Thursday, February 3, 2011

Upcoming release: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

I recieved a press release about this book today and it looks interesting. Since I just started the Where in the World are You Reading Challenge I know I would be able read it for Alaska. More interesting the author wrote it while stuck in without power during a 2009 snowstorm which is so like the weather I am currently trapped in. I haven't lost power at all but a number of my friends, who don't live all that far from me, have lost power and not all the homes in my area even have it going again yet.

Pocket author Molly Harper based new book on 2009 ice storm experience:

An ice storm. Stranded in a strange, isolated place without power. Children
an unsettling ability to win staring contests. This is how horror
movies start.

Watching the news coverage as cities across the Midwest
are pelted by the much-touted historic blizzard, I’m having strange sympathy
pangs. In January 2009, an ice storm ripped through Kentucky, taking out power
and phone lines for thousands of homes, including mine. The first night I spent
camped out in my in-laws’ darkened living room with my two young children, I was
sure this was just a temporary blip. It was going to be a funny story we could
tell the next winter. As in, “Remember that night we had to sleep on an air
mattress in front of Grandma’s fireplace and cook on a gas grill in the garage?”

By the sixth night, I was no longer amused.

Over the next week,
Kentuckians were cold, cranky and progressively ill-groomed. I returned to my
dark, cold house to forage for supplies one afternoon, only to find my neighbor
shaving his head in his driveway. I sincerely hoped that was related to the lack
of electricity and not just a personality quirk I'd never noticed before.
Neighborhood block parties have been stilted and awkward since.

But I
managed to channel my cabin fever, before going the full
fire-ax-through-bedroom-door and elevator-full-of-blood route. I started
writing. Having recently published the Nice Girls books, a vampire romance
series about an undead librarian in small-town Kentucky, I’d already decided
that I wanted to write a werewolf
story. And being isolated, in the dark, in
an increasingly crowded, enclosed
space, I decided to set the story in the
frozen regions of Alaska.

While we waited for the power to come back on,
I wrote about twenty pages of notes by candlelight. What emerged was the story
of Mo Wenstein, a woman who moves across the country to escape her intrusive
hippie parents and make a life for herself in the remote town of Grundy, Alaska.
Cantankerous neighbor Cooper has been giving Mo a hard time about her place in
her new community since day one. But when Cooper stumbles onto her porch, naked,
with a bear trap clamped around his ankle, she realizes there’s more to him than
a surly- though attractive- surface. A series of werewolf attacks, for which
Cooper may or may not be responsible, dysfunctional werewolf clan drama, and
romantic hijinks ensue.

The manuscript grew over the next few months and
became HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, which is due to be released by Pocket
Books on Feb. 22, wherever books are sold. The sequel, THE ART OF SEDUCING A
NAKED WEREWOLF, will follow on March 29.

So, while the encroaching
claustrophobia is frustrating, make the best of your snow days. Use the milk,
eggs and bread you hoarded to make French toast. Plow through the To-Be-Read
pile of paperbacks on your nightstand. Write journal entries about the sights,
sounds and emotions you’re experiencing as a blizzard survivor.
You never know. You could turn this experience into your first

Product DescriptionNorthern Exposure
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .

Product DetailsMass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket (February 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439195862
ISBN-13: 978-1439195864

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