Monday, April 22, 2013

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

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature:
 Carol Van and her book, I Kissed a Dog.
Carol has stopped by for an interview.

? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In grade school. My love for reading translated early on into a desire to write.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
Well, I still work my “day job.” I’m not yet at the point where writing is my sole income. Hopefully someday!

? How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book, Slaying the Shadows, took five years. About a year is comfortable for me now. I work full time, single parent, and care for my aging mother. So I work in my writing time wherever and whenever I can. I don’t sleep a lot some nights!

? Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Yes, I always reread what I last completed. I make edits on any glaring mistakes, and then move on. I absolutely have to do that first before I can write.

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
I find character inspiration everywhere. Real life, books, TV, movies, and my personal history. Often
it’s a mixture of all of the above!

? What books have most influenced your life?
The Bible.

? What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
Oh my, I just cannot recall. I loved reading the old Nancy Drew and Black Beauty horse books.

? What are you reading right now?
Like four books! James Rollin’s The Doomsday Key (picked up at Dollar Tree for a buck!) Angeloplis, by Danielle Trussoni, Dark House, Karina Halle, Change your Words Change your Life, Joyce Meyer. How’s that for variety?!? I’m eagerly awaiting the final Sookie Stackhouse book from Charlaine
Harris. Who will Sookie choose?

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Do you even have to ask … ? (big grin) Read! And play those silly hidden object games on my Kindle. Total time waster.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Mashed potatoes and gravy.

? What do you think makes a good story?
Great storyline, strong characters,
suspense, a touch of humor … gosh, there are so many ingredients that make a story shine. I enjoy such a wide range of genres that it’s difficult to pinpoint. I’m fairly easy to please, and can find redeeming qualities in most books I read.

Fun random questions:
• dogs or cats? Both.
• Coffee or tea? Both.
• Dark or milk chocolate? Both.
• Rocks or flowers? Flowers.
• Night or day? Night.
• Favorite color? Purple. Black. Red.
• Crayons or markers? Markers.
• Pens or pencils? Pens.

More 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.

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

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Cambridge Press US under the umbrella of Charles River Press (CRP)
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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2. Soul Defenders: The Black Orchids, Carol Van Atta, with one poster
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