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Shifting Sands

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  411 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
The wrath of a woman scorned is bad, but a witch’s wrath is hell on earth. No one knows this better than the six men of Shifting Sands Ranch. When the owner’s witch of a wife flees the ranch, she takes with her one of the cowboys and leaves behind a curse that dooms the remaining inhabitants to a life that is anything but normal. Now, every month when the moon comes full, ...more
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Published September 26th 2010 by MLR Press
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Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Nov 22, 2010 Smokinhotbooks K.C. rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
It's not every day you read an anthology with all your fav m/m authors, so of course I had to get this one. Usually the anthologies I've read have been separate short stories written by various authors, for Shifting Sands it is one continuous story with each author writing about a different character - kind of like an HBO mini series.

Daniel the owner of Shifting Sands has recently married crazy Yi, a high maintenance Chinese native who ends up cursing him and his ranch hands to turn into animals
Tara Lain
Oct 16, 2010 Tara Lain rated it really liked it

Finished Shifting Sands and liked it just as much as i thought i would. The stories are great, but most of all the idea of the book is terrific. The fact that all the authors have gotten together to tell a single story in an anthology is very creative. And using the Chinese zodiac to tie it all together was a great plot device. If you're familiar with the Chinese zodiac, you'll find yourself guessing which animal comes next. All the stories are sweet and sexy, and each author introduces her own
Sep 04, 2013 Barbie rated it really liked it
This was a really good anthology. Why? Because, although parts are written my different authors, each story runs into the next so it's one big story. Six hands on the Shifting Sands ranch are cursed to shift into animals of the zodiac every full moon. In order to break the curse they must all find their 'mate'. So, it was 6 men, 6 authors, 6 stories but 1 big story. I would really recommend this if your looking for an anthology!!
Apr 09, 2011 Peggy rated it really liked it
Shifting Sands is an anthology, but it is not. It is one story start to finish told with humor, a bit of angst and sensual love scenes.
Six men on a ranch are cursed by the ranch owner's disgruntled wife. On the full moon, they each change into a different animal. Each man has his own story of how he finds love. The stories could be read separately, but hold together nicely as a whole. The men's lives are the focus, the magic and the curse take a back seat to these wonderful characters.

Cherie Noel
Nov 09, 2010 Cherie Noel rated it it was amazing
GET THIS BOOK!!! Oh-my-gosh good, funny and sexy and jeez, just hurry up and get the feckin' book and start readin' it!!
Fernanda Parente
That was one of teh funniest book I ever read. Please read it...Highly recommended
Nov 20, 2010 Jaele rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot. The concept was a great idea and I liked that all the stories tie in together instead of just having a common theme. The stories were fun, sweet, and romantic. Some where more predictable than others, but were very entertaining throughout.

I think Snake Charmer by Kimberly Gardner is my favorite. Being first, it had the freshest material.

Cock Of the Walk by Willa Okati was the funnest because of Zan, a character that pairs up with one of the existing ranchers. The only thing a
Dec 12, 2010 Staceyr rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Six unique stories cleverly woven to read like a single novel. Things get wild on the farm when a curse is cast, binding the ranch hands of the Shifting Sands to the land and a monthly transformation. Will finding true love break the spell for these cursed cowboys, or simply add new victims to their menagerie?

I was drawn into the solid setting of the Shifting Sands Ranch and enjoyed each author’s spin on shape-shifting and their couple’s journey to finding their soul mate, and also disc
May 02, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, shifters
This is an interesting way of writing a book, it's not an anthology but not a joint writing project in the traditional sense. Set on a ranch in Texas, the owner Ben married a Chinese woman (he's not entirely sure why he married her since he's gay, as is most of his staff) and after her failed attempts to seduce the other hands, she leaves with a young man cursing them all. What this means is that every full moon, for 24 hours or so, they turn into an animal. They've learned to live with it, and ...more
Pia Veleno
May 17, 2011 Pia Veleno rated it really liked it
First and foremost, I loved the unique presentation of this anthology. For one, the prologue served a purpose, setting the scene for all six stories. Then, each story tied in to the others because each character was affected by the curse set forth in the prologue.

My favorite of the six came from an author I haven't read before, Brenda Bryce, and her story, Hare of the Bull. Lost and Found was my second favorite, but I may be slightly biased because I tend to love any story that handles witchcra
Jul 15, 2012 Cat rated it liked it
A small group of authors did an excellent job of each writing a piece that fit into a single story concept. The characters are interesting and the situation they've been placed in is unique. I would definitely suggest that anyone who likes a shifter story give this one a try.

Now, the reasons I didn't rate it higher...

Although the story was unique and the characters were interesting, there was no character growth from one story to another or even plot advancement. If you excluded the beginning wh
Jake Hill
Technically this was 3.5 star rating but apparently we aren't allowed to be that precise with our little star ratings. It'd be nice if we could. Not the point though. Onward we go!

I know it might be difficult to come up with something different when the story theme is rather limited in a sense but I still couldn't help feeling a touch underwhelmed by how similar most of them were. I kept forgetting who was who half the time. Except Jud and Daniel. Daniel being the dragon and all and Jud just bei
Sep 06, 2014 Zee♥ rated it really liked it
I really liked this anthology about six cowboys cursed to change into animals of the Chinese zodiac until they find their mates. Each cowboy’s story is written by a different author. I loved how all the stories were connected and that all the characters came back in each story. The different writing styles also made it very interesting. The stories were very sweet and sexy with a good bit of humor. I did enjoy some more than others though. Two favorites were Hare of the Bull and Lost and Found.
Jun 15, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is pretty decent for what it is. Some of the pros: the men are likable, the sex is hot, the premise is interesting and different, the love stories are sweet. For a collection of interconnected short stories - that's a pretty good deal.

I can guess why the average rating is so low due to the possible cons: The love seems to happen too fast, there isn't enough sex, the premise is ridiculous and unrealistic, the ending was too simple, the characters aren't fully developed, etc. Well, my
Lexi Ander
Jul 09, 2011 Lexi Ander rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lexi by: Pia
Shelves: mm-shifters, novel
This is really not an anthology per se. They are separate stories but they all take place with the ranch hands of the Shift Sands Ranch. They were cursed by Yi the owner's, Daniel, oriental wife. At the full moon they are forced to shift into animals of the Chinese zodiac. They have to be on the ranch lands otherwise they go into extreme pain when the shift tries to take place. The characters do cross into the different stories but don't change identities.

Snake Charmer by Kimberly Gardner: Cy's
Jun 02, 2011 Lee rated it liked it
Shifting Sands is a very unique anthology in that the entire book evolves around one story. Each author writes about one character and their involvement and their outcome in the story. I'm sure there's a literary term for this, but I don't know what it is. Anyway, the book is entertaining, mostly well written, and like I said before, very unique. By the end of the book it was getting to be a tad boring, and I was very unsatisfied, almost angered, by the ending. It seems that the fastest, most un ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Bkrdr rated it liked it
Rated 3.50 stars. I would have liked more with the dragon aspect and with some of the stories as to their animal personalities. Also, I didn't care for the over-blown and racist portrayal of Yi.
indeed so
Awesome set! This would have been truly fantastic if the authors were given more room and this was published as a full blown series.

Loved the concept and execution.
Mandy Beyers
This was my favorite style of anthology - each of the stories followed a different couple, but the overall book had a unifying plot line. When Yi, a Chinese witch is angered by her husband and most of the hands on his ranch, she cursed them to each shift into a different animal of the Chinese Zodiac on the night of the full moon. Two years into the curse, one by one the men start to fall in love and discover that their lovers then begin to shift as well. I enjoyed how each couple's story managed ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Tj rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Unlike most anthologies I have read this one begins with a story that will tie all the others together. The men on Shifting Sands Ranch in Texas have been cursed by their boss’s wife because they are gay. She is a witch and so the curse comes true. Each cowboy turns into an animal from the Chinese zodiac. Daniel, the boss, is the only mythical creature, a dragon. The ending of the book is a wrapping up of loose ties for the whole of the story. It’s a cute little anthology but due to the lengths ...more
Wow. The villain of this anthology was a straight-up dragon lady, time-traveling from 1940. Her English was broken, I don't think she could make noises besides screeching, and her entire character was spitefully, petty, and vicious, with a dash of mystery to give it that Orientalism flare. Was there romance between shapeshifting cowboys? Yeah, probably, but unfortunately I just couldn't see beyond the baffling-- and rather old-fashioned-- stereotype.
Jul 20, 2012 jay rated it liked it
Super good idea for a book and it could have been a really fantastic book especially with these authors. But somehow it missed for me. It was a good book,just not fantastic. For me it might have been that the characters shifted into weird things or that the shifting aspect wasn't focused on enough? not really sure but the whole book just missed a little for me.
Kaylee Shyanne
I really came to love these cowboys. And although some of them got the short straw when in came to their animal side, I think they are all adorable. My favorite, of course, was Daniel's dragon.

And even though it looks like an anthology, it's really not. More like a story where each chapter gets its own author.
May 01, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: Tam
Very good paranormal m/m collection about the cowboys of the Shifting Sands Ranch, who have been cursed to shift into animals from the Chinese zodiac each full moon. The stories were smoothly integrated, with the exception of one author who got carried away with puns.
This was a first for me...a book of short stories linked to the prologue and featuring a group of characters, and yet each is a separate entity, written by a different author. An interesting concept which was well realized.
Aug 07, 2011 Indigo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. snake charmer - 4 stars
2. all themoon long - 4.5 stars
3. cock of the wall - 5 stars
4. hare of the bull - 5 stars
5. lost and found - 4.5 stars
6. pulling the dragon's tail - 4.5 stars
3.5 stars!
Interesting shifter book with some unusual shifters!
Some stories were better than others and some were solved to easy but still an enjoyable read.
Jan 31, 2011 Maygirl7 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
Disappointing. Good enough but didn't work for me. Didn't even love the ones by my favorite authors.
Nov 27, 2010 Clover rated it liked it
some stories where interesting, some less. but the whole book was good.
Ms. Nikki
Some of the stories were quite skim-able. A little better than okay as a whole~
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