Unusual Shapeshifters

When I asked my newsletter subscribers about “out of the ordinary” shifters, they came through for me! Click on the title and author to go to the Goodreads page for that book, or one of the books in the series.

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DISCLAIMER: I have not read all–or even most–of these books. This info came from reader volunteers who are generous with their time and experience. I tried to double-check shifter characters when they were listed in the book descriptions, but the details aren’t always available. If you find a mistake, please let me know and I’ll fix it in the post! 🙂

Birds

HAWK: King of Prey by Mandy Roth. 

VULTURE: Trials of a Werevulture, by Emily Martha Sorensen.

RAVEN. Revenge, by Keira Blackwood.

Mammals (that can be found in nature)

HEDGEHOGS: Hedging His Bets, by Celia Kyle and Mina Carter.

Hedging Her Bets, by Erzabet Bishop.

Prickly Business, by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade.

PORCUPINE: Grizzly Attraction by Hattie Hunt.

DEER: Frost Brothers’ Brides series, Anya Nowlan. A reader also told me she has a gorilla shifter, but I couldn’t track that one down.

BUNNY: His Bunny Kicks Sass, by Dawn Sullivan. Bunny in book 1, fox in Book 2.

KOALA: The Luck of the Shifters, by Bianca D’Arc.

SHEEP: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, by Lauren Esker. (The sheep shifter is paired with a wolf!) There are reportedly other exciting shifters in her Shifter Agents series.

STALLION: Blackwood Stallions series, by Rachel Real.

MOLE: Love at first Roar, by Celia Kyle.

SQUIRREL: Squirrel Bait, by Chip Davis. (Note: this doesn’t look like a PNR book, but it does look interesting!)

FOX: For Fox Sake by Emma Dean.

CHINCHILLA: Gumption & Gumshoes, by Alex Kidwell.

Reptiles

SNAKE: Viper Game, by Christine Feehan. This is part of a series with genetically modified people who turn into shifters.

CROCODILE: Shifters of Soho series, by J.S. Striker. The crocodile shifter is in Book 3.

Fish

SHARKS: The Master Shark’s Mate, by Zoe Chant. Shark and coyote. Chant’s Fire and Rescue series also includes a Pegasus, a griffin, a unicorn, and a phoenix.

Touching Paradise (Shark Shifter series), by Cleo Peitsche.

OTHER FISH AND MARINE ANIMALS: Lords of the Abyss series, by Michelle M. Pillow. A reader also said she has great stories about falcons and birds of prey, but I haven’t yet had time to hunt them down (Goodreads is showing over 150 books for this author!).

Other (extinct or imaginary animals, insects, plants, and babies)

SELKIE: The Bear’s Matchmaker, by Emilia Hartley.

SABERTOOTHS: Bearpaw Ridge Firefighters series, by Ophelia Sexton. Books 3 and 4 contain Sabertooth Tigers.

BUTTERFLY: Hounded, by Tasha Black. The butterfly is paired with a dog.

IVY (YES, A PLANT!) SHIFTER: Unbound, by Elle Thorne.

GARGOYLE: Stone Heart, by Ariel Marie. In addition to gargoyles in this series, there is an Elven princess.

KRAKEN: Treasure of the Abyss by Tiffany Roberts.

BABY ANIMALS: Alpha Unit One, New York, by Chris T. Kat.–according to the reader who shared this one with me, the characters are adult humans, but when they shift, they become baby animals.

Collections of different shapeshifters

Poisoned Pen, by Zenina Masters. Snake and swan. (She has a unicorn, beavers and others in the Shifting Crossroads series.)

Hotel Safari series, by Tori Knightwood. Giraffe in Book 3, elephant in Book 5.

Furry United Coalition series, by Eve Langlais. This is a series with several different shifters–rabbit, fox, swan, crocodile, doe, falcon, ostrich, kangaroo.

Kodiac Point series, by Eve Langlais. Fox and a moose, among more ‘normal’ shifters.

Bitten Point series, by Eve Langlais. Crocodile, python, among others.

Anita Black, Vampire Hunter series, by Laurell K Hamilton. According to one reader, “she has had snakes, dolphins along with the normal ones of wolves, panthers, lions, foxes.”

Big Bad Bunnies series, by Golden Angel. Bunny, squirrel, turtle hybrids, and others.

Safari Shifters series, by Lola Kidd. Rhinoceros, crocodiles, gazelle, elephants.

Were Zoo series, by RE Butler. Includes gorillas, elephants, and more.

My mind is blown.

I had no idea there was such a wealth of shifters out there–this is an incredible list. If you think of more to add, feel free to drop them in the comments! One thing that creating this post has taught me is that the only limit to creating shapeshifting characters is our imagination, and our imaginations are, apparently, limitless.

Thank you!

Shout-outs and thank-yous to the readers who helped me track down these unconventional shifters! Sue, Leanne, Ruth, Kim, Christal, Amanda, Carletta, Donna, Rebecca, Ching, Sue, Joanne, Jody, Shirl, Melissa, Lauren at Romance Novel Giveaways, Amy, Lynn, Ruth, Leslie, Rachal, and Lisa!

A Thank-You and a Kickass Reviews Cheat Sheet

First, thank you sooooo much for all of your support and well-wishes during release week for Savage Redemption! It really made the week special, getting to share it with so many readers, and I appreciate everything you did for me! ❤

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If you like shifter books, Liza is DEFINITELY an author to have in your library!!! -Lauren at Romance Novel Giveaways

This entire book is so well written that I strongly recommend it to all PNR lovers!!  Keep an eye out for this author since her writing is so spellbinding that you will want more from her!! -Cheryl

And now for the gift! Having heard from a few readers that they aren’t sure how to leave reviews, I started tinkering around with a little idea–a cheat sheet of ideas and sentence starters to help people feel more confident about what to write. As an author, I can totally identify with the anxiety that can come from staring at a blinking cursor and not knowing exactly what to say.

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This “cheat sheet” will give you a jumping-off point if you’re a reviewer newbie, and maybe some ideas for mixing it up if you’re a pro. Lauren at Romance Novel Giveaways (linked above in her review snippet), was kind enough to look this over for me, and she said, “Literally every single thing was relevant and helpful…I will be using some of those prompts and phrases in my reviews because I hadn’t thought of them!”

Now, this cheat sheet was at least a little bit selfishly motivated because I would love to see more reviews on my books on Amazon and elsewhere. However, you can use it for any book you read! I hope it’s helpful to you, and be sure to fill in the final little picture at the end with your name. ❤

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Click here to download a printable PDF of “Liza Street’s Kickass Reviews Cheat Sheet.”

B.A.D. Authors Share their Favorite Heroes

As you may or may not know, my upcoming book, Savage Redemption, is a part of the multi-author Bad Alpha Dads series. With all of these fantastic BAD books in the line-up, I wanted to learn a little more about them, so a few of the authors shared their favorite heroes with me. Now you can get a jump on this fantastic grouping of BAD books while you wait for Savage Redemption to come out!

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Tonya Brooks – Pussy Whipped

When jaguar shifter Jerrett ‘Jett’ Black puts his cub in the deep freezer to contain him, you know he’s a really bad dad. He may be clueless when it comes to taking care of a baby, but his genuine desire to be a good father shines through. Once the cub worms his way into Jett’s heart, he realizes that raising Justis to be a good man, father and alpha might be the most important thing he’ll ever do. Though at the moment he’s more interested in teaching him not to pee on the priceless oriental rug!

Tami Lund – Dragon His Heels

Gabriel Wilde – he’s a reluctant leader, a reluctant dad, and he’s *really* reluctant to find his mate. And yet, despite all this, he does what he needs to, and when the going gets tough, he’s a real standup hero. The perfect leader, an awesome dad, and a heart-melting mate.

McKayla Schutt – Maple’s Strong Alpha

Raymand would put it best: “I’m great because I’m a strong alpha wolf who protects my pack no matter what. *Shrugs* What can I say, I’m a freaking badass.”

Kristen Strassel – Silver Fox

Landon Fox is the quarterback of the Alaska Bloodhounds. This fox shifter built his legendary career by leading his teammates to victory . He’s got no interest in being involved in the reality show The Real Werewives of Alaska, until his first love crashes the show. Landon shows Jenna he can still play as hard in the bedroom as he does on the field.

C.E. Black – Makeshift Mate

Locke Winfield is a great hero because even though he can be a little clueless and a total ALPHA male sometimes, deep down he’s kind and respectful. I love him for that.

Bad Alpha Dads – More to Come!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into the Bad Alpha Dad world! I’ll be back next week with the glimpse at the Savage Redemption playlist and a little more about the book. In case you haven’t seen it yet, I wrote a free prequel story called “Irredeemable,” and it’s available right now on Apple Books!

5 Hockey Romances You Don’t Want to Miss

So, I write paranormal romance, right? And I looooove to read it. But every now and then I get an itch to read a sports romance, and hockey is my go-to sport. I know absolutely nothing about it, and that doesn’t seem to matter!

Here are five books that I loved!

The Score, by Elle Kennedy

This one is third in a series, and every book in the series is super super great. In order, they are The Deal, The Mistake, The Score, and The Goal. I can’t recommend them strongly enough! The Score, however, had a hilarious scene that I have read multiple times because I laugh out loud over it. Even thinking about it now, I break into a grin. This book also made me cry, and I don’t often cry at books, so…good work, Ms. Kennedy.

The Year We Fell Down, by Sarina Bowen

You know how I said I don’t usually cry over books? Well, this is another exception! The heroine in this book was in a terrible accident and now uses a wheelchair. Her journey, along with the hero, was really touching. Go read this one. Like, drop everything and do it now.

Dominic, by Kat Mizera

Sometimes I want some good ol’ suspense in my romances. This one wasn’t a new adult book like the other two, but the suspense in the story line kept me going. Also, there’s an age difference where the heroine is older than the hero (yaaass!) and a bit of a Cinderella, make-over vibe, which is one of my guilty pleasures.

Hard Hitter, by Sarina Bowen

Yeah, I know Sarina Bowen has another book listed above, and I thought of leaving this one off the list, but…I can’t. This was such a great hockey romance. Steamy, funny, touching, with an element of healing because the heroine is a massage therapist. Also a suspenseful element, which I’m almost always a fan of!

Hot as Puck, by Lili Valente

This one I read just a few weeks ago. What I liked about it was that it was a super sexy friends-to-lovers story and just aaahhhhh. So enjoyable. Most of the conflict here is internal, so expect quite a bit of angst. If angst isn’t your thing, well, the super sexy sexytimes will more than make up for it.