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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:
- PAWS Chicago, with it’s adoption center, spay and neuter clinic, and at the forefront of animal advocacy.
- Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the last free zoos in the country.
- Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization.
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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