Title: Predator in Paradise
Author Name & Publisher: Shelter Somerset (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 25, 2015 – 230 pgs
Backpacking in California’s Laguna Mountains to repair their troubled ten-year relationship, Owen Underwood and Dwayne Bosco never imagined their four-day “therapeutic excursion” would turn into twelve days of terror. Stalked by a ferocious, unwavering mountain lion, they find refuge the only place they can—on the roof of a boarded-up miner’s cabin. To stay alive they must keep the fierce, hungry predator from reaching them.
As the hours stretch into days, hope for rescue fades. Dwindling provisions and exposure begin to eat away at their bodies and minds. Their new hell makes their carefree college days where they first met at a fraternity party seem light years away. With each escape plan falling apart, their only deliverance might come with death. Yet even as they face their demise, they wonder if they can find the love they once had for each other to at least utter a final good-bye.
Shelter Somerset’s home base is Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys writing about the lives of people who live off the land, whether they be the Amish, nineteenth-century pioneers, or modern-day idealists seeking to live apart from the crowd. Shelter’s fascination with the rustic, aesthetic lifestyle began as a child with family camping trips into the Blue Ridge Mountains. His “brand” is anything from historicals, mysteries, thrillers, and contemporaries, all with individualistic themes. When not back home in Illinois writing, Shelter continues to explore America’s expansive backcountry and rural communities. His philosophy is best summed up by the actor John Wayne: “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”