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Release Day! Bare Season

Children of Nanook 4: Bare Season is  out now!

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Idonea has been afraid of frost bears ever since she was attacked by one. She has also been distrustful of men after the one who should have protected her ran away. As a shifter, Massak takes the form of both man and bear, so he should be her worst nightmare. One whiff of her scent, though, and he knows they’re meant to be together. Winter is the mating season on the planet of Jensen—a time when nature strips everything bare and primal instincts rise to the surface. Massak must use this time to prove to Idonea that he’s her perfect mate. He’ll use every skill he has to protect and pleasure her until the stubborn female admits she’s his.

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Preorder Bare Season

Exciting news! Children of Nanook 4: Bare Season is coming out October 1. It is now available for preorder at Amazon: US, UK, CA, AUBarnes and NobleiBooksKobo: US, UK

Idonea has been afraid of frost bears ever since she was attacked by one. She has also been distrustful of men after the one who should have protected her ran away. As a shifter, Massak takes the form of both man and bear, so he should be her worst nightmare. One whiff of her scent, though, and he knows they’re meant to be together. Winter is the mating season on the planet of Jensen—a time when nature strips everything bare and primal instincts rise to the surface. Massak must use this time to prove to Idonea that he’s her perfect mate. He’ll use every skill he has to protect and pleasure her until the stubborn female admits she’s his.

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Evolution of the Children of Nanook Series

(excerpted from a post originally shared on Rosanna Leo’s blog 4/11/16)

Like many authors, I started out writing single-title works. If I had an idea for a story, I wrote it, and that was it. It was only later that I began to get into writing series, which carry with them a whole new world of possibilities and complications.

When I first wrote Mating Season, I only intended it to be a single-title novella. I wanted to write something with a winter theme, and since I enjoy both the paranormal and sci-fi genres, I created a bunch of frost bear shifters on an arctic planet. Although I was happy with the work, I never anticipated the overwhelming response I would get from readers. Mating Season was and continues to be my bestselling book to date. And fans wanted to see more.

All of a sudden, I was confronted with the challenge of adding to that single book and making it into a series. It took some time, but I eventually realized that the hero’s best friend could use his own book. In Season was born.

I was flattered when most of the readers told me they not only liked it, but wanted to know when the next book would come out. Although I didn’t have another sequel planned at the time, I did write a short story, “Breeding Season.” In it, two male shifters are fighting over a woman, and only one comes out the victor. And then it hit me. What about the shifter who was defeated?

That was how Pleasure Season, the third book in the Children of Nanook series, came about. Undeterred by defeat, Tuaq continues to look for a mate, and one whiff of Sorena’s scent tells him he might have found her.

After revising Mating Season and In Season to ensure consistency across the series, I’ve re-released both books alongside the brand-new release of book 3, Pleasure Season. Each book can be read as a standalone work, or readers can follow along from the beginning. I’ve included the short story “Breeding Season” in the same volume as In Season so that readers can read all the stories in order, if they choose.

The journey from a single novella to a complete series has been a wonderful, though sometimes harrowing adventure. I hope readers will enjoy my frost bear shifters in all their forms.

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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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How Gilby Got His Own Story

(excerpted from a post originally shared on Jianne Carlo’s blog 6/19/13)

Each book I write has its own journey and its own challenges, and In Season, the sequel to Mating Season, is no exception.

I first concocted Mating Season after the notion of doing a winter-themed work collided in my brain with a wildlife documentary that had inspired me. When Mating Season was released, I had no idea it would become my most popular work. I was flattered and thrilled to see how well readers received it and then shocked when a couple of people mentioned wanting to see more in the series. Huh? Series? I hadn’t thought of doing a sequel to Mating Season, but once the idea was planted in my head, I kept thinking about it.

And the more I thought about it, the more I realized Gilby deserved his own story. There were a couple of obstacles, though. In Mating Season, Gilby was a short, chatty fellow who tended to blurt out whatever was on his mind. He was also loyal, brave, and honest. I refused to change him. I think we’ve all read series where the secondary character from an earlier book somehow morphs into an entirely different personality by the time he takes center stage. Gilby wasn’t going to get bigger or quieter or any more tactful. He already had a lot of excellent qualities and was fine the way he was. He just needed to find someone who could see all his good points and love him for his true self. He needed the heroine, Miksa. The challenge, which I hope I succeeded at, was to present Gilby to readers in such a way that they see him as Miksa does.

The second difficulty I faced was to keep the story fresh and flowing well. I didn’t want to repeat what I’d done in Mating Season, but there were certain elements that had to be included because of the first book. Namely, I was still going to have the arctic planet of Jensen, the Children of Nanook (the frost-bear shifters), and the challenge of finding love in a frozen wilderness.

I hate to say something unbearably clichéd like every snowflake is unique, but in the end it did come down to a simple matter of Gilby making In Season special. He’s a very different type of hero, and thus his story has its own flavor. Gilby isn’t like Koll, and his romance with Miksa isn’t either. As for keeping good pacing, I opted to make this work a short novella to prevent the story from lagging or dragging out. Like Gilby, In Season is short and sweet. I really hope readers enjoy it.

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Sexy Shorts

sexyshortsOver the years, I’ve published several short stories, a few as part of my series and a couple as standalones. For the first time, I’ve gathered these stories in one volume, Sexy Shorts (Romance Short Story Collection), which I’m offering for $0.99. Readers who are unfamiliar with my books or series can try a taste of my work at a bargain price. And these stories are complete, with a beginning, middle, and end. These are not excerpts or chapters or cliffhangers. Stories like “Breeding Season” and “Alien Sex Life” can be read on their own without being familiar with the rest of the series.

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Blurb: Five complete short stories in one set—no cliffhangers! Enjoy these hot romances featuring shifters, vampires, aliens, and more.

“Breeding Season (A Children of Nanook Story)”: For the Children of Nanook—shifters who can take the form of the deadly frost bear—passions run high during breeding season. Desna has already chosen the mate of her heart, but can Karpok defeat the male who wants to take her from him?

“To Love Again”: Kara is a reincarnated sorceress who has cheated death to return to her vampire lover again and again. Will she finally let Griffin turn her so they can be together forever?

“In Deep”: Elandra’s people are magically connected to the sea, but an act of heroism leaves her scarred and terrified of the water. Dorian is determined to overcome her fear…by offering his sexy body as bait.

“Alien Sex Life (An Alien Sex Ed Story)”: Can alien lovers negotiate a life together? Four-armed Valene is madly in love with Apax, but she’s nervous about her impending marriage.

“Alien Sex Therapy (An Alien Sex Ed Story)”: Cedecians morph from male to female and back again. That makes their race truly bisexual, but Cai has never made love as a woman. Maybe a hot new relationship with Maddox, the four-armed Brachoi in the apartment across from her, is the perfect sex therapy.

Please note: These stories have been previously published separately in other volumes.

Kira Shayde visits with Desires at War

Please welcome Kira Shayde to my blog. Kira writes m/f erotic shifter romances. As readers can tell from my own shifter romance, Tribal Shift, I love animals, so I’m excited to see lion and hyena shifters in Desires at War. Take it away, Kira.

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Today, I want to talk about species conservation in Africa and mention the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of you may have heard of Kevin Richardson—the Lion Whisperer. If not, here’s a quick video introduction to his amazing, hands-on connection with African lions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAGC06VyJtc

Kevin doesn’t just work with African lions though. He’s also particular to saving the spotted hyena, a carnivore not as picturesque or renowned as the African lion. In fact, many folks think the spotted hyena is nothing more than an ugly scavenger, but these highly social animals are actually intelligent and capable hunters. Watch this longer video and I guarantee you will be loving hyenas too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni6yu1OCgks

But the spotted hyena is a direct competitor of the African lion on the Serengeti plains and their fierce battles for territory and prey led me to imagine a world in which these animals were human…shape-shifting humans. And it is here in Africa, with the lions and hyenas at war, we find my erotic paranormal series, Primal Shifters, and my new release, Desires at War.

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KS_DesiresatWar_coverinMonths as a POW leaves lion shifter Fix Ainran struggling to recover, but he can’t get the curvaceous Caryn Plumar out of his mind. Yet the beautiful daughter of the hyena Chairman only torments the disabled former soldier with heated trysts before pulling away.

No matter how much she desires Fix’s touch, Caryn’s obligations involve more than fighting for an independent hyena state in a land ruled by lions and fraught with war. She must sacrifice any chance of happiness and freedom by marrying within the clan to ensure her safety.

Unable to stay apart, Fix and Caryn defy societal rules and risk their lives as they battle enemies, search for the truth about his captivity…and fall in love.

 

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Loose Id, LLC http://www.loose-id.com/primal-shifters-2-desires-at-war.html

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Desires-War-Primal-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B00YAZPA5Q

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Excerpt

Waiting for the others to leave the room, Fix gripped the conference table. His first official parliamentary assignment. Why did he feel so sullied? He should feel proud, not coated in the slime of tense deals and false friendship. When the last man had filed out, Fix wearily set his hands on his wheelchair’s push rims.

“Let me,” a familiar voice said.

He lifted his head as Caryn stepped behind him, her graciousness washing the slime and tension away.

“How about I show you the palace gardens?”

“I’d like that,” he replied with a smile, grateful for another chance to be with her.

She pushed his chair out of the conference room and down the hallway to a set of open French doors. A soft breeze carried in a floral scent, and they crossed the entryway into a sea of African violets. His wheels made a soft thump with each revolution on the brick walk.

Around the bend, bright yellow lilies framed a baobab tree. The straggly branches atop the thick trunk looked like tree roots. An old myth stated the gods gave the hyenas the job of planting the baobab trees, and the laughing hyenas planted the trees upside down.

Fix pointed to the tree. “Your family must have a sense of humor.”

Caryn chuckled. “My great-great-grandfather planted that tree in honor of his new bride, a woman who shared his sense of fun.” They turned another corner, and she inhaled deeply. “I love walking among the gardens. I know every flower species here. In fact, I probably spend more time weeding and pruning than the gardeners do.” She laughed again.

Damn, he loved the sound of her laughter. Rich, full. No delicate twitters like those of the simpering first-caste girls he’d known back in school.

He gestured to the flowers. “You should own a greenhouse or something.”

“I’d love to, but…”

Something about the unexpected melancholy in her voice made him want to stop in his tracks. He took control of the wheelchair so he could turn around to face her. “Then why don’t you?”

A bitter smile crossed her face. “My father wouldn’t view ‘small business owner’ as a suitable occupation for his eldest daughter.”

“Why not?”

She raised her face to the skies. “I live a sheltered life, Fix. Privileged compared to most hyenas, but sheltered. My father tries to protect me from the harsh realities of a society controlled by lions. A society where all others are not even considered fourth caste, but untouchables, forbidden to live or even work on lion-owned lands.”

His jaw clenched. F***ing caste hierarchy. He angled his chair and wheeled toward a small private alcove surrounded by vines. “Come with me.”

Nestled in the vegetation, blocked from the outside world, he took her hand in his and drew her onto his lap. He inhaled her sweet lavender scent, more intoxicating than the flowers around them. “You are not untouchable,” he whispered, gently stroking her cheek.

He skimmed her long hair with the back of his hand and exposed the seductive curve of her neck. When he brushed a kiss along her pulse point, her body trembled.

“No, Fix,” she protested weakly.

But this time he didn’t let her go. Lush, sheltered Caryn Plumar needed to be shown just how touchable she was. Wrapping his hand behind her head, he slanted his mouth over hers and caressed her full lips. Lightning raced up his spine. How he’d longed for this. To hold her, to kiss her. To breathe in her essence. To feel her shudder in his arms.

Her mouth parted with a sharp intake of breath, and he darted his tongue in and found hers, his heart thudding against his rib cage. He eased back and licked her lips with slow swirls. Her sweet taste made him dizzy.

She arched into him, her breaths shallow and fast.

“Oh gods,” she murmured.

Her low, husky voice hit him deep in the groin.

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Kira enjoys studying love, sex, and relationships, and has a weakness for shifters.

As a romance writer, Kira explores somewhat atypical pairings and settings and can’t help adding a twinge of societal awareness to her works, but the focus is always on the developing romance, passion, and happy endings. In her erotic romances, you won’t find any hard-core BDSM. Kira prefers her hero and heroine to share the power and share the love.

A former university research associate and wildlife rehabilitator, Kira is addicted to the Instagram accounts of conservation groups and sanctuaries and spends far too much time online looking at pictures of birds, big cats, wolves, chocolate desserts, and Jamie Dornan.

 

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