So I have noticed since I became a blog host, while I slowly work on my own stories, there have been some amazing people that have graced the pages of this blog. All amazing and unbelievable writers that make me proud and inspired to write. Today we have another one of those fabulous authors. Welcome LJ and her books to The Mystique!!!
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What is a werewolf? We’re human. Born human, live as humans and die human. We just have a little extra in our DNA. Okay, a lot extra. Big deal, Earth is overrun with normal humans, called norms. That’s because you guys breed like rabbits at a fertility convention. Back in the day, we supernaturals reigned supreme. But that’s another story. Keep tuned, one of us will tell it, sooner or later.
My name’s James “Jamie” Morrison, Sergeant in the United States Army, Supernatural Special Forces. Designation: Werewolf, second to the Alpha of the Painted Rock Pack. The Alpha happens to be my twin brother—NOT littermate. We were born human in Los Angeles, California at Cedars. Until he retired, Dad was a Lieutenant in the LAPD, Homicide Division. One could say he had a nose for the job…and one helluva wolf whistle, or so Mom claims.
See, we’re human and don’t phase until puberty. How’s that for a bummer, or should I say boner? I mean hormones are playing racquetball inside you. A mild breeze across your zipper and you’re a walking hard-on. So what happens? Nature throws in the shift. Yup, it just has to happen at the same time.
So there I was fifteen—yeah I know late for puberty but I’m a werewolf—with the biggest zit this side of Mount St. Helens on the side of my nose when bam, the shift hits. Forget my twin, Mark, he got it right first time out of the gate, but not me. The legs and arms shifted just as I was squeezing the sucker. Try to complete that with a paw.
No pain, no warning, just a twinkle and there I was, half-teen werewolf and half-human collapsing onto my stomach. Seems in wolf form I can’t stand upright. So, what do I do? I let out a girly shriek that would rival any horror film’s bimbo.
If that weren’t bad enough, Mark bounds into the bathroom on all fours, a perfect wolf, and licks my face. The folks rush in. They oohed and aahed over Mark, who preened like the prick he was at that age, and then they notice me moaning, trying to get up onto my paws. Not going to happen. I didn’t have the human body length versus four legs ratio figured out yet. Did by the second time though.
FYI, that’s when we knew Mark would be the next pack Alpha. As Steve said earlier, only “Pack” Alphas phase perfectly the first time. It only took me three times until I controlled when and how I phased—that’s why I’m Mark’s second.
The point is, when any were-animal phases it happens in a nano-second and we go from human to wolf or leopard or bear or whatever. No rending of clothes, no pain, just poof, in the blink of an eye we change. I don’t know where our clothing or weapons disappear to but when we shift back to human we look the same as before we phased. Fae talk about having an In-between Space where they store stuff, including their many weapons. Maybe our different forms are in a were-in-between space. Who knows?
We predator species have three forms: human, animal and warrior-beast. I think some novelist or filmmaker spotted one of us in warrior-beast form, because the movie creations are closest to warrior-beast. My face, while clearly wolf, will still look like me. It’s my eyes; they never change. Fur covers my body. I stand upright, going from a sold five foot ten to almost six foot eight. My legs are shorter than my body and have the look of a wolf/dog being held upright. However, I’m super fast and strong in that form, make that deadly.
I thank the Goddess that all the changes happened during summer and over the weekend, and I’d fully mastered control by Sunday night. It would have been hell missing a year of school, football, surfing, and girls. That and homeschooling is what usually happens to most teen werewolves. It can take up to a year before most teens have phasing into their animal form under complete control. Warrior Beast, that can take a lifetime and some never manage it.
The best part, once I mastered full change, the acne problem disappeared. Seems metamorphosis is the cure that can’t be bottled.
Mark had full control of phasing to either his animal or warrior beast that first day. I’m proud to say, I did by the third.
Mark and I played high school varsity football as running backs. What can I say—a wolf is fast even in human form. And no, I never played for NC State. It was UCLA for the two us all the way. We might surf but more importantly, we are tenth generation Californians and Dad would have killed us if we’d played for USC given UCLA was his alma mater.
As a warrior-beast, I’m enough to make a meth head go straight but it has little to no impact on demons. I’m still just a tasty treat with magic that will strengthen theirs should they catch and eat me.
See how I handle demons in WARRIOR’S RISE, DRAGON CHILD, & ABSOLUTION. My story will be release this year in SOPHIE’S CHALLENGE.
Warrior’s for Light Book 1
By LJ DeLeon
Warrior’s Rise short blurb:
A fiery barkeep and budding warrior. A hunky, bossy Fae warrior. A threat to Earth and Otherworld from the Dark Lord. Will their love be enough to stop the Dark Lord’s demons?
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Warrior’s Rise Blurb:
For Fae-human half-breed Deva Morgan, life as she knows it changes on her thirtieth birthday. One moment she’s a barkeep, the next she is a warrior fated to save Earth from the Dark Lord and his demon horde. Shunned by both her races, she faces a danger-filled quest with few allies. Too bad her powers haven’t fully emerged or stabilized.
For Deva it is life or death, on-the-job training with her companion, Padraig O’Neal, a Fae warrior with a shadowed past. Can he quiet the storm raging inside her, help her harness the growing power within her, and provide a barrier between Deva and a fatal outcome?
Will their love be enough to save Deva and stop the Dark Lord’s demons from entering Earth?
“If you enjoy urban fantasy novels filled with mythological creatures, plots twist and battles between the forces of good and evil then you will enjoy Warrior's Rise.” Review on Bitten by Paranormal Books http://tiny.cc/usc61
Warrior’s for Light Book 2
By LJ DeLeon
Dragon Child Blurb
A fire-breathing dragon, Moira O'Neal, was exchanged at birth for a Fae princess. Discovering the truth, she escapes the cage of the royal court and joins forces with the sexiest wereleopard on Earthworld. She fights the urge to mate and the trap that comes with it as they race against time to find the missing princess and a master of the black arts who covets her power.
Major Steve Taylor, a wereleopard in the Army For Light, partners with the impetuous Moira in the middle a dangerous mission where failure means all their deaths. Worse, his leopard decides Moira is his mate, leaving the man at war with his cat.
“This is one book you need to pick up as will be glued to the pages for it has everything to seduce readers: love, passion, action, heartache, and a hunky guy who you would love be called his mate.” 5 Alpha Howl, Bitten by Paranormal Review
Warrior’s for Light Book 3
By LJ DeLeon
He did the unforgivable. Druid Lucan Woods killed his surrogate father and best friend for the greater good. Wracked with guilt, he infiltrates a brotherhood of evil, hoping the mission is one way. Absolution may come from a missing Fae Princess, if he will accept it. Or will he reject her love and use her as a pawn in his drive to destroy the leader of the brotherhood?
Fae Princess Alanna has just learned her twin daughters are alive. She leaves hIfreann to search Earth for them. Only she can touch Luc’s heart. But will he let her? Will he open his stained soul and allow her to enter in time to save them both?
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LJ DeLeon Bio:
Bestselling author LJ DeLeon is an Army brat and a world-traveled former CIA Intelligence Analyst who has seen enough of this world to appreciate other worlds. Working for the CIA was great training for writing fantasy, paranormal, and futuristic romance--and understanding the warrior mentality. Amazing how real life and fiction overlap.
Publisher: Dark Hallows Publishing