Five years ago, I submitted WAKING THE LIONESS to Evernight for their Indecent Encounters anthology, under a now-defunct pen name. It was accepted, giving me a few firsts: my first title with Evernight, my first erotic paranormal romance, and my first menage story. Huzzahs! I never wrote anything else under that pen name (lack of time more than anything else), but when the rights to WAKING THE LIONESS reverted to me earlier this week, I felt like it would be a shame to just tuck the story away in a virtual box and never do anything with it again.
I gave it a good, critical going-over (five years gives you a lot of time to mentally rewrite something, and I'll admit there were a few lines in the original version that made me cringe on re-reading). I added a little bit, I changed a little bit, and I realised it really felt like an Amber Morgan story in the vein of EXILED ALPHA - strong men, passionate women, and sizzling sex.
So I asked Evernight if they'd like to see the improved version. And they said yes, and then they offered me a contract for it! Huzzahs again! I'm so excited to give this story a new lease of life, and I can't wait for you guys to read it! Here's the (unofficial) blurb:
Convinced she could never give her fiance what he truly wanted, cat-shifter Lara Carey walked away from her home and her engagement, and started fresh in New Orleans. One year on, she's never stopped missing Zane Walker...but it's too late to do anything about it, isn't it?
Zane Walker hasn't come to New Orleans to find Lara, but when chance throws them together, his passion for her is reignited. There's just one problem. Zane's new lover is missing somewhere in New Orleans, and even if Zane and Lara find him, can Lara accept him and Zane?