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Starting off the Season of Sizzle: A Dark, Sexy Romance with Feline Shapeshifters

Andrew J. Peters’ Werecat: The Rearing is the story of a gay college senior who goes on Spring Break to Montréal, gets picked up by a handsome drifter, and takes a free fall into the world of feline shapeshifters.

Peters describes Werecat as a mash-up of genres: fast-paced, paranormal adventure and dark romance, with some gritty suspense for horror fans and a moderate heat-level for the gay/M/M erotica set. It’s the first in his series of e-novelettes (70-150 pages each) published by Vagabondage Press and available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Here’s some more about the book from the back cover blurb:

Werecat: The Rearing by Andrew J. Peters
Publisher: Vagabondage Press LLC (May 27, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Werecat: The Rearing

For Jacks Dowd, a gay college senior who feels ungrounded from his family and life in general, an alcohol and sex-infused weekend in Montréal sounds like a pretty good escape. His Spring Break binge takes a detour when he meets Benoit, an admiring drifter with startling green eyes. A hook-up turns into a day, two days, and then a full week in Benoit’s hostel, making love and scarfing down take-out food. But at the end of the week, Benoit demands that Jacks make an impossible choice: stay with him forever or never see him again.

The night before Jacks is supposed to return to college, he meets Benoit in Mont Royal Park to try to work things out. Benoit springs on Jacks an unfathomable secret: he’s a werecat. He traps Jacks in an abandoned cabin and performs an occult rite so they will be mated forever.

With his dual nature, Jacks can shape-shift at will, and he has amazing new senses and physical abilities. But how will he live as an unfathomable hybrid creature? When Benoit shows Jacks the violence he’s capable of, Jacks may need to find a way to destroy the one person who can help him survive.

Peters is offering a copy of the book (your choice of e-format) and some autographed swag as a giveaway. Just drop a comment below to tell him: if you could be any kind of animal shapeshifter, what kind would you be? Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address.

And the ebook giveaway goes to: bokl_c

Here’s what Peters has to say about the inspiration for his series.

Werecat started as an experimental piece. I wanted to see what would happen if I created a story in the werewolf/vampire genre from a totally queer point of view. There are similarities between the shapeshifter trope and the experience of being queer, both in obvious ways like having to hide and being misunderstood, and in ways that are important to me politically and spiritually.

“I think there’s something liberating about being able to inhabit two worlds. Queer people learn how to fit in, and sometimes pass within a heterosexual world, and we also cross “genders” at least in our private lives if not publicly. The Native American idea of two-spirit intrigues me – possessing both a female and a male aspect – and I could go on about that subject extensively. Suffice it to say, when I started writing about gay, feline shapeshifters, I found opportunities to explore the different facets of having a dual nature — socially, sexually, and politically.

“I also worked a good bit of cat mythology – ancient world and native – into the story. Retold myth and legend is a fairly steady thread in everything I write.”

About the Author: Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist, particularly when that twist turns heteronormativity on its head. His paranormal fantasy series Werecat: The Rearing is published by Vagabondage Press. His début novel The Seventh Pleiade (upcoming from Bold Strokes Books) is about a gay teen who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for many publications. He lives in New York City with his partner and their cat Chloë.

For more about Andrew, visit: http://andrewjpeterswrites.com

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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 1st, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
This is an interesting question - I think I would go for a cat (probably a tabby cat!)

The book looks like a good read.

Jun. 1st, 2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
What animal would I like to be? Hmmm, I'd miss my opposable thumbs! How about Homo Sapien that shifts between sexes? That would certainly turn heteronormativity heels over head! :)

The book definitely sounds good, so please count me in for the giveaway! Thanks!

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Jun. 1st, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
that's kind of difficult to answer, but I think I would love to be a leopard - being able to be go hunting and also laying lazy in the sun or shadow.

would love to read it.
thanks -c- (das.kleine.c@gmail.com)

Edited at 2013-06-01 01:39 pm (UTC)
Jun. 1st, 2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
Definitely a cat -- a big cat. They are so powerful.

This book looks great. Would love to read it.
Jun. 1st, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Ooo, werecats, cool.

I'd probably go with something aquatic, like a selkie or something like that.

Story sounds great!
Jun. 1st, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
A werehumster... LOL

Ok, ok. I am into werecats too - a werepanther.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
I'd either be a black panther or a dolphin. Or a greyhound. I like geese, too, so I weregoose wouldn't be bad.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Count me in please :)
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