Monday, October 1, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: AMAROK by Angela J. Townsend + Author Interview


by Angela J. Townsend
Publication Date: November 20, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pages/Format: 224; Paperback & ebook
Source: ARC

Emma’s life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father, and living with the guilt of causing her mother’s death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining. Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she’s nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma’s gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious native —trapped in bear form by the same Shaman—attacks the travelers, Amarok suffers the razor-like claws to protect Emma. As Amarok lay dying, Emma finds the strength to face her fears, and sets off on a terrifying adventure to free the wolf she’s come to love. She must find the totem to liberate him, and face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age. Emma has found her strength, but will it be enough to keep her and Amarok alive?
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Angela Townsend shares a delightful, engaging story. Amarok is immediately gripping and escalates in action as the hero and heroine fight the force of evil. Emma's soul, so battered with guilt, reaches out to find solace in the wolf, Tok, with whom she has an undeniable connection. Their story is unique, haunting, and tinged with paranormal mystery.

Amarok is highly descriptive and exudes an imagery that takes you right to the very Alaskan wilderness in which the novel is set. It may be a cold, daunting, and remote place but the characters Townsend introduces will warm you up and melt your heart! Emma may have some unhealed emotional scars, but her care of the wolf despite her own imminent demise gives her an admirable strength. Any female lead character that forms a bond with an animal, as Emma does, is a super-heroine in my book! She really makes this novel enjoyable with her selfless actions and headstrong personality.

Beyond Amarok's eye-catching cover, the story inside is beautiful, entrancing, and mysterious. The mystery surrounding Amarok, the wolf's, entrapment is unique and fascinating. The Native mythological and historical aspects are deep and add suspense because of the rare topic. I see myself reading this story over and over and never losing love for it because it has a timeless feel to it. Amarok could never lose interest or fall out of style.
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Thank you for stopping by Lovey Dovey Books, Angela! Can you describe Amarok for us?

A magical paranormal thriller that is a mix of Ice Age lore and supernatural.
Amarok is your first novel, how did you choose which genre to write it in?

Actually, Amarok is my third novel but my first traditionally published novel. I've always loved young adult books and so writing in this genre was an easy choice for me :) 

How much research went into the mythological themes present in the story?

I've always been fascinated with Celtic lore and early man. I borrowed more from Celtic myth than other sources. Totems and shamans are in almost every culture around the world and it was very fun to research all the different sources.

Can you describe your research process?

I like to use primary sources--but I shape myth into my own creations.  

Did the research come before or after you knew what the story would be about?

I'm a born investigator and I really enjoy the research process. I research while I write.

Why did you choose the Alaskan wilderness as the primary setting for Amarok?

I spent part of my young life growing up in Alaska. It was a beautiful, magical place which I never forgot. 

What’s in store for you next? A sequel to Amarok or a whole new adventure?

I have three manuscripts I'm working on now.

Do you have any parting words for your fans?

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my book. I appreciate you all so very much!!

Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing. She resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.

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