Monday, February 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Retrieved by Amber Polo (author giveaway)

This virtual blog tour is presented by ABG Reads Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Amber Polo and
The Shapeshifters' Library: Retrieved.

Guest post from Amber Polo:
Mysteries in our Backyard

We all love mysteries. Being a writer allows me to solve mysteries. Being a fantasy writer allows me to make up solutions to mysteries. 

The ancient world has always fascinated me. I was told Egypt and Greece held our oldest history and Columbus “discovered” America.

All the mystery lay in exotic countries far away from anything our pristine new country held.

Later I learned about Machu Picchu and the studied the pyramids of South America and ancient cultures of the East.

Exotic romantic and distant, I wanted to know all about them.

When I heard stories of Atlantis, a mysterious continent, I believed, if found, it would certainly hold all the answers.

I grew up in Wisconsin and was told there were “burial mounds” scattered around. I lived in Ohio and heard little of its many mounds. Curious, I studied “alternative” history, the history my textbooks ignored.

I discovered Cahokia, near St. Louis, whose Monks Mound boasted a ten-story earthwork with a base larger than that of the Great Pyramid.

Moving the southwest I saw there was more than Mesa Verde and a few pueblo style housing built into the sides of mountains. There were signs everywhere. When visitors talk of coming to the West to see the Grand Canyon, I tell them that the Canyon is a natural wonder, but if I had a choice I’d visit Chaco Canyon and wonder at the mysteries of its civilization.

In Book 2 of The Shapeshifters’ Library I created a fictional mound in southern Ohio similar to real ones and invented a shifter fantasy history to explain its origins. In Book 3 I’ll explore more of my fantasy world and explain connections to Wisconsin’s Effigy Mounds and Illinois’ Cahokia. And lead my characters west to, where else, Chaco Canyon.

If I can’t know the answers, at least I can make them up.

About the Author:
A love of books drew Amber Polo into a career as a librarian. A greater love turned her into a writer. The Shapeshifters’ Library series is an urban fantasy filled with books, librarians and dogs and a library everyone will love.

The Shapeshifters' Library: Retrived by Amber Polo

Dog-shifters once again face the book-burning werewolves of Shipsfeather in this charming second installment of The Shapeshifters’ Library series. 

Godiva Anglesey, Chocolate Labrador, and the ruggedly handsome English Mastiff Cynerik are forced to team up against power-hungry werewolves when Cynerik discovers an ancient Ohio mound that may hold answers to their shifter history. Knowing the mound’s secrets could benefit the dog-shifters in the ongoing contest for power, ambitious werewolf pack Alpha Sybilla challenges timid Godiva to a battle for the territory. Already faced with a malicious book-worm infestation and a censorship threat to ban all anthropomorphic books in her library, Godiva, who has no interest in battling anyone, must turn from running her small town library to train for a challenge she believes she has no chance of winning. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, Godiva’s mother announces that family tradition dictates that Godiva must be married by Summer Solstice… to a Druid. Godiva doesn’t even know any Druids.

Godiva wants to run her library, retrieve books for library patrons, and keep people happy. She’s no hero. She doesn’t have what it takes to face down werewolves or save the world. Cynerik, however, believes differently. Together they must defeat the werewolves, save the town and its library, protect the most important archeological discovery in dog-shifter history… and, just maybe, find love along the way.

Where to find Amber:

Buy Links for Retrieved, Book two:

Buy Links for Released, Book One:

***Review to post this afternoon ~ stop back and check it out***

A Shapeshifter Public Library canvas book bag.

A print copy of "Retrieved," dog biscuits, and a tuft of genuine wolf fur. This giveaway tour wide and is open only to US/Canada residents.

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