YA Dragon Shifters

June 19, 2011 at 6:13 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Finally stopped back here for a visit – it’s been a crazy spring. Here’s a big wave to everyone!

My paranormal YA series, THE DRAGON DIARIES launched this month. This series is a spin-off of my Dragonfire series, featuring dragon shape shifters. FLYING BLIND is the first book in a trilogy, featuring the coming of age of Zoë. She’s the only dragon shapeshifter and so she should be the Wyvern and have special powers. The problem is that her powers are AWOL and she has no idea how to develop them. In book one, her first shift is triggered so she gets sent to dragon shifter boot camp with the other dragon shifters – where the young dragons discover that it’s up to them to save their kind from a new threat. Book #2, WINGING IT, will be out in December, followed by book #3, BLAZING THE TRAIL, next June.

You can read more about The Dragon Diaries on my website for it, right here. I’m also in the midst of a blog tour this month, so there are reviews, and guest posts and copies of the book to be won – read more here.

In Dragonfire, DARKFIRE KISS was released in May. That’s the story of Rafferty’s firestorm, and it had awesome reviews – you can read about the book right here. There are two more Dragonfire titles scheduled: FLASHFIRE in January 2012 and Dragonfire #8 in October 2012 (no title on that one yet.)

Lots of dragons in my office this year!

In other news, I’ve been republishing some of my Claire Delacroix backlist digitally this year. All of these books are available for Kindle for $2.99, and at Smashwords – they are perking their way to other distributors like Apple, Sony, KOBO and Barnes & Noble.

The Rogues of Ravensmuir is a medieval trilogy, each book featuring a hero with something to hide. These are a bit Gothic, and I’m glad to see them available again – especially with wonderful new covers. They are THE ROGUE, THE SCOUNDREL and THE WARRIOR. You can see the covers and read excerpts here, plus connect to buy links.

Three of my time travels are also available again. LOVE POTION #9, THE MOONSTONE and ONCE UPON A KISS were originally published under my pseudonym Claire Cross and have been unavailable for a long time. It’s exciting to have new covers on them, too. You can read about them right here.

And last but not least, the only wolf shifter book I’ve ever written was a medieval published by Harlequin Historicals called ENCHANTED. I’ve just learned that they’re going to re-release that book digitally in July. This book features a hero cursed to be a wolf half of the time, a fairy tale feel, and a heroine who just doesn’t take no for an answer – especially when her HEA is at stake. I love this book and am quite excited about this. There’s a bit more about it here on my site, but you’ll have to scroll way down.

Edited to add – Actually, Harlequin is going to republish that entire trilogy. Links and stuff on my blog, right here.

Phew! That’s all my news!

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New Dragon YA Site

February 22, 2011 at 9:12 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , )

Hi Everyone –

I’ve been writing like crazy lately, and not keeping up with my blog posts! BUT here’s some good news – I have a new website for my dragon shifter YA series, and it’s live today.

The Dragon Diaries

FLYING BLIND, the first book in the series, will be a June 2011 release, followed by WINGING IT in December 2011 and book 3 in June 2012. Those of you who have been reading my Dragonfire series of paranormal romances – featuring dragon shifter heroes – will have met Zoë. This YA series focuses on Zoë’s coming of age and coming into her powers as the new Wyvern. The previous Wyvern – Sophie – also gets her HEA in this trilogy.

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BOM: Myla By Moonlight, Inez Kelley

July 21, 2010 at 10:45 am (Authors & Titles, Book of the Month Club, General, Reviews) (, , , , , , )

“Myla By Moonlight” – Inez Kelley

Genre: ,

ISBN: 978-1-60504-774-4
Length: 272 Pages
Price: 15.00
Publication Date: July 6, 2010

MAGIC BITES…and its name is Myla.

Created at Prince Taric’s birth, Myla is a spell, an enchantment designed to appear and protect him when he needs it most. She has always been content to do her duty…until one night of forbidden passion leaves her longing to experience life—and love—as a mortal woman. Yet the risk is too great. Even if her blood runs as red as his, she can never give him the one thing he needs: a child.

Hello, hopefully this finds all our readers enjoying the sunshine. This summer I have finally stepped into the new dawn of technology. Blinding me was the high cost of printing out many of my favorite authors when I could only read their ebooks, and so I stepped over the threshold into a whole new world. Nothing can compare to the feel and smell of a printed work of art, however, my new electronic device is, I am learning, much more versatile. Enough about me, let us crack the binding of Inez Kelley’s Myla By Moonlight.
In the moonlight, is quite literally where I was able to read this steamy romance. By the l.e.d. light of my readers convenient cover, I escaped the chaos of work and home, into a fantastic and vibrant kingdom. I enjoyed experiencing the entrancing visuals, and the mouth watering tastes this book had to offer. With the breeze gently kissing my cheek, I was transported to the lands of Edwyn, where a wonderful story of a prince and his love, who was a very literal part of him unfolded. I discovered that the time-tested tale of blossoming love between a man and a woman can be as new and as exhilarating as the shiny piece of technology I read it from. Ms Kelley brings an exhilarating new perspective to good versus evil, and self sacrifice. I adored experiencing the love a parent feels for their child with fresh perspectives, and so beautifully and simply written. I found myself moved to tears as I read this lascivious tale late into the night, anxiously anticipating but never guessing the next scene. Bravo Ms Kelley, because no matter where I choose to read Myla By Moonlight, whether in the moonlight itself or with my toes in the sand I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
So, pick up your copy of Myla By Moonlight today then you too can choose your romantic summer’s reading spot with whimsy and please remember your sunscreen.
-Penelope Fitzgerald


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Guest Author, AJ Chase with Cat and Mouse

November 13, 2009 at 5:00 am (General, Guest Bloggers, Interviews) (, , , , , , )

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!

Cat and Mouse 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
Rating: Spicy
Book Length: Novella

Price: $3.99 (Excerpt below)

Hello AJ, it’s great to have you here.  We know you are very pregnant, so no going into labor while we’re here today. Save that for tomorrow.

Ha.  tomorrow doesn’t work for me either.  So we’ll schedule that labor for next week.

What type of books do you like to write?

I like romantic suspense and YA the best but I also write romantic comedies and series mysteries.

What made you decide to write a shifter book?

Someone mentioned writing a romantic comedy that was paranormal and I thought, “That sounds fun.”  So I did lol.  Not a lot of thought went into the decision.

This is your first book, are you excited?  Tell us all about it.

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.

I’ll have to remember to send you some when I make my next one. Course that would mean I’d have to bake, so it might be a while. Now folks, I’ve read this story, and it’s as cute as can be.   But, a mouse?  The hero is a mouse?  But… But… I thought readers like alpha male types!
Actually, I think Sam is pretty alpha, even if he is a mouse sometimes.  He definitely isn’t afraid to go after what he wants and he expects to get it.  But, yes.  He is a mouse.  When I decided I wanted to write a funny shifter story I didn’t know what to focus on but my daughter loves Tom and Jerry for some inexplicable reason and it was playing and i thought, that would be funny.

But I wanted to turn it on it’s ear even more by making her the cat and him the mouse.

If you could be a shifter, what would you be, and why?
I’ve always wanted to be a fox.  I would totally chose to be a fox.

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!

Now, before I provide you with a tasty, tease from this cute little book, let me tell you AJ is going to give one lucky commenter a copy of Cat And Mouse.  So comment away.  Tell us about your favorite funny book, shifter or other paranormal, and why you thought it was so cute!


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.”

Buy Cat and Mouse today!

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Run Fast, Run Happy

October 19, 2009 at 5:00 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


First, I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to my new book cover!  Isn’t it pretty?  Lone Wolf is the sequel to The Moon: Tigress by the Tail and will be released in December with Tease Publishing!  I can’t wait.

Once the victim of scientific experimentation by the Government Control of Supernatural Activities (GSA), Damon doesn’t have a past, and he isn’t sure he has a future. He doesn’t even know if his ability to change from human to wolf is a virus, or magick. But the instant he lays eyes on the pretty cop from the local police force, he knows he has to learn the secrets of his past before they destroy her future.

Krystal is the best animal cop on the police force, hiding magickal talent beneath layers of excuses and quick thinking. For five years she’s tracked Peter Burke, a butcher who steals any form of canine to supplement his dietary needs. The day she saves a wolf from losing his head at the sharp end of an axe, her entire life changes.And then there is Damon, the mysterious, sexy ex-soldier with no memory of his past who awakens fantasies of dark and sensual nights.

But the GSA isn’t finished with Damon, and when the shadowy government agency joins forces with Burke, Krystal too finds her life in jeopardy, the target of men and women led by their own desires. Damon and Krystal must work together to stop evil and destroy years of illegal research.

Ok, please watch this video before you go further down on this post, otherwise you’ll never come back to it. 🙂 Lisa will understand.

Next, I’d like to share my awesome news with a friend. Her name is Lisa Kristof. For the last couple of years, we have talked about the lighter side of life.  Okay, the darker side of romance novels, but thepinkribbon lighter side of life.  One thing our shifters never have to deal with is cancer. That’s not necessarily true about their human mates.

When I wrote Tigress by the Tail, our hero’s mother was dead.  She died of Cancer.  I never specified what kind of cancer, and for the rest of that story, you’ll have to read the books.  I remember one of my reviewers said how sad it was even in our fantasy worlds, the C word manages to break in and cause just as much pain there as it does in real life.  But there are reasons I chose cancer for Lance’s mother.

I met Lisa online. She was originally from New Zealand, living in Texas. She was an avid animal lover who worked for many years in canine rescue, specializing in the hard to place rottweilers. Several dogs found wonderful, loving homes because of Lisa.

Lisa was one of those rare people who developed cancer at age 32, long before the age 40 when our doctors start to at least watch for it.  So early in fact, her doctors insisted she did not have cancer, that the pain in her arm was not related to the lump in her breast.  She had to return to New Zealand for a family visit and see a doctor there in order to force the mammogram, where she was diagnosed with cancer, MONTHS after the physical symptoms. Lisa left us on May 6, 2008, after 7 years of fighting this horrible disease. She left with a strength of character that most of us can only write about in our books. She left a legacy of honor, strength, love and purity. Lisa, you shall always be missed.

October is breast cancer awareness month and I thought I’d share a video taken of Lis just before her death in 2008.  Her message:  Run Fast, Run Happy.  My message:  Don’t let youth stop you – if you find out you have a lump, please push your doctors for a more specific diagnosis. Don’t let what happened to Lisa happen to another.

Learn more about young women and cancer.

WEBMD about Younger women with breast cancer.

Lisa Kristoff, 1969-2008
Run Fast.  Run Happy

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BOM: Bride of the Wolf, Jennifer St. Giles -seconds please!

June 4, 2009 at 1:00 am (General) (, , , , , , )


Pocket Books

Release Date: April 28th, 2009
Bride of the Wolf (ISBN 1416563415)
Injured Blood Hunter Navarre is kidnapped along with oil heiress Marissa Vasquez. Their bid for freedom, puts them into a deadly race for their lives as they become the hunted prey of two Vladarian Vampires and the evil Dr. Cinatas. Together Marissa and Navarre’s spirits form a powerful link matched only by their passion. But can a mortal woman attain true love with a man who is half wolf? Or will their enemies steal their one chance at happiness?

I’ve come back for my just desserts! Sorry I’m late! Kids are outta school and summertime has exploded. Fresh fruit is coming in, time to pick some berries! So how bout those recipes now? Does anyone out there have some mouth watering to-die-for recipes for pache, or tamales dulces? Now’s the time to give us your opinons on Bride of the Wolf by Jennifer St Giles, because one lucky person will win a copy of a book from our next monthly focus author, Lori Devoti.  We’ll be a little off on our post days so come visit often!

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BOM: Eternal Moon, Rebecca York, Part 2

April 29, 2009 at 9:00 am (Book of the Month Club, General, New Releases, Rebecca York, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Sorry for the delay on this posting – for some reason the date didn’t update like we thought it had.

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?

So what did you think, exciting wasn’t it?  Wow!  Did you guess who was on the side of evil in this story?  Now’s the time to 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.

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All in a Day’s Work

February 27, 2009 at 4:26 am (Rebecca York) (, , , , , )

eternalmoon-125I was meeting with my critique group last week, and I wanted some help with an incident in the plot of my next Berkley book. But first I needed to fill them in on the story.

I started off by explaining that my hero is a shape-shifting man/dragon. They more or less took that in stride. Then I told them his main food is blood.

“Let me get this straight,” one of my friends said. “He’s a shape-shifting vampire dragon?”


“Isn’t that a little much?”

“I don’t think so, and I already established his background in DRAGON MOON. So I can’t change it.”

I went on with the plot. “The heroine gets wounded. And his blood has healing powers. So he cuts himself and smears some of his blood on her cut.”

“Okay–so he’s a shape-shifting vampire dragon who is also a natural healer?” the same person asks.

“Um, I guess that’s right. I wasn’t thinking about it quite that way. I was just plotting the book and thought that cutting himself to heal her would make a nice scene. Then I thought–and hey, his blood also has aphrodisiac properties. So after he heals her, they are both really turned on, and they make love. That will also be a really good scene.”

By this time, questioner is taking notes. “So he’s a shape-shifting vampire dragon healer incubus?”

“No! He’s not an incubus. His blood just has aphrodisiac powers.”

“Anything else we should know about him?”

“Yeah, he’s not from earth. He’s a space alien.”

“Does he have to be a space alien?”

“Yes. I already explained, it’s established in DRAGON MOON.”

The original questioner asks, “Can I read DRAGON MOON?”

“No. I just turned it in to Berkley.”

“Okay, let me know as soon as it’s available.”

“I will.”

At that point, someone else says, “Rebecca, I’d like to be inside your mind for fifteen minutes.”

I’m not sure whether that’s a compliment or a complaint. Do my fantasies seem weird to you? Or am I just your normal paranormal romantic suspense author?


Rebecca York (aka Ruth Glick)  **  http://www.rebeccayork.com
ETERNAL MOON, Berkley Sensation, 4/09
MORE THAN A MAN, Harlequin Intrigue, 8/09

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Huntress for Hire finaled!

November 13, 2008 at 12:01 am (General) (, , , , , )

gothicphotos89_20070402_20754674401Huntress for Hire finaled in the From the Heart Wallflower contest. Hmm, vampire romantic suspenses. Aren’t they great? I love this story. Wounded hero, wounded heroine…both out to use each other…for their own good reasons. 🙂

Currently I’m working on Plight of the Wolf, but the other day I had the fun task of sending in cover specs for both Alure of the Wolf and Betrayal of the Wolf. Sourcebooks does a wonderful job with book covers and I can’t wait to see what they come up with. What did I say?

Naked man, uhm, I mean, shirtless man, gray wolf, Oregon beach or coastal woods for Betrayal, and naked man, *sigh*, shirtless man–what can you expect, they’re naked when they shapeshift!!! No Incredible Hulk ripping out of clothes here! 🙂 …with snow scene, white wolf, Arctic Canadian backdrop. 🙂  Yeah, it might seem weird that both stories are set in the winter, in Oregon, and in the Canadian Arctic, yet both men are …all right, bare-chested, because they have to shapeshift!

So there. I hope they turn out that way on the cover too. LOL 🙂

What do you think? Naked guy on cover with a white wolf in the middle of a snow scene? Sound okay to you??? 🙂

Terry Spear


Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf (Mar 1)

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Shapeshifter Stories that Aren’t???

September 30, 2008 at 1:00 am (General) (, , , , , , , , )


I once read a historical romance that alluded to a hero who was a lynx shapeshifter, yet in the end I don’t believe he was. HUH??? Yep, it was like the author wanted to have the mystery, but didn’t want to really write that the hero was a shapeshifter or the publisher might not go for it as a historical romantic fiction.

So I felt…cheated! I wanted to know that he was, or he wasn’t. Preferably that he was.  Variety in stories, of course, is what makes them fun to read. But still, if I’m sucked into thinking I’m reading a paranormal, I don’t want it to be an illusion.

In Winning the Highlander’s Heart, I have that the heroine has second sight. I love the paranormal, so I wanted to add it to a historical romantic suspense, but in a realistic way.  And of course, it adds conflict, foreshadowing trouble, and it can spell doom for her if her Highlander companions believe her to be a witch.

In creating a shapeshifter world, we must show how different it is from our own, but how similar also.  Do you feel cheated if the paranormal element is alluded to, but never fully explored? To me, it’s like having a witch who doesn’t use her powers and being a witch isn’t important in the scheme of the story. Then why have that’s she’s a witch? If the paranormal element can be removed and the story doesn’t change, then maybe it doesn’t belong.

To me, that’s so important with a shapeshifter story. If someone can shapeshift and it doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things, why have that the person can shapeshift? How does shapeshifting impact on his/her life and the lives around him/her? That’s what’s so important.

In that vein, it’s important to show the shapeshifting side of the characters early on and show the impact that it has on everyone else in the story. 🙂

So what do you think? Do you mind reading a shapeshifter story or other kind of paranormal that just alludes to the paranormal element? Or do you want to see the shapeshifter world and everything that it entails??

Terry Spear

Heart of the Wolf (avail now), Don’t Cry Wolf (Coming Mar 1!!)

Betrayal of the Wolf (Fall 09), Allure of the Wolf (Spr 10), The Vampire…In My Dreams (avail now), Deadly Liaisons (vampire RS, coming Nov 15, 2008)

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