An Ode to Legacies

Legacies was one of those shows that I added to my Netflix queue and ignored for several weeks. One afternoon during my lunch break, I decided I was tired of scrolling past it. Just a few minutes I would watch, and then, I hoped, I wouldn’t like it and could remove it from the queue.

Nope. I was hooked. I didn’t binge the entire season in two days or anything, but it obsessed me for the better part of two weeks, when I looked forward to every lunch break so I could watch an episode. Or sometimes an episode and a half. Or maybe a little more if I was feeling super self-indulgent.

Here’s what I loved about it:

There’s a magical academy!

As a fan of Harry Potter, I was stoked to see all the magic stuff, and all these students with powers. Seeing the school, having everyone there together to learn and develop their magic and control their powers, kept me riveted.

High school and teenager drama.

I thought I would hate it, but it sucked me right in. People get mad at each other, there’s all this lust and angst, and it’s just fun because it’s so far removed from what I’m experiencing now in my late thirties.

Cool abilities.

Witches, vampires, and werewolves all have their own unique subcultures within the school, and I thought it was awesome.

Tragic and fascinating backstories.

So I came to Legacies before watching The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, and I didn’t realize they were connected until partway through this first season of Legacies. Probably I missed some things, but it didn’t bother me very much. What I loved was that there was more to these characters than what I was being shown. Things were hinted and teased. You can bet I went straight from this to The Originals.

Friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice.

Yes, the angsty teenage drama might make it seem superficial or bring the stories into melodrama, but I was totally into it because of the larger (and yeah, glaringly obvious) themes of friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice. There’s a lot to unpack with such a huge ensemble cast, with betrayals as well as petty grievances, and then the arcs of reconciliation as well.

Season 2

This is already airing on the CW, but I have to wait for Netflix. I’m so looking forward to it!

All the Shifter Round-Ups in One Place

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Throughout the year, I’ve been rounding up books with specific shifters–dragon shifters in one round-up, wolves in two others, big cats, and (coming soon) bears. It’s been a blast to see what other authors are creating and add new books to my TBR list.

To keep them all together (a round-up of round-ups, if you will), I made a single page for them here on the site.

Click here for the collection of round-up links, all in one easy place!

Survey Results – Your Favorite Shifters

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I asked, you answered, and now we can see what everyone said! As the chart shows, there were 311 responses, which included quite a few write-in nominations!

Graph of Results

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Shifters Broken Down by Number

All or multiples – 6

All felines – 2

Any bears, even koalas – 1

Brown bear – 1

Corvid – 1

Dingo – 1

Direwolf -1

Dolphin – 1

Dragon – 87

Griffin or Phoenix – 3

Grizzly bear – 56

Hedgehog – 1

Hellhound – 1

Kodiak bear – 1

Lion – 8

Mountain lion – 18

Mystical creatures (e.g. unicorns) – 1

Panther – 27

Polar bear – 16

Sabertooth tiger – 1

Tiger – 16

Wolf – 61

If this doesn’t add up to 311, well…there’s a reason I’m an author and not a math teacher. 😉

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! ❤ I don’t know what this means for future paranormal romance novels, except I’m guessing maybe quite a few of you (87) might be interested in seeing a dragon shifter character again at some point. Keira Blackwood and I wrote them into the Spellbound Shifters: Dragons Entwined series, as well as into our standalone reverse harem romance, Hope Reclaimed.

I also have plans for more wolves, bears, and big cats, and I will definitely consider others!

 

Wolf Shifter Round-Up, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Wolf Shifter Round-Up! Part 1 can be found here.

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To find out more about the books or make a purchase, click on the title (not the images)!

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Trust the Wolf – Zoe Ashwood

You never forget your first wolf.

Werewolves Only – Carrie Pulkinen

A psychic detective. An alpha werewolf. A forbidden love that could tear the pack apart.

Ruthless Fighter – Liza Street

In a fight between his past and present, this ruthless tiger shifter is determined to claim his future…and the sexy wolf shifter who has stolen his heart.

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Dog of the Coven – Laurel Black

I fell in love with an angel. He was beautiful, and ugly, and corrupt, and innocent, but all the same, I loved him.

Lost in Vengeance – H. R. Savage

She wants revenge…he only wants her. Shifter Catrina Macintyre doesn’t trust anyone after witnessing the murder of her parents. But when Alpha Killian Stone rescues her from a cage, she realizes she may have just found the one person who can help her get revenge.

Demon Tracker (Divine Justice, 2) – Mary Abshire

The future of vampires rests in the hands of werewolves.

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Ghost of a Chance – McKenna Dean

She’s a fangirl with a big secret. His inner wolf isn’t speaking to him. Pitted against each other for a valuable inheritance, they must work together to survive a series of deadly accidents.

Shift – Heather MacKinnon

Elizabeth Montgomery just got bit by a werewolf, but learning to fit in with her new pack might be even scarier.

Fallen Cross Pack Series (Box Set) – Aliya DalRae

Patrick O’Connell is a family man with a wife he loves and a child they adore. A fateful trip to the corner store robs him of everything he holds dear, including his humanity. This four part series chronicles Patrick’s change from regular Joe to Werewolf Alpha, and follows the fated couple’s struggles to regain the life and love so cruelly torn from them.

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Wolf Hunted – Sadie Moss

Four renegade wolf shifters. An innocent young woman trapped in a web of lies. When their fates collide, sparks will fly…

Dark Days: Semester 1 – Liz Meldon

A vampire desperate to escape his past. A wolf shifter determined to protect her future. A killer on the loose.

An Inheritance of Curses – Dee J Holmes

Blood magic drives you mad. So does family.

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Thanks for checking out these fun books! I know my TBR list just got bigger. 🙂

Click here to check out Part 1 of this post!

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!