"I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared to meet me is another matter."
-Winston Churchill

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hot Dang! Go ahead & Moon Me - Lupine Moon that is! Hunter Moon by Cait Lavender Tour Stop & Giveaway

Cait Lavender and I have been friends for several months now, and when she contacted me about her new release, Hunter Moon, I was so excited I went out and bought the book. Boy am I glad I did! Cait not only wrote a phenomenal story, she has me anxiously awaiting for the next installment as well. I think you are going to love the book and her, and I had the pleasure of doing a fun interview with her that I think you are going to enjoy.

Welcome Cait!

What vampire would you most like to meet that you've read in a book? 
Probably Stefan Uccello from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Any Vamp that has decorated his VW bus like the Mystery Machine is cool in my book.

Would you ever bring a werewolf home for dinner? 
Well, if they’re anything like my weres, OF COURSE! How could I turn down sexy lupines? Plus, they’d make a really cool parlor trick. Cash would be a true gentleman, James would be hilarious and I’m sure the other two brothers, Guy and Beau would have some interesting stories to tell as well.

Favorite Bull Rider from the Professional Bull Riding (PBR) circuit? 
Unfortunately I haven’t gotten to follow this year’s riders, but in previous years I’ve been a big fan of Ty Murray.

Would you ever, or have you ridden a bull? 
Nope! I’m way too tall and lacking that certain type of death wish that bull riders seem to have. The closest I’ll ever get to riding a bull is the mechanical one they have at rodeos! I have a couple bulls, a papered angus and a Maine anjou, but both of them are sweethearts, so I wouldn’t subject them to me riding them ;)

Hottest Cowboy Alive? 
Hands down, Robert Redford. But Viggo came close in Hidalgo.

What's your horses name? 
Rusty is the only horse I have now. He’s a red roan quarter horse gelding and the inspiration for Roany in Hunter Moon. I love quarter horses. They’re just a great all-around horse. I love roans of any color and I have a soft spot for flashy black and white paints.

Where is the scariest place you ever visited? 
Scariest? I don’t scare all that easy so this is a toughy. Probably the abandoned all-boys school near my high school. I went there with some friends on a dare. The Hobb’s Grove in my book is a real place, and though I only get as scared as I want to be, the guys with chainsaws still freak me out a bit.

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.

My Review:

Hunter Moon by Cait Lavender was just perfect. The storyline has me putting Cait right up my list with my favorite authors like, Laurell K. Hamilton, JD Robb, and yes, she is on my top 10 list. 

The main character, Shelby is strong, witty, and a take no crap kind of gal, right up my alley. When she meets the new game warden, Cash, isn't that a fantastic name? Well, he turns her world upside down in more ways than one. 

Investigating a murder that happened on Shelby's land, brings the two together constantly. They develop this love-hate relationship, only because Shelby doesn't like the way she feels, or the way her body responds to this man. No man has ever affected her like he does, and though her best friend pushes for the relationship, telling her to just jump his bones, Shelby is just not that kind of girl. 

As time goes on, a wolf she actually shot at when she thought he was after her cattle, befriends her and she gladly accepts his help when someone is after her.

Hunter Moon is full of surprises and twists, and actually gave me goose bumps with a few of them. Sometimes I was like, WOW, and other times I was like didn't see that one coming. It was fantastic from the first page, you will be able to read through it in one sitting, and you too will be so ready for the next book. More originality than I expected, and not the same mundane wolf aspects you would expect. 

I totally recommend this book and you should go get it now :). Oh wait! You can get your hands on it now! Cait is celebrating her tour and Hunter Moon with an Ebook Giveaway at every one of her tour stops! So leave a comment and your email for a chance to win! Winner will be announced on Friday, April 6.

I saw the warden’s forest green Silverado when I pulled in, but no sign of the warden himself anywhere. I lowered the tailgate of the Blazer to let Reggie down and he took off toward the barn. I trusted his instincts and followed him and found an image I could use to warm the lonely, cold nights. On the trailer of alfalfa was a 6’4’ Adonis. The man, or god, who I assumed was the warden, had his shirt off while he was unloading hay. His fantastic shoulders were bare and rippling as he unloaded bale after bale of hay. His biceps flexed as he squatted to pick up another and bless him, I had a front row seat to his fantastic rear.
The warden couldn’t have been any older than late twenties or early thirties, and his golden skin just added to the Greek god effect he had going. Something stirred in me while I watched him work, something I had never felt before. Pure unadulterated lust. I wanted that man more than anyone in my whole life.
Irritated with my surging libido, I tamped down my unwelcome feelings as much as I could. I definitely didn’t need that kind of complication in my life right now. He bent over and picked up another bale and I had to bite the inside of my lip to keep from moaning. No man should look that delicious. I nodded my head in agreement with myself and continued to gawk. His shoulders were nearly twice as wide as mine, and his broad chest narrowed to flat, rippling abs and a trim waist.
In the ten minutes I supposed he’d been there he had almost the whole trailer unloaded, and it didn’t even look like he’d broken a sweat. If I’d unloaded that much I would have been a puddle of exhausted goo. I stood there, staring at all his assets, for a few minutes longer before I climbed on the trailer and started helping.
When I came up behind him, he stopped working and stared at me. His nostrils flared wide, but he didn’t seem surprised at my arrival. Unnerved a bit by his piercing gaze, I picked up a bale. He just shrugged and resumed unloading, maintaining a silence the whole time we worked. In between bales he brushed his dark brown hair off his forehead to reveal two eyes the brilliant blue of sapphires.
He looked at me for a moment, and then unloaded the last bale of alfalfa. I hopped off the trailer, suddenly needing distance from his cobalt stare. Without the hay bales to occupy my hands, they were itching to touch the ripples of all six of his abs. I stared at the ground, shifting from foot to foot.
Thanks. I really appreciate the help. If I was by myself, this would have taken hours.” I handed him his uniform shirt that was hanging off the side mirror of my truck and glanced at the name tag. “Officer Newcomb.”
It’s warden Newcomb, but you can call me Cash.” He put his uniform back on and I couldn’t help feeling a sense of loss. The fabric covered a spectacular chest with just a judicial smattering of curly brown hair that drew together in a fuzzy line that lead south. Talk about a happy trail.

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Cait Lavender is a twenty-six year old wife and stay at home mother of one (so far) in Central California. Living on a cattle ranch in Central California where she and her husband raise papered Black Angus cattle. When Cait's not chasing her toddler around the house or doing mountains of never-ending laundrym she's writing feverishly or reading anything she can get her hands on. Cait's favorite thing about books is their ability to transport you out of the stress and fatigue of your own life into a more interesting, sexy world.

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Cait Lavender said...

Thank you so much for your amazing review! Good luck to all of you who enter!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review. My TBR keeps on growing :).

Jennifer said...

I can not wait to read!! Sounds so good!!! Great interview!!! And review is awesome!!!! :)