Hi! My name is Shelley Munro, and I’m here to talk about my feline shapeshifter book, Scarlet Woman, which is currently available for free download. (see end of post for links)
I’m not sure why I enjoy writing about feline shifters so much. Maybe it’s because my husband isn’t a cat fan and I feel deprived. (We have a dog instead.) My cat of choice is the black leopard, although both lions and tigers feature in my Middlemarch stories.
Here are a few leopard facts:
- Leopards are the most widespread of all big cats.
- They are also the most secretive.
- They live in different habitats ranging from rocky country to savannah lands and forests.
- Leopards are nocturnal and hunt at night.
- They usually sleep all day in a tree.
- Their spotted coat is excellent camouflage in the patchwork of light and shade in the forest.
- A leopard’s spots are actually small rosettes.
- Leopards are loners and only come together to mate.
- The mother brings up the cubs until they can fend for themselves.
- They are built for bursts of speed and for climbing trees.
- They have strong jaws, chests and front legs and can move an animal as big as themselves.
- Leopards like to ambush their prey, waiting in a tree for an animal to walk underneath.
- Leopards drag their meals up into trees to keep it safe.
- Black leopards are often called panthers. They are the same species, but their spots blend with their dark coat. They are more common in Asia.
In my Middlemarch series, I’ve taken some of the above facts to use in my stories and also given my own personal twist. Middlemarch leopards mate for life and they are a close knit community. They’re alpha characters but are putty in the hands of the right woman. To learn about the real town of Middlemarch, where the dance takes place on a yearly basis because the first was so successful, follow this link. http://www.middlemarch.co.nz
Do you enjoy stories that are based on fact or do you enjoy stories that are pure fiction best?
If you enjoy paranormal stories about family and small communities make sure you grab your free copy of Scarlet Woman (free from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance e-books from 28 Jan to 10 Feb 2013) and also Lightning Strikes Twice, which takes place at the same dance as Scarlet Woman (free from Ellora’s Cave and All Romance e-books)
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Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand and loves to write about feline shapeshifters. To learn more about Scarlet Woman and the other stories in Shelley’s Middlemarch Mates series, read excerpts, see family trees and other background information visit her website at www.shelleymunro.com