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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Martha Dunlop, author of ‘Wild Shadow’ to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Martha is a dreamer and lover of stories who likes nothing better than spending her days getting to know the characters in her head.
She is a tarot card reader and reiki master, and loves to chat reading, writing and all things mystical on social media, as well as posting pictures of her fellow pack-member, Bertie the Cavalier.
Martha is a fiddle player who fell in love with traditional music, particularly Irish, and is also teaching herself to play the Irish Bouzouki. She played her way through her English degree at York and remembers that time as much for the music as the books.
You can keep up with Martha’s news, book releases and extra content at her
Only Dylan can see the tiger. Is it real? His muse? Or something else entirely?
Dylan wants to launch a solo music career and move out of the flat he shares with his old school friends, but he feels trapped by his life in Wildley Forest Village. When a mysterious artist catches his eye and a white tiger starts appearing only to him, Dylan finally feels things changing. But is this apparition all in his imagination, or is something more magical happening?
Tabitha moved to Wildley Forest to paint the tigers at the zoo. A reclusive young artist with a big reputation, she protects her privacy fiercely. Nobody knows her biggest secret: When she paints, she astral projects and her awareness walks as a white tiger. People don’t usually see her tiger form, but then she encounters Dylan and her defences begin to crumble.
Dylan’s friends aren’t keen on the new girl and the tiger keeper at the zoo wants Tabitha’s attention for himself. But as the tiger walks, change becomes inevitable for everyone. Can Dylan and Tabitha find their way to love? And will the truth unite them or will it tear them apart?
Guest Post :
The Tigers are Coming! Writing Wild Shadow
Wild Shadow started with a woman. Tabitha. She was connected to tigers, somehow, I just had to figure out what the link was. As I explored, I began to see her more clearly: an artist, a loner, someone confident in who she was, but wary of other people, someone different, but exciting and inspiring. But what about the tigers? How do they fit into the picture? Well she moves to Wildley Forest Village to paint the tigers at the nearby zoo, but is that it? No, it’s more than that. When she paints, she astral projects, and her energy looks like a white tiger.
In tiger form, Tabitha is in the ultimate creative space and she has control over whether she is ghost-like, invisible, or solid enough to play with the tigers at the nearby zoo. She could interact easily as a person or a tiger, or she could travel unseen on silent feline paws.
But what was her story? It was definitely a romance, so I started watching out for the love of her life and he began to shift into focus.
A musician, yes, definitely. A drummer. As Tabitha becomes her full self when she paints, Dylan self-actualises through music. But he is held back. He’s confident that his friends are the problem and at first I belived him. But as I watched them, I started to doubt. Was it really all their fault? Or is there something he is not ready to admit to himself? And what does Tabitha mean to him?
Dylan isn’t sure. When Tabitha arrives, she blows his world apart. But it’s not just Tabitha. He is terrified the first time he sees the shadowy tiger. The second time he thinks he is going to die. But nobody else can see it, so surely it can’t be real? As Dylan starts to relax around the cat and think of it as his muse, things begin to change.
Tabitha is falling for Dylan, but she has secrets. How will he react when he finds out she is a famous artist? Or even worse, that she is his tiger? Can she be with Dylan but still be free to be herself?
She wants to follow her dream and use her celebrity influence to release the tigers she has grown to love into their natural home. But will the zoo agree to give up their prize animals? Even if they do, does Max, the tiger keeper at the zoo, have the power to ruin everything? And what do the visions mean that plague Tabitha day and night? Are they warnings, or just nightmares?
As the tiger walks, the truth becomes unavoidable and we see the characters as they really are. But can Dylan take Tabitha’s reality? And what will happen as Max’s true self becomes more exposed? Maybe only the tigers have the answer.
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