Blog Tour: Sarai’s Fortune

Sarais Fortune

Title: Sarai’s Fortune
Series: Shadowcat Nation #2
Author: Abigail Owen
Publication Date: May 13, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance

SYNOPSIS

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.

If Sarai can’t find a way to change the future, she will be forced to choose…save her lover or save herself.

GIVEAWAY

 

WHY DID YOU DESIDE TO WRITE ABOUT SHIFTERS INSTEAD OF OTHER PARANORMAL CREATURES?

 

I love this question in relation to my Shadowcat Nation series of books. It one that, surprisingly, isn’t asked too often. It’s also a decision I was very deliberate about. I have several reasons that went into choosing shifters. I wonder if you’ll agree with my thinking?

The Market

At the time I started writing Andromeda’s Fall, the first book in the series, the market was starting up rumblings of being too saturated by paranormal romance, particularly vampires. This was fall of 2013. Now, I’ll NEVER stop writing and loving paranormal romance. That said, I have to admit, as much as I love vamps, I agreed that there’d been a little too much of them and not enough of other paranormal creatures at that point. That gave me a host to choose from: shifters, witches, ghosts, fairies, dragons.

What I’d Just Finished

I was just wrapping up my Svatura series of books (which are currently unavailable as they’ve been contracted – but will be back out new and improved soon!). That series had people with all sorts of supernatural powers. I already had the dragon covered. And most of them had magic-like powers. Some were shifters and I’d really enjoyed describing them, which made a series about only shifters an interesting idea. Often they’re secondary characters.

Cool Animals vs. Creepy Things

Let’s face it – there are some awesome animals out there. Ones we look at and think, what would it be like to be as strong as a polar bear, as fast as a mustang, to fly like a falcon, or be as fierce as a mountain lion? At will!

Meanwhile, the majority of other paranormal creatures I could choose from can lean toward horror or downright gross: ghosts, orcs, goblins, trolls, and yes, even vampires.

Limited / Simpler

The few remaining creatures that aren’t always gross/horror – like witches or fairies – are awesome. And I’ll definitely go down those paths at some point. However, I’d just finished the Svatura series. I wanted the challenge of not being able to get my characters out of their situations with magical powers every time. They had to rely on their human wiles and the innate strengths of their animals. I stuck to that with Andromeda’s Fall (and really enjoyed it). I’ll admit to branching out with Sarai’s Fortune – my character is a rare Seer. I just couldn’t resist. But the gift doesn’t help her, it hinders her. The extra powers I put into this series are still limiting in a fun/challenging way, unlike witches or fairies where you can really let the powers fly.

Downright Sexy

When it comes down to it, I think shifters are just downright sexy. Ladies, who hasn’t wanted to slink like a sexy feline? And men, the alpha thing that many of these more powerful animals is just hot. I also find it extremely tantalizing when someone has additional gifts that make them stronger, faster, smarter, stealthier. But it’s also fun to explore when someone should have those abilities, and don’t.

Those are my reasons. What it comes down to, is I simply adore shifters myself. I love reading about them. Writers take them in so many different directions. And so of course I want to write about them and see what kind of unique spin I can put on this subgenre of books. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the as much as I did dreaming about them and putting them down on paper!

AUTHOR INFO
AbigailOwenAward-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.

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6 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Sarai’s Fortune

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me! I enjoyed the question…really made me think about my reasons. 🙂

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