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Guest Blogger: Denise Golinowski (Contest)
Friday, May 17th, 2013

Thank you Delilah for letting me guest blog today, because today’s a very special day for me. It’s Release Day for COLLECTOR’S ITEM, my new paranormal romance from The Wild Rose Press.

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To find her missing aunt, a headstrong shapeshifter joins forces with a cynical Alpha to investigate an illegal hunt club, but when their plan backfires can she escape a trap of her own making?

To celebrate this special day, I’m sharing a little about the development of my shapeshifter story. Also, I’m inviting everyone to enter my COLLECTOR’S ITEM Release Week Contest, running now through May 23rd. See details below!

Paranormal stories are often about hiding the reality of being dual-natured from the rest of the world. I chose to have shapeshifters living openly in the population, but they haven’t been “out of the closet” for long. In my world, the emergence of shapeshifters was motivated by a threat to their survival–the Collectors. The Collectors is a secret society of human hunters. Their goal: to capture, hunt, and kill shapeshifters–the Ultimate Big Game. The Collectors have been so successful, shapeshifters are forced to seek legal rights and protections or become an “endangered species.”

When creating COLLECTOR’S ITEM, I decided that I wanted to use a feline shapeshifter instead of a werewolf. Nothing against werewolves, but I’ve always been a cat person. Also, by not choosing to do werewolves, my shapeshifters would not be tied to the moon’s cycles, giving them more autonomy. However, the biggest difference in my shapeshifters is that I gave the animal side of my shapeshifters their own names and distinct personalities.

The heroine, KT (Katarina Teresa) Marant, shares her consciousness with Andi (Andromeda). The hero, Peyton Allers shares his consciousness with Max (Maximilian). The animal personalities fulfill the role of “side-kick,” and provide a bit of comic relief as well.

The story of COLLECTOR’S ITEM begins when a member of KT Marant’s family disappears and KT Marant immediately suspects the Collectors. As the trained, but inexperienced Female Alpha of the Marant Clan, KT has the skills but lacks the knowledge to follow through on her suspicion. Enter Peyton Allers, an undercover Alliance Protector and Alpha in his own right.

EXCERPT:

Peyton Allers struggled to contain his temper as he faced the “princess” of the Marant clan, AKA Katarina Teresa Marant. Because a high-blood princess had slipped her leash and made herself a target for the Collectors, his cover and his operation were blown. No simple “chip & tip” would do for this Collector’s Item, damn it!

Added to the inevitable hysterics and demands for protection, he’d be elbow deep in politics. God, he hated politics. Bowing and scraping while maneuvering to find the best location to stick in the knife.

Not with this one, his jag, Max asserted.

The princess stood behind the couch, hands on hips, a tiny crease between her eyebrows while she looked from Massey on the rug to him and back. No hysterics in sight, Peyton noted with relief. Points for restraint.

Alpha, said Max.

Princess, Peyton countered. Even they had their moments of intelligence, but he knew better than to expect more.

 

To see how this all works out, I invite you to read COLLECTOR’S ITEM, now available from The Wild Rose Press.

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THE CONTEST: One lucky person will win a COLLECTOR’S ITEM mug filled with caffeine and chocolate! Rules are:

  1. LIKE my Denise Golinowski/Author Page on Facebook = 1 Entry
  2. TWEET about Collector’s Item using #collectorsitembook and @DGolinowski = 1 Entry
  3. POST a comment here and mention that you’ve completed #1 & #2 = 1 Entry
  4. WAIT – I’ll be drawing a lucky winner on May 23rd and post the winner on my Denise Golinowski/Author Page
  5. EXTRA CREDIT – LIKE FB page for COLLECTOR’s ITEM – Collector’s Item/Golinowski = 1 Entry

Easy Peasy you can have 4 entries in the drawing.

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DeniseGolinowski_PhotoABOUT DENISE: Denise Golinowski has always been a writer. A hopeful romantic, she gravitated to fantasy and romance.  She is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America, Virginia Romance Writers, and James River Writers.  A native of Richmond, Virginia, Denise lives with her uber-supportive husband and one devoted lap kitty. She is currently working on a Contemporary Paranormal Romance involving another member of the Marant Clan—KT’s older brother, Peter Marant.  You can find her on facebook at Denise Golinowski/Author and at her blog, Golinowski’s Gambol.

7 comments to “Guest Blogger: Denise Golinowski (Contest)”

  1. sharon chalk
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      · May 17th, 2013 at 8:08 am · Link

    ok Denise,all are done,except the twitter one,I do not know how to twitter and was not aware till about 10 minutes ago when I was talking to a friend that I have twitter on my computer,I just have to set it up,so he is going to come over this afternon and help me set it up so I can now twitter (goody goody,now I can twitter Anderson Cooper on CNN LOL) so this means you will have 2 messages from me this one to say I did all the facebook stuff and one this afternoon saying that I have now tweeted in addition to facebooking,hope thats ok,because the book looks really really good,I love cat shapeshifters myself zanarigrandma@gmail.com



  2. Denise Golinowski
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      · May 17th, 2013 at 8:49 am · Link

    Hi, Sharon! Andi, Max, & I are all delighted that you like feline shapeshifters! Max says – Cats Rule! Dogs Drool! He’s such a trouble maker sometimes. :-P



  3. Amber H
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      · May 17th, 2013 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Liked on FB-Amber Hall
    Tweeted- https://twitter.com/VampedChik/status/335521758025236481
    Liked Collector’s item-Amber Hall
    Thanks! :) I’ll def. check this one out!
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com



  4. Susan W.
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      · May 17th, 2013 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Hi Denise! I liked you on Facebook – Susan White but I don’t twitter so does this still count? Collector’s Item sounds so good! I’m definitely going to be adding it to my To Buy list. Oh, and I also liked Collector’s Item/Golinowski on Facebook too. Thanks for the giveaway!



  5. TIFFANY M
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      · May 17th, 2013 at 8:24 pm · Link

    HELLO DENISE. WHAT AN AWESOME AND DIFFERENT CONTEST YOU ARE HAVING. I’M SORRY, BUT I DON’T HAVE A TWITTER A ACCOUNT. YOUR NOVEL SOUNDS INTRGUING. A FELINE SHAPESHIFTER IS A DELICIOUS IDEA. YOU ROCKS!!! I DID DO NUMBER 1 OF YOUR CONTEST :wink: :) :lol:



  6. Toni Whitmire
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      · May 18th, 2013 at 12:05 am · Link

    The excerpt was wonderful and I did everything .bibbiesparks@yahoo.com



  7. Denise Golinowski
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      · May 18th, 2013 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Wow! Thanks everyone for playing. I really appreciate all the kind words and warm response to my visit and contest. I drew my first daily winner and Susan W you’ve won a signed Cover postcard for Collector’s Item. :) Message me directly through fb. Thanks again, Delilah, for letting me guest on your blog and everyone stay tuned here or on my fb Author page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Denise-GolinowskiAuthor/127377770641256?ref=tn_tnmn
    :-D