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!
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.
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