Friday, May 16, 2014

Guest blog and Giveaway with Chris T Cat

Why Diva?

Hello, I'm Chris T. Kat, and I’m here to talk about my book, The Wolf and His Diva, a m/m shape-shifter romance which was published by Dreamspinner Press on March 12th.

In The Wolf and His Diva we meet the two main characters, George and Billy. George is older than Billy, more quiet and well-balanced. He's the perfect counterpart for Billy, who is the diva of the house.

I know a lot of people don't fancy reading about flamboyant characters, and I'm usually at least reluctant to read such a story. Still, I knew right away that Billy needed to have a bit of a dramatic flair and an overly flashy attitude. Billy is feisty, but he’s also charming and adorable (especially in his animal-form). It was a balancing act to portray Billy as vocal, sometimes brash, but still loveable. Billy is compassionate, and utterly in love with George. Mostly Billy plays at being a diva—to get his way—and George calls him out on the act, especially when Billy's behavior becomes too much.

George and Billy joke about Billy's diva moments, and George never gets seriously annoyed. He accepts Billy for what and who he is, and enjoys their companionship and bond. The term “diva” is partly an endearment and partly a joke between them. Billy's mostly a playful character, and he loves to tease George and vice-versa. They fit perfectly together, when they're in their human-form or when they're in their animal-forms. One of my favorite scenes is whenever Billy in his red squirrel-form and sits between George's ears (when George is in his wolf-form). Even there he exudes a diva-ish attitude, but neither of them takes Billy's behavior too seriously.

Interested in reading about their banter? Then check out the excerpt!

The Wolf and His Diva
Chris T. Kat

Genre: m/m paranormal (shapeshifter)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date of Publication: 03/12/2014

ISBN: 978-1-62798-563-5

Number of pages: 216
Word Count: 49,486
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Book Description:

George Owens is comfortable with his life just the way it is. A wolf- and fox-shifter, George leads a reclusive lifestyle with his energetic and diva-ish mate Billy, a fox- and squirrel-shifter.

George has no desire to take over leadership of the pack, despite his father’s wishes. Edward Owens is feeling his age and wants to make sure the pack is in good hands should he not be able to win his next challenge. However, George is adamant that he wants no part of it.

But events rock George from his complacency, and he realizes he has to take a stand and fight for what he cares about. If he remains in the past and cannot change in order to do what he must, he risks losing everything he loves.

Excerpt from Chapter Two (George is in his wolf-form):

Even though he didn’t expect an answer, George called, Billy!
He all but jumped out of his skin when something landed on his back. He let out a surprised bark and craned his head to see if a branch had fallen on him. He couldn’t find anything but caught a glimpse of something moving, accompanied by a featherlight motion on his back.
Relief flooded him when the movement ended between his ears, and two tiny paws grabbed the tips.
Hello there! Billy chirped.
Sheesh! You scared me to death! George growled.
Sorry! I was so surprised! See, I knew it would come in handy that my second form is a squirrel. I shifted during my fall and stopped rolling down farther. Unfortunately, I was covered in snow and decided to rescue myself on a tree to avoid more snow gluing to me.
You knew that? If I recall correctly, you whined for a whole week after you found out your second form is a squirrel, George replied.
Billy climbed down George’s head, turned around, and sat down slightly above George’s nose. Well, I wanted to be something cool too, and since the second form is often a larger animal, I was quite disappointed at first.
George’s eyes crossed as he tried to focus on the little red-furred squirrel. Billy, you know I hate it when you sit there.
Billy giggled but remained where he was. I love it when you get that odd look.
Either get up or get down, George grumbled.
The grumble held no heat, though. He was too happy that Billy wasn’t injured. His heart still pounded too fast in his chest, but he was sure it would take up normal activity soon.
Billy hastily climbed up and settled between his ears, his tiny paws again clutching them. Whee! Bring us home, my beloved!

About the Author:

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or does cross stitch.

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