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A Super-Sexy Shifter Hero in ARROWS OF THE HEART

12 Oct

by Madeline Iva

Shifter alert! Jeffe Kennedy talks to us about her just released ARROWS OF THE HEART which includes a sexy play-ah hero.  Go git that bad boy today!

Shapeshifters are super sexy – isn’t that true?

All that delicious animal nature and passion guided by human intellect. And the magical ability that gives them all that shimmering power, beauty, and near-immortality. The shapeshifters in my Twelve Kingdoms and Uncharted Realms books are the Celtic variety. Not weres, they are true shapeshifters with the ability to take on multiple forms. The most accomplished and magical among them are able to shift into the greatest variety of forms.

And, yes, they’re sexy.

Though there’s always that line. You know the one, between shapeshifter sex and, well, bestiality. Because nobody likes bestiality. It’s the ultimate lack of consent – as animals can’t consent – and it’s pretty much just icky.

So, most of the time, when we’re writing shapeshifter stories with smexy goodness, sex occurs only in human form.

ARROWS OF THE HEART is written from the perspective of Karyn, a woman exiled from her (decidely non-magical) home country, who falls in love with a shapeshifter. Zyr, irreverent, mischievous, a self-proclaimed excellent lover and happy to share his skills. He is a powerful shapeshifter, too, one of the most prolific of his generation, and able to take many different forms—including a gryphon.

A gorgeous, powerful, sleek black gryphon.

Though Karyn comes from a culture where women remain virgins until marriage – and she’s steadfastly clung to her “honor” – she doesn’t stand a chance against Zyr’s seductive charms. Especially when he wins her heart.

But along the way, they’re on a critical quest to stop a looming war. Just the two of them, for days on end, with Karyn riding on Zyr’s back.

This cover is breath taking. See the giant black gryphon in the back? Click to buy.

I thought about those lines. She’s a human. He’s a gryphon, with a feline body. People, he can purr.

Now, any woman who’s ridden a horse can vouch for the sensuality of the experience. Imagine if that steed had the heart and intelligence of a charming person, and could purr. Imagine what happens if he can selectively shapeshift parts of his body while in human form. So he’s still human but we also get to experience his purr, a raspy tongue, and what the ability to selectively enlarge parts of his body can do…

So, yeah. I totally had to go there!

Because THE ARROWS OF THE HEART is a fantasy romance, the quest takes precedence. And Karyn is an honorable woman, not easily swayed or seduced. But they get there.

It’s totally hot.

Jeffe Kennedy is the author of an award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms which includes Book 1, The Mark of the TalaThe Tears of the Rose and The Talon of the Hawk. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, was nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and won RWA’s 2017 RITA® Award.

Her other works include the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract.

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Find her at her website:, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy.




Endorphin Rush: Last day of SFF VDay Deal!!!

28 Feb

Need to quell your post-Vday chocolate cravings? (I do. Seriously.) Here’s just the thing to distract you from binging at the candy store — this Valentine’s Day Speculative Fiction Sale is STILL going on!!!

It was supposed to run from Feb 13th to the 15th, but I just checked the link and lots of the books are still up. It’s like when you’ve eaten all the chocolates in the box your sweetie gave you for Valentine’s Day, but you look again and realize–there’s a second layer.  And you’re all like: Oooooooooh!  Almost every book I looked at was either still either free, or free on Kindle Unlimited or .99.  YAY!

Many of the delicious covers are making me drool (See Below) — Lot’s of stuff is there that I know I want to grab for my kindle right now. I saw a goodly number of Dragon Shifter romances if you’re into that — it’s such a hot SFF trend these days.

Go! Go now! — Get your next SFF Romance at the SPECULATIVE FICTION Valentine’s Day Sale TODAY before March is here and it’s all gone like the last chocolate in the candy box. —Okay, I **have** to stop talking about sugar.



Dragons DuJour: Shifter Romances Are Having a Dragon-y Moment

28 Nov

By Madeline Iva

We seem to be having a dragon moment in Romance-landia, so let’s take a wee look at three books doing the dragon thing and talk about why someone like me–who may be somewhat like you–finds myself diving into dragons even though I’m usually not into the shifter thing.

DRAGON ACTUALLY (Dragon Kin #1):Dragon Actually

G.A. Aiken’s books have always been highly recommended by my reader pal Donna, who’s all up on the shifter-romance scene. Everyone else in the PNR world knows G.A. Aiken too, of course, and worships at her alter.

Look! A blurb:

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We get it already: Fearghus and the hot knight are the one and the same…no surprises there.  Three things to convince you to try this book if the 1200+ reviews on Goodreads hasn’t…

#1 As one reviewer put it: a bloodthirsty, batshit crazy warrior princesses Yes. My kind of gal. Tods.

#2 Hot semi-nekkid guy on the cover –now that’s *my* kind of fantasy! (Note the semi-nekkid guy on the cover of my own fantasy romance Wicked Apprentice) As readers the semi-nekkid guy seems to offer us the promise of hot sex between the pages.  Indeed there is a lot of hot sex in DRAGON ACTUALLY.

#3 Humor & Fluff = mindless entertainment.  I hope the author doesn’t mind my saying that.  It’s just that these days, I’m all about mindless entertainment.  And I very much appreciate humor in my romances.

But let me put out a hypothesis: I think dragons are a very different from typical shifter romances.  (And by ‘typical’,  I mean wolf-shifter.  I know not from all other kinds of shifters: lions & tigers & bears–oh my!)  See, to be honest—I’m not a real shifter reader.  In fact, I want to say that there are two kinds of paranormal readers out there: wolf-shifter readers and vampire readers. Wolf shifter readers like packs and pack hierarchies. Vampire readers don’t.

Which is not to imply any disrespect to shifter readers at all.  But I wonder if dragon shifter romances are shifter romances that can snag in the rest of us–the vampire gals. Why? We’re talking loners in lairs.  Heroes who are not enmeshed in pissing contests with others for supreme alpha status.  They’re not up to their necks in pack politics–tropes which are fabulous, don’t get me wrong–but aren’t really my thing as a romance reader.

Fire in the Blood

I lurv this cover. Just sayin.

FIRE IN HIS BLOOD (Fireblood Dragon #1):

Sue London turned me on to Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians series. The aliens in that series were massive, blue, and their dicks had some extra features. (!) That series totally hit the entertaining-light n fluffy-sweet spot. Adriana Anders made me aware that Ruby Dixon has created a dragon series set in post-apocalyptic Texas. A much more edgy series–there is a rift in the sky through which dragons from another time/world enter into our world, wreaking havoc upon humanity and the planet, while ordinary people scramble to survive.

Ruby Dixon’s dragons come in different color assortments which designate different things about them (red dragons are females, apparently) but they’re still all about the solitary alone time with the female love-interest.

Our heroine is sent out in very much a ye olde sacrifice-y way.  She’s cast out from the community as dragon bait. But this gal is not your typical shrinking virgin offering. Despite the fact that they can’t understand each other at first, her dragon manages to forge a link of communication with her. And it turns out that the dragon is very sweet, (aside from the dragon mayhem destroying the world stuff, of course…) Unlike Aiken, Dixon makes us wait wait wait for them to knock boots – something that annoyed some readers. Yet for others, the trust-building was well worth the wait.

A Dragon's Destiny

Love this cover too!!!

A DRAGON’S DESTINY (Dragons #1) is a third and completely different take on the whole dragon thing. This series involves time travel and the Viking Gods. Gods like Odin are worried about dragons bringing forth their final downfall. So they want all the dragons destroyed. One of the gods doesn’t agree with this plan.  She gathers up some dragons eggs and hides them like massive easter eggs through different times in history.

Our heroine growing up in our modern age is mastering all kinds of ye olde skills at the same time that she works as a police officer. She is a warrior in training, really, and one with a crappy love life.  She winds up discovering that she’s well neigh unkillable and also a (wait for it!) a dragon.  Skipping through time to fight bad guys, she finds her one true love who is managing his own political hornet’s nest back in the 1520’s.

This is a very different series from the others. Namely:

  1. Female dragon shifter (Nice!)
  2. POC heroine
  3. Viking Gods

As a side note, Glasneck’s series takes an interesting right turn towards another kind of Viking god – Hel.

Having loved Thor:Ragnarok and slavered over slinky Hela—Thor’s evil sister–I really liked the description for book #4 HELLISH in Glasneck’s Dragon series—which is also book #1 in the Hellish series:

Lady Hel, the ruler of Helheim, is cursed for disobeying Odin’s order. Stripped of her position, she’s imprisoned on an ostentatious estate until she is able to find love. Unfortunately, Lady Hel has never had luck or use for love.

Harley Anderson is a seven-year college senior with no idea what to do with his life. So far all he’s come up with is killing time. When his best friend dares him to hop the gate of what’s supposed be a haunted house, he encounters a woman who steals a lot more than his breath. And what she’s offering could give him the future he’s missing.

So check it out my pretties! Click on any of the book covers above to go git you some Dragons.  Let me know in the comments section below if you you buy into my “There only two kinds of PNR romance readers” theory.  If you don’t agree–tell me why not!  🙂

Madeline Iva is the twisted sister you always wish you had.  She’s also the author of the fantasy romance Wicked Apprentice.  Check out her other Lady Smut postsJoin her newsletter or follow her on Facebooktwitter, and Pinterest

Disclosure: Tina Glasneck is an old romance buddy who gave me a free copy of her book to read.








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