Heroes, Heroines, and Valentine’s Day….Not


Are you doing anything special for the big day? I certainly am. I’ll be sending my last magazine on the day job to the printer, which means a long, hectic workday filled with semi-hysterical alumni (well, okay, that started late yesterday), needless interruptions, and the utter satisfaction of gettin’ that baby outta here.

I might have six weeks left on the day job, but after today, I’ll mentally begin the transition to full-time author. Well, except for that week I plan to do nothing but sleep.

I was trying to think about my various heroes and heroines, and how they had spent Valentine’s Day in my books and, well, they haven’t. It’s probably just as well. Alex would buy DJ a gun, DJ would get him a bacon-fryer, Rand would do something inappropriate, and, well, let’s not even talk about Rene or Jean Lafitte.

Glory would eat something full of bourbon and sugar and then Mirren would have a fine feast. She’d enjoy it too.

Will and Randa would argue over who got whose gift first.

Robin would pick a fight with Cage and they’d end up having hot monkey sex.

Cole and Cele would probably go out for a beer because Gentry and Jena would be staking out poachers or something.

Poor Aidan and Krys. I can’t even talk about them.

I don’t think I’ve even READ a Valentine’s Day book. Have you? And what do you have planned for your big smoochy day?

Shifter Survey–What’s Your Favorite Furred or Feathered Friend?

I have flirted with shifters over the years. In the Sentinels series, the merfolk are aquatic shifters who can change either partially into classic mer form, or fully, into freshwater or saltwater dolphins. There are also the loup-garou, rogue werewolves who avoid the pack structure, and, of course, everyone’s favorite canine shifter, Alex. ( Although admittedly he’s in danger of losing his favored status because he’s so bullheaded.) And, yeah, there might have been a weregator or two.

In STORM FORCE and ALLEGIANCE (PENTON #4), shifters are introduced into the Penton world–an eagle shifter, a jaguar shifter, a jaguarundi and a direwolf.

Which brings us to wolves, and the whole world of shifter romance, which I’m thinking about tackling next. I’ve been studying the market as I do the new release lists each week and there are a LOT of bear shifters out there these days. The big cats and the wolves have always been around. Dragons are hot stuff (pun intended) in today’s fiction.

So…what’s your favorite type of shifter? I still love wolf shifters and enjoy finding different spins on the wolves and the big cats. The other ones seem to veer into the “odd shifter” category, and I’m not sure how many people like to read those.

Weigh in and help me choose–and share your favorite shifter series!


Big Cat?



Odd shifter?