New Release!

September 21, 2009 at 12:57 pm (Larissa Ione)

Okay, so this isn’t shapeshifter related…maybe.

See, the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2 releases tomorrow (includes stories by me and two other Shapeshifter Romance authors, Deborah Cooke and Jennifer St. Giles,) and as the title would suggest, it’s all about vampires.

But vampires can be shifters too, right? I mean, how can we forget all the old movies and old legends of the vampire shifting into a bat or a wolf?

Now, I’ve been scouring my brain trying to think of a vampire romance in which the vampires shifted…but I can’t think of any. Maybe Linda Lael Miller’s vampire books?

Anyway, I’m hoping to see some of vamps in the new Mammoth book shift. (Mine don’t, but it just doesn’t fit my Demonica world mythology.)

What about you? Do you know of any vampire romances that feature vamps who can shift into other creatures? I’d love to hear about them!

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The Book I Don’t Want to be a Shapeshifter

August 21, 2009 at 9:54 am (Larissa Ione)

Starting a new book is always exciting. Usually I’ve been thinking about it for months, and I know exactly how it’s going to start. It’s all fresh and shiny, and usually the first chapter flows really well and really fast. I love that.

And I’m happy to say that my newest project, my 5th Demonica book, is still flowing like that in chapter 5. YAY! I am absolutely loving this book. I think it’s going to end up being a favorite — a very, very close second to Passion Unleashed.

Someone asked me the other day which books (of mine and the Croft novels) were my favorites, and which were the least favorites. And you know, when it comes to the books you’ve written, it’s easy to pick favorites (though maybe not the #1 favorite,) but picking ones you don’t like so much? Much harder.

Because in the process of writing the books, you do have ones that behave well, and you have others that fight you every step of the way. You just have to hope that the books that fought you, the ones who were the rotten kids, turn out to be upstanding adults. And by the time you’re done with copyedits and galleys, you sit back and look at your monster child, smile, and think, wow…we did it. That book is a shapeshifter of the oddest kind, going from unruly brat to a perfectly behaved gentleman.

So anyway, the point of this rather rambling post is that the new book is so far not a shapeshifter — even though there are several of them IN the book. *g*

Authors, have you written any shapeshifter books? Books that started out well but then kicked your butt, or books that kicked your butt but turned out decent?

Readers? Have you read books that started well turned into something awful? Or that you didn’t think you’d get through, but somehow, the book redeemed itself?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Taming The Fire Hits The Shelves!

April 28, 2009 at 7:15 am (Larissa Ione, New Releases)

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I’m so excited! This is Sydney Croft’s (my pen name with Stephanie Tyler) fourth ACRO book, but it’s our first shapeshifter romance!

Now, if you’re familiar with the Croft books, you know they are extremely erotic and full of over-the-top science fiction and paranormal adventure…and Taming is no exception. Our shapeshifter is an escapee from an evil agency called Itor, which is the company that created her.

Before they captured her, she belonged to a peaceful clan of therianthropes, which, in her case, means that her people had animal souls but didn’t actually shift. Not until Itor got hold of her, anyway.

They brutalized her and her people in labs, experimenting on them to create the perfect weapon — a human who can shift into an animal — but in doing so, they killed every one of her people but her. After using her as a killer on a leash, they deemed her a failed experiment, and after she escaped, they intended to hunt her down and kill her.

She has gone into hiding, but her problem is the beast inside her — it is enraged, hating humans to murderous extent. In order for Ulrika to control her inner beast, she must go to extremes, dominating them sexually in extreme BDSM pleasure houses.

Enter our hero, Trance, who is an agent for the good guys — ACRO. He’s a former Dom, well acquainted with the lifestyle he must covertly enter, and perfect for the job of capturing Rik before Itor gets her.

So anyway, this is our shifter story. I’ll paste the blurb and link for more information below!

POWER. PLEASURE. DANGER. IT DOESN’T GET ANY HOTTER THAN THIS.

He came to the underground London club for a night of extreme sex play with the enigmatic “Mistress Rik”. But the Special Agent known as Trance is really on a search-and-rescue mission to keep her alive. Part predator, Ulrika “Rik” Jaegar possesses feral powers that make her a danger to others – and to herself. That’s why the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives (ACRO) wants to recruit her to their side. To do so, Trance will have to pull off the impossible: capture and control Rik, both woman and beast.

On the run from the deadly agency that changed her into a pleasure-seeking shape shifter, Rik uses sex to rein in her own raging desires. Operating on pure instinct, she trusts no one – especially the magnificent alpha male with the power to seduce her into submission. An undercover agent with unique hypnotic gifts, Trance is surprised by his instinct to hold Rik and keep her safe – but he has a job to do. And as he hunts her down, as Rik and Trance are thrust into the ultimate game of domination and submission, they’ll enter a place where surrender is their sole hope of survival – and the only thing that can tame the wild beast in both of them?

For an excerpt and more information, click here!

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No Likey Werewolves?

March 9, 2009 at 7:09 am (Larissa Ione)

I got a funny review of Desire Unchained over the weekend, one that started out, “I hate werewolf stories.”  I know…*gasp!*  Okay, so the review turned out to be fantastic, but it got me thinking…are there any kind of shifter stories I’m not fond of?

I like to think that pretty much any kind of paranormal will work for me — granted, there are some I go for more eagerly than others.  I LOVE vampires.  And demons.  And when it comes to shifters, I’m partial to wolves.  I don’t mind big cats, either.  And I’ve recently developed a fondness for dragons. *g*

But you know, I don’t go out of my way to grab sea creature shifter books.  Not that I haven’t read and enjoyed them…I just don’t actively seek them out unless an author I love has written one, in which case, I’m all over it and know I’ll love it.

So what about you?  What are your favorite kinds of shifters?  Wolves?  Big cats?  Dragons?  Rats? (Okay, if you come upon a were-rat story, I really want to read it! LOL)

Are there any you really don’t like?

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by Barbara Vey’s blog this week!  She’s having an anniversary bash complete with hundreds of prizes, including a $150 GC to Amazon.  Today I’m there, bringing the entertainment in the form of Seminus demons!  Stop on by and comment to win!

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DESIRE UNCHAINED RELEASES TODAY!!!!

February 24, 2009 at 7:27 am (Larissa Ione)

dufinal_2001Pleasure is their ultimate weapon . . .

Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn’t resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

A Seminus demon with a love-curse that threatens him with eternal torment, Shade hoped he’d seen the last of Runa and her irresistible charm. But when he wakes up in a dank dungeon chained next to an enraged and mysteriously powerful Runa, he realizes that her effect on him is more dangerous than ever. As their captor casts a spell that bonds them as lifemates, Shade and Runa must fight for their lives and their hearts—or succumb to a madman’s evil plans.

YAY!!!!  This is book 2 in the Demonica series, and though it can stand alone, there are a lot of characters and a complex mythology that will probably be more enjoyable if read after the first book, Pleasure Unbound.  The third book, Passion Unleashed, will release back to back with this one, on March 31st.

So I’m happy to announce that starting today, Desire Unchained is available at all book stores, Wal-Mart, Target, and at online retailers.  Hope you enjoy!!!

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Review: Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke

February 9, 2009 at 5:00 am (General, Larissa Ione, New Releases, Reviews, Teresa D'Amario) (, , , , , , , , )

Haunted by dreams of a lover who takes the form of a mythical dragon, Eileen Grosvenor searches for the truth. She never expects to find a real dragon shape shifter, let alone one who who awakens her passion and ignites memories of her own forgotten past.

Erik Sorensson is focused on leading the Pyr to triumph against the Slayers at all costs, even the sacrifice of his own life. When an ancient relic that can turn the tide of the battle reveals itself again, Erik knows he has to retrieve it from Eileen’s possession. But he’s shocked by an incredible firestorm when he tries to claim the relic — a firestorm that forces him to confront the truth about Eileen’s identity. Her presence touches him in unexpected ways, reminding him of mistakes he’s determined to not make again, and Erik is forced to make a choice…duty or love.

Only by unlocking the secrets of the past can Erik and Eileen fulfill the final prophecy of the Pyr – but can they face their deepest fears and claim their destined love in time to defeat the Slayers?

I read Deborah’s first book with a little skepticism. Dragons? How on earth can dragons be sexy? Prior to this I’d not read any real dragon shifters before. Books with dragons, yes, but not where they shifted to human form. Yet within the pages of Deborah’s books, the impossible becomes real. You can smell the sulphur, feel the beat of their wings, and burn with the sensuality of their love.

So Friday I got my copy of Kiss of Fate, the newest installment of the Dragonfire Series. What an awesome book this was. Original and exciting, this book drags you across the ocean and back again, from one continent to another. The richness of the prose in London is so clear you can almost smell the city streets, visualize the buildings and feel the wood beneath your feet on the historic bridges above the rushing water. The same can be said once you reach back across the waters into America, the contrasts in the two cultures noticeable to one who has seen both.


But more than scenery, is the intensity and danger within these pages. For me, I love a good romance that makes your heart beat in fear, terrified something horrible will go wrong. And when it does, feeling the pain, the fear, and even crying a tear. But also cheering when something goes right, when history doesn’t repeat itself, when our Hero and Heroine manage to do the impossible.

Deborah has done that and more. I found myself turning page after page, determined to make it to the end in time to bring you this review today, rather than waiting till I come back from today’s scheduled trip (I’m off to never never land, errrr, New Mexico). Erik and Eileen prove that love has no bounds, through time, space and distance. Wrongs can be righted and pain can be soothed.

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If you love a good romance, filled with good hot sexual tension that literally sparks of the page, mixed in with danger and intrigue, this is the book for you. Two thumbs up!!! Great job as usual, Deborah!

Now, I have a contest for you. One which is just a little different than most of ours. And, the contest has a story of sorts.

Deborah Cooke and Larissa Ione both have books with one thing in common. They both use MY name in their books. I would like to say I was the reason they used the name, but after reading about my namesakes, that idea gives me shivers. The Scary king. But, just for grins, we’ll say it’s my namesake in each of these books, and I inspired each to such greatness (just kidding!)

So the contest is this:

Send an email with your name to desertpetiri@aol.com,. When you send me your entry, tell me what happens to Teresa (my namesake) in both Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke, and Larrissa Ione’s Pleasure Unbound.

We have to do this in email because I certainly don’t want to ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the books in question.

One lucky winner will receive a print copy of Tigress by the Tail. (No sense in me giving you their books, because to win, you have to have already read them!)

And due to the nature of the contest (Having to read two books) I’m going to give you TWO FULL WEEKS to send me your answer! So on Monday, February 23rd I will chose one lucky winner to receive Tigress by the Tail.

Happy reading, if you haven’t read them already!

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Wolfy and Demony Goodness

February 6, 2009 at 9:08 am (Contests, Larissa Ione)

dufinal_200It’s release month for the second book in my Demonica series (technically, Desire Unchained is a March book, but since it releases on the 24th of this month, I say it’s release month now!)

This book features a demon who can shapeshift and a heroine with some shapeshifting issues of her own. If you’ve read Pleasure Unbound, you’re familiar with the world, and if not, well, you can win it!

Just stop by Lurvalamode and check out my interview there, and leave a comment — you could win either Pleasure Unbound or Desire Unchained — your choice!

There’s also an amazing review up for Desire Unchained, as well.

Hope to see you there!

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Holiday Extravaganza, Question #4, Larissa Ione

December 18, 2008 at 6:00 am (Contests, Larissa Ione)

Hi, and welcome back to our Holiday Extravaganza. Today’s winner will receive their choice of either Pleasure Unbound or Snowbound (ebook) from Larissa Ione!

Question of the Day: Turkey, Ham, or both – what is your main dish for the holiday meal? Do something different? Share that too!

(Larissa, being a vegetarian, doesn’t do either, to the annoyance of her carnivorous shapeshifters…)

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What My Shapeshifters Want For Christmas

December 12, 2008 at 7:59 am (Larissa Ione)

I took a poll, and here are the top 5 things my shapeshifters want for Christmas:

5.  A tree.  Decorations not necessary.  It’s just nice to not have to go outside to lift your leg or climb up a trunk.

4.  Lots of presents.  The presents themselves aren’t important; just make sure they’re wrapped with lots of paper and in big boxes.  Because the best part of Christmas is playing in the paper and boxes.

3.  Books.  Even if you don’t read them, you can chew on them.

2.  Shoes.  See above.

1.  Santa’s reindeer!  Yum!

 

What’s on YOUR Christmas list? *g*

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2008 at 8:40 am (Larissa Ione)

Thanksgiving is a holiday that, to be honest, I never liked growing up.  I think it’s because they were such a horrible family get-together.  My dad’s side of the family is so stiff and formal, and my mom would be grumpy…it was all just stressful.

But since I got married and started a family of my own, Thanksgivings have become a favorite holiday.  I don’t like to have to go anywhere on Thanksgiving day — I like to stay home with family and just enjoy the day.  We’ve made our own traditions over the years, which include, nicely, the fact that my husband does most of the cooking! *g*  And he always makes homemade cranberry sauce.  Yum!

I always make a dessert that contains no pumpkin.  I detest pumpkin pie.  Anything chocolate will do nicely, though.

And because I’m a vegetarian and big-time animal lover, I always make a donation to a turkey rescue on Thanksgiving.  I give to FarmSanctuary and its Adopt-A-Turkey program.  It’s been a tradition of mine for years, because the rest of my family are carnivores, so we still have a turkey — this is just my way of helping out.

What kinds of traditions do you have?  And happy Thanksgiving!

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