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Shepherd's Moon
Shepherd's Moon
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Fate hasn’t exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals (and she doesn’t), the only piece of luck she’s ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals. It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals... The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do.
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Fate hasn’t exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals (and she doesn’t), the only piece of luck she’s ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals.

It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals...

The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do.

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Chapter 1

It was 5:48 on a Wednesday evening when Trey Haskin had his throat torn out.

The death was only significant because it was the fourth one in as many days. My department only got the call because of the manner in which the guy was killed. I only cared because now I had to stand in the shadows of a rapidly darkening alley waiting on a creature that may or may not ever show up.

This is my life. A twisted version of the Butterfly Effect.

I wrinkled my nose at the stench of rotting garbage and moved away from a dust devil swirling in a tempest towards me. Overhead, the late afternoon sky was overcast and filled with thick, ominous clouds. Other than the wind, there was no movement, nothing to indicate that anything unusual lurked in the alley. But the newly turned vampire, a Newborn, had been hunting here.

Recently... Glancing down, the alley now ensconced in shadows, I took a quick visual inventory that included a rusted fire escape cascading down a graffiti-strewn wall, and a

scattered collection of long forgotten flyers announcing everything from raves to auto repair. Garbage bags filled with—God only knew what—sat abandoned near the dumpsters. No one had bothered to actually put the bags into the dumpsters. It is, after all, an abandoned alley.

Which made me question the reasons I stood here staring at garbage.

Again.

The area I stood in was one of the few vacant alleys that remained in the area. After the economy collapsed and people were forced from their homes as property values plummeted, some had left town forever, others moved in with family on the outskirts of the desert. But most stayed with what they knew—and that was the city.

It was an area that had become inundated with homeless families struggling to scrape a life back together amidst gangs, assaults, unscrupulous conmen and low-income housing, which made this neighborhood the supernatural equivalent of a drive-thru restaurant.

And put them smack dab in the center of a kill zone.

This was day five of what I had come to refer to as a quest in futility. Reaching into my pocket, I retrieved my thermal scanner—a gift from Richard, my on-again, off-again employer—and kicked my leg back against the brick wall as I studied the device. I still hadn’t learned to use all of the electronics I’d collected over the years, but this particular instrument was one of the easier gadgets, requiring only the click of a button.

Even I could handle that...

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About Stacy

In 2011, Mantle takes her knowledge of animals to combine it with fantasy. Her first novel, Shepherd’s Moon, is now available. Shepherd's Moon is the first in a scheduled seven-book series in the...

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