Blossom and the Beast
by RS McCoy
Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her 18th birthday, she’ll find out her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra.
In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can only sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.
Needing an escape, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for violence and disregard for the religious teachings of Terra, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him.