6 Reasons Why I Love Big Cat Shifters

Reason #1–I mean, look at this guy.

big cats

  1. They’re gorgeous (and they know it to the depths of their Right-Said-Fred-singing souls).
  2. They have attitude.
  3. They move with grace.
  4. They’re curious.
  5. They’re territorial (but in a good way, not a creepy, time-for-a-restraining-order way).
  6. They might act like they don’t care, but they’re loyal AF.

How about you? What do you love about big cat shifters?

Loving Libraries

My love of public libraries has been nurtured from a young age. Our library was small, but we’d visit fairly regularly. I had my own card and everything, and I’m old enough to remember card catalogs and signing the lined paper in the little pocket inside the book I wanted to check out.

libraries

(Side note: it is an adult dream of mine to someday have an old card catalog in my house. I have no idea what I would put in it. But when I’m rich and famous, I’m finding one. Harder would be finding a place to put it, but where there’s a will, there’s a way!)

My love for libraries has only expanded as I’ve gotten older and had kids of my own. Before Covid-19 came around and changed our lives, we went to our public library fairly regularly, where my kids also have their own cards.

Also, I discovered Libby/Overdrive, and I could borrow audiobooks for the kiddos! (They love audiobooks; I am indifferent, mostly preferring to read on my own because it’s faster.) Then, the pandemic came along, and I fell even harder in love with the library! I could get ebooks through it, without even having to leave the house. Totally free, and the authors get paid–it’s a win/win situation.

If you haven’t figured this out already, here are the steps!

  1. Get your library card out and have it ready.
  2. Download the Libby app on your phone (or Overdrive on your Kindle tablet. Overdrive automatically comes with a Kobo e-reader, as I just learned when I got mine for Christmas).
  3. Follow the prompts through Libby, choosing your library, entering your card number, all that good stuff. (I don’t know if things have changed, but this wasn’t 100% intuitive when I did it a few months ago.)
  4. Browse books, select “Borrow” when you find one you want to read.
  5. Choose how you want to read it. If it’s Kindle, you’ll be taken to Amazon’s website to finish the process. Kobo has a different system, which you can read more about here.
  6. Enjoy your library book!

If you’re looking for a specific book (like one of mine!) and your library doesn’t have it, you can request that they purchase it. Libraries have funds for purchasing requested titles, and I’ve taken advantage of that several times.

I think that’s about all! If you have trouble, do contact your local library and ask questions. I’ve had to do this, too, and they’re super helpful and patient. I ❤ librarians.

New Releases in Paranormal Romance

I have a treat for you today! Behold, a collection of new paranormal romance titles! All of these books have been released this month. And even better: they are endorsed by the authors’ pets (pictured at the bottom of this post), those faithful friends who watched us slave away at our respective keyboards…and may have jumped on said keyboards, thereby enriching and excitifying (yes it’s a word, no don’t look it up) our lives!

January Releases

Filthy Cowboy, by Liza Street, mom of furbabies Tiny TinderMcSpanks and Luna. When a naive little librarian named Dew comes to the Junkyard, jaguar shifter Stetson cannot resist checking her out and learning about her personal Dew-y decimal system. Because their love is OVERDUE. (Terrible library jokes! But I have no regrets!)

Banshee Power, by Jen Katemi, who is mom to Bobby, a black cat, and Meika, a torty girl. She is determined to ignore her banshee power… until the magic she despises becomes the only thing standing between death, and life, for herself and everyone she cares about.

Noxx: Alien Adoption Agency #1, by Tasha Black, mom to Sookie, a German Shepherd. The Alien Adoption Agency is going to make all of Luna’s dreams come true. At least, that’s what Luna believes when she boards a rickety space craft headed for a frontier moon to meet the child she will raise in exchange for 100 acres of land and a modest stipend. But she doesn’t count on the dangerous animals, the short but lonely nights, or the big blue dragon warrior who informs her he is on permanent security duty for the baby.

Jericho (Hybrid Chronicles is the boxed set paperback, released at the very end of December), by T.K. Eldridge, owner of dogs Ace & Bear and cats Moushie & Mitchie. He had made the ultimate sacrifice…only he wasn’t really dead. Jericho and his team may be a different kind of soldier, but they still hold to their moral codes and honor. Going against a direct order is not something they would normally consider… But nothing about this team is normal.

A Warlock’s Storm, by Marie-Claude Bourque, who is mom to Lucy. Stranded on a boat in a haunted New England harbor, a rugged warlock and a sassy female panther shifter battle sea-monsters and revenants as they try to survive the night.

Heart of the Goddess, by Laura Greenwood, owner of Treacle. Trapped in the last place she wants to be, Hathor risks losing her sense of self. Between convincing Seth there’s nothing going on between her and Amun, plotting her escape, and trying to find out information for the other gods, Hathor has her hands full. But if she can’t work out how to stop Seth’s plan, then the world is doomed.

❤ Annnnd here are the pets! Looking at those beautiful faces, I think it’s pretty safe to say they endorse our books. 😉 (Also please note: Liza’s Luna and Jen’s Meika could easily be sisters!)

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Why I Love Second-Chance Romances

I was thinking about my favorite tropes (I have many!) and why they appeal to me so much. One that I really love is second-chance romances. This strikes me as odd for a pretty big reason: I used to not believe in them! I truly thought that if a couple broke up, it was a sign they were not meant to be together, and it was ridiculous for people to keep getting back together and breaking up again.

Second Chances

To be fair, my frame of reference was high school relationships. 🙂 It wasn’t until I started gathering adult-relationship data that showed me that the second-chance romance could really work.

What I love about the second chance in romance novels is that the two characters already have a frame of reference for each other. There’s a history there, and it is so rich, so explosive, and so poignant that it’s impossible to ignore. I especially like a second chance romance if several years have passed. It’s usually given the characters enough time to allow the pain to dull somewhat, and nostalgia to creep in. It’s also given them time to grow beyond whatever didn’t work out for them in the past.

Their chemistry has to be pretty high, too, if they’re willing to risk that pain to give each other another try. So I love that, too.

And there’s occasionally groveling. And pining. And a bit of angst. So those, with the chemistry and the shared backstory, are probably what I love most about second-chance romances.

How about you? Do you like or love the trope? Hate it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Want to read one of my second-chance paranormal romances?

Fierce Heartbreaker

Savage Yearning

Savage Penance

Wild Reunion

Bound to Forbidden

Exes and Exorcisms (out in February)