Let me tell you about my shifters. I have two series available for your reading pleasure, and while they’re both about shifters, they’re really quite different. And yes, sometimes it’s a struggle to keep them straight!
My name is Tami Lund, and I’m a romance author. I write contemporary, usually romantic comedy, and I write paranormal, mostly shifters (although I’ve dabbled in vampires, witches, and gypsies, too).
Today’s blog post is about my Twisted Fate and Lightbearer series. Both center around shifters, but are two entirely separate and distinct worlds. So, unfortunately, no cross-pollination in these two series. But the good news is: The Lightbearer series has enough fodder for at least eleven books, if not more, and the Twisted Fate series, while currently ending at three books, actually has potential to continue on with the next generation. So stay tuned. In the meantime, let me tell you about each set of shifters.
First, there’s the Twisted Fate series, which centers around two types of shifters–Light Ones (the good guys) and Rakshasa (the bad guys). There are also these female shifters called Chala who are rare and highly sought after. The Rakshasa want to kill them while the Light Ones covet them. Why? Well, the Chala are the only fertile female Light Ones. So, destroy the females, destroy the species. That’s how the Rakshasa think, anyway. The Light Ones, of course, figure if they keep the Chala barefoot and preggos (while of course enjoying the process to get there), they’ll keep their species alive and kicking.
My Twisted Fate shifters are immortal. When I was building this world in my head, and decided to start the first book with only a single Chala left in the universe, I figured I needed to give these guys a little something to keep their spirits up. If they’re immortal, then they won’t feel like the end of the world is truly imminent. More like, so long as they survive, they’re good to go, forever.
These shifters shift into what amounts to an oversized mastiff, usually with fur that matches the color of their hair when they’re in human form. And the good guys have pale blue or brown eyes, while the bad guys always have black eyes. They can tell if a person is a shifter versus human, but ultimately, the eyes are what lets them know if they’re dealing with a friend or foe.
My shifters’ eyes glow, too. Actually, this is a characteristic that accidentally made it into both series. It’s an emotional thing. Like when the woman a shifter is secretly lusting after walks into the room, his eyes may start glowing, a sure sign that his lust probably needs to be defined as love. If she knows anything at all about shifters, she should probably make a move, because fate knows these guys are hardheaded and stubborn enough to refuse to admit to their feelings until they’re under duress. But naturally, the object of desire doesn’t always understand the meaning behind that particular trait, so frustration will likely ensue. Which of course makes for damn good reading, right?
Then there are my Lightbearer shifters. The Lightbearers are actually magical people who, at the beginning of the series, consider shifters to be their mortal enemies. See, shifters in this series, generally speaking, have a bit of a God complex. They believe they are at the top of the magical food chain, yet they have the least amount of magic. Or at least, that magic manifests in only one way: They can change forms at will.
Actually, they can change into any form. So long as the creature is warm-blooded, their bodies recognize it and can take on that shape. Bird? No problem. Cat? Yep. Monkey? Yes, well, I haven’t come up with a good reason to pull a monkey into the story, but it’s certainly not outside of the realm of possibility, since this series is still going on, and I see no end in sight at the moment.
Despite this really cool bit of magical ability, the shifters in the Lightbearer series want more. They want Lightbearer magic. Because Lightbearer magic can create light and open locks and help make food, oh, and conjure swords. Handy, that, when one needs to defend oneself. And for some reason, shifters believe the way to steal a Lightbearer’s magic is to kill him or her.
You can see why their relationship might be a tad contentious, eh? And it gets worse when, at the beginning of Into the Light (book 1), the son of the most powerful shifter in the world decides to save the Lightbearer his dad has captured, instead of kill her for her magic. And maybe, just maybe, he falls in love with her over the course of protecting her from his father. Which sets a whole new precedent for this crazy, magical world. Because yeah, shifters are supposed to want to kill Lightbearers, not, well, you know.
Well, there you have it. My two shifter worlds – the Twisted Fate series and the Lightbearer series. And who knows what I’ll come up with next. That’s the beauty of writing paranormal: The only constraints are your own imagination.
Tami Lund writes romance, drinks wine, wins awards, and offers a couple of free books on her website: http://tamilund.com.