I’ve always loved detective novels, the biggest addiction being to Robert Parker’s “Spencer” novels. I found the series in the mid ’80′s and spent many hours going from used bookstore to used bookstore to hunt down older (and cheaper) paperbacks of the series, devouring the adventures of Spencer, his twu luv Susan Silverman and my main man Hawk. I enjoyed the television series with Robert Urich as well and wept when I heard of Parker’s passing.
When I started writing “Blood of the Pride” I had that idea in the back of my mind, of a private investigator involved not just in the cases people brought to her but also in a greater world where family loyalty and personal relationships were brought to the forefront. I’d loved Sam Spade and his friends but I needed a heroine who had more to gain and lose than the average noir detective. My love of paranormal romance came to the forefront, urging me to take the idea of the private investigator and add a twist…
Enter Rebecca Desjardin. A shapeshifter who… can’t. If there was ever a handicap to dump on a main character that was it, of a shifter cut off from her family and forced to make her way in a world where she’d always be alone.
Until, of course, a hot redheaded reporter with plenty of curiosity and moxie to back it up charges into her life and her case.
There’s still plenty of tales to be told in Rebecca’s search not only for justice but also for some sort of stability in her own crazy life – I hope you’ll come on back later this year for Book three, “Family Pride” and a fourth one in the fall!
Book two of Blood of the Pride
Rebecca Desjardin, a P.I. and cat shifter, doesn’t normally find herself in strip clubs. But a popular male dancer has been murdered in Pennsylvania, and it looks like the work of a shifter from the local Pride. Rebecca has a duty to help protect her kind—and she needs to find justice for the dead.
Her impromptu trip leaves her boyfriend, reporter Brandon Hanover, unhappy. He’s only just come to terms with the fact that she’s a Felis, and their relationship is still so new… Rebecca is determined to deal with the murder first, then deal with their future.
As her investigation unfolds, she’s met with grudging cooperation and half-truths. Does the Pride want her to find justice, or help them hide a killer? Frustrated and unable to shake the sexy local shifter who says he’s on her side, Rebecca can’t seem to scratch out the truth—at least not on her own. But when Brandon shows up, is he there to help or to mark his territory?
“Our character is what God and cats know of us.”—Thomas Paine
Thanks for reading!