Friday, February 22, 2013

Giveaway and Interview with Katie Rues and her book Mating Instinct

Happy Friday my lovelies!!   I have captured a new author to torture....err interview...and I have dragged her down here and put her on the rack...Let's see how see does!!

Hello and Welcome to My Dungeon!  I’m so happy to have you here visiting and sharing your newest work.  Don’t mind the noise from the prison… err guests, they get noisy during their…treatments..lol. Let me clear a spot so you can have a seat.  Would you like some refreshments before you get started?

KR: Thanks so much for having me! Wine or a dirty vodka martini would be awesome ;)

Tell us a little bit about your book.
KR: This is the official bio for Mating Instinct and describes it perfectly:

Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship. 

A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf. 

And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job… 


What first sparked the series idea?
KR: It was no one thing; I’m just obsessed with sexy shifters and paranormal romance! I had a very small scene idea (the beginning of Alpha Instinct) and it morphed into a series, totally taking me by surprise.

Who is the character that in your opinion everyone is going to fall in love with?
KR: Well, Vivian for sure. She’s an adorable ten-year-old orphaned jaguar cub with a lot of attitude. It’s hard not to love her.

I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?
KR: It really just depends on where I am in the book or if I’m struggling with my characters. Sometimes it can be challenging to make sure all the appropriate emotion is coming through the pages because while I know what my characters are thinking/feeling, I need to make sure the reader does too.

How would you rate the sex scenes throughout the series?
KR: They’re pretty hot! Not on the erotic scale considering the length of the books, but they’re intense and emotional and yes, graphic. I don’t hold back in those scenes.

Are there any of these in your books?  (Hands one of the toy boxes on the right which is filled with sex toys, whips, body creams, lotions, lubes…and whatever else you can imagine )
KR: Ha, no! Not in this series. Some of my books have light bondage, but my heroes and heroines are usually in the beginning stages of their relationship so toys aren’t really their thing.

Do you see yourself writing anymore stories in this series or a spin-off?
KR: I’m contracted for two more stories and one novella. I actually only have to write the last, but who knows what the future holds. That’s sorta up to my publisher if they want to continue the series or not ;)
Are any of your characters reflective of you?
KR: Definitely! Esperanze is one of the quieter, bookish heroines (from Lover’s Instinct, a novella in the Moon Shifter series) who I relate to the most. I love my kick ass female leads but I’m pretty quiet in person.

Tell us about some up and coming books.
KR: In May, Heart of the Jaguar, a hot novella from Nocturne Cravings will be releasing. It features a jaguar shifter-wolf shifter pairing and is full of sexual tension. In October the first book in my new romantic suspense series from NAL is coming out. I don’t think I have the go-ahead to release series name, etc. yet so I’ll just say it’s full of action and romance! And I’ve also got a few books in my Red Stone Security series planned to release later this year.

Where can we find you for future updates?
KR: I’m on facebook frequently but these are all the places you can find me: website, facebook fanpage, twitter and Goodreads.

I’m so happy you have made this a stop.  Would you like a tour of the…err…levels?   I can introduce you to the “guests”, if you just hand me that box back.
KR: Uh, I’m kinda scared. Maybe after another drink you can give me a tour!
Let’s get you suited up:
KR: Okay, now I’m really scared…
Wine, mixed drink, or straight up?
KR: Love red wine!

Leather straps or chains?
KR: Leather all the way.

Cat-o-nine, braided leather, or chain length whip? Collar and Leash or Adornment?
KR: Uh, none, lol

Leather studded bodysuit or corset top?
KR: Corset top!

Fishnets or garter-belt?
KR: garter-belt

Leather pants, mini, or a long skirt slitted up both sides?
KR: leather pants

Lace up boots (with or without heels) or come F*** me high heels?
KR: lace up boots with heels

Ball gag, manacles, or blindfold?
KR: Dude, for me? None!

The rack or the whipping post?
KR: I’m covering my eyes now…

Candle wax or clamps
KR: And now I’m drinking the entire bottle of wine…

Blonde, red-head, Brunette, or Supernatural J?
KR: Supernatural, baby!

Thank you so much for having me today!

A little about Katie: Katie has been reading romance since a young age—ever since she discovered her mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with her into adulthood. She writes paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about her please visit her website, blog, facebook or find her on twitter @katiereus.

Moon Shifter Series
Alpha Instinct
Book 1
NAL/Signet Eclipse
Release date: February 7, 2012


Fear has a scent. So does desire…
Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. 

Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…
Purchase Info:
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Lover’s Instinct: A Moon Shifter Novella
Book 1.5
NAL/Signet Eclipse
Release date: August 7, 2012


Lupine shifter Nikan Lawless has it bad for Esperanze Cordona, the sweet and curvy woman who only views him as a friend. But when Nikan is assigned to act as Esperanze’s bodyguard during a weekend education conference, he knows it’s the perfect opportunity to seduce her off her feet—away from the pack.

To put his plan into motion Nikan cancels one of their hotel rooms, giving them time to get to know one another in a whole different way. But when a man from Esperanze’s past shows up in need of help, Nikan must shield her from a group of dangerous rogue shifters, all while trying to prove that they’re destined to be mates.
Purchase Info:
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBookstore / Kobo Books



Primal Possession
Book 2
NAL/Signet Eclipse
Release Date: September 4, 2012


To protect her, he will unleash the beast within…


As his pack’s second-in-command, lupine shifter Liam Armstrong gives orders and takes what he wants—until he meets red-headed, blue-eyed December McIntyre. Liam knows the human beauty is his intended mate the moment he sees her, but December is far too strong-willed to accept his protection.


December, whose brother is the town sheriff, has every reason to mistrust shifters after one killed her youngest sibling. But the forceful and handsome Liam has gotten under her skin in a way she hadn’t thought possible, and the desire she feels for him is almost too much to bear.


When a radical hate group targets all humans known to sympathize with paranormal beings, December is attacked in her bookstore. Reluctantly, she turns to the only one who can help her: Liam. And he is going to take her to places within herself she never knew existed.


Purchase Info:
Amazon (paperback) / Amazon (Kindle) / Barnes & Noble (paperback) / Barnes & Noble (Nook)
BAM / Book Depository / Kobo Books / Penguin



Mating Instinct
Book 3
NAL/Signet Eclipse
Release Date: March 5, 2013





As the beast within struggles to break free, he must learn to be what she needs…

Surviving for centuries, powerful lupine shifter Jayce Kazan managed to stay away from humans until he met Kat Saburova and was consumed by the need to protect her. But while Jayce shared his passion with the human seer, he refused to make her his bondmate—a refusal that caused the end of their relationship.


A year later, an attack that left Kat near death has resulted in another lupine shifter turning her. Furious that he wasn’t the one to save her, Jayce is determined to show Kat that he is the one she should rely on. But the newly turned shifter is still traumatized and worried that she’ll hurt those she loves, unless she can learn to control her inner wolf. 

And as Jayce struggles to protect Kat from her own worst instincts and convince her to rekindle their love, the extremists who almost killed her are looking to finish the job…

Purchase Info:
Amazon (paperback) / Amazon (Kindle) / Barnes & Noble (paperback) / Barnes & Noble (Nook)
BAM / Book Depository / Indie Bound Books / Kobo Books (coming soon) / Penguin
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Now for the fun!!  Katie is giving away a paperback copy to one lucky subscriber!  Katie is also giving away a signed set of the MOON SHIFTER series (All 3 books - Alpha Instinct, Primal Possession and Mating Instinct), Romance Trading Cards (for Alpha Instinct, Lover's Instinct & Primal Possession) and a custom made wolf themed book thong to ONE lucky winner that follows the tour.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter the individual and Grand Prize Giveaway:
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23 comments:

lavendersbluegreen said...

Not what but who... Right now I am thinking Faythe Sanders since I just reread the first couple books in preparation for reading more.

erin said...

Thanks for the awesome interview! Gosh, I'm so behind on this series *hangshead* But I look forward to catching up :) I love shifters of any kind. I particularly like it when a book has more then one kind.

Lisa Richards said...

Jacob Black's definitely the sexiest!

SdyLion said...

I am a big fan of feline shifters of any sort- but I can be flexible within the animal kingdom. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Beckey said...

There is a couple that I have enjoyed .... @ the moment my mind has went on vacation (aka weekend mode...blank...)
Ugh so sorry ...

MattnLinda99 said...

Jayce Kazan is my fave!!

Beautiful Disaster said...

I like most of the shifters that I've read about. I really like the big cats. However they're all awesome.
Thanks :)

Lexi H said...

Hahahaha Nikki you do great interviews, had me laughing out loud at this one.
And Katie, I hope the whole bottle of wine helped you out!

Curran...love that shifter, gives me goosebumps.

June M. said...

Loved this interview but I do think the you have scarred poor Katie! I don't think I can pick just one shifter. But my favorites tend to be from Katie's series or Vivian Arend's Wolfies or the few shifters from Kerrelyn Sparks's series.

I can't wait to read about Kat & Jayce! Congrats on the upcoming release Katie :)
June

Kamla L. said...

Garreth from Immortals After Dark, Jag from Feral Warriors, and Simeon from Bound by Magick are just 3 of my favorites. Moon Shifter sounds like a great series. Loved the interview! Maybe next time Katie could bring along one of her shifters just to be on the safe side:)

Theresa Haywood Donbroski Johnson said...

I love all shifters so sorry I can`t pick just one :)

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laura troxel said...

I just started reading shape shifters stories. So far i like the cats.
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Katie Reus said...

Thanks for having me and thanks to everyone who's stopped by so far! Next time I'm definitely bringing more wine ;)

Tore said...

Jacob from Twilight. He is hot. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

strawberryrose said...

I like all the strong Alpha ONES. Makes my blood sing beautifully.

Judy Peterson
strawberryrose@earthlink.net

Mary Preston said...

I don't have an absolute favorite!!

Linda said...

I love them all so i´d have to say the latest read, and this time that is Crush from Shelly Laurenston´s Bear meets Girl. He was a grumpy, lovely bear =)
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
//Linda
fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

Di said...

I haven't read that many shifter books - I need to read more to have a favorite!
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donnas said...

There are so many, but one would be Curran

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Anne said...

I'm with Donna S., Curran from the Kate Daniels series.

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Joanne said...

I'd have to say Howard Barr from Wild About You by Kerrilyn Sparks.
Thanks for this great giveaway.
Congrats on the new release. Can't wait to read more about Kat and Jayce.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Leannessf said...

Favorite has to be Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs!

Thanks,
Leanne

crystalg123 said...

My fav shifter is Callum from With Everything I Am (The Three Series)

Crystal Guidroz
cguidroz2@cox.net

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