Posts Tagged ‘shifters’

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Guest Post: “The Reality of Loving a Paranormal Shifter” by Wendy Sparrow

Taming the Pack Wendy Sparrow

I know! I know! Paranormal romance isn’t all about reality, but when you’re creating a paranormal world—you think of weird things. You have…concerns.

The first quandary I have when I start a new world is how I will deal with their clothes. Seriously. That’s my very first detail to work out. Do the clothes shift with them? Do they bust out of their clothing and go through a wardrobe of clothes? If they do destroy the clothing they have on, will they wind up somewhere naked? It takes something out of the sexy momentum when your tux-wearing hero shifter ends up hiding in bushes at a party after he wolfed out. And, sure, maybe they’ll undress some of the time, but in an emergency—you’ve hit the climax—and clothing is a casualty because all hell has broken loose. But, that’s not the only thing jiggling loose, if you know what I mean. The awkward could be high. Sure, some heroes and heroines could pull it off with panache, but they’d still be starkers.

Then, there’s the shift itself. No matter how many times I write shifters, I always think, “How would it really work?” There’s the Hollywood shift where the hair grows in slow-mo as the bones twist and enlarge. There are stages as one or the other form recedes. Human to hairy human and then to upright human-wolf followed by some mixture of wolf and human. How far does it go? To full creature? Full-wolf or bear or whatever? Would it be loud or quiet? Fast or slow? I vary it up in different worlds, but I figure I might as well embrace the magic and assume the definition of paranormal invites interpretation of what’s possible. I get a little contrary with my inner voice and yell, “Don’t blind me with your science!”

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Exclusive Excerpt + RAFFLE: FOR THE BEAR’S EYES ONLY by Kathy Lyons

For The Bear's Eyes Only Kathy Lyons

Look, when I say we can bear-ly handle this excerpt from Kathy Lyons’ latest, I’m not just being insufferable. We are so excited for For The Bear’s Eyes Only, which is incredibly lucky, because it’s out right now! Get a taste of the book right here:

He stared at her and shook his head. “You think because I’m not fur and claws right now that I’m tame? That I won’t tear right through you if you try to Tase me again?”

She held up her bare hands, spread wide. “I don’t want to hurt you. I want to talk to you. Come home with me. Please. There are…things we need to talk about.” She’d almost said more. She’d nearly told him about how much her bear was right now pulsing with want. How his scent was oddly compelling even at its worst. About all the confusion that he created inside her. But she was on an open mic with Mark on the other end. She just couldn’t force herself to be that vulnerable with another man listening in. So she swallowed the full sentence and settled for pleading.

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Exclusive Excerpt: A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS by Terry Spears

A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear

Does this post really need an introduction? Is it even possible to resist an excerpt from a book that has it all? It’s a Holiday book. About beautiful hot-headed shapeshifting jaguars. Who protect other shapeshifters as a job.  It’s amazing! Don’t you dare miss A Very Jaguar Christmas from Terry Spears, out now!

A man raised his voice several feet away and Everett and Howard turned to see what the matter was. Everett didn’t recognize the redhead, but Demetria was facing him down, hands on her hips, frowning at the guy. No matter how many times he observed her, Everett still saw her as an incredibly sexy brunette, curvy, with killer moves, a quick temper, but a loving heart—where kids of all ages were concerned. She hadn’t dated since Matt had died in the Costa Rican rainforest, and Everett didn’t think she’d ever get over his death.

Her long hair pulled back into a ponytail, she focused her darkened brown eyes strictly on the man in front of her, her body posture balanced. She looked ready for action.

Everett wanted to help her out if she needed his assistance, but he knew that stance. She was a wild cat, ready to take down the big male who was giving her grief. All the agents were highly trained, so no advantage to Demetria there. And he was ready for her reaction, so she couldn’t surprise him. Because of his size and weight, he most likely would have the upper hand. That meant Everett was tensing and getting ready to charge in and protect her—whether she needed him to, or wanted him to, or not. Who would know until after the altercation ended? Everett didn’t want to see her hurt.

Hell, a dozen guys were probably just as ready to protect her, but he didn’t have eyes on anyone else—just Demetria and the redhead.

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Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear

I shouldn’t even have to explain why we’re so excited for this one. It is impossible not to devour a Terry Spear book. Between the dazzling shifters, intense romance, and high stakes action everywhere, we end up taking books like Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing everywhere we go. So, yeah, we’re pretty excited about this Q&A! And you should be too!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  1. Romancing the Stone—I loved that she was a romance author and was boohooing after the end of the book where she, as the heroine, is kissing the hunky hero. And then she ends up in the jungle with a very unlikely hero, who’s not heroic at all.
  2. The Princess Bride—he loved her no matter how the princess treated him, and was the Dread Pirate Roberts, in a hilarious way. They were so cute together.
  3. Prince of Persia—such an unlikely pairing with the thief boy and the princess, and the oh-so-close kisses that were driving me crazy. Loved it.
  4. Edge of Tomorrow—he’s soooo arrogant, and when he has to repeat his mission over and over until he gets it right, he falls in love with the woman who won’t open her heart to him.
  5. Oblivion—he thinks he’s married, wants something more than what he’s got in this futuristic world—a love of the past and he continues to have memories of a woman he loves.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn

Q&A: N.J. Walters of WOLF IN HIS HEART

Wolf in his Heart N.J. Walters

We love a good Paranormal Romance. Is there anything more intriguing than an incredibly beautiful man who can transform into an equally beautiful animal or awe-striking creature whenever he wants? What goes into writing something so out of this world? Luckily, N.J. Walters, author of Wolf in His Heart, out today, is here to answer our questions about what influences her work!



What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Some of my choices might surprise some people, but my absolute favorite movies with romantic elements are:

  1. The Crow. I know it’s dark and violent, but at its core it’s a love story.
  2. Ladyhawke. It’s heartbreaking.
  3. Jane Eyre. I love a dark, wounded hero.
  4. P.S. I Love You. Heartbreaking but a true love story
  5. Titanic


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

The Crow—My favorite scene is near the end of the movie where Eric and Shelly are finally united and at peace.

Ladyhawke—My favorite scene has to be the transformation one where they almost touch.

Jane Eyre—My favorite scene is again near the end when all seems lost for Rochester and Jane returns to be with him in the end.

P.S. I Love You—I don’t have a favorite scene. I love the entire movie.

Titanic—Jack gives Rose the strength to not only survive but to become who she was meant to be. My favorite scene is the one where he sketches her.

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Guest Post: “Writing a Series With a Large Cast” by Lisa Kessler

Blue Moon Lisa Kessler

Thanks for having me visit again! Blue Moon is the 6th book in my Moon Series which centers on a werewolf pack in Reno, Nevada. I do my best to make each novel stand alone, but they all feature recurring characters from the Pack as well.

The challenge is of course is to be sure each of the members of the Pack are unique, different, and memorable. As the series expands, I also have the new mates joining the Pack, plus children.

Yikes right?

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