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Friday, January 30, 2009

Say Hello to Kitty and win a wolf pack of books

Kitty Norville is one popular gal,thanks to her talk radio show The Midnight Hour,which not only discusses whether vampires,werewolves and other supernatural creatures of legend are real but dispenses advice to folks having trouble dealing with their otherworldly afflictions.

She speaks from some authority(not as much as her listening audience gives her credit for,she would say)due to having become a werewolf four years ago.

Kitty was attacked and then taken in by the local pack of werewolves,keeping a position in the bottom of the pecking order. With the unexpected success of her radio show,however,Kitty started to take control of her life and her lycanthropy,but not without some consequences to deal with.

So far,Kitty has had to leave her original pack behind due to being caught in the crossfire of a power struggle,testify before a Senate committee lead by a bigoted politician out to form an official witch hunting party on all supernatural beings in America,deal with vampire politics and try to reconcile her family to her celebrity status and alternate lifestyle.

She's not entirely alone in her pursuits,having made friends with Cormac,a bounty hunter who was originally assigned to assassinate her on-air and Ben,the lawyer who represents them both but becomes more intimately connected to her.

The Kitty series is written by Carrie Vaughn,who has four books out and two more on the way,in February(Kitty and The Dead Man's Hand) and March(Kitty goes to Hell). Her approach to werewolf and other supernatural lore is very much old school style,with silver bullets and the full moon being a strong influence over weres,but not without a few twists of her own.

She also has a sense of humor and fun,especially with some of the call-in guests to Kitty's talk show. The second book,Kitty Goes To Washington,starts off with a great exchange between Kitty and a guy who wants to know where he can find a were-alpaca to change him over.

As I always tell my sister(who loves to tease me about werewolf and vampire lore),Kitty lets him know that weres are nine times out of ten predatory animals. Good to have something in print that I can use to win an argument(even a mock serious one).

The books are not meant as laugh fests;Kitty has plenty on her plate to handle and not just figuring out if her latest opponent is human or not. She's also juggling a growing career while keeping in touch with her family,dealing with unwanted celebrity status and learning how to be strong and confident not just for others but for herself.

I'm only started reading the series this week and am close to finishing up the second book today(it's like literary Pringles,you can't read just one or two pages). While my personal preference for paranormal protagonists still tilts toward the vampire section, Kitty Norville is one werewoman I'd gladly follow to see what she does next.

So,to help out my fellow readers who are just as interested as I am in Carrie Vaughn's Kitty adventures,We here at LRG are having a little giveaway,courtesy of the good people at Grand Central Publishing.

All you have to do is leave a comment to this post over the weekend(since Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial holiday for many,the deadline will be Monday night)and I'll chose a winner from amongst them.

That lucky duck will get a set of all six of the Kitty books from Grand Central,including the upcoming Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand(which takes place in Vegas,sweet)and Kitty Goes To Hell. If anyone out there wants to alert their friends and fellow bloggers to this contest,please feel free to do so.

Your comment doesn't have to be werewolf related,but if you want to name your favorite were book,movie or TV show,that would be fun. Hope you all have a great weekend because I know I will,with more of these great books to go through,bad moon notwithstanding:


A Poor Grad Student said...

This series sounds like a lot of fun! It reminds me a little bit of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse (which I love) with a little Stephanie Plum mixed in (which I also love). Good luck picking a winner!

Ladytink_534 said...

For a long time Kelley Armstrong's werewolves Elena, Clay, and Jeremy were my favorites but since I discovered Kitty, she's my fav!

I know this will probably kill my chances of winning but you can email the blog owners at West of Mars and they'll do a post about your giveaway.

Elizabeth said...

These books could be interesting, I also have a Vampire lean, tilt if I might say, but hey, always up for something new!

lady t said...

Thanks for the recommendation,Lady Tink(and no,it doesn't hurt your chances,not at all!)

Elizabeth,PGS,nice to meet you and good luck to you both:)

Anonymous said...

I always liked Richard from the Anita Blake series. But he gets a little strange lately, that's why I'm REALLY looking for a new shapeshifter series. Especially one with a female main figure. Kitty sounds like much fun and action to me.....And I could do with a little distraction because I moved to a new appartment two days ago and my kitchen is a disaster!!!! I have to do the dishes in the bathroom :(!!

honey1977 said...

The anonymous girl, that's me.Sorry!!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, Lady T. Thanks for the e-mail, but no need to enter me. I'm just dropping in to let you know I've got this posted at Win a Book.

bridget3420 said...

Awesome contest!! Thanks so much for the chance to win. I've been wanting to read this series but haven't had the money to buy the books. My favorite were book is Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.


lady t said...

Susan,thanks for the coverage at Win a Book,I owe you one.

Honey1977,Bridget3420,greetings and salutations. I'll be announcing the winner sometime tomorrow,so good luck to one and all. Oh,and you don't have to include your e-mail addy here;I'll let you know where to send your mailing info to in order to get your prize.

Ruth Schaller said...

I love Ghosthunters, True Blood, Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy!

Those are my fave shows of all time. Especially Supernatural, gotta love those guys! :D

Janicu said...

Count me in! Very hard to name just one favorite book, movie or tv show, but I guess (and this is something all my friends find funny and mock me over), my favorite tv show is the Golden Girls. Yeah. I tivo it and will watch about one episode a day. I have seen all the eps several times. So has my husband. He sighs a lot about it. I just find it very soothing to watch after a long work day! :P

janicu (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Awesome. We can read and catch up with the series. My favorite female werewolf would be Elena from Kelley Armstrong series and my favorite male werewolf would be Billy from the Alphas in the Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher.


Anonymous said...

I would love to enter this giveaway. My friend has been trying to get me to read this series.

My favorite TV have nothing to do with werewolfs or anything supernatural. I love all the CSI's, NCIS, and House.


avalonne83 said...

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

donnas said...

Great giveaway. I would love to win it. I also really like the books by Kelley Armstrong. She has some strong werewolf characters too.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Lisa N. said...

I've been wanting to read this series for a while, but haven't had a chance to make it past the first book. Thanks for the chance to win!

nhertel85 said...

I'm so glad I didn't miss out on this contest! I love the Underworld movies.

Mishel said...

I'm so behind, I haven't started this series and I've heard such great things about it. This would be an awesome win!

T.V. Shows? I loved when True Blood came on. That was such a great show. But I watch House (A LOT lol) and I like Californication and U.S. of Tara (hilarious shows) and non-were related (=

Janel said...

I'm going to go with Kelley Armstrong for my favorite author, but I like The Summoning.

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

purplg8r said...

I would love to read these books! I'm new-ish to the paranormal genre so I haven't read any werewolf books yet!

darbyscloset said...

I would love to win this set of books, what an awesome biveaway!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Margay said...

This series sounds interesting. My favorite in this genre is the Twilight saga.