Top 10 List & Giveaway: Kate’s Reus’s Reasons to Dig Wolves & win ALPHA INSTINCT

February 7, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 112

We’re welcoming Katie Reus to the blog today.  Katie is the author of ALPHA INSTINCT (Available now from Signet), the first book in the Moon Shifter paranormal romance series.  Katie is sharing her top ten reasons for loving wolves, and was kind enough to come bearing gifts: Two copies of ALPHA INSTICNT! Details below on how to win…but, there’s even more giveaway goodies to win including more books and a Kindle on Katie’s blog.


You can read all the previous Top 10 Lists HERE

Reasons to Dig Wolves


Katie Reus

Thank you so much to Abigail, Julia, and Kristina for letting me blog with them today!

Since I have a new shifter series (Moon Shifter) releasing from Signet (uh, today actually!) I thought I’d share the top ten reasons that I dig wolves. My shifters are lupine shifters (wolf shifters) so it only makes sense that I have a love for them. They’re such gorgeous animals and even though I’m a big fan of vampire stories, I just can’t get enough of the furry animals!

My top ten in no particular order:Wolf_picture

  • Wolves are incredibly protective of their own. As a new mom, I love how they’re fiercely protective of their young.
  • They’re simply stunning animals. I love watching such majestic animals move because it’s like seeing nature at its finest.
  • They’re survivors. In the past forty years the American wolf population has substantially grown to five times their original numbers after being close to extinction in some areas. This is thanks to being on the endangered species list (which they aren’t on anymore in some areas).
  • Wolves play such a big part in our folklore.
  • They work great as a team.
  • In Native American cultures, wolves are often seen as teachers and represent freedom and loyalty.
  • If they need to, they can run up to 40 miles per hour. Holy crap that’s impressive!
  • Under the right circumstances, a wolf can hear up to 6 miles away. Again, very impressive.
  • Wolves have common ancestors with dogs (and I’m a big dog person).
  • They are incredibly intelligent and can pick up on body language and scent from humans.

Please note: I understand that in some parts of the world the hunting habitats of wolves need to be managed for the protection of other animal populations. This is just a fun post about why I love wolves.

What do you enjoy about paranormal romance? Or what is your favorite type of animal? Mine is the dog. I absolutely love them and understand why they’re considered man’s best friend.


About the author:

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.

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Giveaway provided by Katie Reus

Two copies of ALPHA INSTINCT by Katie Reus

Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter, #1)

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Available now from Signet


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…

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112 Responses to “Top 10 List & Giveaway: Kate’s Reus’s Reasons to Dig Wolves & win ALPHA INSTINCT”

  1. Heather S

    I love wolves! When I was a teenager I had posters of them plastered to my walls. Now I just read a lot of werewolf novels. The best of both worlds, fierce wolves and hot men!
    This books sounds really awesome, can't wait to read it!

  2. JenM

    I love paranormal romance because it's total escapism. I'm always amazed at how inventive my favorite authors are. The book sounds great! I love shifters.

  3. cait045

    I love who you can have vampire, werewolves, witches, fae all in one story. I love all the personalities and powers. I love big cats.

  4. Katie

    I love ferrets, but you don't get a lot of ferret shifters. 😀

    I love the mix of reality and fantasy that you get with paranormal romance.

  5. CdnMrs

    This book sounds great. I like wolves, but I've always had a thing for pigs. They're not as sexy as wolves that's for sure, but they're super smart. Apparently, I like nerdy animals 🙂

  6. Tiffany Mahaffy

    I am a wolf person too. I see a lot of people are 😀 I have a large picture that hangs in my sitting room of wolves.
    I think the biggest thing I like about paranormal romance is that once you step into that world it is all consuming and you feel like it's all possible.

  7. erin

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! I love PNR b/c anything is possible and I love reading about new worlds and unique characters.

    Happy Tuesday!

  8. Marie-Claude

    I love all animal….but I have a preference for cat (all kind of cat…big an small) and rat.

  9. Amy

    I like paranormal romance because all of the heroes are so sexy and awesome. I wish I'd meet some men like that in real life! My favorite paranormal creatures are werewolves and big cat shifters (leopards, lions, jaguars, etc.).

  10. Rebe

    I love dogs, so wolves are a big hit with me! Although I have to admit that my lazy beagle (see avatar) is slightly, just slightly, less agressive than a wolf. She doesn't exactly inspire fear, lol.

  11. Katie Reus

    I totally did too! It's probably why I ended up getting a Siberian husky when I was older (she looked so much like the wolf picture in the blog post!). Thanks for stopping by today 🙂

  12. Katie Reus

    Me too! There are some pnr authors, that when I'm finished reading their stories, I don't even care what the main plot was because their characters just stick with me 🙂

  13. Katie Reus

    I love the blending of all supernatural creatures in books! And felines are pretty awesome too. Pretty much all shifters rock, imo 🙂 (btw, there's a jaguar cub in Alpha Instinct!)

  14. Katie Reus

    Ha!! My husband had a pet ferret when he was a kid and keeps telling me to write a ferret story, lol! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Katie Reus

    Aww, pigs are adorable. I love the little teacup pigs! They're so cute, you just want to carry them around everywhere. As I'm a huge geek, there is nothing wrong with nerdy animals 😉

  16. Teril

    I love me the lupines, and this sounds like such a fast paced and intriguing view of shifters. Thank you for creating it. I cannot wait.

  17. Katie Reus

    Very nice choice, on both counts! Foxes are so pretty! I always think of The Fox and the Hound movie and how hard they struggled to stay friends because of their differences. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  18. Katie Reus

    I dig the felines too! You're the second person to mention them (I think?)…I think I'm def going to do a post on felines (and there is an adorable jaguar cub in Alpha Instinct so I did not forget the felines!)

  19. Ashley

    I love paranormal romance because there are so many possible storylines that an author can take.

    I love the lupine stories, but I also like werecats.

  20. Katie Reus

    I never thought about rats before recently, but I love how Nalini Singh has them in her Psy-Changeling books. Nice choices!

  21. Katie Reus

    That's a really unique choice! As far as birds go, they're pretty bada**! I think they're the only birds who can fly backwards (right?)

  22. Cathy M

    I love the protective instincts that wolves have towards their young, and the fact that the Grey Wolf mates for life. Both are great characteristics to meld with werewolf romance stories.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  23. Na

    Happy release day to you! Vampires are my favorite paranormal creautures and I love the possibilities of the world building. It enables the heroes and heroines to do really special things.

  24. Anonymous

    My favorite animals are horses! Not too many of them mentioned in UF, but maybe they should be… Not a shifters though, that would be too weird. I will be wondering what kinda man my horse would be if he shifted… Lets see he's tall and blonde, ooh maybe he should shift! Yikes that sounds creepy… Congrats on your book release sounds like a great series!

  25. denibyrn

    I love the "what if" factor in paranormal romance. The idea of something more that human is interesting and fun! In reading paranormal you can become something that flies and has strength of 10 ox! Or be vulnerable to the sun or moon. It is just fascinating to me!! My favorite animal in paranormal is werewolf. My favorite animal is a dog! Figures! 🙂

  26. jabelfield

    Love wolves. Yes, they're beautiful. But I love the way they're often so hot bloodied as shifters in novels. No, I don't mean in a sexual sense. I mean in the sense that you'd never be cold when snuggled up to one on a winter's night. Their strength is so appealing, too; I wonder if that adds to the element of safety one would feel once accepted into the wolf's 'fold'. And I'm with some of the other commenter's, who've mentioned the escapism of PNR. Can't argue with that at all, no siree.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  27. Fry

    I love how varied it is. I'm not stuck with one type of character. I can have vampires, fairies, ghosts, demons, werecreatures and anything else that the author can come up with.

    That being said, my favorite animal is a goat, but they don't have weregoats. That would just be silly.

  28. Tris

    I love paranormal romance because it's nothing like everyday life. It keeps me using my imagination something I think as we grow older some people forget to use. I mean who doesn't want to read or think about vampires, shifters, fae, etc.

    As for favorite animal I love wolves. I live right outside of Yellowstone National Park so I have to be a closet I <3 Wolves person because of all the crap I would get by saying I like wolves. They are just beautiful animals and wild and something people can't tame no matter how much they try.

  29. Laurie

    I've always loved wolves. Love paranormal as anything can happen, imagination at work. Thanks for giveway.

  30. alainala

    i love paranormal romance cuz its awesome! lol.. fav animal, (other then my husky) is gonna be a cat.. love em all.. big cats, small cats.. lions, tigers, tabbys oh my!!

  31. Renee Gschaid

    I love reading paranormal romance because it lets me explore a world not quite like our own but filled with the creatures I wish were real since I was younger. I at the moment have a thing for werewolves but most of all ones that change into the beautiful winter white fur with blue crystal eyes, eerie but gorgeous. But being said my favorite animal is a buffalo and who would ever think of that were it comes to were.

  32. June M.

    I love PNR because the stories are so unique, each author is able to make their characters and worlds as different as they want. Nothing is impossible.
    As far as fave animals, in real life it would probably be dogs. In shifters, I love the big jungle cats.

  33. Proserpine

    Hi! I enjoy many things about PNR first the romance between supernatural creatures! All the fantasy and dream the PNR gives is unlimited! In PNR I really like werewolves and the wolves shifters but I also enjoy dragon shifters they are super great! 😛 Thanks for this giveaway!

  34. bn100

    Congratulations on the book! I like paranormals because I get to read about the author's creativity and imagination in the context of a good story.

  35. Tammy

    I love reading paranormal, it makes me feel and believe that anything is within your grasp, everything could and can happen.

  36. Poochylover

    Hmm, hard to say what my favorite kind of animal is. I'm a big animal lover in general, but I'd probably have to say dogs. They're lovable and loyal and always there for you, and I also love their wolf cousins! 😀
    melocin94 at aol dot com

  37. YelenaC

    I absolutely love wolves and have been researching them a lot lately. I've also been watching the wolf-cams online and listening to them howl. Next stop is to go to a wolf preserve and see them live!
    My other love is big cats…couldn't be more different. Go figure… 🙂

  38. Reagan

    My favorite thing about paranormal romance is the Alpha Males! They always have a softer side that's very appealing 🙂 And my favorite animal is probably a cat 🙂 While I'm away at college my is taking care of mine, but I have her send me pictures all the time 😀
    Can't wait to read this book!

  39. Nicole

    I love all animals. Wolves hold a special place though. They are just beautiful! I have7 horses and 5 dogs. More than enough.
    Paranormals send me to a fantasy world that keeps my mind too busy to think of anything else. Away from work and relaxes me for bed.

  40. Katie Reus

    There are horses in Alpha Instinct! (though not of the shifter variety). Ana, the heroine, has a horse named Adalita 🙂

  41. Beverly

    Dragons! I love dragons. The closest I'll come though is my little water dragons. The oldest comes to his cage door when I walk in the room so he can be let out. To warm up he'll grab onto my arm or leg when he's out.

  42. Anne R

    I love reading paranormal romance because besides the HEA, I get to escape to another reality with some, usually, delish alpha males with paranormal abilities.
    My day to day is crazy so I love escaping with a great book and I love PNR for this exact reason.
    Cant wait to read this book!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  43. Katie Reus

    Lol!! If someone ever writes a weregoat story, not gonna lie, I'd be intrigued enough to see what it was all about 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  44. Katie Reus

    Agreed! The element of strength and safety associated with them might be part of the reason they're such appealing characters. 🙂

  45. Katie Reus

    After all the research I did on wolves, I totally get what you're saying about 'being in the closet', especially considering where you live. (It's why I put that note at the end of my post *g*). And I agree, there's a wildness about them that is absolutely intoxicating. 🙂

  46. Susan W.

    The thing I like most about paranormal romance is that it takes me to a different world for a period of time. I used to work in the medical field and I didn't want to read anything too close to real life.
    I am such a dog person. We just adopted a 18 month old Great Dane from a rescue group this weekend! He is such a sweetheart! And a momma's boy! LOL!!!

  47. Katie Reus

    That's probably the best answer, lol! Because it's awesome. Totally love it 🙂 (I owned a husky too, for about eight years!)

  48. Katie Reus

    I haven't read any dragon shifters yet, but I've got one in my tbr pile and I'm really looking forward to it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  49. Katie Reus

    They are definitely loyal! When my husky was alive, one of the many things I adored about her was that when I came home, no matter what type of day I'd had, she was so cheerful and happy to see me. Hard to be in a bad mood with that kind of love 🙂

  50. Katie Reus

    That's just impressive! Two very gorgeous types of animals and yes, I would say definitely more than enough. I bet they keep you very busy 🙂

  51. Katie Reus

    HEAs are always a must! And sexy alpha males = yes please! I don't know how to write any other type of male 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  52. Tore

    I love cats. I love paranormal because anything is possible. There can be anytype of paranormal creatures and places. You use your imagination. Please enter me in contest. [email protected]

  53. Lexi

    I have also always loved wolves, everything you named. I love the pack mentality, and how they listen to the alpha. Because of my love of wolves we got a Siberian husky, huskies operate a lot like wolves in they will listen to the alpha (my dog listens to me and not so much my husband, to his frustration) and are so protective. If we are out walking or at the dog park and other dogs get too close or if people are making me nervous my dog will come and put himself inbetween me and the threat.
    Easy to romanticize a guy that acts like that! So I love it when they are thrown into the paranormal mix.

  54. SusieB

    I love paranormal romances because they are not real, they are escapism from the real world and it's easier to not expect men to be like them because they are not even human in the books. I think my favorite would be the big cats, I love tigers and leopards, etc.

  55. Sara M

    My favorite type of animal is any type of cat. And I enjoy Paranormal Romance because there are no limits.

  56. Anonymous

    This makes Alpha Instinct move straight to the top of my TBR pile! Thanks (in advance) for an UF with horses!!

  57. Kris Mathewson

    I love Paranormal Romance because you can get right into them.Anything and everything can happen. I Love Wolves and Dogs! Thank you for the Giveaway!

  58. Christina @ Biblio Thoughts

    I love how different each story is. All the different paranormal beings and the worlds. I love how the love is usually really intense, a love that would last forever. I basically love everything about Paranormal Romance.

  59. Pamk

    my favorite animal is the big cats love to watch the stalk and run around. completely gorgeous.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  60. jenn

    I love paranormal romance because you get the HEA and characters with interesting powers.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  61. Nickie

    My favorite animal is a cat, and in fact I have three! Paranormal is my favorite genre and I enjoy reading books based on shape shifters, whether they include cat shifters or not!

  62. Onge

    I love paranormal because of mates. I love the concept. My favorite animal would be cats, especially big cats.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. latishajean

    I love reading Paranormal romance I started with reading alot with vampires in it then found I really like werewolfs alpha males too!
    This sounds like a great book would love too read this book! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!