I’m here to give you a little info about Fangs and Catnip, my very first Dreamspun Beyond from Dreamsinner Press.
Carter is the new manager at the Dead and Breakfast Inn, and he falls for vampire silent partner Fallon, who is sure they don’t need a were-cougar as a manager…
Can we talk mountain lions for a moment?
We have them here in Northern New Mexico, and they were indigenous where I lived in Colorado, so I’m a huge fan. I love how sleek they are, how big their feet are, and how fluffy those tails are.
They’re solitary ambush predators, which wars with Carter’s human self, which is bouncy and goofy. They’re the size of an adult human, so shifting is way easier for Carter than a lot of folks.
Oddly enough, while we call them big cats, mountain lions are the largest of the smaller cats, which include the cheetah and jaguarundi, which is not to be confused with a jaguar. In other words, they have more in common with your house cat than with lions and tigers.
They’re classified as puma concolor, which leads me to a super fun thing for us language geeks. These are cats of many names. According to Wikipedia, P. concolor holds the Guinness record for the animal with the greatest number of names, with over 40 in English alone. Puma is one, and that’s the cat you see on the shoe logo. Cougar is another, probably from a Portuguese word, but people do argue that they stole it from Native tribe. Mountain lion is a johnny come lately, a moniker from the Old West settlers. They’re known on the east coast as the Florida panther or Carolina panther, though they’re not panthers.
See? Lots of names. In Fangs and Catnip, various characters call Carter various names, just because people from different regions use different words. And because it amused me to play on linguistics, which I love.
Did you know Texas has 9 distinct dialects, and while New Mexico only has three, it has something like 12 languages, including English, Spanish, Navajo and Tewa. That’s a whole different blog post though.
I love shifters almost as much as I like bizarre language stuff, so I hope you’ll check out Fang and Catnip!
A Dead and Breakfast Novel
A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.
Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.
Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.
Buy Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fangs-and-catnip-by-julia-talbot-9030-b
Stories that leave a mark. Julia Talbot loves romance across all the genders and genres, and loves to write about people working to see past the skin they’re in to love what lies beneath. Julia Talbot lives in the great mountain and high desert Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Dreamspinner and Changeling Press among many others. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. She also writes BDSM and erotic romance as Minerva Howe. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com “The mountains are calling, and I must go”