Hello everyone! I’ve got another tour for you today that if you’re like me, you’ll love! And so let me show you some goodies!!
Touching the Moon
Lisa M. Airey
Genre: Romantic Suspense with a Paranormal Twist
Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent, NY
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 89K
Cover Artist: http://www.reese-winslow.com
A gifted healer with a genetic secret and a haunted past, Julie Hastings takes her new veterinary degree to South Dakota hoping to bury memories of a physically abusive stepfather and unprotective mother.
Although intending to lead a quiet life, she finds herself relentlessly pursued by two unwelcome suitors: the Chief of Police and a powerful member of the Sioux Indian Nation.
The man she chooses shatters her world-view.
Her stepfather taught her that not all monsters run on four legs. Now Julie must face another truth—some beasts are good.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/-4drhhDLcSU
My Review: Of course I loved this werewolf book! 🙂 this is a tale of a woman from a bad abusive past who not only finds herself but falls in love and warms the community. It’s such a sweet romance with some slightly psychotic bad guys and a species of weres that need some lessons in manners. 🙂
Julie is a veterinarian who moves to a small town in South Dakota. She has a new job fresh out of school. She loves her new freedom, hat she doesn’t expect is to have so much support from everyone. It’s quite a growth of a character from her in the beginning. She was terrified of everything, timid, shy. Now she’s almost a little feisty! She learns a whole lot in a short time span. And she has two gorgeous guys vying for her every attention.
I’ll start with office Dan. He follows Julie when she gets into town to help her, then asks her out the entire time. I like him but I would have punched him after the 10th time she said no. In his defense, Julie did send misleading signs. She needed to grow a little more in that category LOL
Now Gray, he’s a force. He’s like the scary gentle giant. He’s huge, he’s dark and brooding and he is so intimidating. And yet he’s the nicest one around. He’s also our local wolf 🙂 I loved his character. He was so patient with Julie and considerate even if he wanted more. Him and Julie have a very captivating relationship.
The writing is flawless and flowed so well. You will fall in love with not only the main characters but the secondary characters as well. You will cheer with them and cry with them and want to hug them! You’ll laugh and cry and be terrified and then completely uplifted! I really hope I see more of these characters in the future! 5 MAGNIFICENT WOLFY PAWS!!!
Guest Blog: The Monster as Hero
Lisa M. Airey, Author, “Touching the Moon”
Monsters are things we classically associate with evil. From Cyclops and the Minotaur to kraken and dragons, traditional evil consisted on non-human predators that hunted humans for sport. Then literature (and the real world) discovered the monster “within” with characters such as Caligula, Nero, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Jack the Ripper.
In the gothic novel, evil people were given a physical deformity to express that inner evil…the idea being that “sin is a thing that writes itself across a man’s face.” [Oscar Wilde]
Evil was given pointy ears and fangs. Evil had claws and fetid breath or scars and twisted limbs. But gradually, we experienced a major paradigm shift.
In books such as “The Beauty and the Beast” and the “Amulet of Samarkand” or movies such as “Shrek” and “E.T.”, we see “monsters” showing their tender, vulnerable sides and presenting themselves as just plain old “misunderstood”.
Are we, as a society, becoming less judgmental, less focused on outward appearances and more focused on inner character?
The World Wildlife Fund saves all endangered species both prey and predator alike. Perhaps we have begun to acknowledge that everyone needs to eat…all the while maintaining that evil is as evil does. It has nothing to do with appearance.
If the traditionally-coded “evil” vampires/werewolves/ogres or scary extraterrestrials lead a good life, they are no longer villain, right? They can become heroes.
We have seen these “marvelous monsters” championed by Patricia Briggs, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris and Katie Mac Alister. Not all paranormal stories are horror films in the making.
In this scene from “Touching the Moon”, veterinarian Julie Hastings comes face to face with the fact that her love interest is a shape-shifter. The shifter is doing his level best to allay her fears and show his tender human side.
“I have a lot of questions,” she said softly.
“Well, let me answer the most important one before you even ask it.” He paused. “I’m human, Julie. I hurt. I suffer. I love. I feel. Although I can shape-shift into a wolf, I am not a beast. I’m a man.”
“I need you to know that.”
She nodded again.
“I am still me. But I am also Big Boy. The only thing that’s changed is…now you know that we are one and the same.”
“You are in wolf-form often.”
“Yes. There is a female veterinarian in town that I guard on her Saturday hikes. She likes me a lot and she feels very safe when I am by her side.”
Julie swallowed and looked toward the window.
“Hey, there is a man in the moon, right?”
Julie nodded, and turned back to face him.
“There is a man in your wolf. He’s just hidden.”
“Life is not that simple.”
“Life is very simple, Julie. We’re the ones that complicate it up with our disbelief. There were those who doubted that man could fly. And look at us now. We’ve already touched the moon.”
If you were Julie, would you run away or give this “marvelous monster” a chance?
About the Author:
Lisa has worked in the wine industry for 20 years, the most recent eight in education with the Society of Wine Educators and the French Wine Society. In these roles, she has authored and/or edited wine study manuals and developed or expanded certification programs for the wine trade.
In her free-time, she writes fiction…naturally, with a glass of wine at the elbow.
She is a Maryland Master Gardener and puts that training into practice in her sizable vegetable garden. To assist her, she has recruited the services of a very helpful staff: two Chinese geese, two mini-Rex rabbits and 2,000 red wigglers (worms)…all of which are “master composters”. An adopted feral cat guards the perimeters and keeps the groundhogs at bay. She resides in Monkton, Maryland.
Isn’t that awesome!! I say go now!!! It’s worth it! 🙂 LOL I want to thank Ms. Lisa for stopping by today! And I wanna thank the ladies at Bewitching book tours who give me goodies to give you guys! LOL Good luck everyone, I hope you get a copy! 🙂 Happy reading and later gators!