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Life has gotten interesting around here. I’ve welcomed two new kittens into my household and have received my official Crazy Cat Lady certificate. You can now address me as Alexis Duran, CCL. I’m sure Jacqui would be thrilled with the new arrivals. They’re all about getting into trouble, just like him.
Speaking of Jacqui, he’s on the prowl for some trouble himself. This scene is from the first chapter of my upcoming release Wild, Jacqui the Cat Mysteries #4. Jacqui has shifted into his cat form and is setting off to explore the neighborhood. You can read last week’s snippet here.
Blinking a few times, he stretched to his full length, arched his back and shook all over. Then he jumped onto the dryer and slid out the window. A thick rhododendron bush grew right outside. Not the easiest shrub to navigate, but he rustled through it and soon stood on the street in front of Wyatt’s apartment building, scanning up and down for threats.
No one was in view except for a possum rooting around a few doors over. A bat darted across the sky above him. Jacqui yawned and took another big sniff. With Cat’s nose, a thousand new smells crowded in on him.
Strange cat on the prowl, up the hill.
He padded in that direction.
Wild: Jacqui the Cat Mysteries #4 coming soon! Blurb-in-progress-
Jacqui Corleone has finally met his fated mate (Newsflash: it’s Wyatt), but unlike a romance novel, reality has other plans. The dog men are back, and along with their slobber and bad manners they bring a new level of danger to Jacqui’s life, and to Wyatt’s. Jacqui meets other cat shifters for the first time and is tantalized by a glimpse into their strange new world. Only cats aren’t much nicer than dogs, and soon Jacqui must choose if he’s going to run again, or stand and fight against an enemy more powerful than he ever imagined. And that’s saying a lot.