Andra Dill Interview, Paranormal Unbound Author

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Andra Dill, one of the authors featured in Paranormal Unbound,  tells us about her contribution to this anthology: Smudged Magic

Hexed by a black-magic witch and transformed into a cat, Roseanne needs her big sister, Neva, to come through with a counter-spell. Fast.

Neva’s green-magic creates amazing protective wards, but it can’t break a curse.

As Neva delves into her treasure trove of grimoires and family archives, the black-witch is determined to breach her protective wards and capture Roseanne. It’s a battle against time and powerful magic, but Neva will do anything for her family.

Interview

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into paranormal romance? 

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. I won’t swear that was the first paranormal book I ever read but it is the one that made a lasting impression on me. Lestat’s personality, his sexuality, his charisma, and his irreverence hooked me.

Q: Is your story in Paranormal Unbound a stand-alone or does it introduce readers to other characters/ worlds of yours? 

Smudged Magic is a stand-alone.

Q: What other Shifters Unleashed anthologies have you participated in/ what stories? 

Shifters For A Cause—I wrote Luck of the Draw, a steamy story about cougar shifter Paige and the persistent jaguar shifter, Logan.

Q: What up-coming anthologies can we find more from you? Please tell us about those stories.
A Measure of Happiness—is a stand-alone historical fantasy book (part of The Casket Girl Chronicles) that takes place in 1728 Louisiana Territory. Mariette became a vampire the night of her mother’s murder. Alone and without her maker to guide her, everything she knows about her new reality has been learned through trial and error. She leaves France behind, seeking a new life with her trapper husband in the wilds of Louisiana. There are problems (of course) and twists, like accusations of witchcraft and dark rumors.

Overindulgence is in the Eternal Love Affair anthology. A steamy romance with a healthy serving of adventure, this story stars a sexy vampire and the hired killer who stumbles into his territory.

I’m currently writing a witch and vampire paranormal romance that will appear in the anthology A Dance of Blood and Magic.

Q: When you write do you visually base your characters off actors/famous people? Please give some examples.

No, my characters are average people put into unusual circumstances.

Q: Why should we read short stories? 

Let me share with you why I enjoy reading them. Short stories allow me to drop immediately into a new slice of reality without a huge time investment. In forty-five minutes to a couple of hours I can immerse myself in a gripping story. It’s like a little vacation for my imagination. If the collection includes a favorite author, it’s a chance to delve into a side character (or main character) and get deeper into the overall series world. Or discover an entirely different side to that author’s writing style (or genre). Other times I have the pleasure of discovering a new-to-me author.

Q: Random party question: what’s your favorite pizza?

Canadian bacon and green olive.

Excerpt

“I’m worried I won’t be able to break the hex, Sagar. To transmogrify a person into an animal that takes black magic.” Rapping her knuckles on the glass, she looked over her shoulder. Sagar sat straddling the chaise; elbows braced on his splayed knees. Black tufts of hair stuck out wildly on his head. He looked ridiculous. Neva smiled, slowly stalking across the room towards him.

Grasping her wrist, he hauled her down to sit in front of him. He ran his fingers through her long chestnut hair, raking out the snarls. Neva tipped her head back and sighed. Tension leached out of her as he divided the tresses into sections, tugging gently, then began fashioning a braid.

“So, you think she was hexed over that jewelry she inherited from your crazy great-uncle?”

“Pieter wasn’t crazy. He was eccentric.” Neva squirmed back, wedging her curvy ass between the vee of his thighs.

“He was too crazy and a hoarder to boot, your Abuelita said so, and it isn’t healthy to disagree with that old gal.”

The elder matriarch wielded the dark arts expertly in the protection of her loved ones.
“Smart man.” Neva patted his leg.

“I’ll never forget her hexing me with fleas back when we were dating.”

“Lita did not hex you with fleas.”

“So you say.” Sagar pulled her back to recline against him. His soothing, familiar scent, musk, and summer sunshine surrounded her, and she melted against him.


When not daydreaming about plot lines and characters Andra practices yoga, reads voraciously, and drinks too much coffee. She loves road trips and going off on wild tangents. Andra writes in multiple genres—including but not limited to—urban fantasy, steamy romance, paranormal romance, and occasionally horror.

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J.A. Belfield Interview, Paranormal Unbound Author

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J.A. Bellfield, one of the authors featured in Paranormal Unbound,  tells us about her contribution to this anthology: Called

Jem Stonehouse dreams of running free. She closes her eyes on her mundane life as a suburban housewife and is whisked to a realm where she races through trees under the silvery glow of moonlight. Jem shrugs it off as overactive imagination, until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger leaves her wondering if there’s more to it than that.

Sean Holloway’s inner wolf recognizes Jem the second he catches her scent. With a single glance, he knows her to be the woman that comes to him in his dreams. While the two have never met-in this lifetime, at least-the bond he feels for her is intimate and unbreakable.

But when their dream encounters become reality, a series of events is set in motion. Apart, the two are safe. Together, they awaken a centuries-old rivalry that could cost them their lives.

With history repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem who and what she truly is. Their survival depends on her embracing her heritage and fighting alongside him.

Can Jem stand firm in the call of destiny, or are her instincts buried far too deep?

Interview

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into paranormal romance?

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Q: Is your story in Paranormal Unbound a stand alone or does it introduce readers to other characters/ worlds of yours?

It can be read as a standalone, but it does lead into further stories for the Holloway Pack

Q: IF it is a lead into another world please tell us about that world/those books.

The first two books are told from a female POV and focus around her romance with one of the pack members, but from book three onwards, they change to showcase different pack members (male POV) and their stories and struggles. Depending on the character, some are more romance focused, others more urban fantasy/action.

Q: What other Shifters Unleashed anthologies have you participated in/ what stories?

I’ll be among the awesome authors releasing in a few months’ time with Shifters Ever After. 

Q: What up-coming anthologies can we find more from you? Please tell us about those stories.

You can find a prequel to the Holloway Pack, Beginnings, in the upcoming Shifters Ever After

Q: When you write do you visually base your characters off actors/famous people? Please give some examples.

I don’t actually. I rarely get solid visuals of my characters, more an essence of who they are as a person. Physically, I just have small snippets in my mind, like I might know their hair colour and length, their eye colour, height, etc, and then I’m left to kind of fill in the blanks, which can make it hard for finding the right images to portray them. I’m more likely to base character relationships on those I’ve experienced or witnessed.

Q: Why should we read short stories?

Because why limit yourself? And just think how many more stories you could be experiencing within a year!

Q: Random party question: what’s your favorite pizza?

Ham and pineapple. Pineapple DOES belong on pizza.


Best known for her Holloway Pack Stories and The Therapist, J.A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her family, a spoiled dog, and a cat who likes to vomit in unfortunate places.
Once upon a time, she was a little girl with a vivid imagination. Not much has changed in the last forty years.

J.A. Belfield writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy. And now she writes saucy romance, too. Because she can. 😉.

WIP-it -Wed Witches of Wet Waterfalls

“A haunted shack, that’s really a magic portal to the magic realm where some warlock has the answers,” I poked at the dirt with the shovel some more. I hadn’t put it back, even though I really didn’t need to use it.

“I don’t know about shack, but by magical portal, you mean shimmering lights and a floating disco globe in the middle of the meadow?” Yuki sounded a little off.

I looked up at her, and a reflection from something bounced across her face. Her arm was outstretched as she pointed to the middle of the meadow.

My gaze followed the direction of her point. Oh. Oh fuck.

“Well, I’d say that might be a magical portal,” Roosevelt said. He crossed his arms and nodded. “Yep, definitely magic.”

Approximately two yards off the ground, where Gage had been standing, a flashing, throbbing, glowing blob appeared. Sparks like diamonds flashed and pastel-colored clouds roiled. It emanated drops of rainbowed lights on the ground around it and reflected light in small patches everywhere. It looked like a sparkling discotheque nebula in the air. Definitely a party, more than a storm.

“What is that?” Gage asked.

“I don’t know,” I whispered.

Behind me, Rosie whimpered. Yuki murmured soft soothing sounds to her.

The magic was between us and the wolves. Max stood his ground and growled at it. Oz seemed to not be bothered by it at all as he rolled around in a patch of wildflowers snapping at bugs.

Gage took a step forward.

“Don’t get near it,” I said. I stood up and I stepped past Gage.

“What part about not getting near that thing, are you doing right now?” Roosevelt asked as I continued to walk toward the thing.

“The part where I’m a witch, and you’re not.” My confidence grew as I got closer. The energy it cast out felt familiar.

“It’s the same energy source I use,” I called back.

As I got closer I could hear it crackle and fizz. I realized the birds and insects had stopped making noise at some point earlier. Maybe they knew this was coming? It didn’t move from where it hung in space.

I didn’t get any closer before I started to circle around. I sent out feelers to detect if this was being generated from any direction.

“Hey,” I said as I reached Max. “It’s worrisome isn’t it?” I asked the growling wolf. He was ready for a fight. But he couldn’t fight energy, and that’s all it was in front of us.

“I don’t think it’s anything you need to worry about. I mean look at Oz, he couldn’t care less.”

I walked over to my boyfriend, the wolf, completely ignoring the situation. He was snapping at bees, and other flying bugs. I could hear birds again, but only over by the rocks. I looked back to the situation, and it was gone. Everyone was focused on something in the middle of the field, but I couldn’t see what they were looking at, at all.

I crossed the space back to Max, and suddenly there it was. And no bird song.

I contemplated calling out to Oz. He would want to see this, and he’d be pissed if I just let him be oblivious to the situation.

As I opened my mouth to say something, a blur of gray fur rushed passed me. Max snapped at his legs but missed.

Oz ran forward and leaped. He sailed right into the middle of the disco storm of magic.

Lulu M. Sylvian Interview, Paranormal Unbound Author

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Lulu M Sylvian, one of the authors featured in Paranormal Unbound,  tells us about her contribution to this anthology: Fallen

She meets the perfect hero for her plot, but is he the perfect hero for her?

Demi is supposed to be enjoying a writer’s retreat. Only everything is going wrong. Everything, except meeting the local hottie fireman. Moments after picking her up from the pavement, she plots an entire fantasy surrounding the handsome Eli.

After telling him about a couple of bear cubs, Eli mysteriously disappears on her. Demi plots the demise of the character she has based on him after she realizes that maybe he wasn’t as taken with her as she thought. Only when Eli returns does he reveal all to her, including a rather surprising plot twist of a secret.

Interview

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into paranormal romance?

I read the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicle books back in the day, but I don’t think they were my true gateway into paranormal romance. That honor goes to a friend who handed me Sherrilyn Kenyon’s, Fantasy Lover.

Q: Is your story in Paranormal Unbound a stand-alone or does it introduce readers to other characters/ worlds of yours?

Fallen is a related story to my paranormal romantic suspense series Legatum. This story introduces some new ideas that the shifters from the previous books did not know about. The characters are all new.

Q: IF it is a lead into another world please tell us about that world/those books.

The Palatine family can trace their history back to the time of the founding of Rome.
Descendants of Rhea Silvia, the first wolf shifter, and the war god Mars, this modern family of shifters is used to protecting their secrets. Now science has caught up with their myth. DNA evidence that can identify shifters is appearing on ancestry tests. And if that isn’t causing them enough troubles, an old long thought dead vampire has mysteriously resurrected and is causing problems.
Legatum is currently at the sixth book in the series. It starts with Protective.

Q: What other Shifters Unleashed anthologies have you participated in/ what stories?

I’ve been lucky enough to participate in several Shifters Unleashed anthologies.
I have a menage vampire story called Mist Chances that appears in Immortal Legacies.
Seal with a Kiss, which features a selkie hero is in Shifters Do It Better.
Loaded for Bear appears in Alpha Shifters Furever

Q: What up-coming anthologies can we find more from you? Please tell us about those stories.

I have a mini-series I’m really excited about coming up. Berserker Boys, the first one Bear is appearing in Cocky Alpha Shifters, with the following stories Wolf and Boar in Shifters Furever After and Shift Happens.

Q: When you write do you visually base your characters off actors/famous people? Please give some examples.

All the time. It helps me to better describe the physical aspects of them, not just what they look like, but how they move, how their face shows expression.

Q: Why should we read short stories?

Short stories give you a sense of completion with a smaller time commitment.

Q: What’s coming next for your readers?

This year I’m in a handful of anthologies, plus in the fall I will be releasing Witches of Wet Waterfalls, the second mini-series in the Wet Waterfalls paranormal reverse harem world.

Excerpt

There was a sudden warble of a siren. Demi closed her eyes with embarrassment. She tripped, she didn’t need an ambulance. The siren was off seconds later and the rumble of a truck engine idled in the street nearby.
“You okay there?”
Too many emotions battled in Demi’s mind. Unable to properly focus around the pain and humility, she breathed deeply before seeing if her eyes would work and cracked them open. The face that greeted her was breathtaking. She was mesmerized the most by his sage green eyes.
His brows were lifted as he looked at her questioningly.
Demi managed to nod. Truth was, she wasn’t okay. She had embarrassed herself epically by stubbing her toe, and now she was having heart palpitations because the rescue hero they had to call in was distractingly handsome. No, not handsome, he was beautiful with darker skin and paler eyes, and bone structure that artists had been trying to capture for centuries.
His fingers caressed the inside of her wrist, and the breath she had struggled to reclaim left her again. It wasn’t fair that a dashing smile and good cheekbones could inject butterflies straight into her bloodstream.
“What’s your name? Can you tell me what happened?” He was professional, didn’t he realize how much worse he was making everything? “Matty said an elderly lady fell and broke her hip. Your pulse is elevated.”
“Matty has greatly over-exaggerated the situation,” she finally managed to say. And of course, her pulse was elevated, he was touching her.

 


 

Bio-engineered to be the only redhead in a generation of blonds, Lulu feels that “aliens” may actually be the best answer for a lifetime of being asked, “Where did you get that red hair from?”
Lulu cannot ride a horse, hula hoop, or play roller derby, but she can make pictures. Encouraged to make those pictures out of words Lulu began writing just to see what would happen, and words happened, so many words. She writes sexy hot paranormal and ridiculous contemporary romances. She embraces the crazy that comes with that one little genetic mutation, and attempts to live up to the reputation of being a redhead.

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Cocky Alpha Shifters: Meet Sassa Daniels, author of Taming the Tiger

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 Meet Sassa Daniels, author of
Taming the Tiger,
and read more about Taming the Tiger

Eleanor

When my boss sends me to Siberia to write a story about bad boy billionaire Alexei Vasiliev’s crusade to help endangered tigers, the last thing I expect is to end up in his bed. Once I’m there, I never want to leave but, with both of us harboring secrets, can our blossoming relationship ever work?

Alexei.

The moment Eleanor Hughes appears at my home, looking like a frumpy schoolteacher, I know I have to have her. Though she doesn’t seem my type, I’m drawn to her in a way I’ve never experienced before. But, behind my public persona, lies a dark secret. I come from a long line of tiger shifters. I’ve never trusted a woman enough to share my life with her. But, perhaps, Eleanor just might be the one.

Eleanor is sent, ostensibly to write a story about bad boy billionaire Alexei’s tiger conservation project. However, she’s realty there to get the scoop on why his mother, a famous socialite, suddenly left Moscow. When Eleanor and Alexei meet, he feels an instant attraction to her. She rebuffs him at first but, soon, his charms start to work on her. After spending a day together, they finally give in to their mutual desire. But then Alexei catches Eleanor snooping around the house where his mother is staying and gets mad. When his secret is revealed, Eleanor has to decide whether she likes him enough to take a chance on this cocky tiger shifter.

Excerpt

As soon as I’m ready, I creep out of the room, and sneak downstairs. Pavel’s warning against snooping chimes in my ears, but I ignore it. By now, he and everyone else in the house, is sure to be asleep. The front doors are locked, when I try them, and I’ve no idea how else to get out of the house. I walk along one corridor, after another, looking for an alternative exit. This place really is huge. I might not be able to find my way back to my room.

As I peer into what seems to be a smaller, more intimate dining room than the one where I ate with Alexei, a voice from behind makes me jump out of my skin. “Going somewhere, kotonyok?”

I spin around and my jaw drops. Alexei is standing behind me, stark naked. He’s intimidating in clothes, but like this, he’s downright scary. His body is more muscular than I realized. For a billionaire playboy investment guru, he’s pretty bulky. In the half-light of the corridor, it doesn’t look as if he’s got any ink, but there’s an interesting scar just above his hip bone. Now that my eyes have reached his hips, I can’t prevent them from glancing a little lower. I almost whistle in appreciation at what I find between his legs. The man is big all over. Realizing that I’m staring, I shake my head to clear away the libidinous thoughts that are floating through it.

“I…eh…I was looking for the kitchen.” I wave a hand in front of my throat. “Thirsty. I…What are you doing up?”

“I went for a run.”

“A run? In the nude?” His response is an indolent shrug. “In Siberia?”

“I was born here. I’m used to it.”

About Sassa Daniels

Sassa Daniels is a USA Today Bestselling Author of steamy romance. Writing across a range of genres including paranormal, sci-fi and contemporary romance, she loves to create strong, dominant heroes and the feisty heroines who’ll challenge them at every turn. Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, she still lives there with her family. She recently quit the world of academia to focus on writing.

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Interview:

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into paranormal romance?

All the old Hammer Horror movies got me hooked on vampire stories, but the one that got me into romance was Bran Stoker’s Dracula. I hated that he didn’t get the girl in the end.

Q: Which do you prefer, and why? Vampires, shifters, witches, or ghosts?

I love shifters. I feel like they can be really dominant and a little bit asshole-ish and get away with it. That said I do love vampires, witches and ghosts, too.

Q: What was your favorite part about writing this story for Cocky Alpha Shifters?

I liked that I went in a different direction than I usually do. Most of my books are quite heavy on spanking. This story was lighter. There was more banter between the main characters.

Q: If you could interview your main character from this story, what would you ask them, and how do you think they would answer?

When you were a child, did you pull little girls’ hair in the playground?

Alexei (smirking). Yes, I did, and they loved it.

If you could change one thing about Alexei, what would it be?

Eleanor – Not a thing, he’s perfect as he is (waits until he’s out of earshot) – actually, I’d make him a bit more humble. The man is insufferably sure of himself.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about short stories as a reader?

I like that you can read them in one sitting and get a glimpse into another world for a little while. I also love that they can introduce you to writers you’ve never come across before.

Q: What was your preferred music/sound track for this story (assuming you have one).

I don’t have preferred music or a soundtrack for the story but, if Alexei had a theme tune, it would be Sexy and I Know it by LMFAO

Q: What’s coming next for your readers?

Well, I’ll have a short story in another Shifters Unleashed Anthology, Shift Happens, coming out later in the year. I’m also working on completing my Claimed Mates series of wolf-shifter stories.

An Improper Derailment: Chapter 21

Where we learn exactly how Mary’s grandfather has ruined her life.
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“When my sister, my dearest Janie, got married. And her husband took her from me and returned to his family’s bosom in Chicago, I thought I would perish. My best friend, my confidant.” Mary sniffled.

“It took months of convincing my grandfather that I would be better off in my sister’s company, instead of Languishing alone in my despair, and dreary San Francisco home. So he ordered a Pullman car, hired a maid and companion for me, and took me himself to Chicago. Once he knew that I was safe and secure with my Sister, he returned to this home.

“I didn’t hear from him for almost a full year. I thought, I thought he has left me knowing that I was capable of securing my own husband and my own fortune, my own future, and I had done so. I had the attention of Pythagoras Peterson, a cousin to the Chicago porter family, one of the richest families in America.

“I was certain in my confidence that Pythagoras was going to make an offer for my hand. He had reservations at the Palmer House. But no, that morning my grandfather sent a telegram saying that he has found a husband for me.” Mary took in a shaky breath in the middle of her dramatic retelling of the events of that fateful morning.

“I am sure that he found me some old friend of his with money. As all my grandfather has ever been interested is in money. Has he but inquired as to my situation, he would have been well pleased to have the attention of Pythagoras Peterson. He wanted me to call him Py!” She let out a small wail of desperation, mourning her past situation.

Casting her gaze about, a sauran on one side of her, trampled grasses on the other. She’d lost count of how many days she had been in the same dress. She didn’t have any means of changing her clothes. She had no idea where her things were, or what would happen to them.

A sob escaped her. “No, I’m sorry. I’ll be fine. I will survive. I will. I will show my grandfather that he knows nothing.”

There was silence. Kim let a low mournful groan, complaining.

“Even Kim agrees with me. It’s a terrible situation that I must endure.”

“Endure?” Marshall asked, he barely suppressed a wry chuckle.

“Yes, Marshall, endure. I am enduring the situation. I have been thrown into the company of…”

Mary glanced up and saw Hanska perched on top of Kim and swallowed her words. She knew what she was about to say. And those words were from her past. And she knew that they were no longer appropriate. They never had been appropriate. She felt shame at ever having thought that way about the native man.

“I’m in the company of two men. This is not proper. I’ve been kicked off of my train. And what was my grandfather thinking hiring you?”

She stormed back around to the other side of Kim and stopped in front of Marshall with her hands on her hips.

“How did he even hire you? What kind of a man are you that you can transport people from here to there like they’re nothing more than a package to be delivered?”

Marshall smirked down at her.

Mary’s palms itched to reach up and smack that smirk from his face. He was laughing at her. She was pouring out her soul and her pain. And he had the gall to step around her and continue walking alongside the sauran.

Mary stopped. Her feet stayed in place. She crossed her arms turned and watch the little company as they continue to on their track across the prairie. She didn’t even know where they were going anymore. All she knew was they had to get to the train. Weren’t there trains in Kansas City? Why weren’t they going in the same direction of the cows–cattle?

She refused to move. Yet, nobody noticed. Nobody paid her any attention. She was pitching a fit. And nobody was giving her the dignity of paying her any attention. Didn’t they know they were supposed to stop and apologize to her? Apologize for everything even if they had nothing to do with any of it. Neither man had any control over what her grandfather had done.

Neither man had any say in the way Pythagoras had behaved after she had to reject him because her grandfather had secured a proposal. Neither of them had anything to do with the beginnings of her situation. Yet they had everything to do with what was going on now. They showed no, remorse no empathy. It didn’t bother them in the least that she was a respectable young lady and she was thrown into the company of two rather rough, undignified men.

Didn’t they see what this could do to her reputation? Didn’t they care?

Perched atop the sauran, Hanska turned to look at her. “Are your feet tired? Do you need to ride? You’re going to fall too far behind if you don’t start walking.”

She stomped her foot. Uncrossed and recrossed her arms and stayed put.

“What do you think you do? I’m not going anywhere with the two of you anymore. You can just leave me out here to the wild animals and the bugs in the sun. I will simply perish and no one will care. Because clearly, no one has ever cared.”

Marshall sighed again and stomped to the few yards back to her. Looked at her and asked, “You’re not gonna walk?”

“No,” Mary turned her nose up at him.

“Fine. If you’re going to stand still like a package. I’m going to treat you like a package.”

He leaned over, grabbed Mary by her midsection, and stood up with her slung over his shoulder as if she weighed no more than a sack of potatoes.

What perils will Mary face next on her journey to regaining the railway? Find out in the next installment… 

©2022 Lulu M Sylvian

Cocky Alpha Shifters: Meet Madison Granger, author of An Unexpected Legacy

 

Cocky Alpha Shifters: A Shapeshifter Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Anthology is coming April 12th!

Bad boys are good…cocky alphas are even better…


Meet Madison Granger, author of An Unexpected Legacy,
and read more about An Unexpected Legacy

Rafe Martin, Alpha of Crossroads wolves, tries to live a peaceful existence with his pack near the state forest in Central Louisiana. Most of the time, he succeeds. It’s only when others try to drag him into their problems, he has to remind them of his dominance and strength.

Lyric Taylor was born an Omega, the lowest of the low in pack standings. Abused and passed around freely to males in the pack, she has no hope of change or escape. Death would be a blessing, but her Alpha is too cruel to allow it.

When Rafe meets Lyric, he makes a startling discovery, forever changing his life.

An Unexpected Legacy delves into the dynamics of one Alpha and an Omega. Finding out, despite tradition, they are instead, Fated Mates. The story covers Rafe, the Alpha, dealing with this startling discovery, and how Lyric, the Omega, with Rafe’s encouragement, comes into her own, defying custom, culture, and her own birthright.

Excerpt

“You always worry about everyone else. When do you take time for yourself?” Daphne eased forward, wrapping an arm around Lyric’s waist.

Lyric shrugged, looking at the neat picnic area surrounded by large, shady trees. The pack’s land was much like the people she’d met—full of life, healthy, and vital. She thought about the Plantation pack with their crowded, dingy homes and dirt roads, and the comparison was ludicrous.

“I can’t change who I am or my situation,” she told Daphne. “If I’m helping others, I don’t dwell on me.”

“But you have that chance now,” Daphne exclaimed. “You’re already in a better situation—don’t think I’m the only one who’s noticed the way the Alpha watches you.”

“What do you mean?” Lyric shot her a panicked look.

“Lyric, he watches every move you make. Everyone’s noticed. There’s talk of Rafe finally taking a mate.”

“A mate! Well, that’s certainly not going to be me.” Lyric fought hard to calm her wolf. The beast wanted Rafe for her mate and would settle for nothing less. “Alphas don’t take omegas for mates. They need someone strong, to help lead the pack.” She turned sorrowful eyes on Daphne. “That doesn’t begin to describe me.”

Daphne was deep in thought before she finally responded. “I think it’s more between our wolves than our pack rank. If his wolf wants to claim you, it’s pretty much a done deal.” She eyed her knowingly. “What does your wolf tell you? I would be shocked if she’s been quiet all this time.”

“She’s noticed him,” Lyric admitted.

About Madison Granger

Convinced by friends to put a story to paper, Madison Granger started writing in 2015. Her beginning as an author was with a hybrid publishing house. Two years later, she became self-published and is now an Indie best-selling author of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.

Born and raised in Louisiana, living just south of New Orleans, she’s no stranger to the magical and different.

Madison shares her home with her daughter, granddaughter, and psycho cat, Mochii. If she doesn’t pay attention, her girls will let in the outside cats too.

Madison loves to read, listen to music (mostly country, with a little alternative thrown in), coffee, and horses. She collects dragons, gargoyles, and angels… and anything else that catches her fancy.

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Interview:

Q: Everyone has a secret party trick. What’s yours?

Not sure if it’s a party trick, but I have an uncanny knack for spotting typos, which is an immense help when I proofread or edit. I’m also an admitted Grammar Nazi.

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into paranormal romance?

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Q: Which do you prefer, and why? Vampires, shifters, witches, or ghosts?

Shifters, hands down. Being strong-willed and a hopeless romantic myself, I’m drawn to the Alpha mentality and the idea of Fated Mates. With shifters, those two things go hand-in-hand.

Q: What was your favorite part about writing this story for Cocky Alpha Shifters?

Exploring the Alpha-Omega relationship and adding a twist of my own.

Q: If you could interview your main character from this story, what would you ask them, and how do you think they would answer? 

To Rafe: In learning about the Omega Legacy, and that a Legacy is only mated to an Alpha of worth, how does that make you feel?

A: Humbled. I don’t know about this worthy stuff; all I know is that I’m grateful to be blessed with a Fated Mate. Lyric is everything I ever wanted, and then some.

To Lyric: As a Legacy, do you have any words or plans for other Omegas?

A: I think there should be changes within the packs as to how Omegas are treated. Just because they aren’t born leaders doesn’t make them any less of a shifter.


Q: What’s your favorite thing about short stories as a reader?

To be honest, I prefer novels or a series.


Q: What was your preferred music/sound track for this story (assuming you have one).

If I tell you, you can’t judge me… LOL I listen to Pandora and the Nickelback station.

Sassa Daniels Interview, Paranormal Unbound Author

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Sassa Daniels, one of the authors featured in Paranormal Unbound,  tells us about her contribution to this anthology: Rejecting the Alpha

He thinks she’s his mate. She has other ideas.

Cast out from her pack after trying to frighten off her alpha’s mate, spoiled pack princess Francesca di Angelo is finally learning to stand on her own two feet.

When Russian alpha, Leonid Sobakhin shows up, insisting she will be his mate, Francesca is determined to defy him.

Will she be able to resist the raw, masculine charms of this alpha male and forge a path of independence? Only if she can hold her nerve.

Rejecting the Alpha is part of the Claimed Mates series. It is a prequel to The Alpha’s Prize, but can be read as a standalone.

Interview

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into paranormal romance?

It’s hard to remember. I watched loads of vampire and werewolf films when I was young but, if I had to choose one that really piqued my interest in the romantic aspect of the films, I’d have to say Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I really wanted Dracula to get the girl.

Q: Is your story in Paranormal Unbound a stand-alone or does it introduce readers to other characters/ worlds of yours?

It can be read on its own, and you can accept that the ending draws a line under events, but the characters do have their own story – The Alpha’s Prize

Q: IF it is a lead into another world please tell us about that world/those books.

The story fits into my Claimed Mates series. It starts with the MacDonald wolf-shifter pack, who are the last of their kind in Scotland. The first two books, The Alpha’s Mark and Marked by the Wolf take place in Scotland and feature shifter – non-shifter pairings. The third book, Claimed by the Alpha, moves to Italy, where Sadie MacDonald, of the Scottish pack, becomes mate to Italian alpha, Marco di Angelo. Book four in the series, Taken by the Wolves, sees Carolina di Angelo, of the Italian pack, becoming mate to Duncan and Neil Macdonald. It’s set in Scotland. The fifth book, The Alpha’s Prize, features Leonid and Francesca, from Rejecting the Alpha. There’s a sixth book currently being written, which will tell the story of Alessio di Angelo, from the Italian pack and a seventh novella will focus on Davide di Angelo, who pops up briefly in my story for the anthology.

Q: What other Shifters Unleashed anthologies have you participated in/ what stories?

I have a story, Claiming His Mate, in the Alpha Shifters Furever anthology. It tells the story of Christian Vukas, a Croatian alpha, and Erin Phelan, an Irish shifter who’s destined to be his mate, whether she likes it, or not.

Q: What up-coming anthologies can we find more from you? Please tell us about those stories.

I also have stories coming out in the Shifter’s Unleashed anthologies, Cocky Alpha Shifters and Shift Happens. For Cocky Alpha Shifters, I’ve written a story of an arrogant Russian tiger-shifter and a woman sent to research an article into his famous mother’s sudden disappearance from the limelight. I’ve had a lot of fun with this one, since the hero, Alexei, is a cocky swine and my heroine, Eleanor isn’t about to put up with any crap from him. For Shift Happens, I’ve got a couple of ideas I’m playing with, but it’s not due out until later in the year, so I haven’t finalized that one yet.

Q: When you write do you visually base your characters off actors/famous people? Please give some examples.

Sometimes. Gerard Butler was definitely who I had in mind when I wrote Finn MacDonald in The Alpha’s Mark. Michele Morrone, from 365 Days, is who I’ve been thinking about as I write Alessio di Angelo’s story.

Q: Why should we read short stories?

Because they give you a quick, satisfying glimpse at another world. They can also be a great introduction to a new-to-you author, giving you a taste of their style and the type of characters they create.

Q: Random party question: what’s your favorite pizza?

It’s a very specific pizza – the Pollo ad Astra from Pizza Express (a UK chain). It has a thin base, topped with chicken, sweet peppers, red onion, mozzarella, tomato and Cajun spices. But, really, I’ll eat anything as long as it doesn’t have pineapple on it.

Q: What’s coming next for your readers?

In the next month or so, I have the third novel in my Russian Bratva series, The Lenkov Dynasty coming out. I also have a dark fantasy story in the anthology, Captured by Darkness. I’m also finishing off my Claimed Mates wolf-shifter series.

Excerpt

Francesca gasped, her mouth falling open in apparent shock. “What?”

“Your cousin had finally consented to me taking you as my mate.”

Rage flashed in her eyes, the first sign of the temper she was well known for. “Marco has no say in what happens to me.”

Leonid shrugged lazily. “Doesn’t matter. I want you as my mate. I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.”

Taking advantage of her apparent speechlessness at his declaration, Leonid leaned in to kiss her. His lips hovered over hers but, before he could stake his claim, she shoved him away with surprising force. “Get away from me, you filthy mongrel.”Baring his teeth in anger, he grabbed her arm and pulled her up against him. “You are mine, Francesca. The sooner you accept it, the better.”

 


 

Sassa Daniels is a USA Today Bestselling Author of steamy romance. Writing across a range of genres including paranormal, sci-fi and contemporary romance, she loves to create strong, dominant heroes and the feisty heroines who’ll challenge them at every turn. Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, she still lives there with her family. She recently quit the world of academia to focus on writing.