Sunday, November 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Mate of the Alpha by Marie Manson - review and interview + GIVEAWAY

Hi guys!!
Today I'm a part of the Mate of the Alpha Tour, and I have both a review of this wonderful short story and an interview with Marie Manson, the author. Hope you'll enjoy!! Now, let's start with the interview, so you can learn a little more about Marie.   

Hi and welcome to my blog, Marie. please make yourself at home and grab a drink from one of my hunky cabana boys, Zeke and Jake. To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Hello! My name is Marie Mason and I write shifter romances. Whew, glad that confession is out of the way. I’m working feverishly to finish Blind Date with a Bear which I hope to have out by mid-November. The characters are being a little difficult; they don’t want the story to end either. In December I hope to have Christmas Wolf, a very short shifter romance up for the holiday.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Chocolate and men. And ice cream. Preferably chocolate ice cream on a man.

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I secretly want to try a ménage-a-trois – I mean really what woman wouldn’t?

 If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

The mountains. There’s nothing more beautiful than driving along a stretch of interstate on a clear blue autumn day.

How do you get yourself in the mood to write?

Open my computer and stare at the blank screen. I also go back and re-read books from my keeper shelf – yes, I have shelves filled with paperback books even in this electronic age.

What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?
Standing in a check-out line at the grocery store. I know the plot has been done before, but what if that handsome stranger just grabbed you and kissed you?
Are your characters able to love or do they need to be taught?
They need to be taught. The women are usually not as self-confident as most. They need someone to show them they are loveable. Yes, some readers might disagree with not having a strong, confident heroine, but really, what person is that secure in themselves that they think they are truly loveable? To me, that person is even stronger when they allow themselves to open up to another person than the individual who has no doubts.

The heroes in my stories just don’t believe in love. They believe in sex and mating, but not the pesky emotions. To them, mating is loving. There’s a fine line between being domineering and being dominant. Most men have difficulty learning that lesson. But don’t worry, my heroines always make sure they learn the difference.
What can readers expect next from you?

Blind Date with a Bear is scheduled for release in mid-November and Christmas Wolf in December. And, I’m just saying, maybe you’ll see a character or two (hint, hint) from Blind Date sometime in 2014.
Thank you for coming!
Blurb: Ethan Scott was reluctant to claim his mate, Lily Reynolds. He was afraid his carnal needs would be too much for the curvy innocent. His wolf was of another mind, pushing the man relentlessly to mate. But Ethan knew once he had the brown-haired beauty there would no turning back. He’d claim her, mate her, and bred her. When she’s attacked by a group of rouge wolves, Ethan fears he has left his claiming too late and will lose his mate forever. When he comes to her rescue, he discovers the spirited Lily is more than ready to be the mate of an alpha.

Lily Reynolds has been crushing on her boss since she started work at Wolfe Enterprises six months ago. She knew the chances of attracting the wolf into a long-term relationship were slim to none – slim being a state she hadn’t achieved since childhood. She loved her curves and knew there was someone out there who would love every soft, luscious inch of her voluptuous body. Heartbroken, she knew Ethan Scott wasn’t that man despite the hot and cold signals the wolf shifter had been given her for months. 

My Thoughts: Mate of the Alpha was a short, sweet and steamy read, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  The slowly building tension between Ethan and Lily are amazing, it has you sitting on the edge, waiting for the dam to burst. When it does… oh boy.  It turns from steamy to hot.

Mate of the Alpha is a short read, but in the few pages, I thought Marie did a wonderful job, and I truly enjoyed every page. In the short time it took me to read, I was frustrated, hopeful, fearful, happy and then blushing. I’m looking forward to reading a full length novella from Marie. I’m curious to see how well she will do. Based on this short story, I'll bet it will be great.
About the Author:
Marie Mason loves to write romances about shifters and the curvy girls who love them. Her stories focus on the romance element in any genre – erotica, paranormal, contemporary. There is always an happy-ever-after in a Marie Mason romance.
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