Shift Happens

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…on Friday!

Please welcome paranormal romance author JC McKenzie to Jessica Aspen Writes. Of course she writes paranormal, but this is also a book with shifters (something I love) and vampires. Paranormal romance to love! Give a warm welcome (claps) to JC!

Shifting Setting

When I sat down to write Shift Happens, the choice of setting came naturally to me. Vancouver, BC.  I’m Canadian, so I wanted to showcase a Canadian city instead of an American one, and I’ve lived in or around the Great Vancouver Area for well over a decade. I know this city. I love this city.

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city nestled in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. It is by far the most ethnically and linguistically diverse urban centre in Canada and is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. It is consistently named one of the top worldwide cities for livability, quality of life and natural beauty. Not bad for a city that grew from a sawmill and a nearby tavern!

But not all that glitters is gold…Just as the natural beauty of the city shines through the day, full of spandex-clad yoga practitioners and cool ocean breezes, the city has a darkness to it as well. The largest population of homeless people in Canada, a renowned serial killer, infamous strip clubs, overdosing celebrities, rundown buildings, greasy bars, dark alleyways, and a buzzing night life.

I love the dichotomy of the city, its blend of natural beauty and cityscape. What a perfect location to set my Urban Fantasy where all supernatural creatures have been exposed and live amongst “normal” people.

Vancouver fits with the dark, gloomy and rainy image I’m going for with Shift Happens. I needed a city that could be beautiful and bright, and at the same time be seedy and grimy; and all the while surrounded by the brilliance of lush evergreen forests, snow-capped mountains and onshore ocean breezes.

I needed Vancouver.

My imagination took me on a journey to a city I love.


Do you like it if you read a book set in a place you know really well, or do you find it distracting, even insulting (if they describe a place you like negatively)?

Do you prefer to read about a place you’ve never been to? Escapism at its best?


Shift Happens

Shift Happens by JC McKenzieAndrea McNeilly’s job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire’s human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can’t afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.

Wick’s job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.

Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.



A large black wolf trotted into the clearing to confront me. He had a white-tipped snout, white boots and mitts and would have looked cute had he not been the most intimidating Werewolf I’d ever seen. Standing tall and solid, power rolled off of his body. His eyes bore into mine. I sniffed the air. The strong Werewolf scent of rosemary swirled around me, strong and seductive, laced with sugar. A weird fuzzy sensation spread out from my chest. Whoa.

My other form growled low, demanding release, straining against my skin. The energy of the wolves built—layers upon layers of excitement and impatience. The air pulsated with anticipation. They could sense the imminent kill.

Let me out! My other form repeated, throwing her power against my built up walls, howling in defiance.

When the energy of the Werewolves surged, I finally released her. My wolf form flowed out fast, wiping out the feline in little more than a heartbeat. Smaller, weaker and the size of a natural wolf, a Shifter in this form was no match for a Werewolf, especially a dominant one. I had time to meet the eyes of the Alpha for only an instant before the pack leapt forward. My limbs shook. It went against every instinct ingrained within me, but I rolled onto my back—submissive.

Buy Links: | | | 

All Romance Ebooks | | Barnes & Noble | Chapters – Indigo | Wild Rose Press

Available in print and all other electronic formats on July 16th, 2014

And JC is having a super  Rafflecopter giveaway!

  About the Author: Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. You can discover JC at:  J.C. McKenzie’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | The Wild Rose Press| Amazon Rafflecopter giveaway


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9 responses to “Shift Happens

  1. Hey JC! Your book sounds fabulous and I love that you set it in Canada. As for your question above, interesting thing there… I pitched an editor at Nationals for a book set in my hometown of San Diego and she was very put off that I might have a stalker running around La Jolla! Half of our conversation revolved around me trying to explain that even in La Jolla, there is crime. She had a wonderful holiday here one year and just could not get past me setting a romantic suspense here. In the end, she decided she needed to read the book to be convinced, so I guess it ended well? 🙂 We’ll see.

    I’m looking forward to checking our your version of Vancouver. And the shifters!

  2. Congratulations to Melisa ($25 GC) and Miki (ebook) for being the winners of this giveaway. Thank you everyone for you interest in Shift Happens.

  3. Allie Harris

    I don’t think it makes any difference if the setting is place I know or not. If I don’t like the setting, I read the story for its plot or characters, etc. It’s what I like most about reading, there are so many parts. Sometimes I don’t care for a character, but the plot makes up for it.

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