A ‘shift’ In Secondary Characters by M.A. Ellis
I’ve heard about it for years. The ‘freedom’ authors find when writing paranormal romance. Creating any character is a treat, which goes without saying. But to devise a world where you’re solely in control is a very heady experience, and one I quite enjoyed when writing my newest release, FILIGREE AND FANTASY.
It’s my first paranormal erotic romance. Oh, I’ve dipped my toe into the fantasy genre with a mermaid heroine, but this book was a bit different. Well, more than a bit different according to my editor. The fact shape shifters played an integral part in the story wasn’t that big of a deal…the fact those shifters weren’t my hero or heroine was noteworthy, however.
But hey, it’s my world, isn’t it? And as a true panser, it’s my duty to allow my secondary characters a chance to influence me just as much as a talented artistic heroine and a sexy foreign hero. I’m just thankful that during hours of research on the country of Macedonia in general—and the art of filigree jewelry making in particular—I came across an ancient breed of canines that allowed for strong, shifter types. It would have sucked if an icon of the Macedonian animal kingdom had been a marsupial. Shifting opossums really aren’t attractive, in my humble opinion. But if a distinct waddle, a pink nose and creepy, long claws does it for you, mea culpa my friends.
But as great as those shifters are, I obviously needed a solid tie in between them and the heroine. And in my newly-formed world, there was nothing strange about a woman who finds she can work ancient silver into protective talismans. Beautifully designed protective talismans, at that! The premise is a bit different, but I hope readers find it enjoyable. In the meantime, I’ll share the blurb with you.
Filigree and Fantasy - Blurb
Whitney is ecstatic over her internship in Macedonia and the opportunity to hone her craft at the hands of a filigree master. Little does she know the old man has an ulterior motive for her presence—using her talent to save the dwindling numbers of his family’s canine shapeshifters, the Sharplanjat.
Jovan isn’t a shifter, but his sense of duty rivals that of the Sharplanjat—until his unbridled attraction to the woman who might very well hold his family’s future in her hands forces him to throw caution aside and hold her. Taste her. Drive her to the brink of exquisite passion and beyond.
Mesmerized by the virile, violet-eyed foreigner, Whitney is more than ready for a quick, steamy affair. But the extremely determined Jovan has more than several days of scorchingly wild sex in mind.
But when she finds out his family secret will she run screaming in fear or embrace the fantasy that can only be found in his protective arms?
If you’re intrigued, head over to my website www.maellisromance.com to read a lengthy excerpt. If you’re not intrigued, head to the website anyhow. I’ve been given a very nice cover from the Art Department, as well. Check it out and let me know your thoughts on those biceps. They’re drool worthy for sure. Which is perfectly acceptable if you’re a canine shape shifter. Or a fan of romantic fiction. Or both. Oh, wait. Can anyone say ‘sequel’?