Pale Moon Walking
Release Date: 9/28/15
Genre: Paranormal Western
US Marshall Sam Kyote has been sent to the dry old town of Coyote Bluff to recuperate from a top-secret government experiment that’s left this law man a little…well, different. But Sam’s about to find out that the town of Coyote Bluff has a whole lot of secrets. Most of which lead to Libby Mayden—the sexy, long-legged, and tight-lipped sheriff who saved his ass from an alien ambush.
The last thing Libby needs is a US Marshall poking around her town, especially one who’s hotter than the Nevada desert sun. She can’t let Sam find out most of her town are wanted outlaws. Between the aliens, the gunfighters, and a searing sexual attraction to Sam, she’s in a whole heap of trouble. And Libby’ll stride both sides of the law—and Sam—until she’s forced to choose between self-preservation…and her heart.
Libby took off like a rabbit as soon as she heard the crack of the bat. She approached first base at full speed, saw no one coming at her, and didn’t slow down. She rounded the base and headed for second.
From the corner of her left eye, she spotted a fast-moving blur. Sam had the ball, and rather than give it up to the second baseman, he was pursuing Libby himself, planning to cut her off before she could reach safety.
She judged the distance between Sam and second base, and the space she had left to run. She never slowed, but instead, dropped onto her right calf and thigh in a long slide, folding her left leg and throwing her hands high as she did. She kept her attention focused on touching the base with her foot. Nothing else mattered. Either he caught her or he didn’t.
She felt her foot connect with Sam’s ankle at the same time he reached second, knocking him off balance as she finished the slide. He threw his arms up, just as she’d hoped. He windmilled in slow motion, unable to regain his footing, and toppled on top of Libby, knocking the air from her lungs with his weight.
He brought his arms down on either side of her face. His chin connected with her forehead and she heard the faint click of his teeth striking together.
He grinned down at her, the gold flecks in his eyes sparkling. He touched the ball to her collarbone, just below her jaw where he knew it was sensitive, and Libby’s toes burst into flames. “You’re out, Sheriff Mayden.”
“In your dreams, Marshal Kyote,” she wheezed back. “If you check, you’ll find my boot’s on second base.”
Sam didn’t budge. “We’ll have to consult the umpire. Oh, wait. That would be you.” His grin widened, and now Libby couldn’t breathe for a whole different reason. “How are you planning to call it from this position?”
The Demon Outlaws Series
Book 1 The Demon’s Daughter
Book 2 Black Widow Demon
Book 2.5 The Demon Lord (novella)
Book 3 Demon Creed
~~~~Guest Post ~~~~
“Becoming an adventuress had obvious advantages she didn’t regret, but she hadn’t accounted for the awkwardness of the morning after.” ~ Pale Moon Walking
First of all, a big thank you to Kristy for having me here today.
My name is Paula Altenburg and I write paranormal, fantasy and contemporary romance. (Doesn’t that sound like I’m standing in front of a self-help group and making a dirty confession?)
Pale Moon Walking is my eighth paranormal romance, although to be honest, for anything that’s not straight up contemporary, I tend to mix up my genres. It’s got elements of historical western, sci fi, a little of this, a lot of that. For anyone who’s read my demon westerns, this one is much lighter in tone. I went for more humor. No one gets eaten. No matter what it is, I tend to write romance that’s sensual—not too steamy, but not closed door, either. I like to leave a bit to the reader’s imagination. I also want men to be able to enjoy my FFPs so I try not to let them get too all “touchy feely.” (BTW—yes, a few aliens were harmed in the writing of this story… You can take that up with the appropriate authorities.) I don’t think you should expect anything I write to be quite like the last, unless it’s part of a series, of course. (That’s reason number 567 why they give me an editor.)
Pale Moon Walking has a female, former-gunfighter-turned-sheriff. It’s got a US federal marshal who’s been subjected to government experiments. It’s got aliens, politicians, and secrets galore. There’s even a woman repeat-offender who terrorizes the town, and let’s not forget Pastor Endicott. He’s got A Past. I don’t think I’m quite through with him yet.
If you’re tastes run toward eclectic western romances with a bit of paranormal/sci fi and humor thrown in, then Pale Moon Walking is the story for you. I think if you’re open to westerns with an unusual twist, this could work for you, too. I tried to keep the historical details credible. You be the judge.
We can thank science and Star Trek for those nanoparticles, though.
Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys working from home and writing fulltime. Paula writes fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as short contemporary romance.