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Shifters play harder! by Eva Lefoy

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I didn’t always write shifters but about a year ago I made a switch to include them in my work. Not only because shifters still seem to be popular, but also because of the ease of writing different storylines that don’t always lend themselves easily to contemporary romance stories. One can beat a shifter character up pretty badly and they most often heal. Hello, character torture!

There’s also pack dynamics that in some ways are familiar to us as family interactions. We as humans innately understand hierarchies and in a pack there is always a top wolf who’s bigger and badder than the rest. From there, it’s easy to let your imagination run wild.

So far, I’ve tended to pretty darn mean to my alphas. My betas are the secret, quiet heroes who do the right things and get the job done. For example, in Darkest Magic, the alpha of the pack has fallen prey to an evil witch. He tries to kill his beta and his daughter, and it’s the beta, a snarky dwarf, and a good witch who save the day. In my Sexy to Go series, the alpha, Liam has a tense relationship with my heroine, Casi, a woman who has an ongoing relationship with his mate. To keep things interesting, there’s a few surprises and a large battle looming for Liam’s pack.

But through all the hardships I throw at them, shifters are still around to play, and I get new ideas of where to take the characters. For example, I’d like to create a series featuring a pack with a female alpha. I also like to play around with the idea of multiple alphas as mates. What does a pack do when there’s more than one possible ruler to look to? Who do they follow and what must the leader do in order to differentiate themselves?

In short, how much blood sweat and tears can you give ‘em and have them be just like a Timex and keep on coming? Plenty, I say, which makes them fun to write and easy to love. My next shifter series will be a m/m science fiction/horror erotic romance.

Let’s see those wolves battle giant space bugs! Yee haw!

Eva – the slightly deranged shifter writer
Excerpt:

Darkest Magic by Eva Lefoy

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“Nikko,” Eli soothed, using his favorite diminutive for him—a name he hated. “We need to talk, and I thought it best we do so out here.”

None of the other wolves sat. All remained at attention. The hairs on his neck didn’t just stand, they marched. Every nerve he possessed readied for a fight. His wolf clamored to get out. He kept his eyes low, his speech careful. “What’s up? Is the pack in trouble?”

“Trouble?” Eli threw his head backward and his massive chest out and laughed. “There’s no trouble. In fact everything’s perfect.” He motioned toward the smaller, red-coated wolf beside him. “Petrina’s pregnant.”

The only sound he heard was his own long inhale. None of the other wolves moved or twitched. Why was it a big secret? “Congratulations. I’m happy for you.”

Eli nodded and smiled as he closed the distance between them. “And it’s time for you to go.”

“Go? Go where?”

“You’re done, Nikko. I don’t need you anymore.”

He flinched at the hand clapped on his shoulder. Though they’d been close as brothers while the alpha’s first mate was alive, things had deteriorated steadily since her death. This was probably the first time he had simply touched him and not hit him in over two years. It struck him as weirdly unreal.

“You’re out of the pack. Get your things and go.”

His brain went into freefall.

 

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Author Bio:
Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a die-hard Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.
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13 thoughts on “Shifters play harder! by Eva Lefoy

  1. “Let’s see those wolves battle giant space bugs! Yee haw!”

    All I’m going to say is…I’m in love!
    Eva Lefoy, why have I never found you before??

    Sincerely, a slightly deranged shifter loving reader! 😉

  2. yeah the space bug story is gonna involve lots of orgies with jocks who are drugged on the sex hormones of the bugs. HEe hee. Poor saps. they have no idea….. *cue wicked laugh*

  3. Thanks for hanging out with us today, Eva!

  4. Eva, you are a NUT. Love it. 😛

  5. Loved the comment about being mean to shifters. I too am mean to mine. Although my characters can take on dragon form, just like alpha wolves you can throw a lot at them. Good post.

  6. I was going to say that the giant space bugs just sounded… “EWWWW!”… but at least you made up for it with the words “jocks” and “orgies” [wink]. I’ve always wondered – is it more difficult to write mm than it is mf? Or is it sorta like sci fi sex where just because you’ve never had it doesn’t mean you can’t write about it? Enjoyed “For Research Purposes” in the Sci Spanks Anthology!

    • i think that I love cocks. Yep, I’m pretty sure I do! So writing about cocks and what to do with them is kind of second nature. *wink* Now, writing a M/F sex scene with the man giving oral sex… that’s a stretch. I don’t have that experience and like the bug sex it’s something I just have to picture, describe as best I can, and go with it! But difficult? yes and no. It takes time to figure out HOW to approach it, without turning readers (or myself LOL) off. BTW I have a M/F scifi in the pipeline too, and the guy has 3- yay! – cocks. Woot!

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  8. Great excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. okay I’ve got 5 entries so far… any more?

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