Nothing too strenuous before the holidays. No words just letting the pictures speak for me today. What do you think? This is my April 2010 release.
Yes, I’m late. My apologies. My day got started with a bang and hasn’t slowed down yet!
First let’s start off by announcing the winner of AJ Chase’s Cat and Mouse! our winner is LISA N – Congratulations! Lisa please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can claim your prize!
So, back to the Mighty Wolf.
One of the really wonderful things about writing shifters is you realize there’s so much more to them than you could ever put on the page. Not that we don’t try, of course, but when it gets right down to it, how much about shifters can our imaginations pull together for one world?
In most cases, as an author progresses through a series, if one exists, the world becomes deeper, fuller, and more magical than it was in say, book one. The same is true, of course, of any world created by an author. Fantasy, science fiction, or any other paranormal. Ok, I’ll admit, the same can be true for contemporary and historical as well. But when it comes to the shifter, the magic we look for is something which can be found all around us.
Take for instance the wolf shifter. Most of us have dogs or have owned dogs in our past lives (you know, the one before we started hearing voices in our heads) or know of people who have dogs. What alot of people forget is every dog has a small piece of wolf inside him. Take my dog, Blackjack. No, not literally. I’m kinda hooked on the old man. In fact, here’s a little pic of him. Isn’t he handsome?
But I bet you can’t guess what wolf trait good ol’ man Blackjack has. I mean, he’s a Labrador retriever, with all the fun loving ways a Lab has. Yet almost every single Lab holds the same “Wolf” habit. It’s in the way they eat. When wolves eat, they “wolf it down” as fast as they can. This is because there are predators all around and they might not get to finish. They eat as much as they can, because they might not get to eat for another three or four days.
Blackjack likes to “wolf it down” too. I think ten seconds is his record for finishing a meal. Between the time I pour his food till I scoop up the food for the other dog, Blackjack is finished. The only problem is, he, of course, gets fed two times a day and so we must watch his diet for him, otherwise he’d be as big as a house.
So the next time you set down your shapeshifter book, take a look at Rufus the dog or Sam the cat sitting next to you and wonder. How much of the behavior authors use in those books also apply to your best friend? What lurks inside their hidden depths as they stare out with those sweet, lovable faces?
So tell us, what wild traits do YOUR pets have? And yeah, birds count too. After all, wouldn’t an Eagle shifter be awesome?
What a wild month this has been for me! It says something that I’m looking forward to the hustle and bustle of December and the holidays – for the chance to slow down!
The most exciting news is about WINTER KISS, #4 in my Dragonfire series, which went on sale at the beginning of this month. Delaney and Ginger’s book is doing well out there in the world – it was #20 at Borders and #18 at Barnes and Noble on the mass market romance list for the first week on sale. Yippee! Of course, the cover is gorgeous – it’s there on the right sidebar. I like the book, too (ha!) and so did a lot of reviewers. You can read an excerpt HERE, and check out reviews on my blog HERE. Just choose Dragons from the sidebar to bring up all the Dragonfire-related posts.
As the Dragonfire series progresses, it becomes more likely that readers will pick up a book other than the first book and start reading. Because you might have questions, I’ve added a new feature to my website. I interviewed the Pyr – about firestorms and the Dragon’s Blood Elixir and the history of the Pyr and a bunch of other topics – and put their answers on the site. You can find the links on the index page.
I’m also hip-deep in the residency program. As some of you know, I was selected to be the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library this fall, for the first residency ever focussed on the romance genre. There’s a blog associated with the residency, which is a resource for aspiring romance authors – you can check it out HERE. I’m doing a bunch of critiques for writers, as well, and there’s one more public event left – on November 26, we’ll have a panel discussion called “The Other Side of the Story” with an editor and an agent. Brenda Chin from Harlequin and Amy Moore-Benson from AMB Literary Management will be my guests. If you’re in the GTA, you might want to check it out – more information on the library site HERE.
I’ve also been doing a lot of guest blogs and there are more coming for the week ahead. Pop by my blog for pointers – sometimes there’s a doorprize!
That’s it for this month. Stay warm and be sure you have lots of good books to read!
Hi all! We have a very special guest today. Someone who has stepped out of the “norm” for shapeshifters, and done something new, exciting and funny. AJ Chase, author of Cat And Mouse is here to talk about her book, and why she chose to something so unusual to write about. Now mind you, AJ is like thirteen months pregnant (ok, not really, but you get the gist) so our interview will be rather short.
First, let me show you this adorable cover!
For Katherine Stapleton (aka Kitty), being a shape-shifter isn’t nearly as glamorous as the novels and movies make it out to be. It isn’t all raw, animalistic sex and superhuman physical prowess. There’s also the hairballs.
Kitty has spent her entire life being a less-than-perfect were-cat. She can’t control her animal changes, so she decides to excel at matters human. After a decade of worldly successes, she’s back home for her ten-year high school reunion. Yet, she feels just as insignificant as she did back in school–except with Sam Philmore, a fellow D.C. lawyer and past classmate. And her former secret crush. In just three days Kitty gets the bad memories, the good times, the bitter truth, and a mouthful of one very sexy man who just happens to be a mouse sometimes…
Genre: Paranormal/Shapeshifter/Contemporary/Romantic Comedy
Book Length: Novella
Price: $3.99 (Excerpt below)
I think I’d be more excited if I wasn’t so tired. Gestating makes things a lot less exciting. Unless it’s cake. Cake is still pretty exciting right now.
But I wanted to turn it on it’s ear even more by making her the cat and him the mouse.
Thanks AJ for dropping in with us! Do you have any final words for us before you run off into the world of motherhood and new babies?
I wish I had some amazing advice or pearls of wisdom but I’m not much for profundity right now. I’m barely coherent. So I’ll just say thanks for having me!
We wandered across the courtyard, deafened by the huge artificial spray of water as we crossed under the waterfall. The pair of us found a little niche between the pool at the bottom of the waterfall and a large—probably artificial— garden. We leaned against the stucco wall.
I ran my hand over my dress again, self conscious while Sam watched me. What could I do to get him to stop staring? “Do you like living in D.C.?”
“I’ve liked it better since two weeks ago.” He sounded so matter-of-fact I had to ask.
“What happened two weeks ago?”
He played with a random curl that couldn’t be shoved back in my twist. “I saw your name on the Montgomery list.”
Oh, God. My knees went weak, and it probably wasn’t the vodka. At least not all of it.
But it was the vodka and schnapps cruising through my veins that made me stand there limp, with blood pumping hot to all the right places, and not run away. It was the alcohol that made me capable of opening my mouth under his when Sam kissed me hard.
In another moment I would have fled if someone I hadn’t seen in years tried to slip me some tongue, especially considering one of us would probably have to be removed from the Montgomery case.
But not right now.
Sam tasted like cheesecake, high school fantasies, and man. I whimpered low in my throat while his stroking tongue worked magic on mine. Tangling my fingers into his hair, I got into the kiss.
It was a bad idea. But at the moment all I knew was he kissed like he meant it, felt like my wildest dreams, and had his hand on my ass. I don’t think two minutes passed before his tie was off, and my fingers were tangled in the crisp, dark hair on his muscled chest. My black skirt fit too tight to step between, but somehow it had managed to ride all the way up my thighs. Sam stood between my legs, his erection pressing unabashedly into me as we kissed with an insane level of abandon.
It had to be the alcohol. It had to be. God, he was so hot.
“I’ve wanted to kiss you for fourteen years,” he growled, nipping on the lobe of my ear. “Fourteen years of fantasizing about that pretty little mouth of yours.”
“Fourteen—” I gasped as he sucked my bottom lip into his mouth. “I don’t believe you,” I managed after he’d abandoned my mouth and moved to my neck.
“You should. It’s true.”
If I had to choose a book to read for pleasure, it would be a historical romance. Whether paranormal or not, I love a good story set in the past. I have specific time periods and places I prefer, but sweep me away to a different time and I’m happy. The first book I ever published, though touted as a contemporary, had time travel back to the 18th century because of that. I followed with five historical novels, and a few fantasy novels set in medieval times.
Lately, I’ve been writing contemporaries, while pining to get back to the history of things. That’s why I enjoy paranormals, because many times the heroes and heroines have lived for a very long time. They have history, and some have centuries of history. I like to toss in a flashback scene when possible, just to fulfill my own love of history.
But I know some readers have very defined lines drawn when it comes to time period in a novel. Some will only read historical, others love contemporaries. I’m not sure how many enjoy both, and I wonder if they like to see the various time periods mixed in a story?
It’s neat how the paranormal genre allows we writers to incorporate history into our stories. If we have a passion for Napoleonic times we can craft a hero who may have served in Napoleon’s army before being bitten by a vampire and now he’s lived for two centuries. Perhaps we prefer medieval times, and decide that our shapeshifter was summoned in the thirteenth century, and has been walking the world since then, desperate for love and acceptance. I believe that history makes the character stronger, more interesting and ultimately, both smarter and vulnerable as he walks through modern times.
So I want to know which you prefer in your paranormal romances. Straight historical? Set completely in modern times? Or do you like a mix, a contemporary story with flashbacks to the characters’ history?
I was invited to post today, RomConInc. So, there’s my poor lonely post, with a signed copy of WINTER KISS as a doorprize, and only the moderator has commented. They’ll pick a winner at midnight, and I don’t think the mod should win!
Finally, it’s here – today’s the day that WINTER KISS, Dragonfire #4, goes on sale. It’s got a gorgeous cover – check it out in the sidebar – and I’m pretty much crazy about the hero, Delaney Shea. (I like those emotionally scarred heroes with noble impulses, don’t you?) I also like how Ginger Sinclair tells Delaney how it is, whether he wants to hear it or not.
Romance Reviews Today calls WINTER KISS “a terrific novel” – read more HERE – and we have two, count ’em TWO, five blue ribbon reviews from Romance Junkies! The first says WINTER KISS is what epic love stories are made from,” while the second says “[s]izzling hot love scenes and explosive emotions make WINTER KISS a must read!” And of course, there was a great review right here on SSR from Penelope Fitzgerald – if you missed it, it’s right HERE.
Check out the back copy and an excerpt on my site HERE. It’s Delaney’s on sale date – do you have your copy of WINTER KISS yet? 🙂 (Yup, I’m just a little bit excited…!)
Thanks to Michele Hauf for spotting my newest cover on Amazon. 🙂 I know a lot of authors’ favorite part of the process is getting their actual books, but mine is seeing the cover for the first time. It reminds me why I do this. Which at the tail end of a writing project (finished a Nocturne yesterday, yay!) is always good.
Anyway, what do you think? I, for the record, think it rocks. I love that the hero is all big and burly as fitting for a hellhound. And I love the background; it really goes with the story. So, today is a happy day. 🙂
Hope everyone had a great, safe Halloween! AND that you all took good advantage of that extra hour of sleep last night.