Loving a good ol’ boy

Remember the theme song to the Dukes of Hazzard TV show? Waylon Jennings crooned about good ol’ boys never meaning no harm, and ladies all over the globe shivered in their seats over Tom Wopat and John Schneider.

There’s just something about a good old boy, isn’t there?

Grab a handful of romance books off the nearest shelf and I guarantee you many of the heroes will fit this description. Whether they be ranchers or outdoors men or local sheriffs, women love these heroes.

My men from the Gemini Island Shifters series are no different. Ensconced in the rugged terrain of northern Ontario, these are men who understand the earth and who spend more time appreciating their women than their hair products. (Well, most of them anyway. I think Soren Snow from book 2 might like his hair gel, but he’s a superstar, so we’ll forgive him.)

But what is it exactly that makes a good old boy so appealing? I have some theories.

1) I think we can assume a good old boy, no matter his profession, knows how to use his hands. And in using those hands to climb mountains or chop wood, he’s probably developed some mighty fine musculature.

2) A good ol’ boy would never back down from a fight, especially in order to protect his woman or family. If someone threatened Daisy, do you think Bo and Luke wouldn’t have swung for him? (Sure, they might have had a car chase first, but you know what I mean.)

3) When I think of a good ol’ boy hero, I picture someone rugged, not fussy about his appearance. Yes, we all want our man to be well-groomed, but I prefer a man in worn jeans, rather than today’s metrosexual. You wouldn’t catch any self-respecting good old boy flipping through fashion magazines.

4) I think a true good old boy has a little bit of mystery about him. He’s the man standing at the back of the bar, appraising you through hooded eyes, rather than the obnoxious professional trying to buy you a fancy drink you don’t want. The good old boy might not say much. He might even appear a little surly at times. But something about his reserved nature draws you in, makes you curious.

It’s very easy fantasizing about a good old boy. A woman need not get caught up in silly fantasies involving glass slippers and a coach and four. With a good old boy, all you need is a bale of hay, a warm stable and each other.

I’m very proud to present my newest good old boy hero to you. Yesterday saw the launch of Predator’s Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5. Killian Moon, my jaguar shifter, is the latest man to capture a woman’s heart at the Ursa Lodge. And I think you’ll find he does it effectively.

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Thanks to everyone who made my release day so special yesterday. I appreciate all the retweets and shares for this book. Your love for this series means the world. In case you missed it, Predator’s Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5, is now available at Amazon and http://www.lsbooks.com/predator-s-fire-p946.php

Blurb:

When Nina Suzuki discovers the body of her best friend Janine, her world turns upside down. Things go from bad to worse when Janine’s corpse seems to transform into that of a large, brown wolf. For the first time, Nina is faced to confront all the clues indicating her BFF was not what she seemed. A letter from the dead woman opens Nina’s eyes to a strange, new world. The same letter warns of a sinister group called the Alpha Brethren, and urges her to find Killian Moon of the Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort on Gemini Island.

Killian Moon is a jaguar shifter and teen mentor at the Ursa Lodge in Northern Ontario. He may be a comfort and inspiration to confused teen shifters, but he also has a fiery past. His past comes back to haunt him when human Nina arrives at the resort, demanding to speak with him. Demanding answers. Can he trust her with knowledge that will not only change her life, but possibly endanger those around him?

As Killian begrudgingly tutors Nina on all things shifter, their mutual curiosity flares into passionate need. Once they touch, once they succumb to desire, there is no going back. Killian realizes Nina is his mate and they both begin to comprehend the terror threatening those on their shifter-friendly island. He is forced to confront the tragedy in his family and determines to protect Nina at all costs.

But can they protect everyone they love from a cult of dangerous shifters, intent on horror and destruction?

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