Karen’s Killer Book Bench **Double Feature**: SHIFTED INTO LOVE, Love Changes Everything & Lust in the Time of Mardi Gras, #Anthologies by Shai August & Alexis Craig ETAL

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Love Changes Everything (Anthology)


Dear Reader,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day to us is a time of celebrating the great loves of your life, be that between the love of family or the special love of our lives. This Valentine’s we wanted to celebrate black women, sexy shifters and our love of both in this anthology. Our authors range from a newly published writer to established authors with dozens of titles to their bibliography. Each lady brings her unique spin to the paranormal romance genre and shifters. Cozy up with a blanket and some hot cocoa and relax into the diverse worlds we have created for you.

From the sands of Egypt to the decadent halls of Zargobia, these seven stories will take you on the paranormal adventures your heart craves; foiling assassination attempts to shifter speed dating to being auctioned off to the highest bidder or fighting your way through the pack to claim your mate. Every story features the sexy shifters your heart and body desires, they break barriers and definitely some hearts.

Genesis is here for two things and two things only: free food and shots. Fresh off a devastating heartbreak, the last thing on her mind is dating…especially a shifter.

In the world of glitter, Death is handsome. He walks the world as a large wolf dog by day, a blood drinking vampire by night. Then he meets a guardian angel. The two share a poignant love breaking all boundaries giving in to their passion.

Protection assignments when the target wasn’t aware of her protection weren’t Cora’s usual fare but when someone tries to kill the prince with her nearby. She’s more than up for the challenge.

Tarnished by scandal, Jade is abandoned by her Pack, family and friends also trying to escape the taint of the scandal. Jade, with nowhere and no one to turn to, finds herself at the infamous, After Market searching for protection and a safe shelter from the storm of scandal following her.

Akil takes one look at her wild beauty and claims her as his own. But Sabra bows to no man, and she vows to never yield. Their passions topple one another in a battle of wills that threatens to claim them both.

On the hunt for a mate, the gathering is the perfect place to start. Armed with a plan and a modest list of qualifications she sets out to find her ideal match. Tyr checks every box on Sequoia’s list except the most important.

~ Available until July 31, 2019 ~


Lust in the Time of Mardi Gras (Anthology)


Dear Reader,

We apologize.

If you thought this anthology was going to be full of sweet and sassy romances featuring shifters with the backdrop of Mardi Gras.

Stop Reading Now.

This is an anthology full of debauchery in the best way. Paranormal creatures of all types emerge to take advantage of the Mardi Gras holiday and of our heroines who may be sassy but definitely aren’t sweet.

~ Available until August 31, 2019 ~

Love Changes Everything


A long bar with mismatched stools, nicked with knife wounds and scarred by cigarette burns, the bartender behind the counter pretends to keep it clean. I appreciate the ruse, even though when I’m here, I drink from the bottle, just in case. The honest-to-Goddess jukebox in the corner has been stuck on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s greatest hits for the last hour, and I’m grateful because in a place like this, the musical selections could be a helluva lot worse.

This isn’t my normal haunt or neighborhood local. Hell, this isn’t even the town I live in, but the assignment I was given puts my target here, so here I am, and here I’ll stay until he arrives.

It’s mostly empty tonight, a small blessing, but it’s the far edge of winter, and there are a good many things to do on a Thursday night in February that don’t involve liquor and a pool table with warped cues, worn felt, and a mildly tilted slate. Then the door opens to the night outside, he comes in, and it is absolutely game on.

I don’t need to look up to know it’s him. The icy winter chill, so foreign in this place, carries his scent—warm woods, leather, and spice—like a winged messenger, full of potent promise. My eyes close for a moment, and I wish my body didn’t immediately wash in heat every time I’m in a damn five-mile radius of him, but there it is, and here I am, making sure my grip on my beer bottle doesn’t shatter the glass and make a mess.

From the corner of my eye, I watch him, keeping most of my back to him to maintain my anonymity until absolutely necessary. Goddess, he is beautiful. Short, dark hair that looks like he keeps it styled with his fingers, a closely trimmed beard, shoulders that could double as a mountain range in a close-fitting navy sweater that brings out his come-fuck-me blue eyes. His jeans cup his ass just so, and his boots are nice but scuffed enough to look like they might be for actual work as well. Finnegan O’Casey is sexual fucking perfection on a stick and absolutely everything I should not want.

He is gorgeous, he is fun, he is third in line to the damn throne, and not in the market for any kind of dalliance except with someone of his status and, um… pack. There is that. He’s a Lupine, in line to one day lead the shifter kingdom—because his lazy-ass brother would likely abdicate, or at least everyone hopes so—and there’s an unspoken rule with Lupines, especially royals, stick with other Lupines. Mostly.

There are rumors—whispers, of course—of Lupines who wandered far afield to join up with Vulpines or Ursines, but those are only fairy stories, or in the case of Ursines, cautionary tales of breathtaking violence. At no point in time was there any kind of legend of a Lupine and a Corvid becoming anything at all other than a ruler and their most trusted advisor. That isn’t the job I want.

I could get close to him the conventional way, join my father at court as an adjunct advisor to King Niall. I have the schooling, the necessary training and skills. But the intrigues, gossip, and politics never really interested me, so I left the family to find my own way. Hell, we knew each other as kids, a cub and a fledgling who didn’t have anything in common other than our parents’ association, and he was smart and brave… kind. At least, I remember him to be kind. The rumors now suggest some of that kindness may have been bled away from him, but preparing to rule a nation can do that to a person.

As for me, kindness is a goal, but it can be a business liability. I do all right as a—ahem—legal advisor to some of the major shifter businesses in the area, the one to call when things have gone to hell and they need a demon hunter. Work doesn’t define me, though. At least, I try for it not to, with more or less success. Today, though, and for the foreseeable future, I’m on a mission of a different kind. Certainly nobler than being the local corporate fixer can be.

My sensitive ears pick up his order, scotch and soda, one ice cube, and it’s pretty clear I’m going to need another beer before I have enough courage to do what I need to do. Any other person, any other shifter, and I would have been in there, running my game like I own the joint. This one, though…. Gods and Goddesses, this one makes my palms sweat and my panties scorched. Not a position of strength.

About Author Shai August…

Shai August is a country girl with a big imagination, more than a touch of wanderlust and a never-ending desire to live in both an RV traveling the world and a library. Her love language is words of affirmations followed by books, bacon and bourbon.

She’s a born and bred Louisiana native, but is currently doing an impression of a yellow rose of Texas. She is fluent in English, sarcasm and memes. Her goal is to write fast paced, character driven paranormal fiction for women of color.Her next release is in August 2019, Bachelor in Trouble.

I’m found all over the internet and social media as @ShaiAugust (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (author assumes no responsibility for your falling into her Pinterest board traps), Twitter, etc.) feel free to follow and start any kind of conversation with me.

About Author Alexis Craig…

Alexis Craig was born in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Indiana when she was eleven. She’s been there ever since, not counting the three-year stint in New York for college.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and forensic science manuals, a wife, a godmother to many, a loving aunt, avid ghost hunter, and collector of rescued pets.

In her free time, she tends to wander through haunted houses, bike along the Indianapolis Canal downtown, and travel to new places.

The author of Imminent Danger, Undercover Seduction, Give Me Shelter, the bestselling The Ex File and Book 2 in the series, Dead and Disorderly, plus Bulletproof Princess, and finally the bestselling romantic comedy, No Such thing. Her next work will be the continuation of Lupercalia, featured in Shifted into Love: Love Changes Everything.


Links to Alexis and Shai’s website, blog, books, etc.

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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Alexis and Shai will give away an ebook copy of the next book in the series, SHIFTED INTO LOVE: HOTEL CALIFORNIA coming Halloween to two lucky readers who comment on their Killer Book Bench blog. Good luck!

Thanks, Alexis and Shai, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


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3 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench **Double Feature**: SHIFTED INTO LOVE, Love Changes Everything & Lust in the Time of Mardi Gras, #Anthologies by Shai August & Alexis Craig ETAL

  1. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Now these are two interesting women! Great excerpt!
    Thanks, Karen, for the introduction to both Alexis and Shai. Nice to meet you.

  2. Karen Docter says:

    Hi, Shai and Alexis, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love anthologies and these two sound like books I need to pick up while I can. Love shifters of all kinds and can’t wait to dig in. Thanks for sharing your books with us today!

  3. bn100 says:

    fun blurb

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