Writer’s Block, a New Release, Valentine’s Day, and a Thousand Other Things…

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I have a husband and a new book release, and all I can focus on is this stupid writer’s block that’s been plaguing me.

Pretty pathetic, eh?

But it’s a vampire novel, and my first one was so well received, I really want to give readers another. Plus, the characters in this one are secondary characters from the first one (It’s called RESIST, if you’re interested. Click the name to check it out, if you want), and I have a terrible tendency to fall so much for my characters that I want to write a happily ever after for every single one.

Wait a minute, I suppose I should tell you about the book that’s releasing tomorrow. On Valentine’s Day. Appropriate, as it’s titled CLAIMING MY VALENTINE (yep, click the name to check out the book). Yeah, it’s an anthology. Fourteen short stories (get it – fourteen??). Shapeshifter stories. Shifter love stories that have something to do with Valentine’s Day. All with a happy ending.

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To top it all off, every penny earned will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Yep. Just for the heck of it. No, not really. It’s because it’s a good cause. Helping every little bit we can, for an incredibly important cause.

So back to my vampire writer’s block. I’m a hundred pages in, the hero and heroine haven’t yet done the nasty (although hot damn, there’s been lots of tension), and now I’ve reached the climactic moment. Not that one; the do or die one. The one where the bad guys discover whatever it is the good guys didn’t want them to know, and now it seems utterly impossible that the good guys will make it out alive (and finally get it on!!), and…

And I’ve rewritten this scene three times in the last three weeks. Three. Times. I should probably go back to the original. It’s probably the best. Except I have the other two fighting for dominance in my head–oh, and let’s talk Valentine’s Day.

I haven’t even bought a card for my husband, let alone acknowledged the day in any way whatsoever. He, on the other hand, has already given me flowers. Yeah, he had them delivered to the day job last Friday. Why? Well, funny story, that. See, I work with a lot of women, most under the age of thirty. It’s a rather young work environment. Anyway, a few years ago on Valentine’s Day, the flower deliveries reached such ridiculous heights, somebody started tracking the number. At the time there were probably 120 people in the office, and I believe we surpassed 50 deliveries. Those poor delivery guys, because the traffic out by where I work suuuuuuuuux.

Yes, before you ask, I was one of those 50. And I went home and told the hubs about the crazy number, how everyone couldn’t stop talking about it. So the next year, I got flowers on Feb 13, with a card that read, “Wanted you to be the first.”

Yeah, yeah, he’s a romantic. On occasion. But take it with a grain of salt: When I got home and thanked him for the flowers, he said, “It was cheaper, too!”

That’s my man. Because he knew damn well I’d fall a little more in love with him for saying that.

Ugh, see now I’m thinking about sweet, sappy happy endings, when I need to work out this dramatic, exciting, death-defying climax, so I can edit this damn thing and get it into readers’ hands!

Oh yeah, and I should probably spread the word about my Valentine’s Day shifter release, too. Because my contribution to CLAIMING MY VALENTINE (yep, click the name – click it!) is called Broken Light, and if you’re a Lightbearer fan, you’ll want to grab it.

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It’s Xander’s story, FYI. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you clearly haven’t read FIRST LIGHT (yes, click the name), which you should, because it’s free, and it’s the prequel to the entire Lightbearer series.

Wait, where was I again? What day is it? And most important: Where’s the wine???

PS – Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate. Happy almost-not-Monday-anymore for those who don’t.

 

 

Claiming My Valentine Shifter Antho – Coming Soon!

Curious about the inner workings, the ‘stuff’ that goes on in authors’ heads as they create stories such as the 14 included in this sexy shifter anthology? A few of my fellow authors in this anthology have been blogging about the stories contained within, on the authors themselves, even featuring characters from the books.

Check out the blogs below, and don’t forget to grab your copy of CLAIMING MY VALENTINE. Remember, all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital!

Savannah’s Though Garden

Josette Reuel’s Blog

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PS – Here’s how to snag your copy:

 

 

Hot, Sexy, FREE Shapeshifters! Where? Here!

 

Happy Wolf Pack Freebie Fest! Yep, a bunch o’ shapeshifter romances – all yours. All free. Oh, and there’s a giveaway, too! Grab the books and enter the contest. And don’t ever say I never gave you nothin’!

In 1512 the conflict between the Lightbearers and their mortal enemy, the shapeshifters, comes to a breaking point. The Lightbearers are in hiding in Mesoamerica, protecting their lives and their magic. Everything changes when one Lightbearer, Sabine Flemming, conjures her first magical sword and both the King and a shapeshifter take notice.

Thirteen Zodiac animals entered the Great Race. Only twelve became Chosen…

After failing the test to join the Lotus League, Wen Pierce will do anything to prove herself worthy. Even if it means being demoted to a maid in the house of one of the Eight Immortals—Li Tieguai. But this seductive yet surly immortal wants only one thing—her surrender to his rigid control. On his remote, magical island she’ll fade into the background of his tortured existence. Unless she can convince him she can steal anything…including the one thing he believes he’s lost forever.

Trapped in her own body, she-dragon, Stella Montrose has no choice but to find her mate. Whether he likes it or not, he either has to claim her, or set her free, otherwise she’ll lose the ability to shift. Sounds simple, only, every time she gets near him, he disappears.

When Brycen Conners signs on to protect an annoying human woman, he never imagined he’d cross paths with his mate. Once the job is done, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart. Until then, he has to stay away.

Before there was Mason, Hank, Sean, and Belle Foye, there was Floyd. 

In this Desert Guards prequel story, learn how the future alpha Were-cougar Floyd nabs gutsy neighbor Glenda Baxter as his mate. 

Life as Carmela knows it will be forever changed when she meets not one but two men who pull at her heart’s strings.

It’s just a regular day in the park. Not. 

Daisy is in the fight for her life after she stumbles upon a grizzly crime scene. She’s chased through the woods, encountering even more danger. Geez… can her day get any better? 

Chad finds Daisy in a precariously troublesome situation and immediately goes into alpha (bear that is) mode.

While stranded in the woods over night, the two must fight their attraction, the elements, and the crazy psychopath after them. If they get out of this alive, will Daisy accept his bear?

When the sexiest man she has ever seen walks into the bar where she works, Marilyn stays clear of him, ignoring his advances. But when he takes the hint and leaves her alone, she finds herself missing him. Marilyn finds she doesn’t care about the danger she senses around him; she wants to know the feeling of love again. Her only problem now is whether Showken is really ready for her.

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Why Shapeshifters?

Here’s a question: why shifters? I now have two series centered around shifters – the Twisted Fate Series (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?

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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 reading it.

Some shifters can only change into the form of one animal. These are typically referred to as were-animals (werewolves, were-bearers, were- you get the picture). Others are able to shift into pretty much any animal, or, as I like to explain in my books, the form of any warm-blooded creature. The shifters in my Lightbearer Series can even shift into the form of birds, if they are so inclined. This comes in handy when one wants to escape rapidly and he’s on the second floor or at the top of a cliff (both situations occur in the first book in this series).

Many shifters’ clothing cannot shift with them. The clothing is either shed before the shift or, if the shift must occur with little notice, the clothing is torn to shreds when the body changes and alters, and the shifter must figure out another means of covering his naughty bits when he returns to human form.

The shifters in my books can shift while wearing clothing, and when they return to human form, their clothing returns to their body exactly as it was before the shift. I admit, I made this decision out of convenience. I considering the no-clothing route because, let’s be honest, that makes more sense, from a non-magical standpoint. But I was having a difficult time writing the whole, “Hold on, I have to strip and hide my clothing for later” aspect into the various scenes and plots and sub-plots of the series. So I decided if magic can make a person change from human to animal, then magic can make that person’s clothes reappear when they return to human form.

Some shifters have the ability to speak to each other telepathically. Some are able to harness other forms of magic, too. Some have glowing eyes. In my Lightbearer series, the shifters’ eyes glow when they are feeling strong emotions. Anger, frustration, sadness, passion. Even if the shifter is trying to act stoic and passive, the object of his desire, if she is smart enough, can figure out pretty easily that he feels something, if his eyes are glowing. It’s practically a declaration of love.

Or lust.

Some shifters eat only red meat. Actually, the desire to eat red meat might possibly qualify as the second thing all shifters have in common, now that I think about it. Or maybe not. A vegetarian shifter could make for an intriguing storyline.

Many shifters have obsessive, jealous personalities. Like a dog, protecting his bone. Or his house. Or his mate. My shifters have this trait. In fact, it plays heavily into the next couple of books in the Lightbearer Series.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few common traits. What other traits do you notice in your favorite books about shifters or weres? Which common traits are your favorite?

Have you been enjoying these posts? Be sure to check my website often, because I’m sure I’ll have more for you soon!

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t yet, you should check out my Facebook group, Come Wine with Tami. It’s all about hanging out and getting to know (new) favorite authors. Once a month, we have a featured author Q&A, too. Don’t miss it!

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On Writing Wolves: Best Alpha Females

It’s Shifter Saturday! I’ve given you a bunch of posts from a bunch of authors, all talking shifters. And I have one more for you …

Heather Long is featured in this post, writing about something near and dear to my heart: Strong women. Specifically strong alpha shifter women. There are no simpering maidens in this post!

 

On Writing Wolves: Best Alpha Females

 

Have you been enjoying these posts? Be sure to check my website often, because I’m sure I’ll have more for you soon!

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t yet, you should check out my Facebook group, Come Wine with Tami. It’s all about hanging out and getting to know (new) favorite authors. Once a month, we have a featured author Q&A, too. Don’t miss it!

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Why We Love The Alpha

This post features paranormal and contemporary romance author, Kristen Strassel, who wrote about alpha males and why we just can’t get enough, over on her own blog. Take a look:

 

Why We Love The Alpha

 

Oh, and Kristen is the next featured author over in my Facebook group, Come Wine with Tami. She’s going to be hanging out, doing a Q&A, on Monday, December 7, at 8pm Eastern. You should stop by.

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Interview With The Author

You should check out the Paranormal Romance Lovers Blog – They did a fantastic (and funny) interview with paranormal author, Elizabeth Varlet. Hey, you might just find your next fave author! (But don’t forget about me… :))

 

Interview with author Elizabeth Varlet

 

Be sure to check back soon. There’s bound to be another post by another author, and probably about shifters.

Oh yeah, and if you like this concept (learning about all sorts of new authors), you should check out my Facebook group, Come Wine with Tami. It’s all about hanging out and getting to know (new) favorite authors. Once a month, we have a featured author Q&A, too. Don’t miss it!

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Looking for a Good Shifter Read?

Love shifters? Just finished that last book, and looking for a new read? Some of these aren’t exactly new reads, but that makes them no less worthy. Take a look at Kim Faulks’s blog post about her favorite shifter romances:

 

My Five Favorite Shifter Romance

 

Be sure to check back soon. There’s bound to be another post by another author, and probably about shifters.

Oh yeah, and if you like this concept (learning about all sorts of new authors), you should check out my Facebook group, Come Wine with Tami. It’s all about hanging out and getting to know (new) favorite authors. Once a month, we have a featured author Q&A, too. Don’t miss it!

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Blogging About Favorite Shifters

I haven’t been blogging regularly lately, at least not here, on my own blog. Mostly that’s because I’m blogging in other places. Once a month (usually on a Friday) you can find me over at the Writing Wenches website. Every two or three months on a Wednesday, you can read my words on the Soul Mates Publishing blog. And every other Wednesday, I’m hanging out at the Love, Lust, and Laptops blog. And in between all that blogging, I’m always in the middle of writing another book. Or several.

So here’s what I’m going to do with this blog. I (virtually) hang out with a bunch of pretty cool authors who write, among other topics, shifters. And as we all know readers of shifter romance are a voracious bunch, I decided I’m going to give you a pretty regular dose of blog posts from fellow shifter authors. Might even happen a few times a week.

For example, today I’d like to direct you to a blog post by a fellow shifter author who also happens to be a Writing Wench. So you know it’s gonna be good.

Take a look at Skye Jones’s post about her favorite shifters. You know you want to.

My Favorite Shifters by Skye Jones 

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And check back soon. There’s bound to be another post by another author, and probably about shifters.

Oh yeah, and if you like this concept (learning about all sorts of new authors), you should check out my Facebook group, Come Wine with Tami. It’s all about hanging out and getting to know (new) favorite authors. Once a month, we have a featured author Q&A, too. Don’t miss it!

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