Friday, September 6, 2013

Fun Find: "Cat in an Alien X-Ray" Review & Giveaway

“Cat in an Alien X-Ray” is 25th in a series of mystery books written by Carole Nelson Douglas. If the copy I received is any indication, there’s plenty of “cat” in this series to satisfy any cat lover.

The books are narrated from two perspectives: human and feline. The main character, Temple Barr, is owned by a black house panther by the name of Midnight Louie.

Set in Las Vegas, Louie rules the night and conducts his own investigations while Temple (ostensibly in the PR business but frequently found up to her eyeballs solving mysteries) conducts her own. Along with both current and former boyfriends, that is.

 If you’re new to the series as I was, you may find the opening to be slow and a bit tedious as the first part necessarily fills in all the information you’ll need to know from previous books in order for you to jump into the story stream and understand the players.

But once the action begins, the story picks up.

Despite its title, no aliens make appearances in the book. Rather, the story line revolves around a new “Area 51” act, dead bodies, a female serial killer known as Kitty the Cutter and a late night, Dr. Phil-style radio talk show. Oh, and plenty of narrative from the cat’s POV. The feline repartee is written in a clever tone and there is a distinct underlying “gumshoe” style to the writing.

Giveaway Time!

Tor has graciously offered to give away TWO copies of Cat in an Alien X-Ray to readers
in the US, UK and Canada!  Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Tell me in a comment why you’d like to win Cat in an Alien X-Ray, then make sure we have your email so we can contact you if you win.

You can earn extra entries by doing one – or all - of the following:
  • Like A Tonk’s Tale on Facebook 
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook 
  • Share the giveaway on Twitter 
  • Or share on Pinterest. 

In order for your extra entries to be considered, you need to come back here and leave a separate comment for each extra activity you did.

Good luck!
You have until midnight on Wednesday, September 18th to enter. A winner will be announced on September 27th.

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Rules and Disclaimer:  

No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners are chosen using Random.org and will be notified by e-mail. The winner of the giveaway will need to give us a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. 
(no P.O. boxes please) 
If a reply email containing the physical address where the prize should be mailed is not received by that time, an alternate winner will be chosen again by random. The winner will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.
We were given a copy of the book "Cat in an Alien X-Ray" by Tor/Forge publishing so that we could review the book, but were not compensated for hosting the giveaway. All opinions in this article are our own.

35 comments:

  1. Oh I'z wood'z lub'z to win, she haz Dawg books but non of cat'z..and uz CAT'Z rule..RIGHT! MAWAHWHAHHWAA XXOOXX
    Mollie and Alfie

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  2. Leave ua out as we are not in the USA. Hope you enjoy and have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. I love the title of that book....and anything "cat" I love so please sign me up for the giveaway! Sam says he promises to let me read it to him. ;)

    Pam (and Sam)

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  4. OH Momma loves to read so please consider us for your book giveaway! Sounds pawsome.

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  5. I'd like to win simply cause I'd like to read the book :)

    (that and because you'll mention I won, and I love it when I'm mentioned on other blogs)

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  6. shared on facebook (but I noticed you didn't.. I couldn't share off a post on your page)

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  7. I'd love to win the book as I like cat sleuths and the funny thoughts and comment they make.
    lornajf@msn.com

    Hugs Lorna x

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  8. Finally I twitted!

    Have a good weekend.

    Purrs to Faraday, Maxwell and Allie x

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  9. Nice cover! Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

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  10. A book? I love books! A kitty book is even better.

    You know I like you. Even on Facebook.

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  11. A book? I love books! A kitty book is even better.

    You know I like you. Even on Facebook.

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  12. Our people love books! Sometimes they even read them to us so we'd like to be in the running too! Purrs...

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  13. I would love to win this book! It sounds like an awesome series!

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  14. Ooooh! I know that Glogirly would love to win this!
    She loves mysteries and I'm pretty sure she likes cats too.
    ; ) Katie

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  15. We were lucky enough to win copy in another giveaway, so you don't have to enter us. Good luck to everyone! :)

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  16. I currently have this book out from the library and I would LOVE to own my own copy.!
    Simbas Mom

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  17. That sounds like a great book. Please can you enter me.

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  18. Great review but I don't want to enter. TW only reads her BFF's cat books and she hasn't even read the last one. Ha ha.

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  19. Hmmm... I would like to win 'cause...

    ...'cause the book involves cats AND if there are aliens you never know when an astronaut might show up. I'm STILL lookin' for an astronaut to read my blog, you know.

    ...and 'cause you're announcin' the winner on the 27th and that's peep #1's birthday. I could give the peep the book for her birthday. How neat would that be!

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  20. I shared on Twitter and the peep and I both shared on Facebook and we already like you there, too.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  21. Well, I would like to enter as The Staff needs something to keep her occupied, so she stops following me around with the flashy box!! She also follows you on pretty well all the platforms. In fact she is practically a stalker! Yes she needs to be occupied!! ;)

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  22. Oh! Wow! What a great giveaway! Mes already Likes (actually LOVES) yous guys on facebook and in person, and Me has shared on Facebook! And Me's put it on Pinterest!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  23. I'd love to win this book! I really enjoy feline mysteries such as the Cat Who... series, and Rita Mae Brown. But I haven't come across this series - it will be great to vice it a try! Thank you!

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  24. Please enter me again cuz I shared on Facebook!

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  25. I love stories about cats, and this sounds like a fun one!

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  26. My hoomin loves to read! I hope I win! Thanks. :)

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  27. i like to win this book because this will be my first book ever.

    I live outside the US but when I win, you can send it to my mom's brofur in NY.

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Coolio! A comment? For US?