Shifters, Werewolves, or Lycans? Oh My!

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

Business First! I’m on a Bewitching Tour all week. Click HERE for the full schedule. Below I’ve posted the schedule for the next two days!

January 17 I have a guest post at Little Read Riding Hood http://littlereadridinghood.com

And an interview at JeanzBookReadNReview http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.co.uk/

Then on January 18 you can find me at Rabid Reads –www.rabidreads.ca

as well as Delirious About Books http://deliriousaboutbooks.blogspot.com

Hope you swing on by and say “HI” and enter to win a free copy of Little Red Riding Wolf at every stop. There is almost no excuse for not having read it now!

On to the blog:

Little Red Riding Wolf takes place in the small town of Radon, Colorado. A place where everyone is a werewolf. Now I know that recently there has been some argument that werewolves are the scary ugly half man half wolf creatures from the old horror movies, but I didn’t go with that. I went with the more mystical person changing into a full wolf. Some people call those shifters. For some, a shifter can shift into any type of animal. For instance in Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse Series she uses shifters as a separate species from werewolves and yet her werewolves are actually wolves.

Then there is the term lycan made famous in the action horror films The Underworld series. Lycan is derived from the term lycanthrope, another name for the werewolf. In the Underworld the lycan’s are half man half wolf and face off against the vampires. I didn’t want to make my characters that dark. I love the idea of transforming into a wolf and running wild under the night, not being a twisted contorted concoction of man and beast. My wolves are beautiful and they know it.

Underworld Movie Trailer

As I said, Radon is populated entirely with werewolves. Poor Evan Brewster is assigned there when his predecessor is killed unexpectedly. Typically, the Radon Pack Council would have made sure there was a replacement ready to step into the empty Forest Ranger position, but with the “unexpectedly” part, no one was ready and Evan shows up. Needless to say, the folks in Radon are less than welcoming. Small towns are tough enough places when you are an outsider, you can imagine what it would be like to be an outsider in a town of werewolves all trying to keep their existence secret.

From the cold reception at the gas station to getting shot at, Evan does not have it easy. The only bright spot in his world is when Red  shows up unexpectedly while he’s on patrol in the middle of the woods. Evan is young and lonely and the sassy sexy single gal who can out-hike him is more enticing than anything in town. No wonder he chases her up the mountain and confronts her in her Grandma’s cabin.

little red riding wolf tour buttonI’ve made my mind up for this series, but there are always more on the way and brand new series give me more leeway to play with words, terms, and phrases. I’d love to know if you prefer the term shifter or werewolf or lycan, leave a comment and let me know your preference.

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7 responses to “Shifters, Werewolves, or Lycans? Oh My!

  1. Give me a word I understand, Jessica! Werewolf. But, I’ll take the time to learn whichever term you choose to use. Yes. Your books are that good.

    Save the freebies for someone who doesn’t already own Little Red Riding Wolf.

    Busy girl on the hops! I’ll visit as many as I can. I L-O-V-E to hear your voice.

  2. I don’t really have a preference as to the name. For me they all work as long as they are well drawn, intriguing characters who remain true to whatever their nature might be. I have to confess, though, I never heard of Lycans!

  3. Interesting, Jessica. I think of shifter as a general term that could mean any shift between animal and human. I think I’m partial to lycan, but then everyone understands werewolf.
    How’s that for indecision.

    Btw, I loved Little Red, hot, hot, hot!

  4. I’m rather indifferent on the terms… I leave that to the author. If I choose to enter her world, I will accept her terminology.

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