Hello All! And thank you so much to Fang-tastic Books for having me. I’m here promoting my latest release, Sarai’s Fortune, a paranormal romance featuring mountain lion shifters.
My heroine in this tale, is Sarai Bouchard. She is one of the rare shifters who also possesses an additional supernatural ability – in this case, she’s a Seer. For Sarai, this gets her into trouble in more than one way. In particular, she sees that no matter what path she chooses either she dies, or her lover dies. You’ll have to read more to find out what happens. J
Those shifters with additional powers are called Kuharte. I thought it might be fun to share a bit about each type and then give you a quiz to let you find out what kind of Kuharte you would be in the Shadowcat Nation.
The term, Kuharte, is Iroquois one meaning “through a light.” Her people chose that word because Healers (another type of Kuharte) glow when they heal – at least, their hands do. There are six known kinds of Kuharte in this series of books (a few others might pop up – who knows!).
The ability to see the future is a responsibility and a privilege. Seers get glimpses, sometimes years ahead, sometimes hours of not only their futures, but of other's as well. The future is not set in stone, allowing the Seer to manipulate the outcomes (sometimes). But there might be "holes" to what you can see. Seers also divine which couples are Fated Mates, and do their best to help them find each other. Seers tend to be one of the more common Kuharte.
Healers are one of the most coveted Kuharte to have in your dare in the Shadowcat Nation (for hopefully obvious reasons). Healers don't always heal wounds. Sometimes they heal disease or emotions. The act of healing can take a physical toll, which can be problematic when your people keep getting into massive fights. Healers tend to be one of the more common Kuharte.
A Seducer gets exactly what they want without trying. People are naturally drawn to them and they can wield heavy influence over minds (though not hearts, though they can fake the feeling). They act like a drug on their intended targets. This can be a lonely power, though, never knowing who likes you for you.
A persuader is someone who can influence others to do their bidding. It is a subtle skill and one that doesn't always work on strong minds. Given the right environment, a Persuader can have a BIG effect on an outcome. Being trusted is hard to come by for Persuaders because others never know if their power was involved.
A Knower is someone who can access the facts-centers of brains. Brains are like the internet to them only they don't need wifi to hook in. Knowers are powerful allies when scheming or planning. Knowers deal with constant headaches and can feel overwhelmed by their knowledge and often have trouble discerning fact from assumption in the minds they access.. Knowers are one of the rarest Kuharte.
Dreamers have the ability to enter other's dreams and either watch or manipulate. They need to be close to the person who's dream they enter. They never dream themselves and can find themselves trapped inside other's minds because of their fascination with the imagery. Dreamers are one of the rarest Kuharte.
Take the quiz and find out what kind of Kuharte you are! Share in the comments. I’d love to hear. J
Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Number of pages: 246
Word Count: 60,000
Zac Montclair's first priority is to protect his people. With the escalating war between factions of shifters over land and resources, he has agreed to an alliance between his polar bears and the Shadowcat Nation of cougar shifters. But the treaty comes with a condition…he must accept one of their Seers into his Timik and put her under his personal protection.
Sarai Bouchard doesn't need her supernatural gift to know that Kyle Carstairs's obsession with controlling her ability will eventually result in her misery and demise. Her power is essential to her people's survival, so when Kyle goes rogue, she's sent to Zac Montclair to keep her safe. However, her visions reveal that while staying will lead to their becoming lovers, it also leads to his death. Leaving Zac will result in her own.
Excerpt Book 2:
Sarai concentrated on precise, sharp movements with as much power as she could muster. She’d only been working out for ten minutes or so. She’d started the day similarly yesterday. She cooked breakfast, eating with the guys. She dragged George and Scott on more sightseeing trips. Today she’d decided to explore a small portion of Central Park. She didn’t try to lose them this time. When they’d got home, they’d hit the gym.
Now, Sarai tuned out Scott and George—who were sparring across the way from her—to focus on her own drills.
“How about you try that out on a man who moves and reacts.”
Sarai spun on her heel to find Zac standing behind her. He was wearing running pants and a tight tank top, which meant she didn’t need to use her imagination to picture the muscles of his arms and chest. They were on display. Her own personal show. Sarai swallowed.
Then she computed what he’d said. How was she going to get out of this? The truth was she couldn’t spar. Her visions messed her up. But that was a secret she had no intention of sharing with three people.
“Not really a good idea.”
He stared at her for a long moment. Then he glanced over her shoulder at George and Scott who’d stopped to listen. “I’ve got this, fellas. Why don’t you go back up to the apartment?”
There was no doubt in her mind that was a command, not a suggestion. Clearly the guys thought so too. She watched them leave the room with wide eyes.
As the door closed behind them, Zac’s hands landed on her shoulders, turning her to face them. “Okay, kuluk. It’s just you and me now. What are you not saying?”
Sarai had never felt this vulnerable in her life. Or this scared. This man got to her in a way no one else ever had. How was she supposed to resist that?
“Why is this so important to you?”
He moved his hands from her shoulders to frame her face, his fingers threading through the dark blond strands of her hair. “Keeping you safe is important to me. I need to know how much you can defend yourself if you have to. It will help me determine just what I need to prepare for. No surprises. Okay?”
Sarai took a deep breath. He couldn’t have meant it that way. Just the thought of being important to this big, strong man connected with the frightened, lonely little girl who’d spent her life just trying to survive. But she couldn’t think that way. She had to leave him, and that knowledge made her want to cry.
Seeing her hesitation, he brushed her cheeks softly with the pads of his thumbs. “Let me help you with this burden,” he murmured softly, his voice a hypnotic, deep rumble.
Sarai bit her lip. Sharing this with him really wasn’t that big a deal. She knew she could trust him.
On a deep inhale, she gave a tiny nod and started talking before she could change her mind. “Okay.”
He gave her one of those rare little half-smiles, making her suddenly very glad she had agreed to capitulate. Thankfully, he released her and stepped back, giving her room to breathe.
About the Author:
Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.