Puerto Rico and Inspiration

Please welcome guest author R.E. Butler to the Cafe!

Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I went to Puerto Rico.  I have never left the states before, and although Puerto Rico is technically part of the US, I knew it was an experience that we shouldn’t pass up.

Puerto Rico is so beautiful.  Every second that we were there, I envisioned bringing some of the beauty to life in a series.  Someday I’d like to use what I saw and experienced in a series, and I think a perfect series to start with would be one with mermaids and mermen!  I love the idea of people who can live underwater and swim like fish; it’s just so neat and what a fabulous setting it would be!

Puerto Rican BeachWhen we were visiting Puerto Rico, the resort we stayed in had a private island.  We could take a big ferry across the water to the island, where we would be catered to by friendly, amazing staff while we enjoyed good food, warm water, and sandy beaches.

I had so many good foods with mango in them!  Pork with mango salsa.  Fresh, sweet mango slices.  Delicious smoothies made with mango and vanilla.  I have always enjoyed the scent of mango, but now I’m hooked on the flavor too.

One of the things that cracked me up was the lizards.  They have lizards in Puerto Rico the way we have squirrels!  We saw lizards climbing telephone poles, crossing the street, and hanging out in the shade under trees.  Some were small but some were really big.

When we went snorkeling, I saw dolphins playing, colorful fish darting here and there, amazing coral, and even two rays swimming nearby.

Puerto Rican sunsetIn the private island world of my imagination, the lizards scurry around the island and get into all sorts of trouble, and the mermaids and mermen swim in the warm water, eat mangoes, and sunbathe on the beautiful beach.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a swim with a sexy merman and hang out on the beach?  I know I would.

It was a beautiful wonderful world above and below the water and I’m so thankful I was able to share the experience with my family.  I can’t wait to someday share a world built around everything I experienced in Puerto Rico with my readers, and hopefully I’ll get to go back there someday, and not just in my imagination!

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Awaken a Wolf (Wiccan-Were-Bear #9)

Awaken A Wolf coverNatural Wiccan Cinder Knight has a pretty good life. She’s part of the largest coven in North America and has a great job at the Whalen Family Clinic. She has zero complaints, until she finds herself the recipient of unwanted attention from a certain alpha wolf.Adam Beaumont hasn’t been the alpha of the Cleveland pack for long before he feels the pressure to take a mate. When he sees a beautiful Wiccan talking to one of his wolves, he knows exactly what to do to make her his. The only problem is that Cinder isn’t receptive to him at all. Everything he tries to do to make her his seems only to push her away, and neither he nor his wolf can accept the denial much longer.Cinder discovers that she’s not truly a Wiccan, but something much more, and Adam is the only one who can help her. The infuriating alpha male manages to put the brakes on his desire to rush her into mating him because she needs him as she navigates the waters of her new destiny. When someone from her past threatens all they’ve built, will Cinder survive the full moon or will Adam find himself alone once more?
This book contains an alpha male used to getting what he wants, a Wiccan who doesn’t like her choices being taken from her, and enough magic to set the world on fire. Contains m/f interaction, new powers, old magic, shifting, a little wolfy voyeurism, and gratuitous uses of the word mine.

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A Midwesterner by birth, R.E. spent much of her childhood rewriting her favorite books to include herself as the main character. Later, she graduated on to writing her own books after “retiring” from her day job as a secretary to become a stay-at-home mom.  When not playing with her kids, wrestling her dogs out the door, or cooking dinner for her family, you’ll find her typing furiously and growling obscenities to the characters on the screen.Her best-selling series The Wolf’s Mate, Wiccan-Were-Bear, The Necklace Chronicles, Hyena Heat, Wilde Creek, and Ashland Pride are available now.


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