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Today, author Morgan Brice is guesting.  She’s here to talk about her latest release Again, a m/m urban fantasy, romantic suspense.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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I really enjoy reading shifter romances, so naturally I ended up wanting to write my own series. I figured that for shifters to go unnoticed, they’d need a place that was pretty remote and surrounded by forest.

I grew up going camping in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York (not far from the Canadian border). That area holds a very special place in my heart. It’s so beautiful, and it’s truly my mental happy place.

So when I needed a location for the (fictional) town of Fox Hollow, I drew on my memories of what the (real) town of Long Lake looked like back in the 70s when I was a kid. I had the chance to visit again just a few years ago, and not as much had changed as I expected!

I liked the idea of a town that was a haven for misfit shifters—shifters who didn’t fit in with their own kind. In Fox Hollow, everyone is welcome and no one eats their neighbors.

The town is also a haven for misfit psychics. I drew on the real-life history of the famous Fox Sisters who were celebrity psychic-mediums a century ago and who were accused of being frauds. In my world, they were wrongfully accused but their followers were unwelcome in Lily Dale (another New York town famous for its psychics) and found sanctuary in Fox Hollow, where they opened the Fox Institute for Parapsychology.

Some of my shifters are the usual alpha predators—wolves, lynx, fox. But I also love exploring less common shifters—squirrels, raccoons, possums, dogs, house cats, otters, etc.—and seeing them find their fated mate and fall in love.

As for the Zodiac, I thought it would be cool if part of being fated mates also involved being the perfect Zodiac match. It gave me another set of characteristics to weave into the character-building as both strong points and flaws.

Every time I write a Fox Hollow book it’s like visiting one of my favorite places!

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Title: Again
Series: Fox Hollow Zodiac, Novel 2
Author: Morgan Brice
Release Date: July 5, 2022
Genres: Urban fantasy, MM shifter romance suspense
Tropes: Shifters, one true pairing (OTP), reincarnation, fated mates, mating bites, psychics, magic, curses, hurt/comfort, found family,
Themes: Long-distance relationship, having faith in each other, knowing you can depend on each other, navigating a new relationship
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 247 pages
Publisher: Darkwind Press

The fast, furry, and furious! A lynx shifter, pursued by a cryptid trophy hunter. A wolf shifter desperate to rescue a lover who’s not just his fated mate—but his one true pairing across past lives. And a love that transcends time.

Blurb:  Lynx shifter Noah Wilson narrowly escaped being captured by the Huntsman. While recuperating in Fox Hollow, he meets his fated mate, wolf shifter Drew Lowe.

Noah has to return to Canada to finish filming his TV projects, so he and Drew visit when they can and come up with creative solutions to their long-distance relationship. Noah and Drew are sure they’re meant for each other and start making plans.

Drew’s dreams make him wonder if he and Noah are more than fated mates—could they be a true pairing, destined to find each other lifetime after lifetime?

Then Noah accidentally records a murder, and the killer is on his trail. Can he elude a master tracker and reach the safety of Fox Hollow, or will he and Drew have to wait to find happiness in another life?

Again is a thrill-packed MM shifter romance adventure full of sexy shifters, hurt/comfort, one true pairing, reincarnation, sincere psychics, hunky mechanics, first responders, a sexy wildlife photographer, found family, and fated mates.

Note: It is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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“I wish you could see this view in person—except for how cold it is.” Noah snapped a photo that didn’t do the colors of dawn justice, and sent it with his text to Drew.

He waited for a reply and realized Drew probably wasn’t awake yet. No one in their right mind is up at this hour.

He’d made the best of the cramped hotel room, knowing from experience to bring an extra blanket, good pillow, books, and power strips. Hotels never had enough outlets to charge his cameras. Fortunately, travel wasn’t a constant, but staying overnight to get the right light or have time to set up cameras happened fairly often.

Will that be a problem with Drew? Will he resent my photography? It’s a demanding job.

Noah cleaned his lenses and checked his batteries as he packed his day bag. Travel made it easy to find overnight company without entanglement, and he’d long ago grown tired of waking up alone. He’d had a serious relationship back in film school, which fizzled after graduation. There were a few boyfriends who lasted more than a month or two, but his irregular hours always ended up being more than anyone wanted to deal with for long.

Can it be different with Drew? We felt such an immediate bond—I’ve never had a connection like that with anyone. It’s like we’ve known each other forever.

“Of course. We’re fated mates,” his lynx reminded him, as if Noah could forget.

He smiled, thinking of their conversation that ended only a few hours ago. It wasn’t just the sex—although that was combustible in a way Noah had never experienced before. Everything took on a different light when it involved Drew. Talking about the trivial activities of the day wasn’t boring. Sharing a movie or even reading the same book and talking about their reactions now felt satisfying and fun.

I’m a Cancer—we’re protective and defend our family. Except I don’t really have any. 

Noah didn’t have many living relatives. His father had vanished when he was young, and his mother died two years ago from a bad heart. He had a brother and sister, but they drifted apart, and Noah hadn’t heard from them in years. He wasn’t sure he even had valid addresses for them.

Drew is my mate. He’s my family now. And he has Russ and Liam and their friends. A pack. Someday, they’ll be my pack.

Clowder, his lynx sniffed. Lynxes have a clowder, not a pack.

Sounds like soup.

Clowder is not chowder, silly human. But we could vote to let Drew be an honorary lynx and join.

Vote? Who—you and me? 

We are the only ones in our clowder now. It would be nice to add our mate—even if he is a dog.

Wolf.

Canine.

I’ve fallen hard. And it should scare me. But it doesn’t. When I worry that he might not feel the same, I can’t breathe.

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Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

Find Morgan:  Website | Audible Profile | Amazon profile | Facebook Group | Facebook Page | Pinterest (for Morgan and Gail) | TwitterBookBub | Instagram | TikTok

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