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Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): A poem for the females by Bayou Heat’s Jean-Baptiste

Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): A poem for the females by Bayou Heat’s Jean-Baptiste

by davincikittieApril 23, 2013

Please help me welcome Bayou Heat co-authors Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright!

Instead of a traditional guest post or character interview, these creatively clever ladies… *ahem* I mean… Bayou Heat shifter hero Jean-Baptiste has a poem for us today…


By Jean-Baptiste


They confuse me.

They intrigue me.

They make my body ache.

And sometimes my head.

They want me to chase.

Yet fear my wrath.

They want me pounce.

Yet fear my claws.

Where are you? I ask the wind off the bayou.

The female who will stand still with me.

The one who will let me run my hands through her hair, down her arms, clasp her hands.

Where are you? I growl to the dying magic.

The puma who will run beside mine.

The cat who will purr beneath me.

I want a mate.

Yet, I am not worthy.

My skin is painted in a colorful defense.

Will you fear me, ma chère?

Will you love me, ma chère?



New Year. New World. New Species.


Hidden in the depths of the Louisiana bayous, the Pantera, have become little more than a legend to most humans. It’s rumored that in the ancient past twin sisters, born of magic, had created a sacred land and claimed it as their own. From that land was born creatures who were neither human or animal, but a mixture of the two. Faster and stronger than humans, they have hyper acute senses, and when surrounded by the magic of the Wildlands they’re capable of shifting into pumas. It was also whispered that they possess other gifts. Telepathy, witchcraft, immortality, and the ability to produce a musk that could enthrall mere mortals. Mothers warned young girls never to roam alone near the swamps, convinced that they would be snatched by the Pantera, while young men were trained to avoid hunting anywhere near the protected Wildlands. Not that the warnings were always successful. What girl didn’t dream of being seduced by a gorgeous, mysterious stranger? And what young man didn’t want to try his skill against the most lethal predators?

As the years passed, however, the sightings of the Pantera became so rare that the rumors faded to myths. Most believed the entire species had become extinct. Sadly they weren’t entirely mistaken…


Bayou Heat  books 1 & 2 by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Raphael & Parish

Book #1 and #2 in the Bayou Heat Series

The brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, Raphael has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race. Creating a vast network of spies worldwide, he never expected to discover that the answer might be beneath his very nose. But when Ashe, a beautiful human female, crosses his path, his most primitive instincts are stirred.

Unable to resist, he takes her to his bed, and is shocked when she becomes pregnant with his child. It’s a miracle that might prove to be the salvation of his people, but only if he can keep her safe from the mercenaries determined to kill her.

Untamed and undeniably sexy, Parish, leader of the Pantera hunters, rarely leaves the magic of the Wildlands to deal with the humans he despises. But with the prized and risky Pantera birth on the way, puma shifter, Parish must travel to New Orleans to find and bring back a human doctor. The moment he sees the lovely, talented and all too human Dr. Julia Cabot he cannot resist the wild, potent drive to make her his. Betrayed and destroyed by love, Julia will not let her heart choose her path again. But as she and Parish fight to save the life of an unborn child, a fierce and overwhelming bond develops between them, threatening her frozen heart with the secret hope and ultimate temptation of love and family.

Available now for Kindle | Nook

Bayou Heat books 3 & 4 by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Bayon & Jean-Baptiste

Bayou Heat Series, #3 and #4

The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.


Charming, drop-dead gorgeous Hunter Bayon is thirsting for revenge on the enemies who slipped into the Wildlands and attacked Ashe and her vulnerable child. Pledging to track down the cowards, Bayon goes on the hunt, pursuing the humans to a nearby town. But searching their shabby hideaway, he makes a discovery that shocks him to his very soul and might very well destroy the heart of the Pantera.


Tattooed and pierced, sexy Nurturer Jean-Baptiste has been living in utter isolation. His cat is out of control, and the only thing that soothes the beast is a rare mineral he keeps inking into his skin. Until he meets her: Genevieve Burel. The beautiful and buttoned-up female puma is unlike anyone he’s ever met. She makes his cat purr, and he knows he must possess her, mate with her. But the secret she’s keeping might threaten not only their unbridled passion for one another, but the very future of the Pantera race.

Available now at Amazon | Nook | Kobo

About the authors

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Author of the Bestselling Mark of the Vampire series, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.

Connect with Laura: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.

Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.

Connect with Alexandra:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Giveaway (US/Int)

Alexandra and Laura are giving away the following prizes on their tour:

  • Grand Prize:  $50.00 gift Card to Amazon or B&N
  • Runners-Up:  FIVE Runners-Up will receive an eBook of Bayon/Jean-Baptiste and a Bayou Heat SWAG Pack

(If you haven’t read the first book Raphael/Parish you can substitute for that book)

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  • Lauren
    April 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Those covers are something else! Hose me down! I’ve never read of a shifter being something other than a wolf…VERY cool idea. I’m looking forward to reading these for that reason; it removes the predictability that sometimes comes along with the typical wolf-shifter books.

  • Sophia Rose
    April 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Ah, I love the creative poetry. I look forward to reading both these stories. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Sarah Lieurance
    April 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Wow….looks great. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Angela Love
    April 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Love this series….. Though I wanted more from Jean-Baptiste book for some reason I just felt like it left me Hanging…..:( I wanted to cry… but Hopefully the next book will help me out!!!

  • Amiee Ryan
    April 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Oh my god!! OK I was having trouble deciding which of the Bayou lads I loved most and I choose Jean-Baptiste now!!! 😀 Thank you sharing that lovely poem with us 🙂

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  • Rhonda D
    April 24, 2013 at 6:37 am

    This sounds like an awesome series. I love tortured heroes and Jean-Baptiste sounds like the perfect one. I can’t wait. Thanks for sharing!
    Rhonda D

  • Judy Peterson
    April 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    You guys did it again! I love this story line and can’t wait to read book 3 & 4. Thank You for a chance to win gift card and the next book. BAYON AND JEAN-BAPTISTE. both sound increditable.

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  • Filia Oktarina
    April 26, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Can’t wait read this series!! I have more to learn for this series.

  • Sandy Lion
    April 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I really love these 2 authors and they individually write some of my favorite PNR series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  • April 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I love this poem! So creative and darn sexy. 😉

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