Guest Post: Writing Beauty & the Bigfoot by Kelli A. Wilkins

Have you ever read a Bigfoot romance?

Beauty & the Bigfoot – a quirky paranormal comedy


By Kelli A. Wilkins



Hi folks,

My latest release, Beauty & the Bigfoot (Yes, it’s a Bigfoot romance!) offers readers a quirky look at the legend of Bigfoot. When I told people I was writing a Bigfoot romance, they said, “You’re kidding, right?”

Nope! Maybe I watched too much In Search Of… as a child, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in “unexplained phenomena” (aka: the strange and unusual).

I started out writing horror short stories and romances, so it was only a matter of time before I went down the paranormal romance road. Beauty & the Bigfoot is my third paranormal romance. My first, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, is a more serious love story, and Killer in Wolf’s Clothing takes the concept of werewolves in a very different direction.

Beauty & the Bigfoot started out with the premise: “What if a cryptozoologist’s daughter fell in love with a captured Bigfoot?” I liked the idea, but I wasn’t sure where I could take it.

Later, when I was doing research for the book (yes, there was a lot of research involved!), I came across several historical accounts dating back to the 1500s of huge, hairy “wild men” living in the woods. Native American tribes had several names for Bigfoot and they took the subject seriously. After reading these stories, my imagination took over. (Once you read the book, you’ll see how it all ties in together. If you think you know how the story ends, think again!).

Beauty & the Bigfoot was a lot of fun to write and I had a great time creating the characters. Through Tara and her eccentric father, Charlie, I was able to turn up the camp level and add in many wacky references and asides. They don’t exactly take the situation seriously, and neither should readers. It’s called a paranormal comedy for a reason.

So, is Bigfoot real? Is the Patterson film a hoax? Are there Sasquatches roaming the forests of the Pacific Northwest? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that the legend continues on – with a happy ending – in Beauty & the Bigfoot.


Here’s the synopsis:

 Beauty & the Bigfoot

Can true love exist between the species?

Tara’s world is anything but normal. Her father is known as the resident crackpot – just because he’s on a personal mission to catch a Sasquatch. Despite all of the “Bigfoot evidence” cluttering their house, Tara never really believed in Bigfoot – until the day her father brought him home.

She affectionately names her father’s prized catch ‘Joe’ and discovers there’s something oddly familiar – and erotic – about him. With a media circus descending on her father’s ranch and a showdown brewing with the local sheriff, Tara risks her life to save Joe. 

When Tara finally succumbs to her animalistic urges, she learns that Joe is not exactly who – or what – he seems. Joe is more than a Sasquatch – he’s her soul mate! Continue reading

Book Review: Bigfoot by David Michael Slater


Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot

By David Michael Slater

Genre: Early Chapter ages 6-10


About the Book

The Mattigan kids don’t believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But, when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monsters journal, begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot.
Along the way, they’ll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo must rethink what’s possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot is a fun book for children. The Mattigans live in an old mansion and their dad is famous for proving there is no such thing as psychics, bigfoot, aliens, and anything else that hasn’t been 100% proven. The children are used to having a sitter now and again while their dad is on assignment.

As soon as their dad leaves this time, his long-lost father shows up. He tells Maddie, Max, and Theo he left when their dad was young to find monsters and prove that they existed. He hasn’t been successful so far but Bigfoot is supposed to be in their forest and he wants them to look for him since he’s in such poor health. Theo runs into the woods to look for Bigfoot and Maddie and Max have to find him before he gets lost. Theo isn’t all they find, though.

Bigfoot is a delightful story with funny illustrations that children will enjoy. The dialogue is great and what fun it is to have a children’s book with a couple of twists.



About the Author

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, and The Boy & the Book, as well as the on-going teen fantasy series, Forbidden Books, which is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King. David’s work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books writes “works brilliantly.” David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at


On Amazon:




The Amazon purchase link in this post is an affiliate link. Purchasing through it helps sustain Bound 4 Escape.

Book Review: Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest by S.A. Jeffers


Cover med

“Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest” takes children through a beautiful, exciting journey looking for evidence of Bigfoot. Reedsport, OR, June 14, 2016– Sara and Adam Jeffers, a husband and wife team that write under the pseudonym S.A. Jeffers, have released the first book in their highly anticipated Bigfoot Trails series.

The first book, Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest takes place in the high Cascades and salmonfilled streams of the Pacific Northwest. Each scene contains evidence of Bigfoot’s presence, from a footprint to several Bigfoots in the trees. The book is designed to help children to read while they have fun looking for evidence that Bigfoot exists. 

Beautifully illustrated by Catherine Straus of Salem, OR, each scene shows life in the woods and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In each image, Bigfoot has left evidence of his passing, from hair to his bed. Children even catch a glimpse of the Big “Man” himself. There is so much happening on each page that it turns into more than just a search for Bigfoot; it becomes a chance to identify many of the animals, birds, and fish that live in one of America’s most beautiful regions.

Available on Amazon.



My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is a great book for children! Actually, I probably enjoyed it as much as a child would. The pictures are amazing. They’re bright and colorful and make it look like you’re there. There’s not much text but it rhymes and it also gives clues on where to find Bigfoot in some of the pictures. 

There is at least one Bigfoot to find in each picture, which I figured out about halfway through the book, so I had to go back and read it again to look for him. The last page also lists more things to look for and which pages they’re on. Such fun! 

I definitely recommend this book for children. I think this would make a great Christmas present (I have a niece who’s just the right age).





Creators’ Bios

15182189Sara and Adam Jeffers are the parents of three busy young men. Adam is a welder by day, Sara is a stay at home mom, and in the evenings and weekends they enjoy Pacific Northwest life. Their passion for sharing in their boys’ educational learning is the source for their Bigfoot Trails series.

Twitter: bigfoottrails

Catherine Straus is an artist in the fields of sculpture and illustration. Educated at Southern Oregon University, her background is in fine arts, graphic arts, and ceramic sculpture. She has been a regular contributor to several children’s magazines, and a gardening magazine. In 1999, Catherine was commissioned to create a life size sculpture of a Native American boy for the Three Island State Park Interpretive Center in Idaho. This piece, cast in resin, is the entry to a permanent exhibit celebrating the Oregon Trail.