Monday, February 18, 2013

Tour: Katie Reus' Mating Instinct (Interview/Giveaway)

Planning a vacation or a destination for spring break? Before you go, check out our guest today and see what hot new book should be on your packing checklist. Welcome Katie Reus!

KR: Thank you so much for having me!

Lexi: I have some excellent wine here with me on the soft white sand of Puerto Rico, glad you could take a break from your hectic life of writing, promoting, and chasing your son to join us. Do you plan to take a break after the release of Mating Instinct?

KR: Pass some of that wine, please! Ah, a break, I wish. From now until roughly November I’m slammed with work on proposals, books to write for NAL, and books to write in my Red Stone Series. I’ve also got something else in the works that I can’t talk about just yet. ;)

Lexi: Sneaky woman...say that and leave us hanging. 
Do you find yourself doing more promotion for your Moon Shifter series the more releases you have?

KR: It’s actually about the same, actually. If anything, I might be promoting even a little less because my reader base has grown and I have more books to write. And to me, writing more books will always be more important.

Lexi: Novel number four is quickly approaching. Mating Instinct, book three, comes out March 5th. Have you started working on the next novella or novel for the series?

KR: Oh yeah, Avenger’s Mate, number 4, is already turned in to my editor. There’s even a sneak peek of Avenger’s Mate at the end of Mating Instinct. Novella 3.5 is finished and turned in too. But very soon I plan to start working on the outline for book #5. Hee, it’s due next month so I need to get cracking!

Lexi: I remember seeing a comment from you about the unexpected ebook path your work has taken. Is this series a nice mix, some novellas with the rest available in traditional print?

KR: Yes, the Moon Shifter series is a good mix, at least for me and I hope my readers. Some days I just want to read something I can actually finish before bed so I love that I’m able to give novellas to my readers too. The novellas feature characters that otherwise wouldn’t get full length stories so it’s nice to show different sides of life within the Armstrong-Cordona pack.

Lexi: Has your expedience into ebook publication changed your reading habits?

KR: Ha, I think becoming a mother has actually changed my reading habits. I take my kindle with me everywhere. It’s so much easier to take one slim device that holds thousands of books and tuck it into my purse instead of worrying about finding a book before running out the door.

Lexi: My reading preferences will always be print, but for you I make an exception! I can't wait to start reading Mating Instinct!

KR: Thank you, I’m glad to hear that! I can’t wait until it finally releases And thanks so much for having me here today! I’d love to give away one print copy of Mating Instinct (US only) to one random commenter.

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…
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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.
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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.
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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…

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About Katie Reus:
Katie fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in psychology and working too many jobs she hated, she finally figured things out.

She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her publishers include Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, Ellora’s Cave and NAL/Signet Eclipse (Penguin). Regardless of genre, she always includes a happy ending. When she’s not creating stories she loves spending time with her husband and family. 
Connect with Katie:

Katie's Publisher (Penguin) is giving away a paperback of MATING INTINCT to one winner (US only.) To enter leave a comment for Katie about her Moon Shifter series, do you like the mix of full novels and novellas? Fill out the Rafflecopter below, good luck!

Katie is 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 Grand Prize Giveaway:
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  1. I have not rad any as yet but I love a mix of novels and novellas. They are fun that way.
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  2. I love Katie's books. A mix of full length novels and novellas are good to me as long as the story fits in the shorter frame.

  3. I love anything an author writes! Thanks for the chance to win!! I love the series!

  4. Congrats on the new release. Mating Instinct sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Jayce and Kat. I enjoy reading a mix of full length novels and novellas. It depends on how much time I have which I will read, but I enjoy both.


  5. So looking forward to Mating Instinct; I prefer full books to novellas but since I like to follow the series, I do read the novellas too!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  6. I generally prefer full novels to novellas and there has been a big surge of novellas out lately; however, if the novella adds back-story or a little more insight into the series, I am all for it. My requirement, if its a good story regardless of the length I want to read it :) Thank you for sharing with us.

  7. I prefer novels but novellas, about the series, can fill in the gap between novels nicely!

  8. I like novellas that catch you up on past characters that do not necessarily fit within the story of in a novel.

  9. I like the mix of full and novellas. I LOVED Alpha Instinct. The following books are on my definite buy list when my budget allows.

  10. hi,
    i usually prefer a full novel to a novella. looking forward to reading your work. thank you for sharing. :)

    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  11. I love finding new books and authors.

  12. Congrats to Katie on her new release! I love the mix of novels and novellas. The novellas are a nice way to tide us over until the next book and keeps our interest fresh and peaked ;)

  13. Thanks Crystal and Lexi for having me here today! :) And thank you to everyone who has stopped by so far!

  14. I like both as long as the story flows. Do you have a set number for the series?

  15. Yes, I like a variety of lengths ~ so that especially when they give updates and glimpses at past couples or samples of future couples.

  16. I do prefer the novels, but the novellas are great in between waiting for more full novels to be released.

    I LOVE this series! I have bought the series so far and enjoyed each one of them, and I am looking forward to many, many more!

  17. Look forward to starting this series. I like both novels and novellas. I prefer a novel but when I need a quick read, novellas are awesome. Mixing them is fine too :)

  18. I haven't read any, yet, but I do like a mix of both novels and novellas.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  19. I'm fascinated by Shifters - it's such a fun world to experience.
    I enjoy novellas, but have to wait til the get printed in an anthology.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  20. It seems like a mix of novels and novellas is becoming more common. I'm fine with it, I'll take a good story any way I can get it.

  21. I love the mix of novels and novellas. novels are much better, but only novellas can give you more details about the characters that just couldn't be fit into the full novel without leaving something important out

  22. I do like a mix of novel and novella's. I think it gives us as reader a little taste to keep us drooling for more. And I can't what to sink my teeth into this one.

    Judy Peterson

  23. I like a mix of full novels and novellas...I always feel like novellas are like a stop to admire the scenery break.
    I haven't read this series yet but will definitely check it out now...thanks for sharing!
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  24. I prefer novels but novellas, about the series, can fill in the gap between novels nicely!

  25. I like the mix of full novels and novellas.

  26. I love the mix of both together. Some characters are great to have full stories, especially when they are new to each other. Others all they need is just a short one to reaquaint each other. I love them also cause sometimes I need a quick fix or a short read.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I love this series.

  27. I prefer novels, but I'll read the novellas to keep up w/anything I love!! :)

  28. This will be my first Katie book - sounds great!

    I love a mix of novels and novellas - the novellas sometimes provide a nice look into side characters' lives or cute moments with the main characters!


  29. I like having novellas and novels, especially when the novellas provide supplemental information on a character, a different point of view or deleted scenes. I feel novellas enhance the overall story of the series. Thanks for the giveaway. dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

  30. I haven't read any of this series yet but it sounds great!

    I usually read the Novellas if they are part of a series and add a little extra something to it. But I still prefer full size books.

  31. The Moon Shifter series sounds sexy and exciting. I like the idea of novellas to tell the story of characters who won't get their own full length story. I'm a real series junkie and sometimes they have minor character that I wish to get to known more about. The novellas are also a nice way to get your fix while awaiting on the next Full length.

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  33. I am caught up on this series! And I am really enjoying it! ;)
    I enjoy the mix of novels and novellas. I like to know about characters in the background.
    Thank you for sharing, Katie! And, congrats on your upcoming release!

  34. I like full length novels, but it is nice to have novella in between. Seems to tide me over until the next release. Congrats on your latest release, Katie. :)

  35. I do like the mix. You dont have to wait as long to get back into the world.

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