Title: Shifting Weight
Author Name: Tina Blenke
Jason is a West Coast wolf Shifter who leaves his native Pack Lands to search for his destined mate. When he finds the large muscled man working out a local gym, Jason is ecstatic and apprehensive. Eric is a Changeless human and there are tense sides to the politically heated debate around the integration of Shifters and Changeless. Jason is at risk of losing control of his wolf without bonding with his destined mate. But, will Eric accept that Jason is a Shifter? And can Eric trust Jason after his heart has been left shattered from a previously failed relationship.
This was a nice short paranormal romance story about finding your soul mate. Eric and Jason were the main characters. I thought Jason was confident in who he was and was on a mission find to his mate. I liked how he knew the first time he met Eric that he was the one.
Eric on the other hand was just out of a bad relationship. But I thought he came across well as being willing to jump right into the relationship with Jason. I thought it was sweet how they took a chance and went right into the relationship with no holding back. They loved each other freely with no complications and fit well together.
Life just fell into place for the two of them.
I had wished there was a little more to the romance, it all just came together a little too quick. Maybe a little struggle with an issue would have added a little more to the story. All in all a nice read.
Jason allowed himself to run that night. Elation filled him making it easier to relax and allow his wolf to flow into his mind and body. The shift was seamless, years of transitioning helped his wolf to take control in under a few painless minutes. Jason knew of wolves who could never shift because the pain was so intense. It was unknown what the cause was but some insisted that it was because the Shifter’s true mate had never been found and the man could not control the beast inside of him.
The old wives’ tale had haunted Jason especially as years passed without locating his mate. Now that he knew Eric existed, it was one less thing to worry about. Now he could focus on worrying about Eric finding out he was a Shifter. Eric’s acceptance. If the two would find love and happiness despite fate playing a factor, then, and only then, could Jason think about starting a family with Eric. Maybe he was jumping the gun, but he had always wanted a man to love and a family to care for. Was it too much to want? Shouldn’t he be satisfied with finding a mate? All of this thinking and stress was weighing him down. Yes, he had found his mate, but would Eric want Jason?
His legs pumped harder as he made his way across hills and through forests with large trees reaching up towards the skies. It was not the familiar woods of his home on the Pack Lands but it felt good to stretch his limbs, pull deep pulls of fresh air into his lungs, and feel the wind tickling through his fur all over his body. With a grin, he imagined his large bear of a mate with sexual wants that matched his own.
- Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like? My portable office is always ready to go. Sometimes I write in bookstores, my daughter’s gymnastics class, on the notes app of my cellphone, and even on bits of paper I find lying around. It might not be glamorous but I write whenever the bug hits me.
- Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why? The character that I am probably most like is Evander from Athan’s Kiss. He’s sweet, nerdy, and loves to travel. He also carries a lot of baggage from his past that I can relate to. Another thing I love about Evander is his sense of curiosity and willingness to embrace new experiences.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead? It would be nice if writing was my full time day job but that isn’t the case. If I was able to choose another job instead of writing that would be just as fun and fulfilling I think it would be fantastic to be paid to travel. Travel the globe and visit exotic people and places while being paid to do so would just about be the greatest job that could ever be invented.
- Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand? (Advice to new authors) I wish I had known more about marketing and promotion when my first novel was published. There were months that I waited on pins and needles wishing that I could do something prior to its release. But I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I can’t say that I’m a professional at it now but I’m certainly learning along the way and getting better with each book’s release.
- Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out? I’m happy with how the story turned out. It would have been nice to make it just a bit longer but that’s the way of all short stories. Had I known that the sequel would have come out so soon after, I might have tweaked the cover a bit more. That might be the only thing that I wasn’t completely satisfied with. I think Latrisha did a fantastic job but it’s hard to find just the right cover art without doing my own photo shoot. I think the model for Eric should have been bigger and with more bear-like characteristics. All in all =, we did the best with what we had to work with and it turned out great.
- How long does it on average take to write a book? My novels take me a few years, so I’m learning, while the short stories can be written in just a few weeks. Athan’s Kiss took decades from conception to publishing while my Shifting Paradigm stories are about three to six weeks for each short. I have another novel in the works that I’d like to complete then submit this year that I’ve been working on since the summer of 2013. These things take time and I don’t want to rush the process.
- What’s next for you as a writer? I have a roadmap of ideas and projects that I’m mulling over. I’m thinking of another set of short stories with a variety of paranormal characters outside of vamps and shifters. I also have one or two ideas for novels bouncing around in my head. I only work on one or two things at a time so I can focus on finishing my stories. In the short term, I have another story or two in this series and then we’ll see where it goes.
- Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write? I live in the frozen tundra of the Midwest. As an Air Force brat, I’ve lived all over the world and I my writing tends to take place everywhere as well. Shifting Weight takes place in a fictional city that is a cross between Reno, Lake Tahoe, Minneapolis, and Seattle. I like to think that I’ve taken my most favorite aspects of these cities.
- What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why? That’s a good question. I think I prefer contemporary second to paranormal. It’s nice to have everything just be a bit regular in my love stories and not have all the added backstory that’s required in other types of stories. Just my opinion.
- Which one of your books is your favorite? Why? The novel that I have in my back pocket is my current favorite. There are some aspects to that story that are near and dear to my heart with characters that are deeper than some of the ones in my current stories. I think that it’s easier to relate to them and their relationship with those around them.
What skill do you wish you had that you don’t (or haven’t learned)? I can’t swim and that seems like a skill that could be handy to know.
Go to a theater or rent a movie? Gasp! You’ve hit my Achilles heel. Um, renting movies is my favorite right now.
Beer or wine? Neither. I’m not much of a drinker so I’ll stick to Cherry Dr. Pepper.
Indoor or Outdoor? Indoor when it’s cold and outdoor when it’s hot.
If you could stay a certain age, what age would it be? I’m liking the age I am now. I can get into all kinds of mischief and nobody ever sees it coming.
The best part of waking up…snuggling up with my puppies and a book.
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.