ShapeShifter Romance welcomes Dakota Cassidy – Guest Blogger!
Wanda Schwartz is raking in the dough selling Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics—and she’s a pro at recruiting new saleswomen. So, she’s shocked when a man comes to one of her in-home parties—a very hot man. Heath Jefferson is sure to put some extra spin into a lot of women’s color wheels.
When Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn’t. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former bloodlust has turned into an old-fashioned lust—for Wanda. And he’s already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.
So I totally don’t remember when I decided to write shapeshifters. Wait, that’s not entirely true. I remember being intrigued by the paranormal after reading eleventy billion of ‘em. I remember thinking a lot of “what if” during those reads. I remember thinking I could nevah (evah) do that. In fact, I wasn’t even a writer when I thought that. Then I remember reading a Nina Bang’s book and having one of those moments Dr. Phil’s so fond of.
It was a time before I utilized some of those “what if” thoughts, but when I did, I went back to the first person I read that had written some vampires and werewolves who had characters that weren’t terribly shanked over being immortal. Loved. It.
Nina Bangs take on the paranormal, her zany, crazy insight made me feel not so alone in my whacked thoughts (which is soothing when you’re a nut like me). She went to a place I thought no one dared tread. And it was what inspired me, on my much smaller level, to write my first narcoleptic vampire. ‘Cause I thought, “Dude, wouldn’t it be funny if a vampire who has narcolepsy fell asleep on some park bench because he can’t keep his eyes open (even at night), and being an immortal, he has no heartbeat. Cops think he’s dead, and he ends up bagged and tagged in the morgue?”
And off I went, thinking no one in their right mind would ever want to read my dreck. But look at me, all a risk-taker, defying the norm like I had nuthin’ to lose. Thus, my first venture was a paranormal e-book with a narcoleptic vampire. And people bought it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So who knew it would begin my love affair with fangs and fur? All of a sudden I had a hundred stories with a humorous take on a shapeshifter. Vampires who can’t smell. Vampires allergic to blood. Werewolves caught by dog catchers in their were forms and landing in the pound then put up for adoption. Which was what led me here—to the place called crazy and my “Accidental” series. Where women are accidentally bitten and find lurve with men who have tails and fangs.
Here’s what I love about writing shapeshifters. You can make it all up—you can write yourself out of almost any corner, and no one can tell you it’s not right. Well, they can. They have. Oh, have they. I get buttloads of email from self-proclaimed werewolves and vampires who tell me I’ve got it all wrong.
I do. 🙂
I say, when you’re living your life solely by night or shifting into something hairy with four legs that some might call canine, and drinking blood—call me. I want a front row seat to that display of fur and teeth, because that’s the kind of shapeshifters I write.
Until then, I’m going to keep making it up because writing shapeshifters is exactly what someone like me needs. A safe harbor for her crazy. And thank God, too. Otherwise, I think my harbor would probably have me anchored to the words “mental, and “institution.” 🙂
Now, in the spirit of shapeshifters and all their fabulousness, if you leave me a comment in the comments section, I’ll enter you in a random drawing (winner will be picked by blog owners on specified date) to win any two books by the authors listed to the right on the sidebar. I’ll have the books shipped directly to your door as long as they’re either available for order or pre-order, or in e-book format. I mean, helllooo—these authors include Larissa Ione, Lori Devoti, Teresa D’Amario, Terry Spear, and a bunch of others! You can’t lose by entering.
So gimme a sign and let me know you’re out there, and you’re automatically entered! As always, thanks for your never ending support. Seriously, you guys are the bomb-diggety!
The drawing for Dakota’s prize will be on Tuesday, 14 April. A big smile for someone the day before tax day. 🙂 And it gives everyone a chance to participate!