The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Spiders

In this week’s post, I’m going to talk to you about one type of shifter species in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series that we haven’t discussed yet. Spiders. In the books, the mortician / coroner is a spider named Mormont. Spiders are arthropods, meaning they have eight legs. They also have fangs that inject […]

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Foxes

As you know, The Adventures of Marisol Holmes features a school of shifters, and one of the shifters who appears in the story is a fox shifter. Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, and “fox” is actually a group name given to twelve distinct species of “vulpes”. On top of that, there are also 25 current or extinct […]

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A Study in Scarlet vs A Study in Shifters

The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: A Study in Shifters is completely different from Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet”, but the title is based on it. “A Study in Scarlet” was published in 1887 and marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Since the Marisol Holmes series features a heroine who […]

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Otters

One of the main characters in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: A Study in Shifters, Wyatt Johnson, is an otter shifter. Now, otters look adorable, but they’re much more to otters than meets the eye–and the same counts for Wyatt. Let’s learn a bit more about our otter friends. Otters have long, slim bodies and […]

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Leopards

In The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: A Study in Shifters, two of the characters, Elise Fell and Reyna Fell, are leopard shifters. Leopards are closely related to jaguars, from the way they look to the way they hunt, but despite the resemblances, there are some stark differences between the two species. Just like the jaguar, […]

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Jaguars

In The Adventures of Marisol Homes: A Study in Shifters, our main character, Marisol, is a half-human / half-jaguar shifter. Her mother is a full blood jaguar shifter. Of course, I couldn’t write about jaguar shifters without doing some research into jaguars. Turns out, jaguars are actually pretty amazing. They’re the third-largest big cat, after […]

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: Paris Catacombs

A Study in Shifters is set in two primary locations: the first one is Waynard Academy, a boarding school in England, and the second location is Paris. Now, luckily, I’ve visited Paris a few times before, three times to be exact. This helped me get a feel of the place before I wrote about it. […]

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: Pinterest Boards

A picture speaks a thousand words, right? Well, as I was drafting the first book in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series, A Study in Shifters, I often took to Pinterest for inspiration for everything from character appearances to inspiring artwork. Here are the boards that inspired me while writing: Marisol Holmes Marisol is the […]

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New Series, New Blog

Welcome to the blog for Majanka Verstraete! This is your one-stop shop for news about Majanka Verstraete and her new young adult shifter detective series, The Adventures of Marisol Holmes. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates, offers, release notices and more! Haven’t joined the newsletter yet? You can sign up […]

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From Divergent to Hunger Games, fierce female heroines are leaping off the pages of urban fantasy novels and into the mainstream. At Monster House Books, we focus on writing YA novels about kick-ass chicks, so we want to know what readers love or loathe when it comes to plot trends relating to fierce females, urban fantasy, and general […]

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