Guest Blog & Giveaway: A.C. Arthur talks Jaguar Shifters & win TEMPTATION RISING

March 29, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 44


Today we are welcoming A.C. Arthur who is the author of TEMPTATION RISING (available March 29 from St. Martin’s Press) , the first book in The Shadow Shifters paranormal romance series about sexy jaguar shifters.  A.C. Arthur is talking about her fear of cats and why you’ll fall in love with her exotic shifters.  Be sure to enter the giveaway below to win your own copy!

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A.C. Arthur

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? A jaguar shape shifter. But honestly, when I decided to write a paranormal series this was the first and only entity that came to mind. The really weird thing is, I’m deathly afraid of cats! Yes, that is a true fact that anyone who knows me is well aware of. I have always been afraid of domestic cats and never even thought about getting close to a big or exotic cat. Still, the black jaguar (panthera onca) is such a beautiful creature that I just could not resist. There’s something about the eyes and the regal stature of this animal that had me mesmerized from the start.

I’ve read paranormal for years and have been a huge fan of otherworldly creatures, but am a die-hard lover of the homegrown species. Big cats have a mystique that lends itself perfectly to a fictional world. I did a tremendous amount of research of the rainforests and the big cats featured in this series—because there aren’t just jaguars! What I enjoyed most about the research were the pictures of these ferocious, yet intriguing animals. Now, because I still hold that fear of felines deep within I declined the offer my husband made to seek out one-on-one visits with the big cats at our local zoo. While it would have been helpful I think I’d rather keep my cats between the pages of a book. LOL

My cat shifters are called Shadow Shifters because in their home of the Gungi rainforest their existence is based solely on rumor of shadows of humans shifting into cats reported by local tribesman. As with any secret, the danger of discovery is all too real, especially for the Shadows who have migrated to the states. I loved the setting of an urban jungle with real beings of an animalistic nature because to me, the possibilities seemed endless. I am so excited about this series and hope that it introduces a species that will be embraced by lovers of paranormal romance, and even by those who may share in the phobia called ailurophobia (fear of cats).

If you don’t share in that phobia, what other paranormal characters/species do you think you would fear? (Who knows, they might appear in the next Shadow Shifters novel!)


About the author:


imageArtist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.

During the course of her writing career Artist has won the YOUnity Guild’s Best New Drama and Romance Author Award in 2005/06; been nominated 3 years straight for EMMA Awards, with the fourth time being a charm she took home the 2007 EMMA Award for Favorite Romantic Suspense; and has also received her first Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Nomination for Best African American Romance. She is represented by Christine Witthohn at Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC.

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Giveaway provided by A.C. Arthur

One copy of TEMPTATION RISING by A.C. Arthur


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Available on March 29 from St. Martin’s Press


Washington D.C. police officer Kalina Harper still dreams about that night, two years ago, when a huge cat-like creature saved her from a crazed attacker. Although she kept the truth to herself, Kalina can never forget the ferocious strength of the beast’s fangs and claws—or the raw animal hunger in its eyes. Until she meets Roman Reynolds…

Muscular, magnetic, and all man, Roman is a high-powered attorney with a predatory smile and seductive charm. He is also a criminal suspect with suspicious connections to the Amazon jungle. But when Kalina discovers that Roman is linked to a secret race of shapeshifting jaguars—who hunt down maneaters—she is forced to put her trust in a man who unleashes her wildest fantasies and fears. A fierce creature of the night whose nature is to protect his female at any cost…

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44 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: A.C. Arthur talks Jaguar Shifters & win TEMPTATION RISING”

  1. Niko

    Zombies. I really wouldn't want to meet zombies. Ick. As for shifters, I can't think of any in particular I'd want to avoid. Well, maybe kelpies, because they tend to be pretty nasty, though I'm not sure they're shifters, exactly.

  2. erin

    Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! This book sounds awesome 😉

    I don't think that I'd want to meet anything that considers me part of a food group or a source of protein. Vampires, zombies, werewolves… lol.. I'm a coward at heart so I feel safer just meeting them between the pages of a book 🙂

  3. JenM

    I love cats and cat shifters, but zombies are the one creature that I don't want anything to do with. Wouldn't want to meet one, don't want to read about them.

  4. Proserpine

    Hi! Well I don't know, maybe a Harpy! LOL Well as other mention, zombie aren't really cool either! They just want to eat your brain so not for me! LOL Maybe see monster like the Bloop from H.P Lovercraft!
    Thanks for this chance!

  5. Mary Ann Woods

    Almost any of the paranormal creatures from the Darkfever series by Karen Marie Moning, especially the Shades!

  6. Leni

    I wouldn't want to meet up with a zombie. They've always scared me. Might change my mind if he were a good looking one.

  7. SmittenWithBadBoyHeroes

    I'm not sure if there is a term for fear of wraiths but it would apply to me… i get the heeby-geebies just thinking about those things… Jaguars, however, i LOVE!! Great giveaway and guest post. I'd love to check out your novel. [email protected]

  8. Barb P

    I don't like Zombies! No Zombies for me please!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  9. Dee F.

    NO snakes please…although dragons are exciting to imagine!

  10. Maria

    I would not like to meet a Zombie…nothing that eats brains…lol

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Shera (Book Whispers)

    I wouldn't want to meet any of them!! I'd probably the tragic murdered girl in the books I read.

    However, Zombies would be my biggest fear. At least with the other creatures you might be able to reason with them.

  12. Na

    I usually want to meet them all, but perhaps not a crazed zombie. You can't reason with them.

  13. emmad

    Um I'd go with Zombies as well actually. Seems to be a common thread evolving here 🙂

  14. Susan W.

    I wouldn't want to meet a snake shifter. Not that I mind snakes but can you just imagine how big the snake would be to be a weresnake??? Wouldn't want to meet one!

  15. Dannielle L

    Zombies for sure. I'm not into reading about them so I sure as heck wouldn't want to meet one for real. There is just no way to make them sexy.


  16. flchen1

    Snakes or bugs (I don't even like small ones; I can't imagine giant bugs–that would send me shrieking without a doubt!) Eeek!

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  17. Chrisbails

    I don't think I would like to meet a bad demon or a zombie. Anything else might be okay to meet. Would love to meet a vamp or werewolf.

  18. Sara M

    I would also not want to meet a zombie. Although I do enjoy the occasional zombie novel, I probably wouldn't be able to deal with all of the gore in person.

  19. Amy

    Ooo jaguar shifters are so sexy! I would not want to meet zombies or vampires. I like the big cat shifters!

  20. June M.

    I don't think I would enjoy meeting a zombie. Just the thought of the walking dead is kind of creepy to me. I do enjoy a show/movie or book from time to time but I would not want to meet one in person.

  21. AC

    It looks like zombies are tops on the list. I agree. LOL Don't want to come face to face with any zombies! Thanks everyone for all your comments and to Abigail for hosting me today. 🙂

  22. Heather

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    The book sounds cool….can't wai to read it!
    Depends on the type of zombie…slow and dim…not too scary….but the ones that can run after you are another story.

  23. sienny

    since i'm scared of all things crawling (snake, spider, rat), i don't want to meet them. and zombies too

  24. Denise Z

    I think I am going to have to go with the snakes or perhaps a more reptile type shifter – nope don't want to meet a big person eating snake or lizard LOL

  25. heather

    A snake. I wouldn't want to be attracted to someone who turns into a ugly, scaley snake ugh. Besides, I have snakes all around my house so I have a special relationship with them already and haave come to find that I don't like them!