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The Allison Show: March 2011

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Wednesday, March 23

Guest Post by Molly Harper

When I was little and came running into the house, sweaty and caked in dirt, my mom would cry, “What the- have you been rolling around with wolves?”

Well, here I sit, sweaty, caked in various layers of dried mud.  And I have indeed been playing with wolves.  While promoting the release of my Naked Werewolf romance series, I visited the Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge in Nicholasville, KY.  Wolf Run, a state- and USDA-licensed non-profit educational facility, provides a safe, loving and permanent sanctuary for 23 adult wolves and wolf-dog hybrids. The refuge is also home to two full-grown lions, deer, goats, sheep, monkeys, and other exotic wildlife.  And Rowdy, the most obese raccoon I have ever seen. 
Most of the animals are former pets that were either confiscated by or surrendered by their owners.  Because it turns out, wolf hybrids do not make great house pets.
As Savannah Massey, director of animal care and education at Wolf Run told me, “These animals are gorgeous, appealing and unique. But they’re also aggressive, destructive and territorial.  This is not an animal you want in your home.  Wolf genetics do not go away.  And it’s not just that they could tear up your furniture or hurt one of your other pets- you are physically in danger when you’re around them.”
Just what you want to hear when you’re sitting right next to one, and he’s been licking your face.
Honestly, Boone, a 10-year-old grey male, could not have been nicer during my visit and our subsequent photo shoot.  He was a dignified statesman compared to raucous Razz, a three-year-old tan specimen who seemed to think my make-up was bacon-flavored. (Note to Sephora, wolf-oriented face powder may be a niche market you haven’t considered yet.)
I learned a lot during my visit to Wolf Run.  I was happy to find there are some definite similarities between actual wolves and the characters in HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF and THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF.
how to flirt with a naked werewolf.jpgFor instance, a wolf will pee on whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to make sure you know that thing belongs to them.   It is now your tree, Boone, we understand.  Thank you for not choosing my shoes.
Wolves have to date.  There are five packs at Wolf Run, each with three to five pack members.  New wolves are matched to potential packs based on temperament when they arrive at Wolf Run.  If the initial matches don’t work, they are moved to different packs until they find a good fit. Some wolves, like Boone, don’t fit well with any group and end up being loners. (Which, I think, makes him a bit like Cooper.) 
Wolves struggle over the Alpha position.  Large males jockey for the position and it can lead to inter-pack tension.   Unlike Boone, who was an Alpha contender, Razz, just seemed to want to play, which made me think of Samson.  I did not see a real-life counterpart for Maggie, which was probably a good thing given her penchant for biting people on the artofseducinganakedwerewolf.jpgbutt.
Mary Kindred, CEO of Wolf Run, calls the animals her babies.  When she walks around the yard, any effort to distract the wolves is futile, because a) she is mom and b) she has Pupperoni in her pocket. Kindred noted that the sanctuary receives no outside funding, and all expenses, such sturdy fencing, food, veterinary care, and upkeep of the grounds, are paid through donations.  The facility welcomes volunteers.   And despite the love and effort Mary and her staff devote to the sanctuary, both she and Savannah look forward to the day they’re no longer needed.
“These animals shouldn’t be here,” Savannah said.  “The lions should be in Africa. The wolves should be in the wild.  Our goal is to rescue animals and educate the public, until a facility like this is no longer needed.”  
To learn more about Wolf Run, go to http://www.wolfrun.org/index.html or contact Mary at ceoatwrwrhope@aol.com.
Click here to check out the trailer for Molly’s Naked Werewolf series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyHG5546Xa4
Wolf photo credit: Memories by Chris/Chris Meyer/Georgetown, KY http://web.me.com/memoriesbychris

HOW TO FLIRT WITH A NAKED WEREWOLF is on sale now!  Check out my review of this book this weekend!!!!
THE ART OF SEDUCING A NAKED WEREWOLF goes on sale 3/29!

Friday, March 18

Chasing Zebras

No, I am not talking about a trip to the zoo or an African safari but a new book about  my favorite TV show House, MD. It stars Hugh Laurie as an obnoxious, but brilliant diagnostician.  If you have loved the show from the begining or are a new watcher you should check out this book!!

Title:  Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.
Author: Barbara Barnett
Publisher:  Ecw Press
Published:  September 1, 2010
ISBN:  978-1550229554

Summary:
"I look for zebras because other doctors have ruled out all the horses." — Dr. Gregory House
Medical students are taught that when they hear hoofbeats, they should think horses, not zebras, but Dr. House's unique talent of diagnosing unusual illnesses has made House, M.D. one of the most popular and fascinating series on television. In Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., Barbara Barnett, widely considered a leading House expert, takes fans deep into the heart of the show's central character and his world, examining the way this medical Sherlock Holmes's colleagues and patients reflect him and each other; how the music, settings, and even the humor enhance our understanding of the series' narrative; what the show says about modern medicine, ethics, and religion; and much more. Complete with an episode-by-episode guide and numerous interviews with cast members, producers, and writers, Chasing Zebras is an intelligent look at one of television's most popular shows"

 This is a great look at a super popular show.  I have been watching since the middle of the first season and I was still surprised by some the things that Barnett pointed out about themes and character relationships in this book.  She pointed out lots of ideas that make sense but that are rather subtle so I hadn't picked up on them.  Such as multiple references to Sherlock Holmes the great detective and House the great medical detective.

The beginning of the book is about how the show started,how it became so wildly popular and more info about  the "formula" that makes House the great show that it is.  Then it goes into the characters in the show and the complex working/ personal relationship they are all involved in.   The rest of the book is a break down of every episode in Seasons 1-6.  {The show is currently in the middle of Season 7}

Love the detail from every episode.  If you missed one of want a more in depth analysis of the underlying plot this is the place to go!!  While I have seen all but 1 or 2 episodes from Season 6, I loved reading what she thought when she watched the show and having the little extra background info such as writer/director/actor interviews about certain episodes and topics from the show.

Like I said this is a great book for seasoned fans who want to re-live past episodes and get a more in depth look into their favorite show and also for new fans who may need a little background info to get up to speed on this great show.

This is an intelligent, well written book about an equally intelligent, well written show!!  Must read!!