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Day #3: Jane Yellowrock

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Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps...

Blood Cross

Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night...

The vampire council has hired skinwalker Jane Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules-but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep...

Mercy Blade

Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence to the world, and revived old enemies: vampires. As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire.

When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding werewolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo's “Mercy Blade,” a sacred position charged with killing vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn't know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans—or, more troubling, why he's now returned. It's definitely not to make Jane's life easier...

Raven Cursed

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: Jane Yellowrock.

But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Unless she wants to face a very angry mast vampire, she will have to work overtime to find the killer. It's a good thing she's worth every penny.

Death's Rival

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

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Rajmeen Kahlon
2. rajgirl
I am a fan of shape shifters because most of them have a mate. The mate aspect makes sure that the shifter will love you no matter what your appearence or circumstances are. To have someone who loves only you and will continue to no matter what happens, is a romance reader's dream come true.
Furthermore, I love an alpha male and most shifters tend to be one and while I love vampires as well, in bed I know a shifter will keep me warm!
Roger Simmons 1
3. Roger Simmons 1
Have been a big fan of the Jane Yellowrock series. Think I really like the shapeshifters that are Kick Ass Women. Like Jane. Very interesting reading.
Riley Moreland
4. ramore
I like shapeshifters because in their alternate forms, they make us realize how humans are often like the non-human animals we share this planet with.
5. Maris
I've always loved shifter stories. I haven't read this one, but would love to read it. Heard good things about it. It's actually on my list. Hope I win it. I enjoy when shifters change into one form to another and how they use their "new" form to escape or fight from a dangerous situation. I love how their human abilities are enhanced because they are shifters. It's interesting to read how powerful they are than just the regular human. Thanks for the giveaway :)
Nikki Hilton
6. nikkiphilton
I like shifters because of their 'mate-for-life' business and I also like how they just know who their mate is upon introduction. This series sounds great!
Roger Simmons 1
7. SandyH
Never heard of this series. I love shapeshifters if done well Kelley Armstrong's Bitten is the best shapeshifer book I ever read.
8. pigdog
i love shifters because they are just so cool. love the conflicts between man and beast.
Roger Simmons 1
9. Barbed1951
I love shapeshifters (and skinwalkers) because I think it's fantastic to be able to look human and then change into something more, but retain your human ability to think and reason.
Maycee Majors
10. Keeyansmom04
When it comes down to nature vs nurture shifters are very "nature" it's not politics or right or wrong.. It's what feels right. They are more gut feeling than they are logical or step by step, at least in my opinion. And what's hotter than a primal alpha whether its a male or female?..
Penni DePaul
11. penniloafers9
I'm a fan of shifters because they truly have an excuse of multiple personalities. I'm still trying to figure out what to tell people when my character's voices are talking to me and I'm the only one listening.
Jennifer Walter
14. jlc341
Sorry about the earlier blank post.

I like the shapeshifter books for several reasons. One is the ability to shift into something else that has it's own skill set and the greater senses that come with the shift. The mate aspect is another part that is fun. Reading a story where a mate bond means forever without possibility of cheating is omething we can like thinking about when real life is not that simple. Lastly, shifters tend to have hierarchies that compare to their wild counterparts which gives the characters even more dimensions.
Jordan R
15. jrojrojro
I love that the animal is always just under the surface! And that pack and family are high priorities!
Kelly Mayberry
16. Keslynn
I love shapeshifters because of the sense of wildness about them. They are both person and animal, and it's interesting to read about the conflict and harmonizing between the two aspects of their nature.
17. StaceyIk
Not only do I love shapeshifters, I love Jane Yellowrock! This series is smart and really well done. I was not a huge fan of shifters until recently. I think authors have really stepped up their games with excellent world buidling and great use of the mythology in recent years.
I love the combination of human and animal, the conflict of the dual natures, and the way characters find a way to deal with both. And the sex is hot, too!
18. MaryC
I love reading how the characters deal with their dual natures.
Maria Smith
19. TexasBookLover
I love shapeshifters because there is just something raw and powerful about them. They are always super alpha and over protective which makes them fun to read about. It also helps that they are usually sexy as hell in a rugged sort of way! YUM!
Janie McGaugh
20. jmcgaugh
I like shapeshifters because they're so protective of their families.
Roger Simmons 1
21. Karen H in NC
Actually, I've never read a shifter book, so I have no idea if I'm a fan or not!
Allison Hickman
22. AllisonHickman
I enjoy them because the ability to be something other than what you are appeals to me. Plus they often turn into wolves and I love canines of all kinds!
23. wsl0612
The whole idea of being able to turn into a tiger or lion or panther or jaguar is soooo awesome! I wish I could do that, I'm a big feline fan :-)
Nicole Leapheart
24. BoxyFrown
Shifters are awesome - they live with these amazing abilities, but the abilites almost always come at a price. Sometimes they can't control the change, sometimes they can, but it's painful, sometimes they end up smelling/scenting way too much and get too much information about people! It's a lesson in taking who you are and making the most of it.
Roger Simmons 1
25. Goldenmane
I'm a fan of shifters because I'd love to be one. Just think of the possibilities!
Jaye Snachez
26. wuanjaye
My favorite part of shapeshifters has little to do with their changing - it's usually the unique problems they face and the resulting 'fun' that attracts me.
Rosalind McGarry
27. kui
Shifter books are so much fun! Im never bored. The stories can be intense and sexy i.e. Nalini Singh or laugh-out-loud funny and sexy i.e. Shelly Laurenston. Also Ilona Andrews shifters in the Edge & Kate Andrews series can break your heart like nobody business...and Hellooo! 'Mate-for-Life' I'm down for that : )
angela smith
28. scorpion1169
though ive never heard of this series they look and sound interesting.i loves shifters because of the 'mate for life' aspect and they change into cool animals like wolves which i love because i love animals and they kick butt.
Roger Simmons
29. trainmanri
Have been a big fan of the Jane Yellowrock series. Think I really like
the shapeshifters that are Kick Ass Women. Like Jane. Very interesting
reading. Her inner beast is just great reading.
Patricia German
30. bluemonday
A person can dream. To become someone or something other than what you are and return to what form you wish or need most at the time. I just wish there were more unspecified shapeshifters in stories where any form could be possible.
31. Kareni
Shapeshifters are intriguing because they contain elements of the known and the unknown.
Krysten Michelsen
33. krysskross
Shifters are always fun to read, usually unpredictable
Cheryl U.
34. matkeltri
I like shapeshifters because their dual natures open up so many interesting possibilities for character development. They can be both strong and weak, sophisticated and beastly, individual and pack-oriented.
Tanya Contois
35. tanyac
I am a sucker for a good shifter story especially if the shifter happens to be a feline shifter. :)
Chris Bails
36. Chrisbails
I love a good shifter story. I love each authors take on the shifter. I especially love wolf stories. I also like a strong alpha & betas are always good too. The alpha is the protector and the fighter. The beta is the person that calms and makes everyone feel safe. Thanks for the giveaway. This is a new author and series for me.
Devon Mason
37. sully6189
I love shifters, because it would be awesome to be able to change into an animal
Amber Strickland
38. amber123
I am a fan of shifters, or at least stories about shifters, because being a shifter gives a character a compelling interal conflict plus lots of cool abilities.
Neeta Kulkarni
39. cheetah_pita
I like the idea of dual personalities, and I like seeing characters resolve problems between the two personalities to become a more controlled singular "person" rather than two halves (human half + animal half). I like the idea of the additional abilities being able to shapeshift gives a character as well.
Eva Millien
40. evampire
I love shapeshifters because they all have another side to them that can be let out or hidden, you never know which side is going to react to a situation. And of course shapeshifters have hot alpha males!
Poppy Arakelian
41. tezzkatt7
I love shapeshifters because I've always loved animals and thought it would be pretty cool to be able to shift into one, especially some type of big cat.
42. RaonaidLuckwell
Think I first fell in love with shifters with Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's one book. She was a minor character who ended up getting killed but I really connected with her ability.
Roger Simmons 1
43. Amanda Grinstead
I wish it was open to residents of Canada too. :(
Roger Simmons 1
44. Mike L.
I'll be entirely honest in that I enjoy watching them on film (Ginger Snaps, The Howling, An American Werewolf in Paris, etc.) However I haven't really seen the genre given justice on the printed page. Maybe it's because I'm more of a crime guy. Don't know. Or maybe I just need a set of Faith Hunter books to set me straight.

Ultimately though, the idea that someone can temporarily leave the standard of living - y'know, work, bills, etc. - and step into something richer and of a more liberated status is compelling. If done correctly. Otherwise they become a housepet you want to stick outside in the cold for peeing on the carpet.
Roger Simmons 1
45. Cynthia S.
It just does not get better than Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series. These books have it all; great plot, strong characters, steaming sensuality and a wry sense of humor. Whether you win them or not--treat yourself to the best!
Jessica Larlee
46. darklove923
I am a fan of shapeshifters because we all have something a little extra about ourselves.its just a matter of unlocking what that 'other' is. Reading books with shapeshifters just brings that side out as a whole new entity. One that can go against laws of nature, it adds a slice of magic having that other hold a true physical form or embodiment. Its dangerous and sexy, its cunning and tame. Its everything we hold back.
Linda Pierce
47. antydragn2
Love shape shifting books because of the strength of character the lead characters have to have.
Whitney Smyth
49. Rubyhawk
There's a lot to like in Faith Hunter's series. I love that there is a strong female protagonist, who kicks butt, and yet is strangely vulnerable when it comes to emotional things. The shifting ability is extremely well devised and always entertaining to read. There's a primal edge becuase of her abilities, and the other creatures she comes in contact with. Most of all, I'm a fan of this series because they are so hard to put down!
Deborah Blake
50. deborahblake
I like shapeshifter because they can show the most and least human traits, exaggerated or submerged.
deb wallen
51. sistercuervo
Shapeshifters are a favorite of mine because they have not just the spirit of a beast, but are influenced by their humanity, whether for good or evil. In Jane's case, her Beast sees her surroundings through Beast-eyes and heart, but Jane's humanity can still influence her to not kill. She doesn't become submerged in her animal instincts the way a were might, but her protective instincts, toward cubs, for instance, humanize Beast.
I already have all of the Jane Yellowrock books and enjoy them immensely. If you haven't read them, definitely give them a try!
Peggy Ostrander
52. mystic506
To be human with intellect and the ability to think but then, a a shifter, to be able to let go, to be free and strong. To be beyond the society norms. A shifter can walk between the two worlds.
Lee Watts
53. lwatts1969
I am a fan of shifters but this series takes the cake! I love the different perceptions from Jane and Beast. I almost feel alone in my skin after reading this series.
April Vrugtman
54. draccan
I love the idea of being able to change how you interact and view the world. I also love animals so it is fun to imagine being able to see into their minds.

The good shifter series, like the Jane Yellowrock series, don't use the shifting as a cure all for plot holes or just for show - they use it to allow the reader a different view and a different way of seeing a problem as well as showing how things you may not even consider are important when you aren't as you normally are. Possibly you won't fit in normal clothes and chairs or can't see colors or are seen as something lesser or not as deserving of thought and care. This gives you a way to see things you might be doing wrong or understanding others and their problems easier.
55. wkonsunshine
Wild, imaginative, dual natures, alpha, beta, etc. Love learning how the cope in the world as shape shifters.
Linda Levine
56. llevine
I think I enjoy them the most because of the freedom they seem to have to explore their senses in a different way then humans can.
Candice Banks
57. Skymist
Always wanted to be a shapeshifter myself. Love the idea of being an animal whenever I feel like it *chuckle*
Morley Dotes
58. Morleydotes
I enjoy the fact that shapeshifters are mortal and have two lives. They seem to suffer the same day to day problems, but also have a really nifty way of solving them. Then they have the weird stuff come at them and find even a weirder way to solve that issue. Plus the humor factor.
susie wiggins
59. susiewiggins
i enjoy the fact thatshapeshifters have emotions and are loyal. Every one be they human or other have problems that they can't get away from
Karen Farb
60. Katafer
Hi! I am a huge fan of just about any kind of animal, and so that is what makes shapeshifters so appealing to me - the ability to BE an animal-like creature, even if it is just temporary. Jane gets to slink and pounce like a cat, fly like a bird, and sniff like a hound - and that is just in 1 book. Jealous.
shawne g
62. tstray1
We are all animals but bound to one shape. This is something that we love to toy with in our heads, the 'but what if I could be a ... ?'. Its a way to reach out and touch another life while maintaining who we are in our heads. Shape shifting has so many possibilites ... so many new experiences. I would enjoy reading this authors works to see what she brings to the table.
Shannon Scheeren
63. scheershan
Shapeshifters are the epitome of fantasy! To be something no one else can be is the ever unattainable goal of most people!
Suzann Schmid
64. Suzann9112
Shifters are dual natured and that's always fascinating. People are more than they seem and shifters take that premise to the max.
ramona glass
65. monag3
they are stong but even though they are strong they have the vulnerabilty of humanity and human society just as much if not more than anything that makes the monsterous so in a way they are humble
Karen Ott
66. rnkott
I have not read about the shifters yet, but I am sure to become a fan.
Taryn Ulrich
67. tgurich
They are supernatural, but not. Plus what person wouldn't want to be able to change forms every once in awhile.
Julie Holmes
69. opalstarlite
I think it would be interesting to be able to change shapes or know someone that does. And to be able to see things from a different perspective.
Dorothy MacPherson
71. macsluck
I have read fantasy since I was a kid and I always loved the idea of shapeshifters as hero and heroine.
Alexandrea Ward
72. bookaholic86
Shapeshifters just seem so much cooler than vamps to me. They can change into animals, have the ferocity of an animal both in human form and animal form, and from what I've read they can be so much fun in bed!
Riley Moreland
73. ramore
I like shapeshifters because the ability to assume another form gives a character more power, or more vulnerability. Either way, it adds to the depth of the character.
Roger Simmons 1
74. al
I got hooked on the Mercy Thompson books first
Pam Howell
75. phowell13
Shapeshifters are just so cool because they have such an amazing ability yet seem so normal otherwise.
Sean Holland
76. Akaihyo
Understanding our bestial nature is important and becoming one is a great first step!
Lisa Cox
77. vetteklisa
it' a bit of the fantasy, something just about everyone dreams of at one time or another- to be something else.
78. indiangirl12
i love shifters because of there ability to change and they have one true mate for life. We all need that in our lives these days and i found mine after 16 yrs of hell, and he saved me from that. I'm more in love with him now than when we met 1/22/94
Teresa AlSaraji
79. Teresaalsara
I love shapeshifters! They can shift to a form be it bird, (flying), small creatures, cats, beasts, etc. and run fast, overhear conversations. They also can go places a human cannot go. They have the best of both worlds!
Cerese Sanborn
80. flowerpower
I am a fan of shapeshifters because they are super sexy. Men are animals, and shapeshifters embrace the attitude of the animals that they change into. The shapeshifters are even more manly than regular men.
Jessica Whitfield
81. firebreathingmoo
I love shapeshifters because they are strong. Whether male or female, they overcome predjudices and whatever supernatural adversity they face. I am transported to new worlds whenever I read good novels based on shapeshifters. Thank you for the wonderful contest!
rachel sternberg
82. rae70
because it would be fun to change and allow your inner beast to come out and live.. you would experience the world thru a different set of eyes.. you would never be alone.. and at least if you heard a voice in your head it wasn't because you were nuts!)
Karin Anderson
83. AquarianDancer
I like shapeshifters because while they are done quite a bit, they are not as overdone as vampires. Plus, there are more varieties to play with - wolves, tigers, bears, snakes, etc... There is so much room to move around.
84. caseroo7
The thing i like about shifters is the whole mate thing! The idea of such a strong and unbreakable connection is something that really draws me in!!
Debbie ...
85. orchid7
I like the strength of the alpha characters, and having shifters in the story makes things interesting, since they're unpredictable.
Roger Simmons 1
86. Sarah Kozlowski
The ability to have heightened senses and change into an animal always seemed awesome,as long as you had a choice when the change happened.
Catherine Lemanski
87. catedid
To be a shifter and have the extra strength and senses would be very cool. I find that I cheer on the shifters because of the two natures that control them.
Traci Bamber
88. self_conscious
my favorite shifters by any author are those that have the best qualities of the animal. how they shift (partial, regular animal, super-sized animal) isn't really important to me. it's about the loyalty to the pack, and all those other great animal traits
89. kochouran
I like shapeshifters because they physically embody the parts of us that we sometimes repress: the instinctual, the uninhibited, the passion.
corey clancy
90. thsangeleyesr4u
I like Shifters because :
Shapeshifting is the ultimate super power. Heightened senses, animal instincts, speed, agility; just to name a few of the powers available in just this one. The passion in shapeshifter books is HOT!
Shannon Cooper
91. yeahbuddy3
I love shapeshifters because of their agility and speed plus I would LOVE to be able to shift at will into any predatory animal I desire!
Lindsey MacGown
92. Lindsey_N
I am a fan of shifters because to me they always seem to have more depth to them, more character. Something about being two-natured, at least in the books I have read, always seem to give a different, more in depth perspective than more one sided characters.
Kayla Beck
93. kaylabeck
I think I like shapeshifters because they have an element of mystery about them, but they can still live among humans quite normally, unlike vampires in some cases. Plus, they are usually portrayed as being super strong and super sexy. :-)
Jason Steinmetz
94. steinmetz42
Shapeshifters can become anything they want. I want to be able to do that.
Anne Muller
95. amuller38
I enjoy shapeshifter books because the heroes are usually sexy, hot alphas. What's not to like?!?
Vilmarys Collado
96. vilmarys
I love shifters because their number 1 priority is their family. They are fiercely loyal and can be anything.
97. Miller
I enjoy shape shifters because of the variety of shapes possible and their desire to find their true mate.
Julie Hennes
98. fallonsfreeway
I love shape shifters for their enhanced senses, the ability to change to another form and the enhanced healing. The mate bond is a plus also!
Kimberley Coover
99. KimberleyC
there is something so intriguing about a shapeshifter...they can become another species on the surface...Human to leopard, wolf, snake etc...
They are more...
Tammy thaggert
100. thaggeta
I love the fantasy of the world of shapeshifters.
I really like the werewolves.
Axyl Oblivion
101. PsychoticHatter
I love shapeshifters because they have a primality that makes them much more interesting. They are driven by slightly different urges than humans who cannot change shape at will. I also am a fan of them because it is always interesting to see how they use their powers. I really like large-cat shifters and werewolves.
Johanna Bouchard
103. Johanna
I've never read a shapeshifter book, but would love the opportunity to!
Jennifer Meriwether
104. JenM
I've always loved shapeshifters, more so than vamps. I think it's because I love animals.
106. fire_dragon31
I love Shapeshifters because they walk the line between humanity and thier animal side. To see how they deal with thier emotions & other aspects in thier lives with their animal side just itching under the surface.
Kristina Parmenter
107. paragurl1
I love the magic that comes with the shapeshifters. They are always such dynamic characters---and their lives always seem to be the most exciting :)
Melissa Keith
108. MelK
I am a fan because shapeshifters are such great companions. Except for the werewolves. Too many hairballs!

Mel aka Draculissa
Roger Simmons 1
110. hmt
Everyone wants to be a superhero and most of the shapeshifters have that going for them. They also have that till death due us part and beyond that all women wish for.
Paula Wall
111. pwall55
Who doesn't wish that they could become someone else, a more dangerous something else, at least one in their lives. If not why all the dressing up for Halloween and costume parties?
Nichole Magante
113. suchadork
I love shapeshifters because they can easily change what they look like in order to protect themselves.
Heather Martin
114. CrystalMirror
I'm an animal lover. Spent my whole life around them. And the Shamans and Celts believed in shifters. It's a part of our heirtage we've lost. It's nice to think a bit of that wild magick might still be out there.
Melissa Hughes
116. loves2read
Shapeshifters have a wild and untamed quality that makes them seem dangerous but in a sexy kind of way.
Tatiana deCarillion
117. decarillion
Shapeshifters have dual-lives, maybe dual-loyalties, too. One of the things I like the most about reading about them is an author's description of how the shift takes place, whether it's the physical changes, or the mental/emotional changes. That varies from author to author, and it's neat to see how different people's imaginations have worked.
Roger Simmons 1
118. Sharon Kaminski
love the suspense these books entail!
Roger Simmons 1
122. LButz2001
Mercy Thompson made me a fan and now I'm reading C.E. Murphy's The Walker Papers.
Joanna Hernandez
I like shifters because they're stronger, more loyal, more loving, more protective, sexier, and awesome in their other forms.
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