Here Kitty, Kitty…

May 5, 2008 at 8:39 am (General)

Hee.  What a way to start my first post at this new blog.  I stopped by this morning to see who was posting, then realized—it’s me!  So here goes…

We’ve certainly got the werewolf category of shapeshifters well covered here at SSR.  And the book I had released last Thursday features a werewolf hero.  But the heroine is a familiar—a cat-shifting familiar.  So let’s hear it for the kitty cats today!

When plotting RACING WITH THE MOON, I wanted to give the hero his complete opposite.  What’s more opposite than a cat to a dog—er, wolf?  (Don’t call them dogs; they hate that!)  

In my world, familiars are conduits for demons.  They bridge demons to this world.  How do they do that, you wonder?  Well, they have sex.  Yep.  Lots of it, too.  When the familiar is sated, then she’s relaxed and an assisting witch is able to summon a demon to this realm via the familiar.  (I know, that sounds very strange, but what do you expect?  This is MY world.)  🙂

Familiars, naturally, have nine lives.  Now, familiars in their first life haven’t exactly mastered the bridging technique yet.  So they don’t really need to be sated to bring forth a demon, they just need to have sex.  And then—look out!  Sometimes the demons are friendly, sometimes…not so much.  In RTM, the hero needs to have sex to put back his werewolf before the full moon, and the heroine is more than willing to help him out.  But there’s that nasty little problem with the demons…

Don’t worry, by her second or third life, the heroine will have her bridging skills mastered.  But will the werewolf last that long?  🙂

So have you read many books with cat-shifting characters?  House cats or panthers and lions and jaguars?  They’re all good!  What do you think should be an identifying trait to a cat shifter?

I’ve got a free download of RACING THE MOON to give away to one commenter!  I’ll draw a name at the end of the day, and post the winner here tomorrow, so check back!  And if you don’t win, you can pick up a copy at!




  1. Darla said,

    I’ve read many book with the cat shifters…one of the first I read were the ones from Christine Feehan, I’ve been hooked since! I think the identifying trate should be the eyes…I’ve seen guys that have the cat contacts and they are such a turn on for me!

  2. teresadamario said,

    Michelle, great way to bring in the kitties! I think one of the most exciting parts about working with cats is that there are so many to choose from and they all have different personalities. The Leopard, sleek and sensual. The lion, loving, yet aggressive, protective and ready to strike at any moment. The Tiger, known for her aggressive tendencies, swift and deadly. And though she is said to be a loner, often are seen in zoos snuggling up with the other cats (maybe she’s not as much of a loner as we all thought).

    Each brings to the table so many different traits! But the most exciting, and therefore defining traits are there for each – the power, the strength, and the high sex drive!

    Can you say HOT????

  3. Lori Devoti said,

    Dara Joy anyone? I loved Rejar. There is also Rachel Vincent’s new series–started with STRAY. And Lindsay McKenna’s Warriors for the Light series for Silhouette Nocturne.
    But Rejar…He’s the winner for me. 🙂

  4. AJ Hampton said,

    My first feline shifter book was by Christine Feehan too! I was hooked after that! Michele, love your post and your new release sounds amazing! I love the detail about the 9 lives, and I can’t wait to see how you’ve incorporated that into the plot.

    For me, there are no must have traits. I just ask that they make sense in the world the author has created. That is my favorite part of reading, seeing how other people work details (that normally would seem insane!) and make them believable.



  5. michelehauf said,

    Hmm, Feehan seems to be a cat-shifter winner! I haven’t read any of her books, so may have to look into those. And I’ve been eyeing Rachel Vincent’s release.

    I know my cats like to take lots of naps, so my familiars also nap a lot too. And they’re very independent. The interesting thing? I’m working on a full-length Nocturne now with another familiar heroine, and I’ve decided she’s an Abyssinian. That breed can be very friendly with dogs. Hmm…

  6. terryspear said,

    I haven’t read any cat shifter books, but I’ve seen some movies about them. One was about a woman who turned into a panther and stalked people. It’s been years and years ago, so I can’t remember, but it seemed sometimes she was a black cat. And another I saw recently, but that I think was probably an old movie, was about a group of panther people who couldn’t be with anyone but their own kind, though the woman was trying to be with others and it didn’t work out! 🙂 Cats and dogs, eh? I posted a blog on Amazon about your contest, Michele! Good luck! I’ve got to get your book though. It sounds intriguing!

  7. michelehauf said,

    Terry, I think that movie was called Cat People and if it’s the one I’m thinking of, it’s old, but it gave me major nightmares. Didn’t they do an autopsy on someone and an arm came out of their stomach? Aggh!!!

    Anyway, thanks for the mention at Amazon!

  8. terryspear said,

    Oh, yeah, I think that’s what it was. I didn’t see the whole thing. I was in the middle of something so only stopped to watch a little while I was eating lunch. LOL But they had the man in the zoo, and he tore up a keeper pretty badly, and then the woman stalked another in a pool. That creeped me out!

  9. Colleen said,

    I just finished SHADOW WARRIOR anthologies by Layla Chase, Delilah Devlin, Betty Hanawa, & Myla Jackson… Each story was about a different cat and very enjoyable!!! Michele your story sounds really interesting… I would love to sink my teeth into your it!!! 😀

  10. Rebecca York said,

    Michelle, I’m lucky that Harlequin Intrigue let’s me do all manner of strange stories. A couple of years ago, I wrote an Intrigue called SPELLBOUND where the hero was under a Voodoo curse. He was forced to turn into a big cat every night and roam the bayou–until a women came along who could love him in spite of his strange behavior. Naturally, there was a suspense plot going on where someone from town wanted his land, so the guy was clawing people to death and leaving them in the bayou. Since everybody suspected there was something weird about the hero, he ended up arrested for murder. Only he escaped from the cops before he changed into a cougar in a jail cell. That’s the only “cat book” I’ve done. But I’m thinking about what might be lurking in the South American jungle.

  11. *lizzie starr said,

    One thing I like about cats and so therefore cat shifters, 😉 is the built-in sensuality. Cats love to rub and stroke and massage and nuzzle and–well I think you get the ideas. Intense yet playful. And who could resist the rumble of a purr?

    Now, while they aren’t shifters, back in the day I loved watching Thundercats! Tigra was my fave. I even have the Thundercats theme music on my cell right now. 🙂

  12. Jennifer Y said,

    I have read quite a few cat shape-shifting stories…lions, tigers, panthers, etc. I am not sure about the identifying trait they should have…hmm…maybe agility or awesome reflexes and sensuality.

  13. Deborah said,

    I think sensuality defines cat shape shifters. In cat form, they do that languid, sated thing – it only makes sense they’d do it as humans too. Then there’s the stalking bit…

    I wrote one jaguar shape shifter hero – sex triggered his shifts (awakening the beast) and he so did not want that beast to be a part of him and his life. It was fun.

    I love Angela Carter’s shape shifters too, although they’re not romances. “The Tiger’s Bride” is a story that haunts me – it’s in an anthology of her work called THE BLOODY CHAMBER.

    Congrats on your new release – with a great cover, too!

  14. michelehauf said,

    You all are giving me great ideas for books to check out!

  15. Savanna Kougar said,

    Congrats on your release! Gotta luv those big cats, at least, they’re my favorites since kiddiehood. That’s one reason I wrote my lioness shifter space adventure novella. I just couldn’t resist my heroine and her cat ways. I always learn a lot from the comments too.

  16. Lilly Knight said,

    It has got to be the way they move. Their movements are so agile and sinuous, they just seem to flow. Plus there is that hint of danger that surrounds the big cats. To top it off they all walk around as if they own the world.

  17. Greta said,

    I can think of only two books I’ve read with cat-shifters Maya Banks Golden Eyes and Bianca D’Arc’s Sweeter Than Wine. I would love to read more stories about cat shifters. I have three cats who think they are humans but I don’t think that counts 😉

    Anyway cat shifter would have to be quick on their feet, agile, great balance, quick bursts of speed, and I think they would definately know when it’s time to relax and have fun.

  18. michelehauf said,

    Cats who think they’re human. Isn’t that the truth of it? I have two cats, Sebastian and Toast. Baz (Sebastian) was named after the vampire in my first book, DARK RAPTURE. He’s my guy. Was diagnosed with feline leukemia earlier this year. He’s lived 16 years so far, and doing well still. I’m just thankful for the time I have with him.
    And we’re not sure about how Toast’s name came about. He looks more like an exploding meatloaf now. 🙂

    What is it we cat owners say? We don’t own them, they own us.

  19. teresadamario said,

    You know, I’ve been thinking. All these wonderful cat shifter authors have been mentiond, but so far my favorite is still silent. It’s Captive Moon by CT Adams and Cathy Clamp. I’ve read almost all of their books and I have to say this is my favorite. You can see more on them here:

  20. Ann M. said,

    I never got back to enter. I’ve enjoyed the shapeshifters in Alyssa Days book. She has some panthers that are wonderful. 🙂

  21. Cathy said,

    Oh I just can’t remember all the names of the cat shifter books I’ve read, I started with one in a futurist world about 12 or 15 years ago. I can remember most of the story to this day, but title? I found Dara Joy soon after with her big cats. Feehan’s Scarletti series and Wild Rain are good. For a little erotica with cat shifters try Cheyenne McCray’s Wonderland series, Felidae – Ciarra Sims, Eve Vaughn in Agency of Extraordinary Mates Anthology, just some. Magician’S Quest – Claire Delacroix, Forced Mate – Rowena Cherry, Tiger Eye – Marjorie M. Liu, Lynsay Sands & Hannah Howell Highland duet books, Lindsay McKenna Unforgiven, and I just read Caridad Pineiro’s Crazy for the Cat in Moon Fever. These are all good stories.
    What I like best is a big cat that PUUURRRRRS when you touch it in just about anyway! Ohhh can’t you just feel that vibration!

  22. shreela said,

    The only cat shifting book I remember had panther shifters, but I don’t remember who wrote it it’s been so long. I believe there were quite a few various kinds of shifters in it though. If I had to choose what kind of feline shifter I’d want to be, it would be hard, because panthers and jaguars are really cool, but the house pet kind of cat could roam freely anywhere in a city. I’d choose “any feline of my choosing”, hee hee.

  23. Shari C said,

    I have read various shifter stories including house cats, jaguars, lions and even a sabre-tooth tiger. They are all such beautiful animals and have awesome power and strength plus are very graceful and stealth. They also always seem to have amazing coloring and gorgeous eyes.

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