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It's taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she's now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals...
The Territorial Council isn't thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don't have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up - which Alex is determined not to do.
Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. Despite years of training, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat.
To make matters worse, she must work with a mysterious man who's been trying to kill her since the day they met...
Our intruder sat in the easy chair that swallowed me up whenever I sat in it, but he made it look like a miniature with his large shoulders and long legs. Brock sat on the couch, his arm behind his head as he watched Tristan with suspicious eyes. If I didn’t know Brock so well, I would have said he was completely unaffected.
But I knew better.
And yet, the way Tristan had handled everything that had occurred this evening made him seem like more of a good guy. Not someone I would ever trust, but at least tolerable enough to sit in the same room with him. What a difference a few hours can make.
Brock scooted over as I entered, making room for me as I sank into the soft leather of the sofa and leaned against him. He placed a protective arm over my shoulders.
Tristan stared at us over a bottle of tequila. Patron, my favorite, and a bottle that had obviously been liberated from my private stock. Pulling the stopper, he took a long swig and held the bottle out to us.
Today I had very nearly lost two members of my family due to my own carelessness, and I still had no idea where Bren was. I had been tasked with one responsibility — to protect my pack — and I couldn’t even do that right.
Alcohol was the last thing on my mind…
“You couldn’t have stopped it, if that’s what you’re thinking.” Acknowledging my dismissal, he set the bottle on the desk between us.
“Stopped your family from being attacked. Stopped your friends from disappearing. Stopped your jaguar mama from being chewed up and spat out.”
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While Stacy Mantle is most well-known as the Pack Leader of the popular website, PetsWeekly.com, however she is rapidly gaining a fan base in the genre of fantasy with the publication of Shepherd’s Moon, the first book in her Alex Wilde “Shepherd” series.
Stacy has a B.A. in English, a post-baccalaureate in Secondary Education, and an MBA with an emphasis on Marketing. She is active in animal rescue and is a nationally-known pet industry authority. She currently resides in the deserts of the Southwest with several cats, a few dogs, and a very understanding husband. You can learn more about her at http://www.StacyMantle.com
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