Monday, May 7, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post w/ Angela Castle + Giveaway!

I am a full time mother and part time writer. I live in a small country town in Victoria Australia. I have been writing ever since I learned to read, and almost endlessly drifting off into the fantasy world of my imagination.
Thankfully, I have a great group of supporting writer friends; a husband and three currently small children who help keep me grounded.
When I’m not day dreaming of creating new worlds for my stories or madly typing away on my laptop. I have plenty to keep me busy on the home front.

Where to Find Angela:

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Why Paranormal Heroes?

Well, why not?
Let’s face it, who wants an ordinary man? Pot belly, couch potato, scratching himself, and yelling at the game? I think not.
Even if some women have married the man (*coughs*) mentioned above, (yes, even me) still, women want the fantasy of a paranormal hero.
They can run faster, live longer, see better, some change shape, some suck blood, but all in all, they are not like you and me. When they fall in love it’s huge, it’s a tsunami compared to normal waves, an avalanche not a snowfall. There’s no mistaking the metaphorical thud a paranormal hero makes when he falls for a human heroine.
They love deeply, possessively and yes, even the sex is on a blow-you-out-of-the-water scale. (*sighs dreamily*)
You can get lost in the world of a paranormal hero, feel their pain, celebrate with their triumphs, and love what they love. There is a dark, thrilling danger in being with someone who could potently, tear you to pieces or drain your body dry of blood.
Even as children we long for something bigger and better than ourselves. We pretend to be the super hero, who can fly, or save the world from evil witch or wizard.
I, and I’m sure millions of other women like myself, who consider themselves ‘plain Janes’, who have average bodies or work in dead-end jobs, dream about being suddenly snatched up by, courted or even conquered, and ravished by that ‘special hero’.
This is one of the reasons I write about paranormal, shape shifting heroes, and the fact I am a constant daydreamer. I know real life has its limitations; we live average lives.  But, every now and then, it does the soul good to indulge in a little fantasy. It’s a healthy part of the human mind. Dreaming and daydreaming, brings out our creative, and hopefully our deliciously naughty side.

~Angela Castle
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Tiger Mine by Angela Castle
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press (April 20, 2012)
Genre: Paranormal  Romance
Licking her wounds after ending a six-year marriage to a serial cheating husband, Julia has run away to her grandfather's house high in the Australian Mountains, hoping to fix the old neglected building up while she contemplates her future, only to discover a huge white Siberian tiger on her door step.

Tiger shifter Mohan has escaped, jumped ship and is in hiding from the hunter who has ripped him from his world and murdered those he loved, when a curvy Aussie woman turns up at the old house he’s managed to shelter in these past weeks. He offers his services as a builder by day, returning to her by night as a tiger. Despite the strong attraction he has trouble fighting, what he discovers in Julia is a new kind of warmth and kindness he is in desperate need of.

Julia knows her gorgeous Russian handyman is harboring dark secrets, but can her heart stand falling in love and losing again?

Can they help each other mend the deeper issues which plague their lives? And bring hope of a new future. Or will Mohan’s past hunt him down and tear the new fragile bond between them?

Where to Buy*:
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Read my review of Tiger Mine---I loved this book, it's one of the best shifter romances I have read in a long time!

Tiger Mine by Angela Castle
She scrubbed harder on the same spot, over and over, not really paying attention to what she was doing. A sudden knock at the door made her jump out of her skin.

"Crikey, James and Joseph!" Her heart still pounding in her chest, she climbed to her feet. She hadn't heard any car approaching. Who the heck could be at her door? Pink rubber gloves still encased her hands as she marched through the house and yanked open the front door.
Julia was stunned. She wasn't sure what the right word was, but beautiful was the only one that came to mind as she stared up into a pair of clear, pale blue eyes. She was instantly reminded of her tiger lodger. The man's ink-black hair hung to his shoulders, and he looked liked he'd been swimming. His skin was slightly pale, as if he was unaccustomed to being in the sun. His high, narrow face with symmetrical, angular cheekbones gave him a regal look. His slender nose and full masculine lips, made her wonder if they were as pillow soft as they looked. Where the hell had that thought come from?  She swallowed, noting his strong, square jaw gave him a sense of strength and power. At first glance Julia would have guessed him to be in his late twenties, maybe early thirties.
Remembering to breathe, Julia sucked in a breath and realized she'd been staring like an idiot. Her gaze dropped to his rumpled, worn clothes. The shirt had most certainly seen better days. The dark blue and black, square-patterned shirt did nothing to hide the fact the man was built.

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Angela will be giving away pens and autographed post cards to one commenter at every stop, and will choose one winner whose name will be used in Angela's next book.

How to Enter:
Mandatory: You must leave a comment on this post, complete with your email addy^! Answer Angela's question or ask one of your own!
^A note on email addresses: Your email address must be visible to be entered into this contest. Why? This makes it easy for me to contact the winner and therefore get the prize out! Visible means: a) Email is left in your comment (ninja style is perfectly fine); b) Email is visible on your Blogger profile (or other such website--Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc); or c) Email is used to log-in and fill out the Rafflecopter.

Angela's Question:
What is your favourite kind of paranormal hero and why?

Giveaway open May 7th through May 28th! 
Comment on all the tour stops for more chances to win--Good Luck!
Be sure to check out the rest of
Angela's tour for more great
snippets, posts, interviews
and reviews!
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Thanks so much Angela for stopping by-- I LOVED your post. :) I agree with every bit of it, and I think our readers will as well. I'd also like to tell you, again, how much I loved Tiger Mine--wonderful job!
I'd also like to thank Goddess Fish Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour as well as review the book. :)

Here, I'll kick off the discussion, shall I?

Oh, such a hard question--there are so many! It use to be vampires for me, but now... Well, shifters have won out all the way! :D I still enjoy the occassional well done vampire (especially BDB!), but I prefer shifters because of their sexy alpha attitudes and their strength. :)

And I even have a question for you, Angela--Do you have any plans on returning to the world you started in Tiger Mine? That is, will we see any more white tiger shifters, or do you think Mohan is the last of his kind on Earth?

Oh--and don't think I forgot, Angela! :)

Happy Birthday Hunk

Happy Birthay!


Until Next Time,
*TBQ's Book Palace is a member of both the Amazon and Barnes and Nobles affiliates program. By using the links provided to buy products from either website, I receive a very small percentage of the order. To read my full disclosure on the matter, please see this post!

**Note: The "happy birthday hunk" pictured above is not my picture. I found it via Google, on a sight called Blingee and downloaded the code to use it. I did not make it, nor do I claim it. Thanks!**


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Angela today.

julie beasley said...

nice interview, i enjoyed the book very much. i like dragons, but i enjoy the different shifters too. then theres immortal men i really cant pick, because i usually fall in love with whoeever im reading at the time.

Angela Castle said...

Thank you Book Queen for Hosting me!
I am sorry to disappoint you, but I never meant for Tiger Mine to be a series, it was a stand alone novel. Good news is, I am working on other shifter books. Black cats have grabbed my attention. I hope, will be able to place my new story, on my coming soon list, I hope.

My aim, while writing Tiger Mine was to give the shifter world a heartfelt 'real' almost 'normal' feel, if you will.

I am thrilled you enjoyed it, and hope other will to.
Angela Castle.

MomJane said...

I think this is the most fascinating story line I have read about in weeks. I can hardly wait to read it.

Cheryl Wright said...

I love reading about both sides of an author's life. Thanks for sharing, Angela!

JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog said...

Hi sweetie. Love the Excerpt. I have this on my TBR pile.

My fave. Paranormal Hero is a any kind of Feline Shape-shifter. Usually they are powerful and super sexy alpha.

The_Book_Queen said...

Ah, well I won't lie, I am a bit disappointed to hear there won't be more white tigers. But I was happy with Mohan and Julia's story, so that's okay. As long as you are doing more shifter novels in the future, I'm happy! Fingers crossed that they come through soon! :)


DBookWhore said...

I love this cover!! Sounds like a great read!


Margaret Midwood said...

Hi Angela,

Thanks for sharing a little of your writing life and I have to confess I don't know how you cope with it all and still write those wonderful stories of yours.

Can't wait to read Tiger Mine.

My favourite paranormal hero was the vampire but I've been converted to include dragons and maybe tigers in my list.


Catherine Lee said...

Every 5-0-something "plain jane" needs a little fantasy in her life!

My favorite paranormal heroes would probably be aliens--heroes from other planets who might live disguised among us--like Superman.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Lia K said...

Hi Angela, thanks for sharing some of your writing life and loves with us, and discovering we have some things in common:)
I've been turned from vampires to Dragon shifters after reading your wonderful Dragon Down Under and can't wait to read more, including Tiger Mine.

cheers Lia

April Alvey said...

Wow Loved the interview. I Have your books on my wish list.

bn100 said...

I like werewolves because they're very strong and protective.


Danielle Lisle said...

Sounds amazing!!! Be then again, any Angela Castle book always is. :D

Danni T said...

Sounds like a really good book. My favorite type of paranormal hero is....hmm... I don't know. I'm really stuck between shifters, angels, and demons. I couldn't begin to choose.


Serena Tatti Story Editor said...

Hi Angela,
I LOVE your books! I can't wait to read Tiger Mine! I love reading about your life. I don't know how you can juggle three small children, a husband, a day job and write so prolifically!

I think my fave paranormal heroes are aliens like in Blue Fire. Loved that book!

Hope you had a happy birthday :)

TBQ, thanks for having Angela as your special guest!

Christine Young said...

Wow, Angela, this looks like it will be a great tour. Tiger Mine is a really great read!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this one! I am all about shifters, I'm like you, I use to love my vamps but now the shifters have it all. I love the were-leopards and were-lions.

Thanks for another awesome post!

Vidya Ravi said...

Wow, the man in the cover looks great. I would really read it soon. You give me any book with paranormal romance genre, I would be so happy to read it. When the plot is so fascinating, I can't hold myself. Thank you!

Vidya @ Books Are Magic

Phoenix Carvelli said...

I love all paranormal but shifters are really special. I like how their animal traits come through even when in human form.
Thank you for a fantastic giveaway!