Friday, September 21, 2012

Released: Shapeshifter's Library by Amber Polo

Have a fondness for dogs? Addicted to books and libraries? Want to know the real reason why a dog is “man’s best friend” and werewolves have such a bad reputation? Amber Polo answers these questions in her fun-filled fantasy Released: The Shapeshifters' Library (Volume 1). 

Polo’s subtle and not-so-subtle humor throughout the novel made me chuckle more than a few times. Think this is just another werewolf novel? Think again. The author gives a saturated genre a fresh spin and I found myself cheering for Liberty Cutter, the heroine in the novel, until the end of the book. In addition to the fun, Polo injects danger, romance and an array of characters, both delightful and frightening, and I found Shapeshifter’s Library an intriguing and enjoyable read. 

Once you read Polo’s book, you might just find yourself wondering about your local librarians and be tempted to peek behind those staff-only doors.

Something is very wrong in Shipsfeather... Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Shipsfeather, Ohio, where an ancient race of dog-shifters has been charged with cataloging the knowledge of the world, and with protecting civilization’s libraries from the machinations of evil, book burning werewolves. For years a curse has imprisoned the dog-shifters in the basement of the Shipsfeather library—where they have made the best of things with a gym, a spa, a Starbarks, and, of course, their wildly successful internet company, Zoogle—but now, thanks to librarian Liberty Cutter and her zany staff, they may actually have a chance to break free again. If only they can convince her to believe in magic…

About the author:
Amber Polo has had a lifelong love affair with libraries and dogs. A fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dogshifters in literature inspired her new urban fantasy series filled with librarian dogshifters. The Shapeshifters' Library: Released is the first volume. Her previous novels include the award-winning Flying Free, an Arizona airpark romance with a high-flying Alaskan Malamute, and a Sedona paranormal romance Romancing Rebecca. To help writers and stressed readers reduce stress, her book Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writers’ High offers suggestions and simple exercises. Using her calming voice she’s recorded relaxation CDs that help almost anyone relax. After working in more than six libraries and living with five Old English Sheepdogs (at one time) she happily calls a small town in Arizona home.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September is here? Seriously?

I've been so busy that September totally snuck up on me. If you saw past posts, you may have read about the big move back to Los Angeles the end of July. Our furniture arrived a week after we did with only a couple of things broken. Nothing that can't be replaced, thankfully. But the biggest news is that we put an offer on a house and it was accepted. 

We're now in the middle of escrow craziness, with all the inspections, negotiations, appraisals, and papers to sign. We spent the last 14 years in the desert, scrimping and saving and enduring hot summers, so we could save enough to buy a home in Los Angeles. It's surreal that our dream is now coming to fruition and we're thrilled! If all goes as planned, we'll be celebrating Halloween in our new home.

The next two months are going to be uber-busy, but I'll try to get at least a couple of blogs posted during that time. 

Meanwhile, you can always see daily mini-posts about the ongoing craziness at my Facebook page

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