Monday, February 7, 2011

MOLLY HARPER-GUEST POST and DOUBLE BOOK GIVEAWAY

 
GIVEAWAY ENDED
"NEW BOOK BASED ON 2009 

ICE STORM EXPERIENCE"
BY MOLLY HARPER
author of the NICE GIRLS Series, 
as well as the upcoming
"NAKED WEREWOLF" Series

An ice storm. Stranded in a strange, isolated place without power. Children with 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 manuscript.

ABOUT AUTHOR MOLLY HARPER:
  
Raised in Mississippi and Kentucky, Molly Harper graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in print journalism. She worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist; her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her husband and daughter. 
HOW TO FLIRT WITH 
A NAKED WEREWOLF
BY MOLLY HARPER

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Northern 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. . . .

THE ART OF SEDUCING 
A NAKED WEREWOLF
BY MOLLY HARPER

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Baring It All

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone's throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropicherself to stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can't afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . . .

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO AYELET AND MOLLY FOR
THIS VERY TIMELY GUEST POST, AND
TO SIMON & SCHUSTER, AS I HAVE TWO
SETS OF THESE TWO NEW BOOKS BY
MOLLY HARPER DUE OUT FEB. 22 AND
MARCH 29 RESPECTIVELY, TO GIVE AWAY!
    
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY:
COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT MOLLY'S ARTICLE AND SOMETHING THAT THESE WINTER STORMS HAVE MEANT TO YOU
 
+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHICH OF THE TWO BOOKS YOU THINK YOU WOULD LIKE THE BEST. THEN COMMENT ON WHY YOU THINK YOU SHOULD WIN THE SET

+1 MORE ENTRY: WATCH FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH MOLLY IN A FEW DAYS AND COMMENT THERE TO GAIN MORE ENTRIES. ALSO, I MAY  HAVE A REVIEW OF ONE, OR BOTH, OF THE BOOKS BEFORE THE GIVEAWAY ENDS, SO WATCH FOR THOSE FOR MORE ENTRIES AS WELL (I WILL TRY)
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, MARCH 1!
  GOOD LUCK!!!

70 comments:

debbie said...

I think that is a great way to spend a winter storm, at least it was a very productive time. The storms have meant alot of shoveling around here. I was actually getting worried about the amount of snow on the roof of our house.
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debbie said...

I would like to read how to flirt with a naked werewolf, because it is the first book, but also because I think the author sounds really creative. I would like to see what the ice storm made her come up with.
I would like to read these books because it sounds like the author has a really good sense of humor. I think these books sound good, and I would like to read them.
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Ricki said...

Using her cabin fever to spark her writing was an excellent idea. I like snow, and being stuck inside for one day was nice because I got some reading done, but it really messed up my work schedule.
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Ricki said...

I honestly do not know which book I would like best. I think it is interesting that the werewolf in The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf is female.
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Pamela Keener said...

I wish I had the imagination of Molly to write books in the midst of chaos. You go girl. Thanks for the background story it was as entertaining as the books you wrote.
Love & Hugs,
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Pamela Keener said...

"How To Flirt With a Naked Werewolf sounds entertaining. I would pick this book first.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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traveler said...

MOlly Harper sounds extremely talented and creative. Being inside for a brief period during the winter is fine. Not long term though. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I would enjoy How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf since it is the first book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

We too have had some occasions where because of bad weather, we all had to sleep in the living room close to the fireplace and wood stove for heat and cook on a wood stove. The best thing was with no electricity, we all turned to books to entertain ourselves.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I'd love to read "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf". I really, really want to win these, cause I've read all the "Nice Girls" series and laughed out loud at Jane often. The got shot by a drunk who thought she was a deer was priceless (I could so see that happening in my neck of the woods)

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justpeachy36 said...

I think both of Molly's books look really fun and interesting a lighter take on the paranormal genre.

We have missed more school this year because of the winter storms than we have in years. But, we have taken it in stride, played in the snow, made hot chocolate, watched movies and stayed in out of the weather... it's not so bad LOL...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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justpeachy36 said...

Well I always like to start with the first book in the series so that's the one I would pick.

I think I should win because I am a big fan of the genre, plus I intend to read and post a review of both books should I be fortunate enough to win.

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Anne said...

It's intersting that it was so cold in Kentucky that her imagination led her to Alaska. I never find anything good in storm except the immense plus of not having to go into work. We had our first snow day in 20+ years last week.

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Anne said...

I'd probably like How to Flirt. the start of a new series is always exciting. Why should I win? Cause I read every book Molly's vampire series and I'll get a kick out this series too.

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Connie said...

Hi! Her article was interesting. My favorite part is when she went back home to get more supplies she sees her neighbor shaving his head in the driveway. I thought that was weird and also very funny. Thanks for a cool giveaway! :)

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Connie said...

I think I would like the first book "How to flirt with a naked werewolf" if I had to choose. Thank you for a neat giveaway! :)

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love that she got a book idea from a bad situation and I don't mind winter, but the really bad storms are never too good.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i'd love the first...just because it's the new start to a series, and I LOVE Molly's books...which is why I need the set. LOL

-Lauren
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petite said...

I would like to start with How To Flirt. A new series and a new genre for me. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

Having the ability to spend time writing and becoming successful is wonderful. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

catherine said...

love that she took her miserable winter experience and turned it into an inspiration for her new books.
fortunately, florida winters are so mild and the onlybthing we really have to dealnwith is rain. can't complain one bit.
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Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting that everyone is so interested and obsessed with these storms----weather has a very primal pull on us I guess. Finding a good diversion from it is important in the winter--the author seems to do a good job of that.

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Anonymous said...

Both of these books sound like fun so who knows which one I would like best. I guess I would start the her first one--How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf.

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holdenj said...

I enjoyed Molly's winter story! I live in MN, so having many snowstorms during the winter is the norm. What I am thankful for is that we tend to not lose power in the winter (knock on wood!).
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holdenj said...

I always enjoy an Alaska setting and would probably read How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf first. It sure looks good! Thanks!
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Linda Kish said...

Winter storms...I can't relate. It was 80 today. I think she handled things well.

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Linda Kish said...

I think I'd like HOW TO FLIRT WITH
A NAKED WEREWOLF because you should probably flirt before you seduce.

I haven't read books like this. I should win so I can start.

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mbreakfield said...

I love werewolf stories and these sound great. The story about the neighbor shaving his head is rather bazarre, but funny. Since I'm from southern MS, I don't have any winter stories. but I have some doozies about Katrina.
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mbreakfield said...

I would love to win either of these, because they look entertaining, and I could use some light hearted entertainment.
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jeanette8042 said...

I find it amazing how Molly's twenty pages of notes from during a crazy blizzard resulted in a wonderful paranormal series!

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jeanette8042 said...

I would choose How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf just because it's the first book and that's how I usually prefer to start a series. I would love to read these books because Molly is a great author who writes humorous books and I need some humor in life as school drags on.

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bison61 said...

I don't mind snow storms-I do not get cabin fever. As long as I have heat and food I'm OK!

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Shannon said...

I'm glad something good came out of the winter storm. I live in southern California. No snow storms. =)
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Shannon said...

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. I loved And One Last Thing and would like to read more from the author.
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Jo said...

It's nice to hear about someone who got more out of their snow experience than I did. I can't imagine spending spending that amount of time with two bored children. =)

Personally, I always loved winter storms because they've always meant a thrill and a chance to cozy in. Unfortunately, the most recent blizzard has taught me the error of my ways. I didn't get a single bit of reading done.

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Jo said...

Tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/PonderingBks/status/35694073797025792

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Jo said...

If I were picking, I'd want HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF, because I like reading books in order.

Of course, I'd love to win the set. I have read and enjoyed Molly Harper's Nice Girl series, so I'm sure I'd love these as well. And I currently can't afford to buy any books, so I'd have to wait forever for the library to get them in, and re-check them out whenever I wanted to re-read them.

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mamabunny13 said...

What is interesting to me is that her first twenty pages of notes were done by candlelight.
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mamabunny13 said...

I think I would like "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" the best. I think I should win because I never thought I would read a book about werewolves but these books have piqued my interest.
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KimberlySue said...

I like the idea of werewolves and Kentucky...definitely creative!
And, I'm a teacher, so I've had a few days off w/ the winter storms!

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KimberlySue said...

I think "How to Flirt Naked with a Werewolf" looks like an awesome book...and I think I should win b/c I LOVE to read! Any kind of book, article, blog, etc...I love it! Plus, I've started a new blog where I'm keeping track of all the books I read this year by reviewing them all!

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Meredith said...

Love how a cold day with no power led to some very interesting-sounding books!

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Meredith said...

I think I would like How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf the best. I'd love to win! Reading them here in Florida would just help me appreciate our snowlessness even more!

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Christa said...

I would love to read How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf because it is the first book and it sounds like a hoot. I liked the crazy news stories she has covered!

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hendy said...

Wow, 6 nights camped out due to an ice storm-that's crazy. I have to tell you the blizzard we got 2 weeks ago was the worst I've ever experienced in KS-county office were shut down it was so bad.
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donnas said...

I remember that ice storm. What a great inspiration story it provided. Looking forward to reading the books too.

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donnas said...

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. I have to read in order, so that would be my favorite by default since I couldnt read the second until I read the first.

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bloggingmom said...

I can relate to living through a winter storm with a bored child. I did just that last year. We had a double blizzard in Maryland and schools were closed for two weeks. I was so afraid our power would go out. garczynski (at) aol (dot) com

bloggingmom said...

I think that I would enjoy reading the book "How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf" just a bit better than the other book. It would be fun to read about werewolf romance. I just sounds like a fun book.

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I find it interesting that these books evolved from a 6-day ice storm, and were written by candlelight no less! To me this year's blizzard meant a day off from work which is an extremely rare occurrence. :-)

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Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/39371718753517568

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Laura H. said...

I think I would like "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" the best. The synopsis gave much more detail than the second one and just the thought of a naked guy on your doorstep with a bear trap clamped to his ankle is enough to intrigue me! I would like to win because I enjoy humorous, modern-day romances with supernatural creatures.

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Laura H. said...

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YWLiang said...

Well, what I found interesting with her article was that her neighbor was shaving his head in his driveway... If I were to witness that, I would of been weirded out also...

For me, I love winter storms because it allows me to stay home instead of going to work. At home, I can finish up reading the piles of book I have yet to start on. but it's also a pain in the aftermath when I have to pull my car out of all the snow.


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YWLiang said...

I think I would like how to flirt with a naked werewolf more because really, the description for the second book wasn't that detailed and clear so I really don't know what's going to happen whereas the first one just drew me in because I already have a tiny grasp of the story. :) Plus, the first one sounds a bit more interesting and thought out!

I think I should win because I would really cherish the book and shower it with TLC (might sound corny and impossible but I would!)


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- Marybeth I. said...

I grew up in the NE so can relate to winter storms and the challenges they bring. It is fun to see someone see the light in it.

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MRWriter said...

I like that she wrote these by candlelight. Very romantic!

I live in LA so I can't imagine how bad these winter storms can be, but if they inspire fiction then I think they're pretty good!

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MRWriter said...

I'd like to read THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF between the two but they both sound fun! I'd like series and sets so it'd be nice to win both.

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Quetzi said...

Hi,

This book sounds hilarious & fun! I've been lusting after werewolves since I read the Twilight Saga & I find this book especially appealing because of it's witty humor! I can't wait to find out what the hunky werewolf is up to & if he's the culprit to the grisly attacks!

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Mona said...

I found it interesting how she likened her plight to a horror movie. The winter storms meant worrying about how the rest of my family was managing. My parents live in Wisconsin and, up until, 2 years ago, so did my hubby daughter, and I. My brother and SIL live in Philly.

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Mona said...

I think I would like HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF best b/c it would be interesting to read about a dysfunctional wolf pack. I'm sure the dynamics are just like a family and I know, at least for me, self-imposed exile
sounds very tempting.

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Mona said...

Oops-- forgot to mention why I should win. This is a new genre for me when it comes to reading. I do watch vampire/werewolf movies and TV shows but I would like to try the books.

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