Adding a little Animal to your hero

April 16, 2010 at 6:16 am (General) (, , , , )

I’m posting at SavvyAuthors.com today about adding a little animal to your hero! Come check it out!

And don’t forget to check out the up and coming Dark Succession!  Only 4 more days till it hits the “Virtual shelves”!

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Guestblogging at Southern Sizzle Romance

April 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm (General) (, , )

Come check out Southern Sizzle Romance, to celebrate the up and coming release of Dark Succession! Drop by and you can enter to win a $25 gift card, which I plan to give away at the end of the month on my blog. So drop by and have some southern fried romance! Come have some fun, and tell me about your coming summer!

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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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The Female of the Species

July 2, 2008 at 5:53 am (General) (, , , , , , )

By Teresa D’Amario

Hi everyone. 🙂 I’m so happy to see you here today. 🙂 I thought I’d start us off on a slightly new topic. The Female of the Species

Most of our books are all about the man. The man who turns into a beast, that is. He’s strong and powerful, dripping with unbridled testosterone. Driven by his need to find a mate and to protect her. We’ve all discussed how hot he can be, partially because he’s so natural… he doesn’t need the trappings of human society. They just weigh him down.

But what about the female ? How does she find a mate in this mismash world of humans and shifters? One who compliments her, is strong and powerful enough to hold his own against a female who’s probably stronger than he will ever be? Or is she limited to only male shifters as mates?

Let me tell you about Cassie. Cassie is a Tigress. She’s led a somewhat sheltered if naive life, under her father’s care. She’s been out and about in the human world, even attended school in the human school system. But she’s held herself apart, afraid to get too close.

What kind of male will appeal to her? As a tigress, she’s so powerful that no male, unless he is tiger shifter, will ever challenge her physically. So what’s the appeal? What male, human or otherwise, would step into a relationship with one of the most naturally aggressive creatures on the planet?

Let me introduce you to Lance. Lance is a Wizard. The youngest of 5 children, his 3 brothers have coddled him, and protected him from evil all his life. He’s frustrated, determined to break out of his protective cocoon, to live life to it’s fullest, to have a purpose where before he had none. Lance is surprised to find shifters really exist, yet exhibits no fear when in the presence of her tiger self. He reaches out to touch her coat, curious at the sensation. His bravery is duly noted by the female he touches.

But how does he hold his own? Can a simple wizard mate with a shifter? One who could kill him by accident? Lance has a few secrets up his sleeve, some of which are even a surprise to him. He likens his attraction to Cassie to that of hang gliding. Dangerous. Scary, but exhilarating.

You can read about Cassie and Lance on July 15, when Tigress by the Tail: The Moon, is released by Tease Publishing!

So my question for you readers, what traits would the human male have to have to survive in the world of shifters? What would he find attractive about his future mate?

Tell me your ideas about the female of the species. What can a man offer such a woman?

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The Bite – by Teresa D’Amario

May 7, 2008 at 8:00 am (General, Teresa D'Amario) (, , )

In most shapeshifter romances, we read about the hero who must mark his mate, how he must bite her, leaving his mark upon her forever more. The drawing of blood is usually symbolic, offering the gift of life to merge the couple together. In most books it’s only the male who marks, while in others it’s both. The bite is sensuous and romantic, the ultimate dominance by the male, the ultimate submission by the female. Yet remarkably she feels no pain, or maybe only a little.

I gotta tell you folks, getting bit is not fun. No seriously! I got bit by a dog last week. It wasn’t the dog’s fault, and it wasn’t mine, yet still I bear the bruise and fang marks to prove it. I’ve worked with dogs one on one for more than 25 years. I’ve trained German Shepherds and Labs, Corgi’s and Collies. I even once came eye to eye with a very angry canary dog. (I still have nightmares over that one) Yet in all that time I’d never been bitten by anything over the size of 5 lbs. This little lady who’s teeth marks I bear is about 45 pounds. The bruise is bigger than the palm of my hand and the four fang marks mostly are different shades of bruise, with one breaking the skin. And it hurt. Ok, I wasn’t screaming in pain, but I’m sure you get the picture. Now when I was bitten, there was no gushing of blood. In fact, the one mark that went deep enough to matter left the oddest mark ever. It didn’t bleed at all, though it was definitely an open cut. (Hmm, maybe she was werewolf after all?) The bite happened in the blink of an eye, and thanks to my own freeze response (not pulling away when it happened) there was no ripping of flesh.

Now I tell you this, not so you’ll feel sorry for me, but so you’ll understand what is being described in a shifter world “bite”. In some books, the saliva from the male is also a pain reliever of sorts, and instead of feeling pain, she feels sheer pleasure. In some, the pain comes first, then the pleasure. In all bites, there is blood drawn.

This leads me to evaluate how the bite is given during the shifter’s mark of their mate. The fangs must be extra sharp, the power tremendous, and the courage of the female, remarkable. The actual feeling of teeth piercing flesh is a sharp stabbing feeling that quickly dulls to a throb.

After having been bitten (Hmm, I don’t think I’ll be changing into a werewolf/dog any time soon though) I have to say that I may be more clear in the future of how bites feel for the mate receiving said wound.

So my question to you is – do you like or dislike the “marking” that occurs so frequently in shifter books? And if you like it, how do you like to see it accomplished? Open pain, where the heroine gives of her heart for the hero? Pain then seduction, where his saliva is like an aphrodisiac, throwing her into massive levels of excitement? Or a mixture of both?

And just how BIG is this mark anyway? For real! If this little dog could bruise me for up to four inches, surely a shifter’s bite is much larger. Or, is it that the shifter is more careful, ensuring the bite does not bruise by placing it at the exact location? Rather than pinch flesh, he pierces. Rather than bite and release, he olds on, extracting the sensuous and delicious blood. The result would be a smaller injury, where there is little free bleeding, and less bruising. His saliva heals the wound quickly, leaving perhaps the scars? A bruise? What?

And for the record, the dear soul who bit me is doing just fine. We are now the best of buds, and thank heaven her rabies shots are up to date.

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Welcome Welcome Welcome!

April 14, 2008 at 6:15 am (General, Teresa D'Amario) (, , )

Hi Everyone! We’re so excited to see you come and join us at the grand opening of ShapeShifter Romance! Wow. (Taking a deep breath). This has been a dream of mine for a few months. A place where the lovers of shapeshifter romance can meet the authors of shapeshifter romance, and, well… have fun! We want this to be as interactive as possible, so we welcome all your comments, jokes, and dreams of that perfect shifter wandering into your life!

First, let’s get some business out of the way. 🙂 We created a Yahoo Group that everyone can join. It’s not your typical group, where everyone goes and chit chats. There are tons of those around, and if you’re like me, you’re starting to get overwhelmed. This is just an announcement group so the authors of ShapeShifter Romance can reach you if they have a special event. It will be used to tell you of new releases, contests or signings, things like that. To subscribe,

Group Email Addresses
Subscribe: shapeshifterromance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Unsubscribe: shapeshifterromance-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com
List owner: shapeshifterromance-owner@yahoogroups.com

You will NOT be able to post a message at this list – remember it’s just so we can send you goodies in email now and then. If you want to chat, wander over here, we’ll be happy to have you. If we grow as we all hope, who knows, maybe a message board is possible for the future.

*sighs*. Excellent, that’s out of the way. Now let’s learn a little bit about the fun that’s yet to come.

So what is ShapeShifter Romance? And why do we each write it? I think each of our ladies can give you different reasons why they find Shape Shifters so much fun to write about, but for me, it’s the pure animalistic power of them.

This weekend, I was working on “Getting in the mood” to edit a really fascinating scene in “Tigress by the Tail,” and did so by hitting up YouTube and watching all the tiger video I could find. The sheer power in those animals just calls to something inside me. When that heroine trembles when she meets the hero, it’s not just because he’s handsome. Instead, there’s something pure, and animalistic. It’s nature at it’s best. The mix of both worlds, human and animal.

I’ll never forget my first shapeshifter story I read. It was written by Ronda Thompson, and was in an anthology. It wasn’t the series she’s known best for, but was instead Secret Serenade, in the After Twilight anthology. I bought it because it contained a Christine Feehan story. When I got to Ronda’s, I thought “Ok, I don’t have anything better to read, so I guess I’ll go ahead of and read this.” I wasn’t enthused to say the least. How can something like a werewolf be exciting and sexy?

In moments I was caught up in Rick Donavon’s story. My heart cried for this man willing to give up his life to save the woman he loved. I was hooked on a new genre. It wasn’t long before I discovered other shifter authors (I’ll admit, Rebecca York was one of those authors).

Before I knew it was writing my own. Then I discovered that the shifter authors were out there, but the readers were dangling, searching for new work to read.

That’s where ShapeShifter Romance comes in. We hope to give you the best of all worlds – more about our work and guest authors to tell you about theirs! Shapeshifters are here to stay and they have a home at ShapeShifter Romance!

So my question to you is – What is it about shapeshifters that appeal to you? Is it the instinctive power? The acceptable level of aggression that would never be tolerated in humanity? Or is it just the hot, instinctive sex that you know they can’t hold back because it’s just “meant to be?” Come on, you can tell us – it’ll be our secret. *evil grin*

So now’s your chance! Jump in and tell us all – why YOU like ShapeShifter Romance! And while you’re thinking, here’s a fun animal video to keep you company. Just picture your favorite hero in these images! (Just remember, this is NOT a book trailer, but sure looks like one)

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