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The Romance Reviews

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bear Necessities...

The lovely Kassanna is a guest on my blog today. Ooh, my very first guest! Her bear shifter story is now out in the UK to nab, cover in honey and devour. Hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeee's Kassanna!

Let's Talk Bears…

In the Pack Rulez series I write a lot about animals. That's a given though since all of them with the exception of a few humans are actually shifters. As I move along into each new book , creating the world of Volkshire, I find myself doing quite a bit of research on the animals I anticipate using. I gotta tell ya I am gathering some rather intimate knowledge of several beasts. The animal I want to tell you about today is The Kodiak Brown Bear. This creature is fascinating and was a hoot to learn about. Here are five facts about the Kodiak I pulled from the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game.
  • To date there are only thirty-five hundred bears on the Kodiak Archipelago.  (Worldwide)
  • Kodiaks are actually a subspecies of the Grizzly Bear.
  • They are the largest bear. (Worldwide)
  • They can live up to forty years and the average male can weigh in excess of a thousand pounds.
  • Kodiaks have highly dexterous lips they are able to move independent of their face much like people tend to use their hands.

Now that I've filled you in on what I learned allow me to introduce you to Boris “Kuma” Blaidd. You met him in Scar but he has his own book, titled, you guessed it. Kuma. 

Blurb ~

Boris “Kuma” Blaidd was supposed to be Alpha of Volkshire. Instead he passed that mantel on to his brother and went looking for adventure as a sentential. He only came home at the request of his family to protect his nephew.
He never wanted a mate and didn't expect to find her. Especially since she comes in a sexy, albeit skittish, package and has had her car trunk retrofitted to keep a cache of weapons. Boris knows who she is and what he must do. He simply has to take a stroll through hell to accomplish the feat.
Nix's life has never been easy, but she has made it work one way or another. The only person she has ever truly trusted called her and she came guns drawn. Only she never expected to stay. She definitely didn't expect to meet a hot bear disguised as a man who counters her every move with one of his own. Boris doesn't play fair, making her want things she knows can never be. Now she wonders can they?

Excerpt ~

She moved around the island keeping distance between them. “He's hiding. I'll find him in a minute.”
“Shouldn't he be getting ready for school?”
“Shouldn't you be working?” Nix countered. She turned and dumped her drink in the sink before strolling to the other side of the counter to take the long way out of the room.
Boris twisted around and took a few steps, blocking her way. “You've avoided me long enough.”
She lifted her chin to look into his eyes before dropping her gaze. “I figured you were busy with the old love interest.” Nix tried to sidestep Boris.
He grabbed her by the arm, pulling her up against him. Boris gripped her other arm and slid her up his body until they were face to face. “There is only one woman I have any interest in. Unfortunately, she is too stubborn to realize that.”
“Really? You better catch her. I thought I heard your Seri in the bathroom earlier,” Nix responded drily.
“Woman, I am tired of you vexing me.” He bent his head and traced her lips with his tongue.
He tasted the cream, sugar, and chicory coffee on her mouth, pushing his tongue past the seam of her lips. She opened her mouth on a sigh and he took full advantage, taking her breath into his lungs. Her knees dug into his sides as she wrapped them around his middle and her palms slid up his arms. She buried her hands in the short hairs at the back of his head. He skittered his hands down her back to grasp her ass in his palms as he moved his mouth along her jaw. She dropped her head back allowing him access to her throat as he hiked her up higher on his body.
Voices drifted into the room and Nix went still in his arms. She dropped her legs and pulled her hands between them. Rearing back she peered into his eyes.
“People are coming.” She bit her bottom lip.
“So?” He pressed a kiss to the corner of her mouth.
“We can't be seen like this.” Nix let her legs dangle.
“Why not? Sorry, but I'm not seeing the problem here.”
“You need a good review.” She hung her head placing it against his chin. “I heard some of your conversation. You can't afford to have Seri get angry with you.”
“That would be Seri's problem.” Boris started walking. Her feet kicked his shins.
“Where are you taking me?”
“I'm borrowing a page out of Keen's book.” He pressed her against the wall for support and grabbed the knob on the pantry door.

They slipped into the dark storage room just as people entered the kitchen. Their voices muffled by the heavy wooden barrier. Being swung around in the dark, Nix lost her bearings and clung to Boris. She blinked several times waiting for her eyes to adjust to the darkness. He chuckled, his lips brushing her ear. A sliver of electricity rolled down her spine when he sucked her lobe into his mouth and bit down. She combed her fingers through his hair trying to get a grip on the strands. He carried her deeper into the shadows and she felt a shelf dig into the small of her back. The cool cans touching her skin made her shiver.
The length of his cock grazed the inside of her thigh as Nix lifted her legs to lock them around his waist. He pressed against her body and the shelving shook. Her hands skimmed the width of his back as he pressed his mouth along her throat. He moved a hand up her side, pressing a big palm between them to cover her breast, tweaking her nipple through her clothing. She leaned to the side, breaking the contact with his mouth only to press her lips against the exposed skin of his neck. Her nose rubbed the hollow below his ear and she inhaled deeply. The smell of tilled earth and thunderstorms enveloped her.

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About the author ~

Kassanna is a strong believer in love at first sight and happily ever afters. After meeting her husband in November and marrying him three months later in February the two have survived and mostly enjoyed every adventure life has thrown their way. Ten years, two children, a couple of dogs and a wild turkey that came out the woods and somehow adopted them - later- the adventure continues.
Writing has always been her passion but fate sometimes has other roads that  must first be taken .  Navigating the road less traveled was not only unexpected but in the end extremely rewarding. Her books are mainly contemporary romance but she has delved into the paranormal and plans on expanding into other areas as the ideas come to her.  Right now she is enjoying life and seeing her work come into fruition make it that much more pleasurable especially when her books make others smile. Kassanna wouldn't have it any other way. 

She can always be found at her website or her blog

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