Shelby Morgen and Marteeka Karland

Partners who have each others backs can share anything but the one thing he needs to share the most.

Memphis, Tennessee. One of the top ten poorest big cities in the U.S. Where there's poverty, there's crime. The Russian mob's moving in. And where there are criminals, there are cops. Ours just happens to be a werewolf.

Jarod took a bullet to the chest. But he didn't die. And since he woke up, nothing's been the same. Because while he was lying there bleeding out, he was bitten. By a werewolf. And that thing about silver bullets? Myth. Shoot anything in the mouth, spill its brains all over the sidewalk, and it dies.

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So Jarod's got no pack, and his bite didn't come with instructions. What he doesn't know about being a werewolf would fill a book. He can smell his partner's sexual attraction -- she might as well be in heat. But if he lets Belle have what she wants, will she wake up with a strong desire for raw meat? Not knowing means trying to talk her out of the sex she's determined to have with him, because he hasn't told her he has a furry side.

Yeah. Two partners who always have each other's backs and can share anything -- and everything -- but the one thing he needs to share the most.


Read an excerpt from Memphis Heat 1: Stakeout

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About Shelby Morgen

Shelby Morgen loves writing offbeat tales that defy as many rules as possible. She likes chocolate with her peanut butter, suspense with her romance, and kink with her sex. She’s always had a hard time keeping science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal from mixing with her kink. Shelby shares her belief in electronic publishing with her longtime friend and partner, Bill, her husband of 30 plus years.

Visit Shelby’s website, for her latest releases.

She’s got a neglected blog and a Facebook page, but she doesn’t hang out there much -- the Vampire Wars will suck her in.


About Marteeka Karland

Erotic romance author by night, Radiology Tech by day, Marteeka Karland works really hard to drive everyone in her life completely and totally nuts. She’s been creating stories from her warped imagination since she was in the third grade. Her love of writing blossomed throughout her teenage years until it developed into the totally unorthodox and irreverent style her English teachers tried so hard to rid her of.

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Meet the character interview
Authors: Marteeka Karland and Shelby Morgen
Title of Book: Memphis Heat 1: Stakeout
Character Names: Officers Jarod Tyler and Belle Duprey (Hero and Heroine)

Dawn: Please give a warm welcome to Officers Jarod Tyler and Belle Duprey from Memphis Heat 1: Stakeout by Marteeka Karland and Shelby Morgen today as we sit down and see what makes them tick.
Belle: Thanks for having us, Dawn. I’ll do my best to get this mutt to behave.

Dawn: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?
Belle: It was Jarod’s fault. Here my author was, innocently sleeping, when he shows up -- him and his stupid yes, dear.
Jarod: I was just hanging out. I mean, I swear I was minding my own business when this… this… TROLL pulled me out of bed (and I mean that literally… I was having a little cuddle time with Belle and… stuff… ) and turned me into a werewolf. Do you have any idea how distracting that is?
Belle: I am so gonna slug you.
Jarod: Yes, dear... *ducking*
Belle: that’s right, run. Not like I can’t catch you.

Dawn: What was it that drew you to your mate?
Belle: I love a hot guy in a uniform. Besides -- he’s not gonna dump me over the hours, like my ex.
Jarod: I love a chick with guns. It’s very hot. :D

Dawn: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?
Belle: Patrol car. On a stakeout. Not this stakeout. Another one.
Jarod: Well, in front of the werewolf pack was pretty naughty. Purely to prove we were part of the pack, you understand. I’m not into exhibitionism. Uh... much.
Belle: She said seduced, not performed for an audience. You never listen.
Jarod: *shrugs* Same difference.

Dawn: Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?
Belle: Off. I like em off, whatever they are. Long as we’re talking about MY man. Otherwise they can stay on. No pervs, please.
Jarod: Do I look like I wanna get chafed? Briefs. Definitely briefs! Though, off is good too. :)

Dawn: If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick he/she can play?
Belle: “Belle! Wanna have sex?” -- works every time. When I’m patient enough to wait for him to ask.
Jarod: Well, I’m finding I’m pretty partial to that thing she does with my tail...
Belle: I do love his tail.
Jarod: I love yours too, sweetheart.

Dawn: What is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild -- in and out of bed?
Belle: Ears. He loves it when I bite his ears. In any form.
Jarod: Her belly button. Definitely. That little navel ring is just too damned intriguing to leave alone, so it’s a damned good thing she likes it.

Dawn: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in <Book Title>?
Belle: What, you can’t remember the name of the book already? It’s Memphis Heat: Stakeout. Cause, you know, it starts with a stakeout. And I doubt our authors could spell anything more complicated.
Jarod: Lord, I’m not going there! Let’s just say being a werewolf -- particularly in the “wolf” is anatomically… difficult… at best. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I kind of enjoyed holding Belle close while I, uh, softened. But I had no idea that would happen and it was fucking EMBARRASSING!
Belle: Softened? Shrunk. That’s what he means. Damn dog knots up. That wasn’t it anyway. We all know about dogs and their dicks. Embarrassing -- that was that damn baton. What cop carries a baton in the 21st century?
Jarod: Well, dear, obviously you do. It wasn’t my baton and I did NOT start that. You were horny, as I recall.
Belle: Fuck yeah I was horny. Your damn fault, too. Wait three months -- three MONTHS -- to tell me you won’t have sex with me cause you got bit by some damn werewolf? I’m your partner for Christ’s sake. What woman wants to go three months without getting laid?
Jarod: I was TRYING to protect you. I had no idea how you’d react to me being a werewolf! I mean, Jesus!
Belle: You’d a KNOWN how I reacted if you’d just told me. Like waiting three months is gonna make it any easier.
Jarod: Yes, dear…
Belle: I’d threaten not to do him, but that’d only hurt me. You know how those 50’s writers were always talking about women and their headaches? Screw that. Men can make more excuses for not having sex than any other creature on the planet. Show me one alley cat that goes around saying “Not tonight, dear.”
Jarod: Well, any other creature other than werewolves. I think I’m more horny than ever... *silly grin.*


Dawn: Anything else you would like to add?
Belle: Haven’t we done enough? Anyway, I’d go for taking some stuff away. Like that old Country song. We could happily cut that damn baton scene.
Jarod: Oh no. Leave the baton. Cause it was hot. I mean what guy doesn’t like to see a woman get herself off?
Belle: *Snicker* Yes, dear.

Dawn: Thank you, Officers, for joining us on ‘Meet the Character’ day here at Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog. Please find Memphis Heat 1: Stakeout by Marteeka Karland and Shelby Morgen at Changeling Press --


An Interview with Shelby Morgen and Marteeka Karland
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Shelby, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Memphis Heat 1: Stakeout with Marteeka Karland. What can you tell us about what appears to be a sizzling new series?

Shelby: Thanks for having us, Holly! Memphis Heat has been so much fun to write. Memphis, Tennessee, is in trouble. One of the top ten poorest cities in the US, and that’s made them a target for organized crime. Russian gun runners are trying to get a foothold in the US, and they’re using Memphis as their base of operations. (International airport, inland port). Memphis PD officers Jarod and Belle are partners, as well as lovers. Or they were, until Jarod chased the wrong gangster wannabe up the wrong alley, and watched him turn into a werewolf. Now he’s on loan to the FBI, trying to worm his way into the Russian pack and figure out what they’re up to -- and how to take them down.

Teeka: Did she mention werewolf sex? There’s lots of werewolf sex.

HH: How does Stakeout kick it off?

Shelby: The idea started off pretty uncomplicated -- our cop, Jarod, gets attacked by a werewolf, but he doesn’t die. Now his partner and lover, Belle, is getting pretty pissed -- see, he’s decided it’s not safe to make love to her, for fear she’ll turn into a werewolf, too. Belle doesn’t know what’s wrong, but she knows Jarod’s hiding something from her, and Belle’s really not one to take this kind of neglect lying down.

Teeka: She takes matters into her own hands. Literally. :D

HH: What do you like best about Belle and why will readers empathize with her?

Shelby: She’s pretty ADD. Short attention span, shorter patience. And she’s got no problem telling Jarod off when he’s being an ass.

Teeka: And she loves werewolf sex.

HH: What do you like best about Jarod and why will readers love him?

Shelby: Jarod’s one of those GUY guys. He’ll annoy the hell out of you, then step in front of a bullet for you. He sees the world pretty black and white, right and wrong. Mess with his woman, and you’re going DOWN.

Teeka: And he’s the werewolf Belle’s having sex with.

HH: What’s it like writing with Marteeka?

Shelby: Fun! We fight our schedules a lot, but when we click, it just works.

HH: Marteeka, what’s it like writing with Shelby?

Teeka: She’s completely ADD. We get off on tangents and go total opposite directions only to meet at the same place we started with neither of us having a clue WTF is going on. Then we laugh. It’s great fun. And yeah. When we click, it’s fabulous!

HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?

Shelby: We’re currently working on Heat 2: Streetwise. Officers Butch and Regan (“Sundance”) are hard at work trying to figure out who’s attacking Memphis cops when they’re ambushed by werewolves. But these werewolves aren’t Russian. In fact, it looks like they’re Memphis’ finest. Question is, why?

Teeka: And there’s lots of werewolf sex.

Shelby: Sensing a theme here. Something about werewolves. And sex.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

Shelby: Rumor has it we should get to Memphis Heat 3: Strikeforce, and 4: Takedown this spring and summer. Teeka: That’s a rumor?

HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?

Shelby: I’ve promised myself to make more time to write -- I miss it too much when all I get to do is paperwork!

Teeka: I promised Margaret (Shelby’s alter ego) I’d be on time with my manuscripts. She’s not holding her breath.

HH: What’s your favorite way to interact with readers?

Shelby: I love doing interviews like this, as well as chats and online conferences, but I really look forward to conventions when I have time to get out.

Teeka: Ditto. I’m kind of an introvert. OKOKOK, maybe not, but I can empty out my filter as I type during these interviews and don’t embarrass myself as much as when I’m typing out a live chat. I tend to type whatever pops into my brain and it sometimes gets me in trouble. LOL

Shelby: One of the reasons I love live chats -- watching Teeka squirm.

HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

Shelby: More books! The Memphis Heat series has reminded me how much I love writing Action Adventure type shifter stories. This has been so much fun!

Teeka: More books. More books, and, oh yeah, MORE BOOKS!! I’ve made writing my full time job so it’s kinda mandatory. But I’ve got so many things I’ve been meaning to write and now I have time. I’m SO excited!! Shelby: Thanks so much for having us, Holly! We’ll see you again in the spring!

HH: Thank you!


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