After the strangest summer of their lives, Nate and Larissa prepare to face their biggest challenge yet: High school.
With jocks that seem intent on making Nate’s life miserable, the reappearance of the mysterious green-haired shifter (now with new and improved blue hair), and Charlie, the new girl, who affects Nate in the weirdest way, it’s shaping up to be a doozy!
Greendale High isn't the only place in turmoil; Panteria is dying and only the Pantera twins can save it. Will Nate to return to the world that he has sworn to hate before it’s too late?
L. M. Davis loves great storytelling. She needs nothing more than a good book and a comfy chair to be happy. She was born in the south, raised in the north, and has several English degrees under her belt. She currently lives in Atlanta and is contemplating getting a cat. It will probably be black. The first two books of her Shifters Novel series, Interlopers and Posers, are available now.
So in creating Panteria, I actually had to come up with quite a few names for the different creatures, organizations, martial arts forms--you name it--that I had to invent to flesh out this world. It was a challenge, because names are really hard for me. Many of the names (Kulan and Anakulan) have their genesis in the languages of Africa and Asia, the places where leopards are found in the real world. Other's like Bastion already exist but take on an additional meaning.
Sometimes, I have name regret. For instance, IBG stands for Imperial Bastion's Guard. They are the army that does the will of the Bastion and helps her to protect Panteria. After the publication of Interlopers, I kind of though that it would have been more clever/cute to call them the Bastion's Imperial Guard. Then they could be BIGs for short. See, cute. It would be especially appropriate given the role that IBG Bailey plays in this novel. Now that I am writing the third installment, though, I'm back to being glad that they are the IBG. Sometimes there's such a thing as to clever/cutesy.
Though the Bastion and her IBG soldiers had not
captured the ring leader—James—the capture of even a few of the
villains had been a huge relief to most Panterians. That,
along with the fact that no new mining had begun, put the minds of
the people at ease. Anakulan and Kulan now rested, played,
and sauntered through the tall grasses that surrounded them, more
carefree than she had ever seen them.
More than that, Panteria was no longer the
frightening and unfamiliar world that it had been the first time
that she had arrived there. Weirdly, it was just the
opposite. She felt like she had lived there all of her
life. Like she belonged. She had learned so much about
Panteria, its people, and the history of her family in the short
time that she had been there.