Sunday, November 24, 2013

Building the ANIMAL INSTINCTS World

Congratulations to "Taurus", the winner of Patricia's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

ANIMAL INSTINCTS, my urban fantasy romantic suspense novel, required quite a bit of worldbuilding. 

My hero, Luc Lazare, is half-human, half-Kindred, and he’s a man who has been pulled between his two worlds all of his life. The Kindred part is reference to his father’s line–descendents of the Nephilim (progeny of fallen angels and earthly women) who are shapeshifters. Luc’s family is panther, but other Kindred are other predators–wolves, hawks, African wild dogs, pythons and more. In their human form, their goal is to gain power by corrupting the rest of humanity.

I had to figure out how to build their world within our world, how they would interract with humans, and I decided on a casino boat. I made The Ark the first licensed casino in Chicago, license granted due to Luc’s father’s “influence.” I didn’t want to dock the casino boat at Navy Pier, so I built a different world at Northerly Island, formerly Meigs Fied (small aircraft) and now a nature preserve and part of the Chicago Park District. 

My Northerly Island is an entertainment island, The Ark being a popular venue. What the average gambler doesn’t know, however, is that there is a magically cloaked, by-invitation-only level below the waterline. Invitation only to humans who could be of use to Luc’s father...if they would bet their souls and lose...

In investigating what led to her homicide detective brother’s murder, trying to get information from Luc, my heroine, Skye Cross, then has a walk on the wild side below Lake Michigan:

Suddenly the tunnel went dark. 
I stopped to get my bearings, to wait for some illumination so I could see where I was going. A bit of filtered light came from the moon and my eyes eventually adjusted.

That’s when I heard them. Footsteps behind me. Tick…tick…tick… No, not footsteps, but paws with sharp claws hitting the floor. Big paws, and they were approaching fast.

My pulse rushed and bile filled my throat as fear made me flee through the dark, one hand skimming the glass wall. My legs raced faster than I knew they could go.

What was coming after me? Another predator like the ones outside the arena that had threatened me? No sense in trying to communicate with it, and this time Luc wouldn’t be there to save me. 

The sound of thundering paws filling my head, I quickened my pace even more, until I felt I was nearly flying.

I was almost out, almost safe. I could hear the frightening pounding closer behind me. I ran for my life and even as I thought I would never make it, I reached the stairs. I stumbled upward, knocking my shins a couple of times along the way. 

I was out of breath. Out of time.

But somehow I made it to the top and threw open the door. I flew around the pillar and into the legal part of the casino boat, got myself into the middle of the crowd. But I kept looking back the way I’d come, waiting for whatever was after me to appear.

Skye suspects that Luc is the one who chased her–how dangerous is he?

The reader gets to discover the details of the Kindred world along with Skye. And hopefully they’ll fall in love with Luc despite his inner demons, just as Skye does.

My love of animals was actually the inspiration for this story. I wanted to create a heroine who was an animal advocate. Skye is more like me than any heroine I’ve written. She even lives in my two flat. :)

The holidays from Thanksgiving to the New Year is a time of giving, and I’m hoping that this year, those of you who can will support an animal shelter or sanctuary or zoo, whether it is by volunteering, buying gifts that help the organization or by donation. Here are a couple of places that I support:

USA Today Bestselling Author Patricia Rosemoor has written 95 published novels that have generated more than seven million sales for eight publishers. Her fascination with "dangerous love" has led her to bring a different mix of thrills and chills and romance to each book. ANIMAL INSTINCTS and CRIMSON DUET (2 related holiday novels at a discounted price) are now available at digital retailers.


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What is your favorite animal and why? Answer to win a copy of ANIMAL INSTINCTS.

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  1. Oh I love animals of all types... through the years my fav has changed. Ones that come to mind first are penguins, tigers, horses, hummingbirds, etc. My family likes to donate to some of the animal shelters around. ANIMAL INSTINCTS sounds great! Happy Holidays!

  2. Love dogs! Throug the years, our family dogs have provided so much comfort, love and pure joy.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  3. I love dogs, too, and would have one if I didn't live on the second floor. Bad knees make going up and down four or five times a day to walk a dog not seem like such fun. :)

  4. This book sounds awesome!! I can't wait to read it. I am a dog lover from way back, have had some type of dog just about my whole life. Visiting the zoo is one of my favorite things, I love seeing all the different animals. Thanks for the chance to win.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  5. I think that elephants are amazing. Talk about strong maternal instincts.


  6. Hopefully you'll love Boomer, Martha. He's based (as are the cats) on a set of animals I had several years ago.

    Mary, I love elephants, as well. Several years ago, I had a backstage tour of the San Diego Zoo and got to see an elephant and her baby born hours before. Very sweet.

  7. I would have to pick cats as a favorite since mine is sitting right here.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  8. My favorite all time animal that I can't have on my farm is puffins. They are along the line of penguins, but more flirty and fun. Their big, colorful beaks and their clownish playfulness make them adorable. I actually got to interact with a few of them when I visited the St. Louis, MO zoo. My fav pets are dogs. My Shih Tzu, Wags, totally owns me.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

  9. I have to say my faves are cats, too. I have two rescues. Blossom is 12, Blitzen is 5. Blossom hated it when I got Blitzen, because she'd been the only cat since my elderly girl left us. At least that's what I thought because she hid in closets. Turned out she had breast cancer. But that was more than two years ago and she's fine now. And somewhere along the line decided Blitzen was a great friend. They play almost every night, chasing each other around the apartment and down into the basement. They probably have kitty tea parties when I'm not home. :)


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