Blurb for The Eyes of Bast
Trust your heart. Follow your dreams.
Shaina Williams’ grandmother bequeathed her that wisdom, along with an old pendant from the Islands, carved from an ocelot’s tooth. When instinct tells Shaina to visit the feral cat trap she’s set in Central Park, she listens to that inner voice. She discovers she’s caged a magnificent black tom, but the cat inexplicably vanishes after she tends to his wounds. Seeking the errant feline, Shaina encounters instead a handsome stranger whose slightest touch sets her body on fire. As the day dawns after a night of ferocious passion, her mysterious lover is forced back into his true shape—the tomcat she rescued.
Born a cat, Tom was transformed into an unwilling shape shifter by a sorceress who craved a human plaything to satisfy her perverse lusts. Centuries old and irresistibly powerful, Delphine Montserrat will stop at nothing to find her runaway familiar. Shaina vows to do whatever is necessary to defeat the vicious but seductive witch and save the man she believes is her soul mate—even though it might mean losing him forever.
Excerpt from The Eyes of Bast:
His rising erection prodded my thigh. He cradled my breast in one palm and stroked his thumb across my nipple. With a sigh of feigned exasperation, I forced myself to push him away.
“We don’t have time for more sex. The sun will have set in a couple of hours. The spell book said we had to do this on Midsummer’s Day.”
I rummaged in my pack for the linen bag of herbs and the lead balls. According to the grimoire, the Eyes would float to the surface if not weighted.
Tom crouched on his haunches. “Are you sure you want to do this, Shaina?”
I tugged at the ring on my forefinger. It resisted my attempts. “I don’t want to become Delphine Montserrat. I don’t want to live forever—not without you.”
“But the jewels in the collar—my body absorbed them—that might extend my life as well.”
Eternity, with Tom as my lover? I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted. I shook my head, determined to follow through with our plans.
“The witch’s notes say the collar gems were weak copies controlled by the primary Eyes. They are infused with some magic, but only slightly affect the lifespan of the wearer. And once the originals are gone, the copies lose their power.”
And then what? I didn’t voice my fears. Given that the collar saved him, will Tom die? Will he revert to his feline state? It didn’t matter. I had to ditch the Eyes. I had enough trouble trying to understand and control the powers I’d apparently inherited from my grandmother.
“I have to trust my intuitions, Tom. They tell me that no good can come from wearing the cursed Eyes of Bast.”
My lover nodded solemnly. “I trust you.” His arms were around me again and this time, I didn’t resist. “Whatever happens, I love you.”
Tears choked me. I couldn’t answer. Then he brought his mouth to mine. Neither of us spoke for a long time.
Tom was the one who broke this kiss. “Do it, Shaina. Before one of us backs down.”
I nodded then turned my full attention to the rings decorating my fingers. They sparkled like liquid fire in the afternoon light—emerald, ruby, topaz, amethyst, sapphire, precious and unutterably lovely. How could I give them up?
No. They’re muddling my will. I worked the emerald up to the first joint of my first finger. It stuck, stubbornly refusing to leave my flesh.
My pendant warmed against my bare skin. I claimed its power. “Release, I command you.” The ring slid off. A strange, wrenching sensation tore through me, as though a small earthquake had shaken my chest. I cradled the silver artifact in my left palm. So pretty… What a shame…
3 out of 5 (good)
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Shaina helped capture feral cats to take to the local shelter she helped at to get their shots and get spayed or neutered as her second “job”. Little did she know that the last cat she captured would end up capturing her mind, body, and soul. Tom was a beautiful black cat that had been cursed. Will Shaina’s love for him be enough to break his curse or does she possess an inner power that can break the curse?
This book definitely had the potential to have a great story line written for it. The story itself seemed to be rushed and hurried as well as an afterthought to the sex scenes. The story line that was there was enough to grab your attention and want to keep reading. I think that if the author would have continued with the story line, expanded on a few things, the story would have been excellent and could have obtained a 5 star rating.
I enjoyed the detail that the author did write about the story line for Shaina and Tom. The magic part of the story line lacked in detail but the information that was there was interesting. During the parts of the story in which the story line flowed well and the detail was present it grasped my attention and kept me reading. During the story, I wasn’t sure how they were going to end up and how the curse would be broken, if it was possible and leading to me sitting on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen quite enough and as I mentioned before, it was rushed. The author had a great idea for the story line though and I loved the idea of it.
The Price of Power - by Lisabet Sarai
I think it's safe to say that all paranormal stories revolve around at least one character with extra-human powers. Vampires are immortal and preternaturally strong. Shape shifters exhibit the powers of their beast sides: fleetness, ferocity, heightened perception. Psychics can read thoughts, mentally control inanimate objects, or see the future. Fairies, witches, demons and similar fey folk have access to a wide variety of magical capabilities. Even ghosts have the power to appear and disappear and to walk through walls.
Encountering individuals who can defy everyday laws and logic is one of the joys of reading paranormal romance. We all like to imagine what it might be like to fly, crush our enemies to a pulp, or psychically meld with our lovers. One of the fascinating things about power, though, is that it almost always has its price. In return for their powers, the characters lose something. Vampires pay in guilt for their blood-sucking ways, and often in loneliness. Werewolves live at the mercy of the moon. Psychics suffer social isolation; it's difficult to have a normal relationship when you know what everyone else is thinking.
The dark side of power, the payment it exacts from the one who wields it, often plays a central role in paranormal plots. Sometimes it is the primary source of conflict, particularly when it divides the powerful character from his or her beloved.
I've been fascinated by the dual nature of power ever since I started writing paranormal romance. For instance, in my M/M paranormal Necessary Madness, Kyle can see the future, but his terrible visions drive him to the edge of sanity. He is on the street, trying to drink himself into a stupor in order to escape from his power, when Sergeant Rob Murphy rescues him.
In my vampire ménage Fire in the Blood, the vampire hero Etienne has sworn to abstain from drinking human blood. His power makes him irresistible to humans, however. He inspires lust in both men and women, without any active intent on his part. And when the heroine offers him her body and her blood, he is not strong enough to refuse, though he suffers horrible guilt later.
My latest paranormal romance, The Eyes of Bast, clearly illustrates the price one pays for wielding magic. My heroine Shaina Williams rescues a feral cat, only to discover he’s a shape shifter cursed by an evil sorceress. To defeat this witch and free her beloved, Shaina must claim her own hereditary powers. In the process, she nearly loses her humanity, tempted by the same immortality that corrupted her cruel adversary. Only with Tom’s help does she manage to refuse the tainted promise of eternal life.
In the romance world, one can always expect a happy ending. There may be darkness, though, along the twisted road to that bright conclusion. Personally I prefer romances which recognize that power has its price. Otherwise, it's just a fairy tale, sunny and superficial.
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About Lisabet Sarai:
Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has written plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – more than fifty single author titles, plus dozens of short stories in various erotic anthologies, including the Lambda winner Where the Girls Are and the IPPIE Best Erotic Book of 2011, Carnal Machines. Her gay scifi erotic romance Quarantine won a Rainbow Awards 2012 Honorable Mention.
Lisabet has more degrees than anyone would ever need, from prestigious educational institutions who would no doubt be deeply embarrassed by her chosen genre. She has traveled widely and currently lives in Southeast Asia with her indulgent husband and two exceptional felines, where she pursues an alternative career that is completely unrelated to her creative writing.
For more information about Lisabet and her writing, visit her website (http://www.lisabetsarai.com) or her blog Beyond Romance (http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com). She also hangs out at the group blog Oh Get a Grip (http://ohgetagrip.blogspot.com), writes monthly reviews for Erotica Revealed (http://www.eroticarevealed.com) and contributes to the ERWA blog (http://erotica-readers.blogspot.com).