EXCERPT TOUR and Giveaway: SHEPHERD’S MOON by Stacy Mantle

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Stacy will be awarding a $15 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

8_7 Cover_Shepherd's MoonIt’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…

Read an excerpt:

Lunging forward, he grasped the sleeve of my coat. I whipped my long leather jacket around his head, simultaneously pulling my arms from the sleeves and slipping it from my shoulders before twisting out of the way.

Temporarily blinded and restrained, the vampire finally released me.

By now, most newborns would have given up. Predators are opportunists, not hunters, and they weren’t fond of victims that fought back. As he tore the coat from his head, tossing it to the ground, I groaned aloud. What was with this guy?

When he shifted his weight to lunge, I was ready. Flipping around, I met his impermeable jaw with a roundhouse kick that reverberated through my body.

A sharp pain shot through my leg and radiated into my stomach, but somehow I kept my feet beneath me as I caught a glimpse of reddish-blonde fur as a new threat loped into the alley. Dodging, I stumbled out of the way as Billy, in his coyote form, fell upon the Newborn in an angry rush of fangs and red fur.

“Richard wants him alive!” I called out. Or at least as alive as a dead man can be.

Billy stopped a split second from tearing the vamp’s throat out, growling and baring his long white canines as he stood squarely on the creature’s chest. The deep, threatening sound reverberated in the night.

If there is one thing a vampire fears, it’s a shifter. As far as I knew, werecreatures are the only things capable of penetrating the concrete flesh of a Vamp.

Wrapping my scarf around my bleeding arm, I slid down the wall, my throbbing leg aching. Leaning forward, I rested my elbows on my knees with a sigh of relief, then slowly stood and wiped the rain and blood from my face with a trembling hand.

About the Author: 8_7 AuthorPicWhile 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 www.StacyMantle.com, or visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.

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  1. Mary Preston says:

    Hi, SHEPHERD’S MOON sounds amazing. Is it going to be part of a series?


    • Thanks for leaving a comment, Mary! Yes, it is part of a series – “Blood of the Shepherd” (set in Seattle) is the next in the series and “The Good Shepherd” follows. I’m very excited to be part of this tour and really appreciate the comments!

  2. Thank you for hosting

  3. Brenda Rumsey says:

    Congrats on the new release! Love when danger and romance are entwined. Look forward to reading this one.

    • Thanks Brenda! It’s been a lot of fun. I’m extra excited today because James Rollins just wrote this about the novel:
      “Stacy Mantle’s Shepherd’s Moon is a rousing new addition to the fantasy field. Not only does the author speak with authority when it comes to the animals in her book (both natural and supernatural), but she has created a main character who is engaging and real, and who I can’t wait to follow from here…especially after that ending!”
      –James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God

      • Brenda Rumsey says:

        Thank you for sharing that Stacy. It makes me want to read it even more. Love to read about animals. And since the book is a beginning of a series, I’d love to read it and let others know how good it is so they can get in at the beginning.

  4. Very exciting excerpt. Unusual, but awesome plot.

    • Thanks MomJane! I think you’ll like it – it’s a very different story than other thriller/fantasy and I hope you enjoy the read! We are giving away a basket full of animal products at my main site, so hopefully everyone will sign up for that as well. >^..^<

  5. Hi again 🙂 What was the inspiration for your stories???

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Hi Andra!
    My inspiration for writing always stems from my pets (mostly because they cost a lot to feed – LOL!). My writing motivation is focused on a “what if” approach: “What if animals could talk? What if only one type of person could understand them? What would it be like to live with an animal that was also human? What if we could fight crime with our animals?” (Well, we already do that, but it would be nice if they could handle a weapon…)

    Werewolves and shapeshifters seem to be the natural answer to all of those questions, but they still need some type of leadership. Which is where the Shepherds come into play. Shepherds can communicate with animals (all animals) and are the natural “leaders” of the “pack.” Which creates a whole host of problems…
    Hope you’ll give the series a try!

  7. Kim Hunt says:

    I AM STILL WAITING PATIENTLY FOR THE 2ND OF THE SERIES, LOL no really I’m waiting to see where she goes and what goes on, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE FINSIH IT LOL

    • I PROMISE I’m working VERY hard on it! It’s a long book – about 400 pgs and it’s taking me longer than I thought because I want it to be perfect. The characters are making me a little crazy as well (if it’s any consolation!). There are so many interesting things happening in books 2-3 and I think you’ll find it’s worth the wait!

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