Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Guest post with Abigail Owen
What Kind of Shifter Are You?
Hello All! And thank you so much to VampChix for having me. I’m here promoting my latest paranormal romance release, Sarai’s Fortune (Shadowcat Nation #2).
My heroine in this tale, is Sarai Bouchard, a mountain lion shifter. Her protector is Zac Montclair, a polar bear shifter. I am fascinated by the idea of a human with the ability to shift into another form. And, let’s be honest, some of those forms are cooler than others. A falcon might be cooler than say a moose or a squirrel.
I thought it would be fun to introduce some of the shifters that will be included in the Shadowcat Nation series of books – including a goofy quiz for you to take at the end that lets you find out which kind of shifter you would be!
Mountain lions are loners, very stealthy, excellent hunters, and athletic. They have one of the widest ranges of any land animal living in deserts, mountains, forests, jungles, and snow.
Polar bears are the largest land animal in existence today. They are strong, fast, smart, and stealthy. They have incredible stamina and can swim nonstop for a week.. They are highly aggressive.
Wolves are pack animals living in tight-knit family groups that exercise a specific heirarchy. They are excellent hunters, have a strong sense of smell, and typically mate for life.
Falcons (specifically the peregrine falcon) are the fastest animals on the planet. They have incredible
sight, are great hunters, and can be found from the Arctic Tundra to tropical rain forests.
Crocodiles are super predators with the strongest bite of any creature. They can leap their full body out of the water to snatch prey out of the air when they want.
Mustangs are wild horses in the American plains descended from horses brought over by the Spanish hundreds of years ago. Native Americans learned to use them for warfare, hunting, and travel because of their strength, speed, and stamina.
Take the quiz and find out what kind of Shadowcat Nation shifter you are! Share in the comments. I’d love to hear.
“How about you try that out on a man who moves and reacts.”
Sarai spun on her heel to find Zac standing behind her. He was wearing running pants and a tight tank top, which meant she didn’t need to use her imagination to picture the muscles of his arms and chest.
They were on display. Her own personal show. Sarai swallowed.
Then she computed what he’d said. How was she going to get out of this? The truth was she couldn’t spar. Her visions messed her up. But that was a secret she had no intention of sharing with three people.
“Not really a good idea.”
He stared at her for a long moment. Then he glanced over her shoulder at George and Scott who’d stopped to listen. “I’ve got this, fellas. Why don’t you go back up to the apartment?”
There was no doubt in her mind that was a command, not a suggestion. Clearly the guys thought so too. She watched them leave the room with wide eyes.
As the door closed behind them, Zac’s hands landed on her shoulders, turning her to face them.
“Okay, kuluk. It’s just you and me now. What are you not saying?”
Sarai had never felt this vulnerable in her life. Or this scared. This man got to her in a way no one else ever had. How was she supposed to resist that?
“Why is this so important to you?”
He moved his hands from her shoulders to frame her face, his fingers threading through the dark blond strands of her hair. “Keeping you safe is important to me. I need to know how much you can defend yourself if you have to. It will help me determine just what I need to prepare for. No surprises. Okay?”
Sarai took a deep breath. He couldn’t have meant it that way. Just the thought of being important to this big, strong man connected with the frightened, lonely little girl who’d spent her life just trying to survive. But she couldn’t think that way. She had to leave him, and that knowledge made her want to cry.
Seeing her hesitation, he brushed her cheeks softly with the pads of his thumbs. “Let me help you with this burden,” he murmured softly, his voice a hypnotic, deep rumble.
Sarai bit her lip. Sharing this with him really wasn’t that big a deal. She knew she could trust him.
On a deep inhale, she gave a tiny nod and started talking before she could change her mind.
He gave her one of those rare little half-smiles, making her suddenly very glad she had agreed to capitulate. Thankfully, he released her and stepped back, giving her room to breathe.