Earthily Ever After

by Doranna

I probably could have called this blog Confessions of a Flower Child.

I wasn’t quite old enough to be in the hippy scene–just old enough to be profoundly affected by it. I went to the very first Earth Day when I was ten; I hiked twenty miles for the very first Walk for Water events and twenty-five for Hike for Hope. I camped extensively while growing up, backpacked in college, and worked as a Scout riding camp counselor in college. So by now it’s not going to surprise anyone that I ended with a degree in Environmental Education, interned a park system, got together with a park ranger, and moved into 100 acres of Appalachian mountainside where I lived in a hand-built log cabin and loved it.

 Eventually life led me back out to suburbia for a while, but only until I found some Southwest mountains to love–and if I don’t live remotely any longer, I do live rurally in the foothills and am never happier than when I’m out in them.

So by now, those who read the Nocturne Sentinels are nodding. “Oh,” they’re saying. “Of course she writes about the Sentinels.”

Yup, love those earthy Sentinels. They love the land…and they’re part of it in a way that calls deeply to me.

Of the Sentinel heroes I’ve written so far, Kai Faulkes is, I think, the most primal. Feral child Maks (Tiger Bound) is focused on protecting others where Kai is completely connected to the land around him. He knows what harms it, what helps it, what matters to it…he communes with every part of it. That, in turn, makes him perfectly able to commune with Regan Adler when he finds her–and when he helps her find herself, out on his mountainside.

I suppose it’s probably a good thing that I fall in love with each of my heroes in turn…but Kai, for me, was a particularly easy sell–and so was writing in his world, and watching him find the final pieces that complete his life. So if you’ve never been up on the high side of a mountain, I hope Kai can share that experience with you–and if you’ve got your own mountains to play in, I hope Lynx Destiny feels like coming home…and loving it.

About Sentinels: Lynx Destiny

A lone shifter and a stranger must embrace their deepest fears to defeat a deadly enemy in Doranna Durgin’s newest Sentinels romance

Forced to return to her family cabin deep in the Sacramento Mountains, Regan Adler is determined to keep her visit brief. Voices that drove her mother crazy are now threatening to do the same to her and she can’t ignore them. Then she meets Kai….

Kai Faulkes is a lone shape-shifter who takes the form of a lynx. He’s aware of the danger approaching and must protect his home at all costs. When Regan’s soft and sultry voice reaches him, he is thrown into a whole new world of passion and desire. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and Kai and Regan must fight for everything they hold dear.

 

About Doranna

My books are SF/F, mystery, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. My dogs are Beagles, my home is the Southwest, and the horse wants a cookie!
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2 Responses to Earthily Ever After

  1. Robert says:

    The attached pic is the cabin where we stayed during the summers while my dad ran his sawmill. One of the major drawbacks to living in Texas is that I don’t have the opportunity to walk that land and hear the wind blow through the trees. My roots are there, no matter that the cabin has been gone for almost 50 years, and the places where my brother and I played now are covered over with pine and fir.
    This I suppose is the reason Regan and Kai resonated so strongly with me. Though I have stood on this land only a few times in the last 50 some years I still feel a very strong connection and feel very protective of that patch of land. (on a branch of Alder Creek a few miles south of St. Maries Idaho). The property will be passed on to my kids who seem to feel a connection to the place despite only having visited there a few times.
    Lynx Destiny did indeed feel like coming home.

    • Doranna says:

      Wow–I can sure see how that experience would stay with you and become your roots. So glad you attached that picture!

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