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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If Animals Could Talk ... In my World, They Can!

A famous romance writer was quoted as saying that 'the heart of every romance story is the taming of an alpha male to hearth and home'.

And when you think about it, she's right.

I believe therein lies the fascination for shape-shifters in romance. What is more fascinating to us prey than predators that stalk us in the night? We humans are brainy, but weak and slow. The great predators--wolves, lions and tigers, bears--oh my! They are not only large and powerful, they're deadly.

If only we could combine the brain-power of a man with the best attributes of a predator. And then beguile him to protect us, to stand between us and the dangers that lurk in the world.

A fantasy? Heck, yeah! That's why we read romance after all. To re-live the passionate flush of first love, first lust. And if we can experience along with it an adventure of harrowing danger and thrilling triumph, all the better, I say.

I love a good shape-shifter romance. The creatures needn't be real, either. Dragons, anyone? And what if the shifter is from another galaxy entirely ... what attributes might that endow him?

In my book Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght, the strange moons of the planet Bryght call to the males in one cycle, the females in the next.

In Prince of Dragons, only a few of the inhabitants of Serpentia are gifted with the ability to dragon-shift, even to fly - the royal strain of Serpentians known as the Dragolin.

Do you have a favorite fantasy shifter? If not, perhaps I've beguiled you to at least consider ... what if animals could talk and prowl among us? Which would you choose to adventure with?

See you in a great romance,
Cathryn Cade
Best-selling author of sci fi romance
... it's hot in space, red hot!

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Sarah Raplee said...

I love a good shape shifter romance, too, Cathryn! Legends and fairy tales tell us humans have been fascinated with the concept since antiquity.

What if the outward change in form did not change the spirit within? Or what if it totally DID to the point that when in one form, the shifter couldn't remember the other? The possibilities are mind-boggling.

I'm so glad we have authors like you to bring us these compelling stories!

Judith Ashley said...

I think I'm too concrete in my thinking or something because the lure of shape shifting characters isn't a draw for me. Having said that, I only hear raves about your stories! so glad you share your talent with us. One of these days I may just try something new and your books are at the top of my 'maybe some day list'.

Diana Mcc. said...

Great post, Cathryn.Your books sound wonderful. I am going to download one on payday!

Paty Jager said...

Fun post, Cathryn!