Weekend Writing Warriors ~ A Temporary Lapse of Sanity

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of really awesome writers share excerpts from their work in snippets of ten sentences or less.

So, it’s December again, and the silly season is officially underway. As usual, I’m in denial, ignoring the hundred and one things I should be doing in order to write, write, write. The crazier things get out there, the more appealing it is to stay in my office in my robe and fuzzy slippers writing about the adventures of a cat shifter named Jacqui Corleone.

I blame Jacqui. He’s very insistent that I get his stories finished so I can publish early next year.  In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying these in-the-rough snippets.  I skipped a head a little from last week. Jacqui, as Cat, is taking a little stroll to spy on his new neighbor, Wyatt West. He’s now in Wyatt’s back yard.


Boxes filled about half the patio, and a couch had been parked in the weeds.

Wait a minute, if Wild West had lived on a sailboat, where the hell did all this shit come from? Why does he need a truck and a moving van?

Clearly, the boat episode was a temporary lapse of sanity. He had his stuff in storage somewhere and is now ready to return to the land of the sensible.

Music thudded softly out of the open patio door: classic rock—seventies—Zeppelin. Jacqui flicked his ears. He preferred classical, jazz, and when he drank too much, Prince, the Eurythmics and an embarrassing selection of Eighties hair bands. Annie Lennox had been his first fashion guru. At sixteen, he’d given himself a crew cut and died his hair neon red, only to be told by everyone he looked like an anemic bozo the clown; it was a defining moment.


It’s coming!

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

12 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors ~ A Temporary Lapse of Sanity

  1. I’m not a cat person but…I’m really enjoying Jacqui. What a character! (pun intended) That comment about Bozo had me laughing. Good job.


  2. Pingback: Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Peeping | Alexis Duran

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