Karen’s Killer Book Bench: SHIFTED INTO LOVE: HOTEL CALIFORNIA by Alexis D. Craig, N.D. Jones, Phoenix Williams, & Shai August #Paranormal #Witches #Fantasy

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Welcome to the Hotel…you know the rest. It’s a lovely place but these paranormal romance writers are taking you on spine tingling adventures with shifters and fantasy creatures that will keep you wishing that you never have to leave.

From paranormal and erotica author, Phoenix Williams –The Haunted and The Hunted…

Isabella Robertson is being haunted and that’s the least of her problems. Still reeling from her father’s death, Isabella is thrown into further turmoil when she is forced to leave the only home and wolf pack she has ever known. With nothing but the clothes on her back, she plans to head towards Hell Fire Valley to beg sanctuary from the Dragon Queen.

Kage Ryu is being hunted and that’s the least of his problems. Pressured by his mother to take his rightful place as King, he just wants to enjoy his life before the countdown to his arranged marriage runs out.

On a dark desert highway, Kage and Isabella come face to face at a hotel bar. Here, nothing is as it seems, everyone has an ulterior motive, and the grim reaper and his companions are regular guests. A Valkyrie, a Cerberus, a Shinigami, and a Huntress. It seems like the beginning of a bad joke but it’s just another Halloween night at the Hotel California.

Shai August’s The Case of the Lost Opera Singer…

Special Agent Shifter Colt Landry is going undercover with the unfriendliest Steward Agent he’s ever met: Special Agent Witch Theresa ‘Reese’ Freeman.

Special Agent Witch Reese Freeman can’t believe she’s on assignment with the Agency’s golden child, Agent By the Books himself Colt Landry?

Their assignment: Bring a politician’s daughter out of the Hotel California by hook or by crook with no back up in sight.

But every step deeper inside feels like a trap. Who is really in control of the Hotel? How will they get out alive and with the politician’s daughter? And how will Colt fight the evil of the Hotel and his desire for the resistant Agent Witch by his side?

Next, paranormal and thriller author Alexis D. Craig offers No Good Deed…

Pallas is a prisoner of his own devices. A veteran of the Fairy Wars, between his PTSD and his curse from the Fae Winter Court, his nightmares leave him trapped within himself and within the hotel he runs, The Presidio. At least, until she arrived.

An answer to a call for help he didn’t even know he’d made, Syta is an improbable warrior. A powerful witch who uses her powers to grow and heal plants, she’s unsure how to heal another creature.

Pallas has been fighting the battle for his sanity alone but with Syta by his side can he win the war for his mind and her heart?

Lastly, USA Today best selling author N.D. Jones brings you A Queen’s Pride…

Lies. Murder. Vengeance.

For centuries, full-humans have descended on shifters’ lands, killing and claiming. Like sharks scenting blood in the water, they devoured all in their murderous path—gold, God, and glory their battle cries. From the flames of destruction, two nations emerged—the full-human territory of Vumaris and the feline nation of Shona.

For eighteen-year-old Asha, traveling to Vumaris with her parents, alphas of the Kingdom of Shona, should’ve been a simple matter. Recommitting to an eighty-year-old treaty between their countries should’ve been easier still. Yet, greed and corruption know no boundaries of time and place, turning a family trip into the bloodiest night of Asha’s life.

Will Asha survive the night of terror? If so, will she forgive her enemies or seek divine retribution.

Ekon is a young bodyguard to the Shona princess. He also happens to be in love with Asha. When a group of trained killers converges on Hotel California, hellbent on kidnapping Asha and slaughtering anyone who stands in their way, how can he save his love when the odds are stacked against him?

Safety. Protection. Love.

Asha and Ekon want all three. But first, they must survive Hotel California.



Hello! My name is Alexis D Craig, author of one of the stories in Shifted Into Love: Hotel California, No Good Deed. I live in Indiana but I travel pretty extensively, I’m an office manager/AV tech at work, and I collect miniature perfume bottles, rescue dogs, and hobbies. So many hobbies. I really enjoy the creative process in all forms, writing as well as creating visual art to accompany it. I’m learning graphic design, video production, I love to draw and paint (oils and acrylics), and I’ve developed into a bit of nervous baker. Have cupcakes, will travel.

1.  How did you get started writing?

I’ve been telling stories since I was a kid. I wrote my first novel in high school. I still have it, and for the time it was great. As an adult, it’s fairly fraught, and that’s okay. Every book is a learning experience.

2.  What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write romance as a base, with many nuances and facets evolving over time. I really enjoy writing paranormal romance, because there’s a freedom there, creatively, beyond the strictures of contemporary romance. Honestly, though, I write what I feel like, and put out whatever stories emerge.

3.  What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

I actually use my commutes (to and from work) to ponder and dictate my stories. I get the best ideas and dialogue when I’m driving and, rather than lose them or hope I remember enough to write them down, I use my voice recorder on my phone and just talk them out. Plus hearing the story outside of my head helps me when i’m looking for plot holes and things like that.

4.  What is your favorite part of writing?

I like when readers enjoy the work put into a story. When they’re able to see the story the way I do.

5.  What is your least favorite part of writing?

The lack of sleep. I write until I fall over and then I go to bed, get up, and write some more. It’s especially bad on a deadline.

6.  Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

My mind plays a constant game of ‘what would happen if…?’. Sometimes the results are amusing, sometimes the results are tragic, usually the ones that make the cut are the ones that bring me the most joy. I also read every day, for pleasure, and have some shows I catch up on, on the weekends. So stories are all around me and sometimes they just happen.

7.  Tell me about your ideal reader.

My ideal reader likes a snarky, smart heroine and a kind, sweet hero. My reader should want romance but without the rigid tropes that can confine the genre. They should be good with princesses that can rescue themselves, and princes who don’t go charging off to war at the first perceived slight. Enjoying comedy and occasional sideways puns is a must.

8.  What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.

Music, absolutely music. I do playlists for my books as I write them. Keeps me in the right headspace.

9. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? 

The next book for me personally is A Killing Moon, Winged Guardians Book 1, due out November 14th, and the next Shifted Into Love anthology, Mistletoe and Kisses, should be out toward the beginning of December.

About 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.


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About N.D. Jones…

N. D. Jones is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. She is a dedicated educator, committed to equitable and excellent education for all students. N.D. has served in the role as teacher, department chair, and professional development teacher specialist, supporting the learning of students and the professional growth of teachers .

She writes what she sees as a dearth in the romance genre–African/African American love with a paranormal twist. She spends a lot of time developing the mythology of her novels, as well as the execution of the paranormal element. When she writes a book with witches and shapeshifters, for example, she thinks it’s important to show what it means to be a witch and shapeshifter. That’s one thing a reader of books by N.D. can look forward to. The paranormal is not a sidebar in her novels. It’s center stage and critical to the plot.






About Author Phoenix Williams…

Based out of Illinois, Phoenix Williams is an erotic romance, paranormal romance, and street lit author and lover of all things quirky.

She is a Jane of all trades. Award-nominated author. CEO. Producer. Screenwriter. AAMBC Journal contributor. As an author, she has built a brand that specializes in romance and self-acceptance.

She has been an author for Delphine Publishing since July 2015. Phoenix has created several series, the award-nominated Bird Family series, her bestselling Sex, Lies, and Friendship series, the Phoenix After Dark collection, and her first paranormal series, Queens of Beasts.

Phoenix Williams is currently creating two new series, Club Sugar and The Celestials. She is also working on adapting her Bird Family series into a Motion Picture.





About Alexis Craig… 

A romance writer with a day job, 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.






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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Alexis is giving away an ebook copy of HOTEL CALIFORNIA to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.  Good luck!

Thanks, Alexis, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!




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7 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: SHIFTED INTO LOVE: HOTEL CALIFORNIA by Alexis D. Craig, N.D. Jones, Phoenix Williams, & Shai August #Paranormal #Witches #Fantasy

  1. These all make me want to start reading paranormal stories! It’s not my usual genre, but it might become a favorite!

  2. Sarah Wente says:

    Not my genre at all, but this sounds intriguing. I wish you the best of luck with the book!

    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway. I am unable to do the e-book thing.

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    I can see where lack of sleep would be a major player in an author’s life. If I go to bed without reading a crucial part of the book , my subconscious tries to fill in!
    Thank you, Karen and Alexsis.

  4. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Alexis, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love anthologies! Can’t wait to read this one. I now have the Hotel California song earworm playing in my head. Thanks! LOL Like you, I’m a music “writer”. I get in the “zone” faster when I have the right music on. Thanks for sharing your book and your interview. Great fun!

  5. Tamara Kasyan says:

    All these stories sound amazing! I love paranormal romance!

  6. bn100 says:

    interesting stories

  7. ELF says:

    I’m fascinated that none of the authors are from California, lol. Good luck on the release and thanks for the interview.

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