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Creating a Culture by @VeredEhsani | Lion Shifters by Ella Wilde | Book Tour and #Giveaway | #UrbanFantasy #CleanRomance #Paranormal Romance

Lion Shifters by Ella Wilde is on virtual book tour. The urban fantasy, clean paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an...




Lion Shifters by Ella Wilde is on virtual book tour.

The urban fantasy, clean paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC (1 winner) or a Lion bookmark and keychain (5 winners) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


Creating a Culture

Creating a culture from scratch isn't easy, but that’s what I needed to do for my new Lion Shifters series. I wanted to incorporate aspects of traditional Kenyan culture with the paranormal world I was creating, while still giving a nod to modern sensibilities. Fortunately, I had a lot of material I could use, drawing from both the human and the animal worlds. Living in Kenya since mid-2000 also helped! 

When I started to sketch out the family tree of my Lion Shifters, I began with the patriarch, Elijah, High King of the Mara-Tsavo Kingdom. Lion Shifters dwelling within his kingdom abide by his decisions and rules. They also go to him for advice, to consult on issues, and for arbitration in cases of difficult disputes between Prides.

Elijah is proud of the fact that the lion is the biblical emblem of the tribe of Judah and of the Kingdom of Judah. In honor of that, he selected Old Testament names for his five sons: King David, Daniel, Ezekiel, Jedediah and Isaac. He always insisted on using their proper, full names; no nicknames or shortened versions were allowed.

Elijah is traditional in many ways. Over his long life, he has had a number of mates. All of his children grew up in the same compound. He counts his wealth in terms of heads of cattle and number of children rather than in money.

Unusual for a lion king, he only had one mate at any one time, and sent most of his children to England for secondary school. Two of his wives have been European women. Being a Paranorm, his lifespan was much longer than any of theirs, so he remarried a few times.

When creating my Lion Shifter family, I of course had to do some research on lions, as Lion Shifters have many of their characteristics and habits. For example: Rubbing one’s forehead, face, shoulder and neck against another lion is a form of greeting. After a fight or confrontation, lions use these greetings to reassure each other and strengthen bonds. You'll see the Lion Shifter brothers do this with each other and with their mates.

Regardless of cultural and animal influences, the Lion Shifters are a family. They may disagree from time to time (okay, a lot of times!), but they also stand by each other’s side when there’s a battle to be won or a body to be buried. And there’s a bit of both throughout the series!

For the best experience, read the series in the following order:
A Lion's Cage (free prequel)
A King's Pride
A Demon's Wing
A Tiger's Eye
A Lion's Price
A Wolf's Song


A Lion's Cage
Lion Shifters Prequel
by Ella Wilde
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Clean Paranormal Romance 


Shifts happen. Hearts change. Africa awaits.



Life as a slave in the fight pits of Kenya is vicious and brutally short, and no one knows this better than lion shifter Lazarus Kiprop. As a prized champion, he lives with blood on his hands and guilt in his heart. He's survived longer than most, at a cost. With no end in sight, Lazarus has given up on ever seeing another sunrise. The last thing he needs is a vampire youngling taunting him with impossible promises of freedom.


A newly made vampire, Willow has gaping holes in her memory and a burning desire for revenge. With less than a week before her new master arrives to claim her, she’s determined to find a way out of captivity. And if the leather-clad guy in the cell next door doesn’t believe it’s possible? That’s too bad, because she’s going, with or without him. But while Willow may be able to escape her cage, will she be able to escape her heart?

A Lion’s Cage” is the prequel to “The Lion Shifters” series.

Escape to a land where everything is possible. Start your adventure today!




**FREE at all retailers!!**


A King's Pride
Lion Shifters Book 1


Emma Knight is in Kenya to bury a witch, and then she’s leaving. But hostile forces are pushing her into a role she doesn’t want. When Emma breaks a cardinal rule and rescues a lion Shifter, she finds herself at a dangerous crossroads. Does she move on, or risk her secrets and her heart to save the lion’s Pride and establish peace in Nairobi?



Lion Shifter King David Kiprop is on a time-sensitive mission, one that leads him into a poacher’s snare. While he’s relieved to escape the trap, he’s not happy to owe a life-debt to the snarky, secretive female who rescued him, even if he does find Emma attractive. She’s a bewitching distraction King can’t afford. Too bad the gods have other plans.


Join the Kiprop Pride and escape to a land where everything is possible. Start your adventure today!

A King’s Pride” is Book 1 in “The Lion Shifters” series. The Lion Shifters is cliffhanger-free and is meant to be read in order for the best reading experience



**Only .99 cents!!**



A Demon's Wing
Lion Shifters Book 2


Summoned to Kenya by a dying witch, Grace Elkhart can’t wait to leave. She agrees to stay only long enough to help her cousin Emma establish some law and order in Nairobi. Being a Demon, Grace has the power to do that. But settle down? Join Emma’s Pride? There are too many reasons against it, starting with Jed Kiprop, the only man to ever break her Demon heart.

As a lion Shifter, Jed knows he needs to join a Pride… eventually. Now that his eldest brother King has formed one, it should be an easy choice. Except his brother’s mate has a Demon in her family. And thats one Paranorm Jed refuses to share space with, especially when that Demon’s name is Grace, a woman he once loved before she betrayed him.

When a family tragedy and a king’s command force Jed and Grace to work together, sparks fly despite their mutual distrust. But will they be able to overcome their pride and prejudice in time to save the Pride and each other from an ancient enemy?




A Tiger's Eye
Lion Shifters Book 3


Fun-loving Tana “Tiger” Shah is about to lose everything, including her freedom. When her estranged mother shows up at her doorstep with an indecent proposal, Tiger must make a decision: lose her home in order to pay off her family’s debt and preserve her honor, or marry a man she doesn’t know. Although her heart says no, love doesn’t pay the bills. Tiger will do whatever it takes to protect her family, even if it means turning her back on her own dreams.

Lion Shifter Ezekiel Kiprop isn’t one to play games, especially if the safety of his Pride is at risk. When it comes to his duty to defend his king, he’s never hesitated until now. And that’s what makes Tiger so dangerous: she makes him forget all reason when she’s around. Determined to focus on an unknown challenger to his brother’s throne, Ezekiel shuts down his feelings. As fate would have it, his lion has other ideas, especially when it comes to Tiger. But will their love survive the truth Tiger has been hiding?




A Lion's Price
Lion Shifters Book 4


Rebecca Keitany’s life has been one battle after another, until the moment she’s hired by a witch to work at a tea shop. Finally, it seems Rebecca’s future is looking bright: she’s got a stable job, and an art dealer is interested in her paintings. But that’s before she attracts the unwanted attention of the powerful Lightning Bird who has one simple request, and he won’t take no for an answer. So the last thing Rebecca needs is to be saddled with Daniel Kiprop, a handsome socialite and brilliant tech developer.

Lion Shifter Daniel is all too willing to offer his expertise to his Pride’s queen. It’s an easy assignment, and then he’ll be back to his normal business, including the endless parties that fill his evenings. All is going according to plan until the night of a vicious attack that changes everything Daniel thought about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. But can he convince Rebecca he’s a changed lion before she takes up the offer of the Lightning Bird and disappears forever?




A Wolf's Song
Lion Shifters Book 5


It’s going to be a night to remember, and not in a good way. When election chaos combines with the storm of the century, Nairobi becomes an even more dangerous city than usual. The lion Shifters retreat to their Prideland, under strict orders from their king to stay at home.

Trouble is, Isaac Kiprop was never one to follow the rules. While the other lion Shifters settle down for a long night, Isaac has other plans: his last burglary job for the hyena gang. After that, he’ll be free, or so he tells himself. And he’s pretty sure he can get away with it, until a pretty but irritating, know-it-all wolf Shifter crashes his party and his heart.

Lara Kraft is on a mission, one that doesn’t involve Isaac and his never-ending efforts to push her buttons. Her research takes her into the territory of a dangerous criminal game, and all her carefully laid plans go awry. When Lara learns the truth about the gang’s latest assignment, she’ll do anything to stop them. But good intentions have a way of getting complicated, especially when Isaac is involved.





I was born and raised in Kenya. Living up to my name, I decided an office job wasn't my cup of tea. When I'm not rescuing orphaned elephants or conducting a lion census, I write about people who walk the thin line between the human world and the supernatural. Visit my world at www.ParanormalAfrica.com to receive exclusive gifts and top secret info.





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Get carried away with love!