Life is always interesting when you’re living in the “Bast” lane. “Living in the Bast Lane” is actually words on a button a friend bought and gave to me at a science fiction convention a year ago. And my black tabby cat is definitely a delight to have in our home—since September 2009.
Now I have been asked if my male black werepanther, Montsho, in Dark Leopard Magic , my sequel to Beast Magic, is based off Bast. He’s not, and it’s not because she’s female either. No, that might be more the black shorthair, Samhain; I had once, until he died at age 13. Though Montsho, is a composite of many things in my imagination. And no, she wasn’t the inspiration of the black cat form my demon Familiar hero, Charun took, when he came to Tina Epson, for the first time in my new print release, The Witch And The Familiar.
We saw her for the first time in a box with her four sisters. My husband and I had just walked out of Petsmart, having looked at stuff for dogs. Our Siberian husky, Indy, had died at age 16 ½ the past April and we still couldn’t help looking at dog toys a few months later.
Actually at that time, all we had left was our blue-gray female cat, Ripley, more Bill’s than mine. A woman standing by the box told us she was trying to find homes for the kittens. Her friend had found them on the streets and gotten them their first shots and a vet checkup. I peered in and saw four black kitties—well, they were all black like Samhain had been, but each one also had spots of white. The fifth was a gray tabby. Bast was the blackest, with one white spot right on her belly. She was also a tabby herself, having stripes darker black than the black fur they lay over.
Bill told me to take one and I picked her. All the way home, she remained quiet and still, a sweet girly baby girl. That became her nickname; Baby Girl. Once home, she stayed quiet. After a life with a hyper
husky, I felt this kitten would be more like Ripley in temperament. Though she
did play a bit that first day, something Ripley never did as Ripley was more a
prissy princess type.
Boy was I wrong! The next day, Bast showed her true colors, and that’s not black. Hyper as Indy had been . . . no, the little cat proved to be a smidgen more hyper. Three years and five months later, she’s still hyper, tearing around in the mornings. Other times though, she is more sedate and queenly, fitting her Egyptian goddess name well. Her favorite thing to lie on is paper. Leave a newspaper or printed up pages of your manuscript, and the next minute you may find her asleep on top of them. Her favorite items to play with are balls (she even found a couple of big balls that had been Indy’s) and a stick with a fuzzy item attached. She doesn’t eat anything else, but dry cat food. Not even meat. I can leave my dinner on a plate by her and she won’t touch it, unlike Ripley, whom would try and take a potato chip out of your hand.
I’m glad that Bast came into our lives. After all, there’s nothing like living in the Bast lane.
Blurb for Beast Magic:
They come from two different worlds. Ramses is a werelion. Shana Tory a human. The Dreaming foretells them as soul mates, so Ramses tracks her down in
But others from his pride, led by one evil lioness, do not want them together.
Besides their lives, will their love survive the coming war?
Blurb for new print release, The Witch And The Familiar:
Mortal woman Tina discovers she is part of a prophesy that says she and Charun, her demon Familiar, must make love so she can become the witch she is fated to be. If she doesn't do it and stop the demon army bringing Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell.
A year later, just when Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal—another prophesy pops up. If Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it. This time they get help from an archangel, Jacokb, but with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina this time lose the battle and become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth?
Sapphire Phelan has published erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance along with a couple of erotic horror stories. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch is a Prism 2010 Awards winner and a Epic Awards 2010 finalist. The sequel to it is A Familiar Tangle With Hell, released June 2011 from Phaze Books, Both eBooks were combined into one print book, The Witch and the Familiar, and released April 24, 2012.
She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cats sometimes suffer for it!
Find out more about Sapphire Phelan at http://www.SapphirePhelan.com.
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