Looking Ahead to 2020

Last week, I flipped through my 2019 calendar to see what I’d published. I mentioned that I’m proud of what I accomplished, even though it wasn’t quite as much as I’d hoped for. I seem to always do this–expect more of myself than I’m actually capable of.

And that’s fine. I like dreaming big.

So let’s look at what 2020 may or may not have in store….

More Rock Creek Clan books!

Ruthless Knight, the fifth book in the Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan series, is already up for preorder, and it’ll come out in February,  woot! I’ve been looking forward to Nolan’s story since I began writing this series. It’s a blast so far. 🙂 Click here to pre-order your copy!

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Alphas & Alchemy: Fierce Mates!

This is a nine-book series planned with Keira Blackwood. They aren’t reverse harem books like our Spellbound Shifters series; instead, each book features a single hero and heroine and they take place in the fictional town of Forbidden, Kentucky. Expect hilarity, weird-ass bad guys, and sexy shenanigans. They’ll be released first on Apple Books, B&N, and Kobo before coming off those sites and going onto Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Grab Book 1, Claimed in Forbidden, by clicking here. It’s coming out in January!

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An Unnamed Series!

I can’t say anything about this one yet, but it’ll be a coauthored series with someone new, and we’ve been excitedly exchanging emails about it for months now! Cannot wait for this one.

Another Unnamed Series!

I have alllll the ideas, it seems, and there’s another something new cooking away in my brain! I’m really excited about it, and I’ve already pestered Keira about making more covers for me!

More Dark Pines Pride books!

I have a killer outline for the fifth Fierce Mates: Dark Pines Pride book, and I’m itching to write it.

ONE Anthology!

I’m trying to back off on the anthologies in 2020 after doing…three? four? in 2019. I absolutely love collaborating with other authors, but it’s a lot of work and I need to take a breath or ten. This year, I’ll be taking part in a shifter anthology in the spring, and that’s all the anthology fun I have planned.

You can pre-order Bound to Change on Amazon by clicking here.

I’m so ready…

I’m ready for 2020 because I think it’ll be a fabulous year, full of fabulous books to read and write. Thanks so much for being a part of my author life and joining me!

Wolf Shifter Round-Up, Part 1

Calling all lovers of wolf shifters, werewolves, and lycanthropes! Whatever you call these people who turn into wolves, I have a great collection for you to peruse! In fact, I received so many recommendations that I have to split this post into two parts! The second part will go up next month.

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Interested in reading one of these wolfy gems? Click the title (not the covers!) to go!

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Wild Engagement – Liza Street

Becca’s mama didn’t raise no fool. When a naked hottie on the side of the road asks Becca for a ride, she agrees on one condition: he has to squeeze into the trunk.

Kenya Calling – Tori Knightwood

Tragedy made her a shifter hunter. He would die to protect his family’s secrets. When business brings them together in Africa, sparks and claws will fly.

The Protectors of the Pack Box Set – Keira Blackwood

Running from trouble, running to trouble, and confronting the source. Two packs come together to defend against a mercenary biker gang. Expect motorcycles, wolves, a case of mistaken identity, a reluctant assassin, fiercely protective shifter men, three very different couples, and a whole lot of fun.

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Christmas Wolf – Angelique Armae

Welcome to Dundaire, Scotland, a magickal city that doesn’t appear on any map, where kilt-wearing, immortal Highlanders are plentiful, and where romance and danger brew daily…

Wolf’s Whisper – Arizona Tape

When Akira sets out on a quest, the last thing she expected was to find her soulmate. But when the wolf begins to whisper, it must be answered, and matters of the heart are just going to have to wait…

Wolf Blessed – Laura Greenwood

For Rhianna, being a runaway princess was never easy, but the apocalypse and the pack of wolf shifters chasing her just makes it harder.

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Werewolf MD series and Audiobooks – Taylor Haiden

What better way to cure a patient, than by biting them?

Freeing Heather – Kallysten

His mate, his bloodkin or his clan, this wolf will have to choose…

Dark Stranger – Lisa Carlisle

A wolf shifter seeking a pack mate discovers another type of mate during her hunt.

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Maple’s Strong Alpha – McKayla Schutt

Nothing will stop Raymand from creating his own family with his mate. Maple will challenge the alpha to keep Cora in their lives.

Forsaken – Jennifer Julie Miller

The one question she often asks herself is why. Why has she never been enough?

Craving Her Mates: My Wicked Mates #1 – Erzabet Bishop

When a murder case takes a dark turn, will Natalia be able to rely on her animal instincts to keep her alive? Ryder is a submissive at Inferno but he is also a incubus who helps the local police. Can he and Cage, the new owner of Inferno, help find the killer before he claims the woman that has become infused in their blood?

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Check back in April for Part 2 of the wolf shifter round-up!

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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