Friday, January 16, 2009


Thanks J.K. for having me over on your blog today. I just had a new book release yesterday and it’s also the first in a brand new series for me. My long awaited Black Cougar series. So I thought I would give you a little background on how they came to be.

Black cougars are actually an odd myth. I say odd because Black panthers do exist and the word panther is frequently interchanged with cougar as is puma and mountain lion. So when you see pictures and stories of black panthers they are generally referring to Jaguars and leopards because Melanism in North American cougars has never been authenticated.

But the legend of the Black Cougar is a story or myth that has been prevalent in the Carolinas and there have been many reports of sightings in the area. When I read the Choctaw folklore telling of how they are thought to symbolize death when they are spotted a series was born.

My Black Cougars are Death Enforcers for the clan council where they are driven by fierce loyalty to their shape-shifting clan. They are the Guardians that maintain the secret of their existence.

For a sneak peek into the cougars there is a free read available for download here

My links:

Blurb for Lucas:

Kira MacDonald is in trouble. Plagued by false visions and erotic dreams of a man she’s never met, she fears losing both her psychic powers and her sanity. The cure? Finding and bonding with her mate. The stubborn red-haired warrior might not want one, but fate has other plans, plans that include her rescuing Lucas Gunn.

As the Guardian of his shape-shifting clan, Lucas Gunn lived a quiet, solitary life. Until he was kidnapped, examined, and tortured. Now imprisoned, his only tie to the outside world is the memory of his dreams and the passionate woman who appears in them. He thought she was nothing more than a vision. Then she came for him.

An uneasy alliance, a mating call that won’t be denied, rituals that must be honored, and unrelenting enemies who will stop at nothing to get what they want. It all comes together in the first of Eliza Gayle’s sensational Black Cougar Series. Passion and pride. Duty and danger. In the end, there’s really only one choice…for Lucas.

Buy link: here


Shelley Munro said...

I'm very partial to a black leopard shifter story. *grin*
It was an alien cat sighting that was the inspiration for my stories. Your book sounds great. I'm off to check it out.

J.K. Coi said...

Thank you so much for visiting Eliza, this sounds like a fabulous book!

What else will you be working on this year? What can we expect from this series?

Eliza Gayle said...

Thanks Shelley. Sounds like we are both partial to the big cats.

Eliza Gayle said...

Thank you J.K. for having me.

I have some contemporary stories that I have been working on but right now my focus is on the Black Cougars. I still have the third book to write and thoughts are already spinning for more if readers like them. *g*

As for those yummy cougars. There are three brothers and each one of their stories will be out this year. I'm working on Malcolm's book now and I have to say he is such a bad bad boy. lol