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...
I cursed as the car in front of me slowed, forcing me to shift down. Flipping the wheel to the right, I passed the slower-moving vehicle, the engine whining in protest until I could shift back into fifth gear. Maneuvering back into the fast lane, I pressed the gas and raced past the line of cars.
Safely in the carpool lane, I pressed the LCD on the steering wheel to access my phone, and told it to dial Richard as I roared past the freeway signs. A glance at the next exit told me I still had a ways to go. No use merging quite yet.
“You didn’t tell me he was a chimera,” I accused when Richard answered.
“A chimera?” he laughed. “What are you talking about?”
“Chimera,” I said, slowing down for yet another car. “You know…mythological creature turned into science project for bored geneticists. Do you have any idea how rare that is, Richard? Rare enough that I’ve only ever heard of it. And you sent me in there completely unprepared!”
He grunted. “I wouldn’t have guessed that he was a chimera.”
“You wouldn’t have guessed…” I shook my head. “I warned you, Richard. I told you we needed more information before going in there. I warned you that you didn’t know a goddamned thing about the situation. Now I have to deal with a chimera.”
He let my cursing go this time, which signaled to me that he knew he was in the wrong. Which also meant I was wasting my time on a lecture.
“How did it go?” he asked, ignoring my impending hysteria.
“How did it go…” I repeated. “How do you think it went? The poor thing hadn’t shifted in months. I glanced in the rearview mirror and noted a black Acura behind me that was keeping up with my hazardous driving a little too well. “I had no idea what to do. He’s sick, Richard. Another week of refusing to shift and he would have been too weak to try.”
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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