The Followers, #1
by Kira Shayde
Date of Publication: June 10th 2017
Publisher: Kira Shayde
Cover Artist: Kira Shayde
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: When evil follows, the brave can no longer run and hide.
Her mind is in another woman’s body…and the other woman is a werelion.
Nicole Abramson gains more than razor-sharp claws and a taste for raw meat. With a latent telekinetic talent, she’s a weapon to be used in a millennia-long war, but will she serve or resist? Fighting for her life, Nicole rails against the thief who stole her ordinary and safe life, even as she seeks comfort from the woman’s intended mate, the gorgeous Sander Evans.
Although drawn to her outspokenness, Sander keeps Nicole at bay while he defends his clan. Werelions and humans don’t mix, yet he can’t deny the passion igniting between them, particularly with her body in heat. But as the danger around them amplifies, they’ll need more than courage and strength to fight for their newfound attraction—and their lives.
Sander eyed the irate woman standing before him. From the moment she arrived, she’d baffled and frustrated him. Gone was his reserved and polished intended. In her place stood a creature who screamed, pouted, grimaced, slapped his sister, and nearly destroyed his brother-in-law’s procreativity. She was brash and out of control. An evolutionary step backward.
He’d never been close to a human. His kind blended in with their kind, worked alongside them, but remained insular. Safe. Hidden. Occasionally studying them from afar. Never interacting beyond a polite nod or greeting.
Why would Marseille switch with a human? To punish him? Humiliate him?
He’d find out why and promise to be more attentive. He had no intention of meeting new potentials. He’d chosen her. Marseille Renaud.
She was strong and graceful. And useful.
He clenched his jaw. Damn it, his intended wasn’t a mere tool. She deserved more respect than that. More than a vision of beauty, Marsi saved their hides during the last Follower attack. His clan needed her. Although her talent wasn’t the reason he chose Marseille, he’d be a fool to let her go now.
Was his sister right? Was the switch a mere ploy, a demand for more control?
“Let’s go, everyone,” he said, forcing the what-ifs from his mind. “I want to get to Nicole’s home by this afternoon.”
The woman in question stared at him. “Exactly where are we?”
“Minnesota. Outside Minneapolis.”
That seemed to relax her somewhat. He guided her to the foyer where they nearly collided with his brother, who’d raced down the stairs with a backpack slung over his shoulder.
“Gotta bring my books along so I can study on the ride.” Tyran tore into the hallway ahead of them.
“He’s a college student?”
“Medical student.” Sander ushered Nicole into the utility room and opened the door to the garage. “Makes sense since he’s one of the healers for our clan.”
“Uh-huh.” She jerked to the side as Calia sashayed past on her way out of the house. “Is a clan like a pride?”
“No, a related group of families. Because our numbers are few, matings are arranged between clans. Once I met Marseille, I didn’t bother with meeting any remaining potentials.”
And now Marseille was gone. Except she wasn’t. She watched him with big dark eyes, her luscious mouth slightly puckered in contemplation. Devastating even in the shapeless sweater the human woman had selected to wear, something obviously dragged from the back of the closet. He’d never seen it before.
She tilted her head, and her long black hair draped over her shoulder. Hair he loved to twist in his hands as she lay beneath him.
“So what’s your talent?” she asked.
“What?” He shook off the sensual vision. “Um, my physical strength and power.”
“I’m the most feline of us,” Calia boasted, her hand on the door of a dark sedan. “Exceptional jumper and climber, and I always land on my feet.”
Sander leaned in close to Nicole. “Within reason. I wouldn’t throw her out a ten-story window, although sometimes I’d like to.”
His sister glared. “I heard that.”
As a paranormal romance writer, Kira Shayde explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can’t help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing romance, passion, and happy endings.
Kira enjoys studying love, sex, and relationships, and has a thing for shapeshifters, demons, mythological gods, and the fae. On a personal level, she is devoted to animal and ecological conservation…and devil's food cake.
MY INTERVIEW WITH KIRA SHAYDE
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work? The two basic themes in my writing are (1) not-so-human people with human emotions and (2) strong, independent heroines.
What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year? Write faster! I have focus issues. LOL. I’m working on the follow-up book to Ancient Heat and the third novella in my Primal Shifter series. I would love to have both available for release next summer.
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you? Oh, I wish writing flowed more naturally for me. I can see scenes in my head, but getting those images translated into grammatically-correct sentences with impact takes a lot of work. I am in awe of writers who can write multiple books a year.
Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story? I actually began working on Ancient Heat back in 2008. It took me a long time to feel this story was ready, but I’ve always loved the heroine—she just really stuck with me. Maybe because I based her sassy, smart, spunky personality on my daughter. And I’m very excited to be working on the third novella in my Primal Shifters series. The leads in book three are damaged, caustic individuals who definitely weren’t the good guys in books one and two. Redeeming these characters is very important to me.
If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be? Any of the superheroes as long as during that week I had a superpower. Wouldn’t be much fun to hang out with them otherwise.
Can you share you next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details? My next project involves a young woman who is yanked into an alternative universe where she’d never been born. Known as a “crosser”, she is pursued by the government, a high-tech company, a group of religious zealots, and a hero on the run. But what she really wants is acceptance from a family that in her world was cruel and harsh yet that family in this world doesn’t even know her.
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