Hi! I am Lila Felix I am a writer and self-publisher of over thirty Young Adult and New Adult titles. I also have the Lucent Series published through Clean Teen Publishing.
Here is a little bit of information about me.
Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course, her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.
I want to introduce you to my Bayou Bear Chronicles. The first book in the series is, Burden. In this book we meet the alpha, Hawke Turnclaw and a few of the member of his clan as well as mate Echo.
(The Bayou Bear Chronicles)
In the depths of the Louisiana swamps, clans of bear shifters roam freely. Hawke Turnclaw, the Alpha over all of his kind, is drowning in the legacy left to him by the Alpha before him, his own father. When he goes on a rescue mission to save a rogue Black bear from the clutches of a Grizzly clan, he finds more than just a Black bear, he finds his mate.
Echo has always been told she's an anomaly, a fluke. She's the only bear of her kind and that makes her a hindrance to her clan. She's tried to run away, but they keep her tethered through guilt and a shock collar around her neck.
And then someone shows up claiming he's her mate.
Now belonging to a new clan, will she ever be able to understand that she's so much more than just a burden?
"Felix out did herself with her first paranormal. The characters were likable and intriguing, the males were protective and dominant but not obnoxious and her lead female was truly an enjoyable character. She got it right, and there is nothing better when you finish a book and want to start it right back over because it was just that good. If that's your cup of tea, then you need to read Burden by Lila Felix." Quinn Loftis, USA Today Bestselling Author of Grey Wolves Series
"Love diving in to something so different and new in YA, and Lila definitely delivers with Burden. Hawke and Echo's chemistry is so dynamic. If you're looking for something different, new, and soulmate worthy, then Burden is definitely for you." Shelly Crane, NYT Bestselling Author of Significance of and Wide Awake
“Then something has to give. Things are getting out of hand. We respect you, Alpha and will obey anything you ask of us. But the Betas and clan are restless, the males and the females. You know our ways dictate that our inner animal obeys an Alpha pair, not just a male. We need the strength of a pair. If you intend to do this, we should be stronger, at least.” Didn’t I know it? If they were restless for a pair to oversee them—if restless was the word they were using, then I was downright violent with my need for a mate.The craving almost consumed me. My bear needed a mate, and I as an
Alpha, needed the balance of a female—plus, even with my warmer body temperature; my bed, of late, seemed to grow colder and colder. But who had time to seek out a mate when the clan was in a spiral of disorganization and failure? It wasn’t like there was a dating and mating website for bear shifters. If there had been, its mascot would have been that yellow Care Bear with the heart on its stomach. The commercial would have him doing the Care Bear stare or some shit. I hated Care Bears.
"What are you waiting for, Echo?"
I'm waiting not to be a burden.
"I can't," I begged her with my eyes to perform the healing that I couldn’t.
"Try, daughter, try. This is your mate, the reason your heart beats the way it does. Claim it, claim who you are to this man and this clan. Not just in words or in duty, but in your soul-claim it. And then use what I've given you to heal him-to heal yourself, once and for all."
A Conversation with Lila Felix and Hawke Turnclaw
It’s been a while since I talked to Hawke. I mean, he is the Alpha of the largest black bear clan, not to mention, the Alpha of all bear clans.
He’s kind of busy.
And he’s got to deal with Rev on top of all of that.
Rev is a pain in the bear butt.
So when he sent me a text asking me to meet him at a coffee shop of all places, I thought it was more than just a little strange—it was weird—more than weird.
*Hawke walks in to a Lake Charles coffee and tea house. Hawke isn’t really a caffeinated drink in a cardboard sleeve kind of guy, but I went with it. After all, how many of us get to sit with a shifter and just…chat? *
Hawke doesn’t order anything because I’ve already gotten him an espresso. He seems like an espresso guy, right?
Hawke: Thanks, Lila. It’s been a while. You remembered.
I shift my eyes around the room. This guy thinks I’ve forgotten him. Okay, I admit it, I forget some things about my characters sometimes. It happens.
But really, forget Hawke? Please.
I’d have a better time forgetting my own ass.
Me: Yep. So, Alpha, what’s up?
He hates when I call him Alpha. His scowl grows more defined.
Hawke: Consider my buttons pushed. So, I heard it’s going to be over soon.
Hawke: Yeah, our books. Word on the street is that you’re done with the last one. Just putting some finishing touches on it.
Me: *Trying like hell not to crack up* The street? What is this street?
Hawke: You know that I mean. It’s over though, right?
Me: The book series is over—for now.
Hawke: For now?
Me: Well, there’s a chance your clan will show up in some future shifter books. And let’s be real. Just because the books end doesn’t mean your lives end. Reality shows end but people’s lives don’t.
Hawke: *Now visibly disturbed* So, it was just some books to you? It’s over but our lives aren’t over?
Me: If you’re insinuating that this is easy for me, Hawke, you are grossly mistaken. I’ve ended series before. It’s never easy. But this one is particularly hard. This one stings like a deep cut that years later still aches. If you think this doesn’t make me bleed…
Hawke: No, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to. I mean, you made us. It must be like…
Me: Like watching your kid move out of the house. Like watching them drive away on their own for the first time. Like closing the door on the Kindergarten classroom for the first time. It’s necessary. It has to be
this way. But it sucks. Don’t think you can stop answering my calls though. I will come after you. I don’t care who is at the clan’s gates, I will hunt you down, Turnclaw.
He raises his eyes in a challenge.
Me: Don’t test me.
Hawke: Would never dream of it. Those cats are up to no good again, by the way. I can smell the trouble.
Me: I know. They are bobcats. That’s what they do—stir up mischief.
Hawke: I hate them. They smell bad.
Me: You know what’s funny? They said the same thing about you.
Hawke: We are gonna miss having you around, sniffing in our business all the time.
Me: I’m gonna miss y’all too. Except Rev—he’s a pain in my ass. Always has been.
Hawke: But he gets the job done, you know?
Me: I do. Can’t really fire the scribe.
Hawke: That includes you. We will never really be rid of you, will we?
Hawke: *He gets up, drinks down the espresso in one gulp and then turns around. He’s walking away. But before he does, I hear him mutter. *
I’m counting on it, Felix. I’m counting on it.