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Mates, Mermaids, & Murder.

Cats and water don’t mix. Tigers aren’t meant to be dragged to the bottom of the sea, even if it’s to solve a murder. But that itch to claw my way to the surface—it’s blown away by an entirely different desire.

She has unearthly silver hair and violet eyes…not to mention the tail of a fish. But my tiger roars to claim this mermaid, fins and scales and whatever else comes along with her. We come from different worlds, but fate forces us together.

If we can’t solve this murder, there will be war. If we don’t hurry, I’ll lose her forever.

Titles in The Protectors Quick Bites series include — Midnight Wish – I Dream of GrizzlyThe Ocean’s Roar

This series connects to The Protectors series.  For a more complete list of titles in that series and more please visit the Keira Blackwood page.

Her marriage of convenience isn’t as convenient as she hoped…

Snow leopard shifter and heiress Darla Grant thought that marrying her best friend would be the solution to all of her problems: it would shelter her from a persistent and unwelcome suitor, unlock her inheritance to save the bankrupt shifter retirement home where she volunteers, and free her from her controlling society mother. 

Then she meets her fated mate at the tropical luxury resort reserved for her wedding, and her perfect plan turns into perfect torture. 

Leopard shifter and waiter Breck is everything her mother despises: poor, common, and openly bisexual. No matter that he’s also charming, funny, and kind—even if Darla could switch grooms, her mother would never give her blessing to the match and the suitor she was trying to escape isn’t going to give up her fortune without a fight. 

But there’s more to Breck than a ready smile and thoughtful service. 

And he’s always been up for a challenge… 

This is an adult 18+ title.  It contains language, violence and sexual situations geared toward a mature audience.

Titles in the Shifting Sands Resort series include —  Tropical Tiger Spy – Tropical Wounded Wolf – Tropical Bartender Bear – Tropical Lynx’s Lover – Tropical Dragon Diver – Tropical Panther’s Penance –  Tropical Christmas StagTropical Leopard’s Longing

** Just an FYI The Master Shark’s Mate, a title from the Fire & Rescue Shifters series by Zoe Chant is a crossover title in the Shifting Sands Resort series.  It would be best read between Tropical Wounded Wolf and Tropical Bartender Bear**

I love Challenges, trouble is I read the books but neglect to keep up with the “keeping track thru the Linky thingy”… so it often looks like I never finished.  Oh well.  That’s on me.

I rarely join in a Challenge with this blog, Shifter Haven, because I post here so much that it really isn’t a “challenge” to hit a certain number of books read here.  But… Anthologies, now that’s a whole other situation, folks.

I spent a week recently going through my purchased books from Amazon.  I wrote them out, by hand, into a notebook to “shame” myself into reading the darned things.  Hey, I spent good book money on those suckers, I need to read them!  I was shocked, angered and saddened to discover just how many unread books I have.  It’s embarrassing.  Among that long list are several anthologies or some readers call them ‘book bundles’ in the Paranormal Romance sub-genre of Shifter Romance.

This Challenge – A Year in Anthologies – is the perfect way to tackle those unread bundles of books that I may have read one or two of in recent memory.  The Challenge runs from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019.  That’s a whole year to read a maximum of six (6) of those lonely anthologies.  I’m in!  This one I can do.

If you have unread anthologies or book bundles on your e-reader (or in print) then this is a Challenge that may interest you as well.  The sign-up page can be found through either the link above or by clicking on the graphic in this post or in the sidebar.  We can do this!  We have a whole freakin’ year to get it done!

Now, full disclosure here.  I will often review one or two related stories within a book bundle or anthology when it’s part of a series I’m reading and reviewing.  I do that when the authors have the right (it takes a little bit of waiting) to publish those stories as singles.  A Year in Anthologies asks that the anthologies be reviewed, that’s fair.  But… I can also pick out those titles that have been released by their authors as single story reviews.  Scheduled posts are a wonderful thing, and this is the perfect way to get some of those gems ready for those times when I’m stuck off doing other things.  I love an all-around win, don’t you?

What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!  🙂

As the Christmas celebrations move closer, my birthday looms even more closer… and I realize just how exhausted and short tempered I’ve become I’ve decided it’s time for a Christmas Break Just For Me.  More on this will come up on my main blog, Keeper Bookshelf, on Saturday because that’s my official break taking day… but I wanted to share this here, at the heart of my reading addiction site, Shifter Haven, first.  This is usually the spot I run to, the stories I read most when life is getting to me… and the fact that I’ve let this place fall behind tells me just how bad things have become.

I have one review to finish for a good friend, and talented author this week – and the Christmas addition to T.S. Joyce’s Daughters of Beasts just released so, yeah that has to be read and posted… then I’ll be going dark until the New Year.  Nothing is horribly wrong, my friends, I’m simply tired and need a break.  I deserve to take care of myself as well as the others in my life, and this time I’m making the decision to do just that.

I wish each and every one of you the most wonderful Christmas or Holiday season, no matter what you celebrate or believe — we all believe in the magic of the written word, so that’s enough to join us together… in my opinion.

Safe journey, I’ll see you bright and bushy-tailed in 2019.

If you happen to love Lia Davis’ Ashwood Falls series then today is kinda important to those of us who love these sexy shifters.  It’s ten (10) weeks until the release of the newest Ashwood Falls story and to give us a treat Lia Davis has a Countdown Event going on over on her Facebook page.  There is also a post about it on her official website.

So what you may ask?  This is a great time to re-read this series again or to discover it for the first time — especially since Ms Davis’ has recently released an Ashwood Falls bundle entitled:  Shifters of Ashwood Falls: Collector’s Bundle which includes stories, shorts and fun conversations with characters to bring us up-to-date.

This first week’s conversation is all about Winter Eve, the prequel #0.5 story in the Ashwood Falls series, right back where it all started.  It’s going to be fun so if you haven’t already liked or followed Lia Davis’ Facebook page, now might be a good time to do that.

I have had so many enjoyable hours spent in Ms Davis’ world of Ashwood Falls, and other locations as well.  I love her shifters – they’re smart, sexy and intriguing… and did I mention hot?  If you’d like to get started in this world the bundle is a great way and a good deal as well.  The graphic over there is a link to Amazon, so it’s real easy to get started.  (and yes, I’m an Amazon affiliate but I’m sure not getting rich  lol)

I’ll be re-reading this series and getting reviews up each week, in fact here’s a link to my review of Winter Eve from a while back.  I love this world, and I believe you would, too.  Indulge yourself and enjoy.

Marsha

 

Welcome to Aurora Falls. Home of platter-sized pancakes, the Northern Lights, and… a lake full of finned immortal warriors in search of their mates. This mountain getaway is full of sexy shimmering secrets just waiting to be revealed… 

A gentle fighter…. 
After spending her childhood plagued by illness, Skye Brooks travels to Aurora Falls to expand her education and learn the art of natural healing. In a small town under the Northern Lights she finds her purpose in helping others. She never expects to meet a man that would change her life beyond her wildest dreams. 

Centuries spent underwater… 
Koll knew that the chances of breaking the curse that kept him below the surface of Sapphire Lake were small. Over the years he’d only had small glimpses of the changing world outside the lake. If he could find her, the only one who could break the spell, and convince her they were meant to be together, he could live like a free man again. 

A chance encounter, a moment in time; that was all it would take to change the future of two people. Will this shy young woman be able to believe in magic and the hope that fairy-tales do come true or will reality and logic ruin Koll’s opportunity to leave his watery prison behind forever? 

While this story might not be about Shifters in the strictest sense, it still follows the strong, sexual content warning that I give for all the Shifter stories reviewed here at Shifter Haven — 18+, adult readers.

Wait For Me is part of a multi-author series.  Please visit our Sapphire Lake – Mountain Mermaids page to see all of the titles and authors in this series

Oh, it’s been a week from hell, guys.  I’ve been fighting an intense chest cold that is a breath away from bronchitis… I know that feeling ‘cos I’ve been there before.  Yet, I’ve also had book reviews from NetGalley due so just had to power through as best I could.

Truth is I miss my Shifters so much that I’m now opening up the next book in a series and I’ll be back to getting my first reading love reviews up real, real soon (coughing jags a consideration however).

Sorry I’ve been somewhat MIA – hopefully the worst is behind me.  (Tightly Crossed Fingers on that one)

Talk soon.

Mavis Williams is destined to be alone. Years ago, her ex kicked their daughter Nina out for being a shifter, and Mavis’ heart was broken. Now, she’s finally been reunited with Nina, and moved to beautiful Glacier Park…but she can’t let go of her guilt and grief. And there’s no one in her life to help. 

Colonel Wilson Hanes, Marine and snow leopard shifter, has dedicated his life to the military, served in combat, and been promoted to a high-level job in Washington. After decades of service, he’s realized that when he retires, he has nothing to look forward to. He’s married to his job, and it’s too late for him to find a mate, let alone a family. 

But when Wilson comes to Glacier Park for a wedding, he’s captivated not only by the rugged wilderness, but also by the quiet, graceful woman he meets there. And Mavis is shocked to feel a connection that she’d thought would never happen–with a man who understands the tragedies life can bring. Can Wilson show Mavis that love is nothing to fear? And what happens when Mavis’ ex starts to stir up trouble?

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Titles in the Veteran Shifters series include:  Snow Leopard’s Lady – Lion’s Lynx –

Veteran Shifters is a spin-off of the Glacier Leopards series.  In this new series you’ll often meet up with old friends as we meet new people in this tight knit community.  For a list of titles in the Glacier Leopards series please visit the Zoe Chant page.

Running from trouble, running to trouble, and confronting the source. Two packs come together to defend against a mercenary biker gang. Expect motorcycles, wolves, a case of mistaken identity, a reluctant assassin, fiercely protective shifter men, three very different couples, and a whole lot of fun.

The Protectors of the Pack Complete Series Box Set contains all three books in the Protectors of the Pack series. There’s steamy, action-packed romance, scorching love scenes, and a happily ever after ending.

Bodyguard 
Forced together from worlds apart, it wasn’t what they wanted. But needs can change… 

Alex Briggs speaks her mind. After spending her life confined to the city, she finds the allure of running free as a wolf in the forest irresistible. When an unexpected threat strikes, Alex is forced away from the fight by the alpha of her pack—her father, and into the arms of a tall, sculpted stranger. 

Pulled away from the reconnaissance mission he wanted, Reynolds Parker is sent on a delivery. Completing the job proves difficult when he gets one look at the curvy vixen he is meant to escort. 

Challenged by each other and the hostile wolves that pursue them, the couple must work together if they want to survive. 

Enemies 
Sometimes love means taking a bullet. Right in the a– 

College student in the morning, coffee shop barista at night. Zoe Roberts is content to live her regular life by her regular routine. Everything goes according to plan until a strange man grabs her in a dark alley. Suddenly she’s not only supposed to believe in the existence of mythical creatures, but become an assassin for them. What could go wrong? 

Witt Parker is tired of waiting for the mercenary wolf pack to make their move. But, when it’s finally time to put an end to the Silent Butchers, nothing could prepare him for meeting the she-wolf sent to kill his twin. He could show her the wonders of being a shifter, if only he could convince her that he’s not her enemy. 

Heir 
I’ll show you what it means to be mine… 

Heir to a multi-billion dollar company. Heir to the alpha of the largest pack in the state. Wolf shifter Hunter Briggs works tirelessly to be worthy of his birthright. When his father falls ill, it’s up to Hunter to step up and take his place. But he can’t shake the feeling that someone close must be to blame. And his prime suspect, a gorgeous blonde bombshell, just might be the mate he’s been searching for. 

A big city. A fresh start. Grace Perry wants nothing to do with anything shifter. Most of all she is absolutely, one hundred percent, not looking for a mate. Unfortunately her new boss happens to be a wolf, who is convinced that someone is trying to kill him. When his suspicions become reality, Grace is determined to find out who is responsible. Too bad her boss’s way-too-smoking-hot son has the same idea. And she just can’t stop running into him.

Sometimes I will get really caught up in a series and not want to wait on starting the next book.  I don’t think I’m alone in that.  So instead of stopping taking the time to write up a review… I simply dive in to the next story until I’ve finished an entire series back to back.  Which is great for submerging myself in another world… not so great for timely reviews.

Over the course of four months or so I’d binge read four long series back to back.  Reviewed only the beginnings of them.  Now I’m faced with going back and reviewing three of those long series (I finally got one of them completed).  It’s not that I didn’t love them, I did, so much so that I didn’t want to leave that world.

But never again will I binge read in that fashion.  I’ll read them back to back if they’re long, older series that I want to get caught up on, that’s not an issue.  I will, however, take the time to review as each one is finished.  I won’t make that mistake again.  Now I’m left with stories that I absolutely loved and now feel guilty about not reviewing each at the time I read them.  So, no.  Not gonna happen that way again.

It’s true that I’m not one bit afraid to start (at the beginning) of older series.  I do my best to keep up to date with ongoing series and review new releases in a timely fashion for I know the value of reviews to authors.  Yet when it means that I have to start two or more years ago in order to understand an entire series that I haven’t read a word about yet, then yes I’ll go back to the very first book. (and that is true for any of my genre specific blogs not just Shifters)  The only exception to that are NetGalley reviews, those have a time frame that must be held to no matter what.

Any other binge readers out there?  How do you read several stories in a series?  I won’t give up falling into an author’s universe, but I will take the time to review each book right after reading in the future.  But like chocolate, I don’t think I can totally give up binge reading.  Nope, not gonna happen.

 

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