When I asked to interview someone from Tami Lund’s Lightbearer series, not in my wildest imaginations (which can get pretty damn wild) did I think I would be sitting across from not one but three rather large and highly attractive shape-shifters.
They are so much larger than life. When I read Tami’s books, it amazes me the humans do not realize these men are not, well, human. They are all well over six-foot tall, with massive chests and arms. They have either black or very pale blue eyes, and so one of the redheaded Hennigan brothers informs me, their eyes glow.
“When we’re excited,” Finn Hennigan explains.
His brother Reid, who is two years younger yet could almost be his twin, gives his shoulder a shove. “Don’t go putting ideas in the human’s head. You want her to tell the whole damn world about us?”
“She won’t,” Tanner Lyons, the third shifter in the group and their pack master, says in a quiet, confident voice, while those pale eyes watch me almost as if he is staring into my soul. I don’t believe they have mental powers of persuasion, but I am certainly compelled to do whatever he asks. It could be that he’s so damn good looking, though. Think Thor with dark hair. See what I mean?
“So you live side by side with humans, and none are aware that with just a thought, you can literally turn into an animal?” I ask, still awed by this concept. I have been sworn to secrecy, since it was the only way I could get this interview, but I cannot help but wonder how cool it would be to be the person who told the world about their secret. Talk about fame and fortune at my fingertips…
“Well, we don’t,” Finn says, waving his hand to indicate all three shifters. “We live in the Lightbearers’ coterie, but—” I interrupt.
“Wait, what’s a coterie?”
“It’s a small community located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Lightbearers have lived there for over five hundred years, unbeknownst to pretty much anyone else in the world. It’s warded against detection, specifically against shifters. And humans, of course.”
“Why? Why against shifters specifically, I mean?”
“Well, the reason the Lightbearers went into hiding five hundred years ago is because we used to be mortal enemies. Some shifters still hold to the belief that to kill a Lightbearer is to inherit her magic,” Tanner explains.
“Huh. So how is it you’re living in their coterie now?”
The look on Tanner’s face softens perceptively. Finn rolls his eyes, and Reid punches his arm. “You’re just as hooked on your own Lightbearer as he is on his.”
“Yeah, what about you?” Finn retorts.
“Me, too. I’d still be living alone in Chicago, if I hadn’t met Carley.”
“Carley?” I ask.
“She’s the head Lightbearer chef. She cooks for the king,” Reid explains.
“We’ve obviously changed our stance on the whole mortal enemies concept,” Finn drawls cheekily.
I look at Reid, something he said stuck in my head. “Why were you living alone in Chicago? I thought shifters were pack-like creatures?”
All three exchange a look I cannot decipher. Tanner speaks for the group. “We are all from one pack. Quentin Lyons’ pack, out in Wyoming. And before you ask, yes, he was my father. He was also a bastard, and he was a lousy leader. He did a lot of unscrupulous things, including pit pack members against one another and spend thirty years searching for the Lightbearers, when none of the rest of us thought they existed. We all assumed they’d gone extinct, when in fact, they’d gone into hiding.”
After another shared look with his two friends, he continues. “All three of us are where we are today because he finally caught one. A Lightbearer, I mean. He captured Olivia – who is now my mate – and who happens to be the princess of the Lightbearers. If I think about it too much, it pisses me off that I almost should thank him and his obsession for introducing me to my mate and the love of my life.”
Before I can melt into a puddle of sappy goo, Finn pipes up. “And me to mine. I was attracted to Cici from the very first moment I saw her, even though I had no idea what or who she was at the time.”
Tanner snorts. “And then you spent the next few months refusing to admit it.”
Finn’s ruddy skin reddens and he does not deny Tanner’s accusation. Reid chuckles. “Not me. I knew from the first second I saw Carley that she would be mine. I just didn’t count on all the other shit in our lives getting in the way.”
Tanner shakes his head. “That’s always the case, isn’t it? I suppose that helps make it all that much sweeter when we finally get our happily ever afters, doesn’t it?”
Reid’s shoulders twitch, as if he is experiencing phantom pains. “Maybe. But it sure would be nice not to have to go through all that bullshit first.”
I feel as though I should apologize for authors in general, even though I know the exact reason readers pick up our books is to read about all that bullshit on the way to the happily ever after. But I decide to ask what I think is a less controversial question instead. “So shifters live in our world, but you live in packs, far away from humans?” I am trying to understand how this works, how they can live in our world, yet no one knows they exist.
“Not always. In the case of our former pack, yes. Quentin hated humans, even though he had no problems selling goods and services to them to support the pack.” Tanner explains.
“I’d say most packs have a healthy distaste for humans, although often they live side by side with them,” Finn added. “Josh’s pack is a perfect example.”
“Josh’s pack?” I ask.
“Josh Tigre. He’s the pack master over the Detroit pack. They literally live in the burbs, surrounded by humans. Yet in general, his pack dislikes humans.”
“Did I tell you guys Josh is dating a human?” Tanner asks, looking at Finn and Reid. “I met her the last time I was down there visiting.”
“Dating?” Finn repeats. Tanner nods slowly.
“As in, unless I’m off my mark, he’s pretty hooked on her.”
“That’s not good,” Finn comments.
“Nope,” Tanner says. He looks at me, and his pale eyes are glowing faintly. “Looks like Tami has another book brewing. And for the record, Josh is my friend. So I expect him to get a happily ever after. However the hell she makes that happen.”
I swallow and nod, feeling as though if it does not happen, this highly intimidating pack master will hold me personally responsible.
I’d better go check on her writing progress…
Tami Lund likes to live, love, and laugh, and does her best to ensure the characters in her books do the same. After they’ve overcome a few seemingly insurmountable obstacles first, of course.
When she’s not doing that, she’s mom to two (growing far too fast) kids and a furbaby who conveniently forces her to exercise at least once a day. She’s also a wife to her own knight in shining armor who proposed in a way worthy of a romance novel. She loves to garden and every year attempts (usually in vain) to keep her lawn green through the month of August.
Tami is multi-published, both self and with a few publishers, including Crimson Romance, Liquid Silver Books, and (as of June 2015) Soul Mates Publishing.
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