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Stressing Matteo D'Cruz from Jungle Salvation by MA Jewell @MAJewell_author #RLFblog #PNR #RomanticSuspense #ShifterLet’s meet Matteo D’Cruz from Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II, a paranormal romantic suspense novel, by MA Jewell. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your latest book.

Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II by MA Jewell

Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Jaguar shifter males lost in their cats are all animal, feral. Execution is the only course. Enforcer Matteo D’Cruz has terminated two and doesn’t care that he’s next–until Dakota.

Dragged back into the human world by well-meaning friends, jaguar shifter Matteo D’Cruz realizes he’s been in cat form for over seventy years. With another transformation, he could lose his tenuous hold on his humanity. In their world, the only end for a feral is execution. Damaged by grief and guilt, he doesn’t care overmuch. However, when he discovers an unmated latent female, he can’t resist her scintillating allure or his instinct to protect her at all costs.

Carefree Dakota Gorman travels to Brazil to rescue her sister. Determined to expose the drug lords who have manipulated her sibling into a hurried wedding, she’s certain the baffling hottie Matteo is one of them. After Dakota’s sister turns into a giant jaguar before her eyes, she must confront a new reality, one including latent family traits.

Matteo helps her trigger her first exhilarating metamorphosis into a jaguar, leaving no doubt about her genetics, but unknown shifter enemies cut short her joy.

A blackmailer sends Matteo a video of her transformation, demanding DNA samples. The extortionist threatens to post the recording to the internet and expose the shifters to the world. Dredging up courage that she didn’t know she possessed, Dakota joins Matteo and the other jag shifters to save her family–and her new species–from scientific experimentation.

Stressing Matteo D’Cruz

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 133
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Brazilian Amazon Jungle,
Profession: Enforcer (Shifter code enforcement), Coffee
Ethnicity: Brazilian Culture; Mixed indigenous tribal and European appearance
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Jaguar Shifter

What does your hero look like?

After living as a jaguar in the Amazon for a few decades too long, Matteo has a unique appearance. Natural, tawny dreadlocks followed him into his six-foot plus human form, along with rich copper eyes and a V-shaped pattern of ochre rosettes down his back. When he’s enraged, he snarls, ensuring his adversary gets a glimpse of a great-cat canine.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Brilliant adrenalin junkie Dakota Gorman is bold, courageous, and protective of the weak and family, yet others see her as a carefree fashionista with an irresponsible streak. With two partially completed bachelors, and an abandoned medical degree to her credit, some even call her flighty. Discovering her true inner strength rocks Matteo to his core.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

Any shifter party is a danger zone. Jag males are solitary and territorial, and since the females died out over seventy years ago, most have never even seen an unmated queen. The discovery of the latent females in the United States invigorates the all-male clan with hope for the future. Now, however, their mixed gatherings are powder kegs with a flame licking at the fuse.

Matteo has two roles. As a guest, he would travel from table to table, exchanging arm clasps and man hugs with the older males and fist bumps with the young ones. However, no one at the party would mistake his congenial manner for relaxed.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

Matteo had thought a gathering of mixed company a thing of the past. So when viewing a room filled with male and female jag shifters flirting and getting to know one another, a sense of awe and hope for the future often strikes him. Enough to make him clear his throat to cover the emotion.

Since he retains a keen jaguar sense of smell while in his human form, scents have an impact on him. Dakota’s alluring fragrance tortures him. Cat instinct to claim the formidable female often sends a shift’s heat racing over his skin. Seeking relief, he’ll rub at his nose, though it’s a wasted motion.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Matteo always resists a desire to find a solitary table. Because he must keep the peace, he makes frequent stops to greet young males flirting with the fair-skinned latents.

 

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

With a high need for carbs in human form, Matteo prefers fruit juice, specifically acai juice. Few drugs have any effect on shifters, and alcohol’s taste doesn’t appeal, but he’d thought he might enjoy the fun buzz reported by humans.

How much drink is his usual?

After shifting from cat to human, a need for carbs is impossible to ignore. A pitcher of fruity juice is not out of the question. However, if pastry is near, he prefers coffee.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

As the Enforcer, Matteo will search any secluded areas regularly. In this particular party, the females don’t yet know they are cats and are uninformed about the risks of an accidental mating. Any male who takes advantage of a naïve queen will answer to the Enforcer.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

Matteo has few close friends, and he values those males as brothers. These older males, the ancients, will coordinate security between them, following Matteo’s lead. No one “latches on” to him. He’s too intimidating to most jag males.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

Any male who picks a fight with Matteo is likely driven by cat instinct rather than any logical thought. He’d employ a submission hold and pin the impaired male with a dominant glare until the shifter came to his senses.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

See above.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

If Matteo manages security at the party, he would not concern himself with sensitivities or perceptions. However, in a truly social setting, he will leave as early as politely possible.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Those few with authority over Matteo must earn his respect, and even then, if their logic is flawed, he will push back.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

Having a naturally protective nature, he’d investigate.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Likely due to his roots in the previous century, and assuming the attacker is male, his initial reaction will depend on the victim’s gender. If male, Matteo wonders if the man deserves the beating. If female, he calculates how to intervene.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

Regardless of the victim’s gender, he will stop the assault to determine the facts, and after he’s satisfied his curiosity, he’s not above allowing a deserved punishment to continue.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

Having a military background, he views retreat as a strategy to win a war or to minimize casualties. That said if a shifter female is involved, all bets are off. No sacrifice is too high to save a single queen.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

He’d ignore the person with overt disdain, and if forced to interact, things will go poorly for any individual who has previously disappointed Matteo.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

Despite his hardened nature, Matteo encourages young ones to challenge themselves, to become more than they are. He’d counsel the younger shifter in the moment, however, depending on the stakes; he’s also comfortable taking matters into his own hands.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

He focuses on his main objective, the endgame goal. And if an enemy caused this pain, he plots his revenge.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

“If you’d thought of any but yourself these last seventy years…”

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

Matteo endured decades of grief for a lost mate. He will spare Dakota that pain. (No more spoiler on that one lol)

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

He’s an educated savage with a gentleman’s heart.

Where to buy Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II

Publisher https://www.evernightpublishing.com/jungle-salvation-by-m-a-jewell/
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MA Jewell began adulting as an operating-room nurse. An avid romance reader for many years, she traded in her reading addiction for a pen to write down all the stories clogging up her brain. Now, she can’t stop.
Recently transplanted to Dallas, Texas, she enjoys her own happily ever after with her biggest fan and supporter, her husband, Jim. Their two sons have fledged and married lovely, competent women. And if you have an extra twenty minutes, go ahead and ask about her two perfect grandchildren.
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Know the Heroine from A Mermaid's Wish by Lyncee Shillard @lyncee #RLFblog #PNR #RomanticSuspenseLyncee Shillard, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

A Mermaid’s Wish by Lyncee Shillard

Genre paranormal romance suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Aislynn is a mermaid who has watched humans from afar for thousands of years. A negotiator for Neptune, she wonders, what it would be like to feel anything but especially passion the way humans do when they have sex. The truth is mermaids can’t feel emotions of any kind and hot sex is one of those experiences she wishes for. When the opportunity to become a human – temporarily – presents itself, she takes it.
Finley McCormock is a hard-core, tough as nails divorce attorney who represents rich women leaving their husbands. He has no time to do pro-bono environmental work like his colleagues or to fall in love himself. Why bother? He knows how marriages end. But, his new housekeeper, as odd as she is, gives him a hard on he has to take care of. The good news is Aislynn seems more than happy to oblige. She is his sexual fantasy come true, from the mid-day office visit that includes a spanking session to the trip to Trinker’s Sex Toys. Aislynn is willing to try anything.
But, when Aislynn’s past catches up with her, Finley will have to decide if his attraction for Aislynn goes further than the surface of the water. Does he really want to get in deep with his mermaid?

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Watch TV – in Atlantis there is no television. She’s sort of addicted to Chopped ;-)
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Doughnuts.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Actually, the one thing she doesn’t like about being human is wearing clothes
Does she know how to fix things?
Nope. She’s not even sure what some things are :-D
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Her goal is to experience all human emotions – mermaids are void of emotions – so she kisses a random stranger. It doesn’t go well. She tells him he isn’t good at kissing because wanted to moan and no moaning happened but thanks him for sharing the emotion of disappointment with her.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Goes for a swim.
Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?
She’s about trying various kinds. While, Atlantis has coffee but just plain. She loves flavors especially hazelnut.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy A Mermaid’s Wish

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I live in the cold Northern Michigan (the place of four seasons – they lie! It’s just different levels of winter) with my husband. Our children have begun their own adventures, and just as I got into the swing of empty nest, my grandson came to live with us. Now I’m doing six again… they argue everything just case you forgot. And I remember why I eat doughnuts.
When I’m not hanging out with the six year-old, I’m writing, reading, crocheting, and making self-care products. I also enjoy taking pictures. I’m not claiming to have a talent it’s just something I like to do.
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Twisted by RA Winter @RAWinterWriter #RLFblog #paranormalromanceRA Winter, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Twisted by RA Winter

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A curse has plagued the land of the witch and the only clue to save the world is in the form of a riddle. Tabitha must erase the curse before the land dies, but how can she convince two warring species to work together before all is lost? Switch their bodies and make them work with themselves.

Where to buy Twisted

Publisher WinterPress

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FMCTHLK

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RA Winter began her writing career under her married name, writing genealogy books. However, her love for reading romance novels intruded in on her daily activities. She started writing and fell in love with her characters and is writing many more books in the Romantic Western series, “The Spirit Key”. Each one of Grandfather’s grandchildren will have their story told, as will Grandfather himself.
RA spent many years traveling the world and has lived in many different countries. Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and Jordan, have all been called “home” at one time or another. Now you can find her quietly living in Pittsburgh, Pa, with her husband, writing her next novel.
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5 Things You Never Knew About Werewolves (Taken as Theirs by Kryssie Fortune) @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #paranormal #werewolfKryssie Fortune, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Thank you for coming to share an insight from your book.

Five Things You Never Knew About Werewolves by Kryssie Fortune

Why are werewolves called Lycanthropes?
It seems werewolves have been around forever. The ancient Greeks coined the word lycanthrope. Lykoe for wolf and Anthropos for man
Are werewolves limited to America?
Not at all.
Argentinians used to really fear werewolves – or el lobison as they call them. They believed that the seventh son of an all-male family would turn into an el lobison.
Some families were so scared they murdered or abandoned their own children.
Eventually, President Juan Domingo Peron (1895-1974) announced he would give all seventh sons a gold medal when they were baptized and that they would receive a scholarship to pay for their studies until they reached 21.
What do American’s call their Werewolves?
They have the loupe garou, but he’s a bit of a French immigrant.
This is an unfortunate soul who has been cursed with lycanthropy. He can turn into a wolf at will. When he changes, he retains his sense of identity and purpose. He might be the best sort to meet on a dark night, as long as you haven’t wronged him.
Are there any other sorts of werewolves in America?
Native Americans have the Wendigo.
He’s all malice and evil intent. Since he loves the taste of human flesh, so he’d definitely one to avoid.
How do you kill a werewolf?
With silver.
Ancient scholars linked seven metals with seven planets. Gold for the Sun, Mercury for Mercury, Copper for Venus, Iron for Mars, Tin for Jupiter, Lead for Saturn, and Silver for the Moon.
Since the werewolf is a creature linked to the moon it makes sense that an element linked to the moon would kill it.
Oh, but the loupe garou… He can change at will so don’t waste your silver on him.
Just run!
Why my interest in werewolves? Because I love to write paranormal romance. I have a new book out featuring two drop-dead gorgeous werewolves. As a breeder in an infertile world, it’s no wonder Cassie was Taken as Theirs.

Where to buy Taken as Theirs

As a breeder–one of the few fertile women left in a ruined, plague-ravaged world–Cassie would fetch a handsome price at auction, and selling her to the highest bidder was exactly what her captors had in mind… until two fearsome beasts decided to take her for themselves.
Eli and Dane have chosen Cassie for their mate, and when she makes a foolish attempt at escape she quickly ends up tearfully promising obedience as her bare bottom is soundly and shamefully punished. Her body’s response to their stern dominance cannot be denied, however, and it isn’t long before she is screaming out her intense, helpless pleasure as she is roughly and thoroughly claimed. But will Eli and Dane’s pack accept a human girl or will Cassie be an outsider forever?
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Publisher’s Note: Taken as Theirs includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Kryssie lives by the beach and loses track of time when she writes. Her days are full of dashing regency rakes, former soldiers so handsome they make her drool, and the sexiest werewolves ever. The odd vampire makes it in there too, but when he does, he’s drop dead gorgeous.
Her pet hates are unhappy endings and cliff hangers. She guarantees you won’t find either in her books. Her books sizzle with sensual heat, but story always comes before sex. Even when part of a series, her books can be read as stand-alone romance.
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Fiction Furbaby: Meet Bas from Water Dreams by Katherine Eddinger Smits @katherinesmits @RobsRescues #RLFblog #MermanKatherine Eddinger Smits, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Water Dreams by Katherine Eddinger Smits

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Nik–an outwardly normal young woman terrified by water, living in the Greek-American town of Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Bas–a shapeshifter merman tasked with obtaining Nik’s help to gain what his species most desires.
The Nerei–a race of beings who want humans to continue to believe they are mythological.
What happens when Nik refuses to help Bas and the Nerei?
How will Nik and Bas save each other when they fall in love, against his species laws?

Meet Bas Cantonous from Water Dreams

Full name: Basileus Cantonous
Nickname: Bas
Gender: Male
Species: Nerei (Merman)
Physical description: Muscular, handsome, with pale skin, black eyes, black hair with jade colored highlights
Relationship to main character: Love interest
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Son
Where this furbaby came from: He belongs to a race of descendants of two of the Greek Titians, Oceanus and Tethys. He and his people are similar to humans but evolved to live in the water. His clan originated in the sea near Greece, but most have relocated to the Gulf of Mexico and spend time on land in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They call themselves Nerei, which comes from the Greek word for Nereids, or water nymphs.
What inspired you to create this character?
When I decided to write my debut novel, I knew I wanted it to be in my favorite genre, paranormal romance. However, I wanted something different from werewolves and vampires. I like them, but I wanted to write about a new kind of shifter. I already knew the story would be set in my home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, so I considered what kind of shape-shifter might live near there. It’s a small town on the west coast of Florida, known for its large Greek settlement and fishing. So, of course mermaids and mermen came to mind.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Nik, the main character, is a young woman of Greek heritage who is terrified of water. When Bas tells her he is a merman, she thinks he is crazy. She doesn’t want anything to do with him.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
The antagonist in this story is Mara, the clan matriarch and Bas’ mother. She has tasked him with enlisting Nik’s help. The Nerei’s greatest desire is to obtain independence from the water, so they can remain on land as long as they want. Mara loves Bas deeply, but is critical of him and not sure he takes his job seriously.
What does this furbaby eat?
When in the water, Nerei eat raw fish, which they catch by elongating their fingernails into claws and their teeth into razor sharp points. On land, they eat human food, though they have a preference for sushi and very rare meat.
What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?
Bas’ natural habitat is the water and the land. Because he can shapeshift to pass for human, he can keep his true nature a secret while enjoying all the land has to offer.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
Bas was raised in a Nerei community and had little interaction with humans until he was appointed to contact Nik. His English is formal and he doesn’t use contractions. Also, he has no knowledge of popular culture so idioms and slang sometimes confuse him in amusing ways.
What triggers the shift from human to animal?
Nerei are in complete control of their shift. They can remain human in water or they can partially shift. They can also remain in Nerei form on land, but rarely do because they wouldn’t be able to walk and also because they don’t want humans to see them in their natural form.
How does the shifting process happen?
The Nerei make a mental decision to shift and the change is almost instantaneous.
How does the human character think and feel about the animal side?
The Nerei don’t consider themselves animals. They believe they are superior to humans and retain their enhanced strength, hearing and eyesight when in human form.
How does the animal character think and feel about the human side?
The Nerei still consider themselves Nerei even when in human form. There is not the dichotomy that is often found in shifters, since their brains and sense of self is the same in either form.
In what ways are the human and animal characters different in belief and needs?
The Nerei cannot remain on land more than a few hours without rejuvenating in the water. They become severely dehydrated and this process can be fatal. They can remain indefinitely in the water, but they do need to surface to breathe air occasionally. This is because they have dual respiratory systems that can be overwhelmed by prolonged immersion.
Is the shifting process part of a deeper, mystical process (i.e., moon phases, rituals, life events)?
No, but the Nerei have a complex society headed by the matriarch and clan elders, who are all female. Males are warriors, but have little political power. The clans don’t all get along and sometimes war with one another, but also make alliances that complicate everything. They are also polytheistic, worshipping the gods and goddesses of the Greek mythology.

About Corrin Castle

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
My current pet is a 21 year old Irish Sport Horse, who has been with me since she was six. I don’t have any animals in Water Dreams, or my other published fiction, but my work in progress includes horses, a cat, and a dog. Those animals are modeled after ones we were privileged to share time with during their lives.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Corrin Castle lives on a farm in Ocala, Florida. She thinks it belongs to her and must approve any additions to the herd. (Usually, the answer is no.)
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
When my kids were five and three, a cockatiel flew into our yard and perched on my daughter. “Mommy, can we keep him?” You know the rest. Crystal lived with us the rest of his life. He said a lot of words and loved to sit on your shoulder and rub his beak on your cheek.
Where did you find your pet?
My horse was imported from Ireland. I found her in Virginia.
What do you feed your pet?
Grain, hay and grass.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Cookies

Where to buy Water Dreams

Publisher: Foundations Books https://www.foundationsbooks.net/book/water-dreams-by-katherine-eddinger-smits/
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Katherine Eddinger Smits has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. After over two decades of helping veterans, families and community agencies as a clinical social worker, she retired to pursue writing. She has published two paranormal romances, a third is scheduled for release March 2019, and several more are in the works.
She grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Although not from a Greek background, she fell in love with the Greek culture of the town and its close-knit families. She moved away years ago, but she still visits Tarpon Springs frequently to see old friends and classmates, walk the beaches, or shop and eat at the Sponge Docks.
She started writing stories in grade school and always intended to write novels someday. However, she put off writing fiction while she raised her family and worked as a clinical social worker at four different Veterans Affairs Medical Centers around the country. Although she was devastated to learn that her first career choice—mermaid, was not realistic, Katherine found helping veterans and their families fulfilling, and managed to squeeze writing into her life. Whether it was writing clinical assessments, creating brochures for social programs, or putting together newsletters for clubs and organizations, she always had some kind of writing project in the works.
Katherine lives with her husband in Homosassa, Florida and Falling Waters, West Virginia. They have a daughter who resides in Alexandria, Virginia and a son, daughter-in-law and two
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist
Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
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Bare Season by Allie Ritch @AllieRitch #RLFblog #shifterromanceAllie Ritch, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Bare Season by Allie Ritch

Genre Shifter Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Idonea has been afraid of frost bears ever since she was attacked by one. She has also been distrustful of men after the one who should have protected her ran away. As a shifter, Massak takes the form of both man and bear, so he should be her worst nightmare. One whiff of her scent, though, and he knows they’re meant to be together. Winter is the mating season on the planet of Jensen–a time when nature strips everything bare and primal instincts rise to the surface. Massak must use this time to prove to Idonea that he’s her perfect mate. He’ll use every skill he has to protect and pleasure her until the stubborn female admits she’s his.

Where to buy Bare Season

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDTNNDF
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bare-season-allie-ritch/1129557891
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1436435635
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bare-season

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Allie Ritch is a multi-published author of steamy sci-fi and paranormal romance. Her works include her bestselling Children of Nanook series, her popular Alien Sex Ed series, and books that feature shifters, psychics, genetically engineered husbands, vampires, and other interesting characters.
She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.
Website https://allieritch.wordpress.com
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