Saturday, January 22, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Midlife Shifter Unexpected (Cougar Creek Coven #2) by Melle Amade

Title: Midlife Shifter Unexpected
Series: Cougar Creek Coven #2
Author: Melle Amade
Publication Date: January 18th 2022
Genre: Paranormal Women’s Fiction

My new BFF is a witch and apparently, I’m a member of a witch’s coven. Only, I’m not a witch. Word is, I’m a wolf shifter. When I said I wanted to start over again, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Being a shifter isn’t the worst thing I could imagine. It’s taken care of all the hot flashes. My body temperature now runs constantly high. I like it. Snow? Who cares? I don’t need no stinking coat anymore.

I can smell like ten times better than even when I was pregnant, and as for my vision? Glasses are SO last year. I won’t be needing those anytime soon.

But man, what about the actual shifting? That hurts like nobody’s business. They say I’ll get used to it, but they don’t know how much it hurts, because I’m the only shifter for miles around. “They” are the coven that has accepted me and given me a new family.

The threat from the cemetery is very real and the dead aren’t sleeping quietly. Our coven is the frontline on keeping the dead in their graves and for some reason, they think because I’m a wolf I should have some superpower against the dead. But I don’t.

What I have is an amazing BFF just as powerful and middle-aged as me and I know together we can face anything. At least I think we can. We survived the first half of our lives.

How hard can the second magic half be?
A hot new series celebrating midlife, friendship, and older women who crave adventure by Melle Amade. Perfect for fans of K.F. Breene, Shannon Mayer, Jana DeLeon, Darynda Jones, Robin Peterman, Elizabeth Hunter and Denise Grover Swank.

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“Move,” he screamed as he grabbed both of my arms and pulled me to the side. He threw me on the ground, startling me, but I realized he was trying to get me to shift. I lay in the damp leaves, looking over my shoulder in horror as the most disgusting creature I had ever seen in my life rose its beastly head out of the ground. It had six legs and walked like a spider, but it wasn’t a spider. It had the body of a beast and the face of a gargoyle, the most hideous gargoyle I had ever seen.

“Run!” Matheus said to me, but I couldn’t. How could I just leave him standing there facing that thing?

I hyperventilated, begging my body to shift. It hurt, but I was elated when I felt the cracking of my bones. I couldn’t face that monster as a human. I might still be terrified as a wolf, but at least I was armed and relatively more dangerous. I moved next to Matheus so we could face the creature down.

“You’ve got to run,” Matheus said as the creature advanced toward us; slow growls and high-pitched wheezing coming from it. It was like nothing I’d ever seen on the planet.

“It’s a monster from the rift,” Matheus warned. “You’ve got to get out of here.”

We couldn’t just leave it to wander around. What was Sheriff Ted supposed to do if he found this thing? I tugged at the fur on Matheus’s leg as the creature crouched on four of its legs. It was getting ready to spring. I let out a massive howl. We weren’t far from The Estate. Mae was only a couple of miles away and might hear the howl.

There was no time. The creature suddenly bounded up and flew through the air, its six legs stretched out towards us. I almost screamed, but instead I decided to leap towards the creature to stop it from hitting Matheus. His soft skin had no protection against the beast. I didn’t know if mine did either, but I was willing to give it a shot and at least I had teeth and fangs.

I landed against the beast’s chest as it was coming down on Matheus. My teeth and nails sank into its abdomen. Its stomach exploded into a slimy mess of blackish purple slime which filled my mouth and covered my paws and fur. More slime flooded over me, but I didn’t care. The beast was falling over as I ripped and tore at it. I imagined it had been trying to kill Matheus and me. This was the creature who killed the harpies.

As I shredded its insides, it suddenly turned into smoke and disappeared. All that was left was the slime dripping in my mouth, in my hair, and over my eyes.
USA Today Bestselling Author. Farm Girl. Marketing Director.

Since I was eight, I have been writing stories that capture the adventures in my head and the characters strong enough and flawed enough to have them. When I look at an empty field, I see a formidable citadel. When I meet a vulnerable old man, I greet an emeritus warrior. When I walk through city streets, I feel dimensions hiding around every turn. It has been my lifelong passion to explore these worlds that reveal the pain of loneliness, the joy or self-actualization, and the hope of magic.

I grew up in a place called Potter Valley where the Milky Way is held aloft by a circle of mountains and the central business district consists of a bait store and a saloon. At 19 I moved alone to London and spent the next ten years exploring the world, even becoming an Australian citizen, before I returned to California and found a new home in Los Angeles. My world revolves around my two wee children, storytelling, and my love of travel.

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  2. The book cover of Midlife Shifter Unexpected in the series: Cougar Creek Coven #2 by author Melle Amade is bright and eye catching.

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  3. I love the cover! It's very striking!

  4. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.