The Followers Book 1
By Kira Shayde
She’s trapped in another woman’s body…and the other woman is a werelion.
Nicole Abramson gains more than razor-sharp claws and a taste for raw meat. With a latent telekinetic talent, she’s a weapon to be used in a millennia-long war, but will she serve or resist? Fighting for her life, Nicole rails against the thief who stole her ordinary and safe life, even as she seeks comfort from the woman’s intended mate, the gorgeous Sander Evans.
Although drawn to her outspokenness, Sander keeps Nicole at bay while he defends his clan. Werelions and humans don’t mix, yet he can’t deny the passion igniting between them, particularly with her body in heat. As the danger around them amplifies, they’ll need more than courage and strength to fight for their newfound attraction—and their lives.
Stretching, Nicole slid her hand across smooth, slippery satin sheets. Odd. She never slept on her stomach. Her eyes flew open. She didn’t own satin sheets.
The approaching footsteps gave her little warning.
“Marsi, you can’t sleep all day,” a man chided in a deep voice she didn’t recognize.
Acute stress tends to trigger fight or flight. Neither response was possible unless hyperventilating was considered a form of fighting and bumping into the headboard was a form of fleeing. Clutching the sheet to her chest, she rolled over, and her gaze zeroed in on a man in his late twenties or early thirties. Two words came to mind: blond and built.
He tilted his head. His sandy-blond hair, burnished with highlights, draped across his face as if he’d just prepped for a fashion shoot. Tight T-shirt and fitted jeans outlined incredible male perfection. On any normal day, he’d make her thighs clench.
But who was he?
Her focus darted around the room—tall chest of drawers, Victorian-style chair, heavy drapes—before returning to the man, who regarded her with a quizzical arch of his eyebrows.
“New game of yours?” he asked with a playful smile.
Yes, if by game, he meant waking up in a stranger’s bedroom with no memory of how she’d gotten there. She zipped through possible explanations. Went home with the guy after too many drinks at a bar? Nope, she’d stayed home and binge-watched Netflix. Rescued by a good Samaritan after an accident? Eh, that only happened in the movies. Captured by a Greek god to be his sex slave? Sadly, probably not.
Fantasy man’s smile faded to a confused frown as he sat on the bed.
Heart racing, she closed her eyes, counted to three, and tentatively reopened them. Still there. And this close, she couldn’t ignore his vibrant blue eyes, lush lashes, or the slight crook in his nose that gave his otherwise perfect face a touch of rugged masculinity. Not to mention the killer cheekbones.
“Marsi, what’s going on with you?”
His hand brushed her bare thigh, and she froze. Hot or not, this man might be a serial killer. “I’m not Marsi,” she finally eked out. “I don’t know who that is.”
Patting the bedside table for her glasses, she reminded herself to breathe. In and out. Where were her glasses? Damn it. No glasses and no purse, which meant no phone.
The man watched her, brow furrowed. “What are you doing?”
“Searching for my glasses…”
“You don’t wear glasses.”
Interview With Kira:
Where are you from?
The Midwest. I’ve lived my entire life in areas that border the Great Lakes. I’m not into boating or fishing, but there is no better drinking water than from the Great Lakes.
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first romance in fifth grade, dabbled in poetry in high school, and wrote sci-fi short stories in college. After college, I began working on a sci-fi romance novel, which I didn’t finish—I lacked confidence as a writer. I didn’t write fiction again for twenty years.
What inspired you to write your first book?
A dream. I’m a lucid dreamer. In fact, all of my books are inspired by dreams.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a pantser. I jot down notes to myself, but usually I wait for the characters to tell me the story. This can be a very slow process at times. I’m not sure that my characters trust me.
How did you come up with the title?
Ancient Heat actually went through a number of title changes. The original title was “Theft of Seed”. I’m glad I didn’t stick with that.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Accept those who are different. Oh, and butt-kicking women fall in love too!
What book are you reading now?
Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on Ancient Bond (The Followers Book 2) and Cool Blue Desire (Primal Shifters Book 3). I have a sci-fi romance set on another planet that needs to be written; also a parallel-universe romance.
About the Author:
As a paranormal romance author, Kira Shayde favors shapeshifters, demons, mythological gods, and the fae. She explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can’t help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing romance, passion, and happy endings. While some of her books are erotic romances, you won’t find any hard-core BDSM. Kira prefers the hero and heroine to share the power and share the love. On a personal level, she is devoted to animal and ecological conservation…and devil’s food cake.
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