George Owens is comfortable with his life just the way it is. A wolf- and fox-shifter, George leads a reclusive lifestyle with his energetic and diva-ish mate Billy, a fox- and squirrel-shifter.
George has no desire to take over leadership of the pack, despite his father’s wishes. Edward Owens is feeling his age and wants to make sure the pack is in good hands should he not be able to win his next challenge. However, George is adamant that he wants no part of it.
But events rock George from his complacency, and he realizes he has to take a stand and fight for what he cares about. If he remains in the past and cannot change in order to do what he must, he risks losing everything he loves.
~ Bewitching BT
From Chapter Two (George is in his wolf-form):
” Even though he didn’t expect an answer, George called, Billy!
He all but jumped out of his skin when something landed on his back. He let out a surprised bark and craned his head to see if a branch had fallen on him. He couldn’t find anything but caught a glimpse of something moving, accompanied by a featherlight motion on his back.
Relief flooded him when the movement ended between his ears, and two tiny paws grabbed the tips.
Hello there! Billy chirped.
Sheesh! You scared me to death! George growled.
Sorry! I was so surprised! See, I knew it would come in handy that my second form is a squirrel. I shifted during my fall and stopped rolling down farther. Unfortunately, I was covered in snow and decided to rescue myself on a tree to avoid more snow gluing to me.
You knew that? If I recall correctly, you whined for a whole week after you found out your second form is a squirrel, George replied.
Billy climbed down George’s head, turned around, and sat down slightly above George’s nose. Well, I wanted to be something cool too, and since the second form is often a larger animal, I was quite disappointed at first.
George’s eyes crossed as he tried to focus on the little red-furred squirrel. Billy, you know I hate it when you sit there.
Billy giggled but remained where he was. I love it when you get that odd look.
Either get up or get down, George grumbled.
The grumble held no heat, though. He was too happy that Billy wasn’t injured. His heart still pounded too fast in his chest, but he was sure it would take up normal activity soon.
Billy hastily climbed up and settled between his ears, his tiny paws again clutching them. Whee! Bring us home, my beloved! ”
Guest Post: Shifters
by Chris T. Kat
Hello, I’m Chris T. Kat and I’m here to talk about my book, The Wolf and His Diva, a m/m shape-shifter romance which was published by Dreamspinner Press on March 12th.
In The Wolf and His Diva, the two main characters, George and Billy, have the ability to shift not only into one, but two animals. Each of them can shift into foxes. George’s second form is a wolf, whereas Billy’s is a red squirrel.
As I pondered about the various possibilities of which animals my guys could change into, I wondered why some of them haven’t been chosen so far? Or maybe I just haven’t discovered them? Anyway, what about…
A badger? Or a skunk? Or a raccoon? I really love their marking, and think it would make for some funny scenes. Well, as long as the skunk doesn’t get upset.
The slow loris. Doesn’t it look a bit like a baby Ewok in Star Wars? They sure have the cute look down. How about someone threatens the slow loris’ love interest? A slow loris produces a toxin that’s capable of death by anaphylactic shock. Sounds like a good idea to me. 🙂
Any kind of monkey. I don’t think I’ve read a shape-shifter book in the m/m genre that deals with a monkey-shifter. There are so many possibilities here that I’m curious why no one has tried it. The monkeys could be portrayed as cute, but also as dangerous if they’re in a situation in which they feel threatened. Hmm, plot bunnies…
Then I thought about shifters I really don’t want to write about—ever!
Spiders. Yikes! Do I need to explain that? Right, I didn’t think so.
Cockroaches, ants, bees—the whole insect world. While these animals would probably make fascinating shifters (think about the whole social structure in a bee hive)… no. If I had to write about all those many legs and buzzing sounds, I’d probably go insane.
Snakes. I can’t fathom writing about one of my characters shifting into a snake. The different kinds of symbolism associated with snakes would complicate the plot (for example: snakes as symbols for evil or as symbols for fertility) although it’d probably be fun to write about a molting shifter…
So, what shifters would you like to read about? Classic wolves or are you more adventurous?
About the Author & Links:
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or does cross stitch.
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