November 08, 2012

NEW PRIDE—Excerpt included!

Please help me welcome Laura Diamond to my blog today! Laura is a fellow Etopia Press author who also happens to write young adult paranormal novels. Since releasing her novella last week Laura has already achieved Best Seller status on All Romance eBooks/Omnilit! Congratulations and welcome!

It’s here! My prequel novelette, NEW PRIDE, is running wild in the world. Woohoo!

NEW PRIDE was born from my upcoming young adult paranormal romance novel, SHIFTING PRIDE (coming December 7, 2012!). In SHIFTING PRIDE (coming December 7, 2012!), the main character, Nickie, searches for her missing father, Richard…and NEW PRIDE is all about Richard’s journey to independence and new love.


New town, new love, new terror.

Kicked out by his alpha father for nearly exposing their secret, seventeen-year-old Richard Leone is a shape-shifter without a pride. Alone, homeless, and hungry, he forms a tenuous friendship with Derek, a power-hungry shifter from an unstable rogue pride. It’s either that, or starve. Until they encounter a gorgeous brunette, Molly, partying with friends around a campfire. Richard immediately feels a connection with her, and something about her calls to him. Almost as if she was supposed to be his mate.

But when Molly is kidnapped, Richard must take on the entire rogue pride to save her and keep his human town safe from harm. Derek offers him a deal: he’ll help Richard take on the pride to rescue Molly, but only to secure his place as alpha. And once that happens, the humans could be in even more danger…

NEW PRIDE Excerpt:

Under the shroud of dusk and leaves, we undressed and shifted into panthers.
God, this was great! I shook my body and stretched my limbs, tail whipping back and forth to release pent up energy. Lifting my nose to the air, I tested nearby scents. The deer were moving away.
Good. I needed to run again.
Dodging trees and bounding over boulders, I traced along the deer trail, Derek loping beside me. I surged ahead, only to be matched by him. Fueled by competition, we raced through the forest, deer forgotten.
A bitter scent smacked my nose. I shortened my stride and Derek pulled in front. I grunted and rushed to catch him, the odor of smoke strengthening
all the while. People must be in the vicinity. I dashed in front of him, cutting him off, and lifted my head, opening my mouth wide to show him that he needed to pay attention to the smell.
He skidded to a halt.
I locked my legs to slow down and turned back to meet him. Tipping his head, he gestured for us to approach. I nodded.
We came upon a circle of hemlock with enough space in the middle for campers to settle for the night. A bonfire, flanked on one side with three tents facing it, crackled in a stone-lined pit. Half a dozen people surrounded the blaze. Four boys chatted loudly, clanking beer bottles and throwing their heads back to chug. Jimmy was there. My claws extended.
But that meant Molly had to be there too.
Two girls sat on the other side of the fire roasting marshmallows. They huddled close to one another, whispering and giggling. The wind changed directions, carrying the scent of lavender to me in sweet wafts.
I licked my chops, suppressing a whine. Molly. I lifted my paw, the need to be by her side dragging me forward, despite her rejection. She’d only done it because of her dick of a brother.
No. Not in front of Derek. He hadn’t been too enthused about the group before, and I had no idea how he’d act around them in panther form.
I eased down on my haunches. Derek gruffed softly and bumped his head into my shoulder while turning to leave.
I didn’t—and couldn’t—follow. It was as if Molly’s soul had anchored me to her and I was powerless to break away even though staying meant I risked exposure. And if the others in the pride weren’t careful and roamed too close, they’d probably stumble into the clearing, sparring like idiots, without even knowing it. I had to move. Draw the others away somehow.
I mewled. Convincing them was going to be like moving a mountain with a teaspoon.

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Author Laura Diamond:

Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, horror, and middle grade. Her short story, City of Lights and Stone, is in the Day of Demons anthology by Anachron Press (April 2012) and her apocalyptic short story, Begging Death is in the Carnage: After the End anthology by Sirens Call Publication (coming late 2012). Her debut young adult paranormal romance, SHIFTING PRIDE, is coming December 2012 by Etopia Press. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer , and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke Corgi named Katie. 

How to find Laura Diamond on the web:

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YouTube interview:

In The DM Zone—Talking about SHIFTING PRIDE


  1. Black panthers are powerful symbols in writing if not the world at large. Enjoyed the first person POV bringing the reader right into the scene. You've done a remarkable job and this is coming from a newbie to the shifter world.

  2. can't wait! So excited to read this book! Woot!

  3. Nice excerpt! Sounds like an exciting read!!

  4. Thanks for the kind words and thanks to Sarah for hosting me!