Monday, January 26, 2009

Surprise, Surprise ...a black cat romance

Stop the blogging presses ~ this news just in...
Guess what, the Kougar was just now notified, at her time of 10:57 PM, that her novella, BLACK CAT BEAUTY, is releasing today, Monday, from Liquid Silver Books...purr and roar!!! a big surprise to the core!!!
All I can say is that it must have been a last minute decision, prompted by *I don’t have a darn clue* ~ ‘cause usually there’s a couple of weeks notice before the release of a Liquid Silver title.
Not that I am in any way complaining. Especially since it was a LOVE-ly surprise during a day that definitely had it’s trials.
Romance? You purr...does it stir the heart in this story? Hmmm...probably more passion and erotic naughtiness ensue between these two, Sable Kiki and her hero, Devon Zant. Wait, I stand corrected. Devon romances and woos his Sable with songs in the scene where he is playing with his rock band. He croons his version of THE YEAR OF THE CAT into her little cat ear from afar, a super ability he possesses.
Okay, I admit it, I would feel all mushy and misty inside...and sigh with longing as I envisioned and wrote that scene between them...then again, the same sweet feelings erupted when I did the revisions.
Plus, I cannot tell you how many times I heard that particular song while I was penning Sable and Devon’s love story. And, not because I played it intentionally. Most often I heard it as the bumper music for Coast-to-Coast am, a night time radio talk show which focuses on all things paranormal. It became such an eerie synchronicity I would get goosebumps, and simply shake my head.

BLACK CAT BEAUTY ... she has the claws to prove it ...

Blurb: A private Halloween party in a gothic mansion hidden in the Hollywood Hills. Add one party crasher, Sable Kiki, a naughty black cat with a sexy wild human side.
Her covert assignment from her devious, always-cunning father: use her seductive wiles to find out the truth from Devon Zant, a movie star on the rise to super stardom.
Posing as the superhero actor, Devon Zant, D’Torr has arrived on Earth seeking revenge for the capture of his younger brother, and to assist in stopping a powerful enemy.
The leviathan warfleet of the Altirrux wants rule of all intergalactic trade routes to Earth, endangering the survival of D’Torr’s race, and all the inhabitants of the rare blue jewel, Earth.

Excerpt from Chapter One ~

“Bored.” Sable tossed back her auburn waves of thigh-length hair, sauntering inside the main ballroom of the privately owned gothic mansion.
“Flat.” She wrinkled her nose and wished she could flip her own tail, instead of being stuck with the fake, listless cat tail of her costume. With casual flair, she set the champagne glass on the first passing tray, waiter attached, and kept on gliding into the main party area of the monstrous mansion.
Remembering not to flip her ears in search of Yisbet’s high-pitched signal, a keening sound beyond human hearing, Sable surveyed the Halloween crowd of black cats, and decided Halle Berry’s version of Catwoman won out as the most favored costume, with the Eartha Kitt costumes coming in a close second. If it hadn’t been for the fact that most of those present were humans encased in their second-skin black cat costumes, Sable would have felt right at home.
“Ooooh, Dracula black cat,” she cooed to a tall man who was obviously gay. His gaze slobbered over the boy-toy waiter passing between them. Yet he grinned at her, his fake whiskers at odd angles on his artfully painted face.
Listening for Yisbet, her long-time friend and surveillance partner, Sable wove through the loose crowd of partying black cats, who flirted with the realization that the night was still young, with midnight several hours away.
“Felix, the cat,” she teased with her tone, then tweaked the paunchy man’s black fur cheek. He was one of the few guests with extra love handles showing on his short frame and probably a producer invited to this celebrity shindig.
“Yeah, honey, you got some cat scratch fever for me?” he asked like Mel Brooks. She paused, smiling at his good-natured comeback.
“Wouldn’t want to tangle with your wife. She’s an Amazon compared to me.”
“How’d you know the redhead wearing the cat burglar costume was my wife?”
“Smell.” Gripping the tip of her nose with her thumb and forefinger, she wiggled it in an imitation of Samantha from Bewitched TV fame.
He grinned widely just as Yisbet signaled. Sable gave him a sassy grin, then pivoted toward the long low bar. Elegant and chic in design, it was covered by expensive leather, the red mahogany color stitched in a large diamond design.
Sable smiled at several other men, her natural cat-like grace causing them to stare, even though the curves of her lower half were more generous than was allowed in tinsel-shallow town.
“You’re late to the party.” Yisbet saluted her arrival with a generous-sized gimlet.
“Can’t a black cat have some scary fun on All Hallow’s Eve?” Casually, Sable leaned on her elbow and languorously planted her hip against the bar.
Yisbet stopped mid-sip. “What did you do?”
“Just a ‘little tiny wee’ chase. A four-footed bounce and pounce through the local haunted house.”
Yisbet scowled for an instant. “You’re lucky no one tasered you or hit you with a blast of pepper spray.”
“The kiddies loved it,” Sable defended, grinning. “Most of them cheered when I chased Freddie Krueger. They clapped and hopped, very happy, and were especially excited over my departing finale...” Sable waved away the willowy black cat bartender, who strongly resembled Audrey Hepburn.
“What?” Yisbet reluctantly prompted, rolled her eyes.
“I hissed and spit viciously at them while arching my back. Then I performed the typical cat scream. As bedlam ensued about me, the parents clacking and clucking like hysterical chickens, I bared my scary claws and evilly flattened my ears. Right on cue, I sprang like a panther, straight for Frankenstein’s face. Splat! I hit my target. Sinking my claws into his mask like a wildcat, I clung as he whirled around, grabbing at me.” Sable flipped a triumphant smile. “Quite enjoyable until the sirens yowled in my ears.” Cocking her head, she peered into her friend’s face, then offered a light-hearted grin. “Are you going to report my misbehavin’ antics?”
“You escaped.” Slowly Yisbet returned a wry grin. “Without a scratch. No. Why upset the Council?” She sipped daintily. “Or, more importantly, why upset your father?”
“Duty to the realm ... yes, to please father. Why I’m here. Observe the surface-dwelling humans. I am so bored to tears.”

A Halloween shifter tail just in time for Valentine’s Day...
Sable & Devon invite you to read their love story ~
BLACK CAT BEAUTY ~ purring seduction with cattitude ~ available from Liquid Silver Books ~ ~

May your most romantic dreams come true...


Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~ ~


Savanna Kougar said...

Black cat kiss and wink from the Kougar...

Linda Banche said...

A nice surprise is always welcome. Congrats on your release. Sounds like a great book.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Purr-fect surprise, Savanna! Many congratulations to you on your latest release! It looks delcious and it reads like a dream! I love your sexy heroine!!

Have a super release day!!!

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Linda, thanks.

Savanna Kougar said...

Lindsay, my heroine, Sable Kiki, snuck up on me...those silent cat paws...
Thank you for your kind thoughts.

Bekki Lynn said...


Soon - very soon, I'll have my copy. Finally, after all these months.


Francesca Prescott said...

Savanna, you mentioned the synchronicity of The Year of the Cat often being played on the radio while you were writing this book. I had a similar thing happen while I was writing the draft version of my WIP, only my song was Boys of Summer by Don Henley. I couldn't believe how many times that song cropped up! Makes you feel good, though, doesn't it! Congratulations on your release, sweetie.

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Francesca, wow, that's a cool synchronicity...
Have you had other similar experiences?

Sara Humphreys said...

This looks fantastic! It's definitely going on my list. I do love shifters...

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Sara, my black cat shifter girl will be waiting for you...