Writing paranormal works is exciting; at least for me, anyway. There's so much you can do, so many ways your book could go because, when creating myths and moving into shapeshifter territory, it really is up to you, the author, as to what happens. There aren't really any hard and fast rules in paranormal, because the world and characters are your creation. If you write about a cougar shifter, as myself and Tess MacKall did in Black Cougar Curse, how our man shifted and when was our choice. We didn't have any specific times Sam, our shifter, could change. He shifted as and when the story demanded it, and to know we didn't have to follow any regimented rules, as one might find themselves doing with a werewolf book--full moon etc.--was a relief.
The curse aspect of the book was also a joy to create. Tess did a magnificent job on the prologue, bringing in mysticism and a sense of the olden days that took my breath away. She introduced the curse in spectacular fashion, in my opinion, and my mind still enquires from time to time whether we should write a book featuring those characters in the prologue. There's a novel right there--so much to delve into that it gets my creative side all excited.
I love writing anything that can't be waved away with a rational explanation. To write something that has so many “not normal” things in it is a joy; after all, your imagination isn't limited--you can explore and create as deeply as you like.
Writing with Tess on Black Cougar Curse was one of the most mind-expanding times in my life. We were of the same mind in where the book needed to go, and we enjoyed stretching our imagination beyond anything we'd done before. I'll never forget writing it, never forget how it felt to pen something with one of my very best friends--a book that will always be there as proof of our friendship.
We hope you enjoy Black Cougar Curse!
Blurb: Deep in the mountain wilderness, Lucia Chavez searches for closure to her father's death, and the mythical black cougar he sought. Drop-dead sexy Cherokee Indian guide Sam Starr knows more than he's telling. After he saves Lucia from being swept away in a mudslide, the bath they both need turns steamy indeed. Sam and Lucia are living proof that near-death experiences can bring two people closer together--they can't keep their hands off each other.
Amidst danger and mystery, Sam and Lucia explore the lust that burns between them. If their desire gets any stronger it could bring down the mountains. Ancient secrets hold the key to their unbridled sexual need. Was their passion written in the stars?
One man. One woman. A curse that binds them--and could tear them apart.
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