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Animal Fascination Inspires Tribal Shift

 (excerpted from a post originally shared on Jianne Carlo’s blog 10/4/13)

Tribal Shift is a full-length novel that’s packed with so many of the elements I enjoy, especially my love of fantasy and fascination with animals.

I think the latter is something all of us shifter writers must have. I, for one, watch a ton of Animal Planet and am always amazed by the wondrous creatures that share this world with us. Fact really can be stranger than fiction, and some of the species discovered in exotic locations are even more fantastical than anything we authors come up with.

Kalya, the heroine of Tribal Shift, offered me the chance to—pardon the pun—go wild with my imagination and include dozens of different animals. She’s an omnimorph—a shifter who can morph into almost anything. Throughout the novel, she transforms into everything from a Secretary Bird to a jaguar, and she can travel by air, land, or water. And Rasik, the caracal shifter who loves her, is no less amazing.

Because I incorporated so many animals into Tribal Shift, I had to do a lot of research for this book. While I certainly didn’t bog down the story with too many facts (there were scorching sex scenes demanding attention, after all), I did want to be certain I was accurate in my descriptions and what I had the hero and heroine do in each form. I learned more than I expected and had a blast in the process.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the more interesting tidbits I discovered, so here are some nifty facts:

(1)  Secretary Birds can grow to be four feet tall. That’s as tall as some of my younger relatives and wouldn’t be a big adjustment for a shifter, since the bird spends most of its time on the ground walking on two legs.

(2)  Tigers are the largest cat species and can reach up to eleven feet in length. They have canine teeth about three inches long! Kalya definitely uses this form to her advantage when some power-hungry leopard shifters try to hurt Rasik.

(3)  Unlike the noisy spotted hyena, the striped hyena is less vocal and usually silent. As Rasik and Kalya witness, this quiet menace can be far more frightening.

(4)  A crocodile can’t move its tongue (it’s attached to the bottom of its mouth). That feels very strange to Kalya, especially since she can’t change her facial expression while in crocodile form.

(5)  The maned wolf has a roar-bark that can be quite startling. Kalya shocks her runaway cousin when she yells at the girl while in the body of this wolf.

Tribal Shift is filled with hot romance, lethal danger, and a safari-like adventure that will carry you across the wilderness. I hope you’ll come along for the journey.

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Out Now! Unmasked

Looking for a steamy psychic romance? Unmasked is now available.

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Kira has a unique psychic ability. She can control sexual desire. After being hurt by men in the past, she has decided to use her talent to interrogate them for information. She works freelance and does well in this lucrative business until she finally meets her match. Dixon Hazard is a political activist in possession of files that could damage several high-ranking officials. She works to uncover the location of those files, but she’s shocked to discover she’s not in control of the lust between them. Dixon sees beneath the mask Kira wears and uses the attraction between them to gain the upper hand. Is he just using her, or will he fulfill the dreams of romance she thought she’d abandoned?

Previously published by Cobblestone Press and Loose Id. This work has been re-edited.

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Loose Id Drops Prices!

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A New Place to Shop for E-books

The Romance Reviews, well known for its TRR parties, announced the grand opening of Inside Romance this month. It appears to be an easy site to navigate, with the option of browsing by theme, by subgenre, or by using the Search at the top. I’ve loaded all my indie books to the site, which you can find at https://insideromance.com/search?type=product&q=allie+ritch. Now through 5/31/17, Inside Romance is offering 20% off when you enter the coupon code displayed at the top of their site.

 

Jessica E. Subject shares her favorite lines from It Took a Zombie Apocalypse

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It started with a kiss.

Then the zombies came. Now, Missy must work with the neighbor her parents hate if she wants to survive. But zombies aren’t the only threat to her life, or her heart.

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Favorite Lines from It Took a Zombie Apocalypse by Jessica E. Subject

With every book I write, there are some lines that stick with me even after I’ve written several others. Here are some of my favorite lines from It Took a Zombie Apocalypse (without too many spoilers)…

1. This is Missy responding to her father’s objection of her actions:

The religion card. What a surprise. “Jesus wouldn’t approve of half the shit that goes on in this town, especially how you treated that family next door.” She spun around and faced her father with her hands on her hips. “And you certainly haven’t been struck down yet.”

2. RJ is at the kissing booth and is trying to get more than just a peck on the cheek from Missy:

With a laugh, Missy playfully pushed on his chest. “You’re trouble, RJ. And you’re looking to get me into trouble with you.”

3. RJ just received a text message from his father telling him there is a zombie virus spreading through town:

He dropped his phone and stared at it on the floor, expecting it to explode. Zombies didn’t exist. He was in some kind of dream. Had to be. Missy actually had come home for the summer. And kissed him. Now, zombies.

4. And Missy’s reaction to Dr. Dhawan’s text:

“We should call him just to be sure. Or contact somebody. Maybe he meant something else. You know how stupid autocorrect can be.”

5. The first zombie sighting:

Neighbors walked down the middle of the street, their bodies twitching. And no one stopped to talk to one another. They just kept marching along to some unknown destination.

6. Stuck in a bunker, Missy is lost in her thoughts:

The undead were never part of her fantasies involving RJ. Neither was being holed up in an underground bunker where they would likely starve to death.

7. RJ does something that catches Missy by surprise. This is her reaction:

“I just don’t understand it. They were always so cruel to you, and yet even when they’re dead, you still try to do right by them.”

8. After leaving the safety of the bunker, they run into zombies. Missy screams, and RJ rushes to help her. This quote leads to one of my favorite parts in the story, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

“What is it?”

Missy turned to RJ, still in shock. The woman gnashed her false teeth at them, leaning closer until her head was inside.

9. Missy proves she’s not just a helpless victim:

She wrenched one of the bows from her shoulder, positioned an arrow on the string, and drew back. Aiming the arrow at the bushes, she tilted her head toward him. “Hurry up and get that stuff down there. I’ll cover you.”

10. And for the last line, the virus doesn’t just affect humans:

Just as he reached for the last box, snarling came from the area they’d heard the bushes rustle. A cat lunged out and raced toward them. Not just any cat, but a giant white house cat with its fur knotted with blood and half of its face missing.

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jessica-e-subject-200x300-2017Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.

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Guest Blog: Claimed by the Cyborg and love tropes in science fiction romance by Cara Bristol

Claimed by the Cyborg and love tropes in science fiction romance

By Cara Bristol

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In romance novels, couples meet and fall in love. The point of the story is for them to get their Happily Ever After or at least, Happy for Now with each other. Different love tropes can be used as plot starting points:

  1. First love. Common with YA and New Adult, a couple experiences falling in love for the first time. It’s fresh, it’s new. There’s often an innocence to the story as the couple discovers love.
  2. Second chance. Characters have already been in love or been married, and are finding love for the second time around. This second chance can be with a new person or a do-over with their former love.
  3. Star-crossed. Outside forces thwarted a couple’s love to the extent that it appears doomed to fail. The phrase star-crossed was coined by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.
  4. Forbidden love. In this case the couple’s family or society either outright forbids them to be together or frowns upon it.

It is possible to combine these different love tropes. In Claimed by the Cyborg, March and Julietta face all four to some degree. March is a human-turned cyborg from earth. Julietta is an alien from Xenia. As a young woman she studied on Terra and fell in love with March (first love), but duties on her home planet forced her to return and abandon her lover (star-crossed).  Years later, they meet up again (second chance), but her planet’s law does not allow her to bond with an alien (forbidden love).

Claimed by the Cyborg Description

March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.

The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty. Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

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Claimed by the Cyborg Excerpt:

 March gaped at the woman who’d entered the hall, her arm linked with a girl’s. Hair, long and curly, tumbled down her back. Her eyes were as he remembered, as black and enigmatic as space, but girlish features had matured into womanliness. Jules. My Jules. Her gaze collided with his, the darkness concealing her thoughts, but her mouth parted as if shocked. If he hadn’t been seated, the sight of her would have knocked him on his ass. His hands shook, and he clenched them into fists to quell the trembling.

He’d searched, questioned everyone who’d known her, revisited all their haunts. So much time, so much effort, and she just walked in. Of all the places, in all the years, she was here. He couldn’t believe it. A guest at the ceremony. The practiced words he’d imagined he’d say if he located her evaporated, and all he could do was drink her in.

new-release-she-created-the-voidShe’d never looked more beautiful. Dignified, refined, polished. Not haughty, but self-contained. Intricate whorls adorned her face, enhancing her exotic allure. She wore the tunic and pantaloons common to Xenia, the design and tailoring of hers nonpareil, surpassing elegance, but in the same color as the garments of members of the imperial family. She must be one of the many attendants. A relative maybe? Cousin to the bride? Obviously, she knew the imperial family well, or she wouldn’t be at the banquet.

Which would begin at any moment. Damn it! He couldn’t talk to her now. Jules moved, almost as if to step in his direction, but the younger woman herded her to two open seats at the other end of the long banquet table.

At the next opportunity, he would approach her. His heart hammered. The twins probably knew her. He turned to Naimo to ask him, when Kur spoke.

“There’s your chosen! Princess Julietta is looking at you, Naimo.” He gestured in Jules’s direction. “She’s checking you out!”

March shifted his attention to the girl who’d accompanied Jules. She couldn’t be more than fifteen or sixteen. She was a little young to be bonded, wasn’t she?

Naimo took a deep, satisfied-sounding breath. “She is even lovelier with the bonding stain painted on her face. Her vids don’t do her justice.”

The younger woman’s face was clear, unmarked. His gaze zoomed to Jules, to the spiraling whorls gracing her temples, her cheeks.

No. No. No.

The woman with the facial paint is your chosen?” His voice came out a whispered croak. “That’s Princess Julietta?” His Jules was Emperor Dusan’s daughter? No.

“The one and only.” Naimo beamed.

 

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USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She’s the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

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