December 10, 2013

It’s All About the Animals: Hawks by Patricia Rosemoor #GuestPost #Giveaway

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Luc Lazare doesn’t need more complications in his life. And Skye Cross, the intriguing woman able to communicate with animals, is the last thing he wants. Too bad his body disagrees. But he’s trying to save his shapeshifting family from being forced into the battle arena, and that means protecting the shifters responsible for stealing Skye’s brother’s soul. Even as she demands his help, he’ll have to resist the pull of temptation.

Skye’s most recent animal rescue assignment involves saving canines involved in primal battles. Her investigation leads her to Luc, a man whose powers unsettle but intrigue her. Luc lures her into a dark encounter, and realizes that the animals engaging in these battles aren’t dogs at all, they’re wild predators. Skye finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust.

In a world where everything–and nothing–is as it seems, can Luc and Skye find a way to overcome the odds that are destined to keep them apart?

Genre: Suspense, Contemporary Romance
Length: 212 pages
Release Date: November 25, 2013 
ISBN: 978-1-62266-295-1 
Imprint: Ignite

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Animal Instincts Cover

Dark hair whipped around features so rugged they could have been cut from granite. High cheekbones. Broad forehead. Square chin. His eyes appeared silver in the moonlight, and they glowed at me, tightening my stomach and making it hard to breathe.

Trembling, I gasped, “What just happened?”

“You got into something that doesn’t concern you.” Forget about it.

I started. He hadn’t said the last bit out loud. There was something about him so powerful that I almost agreed.

I fought the desire to give in, saying, “I’m not forgetting about anything. Who are you?”

I felt as if he were trying to push the command into my mind.

Glaring at him, I pushed back.

“What are you?” he asked.

“Someone who protects animals.”

His silence told me that wasn’t exactly the explanation he was looking for. My pulse threaded unevenly as he stepped closer. I sensed both threat and something less tangible, something that made my stomach knot and my throat tighten. I’d always had a psychic connection not only with animals, but with my brother. No one else. Not until now. And this guy being able to mess with my mind went beyond any previous experience I’d had.

“Did you have something to do with the fight?” I gasped. “Where did those predators come from? What kind of power do you have over them?” It had to be something supernatural.

He stepped closer, and I sucked in a breath as his power cut through me, speeding my pulse, drying my mouth.

“You need to forget about them, Skye.”

This time he said it aloud. And he used my name.

“How do you know who I am?” I demanded, my heart beating so fast I could feel it bump up against my ribs. “What were you doing here? Who are you?”

Rather than answering my questions, he reached out and slid a palm along my cheek. The touch seared me, reminding me of the time I’d inadvertently touched a live wire. Wanting to move, wanting to run, I stood frozen instead. He was so close, I imagined I could feel the heat of his body as he splayed fingers around the side of my head. My insides trembled and my breasts felt full and tight.

What was wrong with me? Why couldn’t I move? Or speak?

You never saw me. You’ll forget about me the moment I disappear.

Every fiber of my being longed to do what he wanted. But something in me, the thing that made me do what I do, was stronger.

“Disappear to where?” I demanded through a parched throat when I finally found my voice. “I have an excellent memory.”

Appearing frustrated that I’d been able to hear the silent command, he dropped his hand. “What areyou?” he asked again.

It’s All About the Animals: Hawks

While Luc Lazare’s other personna is the more romantic black panther, The Ark Casino Boat in ANIMAL INSTINCTS is home to all kinds of predator-shapeshifters, including raptors, such as the elusive Sam Hawk who plays a significant role in the story.

But a little something about real hawks...

Red-tailed hawks are found all over North and Central America. Birds of prey, they are efficient hunters and prefer open areas. They perch high, including on telephone poles in cities, where they watch for mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, or other prey. Raptors soar along updrafts to migrate long-distances – they can cover 250 to 300 miles a day. They avoid crossing large bodies of water and follow more indirect routes over land. Many of these species fast for days while migrating. Red-tailed hawks mainly migrate in November. Before migrating, some hawks gain 10 to 20 percent of their body weight in fat as a high-density fuel. Raptors “slope soar” by riding winds deflected up and over hills and mountains.

Have you ever needed information on how to rescue a wild bird? Here’s a link to the Wild Bird Care Centre:

The holidays from Thanksgiving to the New Year is a time of giving, and I’m hoping that this year, those of you who can will support an animal shelter or sanctuary or zoo, whether it is by volunteering, buying gifts that help the organization or by donation. Here are a couple of places that I support:

PAWS Chicago, with it’s adoption center, spay and neuter clinic, and at the forefront of animal advocacy.

Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the last free zoos in the country.

Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization.

Tell us about your pet or an animal story that will make us smile.

Happy holidays!

Patricia Rosemoor
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor has written 95 published novels that have generated more than seven million sales for eight publishers. Her fascination with "dangerous love" has led her to bring a different mix of thrills and chills and romance to each book. ANIMAL INSTINCTS and CRIMSON DUET (2 related holiday novels at a discounted price) are now available at digital retailers.

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