Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Cat Scratch Fever

Welcome to another edition of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide-range of genres share snippets of ten sentences or less from their work. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.

If you’ve been paying any attention to my posts and tweets lately, you might have gotten the impression that I’m a crazy cat lady. And you wouldn’t be wrong. But the reason I’m posting so many cat images is that my current project features a cat shifter, Jacqui Corleone (Yes, he made that name up). I’ve been sharing from the first chapter of Prowl, Book 1 in the Jacqui the Cat Mysteries. Jacqui in his cat form decides to check out his neighbor Wyatt, and ends up taking refuge on Wyatt’s shoulders after being startled by a pair of Pomeranians.  In last week’s snippet, the owner of the Poms just informed Wyatt, whose a deputy sheriff, that there’s been a theft in the neighborhood.

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“And why isn’t Sandy reporting this?” Wyatt asked. He’d let go of Jacqui’s tail and was now performing a heavy handed stroking motion apparently intended to soothe. It worked, a little.

“She’s off island so I called her cell. She hasn’t responded but I just know the pots were stolen because they disappeared after she left.”

“Uh, I’ll make sure it gets looked into.” He was lying to get rid of her and her yapping hounds, but Claire didn’t seem to realize that. Jacqui knew because he had a close up view of the throbbing vein on Wyatt’s temple and the little muscle at the side of his mouth that twitched when he said it.

“I feel so much safer having a cop as a neighbor,” Claire said as she waved good-bye. “Make sure to put some hydrogen peroxide on those claw marks if you don’t want to get Cat Scratch Fever.”

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A truce might be possible.

 

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 ~ Big-Eared Death

Greetings and welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors. If you’re new to this blog hop, you’re in for a treat. Click the link to discover some really great writers sharing excepts from a wide variety of genres.

I’ve been sharing from my current WIP, Prowl, the first in a series of cozy gay shifter mysteries.  My protagonist is Jacqui and he’s currently found himself in a bit of a situation. In his cat form, he was startled by a pair of sneaky Pomeranians and ended up taking refuge on the shoulders of his unsuspecting new neighbor, Wyatt. This is in Jacqui’s POV. You can read last week’s snippet here.

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A blonde woman in a lavender workout suit scuttled in through the gate with a tiny little leash thingy dangling from her hand.

“Sorry, Wyatt! They saw a squirrel and broke loose again.”

For like the hundred millionth time. Buy muzzle halters you stupid dog loving bitch-twit.

“Make them stop!” Wyatt gasped, as if he was in pain. Oh, right, the claws. Jacqui tried to soften his grip, but he just couldn’t. Not with big-eared death so close, so hyper and so noisy.

“Oh, I see you’ve met Mr. Whiskers.”

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They’re vicious, I tell you, vicious!

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 ~ Peeping

Hello and welcome to my corner of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of awesome writers share short excerpts from their work. There’s a wide diversity of  genres and styles here, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy.

I’m sharing from my current work-in-progress, a cozy gay shifter romance mystery tentatively titled Prowl.  In this scene, Jacqui is in his cat form and is taking a little stroll through the neighborhood and quite innocently (not) ends up in the backyard of his sexy new neighbor, Deputy Sheriff Wyatt West.  I’ve skipped ahead a bit from last week.

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At last Wyatt appeared. He was still shirtless, but held one in his left hand, a bottle of beer in the other. He placed the beer on top of the stack of boxes and wiped his forehead with the T-shirt. And he would no doubt put it back on, sweat-sodden and everything. Jacqui crouched down, peeping around the edge of the couch.

Wyatt shook out the shirt, appeared to think better of it, and tossed it on the box next to the beer. Then he stretched.

Oh, yes, he did stretch. He placed both hands behind his neck and leaned back, the smooth lines of his muscular chest clearly defined and gleaming with a sheen of sweat. A tiny bead made its way around the belly button and trickled toward the barely visible trail of dark hair poking out of the low-slung jeans.

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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 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