Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Cataclysmic Shift by Tara Lain


Please help me welcome the awesome Tara Lain today on the her release day and blog tour for Cataclysmic Shift, book 3 of The Aloysius Tales! Welcome Tara and happy reading folks :D

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Hi everyone. I’m so delighted to be here at Buffy’s on the first day of my CATACLYSMIC SHIFT Release Par-tay and Tour! Thank you for inviting me. I’m excited about this book partly because it’s about a cat. Well, a cat who shifts into a human -- but doesn’t remember he’s a cat. And then falls in love with another human who has no idea a cat could ever turn into a human. Yes, it’s complicated!

I love cats. I was raised with them. As an Army brat, I moved all the time, but everywhere we went we either brought or acquired a cat. I remember in one community in New Jersey, we had just come from Japan and we didn’t have a cat. We went to a used furniture store to buy some bookcases (we never had enough) and they had a semi-wild, all-black cat. We brought him home too. He ran under the couch and hid, but my mother lured him out with a dish of chili con carne. Of course, his culinary preferences determined his name. We called him Escamillo, the bullfighter from the opera, Carmen.

Today I don’t have a cat. My honey is allergic to them though we had cats for years and he suffered. After the last kitty died, we decided to not make him suffer anymore. But then, two and a half years ago, we acquired our first dog as a couple. She is a Papillon and is very cat-like. She washes her face like a cat, plays with toys like a cat, is totally finicky about food, and believes she own the world -- just like a cat. I dedicated Cataclysmic Shift to her, my soul-dog (and also to my soul-mate honey.)


My cat in Cataclysmic Shift is a pretty sexy beast -- both in feline and human form. I hope you enjoy him! Below is an excerpt for you and below that you’ll find a Rafflecopter. Be sure to enter to win some fun prizes.

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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 20. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Cataclysmic Shift

Super cat, Aloysius, may be the most powerful witch’s familiar in the world, but when he takes a blast at the hand of an evil witch he loses it all -- power, memory, and his feline form -- to become the ethereal human beauty, Alain Bellarose. When Alain wakes up naked on the floor surrounded by dogs and cats, his eyes first set upon Luke Elliott, the handsome and mysterious veterinarian. Suddenly, the prospect of being human doesn’t seem so bad. Luke has a lot to hide and he likes animals way more than people, but he can’t resist the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates! The loss of Aloysius depletes the power of the Witch Master, Killian Barth, and that of his “secret weapon” Sammy and leaves their coven sitting ducks for two very nasty females. When Alain discovers that he’s really a powerful cat, he’s faced with the ultimate choice. To protect his community, or stay with the man he loves.



~EXCERPT~

Luke’s body felt like one big-assed groan.

Sounds. Voices. Alain? Where was Alain?

Killian’s voice. “Gods, I can only imagine how he feels. I know that my heart would crack in two if I ever lost you.”

“But what can we do?” That sounded like Blaine.

A weight on his chest. He wanted to breathe. He sucked in air.

Something raspy and wet ran over his cheek. Shit. His eyes flew open, and he stared into blue so deep it was like the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. “Oh!” A cat.

No, the cat.

He coughed, tried to sit up, felt like the friggin’ room was spinning, fell back down, and coughed again. “Mrawr!” The cat leaped from his chest up onto the back of the couch, where it stared down at him, the blue eyes slightly crossed. “Merwaorwr.”

“Shitfire.”

Blaine pulled up a chair beside Luke’s bed of pain on the couch. “You remember Aloysius?”

Luke just frowned.

“How you feeling?”

“Like crap. I feel like somebody hit me in the head.”

“They kind of did. Aloysius took most of the hit intended for you, but Killian says you still got the fallout.”

He closed his eyes. He didn’t want to know. Maybe he could go to sleep, and when he woke, this would all be a nightmare.

“Look, I know exactly how you feel.” Blaine’s voice sounded like he was smiling. What the fuck was there to smile about? “It would be great not to have to deal with any of this. When I found out, I wished Killian could have wiped my memories so I wouldn’t have to know that all this shit exists. I was like, ‘Vampires can get rid of memories. What are you good for?’ But it is what it is.”

Luke opened his eyes and stared straight at Blaine. The muscles in his jaw twitched. “And what is it?”

Killian stepped up behind Blaine. “I’m a witch, Luke. As are some of the others here. You walked into the middle of a battle with some other witches.”

“Yeah, right.” Maybe he could close his eyes and this shit would all go away.

“Sorry, those are the facts. Do you have a better way to explain what you saw with your own eyes?”

“Hallucination?” That would be a convenient out.

A tall, thin redheaded kid walked over. “Ryder can probably wipe his memories, Killian. Since he wants to not know, it wouldn’t be as hard as fighting the desire to remember.”

Killian looked up with a crease between those perfect fucking eyebrows. “We’d probably have to eliminate all his thoughts about Alain. Those are too emotionally locked. It’s too hard.”

His whole nervous system jolted. “Alain?” He glanced toward the cat. No way. No.

“Alain is one of us.”

Luke shook his head, but no words came out.

Blaine put a hand on Luke’s arm. Shit no. He shook it off. Blaine’s mouth twisted to the side. “Do you remember when we came to your clinic with Aloysius?”

He didn’t want to hear it.

“He’d been hit with a huge bolt of power while protecting me and Killian from the same witches that were here today. He fell to the floor unconscious. We’d never seen such a thing before. When Killian couldn’t bring him back to consciousness, I suggested you. Apparently, he woke up and had turned into a man in your clinic. Alain. We think Alain was a human in the fifteenth or sixteenth century. Somehow, a witch decided to give a gift and turned him into a witch’s familiar. That familiar is Aloysius.”

A scream built in his throat. He clamped his lips to hold it back. Deep breath. “You are trying to tell me that Alain is…” He took another breath. “Alain is your fucking cat?”

Killian’s voice was cool. “You had to have seen him change. The same force that turned him human reverted him back to a familiar.”

“Merwaoowr.”

Blaine smiled. “At least he’s the most powerful witch’s familiar in the world.”

Luke’s whole body shook. It started in his groin and worked up to his belly, out to his limbs, and finally into his heart. The man he’d had sex with—the man he’d been on his way to loving—was a cat. A spurt of laughter escaped through his lips. He put his fingers on them to hold it back. No way. How perfect. He couldn’t stand humans, so he fell in love with a cat.

The laugh escaped, and his head fell back. He laughed until he had to hold his stomach because it hurt.

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11 comments:

  1. It's so great to be here, Buffy. Thank you for hosting me and my cat! : )

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  2. I love cats and unusual shifters (and Tara's books), so how can you lose? And best wishes for you and your baby-to-be: it'll be a whirlwind, but at least you won't have the media circus that the Royal Family's got!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Aww, thank you! Yeah, she can keep all the hype!

      I just finished my review copy of the book and it lives up to every expectation and is every bit as good as the first two! Grab a copy and you won't be disappointed!

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  3. Hi Trix-- Thanks so much for coming by! I like unusual shifters too. ; )

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  4. while I'm generally a dog person, there some cats that are pretty cool -- & Al is one of them. Can't wait to read :)

    ps: Buffy -- congrats on the upcoming little bundle :D

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    1. Thanks so much! And glad to meet a fellow Aloysius fan :-)

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  5. Gotta say I'm a Cat purrson, Magic shapeshifting cats ROCK & Al is one of the best :)
    Congrats on the bundle of joy Buffy :)

    Mindy :)
    Birdsooong@comcast.net

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    1. If you're a fan of the series, you'll love this one!

      And thank you! :D

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  6. I rather like the idea of magic shape-shifting cats.

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