Animal Instincts

Patricia RosemoorWebUSA Today Bestselling Author Patricia Rosemoor has written 95 published novels that have generated more than seven million sales for eight publishers. Her fascination with “dangerous love” has led her to bring a different mix of thrills and chills and romance to each book. ANIMAL INSTINCTS and CRIMSON DUET (2 related holiday novels at a discounted price) are now available at digital retailers.

Welcome Patricia!


What fun, a blog that specializes in books with horses, romance and mystery. I’ve done a few of those myself, including BORN TO BE WILD for Entangled last year. And my new Entangled Ignite, ANIMAL INSTINCTS, definitely has animals, but, alas, no horses.

            The vet was blocking my line of sight. I looked down beyond her. A wounded animal lay on the ground. Not a dog, but what looked like a scrawny coyote, its side open and soaked with blood. What was a wild animal doing here? Where had it come from?AnimalInstincts500 FINAL

I went around the camera equipment and was able to sense its heartbeat. Wanting to know if it was aware, I tuned in to it and got the weirdest sensation…help me…please…almost as if I could hear what it was thinking rather than seeing images as I normally did.  Animals never communicated with me like that.

            …hurt…can’t move…hide…

            A little spooked, I rubbed my arms and thought, We’re going to help you…won’t let you die. Then I looked to the vet.

            “Um, in case you didn’t realize it, the coyote’s alive and needs your help.”

            “It’s still alive?” The vet zeroed in on the animal. “Don’t get too close.” And glanced up at me. “Oh, it’s you.”

            “Skye Cross,” I said, but she didn’t volunteer her name.

            She knew my face like I knew hers. I had a habit of showing up when animals were in trouble, so many of the ACC vets and officers recognized me on sight.


Skye Cross is a pet supply store owner and animal rescuer. At the beginning of ANIMAL INSTINCTS, she thinks she’s seeing that rescued dogs from a fight are safe. But they’re not dogs, they’re predators. Later she learns they’re something else altogether, and hero Luc Lazare is one of them!

bigstock-Black-Leopard--Years--4788401I loved writing this book. Actually, it practically wrote itself.

Of all the heroines I’ve written, I identify most closely with Skye. I’ve had a lifelong love with animals. Didn’t always have them because I was “allergic” and my parents wanted me to stay away from them. So I had an outside cat. When I was older, my parents did get me a dog. But once I was on my own, I started adopting cats and rescuing them from the streets of Chicago. My husband and I rescued a few dogs, too, one of whom made his home with us.

My love of animals brought me to the Lincoln Park Zoo so often that I decided to volunteer there, which I did for eleven years. And while I was still at the zoo, I decided to volunteer at the brand new PAWS Chicago adoption center. I helped socialize cats who were usually wary of humans, and helped convince visitors to adopt now. Many cats and dogs had been taken off the street by Animal Control, and on a daily basis, PAWS went to AC and took the adoptables.

PAWS also sponsored some Humane Society of Illinois meetings about passing laws against dogfighting. Wanting to spread awareness of this terrible practice, I thought to write a story in which murders were linked to dogfighting, but I became convinced that it would be a hard sell, so I switched it to shifter fights, with seeming wild animals as the combatants.

The holidays from Thanksgiving to the New Year is a time of giving, and I’m hoping that this year, those of you who can will support an animal shelter or sanctuary or zoo, whether it is by volunteering, buying gifts that help the organization or by donation. Here are a couple of places that I support:

PAWS Chicago, with it’s adoption center, spay and neuter clinic, and at the forefront of animal advocacy.

Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the last free zoos in the country.

And for all you horse lovers, the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, where I did on-site research (South Dakota) for TOUCH ME IN THE DARK, my third book in The McKenna Legacy series.



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17 thoughts on “Animal Instincts

  1. marsharwest

    Good job, Kate, getting Patricia here! Interesting post and loved the short blurb. Kate, there’s something here that reminds me a tad of your heroine in FOREWARNING. Always love that touch of paranormal.
    Thanks, Patricia for all your work helping pups and cats find homes and for encouraging everyone to at lest send money to agencies that help pets. Continued good sales of your books. You’ve clearly figured out what works. Happy Thanksgiving to both of you. I’ll FB and Tweet. 🙂

  2. Thanks for visiting today Patricia. Your work with animals is wonderful. Can’t wait to read Animal Instincts!

  3. Thanks for having me, Kate. I love the fact that your blog spotlights animals ❤

  4. What a great interview. Thanks, Patricia, for writing books with animals in them. It always endears me to a writer.

  5. Patricia always had something interesting to say. Love her books!

  6. Loved the excerpt, and loved reading anything about people wanting to rescue animals. I live less than 100 miles from wild horses, and it is just amazing, as well as something so worthwhile to preserve! With the exception of one, all my animals are rescues, including cats, dogs, chickens, and a giant turkey. He might have been someone’s dinner at one time, and we’re still not too sure how he found his way to our yard, but while he’s here, he’s just Mr. Turkey, not our Thanksgiving meal. Ha!

  7. Okay, Lani, Mr. Turkey made me laugh…

  8. We were given or rescued most of our house animals. And one of our horses was a rescue too. It does feel good to help improve their lives. Yay for rescue and shelter organizations.

    • Kate — how did you get your rescue horse? My cousin started riding late but really got into Dressage a half dozen years ago. So she and her husband bought a property about an hour and a half out of the city that we call “the ranch” where she could keep the horses she bought — I think 5 or 6. But when she bought the property, the last owner had allowed a woman who had 5 (unrideable) rescue horses to stay. So has my cousin. She actually buys the hay and feed for all the horses on the property, and the grateful rescuer helps with clean up and such. I got to ride one of her horses a few weeks back and may take her up on her offer to come out and ride once in a while. I rode at least once a week years ago, shared board on a horse (then rode 3 times a week), even took up jumping. Getting on a horse again was like coming home. But 3-4 hours driving round trip is a far piece. They stopped allowing people to ride in the city the month before I moved in from the suburbs. Of course.

      • Oddly enough, I answered an ad. When I got there, I saw a badly underweight mare (2-300 lbs) whose feet hadn’t been touched in at least a year. It was a divorce situation, where the woman left and the husband barely fed her horse. Her back was so bony I wouldn’t let the guy put a saddle on, nor would I ride her. I was afraid she would end up with a killer buyer (slaughterhouses were legal then), so I bought her.

        My husband was somewhat put out, but after several months of good feed, careful work and handling, she blossomed into a beautiful, quirky character who absolutely delighted him. We ended up having her for 20 years. Had to put her down last summer at 29.

      • Great rescue story, Kate.

  9. Nice blog. I thought dog fighting was against the law everywhere. I know it still goes on illegally, but I’m pretty sure in Ohio one can get arrested for taking part in this horrid activity.

    • Hi, Gloria — the laws we passed in Illinois spread the blame — only the owners and the people who ran the fights were charged with felonies. Now it’s anyone who is related to a dog fight, including spectators. It used to be a misdemeanor which didn’t really mean much. But a felony does.

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