Ann Gimpel

Once respected members of society, shifters are running for their lives. In a futuristic world where resources are scarce, Kate uses her human form to work as a sex surrogate. Furious at what looks a lot like genocide for her people, she joins the shifter underground.

Devon’s been a cop for a long time. He has shifter blood, but not enough to change into anything; at least not until the police department insists on a series of infusions to make him better at tracking shifters so they can be imprisoned -- or killed.

Devon’s latest assignment is Kate. From the moment he sees her, he can’t get her out of his mind. The line between hunter and hunted thins, blurs, and finally disappears. Kate and Devon defy the odds. Will their passion save them or doom them forever?

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Reviews for Roman Gold

"Tightly-written, evenly paced, good balance of dialog, action, and the hero and heroine's thoughts. The near-future setting felt authentic without being overly detailed (or overly dark, as many are). The romance develops quickly, which is understandable since the two are fated mates. There is some shifting during the love scenes (which are graphic, well-placed and not so frequent as to overwhelm the story). What is interesting and different is that the first two are the h/h with other people! Also, the shifters have magic and there are a variety of them. There is some violence and death, but it's not nearly as graphic as the sex. I especially appreciated the way in which the story explores bigotry."

" ...Ann Gimpel has a smooth, strong writing style. Each of her characters possesses a distinct voice and she employs good pacing, mixing actions sequences with sex in a manner designed to keep things flowing. It seems like the government of Ann's world must have created a real problem for itself by injecting so many highly trained cops with shifter blood, so I'm looking forward to finding out what the future of the Underground Heat series holds!"

"So if you're looking for a red hot paranormal erotica novel, look no further. Just make sure you've got a willing partner on standby... Or a really cold shower!"


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About Ann Gimpel

Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Several paranormal romance novellas are available in e-format. Three novels, Psyche’s Prophecy, Psyche’s Search, and Psyche's Promise are small press publications available in e-format and paperback. Look for two more urban fantasy novels coming this summer and fall: Fortune’s Scion and Earth’s Requiem.


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An Interview with Ann Gimpel
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Ann, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Roman’s Gold, a steamy start to your Underground Heat series. First, what can you tell us about this series?

AG: It takes place in a dystopian near future where shifters are on the run because of a governmental edict. Shifters killed one too many humans (never mind that humans also kill one another) and have been targeted for extinction.

HH: How does Roman’s Gold kick off the series?

AG: Kate Roman is a mountain cat shifter who’s worried about the prospect of genocide for her people so she joins the shifter underground. Devon is a cop who’s assignment is Kate. Problem is he’s so taken with her, the last thing he wants to do is chuck her in prison.

HH: What do you like best about Kate and why will readers relate to her?

AG: Kate is one gutsy gal. She works as a sex surrogate and is also an agent for the shifter underground. She sequesters other shifters in her home in the Berkeley hills. Readers will relate to her because she puts her own life on the line to help save her people.

HH: What do you like best about Devon and why will readers love him?

AG: Devon is a sensitive alpha male. He has shifter blood and has lost relatives in the governmental purge, so he’s conflicted about his law enforcement role. As he says, how can he uphold a law he sees as unreasonable and unfair. Nonetheless, he understands the concept of duty and does what he’s told -- until Kate enters his life.

HH: What can you tell us about the rest of the series?

AG: Next in the series is Wolf Born. It releases 9/2 and is Max’s story. Max is the governor of California and also the head of the shifter underground.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

AG: Glad you asked! I have a book about a time-stranded dragon shifter releasing 9/5 from Taliesin Publishing. It’s the story of Lachlan, a dragon shifter from the sixteen hundreds and Maggie, a modern day psychiatrist who’s bound to him by an ancient prophecy.

HH: Where do you draw inspiration from?

AG: Snort! I ask myself the same thing. I have an overactive muse.

HH: What's your writing schedule like?

AG: I try to write a chapter a day when I’m actively working on a book. So 3000-3500 words. I usually write in the afternoon and evening since mornings are devoted to exercise.

HH: Where can readers find you online?


@Ann Gimpel (Twitter)

HH: What's your favorite place to hang out online?

AG:  Awk! Do I have to pick one? I like FB, Twitter and Google+ equally!

HH: Thank you!


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