Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over Abigail Owen, author of Sarai’s Fortune, Shadowcat Nation, book 2, a 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.
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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.
If you could spend an hour in real life with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Ooohh… tough question but interesting to think about. As hot as all my heroes are, they’re taken. I think I’d spend time with Andie (Andromeda) from Andromeda’s Fall. She is tough and snarky, but she cares deeply about her people and she loves fiercely. She also has an interesting background. I think she’d be fun to meet in person.
Tell us a little bit about the conflict in your story.
Zac is asked to be Sarai’s protector. Sarai – a Seer – has seen that if she stays with Zac he’ll die. But if she leaves him, she’ll die. At the same time, she’s also seen that they’ll become lovers. So she’s not just choosing between two lives, but between her life and that of her lover.
Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
I have a couple of projects running at the moment. I’m in editing on Tieryn’s Fury – the third book in the Shadowcat Nation series. It will continue the story of the mountain lion shifters, but through a new hero/heroine’s eyes. I’m writing the fourth and final book of that series now (untitled). In the meantime, I’m waiting on a release date for Blue Violet – the first book in my Svatura series and starting edits on the second book in that series. Lots to look forward to!
What sort of personality does your hero have?
Zac is a polar bear shifter who has been leading his clan of shifters since his parents were killed when he was young. At first glance he’s unemotional, closed off, and harsh. But closer inspection will reveal someone who is fiercely loyal to and protective of those he loves. He’s a natural leader, decisive, and responsible. He is determined to protect Sarai – at first because of a promise to a friend – but gradually it becomes something more personal. But self-sacrifice is part of this shifter’s personality—anything to keep loved one’s safe.
What sort of personality does your heroine have?
Sarai is a mountain lion shifter who has a rare additional gift as a Seer. She’s led a troubled life, essentially a prisoner in her own home, always fearing for her safety. Her gift also means she’s seen a lot more than she would ever wish to – something she sees as a curse. While she is vulnerable and mistrusting of everyone, she is also surprisingly resilient. She’s learned to protect herself and won’t let Zac do all the heavy lifting in that department.
It’s time to promo. What is your favorite marketing tool?
I try something a little different every time. My favorites at the moment are Facebook Parties and Blog Tours. I love the opportunity to discover new blogs and meet new readers. I do some advertising, though I’m still experimenting with that part. And of course there’s a ton of posting on my website, blog, facebook fan page, twitter, and so forth.
What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
I prefer to write paranormal and contemporary romance. I’ve been a big fan of romance in general since finding my mother’s stash of Harlequin novels when I was about twelve. The paranormal element is especially fun to write. I just let my imagination have free rein and write what I know I’d want to read.
Someday I might try my hand at historical romance. I love to read them, but the amount of research is intimidating.
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.
About the Author
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.