Monday, 24 February 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: I Kissed a Dog by Carol Van Atta

I received a copy of I Kissed a Dog, book 1 of The Werewolves of the West series, in exchange for my review.

After a near death experience when she was 15, Chloe has been able to communicate with animals. 9 years later she works at a zoo, with people who know her talents and allow her to use them in the treatment of the animals there. But when the new doctor, Zane, turns up things start to get a bit weird. Firstly there is the insane attraction that Chloe feels for him, and then there is the fact that she seems to be able to hear his thoughts, whereas she had previously been unable to hear anything but animals. After an unexpected encounter at a bar, Chloe is left wondering who the man she is so attracted to really is, little realising the danger she is in just because the attraction is mutual...

This book was so easy to read! It really flowed with the plot and characters woven together in a fluid and vivid writing style. I read this book in more or less one sitting (I stopped at one point to make dinner but other than that I read through) and enjoyed every moment of it!

I loved the fact that Chloe as a character grew. She started out as quite a timid girl, but then seemed to grow more and more in confidence, which was probably something to do with her growing supernatural talents, but I thought that both of those growths seemed realistic when the events in the book were taken into consideration.

There were so many funny bits in this book as well, I can't even really pick out any particular outstanding bits because there were too many! Even when the action was going and things were getting serious, there would be a comment in there that made me laugh aloud!

This is one of those books where the romance happens fast though. Well sort of. In a way it actually doesn't go that fast too. Its a hard one to explain unless you read the book, or I reveal spoilers which I don't want to do! By the end of the book I thought that Zane and Chloe had reached a believable, and attainable level to their relationship. Though as I have mentioned before, speedy romances which relate to mate bonds are more than fine for me, and that is the case in this book.

This book provided romance, action and paranormal spins, and has left me with a lot of intriguing thoughts about the next book!


She Kissed a Vampire
Werewolves of the West
Book 2
Carol Van Atta

Print Length: 278 pages
Publisher: Cambridge Press US
December 16, 2013

ASIN: B00HG7GHY8

Best selling author Melanie Larson’s relationship with her friend, Chloe Carpenter, is bleak. Falsely accused of murder, Chloe’s future rests in the hands of her mate, Zane Marshall, and the Pacific Pack’s purebred werewolves. In an effort to help, Melanie joins forces with the pack and soon discovers the monsters she writes about in her paranormal novels really do go bump in the night.

As Chloe struggles with legal troubles, an unwanted blood bond with a master vampire, and a reunion with her mate, Melanie untangles the attention of multiple supernatural suitors determined to claim her as their own. Strangely attracted to a brazen vampire, she must decide if the blurred line between passion and pain is worth crossing.

Werewolves, vampires, and fae royalty race to unearth an ancient artifact with the power to extend their existence. Can Chloe and Melanie restore their friendship in time to stop magical mayhem from ruining everything they’ve worked so hard to redeem?

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I Kissed a Dog
The Werewolves of the West Series Book One
Carol Van Atta

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Charles River Press

ISBN:  1936185725 
ISBN13: 9781936185726
ASIN: B009SV179U

Number of pages: 446

Cover Artist: Ann Falcone

Book Description:

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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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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