by Louise Cypress
Publication Date: June 17, 2019
Genres: Adult, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
When his family is threatened, a shifter must choose between high school and a life of crime.
For the past six hundred years the Byrd family members have been shifters with avian powers. Seventeen-year-old Rolf is the only Byrd who transforms into a dog. Rolf knows that when his mom looks at him, all she sees is a mutant, but Rolf has plans for his future that go beyond shifting.
Rolf is using senior year to shoot Desperate Dawn, a film that he hopes will win him a prestigious scholarship to the University of Southern California. If Rolf can convince Summer Hathaway to be his leading lady, he’ll be golden. But when Rolf finds twenty dead ravens on his porch, shifter problems show up at his door.
Snake bites, wild coyotes, and drive-by shootings–Rolf’s neighborhood suddenly becomes a deadly place to be. Summer’s douchebag boyfriend makes it worse, especially when he attacks Rolf’s sister. Rolf will do anything to protect the people he loves, even if it means giving up on his dreams. Hopefully, he won’t have to.
Shoot the film. Get the girl. Save his family. It’s a good thing that Rolf can fight like a dog.
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I didn’t know who had left those dead birds on our porch, but I knew it was a warning. “Get in the car,” I shouted at Dory. “And dial 911.” For once in her sweet life, Dory did what I’d told her to do. She raced to our hatchback and scrambled inside.
I thought fast, knowing that the choice I made could be the difference between life or death. What did I want: ability or muscle? I needed to track, that was certain, but I might also need to fight, and the biggest dog I could become that could handle both tasks was the Catahoula Leopard.
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and shifted. My powerful Catahoula form tore through my clothes, ripping them to shreds, and I landed on all fours, 105 pounds of muscle. Catahoulas, the state dog of Louisiana, could hunt wild boars, deer, squirrels, and alligators, which was good because I wasn’t sure what I was dealing with. I leaned down and smelled the dirt. I couldn’t track as well as I had been able to earlier this evening, but my hearing was better. My nose and ears both alerted me that there was a rat nearby.
Over the past millennium, shifters had died out except for three species: birds, reptiles, and rodents. Me being a canine was a complete fluke. Mom was a Static and had a recessive gene for shifting. Dad had married her against his father’s wishes. It was a surprise to everyone when they discovered my true form. Granddad loathed to admit it, but he said that canine genes were stronger than bird ones, and that was why the canine in me had taken over. Dory hadn’t inherited the recessive gene. She was a Static like Mom.
Rodents, I growled, my fur sticking straight up. Ferrells were the slime balls of the shifter world. Granddad might have tolerated them for business reasons, but I didn’t approve. I paced the perimeter of my house searching for clues. When I discovered a pile of clothes next to an orange tree I lifted my leg and hosed it down.
“Hey!” called a whiny voice. “What’d you have to do that for?” A naked man with a hairy belly and a balding head jumped out from behind a bush. “I was only following orders. Tell Frank Byrd that this is a warning. He better provide verified information to the Ferrells from now on.”
I snarled. I’d already chomped on one ass tonight, and this time I’d make sure I left a mark.
EXCLUSIVE Q and A with Louise Cypress,
author of SHIFTER’S WISH
Question #1: What is SHIFTER’S WISH about?
SHIFTER’S WISH was loosely inspired by “The Godfather.” Rolf Byrd is an all-American teenager with a solid plan for his future. He loves his extended family but ignores their criminal activity—until it shows up at his front door. In order to protect the people he loves, Rolf must choose between high school and a life of crime. SHIFTER’S WISH is book one in the FIGHT OR FLIGHT series. Books two and three will also come out this summer, and books four, five, and six will release in fall of 2019.
Question #2: In SHIFTER’S WISH, your main character, Rolf Byrd, is a dog shifter who can transform into any type of dog he wants. Why did you choose dogs instead of another animal?
There was never any question about what type of animal my main character should become. Dogs are loyal, loving, brave, and kind, and that describes Rolf. Although I would love the opportunity of having a cat in my life, I’m allergic. So I’ve always been a dog person.
Question #3: What other types of shifters are in your book?
In my world, there are three main types of shifters, Byrds—who transform into birds, Ferrells—who can become rodents, and Serpentes—who are reptile shifters. What makes Rolf special is that he’s the first canine shifter in over a century. Rolf’s mom is a Static, but she carries the canine genes for shifting. When Rolf’s mom married his dad (a bird shifter), the canine genes dominated, and that’s how Rolf ended up as dog. Together, the three shifter families form their own crime organization. They siphon off money from drug cartels and use the funds to preserve shifter heritage and avoid extinction.
Question #4: Does Rolf have a love interest?
Rolf has been in love with Summer Hathaway since freshman year. Summer has a secret to hide and may—or may not—be worthy of Rolf’s attention. Part of the fun of this six book series will be watching Rolf’s romantic relationships make him wiser. Rolf is definitely a hero who deserves true love, and his soulmate is waiting.
Question #5: What do you enjoy about young adult books?
When I was in high school I was so consumed by classwork that I never got to read for fun. I’ve pretty much spent the last decade making up for it. I love how young adult books deal with first love, broken hearts, and the moments that define who we are. Plus, it’s fun writing about characters who don’t have to worry about things like paying bills or fixing the dishwasher. When I read, I read for pleasure, and I love how YA books allow me to escape. I think that’s why my Facebook page, The YA Gal, is so popular.
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. Like Morgan, Louise can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise lives in San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.