Shifting Sands by Joy Lynn Fielding‏

Joy Lynn Fielding is a sucker for happy endings. She believes, however, that if characters don’t suffer along the way, they won’t fully appreciate being happy. Not all of her characters thank her for this viewpoint, but what do they know?

Joy lives in a small English market town, but also inhabits a number of fictional worlds at any one time, reflecting what she’s writing and what she’s reading. She has a tendency to share enthusiastically with anyone who will listen the latest fascinating facts she’s stumbled across in her research for books. Thankfully she has a very patient Labrador, who has a gift for looking as though he’s interested in what she’s saying while he waits for the food to arrive.

The visit to Elk Ridge is supposed to be just another assignment for Tom Barrington. Then he encounters Bryce Reynolds, a generous, warmhearted cowboy who has the easiest smile he’s ever seen. It doesn’t take long for Tom to break all his rules and end up in Bryce’s bed.

Bryce Reynolds believes there’s no such thing as a hot politician, right up until he meets Tom Barrington. Tall, dark, and principled, Tom overturns all of Bryce’s prejudices, and Bryce starts to forget that he doesn’t do serious and he doesn’t do commitment.

As Bryce and Tom struggle to make sense of what’s happening between them, they’re drawn into a political battle—one which could affect the future of every shifter. And when long-buried secrets start coming to light, things turn deadly. Nothing will ever be the same again for the Elk Ridge pack.

Note: This is book 4 but it can be read as a standalone.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Dragons! For some reason I was musing one day over dragons and the way those wonderful, mythical creatures have crept into folklore and literature and art over the centuries. I started thinking how amazing it would be if we ever found out they were real, and how we would react if it was discovered that they still existed. And somehow that resulted in the legend of the Argents which is the central theme in this series.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It was about two and a half months from first opening the blank document on my PC to submitting the final version.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love the way that characters become so real they take over the story and tell me what they’re going to do, regardless of all my careful plotting.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I hate the way my characters won’t do what I tell them.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I can’t actually think of anyone famous I’d want to be. I love the fact I can pop out to the supermarket without bothering with any make-up and not worry about it.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
You’ve just reminded me I really need to throw out that bottle of mayonnaise. I think it’s about a year old. Any time now, it’ll be bursting out of its jar and staging a takeover bid …

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Definitely more M/M romance, with angst, drama, and happy endings all round! I still have two more books to go to complete this series – I’m working on book 5 at the moment – but after that, all bets are off as to the setting because I can never predict where inspiration will lead me. Before I started this series, I wrote two books set in Venice in 1791, so you see my problem in predicting what’s coming next.

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