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Dana Marie Bell is talking about I.Q.’s & her characters today


ISBN: 978-1-60504-632-7
Length: Category
Price: 4.50
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Buy from MBaM

He’ll fulfill her wildest fantasies… but only if she believes.

The Gray Court, Book 1

Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.

Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn’t mix. While that can’t stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.

A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby’s arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother’s life on the line, it’s vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is…before it’s too late.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, some violence, a bit of bondage, and a Sidhe Lord determined to claim and protect what is his.

When I was asked if I’d like to do another blog spot for I Do Not Want To Wait, I asked what they’d like me to talk about. The first thing said was, “How about a blog on the I.Q.’s of your characters from the new book coming up as well as some of your more popular characters such as Bunny, Emma, Max, Simon, Adrian, and Becky. Does their I.Q. change when they shift?”

Uh. Hmm. Interesting question. I’ve never taken an IQ test pretending to be a character (I’m not sure those blogthing tests I’m addicted to count, especially after they told me my porn star name should be Sandra Spunk).

As for the I.Q. of the fae and the Norse gods? They’re as smart as you or I, even the ones who shift shape. In them, they’ll assume the shape, but don’t have the animal spirit. The only one who might be said to have bonded with an animal would be Fenris, the werewolf son of Loki in the True Destiny series. He’s a much more even mix of animal and man than the shifters in my Puma series.

The one thing the fae and the gods have that the shifters don’t? Longevity. The Sidhe live for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, as do the gods. Both can be killed (one of the few mythologies where the gods can be killed is the Norse one), but unless that happens they have quite a long time to learn and grow if they so choose. Not all of them do, of course.

Unlike the fae, the shifters have two I.Q.’s. Shifters in my stories have the spirit of the animal bonded to them. They’re men who become animals, not animals who become men. The man is always in charge. But the animal has some definite opinions and isn’t shy about being heard. For instance, in the case of mates the animal spirit knows before the human one does and will let the man know in terms that usually involve growling Mine a lot.

Can the animal take over? Certainly. Becky had that problem in Sweet Dreams when she first shifted. She had to take control back from her Puma or face some nasty consequences. But does that mean that the animal spirit could take over the man? Maybe. But I think people would notice, especially in a Wolf. Could you picture a man, sitting in front of his fire, lifting his leg and trying to… well, use you’re imagination. Let’s just say I think that guy might starve to death.

So where does that put my characters? If I had to say who’s the smartest it would probably be Max from The Wallflower. The man’s a doctor and knows what’s what. I absolutely refuse to rate who is dumbest. Certain people with things like claws and fangs might come and kick my butt if I try. 

For more information on Dana Marie Bell and her books, you can visit her website at: http://www.danamariebell.com/ or you can visit her at her blog  http://danamariebell.blogspot.com/.

***Leave a comment asking Dana about her characters or I.Q. for a chance to win a dowload book from Dana. Good Luck 🙂


20 Responses

  1. Greta and Dana,
    Good Morning!

    What a great interview, I have loved Dana’s books since I read my first Dana Marie Bell book “Wallflower”.
    I have been crazy for her work ever since.

    Dana, Hi sweetie!
    I just picked up your new release can not wait to read it 😀

    {Deb hides in closest from Bob}

  2. Morning Deb, and thanks! Hiding from Bob again? Just mention Nerf shotguns. ;D

  3. ROFL!! He is grinning.

  4. Hmm. I’ve never thought about IQ in relation to shifters! I guess I’d prefer to think about it as their intelligence changes when they shift…

  5. I think it depends on the world the author is trying to create. I’ve read ones where the person is subsumed in the wolf and ones where it’s still the person just in a furry body. I’ve liked both. For me it worked better having the human remain the brains of the outfit, so to speak.

  6. I agree. With the human in charge makes for a better read. Love the puma books and just wondering when will get another one in that series. We are getting more right?

  7. The last one is with my editor. I’m planning on taking the series full length and changing the name to the Halle Shifters since I’m introducing more than Pumas and Wolves. 😀

  8. Dana, this looks so hot! Congrats on your release.

    I think the I.Q. shift works best when it’s in context. Like, the human is still in control when in animal form, but that doesn’t mean the animal can do things a non-shifter animal of that type can — like talk — that’s not hot, that’s just silly!

    Thanks for the interview 😉


  9. Dana, That sounds great. I adore your shifters.
    With this being book one, how far is book 2?

    I like seeing the different spin authors have a shifters, makes the story more intriguing.

  10. The Gray Court has just started, so book two is in the outline stage. Bear Necessities, the first Halle Shifter book, has about… uh… (checks her blog’s word meter) 29% done.

  11. Hi Dana, what an interesting blog. I like shifter stories where the human stays in charge, and characters that use their brains. Smart heroes and heroines are very sexy to me.

  12. Hi Cathy! Smart heroes and heroines are sexy to me too. Even sexier is a smart man who can make me laugh!

  13. Different and interesting post. I really like the stories where the human stays in charge of the animal.

  14. I’d never really thought about how the IQ would chance as a shifter changed form, but it’s an interesting question. I agree that it works best when the human part still retains some control when in the animal form, but it’s always entertaining when the animal decides to make its presence known in both forms. 🙂 I enjoyed your Puma books and I look forward to reading this one!

  15. Honestly, I’d never given this IQ question much consideration before, in spite of how popular shifters are! I think it makes more sense for the human to retain more control, but there are some ways in which the animal’s instincts are probably far superior. I guess it depends on the situation and the kind of shifter, really. I like that you’ve written yours so that the man’s in charge, but the animal gets a say, too!

  16. Thanks. To me its like the shifter spirit guides the man, but doesn’t control his actions except under certain circumstances. If it was a cat that turned into a man I’d expect the cat to be in charge, not the man.

  17. Well, dual IQ’s make sense for shifters, one for each form!

    That actually makes great sense. So, does the animal form retain any human characteristics and visversa? Wondering.

    Dottie 🙂

  18. Oh yeah! In the first book Emma accidentally shifts the first time. Max finds her sitting in his examination chair looking peeved. It’s an Emma expression, not a cat one. She didn’t even have time to get her clothes off.

  19. Some of the smartest people can also be some of the dumbest. I work in a hospital. Trust me! Have you ever heard about the seven different types of intelligence? I think there is alot of truth to it. I can’t remember the specifics but basically you have book smart, people smart, art smart ect. Some people understand people, what motivates them and such. They may not be in Mensa but they can be highly succesfull.

    have you ever watched the show Bones? She is very smart but doesn’t get jokes frequently because she takes things literally.

  20. I’ve seen enough episodes to say she’s definitely not people smart, lol! My mom used to say, “How can someone so smart be so dumb?”

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