Greetings and welcome to my corner of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of really awesome writers share snippets from their published work or works-in-progress. If you’re in the states, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and if not, I hope you had a great ordinary Thursday!
I’m currently sharing from a work-in-progress, Prowl, which is the first book in a series of cozy mysteries featuring Jacqui Corleone, fashion designer and cat shifter extraordinaire. I’ve skipped ahead from last week, where Jacqui was in the process of shifting into his cat form. Now he’s ready to prowl, and perhaps spy on the sexy new neighbor across the street.
He raced across the floor to the balcony, sprang to the wrought iron rail and then made the three-foot leap to the large madrone tree outside his apartment. The bronzed tree glowed in the light of the setting sun and it smelled like heaven, a piquant blend of warm wood and feathery bird. Jacqui scrambled into its branches and scanned the street below for threats and enticements.
The little birds had scattered at his launch.
Lucky for them.
We don’t kill birds.
After determining no loose dogs or grabby children roamed the hood, Jacqui scrambled down the trunk and sauntered nonchalantly toward the condos across the street, where fenced backyards opened onto the sidewalk. Wyatt West, in the middle of moving, had left his gate open. Jacqui paused and peered around the corner.
Jacqui the Cat Mysteries, the cozy gay shifter romance mystery series the world has been waiting for~
Jacqui Corleone is a fashion designer, a yoga-instructor and a concerned citizen who selflessly helps the police solve crimes. Oh, and he occasionally turns into a small wild cat. Probably due to a wizard’s curse or an evil government plot to create super warriors.
Or, he’s a cat cursed to turn into a human and only the bite of a sexy alpha lion will allow him to remain in his superior form of Cat.
Jacqui does not have a split personality, but sometimes his cat personality can get rather loud.
Loud? You’re loud.
Jacqui Corleone is a cat shifter who doesn’t know why or how he turns into a cat. He lives a solitary life in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He’s not afraid of intimacy (yes, he is) but sensibly refrains from potentially awkward entanglements. Unfortunately, the sexy new deputy sheriff just moved in across the street and Jacqui’s vow not to get mixed up with island dudes is sorely challenged.
When the mysterious disappearance of three blue pots draws Jacqui to investigate, he’s drawn ever deeper into danger–and into the muscular but not too bulgy or veiny arms of deputy Wyatt West (you wish).
Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming as soon as Alexis gets her s**t together.
This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com
I love the detail of the scattering birds, and his reaction. Great snippet, Alexis.
Love this. Great snippet. 🙂
Jacqui is more curious about Wyatt than he wants to admit. Nice snippet!
Interesting that his cat form doesn’t kill birds. I wonder what he does kill? Also interested in finding out what Wyatt will say if he sees him. Is Wyatt perhaps a cat person (not shifter)? Great snippet!
Love the internal dialog about the birds being dinner and use of the heightened senses. Really loving this Alexis!
Lucky birds. Such a great job of nailing this POV.
I wonder what he’ll see around the bend!
Fun seeing the whole adventure from the cat’s vantage point. Excellent excerpt! How convenient the gate is open 🙂
As always, I so enjoy your storys. Thank you, my friend
Love the cat voice!