Book 1 of the Family Pride Shapeshifter Paranormal Romance Series
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Five Star Reviews
Love makes the challenges worth it
“Mac and Zora are magical together with hot and delicious chemistry. They took love by the horns and deal with obstacles along the way. The characters were crazy and devious with some drama.” – MusicLady63
I ready enjoyed this book
“Good read I had read few of these shifter books and found them interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed”family pride, can’t wait for next book” – Marilynn Hodge
Family Pride: Love & Challenges
Business owner Mac MacKinnon is a perfect catch: attractive, ambitious and successful.
He’s a member of an old, established pride of lion shapeshifters, but determined to live life as a loner. Except that when Zora Mason walks into Mac’s coffee bar one day and applies for the position of assistant manager, he knows without a doubt he’s met the woman of his dreams.
Can she accept life with a shifter-boyfriend?
Zora knows a lot more about Mac (and the other shifters in town) than she’s been letting on. Falling in love with a sexy shifter is more than she bargained for when it comes to dealing with sibling drama, learning the business, and managing an alpha male who’s used to doing things his way. When a challenge to Mac’s Pride threatens to destroy Mac’s family, Zora has to decide whether to be claimed as his mate in a ritual in front of the pride.
Who knew that love with a lion shifter would be so challenging?
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And of course a fun and sexy love story deserves a playlist! I put together some songs that fit the mood of the story.
Lionheart – Emancipator
Surround Me With Your Love – 3-11 Porter
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor (featuring John Legend)
Desperation – Judith Hill
One More Chance – Anastacia
Destiny – Zero 7
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Know Who You Are – Pharell Williams w/Alicia Keys
Thinking About Tomorrow – Beth Orton
Happiness (Instrumental) – The Foreign Exchange
All songs available on Amazon.com and iTunes.
*Cover by Steph’s Cover Design
Welcome to week #2 of the SFR Brigade’s Summer Cafe!
It’s time for a main course, and a bit of weird science is on the menu this week.
In Hathor Legacy: Burn (book 2 of the Hathor Legacy series) there’s more background about how the Guardians developed their PSI abilities. There’s speculation that a virus released during the terraforming of Hathor was the cause of the mutation. Not only that, but there’s also disagreement over the origin of the Guardians. Did Joachim, the creator of the organization do it for benevolent reasons, or was it a power grab?
In this scene, the heroine, Nadira has survived an ambush and has been separated from her partner, Jonathan. While she’s recuperating at the home of a member of the Kasema (another group with PSI abilities) she’s drawn into dinner conversation, and deeper into the controversy.
Here’s an excerpt:
Weary, in spite of her nap, Nadira headed downstairs to find out what was going on. She heard a deep, male voice that sounded familiar, yet she couldn’t identify who it was.
Taking her time to descend the spiral stairs, when she reached the lower level, she paused to watch the scene at the dining table. Varyn was there, and so were Maji, Azure, and Elder Lange. They were deep in conversation, passing plates of food among them as they talked.
Aromas of cooked meats, spicy vegetables, and sweet sauces filled her nose and her mouth began to water. She’d forgotten to eat anything today, and now her stomach was reminding her that she’d missed a couple of meals since breakfast.
“Elder Lange,” she said, as she approached them. “I didn’t know you were coming.”
Lange was seated at the end of the table. He jumped up and greeted her by pressing his cheek against hers. “How are you doing?”
“Much better.” She was glad to see him. Lange had been one of the friendlier Elders she’d met the Gathering.
Azure and Varyn were sitting across from each other. Nadira sat next to Varyn. “I’ve rested enough, I think.” She took a cup from the middle of the table and reached for the ceramic pitcher next to it. “What’s in here?”
“Fruit wine,” Varyn replied. “But it doesn’t get you drunk.”
“Too bad.” Nadira filled her cup. “Getting drunk might not be a bad idea right now.”
“We were discussing Dakar,” Azure said, as she speared a piece of meat with her fork. “Lange met me over there. We saw him and he’s very ill.”
“Worse than that,” Lange added. “He doesn’t see anything wrong with retaining Mikal, even after Elder Azure told him what he did to you. I couldn’t believe it. Things are worse than I thought.”
“He looks terrible. I’m surprised he could sit long enough to speak to us.” Azure said. “But he refuses to make a statement about the fires or Varyn’s account of what happened to her.”
“Do you believe me now?” Maji asked. “You’ve put your trust in a man who doesn’t deserve it. He’s like his father in every way.”
“I disagree, Maji.” Azure put down her utensil. “Dakar stepped in when his father died. He put aside his own desires.”
Maji made a sound that sounded like a cross between a laugh and a cough. “Joachim groomed him to take over. He didn’t have any desires to put aside. You make it sound like he sacrificed himself.”
“Well, his sister Jen wanted to work for Novacorp. Joachim wanted to force her to be a Guardian,” Lange said. “She had to wait for him to die before she could do what she wanted.”
“How could she be a Guardian with no abilities?” Maji asked “That’s absurd.”
“He must’ve thought she’d develop them.” Lange poured wine into his cup. “But it never happened.”
“Enough gossip,” Azure picked up her fork and pushed food around on her plate. “Dakar has been selfless. He’s only wanted the best for us.”
“Are you serious? After you saw him today and he still didn’t take any action?” Maji shook her head. “His own assistant attacked Nadira and Dakar did nothing? And you still have faith in him?”
Azure kept her eyes on her plate, her lips tight.
“I’m concerned,” Lange began. “Dakar kept saying the company was going to replace us with people they’ve been experimenting on. I have to say, I’m starting to doubt that anything like that is in the works. He’s being paranoid.”
“Like his father was before he died,” Maji said.
“What do you mean?” Nadira asked.
“Joachim read thoughts, but he didn’t guard himself. He ended up picking up other people’s energies and losing himself in their experiences. By the end of his life, he was losing his grip on reality. He had to be locked away. Fortunately his heart gave out and he died before he could inflict more damage.” Maji glanced at Azure as she popped a bite-sized vegetable into her mouth.
“That is the Kasema version of events,” Azure said.
“And is the Guardian version different?” Nadira asked, as she looked from one of the women to the other.
by Kelli A. Wilkins
To celebrate the foreign release of my Medallion Press novel, The Viking’s Witch, I’m sharing an “inside look” at the making of the book. In this blog, I’ll discuss how the book came about, the research involved, and the violence that takes place in the story. (Yes, even though it’s a romance, everything’s not all hearts and flowers.) In Part Two, I’ll talk about creating the characters, developing Odaria’s magic “witch” powers, and more.
The Viking’s Witch is a traditional historical romance with paranormal elements set in Scotland in 803 A.D. The main character, Odaria, is what they called a witch back then – nowadays we’d call her a psychic and a healer. Here’s the plot summary:
The Viking’s Witch
About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.
But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence?
After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?
Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other…before time is up.
Interviewers and readers have asked what my inspiration was when I was writing the book, and they are curious about how much research I had to do to create the unique characters and detailed setting.
Like many of my books, the idea for the story came to me out of the blue. One day, the entire opening sequences popped into my head and I knew I had to start writing. At the time, I had the basic plot (Viking warrior falls in love with Celtic witch), but I wasn’t sure about most of the details, like the character names, their backstories, and the subplot. All of that came later, along with the secondary characters Brennan and Nordskog. (But I’ll talk more about them in Part Two of this blog!)
Scotland is a beautiful place and I’ve always wanted to set a book there. (I still may write another historical set in the Highlands.) Having the story take place on the remote Orkney Islands added a sense of urgency and tension to the plot. In a sense, Rothgar and Odaria are “trapped” on the island and are forced to deal with a pack of angry villagers and other Norsemen. The action is condensed into a few days on a very small island, so there’s really nowhere for the characters to go. They’re forced to work together in order to get off the island – and survive.
Before I started writing a word, I had to do a lot research on where to set the story. I knew the book would take place in Scotland, where the Vikings traveled in their early years of exploration, but I didn’t want it to be a populated location. Once I decided on the Orkneys, I had to pick which island to set the story (there are 70 different islands, but today, only 20 are inhabited).
I also had to research what life was like at that time period for Odaria and Rothgar. (What kind of clothes they would wear? What food did they eat? How did Norsemen travel so far? What were their ships like?) Odaria and Rothgar come from different backgrounds and technically would have been speaking different languages, so I had to blend their two cultures together in a way that flowed with the book.
After I got a feel for what everyday life was like for each of them, I weaved the details into the story. For example, Rothgar’s Norse background intrigues Odaria, and she is curious about their clothes, customs, their food, how they travel, etc. Having Rothgar show her how he lived was a good way to introduce readers into the culture.
And of course, if you were living back in 803 with bands of Norsemen and crazy villagers, you can expect there was some measure of violence. Readers might think that there’s no place for violence in a romance, but I think that type of realism (when kept in check) enhances the story.
In 803, life was completely different from how we live now – especially on a remote island. People got hurt, sick, and died. The Viking’s Witch is about a violent man (Brennan) and a group of Norsemen with violent reputations, so including some violence in the story is necessary to move the plot along while also helping the reader get deeper into the minds and lives of the characters.
I didn’t cringe when I wrote the “gritty” scenes; I was happy to include them. I like history and it drives me crazy when people in 1500 or 1870 are perfectly clean and neat, have perfect teeth, and look like they stepped out of a beauty salon. In The Viking’s Witch I included enough details to bring the story alive, yet showed how some degree of violence was necessary for Rothgar’s and Odaria’s survival.
I hope you enjoyed Part One of this “Inside Look” at The Viking’s Witch. Next time, I’ll delve more into the characters and discuss Odaria’s magic.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 95 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books.
Her newest book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction was released in February 2015. This fun and informative non-fiction guide is based on her 15 years of experience as a writer, and is available exclusively on Amazon.
Kelli published three romances in 2014: Dangerous Indenture (a spicy historical/mystery), Wilderness Bride (a tender historical/Western/adventure), and A Secret Match (a gay contemporary set in the world of professional wrestling). Her romances span many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to scare readers with a horror story. In 2014, her horror fiction appeared in Moon Shadows, Wrapped in White, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.
Kelli posts on her Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter www.Twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor. She also writes a weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/. Visit her website, www.KelliWilkins.com to learn more about all of her writings, read excerpts, reviews, and more. Readers can sign up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/HVQqb.
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