfully, he released her and stepped back, giving her room to breathe.
Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date of Publication: 12/10/14
Number of pages: 258
Word Count: 61,300
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor
Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.
Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors.
What Andie doesn’t realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.
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He glanced down at her. “You really are a tiny thing, aren’t you?”
Andie scowled. “Don’t let my size fool you. I can pack a wallop when I want to. Even with a broken arm.”
A.J. laughed. “I’m sure you can.”
Andie stared straight ahead, her mouth thinning. She hated being patronized. Men were so dense sometimes. They never took her seriously until she showed them exactly why they should.
Keeping her left arm protected, Andie suddenly dropped. One leg shot out and she spun low to the ground, sweeping A.J.’s feet out from under him. As he landed on his back, she was on top of him, her knee on his windpipe—not crushing, just sending a message.
Before she could gloat too much, though, she was flying through the air. Andie tucked into a back flip, landed on her feet, and then spun and launched herself backwards in a one-handed back handspring. A.J. had just gotten on his feet when her legs wrapped around his neck. She used her momentum to drop him back to the floor.
Andie rolled and ended up in a crouch close by. A.J. held up his hands in surrender. “All right, wildcat. You’ve proved yourself.”
Andie glared at him. “Don’t doubt me. And don’t insult my intelligence by pretending you just lost either,” she said in a severe voice, made harsher, perhaps, by the fact that she’d just realized exactly how incredible his blue eyes were. They were a vibrant color made even more interesting by the black ring that rimmed the irises. And she was more than irritated with herself for having noticed that at all.
He levered himself up off the floor. “Fair enough.”
The only thing that kept her from proving her point more—because she could tell he’d held back—was the small amount of respect she could see in his eyes. With a brusque nod, she followed him down the hall.
Character Name: Sarai Bouchard
Character Bio: Sarai is a mountain lion shifter in the Shadowcat Nation. She is a rare Kuhuarte – member with additional supernatural powers. She is a Seer with the ability to see glimpses of the future which she can then affect. She also sees which couples are Fated Mates. She has no family, hers were killed in order for the leader of her dare (like a pride or pack) to gain control over her.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
I am protective of and loyal to true friends. I value friendship, true friendship, more than just about anything. I would do whatever I could, whatever I had to, to help my friends and keep them safe. This is probably both my worst and best quality, because I’ll admit that protecting my loved ones is more important that worrying about myself.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I’m not trying to see visions about you. In fact, I’m not seeing them most of the time I’m with you. They’re rarer than you would think. I also can’t reminds. So relax and treat me like a normal person.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
I have trouble with visions that concern me. They’re patchy at best, a black hole at worst. It makes anything I’m involved in difficult to see, predict, or fix. It’s also a loop hole that our enemies could take advantage of, so I tell no one.
What are you most afraid of?
Kyle Carstairs. Always have been, always will be.
What do you want more than anything?
To live a life in peace without my visions – just a normal life.
What is your relationship status?
I’m a Seer and Kyle Carstairs is obsessed with possessing me. I don’t have relationships. I’m lucky to have a few close friends, but that’s all I have capacity for.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I prefer classy clothes in neutral shades – skirts, blouses, heels. I like to look well put together and classic.
How much of a rebel are you?
I don’t consider myself much of a rebel, or I would have left my dare a long time ago. But I do what I can. I’ve taught myself to fight – I had to be able to defend myself. Only Andie knows about that. I help people where I can. If my visions lend to that, I use it. And I might lie and tell someone I had a vision if I truly feel my way can help them out. I guess that’s being a rebel.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Managing to get Andromeda and Jaxon together. I’ve seen them as Fated Mates for years, but it took a lot of manipulation on my part to get them to see that.
What is your most treasured possession?
I don’t have any possessions. My body, my life, those are my most treasured possessions.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Physically, I’d say my eyes. They’re a pretty grey color – I’ve always liked them. Personality wise, not many people know this, but I’m a smart ass. Much of it stays in my head though. A Seer has to be diplomatic. J
Which living person do you, most despise?
Kyle Carstairs. He’s a psychopathic ass who uses and discards people for his own purposes. What he is capable of terrifies me.
What is your greatest regret?
Growing up in the Carstairs Dare. I often wonder what my life could have been like if that hadn’t happened.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Someone who protects those close to him and those he leads. A man who protects will also treat those people kindly and put their needs first. That’s a man I could really stand beside.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
In this world, women who speak their minds regardless of the consequences are to be admired. I don’t always get to, because of who and what I am. I wish I could more often.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I love how he’s human. He’s high born, privileged, smart, good looking. But he’s also a little on the shy side and has flaws. He also loves completely – especially by the end.
Which living person do you most admire?
Andromeda Reynolds – Andie. She’s my best friend and someone I admire because she fights for what she believes to be right. She’s a good woman and a good friend.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would lose my ability to see the future. It’s a curse more than a gift.
What is your motto?
Fate can be such a bitch.
Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.