Today sees the release of First Beast from Samhain Publishing, book one in the Beasts of Bodmin Moor series. The series came about because of my interest in and fascination for the local sightings of a large cat-like creature that is said to roam the enigmatic and mysterious landscape of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, here in the UK.
Over the years, there have been many sightings, (apparently over 300 in the last decade) with witnesses claiming to have seen either a panther, puma or leopard. Of course, as is always the case with the unknown, many people brush the statements aside and choose to believe it is simply a large dog or domestic cat. But, in my view, there have been too many anomalies to simply disregard the sightings so easily. Farm animals brutually mauled and killed, unusual cat-like remains found in remote places, and photographic evidence taken well before the advent of Photoshop!
So, I got to thinking. What if the beast actually exists? And what if there is more than one creature? How about a whole pack of large cats roaming the moor? And what if they were actually some sort of preternatural beings? What if they were… Shapeshifters! Humans capable of changing form, morphing into big cats, and living within the unsuspecting local community.
And off went my imagination. Soon I had the bones of a new paranomal romance series on my hands, resulting in the release of First Beast.
Here’s the blurb:
To protect his pack, he must guard his heart.
Beasts of Bodmin Moor, Book 1
Lost on Bodmin Moor, twelve-year-old Talia Summers was cold, hurt and terrified, before being saved by a black panther that materialized out of the night.
Years later, Talia returns to the moor in search of that magnificent beast, but instead finds a man leading a clan of shape shifters. Yet the connection she remembers is strangely absent. She despairs of ever finding it again—until a stranger steps into her shower.
Back to claim his rightful place, Caleb McLeod’s fierce attraction to his half-brother’s female is tempered by the fact she’s a human. Worse, a journalist. He’ll not have his people’s survival threatened by a human female who continually pushes the boundaries of pack rules.
His solution? Mate with her. Control her. And if his brother doesn’t like it, they’ll simply have to share. For now.
But suspicion and lies threaten the growing bond between Talia and Caleb, and the past has a way of catching up. A way of destroying the bridge built between two worlds…between two hearts.
A red-hot panther shifter with an over-the-top possessive streak, a human reporter trying desperately to retain her independence, and enough sexual heat to set fire to the moors of Cornwall.