Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Caryn Block

UFI welcomes Caryn Block Author of Alpha's Mate. Thanks for Joining us!!

“A Look Into The Past”

By Caryn Moya Block

It has always amazed me how reading can change your life. I am a voracious reader. I love to lose myself in a good book. But I wasn’t always fond of reading.

As a child, even before starting school, my mother would read to my brother and I. One of my favorite stories and one I still have in my library today is “Winnie the Pooh” by A.A.  Milne. My mother bought it for me at Disneyland on my fourth birthday. I loved snuggling  down to listen to her read to us. My father’s mother also liked to spoil me by buying beautifully  illustrated fairytale books with ladies in beautiful gowns and knights in shining armor.

  Once I started reading in school I struggled with Dick and Jane until my mother bought  me my first “Nancy Drew Mystery” by Carolyn Keene. Then I was hooked and as the saying goes “She was off…”

 I continued to read “Nancy Drew” until I had the whole series and then graduated to  other mysteries like “The Hardy Boys” by Franklin W. Dixon and others. When I started Middle  School I had graduated to Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie’s “Miss  Marple Mysteries”. I also read all the horse books, like “My Friend Flika” by Mary O’Hara and dog books like “Big Red” and “Lassie” that I could get my hands on.

 In high school I started to read fantasy and science fiction. My favorite authors were  Andre Norton (Cat’s Eyes being my favorite), Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey. These  books are full of psychic powers and talking animals. I also read the Merlin stories by Mary  Stewart and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (another favorite).

 But wait, you might ask where are the Romance books? Well….I have to say I am a late  comer to the romance genre. Not that there wasn’t a lot of romance in the books I read. They just  weren’t labeled as such.

 It was way past college when a friend suggested I read a medieval romance book.  Knowing that I was guaranteed a happy ending, during a difficult time in my life, I decided to  go for it. And I was hooked. I still read an occasional sci-fi book or mystery, but my heart now  belongs to the romance genre.

 If you know any of the books I’ve mention you can almost make out the road map to the  author I have become. I write paranormal romance books with men who turn into wolves and have a psychic bond with their mates. Can you see the road signs? What are the books you have read that show the world the person you have become?

 Caryn Moya Block loves romantic movies and stories that end “Happily Ever After.” She is an avid reader and writer who currently resides in the Virginia Piedmont. Her pack consists of her husband of over thirty years, two grown sons and a beautiful daughter in law, one cat, one turtle, and four Shetland Sheepdogs. She suffers from “Multiple Sheltie Syndrome”, because one is never enough. She has been intrigued with the paranormal since seeing her first ghost at three years of age.

Find Caryn and her books

Alpha's Mate
SiberianVolkov Pack #1
A trip to Moscow brings Siberian Were-wolf, Dmitry Volkov, and his pack members out of hiding. He’s looking for answers to the pack’s breeding problems. But he never expected to find them in the delectable Violet Anderson. With rogue were-wolves causing problems in the pack, can he bring a fragile human woman home as his mate?

Wild-life photographer, Violet Anderson is stopping in Moscow, before she goes on assignment to shoot the elusive Russian Gray Wolf. When she meets Dmitry at a local hotspot, the sparks fly. The animal magnetism tells her she might have just met the man of her dreams. But Violet has a couple of secrets of her own, and following a wounded animal to its lair has never been a safe thing to do.

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  1. Thanks for a lovely post and giveaway!

    My reading genres pretty much follow this order: PNR/UF, historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery, sci fi, western, fantasy. But I'd say that about 60% of that pie goes to PNR. So... this says about me... I want super powers? lol...

  2. Awesome giveaway! I would so love to win:)

    I love reading historical and fantasy books!
    My favourite books are The Phantom Tollbooth, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Magic Faraway Tree..

    thank you =)

    balintnati at gmail dot com
    Natália A.

  3. I dread to think what my signposts in reading say about me!
    I started off reading all the pony and horse books I could find when the travelling library came as a pre teen. my teens I found my mum's stash of mills and boon romances and devoured all of them. Then I discovered Georgette Heyer and historical Romance as a young adult.
    Years more of serial killers,thrillers and who dun it's have led me to paranormal romance with vampires and werewolves.
    Bloodthirsty much ha!


  4. Great post! It was nice reading how your reading and writing interests grew. The first book to grab my interest was a paranormal book. They're still my fav. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. I grew up reading mysteries and non-fiction (used to read about archeology for one thing). Slipped into romance as an adult then into the sci-fi and urban fantasy end of it.

  6. I grew up reading anything I can get my hands on...fairy tales, mysteries, encyclopedias. It shows my curious nature and that I like learning and putting myself in different worlds. One thing I like about the romance genre is that it offers so many various sub-genres to suit many tastes.

  7. Very nice post. I grew up reading children's stories and action-adventure books.

  8. all of the books i read are in the romance genre, particularly paranormal romance and historical romance. i find it boring if a book doesn't have any romance in it.

  9. I am all over the map at what I read, and I tend to go in waves, I am currently into paranormal, but them at the same time I am reading the book about Steve Jobs. Whatever tickles me fancy :)

  10. I love Paranormal books of all kind! and some historical ones.what it says about me is I'm a little old fashion and like Alpha Males and am interested in the supernatural.I think that's what it's saying

  11. I read mostly romance genre books, mainly paranormal and historical.


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