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Archive for February 27th, 2009

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Lion shifter Leticia Huntingdon has FIV, the feline version of AIDS. For months she’s been in remission, treated by Gavin Finley, the Middlemarch feline doctor. Now the disease has returned. Her feelings for Gavin can’t go anywhere because of the FIV, so it shouldn’t hurt when Gavin turns to Charlie, the new male cop.

Gavin can’t believe how good sex is with Charlie, can’t believe he’s found a mate. The loving is amazing and hot, but Gavin can’t forget Leticia. He wants her in his life. He wants Charlie too. Confusion and jealousy create torrid undercurrents for the trio.

Charlie McKenzie falls for Gavin quickly and can’t understand why he’s attracted to Leticia. A nightmare changes everything, drawing the three together and bringing new possibilities. A ménage a trois. Raw need and passion brings them closer. If only the disease threatening Leticia’s life didn’t loom on the horizon…

From the moment I saw an article in the New Zealand Herald about sightings of a mystery black cat in Canterbury, I knew it would make a good story. I clipped the article about the alien cat and kept it for about three years while I wrote about other things such as talking dogs, aliens and military men. It wasn’t until I saw a human interest story on our local television about a small South Island town called Middlemarch that I recalled the cat article and started to think what if?

It seems the town of Middlemarch had a severe shortage of marriageable females, and to help the young farmers and other men in the area find partners, the town intended to organize a singles dance. The first dance was a great success and the Single’s ball has become an annual event.

The two ideas blended inside my head and a story bloomed about a community of leopard shifters who lived in Middlemarch, a town that suffered from a shortage of women of marriageable age. The young shifter males were boisterous and out of control, and the elders decided they needed a way of attracting young, single women to their town, hence the staging of the very first single’s ball.

The first book in the series, SCARLET WOMAN, was one of the most difficult stories I’ve ever written. It started life as a short story. My editor liked it but thought there was too much story for the length I’d written. She suggested I lengthen my story, which I did, although my characters kicked up a fuss. So did my muse. I’m pleased I persevered because it’s now one of my favorite stories, and the characters have really stayed with me.

Today is the release of LETICIA’S LOVERS, the seventh book in my Middlemarch Mates series. I’m not sure why I enjoy writing about feline shifters so much. Maybe it’s because my husband isn’t a cat fan and we have a dog instead. I have to make up for the absence of cats somehow! My cat of choice is the black leopard, although I have introduced a brother and sister in STRAY CAT STRUT who are lion shifters. In fact, today’s release continues the story of Leticia, first introduced in Stray Cat Strut.

To read excerpts from my Middlemarch series, visit my website at http://www.shelleymunro.com and to learn about the real town of Middlemarch, where the dance takes place on a yearly basis check out their website. http://www.middlemarch.co.nz

For those who are interested, this year’s Singles Ball takes place on 11th April and tickets are on sale at the police station. If you’re single and fancy a trip to the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, maybe you should think about attending. You never know who you’ll meet during the journey on the Love train from Dunedin or at the actual dance!!

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Thanks so much for having me to visit today and helping to celebrate the release of Leticia’s story.

If you have any questions about my Middlemarch series please feel free to leave a comment, and meanwhile, I have a couple of burning questions for you.

In a paranormal story, do you prefer the hero or the heroine to be the shifter? Or both? Why? What type of paranormal creature do you think authors need to write about next? i.e. are there any creatures you’re desperate to see stories about?

Shelley

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