Thursday, October 29, 2015

Blog Tour | Dog Days by Sierra Dean

Dog Days: The Complete Saga (Dog Days #1-4)
Release Date: 07/07/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Collecting all the Dog Days novels, this volume includes the complete, epic story of Cooper Reynolds: a boy cursed to become a coyote on his eighteenth birthday, and Lou Whittaker, the girl who can either save or ruin him.

Combined here for the first time, you get all four Dog Days novels:
Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

Autumn:
Cooper Reynolds's life is going to the dogs... literally.

As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn't hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he'll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever.

The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise "Lou" Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She's grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse.

The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he's willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it's too late.

Winter:
Eloise “Lou” Whittaker can’t shake the feeling she’s forgetting something.

After surviving the explosion of the Poisonfoot Library, she struggles to find her footing again, and she’s grateful Archer Wyatt is there to make sure she’s all right. But Archer seems to be around an awful lot and Lou has trouble controlling herself when she’s with him. She should be thrilled the most popular guy in school wants to be with her, but still, there’s that nagging feeling…

Cooper Reynolds knows he ought to let Lou go. He was putting her at risk by letting her in the first time, and now that she’s a blank slate he should just let her go on blissfully unaware of his curse. But she’s given him a taste of something dangerous… hope.

Can Cooper and an unlikely ally help Lou break free from the spell she’s under?

And can they do it before a new force threatens to destroy the whole town?

Spring:
Just when Cooper Reynolds and Lou Whittaker think they’ve weathered the worst of their trials, they come face to face with the most dangerous, clever villain they’ve ever experienced. One Wyatt brother was bad enough, but now that Archer has called on his brother Christopher for help keeping Lou and Cooper apart, the young couple is about to learn what real trouble looks like.

Christopher has come home determined to get Lou away from Cooper once and for all, and he isn’t afraid who he hurts or what bridges he burns to get the job done. With Cooper’s time running out and Lou struggling to control her growing powers, the last thing they need is more conflict. Too bad things are never as easy as they hope.

With a mysterious pair of FBI investigators in town and the clock ticking, Cooper and Lou need to learn to work together before they’re torn apart forever. 

Summer:
The thrilling conclusion to the Dog Days series!

Cooper Reynolds has been missing for months.

The whole town of Poisonfoot, Texas believes he has run away, proving they were right not to trust him. They believe he left like his brother and father before him: another good-for-nothing Reynolds man leaving the small town in his dust. No one is looking for him.

No one but Lou Whittaker.

Lou knows Cooper was taken, she just doesn’t know where he is or how to get him back. With the help of budding witch, Max, and an unlikely ally in her former enemy Archer Wyatt, Lou is determined to find Cooper and bring him back in one piece.

But time is running out. Summer is upon them, and if they don’t find Cooper before his 18th birthday, they’ll be bringing home a wild animal instead of their beloved friend. 

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“Concentrate.”

Lou cracked open one eyelid and frowned in Max Dawson’s direction. “If you tell me to concentrate one more time, I’m going to put a curse on you.”

Next to Max, Mia Reynolds smirked and tried to suppress a laugh.

Max scoffed. “If you could put a curse on me, I wouldn’t have to tell you to concentrate. Now focus.”

Lou grumbled and closed her eyes again, shifting uncomfortably on the ground. What was it about magic that meant it had to be done outdoors?

Oh, yes. It had nothing to do with the magic and everything to do with busybody parents.

Ignoring the sticks poking her in her bare legs, she took a deep breath in through her nostrils and tried to clear her mind. Max was right, she’d been working at this for months, and as far as her witch skills went, she might as well be a Muggle.

A mosquito bit her neck, and she slapped it, the loud sound drawing a warning throat-clear from Max.

“This is ridiculous.” Lou sighed loudly. “This won’t work. We’ve tried it a dozen different times, and it hasn’t ever worked.”

Mia pulled her hand from Max’s and gave Lou an imploring look. “We can’t stop trying. I know it seems stupid—”

Hey,” Max grumbled.

“Come on, guys,” Lou said. “We’re sitting in a circle and chanting some bullshit Latin we don’t even know if we’re pronouncing right. We might as well have a Ouija board.”

“That would only work if he was…” Max stopped short of saying it, but the implication was obvious.

Lou frowned. “Cooper isn’t dead.”

“I didn’t say he was.”

“He’s not dead, and we’re going to find him, okay?” She got up and brushed the dirt off her legs.

“But not like this.”

“You said you wanted me to help you with your magic, but this is the best I can do. I’m not like you, Lou. You’re a natural. I’m just doing the fake-it-’til-you-make-it version.”

A natural.

Fat lot of good it did her, being born a witch. She had no idea what her powers were and no practice with controlling them. The one time she’d really tested her magical chops had been by accident, and she’d managed to blow up the Poisonfoot library.

Not a real motivator to practice on her own.

If panic and terror were what made her magic work, she couldn’t exactly force herself to feel like that on a regular basis. She was going to need to come up with a better way to tap into her power. One that didn’t involve her being scared out of her wits.

Which meant she was going to have to keep practicing.

Mia and Max were still sitting on the ground, staring up at her, as if they were waiting to see if she’d make a run for it or rejoin them. While running had sounded like a great plan more than once over the past months, Lou knew it wasn’t a real option.

The problems she had weren’t the kind she could escape by leaving town.

With a huff she plopped back down, dirt and twigs digging into her skin. She tried to focus on the discomfort, let each poke and prod feed an internal flame, one that might let her do what she was capable of.

Finding Cooper was her sole purpose, and to find him, she needed to be stronger. She needed to be better and more powerful than she’d ever been before. He was counting on her, and all she’d done for the past four months was fail him.

Failure stopped now.

She sucked in a breath and let out a heavy sigh before offering her hands to Mia and Max. With the circle complete, she expected to feel some kind of jolt of energy, something that might tell her the magic was here when it hadn’t been all those times before.

Nothing.

Scrunching her eyes closed tighter, she focused hard, calling out with every fiber of her being with enough desperation it might give her a nosebleed if she tried for too long.

“If you’re hoping to make yourself pass out, you’re doing a great job. But if you’re trying to do spellwork, you’ll never make it happen that way.”

Lou’s eyes shot open, and she was on her feet in a flash, spinning in place to face the owner of the intruding voice.

“Archer,” she growled.

Max and Mia made angry noises of dismay, but Lou was the first one standing. Without realizing what she was doing, she stood in front of them in a defensive pose, like she was planning to fight Archer if it came to that.

While punching him in the face would be intensely satisfying, she also knew he probably wasn’t here to do them any harm.

Archer wasn’t the Wyatt brother they needed to worry about. If Christopher had been the one to emerge from the woods, she would have told Mia and Max to run like hell.

Which was funny, because Christopher had never physically hurt her. But all the same, after a few encounters with him, she had zero interest in letting the elder Wyatt get anywhere near her or her friends again.

Whenever she was alone with him, he had a way of making her feel like she was not entirely herself.

The Wyatts each possessed a strange and unique set of skills. Archer could wipe memories away with the touch of his hand, and Christopher could convince you of just about anything simply by suggesting it. He could talk a happy man into jumping off a bridge with the right turn of phrase.

Needless to say Lou wasn’t fond of being near either one of them.

Too bad Archer was her best hope of unlocking her magic, and they both knew it.

“Did you follow me?” Lou snapped.

“Yes.”

They each fell quiet. She hadn’t expected him to admit it, so she wasn’t entirely sure what to say next, since she couldn’t call him a liar.

In the months following Cooper’s disappearance, Archer had constantly tried to offer his help to Lou, and every time she’d refused him. He couldn’t be trusted, thanks to his family. They were invested in making sure the curse turned Cooper into a coyote on his eighteenth birthday, which was now only two months away.

It made no sense for Archer to offer to help save the other boy.

He and Cooper weren’t friends. If anything, they were the textbook definition of enemies since Archer had made Cooper’s life a living hell. He’d kept him an outcast and used his powers to try to steal Lou, something she’d never forgive him for.

He’d completely erased all memories of Cooper from her head, including the feelings that had blossomed between them. As far as Lou was concerned, it was the ultimate personal violation. To steal her memories and feelings from her. It was disgusting, and it didn’t matter what the excuse was, she wanted to hit him every time they were within five feet of each other.

“I’m here to—”

“If you tell me you’re here to help, I’ll figure out a spell that will turn you inside out.”

“To borrow a line from your pal, there—if you could do that, I wouldn’t need to offer you my help.”



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About the Author
Sierra Dean is a reformed historian. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies and is allowed annual exit visas in order to continue her quest of steadily conquering the world one city at a time. Making the best of the cold Canadian winters, Sierra indulges in her less global interests: drinking too much tea and writing urban fantasy.

Ever since she was a young girl she has loved the idea of the supernatural coexisting with the mundane. As an adult, however, the idea evolved from the notion of fairies in flower beds, to imagining that the rugged-looking guy at the garage might secretly be a werewolf. She has used her overactive imagination to create her own version of the world, where vampire, werewolves, fairies, gods and monsters all walk among us, and she’ll continue to travel as much as possible until she finds it for real.

She’s also a book lover (of course!), obsessive collector of OPI nailpolish and the owner of way too many pairs of shoes.

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