January 26, 2013

Urban Fantasy: Natural Born Enemies @GemmaKMurray #RLFblog

Natural Born Enemies

Gemma K Murray, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Natural Born Enemies.
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Leap of Faith Publishing
Cover artist: Regina Paul
Length: 55,679 words
Heat rating: 4 flames
Cedar River, Michigan is a wonderful place to fall in love. Some people see change as a good thing, but there are a few others who can’t let go of the “old ways.” “Breeds should stay within their breeds,” they say.
Adam Thomas is the deputy sheriff in Cedar River. His black puma shifter side got him released from the military and sent back home. His demons followed, but they are nothing compared to the ones within his pride.
Luna McIntyre is the only daughter and shaman to the McIntyre pack. She is tired of being smothered and told what to do in regards to her life. She’s opened a sweet shop and moved forward with her life. However, the love of her teen years is back in town and her family is trying to rein her in again.
Someone in this small town is so set in their beliefs that they can’t see how love is sometimes simply love. Cats and canines may be natural born enemies, but love may be enough to get past the differences.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Adam Thomas is in his late twenties/early thirties. He is one of the deputies to the sheriff, Bowie Golden, in the Upper Peninsula town of Cedar River. Adam is a black puma shifter.
Luna McIntyre is the only daughter of the Alpha of the McIntyre pack in Cedar River. She is also in her late twenties/early thirties and owns Full Moon Sweets, a candy shop full of tempations.


I’ll never forget the first look I got of Adam. He wore his bad attitude like a well-worn pair of jeans. Gods, I wanted to be the woman to tame his wild side. The anger radiated off him in waves, but I knew in my heart that he was simply hurting.
Every year since I could remember, the pack and the pride would lay aside their differences and would help with the clearing of downed trees in the woods between the two lands. Roman Pierce recruited Adam to help. He was a young and able body. His lanky muscles bunched and relaxed with each piece of wood he tossed into the waiting trailers. My mouth still waters at that memory. Then, Adam got arrested. My dad warned me to stay away from Adam, but there was something about that young man. I started to make excuses to go into town with my girlfriends in hopes of catching his eye.
“He’s nothing but bad news, Luna,” my friend, Maria, said.
“If that’s what bad news looks like, you can deliver it to me every day,” was my reply.
Adam’s black hair was always in his eyes, but when those piercing green eyes turned my way, I felt my insides melt. A mere glance from the Pierce Pride bad boy sent my heart racing. I would watch him in the halls at school and on the football field. His speed made him the best receiver on the Cedar River Miners. I’d watch him on the side lines palling around with “Bodacious” Bowie Golden. Those two together were enough to make a girl’s panties drop with a simple smile.


Keeper of the
Golden Dragon's Heart

Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place? Natural Born Enemies is the second book in the Cedar River Series. Cedar River is a small town of shifters in every shape and size. From the largest nest of dragons to phoenix, wolves, pumas, and otters, if you are looking for a shifter, you will probably be able to find it in this series. The town is set along the shores of Lake Superior, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Cedar trees scent the air along with the crisp smell of the lake. Residents are of different species, but they manage to pull together and help out as a community should.
What inspired you to write this book?
When I finished writing Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart, I thought I was done. However, Adam stepped forward and wanted his story told. The more I heard his story (in my mind) the more I knew I had to tell it. He carries inside of him so much sorrow and pain and because of that, he is so familiar to me.
Why do you write?
Honestly, I write because if I didn’t, I would lose my mind. I have always had voices in my mind and I thought I was crazy. Then, I began to sort them into groups or couples and I wrote. Once I began to write, the voices in my head would slow down and my head was able to clear. If I didn’t write, I don’t know what else I would do.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
In the morning, I have French vanilla cappuccino, the afternoon, water. In my house, there is always a dog or two underfoot. My earbuds are always close by as well. With the view I have out my front window (where I write), that is all the inspiration I could possibly need.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
At the age of 40, I decided returning to school seemed like a brilliant idea. Therefore, if I’m not writing, I’m studying. When I have time, I am a bookaholic. I love to read. I was a reader long before I was a writer and I can while away an entire day between the pages of a book.
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
My real-life emotions really come out in my writing. I’ve been married for almost 20 years so love is a must have in my books. I don’t believe in the fairy tale, happily ever after love. I want my characters to have “real” love. You know, the love where not everything is perfect. Their relationships are organic and need to be tended. I love to laugh so humor is a big part of my writing. My husband says my female characters resemble me in many ways (stubborn, tough, strong).
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I spent many years as a babysitter/daycare worker. I waited tables, did dishes, and cooked at a truck stop when I was in high school. I also worked in a vet clinic, which was so much hard work, yet very much worth it. My favorite job (besides writing) has been being a stay at home wife/canine mom for the last 20 years.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart was the hardest because I didn’t want to be a paranormal author. There are so many amazing paranormal/urban fantasy authors out there and I never imagined my imagination could compete with them. Once I shut off my inner critic and let the story flow, I found myself in awe of what I was writing. My imagination is really an awesome place to hang out.

Personal Info

What's the best gift you ever received?
My first canine kid, Kodiak. We had just found out we couldn’t have children when my husband brought her home. She healed two broken hearts.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
When I’m driving, I usually have country music on. I love the harder hitting music like Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
When I’m writing, it depends on the characters. For Natural Born Enemies, I listened to A LOT of Celtic Thunder. For Book 3 (which I’m working on now), I have a lot of Clapton, Heart, Bob Seeger, Santana, and Pink on my playlist.
What's your favorite movie?
Right now, I can’t get enough of Catch and Release. It’s such a funny, yet wonderfully romantic movie.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with pepperoni and green olives.
I'm always ready for Duck Dynasty (reality television show).
When I'm alone, I take time to be girly.
You'd never be able to tell, but I am a princess at heart.
If I had a halo it would be held up by a couple of horns and it would be more than a bit tarnished.
If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd stay here in the U.P.
I can never give up because my dad taught me to fight for the things that matter.

Previous Books

Keeper of the Golden Dragon’s Heart- Cedar River Series: Book 1


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  1. Thank you, Kayelle! It was wonderful to be asked back:D I have such a great time when I visit with you and your readers.


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