Friday, January 11, 2013

Guest Post + Review + Giveaway: I Kissed a Dog (Werewolves of the West, #1) by Carol Van Atta

Title: I Kissed a Dog
Author: Carol Van Atta
Series: Werewolves of the West
Genre: Paranormal Romance
            Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Charles River Press
Published Date: October 20, 2012
ISBN:  1936185725
ISBN13: 9781936185726
ASIN: B009SV179U
Number of pages: 446
Cover Artist: Ann Falcone
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out.
Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.

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Why Werewolves? by  Carol Van Atta

A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος: λύκος, lukos, "wolf", and άνθρωπος, anthrōpos, man), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely, by being bitten by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse. This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon, as popularly noted by the medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury, and perhaps in earlier times among the ancient Greeks through the writings of Petronius. STOP! If you want more of this fact and folklore stuff, visit the werewolf page on wikipedia.   

Instead, I'll explain "why werewolves"? Why write a series of books about wolfy-men, who according to legend, howl at the moon, shed fur, and shred their victims with their big teeth - oh my?   

I think the explanation can't ignore the psychology of women. Do I speak for all women? Of course, not! But I do know (right or wrong) a wide range of women (myself included) are, or have been at some point in the past, drawn to "bad boys," men who, for whatever reason, live daringly adventurous lives doing things that often cause them to stand apart from other less intense guys, the type of guys we might refer to as uber-reliable or b-o-r-i-n-g. Bad boys are so refreshingly far from boring; they're not even on the same map. They're typically easy on the eyes, usually in a non-traditional way, and have strong, possibly overbearing personalities; they are decidedly masculine in every sense of the word.  Dare we say they're predatory? They take control, go after what they want, and are nowhere near tame. Feral. Wild. Sexy. Dangerous. Yep. They're beastly. And what's more brave and beastly than a werewolf? See my point?   

If you want tame, werewolves are not for you. Danger isn't for everyone. Yet, I challenge you to take a long look at the desires of your heart. Do you crave adventure? Excitement? Passion?  If you're breathing, I suspect you've wished for those very things a time or two ... or three hundred. Don't worry. And don't be ashamed. You're so not alone.   

Men with supernatural tendencies tend to live outside the box we call normal. Excitement, danger, and passion cling to them like peanut butter to jelly. Yummy! And we just can't help but want a taste. Granted, we may live our safe, predictable lives, but opening a book that rockets us into a world of romance, intrigue, and danger, along with a good dose of humor, allows us to experience those bad boys without the not-always-positive side effects. In other words, we can safely enjoy danger and desire without breaking a nail or nursing a broken heart.   

So, if you think a man is a dog, maybe you're onto something. Perhaps you've found a wolf.  In the case of Zane Marshall, purebred werewolf, you'll find an educated, protective, fiercely loyal, adventurous, and dangerously handsome werewolf. You will read how, Chloe Carpenter, a young woman with animal mind reading talents, discovers  that just because a man howls at the moon doesn't mean he's a bad dog.  A wolf, yes; but when evil has targeted you, having a werewolf on your side is well worth the shedding.  Woof!  

If you like werewolves, vampires, and other bump in the night creatures, check out my new book, I Kissed a Dog, book one in the Werewolves of the West series, and join Zane and Chloe as they find love and adventure in the midst of murder, mayhem, and magic.    

Carol Van Atta

I was pleasantly surprised with Carol Van Atta’s twist on the genre; it is both refreshing and totally captivating. She has created a world with a whole passel of supernatural creatures from werewolves, vampires, to mutants and everything in between. The supporting cast in the book is very well fleshed out with distinctive personalities and relationships to Chloe. I Kissed the Dog  more than met my expectations – I was very invested in the outcome of her story. Although this story had a very satisfying conclusion I hope we don't have to wait too long to revisit with the Pacific Pack again!

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Bewitching Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About the Author :

Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included, and lots of bunnies were involved), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie's Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she's an ex-80's chick. 

Devouring books from numerous genres, Carol developed a deep thirst/hunger for more reading material, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book. 

She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetland of Oregon with a terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. (Though you can check out her latest spiritual suspense novel, Soul Defenders). It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered too suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.

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  1. Your site is gorgeous! I'm thrilled you are hosting one of my blog tour stops. Thank you for having me, and for your thoughtful review. If I was a wolf, I'd be howling. Since I'm not, you'll have to settle for me smiling and tweeting.

    1. Thanks for giving me a such a great book to write about!

  2. Awesome giveaway, however I'm not much into reading print books. So if you happen to draw my name for a print book, please pick another name! Thanks looking forward to reading these books.

    1. If you win, I can just give you an ebook! Would that work?

  3. Thanks for the giveaway!!! Dying to read your books!! Love the website!!

  4. This book looks great. My friend loves weres and I am thinking this book is going to be the perfect birthday present, after I read it of course! :) Thanks for sharing with us. I also have a small zoo of animals and a terrifying teenager so I wish I knew how you had time to write!

    Best wishes!

    1. Marlena, finding time is difficult, to say the least. Especially since I love to read and play those darn hidden object adventure games too. Ahhhhhhh. I hope you enjoy I Kissed a Dog. I'm working away on book two. In fact, better get to writing!

  5. sounds like a fun one thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

    1. You are welcome! I love giveaways. I've yet to win one, but my day will come.

  6. I love it. The book looks and sounds fantastic! I can't wait to read it.

  7. I enjoyed the review and post.

  8. the book sounds pretty interesting & just love that title ;) thanks for the info/chance

  9. Thank you for the amazing giveaway ! :)

  10. Great giveaway! The book sounds intriguing.

  11. Sounds like an exciting one!


  12. I love PRINT books. Nothing beats physically turining the pages of a book. I downloaded a free Kindle App on my tablet, and bought the Caveat Emptor. I am going out to buythe real book. Thanks for the chance!
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  13. Thanx for the awesome giveaway.

  14. Can't wait to read!!!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  15. The world sounds very fascinating, how long did it take you to finish the book?


  16. This sounds like a fascinating book. I would love to get a chance to read it.

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  17. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Have a friend who is into wolves of all kinds! Sometimes I have mixed feelings about werewolf books..but there are times when authors blow me away with their originality that I change my thoughts

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! The book looks great, and I enjoyed the trailer.
    I do prefer print books... but then again I only just got my kindle and I am loving it, so I would appreciate any prize!
    Thanks again.

  20. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds lovely! (:

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  22. Sounds very interesting! Would love to read it.

  23. I love paranormal romance. Thanks for the giveaway!


  24. Thanks for the giveaway

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  25. This sounds like an awesome book! Going on my wishlist!!! Thanks!