Dakota Cassidy Guest Blogs: Me and Some Shapeshifter’s = A Love Story With A Lot of Hair and Teeth

April 7, 2009 at 8:00 am (General)

ShapeShifter Romance welcomes Dakota Cassidy – Guest Blogger!

Immortality bites.

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.

Defining.

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!

Dakota 🙂

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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!


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Surprising Site Award

April 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm (General)

We were excited to receive the  prestigious Zombie Chicken Award from Bitten By Books.  Now for the explanation of this prestigious Zombie Chicken Award.

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…” To learn more about Zombie Chickens check out Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead! LOL

To to avoid the wrath of the Zombie Chickens we hereby award this accolade to the following bloggers :

1.  Magical Musings

2.  Beyond Her Book at Publisher’s Weekly

3. Nalini Singh

4.  Paranormal Romance

5.  Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings

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BOM: Eternal Moon, Rebecca York

April 5, 2009 at 9:00 am (Book of the Month Club, General, New Releases, Rebecca York, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , )

ETERNAL MOON (ISBN: 978-0425227008, Berkley Sensation, April 2009) Good and evil clash down through the ages in a struggle for supremacy. Renata Cordona is the reincarnation of an ancient goddess. Jacob Marshall is a werewolf, a dog whisperer, and her true consort.They have met countless times through the centuries in different lives. And each time, a demon steps into the equation to keep them from fulfilling their destiny. They’ve never been strong enough to fight the ancient evil. But can a werewolf change the equation? Or will they repeat the pattern of destruction and doom humanity along with themselves?

While watching one of my favorite paranormal shows on television, I pondered the question, do demons have purpose, other than to create dispair and chaos?  Can they latch on to one soul and travel with them, through time and space, fighting destiny itself,  until they fulfill that purpose? Are they never really exorcised then?

Rebecca York answers that question and more in her new book Eternal Moon.  She creates a captivating paranormal romance with a scenic latin flare. Mixing several paranormal species into a sizzling, erotic, fantastic, mystery that had me sitting on the edge of my seat turning pages with supernatural speed!

Goddesses, werewolves, and demons, oh my! With all that’s packed into this story, who needs flying monkeys?

Put on your sparkly red shoes and check it out for yourself and give us your opinons, because one lucky person will win a copy of a book from our next monthly focus author, which is Jennifer St. Giles.  I’ll follow you down the yellow brick road and be back at the end of the month for comments!  There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home.

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Want a Bite?

April 2, 2009 at 1:00 am (General)

aprilnbcravingsWow, we have a lot of April releases here at Shapeshifters!  How cool is that?  If you’re hungry for even more shapeshifters, then MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS has it for you.  Both Lori and I have stories in this anthology.  The short stories were previously only electronically published as Nocturne Bites, but now you can get them in print.  Isn’t that cover sexy?  I love it.  Here’s the blurb:

Under the cover of night exists the dark and sensuous world of Midnight Cravings—a world conjured up in six seductive tales of paranormal passion.  Follow some of the genre’s best writers, including MIchele Hauf and Lori Devoti, on a mesmerizing journey where the extraordinary comes breathtakingly close with every turn of the page.  

So, please, come on in.  The first bite won’t hurt, and it’s likely that you will crave another…and another…and…

My story, “Racing The Moon” features a moon-crazed werewolf desperate to get home before his ‘beast’ comes out for a howl.  He’s stranded with a sexy shapeshifting cat familiar who would love to help him with a little ‘sexual healing’, yet she fears the results—because when familiars have sex, demons show up, and not the nice kind of demons.

Michele

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Passion Unleashed Has Hit The Shelves!

April 1, 2009 at 8:03 am (General)

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Yes, I’m a little excited. The Demonica series has been a dream to write, and each book gets harder, but more satisfying to write. Well…I take that back, because Wraith’s book was hard to write but at the same time…the easiest. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I guess it’s because HE was easy to write. Wraith just sort of leaped onto the page and wrote himself.

The rest of the book? Not so much. There’s a lot going on in this book, a lot of subplots that all weave together with the main one, so it was a challenge to get everything in place and moving at the right pace. But I think it all came together and worked out well…and I hope you agree!

So if you’ve read the other two books, Wraith is ready for you! 🙂

If you haven’t, right now you can try out the first book, Pleasure Unbound, for only $1 in ebook format from some retailers! Today you can even buy from Fictionwise with a 50% rebate, so it costs fifty cents! 🙂

Hope you enjoy, and happy April 1st!

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