T. S. Joyce was my introduction to bear shifter crews and hellllllloooooo I fell fast and hard for her series Damon’s Mountains! (To date, I’ve pretty much read everything she’s ever written and have most of her work sitting pretty in my kindle collection for ever.)
But even before discovering shifter romance, I’d been fascinated by shifters and shapeshifting and others magicks since I was knee high to a grasshopper, scouring the shelves of my local library for all the fantasy and urban fantasy books I could get my hands and blowing my pocket money in second hand book stores.
However, I wasn’t always the great book devourer I am today. Being a very visual person (and perhaps a bit dyslexic, it wasn’t really diagnosed in those days) I struggled to learn to read for myself. I was what you would call a reluctant reader.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved books. My parents read books to me every night, we listened to books on tape in the car and my mother and I had an impressive collection of children’s picture books.
But I was very slow in being able to really dig my teeth into reading alone …
That was, until I embarked on my first great reading adventure with Sherryl Jordan’s TANITH. Sherryl Jordan is an award-winning YA / middle-grade fantasy author from New Zealand and she’s amazing so if you get the chance, get stuck into her work!
TANITH (published in the US as “Wolf-Woman”) swept me away from page one. Being both obsessed with wolves and struggling with a sense of never-belonging as young child at school, I identified with the female main character so closely that I couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh, it made me cry, but mostly importantly of all, this book gave me hope.
After reading it I was like … Magic? Fantasy? Magic set in real life? GIVE ME MOOOOOORE.
In my film making and screenwriting days, I was alllllll about everyday magic and bringing fantasy to life on the screen. So it’s no wonder I wound up here, writing paranormal romance with juicy shifters finding their fates with a good dash of urban fantasy and suspense thrown in. Aside from the escapism and the healing both the author and the reader gets to do while lost inside the pages of a good book, it’s the characters and relationships that make my heart soar. And the steam. I do like me a bit of steam, as you’ll soon find out!
How about you? What transformed you into a book lover for life?
Lots of love,
PS. You may not know this but I have not one but TWO paranormal shifter romance series I’m working on right now.
PYRO, PYRO, BURNING BRIGHT (book one of the Phoenix Crew Series) is being released this fall and I cannot WAIT to share my small town, firefighting bear shifter crew with you! This is a fated mate story, no cheating, a kick-ass heroine who can hold her own and lots of sexy alpha action with a HFN with hooks left up in the air that will tie into future books in the series.
However, you may not have heard about my exciting new reverse harem wolf shifter series set in Italy!
TAKE ME HIGH (book one of The Sapphire Pack) is about a jilted, runaway bride from San Francisco who, despite the fact that she is blind, is determined to take-off solo on her much anticipated honeymoon to Italy in order to scatter the ashes of her beloved Italian immigrant grandmother.
When she got on that plane bound for Europe, Sapphire was ready for heartache, she may even had been ready for adventure, but she certainly wasn’t ready to meet not one, not two, but three bossy wolf shifters who claimed to be her fated mate. Nor was she ready to be swept, quite literally, off her feet by love.
TAKE ME HIGH is the first book in the trilogy and it will end on one heck of a cliffhanger, but, as this is a reverse harem / why choose / fated mates story, in the end, our fierce heroine won’t have to choose between her three ridiculously handsome lovers, SHE WILL GET TO KEEP THEM ALL.
And the best thing about this first book? My newsletter subscribers are getting to read it first!!! TAKE ME HIGH will be going out in bite sized chunks (3 to 4 chapters at a time) so you can really get your teeth stuck into this story, one juicy mouthful at a time.
So sign up for my newsletter stat as this steamy, sexy read will be hitting your inboxes later THIS MONTH!
(Trigger warning: our heroines ex was a domineering, cheating douchebag so this story will touch on themes like isolation tactics and other abusive strategies which some readers might find triggering. Don’t worry though, Sapphire and her wolf shifter mates are going to make sure her douchebag ex gets what’s coming to him.)