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Monday, May 28, 2012

Guest Post with Author Angela Castle and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Angela Castle. Angela is currently on tour promoting her book  Tiger Mine and has stopped by the blog to chat. Before I give the floor over to Angela, lets get to know her a bit.

I am a full time mother and part time writer. I live in a small country town in Victoria Australia. I have been writing ever since I learned to read, and almost endlessly drifting off into the fantasy world of my imagination.

Thankfully, I have a great group of supporting writer friends; a husband and three currently small children who help keep me grounded.

When I’m not day dreaming of creating new worlds for my stories or madly typing away on my laptop. I have plenty to keep me busy on the home front.

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What inspired me to write Tiger Mine?

The first thing in my mind when I decided to write an animal shifter book was No Werewolves. Not that I don’t love reading wolf books, I just think there are a lot of them out there. The inspiration behind TIGER MINE began when I was sitting on the end of my bed one morning, pulling on a pair of white and black striped socks. I was staring at them when the idea stuck to write a cat shifter book.

As a cat lover, I think Tigers resemble more the modern house cat than any other species. Something about their grace and majestic beauty draws people to them. But it wasn’t good enough just to write about an ordinary Bengal tiger. No, I wanted something different again. Remembering the colour of my socks, the thought of a white tiger in Australia lodged firmly in my brain.

The more I researched Siberian Tigers, the more my story and my character, Mohan, fell into place. A creature out of his elements, desperate and deeply scarred.

Add to the mix a curvy, emotionally injured heroine and I knew things would be a tender emotional ride. And add to the fact I had just done a writing workshop on injecting more emotion into your stories, it all worked out very well.

I fell utterly in love with Mohan and Julia. They’re two peas in a pod, with circumstances and a deeper connection making them need each other, more than even they realised.

It was a hard one to let go of, when I finally finished. I walked around in a daze for a few weeks trying to purge them from my mind, but I know this story and the characters will always have a special place in my heart.

Licking her wounds after ending a six-year marriage to a serial cheating husband, Julia has run away to her grandfather's house high in the Australian Mountains, hoping to fix the old neglected building up while she contemplates her future. Only to discover a huge white Siberian tiger on her door step.

Tiger shifter Mohan has escaped, jumped ship and is in hiding from the hunter who has ripped him from his world and murdered those he loved. When a curvy Aussie woman turns up at the old house he’s managed to shelter in these past weeks. He offers his services as a builder by day, returning to her by night as a tiger. Despite the strong attraction he has trouble fighting, what he discovers in Julia is a new kind of warmth and kindness he is in desperate need of.

Julia knows her gorgeous Russian handyman is harbouring dark secrets, but can her heart stand falling in love and losing again? Can they help each other mend the deeper issues which plague their lives? And bring hope of a new future. Or will Mohan’s past hunt him down and tear the new fragile bond between them.

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She scrubbed harder on the same spot, over and over, not really paying attention to what she was doing. A sudden knock at the door made her jump out of her skin.

"Crikey, James and Joseph!" Her heart still pounding in her chest, she climbed to her feet. She hadn't heard any car approaching. Who the heck could be at her door? Pink rubber gloves still encased her hands as she marched through the house and yanked open the front door.

Julia was stunned. She wasn't sure what the right word was, but beautiful was the only one that came to mind as she stared up into a pair of clear, pale blue eyes. She was instantly reminded of her tiger lodger. The man's ink-black hair hung to his shoulders, and he looked liked he'd been swimming. His skin was slightly pale, as if he was unaccustomed to being in the sun. His high, narrow face with symmetrical, angular cheekbones gave him a regal look. His slender nose and full masculine lips, made her wonder if they were as pillow soft as they looked. Where the hell had that thought come from? She swallowed, noting his strong, square jaw gave him a sense of strength and power. At first glance Julia would have guessed him to be in his late twenties, maybe early thirties.

Remembering to breathe, Julia sucked in a breath and realized she'd been staring like an idiot. Her gaze dropped to his rumpled, worn clothes. The shirt had most certainly seen better days. The dark blue and black, square-patterned shirt did nothing to hide the fact the man was built.

Want to win some goodies from Angela? Check out what's up for grabs.

Up for grabs:
  • 1 lucky commenter will win an autographed post card + pens
  • 1 lucky commenter from the ENTIRE tour will be chosen to have their name used in Angela's next book.

To Enter:
  • Please leave a meaningful comment for Angela. 
  • Please leave your email address along with your comment to be entered. 
  • Giveaway ends May 29th.

Good Luck =)


  1. Great excerpt! Well, okay, this is going to sound silly..but, I love pens. If you want to know about my love towards pen and books, you want to listen to my mom..she keeps scolding me stacking the pens and books. But, I love it..what can I do? :)

    I have been following you through the tour, Angela! I am reading the excerpt in the tour and liked it. All the best for your book. I love the plot and would buy it soon!


    Vidya @ Books Are Magic

  2. Enjoyed the excerpt! Now, I can't wait to read more! Great giveaway! Thank you!

  3. Loved the excerpt! I really like the sound of Tiger Mine and I'm putting it on my buy list. Thanks for sharing the post.

  4. I love the idea of a tiger shifter...that he is a hot, mysterious Russian doesn't hurt either! :)

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  5. Great excerpt and as a teacher one of my favorite things to buy besides post-it notes is pens!

  6. I love the Siberian Tiger shifter! Feline shifters are my favorite! I also love pens, all different kinds...

    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Sounds really good! Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  8. Wow I Cant Wait To Read This Book I Have It On My Wish List.

  9. I love the idea of a shifter other than a wolf. I also think you have the perfect cover model because I can picture him as the tiger. He certainly makes me purr.


  10. I enjoyed the excerpt. Nice cover.


  11. I know this is going to be just as great as all your other books - maybe even better! Yummy hero!! Love the premise.