Friday, September 30, 2011

A Llama/Squirrel Alliance?

Today's blog is brought to you by Shawna Thomas. Her book, ALTERED DESTINY, was just released from Carina Press.

Writing a blog hurts my brain. No, it really does. I'm not one of those naturally outgoing,effervescent people who can talk to anyone about anything. Writing a blog post, especially a guest blog post, is like hosting a party. Now I love to bake, organize and decorate. I'll even serve with a happy heart, but getting the conversations going?

So not me.

So guest blogging on CJ's blog is like hosting a party for Ivana Trump's friends. You know, they're kinda used to the best. So, just now, I sat down to write this post and I told myself. Okay, Shawna. Be clever. Be witty. Be charming.

And my brain started to hurt.

My life is kinda boring: Work, kids, write, husband, kids, clean, cook, repeat. Sometimes I even sleep.

So what do I write about? Hum dee dee...There was this squirrel war I witnessed while walking home from school the other day.

That was interesting.

Those squirrels were going at it. Sounded like a legion of squirrels: branches swaying, leaves drifting to the ground, and screeches of enraged squirrels. I walked quickly through the war zone, dodging stray bits of debris and hoping the loser didn't get thrown from the tree and wind up on my head

(Would you like a defeated squirrel to fall on you? Didn't think so.)

That reminds me of the stare down I got from a squirrel at the zoo a few months back. A squirrel sat in the middle of a section of heavily treed path, just daring me to try and pass. This squirrel was not budging. In fact, every time I thought about stepping forward, it moved closer, staring at me with these mean, beady eyes. You may think it cowardly, but those suckers are fast, I chose another route. That squirrel meant business.

This talk of squirrels reminds me of CJ and her llamas--don't ask me why, my brain is not linear on its best day.

What if the squirrels joined the llamas? The llamas would have an aerial advantage. It wouldn't be pretty, folks.

Not pretty at all.

So before CJ's llamas get irritated at my suggestion they need allies, or decide it's a good idea, let tell you why I'm here. Carina Press just released my new book, ALTERED DESTINY--in which there are no llamas, or squirrels for that matter. There is Jaden--a drop-dead gorgeous Svistra, and Selia--one of my favorite heroines ever, who fall in love despite forces attempting to tear them apart. ALTERED DESTINY is a fantasy novel that tends to lean toward YA and will make lovers of romance happy.

I promise.

Here's a look at ALTERED DESTINY:

Selia has run her family's tavern since she was fifteen and can hunt and fight the equal of any man. When she rescues a badly wounded man and nurses him back to health, she has no idea she's about to change not only her life, but also the destinies of two peoples...

The battered warrior is Svistra—a race of bloodthirsty savages determined to destroy her homeland. Or so the stories claim. Jaden reveals a different truth: how his ancestors were driven into the barren northern mountains. Now they are strong and war parties are pushing south wanting their land back.

The son of a Svistra Commander, Jaden is looking for a way to bring peace to both humans and Svistrans. He tries to ignore his growing passion for Selia, but when she is captured he has to decide what he would be willing to sacrifice to save the woman he loves.

Thank you, Shawna! *shudders at the thought of a squirrel/llama alliance* To learn more about Shawna, visit her website or her blog. To learn more about ALTERED DESTINY, go here or here.

Happy reading!


  1. Cute squirrels! And the book looks really interesting, I'll have to check it out on my Kindle ... :)

  2. Hi Katie,
    Thanks for stopping by!

    : )

  3. I support this llama/squirrel alliance!

  4. *crosses self* God forbid llamas ever discover the ninja-tactics of squirrel fighters. We'd be truly doomed.

    On a different note, ALTERED DESTINY sounds interesting! I'll have to put it on my mile-long, to-be-read list. :)

  5. Hi Jodi,

    I don't know. A llama/squirrel alliance could, conceivably, take over the world.

  6. Bailey,

    Thank you! I'm proud ALTERED DESTINY has made the cut for your to-be-read list. : ) Since I wrote this post, I've been seeing squirrels everywhere.

    And why is it that I can never spell that word right the first time? I want one r and two l's. ; 0 )

  7. One of my really good friends and CP's guest posts on my sister's blog and neither one of you tell me?

    Shawna, you ARE a squirrel...and I misspelled the stupid word after reading an entire post about the cute little miscreants.

    EVERYONE should read Altered Destiny!!! LOVE Jaden, and this book.

    Imagine if the squirrels rode the llamas into battle. Especially if they had tiny suits of armor and saddles. Of course, the question would be if they rode head on or aimed the dreaded hind end...

  8. Ouch. Sorry HC. Can't speak for CJ but I blame the silence on my scattered brain. Once I get it focused on one thing, I'm okay, but it does have a mind of its own. ; )

    BTW, I'm going to take your squirrel mention as a compliment. : P

    There would be two squirrels per llama. One at the front and the other at the hind end. They'd get you coming and going. ; )


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