Today I am so pleased to welcome Jenn Burke to Joyfully Jay. Jenn has come as part of Paranormal Week to talk to us about shifters and her release, Gryphon King’s Consort. She also has some prizes in our huge Paranormal Week Giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
I love shifters. Give me allll your shifter romances. I’ll take cats (all the cats), dogs, bears, bison, otters, even hedgehogs. Not to mention dragons, and a unicorn arguing with a kraken. I even wrote one featuring gryphon shifters.
But my favourite of favourites is werewolves.
My fascination with werewolves goes back to the original Teen Wolf. You know, the movie with Michael J. Fox surfing on the roof of a car in a terrible wolfman costume? (Honestly, I liked the new TV series much better…at least until season 4.) Oz’s storyline in Buffy the Vampire Slayer kept me tuning in week after week. (Okay, the rest of the cast did too, but Oz, man. Oz. But, also really bad costumes.) I devoured every movie I could find about werewolves…and I’ll never unsee some of those effects. American Werewolf in London, anyone? And, in books, there was the raw and brutal but amazingly compelling The Wolf’s Hour by Robert McCammon.
So yeah, me and werewolves. We’re tight.
Werewolves in paranormal romance are the best, though. You get the werewolfiness without the gore. Or not all of the gore, anyway. Plus you get the strong alpha characters which, when done well, so work for me.
Over the years I’ve read a lot of werewolves in m/m romance. What I’d like to do is suggest some of my favourite reads that don’t get enough love, or are older and have fallen off the radar.
The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara
This is Charlie Adhara’s debut and it is AMAZING. Another catnip of mine (so to speak) besides werewolves is law enforcement, and this book combines the two. A snarky, socially inept agent who’s nonetheless an excellent investigator is paired with a werewolf agent to look into a series of maybe-werewolf murders in a remote town. There’s definitely a flavour of enemies to lovers here, because the snarky agent was once gutted by a werewolf. Oops.
Good Bones by Kim Fielding
The thing I liked best about this book was the sense of it being a more traditional werewolf story. Dylan is a werewolf who changes with the moon and has no memory of what he does when the wolf is in charge. He’s terrified of killing someone, so he moves to a remote location to live in solitude. Except there’s a nosy and hunky neighbour living right next door, and that complicates things.
Blackbird in the Reeds by Sam Burns
I just started this series this week, and I’m binging it. It’s fantastic. I love the concept of a town that’s a haven for supernatural beings, and the romance between Devon and Wade in this opening book is really sweet. This is planned as a nine-book series, with multiple books for each pairing. The first three books are out now.
Camp H.O.W.L. by Bru Baker
This was one of my favourite books in the Dreamspun Beyond line. I really like the idea of a werewolf who wasn’t expected to come into his abilities but suddenly does. As a result, he has to attend a wolf camp with much younger kids so he can learn how to be a wolf in polite company. There he meets his moonmate…except his mate doesn’t believe in such things.
Mind Magic by Poppy Dennison
One my favourite re-reads. In Poppy Dennison’s world, there are three types of magic: mind, soul, and body. The creatures who embody each type of magic are not supposed to mix…for reasons…but that changes when Simon rescues wolf cubs who were kidnapped by a ruthless magic user. Now the wizards, the vampires, and the wolves must learn to work together to defeat the evil facing them.
I hope you’ll give these werewolf romances a try! And if you do, please consider leaving a review or rating wherever you can.
Speaking of paranormal romance, I’ll have a new m/m paranormal mystery series from Carina Press in 2019! Details coming soon.
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.
Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers
Jenn is the author of The Gryphon King’s Consort from Dreamspinner Press and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press. She’s also the author of Her Sexy Sentinel, a paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing.
She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.
Jenn is participating in our giant Paranormal Week Giveaway. Be sure to stop by that post for your chance to enter!