Friday, April 11, 2014

#ReleaseDay for Dakota Cassidy: An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1) AND A #Giveaway !!

Happy Release Day to the Queen of Rom-Com, Dakota Cassidy! Let me just say that it is an incredible honor to be a part of this momentous occasion!!  At last, An American Werewolf In Hoboken has arrived. But first, a little bit about the author, Dakota Cassidy:

Dakota Cassidy is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books of contemporary and paranormal romance. She lives for a good laugh in both her life and her writing.

Her goals are simple: banish the color yellow forever, create world peace via hot rollers and Aqua Net, and nab every tiara in the land by competing in the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss World pageants. And of course, write really funny, sexy, romantic books!

Dakota lives in Oregon with her dogs and her husband, who puts the heroes in her books to shame. She loves, loves, loves to connect with readers, so visit her online at:

Stop by her Facebook, 

Or follow her on twitter @DakotaCassidy 

Join her newsletter THE TIARA DIARIES here (cut and paste the URL) for monthly contests, excerpts only available to subscribers, and more!


And now...the book!!

You've probably figured out that I absolutely love Dakota's books. This particular story was on my TBR for a very long time. When I still lived in Ohio a few years ago, before I became a reviewer for various sites, I spent a very long time storming book stores searching for this very book. At the time, I didn't have an e-reader. I had no clue about Amazon or Ebay and there wasn't a store around that had this book on their shelf...ANYWHERE. I couldn't even find it in a used book store or at a garage sale. Yeah, I was desperate! I'd read every other book by Dakota...except this one. I NEEDED this book. Readers, I know you understand..."The Need". It doesn't let you sleep, eat or function. You walk around in a stupor dreaming of "the book" and you will not rest until you get your fix!

When all of the normal avenues of my manic scrambling failed, I was distraught. Seriously. And I drove my family insane. "Dakota this" and "Dakota that". What was I going to do? My husband said "Why don't you just ask her where you can find a copy?"


There was no way on Earth that I could possibly ask an author, a REAL author a question! I mean, really? They're busy. They have lives, glamorous lives full of fancy-author-to-do-list things and answering an email from a silly, stressed out, desperate-to-find-a-book fan was not one of their top priorities, right? I was so positive that my email would go unnoticed, unanswered. And could I put myself out there like that? I literally had a pseudo-teenage-drama meltdown about it.

I know, I know. It was just an email. What was my problem? Well, to be honest...back then, I was terrified of taking chances. After weeks of stewing over what I was going to do...or not do, I finally did it. I sent the email and lightning didn't strike me. The sky didn't open up and rain poor defenseless animals down upon my head. But, Dakota answered! She actually answered. In that moment, I learned my lesson about "not judging books by their covers". Although, some covers are smokin' hot and you should look those over quite often and judge them repeatedly :)

To a young woman who had read every single book she'dever written...except for what I started referring to as "my holy grail"...this was a major deal. After years of not reading, Dakota's books had become my gateway-book-drug-fix and no other book would do until I could read this elusive story. To find out that she was nice, sweet, humble and had the time to answer some strange woman from small-town Ohio, it was the epitome of all that was awesome. 

She told me where to get the book and said that if I still couldn't get a copy to let her know. And after I stopped gushing and squealing like a school girl (okay, maybe I never stopped doing either of those things), I rushed right out to get my hot-lil'-hands on my very own copy. Of course, I read it in one sitting and then passed out like I'd been on a bender intoxicated by words. 

So, why did I tell you all of this instead of getting right to the book info? Because it's important. Dakota Cassidy's writing may be fictional but it also treats you like a friend. You can find comfort, happiness and hilarity in all of her adventures. All of these things...we ALL need. And though we all know our occupations aren't "who we are"...Dakota is definitely a lot like her own work and she is a lot like you and me. If you need further convincing, read her bio again :)

My review: ( I'm not big on spoilers, so this is my round-a-bout opinion of this book and her writing.)

Dakota has written another phenomenally entertaining story with humor, love and grit! Whether her books are paranormal or every-day-normal, Dakota Cassidy nails it every time. Her plots flow smoothly and never lag. Character development in this book is above par as is the chemistry, emotion and humor. I couldn't find one thing that I didn't like about this book and I will read it again. Luckily, I have the old and the new version...which makes me one happy lady!

Like her other books, this story pulled me in and didn't let go. Dakota has a way of writing that all authors strive to have, but not all of them can achieve. Honestly, she makes it look so easy! She gives us stories that make us feel as though we ARE one of the characters and I became JC, a woman in search of a furry, little bundle of independent joy to adopt, who in-turn gets a lot more than she bargained for. 

I really enjoyed this version of Wolf Mates Book 1. It was great to see more added to this story. This family literally cracks me up!

I immediately loved "Fluffy" and wished I really could've been the one to adopt him. From his mangy hair to his beastly growl, I'd have to have him if he were in our animal shelter. 


Throughout the entire book, I found myself laughing outloud (a lot) at the dialogue from JC and Max--both internal and external as well as with the various secondary characters. Everything JC said, I thought sounded just like something I'd say. The things she did...I'd do. Because JC is relatable. To me that is the most important thing about a book. Even in its fictional greatness, I want to find a connection immediately and of course, I found one in An American Werewolf In Hoboken. Character development in this book is above par as is the chemistry, emotion and humor. I couldn't find one thing that I didn't like about this book and I will read it again. Luckily, I have the old and the new version...which makes me one happy lady!

If you are one of the last people on the planet to have never read one of Dakota's books, you need to get busy. You are seriously missing out on some quirky, fun banter and hot hunks who can't help but fall in love with some sexy, strong women. I know all of you dream of stories that hook you and won't let go...well, wake up and buy An American Werewolf In Hoboken. Get your book-fix satiated with JC and Max. You won't be sorry. 

Previously released in 2006, it is now available with revisions, a smokin' new cover and it's been expanded...there's more glorious hotness that you don't want to miss! From chicken soup with Aunt Eva to the cold and lonely dog pound, each page is a delight to turn.

Check out the blurb:

Wooing a life mate can be hard enough for a wolf, wooing one while under the threat of a curse even more so.

Wooing a mate while pretending to be her dog? Nearly impossible.

After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken's doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds "Fluffy" vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his manhood removed, Max's human side gets to know JC. Especially in the biblical sense. Hopefully well enough to make her fall madly in love, mate with him under the full moon, and move with him to Cedar Glen to live happily every after forever and ever amen. And fast.

Because the curse comes with a deadline...and the clock is ticking.

Now, tell me you are not hooked already??
You can now purchase An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1) at the following places for your reading pleasure:


After you've read it, please leave a review. And if you remember...please stop back and let me know what you thought of it.


Dakota is offering one copy of An American Werewolf In Hoboken to a lucky WINNER!! Woohoo!!

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below to be entered. If you win, you'll be notified via email. Good luck everyone!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Last but not least, thank you so much, Dakota! You've not only given us books that have been an absolute pleasure to read, but you've supplied all of us book whores with scrumptious, fun romance for so many years! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your re-release's been so incredibly fun!


vampstramp said...

Ridric , <3 your writing

MelBa Toasties said...

I would name my pet wolf--Lupus.

Madison Sevier said...

Love it...Lupus :)))

Madison Sevier said...

Thanks for stopping by Vampstramp and MelBa Toasties :) Good luck!!

Heather said...


Madison Sevier said...

Cute, Heather! Good luck and thanks for stopping by :)

Stephanie Shaw said...

This books amazing. 'Fluffy' the werewolf. lol Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Stephanie Shaw said...

I would name my wolf/dog Lucian

Fedora said...

Aw... What a great story, Madison! Dakota does seem such a lovely person, inside and out! As for a pet wolf... Wolfie? :D Or maybe whatever he wants to be named...

Misty Gee said...

I would name the wolf Alicide...

Rou the Fledermaus said...

I would name him Lucien. I've always loved that name.

Pamela Biddlecome said...

I've been a long time fan of Dakota Cassidy's books (now mostly ebooks). I'm really happy to see someone else tooting her horn in a much louder(better) way than I have and I love how you've described both Dakota AND her writing. So, thanks from us other fans of her & her books! Great job, keep it coming!

Donna said...

I would name a pet Wolf Blitzer after the commentator on CNN.

Nicola Mcvea said...

Hi Madison, If I had a pet wolf I might name him grizzle. What about you? What would you name a pet wolf, if you don't mind me asking? ��

Tanya Gaunt said...


Diane said...

I've never had a dog and I named my cats by their personalities so I'd have to meet him to pick a name.

kaisquared said...

I would name a pet wolf Fang, in honor of Joan River's husband :)

Mary M.

Madison Sevier said...

Wow! Thank you all so much for stopping by :) It's great to find other fans of Dakota's writing. As for what I would name a pet wolf...that is a tougher question than I thought. Normally, I'd have to meet the big guy or girl to know what their name will be. So, for the sake of the game:

A girl: Venus
A boy: Zeus

LOL :)

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

Love this post! It's different and well said.

I would name a pet wolf, Luc.

Valerie Coolbaugh said...

I would name a pet wolf Midford.

E.L. F. said...

What a fun post, Madison. I am afraid I would have to name a pet wolf...Fang (yes, showing my age).

Thanks for the giveaway and please wish Dakota much success on the new release!

krissy malott said...

Great blog. Shared with Dakota on her Glam Fam Page. I can't decide on a name though...

Madison Sevier said...

**waves** Hi ELF and Krissy <3 I'm so happy to see you both! Thanks for stopping by <3 XOXOXO

Madison Sevier said...

Kathleen and Valerie... thank so much for dropping in to help us celebrate :) Love everyone's name choices <3

Patricia Reed said...


Julie said...

Thank you for this opportunity!!

Madison Sevier said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies <3

Beth said...

Can't wait to read this new and improved version of the story. :)

As for naming a pet wolf(or any pet actually), that usually waits a few days after coming home, until I get a chance to see the personality.