Eli Drake was banished from his pack three years ago, and now he does mercenary work with a group of lethal friends. While sitting in a Texas bar he thinks he is hallucinating when he sees Carla Reyes, the half-breed wolf seared into his soul. His pack is in trouble and she wants his help, but she doesn’t want him, and he is determined to change her mind.

Eli is one rugged, sexy, and lethal Lycan. His alpha nature is appealing, but it is obvious he is troubled and running from his past. I liked the character because he goes above and beyond to give protection to those in need. Carla Reyes was shattered when Eli left her behind with a half formed bond. What I admired about her is that she is one hell of a warrior herself. I understand her trust issues, but frankly there were moments I wanted to throttle her!

This is the first Bloodrunners book I have read, and it stood alone fairly well. I do wish I would have read the series from the start and learned more of the pack’s history, and the bonds between the characters. I adore everything shifter and was really pleased with this read. Byrd is able to coax out the best and worst from her characters, and the reader quickly forms connections with them. It also helps that action and passion are not in short supply. Dark Wolf Returning was an easy read for me, holding my attention until the last page was turned. I am making a note to go back and put the series on my TBR list. I have high hopes that Byrd will eventually bring us the stories of Eli’s group of mercenaries. I found them fascinating and extremely entertaining!

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Publication Date: August 1, 2014
When werewolf Eli Drake is banished from his pack, he leaves a devastated and heartbroken Carla Reyes behind. Three torturous years later, she tracks him down to a hole-in-the-wall Texas bar—the pack is in trouble and war is on the horizon. Carla needs Eli’s help, but wants nothing more to do with him—even though he’s as ruthless, domineering and sexy as ever….
Eli hasn’t forgotten Carla. And the partial bite he gave her their last night together has had him lying awake nights imagining her sumptuous curves and supple lips. But Carla wants their bond broken, no matter the cost. Now, as they join forces, dare Eli hope that he can claim a future he never dreamed possible?


Prince of Demons 3 is the final installment in the Prince of Demons quick release trilogy. Lana and Brave’s adventures are far from over, and there is now a real threat to their safety. The harrowing experiences they have will either bring them closer together or drive a wedge between them.

Lana and Brave’s characters really grew on me throughout the trilogy and it was nice to see some familiar characters from the Order of the Black Swan as well. Lana has really adjusted to her new reality and Brave was absolutely charming. Being a human raised by demons he is not really familiar with the English language and common sayings. I must admit I was entertained by his moments of confusion.

As I expected Danann once again delivered on the action. I would have loved to see just a little more heat, because Brave is really kind of tasty! My favorite thing about this last chapter was the laugh out loud moments when Lana and Brave were interacting with one another. The jury is still out on whether or not I liked this as a trilogy or would have preferred it as a whole book. I am leaning toward the latter; although the first two cliffhangers were exciting I believe had it been released as a whole book the ending would have had more of an impact on me. On a whole I enjoyed the story and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Danann brings us next!

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(amazon.com)
Publication Date: January 19, 2015
WISHES ARE MYSTERIES FILLED WITH SHADOWS and LIGHT.
The third and last part of the Prince of Demons trilogy. Lana seeks out The Order’s best witch tracker for help. She hopes to reunite with Brave for a calmer, quieter courtship, the goal being a happily ever after for a prince of demons and a Dallas finance manager turned adventurer. That’s when the adventure really begins.


Cavanaugh never wanted to be his pride’s alpha; he just wanted his best friend Eloise. Cavanaugh knew that because of her status in the pack he could never have her as a mate if he remained the head of the pack so he walked away with the intention of returning to Eloise when he no longer had the right to be alpha. His plans are changed when Eloise hunts him down to bring him back to the pack so he can dispatch their brutal leader.

 

In the last book my heart ached for Cavanaugh. He appeared so sad and lonely, and now we know what his life was missing. I love the personality that Eloise brings out in him. We get a glimpse of him being almost completely carefree. It makes him even more attractive! Eloise was devastated when Cavanaugh walked away. I liked her character a lot. She is a female who is honorable in the way that she is willing to give up what her heart wants in order to save her people.

 

Heaton gives her readers another wonderful love story. It was sad seeing this charismatic couple separated because of their sense of duty. It was sweeter watching them fight for what they wanted. Ms. Heaton writes in a way that really gets the reader invested in the characters, and her storylines keep them exciting. I have enjoyed the series so far and I am looking forward to more Eternal Mates!

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Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 5)

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

Felicity Heaton's Craved by an Alpha Blog Barrage
Craved by an Alpha, the fifth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book.

Find out how to enter the Craved by an Alpha international giveaway (ends February 8th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 5 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Here’s more about Craved by an Alpha, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

Craved by an Alpha

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.

Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.

Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.

Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

Craved by an Alpha is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Excerpt

 

Cavanaugh looked up through the trees, checking the light level. It had taken most of the day to find a vehicle, purchase all the equipment they needed, and drive the seven hours up the track. In just over an hour, it would be dark. They would have to stop and make camp. Near to the river would be the best place to set up the small tent he had purchased and start a fire, but also the most dangerous. Countless predators made the forest their home, big cats among them, and many of them hunted along the water where their prey would come to drink.

He could smell them in the area. Tigers. Leopards. Even clouded leopards. None of them would take well to him and Eloise being in their territory. The tigers were the biggest threat. They had been known to take human prey in the past, when times had been tough for them, and had spread their territory far and wide, even up to altitude in places, clashing with the territory of the snow leopards.

The trail ended two miles deeper into the forest, at a large pool that glittered at the base of a short waterfall. This was as far as the locals went, coming here to try their luck fishing. He had met a few once, years ago, on his way down from the mountain. They hadn’t seemed surprised to see someone coming from a direction where nature prevailed and no humans ventured. He suspected that the legends the locals believed in were based on his pride and those legends were woven deep into their traditions and religion. They had known what he was, but they respected him and his kind.

Eloise distracted him from his memories by clambering up the enormous boulders that formed a wall ahead of him. He stared at her backside, cupped tightly in her trekking trousers. He might have purchased a size smaller than he should have, but he had known she wouldn’t dare complain about how tight and revealing they were. It was the first time he felt that being an alpha was a perk, not a punishment.

She leaped to another boulder and scaled the next one with ease.

Snow leopard shifters were agile climbers in both of their forms, and he had always loved climbing with her, scaling the dangerous mountains that surrounded the village in the hidden valley high above this forest. There were ledges on the mountains that offered the most incredible and breathtaking views across the Himalayas.

Her boot slipped and he was behind her in a single leap, his hands pressed against her backside to stop her from falling. She gasped and turned wide honey-coloured eyes on him, a blush climbing her cheeks before she recovered and stole her body from his grasp, ruining the moment. She hauled herself back towards the rocks and up them, away from his hands.

Hands that ached to touch her again, to explore every inch of her at his leisure, together with his lips.

“Damned new boots,” she muttered and was more careful as she clambered up the rocks, placing each foot with caution.

When she had reached the top, she looked back down at him. He grinned and ascended the treacherous rocks in a few leaps, using his superior strength and agility to make easy work of it. She huffed under her breath and stalked on ahead of him, evidently not impressed by his display of manliness.

Cavanaugh shrugged and followed her, his senses split between her and their surroundings now that they were heading deeper into the forest, away from the farmland and the humans.

He closed the distance between them as the terrain turned hilly, the ascents and descents steep and muddy, making it tough going as they continued to track the river through the forest covering the valley. He helped her as much as she would let him, growing increasingly frustrated whenever she refused to accept his assistance. Back in the day, she had never hesitated to take his hand when he had offered it or his help whenever she had slipped. Was it because she could only see him as her pride’s alpha now?

He wasn’t that male, not when he was with her.

He was just Cavanaugh.

The air grew humid as they followed the river. The evening light danced across its rippling surface, making it look like liquid gold. He drew in a deep breath, catching the scents of the animals and all the different plants and trees, refreshing his memory of this place he had called home for a century.

It was beautiful, but tarnished now.

His reason for being here, and everything that had happened, had ruined it for him, stealing something away from the stunning scenery. The mountains called to him, rising high above the forest that surrounded him, their snow-capped peaks piercing the golden sky, but he no longer felt the deep need to answer that call, to rush up to their pinnacles and see the world as they did.

He was happier down here, in the forest.

Truthfully, he was happier miles away from this place that no longer felt like his home.

Eloise looked back at him, the sight of her soothing him and chasing away his heavy thoughts.

The forest drew back from the river ahead of them, leaving a wide earth bank on their side that gave way to pebbles and then rounded stones by the water.

“We can camp ahead.” Cavanaugh scanned the forest with his senses. “I’ve camped here a few times.”

It smelled different now though. The territories of the cats that made this area their home had shifted.

Movement across the river caught his eye and his gaze snapped there, his senses on high alert. A small leopard cat broke cover, spotted him and dashed back into the scrub. They weren’t much bigger than a domestic cat and were definitely not a threat to him and Eloise.

She set her backpack down in the middle of the dirt bank and rubbed her shoulders. He would do that for her if she asked. Gods, he would do it for her if she didn’t ask. He would do anything to get his hands back on her and break down the damned wall that stood between them. He dumped his backpack and stretched, a sliver of pleasure flowing through him as he loosened up. He wasn’t looking forward to the ascent ahead of him, not with so much gear. He would have to stash most of it somewhere rather than trying to carry it up the mountain path.

His gaze drifted along the wide slow river, hopping from boulder to boulder that dotted the water, and then up over the trees to the mountains in the distance ahead of him.

He was running out of time.

There had to be a way to get Eloise to look at him and see him as the man she had known all her life, the one who belonged to her if she would have him, and not her alpha.

He sighed and set the tent up as he pondered that, and then left her to handle the fire as he looked at the river. It had been a hard trek and he needed to wash up before settling down to a delicious meal of protein bars. The crystal clear water was just too inviting to resist.

He wanted to cool off with a swim.

If all went to plan, Eloise would join him.

 

Craved by an Alpha is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

Find all the links, a fantastic 5 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:

Author Bio

 

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

 

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February 1

To Hell and Back (Mel Goes to Hell series Book 4) by  Demelza Carlton

Wolf Born by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Bound by Blood: Oriana’s Curse by Tracey H. Kitts

Sentinels: Alpha Rising (Sentinels series Book 7) by Doranna Durgin

A Light in the Darkness (Black Rose series) by Laura Morgan

Observing Rielle (Awakening Rielle Book 2) by Crystal Cierlak

Unbound (The Alex Crocker Series Book 3)  by Lauren Grimley

 

February 2

Immortal Flame (Hell to Pay) by Jillian David

Parvati: February (Mystic Zodiac Book 2) by Brandy Walker

The Stars For Valentine’s Day (The Journeyman’s Way) by Trinity Blacio

Pleasure (Dark Alpha 2) by Alisa Woods

Rise & Fall (THIRDS Book 4) by Charlie Cochet

 

February 3

Hunter Reborn (Moon Shifter Series Book 5) by Katie Reus

Casually Cursed (A Southern Witch Book 5) by Kimberly Frost

The Accidental Dragon (Accidentally Paranormal #9) by Dakota Cassidy

Hunger’s Mate (The Shadow Shifters Book 5) by A. C. Arthur

Overcome (Breeds) by Lora Leigh

Jaguar Pride (Heart of the Jaguar Book 4) by Terry Spear

Bear Witness (Pearson Security #1) by Michele Bardsley

 

February 5

Lover in a Bottle by Shona Husk

Prymal Passion by Jianne Carlo

STRANGE MAGIC (The MAGIC series Book 2) by Michelle Mankin

 

February 10

Deep Space Encounters 2: Rescuing Natacha by Selena Blake

Spirit of the Pride (Pryde Ranch Shifters Book 1) by T.J. Michaels

SHIFT by Karina Espinosa

 

February 14

Saved By The Alpha by Alex Owens

The Dearly Departed Dating Service by Rae Renzi

Blur (The Elan Series Book 2) by Tracie Roberts

 

February 15

Immortal Kiss by Laura Daleo

Guardian’s Shadow (Fire and Snow Book 3) by Khloe Wren

My Partner and Me (shifters and partners Book 2) by Hollis Shiloh

 

February 17

Bear Attraction: A Shifters Unbound Novella by Jennifer Ashley

The Master (The Game Maker Series Book 2) by Kresley Cole

Fashionably Dead in Diapers: Hot Damned Series Book 4 by Robyn Peterman

Luscious: Dominant Blood – Renaissance Clan by Elizabeth Drake

Black Wolf’s Revenge (Silver Wolf Clan) by Tera Shanley

Tears of Crimson (New Orleans Vampire Bar Book 1) by Michelle Hughes

Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates #6) by Felicity Heaton

Tattered Loyalties (Talon Pack Book 1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Grizzly Love: Big Bear Romance (Kodiak Point #5) by Eve Langlais

 

February 23

Angel/Hiss (Bayou Heat Box Set Book 7) by Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy

Lion’s Share (Wildcats Book 1) by Rachel Vincent

 

February 24

Cursed by Fire: The Immortal Brothers by Jacquelyn Frank

The Immortal Who Loved Me: An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampire Book 21) by Lynsay Sands

A Dangerous Fury (The Sentinel Demons Book 3) by J. S. Scott

When Irish Eyes Are Haunting: A Krewe of Hunters Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Heather Graham

Hunted by a Jaguar Blog Barrage
Hunted by a Jaguar, the fourth book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book.

Find out how to enter the Hunted by a Jaguar international giveaway (ends January 18th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 7 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/hunted-by-a-jaguar-paranormal-romance-novel.php

 

 

Here’s more about Hunted by a Jaguar, including an excerpt from this paranormal romance novel.

 

Hunted by a Jaguar is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/hunted-by-a-jaguar-paranormal-romance-novel.phpA jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.

Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate.

Can Iolanthe resist Kyter’s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?

Excerpt

 

The air was thicker than he remembered. Like soup in his lungs. Moist. Hot. Stifling. Kyter tipped his head back and inhaled, dragging it over his teeth. It carried a thousand scents unique to the rainforest, smells he hadn’t experienced in centuries.

A blend of sounds teased his ears, a cacophony of insects chirruping, birds singing and primates calling. His jaguar side shifted beneath his skin, a product of his restlessness. He wanted to let the change come over him and take to the trees, prowling along the branches to stalk the monkeys and the parrots. A band of bright blue and yellow macaws broke cover, a stunning flash of colour against the green canopy as they flew to another tree.

Kyter drew in another deep breath, holding this one in his lungs, and calmed himself, shaking off his nerves and trying to see the beauty of this place he had once called home.

The trees loomed above him. The monkey chatter mocked him. Everything closed in and his throat closed with it. A deep need to turn back and escape this place and what awaited him at the end of his journey filled him. He exhaled hard and pushed onwards, taking another step towards his destination. Each step was more difficult than the last. Each stride brought him closer to a place he had vowed he would never set foot in again.

But he had to be here.

He had set out from London a week ago, the same night he had received the news via a call from a satellite phone. That news had knocked his entire world off kilter and left him reeling in the middle of his nightclub, numbed from his skin down to his soul.

He had travelled non-stop since then. Through every plane journey that had carried him halfway across the world, all the boats that had taken him down the mighty Amazon river and its tributaries, and every step he had trod during his trek into the rainforest that had followed, what had brought him back here hadn’t sunk in.

He still felt numb.

He scrubbed a cloth around the back of his neck, wiping the sweat away, and shoved it into the back pocket of his black combat trousers as he took another hard step closer to his destination.

The forest closed in again, covering his tracks for him, even though he had made sure to conceal his path so humans couldn’t find the village nestled far from civilisation. Protected by nature.

Kyter trekked up a steep incline, the path becoming difficult. He struggled to lift his mud-caked boots over each root that threatened to trip him and clung to each tree he could reach, using them as support as he pushed onwards, battling through the fatigue.

The pack on his back was soaked from the sweat that rolled down his spine beneath his black tank. He had emptied his canteen a day back but hadn’t stopped for water. Just as he hadn’t stopped to rest nor to sleep since he had left the river behind two days ago. He couldn’t stop.

Not until he saw the truth for himself.

He wouldn’t believe a thing until then.

He wouldn’t feel a thing until then.

Not how his feet throbbed and burned from the non-stop trek across harsh terrain. Not the sting of a hundred insect bites. Not the ache in his bones.

Not the agony ripping his heart to pieces.

He reached a vertical wall of mud and bushes, and grabbed a thick root, using it to haul himself up the final few feet of the hill. He planted one knee up on the bank above him and grunted as he pulled his bodyweight up and set his other knee down on the ridge.

Kyter dragged himself onto his feet and clutched the tree to his left for support.

The scars on his back ached as he stared down the other side of the hill, through the trees and the scrub to the clearing in the valley.

The village of his pride.

He couldn’t call them family. They had never been family to him.

They had made sure of that, treating him as the outcast he was, ensuring he felt it every day of his long existence. He breathed hard, fighting the memories of this place as they surfaced, shoving them back down inside where they belonged. They had no place in his life now. He had banished them and his pain years ago, or at least he had tried. His fingers tensed against the tree trunk, his claws emerging and tearing through the thin bark to the wood beneath. It curled beneath his fingers, the fresh scent of it filling the air for a moment.

No. They weren’t his family.

If the news was true, then he had no family now.

Kyter pressed a hand to his soaked chest and dug his nails into his pectorals. He ground his teeth and chuffed, the short coughing noise escaping him before he could stop it.

No one would answer that call now.

The backs of his eyes burned and he growled, baring his emerging fangs as he stared down at the village, a flicker of grief piercing the numbness within him and setting fire to his heart.

The smaller wooden single-storey buildings stood on stilts on the earth, without glass in their windows and only shutters to close over them. The thatched roofs hung wide from the sides of each building, providing shelter for the windows and the long porch across the front. They looked so basic to him now, with none of the modern conveniences he enjoyed back in England at his nightclub in London, but one had been his home for most of his life, and he remembered that he had been happy at times.

His golden gaze sought the small residence on the outskirts of the village to his right, near trees that he had climbed as a cub and still bore his claw marks from when he had matured and had raked them to scent them. The house looked so small now. Desolate and lonely. Cold.

As cold as he felt inside.

Kyter straightened and took hold of the straps of his backpack. He sucked down another deep breath into too-tight lungs as his gaze swung back to the main area of the village, to the largest building that stood proudly in the centre of a wide open area. He avoided looking at the left side of the building, where a thick wooden column rose from the earth, and focused on his kin gathered in the square.

They filled the area, encircling a sombre scene that made his numb yet burning heart ache. He had no choice but to believe what he had been told now that it was right before him. Many of the buildings were damaged and, in the middle of the circle of his kin, bodies lay on individual stacks of logs and a cushion of palm leaves, all of them dressed in brightly coloured ceremonial tunics.

The flicker of fire in his chest exploded into an inferno that coursed through his veins and ignited his emotions, bringing them back full force, so powerful that they overwhelmed him. He wanted to throw his head back and roar out his fury and his pain as it ravaged him, but he refused to break with tradition even when he despised it.

Instead of unleashing his rage and grief, he clenched his trembling fists at his sides and vowed that he would hunt down whoever had done this. They would pay. By all that was dark and unholy within him—they would pay.

Kyter took one last deep breath and started down the hill, his step faltering as he approached the village. The hill was more a part of him than the village had ever been. He had spent most of his life up on it, looking down on the village, watching from a distance as ceremonies took place. Especially when they were mating ceremonies.

He never could bear being in the village for those. They only reminded him that he would never have such a thing.

There was no fated mate for him out there.

Now he had to take part in the worst ceremony of all.

He entered the boundaries of the village and kept his gaze fixed straight ahead, on the main building and the people gathered there. The acrid scent of smoke still filled the air, reminding him that only a week had passed since the attack on his kin. A week ago, she had been alive and now she was dead.

Murdered.

Had she been afraid? Had she tried to fight or escape? Had she begged for mercy? For her life?

What had he been doing?

Laughing over a glass of Hellfire in his bar with a pretty little mortal female who had been trying to get his attention all night.

She had been fighting for her life, and he had been laughing while it happened.

Tears burned his eyes and he scrubbed them away, refusing to let them fall. He should have been here. He never should have left.

He reached the edge of the gathered and all eyes turned to him, a hush falling over the village. He ignored them and averted his gaze to the earth, shutting out the pointed looks and the silent accusations that pressed down on his already trembling shoulders.

Kyter glanced at the lead elder of the pride, a tall slender male with short greying hair, and caught the coldness in his golden gaze. More ice than usual.

It had been a long time since Kyter had left this place behind, but he hadn’t forgotten the hostility of his pride. He could never forget. They had made sure of that. His back burned, each laceration feeling as if it had only just happened. The lash of the whip rang in his ears. His own pitiful cries followed it.

He closed his eyes against the memories and turned away from the older male.

The gathered parted for him, which was more than he had expected from them, and he swallowed hard, his throat tightening by degrees as he lifted his head and approached the dead.

Males. Females. Children. All laid out in rows. They numbered in their twenties. Almost half of the pride, and all of their strongest males. Their finest warriors.

Kyter looked at one of them and stopped dead as a vision of the male as a boy filled his mind. A violent collision of fear and hope flooded Kyter’s heart as he stood before the boy, eye-level with him, and the boy pointed at him. The big elder male beside him signalled to two other adult males. Kyter backed away, shaking his head. They clamped strong hands down on his arms and dragged him across the square in front of everyone.

To the column.

The sound of females sobbing yanked him back to the present and he breathed again, his hands shaking as his heart thundered against his ribs.

Kyter stared blankly at the women off to his right, the village of old disappearing to reveal them to him as they clutched each other, consoled by their shared grief and bonded by it.

He flexed his fingers, filled with a need to tell them that he was sorry for their loss, even when he knew that they wouldn’t listen to a word he had to say. They would only look upon him with scorn and disgust.

He hadn’t come for them anyway.

He had learned long ago not to give a damn about them, because they didn’t give a damn about him.

He had come here for one person.

Kyter’s eyes shifted to a small form on a pyre off to the left of the square, her body laid apart from the others and covered only in a piece of pale cloth. Ice and fire speared his chest, freezing and burning his heart at the same time. His throat clogged. Tears stung his eyes.

Not only born of grief.

They were born of fury too. Anger that even in death they were punishing her and holding her away from them, when she had loved them all so dearly. All because she had made a mistake. Duped by a male.

A growl curled up his throat, his anger growing as he realised that they blamed her for what had happened to the pride.

He knew they blamed him. They always blamed him.

The product of her mistake.

He slowly walked towards her, his eyes locked on her, his heart labouring in his chest. His legs shook with each step, his strength leaving him as he drew closer to her, and then gave out when he saw her bruised and lacerated face.

His beautiful mother.

He collapsed to his knees beside her and pulled her cold body into his arms, gently lifting the top half from the palm leaves. Her scent filled his senses and he gathered her against him, buried his face in her throat and cried out the grief ripping him apart inside. Tears spilled in an unstoppable flow as he breathed in her scent with each ragged inhale. He shook to his core and clutched her closer, unable to stop the words from spinning around his mind, damning him.

She had been fighting for her life.

He had been laughing.

Kyter rocked with her, with each hard sob that racked his body, and growled against her mottled skin.

“I should have made you come with me. I shouldn’t have left you behind.”

He chuffed, the low coughing sound that begged for reassurance and comfort reverberating in his throat, but she didn’t answer him.

She would never answer him again.

 

Hunted by a Jaguar is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Also available in paperback.

Find all the links, a fantastic 7 chapter downloadable sample of the book, and also how to enter the giveaway and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/hunted-by-a-jaguar-paranormal-romance-novel.php

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Author Bio

 

Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | GoodReads | Amazon

 

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Kyter was shunned by his pride because of his blood. He left, but now tragedy brings him back to his old home. Kyter has a score to settle, but before that can happen he needs to possess a certain artefact. Iolanthe, is a treasure hunter. She finds things her clients want. She has found herself mixed up with a client who is deadly, and if she doesn’t deliver she could literally lose her head. Her search for this artefact has set her on a collision course with a Jaguar who will change her life forever, one way or the other.

Kyter is a jaguar shifter with a past full of pain. As a reader you can’t help but be drawn in by this strong man who has endured so much. Iolanthe is the picture of strength and independence. She has been on her own for some time living far from her own people. Kyter is struck by her beauty from the beginning, and although initially they don’t seem to be very compatible, you learn that first impressions can be deceiving.

The Eternal Mates series is one of my favorites from Heaton. She creates characters, like Kyter, that touch you deeply and you don’t want anything but to see them happy. For Heaton, words on paper are like paints on a canvas, she uses her words to paint a picture in colorful detail. She can take you from cities here on earth to lands in other realms. It is not hard to put yourself in a character’s place and see through their eyes. Hunted by a Jaguar is a wonderful paranormal love story. I do suggest reading the series in order to get a full understanding of the novel. I am excited to continue on with this series. I look forward to meeting new characters as well as seeing familiar ones have their story told.

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(amazon.com)
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.
Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate.


Vail is known through the realms as the Mad Elf Prince. He ended up being captured by the demons of the Fifth Realm. Also being held prisoner is Rosalind, the light witch who saved Olivia, the fated mate of Vail’s brother Prince Loren. When Rosalind is sent to heal the dark prince she is unaware that it was one of her kind that drove him to madness. Vail feels for the fair witch but he is not sure he will be able to overcome his past and be the mate she needs.

Vail is a character that captures you from the start. I became aware of him in the second book and was so excited to read his story. This tortured warrior is strong, but darkness and violence are always just below the surface. Rosalind got my attention as well, but her true character shined in this book. She is a powerful witch who has suffered greatly, but she has not given herself to the darkness her sisters have.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Heaton’s work. She always seems to give us a character that tugs at our hearts and makes us want to reach out to save them, Vail is one of those characters. She did a beautiful job bringing us knowledge of exactly what this gorgeous and tormented elf has had to endure. Rosalind with her compassion and kindness for him was truly heart warming. Tempted by a Rogue Prince is my favorite in the series so far. I look forward to reading the future books in this series!

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(amazon.com)

Publication Date: August 6, 2014

New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents:

Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 3)

An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken.When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?


Slade is a powerful V.C. warrior as well as a doctor. He has gotten to know a half breed vampire named Jill as she trained to become the V.C.’s first female warrior. There are no doubts about the attraction between them, but acting on it is a whole other matter.  If Slade claims the one woman he truly wants it could ruin them both.

The mysterious Slade Buchanan caught my attention as soon as he arrived at the V.C. compound. He is alpha through and through. His strength and intelligence do not go unnoticed either. I love how his possessiveness comes to the front anywhere Jill is concerned. Jill is a perfect heroine. She has overcome all odds on her way to become a warrior. She has a strong will and a sharp tongue. I also need to add that the way she affects Slade without even trying is highly entertaining.

I have followed The Protectors series from the beginning, and I have really enjoyed watching Gabelman grow as a writer. Her passionate and action packed storylines are not ones that you want to miss out on. She writes in a way that makes you feel like you have built a personal relationship with the warriors and their mates. Slade is fast paced and exciting just like I expected it to be. It was a joy getting reacquainted with the other warriors as well.

If you haven’t read The Protectors yet it is time for you to fall head over heels for these sexy vampire warriors! It is my personal hope that Gabelman brings us Sloan’s story. I am very curious to learn about the hard ass that keeps these warriors in line!

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(amazon.com)

Publication Date: December 29, 2014

Highly trained VC Warrior, Dr. Slade Buchanan’s, role between lifesaver and lifetaker has been a constant battle, but nothing prepared him for half-breed VC Warrior trainee, Jill Nichols. Slade realizes his struggles from the past were nothing compared to the difficulty of resisting the woman who could never belong to a man like him.

Being the only female VC Warrior recruit, Jill Nichols, has an uphill battle. Falling for the sexy doctor, Slade Buchanan, has not made the battle any easier, especially when he constantly reminds her and others there will never be anything between them. Working harder than any male recruit, obstacles are thrown in her path, and with each challenge, it becomes clear that the two things she wants most may never be.


Lana has not had an easy time lately. She has been dumped at the altar, uprooted her life to find herself, got lost in another dimension, and now she wakes up in a demon prison after a crazy night. The only upside so far is her handsome cellmate.

 

Lana has been thrust into a world she never knew existed. She had left her home in Dallas for a little adventure, but she got far more than she ever bargained for. Instead of being weak and shell shocked, she has managed to handle her situation fairly well. Brave is a human who was raised by demons, and he is Lana’s prison cellmate. He is handsome and completely charming. Lana learns quickly that being around Brave requires her to stay on her toes!

 

Danann does not disappoint in the second installment of this quick release trilogy. True to her style it was a fast paced ride that ended way too quickly. I devoured the book in no time, because I was unable to tear myself away. Prince of Demons is like three novellas that go together to make one complete book. I must say a little part of me enjoys having to wait and savor the story, the other part of me wants it all. Now.

 

If you love the paranormal and you haven’t read Danann’s books yet I urge you to give them a try. She is one of the must read authors in the genre.

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(amazon.com)

Publication Date: January 3, 2015

In the second part of this rapid release trilogy, Lana wakes after a night of too much song, dance, and pub red ale to find herself in a demon dungeon sleeping on top of a fellow prisoner who happens to be seriously drool worthy. When the cryptic stranger proposes an escape plan, she goes along and gets the adventure she’d subconsciously longed for.

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