A Lion's Cage Lion Shifters Prequel
by Ella Wilde Genre: Urban Fantasy, Clean Paranormal Romance
Shifts happen. Hearts change. Africa awaits.
Life as a slave in the fight pits of Kenya is vicious and brutally short, and no one knows this better than lion shifter Lazarus Kiprop. As a prized champion, he lives with blood on his hands and guilt in his heart. He's survived longer than most, at a cost. With no end in sight, Lazarus has given up on ever seeing another sunrise. The last thing he needs is a vampire youngling taunting him with impossible promises of freedom.
A newly made vampire, Willow has gaping holes in her memory and a burning desire for revenge. With less than a week before her new master arrives to claim her, she’s determined to find a way out of captivity. And if the leather-clad guy in the cell next door doesn’t believe it’s possible? That’s too bad, because she’s going, with or without him. But while Willow may be able to escape her cage, will she be able to escape her heart?
“A Lion’s Cage” is the prequel to “The Lion Shifters” series.
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The moment an unseen hand removed the stake, my torso lurched upward as I gasped. Before I could react beyond the need to sit up, metal clanged against metal. My eyes focused on bars.
"A cage?" I yelled. "Really? That's how this is playing out? Can you at least take off the handcuffs?"
The only response was the rapidly retreating steps of the men who'd thrown me in here.
It wasn't a cage, but it wasn't much better. The cell was large enough that I could stand and move around several paces in each direction, and that was about it. A thin layer of straw covered the concrete floor. There was a bucket in one corner and a dingy blanket in the other. A harsh fluorescent tube hung from the ceiling outside my cell. The place smelled like a stable. There were several other cells up and down the corridor, most of them either empty or their occupants hidden from view by concrete dividers.
Dragging myself backward, I leaned against the concrete wall and knocked my head against the bars covering the front of the cell. Hunger still burned in my veins. To distract myself, I wondered what new and probably not very exciting adventures awaited me.
Glancing across the corridor to the closest cell, I noticed a pair of bare feet poking out from the shadows. While the soles of the feet were a dark cream, the part of the muscular legs I could see was rich brown and not from a tan. Was he like me, a Vampire? Or something else?
I'd gone to Europe to deepen my education—or something like that—but hadn't expected just how deep I'd go. In the past few days, I'd not only learned that all manner of paranormal creatures inhabited the world but that I was destined to live among them, albeit as an unwilling resident.
"Hey," I half whispered, not wanting to attract the attention of our guards. "Hey, Barefoot. What's your name?"
There was no response although one of the feet twitched and shifted a bit.
"I'm Willow." I wasn't at all discouraged by the lack of response. After all, he couldn't be doing anything important. I was doing the guy a favor by entertaining him.
"That's nice." His voice bordered on a growl as if he was in between shifting from animal to man.
A King's Pride Lion Shifters Book 1
Emma Knight is in Kenya to bury a witch, and then she’s leaving. But hostile forces are pushing her into a role she doesn’t want. When Emma breaks a cardinal rule and rescues a lion Shifter, she finds herself at a dangerous crossroads. Does she move on, or risk her secrets and her heart to save the lion’s Pride and establish peace in Nairobi?
Lion Shifter King David Kiprop is on a time-sensitive mission, one that leads him into a poacher’s snare. While he’s relieved to escape the trap, he’s not happy to owe a life-debt to the snarky, secretive female who rescued him, even if he does find Emma attractive. She’s a bewitching distraction King can’t afford. Too bad the gods have other plans.
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“A King’s Pride” is Book 1 in “The Lion Shifters” series. The Lion Shifters is cliffhanger-free and is meant to be read in order for the best reading experience
My cell phone rang.
“Shh,” Isaac huffed just as I answered it.
“Emma? Emma, it’s Daniel. Can you hear me?”
“Daniel,” I whispered. “We’re under attack.”
“I know. Are you hurt? Is Isaac still with you? He’s not answering his phone. Where are you?”
“Emma,” Isaac said, tugging on my shirtsleeve. “We have to go. Now. The shooting is on the other side.”
“Daniel…” I began but stopped when more screams and gunfire echoed around us.
“Let me talk with her,” King yelled in the background, his voice loud enough for me to hear.
“Forget it, goat herder. You might break my phone. Bloody hell, Zeeks. Try not to hit the pedestrians.”
“That’s a difficult task,” Ezekiel yelled, and I could imagine him trying to steer the car as his brothers fought.
“It would be easier if you weren’t driving on the sidewalk,” Daniel growled.
There was a scuffling sound and some snarling, followed by, “You’re holding it upside down, King David.”
“Emma?” It was King. “Emma, are you hurt?”
“No, although Isaac’s sense of humor might kill me. Apart from that, we’re all still breathing and in one piece.”
“Emma, stay calm. Don’t panic,” King commanded.
I almost grinned. “We are not panicking. Isaac, Tiger and I are trying to figure out how to get a group of children to safety.”
“We’re almost there. Don’t worry.”
I wasn’t quite sure whether King was talking to me, his brothers or…
“He’s talking to himself,” Daniel shouted.
King roared, almost loud enough to shatter whatever hearing I had left.
“King, I need to go. Call me when you get here.” I hung up and shoved the phone in my hip pocket.
A Demon's Wing Lion Shifters Book 2
Summoned to Kenya by a dying witch, Grace Elkhart can’t wait to leave. She agrees to stay only long enough to help her cousin Emma establish some law and order in Nairobi. Being a Demon, Grace has the power to do that. But settle down? Join Emma’s Pride? There are too many reasons against it, starting with Jed Kiprop, the only man to ever break her Demon heart.
As a lion Shifter, Jed knows he needs to join a Pride… eventually. Now that his eldest brother King has formed one, it should be an easy choice. Except his brother’s mate has aDemonin her family. And that’s one Paranorm Jed refuses to share space with, especially when that Demon’s name is Grace, a woman he once loved before she betrayed him.
When a family tragedy and a king’s command force Jed and Grace to work together, sparks fly despite their mutual distrust. But will they be able to overcome their pride and prejudice in time to save the Pride and each other from an ancient enemy?
Fun-loving Tana “Tiger” Shah is about to lose everything, including her freedom. When her estranged mother shows up at her doorstep with an indecent proposal, Tiger must make a decision: lose her home in order to pay off her family’s debtand preserve her honor, or marry a man she doesn’t know. Although her heart says no, love doesn’t pay the bills. Tiger will do whatever it takes to protect her family, even if it means turning her back on her own dreams.
Lion Shifter Ezekiel Kiprop isn’t one to play games, especially if the safety of his Pride is at risk. When it comes to his duty to defend his king, he’s never hesitated until now. And that’s what makes Tiger so dangerous: she makes him forget all reason when she’s around. Determined to focus on an unknown challenger to his brother’s throne, Ezekiel shuts down his feelings. As fate would have it, his lion has other ideas, especially when it comes to Tiger. But will their love survive the truth Tiger has been hiding?
Rebecca Keitany’s life has been one battle after another, until the moment she’s hired by a witch to work at a tea shop. Finally, it seems Rebecca’s future is looking bright: she’s got a stable job, and an art dealer is interested in her paintings. But that’s before she attracts the unwanted attention of the powerful Lightning Bird who has one simple request, and he won’t take no for an answer. So the last thing Rebecca needs is to be saddled with Daniel Kiprop, a handsome socialite and brilliant tech developer.
Lion Shifter Daniel is all too willing to offer his expertise to his Pride’s queen. It’s an easy assignment, and then he’ll be back to his normal business, including the endless parties that fill his evenings. All is going according to plan until the night of a vicious attack that changes everything Daniel thought about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. But can he convince Rebecca he’s a changed lion before she takes up the offer of the Lightning Bird and disappears forever?
It’s going to be a night to remember, and not in a good way. When election chaos combines with the storm of the century, Nairobi becomes an even more dangerous city than usual. The lion Shifters retreat to their Prideland, under strict orders from their king to stay at home.
Trouble is, Isaac Kiprop was never one to follow the rules. While the other lion Shifters settle down for a long night, Isaac has other plans: his last burglary job for the hyena gang. After that, he’ll be free, or so he tells himself. And he’s pretty sure he can get away with it, until a pretty but irritating, know-it-all wolf Shifter crashes his party and his heart.
Lara Kraft is on a mission, one that doesn’t involve Isaac and his never-ending efforts to push her buttons. Her research takes her into the territory of a dangerous criminal game, and all her carefully laid plans go awry. When Lara learns the truth about the gang’s latest assignment, she’ll do anything tostopthem. But good intentions have a way of getting complicated, especially when Isaac is involved.
I was born and raised in Kenya. Living up to my name, I decided an office job wasn't my cup of tea. When I'm not rescuing orphaned elephants or conducting a lion census, I write about people who walk the thin line between the human world and the supernatural. Visit my world at www.ParanormalAfrica.com to receive exclusive gifts and top secret info.
I’ve lived in Nairobi, Kenya since mid-2000. As a writer, I am fascinated by myth, legend and all things paranormal (except zombies, because they’re messy and dribble body parts all over the place). Up until about a year ago, my books were set in colonial Kenya and starred a paranormal investigator, Miss Knight. When I began considering a series set in the twenty-first century, I decided to involve lions.
Not surprisingly, lions hold an important place in African history, mythology and tourism. In some cultures, the lion symbolizes power and royalty. In parts of West and East Africa, the lion is associated with healing and is seen as the link between the seers and the supernatural.
The idea of lion shapeshifters is not new in Africa. When I began researching the topic, I found a number of African stories referencing human-lion mixes. Njaay--the legendary founder of the West African Waalo Kingdom--was raised by lions. He returned to his people as a part lion, part human creature. Apedemak was another lion-human mythological creature. A lion-headed warrior god, he was worshiped by the Meroitic peoples inhabiting Nubia.
However, the first reference I found to a true Lion Shifter was in the story of Nyarvirazi.
Originally the daughter of an East African chieftain, Nyarvirazi liked to take strolls through the jungle. One evening, she drank from a pool of what she thought was water. In fact, it was lion’s urine (yuck!) collected by a witch for a magical ritual. On the way back home, Nyarvirazi began to crave meat. She turned into a lioness and remained in that form until she had eaten one of her father's goats.
Building on that story, I decided her descendants would inherit a weaker version of her curse. The partial curse allows them to shift at will. Nyarvirazi is King’s ancestor.
Who’s King, you ask? He’s the alpha of the Nairobi Kiprop Pride and the future High King of the Mara-Tsavo Lion Kingdom. Yup, my new series has a lion king…!
For the best experience, read the series in the following order:
A Lion's Cage (free prequel)
A King's Pride
A Demon's Wing
A Tiger's Eye
A Lion's Price
A Wolf's Song
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