Please join me in welcoming Sheri Whitefeather to Debbie's Book Bag today. Sheri is guest posting today in honor of her latest release Feral, an erotic romance with a mountain lion shapeshifter as the hero. How sexy does that sound? The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for a copy of Sheri's book, see details at the end of the post.
In 1999, a six-week-old African serval moved into my home, by way of my former husband who worked with exotic cats. Zuni (that’s what we named her) was gravely ill. With lots of love and medical care, she recovered and became part of our family. I did my first publicity shot with her. She was an absolute delight, sweet and affectionate. But she could be a pain, too, peeing where she shouldn’t and nipping at you when you weren’t looking. She was a wild animal, after all, and was only doing what wild creatures do. She lived with us for eight years, then moved in with another family who had a male serval.
During the time Zuni lived with us, we attended a charity event at a big cat rescue. We were secretly allowed to approach a tiger’s containment. This isn’t the norm and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It’s a scary and stupid thing to do. Our kids were teenagers then, and all of us were standing next to the tiger’s cage. We were told that we could put our hand against the bars and the tiger would blow against it, but to not curl our fingers or he could pull our entire arm into his cage.
Did I do it? No, but I foolishly considered it. So did my daughter. But then we got smart and chickened out. My son did it. He put his hand right up there, and the tiger blew warmly against his fingers. He said it was the most amazing feeling in the world. Nonetheless, he shouldn’t have made contact with the tiger, and as a parent, I shouldn’t have allowed it.
During that era, I researched mountains lions for a book I wrote for Silhouette Desire called NIGHT WIND’S WOMAN. It was released in November 2000, and the hero ran a big cat rescue. He also rescued a mountain lion that had lived in his home with him. This wasn’t a scenario I made up. A very nice woman had shared her mountain lion experiences with me, and a lot of it went into the book. She admitted how naïve she’d been, bringing a mountain lion into her home. Again, not something that’s recommended.
And now, in December 2011, I have another mountain lion book--FERAL, a wildly erotic romance published by Berkley Heat. This time I decided that the hero would be a mountain lion shapeshifter. I already knew a lot about this amazing cat and felt a kinship toward it, giving me an immediate kinship with my hero. FERAL was fun and fascinating to write. Romantic Times gave it four stars and called it “…classic Beauty and the Beast with a werecat twist.” To read the prologue and first chapter, click here
http://cheriefeather.blogspot.com/2011/10/feral-excerpt.html. (NOTE: this excerpt may not be appropriate for readers under 18-years-of-age)
The prologue will show you how the hero became a shapeshifter and the first chapter will give you insight into the heroine, a woman who runs a big cat rescue that she’s on the verge of losing. In FERAL, all of my mountain lion research over the years has taken on a new life, a new way to tell a wild cat story.
Finally a question for everyone…since Christmas is just days away, what type of sexy shapeshifter would you like to kiss under the mistletoe? What’s your shifter of choice?
Thanks to Deb’s Book Bag for having me as a guest blogger and blessing to book lovers everywhere. Happy Holidays!
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