Roxanna Mason is a paranormal romance author and formally trained actor from Los Angeles, California. It was her deep love of storytelling that led her to study theatre and that same love of storytelling that drove her to write her first novel. When not writing, Roxanna is binge watching horror films, creating vegan recipes, and dancing around her living room to Fleetwood Mac.
This book is a paranormal romance and the second in a series. You can read the first book, Shifted, by clicking here.
Jacey Lange always wanted a love that was life-altering. After nearly a year of chance encounters and whirlwind romances, she discovered she had it all along in her best friend, Leon.
And just as she was about to spend her life with him…
Leon made a confession.
There was a reason nearly every man she fell for seemed so familiar—and a reason her best friend of ten years refused to open up about his past. Leon not only has the ability to shapeshift into any kind of man she wants, but the ability to alter the very fabric of her reality.
This is definitely not the kind of life-altering love she had in mind.
While struggling to decide if she can accept the inconceivable truth about the man she loves, Jacey finds herself face to face with the past he’s been running from—and a future neither of them anticipated.
Trigger Warning: violence, kidnapping, death, explicit sexual content, and discussion of both pregnancy and miscarriages (neither of which are graphically depicted).
“What do you want, linda?” he groaned as I shut the door behind me.
“To make sure you’re okay…” I said. It was a weak explanation at best. I wasn’t really sure what was motivating me. I did want to make sure he was okay, but I also wanted him to clarify what was happening. I wanted to apologize. I wanted to understand. There was so much going on in my head.
“I am very far from okay.”
“Can I help?”
“Stop that!” Dom snapped at me.
“Stop what? What am I doing?”
“Stop trying to help me! Stop bandaging my wounds! Stop rescuing me from family functions! Stop looking at me with those fucking eyes! Just stop!” he barked, though I could hear him trying to hold back the volume of his voice and the full depth of his anger.
I stared at him, unblinking. I no longer had to ask what this was about. At first, I’d thought it was just about the wedding, but it was clear there was a great deal more than that going on. I nodded slowly, and then, without warning, I walked to the opposite side of the room. Like a child in timeout, I stood in a corner with my face to the wall.
“What are you doing?” Dom demanded more than asked.
“I’m not looking at you, but I’m not going away either.”
“Linda…” he sighed.
“I care about you. I know it might be easier to believe that I don’t, but I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t,” I said into the wall, trying to speak loudly enough that Dom could hear me.
“I know,” he relented.
“I’m sorry about Caroline,” I added.
“It was going to happen sooner or later,” he breathed, sounding defeated.
“Yeah, but it didn’t have to happen today.”
“You can turn around now,” Dom said.
“You told me not to look at you,” I teased. I knew there wasn’t anything I could do to rescue Dom from this situation and that my attempts were only making things worse for him, but I had to try to lighten the mood somehow.
“Turn around, linda.”
When I did, Dom was so close to me that I had to take a step away. My back pressed into the wall as his pained dark eyes ripped through me. The lines between Leon and Dom had always been blurry. They looked alike, they both had this instinctive desire to protect me, and even though I knew that Leon had been with me nearly the entire time I was in Brazil, it was hard to separate them. Dom’s closeness was doing me no favors.
“I need you to know something…” Dom started.
I nodded, urging him to go on but trying to maintain what little distance I could.
“Binding for shifters is instinct. They teach us how to keep it in check so we don’t bind to the wrong person, but it’s not supposed to be a choice.”
I furrowed my brows as I looked up at him. I didn’t understand where he was going with this.
“But you’re not choosing…” I said, sounding just as confused as I was.
“Yes, I am. I’m being forced to choose Caroline, but it’s still a choice. If I let instinct take over, I wouldn’t have any say in it at all,” he explained.
“Okay…” I said, waiting for him to get to a point where I understood.
“I just need you to know it would have been you,” Dom said. “If it was instinct alone, it would have been you.”
My heart instantly dropped. The guilt I felt before was only amplified with every word Dom spoke.
He leaned into me, placing his hand on the wall behind my head and lowering his mouth to my ear. “It would have been you, and I would have worshiped you for the rest of my fucking life,” he whispered.
Becoming an author was an unexpected but kind of inevitable journey for me. I had been scribbling down stories for as long as I can remember, finding solace and escape in words. While I initially never considered publishing my work I always had this deep love for the art of storytelling which is what led me to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career. When the idea for my first novel, “Shifted,” came to me I knew it was a story I had to tell. The process of crafting a book, creating worlds and characters, really lit a fire in me and made me realize that I wanted writing books to be a part of the rest of my life.
My writing process is innately intuitive. It’s this delicate balance of creativity and structure. Often, I find it hard to explain where that comes from or how I turn ideas into an effective narrative. It’s this really beautiful combination of both careful planning and gut instinct.
When I’m not writing, I am actively auditioning for acting roles and continuing to chase my passion for the performing arts. Beyond that, I’m also deeply connected to my metaphysical practice, which keeps me grounded and centered. I’m a bona fide concert junkie, always on the hunt for live music experiences. I’m also a huge horror movie nerd and go out of my way to see any and every new horror release. And for alternative modes of self-expression, I turn to my love for cooking, dance and crafting. I find a lot of joy in any form of creativity.
After wrapping up a book, I usually allow myself a short breather to decompress but it’s funny how the creative muse works; even when I decide to take a break, ideas for the next book have a sneaky way of demanding to be written so it’s usually quickly onto the next one.
My first book was released during Hanukkah last year so I got to celebrate my accomplishment with my family while also celebrating the holiday. This novel is my second book and so, sort of as a tradition, I’ve decided to release it on the first night of Hanukkah again.
Shifted, the first novel in my series, started as a writing prompt that asked “What if a woman failed with every man she dated only to find they were all the same man?” Two of my great loves have always been romance novels and horror films and so while there are a lot of ways someone could have taken that prompt, I came up with the idea of a paranormal romance where a recently heartbroken woman who agrees to go out with the next five men who ask her out comes to find there’s a lot more to them than meets the eye.
There are some characters named for my family and friends as a nod to them and there are the occasional quirks that some of my characters have that are similar to people I know but, none of my characters are directly inspired by the people in my life.
I think the most challenging thing about writing Shattered was that I was moving from a very Shifted, which is very cozy and can often feel like a rom-com into this second novel which is a more traditional paranormal romance. The stakes are a lot higher in this book and the subject matter is a lot darker and so doing that in a way that made sense and was still true to the characters I wrote in the first book was definitely a challenge.
My favorite part about writing any book is the puzzle of it. I love figuring out all the twists and turns that I have to take in order to get where I want to go. This book has a lot of twists and is very fast paced so figuring out how to make that happen effectively was definitely the most fun part.
Charlaine Harris was a huge inspiration on this book and to me as an author in general.
The excerpt I included above is definitely my favorite.
I think if I met any of them, I would probably have to apologize. I put them through a lot! I have always really had a soft spot for Leon though and I would tell him the even though we’re not out of the woods yet, it’s all going to end up okay.