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Four Reasons why Giant Cats make Bad Familiars (The Obsidian Temple: A Desert Rising Novel by Kelley Grant)

Four Reasons why Giant Cats make Bad Familiars

Hi all, I’m Sulis and I’m the most important character in the Desert Rising series. My twin, Kadar wouldn’t agree, but he seldom agrees with anything I say. I’ve seen your envy and wistful thinking when watching a Temple acolyte walk by with her giant Temple cat at her heels. You think those feli are like your housecat, and you’d love to snuggle with a giant teddy-bear of a feline. You want one. But feli are far from domesticated. I’m here to tell you why it’s as much of a pain as a blessing to have a giant, feral cat thinking he owns you.

1. Feli think you are terrible hunters and bring you food, like most cats. Your housecat brings you a mouse. A feli brings you an entire chicken, if you are lucky, getting blood all over your boots while you eat midmeal. If you aren’t lucky, he brings you an entire haunch of gazelle, intestines dragging along behind. Try getting that out of your woven rugs.

2. Feli are wild cats. Djinn sprays where he likes. He’s “encouraged” to go outside – but sometimes he wants to mark something and does. No stopping 90lbs of fangs and claws. I heard about a maiden of Ivanha who took up with a soldier her feli didn’t like. In the dead of night her feli came into her bedchamber and peed on his head, and then slashed the man’s nightrobe and left gashes on his thigh, dangerously close to his man bits.

3. We live in a desert region. My feli Djinn likes to curl up next to me. Alongside the entire length of my body, from chest to toe. It’s like wearing a giant pre-warmed fur coat to bed in 90-degree heat. Djinn also sticks his giant head on my chest and snores. Loudly. He falls asleep with it there, leaving a puddle of drool on my chest. Most nights I’m pushed out of the cot halfway through the night and sleep on the floor while he takes over the bed.

4. The reason we are bonded with our feli is so the four deities – Ivanha, Parasu, Voras, and Aryn, can channel their energy through us. And sometimes possess us. Being paired with a feli means that at any moment I could be possessed by a deity. And not just any deity – a furious, ready-to-spit-nails deity who is going to do anything to get his or her way. Possibly at the expense of my sanity, or even my life. So having a feli means putting yourself at the mercy of capricious being who could destroy you accidentally. Fun times.

Ready to join the Temple and be paired with a feli now? Yeah, no, it takes a certain kind of crazy to deliberately choose this life, like I did. And while I wouldn’t trade Djinn for bags of gold, sometimes I envy you your nice, soft, purring lap cat. Excuse me while I go clean gazelle entrails off my good slippers.

Desert Rising, the first book of this series is on sale for $.99 right now! The Obsidian Temple releases in ebook on July 21st and can be found in any ebookstore like Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Ibooks. The mass market paperback will release in August and can be ordered at any bookstore.

paranormal romance, Kelley Grant, The Obsidian Temple
by Kelley Grant
Release date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Kindle
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.

Returning to Illian, Sulis’s twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah’s side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste’s uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.

In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy’s stunning conclusion.

About the Author:
Kelley Grant grew up in the hills of Ohio’s Amish country. Her best friends were the books she read, stories she created and the forest and fields that inspired her. She first told stories to her cats, then her teachers then expanded her audience at Otterbein college, where she earned her degree in writing. She and her husband live on a wooded hilltop and are owned by five cats, a dog and numerous uninvited critters. Besides writing, Kelley teaches yoga and meditation, sings kirtan with her husband, and designs brochures and media.

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