Monday, June 8, 2009

Pre-release Celebration for IN PLAIN SIGHT

Tomorrow at Samhain, In Plain Sight will be released. To celebrate, I'm holding a giveaway here. If you'd like the chance to win an a copy before it hits the electronic shelves, simply post a comment on today's thread. I'll randomly draw the winner tonight, at 10pm EST.


Why are shifters so intriguing? Part of it, to me, is that whole wildness encapsulated in man. We all have a crazy part of ourselves we normally hold in check. But were we to shift into an animal, we could let it out. Be as wild and free as the creatures that walk on four feet or fly through the air.

I've read a lot of books about shapeshifters. Some are monsters, some are mythic werewolves, while a few others have been about people who shift into unusual animal shapes. A beagle, a horse, a deer. Frankly, I had trouble with those books. When I think shapeshifter, I think animal of prey. Not animal considered prey. If my hero can suddenly transform into something, I think he's much sexier as a wolf, tiger, bear, or hawk. Who's going to take a deer shifter seriously (as an alpha hero)? I mean come on, they shy at the littlest sound, wary and with good reason. Or, can you imagine, a hero that turns into a rabbit? Too silly for me. I've occasionally read about a heroine transforming into such a harmless creature. But then all I can imagine in the hero transforming and eating, literally, the heroine. Ugh.

So in crafting my stories set in Cougar Falls, a magical town that only Shifters can see, I've created several clans of shapeshifters. Cats, wolves, bears, raptors (birds of prey), and silver foxes. There could be more out there, but only those clans live in Cougar Falls. And not one of them is an herbivore.

Here's a short blurb about In Plain Sight, followed by a short excerpt. Enjoy!
Shapeshifter Cullen Whitefeather has been in love with Sarah since he first laid eyes on her. But despite his brawn and sharp talons, Cullen gets tongue-tied around the beautiful woman. When circumstances throw them together to ride out a storm, the gruff man tries to show Sarah the truth – that she is his mate. He does his best not to scare her away. Then his dysfunctional family returns from a trip abroad, and the raptor clan tries to punish Sarah for his interference. But if there's one thing Cullen's good at, it's a fight. And he's not letting Sarah go without one.


“Yeah?” he barked into the phone, wondering which idiot brother had gotten the short straw tonight. Thankfully, his family hadn’t called in a few days, which made him think their visit progressed as it should.


“Who the hell do you think it is?” he snarled at his youngest brother, Ian.

“Yeah, I miss you, too.”

Cullen sighed. “What’s up? I just talked to Micah a few days ago. How’s Canada treating you?”

“Ah, about that. Seems we’ll be heading home soon. Probably be back in a few days instead of a few weeks.”


“Mom and Micah pissed off the wrong people. Golden Eagles are in high demand up here, and when Micah refused to marry the clan leader’s daughter, all hell broke loose.”

Cullen snorted. Trust Micah to piss off the wrong people. “Nice. What about Sean? He okay?”

“Actually, he kind of insulted a few members of a visiting bear clan. He’s winging his way home as we speak. Mom forced him to leave when he thought about taking on some grizzlies.”

Sean was a major pain the ass. Always up for a good fight, he did most of his thinking with his fists instead of his brain. “Great. Well, be glad you missed this last snowfall.” A snowfall that’s melting way too fast for comfort. Oh, and by the way, the raptors will probably want my head on a platter for injuring five of their predatory females.

“Missed this last snowfall? Genius, I’m up here in Canada. It’s not like I’m getting a tan.”


“Ass.” Ian paused. “Sounds like everything’s good. See you later, then.” He hung up.

Great. His mother and brothers would be back soon. Not only did he have to protect Sarah from outraged raptors who would descend once the weather cleared, but he had to warn her about his odd family as well. They put the “D” in dysfunctional, but hey, they were family.

Letting out the breath he was unaware of holding, Cullen decided to worry about his family later. Right now, he had a movie to watch and a woman to love.

“Everything all right?” she asked as he rejoined her on the couch.

“Fine.” He paused. “I think Sean will be here in the next few days. Remember, he’s the family pain in the ass.”

Silence. Then she said, “I look forward to meeting him.”

He let out a breath. She hadn’t mentioned leaving. “Yeah. Well, just remember I warned you.” He forced his hand to graze hers while they fought for the popcorn in the bowl on her lap. “Feed me, woman.” He directed her hand to his mouth.

“Baby.” Sarah smiled as she said it and pushed a piece of popcorn between his lips.

Cullen sucked her fingertip before she eased it away, but not before he saw the flash of desire in her eyes. That burnt amber gaze drew him time and time again, like looking into golden rays of light as the sun set.

“Salty.” He shook his head and moved the popcorn off her lap. “But I’m in the mood for something sweet.”

“Cullen,” she warned, but her gaze was full of heat. “I haven’t had a chance to see the second movie. I was looking forward to—”

“Screw it. All bats are good for is eating bugs. With those spindly little arms, thin as hell wings and nasty attitudes, they might as well be part of the raptor clan. Now an eagle is something completely different.” He lifted her in his arms and headed for his bedroom. “An eagle kills bothersome pests, like rabbits and mice. We help keep the fish population under control.” He ignored her chuckle. “An eagle cares for his mate. He sees to her needs before his own.”

She grew silent and intent in his arms. His bird could almost feel the animal spirit in her reaching out to him on a higher level. Calling to the one man who would complete the void in her soul.

“His mate?” she asked on a high note.

“Let me show you,” he answered as they entered his room. He kicked the door shut behind him, placed her in the middle of his bed, and stripped. Then he moved forward and started on her clothing, until nothing stood between them.

To read more about In Plain Sight, click here.


CopperGoddess said...

You mean I get to be the first to make a comment? WooHoo. Love those Ac-taws Marie. Hope to see some more in the future.

Rhonda said...

Congrats on the new release! I sounds really good.

Anonymous said...

LOL. You got to love the dysfuctional families. They are fun as long as you are reading about them.

Chris R

lrwirum said...

Congrats on your new release. I completely agree that shape shifters need to be preditors. A deer or rabbit I just can't see either one. :-)

This sounds like it will be a great book.


marci said...

I love your books, can't wait to read this one.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Looking forward to reading it!

Eva S said...

Congrats on your release! I love shifters, especially wolves and big cats, no harmless shifters for me, thanks!This book sounds like one for me!

Amy S. said...

In Plain Sight sounds great! Great excerpt!

Tameka said...

Wow Marie great contest I'm a big fan a your books I have an assortment I've been folloing your book from 4 publishing sight now samhain, loose id, teb, and amber heat publishing love your books.

Anonymous said...

I love your books! And I completely agree with the shapeshifters being predators. They are always sexier that way :)

Nancy G said...

I love a good shifter tale, and I agree: how can anyone be scared of a bunny or deer shifter? Give me the big guys every time: wolves, bears, big cats, dragons. I just can't get into cuddly shifters, unless they are cuddling up to me in big strong male shape.

char10 said...

I'm looking forward to in plain sight. rachel's totem was a great read .i agree with you on shifters.i like strong heroes capable of handling anything thrown at em. a deer shifter just doesn't sound right

molli said...

yay, Shifters!! Please enter me Marie :)

Caffey said...

Hi Marie! I too love shape-shifters, I love werewolves as well as the creative other unique shape shifters to read! Like you said, they are giving that time in their form to be free and too, to be who they are and often be able to run or fly among those others. I did read one that shape shifted into a Thunderbird which is a beautiful bird and not sure if that's a animal of prey or not, but that one worked for me with the culture it was in and all. Are you planning more books in this town of Cougar Falls you created? I know already I'd love to visit there again! Thanks for the huge peek into Cullen and Sarah.

Daphnie said...

Hi, I totally agree that shifters need to be predators. I mean part of what makes them so sexy is that hint/edge of danger. And I'm sorry but have you ever seen a dangerous bunny? Congratulations on another release of what can't help but be an exceptional book, I mean it's yours right? Anyway, I look forward to reading it. I love your work.

Misti C. said...

I'm looking forward to reading it! Shifter's are my favorite!

annalisa said...

In Plain Sight sounds wonderful. Loved reading the excerpt - left me wanting to read more! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, can't wait to read the whole story:)
Tanya H.

Paula said...

Oh, I remember I read the first story in the series. Love shifters.

Loretta said...

I so love to read about shift shapers. Especially wolf's, dragons, cougars, bears and falcons,and eagles. So looking forward to reading In Plain Sight. Congrats on the new release.

AmeliaR said...

Shifters have always intrigued me, and the ones in your story sound like characters with whom I can truly connect. The excerpt has me hooked and I definitey want to know more!

And, yes, I want the animals into which the shifter heroes and heroines change to be fascinating yet also be ones who are are powerful in nature, too.

Congratulations on your almost release!


Jade Bourgeois said...

Yes.. I do love all kinds of shapeshifters.. Even about tigers, lions, jaquars and all kinds of cats. It's just that we need more shapeshifter romances out there because everytime I go to bookstore or online, there is too much vampires going on!
Thanks, Jade

BethAnn Miller said...

Marie - Your book sounds great. I cannot wait to add you to my list of favorite authors.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your release! Loved the excerpt and can't wait to hear more. :)