10 Ways to Spot a Werewolf
1. By their birthday ye shall know them… The legends say that anyone born on Christmas Eve is destined to become a werewolf. It’s regarded as a divine punishment for daring to compete with the Christ child. As if not getting a birthday party isn’t bad enough.
2. Waxing won’t help… If you have a unibrow (brows that meet above the bridge of your nose), you’re probably a werewolf. According to this rule of thumb, Bert of Sesame Street fame has been a shapeshifter all along and will probably devour Ernie one of these days.
3. It’s not polite to point… Having an index finger that’s longer than your middle finger is a clue that you might be a werewolf. If that long forefinger occurs with thick and lengthy nails and hairy palms, it’s fairly certain that you have waaaaay more problems than just needing a good manicurist.
4. Water, water, all around… Like rabid dogs, werewolves are said to possess an irrational fear of water. Which is a real pain to live with because werewolves are also incredibly thirsty all the time. Their raging thirst when in human form apparently stems from all their extracurricular exertion as a wolf. Plus they need to wash all those victims down.
5. The better to see you with, my dear… Werewolves can be spotted even in the densest forest or darkest night because of their glow-in-the-dark red eyes. A shapeshifter’s eyes can glow when they’re in human form too. Especially if you’ve had a little too much Absolut and orange juice.
6. It’s only skin-deep… Centuries ago, the pentagram (5-pointed star) was considered a sign of evil. Werewolves were also considered evil, so naturally everyone thought the two would go together. Doctors of the time actually checked the skin of suspected werewolves for tattoos of pentagrams or birthmarks shaped like them!
7. To sleep, perchance to scream… Someone with strange sleeping habits could be suspected of being a werewolf. Doglike behavior such as turning in a circle on the bed, scratching at the covers or even having restless leg syndrome could all be a sign. Sleeping excessively, especially through the day, was a solid clue to shapeshifter tendencies. (Wow – that takes in most teenagers.) However, NOT being able to sleep was also a sign of being a werewolf!
8. Temper, temper… People with rage issues and tendencies towards violence were often suspected of being werewolves. A werewolf’s aggression supposedly increased as the moon became fuller, and declined as the moon waned. No one ever seemed to consider PMS.
9. Able to leap tall buildings… If someone was unusually physically strong, they might be suspected of being a werewolf. Shapeshifters were notoriously well-muscled and some legends say they were as powerful as a dozen ordinary humans. They were immune to disease as well, so if the plague came to your village and you didn’t die from it, you might fall under suspicion.
10. Sexy as all get out … That is, you are if you’re a hot character in my new paranormal series from Kensington Brava Books! The story centers around a family of shapeshifters, the Macleods, who have settled in northern Canada after being driven out of Scotland. Many other shapeshifters have gravitated there as well and they have a large and powerful Pack. By the way, they find it insulting to be called werewolves – they refer to themselves as Changelings. Look for Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream on bookstore shelves now. Changeling Dawn will be released for January 1, 2012. See my website for more information, http://www.daniharper.com
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Two names will be drawn at random and one winner will receive a signed copy of Changeling Moon, and the other will receive a copy of Changeling Dream. International entries are welcome. Draw will be made on September 19.
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