by Judy Teel
A deadly disease from an unknown origin…
Addison Kittner and ex-FBI agent Cooper Daine arrive at Bone Clan expecting a warm welcome. Instead they’re imprisoned and placed under quarantine, where they discover that the werewolf mountain Clans are being decimated by a deadly plague which can’t be cured.
An old obligation that changes everything…
With only a few days to live, Cooper’s brother, Alpha of Bone Clan, asks Cooper to fulfill his promise, one that’s crucial to their Clan’s survival. But if he does, Cooper risks loosing Addison. Forever.
An ancient creature bred for genocide…
Determined to stop the plague and cure Cooper’s brother, Addison defies Clan law and sneaks away to an ancient ruin which might hold the key. There she discovers an unexpected link to her past and inadvertently calls forth an immortal monster that will destroy the paranormal races protecting humanity if it can’t be stopped.
But as Cooper and Addison battle to stop the annihilation of the Clans and the forces trying to tear their bond apart, something even more powerful and deadly gathers just out of sight…
And prepares to strike.
The scent of blood got stronger, pulling my thoughts back and making my heart pound a little harder against my chest. Slipping a knife from the sheath inside my right boot, I watched the flutter of shadows on the path below where it turned and disappeared behind a thick wall of laurels. Slow breath in…Silent breath out…
Deeper shadows emerged and took shape — a man and a woman, both dressed for living outdoors and blending in. And there was Cooper, complacently allowing them to roughly pull him along between them, his nose and a cut on his cheek seeping blood. Weird. Cooper was built like an early twenty-first century Olympic gymnast and I’d seen him take out opponents in less than ten seconds without a single blow landing on him. How had they managed to subdue him?
I watched them come closer and pass below me. The woman on one side of Cooper was medium height with light skin and dark red hair that she’d pulled back into a short ponytail with a strip of leather. The man on the other side was tall and muscular with tanned skin, his bright red hair in a military cut.
I adjusted the soles of my logger boots against the branch under me to give myself a more solid launch, judged the distance — and jumped.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH JUDY
-What inspired you to become a writer?
An undeniable urge and need to create characters and their worlds, and to experience the adventures they would have in them.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
Ride a hoverbus to Falcon’s store, Magical Gadgets and Bits. That would be fun!
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
I don’t know if I’d classify this particular research as “fun”, but it was kind of interesting, at least to me. For Savage Magic, I had to find out what happens if someone’s head gets taken off by a laser. I thought the cauterization would keep it from bleeding. But when I asked a biologist friend of mine who also volunteered a lot in ER when his father was a surgeon there, I found out that what happens in the book is the real result. Eww.
-Which of your characters would you go out for pizza with?
As nice as it would be to sit across from Cooper and just look at him, I wouldn’t want to risk Addison’s wrath, so I’ll say Dr. Barrett. He’s lived an interesting life and I’d love to hear some of his stories while sharing a pizza.
-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Oh my goodness, just one piece? I made so many mistakes, it’s hard to choose! I guess it would be to write ahead a couple of books before releasing the first one in a series to create a nice buffer time-wise. Less stressful.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I realized early on that as much as I love the romance genre, I could never write erotica. Too hard core for me. I like a lot of emotion and not so much the A goes into B aspect, however I did write sex scenes in my contemporary romance series and readers have told me I did a good job with them. Overall, I’m more comfortable with the level of disclosure in the Shifty series.
Judy Teel was born in Virginia and moved to North Carolina just before middle school. She's a fiction author and novelist writing in the dystopian urban fantasy genre. Her stories deliver mystery with some thriller elements, a kick-butt heroine with a large dash of snark in her, a bit more than a touch of romance with a guy that makes readers' hearts beat a little faster, and a wild ride full of action and emotion from start to finish.
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