A Seaside Shifters Tale
Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.
Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.
They could end up losing their lives.
In honor of my newest release, Wild Instincts, a shifter story I’m going to feature my pets and what I think they’d be like if they were shifters.
First up is Thumper.
He’s some kind of Chihuahua mix that my dad adopted before he passed away. I kept him after Dad died and Thumper has now adopted me as his human. He’s a fairly happy and very dedicated dog whose happy as long as he’s near me. The picture is where he sits while I’m in my office writing.
If this were his shifter form, I imagine his human form would be of one of those nervous nelly types who wants nothing more than to make his best friend happy. Kind of like LeFou, the short, rotund man in Beauty and the Beast who follows Gaston around. Not that I see myself as Gaston, Lord no. But Thumper, like many dogs, is hopelessly devoted to his humans. And Thumper the man would likely be the same. Thumper has wide eyes that make him appear nervous and edgy. As a human he’d probably have an ulcer, always worrying about something. He might even be a bit of a yes man. But he’d do whatever it took to make the people he loved happy even if he isn’t actually strong enough to do anything.
Gandalf is a gorgeous Siamese cat and, trust me, he knows it. He seems to prefer me more than my son or my boyfriend. In fact, as I’m writing this he just crawled up into my lap. The fact that I’ve got my laptop doesn’t matter to him in the slightest. He’s not fixed yet which is why he’s only an inside cat at the moment otherwise he’d probably be out prowling the neighborhood for girly cats.
He seems to prefer me more than my son or my boyfriend. In fact, as I’m writing this he just crawled up into my lap. The fact that I’ve got my laptop doesn’t matter to him in the slightest. He’s not fixed yet which is why he’s only an inside cat at the moment otherwise he’d probably be out prowling the neighborhood for girly cats.
As a human Gandalf would be one of those arrogant, preening, gorgeous men with soft, silky hair and a perfect body. You know the kind. At the gym this guy would work out in front of the mirror never taking his eyes off himself. Narcissistic to be sure. His relationships would only work out if he were the main focus. Despite these negative characteristics he’d be charismatic and people would be drawn to him if only because they felt better when they’re around him. But Gandalf would have a weakness—a mentor/best friend he looks up too and craves acceptance and attention from.
That would be Spaz.
Spaz is the first animal my bf and I adopted.
Our first child as it were. Like his name implies he was once a little spitfire who would spin out like a crazed Tasmanian devil on caffeine. He’s a bit more mellow now since he’s been fixed. He doesn’t play as much and prefers to chill out on the back on the couch. Even though it was my idea to get him, he’s chosen my bf as his person. He will always choose the bf’s lap over mine. Gandalf still wants to play with him and will often attack him. Spaz does fight back at times, but most of the time he just ignores him.
If Spaz were a man he’d be the laidback middle aged man who has realized that life is much better if you just chill out. Do your job and enjoy life as much as you can by napping as often as possible. He’d be rather on the indecisive side, maybe unable to choose a job. Spaz is an inside/outside cat and often steps outside then often decides he wants to right back in. Or does he? Because once the door is open he is no longer sure he wants to come back in. A true fence sitter. But, hey, it’s comfortable on the fence so why stress?
Spaz might not act like it but he loves the adoration Gandalf heaps on him. And that’s why it’s so much fun to act like the other dude isn’t there.
I hope you enjoyed the peak inside my personal life. Tyson, the MC of Wild Instincts, is a bear shifter but there are several other breeds of shifters featured in the story as well. Seaside, Oregon, where the story is set, is a shifter haven where animals of all kinds come to live or for vacation. You’re invited for a visit. I think you’ll like it.
[Thank you Ethan for stopping by and sharing your babies with us – we all love pets and you have some gorgeous fur-babies!!]
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About Ethan Stone
Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.
Readers can find Ethan online.