Friday, January 17, 2014

Guest Post: ONCE UPON A TIGER by Kat Simons



Hi Kat! Welcome to Enchantress of Books! We're happy you're able to hang out with us today! Why don't you tell us, Will a Myth Save the Tigers?

In my Tiger Shifters series, the tigers are on the brink of extinction due to low female numbers. Finding a way to survive is a top priority for them. Some of the tigers think the answer to their survival might be found in a millenniums old myth.

See tigers can only breed with other tigers. They can’t have babies with humans or other species of shapeshifters. They can’t “turn” humans into tiger shapeshifters. Their only hope is in somehow having more female children.

Or so the prevailing logic goes.

But there’s a myth from way way back in time about a couple—a human woman and a male tiger—who not only had children together, they had a lot of children. Some of them were tiger shifters and others human. The legend is so old, no one even remembers the names of the couple, and they only have a vague impression that the legend started in the Indian subcontinent. Even the location is debated, though, as some tigers believe the legend started in China.

At any rate, the majority of the population thinks this legend is just a romantic story, with no basis in reality. But there are a few tigers who think the survival of their species could be found in locating the descendants of that mythological couple—human or tiger—and finding ways to have children with humans. As you might guess, there is a lot of debate and conflict arising from this idea.

And that creates a lot of fun stories for me to tell.

Will there be humans who can have babies with tigers? Will those babies be human or tiger or both? Will this be an answer to tiger survival or their ultimate downfall? And if humans can breed with tigers, how will those humans survive in the dangerous world of shapeshifters?

It’s going to be fun finding out.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear some of your favorite romantic legends. What timeless couples have enchanted you?


Thank you again for stopping by!! Alright lovelies, scroll below to find out more about "Once Upon a Tiger", read an excerpt and enter the giveaway!!




Once Upon A Tiger
(Tiger Shifter Series, Bk #1)
By Kat Simons

Blurb:
She’ll never run. 

Among the tiger shifters, Alexis Tarasova is regarded as fierce and dangerous, with a reputation that would make even the most daring tiger think twice about challenging her. Female tiger shifters may be rare and the mating run a critical part of their species’s survival, but Alexis is the only female Tracker and will not back down, even at the threat of tiger law. She will not be forced to mate. So when a handful of males band together to force her to participate in the run, Alexis chooses to stand her ground and fight instead. 

He's forbidden to run. 

Outcast from the tiger shifters after a vicious childhood attack left him mute, Victor Romanov has never taken part in the mate run. He’s never particularly cared, though, since the woman he loves refuses to take a mate. However, when he learns Alexis may be in danger, all bets are off. Nothing will keep him from her side. 

Together, they’re unmovable. 

The chemistry between them burns wickedly hot and forges them into an unbeatable pair. Alexis knows that being with Victor means she will have to break another one of her people’s laws—a move that might push the tigers too far. But, for Victor, she will risk everything, including her life, and do what she thought she’d never do—run. 

23,000 word novella




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Excerpt

To Alexis’ surprise, Victor was standing at her door only a few minutes later. She swallowed and tried not to stare. He was magnificent, muscled and lean, with just the right amount of hair covering his human body. The hard cut angles of his face should have made him look harsh but somehow he just looked more compelling. Black eyes, closely cut dark hair, and a sexy half-smile that made her stomach muscles tighten, all combined to send her heartbeat pounding.
She’d never been around Victor when she was in estrous. In fact, since coming to terms with the knowledge that her obsession with him could never lead to a future, she’d made an effort to never spend time alone with him. He was the head security technician at the elders’ compound, so they crossed paths regularly. But she tried making sure there were others around to keep her from doing something stupid.
Unfortunately, she hadn’t always been successful.
She flashed on a recent memory of literally bumping into him in a corridor at the compound when she’d been too deep in thought to notice her surroundings. He’d held her arms while she caught her balance. The contact sent shivers of desire shooting through her body, forcing her to step back as soon as she could, then apologized.
He pulled a notebook from the back pocket of his dark jeans and wrote, You okay?
“Fine. The job I’m heading out on has me…” She shrugged. “It’s a tough one.”
A friend?
“No. Nothing like that.” She made the mistake of looking up to finish and got momentarily caught in the deep darkness of his steady gaze. Her stomach danced in giddy delight even as her heart tightened. Swallowing, she said, “The tiger I’m going after has something wrong with him. He’s started stalking children.”
Human or tiger?
“Human.”
Dangerous.
“Exactly.” Dangerous to their people if he were discovered by the humans. Also dangerous for her as her target couldn’t possibly be sane if he was hunting kids.
Has he hurt any yet?
“No. Fortunately. He came close twice, though. I have to find him soon.”
Do you want help?
She straightened. No one offered to help her. Not since she’d taken the Tracker oath. But he looked serious. And beneath the fa├žade he normally wore, she sensed a hard core of intensity only a stupid person would challenge. His silence was intimidating enough, but for the first time, she saw a dangerous edge to him.
And he was offering to help her. The gesture touched her in ways she wouldn’t have expected. Suddenly, she was aware of just how alone they were and just how desperately she wanted him.
“I’ll be fine.” Even as she said this, her heartbeat quickened and she had trouble speaking above a whisper.
I know. But if you need me, I’m here.
Her pulse pounded loud in her ears as she read. Could he hear it? Did he realize just how much she needed him—just not for the hunt? She found herself staring at his mouth. The urge to lean in and taste him overwhelmed her.
Alexis blinked back the memory and realized she was once again staring at Victor’s mouth. This time, there was no one around to interrupt them and keep her from giving in to the years of wanting. During that previous meeting, a member of his security tech team had required his attention and he’d hurried away, leaving her breathless. She’d brought in the rogue tiger with a little more aggression than she might have normally. And then she’d taken herself off to her retreat here in the mountains to wallow in the frustration of having to resist the only man she wanted.
Now Victor was here. No one between them. And her hormones were making things infinitely worse.
His being naked did not help her control either—which was hanging on by a very tiny, thin thread.



About the Author

Kat Simons earned her Ph.D in animal behavior, working with animals as diverse as dolphins and deer. She brought her experience and knowledge of biology to her paranormal romance fiction, where she delights in taking nature and turning it on its ear. After traveling the world, she now lives in New York City with her family. Kat is a stay-at-home mom and a full time writer.




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