Thursday, April 18, 2013

Giveaway and Release Day Party for Cry of the Wolf by Dianna Hardy

I know it's not Friday yet, but it's party time people!!  Today we are rocking it out in here with Dianna Hardy  celebrating the release of Cry of the Wolf, which is book 2 in an AMAZING paranormal series.  I asked Dianna to tell us a little bit about the story, since it isn't your mate for life kind of deal.  This is what she had to say:

A Different Kind Of Werewolf Story – part I

by Dianna Hardy

Thanks so much to Close Encounters Of The Night Kind for having me on their blog :)

When I thought of writing a werewolf series, I knew there were some things I couldn’t and shouldn’t change: the myth of the silver bullet, the effect of the moon, the animalistic urges... But I wondered what would happen if I took a very major werewolf trope – loyalty to one mate, and one mate alone – and changed that; turned it on its head. I took a risk, and I’m glad to say that it’s paid off. Readers are intrigued, and, well, quite frankly, so am I!

Lydia is a normal girl living a normal existence, except for her larger-than-life sex-dreams with one man that feels more real to her than any man in real life. So much so, that she’s pretty much given up on relationships altogether.

Then, she meets Taylor … and then she meets Lawrence … and even her dreams are no longer simple. Everything just got three times more complicated – and three times hotter!

What else can you expect from this series? Thunderstorms and lightning, baddies, genetics, lust, thoughts of love, lost love, redemption, cliffhangers – oh, yes – cliffhangers; many twists and turns, a hefty plot, intriguing characters and an uncertain future for our new, favourite pack … because the past has come back to bite them each on their respective arses.

If you were going to change one major aspect of the common werewolf myth, what would it be?

Lydia Martin has always had dreams, the weirdest and hottest of them all involving a faceless, muscle-bound man that speaks like sin and smells like sex. Like any sane person, she always put the dreams down to an overactive imagination, coupled with a higher than average libido. 
One night, however, instead of their usual, erotic encounters, she finds him in her dream, chained to a wall and screaming in pain. Not only that, but she thinks she recognises the building he's being held captive in as one that's just a few streets away.
Awaking with an irrepressible need to save her fantasy lover, Lydia decides to humour her dream self and head on over to where she thinks he's imprisoned.  
What unfolds is beyond even her wildest imaginings, as she's sucked into a dangerous and deadly world she never knew existed ... and it turns out that the man who inhabits her darkest fantasies, isn't the only one that needs releasing.


Abruptly, Ryan’s face appeared in her mind, clear as day, just as it had when she’d woken up from her nightmare.


He seemed so real.

In her imagination, her eyes traveled the length of him. She was pulled backwards as if behind a camera on a wheeled stand, and she saw he was chained to the ceiling by his arms. His head hung low, those arms stretched upwards, red and blistering … he looked battered. He’d been battered. But even in his brutalised state he looked magnificent, his body like some powerful machine that could blast anything out of its path given half the chance.

Mine, growled a voice in her head. But then, she’d always felt that way about him in her dreams: possessive to a fault. She was pretty sure the therapist would put it down to abandonment issues.

Releasing The Wolf is available as an eBook, and in paperback from Amazon stores:
Amazon US - 
Amazon UK –

The full moon is a week away, and although Lydia is as excited as it gets to run as a wolf for the first time, she is also fighting to keep her independence while trying to understand her role in the lives of the three males that have come to rule hers: 
compassionate, tender Taylor; impetuous, fun-loving Ryan and distant, cold Lawrence. 
There's also a fourth man in Lydia's life. Brendan, her previous "friend with benefits", is tirelessly searching for her. He's about to uncover things that should be kept hidden. 
However, the testosterone surrounding her is the last thing she should be worrying about. Her family bear truths about her heritage she's not ready to face ... she may not have a choice, because the greatest danger to them all comes from within. The past never stays buried for long, and among the shadows of their species it is rising with a vengeance, threatening to tear their pack apart for good.

Dianna Hardy is multi-genre author of paranormal things, dark things, poetic things, sexy things, taboo things, and sometimes funny things. She writes about witches, demons and angels.

She is the author of The Witching Pen Novellas, A Silver Kiss (Vampire Poetry) and 'Til Death Do Us Part (an adult retelling of The Little Mermaid).

She pens stories that are fast-paced, action-packed and sexy, and writes both full-length novels and short fiction.

If you have to put her in the genre box, she writes about what you may consider to be "the paranormal", including paranormal romance, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, gothic poetry and occult books.

Although quite active online, Dianna is a self-confessed hermit, preferring the company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn't really consider it "para"), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and summer days.

However, she is also sustained by coffee, chocolate and the occasional vodka.

She lives in the UK with her partner and their daughter, where she devotes her time to parenting, publishing and writing.

To celebrate the release of book 2 today we are giving way some prizes!!  Fill out the rafflecopter to enter!!
Good Luck!!

Giveaway info:
One winner receives
1 x Releasing The Wolf signed paperback
1 x Cry Of The Wolf signed paperback
3 x signed quote postcards
1 x signed bookmark

Terms: This is an international giveaway, but the author will not be liable for any country custom taxes that the winner may have to pay for receipt of the goods, nor shall the author be liable if the winner cannot receive the goods because of their country's legislations.

The paperbacks and swag will be posted out around the 3rd May, after the author has received the print copies of Cry Of The Wolf. An email will be sent to the winner on the day of postage to confirm that it has been sent.


Fear Street said...

I would probably change the fact that they can be killed with silver.

Thanks for the chance to win!!

-Amber Terry-

vadeluna07 said...

I would change the myth that they can only change on a full moon. I'd allow them to change at will.


Debby said...

I would get rid of the silver myth.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I would Get rid of the Full Moon Myth because it's rather mean saying they can only change during a full moon...

Thanks for this giveaway and I cant wait to read these books!!!

Linda said...

The danger of silver or the pain when shifting. I like their animalistic side *rawr* love the Alpha.
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Im not sure what I would change. I think maybe they should be able to shift when every they want and not just at a full moon:) These look really good, thank you for the chance to win!

Janhvi said...

The harm by silver one I think. Werewolves are much stronger than that ;)
Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Rhonda D said...

The ability to shift whenever they want. That would be awesome! Thanks for sharing. This sounds like an amazing series that I will definitely have to check out.
Rhonda D

Unknown said...

Let them be allowed to change at will, not just at a full moon

Unknown said...

I would have to agree with changing the only allowed to change with the full moon. I think the ability to control shifting more would be important. Thank you for the giveaway chance. I am adding the book to my tbr list.

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

I would get rid of the myth of wolf shifter's being limited to shift only at the full moon. But rather shifting willfully, and pain free only to embrace it!
Your are a new author to me, and I can't wait to read this series! I love all things wolfy, and wolf shifter stories are 100% favorite of all paranormal.
Wishing you all the best, and continued success!
Thank you for the giveaway...*S*


felinewyvern said...

I think I would change the infected by bite or other wound idea. I prefer the idea that one is born a werewolf rather than that one is made a werewolf.

felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

nightowl03148808 said...

I would get rid of the silver myth. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Unknown said...

Change the whole silver and full moon myth. I believe that we should be able to use our imaginations and let it run wild.

mcv said...

Some werewolf books I've read give the man/wolf the ability to change anytime he or she wishes. Other books have the change involuntary and at the time of a full moon. I prefer books that give the werewolf the ability to change whenever he wishes.

Anonymous said...

Dianna, I think you've done the change-up perfectly and I look forward to reading what you've done to the breed;) Congrats on the release of book 2 in your series.

CBarton said...

I would like for it to not be painful when shifting and, I think that I would change the one mate rule and children. Seems for so many of the "packs" we get to read about, breeding is a problem. Also, if a mate died that the other could mate again, but only in the event of a death.


laurie said...

I would get rid of the silver myth

Nay Nay said...

I would change the bite myth and have it be they cannot change a human by biting. Also I would make it so that the change is NOT painful.
Thank you for the chance to win. These books sound awesome and I would love to win them. I have put them on my tbr list.

Unknown said...

I like werewolves the way they are I wouldn't want to change them XD

erin said...

I pretty much like werewolves the way they are :) But maybe make it harder for them to "make" new werewolves. Make it a harder, more consensual process.

Kassandra said...

I'm not sure I would change any of the myths. I think there should be a balance in nature. So if we have an above average or supernatural creation than that should be balanced with downsides.


Dianna Hardy said...

Wow. Seriously, what a LOT of comments - you guys are awesome. So many blogs never have comments. Nikki - I LOVE your blog, lol. And thanks so much for having me on here again. Everyone, thanks for answering and entering, and good luck on winning! If you do read my series, I hope that you find at least something that floats your boat and makes you think, 'wow, that worked'. Can't wait to find out who wins :D
Dianna xxx

Lexi said...

Cliffhangers..eek! Hahahaa

Love shifters and weres, I have read so many takes on them I am not sure I could come up with something new. Guess I will have to keep reading books to see if I can stumble upon something!

lisagkendall said...

I'm not sure I would change anything about werewolves, but if I were to change something, it would have to do with the actual change itself, the pain, the timing, or how new wolves are made, possibly have the ability for humans to mutate to a wolf by some means of dna changes. Thanks for the post. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sherry said...

I would get rid of the pain of shifting or the silver myth.

wanda f said...

I would change the only shifting under a full moon aspect.

Tore923 said...

I would want to change that they can be killed by silver and also I would them to be able to fully control when they can change into wolf form.

Elizabeth H. said...

The full moon myth! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth H.

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i want a change the infected by the bitten...
thx u so much ^^

Mary Preston said...

I think not needing a full moon to change would be great.

Unknown said...

I'd like to change the fact that they can only change with a full moon. Thanks for the giveaway!

Gina said...

I would change that they only can change during a full moon.

books4me said...

I would change that not only could they change anytime but that it didn't hurt and they could change one body part or half way...control how much they changed.


Meghan said...

I would like for them to not look like a wolf, but just have qualities and the strength of one. It always bothered me that they literally changed into an animal or a half-animal/half-human hybrid. It's hard for me to find any attraction to that.
Thanks for the giveaway!

mestith at gmail dot com

VampedChik said...

Probably that they only can change on the full moon.

Goha said...

I would change the full moon myth.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Irene Jackson said...

I'd get rid of the harmed by silver myth. I have a lot of silver jewelery, I'd hate to give it up!

Heather said...

I'm not sure I would change anything about werewolves. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

The whole changing uncontrollably on the full moon aspect could do with being changed ~ they can have a little control

Lynn Worton said...

If I could change one aspect of the werewolf myth, I think it would have to be the pain of the change. I wouldn't want to feel pain whilst changing. It should be a natural process to shape-shift for them.

SdyLion said...

I have never liked the infected via bite idea- you should be born a werewolf. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Filia Oktarina said...

I not sure what i wanna change. Maybe myth uncontrollably on the full moon.

desitheblonde said...

from what i read is that they can survive in the world around you and then they have a food feed and can survive for while

Joanne said...

I'd get rid of the painful shifting.


Autumn said...

Wow! I think I would change the painfulness to the shifting as I know that has to cause some hurt even for a few seconds.

Unknown said...

Hey Dianna, can't wait to get my hands on the new series, loved Witching Pen. The only real change I'd do is add a little more magic and make the change more magical than physical.

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