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Category Archives: Shapeshifter

Romance or fantasy with characters who change species/visible outward appearance. Were-creatures.

Know the Hero from Tiger's Last Chance by Christina Lynn Lambert@chris4lamb #RLFblog #ParanormalRomanceChristina Lynn Lambert, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about Tiger’s Last Chance.

Tiger’s Last Chance by Christina Lynn Lambert

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

While working a case, Sean Whitman is tortured for information, drugged, and bitten against his will by a shape shifter. The fallout leaves him jobless, friendless, and dumped by his girlfriend. Needing a fresh start, he leaves town and opens a private investigation business. Learning to live life sober isn’t easy, but he makes it to the two year mark.

When Detective Nikki Jackson with the Great Oaks, Virginia Police Department calls him, accusing him of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house, Sean can’t help but like the sound of her voice, despite her ridiculous accusations. He’s shocked when she calls him back with an apology then asks for his help as a consultant on a case. On the phone, her sweet, slightly Southern voice captivates him. In person, she’s unlike any other woman he’s encountered, and nearly impossible to resist. But could the sexy detective ever want a man like him?

After Nikki’s last dating disaster, the mountain lion shifter has sworn off men. Then she meets Sean, and with every second she spends around the tall, dark-eyed man, her resolve crumbles. But for some reason, despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sean seems determined to push her away.

An investigation into missing refugees leaves Nikki with more questions than answers. Her refusal to let the matter drop leads her to the discovery of a radical political group’s horrifying plot for dominance. Traitors are embedded within the very organizations meant to keep shifters safe. As the list of people she can trust dwindles, Nikki calls on Sean to help her unravel a web of deceit.

As Nikki and Sean fight for survival, his fear of losing her could become a reality. Will he get one last chance to show her he loves her?

Where to buy Tiger’s Last Chance

Publisher Decadent Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/b088p6mydb
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tigers-last-chance-christina-lynn-lambert/1137033221
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/tigers-last-chance/id1513644203
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tiger-s-last-chance
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022227

Christina Lynn Lambert Social Media

A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. My stories include a fair amount of sarcasm, suspense, steam, and violence. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.
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Read the new paranormal romance Burning Ash by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #NewRelease #PNRBurning Ash, the third book in the Forgotten Brotherhood, an exciting new paranormal series from NJ Walters.

NJ, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Burning Ash by NJ Walters

Genre PNR

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

No one is more surprised than Asher, one of the oldest vampires on Earth, that he’s attracted to vamp hunter Jo Radcliffe. She’s smart, a talented slayer, and she’s gorgeous. Something about her pulls at him, like no one ever has before. For a man, whose name strikes fear in everyone––this is something new and intriguing. And quite possibly deadly, if she discovers his secret.

Jo has two things in common with the handsome Asher––they are both slayers and someone is messing with them in a very-much-trying-to-kill-them way. She’s not so happy about joining forces with a dude she doesn’t know. But he’s sexy as hell and really good at his job as one of the Forgotten Brotherhood, whose business it is to execute misbehaving paranormals.

She knows she’s bait in a larger plot to harm Asher and the Brotherhood. And there is nothing he won’t do, no line he won’t cross, to keep her safe––which may be the weakness that destroys them both.

Why did you write this book?

From the moment I met Asher in Fury Unleashed, book one of the series, I knew he had to have his own book. He’s funny and irreverent and loves reality television, but that’s how he copes with who and what he is and what he must do. He’s the deadliest vampire in the world. His abilities allow him to bring dangerous vampires to justice. Because really, who can you call when a powerful paranormal goes rogue? The Forgotten Brotherhood, of course.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance is my favorite genre to read. Depending on my mood, I’ll read contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, or sci-fi/fantasy. There are so many great books to choose from.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

This is always a tough choice. I have so many favorites. One of them is Rhage from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. His story has extended into several books. He’s a dangerous vampire who sometime becomes a deadly beast, but he has a huge heart, and when he loves, it’s forever.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the next book in the Forgotten Brotherhood series as well as the next book in my Assassins of Gravas science fiction romance series. Lots of fun.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

There will be another Forgotten Brotherhood book. No official title yet, but it is written. And there will be at least three more Assassins of Gravas books. No release date, but Ivar’s Escape, book two, should be coming soon.

Where to buy Burning Ash

Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/burning-ash.html

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FGV7C9Q/

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/burning-ash-n-j-walters/1137455950

iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/burning-ash/id1527096039

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/burning-ash

NJ Walters Social Media

NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks–all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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What does Lara from Stranded with the Jaguar wear to bed? Tricia Schneider's character "bares" it all @TriciaSchneider #RLFblog #PNRRead a new PNR: Stranded with the Jaguar by Tricia Schneider within the pages of Midsummer Night Shifts: A Limited Edition Summer Shifter Romance Collection. Tricia pens a new paranormal shifter romance. Summer nights get sultry hot when an overworked single mom takes a much needed vacation only to crash with a sexy pilot on a desert island where a jaguar stalks the full moon night.

Tricia, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Stranded with the Jaguar.

Stranded with the Jaguar by Tricia Schneider

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Overworked and newly divorced, single mom Lara Harper needs more than a vacation–she needs a complete getaway where she can forget life’s woes. Craving escape, she books an island fling to feel sexy and alive again. When her plane crashes on a desert island, she wonders if her dream has come true with the sexy pilot who saves her life. It’s just the two of them, stranded in paradise… until she discovers they aren’t the only inhabitants on this island.

There’s a wild jaguar stalking her.

Flyboy… loner… jaguar. After a deadly attack by a shifter, Beckett has escaped to the paradise of the Caribbean islands. His solace is interrupted when Lara Harper crashes into his life. Together, they must fight to survive until rescue arrives… if it arrives. In the meantime, he must hide the secret that sent him seeking solitude in the first place.

But, of course, tonight is a full moon…

Find Stranded with the Jaguar and more within the pages of Midsummer Night Shifts: A Limited Edition Summer Shifter Romance Collection

Unleash the beast within!

Fall in love with shifters stalking through the moonlit heat of a summer night.

Join the hunt as these shifters slide through the shadows unseen, stalk their enemies, pursue their loves, and take down their prey.

Sink your teeth into 20+ stories of hot city streets, steamy tropical jungles, pack politics, and fated mates as the heroes and heroines embrace their inner animals.

Let’s bare it all and chat about what to wear

First, what is your name and how old are you?

My name is Lara Harper and I’m 35.

What is the time period in which you live?

I live in present-day Australia. My younger sister, Cecily, moved to the Bahamas a few years ago because of a man she met online. I try to visit her there at least once a year. She suggested I needed an island getaway. Time away from the stresses in my life such as dealing with my ex during the divorce, the anger issues of my teenaged son, and working to support myself and my child.

Considering the role you play in society, what is expected for you to wear?

I work in advertising. While I do have an office, I also work from home. When I’m in the office, I wear business-like attire. A nice blouse, skirt and heels. At home, I’m more casual, but I enjoy light, soft fabrics. I often wear sundresses in the summer.

Mending and laundry are chores for anyone. Do you do it or someone else?

My ex-husband was far too busy to do any household chores while we were married. I took care of all of that. After the divorce, my life didn’t change much with chores, but I have a growing business to manage, as well. My teenaged son is starting to help more for which I’m grateful, but I still feel overwhelmed with all the responsibilities life throws at me.

What kind of shoes or boots do you wear?

High heels are my go-to footwear for basically anywhere. Except when I visit the beach. I have a pair of cute sandals that I love to wear when I’m visiting my sister.

When others see you what is their first impression?

Despite my aggressive attitude with my job, I’m a rather shy, reserved type. While the clothes I wear may look expensive, I’m frugal when it comes to shopping. I’m a single mom with a growing son, after all. Still, at first glance, others tend to think of me as wealthy. And because I’d rather read a book than have a conversation with a stranger, they think I’m snobbish, too.

What do you wear to sleep?

I have several soft nighties with beautiful designs. Pretty fabric grabs my attention. Other times, I wear a pair of short shorts and a tank top. Comfort at night is important to help me fall asleep after a stressful day.

What do you wish you didn’t have to wear?

Well, I chose to wear heels on the flight to the island where my sister lives. I mean, I love wearing heels, but I intended to land at an airport not crash on a desert island. I was supposed to be taking a taxi to a 5-star hotel. I should have rummaged through my luggage to find my sandals that first day, but when you’re arguing with a sexy as sin pilot about trying to find a way home, you just don’t think of those things.

Tell us what your author wears when writing about you.

Oh, she’s the opposite of me. She likes to wear stretchy, comfy clothes all day long. If she wasn’t worried about someone stopping by unannounced, she’d probably wear pajamas all day long. Lucky for me, she has friends who check up on her. She disappears far too often into her writing cave. Someone occasionally pops in to see if she’s okay when she disappears from Facebook for a few days.

Where to buy Midsummer Night Shifts: A Limited Edition Summer Shifter Romance Collection

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08719LMKY

Tricia Schneider Social Media

Tricia Schneider is a multi-genre romance author. From werewolves, vampires and witches to wicked pirates and sexy aliens, she weaves sensual stories where happily-ever-after is a guarantee. She believes there is a book for everyone. A sentiment she gained after years of working as Assistant Manager and bookseller at Waldenbooks. After the store closed, she turned to writing full-time, publishing all kinds of romance such as paranormal, historical, fantasy, sci-fi and gothic romances.
Tricia lives in Pennsylvania with her four children and two rescued cats, Harley and Cassius. When she’s not typing away on her laptop, she’s riding shotgun in a ’67 Impala while keeping her eyes open for a madman in a Big Blue Box.
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Know the Hero from Tiger's Last Chance by Christina Lynn Lambert@chris4lamb #RLFblog #ParanormalRomanceChristina Lynn Lambert, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about Tiger’s Last Chance.

Tiger’s Last Chance by Christina Lynn Lambert

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

While working a case, Sean Whitman is tortured for information, drugged, and bitten against his will by a shape shifter. The fallout leaves him jobless, friendless, and dumped by his girlfriend. Needing a fresh start, he leaves town and opens a private investigation business. Learning to live life sober isn’t easy, but he makes it to the two year mark.

When Detective Nikki Jackson with the Great Oaks, Virginia Police Department calls him, accusing him of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house, Sean can’t help but like the sound of her voice, despite her ridiculous accusations. He’s shocked when she calls him back with an apology then asks for his help as a consultant on a case. On the phone, her sweet, slightly Southern voice captivates him. In person, she’s unlike any other woman he’s encountered, and nearly impossible to resist. But could the sexy detective ever want a man like him?

After Nikki’s last dating disaster, the mountain lion shifter has sworn off men. Then she meets Sean, and with every second she spends around the tall, dark-eyed man, her resolve crumbles. But for some reason, despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sean seems determined to push her away.

An investigation into missing refugees leaves Nikki with more questions than answers. Her refusal to let the matter drop leads her to the discovery of a radical political group’s horrifying plot for dominance. Traitors are embedded within the very organizations meant to keep shifters safe. As the list of people she can trust dwindles, Nikki calls on Sean to help her unravel a web of deceit.

As Nikki and Sean fight for survival, his fear of losing her could become a reality. Will he get one last chance to show her he loves her?

Know the Hero from Tiger’s Last Chance

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

If he’s tired but not tired enough to sleep, he will sit in bed and read a book. He loves horror, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. He might even write a poem or two. He doesn’t usually share his work with anyone but he enjoys writing. If he’s got a lot of restless energy, he’ll either listen to one of his favorite playlists while he hits the treadmill or his weight bench.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

His snack choice is meatball subs or hamburgers and fries. He’s not a fantastic cook but luckily he lives near plenty of great restaurants and sandwich shops.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Sean doesn’t like to dress up. He prefers t shirts, jeans, and running shoes.

Does he know how to fix things?

He can fix basic stuff around the house, for anything more complicated, duct tape will be involved.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

A couple years ago, two guys broke into his house and started interrogating him about a case. When his girlfriend (now ex-girlfriend) came to the door, he tried to get her to leave quietly and quickly so he could keep her safe. So many things went wrong. The memory will always haunt him.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

He doesn’t know a whole lot about kids, hasn’t been around them much, but he treats them with decency and never ever acts condescendingly towards kids. He figures they deserve the same basic rights as everyone else so he listens when they speak rather than dismissing them or trying to shut them up.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

He’s not really a morning person. Extra strong coffee helps.

How does he act around people who don’t know what he is?

He doesn’t share much about himself, definitely not anything about being a shapeshifter. Lots of regular humans know about the existence of some of the stranger creatures in life, but many don’t, so he’s always careful about what he says.

Will he let a worker handle things or do it himself?

When Sean’s private investigation business started gaining a fair amount of clients, he hired an assistant. Training Darnell forced Sean to learn to let go of the need to have control over every detail.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

He doesn’t have any tattoos. He hates needles. He does have a few scars but Nikki thinks he’s hot just the way he is.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

He has to travel for different investigations so he drives a truck that has plenty of space for surveillance equipment and luggage.

Recycle or toss?

He always recycles. He loves spending time outside and doesn’t want to trash the environment.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Tiger’s Last Chance

Publisher Decadent Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/b088p6mydb
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tigers-last-chance-christina-lynn-lambert/1137033221
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/tigers-last-chance/id1513644203
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tiger-s-last-chance
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1022227

Christina Lynn Lambert Social Media

A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. My stories include a fair amount of sarcasm, suspense, steam, and violence. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.
Blog https://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/chris4lamb
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New paranormal book Arctic Bite by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #PNRNJ Walters, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Arctic Bite by NJ Walters

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Being immortal doesn’t mean you can’t die. It just means you’re damn hard to kill.

When Alexei Medvedev joined the Forgotten Brotherhood–paranormals hired to assassinate other paranormals–he knew it wouldn’t be a cake walk. But his next target is one of Death’s own Reapers gone rogue. For the first time since he started this gig, “damn hard to kill” feels more like “damn near impossible.”

Tracking Cassie Dobbs brings him to a remote bar in small-town Alaska, where this hot-as-hell Reaper is casually serving drinks, as if she doesn’t have a bounty on her head from Death himself. Alexei is dangerously intrigued. Everyone in the Brotherhood knows the first rule: don’t fall for your target.

But Alexei soon has bigger problems to face than an unexpected attraction. They only send assassins after those who deserve to die…or so he’s been made to believe. Now that he’s met Cassie, though, he’s not so sure.

What if everything he’s been told is a lie, and the person he’s been sent to kill is the only one who knows the truth?

What is your go-to meal when you dine out?

I don’t dine out for dinner. I’m a morning person and I enjoy breakfast. Usually a couple of times a week I’ll take myself out to the local A&W for breakfast. I love it.

Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?

There are so many. How can I choose just one? One of my all-time favorites is Rhage from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. How can you not love a vampire who can shift into a huge dragon who eats his enemies? And the way he loves his mate, Mary, is the stuff of legends.

Describe the perfect vacation.

I have two kinds of perfect vacations.

The first would be in a cabin by a beach (the rocky/beachcombing kind and not sandy) with a stack of books, a journal, and lots of great food, including plenty of chocolate.

The second is an “event” trip. I’ve done several and they’re so much fun. One included a day and night in Niagara Falls followed by three days in Toronto which included a hockey game, Bat Out of Hell the musical, and a day at the ROM (Royal Ontario Art Museum) to see the Guillermo del Toro exhibition. I also snuck in a trip to Kensington Market and a stop at Sweet Jesus ice cream.

When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?

Romance, of course. I love all genres. Depending on my mood I’ll read contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, or paranormal. If it’s nonfiction, it tends to be more in the spiritual/self-help genre.

If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?

It would have to be Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” since the heroine is an actual Reaper. Everyone else might fear Cassie, but not Alexei.

Where to buy Arctic Bite

Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/artic-bite.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0867QY8W2/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arctic-bite-n-j-walters/1136703731
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/arctic-bite/id1504086378
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/arctic-bite

NJ Walters Social Media

NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks–all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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Stressing Matteo D'Cruz from Jungle Salvation by MA Jewell @MAJewell_author #RLFblog #PNR #RomanticSuspense #ShifterLet’s meet Matteo D’Cruz from Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II, a paranormal romantic suspense novel, by MA Jewell. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your latest book.

Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II by MA Jewell

Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Jaguar shifter males lost in their cats are all animal, feral. Execution is the only course. Enforcer Matteo D’Cruz has terminated two and doesn’t care that he’s next–until Dakota.

Dragged back into the human world by well-meaning friends, jaguar shifter Matteo D’Cruz realizes he’s been in cat form for over seventy years. With another transformation, he could lose his tenuous hold on his humanity. In their world, the only end for a feral is execution. Damaged by grief and guilt, he doesn’t care overmuch. However, when he discovers an unmated latent female, he can’t resist her scintillating allure or his instinct to protect her at all costs.

Carefree Dakota Gorman travels to Brazil to rescue her sister. Determined to expose the drug lords who have manipulated her sibling into a hurried wedding, she’s certain the baffling hottie Matteo is one of them. After Dakota’s sister turns into a giant jaguar before her eyes, she must confront a new reality, one including latent family traits.

Matteo helps her trigger her first exhilarating metamorphosis into a jaguar, leaving no doubt about her genetics, but unknown shifter enemies cut short her joy.

A blackmailer sends Matteo a video of her transformation, demanding DNA samples. The extortionist threatens to post the recording to the internet and expose the shifters to the world. Dredging up courage that she didn’t know she possessed, Dakota joins Matteo and the other jag shifters to save her family–and her new species–from scientific experimentation.

Stressing Matteo D’Cruz

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 133
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Brazilian Amazon Jungle,
Profession: Enforcer (Shifter code enforcement), Coffee
Ethnicity: Brazilian Culture; Mixed indigenous tribal and European appearance
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Jaguar Shifter

What does your hero look like?

After living as a jaguar in the Amazon for a few decades too long, Matteo has a unique appearance. Natural, tawny dreadlocks followed him into his six-foot plus human form, along with rich copper eyes and a V-shaped pattern of ochre rosettes down his back. When he’s enraged, he snarls, ensuring his adversary gets a glimpse of a great-cat canine.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Brilliant adrenalin junkie Dakota Gorman is bold, courageous, and protective of the weak and family, yet others see her as a carefree fashionista with an irresponsible streak. With two partially completed bachelors, and an abandoned medical degree to her credit, some even call her flighty. Discovering her true inner strength rocks Matteo to his core.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

Any shifter party is a danger zone. Jag males are solitary and territorial, and since the females died out over seventy years ago, most have never even seen an unmated queen. The discovery of the latent females in the United States invigorates the all-male clan with hope for the future. Now, however, their mixed gatherings are powder kegs with a flame licking at the fuse.

Matteo has two roles. As a guest, he would travel from table to table, exchanging arm clasps and man hugs with the older males and fist bumps with the young ones. However, no one at the party would mistake his congenial manner for relaxed.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

Matteo had thought a gathering of mixed company a thing of the past. So when viewing a room filled with male and female jag shifters flirting and getting to know one another, a sense of awe and hope for the future often strikes him. Enough to make him clear his throat to cover the emotion.

Since he retains a keen jaguar sense of smell while in his human form, scents have an impact on him. Dakota’s alluring fragrance tortures him. Cat instinct to claim the formidable female often sends a shift’s heat racing over his skin. Seeking relief, he’ll rub at his nose, though it’s a wasted motion.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Matteo always resists a desire to find a solitary table. Because he must keep the peace, he makes frequent stops to greet young males flirting with the fair-skinned latents.

 

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

With a high need for carbs in human form, Matteo prefers fruit juice, specifically acai juice. Few drugs have any effect on shifters, and alcohol’s taste doesn’t appeal, but he’d thought he might enjoy the fun buzz reported by humans.

How much drink is his usual?

After shifting from cat to human, a need for carbs is impossible to ignore. A pitcher of fruity juice is not out of the question. However, if pastry is near, he prefers coffee.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

As the Enforcer, Matteo will search any secluded areas regularly. In this particular party, the females don’t yet know they are cats and are uninformed about the risks of an accidental mating. Any male who takes advantage of a naïve queen will answer to the Enforcer.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

Matteo has few close friends, and he values those males as brothers. These older males, the ancients, will coordinate security between them, following Matteo’s lead. No one “latches on” to him. He’s too intimidating to most jag males.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

Any male who picks a fight with Matteo is likely driven by cat instinct rather than any logical thought. He’d employ a submission hold and pin the impaired male with a dominant glare until the shifter came to his senses.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

See above.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

If Matteo manages security at the party, he would not concern himself with sensitivities or perceptions. However, in a truly social setting, he will leave as early as politely possible.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Those few with authority over Matteo must earn his respect, and even then, if their logic is flawed, he will push back.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

Having a naturally protective nature, he’d investigate.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Likely due to his roots in the previous century, and assuming the attacker is male, his initial reaction will depend on the victim’s gender. If male, Matteo wonders if the man deserves the beating. If female, he calculates how to intervene.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

Regardless of the victim’s gender, he will stop the assault to determine the facts, and after he’s satisfied his curiosity, he’s not above allowing a deserved punishment to continue.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

Having a military background, he views retreat as a strategy to win a war or to minimize casualties. That said if a shifter female is involved, all bets are off. No sacrifice is too high to save a single queen.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

He’d ignore the person with overt disdain, and if forced to interact, things will go poorly for any individual who has previously disappointed Matteo.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

Despite his hardened nature, Matteo encourages young ones to challenge themselves, to become more than they are. He’d counsel the younger shifter in the moment, however, depending on the stakes; he’s also comfortable taking matters into his own hands.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

He focuses on his main objective, the endgame goal. And if an enemy caused this pain, he plots his revenge.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

“If you’d thought of any but yourself these last seventy years…”

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

Matteo endured decades of grief for a lost mate. He will spare Dakota that pain. (No more spoiler on that one lol)

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

He’s an educated savage with a gentleman’s heart.

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