Friday, November 30, 2012

NEW QUIZ

Hey, I posted a new page at the top that has a trivia quiz for Curse of the Jaguar. Test your knowledge if you've read the book and see how many you get right. Feel free to comment after you take it!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

FREE Book Giveaway!

For those of you who are interested in reading the book but haven't bought one yet, I am giving away an autographed paperback copy of Curse of the Jaguar. All you need to do is leave a comment. The drawing will end at midnight on December 15th. I will post the winner and request their mailing information. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Books have been ordered!

I placed the order for the paperback copies today. The printer gave me the receiving date as December 17, though they overestimated last time and I received them early. I'm hoping this will be the case this time. I also ordered several extra in case someone wasn't able to order one in time. I'm also thinking I will place another order, possibly before Christmas. I need some for book signings anyway.

Hope you're having a great day! I'm thinking I need to take up meditation in order to get me through this next month without having a nervous breakdown. This year seems particularly stressful for me - probably because I published a book right before the rush of Christmas. Not thinking that was quite the brightest idea, but then sometimes you just go with the timeline and grit your teeth if it gets overly stressful, right?

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Extending Order

I've extended the ordering period. I won't put the order for autographed paperback copies of Curse of the Jaguar in for a few more days. So if you want to order one you still have time.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Buy Now Button is here!

The BUY NOW button is here! Purchase an autographed paperback copy of Curse of the Jaguar now! Hurry and order to get it in time for Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Order Now!

I'm placing an order for paperback editions of Curse of the Jaguar, hopefully this weekend. For those that want an autographed copy for themselves or someone for Christmas, let me know. I will have a link for you hopefully in the next 24 hours so you can place the order. My former link was accidentally deleted. :(  So keep your eyes out for a new link specifically for autographed paperback copies.

I already have several orders placed and if more orders are placed after I send it in on Saturday I will place another order if needed. I just want to get them back in time for Christmas gifts. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Author Page

Visit my new Amazon Author page to see and purchase Curse of the Jaguar!
(My paperback is listed there as in stock and ready for order but it hasn't appeared on Amazon's main page. So if you want to order it there now, looks like you can)

https://www.amazon.com/author/audreygrantbooks

Fun Facts about Jaguars!


  • There used to be jaguars in the United States? They were spread across the southern part of the U.S. in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and even California. Though according to Wikipedia. org, "the jaguar's present range extends from Southern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona (southeast of Tuscon), the cat has largely been extipated from the United States since the early 20th century." (Wikipedia.org) 
  • The jaguar is the 3rd largest big cat in the world, preceded first by the tiger, then lion, and followed by the leopard, the fourth largest and a close cousin to the jaguar. 
  • How to tell a jaguar from a leopard - the difference is in the size and the spots. Leopards have smaller rosettes or groupings of spots without any spot in the middle. They have leaner bodies and weigh less. Jaguars' rosettes are larger and usually have 1 to 3 spots inside the dark spotted groupings. They are stockier, with broader heads and heavier bodies.
  • Jaguars are the only cat that kills its prey by crushing its skull with its jaws. Other big cats kill their prey usually with a bite to the neck.
  • Like the tiger, jaguars are one of the few cats that enjoy water and are excellent swimmers.
  • Jaguar's have some of the most powerful jaws in the cat family.
  • Jaguar's, like other big cats, are super carnivores - meaning they eat only meat and are unable to digest anything else, so fruit, vegetables and other plants are not an option for them. Their diet can include tapirs, wild pigs, dogs, foxes, fish, monkeys, and even anacondas, caimans, and turtles - whose shells are no match for their powerful jaws.
  • The Olmec people, who preceded the Maya and Aztec, worshiped the jaguar as a deity. The word Olmec means "rubber people" - a name given them because they played a game with a rubber ball. They actually called themselves Xi - pronounced "shi".
  • The jaguar is the only big cat in the America's that can roar. According to Wikipedia.org (love that site), there are "four members of the genus Panthera: the tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard. Members of this genus are the only cats able to roar." Other big cats include "cougar, cheetah, snow leopard, and clouded leopard" - though they make other noises, they can't roar. And it is said that only small cats can purr. (Wikipedia.org)
  • Jaguars are the Endangered Species List.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cast of Curse of the Jaguar

I'm a very visual person and couldn't help but wonder, if I were to cast actors as the characters in my book, who would I cast. Just for fun, here are my top choices:

Stephen Amell, hottie from CW 30's new hit Arrow - totally how I picture Christian Hunt in my mind, though with a little darker hair perhaps (and of course, green eyes).

Minka Kelly would make a perfect Kara Nichols.

   






Kerry Washington would make a great Melanie Phillips, Kara's witty, hilarious friend.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Exciting Excerpt!


"Christian took a deep breath and clenched his jaws together. He concentrated on a vision of Kara’s exquisite face in his mind’s eye. He needed the strength he could only draw from her and their relationship that had grown remarkably close in such a short amount of time.
After he was locked into place, a doctor in a white lab coat came to stand in front of him. “This is a monumental moment, Mr. Hunt,” he informed Christian. “You will be the only one to receive the Jade Jaguar’s DNA as we have only one sample left in our possession. But the others will have a similar serum from another source. You will be the first of a new breed, a hybrid breed of humans and jaguars. The changes your body will make in the next twenty-four to thirty-six hours will be phenomenal. Your senses will heightened beyond measure, your strength and stamina, balance and coordination will increase significantly. You will be the perfect predator, the perfect soldier – the perfect killing-machine.”
Christian cast an angry glare at the two men before him. “I’m not doing this because I agree with your sick delusions, doctor.”
“Of course not,” Dr. Tanner said with a patronizing smile. “Well then…for science and the improvement of mankind.”
With that, Dr. Tanner pressed the needle of the syringe against Christian’s arm and inserted the sharp object beneath his skin. Christian tried not to tense as he watched the ominous opaque serum disappear from the syringe into his body. Then the doctor circled to Christian’s other arm and duplicated the procedure with another syringe of serum.
It was done. There was no turning back now. Christian tried to resign himself to his horrible fate. He had very little reason to trust that they would keep their end of the bargain and spare his father and Kara, but he had to do everything he could to try and keep them safe, even if it meant sacrificing himself.
The evil man stood by, an arrogant, confident smile on his face as he watched the procedure unfold. The doctor and lab workers closed the lid and secured it.
Christian wondered if he would survive the experiment, if he would ever hold and kiss Kara again, if he would ever see his father, Chase or Natalie again.
What had he agreed to?
As memories of wonderful moments with Kara flash before him, a white vapor filled the glass chamber encompassing him. Christian coughed as he breathed in the bitter fumes, gasping for oxygen. Heat filled the chamber and his body began to burn – not merely from the heat but from the pain surging through his core. His muscles began to seize. His pulse sped, doubling then tripling its speed. Pain seared through him. Every fiber of his being – every muscle, joint, tendon, and bone burned with a white hot, devouring pain.
Sweat poured from Christian’s temples, soaking every inch of his flesh. The heat and pain penetrated through his skin and into his bones. His vision swirled and blurred. His head began to pound with an intense, crippling pain.
His muscles flexed against the bands that held him and he screamed in devastating, crushing pain. Just when Christian knew he couldn’t take anymore, gracious darkness engulfed him and his mind finally slipped into unconsciousness."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

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E-book available on Amazon!

The e-book version of Curse of the Jaguar is now available on Amazon.com! Finally! The printed book is not far behind!
http://www.amazon.com


Friday, November 2, 2012

Amazon e-book update

Due to formatting difficulties the e-book of Curse of the Jaguar on Amazon.com will be delayed until tomorrow. Sorry guys. I was hoping for today, but I want the best experience possible for you when reading it. So check Amazon.com tomorrow for the Curse of the Jaguar e-book!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

THE E-BOOK IS FINALLY AVAILABLE!

Curse of the Jaguar is finally available in e-book form at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/250713 today! I'm so excited! I'm hoping to see the ebook available through Amazon by tomorrow - there's a review period that takes 12 hours, otherwise it would be available today. The printed book will be available as soon as some final printing adjustments are made - within a few days I hope.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the book and look forward to your feedback!