6 Shifter Heroines I Love

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Shifters in Love

Usually (but not always–see my book Savage Bliss), a shapeshifter romance novel features a hero who can turn into an animal. It’s very often the case. More variable is the heroine’s powers. Often, she’s human, so here’s a post to celebrate the leading ladies who can turn furry.

Badass Shapeshifter Heroines

Here they are, in no particular order–

Patricia Briggs’s Moon Called

As a coyote shapeshifter, Mercy Thompson has had to be cunning to survive. She’s strong, she’s smart, and she can carry a tune. She also does things like leave a junker car in her yard just to annoy her domineering (and sexy-as-hell) neighbor, Adam.

T. S. Joyce’s Axman Werebear

Dragon shifter Diem Daye is quiet, obedient, and yet immensely strong. Her arranged marriage is pretty much the worst news ever and for the first time, she’s fighting against her father’s wishes. Her interactions with Bruiser, a grizzly shifter, melted my heart.

Tori Knightwood’s Savanna Dance

Inira Makeri is a giraffe shifter, and that alone has me bouncing in my seat & clapping my hands. How freaking cool is this? She’s wild at heart despite the fact that her family’s expectations have always weighed on her. I loved watching her blossom over the course of this book.

Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten

Elena Michaels was turned into a werewolf in a way that still pisses me off, but there’s no denying she is wears her fur in style. This lady is so smart and capable, she almost makes me want to get off the couch and do a couple laps around the track (almost).

Keira Blackwood’s Pierced

Hannah Lewis is not only balancing her experiences as a wolf shifter with managing college–and living in the dorms! She’s also an amazing friend who will stop at nothing to ensure her friends are safe. I would count myself super lucky to have a buddy as loyal as Hannah.

Ophelia Bell’s Dragon Equinox

Numa’s so strong, she has to search among the elite in order to find a partner who is powerful enough to not only mate her, but help her save the freakin’ world. This is one bad-ass dragon.

Some Shapeshifting Ladies in My Books

There are quite a few shifter heroines in my own books. Two of my favorites are book blogger Nina Vidal in Savage Heartache, and potty-mouthed Hayley Jaynes in Wild Atonement. In fact, Nina has her own blog, and I’ve already written about Hayley, here.

Paranormal Romance Tropes

While I always adore reading the shifter books with the alpha shifter male and the human woman who is shocked and surprised by not only the existence of shifters but the fact that her beloved is one of them, I also like these romances that explore the shifter dynamic in other ways. Have you read any of these ones, or do you have other favorites? I’d love to hear about them!

 

Soundtrack for Wild Engagement

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I had such a blast writing this book, which I released at first as a serial novella in my newsletter. Each month, readers received five chapters. So much fun! Once the story was finished, I put it up for sale. But I neglected one important detail–the soundtrack!

Click here to watch it on YouTube, or see below for the list of artists and songs.

1. TLC, “No Scrubs”

2. Nina Simone, “Sinnerman” (Felix Da Housecat remix)

3. The Spencer Lee Band, “The Wolf”

4. Hozier, “It Will Come Back”

5. Iyeoka, “Simply Falling”

 

 

Wild Engagement is Available Now

Wild Engagement is out today, whee! If you missed the serialization in my newsletter, or you don’t like reading serials, or you just want to read it again, now’s your chance!

It’s 99 cents and in KU for a limited time!

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Trouble has a way of finding you…especially in the Dark Pines Pride.

Becca Van Housen has been feeling left out ever since her best friend, Summer, married into the Jaynes family. But when a naked man asks for her help on the side of the road, everything starts to change.

Wolf shifter Nick Gaines came to the Dark Pines territory to find Hayley, his fated mate. To his embarrassment, Hayley barely remembers him, but luck is on his side when he meets Becca. He falls fast and he falls hard.

The Dark Pines shifters are willing to take Nick in for a little while, but when a stupid mistake follows him all the way into their territory, Nick will have to face a monster or lose his place at Becca’s side.

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February Romance Sales and Giveaways

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Be My Valentine Giveaway (2/1 – 2/15)

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Fall in Love with Romance (2/4 – 2/17)

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Feverish February (2/8 – 2/21)

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Fall in Love…Again and Again (2/12 – 2/23)

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Steamy Thriller, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi Romance Giveaway (2/13 – 3/13)

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Brazen Bookshelf Romance Sale (2/12 – 2/18)

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Super Hot Shifter Romances for Valentine’s Day (2/14 – 2/28)

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Hot & Steamy Reads (2/14 – 2/28)

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Paranormal Romance Lovers Valentine’s Day Sale (2/14 – 2/15)

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Soundtracks for the Dark Pines Pride

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Honestly, I don’t listen to music when I write; it’s too distracting. But I do love finding songs that connect to the stories and characters, and I’ll often listen to them over and over for inspiration when I’m not sitting at my desk.

For fun, I put together a Dark Pines playlist on YouTube, which you can find here! Below is the list of songs that go with each book. Enjoy!

Wild Homecoming

  1. Editors – “No Sound But the Wind”
  2. Fiona Apple – “The First Taste”
  3. Leagues – “Spotlight”
  4. The Brothers Bright – “Blood on My Name”
  5. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”

Wild Atonement

  1. Dave Matthews Band – “Crash Into Me”
  2. The Features – “How It Starts”
  3. The Foo Fighters – “The Sky is a Neighborhood”
  4. The B52’s – “Love Shack”
  5. Muse – “Madness”

Wild Reunion

  1. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Done All Wrong”
  3. Diana Krall – “Sway”
  4. Steve Kahn – “Nomads”
  5. Sarah McLaughlin – “Possession”

The Dark Pines Pride books are all available on Amazon now, and I recently bundled them together into one boxed set.