Meet paranormal author Kari Thomas today at the Book Boost!
She's here to discuss all things beastly, here's what she had to say...
"Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!" Those words used to represent the presence of such beasts, but now days to a romance author or reader they mean something more primal…and SEXY too!
Today's romance fiction has heroes portrayed as any animal imaginable –and even some "created" species. Shapeshifters run amok in the paranormal romance genre, and readers can't get enough.
As a reader too, I devour this genre of books. I also write paranormal romance and most of my heroes are sexy shapeshifters. In Temptation Unleased, Aiden is a Cougar. In Hunted Mate, Logan is a mountain Lion. In Prey For the Wolf, Kane is a wolf. And in Under a Shifter's Moon, Lyon is a jaguar.
What can be more sexy than a hero who is not only Alpha –but primal too –and can overcome any obstacle? Super strength, sexy "quirks", and a primal protectiveness that would make any heroine sigh. Gotta love them!
In Under a Shifter's Moon, Lyon Savage is in a race against fate and time to claim the Alpha leadership of his Pride. But when the Pride Decree says he must marry one woman –and he's in love with another –what can he do?
If he chooses his Truemate, his Pride might loose everything, lives included. But if chooses his destined bride, then he looses his "everything". Either way, his Truemate looses her life. And there's nothing Lyon can do about it. Or is there?
A Note from the Book Boost: I'm a fan of shifters as well. I've written about several including a forest ranger who turns into a mountain lion. They are so fun to write and to read. Thanks for sharing your menagerie with us today, Kari. Please tell us more about your book.
He was fated for another but created to love her…
Decreed by Elders, alpha Jaguar Shifters Lyon Savage and his brother must decide Pride rule in a way not seen for centuries. Under a Shifter's Moon, a mating can take place with a chosen human to produce a child, and the father of that child will become the one Alpha. Now Lyon must choose the love of his Truemate –or accept the Decree to save his Pride and secure his future.
Strong and selfless, Kitlene is a rare woman whose blood, like her niece's, carries something of the Shifter within its DNA. Willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of family, she offers herself to the Alpha Cat whose very presence pulls at her soul –and whose love brings with it a deadly complication.
Zachary waited until he sat back down. Then continued, “Our history as Shapeshifters in a world mostly human has been filled with danger, strife, and the inevitable threat of extinction. Throughout the centuries we have had need of more than the normal Shifter strength to win battles that might otherwise destroy us all. At those times, our Alphas have needed help.
“A child born of one of these special women and an Alpha, as a result of a sanctified mating on the night of a Shifter’s Moon, will become a rare Alpha possessing enhanced powers and incredible strength. He will have a longer than normal lifespan. His rule will be iron clad. Undefeatable.”
“Say it, old man,” Bryce growled out the words. “You know as well as we do that a war is coming. An Alpha like that just might be our only salvation.” He stood up, throwing back his shoulders, standing aggressively. “But we don’t need a new born babe to lead us. We have the power to defeat our enemies. Now. With me as Alpha.”
Lyon came slowly to his feet, muscles tightening and his hands already changing into clawed paws. “Then we have the Challenge now, brother. I will take great delight in proving you wrong.” His body started the shifting process before he even finished speaking. His jaguar counterpart pushed forward, primal instinct surfacing in a hot rush of adrenaline.
“Stand down!” Zachary roared the command. “The first man to strike will be the first to die at my hands.”
Primal, ferocious growls filled the room. Mason abruptly stood next to Lyon and began his own shift. Lyon knew if they had to fight, with only the two of them, they would kill a lot of the men here … but most likely wouldn’t come out of this alive. He didn’t want to take the chance that Bryce might live if he died. He swallowed down the primal fury, and then forced back his change, the restraint painful in its intensity. Then, he clasped Mason’s arm.
“Hold,” he told him. He looked first at Bryce, then to Zachary.
“Finish your words, Elder.” Then, I’ll decide if any of you deserve to live.