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Happy Birthday, Leah!

Tomorrow (June 3rd) is Leah’s birthday!

I re-read STAND (Shift Series #4) last week. Not sure why, but it felt like the right thing to do, and I’m so glad I did!  I miss Leah (and Drake!) a lot.  There are still some small scenes from Leah and Drake’s life that I want to write and share with those of you who love them.  For now, I am focusing on a project that doesn’t even take place in the Shift/Mythologicals Universe (come to think of it, maybe that’s why I was longing to read something in Leah’s world so much!)  I’m in love with the project, but I definitely miss Leah.


Leah Brayton

It also occurred to me, as I finished re-reading STAND, that I no longer think of Leah as “Leah Brayton,” but “Leah Brayton-King.”  Because, well, that’s her name once she marries Drake.

BUT, for those of you who haven’t read that scene, you have no idea!  So go check that out if you haven’t given it a read.

It’s funny–I just realized my last post was to say happy birthday to Drake.  I guess I was due a re-read regardless 🙂 Leah Brayton

P.S. LeeLee Sobieski is the actress who most resembles how I picture Leah in my head but the name is purely coincidence. Really. (Also Saoirse Ronan–maybe even more so!)

Your Questions Answered, part 2

Last week was the first installment of my Your Questions Answered series where I try my best to give answers to the various questions you submitted a couple of weeks back. This week we continue with the fun!  And this week, one my answers you won’t find anywhere but right here on ellebeauregard.com! So read on, faithful reader, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Q.3: (Exclusive to the blog!) Being a linked pair… are they born for each other? Is it like soulmates? Why is it so rare to be linked?

A.3:  This is a great question–and one I’ve been hoping someone would ask!  There’s two questions here, really, so I’ll address them in turn:

A linked pair weren’t made for one another–but their connection makes it seem that way. Having access to the other’s emotions/presence/wellbeing, and having those things tied to your own wellbeing–and vice-versa–means that, as a couple, they are truly committed to the other’s success, happiness, health, etc.   It’s always been clear to me that there is a sort of magic (if you can call it that) that contributes to the linking phenomenon–the same magic that seems to exist between two people who share a spark or connection in the real world–but there is also a lot of luck and happenstance. Leah and Drake are linked–they also happen to love one another, and would have fallen in love, even if the linking thing hadn’t sped up the process. (Leah acknowledges this in Recast; though it’s easy to assume she’s being seventeen-year-old-dramatic, she also happens to be right; Drake later acknowledges it in Stand.) But being linked doesn’t necessarily mean that you’d have fallen in love otherwise–it just worked out that way for them, which is part of why they are so dynamic as a couple.

There have been very few linked pairs throughout all of shifter history–but there used to be more than there are today. That’s because, long ago, there was a greater number of complete shifters. Complete shifters being the most concentrated expression of the shifter trait, it makes sense that their numbers would dwindle. To put it in genetic terms, if being a shifter is a recessive trait (as is explained in Shift) then being a complete shifter is like the super-mega-recessive version of that.  It’s a multi-gene expression trait, so adding one drop of non-shifter material to that gene pool is likely to create  non-complete shifter offspring* (see Collin, for example, as explained in Recast.)  So, is the linking phenomenon an indirect way for the shifter trait to ensure its survival?  Possibly. I think that’s a side effect of it that perpetuates its existence–assuming the linked pair has offspring–but that’s not the purpose. This is where the happenstance comes in again: two complete shifters happen to be linked because of the way their gifts interact–in other words, coincidence.

*The Brayton line is an exception to this genetics lesson. One woman in each generation is a complete shifter within the Brayton family tree. And, just like Leah, that shifter does not have to have shifter parents. The genetics lesson could still apply to Leah’s offspring, except that a) Drake is also a complete shifter, so she and Drake would have complete shifter children, and b) even if she weren’t with Drake, her female offspring (at least one) would most likely be a complete shifter because of the Brayton pattern**

**There’s more mythology behind this, actually, but it’s too much to put here. Suffice it to say, Leah always assumes that Drake and the Kings are the most powerful shifters because they can shift into animals and humans, but that isn’t really true–there’s room for two families on that pedestal. 🙂

Q.4: I’ve always wondered why Arizona? I mean I live here so I’m totally a fan of it but it’s always had me curious.



One of my fave pics from my trip to Tubac

A.4: Ah, yes. Why Arizona?  The short answer is Cecelia.  She is the reason, but let me explain: When I started writing Shift, I knew Leah’s aunt was eccentric, and she lived in the desert, but I didn’t know specifically where that desert was. So I went to the library and the interwebs in search of the right place with the following criteria in mind:


  1. An opresively hot summer–not just really warm, but, like, seriously hot.
  2. A rural location with a town nearby
  3. The fauna necessary to make some of my other ideas work.

Turned out Southern Arizona was most likely to have the level of heat I was looking for; there’s also a little color-changing lizard that’s native to the area, as well as a toad.  So I took to the maps in search of the right rural town, and BAM! There was Tubac.  Then when I found out it’s now widely regarded as an artists’ colony, it was just too good to be true.  So to Tubac Leah went!

Years later, when I visited Tubac, it was alarming the degree to which it was right. There is nowhere else Cecelia, Samantha, Harris, and Drake could have lived. As silly as it sounds, I sort of believe I found Tubac for that book because I was supposed to. Shift and Tubac were made for one another.

Damn, writing this is making me want to go back.

Next week, I’ll answer the last two questions, so be sure to check back in!  ‘Til next week!

*Goes to Expedia to check flights to Tubac*

And don’t forget: Linking: A Shift Series Short Story is currently available for pre-order on Amazon,Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and the Apple iBookstore


WP_20160306_18_52_13_ProThe hubby made Paella last night for dinner (yeah, that’s a picture of it on our stove–have I mentioned that my hubby is wicked good in the kitchen?), which reminded me of this scene in RECAST:

“Leah, I hope you like paella,” Samantha said, pulling out a chair for me at the table. Drake took the chair from her and let me sit, before pulling out the chair next to mine for himself.

“I’ve never had it,” I replied with a smiled and a shrug, “but it smells amazing.”

D took his seat and let his leg rest discretely against mine, beneath the table.

“Well,” Sam replied, taking her own seat and placing her napkin in her lap, “it’s traditionally made with seafood, but being landlocked as we are here, I use chicken and sausage instead. It’s a little like Cajun jambalaya this way, but D seems to like it.” She smiled at her son who nodded and laid his napkin in his lap.

I live just outside of Seattle, so needless to say, I don’t have the landlocked issue Samantha does.  Nevertheless,  that got to thinking: there’s a lot of food in the Shift Series. And it’s all stuff I’ve eaten in real life, either classics from my childhood (in the case of black forest cake) or from random other occasions (in the case of the Paella.) Food plays a sort of important role in the series: from the various salads Cici makes in SHIFT, to the Paella in RECAST, then the breakfasts in DRIFT, and even the tuna noodle casserole at Sol’s house in STAND. So, what if I went through the entire series and made each of the dishes one by one? I could blog pictures and share the recipes. Maybe nobody will care–or maybe one of you will find a new favorite family meal. Who knows?