This Fierce Mates Series Got New Covers

New covers, and a new name! Formerly the Fierce Mates: Corona Pride series, this is now the Fierce Mates: Cougar Pride series. Because 2020, y’all. I named the series originally because “corona” means “crown” in Spanish, and I thought it would be the perfect name for a majestic, fictional mountain range where this group of fierce mountain lion shifters resides. Well, 2020 changed the flavor of “corona” for almost everyone. So, I set out to rename it with the input of the fantastic folks who subscribe to my newsletter, and Keira Blackwood made me new covers for the whole series, as well! However, the name of the actual pride within the books is still “Corona Pride,” because that’s who they originally were, and I don’t want to let some virus dictate everything about our fierce mates!

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To celebrate, I’ve made the first book, Savage Yearning, free! Tap the cover to go!

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Scenes

(To the tune of “My Favorite Things”)

My Favorite Scenes

Hera and Blake getting down in the forest

Parker dancing to a 90s pop chorus

Carter and Lena in the fighting ring—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

Maverick texting his new girlfriend Kate

Jameson finding out Nina’s his mate

Hope with her dragons, and sex on the beach—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

When real life is getting tough and

I think I could scream,

I fire up my reader and open my books

and re-read my favorite scenes!

Daphne’s flame-thrower and Sophie’s new pet

Blythe wanting Jase and him saying not yet

Sparrow & her bodyguards doing hot things—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

Hayley and Marius’s fun in the lake

Gwen in the mirror with Doug her new mate

Bryce popping into Margot’s sexy dreams—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

When real life is getting tough and

I think I could scream,

I fire up my reader and open my books

and re-read my favorite scenes!

If you’ve read my books, do you remember any of those scenes? 🙂

Playground of the Paranormal

This post first appeared on the blog Ravens and Books on March 24, 2020.

I’ve been writing shifter romance since 2016—a little earlier if you count some terrible books which shall never see the light of day. However, I started reading shifter romance much earlier than that, probably in the early 2000s.

Early into my reading, I found that I loved the different paranormal “worlds” almost as much as the characters themselves. They each had their own set of rules, and I was eager to figure them out with each new series I picked up.

My Fierce Mates universe has a few rules that I wanted to follow from the start.

  1. I wanted my shifters to be apex predators,
  2. clothes don’t shift with my shifters,
  3. there is no shifter virus—you’re either born a shifter or you don’t shift,
  4. shifters can sense lies and other emotions along with having heightened senses, and
  5. the “mundane” world is unaware of shifters and supernatural beings in general.

None of these rules is original in and of itself—I’m not treading new ground or anything like that.

Why have the rules to begin with? Isn’t it limiting? What if I want a hamster shifter? What if a story is just begging for a hapless heroine to be bitten by a wolf so she can become one, herself? Some might think that having the rules in place, and continuing them through several series, would be limiting. For me, however, it has been freeing. When I know the boundaries, I can play through them, stretching my universe where allowed. At times, I can subvert those rules. Shifters can sense lies…but what happens if they meet someone who can successfully lie to them? I tried that in my book Ruthless Misfit and I loved how it turned out. The hero, also a shifter, had been forced to hone dishonesty by a terrible childhood.

When I first started writing shifter romance, in my Sierra Pride series, the only paranormal beings present were shifters. But I never specifically said that vampires didn’t exist, so when I wanted to expand the universe in the Corona Pride series, I was able to do that. Recently, witches were added to the mix, and beings with different abilities, too.

Why not have these other supernatural characters from the start? To be honest, when I started in 2016, I didn’t know how far I was going to take my Fierce Mates world. I’d never published a book on my own, and if this whole independent author thing didn’t work out, I was fully prepared to walk away. But the Fierce Mates books started gathering a small, devoted audience. I needed to write more books. But I wasn’t going to be happy repeating the same stories over and over again, so I made the world bigger by introducing new groups and new supernatural creatures. Some shifters got new abilities—Matt in Ruthless Misfit can tell lies. Doug in Savage Penance can complete his shift from human to animal in half a second. Bryce in Ruthless Outlaw can walk through dreams.

This process has shown me the beauty of creativity, especially within the playground of the paranormal. As I develop a new series, Junkyard Shifters, I’m once again starting with the basics—shifters. And as the world expands, so do the possibilities.

2019 in Review

So, what book babies did I push out this year? Let’s take a look! (Seriously, as I type this, I have no freakin’ clue, so this is as much for me as it is for anyone reading, haha.)

A peek through my 2019 calendar reveals these beauties!

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Ruthless Misfit

Oracle Defiant (with Keira Blackwood)

Oracle Adored (with Keira Blackwood)

Ruthless Outlaw

Dragon Ever After (with Keira Blackwood)

Ruthless Fighter

Hope Reclaimed (with Keira Blackwood) (And my first audiobook! Click here for the audiobook links!)

Orphan Entangled (with Keira Blackwood)

Spellcaster Hidden (with Keira Blackwood)

Savage Penance

Ruthless Rogue

It’s not quite as much as I’d set out to do when 2019 began, but I’m still proud of these books. I fell in love with the characters and their stories, and I’m so lucky to have had this year to write them.

Besides, one thing I learned about myself this year is that I will always plan way more than I’m capable of. The trick is learning not to beat myself up when I don’t achieve the loftier-than-lofty goals I concocted.

More important than any writing goals are the readers. Thank you so much for being a part of this year in publishing. ❤

Soundtrack for Savage Penance

Finding music for Doug and Gwyn’s book was a blast–these two had such chemistry!

Here’s a link to the playlist on YouTube, and below you’ll find the list of songs. ❤

1. “I Did Something Bad” (Taylor Swift cover), Shoshana Bean and Cynthia Erivo

2. “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo,” Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

3. “The Devil You Know,” X Ambassadors

4. “Bad Things,” Rayland Baxter

5. “I Put a Spell On You,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

6. “Bittersweet Symphony,” The Verve