Halloween Treats!

October 13, 2008 at 11:26 pm (AJ Hampton, General) (, , , , )

Days until Halloween = 18, Days until Halloween Treats = 0!

For those of you who can’t wait this is just a quick post to announce Familiar Magic – my shape shifting Halloween goody has just been released from Liquid Silver Books!!

What better way to get in the mood for Halloween than some paranormal treats!

It’s a Wonderful Fright – Veronica Wilde

Willow’s always been a good witch … until a bad witch hexes her sex life on Halloween.

Now she’s ready to throw her old life away for the thrill of working dark magic on every man she desires. To convince her otherwise, a pair of ghostly guides give her a taste of her life as a cruel and sexy hex mistress–a life of necromancy, debauchery, and some very submissive male slaves. But when Willow falls for the one man she can’t have in her powerful new world, she realizes that her old life was a wonderful fright indeed.

Familiar Magic – AJ Hampton

With only two days until the full moon Trenton Gregory realizes he’s got a lot more to worry about than being the area enforcer. Samantha Monroe, his destined mate, wants him to be her familiar. Fighting hormones, a pack of wolves who want him dead, the real challenge will be making it to Halloween in one piece.

Zombies Are People Too – Tiffany Aaron

Tarsala Jones, Private Investigator and journalist, has spent over a year searching out the origin of the Halloween zombie virus. Tarsala is sure there’s a sinister reason behind the outbreak. Before she can find the culprit, she has to deal with a libel suit against her.

Christopher LaRoi has the distasteful job of delivering the papers his sister-in-law filed against Tarsala Jones for libel. Chris prides himself on being in control at all times, but Tarsala blows him out of the water with her smart mouth and gorgeous body. He vows to stay as far away from her as he can.

Impossible when Tarsala appears everywhere Chris goes. Is she following him, or is she following the trail of the zombie virus?

Interested? You can read excerpts and find out more here.

((Hugs))
AJ Hampton

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My First Day!

October 10, 2008 at 7:00 am (Larissa Ione)

I’m so excited to be here, and thank you, Shapeshifter ladies, for inviting me!

 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Larissa Ione, author of contemporary romances for Red Sage and Samhain, and dark paranormal romance for Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books.)  I also write erotic sci-fic/paranormal action romance as Sydney Croft, with partner Stephanie Tyler.

 

Obviously, my contemporaries are pretty lacking in shapeshifters, but the Sydney Croft books feature humans with special abilities, many of which possess animal tendencies.  They don’t exactly shift shape, but they might be able to shock people at will (electric eel,) possess super speed (cheetah,) or have poisonous spurs (platypus).

 

Coming up, though, in Taming The Fire, the fourth book in the ACRO series, is a true shifter, but I’ll share more about that later. *g*

 

My Demonica books definitely feature shapeshifters.  From the demon heroes, who can shift into other species of demons, to the animal shifters and were-beasts.  The Demonica world is bursting at the seams with beings who can turn into something else.

 

In case you’ve missed the first book in the series, Pleasure Unbound, or have read it but not the second (because Desire Unchained isn’t available yet,) I’m giving away copies today at Writeminded, so feel free to stop by!

 

I’ll be doing lots of giveaways here too, because, hey, they’re just fun. *g*

 

Again, I’m so happy to be here, and I can’t wait to participate even more!

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WINNER – Wild Rose Press Gift Certificate

October 10, 2008 at 1:00 am (General)

My apologies.  This should’ve gone up sooner, but I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the time zone on the backend.

Anyway…

Congratulations, Lizzie Starr!!  You’re a winner!

Just email Beth at beth@bethcaudill.net to collect your prize.

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Guest Blogger – Beth Caudill and a PRIZE

October 9, 2008 at 1:00 am (Guest Bloggers, Marcia Colette)

by Beth Caudill

I had the fun chance to interview the lovely Beth Caudill who writes for Wild Rose Press.  Her first foray into the shapeshifting world begins with Informally Yours.  Not only is she a writer, but she’s one of the hardest working moms in the business.  Oh, I forgot.  Motherhood isn’t a business.  It if were, there would be a lot of millionaires running around right now. 

~Marcia Colette

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First I’d like to thank Marcia and the other authors at ShapeShifter Romance for having me here today. I’m Beth Caudill and I write short paranormal and fantasy stories.

MC:  Tell us about Informally Yours. And doggone it, why is that excerpt so short on your website? I want more!

BC:  The idea for Informally Yours came from a writing challenge on Kelley Armstrong’s Online Writing Group. We were given the picture of a haunted house and in 1500 to 2000 words had to write a story staring the house. I saw more in my head then just the short house scene.

IY was rejected the first time I submitted it. But I was asked to rework it and The Wild Rose Press accepted it on my second submission. Here is the blurb:

Everyday Melinda Jenson goes to work at Formally Yours, a high-end formal wear store, unaware the customers and owner are members of the local supernatural community.  On Halloween night, Melinda’s boss asks her to make a simple delivery. Unwilling to disappoint her niece and nephew, she arrives late and has an unexpected encounter with a wolf. Now she’s chasing cute, furry forest creatures, and mated to a man she barely knows. “May you live in interesting times,” just took on a whole new meaning.

MC: Knowing that you have some werewolf lovers on this blog, we want to know what drew you to one of our favorite subjects, werewolves.

BC:  Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are but a few of the tales children read/hear in which the wolf is portrayed as an evil character. I love the image of a wolf howling particularly against a snow covered forest background. I think wolves are beautiful and intelligent creatures we should respect not fear.  

 MC: We also like offspring…or at least, I do.  🙂  Any chance on Informally Yours producing any offspring (a.k.a series)?

BC:  Not at this time. None of the other characters from IY have come begging me to write about them.  I have 10 files of started stories plus a few more in notes jotted down.  So if the characters don’t jump up and scream at me I don’t work on their story. 

I am working on another wolf shifter story set in a new world. (I always wanted to visit another planet so I made one up.) This one will spawn some offspring.  I have ideas for three separate stories and a possible fourth. They won’t all be wolves but I’m starting there.

MC: We’re incredibly nosy people.  Give us the scoop on your other works available through The Wild Rose Press.

BC:  My first release, Garden Magic, first appeared in the Rose Petals Volume 2 anthology. TWRP rereleased it as a standalone short story earlier this year.

Melinda Conley was the last of three magical sisters to marry. After failing to find a mate in the supernatural community, she falls for a mortal. So what happens when her magic garden says he’s not her one true love?


Dragon’s Mate

My second release is very short and inspired by a friend who told me there weren’t enough dragon romances, my love of reading Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern books, and hearing the theme to Dragon Tales on PBS one too many times. 

Lady Karee Wilmore is about to be married. To a Prince no less. Yet she is unhappy, all her life she has dreamed of being a Dragon’s Mate. She is resigned with her match to the Prince until circumstances land her kidnapped by an Air Dragon.  Will all her dreams come true on the cusp of her wedding?

In celebration of October being Paranormal month at The Wild Rose Press, all Black (Vampire/Shapeshifter) and Faery (Fantasy/Futuristic) stories are on sale.

MC: If you were a shapeshifter, what kind would you be and why? If you say a turnip, I’m sending you valium.

BC: Nope, no turnips here.  I’d be a wolf, a dragon, or an owl.  I’ve always wanted to fly and wolves are just cool.  🙂

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Thanks for stopping by Beth!  Informally Yours is available today, so don’t forget to get your copy.  And check out her website at www.bethcaudill.net.

Anyone who comments is entered to win a $5 gift certificate from Wild Rose Press! 

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November Shape-shifter Novels…

October 8, 2008 at 6:00 am (General, Lori Devoti) (, , , )

by Lori Devoti

Wondering what to put on preorder for reading over Thanksgiving? Here are a few titles I’ve seen that look interesting…

  • Immortal Warrior by Lisa Hendrix. This is a historical shifter novel set in medieval England. And there are Vikings! I do love Vikings!! Oh, and the cover!!
  • The Dragon Master by Allyson James. James is the alter ego of Jennifer Ashley. I’ve never read her paranormals, but her historicals are fab. And dragons!
  • Destiny Kills by Keri Arthur. This is the first book in a new series–so if you are an Arthur lover you will definitely want to check it out. AND more dragons. It sounds like Arthur puts a new twist on dragons with sea and air dragons mentioned in the review I read.
  • The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston. My source, RT, doesn’t say what kind of shifters these characters are but there is fire and alphas. That has to be good, no?
  • Enemy Lover by Bonnie Vanak. A Silhouette Nocturne!! Means this one is available right now at eHarlequin.com
    –no need to wait. And it’s wolves. Time to get furry!
  • Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong. Okay, this one tops my list. It’s not a romance, but this is one of my favorite series. This time we see half-demon Hope’s side of things. And the shifter, you ask? Her werewolf boyfriend–Karl. You all remember Karl? 🙂

So, there’s my list that I blatantly pillaged from RT. Any other shifter books releasing in November we should know about? What books shifter or otherwise are you looking forward to in November?

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When is a shifter not a shifter – Plus an introduction!

October 8, 2008 at 4:25 am (General)

First, I have to write this – when is a shifter not a shifter?  For Nalini Singh, in Hostage to Pleasure, Dorian is a non shifter.  His parents were shifters.  His sister was a shifter.  But why on earth isn’t Dorian a shifter? Imagine how Dorian must feel.  Imagine how you would feel, raised in a world where you are different from everyone else.  You aren’t as physically strong, people treat you differently and you are sure you can’t fulfill your potential as expected.  What do you do?  Do you give up?  Fold into yourself? Or do you create an entirely different person.  Do you work to prove yourself?  Being better than everyone else at everything you do?  Or do you become bitter and angry, hiding inside yourself, cursing your parents and hating everything about yourself?  It’s time for a choice.  What is Dorian’s?

But add in the animalstic nature, and what do you have?  Ahh, but then I’d be giving away secrets!  Let’s just say that I found Nalini’s Hostage to Pleasure to be one of her absolute best dives into the paranormal world of the Psy and shifters.  I hadn’t expected to enjoy this book nearly as much as I did, with Dorian unable to shift.  Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t put it down.

So check out Nalini Singh’s Hostage to Pleasure – you don’t want to miss it!

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Okay, I have a two fold reason for posting today.  Talking about Nalini’s book is just one.  The other is I get the awesome privelige of welcoming a new member to ShapeShifter Romance!

Larissa Ione is one of my favorite authors.  Her Demonica series incorporates a world so alien it drives shivers down your back as you read.  Not quite horror, but definitely edgy, these books will drag you into their darkness where demons, the vampires and the shapeshifters live.  They fight, they love, and they die.  They are not all evil.  Then again, they aren’t exactly good either.  The stories begin in a hospital.  Really!  Okay, not a human hospital, but a demon one.  One run by three brothers.  In awesome tails of sensuality and frightening darkness the reader delves into worlds we all HOPE is just imagination.

I’m very excited to welcome Larissa as the newest member of SSR!  Her first post is friday, so don’t forget to come back and show her some shapeshifter love.

Her Website:

http://larissaione.com

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Winner!

October 7, 2008 at 8:55 am (General)

Colleen wins a copy of Rogue Angel: Swordsman’s Legacy.  Colleen, please email Michele at toastfaery@gmail.com with your snail mail address.

Congrats!

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The Shapeshifting Author

October 6, 2008 at 1:42 am (General)

I feel a bit like a shapeshifter lately. Not so much a physical changing creature that twists and cringes and coils into herself as she takes on fur, fangs and whathaveyou. But mentally I’ve been doing some gyrations.

As a writer in more than one genre I possess the ability to ‘shift’ brains, so to speak, depending on what kind of story I’m working on. My Nocturnes see me focused on all things paranormal. Dark, broody men live in my brain while I’m working on those stories. The heroines are smart, tough and eager to explore the paranormal. Information about vampires, werewolves, familiars, faeries, moon phases, bites and blood loss and the pros and cons of immortality fill my thoughts.

The way I work, I don’t start a story and work through to the end until I have a finished product. I usually have two or even three projects going at one time. I’ll draft a story out, then set it aside and pick up another, which may be in draft stage or edit stage or that very necessary stage: the desuckification process. (Hey, what can I say? They can always use a little desuckifying.)

Anyway, sometimes I’ll set aside the paranormal story and pick up something else. I also write action/adventure for the Rogue Angel series from Gold Eagle. No vampires in those stories. I’ve got to shift my brain over to archaeology and the quest for mythological treasures and villains wielding AK-47s and okay, so the heroine does have a magical sword that appears in hand whenever she needs it. But it’s far from paranormal.

I also write historicals, which are about as far from paranormal and action/adventure as you can get. And yet, I add elements of each into those historical stories.

There are days the current work in progress just doesn’t want to work with me. I can’t see my way to the end of a chapter, can’t figure what the heck I was thinking when I put that hero in the story, or even just ‘what do they want?’. So I pick up something else to work on. I make the shift! It helps me tremendously to put aside a work that’s driving me nuts and put my thoughts to something different. Completely different. A shapeshift of the brain, if you will.

So if you’re a writer, do you practice brain/thought/story shapeshifting? And if you’re a reader, you might shapeshift too. Ever read a whole string of paranormal stories then feel the urge for a mystery or chick lit? How do your reading habits shapeshift?

Speaking of Rogue Angels…. I just got copies of SWORDSMAN’S LEGACY, a story I wrote under the pseudonym Alex Archer for the bimonthly series (a new story every two months). I’d love to send out a copy to one lucky commenter! I’ll post a winner’s name on Tuesday.

Michele

www.vampire-books.com

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Comment on Blog Post About Conflict–Free Book Giveaway!

October 4, 2008 at 8:10 am (General) (, , , , , )

Just comment on my blog on Conflict at Deadly Vixens for a chance to win a free book!–Your choice, Winning the Highlander’s Heart, The Vampire…In My Dreams, or Heart of the Wolf!

http://deadlyvixens.blogspot.com/2008/10/please-welcome-authorterry-spear.html

You can check out my videos at Inked-In, a new place for social networking where authors and other creative talents can join also. 🙂

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Terry Spear

Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf, Betrayal of the Wolf, Allure of the Wolf

www.terryspear.com

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How do you like my new cover?

October 2, 2008 at 2:07 am (General)

ETERNAL MOON Cover

ETERNAL MOON Cover

My editor just e-mailed me the cover for my next Berkley Moon book, ETERNAL MOON, which will be out in April.  It’s the story of a woman who’s the reincarnation of an ancient goddess.  Down through the ages, she and her consort have come back again and again, and a demon tricks them into disaster. Now Renata Cordona has met werewolf Jacob Marshall.  Will evil win out again, or is a Marshall werewolf the man Renata needs to break the ancient curse?

I loved writing that story.  But after I turn in a manuscript, I don’t have much control over what happens.  With ETERNAL MOON, I asked my editor if she could get the art department to make the color brighter than on my last two book covers. As you can see, she got the art department to do that.  I love the background.  I think the wolf and the moon are good.  But when I saw the cover, my first reaction was, “Her hair is in her face.”

When I mentioned it to my editor, she said, “The wind’s blowing.  The hair in her face increases the feeling of tension.”  I told her, “I get it.”

But I still don’t like it.  Once in a while, I get a cover that I love.   But mostly I admit that I’m disappointed.  The people don’t look the way I envisioned them.  Or the color doesn’t strike me as attractive.   I really love the cover of MOON SWEPT, the reprint of WITCHING MOON and CRIMSON MOON.  That guy’s got a really sexy back.  I also love the cover of my Intrigue, OUT OF NOWHERE, about a woman sent back from the future to save the world from disaster.

I know I pick up books because I like the artwork.  What about you?  What role does the cover play in your book selections?  And please tell me, what do you think of the ETERNAL MOON cover?

Rebecca

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