Monday, April 28, 2008

Guest Blogger - Savanna Kougar

Good morning, everyone! This week we have author Savanna Kougar guesting with us. If you've been around here before, you may recognize Savanna as a frequent visitor to our blog. What you may not have known is that she's a talented writer with some very intriguing books of her own. So sit back and enjoy!

Bio: Baby boomer and redhead. Single and living on the tame cattle prairie of the midwest with my beloved doggies. My interests are eclectic, and anything creative. And my imagination has always played a huge role in my life. Think the Renaissance meets Buck Rogers. Or, imagine a wild child of the sixties dancing with a silver screen’ sex kitten. Oh yeah, I did graduate college with a B.A. in history, Suma Cum Laude.


Well, this is exciting for me, being a guest blogger, since the wonderful authors of Star-Crossed Romance write the genres that are my faves. Thank you for allowing me to be here today.

Beware, gentle and ungentle readers, you are about to enter the Twilight X-File Zone of my mind.

The Red Lioness and Mars

If you’ve never met an actual shape-shifter or were-beastie ~ darn it, I haven’t yet ~ perhaps you’ve wondered if there are such wondrous dangerous creatures residing on our Earth, in our Universe, in our quantum multiple universes. I contend, from my personal logic and from my other life-time remembrances, there are shape-shifters of every conceivable design, of every stripe and spot, from animal, insect to buckets of regenerating liquid (Star Trek).

What was one of my inspirations for creating Sun Rocket Kahoqua of the Windgrass Clan, my lioness shifter heroine in Red Lioness Tamed? It was the planet, Mars. Our next-door cosmic neighbor. The red planet named for the God of War. Since childhood, when I learned about the solar system, I’ve always been drawn to mysterious Mars. And certainly, since listening to Richard Hoagland, author of Dark Mission and genius Mars researcher, on Coast-to-Coastam with Art Bell, then with George Noory, Mars has become not only a fierce fascination, but a puzzle piece toward understanding our antediluvian civilizations, or the time of Atlantis and before.

The Red Lioness and Mars ~ well, there’s that enigmatic giant face on Mars, half feline and half human, if you truly study the features. Pyramids abound on the Mars surface, if you dare to study beyond what is provided for public consumption. Pyramids ~ Egypt ~ The Sphynx ~ The cat goddess, Bast ~ cat worship during the high culture of ancient Egypt. Okay and roar like the March lion, it appears like a definite connection to me, to my writer’s tale-spinning mind (or is that tail-spinning when creating Big Cat shifters?).

However, that’s where the fun begins for me. And where my logical mind leads, saying...hey, there must be feline humanoids. Not to mention there are some contactees who claim to have met feline humanoids and drawn their pictures.

Not surprisingly, the magical ‘what if’ waves in my mind like a wand. What if a feline race occupied Mars at one time? What if the ancient Egyptian civilization was partially based on that knowledge? What if the black ops scientists of today are doing their mad scientist best to breed races of human-cat hybrids? And how would that play out in the far future? When the galaxy has become nearly as small as our current world?

Red Lioness Tamed by Savanna Kougar ~
Liquid Silver Books, Molten Silver ~
If yer partial to a futuristic adventurous romp of lust and love on the high celestial seas of space...if you have a yen for those cat shifter types, lament no longer...
And watch out if yer a bad kitty shifter roaming the galactic ports, there’s a kick-ass Lioness on your fleeing furry tail.

Year 3051, the Earth calendar used on Terra-Mars, a terra-formed moon orbiting Mars, the home world of ‘Sun Rocket’ Kahoqua of the Windgrass Clan.

Blurb: What does a lioness shifter do when she's suddenly trapped in an unknown space cruiser's cargo hold? Then, despite her ability to savagely defend herself, she's trapped beneath the handsome human Captain. And next, cat-scratching ridiculously, she finds herself carnal-trapped, and meow yowl! bound by leather straps in his bed?
Answer: She fights tooth and claw. Problem: The loner Captain is nova-hot at seducing her.

First chapter excerpt:

Currently the cover art for Red Lioness Tamed created by David Burton ~ ~ is entered in two contests:
THE NEW COVEY AWARDS ~ Cover Art for Red Lioness Tamed ~
April 20. 2008 ✮

THE AUTHOR’S LOUNGE ~ Cover Art contest ~ Red Lioness Tamed ~
April 2008 ✮

All Shades of Blue Paradise ~ available from Siren Publishing ~
Tangerine Carnal Dreams ~ coming from Aspen Mountain Press
When a Good Angel Falls ~ coming from Siren-Bookstrand late in 2008.
Pleasures of Blue Lotus Oil ~ coming from Siren Publishing
American Title IV finalist ~ Murder by Hair Spray in Gardenia, New Atlantis

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Savanna Kougar said...

Well, I'll comment. Hi all, and Lynda my blog looks tingly-wonderful, Savanna

Mel Hiers said...

Savanna! I'm going straight home and looking at a picture of Mars. :-)

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Savanna! Thanks for being with us today :D I have to say, I too love hearing about what's been found on Mars and I think it's fascinating that you actually thought to include aspects of it in your books -- which sound wonderful, btw :D

Skylar Masey said...


Thanks so much for blogging with us today! I have to admit an affinity for Saturn. I think it's because I always wanted to ride rough shode through those rings of small steroids. :0)

Love your idea of a lioness shifter from Mars. Who'd have made the connection?

I have a cat shifter of my own lurking inside my PC, so I know a bit about Bast and ancient Egypt. And since my twin was (is) an X-files junkie, I'm with you on the secret gov't ops.

Congrats on your AT 4 final;0)

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Hi Savanna! Let me second Skylar's congratulations.

I do have a question for you. I notice several of your titles have to do with color. This may sound strange, but do you use color as a way of setting the tone for your books? Do the colors you choose for your title reflect your mood when you came up with the story, or how you picture the moods and essence of the characters you create?

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi all, first, let me apologize. My phone line cable was cut yesterday, so I'm just online now. Much to my cat-like caterwauling that fate cut me a dirty deal.
Anyway, Bernadette and Jennifer, yes, I've always been a color-aholic. So color definitely plays a huge role in the moods, feelings and emotions of my stories. For example in All Shades of Blue Paradise I have built an entire blue ray world two dimensions over from Earth.
On Red Lioness, hey, that's pretty easy, since Mars is the red planet and she's a red lioness shifter.
In Tangerine Carnal Dreams, my heroine ends up on pleasure world that is colored by tangerine light, and unusual phenomenon in the galaxy.

Mel, Title Magic buddy, thanks for stopping by.

Skylar, I can understand about Saturn, who wouldn't want to experience those rings. And those Cats are irresistible, aren't they?

Again, sorry I couldn't get back here sooner. Luv being here.