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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Monday, February 15, 2016

the line between hunter and hunted thins, blurs, and finally shatters - Underground Heat by Ann Gimpel

Shifters keep their friends close and their enemies closer in a shadowy world where the line between hunter and hunted thins, blurs, and finally shatters.
Underground Heat is an action adventure, paranormal romance boxed set containing three full-length books. It’s the entire Underground Heat Series

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Published: January 15th, 2016

Underground Heat is an action adventure, paranormal romance boxed set containing three full-length books. It’s the entire Underground Heat Series

Shifters keep their friends close and their enemies closer in a shadowy world where the line between hunter and hunted thins, blurs, and finally shatters.

Roman’s Gold
Once respected members of society, shifters are running for their lives. Devon’s been a cop for a long time. He has shifter blood, but not enough to change into anything. His latest assignment is Kate. From the moment he sees her, he can’t get her out of his mind. But she’s the enemy he’s sworn to eradicate. As he tracks her, the line between hunter and hunted explodes into fiery attraction. If their passion doesn’t save them, it’ll doom them forever.

Wolf Born
Max leads a dangerous double life in a futuristic California that’s almost out of resources. If Audrey could finesse it, she’d go to work helping the shifter underground. The only sticking point is Max. She’s been in love with him forever. If she joins the underground, she believes she’ll never see him again—but that’s because she has no idea he’s the head of it. After a second attempt on his life, Max faces critical choices. He can’t believe Audrey’s behind the assassination attempts, but everything points her way. Will he follow his head or his heart?

Blood Bond
Head of the shifter underground’s security force, Johannes has his hands full. He’s the most compelling man Daria’s ever met, but he’s also stubborn and arrogant. Her cat thinks he’s their mate, but if Daria had her way, she’d run hard the other way. Just her bad luck, a series of lethal attacks keep her square in his gunsights. Johannes is desperately attracted to Daria, but anything beyond sex isn’t part of his life plan. He has his reasons. They’ve served him well, and he’s not changing them now.

GUEST POST
Destiny or Free Will? 
The Mating Relationship in Paranormal Romance 

Thanks so much for inviting me back to your blog. Thanks, too, for an intriguing guest post topic. 

I’ve written my share of shifter-based paranormal romance. While I know one of the underpinnings of the genre is “insta-love,” I’ve tried to avoid that particular trope. At least in my opinion, it makes for lazy writing. Authors can avoid the rich character building that draws readers in. They can also sidestep the growth and development of a relationship if it’s presented as a fait accompli from the gate. 

I always offer my characters free choice. They may be snared in the mate bond, but they can also choose to walk away. It may mean they never find anyone else to love, but still the choice is there for them. Before I wrote my first shifter ménage book, one of the editors at Liquid Silver Books gave me a sample book to read. It was one of theirs that had sold quite well, and one I will refrain from naming. My overall take after I skimmed it was that the characters were one step up from cardboard, the shifters never shifted, and the love between the characters was lacking in substance. It was more of a “walk into the room, see the person, and fall into bed.” 

Sorry, I’m rambling, but this is a topic I feel fairly strongly about. I may be old-fashioned, but I believe in building characters readers can identify with, and while insta-love happens in the real world, it rarely ends well. Once the glitzy-stardusty aspect of hormones screaming for sex dies down, the individuals frequently discover there’s not much else they like about their partner. 

To answer your question, about destiny or free will, I believe it’s actually a combination of both—at least for shifters. They may have a mated one hanging about in the wings, but even if they run into that person, it doesn’t excuse them from figuring out if it’s really someone they want to spend the rest of their extra-long lives with. And they do that the way all of us do: by spending time with that person, by facing challenges, and by exploring who they are. Sex is part of the equation, but if it’s the only part, the book will be a pretty one-dimensional read. 

Not sure if that’s the answer you were looking for. If I was an erotica writer (or reader) this guest post might’ve taken an entirely different direction. Again, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog.
About the author:
I'm basically a mountaineer at heart. I remember many hours at my desk where my body may have been stuck inside four walls, but my soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry.

Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), I finagled a move to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. Stories always ran around in my head on backcountry trips, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made me fear for my life, sometimes for company.

Eventually, the inevitable happened. I returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. It wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. I learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel, and I've been writing ever since.

In addition to turning out books, I enjoy wilderness photography. A standing joke is that over ten percent of my pack weight is camera gear, which means my very tolerant husband has to carry the food -- and everything else too.


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