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Archive for April 4th, 2012

Somewhere between the ocean depths and the mountaintops, there’s a love strong enough to call them both home.

Stormchild

Traveling doctor and shaman Matthew Jentry has his hands full caring for his water-shifter clan. There’s something far too enticing, though, about mysterious Laurin Marshall.

Laurin thought leaving for her next teaching assignment would keep her identity as an air shifter a secret. Until she finds Matt is on the same boat, and their sexual fireworks ignite…

Stormy Seduction

Before Laurin and Matt can begin to explore their mystical bond, the People of the Air challenge her right to choose a water shifter as her mate.

Fending off Laurin’s would-be suitors is easy for Matt. But what will happen when she encounters his playful, lusty Otter clan? Especially since they’ll be the main attraction at the solstice fertility ritual.

Silent Storm

Despite their deepening emotional connection, Laurin still wonders how she and Matt can find permanent common ground.

Matt waits patiently for Laurin. He has no desire to change her sky-borne nature. Until a giant golden eagle touches down on the Stormchild and tips the delicate balance of more than just the boat.

Warning: Contains strong sexual currents and powerful waves of desire that break down inhibitions. Enough heat to challenge global warming. And a curse-melting ménage so exotic it’ll make you look to the skies and sea with longing.

 

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Getting to take a part of what is real—be it a setting, historical event or annual holiday—and turning it into something ‘other’ is part of what I love about writing paranormals. Fantasy settings take it a step farther in my mind, but paranormal means there is the familiar mixed with the extraordinary.

 

Especially when we consider the world of legend and myth. There are wonderful tales told from the view point of First Nations or indigenous people all over the globe. Finding a way to honor those stories and yet take the traditions into my own creations has been a pleasure a few times now.

 

For the Pacific Passion trilogy (STORMCHILD, STORMY SEDUCTION and SILENT STORM) I researched the ideas of the First Nations of the BC coast. The twist? In my world, these people have the unique gift of being able to shift into various water creatures. The heroine, who is from an interior tribe, is an air shifter, and now the challenge becomes to balance not only the attraction between the hero and heroine, but the parts of their worlds that are naturally in opposition.

 

In one scene the heroine discovers herself holding and rubbing a stone–

 

EXCERPT

Laurin pulled away from her mother’s comfort, propping her fists on her boyish hips. She was upset; she didn’t want to hear about the bounty of the earth right now. “Grandfather, I changed into an eagle.”

 

“So you did.” He smiled at her and opened his arms. She crawled into his lap as if she were no more than a baby. “My child, the Great Spirit knows what he is about. Trust that there is a reason for this.”

 

A reason for her to be different from all the other children? Not what she wanted to hear. The pleasure of the flight was the only thing keeping her from fully bursting into tears. “I don’t want this, Grandfather.”

 

“I know, but it is what you are. There will be good from this—I see it. The water wears down the mighty mountains, carving her destiny. The air carries the seed on the wind to a new home, bringing new life. You will be the one who brings balance, my child. It will test you, and shake you, but you are strong. You are Hawáte.”

 

He kissed her nose, then settled into a gentle rocking motion, humming a prayer song low under his breath. Laurin pressed her ear against his chest and listened to his heart beat, strong and steady. She would bring balance. Okay. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all…

 

 

Laurin blinked and shook herself. She’d resettled on the beach as she reminisced, seated cross-legged, her body rocking with the tempo of her Grandfather’s tune. She deliberately finished the prayer song, rubbing the stone she discovered in her fingers. The smooth surface warmed under her touch and she swallowed hard.

 

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That same stone shows up again in the story, and it’s a piece of legend joined with a piece of my imagination–one of the interior tribes’ customs of “heart stones” that totally fits in this story. The hunters would steal a rock from the women’s hearth so that after they completed their task, the stone that was filled with the longings and caring of his lover would draw him back to her side safely.

 

Romance has always been a part of the world. In every culture, every age. Paranormal stories can let us celebrate the wonder around us in a new way, while rejoicing in the sensual and an always present happily ever after.

 

Whether the world is paranormal or contemporary—I need that happily ever after.

 

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Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

 

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one.  Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

 

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