Tuesday, October 02, 2012

"When I'm not writing..." with Vicki Lewis Thompson + giveaway!

Vicki Lewis Thompson

Today's guest is someone who's been on my radar for a while: Vicki Lewis Thompson. She's written tons of books, some paranormal, others not, but she's here today to celebrate her latest release, WEREWOLF IN DENVER, which is on shelves today! It's the fourth book in her Wild About You series, which started last year. (She is prolific!)

Want to know what Vicki does when she's not writing? Keep reading to find out -- you may be surprised! -- and to enter the giveaway!

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Thanks so much for inviting me to blog today! It’s a special day for me because WEREWOLF IN DENVER comes out, but we can talk about that later. First I want to answer Jenn’s burning question – what do I like to do when I’m not writing?

That’s easy. I go to Disneyland! I’m headed there this month in fact! It’s my getaway from all things serious and professional, my inspiration to boost my creative spirit, and my best chance to act like a kid, which is where our creativity comes from in the first place.

Vicki Lewis Thompson Disney #1

I didn’t always realize that Disneyland could be such a creative shot in the arm. But that was before I went as an adult with my adult daughter. And no children. I know, I know, Disneyland is all about kids . . . but if you go with a child, you really need to focus your visit on that child or things get ugly. You know what I mean, jelly bean?

However, if you go as an adult, with one or more adults, you can (usually) eliminate any whining for toys or food and concentrate on the Disney magic. And it is magic. Walt was a genius who put into physical form the same thing I try to do on paper – he built a fantasy, one in which we can immerse ourselves for a few hours or a few days and escape our everyday cares and woes.

Doing that requires a lot of imagination, and when I walk around Disneyland and soak up the wonders that Walt’s imagination produced, I’m incredibly inspired. I can be in New Orleans Square listening to jazz, and moments later be riding the “wildest ride in the wilderness!” I can mount an elegant white steed on King Arthur’s carousel or blast off to Endor with C3PO. And let’s not forget exploring the Temple of the Forbidden Eye with Indiana Jones or gliding along the Nile on a jungle cruise!

Vicki Lewis Thompson Disney #2

The thrill I get from Disneyland is exactly the kind of thrill I hope to give readers, and if I could build you a theme park for each of my books, I’d do it! What fun I’d have creating the Stillman Lodge near Denver and letting my readers book rooms there and be introduced to my werewolves.

Because it’s not in the budget, all I can offer you is the book itself, WEREWOLF IN DENVER, with the hope it will transport you to a different world in the same way Disneyland transports me. Escape is good!

Where do you go when you need to get away? Are you able to physically leave, or do you find your escape in a good book?

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Thanks for such a fun post, Vicki!

For more information about Vicki and her books, check out her website.

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Here's the scoop on WEREWOLF IN DENVER:

Vicki Lewis Thompson Werewolf in DenverWhen Denver-based Were blogger and founder of Honoring Our Werewolf Legacy (HOWL) Kate Stillman agrees to take on political “bad boy” Duncan MacDowell in a public debate about werewolf segregation, she’s confident she’ll sail through the challenge without letting down her guard.

And what can go wrong while hanging out with the sexy Scottish founder of Werewolves Optimizing Our Future (WOOF) long enough to convince him his views on interspecies mating are mistaken? Plenty, when Kate discovers that she’s actually wildly attracted to her opponent—who by all accounts prefers dating human women!

But what hope can there be when this irresistible werewolf with a cause believes their future depends on Kate losing the argument?

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

You can also check out the rest of the series:

Vicki Lewis Thompson Werewolf in ManhattanVicki Lewis Thompson Werewolf in Greenwich VillageVicki Lewis Thompson Werewolf in the North WoodsVicki Lewis Thompson Werewolf in Seattle

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giveaway

Vicki is generously offering one (1) lucky reader a copy of WEREWOLF IN DENVER!

To enter the giveaway, obey the Rafflecopter!

Open internationally

Ends Monday, October 15, 2012

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Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

Jenn

Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

49 People left their mark' :

  1. I like to find my escape in a book.A book makes you dream at stuff you cant have in real life.

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  2. I definitely escape in a good book when I can't physically get away, but if I can swing it, I rent a cabin in the woods somewhere. I just love the peace of being in the shade of the trees and the quiet. (the shame...I've NEVER been to Disney....) Great post! smiles...

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  3. These days I have to escape in a book, because while school's in sesssion there's no escape for me!

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  4. Hi,Julia, Christi, and Rebe! I admit that my escapes are *usually* into books. Right now I'm reading Tessa Dare's A Night to Surrender. I love escaping into historical romance, because I don't write it!

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  5. When I want to run away I take refuge in my room, I turn on the radio and I read a good book in the company of my stuffed monkey

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  6. When I can physically escape, I head to a guest ranch in central Colorado that I've been visiting for almost 20 years. There I sit on the porch of my cabin, listen to the river flowing by, and read. Heaven!

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  7. My escape is always into a good book! Particularly in my bedroom which is my getaway as well!

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  8. I never actually go anywhere, just to my room with a book. :)

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  9. Sophie, I happen to have a stuffed monkey, too!

    A guest ranch in Colorado sounds like heaven, Riva.

    Reading in bed is one of my true pleasures, Jessica.

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  10. At the moment i can live physically ( money, time etc) so i get away thanks to my books

    all the best

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  11. I escape in a book every day, but to escape further, I love going away for a long weekend. Just find a hotel in a nice place, book a room, and pack my stuff (and books!) and my boyfriend and I are off for some relaxation. Away from daily chores and the computer.

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  12. Each day I read a book after I get home from work just to unwind; we do try to get away but money has been tight lately so reading is sufficient to me.

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  13. I love to escape into a good book. I can "visit" different places and it doesn't cost a fortune.

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  14. I like to escape in a book and sometimes it's hard to get into it when my kids are fighting or asking a million questions so I take to locking myself in the bathroom under the pretense of mommy's tummy hurts lol or I wait till everyone is sleeping quietly and stay up late :)

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  15. Angie, that's what books are so good for. Easy, peasy!

    Miki, I love that books are there when we have to stay put.

    Oo, Aurian, a weekend away plus books! Perfect!

    Reading is my relaxation, too, Diane.

    Crystal -- affordable escapes! I think maybe that should be my new tagline for my books, LOL.

    Jolene, you're not the first mommy to lock herself in the bathroom to read, LOL. Well done! You need your sanity!


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  16. Books are my refuge too. I never go anywhere so they are a godsend.
    I haven't read you yet but your books sound delicious. Your covers are so cute. How much input do you have in the design?
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Hi, Victoria! Just today on Twitter I *met* the artist who does my covers! Her name is Lucy Truman. I told her I loved her work, and she was so pleased! I send in some ideas to my editor, who passes them on to the art department. Lucy works from that.

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  18. I'm a big fan or escaping into a good book, but going to the movies--lights low, sound thrumming all around, screen bigger than life...I LOVE IT! And with ticket prices as high as they are, it's becoming more and more of a rare treat! LOL Loved the post. Thanks for sharing Vicki!

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  19. Paige, I love the movies, too! Talk about a great escape! I know ticket prices are going up, but if you compare going to the movies to just about any overnight vacation (well, maybe camping would be as cheap) then even the movies are a bargain.

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  20. I love escaping into a good book. I also like going to the movies as well.

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  21. Aren't we lucky to have both, Susan?

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  22. I am a big fan of movies as escapes, but I very seldom ever get to them, so I would have to say my best and favorite escape is a great book (and maybe a glass of wine)! Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!!

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  23. Barb, a good book and a glass of wine constitute a perfect combo in my mind!

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  24. I love to travel so I get away pretty frequently to various places, but my books always come with because even when I'm somewhere different, I've got to be able to read.

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  25. I can't really physically get away so I use books and blogs for that. If I'm reading about dragons and princesses and magic fairies I'm not going to worry about expectations.

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  26. I find my escape in a good book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. I can always escape in a good book! It takes away a reality a little bit and I love it!

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  28. I do find my escapes in good books. They are a lifesaver when I can't sleep or when my back is hurting very bad so that I can concentrate on something else hopefully :)

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  29. I love escaping into a land of imagination. Which means that I prefer reading books, but that does not mean that I don't go our or anything.
    I DO go out, take a walk around the neighborhood, visit my friends, etc... But I still prefer my book-land to a crowded outdoor place!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and for making it international!

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  30. thanks for a great post and congrats to Vicki on the newest release ! I escape in to a good book too! Nothing is better or more relaxing than sitting in my recliner with a cup of coffee, a good book and my puppy curled in my lap :)

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  31. I find my escape in books. When I'm sad or sick all I have to do is open a book to get my mind off of it.

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  32. When I can physically escape I go to the harbour near my house and watch the boats.. If I can't escape physically I escape in a good book with a cup of hot cocoa :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  33. Thanks for the post and the giveaway. I think it depends of the reason. I like to read to escape but I also like to walk outsite or to the beach. It's always so nice to think in a place like that.

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  34. The cover is gorgeous. I really want to visit Disneyland some day.
    Scottish werewolves - say no more.

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  35. I usually sit on the back deck, in the shade, with a drink and a good book, and hope none of the kids find me.

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  36. I escape in a good book the most, and since I live in Orlando, I have lots of opportunities to escape in some fantasy lands with all the great parks we have close by. When I can physically leave, I fly to California to visit my sister and her family, that's a really great escape.

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  37. Unless we go on vacation, my physical escape is always in a good book. That is my way of forgetting everything around me and being someone else for a time. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  38. When I need to get away I either go for a walk and look at the scenery or I delve into a good book, I also listen to music to help sometimes too. THanks for the chance to win :D

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  39. Girls day out with my friend when possible, if not then reading a good book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  40. Twice a year I escape to the coast. The rest of the time I escape by reading & going for my walks.

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  41. I definitely can't physically escape (lack of money and darned kids relying on me prevents it!), but I make time each day to escape into a book just to keep my sanity!

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  43. I like to escape by reading a good book.

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  44. I have a corner of the house that I can sneak away to if I want to escape the noise and bustle of two children. I usually take a good book with me to help.

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  45. When I need to escape I either go for a walk or escape into a book or movie

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  46. I make myself busy. Go to bookstore or shopping

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  47. If I can escape physically, I usually go to Jack Darling Park in Port Credit to be close to the water. I love that. If not, I'll enjoy a nice glass of red wine, cup of coffee, or a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. i find my escape in a good book, because i can't physically left, so my mind find the escape

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  49. I usually find my escape with a book or with my latest iPod mix dancing the stress away!

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