Paranormal Romance

Author Life: Character Naming Secrets

Character Naming Secrets A reader recently asked if I have any character naming secrets, and where I came up with the name of Mairwen Morganthur, the heroine of Overload Flux. I’ll tell you the same thing I told him, but first I must dispel the notion that there any secrets to naming characters. Just as […]

Siberian unicorn from the age of megafauna

The Age of Megafauna The concept for my Ice Age Shifters® paranormal romance series arose from my hobby of reading science articles. “What if,” I said to my muse, “some shifters were born as throwbacks to the earlier, larger versions of species?” My muse liked the idea, and the series was born. And lucky me, […]

Shifter romance: Bringing legends and myths to life

Shifter Romance Brings Legends and Myths to Life I believe humans are the storytelling animal. Important information is easier to remember if it has a story behind it, because stories give it context, emotion, and meaning. Of course, just like my dearly departed grandmother, we also have a tendency to rarely let the truth get […]

Flamingos are Delightful in SHIFTER'S STORM

Flamingos Are Delightful I love animals, which is why I write shifter paranormal romances (PNRs) and animals appear in half of my space opera series. It’s the fault of my cats, of course. 😸 When writing Shifter’s Storm, I needed the heroine, Chantal Hammond, to be in Florida so it would be easier for her […]

The backdrop of SHIFTERS STORM is hurricane recovery on Vieques, an island east of Puerto Rico

Hurricane Recovery for Puerto Rico and Its Islands My latest paranormal romance, Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5), takes place on the island of Vieques, part of Puerto Rico. I took my inspiration from the news reports about the tremendous damage done by 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Hurricane recovery for Puerto Rico has been abominably […]

Shifter's Storm, an Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance

Shifter’s Storm Excerpt Chantal Hammond is the heroine of Shifter’s Storm, the latest book in the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series. She’s a modern and independent-minded leopard shifter. She’s also a sheriff’s deputy on loan to another jurisdiction. Cougar shifters run the tiny Barron County, Florida sheriff’s department, but they haven’t been very welcoming. […]

Ice Age sloth in the Ice Age Shifters paranormal romance series

About Prehistoric Aquatic Sloths (Thalossocnus) The hero of Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5) is Dauro de Mar, a shifter trapped in a fairy fantasyland. His animal side is an extinct aquatic sloth (Thalassocnus) from the Ice Age. As you might imagine, this quite surprised his elephant-seal shifter parents. When the story opens, he’s […]

Excerpt from Shifter's Storm

Excerpt from Shifter’s Storm The hero of my latest paranormal romance, Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5), is Dauro de Mar. He and his fellow captives were bought by a greedy fairy who collected exotic aquatic shifters. Dauro has been there the longest, and was the first acquisition. Where is “there,” you ask? A […]

3 go-to recipes

Three Go-To Recipes for Gatherings I’m a very lucky author. When I’m working on a book deadline (which is pretty much any day ending in ‘Y’), the resident mad scientist does most of the cooking in our secret lair… er, house. However, I occasionally borrow his laboratory… er, kitchen for special occasions such as potlucks […]

Cover Reveal for Shifter's Storm

Cover Reveal for Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5) At last I can present the cover reveal for Shifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters Book 5). The fabulously spiffy cover for this and the rest the series are all designed by the very talented Amanda Kelsey of Razzle Dazzle Design. Shifter’s Storm starts a new […]

Illustration of a prehistoric dire wolf for Dire Wolf Wanted

More Prehistoric Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus) And Not the Friendly Kind My Ice Age Shifters® series is paranormal romance with a twist. Shapeshifters magically share their soul with animals, such as wolves, bears, tigers, bulls, and more. Rare shapeshifters share their souls with ancient animals from the Ice Age. I already told you some fun […]

About Mythical Ahklut in the Ice Age Shifters World

About Mythical Ahklut in the Ice Age Shifters® World In Dire Wolf Wanted, Ice Age Shifters Book 4, the heroine is Rayne Chakal, a covert agent and a prehistoric dire wolf shifter, which makes her very rare. (See my posts on prehistoric bears, lions, and Rayne’s sister, also a dire wolf.) The hero of the […]

Illustration of a prehistoric dire wolf for Heart of a Dire Wolf

About Prehistoric Dire Wolves (Canis Dirus) Scary Extinct Wolves of North America Humans have good reasons for their atavistic fear of wolves. They work in packs, are clever, and good at hunting big prey and bringing it down. Prey such as stray humans who are hunting for food themselves. Now imagine the wolves after you […]

Illustration of a prehistoric American lion for Shift of Destiny

About Prehistoric American Lions (Panthera Atrox) Big Extinct Cats of North America As I mentioned in my post about really big prehistoric bears, Ice Age megafauna are at the core of my Ice Age Shifters® paranormal romance series. In my books, these shifters are rare and often find themselves in unusual situations, including the unexpected […]

Illustration of an Arctotherium bear for Shifter Mate Magic

About Prehistoric Bears (Arctotherium) A Very Big Extinct Bear in South America Ice Age megafauna are the core inspiration for my Ice Age Shifters® paranormal romance series. I’ve mentioned before about how reading an article on excavating the fossil remains of a huge prehistoric bear in South America sparked my muse. What if rare and […]