Ruthless Misfit – Coming Soon!

Eeeee, I cannot wait for this book to come out! We’ve got a grouchy heroine and I love her SO MUCH. She’s like my spirit animal, haha. And Matt–for a liar, he’s pretty damn sincere when it comes to Erena.

How about a mini excerpt to get us ready for release next week?

“Can we just not do this?” Erena said in a weary voice.

“Look, we’re both going to be living here for awhile,” Matt said. “And you’re very pretty—”

She stood up, brushed off her pants, and walked away. Matt had to remember to close his mouth.

He looked around the fire pit. Everyone in the clan was staring at him, waiting to see what he would do. Kayla was openly laughing—she was seemed to be getting a kick out of seeing him shot down.

Frowning, he stood up and started after Erena. From the corner of his eye he could see Margot shaking her head. Trying, once again, to warn him off. Her expression seemed to say, Don’t follow her if you know what’s good for you.

Well, Matt had never paid much attention to what was good for him. And as Erena disappeared within the trees, his inner mountain lion perked up. The very attractive woman was retreating, and cats loved nothing more than to give chase.

Ruthless Misfit will be out on January 16th. Pre-order your copy today!

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Planners, Calendars, and Goals!

Yes, honey, I know. It’s January 1st and could we please just recover from staying up too late last night instead of talking about resolutions?

Nope. I didn’t stay up late, mwahahaha, and I’m ready to kick some ass this year!

My tools include books, two calendars, and a publishing schedule that will probably have me hiding under the bed come March. Oh, and my phone’s yoga app, because a set of resolutions isn’t complete without some kind of promise to get in shape.

Four books are on my January reading list, two of which I’ve already read at least once (twice, in the case of Deep Work).

  • You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
  • Your Best Year Ever, by Michael Hyatt
  • The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • Deep Work, by Cal Newport

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Two calendars–one is my planner. I’m branching out this year and moving beyond my 3-ring binder with the removable calendar pages. Instead, I’ll be using a Simple Elephant planner. I like the space it has for a mini vision board and goal-setting–not only for the beginning of the year, but for each week. Also, lots of pages at the back for notes and scribbles about how I might take over the world and spread the joy of paranormal romance throughout the land. (The downside is it doesn’t lie flat and I’m already fighting with it. I was giving the Happy Planners at Michael’s a longing gaze last week. My next planner will be spiral-bound!)

The other calendar is a boring 8.5×11 monthly agenda. I need a spot to keep track of what I’m publishing and when, with a nice big view of each month. I can also keep track of when I’m sharing friends’ books, and when they’re sharing mine, as well as giveaway start and end dates.

The publishing schedule has me releasing a Fierce Mates book every other month. This isn’t too ambitious on its own…but when we factor in all the reverse harem projects I’m writing and publishing with Keira in 2019, it might start to feel like a lot. We shall see!

6 Holiday Shifter Books

Ready to snuggle up with some holiday shifter reads? I hunted down a few for you to enjoy! Click the titles to shop!

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Howl for the Holidays, by Keira Blackwood

James Harkins has only ever loved one woman. He’s protected her, confided in her, yet kept her at arm’s length. What would it take for Harkins to finally admit his feelings? A car accident, a bear, or maybe Christmas miracle.

Snowed In with the Soldier Bear, by Meg Ripley

An Alaskan blizzard traps a huntress in a soldier’s cabin. Will she thaw this lonely polar bear’s heart? A snuggly, sexy shifter Christmas read!

Lir’s Lady, by Rebecca Rivard

It’s the winter solstice and he’s back to claim his mate… A magical short story set in Rebecca Rivard’s Fada Shapeshifter world featuring an Irish puca shifter and his fae lady.

A Tiger’s Gift, by Ariel Marie

Tiger shifter Dixon Blackburn needed to find a reason to head back to Breckenridge, Colorado because he left something behind in the snow-covered town in the form of a curvy waitress named Deja. When he returns, he finds that he left more behind than just his mate.

Bearcubs for Christmas, by Isadora Montrose

(This story is available only in the Bear Fursuits Books 1-4 Bundle)

Thrill to the adventures and romantic mishaps of 4 patriotic, hunky bears as they pursue their curvy fated mates.

Sometimes a woman needs a little persuading that the hot man of her dreams who sets her sheets on fire is her one and only—even if he’s a much-decorated service man.

The Wolf Who Stole Christmas, by C.E. Black

All Kellan wants for Christmas is to be left alone, but that’s the last thing he gets when Joanna, his pretty new neighbor, shows up. Joanna knows that underneath the wolf’s tough facade is a soft heart. All she has to do is remind him.

Happy Reading!

Whatever you’re reading in December, I hope it’s absolutely wonderful! If you know of other holiday shifter books, feel free to mention them in the comments. 🙂

Fated Mates!

Over the weekend I got to make a really fun announcement: Keira Blackwood and I have a book coming out in a kickass anthology full of steamy reverse harem and PNR stories! Ours is a reverse harem retelling of The Jungle Book, and I cannot wait to share it!

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Although it’s not up for pre-order at Amazon yet, it will be. But if you want to snag some thank-you bonuses for pre-ordering at Apple Books, definitely do! Click here to pre-order it on Apple, and then go here to enter your pre-order info and email address so we can send you your goodies.

The authors also put together a bonus anthology exclusive to Apple Books, and we’re giving away an iPad!

Click the image below for the free anthology:

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Click the image below for the iPad giveaway:

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Good luck!

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!