June 13, 2012

AAD Author Spotlight: Katie Reus -- Guest Post & Giveaway!

Thank you so much to Damaris and the ladies at Good Choice Reading for having me as a guest here today! Primal Possession, the second book in my Moon Shifter Series, is releasing in September, which is right before AAD!! (I’m still waiting to find out whether I can get early copies for the signing yet or not). A conference in New Orleans just promises to be exciting and I’m very much looking forward to meeting so many people I interact with online.

I hope you enjoy the sneak peek excerpt from Primal Possession. I haven’t posted this anywhere else yet!

Through her slat blinds December could see light starting to peek in. Without looking at her digital clock, she knew it was just barely sunrise. Normally she liked to sleep in on Saturdays, because she opened her shop up an hour later than usual. That so wasn’t happening today.

Not with Liam sleeping in her guest room. She should probably be more concerned or scared that some maniac had tried to inject her with God knew what last night, but Liam’s dark, dominating presence in her house was much more frightening. Okay, maybe not frightening. But it made her much more aware of . . . everything. Namely, herself and all the sexual feelings he stirred inside her.

She wasn’t scared of him. Just scared of her feelings for him. Instead of staring at the ceiling for another hour, she threw off her comforter and headed to the bathroom. After brushing her teeth and washing her face, she stared at herself in the mirror. Her curls stuck out wildly thanks to a rough night of tossing and turning. For a moment she contemplated putting on makeup or taming her hair, then scoffed at herself. Let Liam see her this way. Maybe it would help him get over her.

She opened the bedroom door and jerked to a halt.

Stretched out on the rug covering the hardwood hallway, Liam lay on his back—shirtless—directly outside her bedroom.

His dark eyes popped open when she gasped. Something told her he’d already been awake, though. In one quick swoop, he assessed her from head to foot and smiled. Despite her pajamas she felt practically naked under his not-so-subtle evaluation.

As he stared at her, she couldn’t help the way her own gaze strayed to his bare chest. His shoulders were impossibly broad and his chest was pure male perfection. All that strength. He wasn’t bulky or overmuscled, like those awful-looking bodybuilders. Just firm, but too broad to be called lean. Her gaze helplessly dipped lower and his stomach muscles tightened in response.

The slight action jerked her gaze back to his face.

“Like what you see?” The question was low and sensual and his dark eyes were knowing.

Her mouth dried up and it took a moment before she could speak. She ignored his question and asked one of her own. “What are you doing on the floor?”

“I wanted to be close in case anything happened.” Liam moved to his feet with the agility and speed of a jungle animal. Instinctively she stepped back. He didn’t advance on her or make a move, but his mere presence invaded all her personal space.

Why did he have to make it so hard for her to keep her distance from him? He might be aggravating with his dominant attitude, but he still wanted to protect her. That made it difficult to get mad at him. Even though she wanted him gone—if only to get back some of her sanity—she also wanted to thank him for staying the night.

“Are you hungry?”

His dark eyes flashed and she knew what he was thinking before he said a word, so she preemptively cut him off.

“For food,” she continued.

Grinning, he shrugged. “If that’s all you’re offering, I’ll take it.”

When he didn’t move, she had to turn sideways to shimmy past him. She ignored his soft chuckle. The frustrating man enjoyed making her uncomfortable. As she headed down the stairs, she could feel his eyes burning into her. Mentally stripping her. “Stop doing that,” she muttered.

“Doing what?” he asked, his deep voice far too close for comfort.

She resisted the urge to turn around. If she did, she was afraid of what she’d see on his face and afraid she’d like it too much. “You know exactly what. Quit looking at my butt.”

“I can’t help it, Red.”

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.

Thanks for stopping by today! Just leave a comment telling me what you like about paranormal romance and be entered to win a copy of Alpha Instinct (Book 1, Moon Shifter series). Or, if you’re going to AAD 2012, tell me what things other than the conference you’re planning to visit or do. Me? I plan on going to Café du Monde at least once for coffee (I don’t care how hot it is) and hopefully picking up some artwork in Jackson Square.

A little about me: I’ve been reading romance since a young age—ever since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina PressHarlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my websitemy blogfacebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.


  1. Oh wow... this looks like one heck of an amazing book!!! I love paranormal romance because it takes me away from reality but at the same time it doesn't (I know, I make no sense). But there is something about those hot alpha shifters that gives those warm and fuzzy feelings that no matter what you'd be kept safe and well loved.

  2. Sadly, I'm not going to AAD :( But I love me some paranormal romance! I like these because unlike Contemporary Romance, there are more elements to the story. I LOVE intrigue when I read books and with Paranormal, I am always surprised! :)

    Tabby @Insightful Minds

  3. The excerpt looks amazing!I haven't read Alpha Instinct yet but it's definitely going in my tbr pile :)I love everything about paranormal romance but especially the hot heroes ;)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  4. Good day Ms. Katie, I'm also not going to AAD. I got Alpha Instinct from my library & fell in love with it. This series is gonna rock. I like shifter stories. I guess because I still want to believe there is more out there than we'll ever know. The possibilities would be endless. a fan in VA Leann :-)

  5. I am going to AAD and I"m soooo excited! I can't wait to meed you in person! I have not read any of your books yet but I hope to get Alpha Instinct read before August! What I love about Paranormal are the POSSIBILITIES! With all kinds of creatures and powers, the spectrum is endless! And the different worlds are amazing to visit! See ya in N'awlins!

  6. I am going to AAD also.. I am from Baton Rouge so I do not live that far away from there... Not sure what I am going to do besides get all giggly with all the paranormal romance authors around... I might just get giddy...LOL Anyway, I love paranormal as it is so much fun to learn about new worlds... Humans are just soooooooo boring..LOL I would love to read this book before August so count me in :) See ya down there in less that 60 days!!!

  7. If this an international giveaway please enter me.
    What i love about paranormal romance it's that everything seem possible even with a lot of difficulties so that make me us more positive since our live are more normal

    all the best


  8. I love paranormal romance because you get to read about different worlds and supernatural beings. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  9. For me, it is a form of escapism. But I also like the fact that the guys are usually built and have something broken and vunerable about them. The paranormal seem to mate for life and have extended lives. They are strong and the females are also kick butt kinda heroines. What's not to like? Thanks
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  10. Love paranormal romance. I loved the excerpt for the new book. I have been wanting to read Alpha Instinct for awhile now. Definately on my must reead/buy list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I love paranormal romance. I love the fact that couples falls in love no matter who or what you are. They are judged by what is inside of them. I also find the books very exciting and fool of action. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  12. I've been a fan of romance ala Janet Evanovich's 1980's comedic romance books. The Full series for example. Adding in the Were, Angels, Vamps, just adds a new level of drama to the story. Makes them fun to read.


  13. What I like most about paranormal romance besides the romance is that it takes you away from the mundane of everyday life. Its an escape into a fantastical reality where things that go bump in the night do exist.


  14. I like reading about the different creatures and characters.


  15. I love the paranormal beings and the different abilities they have. The fact that they suffer the same problems as humans do even with all the extras makes them fun :).


  16. Thank you for the sneak peek. Paranormal Romance is full of surprises, scary good sometimes. I love that two beings can find each other against the odds.


  17. Hi everyone! Thanks again to the ladies at Good Choice Reading for having me here :) I'm seeing some great answers!

  18. Paranormal romance is one of my top two romance sub-genres. I love that PNR heroes can be uber-Alpha without being thought of as jerks. PNR heroes can get away with behavior that wouldn't be acceptable in a contemporary story. I like that the author gets to make up their own rules.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  19. Paranormal romance is so different than just a romance, in that the characters are more dimensional since they can be vampires, shape shifters. It's the what if factor that intrigues me, what if they are real, what if I met one in a store, what if I was a vampire? No matter how many vampire books I read from different authors, I don't get tired of the genre. Each author makes their world so different and exciting.

    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  20. I like paranormal romance because of all the different types of creatures like werevolves, vampires, fairies, etc. that can be characters. The variety adds originality to the stories and also adds a little bit of danger and mystery to your typical romance book!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  21. it's the "otherworldiness" that attracts me. and the fact that they always have a thrilling story ;)


  22. I like the different worlds and characters that you meet in paranormal romance.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  23. GREAT excerpt! I LOVE PNR because of all the awesome dominate, strong, smart and sexy alpha males and strong beautiful, sassy and smart heroines...the sense of excitement, danger and unpredictability that surrounds them and the tender, loving side of themselves they often don't show to anyone but their mates. It's a complete left turn from the everyday reality I live in and a good PNR ALWAYS provides a fun, sexy, adventurous read. Thx for this giveaway op! :)

    1. oops, forgot my email: barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  24. I hope I didn't miss this. Alpha Instinct is on my asap wishlist :) I love paranormal romance because this is the genre that got me back into reading. I hadn't read a book for fun since I was in highschool and after 3 kids and a move that took me 3 states away from my family, I was fighting a bit of depression. I needed something that was going to help me relax and take me away from the emotions I was feeling. I needed to find the me that was outside of mom and honey. Decided to try reading again and tried to stick with my norm of Dean Koontz. It just didn't hold the appeal anymore. I tried a few fiction books but I found I was able to put them down and walk away. It wasn't until I came across Larissa Ione and Adrian Phoenix that I had my eyes opened wide. Finally something that sucked me in and gave me something that I enjoyed. I read in contemp, historical and romantic suspense too, but it's the paranormal romance that has sucked me in the most. I love the crazy twists and turns the characters take me on and I love the many worlds the authors take me to. Nothing is off limits and anything is possible. Dark, scary and intriguing. I love my bad boy characters and what is greater than a Vampire, Demon or alpha wolf with a chip on their shoulder or a kicka** heroin with a stake in her hand who makes me want to run out and take some karate classes :) It's the paranormal worlds that keep me enthralled the most, they bring me in and don't let me go :)


  25. Love paranormal romance since usually you have a strong female protagonist matching wits with a smoldering supernatural male and at the same time saving the world!

    This sounds like another great Para/UF series!

    Thanks for the giveaway,


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