Fierce Love: RISE OF THE ALPHA SQUIRREL–Review and Giveaway!

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Hi there! Today I’m bursting with excitement over another weresquirrel novella from Kate Lowell. RISE OF THE ALPHA SQUIRREL is a rollicking tale about a weresquirrel and the human he adores above all sense and hazelnuts. Well, maybe most hazelnuts. You know I loved NUTS ABOUT YOU, and this second book in the Nutty Romances series was just as charming.

Catch my review, the plush giveaway and a fun excerpt from this world…

RiseoftheAlphaSquirrelfinalAbout the book:
Nathan’s met Vince’s family, but Vince hasn’t met Nathan’s, and Nathan would like to keep it that way. Holy smoked almonds, what else do you do when you know how completely nuts your relatives are?

Why, you ease your man into it, by introducing him to normal shifters. Assuming you can find any.

But with a gossipy werehummingbird spreading the news, and a pair of young red pandas wreaking havoc with their fainting goat friends, Nathan’s about ready to climb into a pine cone and pull it in after him.

Then the local playboy weremoose hears about Vince, and Nathan has to find his inner alpha or the consequences will be worse than moldy hazelnuts.

How about a savory nibble?

“Breakfast,” Vince said and waved a hand toward the table.

It was a squirrel’s wet dream. Or it would have been, if good-enough-to-lick-all-over-then-eat Vince hadn’t been sitting on the other side of the table. Maybe he could say it was any other squirrel’s wet dream—whatever, it was the breakfast of Roman squirrel emperors.

A pile of thick, deep brown pancakes waited for him in the center of his plate. Raspberries and shaved almonds sprawled seductively over the side of the stack, glistening with sweet, sticky maple syrup. Some of the less audacious ones hid decorously beneath the edges of a heavy daub of whipped cream, but Nathan knew they were there, waiting for him to discover them. He could see them peeking diffidently out, uncertain whether they wanted to attract his attention or not.

And the best part—the most gorgeous massage therapist in the world was sitting across the table from him, watching him with eyes that were dark in more than just the usual way. He looked at Nathan like Nathan was a maple walnut ice cream with a peanut dip. Like he wanted to lick him all over and suck bits of him deep inside his mouth…

My Review:
Nathan is back, and he wants to keep Vince all to himself. He’s definitely head over tail for his sexy human, but he’s getting the vibe that Vince wants to take their relationship the next level: meeting the parents. Vince’s folks adore Nathan, and Nathan doesn’t want Vince to meet his truly crazy family.

Instead, he decides to compromise by bringing Vince out to a shifter campground to meet some friends that Nathan’s fairly sure will welcome a human in their midst. The first misstep occurs when Nathan and Vince stop in for supplies at Nathan’s friend Charlie’s store–that werehummingbird couldn’t keep a secret if his wings depended upon it.

The adventure gets more ridiculous by the moment when their campsite is invaded by red pandas, kids (the juvenile goat variety), Charlie and a rather pompous weremoose. I really dug the way these shifters were initially wary of Vince, but melted once they got to know him. It was also fun to see young shifters frolicking and running amok, unwilling to control either their shifting or their urges for food or affection. It totally charmed me that Vince was so openly accepted by the orphaned red pandas.

Like the first novella, there’s lots of sexual tension throughout. Nathan and Vince are equally smitten, but Nathan’s terrified that another shifter will be more attractive as a partner. Vince is supportive and rightfully indignant with Nathan’s fear that Vince could be wooed away. The showdown for supremacy was hysterical, and hard fought. Nathan truly is an Alpha Squirrel. There’s some sticky sexytimes at the end, and a promise for further antics to come. I’m eager to read on in this series!

Interested? You can find RISE OF THE ALPHA SQUIRREL on Goodreads, Amazon and AllRomance.

****GIVEAWAY****

Click on this Rafflecopter giveaway link for your chance to win a ruby-thrated hummingbird! (stuffed, and not a werehummingbird, either!)
Good luck and keep reading my friends!

fake book 2 copyBonus scene from the completely fictional mind of Kate Lowell:

Appendix A: What to Buy to Disguise Your Baby as Human
Babies and young children don’t always have the strongest control over their shifts, nor can one say that they have a developed sense of when is a good time to shift, and when would be a good time to choose their human form.

But, there are clothing choices you can make which can ease the risk of discovery and severe hysterics on the part of your neighbors.

The first, and easiest, option is a simple pair of sunglasses to hide their eyes. If more coverage is desired, humans also produce a line of glasses with fake noses attached, though babies may find the hair on the underside of the nose to be either bothersome or a temptation.

In more extreme situations, or when an older child proves incapable of sufficiently controlling their appearance, a tiny costume, such as those worn during the human holiday of Halloween, will cover any errors of appearance such as fins or a tail.

Ah, the travails of shifter parenthood…

About the author:
Kate Lowell lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farm house that has way more personality than it has any right to. During the winter, she spends her time dreading snow, cursing at snow, shoveling snow, and scheming ways to shove it down the kids’ necks. During the summer, she prays not to have snow. 🙂

Kate likes to play in ALL the sandboxes. While her main genres are paranormal and contemporary suspense, she is also interested in science fiction, fantasy and–weirdly–romantic comedy. She’s willing to pay large amounts of money to anyone who can come up with plot-bunny repellent, which she will first use on herself, then sell to LA Witt for an exorbitant price to recoup her costs.

You can contact her at katelowellbooks (at) gmail.com . If you think you’d like to try writing gay romance, come visit her critique group (Link can be found at http://katelowell.com). New members are always welcome.

You can catch up with Kate on her website, Facebook, twitter, and Goodreads.
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Nutty Fun: NUTS ABOUT YOU–Review and Giveaway!

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Hi there! I’m sharing a review for an adorable M/M shifter romance from Kate Lowell. This fun and fresh novella, NUTS ABOUT YOU, follows the, initially, unrequited interest of a squirrel shifter and the customer who makes him nutty.

Catch my review and enter to win a cute plush squirrel buddy!
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About the book:
Nathan’s been crushing on one of his regular Bulk Mart customers for a while now. In his squirrel form, he sits on Vince’s bird feeders, munching on seeds and enjoying the eye candy. Until the day Vince catches him raiding the feeder…

A voyeuristic taster….

The best part was coming next. Nathan took an absentminded bite of the sunflower seed in his paw and hung a little further out from the feeder to get a better view. Because now, the body wash was coming out. Vince’s hand stretched past Nathan’s field of vision, returning with what looked like the Natural Sea Sponge Vince had bought at Bulk Mart a month ago. He flicked open the cap on the almond-scented body wash and spread it on the sponge. Though Nathan couldn’t smell it through the window, he knew that scent. It drove him wild—he stopped to sniff it every time he walked down the aisle, and he even had a bottle on his bedside table. Not to use, just to smell every night as he lay in bed, wishing it was Vince’s hand on him instead of his own.

There it went, the sponge traveling over all the places where Nathan would like to run his tongue. Vince started on his neck, smooth up and down movements covering his skin with a rich lather. The bubbles slid down his body, clinging in a way that made Nathan irrationally jealous of them. The sponge followed the bubbles down, making circles over the sleek chest, then crisscrossing back and forth over the flat stomach and past his bellybutton, with its narrow trail of hair leading down to—OH MY WALNUTS!

My Review:
I breezed through this cute little story that centers on Nathan, a squirrel shifter and workaday cashier at a big box store. Vince has been a regular customer for the past few months, coming in to purchase bags of seed for his many bird feeders. Nathan does a little bit of stalking, and a lot a bit of peeping on his crush.

Crashing out in his squirrel form, munching quality bird seed from Vince’s feeders, Nathan revels in the lack of window coverings for Vince’s bathroom and bedroom. It certainly feeds all his fantasies…until an irate Vince startles him from his perch and apprehends him!

I really liked the pace here, with little beating about the bush…Nathan and Vince are well on their way to enjoying more adult activity. The elements of squirrelness were adorable, and, as Nathan tells this tale, we get a whole lot of his nutty point of view. Okay, okay, enough with the puns already. This is a short read, perfect for a sexy lunch break.

Interested? You can find NUTS ABOUT YOU on Goodreads, Amazon, iTunes, and AllRomance.

Squirrel****GIVEAWAY****

Click on this Rafflecopter giveaway link for your chance to win a plush “Nathan” squirrel. (Shifting not guaranteed!)

Meet the author:
Kate Lowell lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farm house that has way more personality than it has any right to. During the winter, she spends her time dreading snow, cursing at snow, shoveling snow, and scheming ways to shove it down the kids’ necks. During the summer, she prays not to have snow. 🙂

Kate likes to play in ALL the sandboxes. While her main genres are paranormal and contemporary suspense, she is also interested in science fiction, fantasy and–weirdly–romantic comedy. She’s willing to pay large amounts of money to anyone who can come up with plot-bunny repellent, which she will first use on herself, then sell to LA Witt for an exorbitant price to recoup her costs.

You can contact her at katelowellbooks (at) gmail.com . If you think you’d like to try writing gay romance, come visit her critique group (Link can be found at http://katelowell.com). New members are always welcome.

You can catch up with Kate on her website, Facebook, https://twitter.com/, and Goodreads.
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