I can not stress enough how fun this story feels.
When the Moon Shines (Six Shooter and a Shifter, #1) by Lucia Ashta released April 1 in the Adult, Fantasy, Western.
Welcome to Traitor’s Den. I hope you like it here, because there’s no leaving the small western town that’s more theme park than authentic. Once you walk through the portal, you’re stuck as a boot heel in a half foot of mud.
I’ve never seen the outside world and I don’t care. The cannon-toting, trigger-happy residents here are like family, even if most of them are a few spoons short of a full set. Eventually, everyone grows on you, kinda like nail fungus. But the booze flows freely, and Tiger keeps me company. He’s as much a prisoner as I am.
I don’t figure there’s much point in wanting what you can never have. I’ll eventually accept one of my boyfriend’s marriage proposals and then keep policing the one-way town while I pop out the babies he wants. I was born knowing how to make chicken salad out of chicken shit.
At least I won’t be bored. Denners aren’t fans of following the rules, and the longer they’re in town, the worse they behave, thanks to the spell that keeps us all trapped here.
Just when I think I’ve made my peace with my lot, the portal pops open and two men shoot through, throwing punches before their feet even finish landing in my town. When they finally look at me, all I see is problems. Big, ginormous, entirely-too-handsome problems. And that’s before I even take into account the little “surprise” they brought through with them.
No one’s ever looked at me the way they do.
They aren’t the kind of men who back down after claiming something.
Did I say I had my life in Traitor’s Den all figured out? Hell, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
* A sexy fantasy western with growly shifters, sketchy vamps, peculiar mages and creatures, and one badass cowgirl sheriff. Within this small town, magic and gossip flow as freely as whiskey, and work and pleasure are nearly the same thing. Weird things happen on the regular in Traitor’s Den. Come and join the quirky family, where everyone’s packing. Oh, and don’t mind the tiger.
Lucía Ashta is the Amazon top 20 bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal women’s fiction filled with wild magic, spicy romance, and quirky characters that make you snort-laugh.
A former attorney and architect, she’s an Argentinian-American who lives in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains with her husband and daughters.
Did your former jobs trickle into your writing?
Before becoming a full-time writer, I studied first to become an architect and artist, and then later on, an attorney. Though the Six Shooter and a Shifter world is so outrageously wild, quirky, and paranormal that neither of my previous careers directly impacted the story, I find that all my books and series are informed by my life experiences in one way or another.
My writing is largely character driven. I love following around my characters, getting to know them and learning what motivates them, what their eccentricities are, and how others react to them—how they propel their particular story forward. And although most of my characters, on the surface, seem to have very little in common with me as a person, I’m still their creator, and so some of my traits most definitely filter into them. Perhaps it’s this one time when I lived in Rome and spotted a peculiar street vendor, whose quirky mannerisms help me now imagine a particular character. Or that part of my life when I lived in Argentina and got to experience such a different way of being from the United States. My multicultural upbringing certainly informed my Rocky Mountain Pack series, which recently finished publishing. My main character’s love interest is from South America. Or maybe it’s as simple as glancing over to the car beside me on the road earlier today and noticing its driver head-banging to a favorite song. That zeal might be the perfect detail for someone in my worlds. Every little bit of my life experience has the potential to influence my writing. When I do write about artists, architects, or lawyers, a lot of their foundation is based on what I’ve learned and practiced for many years.
My writing doesn’t occur in a vacuum. My personal, family, and professional life appears, often disguised, in various characters. But ultimately, every one of them has a place in my heart. I find that I fall even for the unpleasant ones, at least a little bit. The worlds I create are a part of me, and their magic remains with me long after I’ve finished writing the stories.
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