FRIDAY SF & FANTASY – Lion Shifters
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About the Books
and no one knows this better than lion shifter Lazarus Kiprop. As a
prized champion, he lives with blood on his hands and guilt in his
heart. He’s survived longer than most, at a cost. With no end in
sight, Lazarus has given up on ever seeing another sunrise. The last
thing he needs is a vampire youngling taunting him with impossible
promises of freedom.
burning desire for revenge. With less than a week before her new
master arrives to claim her, she’s determined to find a way out of
captivity. And if the leather-clad guy in the cell next door doesn’t
believe it’s possible? That’s too bad, because she’s going,
with or without him. But while Willow may be able to escape her cage,
will she be able to escape her heart?
hostile forces are pushing her into a role she doesn’t want. When
Emma breaks a cardinal rule and rescues a lion Shifter, she finds
herself at a dangerous crossroads. Does she move on, or risk her
secrets and her heart to save the lion’s Pride and establish peace
leads him into a poacher’s snare. While he’s relieved to escape
the trap, he’s not happy to owe a life-debt to the snarky,
secretive female who rescued him, even if he does find Emma
attractive. She’s a bewitching distraction King can’t afford. Too
bad the gods have other plans.
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Lion Shifters is cliffhanger-free and is meant to be read in order
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can’t wait to leave. She agrees to stay only long enough to help
her cousin Emma establish some law and order in Nairobi. Being
a Demon, Grace has the power to do that. But settle down? Join
Emma’s Pride? There are too many reasons against it, starting with
Jed Kiprop, the only man to ever break her Demon heart.
that his eldest brother King has formed one, it should be an easy
choice. Except his brother’s mate has a Demon
in her family. And that’s one Paranorm
Jed refuses to share space with, especially when that Demon’s name
is Grace, a woman he once loved before she betrayed him.
together, sparks fly despite their mutual distrust. But will they be
able to overcome their pride and prejudice in time to save the Pride
and each other from an ancient enemy?
freedom. When her estranged mother shows up at her doorstep with an
indecent proposal, Tiger must make a decision: lose her home in order
to pay off her family’s debt
and preserve her honor, or marry a man she doesn’t know. Although
her heart says no, love doesn’t pay the bills. Tiger will do
whatever it takes to protect her family, even if it means turning her
back on her own dreams.
safety of his Pride is at risk. When it comes to his duty to defend
his king, he’s never hesitated until now. And that’s what makes
Tiger so dangerous: she makes him forget all reason when she’s
around. Determined to focus on an unknown challenger to his brother’s
throne, Ezekiel shuts down his feelings. As fate would have it, his
lion has other ideas, especially when it comes to Tiger. But will
their love survive the truth Tiger has been hiding?
another, until the moment she’s hired by a witch to work at a tea
shop. Finally, it seems Rebecca’s future is looking bright: she’s
got a stable job, and an art dealer is interested in her paintings.
But that’s before she attracts the unwanted attention of the
powerful Lightning Bird who has one simple request, and he won’t
take no for an answer. So the last thing Rebecca needs is to be
saddled with Daniel Kiprop, a handsome socialite and brilliant tech
Pride’s queen. It’s an easy assignment, and then he’ll be back
to his normal business, including the endless parties that fill his
evenings. All is going according to plan until the night of a vicious
attack that changes everything Daniel thought about life, love and
the pursuit of happiness. But can he convince Rebecca he’s a
changed lion before she takes up the offer of the Lightning Bird and
chaos combines with the storm of the century, Nairobi becomes an even
more dangerous city than usual. The lion Shifters retreat to their
Prideland, under strict orders from their king to stay at home.
lion Shifters settle down for a long night, Isaac has other plans:
his last burglary job for the hyena gang. After that, he’ll be
free, or so he tells himself. And he’s pretty sure he can get away
with it, until a pretty but irritating, know-it-all wolf Shifter
crashes his party and his heart.
never-ending efforts to push her buttons. Her research takes her into
the territory of a dangerous criminal game, and all her carefully
laid plans go awry. When Lara learns the truth about the gang’s
latest assignment, she’ll do anything to stop
them. But good intentions have a way of
getting complicated, especially when Isaac is involved.
Guest Post by the Author
Researching the Paranormal
I’ve lived in Nairobi, Kenya since mid-2000. As a writer, I am fascinated by myth, legend and all things paranormal (except zombies, because they’re messy and dribble body parts all over the place). Up until about a year ago, my books were set in colonial Kenya and starred a paranormal investigator, Miss Knight. When I began considering a series set in the twenty-first century, I decided to involve lions.
Not surprisingly, lions hold an important place in African history, mythology and tourism. In some cultures, the lion symbolizes power and royalty. In parts of West and East Africa, the lion is associated with healing and is seen as the link between the seers and the supernatural.
The idea of lion shapeshifters is not new in Africa. When I began researching the topic, I found a number of African stories referencing human-lion mixes. Njaay–the legendary founder of the West African Waalo Kingdom–was raised by lions. He returned to his people as a part lion, part human creature. Apedemak was another lion-human mythological creature. A lion-headed warrior god, he was worshiped by the Meroitic peoples inhabiting Nubia.
However, the first reference I found to a true Lion Shifter was in the story of Nyarvirazi.
Originally the daughter of an East African chieftain, Nyarvirazi liked to take strolls through the jungle. One evening, she drank from a pool of what she thought was water. In fact, it was lion’s urine (yuck!) collected by a witch for a magical ritual. On the way back home, Nyarvirazi began to crave meat. She turned into a lioness and remained in that form until she had eaten one of her father’s goats.
Building on that story, I decided her descendants would inherit a weaker version of her curse. The partial curse allows them to shift at will. Nyarvirazi is King’s ancestor.
Who’s King, you ask? He’s the alpha of the Nairobi Kiprop Pride and the future High King of the Mara-Tsavo Lion Kingdom. Yup, my new series has a lion king…!
For the best experience, read the series in the following order:
A Lion’s Cage (free prequel)
A King’s Pride
A Demon’s Wing
A Tiger’s Eye
A Lion’s Price
A Wolf’s Song
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elephants or conducting a lion census, I write about people who walk
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