Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of Publication: May 30, 2016
Cover Artist: Crimson Romance
This bundle includes 5 individual books: Secrets, Book 1, Cravings, Book 2, Heartfelt, Book 3, Probabilities, Book 4, and Unstoppable, Book 5
Five suspenseful paranormal romances, five stories of supernatural tragedy, triumph, and love in one beautiful bundle.
Page Count 256
With her penchant for premonitions, Michelle Slade has always had trouble connecting with other people, and a horrific attack five years ago only made her isolation worse. But working to help defenseless animals with her rescue organization, Cats Alive, has given her new purpose and joy in life. When several homeless cats start vanishing into thin air, she's determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Casey Mitchell has always kept his private identity as a were-lynx secret. But he's drawn to Michelle, and when he begins to help investigate the odd circumstances surrounding the cats' disappearance, he uncovers a powerful businessman's diabolic designs on the unassuming woman.
Now both he and Michelle are in grave danger, and their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love…or lose everything?
Casey sat up in bed, the dream he’d been having still alive in his head. He rubbed his hand through his hair. Sweat beaded on his forehead. “Oh, my God.” His heart thudded hard and fast in his chest. He glanced at the clock on his nightstand, sucking in deep breaths of air. Four in the morning. Loneliness heavied his heart.
The dream had been so real, so terrifying. So unusual.
He set his feet on the cold wood floor and sat still on the side of the bed. He took in the room, his room in his house, and sorted through the images in his dream as his body reactions calmed.
He was accustomed to dreaming as his lynx form. Dreams of running through fields with the speed and exhilaration of freedom made frequent nighttime appearances. But this, this dream made him shiver. He dropped his head in his hands and lived through it again.
He saw himself standing in his human form with Michelle in her backyard. Darkness enveloped them comfortably and above a starry, moonless sky contained their moments of shared solitude. He’d brought her warm hand to his lips, the scent of her skin heady and alluring. She’d laughed, delighted when he pretended to take a delicate nibble of her skin.
Casey balled his hands. The moment of togetherness in the dream thundered through him as he revisited what happened next.
He’d lost control. He’d done the unthinkable. He’d shimmered, right in front of Michelle, into his lynx form. Horrified, he’d stood there as his purest self and her screams echoed fiercely against his heart.
Page Count 226
Were-lynx Kennedy's world implodes when she's sent to a facility for illegal and torturous experimentation. Only after she's rescued does she learn she's been living a lie for 22 years. She can count on nothing from her past - not her parents, her surname, or her safety. Only the brother she didn't know and his colony of were-lynxes offer any semblance of stability. Suspicious of everyone and unsure of her path forward, Kennedy reluctantly starts to realize that charming were-bobcat Asher Monroe might be her only hope.
Sportswriter Asher has been trying desperately to ferret out the truth behind why the sinister Nexus Group has been kidnapping and experimenting on were-cats. But he's also willing to use his special mind-controlling ability to discover whether the gorgeous Kennedy is a threat to the colony or simply a lost soul.
As their need for the truth takes them into escalating danger, they discover explosive secrets that could bring Kennedy and Asher together - or rip them apart forever.
Page Count 222
The daughter of an alcoholic single mother, Asia Blue learned young that if she wanted to survive, she'd have to take care of herself. Tough and independent, she never encountered a challenge she couldn't conquer . . . until Asia discovered she was a were-lynx. Befriending sexy fellow were-lynx Conrad Pike and finding a colony helped her adjust to the startling revelation and get through college.
Now an investigative reporter, Asia faces an entirely different sort of problem when her mother goes missing and she suspects the mysterious Nexus Group . . . who seem determined to wipe out her colony. She reaches out to Conrad, now an investment banker and serial heartbreaker, for assistance, and they must once again join forces to save their colony - and her mother.
Will this strong-minded duo risk opening up their hearts and owning up to their long-simmering attraction?
Were-lynxes Asia Blue and Conrad Pike have been BFFs for years. BFFs without benefits. But things are changing. Asia’s telepathy with animals is now expanding to enable her to read the minds of humans. It’s all very confusing for Asia to learn to manage her new ability, especially since she’s trying to develop a romantic relationship with a human, Gavin Strong.
Conrad Pike is right there to help her learn to adapt with thoughts of humans invading her mind. He believes the change that is driving Asia crazy is something she brought on by opening herself to a human. But he’s changing, too. He’s never wanted a romantic relationship with his best friend because they’ve agreed it could jeopardize their friendship. Plus their differing beliefs about humans stand between them: Asia respects them; Conrad believes they are irrational and dangerous as a species. But stirrings inside him, whenever Asia was around, are prompting questions about their relationship. Let’s listen in on a brief sit down interview.
Me: Asia, how long have you and Conrad been good friends?
Asia: (smiles and looks at Conrad) About eight years. We met back when Mr. Bad Boy here was not yet 21 and I was 18. He was sweeping floors at a soup kitchen, serving community service instead of going to jail.
Me: Conrad, jail? What was that about?
Conrad: (Glares at Asia) Underage drinking. Thanks, Asia, for mentioning that.
Asia: Well, it’s the truth. My mom and I were barely scraping by, and we frequented that same soup kitchen. Conrad and I both knew by scents that the other one was a were-lynx. It was a lucky encounter for me. Conrad helped me. I’ll always be grateful. (Asia leans her head to rest on Conrad’s shoulder.)
Me: So what brought you together were your similar secret identities? The fact that you were both were-lynxes?
Conrad: That. Plus, we both had issues and found solace in each other. It just happened, and we’ve been friends ever since.
Asia: Just friends. (Exchanges a glance with Conrad)
Conrad: (Runs his fingers through his blond hair) Right. Besides, Asia is interested in a quote, normal relationship with a human male, not with a were-cat.
Me: Is that so, Asia?
Asia: (Narrows her eyes) Yes. I’m weary of all the drama and danger our were-lynx colony seems to run into all the time. I want normal. I’ve never had normal, not with my mom’s alcohol abuse. I mean, I’ve always had to take care of things: make sure food was in the house, the bills were paid, stuff like that.
Conrad: And now she has to learn how to manage her expanding ability to read minds. It’s not easy for her to have a relationship with a man. Humans’ thoughts are more invasive and complex than animals.
Me: Interesting. Tell me about that, Asia.
Asia: Animals are very straightforward. If they’re hungry, they find food. Humans get hungry and they think about what food sounds good to them, can they afford to eat out or should they make dinner at home? Can they eat something high in calories or should they stick to carbs? I’m learning to filter out all the many, many thoughts floating around me. Since it’s a new thing for me, my brain is frequently overwhelmed, painful. But why are we talking so much about me? Conrad’s life hasn’t been a cakewalk, even though he comes from a very wealthy family. People don’t understand the pressures of wealth and status on children of wealthy parents. (She drops her gaze.) He almost committed suicide years ago.
Me: How awful.
Conrad: Things are better now. Thanks in large part to my best friend.
Me: You mean Asia.
Conrad: Very mush so. She’s beautiful in body and spirit, and she saved my life. I’ll always be grateful.
Asia: You nut.
Me: You two appear to share something deep and meaningful. Are you sure there’s no romance in your future with each other?
(Silence as they stare at each other)
Page Count 222
Bubbly were-lynx Tizzy Sands mapped out her life years ago: she'd teach kindergartners, eventually marry, and start a family. But when cancer stole her dream of having children, her focus changed. As a member of a were-lynx colony that faces constant danger from the nefarious Nexus Group, her goal now is helping the colony defeat them--and steering clear of any romantic involvements.
With his genius IQ, Quinn Arons isn't the most socially skilled were-lynx in the colony and can't imagine party girl Tizzy would give him a second look. But although his past mistakes and childhood experiences haunt him, he can't accept Tizzy's fear that cancer will return and claim her life soon. Instead, he decides to show her that life is what you make it.
Now they're working as partners to prevent Nexus from launching its Project Powering, but can Quinn convince Tizzy there's more to save here than just their world?
Page Count 234
Reeling from the recent Project Powering battle with the evil Nexus Group, were-lynx and veterinarian Lara Monroe struggles with thwarting the group's plans to eliminate her colony while dealing with her own traumatic past. Still, when her fellow colony cat - and secret crush - Booker Chase needs help, she's willing to use her special healing touch to help him survive his emotional hell.
A formidable were-lynx and a physician, Booker has his hands full helping patients who were seriously injured in the battle. But nothing can repair his soul, broken from the loss of his wife and the PTSD from his service in Afghanistan . . . or can it? Now that his good friend Lara is standing by him in his emotional struggles, he's finding there is more to their connection than he realized. But dare he open his heart?
In the epic conclusion of the Fierce Hearts series, the colony takes its biggest risk of all to shut down the Nexus Group forever - will Lara and Booker survive to take their second chance at love?
Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don't back down.
-Author note post:
It’s very important to me that my writing be entertaining and inspiring. I want to provide details that allow readers to sink into the story and maybe expand their sense of themselves and the world. To do that I count on sound research, and often that comes in the form of interviews with expert sources. But I don’t take those sources lightly. Their willingness to open up to me is admirable. It is my respect for these individuals that prompted me to write the following author’s note in the final book in my Fierce Hearts series, Unstoppable. It is spoken from my heart.
I’m grateful to Crimson Romance for helping me bring the Fierce Hearts stories of the colony of were-lynxes to readers. The characters of the Fierce Hearts series have been a part of my life for a year and a half. Some characters were introduced in earlier books, Dancing with Detective Danger and Always and Forever Love, which were published in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In these stories, I wanted to explore other ways of being in family. I wanted characters who had strong inner conflicts, conflicts common among people but with the added twist of living lives of being radically different. But the books are not issue stories, they are people stories about finding their true selves by walking their way through their wounding and coming out changed and more whole.
Though the characters in the Fierce Hearts books work on their inner difficulties within the time context of the stories, I understand and want to acknowledge that healing problems related to abuse, betrayal, and rejection in real life requires effective work with a professional counselor and it takes time.
As the series closes with Unstoppable, I’m a bit sad to let go of the characters. Their stories and fictional lives have been a part of my life for years. In writing their fictional stories with authenticity, I
have been able to talk one-on-one with people who have suffered terrible situations but have triumphed. Their triumphs are here in the Fierce Hearts books.
Music has always played as a backdrop to my life. When writing, it has helped me find pacing and mood. Sometimes it has simply jump-started my day. The following songs were all of that and more while I wrote Unstoppable. I offer that playlist here as something extra to enjoy about Unstoppable, and in many ways, the entire process of writing the series. Enjoy!
Afterlife by Ingrid Michaelson - A peppy anthem to claiming your own way of living and appreciating self.
Dark Horse – This song helped when I was writing scenes that I wanted to feature power and fierceness.
Alex’s Father from The Lakehouse Soundtrack – A mellow, sultry tone that helped me sink into deep emotional territory the characters needed to travel.
This Never Happened Before , another moving song from The Lakehouse Soundtrack, sung by Paul McCartney. It was a soundtrack for me in writing moments of developing relationships and romance
Two Weeks -- I loved this music for helping me write “pain” in my characters. But a warning, it has seriously explicit language.
Songbird, by Eva Cassidy – For me, the moment of realization that the characters were opening to love is clear in this song.
While writing the wedding scene, A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri, really set the perfect mood for me. I cried as it played and I took the characters down their perfect path to each other and lifetime love.
$20 gift card and a copy of Dancing with Detective Danger
A product from the Fierce Hearts Café Press shop http://www.cafepress.com/fiercehearts
A copy of Always and Forever Love