Please welcome Natalie Dae here with her co-written new release!

I find heroines that are too feisty get on my nerves. I don’t mind a strong woman, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t enjoy those who come across as hard-hearted and kick people’s butts all over the place. So there came my dilemma when writing Lucia’s character in Black Cougar Curse. How to write a woman that didn’t get on my nerves. I wanted a tough woman but also a vulnerable one—a woman who had fears and longings like everyone else, but who wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself and what she believed in.

Thankfully, I had my co-writer, Tess MacKall, to keep me on track with Lucia, and when our heroine got too sappy, I was able to calm her down and get some strength back into her. Of course she’d be a little unsteady in the emotional department—she’d just lost her father and had returned to the place of his death—but I wanted her to battle through her grief with bravery and a purpose.

The purpose came when she discovered her father’s death wasn’t as clear-cut as she’d been led to believe. Now our heroine had the urge to find out exactly what had happened, and with the help of the sexy-as-sin Sam, she had the ability to do whatever it took to expose a cover-up.


Black Cougar Curse was one of those books that seemed effortless to write. It helped that I had a partner sharing the word count, giving me boosts, supporting me every step of the way, and together I think we produced a really cool book. I love Sam and Lucia, love the curse aspect; in fact, I love the paranormal/shifter theme and the scope we had in choosing that genre.

All in all, co-authoring with Tess was an amazing experience, and I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as we enjoyed writing it!

Blurb: Deep in the mountain wilderness, Lucia Chavez searches for closure to her father’s death, and the mythical black cougar he sought. Drop-dead sexy Cherokee Indian guide Sam Starr knows more than he’s telling. After he saves Lucia from being swept away in a mudslide, the bath they both need turns steamy indeed. Sam and Lucia are living proof that near-death experiences can bring two people closer together—they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Amidst danger and mystery, Sam and Lucia explore the lust that burns between them. If their desire gets any stronger it could bring down the mountains. Ancient secrets hold the key to their unbridled sexual need. Was their passion written in the stars?

One man. One woman. A curse that binds them—and could tear them apart.

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About mahalia2010

Mother, Sister, Friend, Author

Posted on February 1, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks for having me here today, love!

  2. Woot…Hi Hales. Thanks for letting Nat showcase our baby on your blog today. Hope everyone loves Black Cougar Curse as much as we do.

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