Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (7/13/2014)

This meme is hosted by Sheila of BookJourney. :)

This week, I finished two books and also got a job as a secretary in a law office, along with two writing gigs. I've been feeling a bit homesick while transitioning to the new routine, but it's good to have landed a job.

What I Finished This Week: 


The Night Has Claws & The Night Is Found by Kat Kruger (Magdeburg Trilogy #2 & 3)
The best werewolf trilogy I've read so far. Kruger has done her research on the mythology and created an intricate world of werewolf politics and cultures. Check out my book review and Q&A with the author! Kruger knows her stuff.


Also:

Feel free to enter in this raffle to win a digital copy of the entire Magdeburg Trilogy by Kat Kruger :):

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Q&A with Kat Kruger


Welcome to this stop of the Take a Walk on the Wilds Side blog tour, celebrating the upcoming release of The Night Is Found by Kat Kruger. Read my review here (hint: I loved it!). 

Today we will be featuring a Q&A with the author behind this suspenseful werewolf trilogy. Say hi to Kat Kruger!

Kat Kruger, author of The Magdeburg Trilogy

Q&A with Kat Kruger

Q: From the references to old werewolf cases in the books, it's clear that you did your werewolf lore research prior to creating the Magdeburg Trilogy. How did you decide which folklore/pop culture elements or "rules" of werewolves to keep in your own mythos?

A: I'm a big fan of the genre and werewolves in general so the research came fairly easily. The challenge for me was more in making the scientific connections and pushing the boundaries of paranormal into the realm of scifi. For the most part I re-interpreted the rules. Anything that could be explained scientifically I kept, whereas anything that was more along the magical line of thinking I discarded as superstition. When I wrote The Magdeburg Trilogy, my rationale behind the world was to ground it in reality to make it as believable as possible. 

Q: I notice that you pay a lot of attention to the power dynamics within groups and relationships. Did you model certain relationships after observations of particular human relationships or are the relationship dynamics based off of wolf mates and packs? I'm curious about what your process is. 

A: I didn't consciously model the relationships after ones from my real life. That's not to say there aren't some similarities when I look back on the way my characters interact with each other though!

When I wrote these characters I definitely had an idea of how I wanted to approach the power dynamics. The born werewolves versus bitten humans have different behaviour patterns because they're different species.

Connor starts off as an outsider to both groups because he's a hybrid. Although he muddles his way through the relationships it's kind of par for the course because he's always been a bit of a lone wolf.

Madison is a human who went through the trauma of being attacked and bitten by her ex-boyfriend Josh. Theirs is probably the most complex of all the relationships because Connor appears at a time when Madison is mentally ready to let go of Josh but doesn't quite know how.

Amara is a bit emotionally detached because I based the born werewolves on a scifi theory that Neanderthals evolved into werewolves. Some evidence points to Neanderthals lacking in the social capacity of humans and I sort of went with that. That said, her romance with Arden is based more on wolf mates.

With Arden, it was more straightforward for me to write his relationship with Connor. (SPOILER ALERT) Arden is actually half-human so he has a combination of alpha wolf aggression and pent-up human emotion that makes him more volatile than the rest of his pack mates.

Q: Who was your favorite werewolf while growing up? And now?

A: Growing up it was Etienne of Navarre from the movie Ladyhawke. Now I'd pick Cole St. Clair from Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver trilogy.

Q: This isn't directly related to your novel but I'm curious about your perspective as a writer. What's your take on the portrayals of werewolves in Twilight, who seemed to be concentrated into the Native American community as opposed to the more ethnically diverse werewolf population in your series? 

A: I'm going to be a nerd about it and say that from my perspective technically the "werewolves" in Twilight are shape-shifters who can take on any form so I don't include them as part of werewolf lit per se. That nerdiness aside, as a species overall I think werewolves would be diverse like humans and dogs. Having grown up in Toronto, I was always surrounded by a diverse population. It just comes naturally to me to think in these terms so naturally that's how the Magdeburg werewolves appear. 

While I appreciate the fact that Myers was open enough to include minority group representation in a paranormal world, there's actually diversity within the Native American community itself that I don't think was fully explored in that series. Pretty much every culture on Earth has some kind of werewolf folklore and there's some cool Native American lore that could have been expanded a bit more in depth. But, like I said, I think of Twilight as more of a vampire & shape-shifter series so I can't really criticize it for not exploring diversity among its werewolves.

Q: Do you own a wolf-like dog? What pets do you own (if any)? 

A: No, but I wish I did! I had a senior rescue wire-haired dachshund named Chili Dog but he passed away a couple of years ago. One day I'd like a big wolfy dog like a Belgian Shepherd or Tamaskan. I'll probably name him/her after one of Arden & Amara's kids.
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Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed meeting the mastermind behind this addition to werewolf lore. And now, a giveaway!

Giveaway (courtesy of Fierce Ink Press) of a digital copy of the entire Magdeburg Trilogy!

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Blog Tour: THE NIGHT IS FOUND by Kat Kruger


Hey there. Welcome to this stop in the Take a Walk on the Wilds Side blog tour! I was sent this trilogy (including the eARC for the third installment), and my mind is just blown from the vast and complex world of werewolf societies that Kat Kruger has created. To my faerie-loving brain, werewolves had never been as awesome as they are in these novels. This trilogy is like my gateway drug to werewolf lit, and part of what makes it so addicting is the suspenseful storytelling, filled with twists that caught me by surprise and kept me up late at night.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best Inns in World of Warcraft

Legerdemain Lounge
Tired of sleeping in makeshift tents in Kun Lai? So am I. A bunch of pillows on the ground does not an inn make. Therefore, I am giving you a list of the best inns in WoW and explanations for why they are my favorite spots to hang out.