Shifter 101 for the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge Series
Hi, everyone! My name is Jacob Z. Flores. I’m excited to be here today because today marks
the first day of my pre-release promotional tour for Soul Struck, the third book of my
Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge series.
In the first two books of the series, I introduced the reader to my versions of vampires (or
vampyren as I call them) and the fae. Well, it should come as no surprise that for Soul
Struck, I’m adding to the mix yet another magical species—shifters.
And just like I did for vampires and fairies, I shook the shifter mythos up and tweaked a
genre many of us have come to love.
So, today, I wanted to give you a brief introduction to my contribution to shifter lore.
WHAT IS SHIFTING???
Shifting is the result of a magical spell
In my world, there is no genetic mutation or a wolf bite that turns an ordinary human into a
shifter. In fact, shifters can’t turn others into shifters. They are born with the ability to
transform into an animal, which is a result of a transmutation spell cast upon a tribe of
humans by a powerful sorcerer named Sersie in 695 B.C. In her desire to create an army to
do her bidding, Sersie inadvertently created a new magical species capable of tapping into
the most primitive abilities of all—natural magic.
Shifters transform into an animal according to their magical race not their genetics
Sersie’s spell created four races of shifters—mammalians, avians, aquatics, and reptilians.
Two wolf parents create another mammalian, not necessarily another wolf. Shifters
transform into the animal spirit that calls to their soul the strongest on the day of the first
shift, which is reminiscent of what happened to the human tribe upon which Sersie first
cast her spell. Two wolf shifters could produce a child that transforms into a lion or a bear.
Shifters don’t live in packs; they live on a magical island
After the shifters were freed from Sersie’s control, the magical community created Aeaea, a
magically shrouded island, where shifters could live in peace and remain safe from other
sorcerers. Shifters have called Aeaea home since 690 B.C. and have no desire to return to
what they now refer to as Human’s World.
Shifters don’t have an alpha; they have a Beast King
All shifters, regardless of type of animal they shift in to, answer to the Beast King, who is
considered the most powerful shifter in the community. He is charged with protecting his
people from magical and human threats. He rules Aeaea with the advice of the Were
Council, but ultimately the Beast King’s word is law.
Shifters don’t have to completely transform; they can partially shift
While shifters can transform their entire bodies into the animal that has called to their
spirit, they also have the ability to shift only part of their body. Arms can turn into wings,
mouths can shift into beaks, and hands can turn into claws. Shifters only partially shift in
extremely dangerous situations that call for immediate action. If a shifter maintains a
partial shift too long, it could result in death.
That wraps up my brief introduction on shifters as I have created them for Soul Struck. I
hope I’ve piqued your interest. Let me know what you think about my take on shifters. I’m
anxious to hear your thoughts, and if you want to learn more about shifters in the world of
the Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge, I hope you’ll consider picking up Soul Struck.
The Soul Struck Giveaway Contest
All you have to do is leave a comment to this post, and your name is entered to win a free
ebook from my backlist.
At the end of the blog tour, one lucky winner will win a $50 Amazon gift card!
Soul Struck, Book 3
Book title: Soul Struck
Book number in series: 3
POV: Pierce Blackmoor
Length: 224 pages
Release date: December 14, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-63476-682-1
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63476-681-4
Like the electricity he commands, Pierce Blackmoor streaks through life on raw power and
pure sexual energy. His conquests on the battlefield and in the bedroom form his
foundation, but that bedrock crumbles when his younger brothers’ abilities surpass his
own. Pierce finds himself at an all-time low, and clawing his way back to the top becomes
his only concern.
Pierce’s plan to reassert his dominance, however, takes a backseat when he wounds Kale
Aquilo, an emissary of the Beast King, lord of all shifters.
Kale’s beguiling nature shoots like a lightning bolt straight to Pierce’s soul, and when the
soft-spoken Kale relays that a virus is killing his people, Pierce abandons his quest for
power to do something he has never done before—protect someone other than himself.
As Kale, Pierce, and his brothers struggle to find the root of the magical virus spreading
plague across Aeaea, the shifter island, they face a gauntlet of old and new foes. Soul struck,
Pierce and Kale must uncover the truth behind the conspiracy gathering in the shadows.
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor
and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie
and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass
assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other
rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction.
The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal
When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his daughter. They both
represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.