Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a group of diverse writers share excerpts from their work (published, soon-to-be-published, or fresh off the brain skillet) in snippets of ten sentences or less. It’s a smorgasbord of fun fiction (and sometimes nonfiction) and a great way to find your next favorite book.
I’m currently sharing from my WIP, working title Wild. This is book 4 in the Jacqui the Cat Mysteries series. In Chapter One, Jacqui is weighing the danger he might be in against the warm and squishy feelings he’s reluctantly developed for a certain deputy sheriff. He knows he should pack up and run, but…
He pulled the musty quilt he’d snagged tighter around his shoulders and tilted his head back to sniff the air. He didn’t even know what love was, to be honest. He’d never been afflicted with the ailment before. Not since he was a teenager anyway, and everyone knew what a hormone-induced hallucinatory roller coaster ride that kind of love was. He forced his thoughts away from looming emotional insanity and analyzed the tangy scent teasing his nostrils.
New cat in the hood. We should check that out.
We should go back to bed.
One of the problems with having a boyfriend—and there were many—was that fleeing the warm and snuggly bed at night to go roam the streets as a cat was awkward behavior to explain away. Jacqui tended to make excuses to go home, insisting he was a light sleeper, that he needed to get up very early and work, that sometimes he lashed out and clawed his bed partners as he slept, which was true.
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 (he wishes).
Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from author of fantastical romantic fiction, Alexis Duran.
Here be the Amazon links:
I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall and Matthias (DreamSpinners Press) are out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!
Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less. Click the link to check out the other writers participating today. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!
Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous covers!
Oh, I think those excuses can only help him for so long. Eventually he’s going to have to tell the truth.
I love this phrase: ” hormone-induced hallucinatory roller coaster ride.”
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That’s how I remember it, anyhow!
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Love Jacqui’s arguments with Cat, and these lines: ‘He’d never been afflicted with the ailment before. Not since he was a teenager anyway, and everyone knew what a hormone-induced hallucinatory roller coaster ride that kind of love was. ‘ Great snippet
I agree with the others that your line about love as a teenager is wonderful…I think Jacqui is going to give himself a headache with all this deep thinking. Much better to tell the truth and go from there! Enjoyed the excerpt…
Interesting, if rather jaundiced view of love, to describe it as an ‘ailment’ but it seems absolutely apt in this case, from a confused teenager’s p.o,v,!
I think he pegged love right as “emotional insanity.” Interesting hero so far. Can’t wait to see him as the Cat. 🙂
Those excuses only work for so long, I imagine. But since he sees a relationship as something with many problems, I bet his nighttime roaming isn’t the only issue!
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Poor Jacqui! He’s got several problems to work out.
Anxiously waiting for book four!!! I looooove Jacqui
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He probably won’t be able to use the excuses for long.