Werewolves and the CANADA DAY BLOG HOP 2013

This is my opportunity to wish my home country a very Happy Birthday. Yup, it's true - I'm Canadian, and I lived most of my adult life in northern Alberta. That's where I first became acquainted with real wolves, and that's where my first werewolf series takes place.

As many of you know, Changeling Moon (2012 RITA Finalist), and Changeling Dream are set wholly in Dunvegan, Alberta. The third book, Changeling Dawn, begins and ends in Alberta but spends some time in Alaska --- just like me. This series is on temporary hiatus at this time (darn it), but the good news is that I haven't left you wolf-less:

Announcing a whole new pack of Changelings to love! 

October 15th is the release day of my new book, FIRST BITE. It's Book One of the Dark Wolf Series, published by Montlake Romance (Amazon). Check it out here - First Bite on amazon.ca  or here - First Bite on amazon.com 

Many of my readers have asked when the Macleod-Changeling series will continue. I don't have a date, but believe me, my characters would never leave me alone until I told their stories, especially professional smart-ass and prankster, Culley!

I've often related the experience of how a pack of wolves loped across my yard in full daylight, and what an impact that has had on me and my writing. That pack certainly helped inspire the Macleods.

But something I haven't mentioned much - maybe because I'm still absorbing the strangeness of it - is that the last time I worked on Culley Macleod's story, Changeling Shadow, we were on vacation visiting family. I was typing on my laptop in our old RV, enjoying the fresh air of the early morning.

I looked up just in time to see a black wolf top the ridge and come partway down the slope in my direction before disappearing.

Do you think Culley was checking up on me?  *cue Twilight Zone music!*

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Canada Day Blog Hop - 
This giveaway is now closed. 

CONGRATS TO MARY KIRKLAND, WINNER OF A SIGNED PAPERBACK ARC OF FIRST BITE!

Believe it or not, even though Release Day isn't until October 15th, I have ONE signed paperback ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) of FIRST BITE to give away! All you have to do is leave me a comment about werewolves -- why you like them, a superstition about them, a joke, what you think of my black wolf experience, who your fav furry characters are, or even what other werewolf stories you're fond of. Anything you like, as long as it's about werewolves!

On July 2nd, I'll draw a winner at random from the commenters. Make sure you include an email address so I can contact you if you win!

NOTE - ARCs do not have artwork on the front - they are bound with a plain cover!

Happy Canada Day! Have fun checking out the giveaways on the participating blogs below:



79 comments:

  1. I love the story about the black wolf appearing when you were working on Culley's book, I think he was checking how far you were on writing his story! He doesn't want to be left out! I love werewolves, they're one of my absolute favourite paranormals to read about! Can't wait for Culley's story and I have both of your upcoming releases pre-ordered on amazon!
    suzi1811 @ fsmail (dot) net

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    1. You sweet thing, you! Thank you very much for the pre-orders. I'm really happy that you enjoy my stories. :)

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  2. I love your black wolf encounter story. Yes, I do think you were being checked upon by Culley ;).
    I love werewolves because they are so fierce and loyal not to mention they can keep you cuddly warm on a cold night :). Thank you.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, ABSOLUTELY! A werewolf boyfriend is the only way to go in the winter!

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  3. Truly, your books are my favorite wolf stories. I love the MacLeod and your descriptions. I can't wait to see more of them. I love the whole concept. I love that they mate for life and the family they represent. I really want to see what else you are going to do with werewolves in your new series!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm anxious to find out where this series is going too, LOL. I didn't sit down to write another Changeling series. I just happened to be alone with my laptop on a long layover at the Seattle airport --- and the characters just popped up and started talking to me! I had an entire first chapter before I boarded my connecting flight!

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  4. I love Kelley Armstrong's werewolves series. I love Clay especially!

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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    1. I like Clay a lot -- he's so happy being what he is -- but I recognize it was tough for Elena to forgive him for turning her without her permission.

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  5. I rewatched An American Werewolf in London the other day, still love the transformation scenes. In your books and others, I love the ideea of the pack being there for its members/family.

    emmasmomAT wi DOT rr DOT com

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    1. An American Werewolf in London is such a classic. The special effects were groundbreaking and they still stand up to today's audience.

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  6. I love wolves and werewolves! They are such beautiful creatures. My first wolf love was deifenbaker off of the tv series Due South. Ok so he looked more alaskan malamute than wild wolf but he was still gorgeous! I love werewolf novels such as kelley armstrong, patricia briggs and many more...
    Rachaelconstant@ntlworld.com

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    1. Oh I LOVED Due South! Half-wolf Diefenbaker was such a gorgeous dog. In the series he was supposed to be deaf and able to read lips, if I'm remembering it right. People who have done obedience work with deaf dogs like white boxers say that their dogs can pick up on extremely subtle physical cues.

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  7. I came across Changeling Moon while surfing the library ebook site for werewolves stories after reading Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. I fell in love with it and Changeling dream. I was so excited when they went on sale via Kobo just before Changeling Dawn came out. Looking forward to both the new series, and Culley's story!!!

    Diana
    dedeebrown917 at gmail.com

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    1. I love Bitten - it has a place of honor on my keeper shelf. I'm honored that you found my books and liked them after reading the amazing Kelley Armstrong.

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  8. I think I've always loved wolves and I just didn't realize how much until I read your books again. I love the pack mentality and how they interact with each other.

    I love the black wolf showing up literally on your doorstep. It's almost as if he was saying don't forget my story.

    Vanessa vanliz1@aol.com

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    1. I really felt that way too -- and thank goodness I had a witness, my hubby, who also saw the black wolf or I would have been concerned about my sanity. I mean, Culley's a fictional character (or IS he?).

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  9. Loved the first two books in your Changeling series. Looking forward to reading Changeling Dawn and your new series. I have always been mystified by wolfs and their family structure. Such magical creatures!

    Robin
    robin (at) gobookcoverdesign (dot) com

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    1. I admire the strong bonds that exist in wolf packs; it seemed only natural that those bonds would be even more powerful in a Changeling pack. :)

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  10. Love werewolf books and can't wait to get my hands on this I love your posts make me smile being in southern Alberta I don't see wolves just birds and deer.

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    1. *waving at a fellow Albertan*

      Probably some coyotes around there too. And you just never know when a Changeling will drop by, LOL!

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  11. There's a reason I'm so enamored with werewolves and werewolf stories. When I was about 10 years old my parents took my brother and I and my mom's brother to Big Bear Lake in California for a couple of weeks in the winter. They rented a big cabin out in the woods and we went hiking all the time. Every morning and night my mom would go outside with the scraps from the morning and dinner meals and leave it for the 'stray dog' she was feeding. I started going outside with my mom after the second day and feeding the 'dog' that we were able to get to come up to us and take food right out of our hands.

    On the 4 or 5th day, I don't remember which, my mom saw the 'dog' limping up to the food she left and called me outside. We sat on the back steps with the food and called him over to us and he came to get the food. While I fed him my mom looked at his foot and pulled a sticker out from between his toes that had made him bleed. He didn't even flinch. We sat there petting and feeding him for a few more minutes and then my dad and uncle looked out the door and I'll never forget the looks on their faces. My dad was panicked! Through the kitchen window my dad told me to slowly get up and come back inside and when I was in the cabin my uncle told my mom to come inside that she was petting a wolf...not a dog.

    The 'stray dog/wolf' ran away when he heard my uncles voice and my mom went in the cabin. But my uncle and dad were crazy at that point. Yelling and screaming and asking my mom what was wrong with her and when she told them about pulling the sticker out of his foot they just about lost it completely and told us to stay away from him. But we kept secretly leaving him food scraps while we were there. He even let us pet him a few more times. Thinking back I think he must have been a wolf/dog mix because I'm not sure a full blood wolf would have acted like that.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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    1. Wow, that is the COOLEST story EVER! You're right, it was probably a wolf-dog hybrid, but I think it's very moving that it came to your mom for help.

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS MARY -- Your name was drawn from the big blue mixing bowl as the winner of my giveaway. I'll email you in a few minutes. :)

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  12. I love Werewolf books and I can't wait to read First Bite. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. Oops, I got so excited about the book, that I forgot to answer the rest of the question. I love all shapeshifter books, but werewolves was the first and therefore my favorite. In New Orleans, Loup Garou are werewolves that have been cursed. Some say that the curse is on a human to become a werewolf on the full moon, while others say it is on a werewolf, making them shift only on the 3 days of the full moon. Either way they are werewolves being controlled by the moon. I keep looking for them, but they are very good at hiding in our bayous.

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    1. I totally LOVE the Loup Garou legends and I'd really like to write a story set in New Orleans someday. Heck, I'd love to VISIT that area -- I find it fascinating!

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  14. Wolves and werewolves are so loyal to their packs and especially their mates...bonding for life...wow! Plus their beautiful creatures full of strength and mystery...what's not to like...smile. Thanks for sharing your encounter. I would love to get in on the first book of your new series. Thanks for the opportunity.

    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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    1. I think "bonding for life" is the one thing we humans admire most about wolves. They're amazing creatures.

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  15. Thanks so much for participating! :) What a FAB giveaway! I can't wait to get my copy. Happy (almost) Canada Day! :)

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    1. *waving to Carmel* Wouldn't miss the Canada Day Blog Hop for anything!

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  16. I love werewolves stories but not so sure I want to actually meet a wolf; I haven't heard of any near us, Ottawa, but you never know...
    It's the alpha power of werewolves along with their obvious love of their mate that makes werewolves so special to me; they protect, they love and they stay!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

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    1. I love wolves and wolf stories, but I agree -- as much as I admire wolves, I also respect the fact that they are (a) wild animals and (b) predators. I'll be happy to appreciate them from a safe distance.

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  17. My Spiritual Guide & chosen name is Wolf.. {Lonewolf or Tala}
    I find each Authors 'Take' on Lupine Lore or Culture Fascinating...
    Also, Really Appreciate your Website, along with all the Wolf Photos & Info you share/post.. They are gorgeous & look forward to all :-) ❥
    ~Rhi~

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    1. I have often wondered if one of my totem animals is a wolf. They just seem to keep appearing in my life and in my stories.

      I'm so glad that you enjoy my wolf pics on Facebook. I love posting them!

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  18. Oops & Apologies... :O
    Forgot to leave my Email Addy 411 in Post

    < needz2dream at gmail dot com >

    ~Rhi~ :-) ❥

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  19. Oooo I love shifter stories of all types :) I love your story on the black wolf :) I haven't seen a wolf in the wild yet or been to Canada, but I'd like to :) I am an animal person, so I think it would be epic be to able to shift into a wolf or panther :) I can't wait to read this series :) Thank you for sharing with us :) YAY!!!

    Cassandra closkot at hotmail dot com

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    1. That's one of the best ways I've ever heard to describe the shapeshifter experience: EPIC! I think it would be too!

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  20. Love the story about the black wolf. Here are some werewolf jokes to pass some time.

    1. Why was the werewolf arrested in the butchers shop?
    He was chop-lifting.

    2. How do you stop a werewolf howling in the back of a car?
    Put him in the front.

    3. What happened to the wolf that fell into the washing machine?
    It became a wash and werewolf.

    4. What did the werewolf write on his Christmas cards?
    Best vicious of the season.

    5. What do you get if you cross a hairdresser with a werewolf?
    A monster with an all-over perm.

    6. Why do werewolves do well at school?
    Because every time they're asked a question, they come up with a snappy answer.

    7. What parting gift did a mommy werewolf give to her son when he left home?
    A comb.

    8.Where does a werewolf sit in the theater?
    Anywhere he wants to!

    9. What do you get if you cross a witch with a werewolf?
    A mad dog that chases airplanes.

    Deb T
    mammy4423@yahoo.com

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    1. These are great! Love the "chop-lifting" and the "wash and werewolf" especially! Thanks for sharing these! :)

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  21. I love reading werewolf books! They are one of my favorite type of paranormal books to read!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I love all shapeshifter stories, but I have a soft spot for wolves. :)

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  22. Hi Dani,

    You actually introduced me to Werewolves or Changlings and I have enjoyed your first 2 changling books and will be starting the 3rd one next week. I love these paranormal books and they make me fall in love with the characters. Keep writing and I will keep reading. I will probably branch out, but not until I have read all your books, you are an awesome writer.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a signed copy.

    Ann

    annmccambridge@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much! That really made my day, Ann!

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  23. Pretty cool story. Part of why I like them is they are so majestic and regal.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. They're especially majestic when they howl. Being able to hear them at night was one of the things I loved the most about living in the north.

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  24. Your Changeling series will forever remain one of my favourites! I have an autographed copy of the first book :-) I can't wait to "sink my teeth" into your new wolf series!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize.
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour
    thedoyle6@rogers.com

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    1. Thank you so much -- that just made me feel so good!

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  25. I like werewolves because they're alpha.

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. They're wonderful in a fantasy. I wonder if I'd like someone that Alpha in real life? One of the interesting things about real wolf packs is that the lowest-ranking wolf, the Omega, may be the most important for the pack's well-being.

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  26. I love them...it's the idea of maybe one of the wolves you see just might me a werewolf. The whole fanasty is Awesome.

    Thanks for having the giveaway.

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

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    1. That's the fun part -- I love the idea of Changelings being able to hide in plain sight in my stories. The black wolf I saw certainly underscored that -- and left me wondering too.

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  27. SOOO COOLL!!!! I'd LOVE to see wolves! I love the entire dog family, haha like wolves and well, dogs. They're such beautiful creatures! Actually I love horses and animals in general, but we don't get to see that many in Singapore! I don't think our zoo have wolves... :( So I don't have any cool story to tell, sigh. Anyway, I'd love to read First Bite!

    Thanks!

    Yet Peng
    cypsays_hi @ hotmail.com

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    1. Singapore may not have wolves, but it has such a wide variety of other animals. I've never seen so many bat species in one place!

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  28. Wish I lived somewhere that I could see wolves in the wild - unfortunately UK just doesn't have them any more :(

    I love Werewolf stories and I look forward to reading more of yours as soon as funds allow :D

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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    1. *waving at ilona* So happy to see you on here -- I appreciate that you've been a reader since Day One (or rather Story 1, LOL) I'm hoping you'll like my new Storm Warrior, first in the Grim series.

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  29. I've always been fascinated by wolves in general adding the "were" to them just makes them that much more interesting to me. I love the beauty and grace of the wolves (I have several wolf tattoos) so naturally I find werewolves much the same :-)
    luvs2read4fun@gmail.com

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    1. Oooo, there are such lovely wolf tats to be had too! I've been eyeing a pawprint one for ages.

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  30. I like werewolves because they are strong, loyal and possessive.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. The loyalty factor really touches our human hearts, whether we're observing real wolves, or reading fantasy.

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  31. I have not had the pleasure of reading your books yet but hope to very soon. I have two out of the three on my shelf just waiting for the third so I can start it but I am unemployed and on a book buying ban an only reading what is on my shelf and I am a bit of a series junkie and I have a feeling that I will really want the whole series when I start it.

    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Until I started writing series, I didn't know that some folks prefer for the whole series to be written before starting the first book. I haven't tried reading a series that way myself, although I can see the advantages.

      Not sure what to tell you about the Changeling series -- it's been interrupted and I don't have a date when it'll be continued, I only know that it will. And my other two releases this year are kickoffs for new series.

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  32. Dani,

    I love all creatures. In fact, my mother's spirit guide is a wolf. I have had numerous experiences, not quite like yours, with wolves, but I do believe that your black wolf experience could very well have been a spirit checking on you and showing you their appreciation. I actually owned a wolf mix for 7 years before I had to part with him in order to give him the best chance at happiness. I can't wait to read the new series!

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    1. I remain open to possibilities, I'm just grateful for the experience. Thanks so much for the encouragement. :)

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  33. Hi Dani *waves*
    I am a U.K. fan, I love your Changeling series and have all three :D.
    I think you are sooo lucky to have seen wild wolves and to have Cully checking up on you is an amazing thought xx
    I have only seen wolves on the tv , but became totally hooked after reading my first paranormal romance by Sherrilyn Kenyon Dance with the Devil , where Astrid's companion was a wolf shifter , I was hooked now have over 400 books and most are wolf shifters.

    Can't wait to read more of your books xx
    hugs
    Janey xx

    burnsjane45@yahoo.co.uk

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    1. thanks Janey! I love shapeshifter books more than any other, although I do branch off into ghosts and vamps and faeries. Maybe we all have a secret wish to transform ourselves.

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  34. I love werewolves! I was always obsessed with wolves when I was little ad anything that can turn into one- even a potentially dangerous one- is A-OK with me! Especially the combination of hot guy and one of my favorite animals.. I mean.. seriously. Plus, wouldn't it be AH-mazing to be a werewolf! Well, not the kind that are cursed. But one of the less- constricting ones. There are so many different versions! I also love reading about all the different versions! The horror- wolves. The romance- wolves (meeow) aah. I just love em all. (:

    snyderyan16@gmail.com

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    1. Just watched "Werewolf: The Beast Among Us" (2012) last night. Even though it was a horror-type werewolf, I still enjoyed it. Not the best script but some really original ideas in this one.

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  35. I adore werewolves! I would love to see a Wolf in the wild (and I think your story is amazing!) Coyotes just arnt the same.. I love how wild and fierce they are, and how they are so fiercely loyal and true..

    alainala@hotmail.ca

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    1. Hi Alaina! I feel hugely humbled and privileged to have had the chance to see wolves in the wild. I was never looking for them -- they just seemed to show up where I happened to be.

      You're a really good photographer, hope you get some pics of wild wolves some day!

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  36. I really enjoy reading about werewolves. I have enjoyed all of your Changeling books so far. I also recommend Molly Harper's book.

    Jkhubbard@centurylink.net

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    1. LOVE Molly Harper. Did you know that she and I wrote a blog post together once, starring some of our characters?

      http://bittenbybooks.com/43667/authors-molly-harper-and-dani-harper-guest-blog-and-contest-live-here/

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  37. I love shifter/werewolf stories. I love wolf stories because the guys are generally very dominant (even if they are not the Alphas of the packs), the are dependable and responsible. Plus, they are just sexy :)
    A couple of my favorite series are the Granite Lake/Takhini Wolves by Vivian Arrend and the Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus. Both are great!

    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I haven't read anything in those two series, but I'll definitely check them out. Thanks for the recommends!

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  38. You know Culley wanted to add his two cents. Thank you for the fun giveaway and Happy Canada Day! I decided to look up werewolf jokes and find something fun to share - this came from Zombie Zak LOL

    SIGNS YOU WORK WITH A WEREWOLF:


    * Still hasn't forgiven Michael J. Fox for "Teen Wolf."

    * Newly installed keg of Nair in men's room.

    * His Wolfman Jack impression is eerily authentic.

    * Five o'clock shadow appears around 8:30 am.

    * Only *guy* you know who circles several days a month in red on his desk calendar.

    * Says, "Great job on the Hanrahan account!" and then humps your leg.

    * Domino's guy asks, "who ordered the large Cheese and Raw Beef Special?"

    * Adamantly refuses to drink Coors Light.

    * In lieu of annual bonus, prefers a good scratching behind the ears.

    * Suddenly sports a beard when mooned at office holiday party.

    * Water cooler conversations always end with talk of "kickin' Ol' Yellar's ass."

    * "Severance pay" has taken on a whole new meaning lately..

    * Vending machine always out of Milk Bones.

    * Your sarcastic little "Bite me!" nets you 12 stitches.

    * Always calls in sick with "mange."

    * Coughs up a hairball during morning staff meeting.

    * Has more hair on his back than you've got on your head, and he's NOT ED ASNER!

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. These are hilarious! My fav is the five o'clock shadow at 8:30 a.m (I actually had a teacher in high school who was like that --- now I wonder if he was actually a werewolf!)

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  39. Love werewolves and other shapeshifters and can't wait to read the new book. I'm also a fan of Shelly Laurenston and Dana Marie Bell.

    scifibookcat@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Beth - I just got a copy of Bear Meets Girl. It'll be my first from Shelly Laurenston. I'll have to check out Dana Marie Bell's books too - thanks for the tip! :)

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  40. I like the idea that a werewolf would still retain their human intellect when in their wolf form. I'm not a huge fan of the mindless rampaging ones that don't know what they do when they are a werewolf.

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    1. That's my fav part of my Changeling characters -- they keep their humanity even when in wolfen form. Hollywood is pretty stuck on the raging homicidal monster type of werewolf, and I just don't know why. Date movies I guess.

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