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.

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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

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Survival Instinct

Happy New Year! My wish for everyone is peace, prosperity and a bit of playfulness.  Here on Weekend Writing Warriors we get to play by sharing and reading some really great fiction.  Another P word is promotion, and WWW is one of the least painful and most rewarding ways I’ve found to get my work out there, so it will definitely stay on my “to do” list for 2018.  Glad you’re here with me.

I’m continuing to share from my work-in-progress, a new series of gay shifter cozy romances featuring Jacqui, a cat shifter with a knack for finding trouble on little San Juan Island.  When last we saw him, Jacqui was in his cat form and spying on the new neighbor. To avoid confusion, I should remind you that the couch mentioned in this  snippet is outside in Wyatt’s back yard, as he’s just now moving in.

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Wyatt walked up next to the couch and Jacqui knew he should make a run for it. Or, he could play sweet and maybe get a scratch on the head or even a belly rub.

Oh, there goes another sweat bead. Will it make it around the belly button, or dive into those mysterious depths?

A shrill, piercing bark caused all the fur on Jacqui’s body to puff out like a bristle brush.

Demon spawn right behind us!

Survival instinct took over. He leaped onto the back of the couch but that wasn’t high enough. He needed to climb and the tallest thing in leaping range was…Wyatt.

Jacqui sprang.

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The little ones are the most vicious of all

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

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Shall We Prowl?

Greetings and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors.  I’ve been sharing from my current WIP, a cozy gay romance shifter mystery, and I’m having a ton of fun with it. I find the voice of the inner cat comes very easily, perhaps because I have four of them prowling around my desk as I write, providing plenty of inspiration.  In this snippet, Jacqui is on his balcony watching his new neighbor, Deputy Wyatt West, move in across the street. Jacqui might have a tiny crush on Wyatt, and his inner cat is urging him to shift and check the new guy out.

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Birds twittered and chirped in their brainless yet enticing way in the blooming lilac and sea spray that lined the road in front of Jacqui’s apartment building.

Jacqui ran his hands through his hair. The spying really had to stop. There was no way to morally defend creeping around and peeping into strangers’ windows—

Then Wyatt emerged from the fenced patio area behind his condo. He was shirtless. Oh, man was he shirtless.

How nicely he fulfilled all of Jacqui’s dirty fantasies about him. Jacqui had only ever seen Wyatt in uniform—hot in theory, but not so great fitting and a little on the rumpled, square-cut side, probably bulk ordered from Uniforms Are Us in Dubuque, Iowa—and jeans and T-shirts.

Shall we prowl then?

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Next week I’ll post a blurb, promise!

My first readers, making sure I get the voice of Cat right.

 

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