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.

Bear Shifter Round-Up March 2020

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If you can’t get enough of those ferocious-yet-cuddly bear shifters, you have come to the right place!

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Liza Street – Ruthless Knight

Every princess needs a knight.

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Reina Torres – His UnBearable Touch

He won’t let go of her now that he’s found her.

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J.K. Harper – Silvertip Shifters Books 1-4

Snuggle up with the Silvertip Shifters series! If you love growly bear shifters who have a soft spot for their fated mates, the charming details of a small shifter town, and the power of true love to save the day, this box set is for you.

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C.D. Gorri – Polar Opposites

She’s got a thing for bad boys, and he’s as bad as they come! Bowie Atiqtalaaq was new to Barvale, but not to the prejudices of man and Shifter alike. He’d heard the vicious slurs against him for the way he’d been conceived for most of his life.

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Bianca D’Arc – Bounty Hunter Bear

Sparks fly as Thea and Ezra confront an evil that’s trying to cause bloodshed at a world famous motorcycle rally, and Thea rediscovers the Alpha animal inside her…and that she wants sexy Ezra for her mate.

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Keira Blackwood – I Dream of Grizzly

It can get awkward when dreams and reality collide…especially if the dream guardian you’ve just stripped naked turns out to be real.

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Kimberly Forrest – Soul Deep: A Malsum Pass Novel

Lily’s the prime suspect in a murder investigation. She’ll do anything to clear her name, even team up with an annoying bear shifter who stirs desires within her she never thought she’d feel.

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McKayla Schutt – Landen

Doni’s lost everything back home when she was on a vacation. Now she’s staying to a super tall man holding back secrets.

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Godiva Glenn – Playing With Fire

Chell was born a leader and knows how to make the hard choices. When those choices involves her potential mates, however, things get a bit heated.

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Gina Kincaid – One True Mate

Curvy psychologist—and panther shifter—Tallan Walden gave up on men a long time ago. That is, until the Shifting Hearts Dating Agency sets her up on a blind date with a sexy-as-sin bear shifter. He’s gorgeous, he’s funny, and he’s hot for her generous body.

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Elena Gray – Night Visions

What happens when you inherit a battle with the God of War? You fight like hell …

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Ophelia Bell – April’s Fools

Six sexy bodyguards, three bears and three dragons, might be too much for April to handle while she’s hiding from the primordial entity chasing her. Or maybe they’re just enough.

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❤ I hope you’ve found some new books to keep you so beary happy. (Zero regrets for that pun. Zero.)

Rising From the Ashes

Coming to you on February 25th is an anthology titled Rising From the Ashes.

Love will always rise.

Rising From the Ashes is a Charity Anthology and a labor of love.

All proceeds will go directly to Australia’s State Emergency Relief Fund and WIRES, an Australian Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Service.

My novel, Ruthless Misfit, is included in the anthology, as well as several other amazing books from authors who want to help out our friends in Australia. ❤

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Available on…

Apple Books

B&N

Kobo

Google Play

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We’ve assembled a delectable collection of amazing romance and fantasy by New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. We hail from many countries, and we’ve joined together to help Australia recover from its devastating fires. Everything from stories to cover art to formatting has been donated.

This limited-edition omnibus includes fantasy and romances of all genres, with hot men and strong women. Every single book proves love and perseverance and grit really do conquer all.

Thanking you in advance for your kindness and generosity supporting Rising From the Ashes. You’ll find some new-to-you authors that will make your day.

Featuring books from:
Angie Fox
Ann Gimpel
Brandy Wilson
Candice Gilmer
Dawn Montgomery
J.K. Harper
Jessica Marting
Kate Richards
Lauren Dawes
Lisa B. Kamps
Liza Street
Marie Long
Melissa Snark
Michele Bardsley
Renee George
RJ Blain
Russell Nohelty
Skye MacKinnon
Tasha Black
Traci Hilton
Victoria Pinder
Cover art donated by Fiona Jayde Media

Ruthless Knight is Available Now

So! Excited!

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Ruthless Knight is out now and you can pick it up from your favorite online bookstore!

Here are some of the things I loved about writing this book:

NOLAN!!!
Forbidden love
The way Tamryn finds her place in the end
Snuggling
Kissing
More-than-kissing
Up-against-a-tree-kissing
Dragon fire

Click here to get your copy from your favorite retailer!

Also, the boxed set of Books 1-3 in the series can be purchased for 40% off at Barnes & Noble! Use the code BNPRCC40 when you check out. The sale ends on February 8th 2020.

Click here to get Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan 1-3 on Barnes & Noble! Don’t forget to use the code. ❤

Ruthless Knight – Out Next Week!

This book was tough at times, but that was mostly because I was writing the bulk of it over my kids’ winter break from school. Kiddos running around + drafting a book = frustration for all! However, there were also many moments (after the kids’ bedtime) that falling into this story was absolute bliss. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Nolan had never considered himself musical, but he played Tamryn’s body like a precious instrument. Each stroke, each gentle press against her flesh, elicited music in her whispers, moans, and gentle cries.

And when she came, shuddering against his hand, he drank in the music of her song.

Click here to preorder your copy from your favorite retailer!

I also have good news for people who buy their books on Barnes & Noble–the boxed set of Books 1-3 in the series can be purchased for 40% off! Use the code BNPRCC40 when you check out. The sale ends on February 8th 2020.

Click here to get Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan 1-3 on Barnes & Noble! Don’t forget to use the code. ❤