Author: Lissa Trevor

Gritty and Sexy Playlist, Excerpt & Giveaway: Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor

Posted October 3, 2014 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Giveaways / 6 Comments

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Gritty and Sexy
A Playlist for Shifting Currents

By
Lissa Trevor

Shifting Currents is an erotic urban fantasy set in a dystopian future. A meteorite has crashed into the Earth, not unlike the one that destroyed the dinosaurs many years ago. Life as we know it has been forever changed. Some humans who have survived have mutated special abilities. Shifters shape shift and Techs channel energy through their bodies to charge up electrical devices. Trading and bartering are how you survive, and if you don’t have any of the necessary skills, you pay with your body. My play list for the book reflects the characters and also what’s happening around them.

1. You Oughta know – Alanis Morisette
My heroine, Bethany, uses her Tech powers to charge up her salvaged iPod and bring in this song as she watches her ex and his new wife walk around the conclave. When an opportunity arrives to take her far, far away from them, she jumps at the chance. Hoping against hope she wishes she can find her missing brother along the way.

2. Closer by Nine Inch Nails
The landscape of Shifting Currents is brutal and only the strong survive. Lucas, a shape shifter, escaped from a group of scientists and sadists looking to control Shifters. He had to leave his pack behind, but now he’s going to rescue them. The quickest way to get back out to them is to join a caravan.

3. Meglomaniac – KMFDM
This song describes caravan masters, Lewis and Clark. They are looking for workers to help their wagon and steam train get from the East Coast, across a meteorite ravaged countryside to the West Coast, where pieces of California have popped up and are floating around the Pacific Ocean. It’s a perfect looter’s paradise, if you can survive the journey and the reception awaiting you from hostile nomads and other supernatural creatures.

4. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timberland
Even though sex is the preferred currency in Shifting Currents, this would be Lisa’s theme song. She’s a shape shifter, and party girl looking for a wild time. She just wants to live her life without persecution. Demanding the finer things this new, budding civilization has to offer, Lisa is more than willing to orgasm her way to being rich and fulfilled. When her brother, Lucas joins a caravan going to California to rescue his pack, she comes along for the ride and the possibility of looting.

5. Bei Mir Bistu Shein by the Andrews Sisters
This 1930’s hit and many others are floating around the airwaves and are the easiest music for the Techs to bring in. Vera, a Tech from the Colorado River Tribe, dances with Bethany to this.

6. I Want to Sex You Up – Color Me Badd
Bethany and Lucas need each other, but they find that the sex that started out as a way to pay off a debt has evolved into something more. As they travel with the caravan across country, they realize that they could have something special, if they don’t let outside influences ruin it.

7. Candy Shop – 50 Cent featuring Olivia
Lisa and Karen work together to trade for things they need to survive the journey cross country. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun along the way. They especially like convincing young men to give up information by tag teaming him until the poor guy doesn’t know which end is up.

8. I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
This is Bethany and Lucas’ song as they try to sort out all their differences and come together as a couple.

There were a couple of other songs that would make the playlist, that just generally adds to the sexy mood like:

9. All I want to Do is Make Love to You – Heart
10. Never Say Never – Romeo Void

What’s your ultimate sexy song?

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Shifting Currents by Elle James
Genre: Erotic Paranormal, Romance
Published: June 3rd 2014 by Loose Id LLC
Format: eBook, 191 pages
Cover Artist: April Martinez

Book Description:

After the meteorite wiped out civilization and most of the population, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of society again. Sex is the main currency, for those who haven’t mutated special abilities.

Bethany, a Tech, is able to channel electricity through her body and charge up electronics. When she saves a Shifter girl about to be sold at auction, the girl’s brother, Lucas, offers to repay the debt with his body. While Bethany would love to have Lucas at her beck and call, she’d rather have sex with someone who wanted her as a partner instead of an obligation. But unable to resist the sexy Shifter, she agrees to his terms.

When an opportunity presents itself to travel cross the ravaged countryside to loot the remains of California, Bethany believes this is the best chance for her to find her own brother, a rogue Shifter on the run for a crime he didn’t commit. Lucas wants to go, too, to free his Shifter pack.

The caravan members are expected to provide sexual services to the owners in exchange for passage out and back. As the lines between pleasure and payment become blurred, Bethany struggles to remain human while the pull of the energy feels good enough to leave her meat sack body behind. Can Lucas learn to ground her against the shifting currents?

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Excerpt

Bethany Macgregor searched the airwaves until she found a funeral dirge that was used hundreds of years before the meteorite hit. She let the heavy organ music wash over her through her tiny headphones. Keith was getting married today. Leaning against the wooden post, she felt the crisp air like a sympathetic caress on her face and neck. She focused on the livestock being sold in the pen across from her and let the smell of nature take her mind off her loneliness.

“Shouldn’t you be over at the looters’ tents?” Maya, her tribe’s chief, walked up to her and put a hand on her shoulder.

Bethany tried not to flinch, and Maya removed her hand. Bethany sighed, popped out an earbud for politeness’ sake. “I did a quick walk by. There’s nothing that can’t wait until the last day of conclave when the prices drop because the dealer doesn’t want to pack it up for the long schlep back home.” And because the silence was starting to get awkward, Bethany added, “Shouldn’t you be attending some back-slapping meeting in the main cabin?” Or having a “massage” in your cabin with someone who wanted a favor?

Maya snorted. “Backstabbing, you mean. No, we’re on our morning break. And I decided to breathe in the fresh smell of horse manure to clear my lungs.”

Bethany managed a wry smile. Maya was fifty years old and the oldest one in their tribe on the bluff. She had been twenty-one when the meteorite hit the world and knocked everyone back to the Jurassic period. Well, probably better than the Jurassic period. Then, all the dinosaurs had died whereas this time a few tough humans and animals survived. And of course the cockroaches, but Bethany hadn’t seen one of those since she left the part of Florida that was still above water to go up north where the Tech was strongest. Maya had gathered together the Bluff tribe with a shrewd sense of purpose and snapped Bethany up as soon as she entered the territory.

“Keith’s doing a good thing. We need another potter since we lost Angie to the Three Rivers tribe last year,” Maya said.

Bethany nodded. It was important to have the right mixture of artisans, farmers, and tradesmen to survive in today’s world.

“Lem has volunteered to share your bed, if you’re interested.”

Bethany’s stomach curled. Lem had already made that offer, and it was apparent he was only doing what Maya told him to do. Trying to keep the anger out of her voice, Bethany said, “I’m not going to switch tribes over Keith’s marriage. The Bluffs are my home. You can tell Lem he’s off the hook.”

“It’s not like that,” Maya said but cut off when Bethany turned away and put the earbud back in.

The wind picked up a bit, and stray bits of energy lit up the portable media player in her hand. Pain jabbed into her temple, like a screwdriver had been jammed into it. Bethany exhaled through the agony that turned her vision red, and pressed the center button on the device. Maya watched fascinated, as always, when the menu came up, and Bethany scrolled down to Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know.”

“Just don’t go flaunting that Tech. You don’t have to be willing if another tribe gets it in their mind to snatch you from us.”

Bethany just turned the music up loud to match the pounding in her head that channeling the energy to run the device gave her. Maya went away after one last longing look at the portable media player. Letting the angry song fill her, Bethany rolled her neck to get the kinks out of it and sat down with her eyes closed, helping her body deal with the intensity of pulling in the energy. If she had done it gradually, the pain wouldn’t have been that wretched, but she didn’t want easy or slow. The pain was cleansing, wiping away a little of the self-pity she was feeling. When the song was over, Bethany let the energy go with a sigh and a silent thanks. Getting up, she felt eyes on her, and she looked around. The tribes were socializing, chattering happily about the things they were going to trade.

She lovingly put the portable media player back into her pocket. She had traded a looter her ham radio setup for it. Bethany didn’t like hearing all the voices crying out in the darkness. Although on cold, lonely nights it was a comfort to realize the world was still going on and her tribe wasn’t the last people on Earth. Most of California and Florida had sunk into the oceans. Mount St. Helens and all of the Alaskan volcanoes had erupted, adding to the chaos. In a second after the meteor hit in Russia, worldwide communications dropped. If Europe was even still there, no one on this side of the Atlantic knew. There hadn’t been any contact outside the United States for the past thirty years. There were rumors, but nothing verified. And in the interim, strange and different creatures evolved. Bethany was one of them.

“You look lovely.”

Bethany glanced up at Keith’s voice, but he wasn’t talking to her. She watched her ex-lover, tall and handsome in a rough-and-ready sort of way, lean down and kiss his almost-bride on the cheek. They were strolling around the market, hand in hand, not a care in the world.

Darting into a tent, Bethany clenched her teeth as sharp jealousy drilled into her. It didn’t have the purity of the energy pull. It was aching like a bad tooth. She willed herself not to cry. It should have just been a marriage of convenience. A way to bring the River tribe and the Bluff tribe together. Keith had told her so. In bed. Several times. It didn’t look like it was convenient. In fact, it looked a lot like love. Bethany listened to the vendor’s spiel since he was kind enough not to notice her bright eyes or quivering lips. She was so grateful for the time it gave her to pull it together that she wound up trading a set of charged batteries for one of his canteens filled with a sweet honey mead before leaving his tent.

Blinking the tears away, she pretended they were from looking up at the sun that was muted from the ash still in the atmosphere. A flutter of wings caught her eye. A brown eagle perched on the tree next to her. It looked at her like she was a mouse. Intelligent yellow eyes regarded her intently. It was a magnificent bird, beautiful feathers and a regal look. Big too, she saw as it spread its wings and folded them back to preen. Bethany bowed her head, feeling ridiculous at her awe of the noble bird who continued to survive in such a desolate world. It would have been born amid the chaos, like she had been.

Today wasn’t the first time she had seen it. Or at least one that looked just like it. Up on the bluffs, she’d sensed eyes on her and looked around only to see an eagle observing silently. She had gotten used to it, tried to tempt it closer with bits of meat, but it disdained her attempts at domestication. Still, when she walked in the woods, the bird wasn’t ever far. Not for the first time, Bethany wondered if it was a Shifter. She had given it plenty of time to shift in front of her, often dillydallying in the brush far from camp, hoping the bird would transform.

The truth was she had been lonely even when she and Keith were together. The tribe needed her, wanted the Tech she could provide. But they never fully accepted her because she wasn’t normal. Dinners were a stilted affair, and social events strained, so Bethany learned just to avoid them. Walking alone in the woods, she pretended the animals in the woods were companions, like she had done when she was a little girl. It was a game her brother, Daniel, had taught her, before he went feral and killed all those people.

“I’ve got to stop this, or I’ll be a sniveling wreck,” she told the bird, but the eagle wasn’t looking at her. She followed its inscrutable golden eyes to the next animal up for auction.

About Lissa Trevor

Lissa Trevor has her stilettos firmly entrenched in the romance community. Spank Me Mr. Darcy is her debut novel from Riverdale Avenue Books. She is a frequent reader at Manhattan's Between The Covers events, where her novellas Wild Oats and Timelash from Coliloquy's Entwined volumes 1 & 2 have been very popular. Lissa also created an erotic story template for Coliloquy's ValEntwined promotion that allowed readers to download a personalized ebook starring themselves and their significant other.

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Review: Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor

Posted October 3, 2014 by Ginny in Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor
Shifting Currents by Lissa Trevor
Genres: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Published by Loose Id on June 3, 2014
Format: Ebook
Pages: 210
Source: Tour Host

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
After the meteorite wiped out civilization and most of the population, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of society again. Sex is the main currency, for those who haven’t mutated special abilities.

Bethany, a Tech, is able to channel electricity through her body and charge up electronics. When she saves a Shifter girl about to be sold at auction, the girl’s brother, Lucas, offers to repay the debt with his body. While Bethany would love to have Lucas at her beck and call, she’d rather have sex with someone who wanted her as a partner instead of an obligation. But unable to resist the sexy Shifter, she agrees to his terms.

When an opportunity presents itself to travel cross the ravaged countryside to loot the remains of California, Bethany believes this is the best chance for her to find her own brother, a rogue Shifter on the run for a crime he didn’t commit. Lucas wants to go, too, to free his Shifter pack.

The caravan members are expected to provide sexual services to the owners in exchange for passage out and back. As the lines between pleasure and payment become blurred, Bethany struggles to remain human while the pull of the energy feels good enough to leave her meat sack body behind. Can Lucas learn to ground her against the shifting currents?


Reviewed by Ginny:
Straight off the bat, I loved this book. It brought to life an intelligent, well-thought out, dystopian world filled with colorful characters. Lissa Trevor is now on my watch-list of authors due to her creative writing! I very much enjoyed it from beginning to end, reading it within one day.

I loved Bethany! Her love of music; including “You Oughtta Know” — one of the best breakup songs ever, which she listens to as her ex goes by; and later on, “Can You Hear The People Sing” from Les Miserables, which suits the moment so incredibly well.  Her sensibility, informing Lucas that they needed to get to know each other when it wasn’t a crisis. And her very relatable need to leave her body and just be free (you’ll understand when you read the book).

There’s also the sex — a lot of it. In all sorts of variations: M/F, M/M, F/F, M/F/F, probably M/M/F in there somewhere and orgies are also mentioned… This should go without saying, as sex is a currency in this world. But DAMN can she write a good sex scene! If you’re not into that kind of thing, this book isn’t for you.

The only part I found myself wishing was that this was a book that went on longer. As I reached around 80% of the book, I began to wonder if it would turn into another book, as the original purpose they had set out for hadn’t come around yet, and I really didn’t want this huge thing to all happen in the last 20 pages of the book and feel rushed.

But I’ll give her credit — though it does all happen within the single novel, it didn’t feel rushed. She got out what she needed to say without it becoming too short and trite. It was really very well done.

Buy this book. It really is incredibly good and will have you pouring through it, with possible breaks to grab your significant other to work off some steam.

I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more of Ms. Trevor’s books!