I’m celebrating the release of Finding Eve (Lyons’ Tales #2), a shapeshifter paranormal from Champagne books. It’s a stand-alone sequel to Into the Lyons’ Den. Check out the excerpt below.
“I wish I could take you home with me, but there’s no way I can afford you.” Marie leaned close and touched Eve’s forehead through the cage’s bars. “I’m calling the police on these pigs as soon as I’m out of here. I’ll see that they take good care of you–all of you.”
The Master and the buyers would be cleared out long before help arrived. There would be no rescue but Eve would remember her time with Marie. She would treasure these memories wherever the sale landed her.
She leaned against the bars of the cage and reveled in Marie’s soft caresses. Almost like they were kin. She started. Where did that thought come from? She didn’t have any family. At least, not that she remembered. But she didn’t remember much before Ben. She’d been hurt bad, but Ben had taken good care of her. There was the Time Before, before Ben, that she glimpsed in dreams. She’d been happy then, racing through the forests in the sunshine, stalking the occasional prey. Why could she not be free like Marie?
Eve lunged away from her friend, then threw herself against the cage’s chain link gate. It held. She stood on her two hind legs and used her front paws to push against the gate. An attendant ran towards her, waving an electric prod. She retreated to the rear of her cage and roared her rage. The others took up her challenge. She crouched with her teeth bared ready to attack.
Marie shoved the man aside and approached her. “What’s the fuss, my beauty?”
Her rage washed away and her body relaxed as Marie surrounded her with calming, peaceful thoughts. Her belly was full and it was time for a nap. Exhausted, she lay down on the floor and followed her new friend through half-closed eyes as she drifted toward sleep.