Shifter's Storm Excerpt
Chantal Hammond is the heroine of Shifter's Storm, the latest book in the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series. She's a modern and independent-minded leopard shifter. She's also a sheriff's deputy on loan to another jurisdiction. Cougar shifters run the tiny Barron County, Florida sheriff's department, but they haven't been very welcoming. The much friendlier flamingo shifters run the hidden shifter town of Barron itself. After a recent hurricane pounded the Puerto Rican islands (again!), the flamingo shifters plan to lend a hand in the recovery, especially on the island of Vieques. They also have a plan for Chantal. 😺 Note: This Shifter's Storm excerpt is a companion to another excerpt here.
“We’d like to know,” said Renée, “if you’d be interested in volunteering for a couple of weeks.”
Chantal blinked, surprised. “You mean go to Vieques? I’m flattered, but I’m trained as a first responder, not in recovery work. And I’d be leaving the Sheriff’s Department short-handed.”
“Yes, but you speak Spanish and you’re self-reliant.” Renée smiled and waggled a finger between herself and Belinda. “We flamingos can’t decide what to have for breakfast without a community forum and runoff votes.”
“It’s true,” Belinda agreed with a chuckle. “Half of Vieques is a protected wilderness. Your mountain-rescue experience and your feline abilities are just what are needed to assess the damage and help prioritize rehabilitation projects. From what we’ve seen, you know when to take initiative and when to call for help.”
Chantal had to admit the opportunity was tempting. Her inner leopard loved independent exploring and discovering things. Keeping the peace in Barron consisted mostly of issuing tickets for expired license plates, serving warrants, and keeping drunk-ass shifters from tearing up the local taverns and shooting each other. Luckily, sensitive shifter noses detested the smells of drug cooking, or the county might have had a more serious problem.
On the other hand, she took her job seriously. “It’s not fair to leave the department down one deputy.”
Belinda exchanged a look with Renée, then turned to Chantal. “You wouldn’t be. We enticed Sheriff Torres into joining the Tribunal’s law enforcement exchange program by promising to fund the new position outside the department’s budget. We thought it would be a good way to introduce new ideas.” She made a frustrated hiss. “Instead, he’s found every excuse to delay sending one of his deputies away. They’re at full staff without you. We recently found out he’s given you a deliberately random schedule and crappy assignments so you’ll quit. That way, he can call the program a failure.”
Realization blossomed in Chantal as facts took on a new light. “Well, that certainly explains a lot.” She shook her head. “I just thought they were in disarray after the town, er, unincorporated.”
Renée hooted with laughter. “That’s how the cougars are describing it now?”
While volunteering for hurricane cleanup, sheriff’s deputy and leopard shifter Chantal Hammond stumbles across two escapees from a fairy fantasyland. Unfortunately, when she tries to help, she ends up trapped. She quickly discovers she's lost in a mini-world of trouble, and more captives need rescuing.
Prehistoric sloth shifter Dauro de Mar and his friends have cruelly been imprisoned in their animal forms for years. His plan to lead the escape is mostly wishful thinking until an intoxicating and magical leopard shifter arrives still in her human form. She's their game changer.
It's going to take Chantal's and Dauro's combined skills, magic, and courage to evade evil hunters and greedy fairies, and get everyone out of this mess. Especially since the fairy fantasyland is disintegrating. Can they fight off danger—and their sizzling attraction—long enough to win their freedom? Or will they be destroyed by the mother of all storms when this magical land dies?
Find out today in Shifter's Storm, another sizzling hot Ice Age Shifters® paranormal romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta.
Shifter's Storm is a complete story with a happily-ever-after and no cliffhanger, and can be enjoyed without having read the rest of the series.
The Ice Age Shifters series:
- Shifter Mate Magic (Book 1)
- Shift of Destiny (Book 2)
- Heart of a Dire Wolf (Book 3)
- Dire Wolf Wanted (Book 4)
- Shifter's Storm (Book 5)