Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Barely People

Hello everyone and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of really cool writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten lines or less.

We’re all pretty excited here at Chez Duran because it’s just a little over two weeks until Jacqui the Cat is unleashed on the world, and today I get to unveil the cover of Prowl, Book 1, for the first time!

I’ve been sharing from Prowl and I’m picking up right where I left off last week. Jacqui is having internal argument with his inner cat regarding the wisdom of leaving Wyatt a dead bird as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. Jacqui “speaks” first.

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People don’t like dead birds.

How would you know? You’re a hermit.

I’m a people—more people than you.

You’re barely people. You’re a freak. You’re a half-man who dresses like a nongender-specific pirate and talks out loud to his cat self.

“Enough with the negative self-talk,” Jacqui said, and then scowled. Sure he was a freak. It wasn’t a bad thing, just…inconvenient.

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Shout-out to Robin Ludwig Design Inc for the awesome cover

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 bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming soon! **UPDATE** Coming May 29. So close. So very close.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Welcome To The Neighborhood

Welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide range of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  I’ve been sharing from my upcoming gay shifter/romance/mystery Prowl, Book 1 in the Jacqui the Cat mysteries series. I have a release date! May 29 the first three books in the series will be available, in conjunction with the full moon. Because cat shifter magic.

In this scene, Jacqui is returning from his early morning run and strolling past his neighbor’s backyard. The neighbor is Wyatt, who Jacqui may have a teensy little crush on.  In earlier snippets, which you can check out by clicking the Jacqui the Cat link under Obsessions, Jacqui in his cat form had an unfortunate encounter with Wyatt. He’s hoping things go better when they meet human-to-human.

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Jacqui put his fingers to his neck and looked at his watch, which he didn’t actually wear. He only pretended to take his pulse because he didn’t really care. He was in tip-top shape and breathed easily, even after the climb.

Ever slower, practically stopping, his gaze drifted from his watch-less wrist to Wyatt’s gate, which stood open.

If he was Cat, he could peek in. As Jacqui, that would be creepy. He forced himself to stare at his imaginary watch again.

He regretted their unfortunate first meeting. Bloodshed should not have been involved.

We should bring him a dead bird as an apology slash welcome to the neighborhood offering.

***

No. Not peeking. Because that would be creepy.

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 soon! **UPDATE** Coming May 29. So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Keep Up

Hello and welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of  ten sentences or less. It’s a great way to sample some new fiction!

I’m back to sharing from Prowl, Book 1 in my soon-to-be-released cozy gay romance mystery series, Jacqui the Cat. Oh, yeah, I forgot a subgenre–Shifter. Jacqui is a fashion designer who also happens to be a cat sometimes. He’s got a crush on his hunky new neighbor, Wyatt the deputy sheriff. They haven’t actually met yet (not while Jacqui was in human form, anyway). Hopefully their first meeting will go better than their man-cat encounter and no blood will be spilled.

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Jacqui rose before daybreak. His routine was to run eight miles every morning, out around the airport and back. While he could never match the speed and strength of his cat self, he tried hard to coax his human body to keep up.

He ran. He did yoga. He lifted weights. As a result, he looked damn good in his stretchy Lycra running pants and zip-up jacket, even if he did say so himself.

He pushed hard up his hill for a final burn. He usually ran all the way to his front door, but today he felt the need to slow, and then walk ever slower, past the condos across the street. The lights were on in Wyatt’s apartment.

***

Human Jacqui knows he shouldn’t spy on Wyatt, but sometimes his inner cat is just too pushy.

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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 soon! **UPDATE** Coming in May! So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Truncheons and Handcuffs

Greetings and welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors. After perusing my post, don’t forget to click the link to visit the other fabulous authors participating in the hop.

I’m continuing to share from my gay romance/mystery Prowl, Book 1 in the soon-to-be-released Jacqui the Cat Mysteries series. And by soon I mean six weeks. Seriously. I almost promise. Say, don’t you admire/hate authors who have their act so together they can do pre-release promos six months ahead of time? But I digress.  Jacqui is a cat shifter whose penchant for trouble leads him to help/hinder the local police in solving crimes.  He’s also a fashion designer, and is currently having a heart-to-heart with his best friend Zee about his new crush, Wyatt the cop.  Zee speaks first.

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“I am wise in the ways of love, grasshopper, so shut your face and listen to my wisdom.”

“Okay, if you’re so wise, tell me how to woo a poorly dressed cop.”

Jacqui turned to his worktable to hide the blush that crept up his neck, and took his time folding the red silk tunic and black palazzo pants that Zee had also adored. He hadn’t really meant to talk about Wyatt, but why not? Zee didn’t live in Friday Harbor and wouldn’t actively meddle in Jacqui’s affairs, unlike some of his other so-called friends.

“A cop? How truncheons and handcuffs of you.” Zee sidled up to Jacqui’s couch and sprawled across it, elbow perched on the armrest, every motion languid and cat-like. Another reason why they were practically related.

“This is Friday Harbor—think Mayberry, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts.”

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I don’t think Wyatt would appreciate the comparison.

Update RE: Jacqui’s release into the world.  For those of you paying attention, first of all, thank you! Second of all, because I will have a swarm of re-releases coming out in early May, I’ve decided to postpone Jacqui’s release until after the dust has settled a bit.  For context, my publisher Loose Id is closing, so I’m repackaging the SEVEN novels I have out with them. New covers, new lower prices! Stay tuned. May will be exciting.

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Because I don’t have enough to do, I created a Pintrist board for Jacqui’s design company, Cat’s Eye Creations. If you too are looking to get lured into a time suck of doom, check it out!  Cat’s Eye Creations on Pinterist

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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 soon! **UPDATE** Coming in May! So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Riskier Business

 

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts from their work in snippets of ten sentences or less.  I’ve been having a ton of fun sharing from my upcoming release, Prowl, Book 1 in the Jacqui the Cat mystery series.  I can’t believe it but I’ve reached the end of Chapter 1, almost. There are a few remaining lines, but the ten sentence rule is inviolable so I guess we’ll all just have to wonder what trouble Jacqui is wandering into next.

To bring you up to speed, Jacqui is a cat shifter. He’s had a rather exciting time meeting the sexy new neighbor, Wyatt, but the time has come to bid a fond adieu.  Here’s last week’s snippet, where Wyatt finally pried Jacqui off his shoulder and sent him flying across the yard. Don’t worry, Jacqui was fine. Wyatt maybe not so much.

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Sorry about the climbing and the puncturing and the blood, Jacqui said in the form of a yowl that in retrospect probably sounded more than a little feral. Wyatt looked around, probably for something to throw, so Jacqui moved on.

That could have gone better. Now spying on Wyatt will be a riskier business.

Then we won’t do it.

Oh, yes we will. Did you see that bod? Don’t you want to see the rest of—oh, look, a freshly turned garden box.

Which reminded Jacqui, he’d be sad if the three big blue pots were truly gone.

***

Stay Tuned. Cover reveal and release date coming soon! Really!

I come in peace.

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 soon! **UPDATE** Coming in April! So close. So very close.

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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

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Safe

Good morning, or day, or evening. Wherever you are in the world, welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of us writer-types share excerpts from our published work or works-in-progress.  Today I’m continuing to share from my current WIP, Prowl, a gay romance mystery featuring Jacqui, a cat shifter who’s taken an interest in his sexy new neighbor, deputy sheriff Wyatt West.  In last week’s snippet, while spying on Wyatt, Jacqui was startled by a ferocious sounding bark and instinctively sprang for higher ground– the higher ground being Wyatt.

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Wyatt jerked to the side in surprise and shouted, “What the fuck?”

Jacqui landed on a shoulder, hunkered down around the back of Wyatt’s neck and sank his claws in.

Safe.

Only then did he look back at his would-be assassin.

Two ugly as sin white and tan Pomeranians ran around Wyatt’s yard yapping their heads off. Jacqui hissed menacingly. The poms were unimpressed.

Wyatt grabbed Jacqui’s tail and his scruff and yanked in both directions, turning in circles. Jacqui’s claws extended of their own accord.

“What the fucking hell?” Wyatt shouted again.

His vocabulary was limited—they could work on that too.

***

Wyatt might have a distorted perception of Jacqui after this little incident.

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.

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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