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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Interview and Giveaway w/ Vivian Arend

We're excited to have Vivian Arend here today! She was kind enough to answer some questions for me and she sent me a box of swag goodies to give away!!!

A little about Vivian...
(Picture & Bio taken from Author's website)
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.

Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one.  Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.

The series...

Granite Lake Wolves

Wolf Signs 
(Granite Lake Wolves #1)

Robyn Maxwell doesn't care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she's deaf doesn't make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she's been craving. Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil's one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.
Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn't planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she's not aware she has the genes of a wolf. Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week--and his bed--is suddenly full. Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind....

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Wolf Flight 
(Granite Lake Wolves #2)

Tad Maxwell’s workaholism serves to keep his bush-pilot company in the air, and his inner werewolf in check. In the two years since he discovered his heritage, he’s resisted the longing to test the power of his wolf side. It would mean compromising his human principles.

Then Missy Leason re-enters his life. Ten years ago, their teenage attraction never went beyond hand-holding. Now their chemistry is off the charts, pushing him closer to the step he’s not sure it’s safe to take, especially with a human.

But Missy is more like Tad than he realizes. She’s wolf too,and a wolf pack is a dangerous place to have secrets. Missy’s Alpha has sniffed out her carefully hidden Omega powers. Her first response: run from the corrupt Alpha’s plan to make her his mate. Step two: get to Tad, and hope like hell his untapped powers are strong enough to negate her own.

Every touch with Missy is hot, hot, hot, but even finding out she’s pure wolf doesn’t solve Tad’s dilemma. Is she using him, or are they truly destined mates? Only one thing is certain. He will defend her to his last breath—on his terms. Even if it means losing his life.

Warning: Contains nasty Alphas, secret Omegas and werewolves acting raunchy on the dance floor. Sarcasm, wilderness cabins and hot nookie back by popular demand.

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Wolf Games 
(Granite Lake Wolves #3)

After seven years of total denial, Maggie Raynor's body-and her inner wolf-are in full revolt. Weak and shaky, she literally falls into the very large and capable arms of the Granite Lake Beta, Erik Costanov. The last thing she wants is a mate, particularly when just looking at another wolf scares her to death. And one as big and sexy as Erik? Really bad idea, no matter what her libido says.
Erik expected to meet Maggie in Whitehorse to escort her to the home of her sister, his pack's Omega. Sheer chance puts him in the right place at the right time to catch her, but the realization that hits him with the force of a full body shot is no accident. She's his mate. An even bigger shock? She wants no part of him-not until she resolves her issues.
She'll have to work fast, because they're both selected to represent the pack during the premier sporting event for wolves in the north. Not only will she have to work as a team with Erik, she'll have to face down her fear of wolves. Let the Games begin.
Warning: Contains uber-sexy werewolves of Russian descent, reluctant mates and exotic travels through the Yukon wilderness. Includes sarcasm and hot nookie under the Midnight Sun.

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Wolf Tracks 
(Granite Lake Wolves #4)

TJ Lynus is a legend in Granite Lake, both for his easygoing demeanor-and his clumsiness. His carefree acceptance of his lot vanishes, though, when his position as best man brings him face to face with someone he didn't expect. His mate. His very human mate. Suddenly, one thing is crystal clear: if he intends to claim her, his usual laid-back attitude isn't going to cut it.
After fulfilling her maid-of-honor duties, Pam Quinn has just enough time for a Yukon wilderness trip before returning south. The instant attraction between her and TJ tempts her to indulge in some Northern Delight, but when he drops the F-bomb-"forever"-she has second thoughts. In her world, true love is a fairytale that seldom, if ever, comes true.
Okay, so maybe staging a kidnapping wasn't TJ's best idea, but at least Pam has the good humor to agree to his deal. He'll give her all the northern exposure she can stand-and she won't break his kneecaps. Now to convince her that fairytales can remake her world-and that forever is worth fighting for.
By popular demand: Clumsy sidekick wolf grows up, sarcasm reigns, and the wilderness gets wilder. Includes hot nookie in places you expect-like a remote cabin-and places you don't.

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Wolf Line
(Granite Lake Wolves #5)

Jared’s not sure how his quiet morning coffee near the harbour ended with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Well, it might have something to do with a woman, but who can blame him? The female of the species was made to love, and he’s more than willing to share his considerable skills in that area. Especially since he figures the chances of meeting his own one-and-only are slim.
Keri Smith is positive the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines tour is her mate. Ix-nay on confirming that, though, at least for the next ten days. She’s promised her best friend to be overall troubleshooter for the shifter-only cruise. Getting tangled up in mating lust would reduce her skills to nil. Avoidance of the sexy wolf for the duration of the cruise, followed by jumping his bones, seems the logical solution.
But when libidos are on the line, “logic” and “wolves” don’t go together. Throw in suspicions of wrongdoing, and these two virtual strangers will need a lot more than luck to find their way through to forever.
Warning: Really? You need to be warned about the hot nookie and sarcasm? Yeah, it’s in here. Also colourful cat shifters, lupine royalty, and wild adventures in cabins like you’ve never seen before.

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My Review of Wolf Line can be found here.

Interview w/ Vivian

1.) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we can't learn from reading about you?
Depends where you go reading! I've got lots of fun facts up at my blog, but off the top of my head, I don't think I've mentioned:

-I have to have all doors (i.e. closets) in the room closed before I can go to sleep. It's a part of being a wimp. Or, my imagination is too good and I can think of all kinds of terrible things that could escape if I leave them space.

-to go with that phobia, I refused to watch Monsters Inc. for the first year after it released, because the entire idea of MONSTERS in the CLOSET...well, far too close to home!

-I would far prefer to snack on something salty than sweet. Thus ice-cream nights at my house I'm bored and craving popcorn. :D

2.) I've read that you travel quite a bit so I had to ask, if you could travel to any place, real or fantasy, where would you go and what would you do there?

I would go to Narnia. There's so much in that world I'd like to see for myself, even if it might be a scary type adventure at times. Also, the idea of talking animals SO COOL.

3.) I've read quite a few of your books now, the Granite Lake Wolves series is my favorite. What book or series of yours has been your favorite to write and why?

I love writing the Granite Lake Wolves and Takhini Wolves because of the light-hearted things I can explore, but honestly, I simply love jumping between the contemporary and paranormal books now. It makes my brain stay active, and I'm happier when I get to change pace. The last book I finished was a high adventure book that will coming out in March from Berkley Sensation --It's called High Risk, and it was a challenge to write but so satisfying because of the concepts I had to play with.

4.) I'm always curious to know what my favorite authors like to read. Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

I love Lauren Dane, Moira Rogers, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Elle Kennedy...I can go on and on. Currently I have (checking Kindle) a wip from Elle I'm reading and an ARC from Nico Rosso (superheroes!)

5.) Do you have any new books or series in the works? Can you tell us anything at all about them if you do?

I mentioned High Risk. That's book 1 in the Adrenaline series, an elite Search and Rescue team based out of Banff, Alberta who risk it all and find love (in various ways and means :) Look for it March 5-- I hope to have a cover copy on my website by July.

I also have the second in the Takhini Wolves series, SILVER MINE out in September. I LOVE that series so hard. They are like the Granite Lake books, but each is longer, so there more plot, characters and chaos. Always fun.

Thank you for letting me drop in, and I hope you all have a marvellous summer! Arwhoooo!


Thank you so much Vivian for the interview and all of the goodies! I can't wait to see what happens with this series and the Takhini Wolves series!!!

Vivian sent me a box of swag goodies to give away, so I bundled them all up into 5 different swag packs. I've got 3 big swag pacs. Each one containing a set of Granite Lake Wolves signed post cards, a set of Granite Lake Wolves trading cards and a Pack Memeber dog tag. And I have 2 small swag packs that ech contain a set of Granite Lake Wolves trading cards and a Pack Member dog tag. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter below. This giveaway is for U.S. & Canada ONLY!!! Sorry, but shipping can be expensive!

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SdyLion said...

I have not read any of the books so far but I have been eyeing the series for a while and it has been nesting on the TBR list. I really would love a chance to win. Thanks again, sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Kaylyn D. said...

I haven't read this series but I love werewolves so this is right up my alley. Her cowboy series is really good.

June M. said...

I have read and loved all the series except for the newest. I must go get it now :)
I guess my favorite would be the first book, WOLF SIGNS because I love that Robyn is deaf but still an awesomely strong heroine. She doesn't let this stop her from doing whatever she wants.

alainala said...

have to admit, i have not read any of these books.. they look awesome..

no I have not read these yet but they sound good.

Shadow...I just wanted to add this to let you know. I got your comment just now and I don't know what happened but it was rejected and not accepted. This is just me letting you know your entry will be counted. I'm so sorry. I don't know what happened to it. If you see this you are welcome to repost your comment.

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