12 Days of Christmas ❄ Reindeer Games by Kristen Strassel ❄

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Title: Reindeer Games
Author: Kristen Strassel
Series:The Real Werewives of Alaska #2
Genre: PNR, Sports Romance, Holiday Romance
Publisher: Self -Published
Release Date:  December 15, 2017

The Alaska Bloodhounds are the newest team in the Continental Football Association. These wild shifters are rough and ready for the season. 
They only need one thing: women. 
Do you have what it takes to be a Real Werewife?

In this episode—

Delilah is a Real Werewife looking for the perfect mate and a father figure for her son. After a few fun but not forever trips to the hot tub, Delilah's wondering if she's looking for love in all the wrong places. But when her son says he no longer believes in Santa, her focus shifts from finding a hot football player to making Christmas magical again.

Gunnar lives his life on Faraway Island keeping chaos at bay. As alpha, he's served his herd faithfully, even as everyone but him found their mate. Gunnar has listened to his animal his whole life, but it's never given him what he wanted. If he doesn't find his mate soon, his herd and the future of the island are in danger.

When a little boy and his mom come in his shop, Gunnar is willing to go against his animal and take some chances. And when he gets the phone call from the Alaska Bloodhounds that makes his dreams come true, it’s finally time to put himself before the herd.
This Christmas, football’s not the only game at stake.

 Read between the Lines and Readers are dying to know more about your holiday themed novel. Is your novel a standalone or part of a series, if in a series can it be read as a standalone. Can you give us some details? 

Delilah has a huge problem on her hands, and it's got nothing to do with finding her very own Alaska Bloodhound. Her ten-year-old son, Jeremy, just dropped a bomb on her. He doesn't believe in Santa Claus anymore. 

She needs to make this the best Christmas ever. Stat. Fellow Werewife, Naomi, has the answer to help Jeremy believe in the magic of Christmas again.

They're headed to Faraway Island to meet a smokin' hot buck and save Christmas.

Reindeer Games is book #2 in The Real Werewives of Alaska series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone. 

Where do you draw your inspirations from? 
Everywhere! The Real Werewives of Alaska series is based around a dating reality show that tries to mate human women with shifter football players. I’m a huge football fan and I can’t believe I hadn’t written any football players until now! I work in film and television production, so I’m super comfortable with the behind the scenes details. And who doesn’t love a growly alpha shifter mate? 

Who are your favorite authors? 
My classic go-to authors are Stephen King, Anne Rice, Pat Conroy, and Diana Gabaldon. I love old school Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and Kresley Cole. Recent favorites include Carian Cole, Molly O’Keefe, Karina Halle, and Kendall Gray. I also love reading rock star biographies. 

Was there any particular book which gave you the writing bug? 
Hmmm. I always wrote in some form, I just had no idea how to finish a novel. That being said, I’ve always thought Jamie Fraser from Outlander is the ultimate romance hero, and he was definitely a huge influence on my early character building.

Speaking of potentially “embarrassing” subjects, what’s the strangest thing you had to research for your writings? 
Hmmm. My search history is questionable at best. I’ve definitely had to look up some sexy stuff, as well as figuring out injuries and how people die. I don’t get embarrassed as easily as I should, so nothing’s sticking out as a total red-cheek moment.

Research aside, what’s the hardest part of being an author? 
Actually getting the words on the page. It’s really easy to get distracted by everything online, the never-ending to-do list, and basically anything that isn’t writing. I tend to be most productive right before I have to leave for work or right before I have to go to bed. 

How would you describe your writing style? 
Someone said I write dirty Hallmark movies and I love that description.

Any “fun facts” about the book? 
Gunnar is my first male virgin hero. 

Have you had any odd fan encounters? 
Nothing odd, but a whole lot of awesome. I love hearing from readers whether it’s a signing or in email. I did have one reader invite me to come help out at her daughter’s HS Haunted House (I’m a makeup artist), and if she was nearby, I probably would’ve gone!

Is there anything you’re currently working on now? 
Yes! Book #3 in The Real Werewives of Alaska series, Silver Fox. If you’ve been reading the series, you’ve already met quarterback Landon Fox. He’s going to meet his match when his daughter and her mom come back into his life. Silver Fox is also part of the Bad Alpha Dad (BAD) series, which is a multi-author PNR series with well, bad alpha dads! Keep an eye out for it in February! 

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I write paranormal and contemporary romance. I started with things I knew, supernatural creatures such as rock stars and vampires and expanded my writing universe as the ideas came to me. I love unlikely pairings, second chances, and of course, a happily ever after.

My day job is doing makeup for film, TV, and commercials. I love it, and I incorporate these experiences into my all of my books in some way or another.

I share a birthday with Steven Tyler. I think we make excellent birthday twins.

I've been to hundreds of concerts. I’ve always been fascinated by musicians, for obvious reasons. Without music, life would pretty much suck.

I really like hair bands. All time favorite: Bon Jovi.

I'm from Massachusetts and I'm a Mayflower descendant. I lived in Las Vegas in a while and some of my heart is still there.

It took me forever to convert to reading digitially. Why didn’t you guys tell me what I was missing? Having an entire collection of books to access at anytime is heaven! If I’m staring at my phone, I’m probably reading something racy.

My favorite books are pretty eclectic. All time favorite: Dirt Rich by Clark Howard. Sure bet reads: rock n’ roll biographies, paranormal romance.

I'm a huge football fan. Go Patriots!

Two things I still need to do: roller derby and learn to read tarot.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I went back to school when I was 31 for hair and makeup. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself. More importantly, find something you love doing, and do everything in your power to make it happen.

The first story I ever wrote was about a little girl who had her bicycle stolen. I switched POV to the bicycle thief at the end for the big reveal. My fourth grade teacher told me you NEVER switch point of view in the middle of a story.

Yeah, about that.
He almost scarred me for life. It took me a long time to even try dual POV. I knew when I wrote NO STRINGS ATTACHED that people would want Jagger’s side of the story so I had to get out of my comfort zone. Now I love dual POV.

My favorite color is leopard print.

Straw wrappers gross me out. Vile little things.

I have an awesome cockatiel named McGee. He likes to boss me around and he has a serious mancrush on Guy Fieri.

I love hearing from readers! I'm on Facebook, or if want a little more mayhem and foolishness, I have a reader group. That's where the fun stuff happens. I'm on Twitter  @KristenStrassel, too. Not as much as I used to be, but I'm always just a mention away.


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