Shift’N’Howl Interview with Claire Davon



Her oracle power warned them of danger…but didn’t prepare them for love.

When an agonized howl splits the night, Addison’s oracle talent compels her to race into the night to rescue the wounded, bleeding creature. But when the wolf shifts into six-feet-two of silver-eyed male, she realizes he’s the man who’s been haunting her dreams—waking and sleeping.

Awakened by an agonized howl, Addison’s oracle talent compels her to rescue a wounded wolf. But when he shifts into a tall, silver-eyed male, she realizes his is the face that’s been haunting her dreams.

One moment, Miles was running under the light of the moon. The next, he wakes up naked in an unfamiliar house with an extraordinary woman who touches him, mind, body, and soul.

Surrounded by a distrusting shifter community, Miles and Addison race against time to figure out who wants Miles dead—before the dark wave of danger rising in Addison’s mind crashes over them both.


Addison wasn’t sure what she had been expecting. He’d been a typical grey wolf, albeit with bits of silver, but little in that beast suggested the stunning man standing before her.

She knew this man.

He stood maybe 6’2”, broad in that natural way that came from genetics rather than the gym. His shoulder-length hair was dark brown with glints in it that evoked the silver in his lupine fur. His face was striking, with high cheekbones and a firm nose and chin. His eyes were more silver than grey, but she might have been comparing them to the wolf he’d been hours ago.

His arms and legs were tight with muscles, and his chest stood out above the blanket he had grabbed for coverage. Naked male flesh was all around her.

Though they’d never met, she’d seen him in her visions. With him standing in front of her, all the times she had caught glimpses of a man in her future came rushing through her.

The time was now and the man was this one. He hadn’t shown up in her town for no reason. He may not appreciate that, but she did.

She placed the kit and the bag holding clothing onto the divan and studied the man. The sun bracketed his form, painting him in splashes of bright yellow. Her powers rose in her. First, he was arrayed in light before the vision split—the stranger standing there and a new, unfamiliar image of him clothed in jeans and a maroon T-shirt, his legs braced and his back to the rising sun as he faced danger. Not today, and not tomorrow, but soon. This was part of her visions. Now that he was here, they were strengthening. Something was going to happen in his future.

Interview with the Author

Q: Everyone has a secret party trick. What’s yours? These days I mostly go to dinner parties and there I tend to be the one asking questions of people I don’t know to get to know them. Back in the day, I was the goofy one, doing silly things like hang upside down on someone’s gravity bar wearing a dress that…shouldn’t have been flipped upside down. That sort of thing. I was always a bit offbeat.

Q: Most recently binged TV series/ movie/ or books. I am a sucker for competition reality shows (Top Chef, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bachelor/ette, to name a few). I think the last thing I binged was the Australian version of Lego Masters on Tubi (yeah – I know – random!)

Q: What book/movie was your “gateway drug” into romance? Being “of a certain age,” I started reading the short Harlequin romances in my early teens. Then I stumbled on one of the great classics of the 1970s, but can’t recall which book it was. Likely something by Rosemary Rogers or Kathleen Woodiwiss. I quickly found Judith Krantz, Sidney Sheldon and, of course, the great Jackie Collins…and the world was never the same.

Q: What’s your favorite paranormal flavor? Shifters, vamps, witches, other? I like the paranormals that are a little unusual. Vamps with non-standard powers, or shifters that are horses, or cats. It’s one of the reasons I love writers like Nalini Singh and Marjorie Liu. Their paranormals have all the elements we love in a good urban fantasy romance, but with a twist.

Q: Is your story in Shift ‘N’ Howl a stand alone or does it introduce readers to other characters/ worlds of yours?
It’s a standalone, but I always try to keep my paranormal worlds consistent so that someone reading this one could pick up one of my other books and feel like they are part of the same world. I could easily see these characters intersecting (and perhaps becoming a part of) a few of my other series.

Q: What was the most fun part about writing this story?
I love writing about oracles and those like them with the power to see ahead, if not always to be able to interpret those visions with clarity. The interaction between Addison and Miles was also a standout.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about being an oracle?  Not knowing if something is real or not. When I see visions, I don’t get context and so don’t always know how this vision fits in to what is happening in my world. However, I have learned that whether I believe in them or not, my visions always come true!

Q: What’s your favorite thing about short stories as a reader? I love the encapsulation of a complete story into a few thousand words. If I’m not in the mood to read something long, then a short story fits my need to lose myself in someone else’s world.

Q: What’s coming next for your readers? I just released Healing Portals, the fifth in my SFR Universe Chronicles series, featuring a healer and a portal power. I’m also working on the fifth and last book in my Elementals’ Challenge series, and the third book in the adjunct Beyond Elementals’ Challenge one. In addition, I am working on getting the third Heart of a Fox novella formatted and released. Stay tuned for more!

About Claire

USA Today Bestselling author Claire Davon can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. Growing up, she used to write stories with her friends. As a teenager she started out reading fantasy and science fiction, but her passion quickly changed to romance and happily-ever-after’s. A native of Massachusetts and cold weather, she left all that behind to move to the sun and fun of California, but has always lived no more than twenty miles from the ocean.

In college she studied acting with a minor in creative writing. In hindsight she should have flipped course studies. Claire has many book-irons in the fire, most notably her urban fantasy series, The Elementals’ Challenge series, but writes contemporary and shifter romances as well.

While she’s not a movie mogul or actor, she does work in the film industry with her office firmly situated in the 90210 district of Hollywood. Prone to break out into song, she is quick on feet and just as quick with snappy dialogue. In addition to writing, she does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.

Where to find Claire






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An Improper Derailment: Chapter 23

Where Mary gets a big stick
limestone pillar formation near Castle Rock in a prairie of western Kansas
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When we last left Mary, Mary was pouting as Mary is want to do.

She spent the next several days pouting as she realized that the men in her life had done nothing but make her miserable and that the man she would want to stay with, wanted nothing but a paycheck.

The prairie grasses gave way to more rugged terrain.

“This is where I leave you,” Hanska announced. “Kim much prefers to wade through the grass than she does to wade through rocks. Plus, this is not the territory of my friends. I would not be welcome here.”

“Would we be welcome?” Mary asked.

“We’ll be safe enough,” Marshall said. “It was good to see you, my friend.”

They grabbed each other’s arms and then embraced.

Mary embraced Hanska. “Thank you, my friend. I have learned so much and I will miss you.”

She hardly knew who she was, embracing a man to who she wasn’t related to. Embracing a man who her entire life she had been fed stories of fierce warriors and noble savages. He was noble, he was fierce, and he was kinder and more generous than others she knew who thought themselves to be better men. They were not. Mary was convinced, Mr. Hanska was the better.

She rubbed she patted Kim on the flank. She couldn’t quite bring herself to embrace the sauran. But Kim too had also changed her perceptions of the world around her.

Marshall handed her her coat. “You’ve got to carry your own things now. We no longer have a beast of burden to accompany us.”

“I thought that’s what you were,” she smirked up at him.

Marshall chuckled deep in his gut. It was the kind of sound that Mary could grow to love.

Mary kept her complaints to herself as they trekked through the even terrain. Marshall found a small branch that he used as a walking stick.

After watching Marshall with the staff her day she finally questioned him. “Why do you have a large walking stick? You are hardly a feeble old man.”

“This isn’t just a walking stick. It’s going to be a handy club if needed.”

“Why on earth would you need a cudgel?”

“For the wild animals out here.”

“But we haven’t seen any. Why would you need a cudgel to protect us from any wild animals? What do you expect to be out here?”

“We haven’t seen anything because we were traveling with a sizable saraun,” Marshall started. “Big cats, wolves, foxes. There are all kinds of predators out here that think we look a lot like lunch.”

“Oh! Should I have a big stick too?” Mary scurried in close behind Marshall, not wanting one of the aforementioned predators to think she was an easy meal. “

“It wouldn’t do you no harm.”

“And how does one pick a stick?” Mary asked as she started to look at the ground they were walking over.

“You just start picking them up and you’ll find one that feels right.”

“I don’t know if I can do this.” She let he hands fall uselessly to her sides. Every time she turned around she was overcome with the enormity of their situation.

“Miss Mary, you have learned to trap and cook a rabbit. If there’s anybody who can do this. It’s going to be you.”

“I think you have more faith in my abilities than I do than I do myself.”

Marshall stopped and turned to look at her. “Mary, you’ve been leading the life of a lady but now it’s time to learn to live a life on the land. And you’ve been doing a fine job of it. You’ve done much more than I anticipated.”

She could hardly believe her ears. Marshall was paying her a legitimate compliment. She dabbed at tears that suddenly formed in her eyes. She knew exactly why his simple compliment was causing a surge of emotion in her breast. He was the first man to ever think her capable of doing anything.

Marshall turned from her. Ignoring her sudden display of tears. “Come on, Mary don’t dawdle. You see those ridges up there?” Marshall pointed out into the distance. “We need to make them by nightfall so so I need you to pick up your pace. We need to go a little faster.”

“But my stick?”

“If we find one, we find one. You’ll be fine without it. What won’t be fine is if we don’t make it. We should be able to find some caves or at least a canyon wall to shelter up against.”

“But we’ve been sleeping in the—” she cut herself off. “We’ve been sleeping in the open with Kim. And Kim scares off the beasts, the little beasties that would want to eat us.”


It was hard walking in the hot sun somewhere along the way, Marshall stooped to pick up a nice hefty branch and handed it to Mary.

It was a decent walking stick a little on the big side, which was probably important if it also needed to serve her as a potential weapon.

The sunset, just as the terrain changed yet again. And cliff walls began to form around them. The sounds of nature changed from the random buzzes of bugs and chirps of birds to a mournful lowing sound that carried on the wind.

“That’s probably a herd of cattle over yonder,” Marshal pointed somewhere vaguely North. “We don’t have to worry about cows. And if there are cows close by, we may not have to worry too much about predators.”

“Maybe they’ll go after the cows instead?” Mary asked.

“Exactly. What I’m concerned with is…” he paused and held his finger up. There was a chittering sound. He raised his eyebrows nodded and pointed at Mary. “That. That’s the sound we have to be aware of.”

“And what is that?” Mary asked.

“Well,” Marshall hemmed and hawed, drawing out his answer. “You’re not gonna like this.”

Find out in the next installment what it is that Mary is not going to like.

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