by Louise Cypress
Publication Date: June 17, 2019
Genres: Adult, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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When his family is threatened, a shifter must choose between high school and a life of crime.
For the past six hundred years the Byrd family members have been shifters with avian powers. Seventeen-year-old Rolf is the only Byrd who transforms into a dog. Rolf knows that when his mom looks at him, all she sees is a mutant, but Rolf has plans for his future that go beyond shifting.
Rolf is using senior year to shoot Desperate Dawn, a film that he hopes will win him a prestigious scholarship to the University of Southern California. If Rolf can convince Summer Hathaway to be his leading lady, hell be golden. But when Rolf finds twenty dead ravens on his porch, shifter problems show up at his door.
Snake bites, wild coyotes, and drive-by shootingsRolfs neighborhood suddenly becomes a deadly place to be. Summers douchebag boyfriend makes it worse, especially when he attacks Rolfs sister. Rolf will do anything to protect the people he loves, even if it means giving up on his dreams. Hopefully, he wont have to.
Shoot the film. Get the girl. Save his family. Its a good thing that Rolf can fight like a dog.
Summer sat on the couch wearing a lacy white sundress and high heels. Her blonde hair fell in curls around her shoulders, and long golden earrings brushed against the spaghetti straps of her dress. She laughed at something her friend Ansley said, and her brown eyes gleamed. Most guys at school thought that Ansley was the hot one. She had curves and a wiggle-walk like Kim Kardashian. But Summer was Emma Watson. Cool, elegant, and unfortunately for me, untouchable. Unless you were her douchebag boyfriend, Zach.
But I wasn’t myself right now—Rolf Byrd the short but adorable star of every school play Poway High had staged for the past three years. I was Trouble, and I could climb into any lap I wanted. Not that I would of course, unless I was invited. I wasn’t a pervert and I knew the importance of consent. In my experience, though, consent was a lot easier to acquire when you weighed fourteen pounds.
Summer’s scent drifted over to me, rose shampoo and minty gum. When she crossed and uncrossed her legs I started to pant. The canine in me wanted to lick her ankles. The seventeen-year-old human in me fought to not let my dog senses take over.
Dory set me on the ground. “Don’t pee on anything, she said sternly.
“Careful! Rain bent down and slid her hands under my feet and belly. “He might get stepped on. She lifted me up into the air and turned me to face her. Rain had brown eyes like her sister, fringed by thick lashes that were magnified by the red glasses she wore. “You’re such a cutie pie! she said before pulling me to her shoulder like she was burping a baby.
I squirmed, trying not to step on something I shouldn’t. This was my future sister-in-law, after all.
“Rain, that’s not how you hold a dog. You’ll hurt his back, said Summer.
“Oh my god, who brought a dog to the party? Ansley asked.
“It’s Dory’s beagle, said Rain as she carried me over to the couch. “Isn’t he adorable?”
“Is he a puppy? Ansley asked.
“Nope. He’s a pocket beagle, said Dory. She walked over to where the girls were sitting, but there was no room for her to sit down, so she perched on the couch’s arm next to Ansley.
“Can I hold him? Summer asked with a huge smile on her face. “What’s his name?”
“Trouble, Dory said. “Just be careful he doesn’t hump your leg.”
I’d make my sister pay for that remark, but right now I had more important things to deal with, like holding myself together so I didn’t contort back into my naked human form in Summer’s lap. Because I was in her lap now—sweet mercy, I was in her lap. It was soft, warm, and inviting, and I was the perfect fit. Summer’s long fingers stroked my fur and made my tail wag. My paws pushed against her dress and my claws caught on lace, giving me the traction I needed to nuzzle up against her stomach.
“What a handsome dog, said Summer. “If I had a dog like this, I’d never put him down.”
“He’s a handful, all right, said Dory.
“Does he sleep in bed with you? asked Rain.
“No way. Dory wrinkled her nose. “That would be gross.”
“I don’t think so. Summer slid one hand all the way down my front and the other picked up my rear. She raised me up until I was inches from her lips. “If I had this little guy, I’d let him sleep right next to me. Summer pressed her nose to mine and she puckered up. “How about a kiss?”
EXCLUSIVE Q and A with Louise Cypress, author of SHIFTERS WISH
Question #1: What is SHIFTERS WISH about?
SHIFTERS WISH was loosely inspired by The Godfather. Rolf Byrd is an all-American teenager with a solid plan for his future. He loves his extended family but ignores their criminal activityuntil it shows up at his front door. In order to protect the people he loves, Rolf must choose between high school and a life of crime. SHIFTERS WISH is book one in the FIGHT OR FLIGHT series. Books two and three will also come out this summer, and books four, five, and six will release in fall of 2019.
Question #2: In SHIFTERS WISH, your main character, Rolf Byrd, is a dog shifter who can transform into any type of dog he wants. Why did you choose dogs instead of another animal?
There was never any question about what type of animal my main character should become. Dogs are loyal, loving, brave, and kind, and that describes Rolf. Although I would love the opportunity of having a cat in my life, Im allergic. So Ive always been a dog person.
Question #3: What other types of shifters are in your book?
In my world, there are three main types of shifters, Byrdswho transform into birds, Ferrellswho can become rodents, and Serpenteswho are reptile shifters. What makes Rolf special is that hes the first canine shifter in over a century. Rolfs mom is a Static, but she carries the canine genes for shifting. When Rolfs mom married his dad (a bird shifter), the canine genes dominated, and thats how Rolf ended up as dog. Together, the three shifter families form their own crime organization. They siphon off money from drug cartels and use the funds to preserve shifter heritage and avoid extinction.
Question #4: Does Rolf have a love interest?
Rolf has been in love with Summer Hathaway since freshman year. Summer has a secret to hide and mayor may notbe worthy of Rolfs attention. Part of the fun of this six book series will be watching Rolfs romantic relationships make him wiser. Rolf is definitely a hero who deserves true love, and his soulmate is waiting.
Question #5: What do you enjoy about young adult books?
When I was in high school I was so consumed by classwork that I never got to read for fun. Ive pretty much spent the last decade making up for it. I love how young adult books deal with first love, broken hearts, and the moments that define who we are. Plus, its fun writing about characters who dont have to worry about things like paying bills or fixing the dishwasher. When I read, I read for pleasure, and I love how YA books allow me to escape. I think thats why my Facebook page, The YA Gal, is so popular.
ABOUT LOUISE CYPRESS
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentines Day. Like Morgan, Louise can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise lives in San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.
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