Monday, February 13, 2012

Guest Author & Giveaway With Author Katie Reus

Bookin' It Reviews extends a warm welcome to author Katie Reus who is here to celebrate the release of her book, Alpha Instinct! I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this book and I must say you are all in for a real treat! And in true celebration form Ms. Reus is offering up a giveaway with all the How-to's below.

Welcome Ms. Reus!

Thank you Talina for letting me hang out here today!

One more day until Valentine’s Day! I’m not a big V-day person, though my husband and I do always celebrate. We cook surf and turf, share a bottle of wine and…usually watch one of the Underworld movies. He gets to watch a hot woman in leather run around kicking ass and I get all sorts of vampire and lycan goodness. My favorite out of the bunch is…can you guess? Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. If you haven’t seen these movies, I’m about to drop a spoiler so don’t read on!

I hate how that movie ends and every time I watch it I imagine that Sonja does NOT die or that she magically rises from the ashes and comes back to life for sexy lycan Lucian. Sigh. It sadly never happens. I’m such a sucker for fated love stories (and a vamp and lycan from warring lines finding love means bad things are likely to happen for all parties involved).

I’m also a sucker for second chance stories. In fact, it’s one of my favorite themes in romance! It doesn’t matter the genre, when two couples who were torn apart before get another chance a love, I’m sold! What kept them from making it work the first time? Was it timing? Was it families that ripped them apart? Or was it something far more sinister? If you’ve read any of my books then you’ll know I’m a fan of reunited lovers so these are all questions I get to ask when plotting out a second chances story.

In Alpha Instinct, Ana and Connor are the two main characters and they fall into the second chances category. They weren’t lovers before, but they were pretty damn close. But, something tore them apart. Only Ana doesn’t know what. She thinks Connor just left her. And now he’s back looking to help out her pack and she has nothing but mistrust for the sexy wolf. Well, mistrust and lust. Lots of lust going on!

Do you like second chances stories? Or, what’s your favorite themed story in romance? One reader who comments on the blog today will be randomly selected to win a print copy of Alpha Instinct (US eligible only). Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Alpha Instinct official blurb:

Fear has a scent. So does desire…

Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before—and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.

The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate—his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.

But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…

A little about me: I’ve been reading romance from a young age—ever since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus.

Thanks again for having me here today!

Ms. Reus, it's a pleasure to get to know more about you and your books as well as get to know more about Ana and Connor in Alpha Instinct! Thank you so much for taking the time to be here!

Readers, don't forget to leave a comment with a valid email addy. Winner will be chosen and announced this Thursday, February 16th, 2012.


  1. I like second chance stories. I think almost everyone needs a second chance.
    I really want to read Alpha Instinct, it sounds so good! Thanks for the chance.

  2. I like stories where the h/h have a past. My favorite type on paranormal story is shifter, specifically wolves. I like how they have their one true mate. I also love a strong alpha.

  3. second chance stories are all right, as long as they dont become preachy!


  4. Agreed. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I love stories with true mates! Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Exactly, I think needing second chances are something most people can relate to :) Thanks for stopping by today!

  7. I agree with Proud & Katie. Second chances are definitely needed in a lot of cases. I don't really have a favorite theme in a story, as long as its good, I'm game!
    Katie, Underworld is our (my husband. & I) first date movie! The second one. Love it!! I can't wait to read this story! :)

    1. Sorry, forgot email address -

  8. I like second chance at love stories. Sometimes things happen, and people make mistakes and don't necessarily get it right the first time. And I love paranormals!

  9. I love second chance stories. It's great seeing how a couple can overcome their past to find love.

  10. I wouldn't have thought of one of the Underworld movies as appropriate for V-Day, but your explanation makes sense.  How many movies provide eye candy for both sexes?

  11. I believe in second chances, so I do like to read about them. I hope Conner can make things right this time.

  12. Hi Katie, 
    Just stopping by to show ya my love..  Second changes are always so sweet... 


  13. Happy Valentines Day...I love the Underworld movies. Alpha Instinct sounds like a great read.

  14. I'm a sucker for second chances.. Happy Valentines Day!!!  The book sounds great!!

  15. I do like second chance stories. My favorites are vampires, shape shifters, and BDSM.  Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for the chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  16. Exactly, people make mistakes, but that doesn't make them bad people! Thanks for stopping by :)

  17. And in the end, their relationship is stronger for it. :)

  18. I rarely do appropriate things, lol! Thanks for stopping by :)

  19. It's a romance so there's a good bet he does ;)

  20. Thanks Kelly!! :)

  21. Yeah, I just get get enough of them. The visual effects and the characterization are awesome. Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Thanks! I hope you had a good V-Day too :)

  23. I'm a big fan of vampires and shifters too (obviously)! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day :)

  24. I love stories where one of the characters gets a second chance and this book really grabbed my attention when I saw the cover for the first time and read the synopsis

  25. I like second chance stories. Underworld is my favorite movie. I can't wait to see the new one.

    Rachel V
    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  26. Great post Im looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Alpha Instinct its one of my most coveted books this year.Have a great weekend


Sorry I've had to turn on word verification! I hate those darn things as much as you probably do but the bot spammers are eating me alive! We still want to hear from you IF you are a valued reader of BIR. Thank you for taking the time to stop in and enjoy my post!