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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Claiming His Mate (Crescent Moon #2)” by Savannah Stuart

Feb 1
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Today it’s my pleasure to interview Savannah Stuart,

author of the sexy paranormal romance series, CRESCENT MOON.

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Hi Savannah.Welcome to my blog 🙂

If you had to tell someone on Twitter about the CRESCENT MOON series, what would you say?

If you like alpha males, shifters & sexy #pnr romance, the Crescent Moon series might be for you!


How many books are in the series so far? Can they be read out of order? Tell us a little about each one.

There are 3 novellas so far and they can be read out of order since each plot stands alone. While there isn’t an overarching plot thread through all of them, they’re all connected through ties to the Kincaid pack.


Taming the Alpha:

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After a year of lusting after his sexy employee, werewolf pack-leader Grant broke his no-involvement-with-humans rule and made a move on Talia. A month later the sex is still red hot and everything between them is perfect. Or so he thought. Until the night he shows up at her place expecting their usual ritual of mind-blowing sex and finds out she has other plans. And they don’t include him.


When Talia announces she’s tired of being his last priority, Grant realizes he might lose the only woman he’s ever cared about. He has to do something fast to fix their relationship, but she’s completely unaware that he’s not human. He’s not above using sex to bind her to him, but when she wants more than that he has a risky decision to make. If he admits the truth he risks not only his heart, but the safety of his pack and the existence of all supernatural beings as well.

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Claiming His Mate:

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She thought the house was empty when she broke in… 

When jaguar shifter Lauren Hayes breaks into an alpha’s home to steal back what rightfully belongs to her pride, she doesn’t expect to be tackled by Max McCray, second-in-command of the Kincaid wolf pack. As punishment for her crime the sexy wolf shifter demands that she stay with him for one week. Knowing she’ll start a war between her pride and his pack if she doesn’t, she has no other choice but to agree, even if the thought of being near him 24/7 makes her scared that she won’t be able to hide her growing attraction to him.


Now he has a week to make her his… 

Max has waited months to make a move on the sexy jaguar shifter and now that she’s broken shifter rules, he’s not letting her go. He doesn’t care that he’s a wolf and she’s a jaguar, claiming her forever is the only thing that matters. Unfortunately, not everyone likes the idea of him being with a feline shifter. Max is forced to choose sides between Lauren and members of the pack he’s sworn allegiance to in order to protect the woman he knows is his destined mate.

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Tempting His Mate:

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She ran from him once…

Wild one night stands are not Ella Hayes’s style, but with her confidence at rock bottom after a devastating betrayal and her painful departure from her jaguar pride, who could blame her for falling into bed with a sexy wolf? She never thought she’d see him again. And never in her craziest dreams did she expect to come face-to-face with him on her first day with the Kincaid wolf pack. Sleeping with Asher had been one of the most intense experiences of her life—but now she wonders if they could have more.


He’s not letting her go again…

Tired of life as a lone wolf, shifter Asher has joined his cousin’s pack. The last person he expected to see was the sexy woman who ran out on him in the middle of the most incredible night of his life. The Ella he meets now is nothing like the wild, sensual woman he let his guard down with, but he likes both sides of the complicated female. But now somebody—or something—sinister is targeting Ella, and Asher moves quickly to get her under his roof and under his protection. Keeping the sexy female safe and proving they belong together are two missions he doesn’t plan to fail. Because this time, he’s playing for keeps.

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Do you have a favourite hero/heroine in the series? What makes him/her special? 

Hmm, I shouldn’t admit to having a favorite, and I love them all, but I really have a soft spot for Asher from Tempting His Mate. He was a lone wolf for so long and gets blindsided by fun jaguar shifter, Ella. He’s sexy, sweet, alpha and possessive when it comes to Ella.


EXCERPT from Tempting His Mate:

Max grinned. “Yep. He thinks no one knows about it, but man, they used to go at it in the walk-in freezer of the Crescent Moon Bar all the time. It’s just a guess, but I think maybe he wanted to christen the freezer here too.”

Laughing, Asher started to respond when a familiar scent rolled over him, or more like shattered right through him. It permeated all his senses, making his inner wolf sit up and take notice. Sun, sand and sex. That was what she smelled like.


He only had a first name. The little kitten had never given him her last or he’d have hunted her down. Or at least he’d have given it his best shot.

And now she was here. He didn’t know how that was possible, but Asher could scent her somewhere…there! Talking to Max’s mate, of all people.

Lauren slung an arm around Ella’s shoulders and pulled her close as they chatted with the packmates at their table. And Ella slid an arm around Lauren’s waist in a friendly gesture. It was clear they were close and possibly even related. They were the same height and had that same petite build. Lean in the way of jaguar shifters, but still damn curvy where it counted.

A low growl next to him had Asher’s attention snapping toward Max whose eyes had gone complete wolf as he watched him.

“What…shit, I’m not checking out Lauren, dumbass. Her friend, the pretty blonde…?” He trailed off, not sure how to continue in a way that didn’t make him sound like a jackass.

Max instantly relaxed. “They’re cousins. Ella just moved here. She arrived yesterday. I’ll introduce you two. She’s going to be working at Grant’s new hotel so if you take the job, you’ll be seeing her a lot. The woman is really good with numbers apparently and Grant wants her to take over accounting.”

Before Asher could respond, Ella looked their way. As if she knew she was being watched. When those dark eyes of hers landed on him, they widened. She looked like a deer caught in headlights.

His predator instinct kicked into high gear. He couldn’t help it. She’d run from him after the best sex he’d ever had. No explanation other than a sad thank you note. She’d actually thanked him. The polite, almost formalness of her words had made a small part of him laugh. Because nothing about the night they’d spent together had been polite.

It had been raw, earthy and a little dirty.

Max clapped him on the shoulder as he stood. “Come on.”

It was as if his old friend was completely oblivious to the change in the atmosphere. Need hummed through Asher, wild and out of control as he hungrily drank in the sight of Ella.


Did you struggle to write a particular scene in one of the books? How did you overcome that?

Actually, no. These novellas were so much fun to write and because of their length it was easy to outline them ahead of time. I tend not to struggle much with novellas since the stories are heavily character driven.


When does the next CRESCENT MOON book come out?

I’ve got a tentative release date of early April 2014 but that’s not set in stone.


What’s next for you Savannah?

It’s still untitled but the next Crescent Moon novella should be out this spring (2014). After that, I hope to have another novella out by late summer, but that could change. I write under two names and my alter ego is a lot busier this year so it just depends on how my schedule pans out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!

Thanks so much for having me here today!

It was fun! Thanks Savannah 🙂



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Savannah Stuart is the pseudonym of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus.

Under this name she writes slightly hotter romance than her mainstream books. Her stories still have a touch of intrigue, suspense, or the paranormal and the one thing she always includes is a happy ending.

She lives in the South with her very own real life hero. In addition to writing (and reading of course!) she loves traveling with her husband.


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