Fool for Love Blog Hop with Just Romance.Me!

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Fool for Love Blog Hop! If you haven’t participated before, click the banner at the top of this post and check out all the amazing authors we have for you this weekend. The grand prize is an ereader and there are a host of other prizes, including a copy of Noon and Wilder’s latest release, TIGER TIGER.

Since our theme this hop is “Fool for Love,” I thought I’d share something totally new – a scene from our upcoming release from LooseId (which is, coincidentally, the theme of Friday’s A-Z Challenge, with “D for Domovoi“).  Read on, MacDuff!


“I’ve wanted to ask you.” Vanya turned to Ari. “Could you show us your snake form?”

Ari frowned and gazed at him, his clear green eyes quizzical. “Are you serious? Why?”

“I’m curious how your transformation differs from what I’ve read about shifters.”

Vanya kept to himself King’s rant on how dangerous lamiae were when he caught Vanya reading the battered book about them.

Ari shrugged. “Sure.”

He leaned over and set his beer in the holder on the table nearby and stood watching them for a moment. A shimmer appeared in the air and a giant Burmese python sat coiled on the seat and the side of the boat where Ari had been. His tongue tasted the air and he undulated forward to drape himself around Vanya’s shoulders.

Vanya froze, eyes wide. “Um…”

Crap, he’d been curious, but not that curious to see Ari again up close in snake form.

“Don’t move quickly, or you’ll spook him.” Mike smirked as he walked up and sat down. “Don’t scare the kid, Ari.”

Ari’s tail looped around the edge of the boat behind Vanya’s perch and he slithered onto the boat from Vanya’s body, moving with a soft hissing of scales. His head, even with Vanya, wove back and forth with the gentle movement of the boat.

Only one problem. His tail slipped backward off the slanted edge of the boat, dropping toward the water whizzing by below. He didn’t appear to notice it, either, intent on mesmerizing Vanya by weaving his head back and forth in front of Vanya’s face.

“Um, Ari?”

“Hush, now. Don’t interrupt.” Mike’s voice held the flavor of a laugh and he regarded Vanya with twinkling eyes. “He wants to show off for you, let him.”

Nash took a sip from his bottle, hiding his smirk behind it.

“But…” Vanya trailed off, helpless to do anything as more of Ari’s body slithered backward off the edge of the boat. “Do snakes get drunk?”

“All the time.” Mike sounded smug.

“Ari, your tail!” Vanya blurted.

Ari’s eyes widened and he turned to regard his body, but his bulky mass slid with increasing speed off the side of the boat. They hit a swell and bounced and, with a loud splash, Ari disappeared over the side.

Be sure to visit the other authors of the Fool for Love hop and share your love; comments will enter you in the drawing for the grand prize and other prizes.  Enjoy!


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
– E.E. Cummings

The Chicagoland Shifters series:
Book 1 BURNING BRIGHT, available from Samhain Publishing.

Book 2 TIGER TIGER, available from Samhain Publishing. An All Romance eBooks Bestseller!

The Persis Chronicles:

Check out EMERALD FIRE, available from Torquere Books.

Check out “Seeking Hearts“, available from Torquere Books.

Check out COOK LIKE A WRITER , available from Barnes and Noble.
Check out “Taking a Chance“, available from Torquere Books!

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22 thoughts on “Fool for Love Blog Hop with Just Romance.Me!

  1. Jean MP says:

    Great excerpt, definitely want to read more now.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Jean! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  2. Hot excerpt! I think I’m loving the idea of snake shifters even more than wolf shifters.

    1. Thanks, Jessica! We liked the idea a lot and hunted around for mythology to play with. We settled on lamia myths, because there isn’t a lot about male lamias (they’re almost always female). That gave us a lot of room to create backstories and voila! We did have to do research, though; and yes, snakes can swim. 🙂

  3. DGarson says:

    LOL – cute excerpt but uggg! Snakes only rate second to spiders on my creep-out meter. Make him change back to a cute hunk please!!

    1. LOL! Fair enough, he’ll be back to cute hunk-mode soon enough. They have to go fish him out of the drink, first, though. 😉

  4. Denise Smith says:

    I’m glad you did a paranormal shape shifter but a SNAKE uugghh I don’t do SNAKES…Just ask my son after I slapped the crap out of him for letting walked into his friends house where he had his snake out lol but since I actually don’t have to look or touch it I will probably survive.

    1. Hi, Denise! Far enough. 🙂 We are an all animal family, so we’ve had snakes, turtles, lizards, dogs, cats, ferrets, all sorts of things. 🙂

      Don’t worry, though; these snakes are long-lived and not scary. Unless you’re a bad guy. 🙂

      Happy blogging!

  5. Loved the excerpt… “Do Snake’s Drunk?” Sounds like a pretty awesome read.

    1. Thanks, Jeanette! We had a lot of fun writing it and this particular scene makes me laugh every time. Glad you enjoyed, and thank you for stopping by! Enjoy the hop!

  6. Loved the excerpt!

    1. Hi, Diana! Thanks! I’m glad you stopped by. Enjoy the hop!

  7. Loved the excerpt! Want to read more!

    samanthahodges64 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks, Samantha! We’re expecting a summer release, but don’t have an exact date yet – so stay tuned. 🙂 The current title is BOUND BY FIRE, but that may change; we’ll definitely keep readers informed on our blog and by Facebook. We are so excited to do this project; we have an awesome editor and this is one of our dream houses. 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, and enjoy the rest of the hop! 🙂

  8. This little tid bit made me laugh out loud. I can just see the expression in his eyes right before he hits the water.

    1. Thanks, Shelley! It was a lot of fun to write. I’m glad you enjoyed!

      Have fun with the rest of the hop, and thanks for stopping by!

  9. Tina B says:

    Funny excerpt. 🙂
    I did enjoy it!
    Thank you for sharing.
    trb0917 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Tina! 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by; enjoy the rest of the hop!

  10. JoAnna says:

    Thanks for the excerpt! I like reading different types of shifters.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

    1. Thanks, JoAnna! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. 🙂

  11. I loved writing this story and all the myths concerning snakes and snakeshifters in legends. Lots of fun and even more so to make them hot and sexy- not cold blooded at all ! ~snerk~

    1. I know, right? Hot blooded snakes! 🙂

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