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Normally, I write epic fantasy. My previous novels have been long (like, really long) with well over forty named characters, each of them having pages (and pages) of backstory. I began writing about Rhuun and Lelet in the summer of 2014, and the series will finish (hopefully) late this year with four books and a bonus in-world romance novel.  So I’m no George RR Martin–the end is in sight! (On the other hand, the body count is starting to rise, sorry.) But when you’ve got so many moving parts, you really have to slow down and pay attention or one of your characters will start a book with blue eyes and finish with brown ones. (There’s one poor young lady who hasn’t settled on how her name is spelled, for instance.)  Add to that the fact that I didn’t do any outlining at all, tra la! until late in book two, and there are a lot of characters standing around, tapping their feet and asking if they’re supposed to be in this scene, or what? (And one of them keeps insisting they’re not actually dead.) It’s as much planning an invasion as finishing a book. It’s hard is what I’m saying! So when I got the assignment to write a fast-paced modern take on a fairy tale, I got a little verklempt. (That’s Yiddish for discombobulated, more or less.) I didn’t have to look much further than my desk for inspiration. This print has been hanging there since I was around 10 […]

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There are many reasons why being an author is one of the most awesome jobs in the world! Today, I’m going to tell you about one of my favorites: taking inspiration from the myths and legends I love, borrowing a couple of elements, and giving them new, exciting twists. And because I grew up with manga and anime, and I’ve always been fascinated by the Japanese folklore, of course I had to look into it and see what shapeshifters it had to offer. That’s how I learned about the kitsune and knew I had to write fox shifters, even though they’re not particularly popular in the genre.   Kitsune – Abilities and Classification Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. They are seen as intelligent beings whose abilities increase with their age and wisdom. Most myths say that they learn how to shift into men or women only after they have lived 100 years. That’s when they also start growing more tails, each additional tail showing increased wisdom and magical abilities. The more tails a kitsune has, the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. The maximum number of tails a kitsune can have is nine. Other supernatural abilities attributed to foxes are: possession, mouths or tails that generate fire or lightening, flight, invisibility. In Japanese folklore, foxes can be classified as follows: – Inari foxes, also called zenko foxes. These are good foxes, who protect and help humans. They are strongly connected to Inari Ōkami, which is the kami […]

Guest Post: Fox Shifters in Japanese Folklore and Mythology by Cara Wylde


Alien Kisses and Holiday Wishes by Crystal Dawn 1
I love boxed sets. Even though many sets have a story or two that  just aren’t “my thing”, I usually do find some new authors to add to my favorites. Here’s an article written by author Crystal Dawn that talks about just that. Why Do We Love Boxed Sets? Boxed sets, I didn’t discover them right away, not as a reader or as an author. I began to notice them and they seemed like such a good deal I was wary of them. When I finally decided to buy one, I thought it was wonderful. I liked every story, that is not common, but that was my first experience. Since then I have gotten many boxed sets at a variety of prices with a different number of stories but they have all been a great deal. Why do authors sell or even give away such wonderful sets? There are several reasons one being to reward their loyal readers. Another of course is to find new readers. It also gives authors a chance to work with other authors, publishers and people in the industry they might not know or don’t know well. It can be a good experience for a group of authors to work together. I know I have met authors I read and loved it. It can be networking at it’s finest. Right now I have several boxed sets out or coming out that I know my readers will love in both Paranormal and Sci fi romance. Alien Kisses […]

Why Do We Love Boxed Sets?



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What the Shift? How does one become a werewolf. This is a great little article written by PNR Author Eva Gordon that I thought I’d share with you all. You can check this one, and many others out on her blog.   What the shift? How does one become a werewolf. What the shift? How does one become a werewolf. I am often asked to do wolf lore and werewolf lore lectures for writer and library groups, so I’m familiar with many different types of werewolf lore. There are many werewolf paranormal romance and werewolf horror novels, yet because there are so many ways to tell the tale/tail (couldn’t resist the pun) we need not worry about reading the same story. I have separate series with a different werewolf universe. In werewolf lore for example there are so many different ways to become a werewolf. Because we all know Here are a few ways on how werewolves are made: Water Hole:  Drinking water from certain ponds and or drinking water from a puddle wolf print. Not for the germaphobic types. Curse: An ill-fated man could become victim of witchcraft or fall under curse of evil spirits. The person then would involuntary turn into werewolf. Logan, in The Stone of the Tenth Realm was cursed this way. Bitten by Werewolf: Another common believe was that any one could become one if saliva of a werewolf could find a way to bloodstream; might be from bite or scratch. This is the most common myth in Hollywood and always […]

What the Shift? How Does One Become a Werewolf?


Melissa Snark posted this article on her blog, The Snarkology, and I just had to share it. Her funny insight on Werewolf clichés for paranormal romance are spot on. What do you think?   It seems inevitable that every author of paranormal fiction encounters certain subgenre stereotypes/tropes during their journey to craft an interesting tale. As an author of werewolf fantasy stories, I’m particularly familiar with those that pertain to wolf shifters and lycanthropes. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. Book title contains the words “Wolf”, “Alpha” or “Moon”. Yes, these words are inexorably linked in the public mind with werewolves so the use of these terms triggers immediate associations. Must authors bow before this stereotype? I guess it depends, especially on whether you can get your book to market fast enough to snatch up one of the few moon titles left that haven’t been wretchedly overused. (Glance left and you’ll see I’ve committed this one myself.)   2. Everyone knows that wolves don’t wear clothing, so your hero is (gasp!) naked after he returns to human. Yet, some authors and television directors don’t want to deal with the inconvenience, so clothing magically appears out of thin air. Personally, I regard this as a missed opportunity for conflict and laughs, and I definitely prefer scenarios where the storyteller addresses the issue.   3. Absolutely every werewolf/lycanthrope author seems to be compelled to crack the old vegetarian/vegan joke. It doesn’t stop with genre fiction. On the popular TV show, […]

Werewolf Clichés for Paranormal Romance


Reach for the Sky by Gwen Knight
If you love shifters (and I know you do!), then check this article by Author Gwen Knight Shifter Luv out! You can find the original post, as well as other stuff to read at her website! Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! Shapeshifters as a whole are my favorite paranormal breed to write and read about. Part of the appeal is the range in animals with wolves, bears, and dragons seemingly being among the most popular. But what about others? Since I’ve begun publishing in the paranormal world, I’ve seen an assortment of shapeshifters: gorillas, mongooses, even sharks! The werewolves of this world no longer hold a monopoly! So this post today is to find out what your favorites are. I think werewolves will always maintain that special place in my heart, as seen by my latest publication Reach for the Sky.   But recently, thanks to authors like Jessie Donovan, R.E. Butler, and Ilona Andrews, I’ve begun expanding beyond the werewolf. There’s a big ‘ol world out there. For those who have read the first novel in my Wolffe Peak Series, you might note that I only included wolves. The future books, however, will delve a little deeper. Book two (tentatively set for publication in April 2016) has a female mountain lion shifter as the heroine, and the third book a female jaguar shifter. What are your favorite shifters to read about? Which animal calls to you? Love shifters? Check out these posts! Kim Faust: Five Favorite Shifter Reads Kristen Strassel: Why We Love […]

Author Gwen Knight Shifter Luv! Check it out!



Well, Tami Lund wrote an article giving us her take on it. I’m sharing it here, with her permission for your reading pleasure. 🙂 Why Shapeshifters? November 15, 2015 Tami Lund Here’s a question: why shifters? I now have two series centered around shifters – the Twisted FateSeries (Of Love and Darkness was released in June, 2015, and Prim and Proper Fate will be released in 2016, followed by the final book in the series, in 2017) and the Lightbearer Series.Twisted Fate is entirely about shifters, while Lightbearer was supposed to be about magical beings called, well, Lightbearers. Yet when I threw shifters into the mix in that series, it became about them. How did that happen? The answer is simple: shifters are one of my favorite genres to read. So not coincidentally, I also happen to enjoy writing about them. They are sexy, strong, powerful, hot, did I mention sexy? In my reasonably extensive research, I have learned a few things about these seductive alpha beings. I’ve learned they all have one thing in common. All shape shifters have the ability to change from human form into…something else. And that, as far as I have been able to determine, is the single aspect that defines every shifter in every book I’ve ever read or written. Beyond that, well, every author interprets them a little differently. Which is the way it should be, right? We’re talking magic, and magic is defined by the imagination of the person writing it – and […]

Have You Ever Wondered Why Shapeshifters Are So Popular?


Author, Tabitha Cornall, tells her story on how she started writing paranormal romance, and how the crossing of genres influenced her writing. I found it pretty interesting, and thought you might too. Check it out! She posted her article on her website, here. Crossing Genres: The Ultimate Mash-Up I didn’t start out writing paranormal romance. I didn’t even start out writing romance at all–my very first story, back when I was seven, was science fiction. Since then, I’ve written science fiction, fantasy, Y/A, mystery, non-fiction, and of course romance, of several different flavors–paranormal, contemporary, historical, romantic suspense. I think it’s my love of all sorts of different genres that makes it absolutely impossible for me to resist trying to mash them up. Take my Colliding Worlds series, for instance. It’s paranormal romance, sure. It’s also got some of that medieval/fantastical/historical flavor to it in the castles and swords and lineages. But at it’s heart, the idea for Colliding Worlds is based on science–it’s an idea born from the Many Worlds theory of quantum physics, to be exact. My characters aren’t scientists, so when describing the “colliding worlds” they gloss over anything too technical, but that doesn’t change the fact that my entire paranormal romance series wouldn’t exist if I weren’t a science fiction geek. So I love genre mash-ups, and I’m not the only one. Crossing genres has become more and more popular in recent years, which is no doubt how paranormal romance finally managed to gain some ground (after […]

Crossing Genres: The Ultimate Mash-Up by Tabitha Cornall


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We often read or hear about the super hot Alpha Males. There are articles written about the super strong, decisive, all encompassing male written all over the place, but what we don’t often hear and read about is the amazing Alpha Female! She’s out there too, and deserves some recognition! I came across this article written by Heather Long, another great paranormal author, and thought I would share it with you guys. This is what she had to say… On Writing #Wolves : Best Alpha Females I can recite chapter and verse the number of “best” werewolf Alpha posts, of the best males or sexy heroes. Of course I can, I’m a romance author and paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. In the best shifter books, we love the sexy growl of a male who is driven to protect his mate and his pack. We love their loyalty, their need to keep those around them safe and their power in defense of their world. I love a strong hero, but strong heroes need to be complemented by their powerful heroines so let’s talk about the best wolf females. Intelligence   The best wolf females are not only strong, they are intelligent. They know how to face off against the world and enhance their own personal best. While some wolf worlds are written as a man’s show, that they do all the fighting and the little women stay home and behave, the best wolf females aren’t competing in a […]

Alpha Females!



I came across this article written by a friend of mine, Kristen Strassel, and thought I’d share it with you all! What can I say, I adore Alphas, seriously, I melt every time I read a sexy PNR story with an Alpha hero!  This is what she had to say… WHY WE LOVE THE ALPHA nov 03 2015 | posted by kristenstrassel When romance readers are asked what they want in a hero, they overwhelmingly say that they want to read about someone who can get the job done, both out in the world and behind closed doors. An Alpha. Romance novels have come a long way from the bodice rippers of old, but the Alpha character, while he’s evolved from the rakish rogue, still prevails. A quick scan of the bestsellers list reveals Alphas in all forms: billionaires, rock stars, athletes, bikers, and characters that shape shift into predators. Why do we still love the Alpha so much? So we’ve totally got this. We shattered the glass ceiling, woman can go in combat, and there are women coaches in the NFL and NBA. There are two female candidates for president and no one bats an eyelash about it. We can be anything we want to be. But sometimes, it’s nice to sit back with a glass of wine and let someone else handle it. Alphas take chances and get things done. Fear isn’t in their vocabulary. Power respects power. Alphas like the concept of forever. Happily Ever After. In […]

Mmmm.. Alphas!


I was browsing the internet (not procrastinating at writing at all), and came across this article by Kim Faulks, and thought I’d share it with you. My five favourite Shifter Romance reads by Kim | Oct 21, 2015 | So I’m neck deep in my exciting new dark shifter series and out of the blue I thought of a few of my favourite shifter reads. If you’re a paranormal junkie like me you have your secret go-to list. But there’s always room for more, so I’ve listed some of mine. Drop me a line, let me know what shifter book is in your must read bookshelf, or your kindle for that matter. Moon Called The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs What an awesome way for a kick-ass series. A mechanic by day, a ‘walker’ by night Mercy Thompson desperately wants a quiet, normal life… but there’s nothing normal about Mercy. Raised by a pack of wolves Mercy is a Native American skin walker who can shape shift into a coyote. She’s neck deep in the ‘paranormal’ world. Her next door neighbor’s the alpha to a local werewolf pack and she’s been working on a VW bus for a vampire. Mercy’s life changes when a young, homeless man walks through her door looking for work and cast her headlong into a dark and dangerous plot to hurt those she cares most about. There’s everything in this book, a gripping plot. Kickass heroes and heroines. If you’re looking for an all-round […]

My Five Favourite Shifter Romance Reads