To keep my sanity during the holidays I decided to finally sit down and read all four books that have been released in Jodi Vaughn’s Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves series and let me just say WOW. It’s everything a paranormal romance lover can ask for! AND I am SUPER excited that Jodi agreed to let me interview her. If you haven’t had the chance to meet her or read her books your in luck because the first one in the series is FREE!
She also is an avid Periscoper. What’s Periscope you say? Think YouTube but live! You can also chat with the author LIVE. I haven’t got the nerve to do it myself but I plan to start VERY SOON.
OK back to the series. It follows a pack of Arkansas werewolves led by Barrett Middleton. Each book follows a different guardian werewolf. What is a Guardian you ask? It’s an elite group of weres that have sworn their lives to protect the Arkansas Werewolves and obtain their secrecy in society. Oh and they ride Harleys! How freaking sexy is that?
It’s about to get interesting around here so grab your glass of wine and keep reading.
Series: Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: January 17, 2015
First off being from Arkansas I admit I was at first a teeny-weeny bit partial to this book BUT after reading it I could have been from freaking Alaska and still enjoyed it. Whew what a ride!
Damon Trahan, a guardian werewolf, is tasked with saving Ava, the Generals daughter, that was kidnapped by a pack of red wolves. The job proves to be harder than he ever imagined. She is beautiful, feisty and stubborn. The sooner he can turn her back over to the General the better but once they discover her house has been bombed she cannot go home. Fleeing they end up in Shreveport where you get to meet the charming Jayden and OMG the amazing Wild Turkey drinking, sex toy selling Granny.
Being forced to stay together the attraction starts to intensify between Damon and Ava but when the truth comes out about her he must cast all of his feelings aside. She. Doesn’t. Belong. To. Him. When Jayden comes up missing they must work together to save him. But can he really stand to let her go when all of this is over?
The attraction between Damon and Ava in INTENSE. I thought my kindle was going to start smoking a few times there and Granny OMG she is amazing. Very well written. The pages flowed beautifully.
Favorite Scene: When Damon first shifts and the club scene with Ava and Granny.
He was fighting a battle he feared he could not win. She was going to be the end of him.
Series: Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Book two in the Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves series is all about Braxton Devereaux. We met Braxton in book one. He was the sexy tattooed bartender that worked at the strip club and helped Damon save Jayden and Ava.
Well now he is the one needing help. After being falsely accused of killing is father he is forced to flee to Arkansas to stay ahead of the assassins. The assassins are an elite group of trained killers with one job. To kill anyone that breaks were law.
He finds himself in Eureka Springs injured and in wolf form on the doorstep of Kate Wolph (I know the irony is not lost to be on this last name lol), the owner of a failing bed and breakfast.
Kate hears some strange noises from outside her B&B. She doesn’t or should I say hasn’t had a paying guest in quite some time. So she knows whatever is outside is not human and is injured.
You can imagine her surprise when she discovers a massive wolf on her front porch. Her bleeding heart wins over and she somehow manages to drag him inside.
She calls her friend that is also a vet for help and he is able to remove a silver bullet and save him.
Well then it gets interesting for poor Kate. She goes to check on her furry friend only to find a naked and very hot man lying in her bed. She thinks she is dreaming….she must be dreaming. So what do you do to hot men in your dream? You molest them…haha.
The problem with that is she quickly realizes that her dream man is very much real and was once a wolf! This should make her run for the hills but she is drawn to him either from insanity or curiosity she lets him stay.
Braxton is mesmerized by this little spitfire of a woman. Her determination and bravery are like no other woman he has ever met.
Attraction is evident between the two and they quickly start a up a very heated relationship. She knows that she should not get too attached to him. With the assassins closing in on Braxton she is scared of losing him.
Now insert a group of very horny and crazy romance authors that decide to stay at the B&B. Yep you just thought it was getting good. Now add Granny and the other guardians and you will not be able to put this book down I promise.
Favorite Scene: When the wolf comes knocking at her door and when she first meets the authors.
The women were discussing alcohol and roofies.”
Damon shrugged and pulled the cookie platter closer. “They said it’s for their book.” Damon took a bite and lowered his voice. “But I don’t think so. I think they’re planning to roofie my ass.”
Series: Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: March 25, 2015
Jayden Parker. We met him in book one. He was the dashingly handsome and charming friend of Damon and also the grandson of “Granny”.
He risked his life to to help save Haley Guthrie. If you remember she was the other were female that was taken by the red wolves. But Jayden was too late and couldn’t save her. He endures hours of torture that left emotional and physical scars before Ava rescues him in the club.
Now a disgrace to her family (and boyfriend), Haley moves to the University of Arkansas to finish college. Her family and her ex boyfriend think that she is ruined because the red wolves defiled her.
She tries to focus on her studies but soon starts getting disturbing notes placed under her dorm room door. She goes to the Arkansas pack leader, Barrett for help. He assigned Jayden to the task of protecting her.
At first Jayden keeps his distance and stays hidden. But that lasts oh about a day lol and he reveals himself when she is approached by some college guys.
Haley feels safe with Jayden and when the notes continue and get more heinous in nature she agrees to move into his house. Ok its actually Barrett’s place that he uses when he is in Fayetteville to watch the Hogs play. Go Pig Sooie.
Anywhere where was I? Oh yes then well I have to admit this part was a slow burn for me. The book drags a bit a first but with each chapter the buildup and action gets more intense till BAM. I could not put it down.
Insert the guardians and Granny again and together they try to find out who is stalking her. But when her life is in danger Jayden fears that he will be too late again.
Favorite Scene: Granny riding in a sidecar of a Harley haha and when Haley takes a bite out of her stalker.
Something had shifted inside him, something changed that made him feel like he wasn’t himself. He felt more peace and more comfort when he was with Haley than he had in a while.
Series: Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Woohoo I loved this one! Ok I admit at first I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a Barrett book but hopefully I will get my hands on that story one day.
This story is all about Zane Steele. He is one of the head guardians and very well trusted by his pack and Barrett. Well until he gets injured and stuck with a dirty needle during a drug raid At first he thinks it is the adverse affects of the drugs that is making him feel strange but when he shifts in broad daylight and can’t shift back is when the fun begins.
Skylar Wade is pissed when she discovers her tool shed has been broken into AGAIN. She is even more pissed when she discovers there is a naked Zane in there. Zane at first doesn’t recognize this fiery redhead. His senses are all out of whack. She on the other hand recognizes him immediately. Zane her childhood friend. His family was always nothing but kind to her. She wishes she could have said the same about her father.
So she tries to help him. Giving him clothes and letting him stay at her apartment until he can figure out why he can’t control his shift.
He soon realizes that Skylar is not a little girl anymore. She is very much a woman…with curves and damn he can’t keep his hands off of her. Good thing is she feels the same.
But when the past comes back to haunt her everything changes. It seems everything is against them and they are running out of time. My heart was going BOOM BOOM BOOM several times during this book.
The author knows her stuff. The attraction she portrays between Zane and Skylar was INTENSE. She keeps you on the edge of your seat through the entire book. I love the vulnerability she show in the hero and the fierce independence she shows in the heroine.
Favorite Scene: The end when someone I don’t want to say got a rocket ship tattoo lol.
“Whoever fed you that bullshit that you are not beautiful is and will always be a liar. Jealousy often makes people say belittling things. Your qualities that you so eloquently speak of are unique. Hair as fiery as the sun itself and eyes the color of rare gems are qualities that not every woman possesses. But they are qualities that every woman desires. And you are every man’s fantasy. When I look at you, you make me lose any kind of control that I ever thought I had. Here, standing next to you, it’s all I can do not to pull your jeans down and take you up against the truck.”
I am BEYOND excited people to have this opportunity to interview one of my FAVORITE authors, Jodi Vaughn. She is a beautiful person inside and out as well as a very talented author. Hopefully if you have gotten this far reading my blog post you either: A – Have read her books, B – Want to read her books C- Insane for even thinking about not adding her books to your TBR shelf D – Thinks she is hot.
Now that we clarified that on with the questions.
Finish this sentence. Life is too short to______.
Continue to live in the past. Life is too short to continue doing something you hate. Life is too short to wear flats.
Amen on the flats! Ok well I’m only 5’3ish so heels are a must. After reading all of the books so far in this series I have to ask since Jayden is a werewolf does that make Granny one too? If she is does she shift?
Granny IS a werewolf but she has not shifted in front of the other werewolves. I’ve not written such a scene because once she shifts back she will be naked and all the Guardians will be scarred for life.
Whew “shivers” good point LOL. Who is your favorite character and why?
That’s a really hard question. I love all my characters. Damon was my first love, then came Braxton and so on and so forth. Of course I adore Granny and we can all relate to her! But if I had to be trapped on an island with one Werewolf, it would have to be Barrett. He’s single, hot and would protect me with his life!
No doubt that man is sex on a stick! Oops did I say that out loud? I know in book one you brought up werebears. Will they ever be brought out in your books?
Good question! I can’t reveal too much, but …… yes. Possibly in the fifth book. 🙂
Werebears. I’m excited to see how you write that. Cute and cuddly? Big and hairy? Hot? Not? Oh wow the possibilities are endless. Yep Amy you are getting off track again…How did you come up with the peacock as your logo?
When I was trying to decide on a logo, my branding team told me to pick something that I really like. An object, or scene or animal. I kept thinking about a peacock. I love their vibrant colors, how majestic they are and its presence. But I didn’t want a regular peacock so my logo ended up getting some tribal tattoos to look more badass. Hey, maybe I should write in a peacock shifter into one of the books! Like a cameo!
Ummm no. That would be weird. I mean what if it was a peacock dude shifter? If you do you need to give him a blue mohawk. Just saying. How many books do you plan on writing?
I don’t know. Right now I don’t plan on stopping. I’m writing Lucien’s book (5) and Jaxon’s book is next (6). OF course Barrett will get a book and people have asked about if Beau gets his book. Then there are other characters that we met in BENEATH A BLOOD LUST MOON that need a book as well.
So you see, I can’t really say. With each new book more characters are introduce and then they want their own story as well.
I knew it! You are soooo going to make us wait for a Barrett book “sniffles” Well I know as of now I love all of your characters. Can you tell us when the next book will come out (and who it’s going to be about)?
The next book is SHADOWS OF A WOLF MOON. I’m currently writing it. It’s been a slow go because I’m writing the second Cloverton book as well. IF all goes well, SHADOWS should be out in time for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE in April.
Oh wow! I have no idea how you can do that. I would be writing my were characters in my Cloverton and visa versa lol. Has your husband read your books? If so what does he think about your love scenes?
He read BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON (the really rough draft). He volunteers to help me try the scenes out! But seriously, listening to him read the love scenes out loud is really funny.
Hahaha I can only imagine Mr. Vaughn reading about Damon and Ava getting it on. Which makes me ask where do you get your inspirations?
I get inspiration from a lot of ways. I have very vivid dreams that sometimes get turned into a book. I get ideas when I go for a run or walk. I also just have a very wild imagination. I can be sitting in Starbucks and start watching people and I’ve created this scene involving werewolves, vampires and fairies. LOL
Holy Hell remind me never to visit you in Starbucks lol and lastly If you were stranded on a desert island with only five books which ones would they be?
1.Well, if Barrett is with me, I would have to have his book. 🙂
2. The Bible
3. Anything by Larissa Ione
4.Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis
5.Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Larissa Ione….swoon. You have crazy tastes. Love you girlie. Thank you for visiting me. Come back anytime.