Ramey’s world is shattered when his brother dies suddenly. He tries to go through the motions, day by agonizing day, doing the best that he can at his job, but it’s not enough. Months of depression escalates into alcohol use and drug abuse to numb the pain. For the past year, he’s been dreading meeting with his lawyer and accepting his brother’s death. The pain becomes too much to bear and Ramey is caught with cocaine at work and fired immediately. When he hits rock bottom, he realizes that he’s disrespecting his brother’s memory and checks himself into rehab with the help of an unlikely friend.
Londyn’s life is perfect living as a wolf Shifter in the Pack Lands. He’s been working in the family business and happy living in his cabin in the woods. Londyn has high expectations for the perfect mate to make his life complete.
Can Ramey accept his destiny as a Shifter’s mate? And is his love for the wolf Shifter worth leaving behind the demons and the only world he’s ever known?
Pages or Words: 20,765
Categories: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
About the author:
Tina is a retired Air Force brat and has lived in several states as well as a handful of countries. She has always had a soft spot for literature and is a voracious reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found cuddled up with a good book. Though Tina adores a thrilling novel with sappy lovesick heroes, she is terrified of things that go bump in the night. This makes for quite a complicated relationship with zombies, something that she just can't get enough of.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Blenke-Author/487878157926041?ref=hl
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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/140907-shifting-paradigm
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I seem to be a little bit of both actually. I have an idea of where the story starts and then how it’s going to end. Sometimes, there’s also a grand idea of plot twists and conflicts that jump into my mind about a story before I ever put “pen to paper”. Once the idea has been formulated and simmering in the back of my mind for a while, I begin a very empty outline. I label all the chapter headings with scenes that need to occur in whatever order and then I place a sentence or two with all the ideas in the appropriate chapter. After this, I write by scenes or chapters until the story is complete. I never work from start to finish, instead working on the mood that I’m in when I sit down to type out the storyline. And hopefully it isn’t at four in the morning when my muse is rearing to go!
How do you think your writing has developed since you started?
I’m more relaxed and calm about the storyline and characters writing them for myself instead of how I think other people will react. There’s usually an underlying theme I’m trying to work out in the real world and these thoughts are reflected in my writing. There’s always something hidden somewhere and if I’m the only one in the world who can find these little gems then that’s my own secret fun.
There’s also so much to learn about the craft of story weaving and it’s been a fun ride to work the words out while watching the story unravel. There have been times when I think the words are absolute magic and others when they’ve been crap on the page but it’s all been worth it. One beautiful adventure.
Are you tempted to write in other genres?
Paranormal is absolutely my first love but I’ve been playing around with a contemporary romance on the back burners. It’s past beta review but not quite to the point where it’s polished enough for submission. Maybe I’m more hesitant because there aren’t any creepy crawlies in it. I’ve tried. Believe me, I tried to find a way to fit something hairy and scary but my guys just weren’t having it and I wasn’t going to cram it into the story when the fit wasn’t right.
As for writing outside of M/M? I shouldn’t say never but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. I did write a short story for one of my beta readers and a male model that she adores but it was practically rated PG-13. I’m thinking of repurposing that story since it has a strong premise but trust me when I say this will be a M/M love story.
Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start? Do you use photos or character interviews? How do you bring them to life?
I like to use photos of models or actors to help spark a scene as well as use character sheets to find out more about each of my guys. There’s probably way more information than would ever go into a story but it’s fun for me to know so that I’m certain about a reaction that he may have with a given situation or conversation. I also like to use music as well to set the mood, sometimes I change my physical location to get it just right, too. Whatever I need to do to get that feeling tweaked exactly where I want it.
Is there a character in any of your books that you didn't plan on—a character who forced their way into the story?
It’s funny that you should ask that. Shifting Cargo’s main character is just such a character that started out on the side as a means to bring conflict into Justin’s life from Shifting Gears. Once I created Ramey, I couldn’t get away from him, on an emotional level I was tied to him and couldn’t walk away. His own reactions had me questioning why he was acting out the way he was. Lashing at everyone around him without reason for personal gain. I had a beta who absolutely hated him so the challenge was redeeming this man and proving that we shouldn’t judge others for their actions no matter how vile because we don’t know their story. In this series, Ramey has been the most real to me and easily my favorite.
What stories inspired you to write?
This is an easy question for me: Stephen King’s The Gunslinger, Anne Rice’s The Tale of the Body Thief, KA Mitchell’s Collision Course, and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on the fourth book in the Shifting Paradigm series and a new contemporary novel that I’d like to have finished within the next few months. I’m not sure how many more short stories I have in me but I’m really looking forward to the inevitable explosion that must occur between the Shifters and the Changeless. My muse has me riveted on the edge of my seat, shivering with anticipation.
“It pleases me that you want to see my wolf so bad. Have a seat on that fallen log by the fire and watch the master at work.” Ramey took a seat as instructed and watched Londyn prepare for his shift. Londyn removed his clothing piece by maddening piece. It was a slow strip tease set to the music of the forest and Ramey swore all the blood left his body and pooled into his cock. Londyn’s body was absolutely lickable. He had definition in his lean muscles, his chest was smooth and hairless with pale pink nipples that Ramey couldn’t help but drool over. His back and legs had corded muscles and fine blond hair covered his legs and groin. Except for a few old scars, the man didn’t have a mark on him. No blemishes, birthmarks or tattoos and given his age it was odd that he didn’t have at least one. Ramey had never been with a man who didn’t have any ink. And the ass on his boyfriend. He had won the lottery ten times over. He had to sit on his hands to keep from reaching out and when he turned around, he caught Ramey ogling his mate.
“Hey, eyes are up here, sir.”
“I’m sorry, it’s just that—”
“Nah, just messing with you. I like your eyes on me.” Londyn’s own blues were dark with heat proving that Londyn was just as turned on as Ramey was by the show. It wasn’t just Londyn’s eyes giving away his arousal either.
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