I am excited to welcome author Tamara Hogan to Literary Escapism today. Tamara has just released the second novel in her Underbelly Chronicles series, Chase Me.
HE SECRETS SHE’S UNCOVERING WILL BE HIS TO KEEP…
Centuries ago, when their ship crashed to Earth, paranormals of all types settled secretly into our world, quietly going about their business with humans none the wiser. Self–ruling and careful to stay below the radar, all is threatened when Valkyrie archaeologist Lorin Schlessinger and her werewolf geologist partner Gabe Lupinsky inadvertently draw evil attention to Earth and its treasured natural resources.
As the threat intensifies, Lorin and Gabe struggle to contain the chaos they’ve unleashed, and to resist their explosive mutual attraction…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Chase Me.
Literary Escapism asked: “Were there any particular legends or lore that inspired your idea of a werewolf?”
Short answer? No, not particularly. ;-)
I grew up in northern Minnesota, and have more than a passing acquaintance with wolves—timberwolves, in particular. Back when I was young, during winters when the snow was really deep and food was scarce, the wolves would sometimes come into the city limits, alone and in packs, to forage for their next meal. Though they usually hit up the garbage cans, it wasn’t unheard of for small dogs to simply…disappear. Needless to say, we didn’t let our toy poodle outside to do his business unattended.
I started developing The Underbelly Chronicles’ werewolves—and the Lupinsky family in particular— with a question: what would happen if a wolf had significant health problems? What would happen if it was extremely near-sighted? In the ruthless wild, that wolf would die—survival of the fittest and all. In captivity, that wolf would survive, but be dependent upon human caretakers for survival and sustenance. What if you were a wereshifter, a mixture of human and wolf, able to shift at will? What would that wolf’s options be? In Gabe Lupinsky’s case, it means he doesn’t shift very often. No one makes eyeglasses for wolves, nor has anyone figured out a way for surgical correction to bridge a shift. He feels stuck in his human skin, set apart from his kind—but at least he has all of his limbs, unlike his mother and his sister. In his human form, he’s capable and productive, and very good at his work.
Then he’s diagnosed with macular degeneration. Even in human form, his vision is deteriorating.
He’s just coming to terms with the news when a work emergency arises: his professional nemesis, Lorin Schlessinger, a Valkyrie, has just made what could be the find of the millennium at the remote northern Minnesota archaeological dig she and her family have worked for decades. Secrecy and discipline are sorely needed, and their boss wants Gabe on-site to supplement some gaps in Lorin’s skillset.
Between frost warnings, heat advisories, ticks, mosquitoes, and pine sap, spending the summer camping in northern Minnesota is the last thing city-boy Gabe wants to do. He knows he’ll spend the summer yearning for what he can’t have… to shift and run with the other wolves, and for Lorin, the woman who’s so far out of his league it isn’t even funny.
Meet Tamara Hogan!
Tamara Hogan loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis with her partner Mark and two naughty cats. When she’s not telecommuting as a quality and process engineer for a global networking company, she enjoys writing edgy urban fantasy romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots. Her debut, Taste Me, was a 2009 Daphne Paranormal Winner and 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. For more information, please visit www.tamarahogan.com/.
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Thank you Tamara for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Tamara is giving away a copy of Chase Me. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: question Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. US/Canada only.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until June 26th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.