Meet the Lost City Shifters

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Rebellion is Book 3 in the Lost City Shifters series. For those who haven’t read the first two books and want to jump in with Rebellion, I put together a quick and dirty primer to catch you up:

  • The series revolves around the Yaguara, a tribe of jaguar shapeshifters living deep in the Amazon rain forest. For centuries they’ve inhabited an ancient city well outside the influence of human culture and, as a result, the society which has developed is traditional, isolated and based on the premise that strength is the highest virtue.
  • They’re ruled by a King who earned his place in a bloody tournament of succession. That would be Gabriel Alvarez—a half-human outcast who fought his way to the crown, going through the ruling family’s champion, Iada Silveira, and claiming her as his mate in the process.
  • They resent human intrusion into their territory and are distrustful of them to the extent that until Gabriel assumed the throne, taking a human mate was forbidden.
  • Secrecy is of the utmost importance in preserving their way of life. After an earthquake in Peru disturbs a buried temple threatening to expose an ancient tablet that would reveal the location of their home, jaguar shifter Adriano races human archaeologist Sophie Martin and a pack of revenge-minded wolves to get to it first.
  • There’s an ongoing conflict between those who want to deal head on with the reality of human encroachment and a more traditional group clinging with increasing desperation to the old ways.

That brings you right up to the events in Rebellion when Gabriel offers the North American wolf pack a treaty that will allow them to setup a research facility in Yaguara territory in exchange for wolf help in ending the civil war.

Here’s the description:

Cole Brandt is a wolf shifter, sent by his pack to the Amazon jungle to negotiate a treaty. He’s unaware that the kingdom of jaguar shifters he’s meant to meet with has split—and Cole’s suspicion that jaguars are selfish and deceitful is confirmed when he’s seized by the rebel faction.

Taya Silveira, a jaguar shifter and fierce warrior loyal to the king, resents being assigned Cole’s rescue. She doesn’t approve of his pack’s involvement in her jungle—to her, wolves are greedy, weak creatures who will exploit the resources the Yaguara protect.

Struggling against centuries of ill will and prejudice, Cole and Taya must work together to prevent a devastating civil war. They can’t deny their physical attraction—with the heightened senses of shifters, their desires are plain. But if they give in to passion, they may be forced to choose between staying with their tribes, or staying together.

You can find more information about the Lost City Shifters series here and read an excerpt from Rebellion here.

I usually run a $25 gift card giveaway with my new book releases but this time around, I’m going to make a donation to either the Rainforest Alliance or the International Wolf Center. Vote Jaguar or Wolf to help me decide where to send my money:)

About the Author:

Eleri Stone was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Iowa, married her college sweetheart, and settled in the Midwest where she still lives with her husband and their three children. A lifelong fan of fantasy, she started reading romance as an adult and was instantly captivated by the strong female protagonists, character-driven storylines and guarantee of a happy-ever-after. Writing fantasy and paranormal romance, she is the author of the Lost City Shifters series (shapeshifter paranormal romance), the Twilight of the Gods series (paranormal romance based on Norse mythology) and Threads of Desire (a secondary-world fantasy romance).

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Is it possible to have too much action?

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PhotobucketI was a teenager during the 1980’s and have fond memories of the action adventure movies produced during that much maligned decade. The last Star Wars movies were released in the 80’s, along with Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade, Romancing the Stone, ET, Goonies, and Die Hard. Filmmakers back then seemed to have a knack for combining high stakes peril with engaging characters you wanted to root for when the chips were down and the cards were stacked against them.

That particular brand of action movie is scarce nowadays (although 2009’s Star Trek was awfully reminiscent and I loved the heck out of it for exactly that reason). In today’s films, you can still find larger than life heroes, outlandish plots and loads of action but a lot of times they come across as just a series of action clips strung together (Cowboys and Aliens, I’m looking at you).

So what’s missing?

I think it’s the spirit of adventure. And by that I mean the kind of adventure where triumph isn’t necessarily finding the lost treasure but it’s finding the courage to take that next step into danger when it’s the right—or even the only—thing to do. I’m talking about the thrill of exploration and the wonder of discovery. Romance.

I tried to capture some of that spirit in Adriano and Sophie’s story, Redemption. Adriano is a jaguar shapeshifter, a mercenary who was sent into exile five years ago by his people the Yaguara after being setup as a scapegoat to end a political conflict. He wants to go home and is on the brink of recovering a priceless artifact from a damaged archaeological site in Peru, knowing that the Yaguara can’t afford to let it fall into human hands and confident that he’ll be able to exchange it for a pardon.

Sophie is an inquisitive and hard-working archaeologist who keeps getting in his way. Adriano’s plan to seduce her as a distraction backfires and what follows is a fast-paced adventure through a labyrinthine tunnel system hidden beneath the ruins.

The site in Redemption was modeled after a real archaeological site in Peru called Chavín de Huántar which captured my imagination when I first heard of it—dark tunnels, a forgotten culture, an ancient temple constructed by a priesthood who actually believed that they could transform into jaguars (while under the influence of psychotropic drugs). It’s been called a real life temple of doom and I have to admit that my love of Indiana Jones definitely influenced my decision to set the story there and flavors its telling.

So, there is a lot of action but the real story belongs to Sophie and Adriano. It’s about whether these two people from very different cultures can find common ground in what they love and whether they’ll find the courage to leave the past behind and let their attraction develop into something more.

If you’re on the fence about diving in, you can find an excerpt here.

Also, I’m giving away a free copy of Redemption to one of the commenters today. Just drop a comment letting me know what your favorite 80’s movie is…or if you hate them all and always secretly hoped that Indy would choke on his fedora. Make sure to leave an email address where I can reach you if you win. I’ll leave the contest open for 24 hours.

Note: Redemption is the second book in the Lost City Shifters series after Mercy but it can be read as a standalone story.

Where you can find me:

Website: http://eleristone.com/

Twitter: @EleriStone

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