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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert - Book Tour

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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert 
Twenty-five-year-old Luna Burke is on the run.

Licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife, she is determined to smuggle a homicidal Bald Eagle out of her husband’s private zoo in Florida, reunite the bird with its mate, and get them both to an eagle sanctuary in Canada. Hot on her trail is her furious husband, his bodyguards, the police, conservation officials, and an expert government tracker; aiding and abetting her is a smitten young tech guy, a lethal Navy SEAL turned panther advocate, and an underground railroad of wildlife rescuers intent on protecting one of their own. Waiting in Ontario is a legendary old eco-warrior more than willing to provide refuge…as long as Luna can make it across the border.



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Excerpt
Luna, Derek and Carlene sat at the kitchen table by a picture window overlooking the backyard, drinking coffee and eating Danishes.

“I was volunteering at Celia’s wildlife center,” said Luna. “One day the Department of Natural Resources brought us a confiscated eagle. A guy had stolen him from a nest and kept him in a cage in his garage.”

Ned appeared in the doorway, blinking, crowned by a tangled head of bed hair. “You and I oughtta start a hair metal band,” called Carlene.

Ned frowned. “Ned needs coffee in the morning,” said Luna. “I know that about him.”

“Aren’t you glad you stayed over?” Carlene asked. “You got a nice clean car again, and now you get to eat raspberry Danishes and hear Mars’s story. I mean, unless you’ve already heard it.”

“Nnnn,” said Ned. He poured himself a cup and settled into a chair.

“By the time DNR confiscated him, he was almost three years old,” said Luna. “He was sick, all his feathers were broken, and he hated people. Everyone. I thought they were going to make us put him to sleep, but the DNR guy gave us a chance.

“The first time I handled him, Celia made me wear hockey pads and a helmet with a face shield. I named him Mars, after the Roman god of war. You know, in Greek literature the god of war is a jerk. But to the Romans, he was strong and wise and and only used his power when it was needed. Mars came around — well, sort of — and I wanted so much to release him, but we couldn’t.”

“You can see how releasing a homicidal eagle could be a problem,” Derek said to Ned.

“Since he was imprinted we didn’t think he’d ever accept another eagle, but then he bonded with Banshee and every year they raised orphaned eaglets together.”

Luna sighed. “He came at me a couple of times in the beginning. He was pretty scary. All I did was fend him off. I had to prove to him that no matter what he did, I would never hurt him.” She turned toward Ned. “Now do you understand?” she said. “It’s not his fault.”

“Those two eagles were as content as they could be, and now they’ve been split up!” growled Carlene. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet, only Romeo’s been kidnapped to Florida by some rich dickweed instead of getting dragged into the middle of a family feud.”

“But this story’s gonna have a happy ending,” said Derek.




Suzie Gilbert
Hi, I’m Suzie Gilbert. I’m a wildlife rehabilitator and author.I live in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, am passionate about wildlife, and have been working with wild birds for nearly 30 years. I hope you will join me in my quest to raise awareness of how humans and wildlife can coexist in better ways. 
I’ve written a memoir about the slippery slope all rehabbers eventually slide down, called Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings (HarperCollins); a children’s book, Hawk Hill (Chronicle Books); and numerous articles, op-ed pieces, and blogs. 
My new book, Unflappable, is a funny, dark, sexy adventure about a wildlife rehabber on the run with an eagle, with her soon-to-be-ex-husband and the authorities hot on her trail.


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