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How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon #4)

Published by Pinkerton Road, August 28, 2017

Blog Posts & Reviews:

GUEST POST: “The Trouble with Tribbles -OR- Saving Mad Creek” on Sinfully Mm Book Reviews

GUEST POST: “Writing a (neutered!) Male Character” on Diverse Reader

Joyfully Jay – 4.75 star review, excerpt & blog tour:  “Overall I found this a wonderful addition to a series I totally adore. Like I said, this may have been my favorite one, as there is just such great warmth here in both the relationship, as well as Rav’s desire to save the town. I really love this series and highly recommend it.”

Sinfully MM Book Reviews – 5 star reviews: “How To Save A Life is the fourth book in Eli Easton’s Howl at the Moon series. I absolutely adore these books. This is a unique, sweet and hilarious M/M PNR-esque series that will leave you clutching your heart as well as howling with laughter.”

V’s Reads – Review & excerpt:  “It’s tender and sweet and gooey and I loved every second of it. While there’s no guarantee we’ll see another book in this series, I’m wishing on stars and howling at the moon for one.”

The Way She Reads – Review & excerpt: “…nothing short of brilliant. I continue to be amazed and delighted at how well Eli Easton gives voice to the Quickened. The words they use are human but the way they use them and their honesty, enthusiasm and trust are so very doglike it left me with a huge smile on my face while reading.”

Oh My Shelves – 4 star review:  “Easton’s, Howl At The Moon series is one of my favorite shifter series! ”

Gay Book Reviews – Susan’s 4.5 star review:  “This series is too adorable for words. I really love these fluffy feel good books about dog shifters. I think this is now my favorite in this series.”

Gay Book Reviews – Belen’s 5 star review: “…this story struck all the right notes, has tons of feels, is a beautiful love story, and has a well-deserved happy ending.”

Gay Book Reviews – Gigi’s 5 star review: “Dog lovers are going to lose their shit over this one. Dogs! Hurt/Comfort! Romance! Hot sex! Gah, is there anything more perfect? On my absolute favorites shelf and in the running for my favorite book of the year.”

Dirty Book Obsession – 4 star review & excerpt: “I think everyone who loves dogs as much as I do, should give this series a go. These books are sweet and cute and fluffy!!!”

Au Boudoir Ecarlate – review in French: “I am not particularly an animal lover but I was incredibly touched and I had more than one time tears in my eyes.”

OMG Reads – 4.5 star review & blog tour:  “I’ve loved every installment of this series so far and How to Save a Life is absolutely no exception. This book was the most poignant as well since I’m a passionate dog lover and the dog rescue storyline brought all the feels.”

Bonkers About Books 5 star review & blog tour:  “I was over the moon when I realised that one of the heroes was Rav from the last book. I was really hoping he would get his own story and pairing him with Sammy was the work of a genius, the two of them were so good together.”

My Fiction Nook 4 star review & blog tour:  “This one’s a slow burn and probably one of the sweetest building romances I’ve read in a long time…possibly ever. Sammy’s incredible sweetness and innocence combined with his wonky sense of humor and enthusiasm for his new human form and just life in general was for me irresistible, especially when combined with Rav’s patience and the pleasure that he got from just being with Sammy to make this story a total treat to read from start to finish.”

Urban Smoothie Read Review & blog tour:  “Wow! This 4th book is definitely my favorite of the series, although my favorite couple is still Lance and Tim. I guess I’m feeling sentimental, seeing how far the community have come, everyone played a huge role in this series, especially Lance and Lily.”

Nautical Star Books 5 star review & blog tour: “How to Save a Life was warm and sweet with touches of humor and a bit of silliness that kept things light and enjoyable.  You get to watch the town and its inhabitants grow individually as well as together as a group.”

Hearts On Fire Reviews – review & blog tour: “This is a love story, no doubt about that.  But it’s also a journey to maturity for Sammy as we witness his awakening as a human, his struggles to learn human habits and to read and write and then hone skills many of us take for granted.  The story is told with humor at every turn—both subtle and in-your-face-slapstick with hokey jokes told mostly by Sammy.”

Out of My Head – review & blog tour: “I think this is a must for dog-lover MM readers to read. I am a cat person myself but gosh, even I can’t help falling in love with all the dogs here … real or quickened. ”

Hoards Jumble – exclusive excerpt and blog tour

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Blurb:

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows.  Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek?

Series:

This is the fourth book in my “Howl at the Moon” series. “Howl at the Moon” is a romantic comedy series featuring dog shifters and a little town tucked away in the California mountains called Mad Creek. Each book in the series will have a different main love story, but feature the town and its crazy residents. This book can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading the books in order for maximum enjoyment.

Excerpt:

“Jesus H. Jehosephat Smith.” Gerty said in awe.

She rewound the security tape and played it again. She was seated at the desk and Rav stood behind her, one hand braced on the desk and one on the back of Gerty’s chair as he watched the computer screen, dumbfounded.

There was Sammy, the chocolate lab, opening up first his kennel door, then the door to kennel hall, then the lobby door, then the front door, methodically, purposefully, until he vanished into the black of night on the feed from the parking lot camera.

As Gerty so eloquently put it: Jesus H. Jehosephat Smith. That was so not normal. It was a Katrina-strength hurricane in Normalville.

Since that terrible incident last year, when Hold My Paw had been broken into and all his dogs set free, Rav had implemented a number of new security measures. There was an alarm system and video cameras that backed up to the cloud. When the alarms had gone off late last night, Rav and the police arrived at the same time. But there’d been no damage and only one dog was missing. Sammy.

Looking at the security videos, Rav knew why.

Something stirred in Rav’s gut—that suspicion he’d wrestled with, and dismissed, more often than he’d care to admit over the past year. It had started with Tim, Matt, Dr. Jason Kunik, Milo, and that husky, also named Jason. That husky that had been way, way too smart and had communicated unlike any dog Rav had ever seen.

Sammy reminded Rav of that dog.

Now there was this footage of Sammy letting himself out of the shelter as easy as you please. No fucking way. Rav had never seen a dog do that. He supposed it was possible, but the dog would have to be trained very specifically to do it. Sammy had negotiated three different types of latches and a bolt lock. He’d even figured out the relationship between the bolt lock and the bar on the door. That was wild. The pound told Rav Sammy had lived with a woman and her husband, and the husband didn’t want a dog. So it wasn’t like he’d been in the circus or military.

Rav wiped a hand down his beard. He had to get a grip. He was sweating, his insides humming. What he was thinking simply wasn’t possible. Absolutely not. There had to be another explanation. Was there some sort of intelligence-boosting drug out there? Medical experiments done on dogs? What was going on?

“Wow, now I see why you didn’t want me to take Sammy to that meet and greet,” Gerty said dryly. “If he’d been adopted out, he’d probably be running for president by 2018.”

“Well, that would be an improvement over the current lot,” Rav muttered. “Play it again.”

She did. But unfortunately, the cameras were mounted high enough that Rav couldn’t get a good look at Sammy’s face. At his eyes.

“Yup, that’s weird,” Gerty commented again with a shake of her head. “So what do you want to do? See if we can find him?”

“Move aside for a sec.”

Gerty got up and Rav sat down at the desk.

The security cameras and alarm system weren’t the only thing Rav had added after his dogs were stolen. He searched the desktop and brought up the software he was looking for: TrackMaster1000. “Go get me that sheet of microchip numbers from the kitchen.”

“Ooh, spy stuff!” Gerty went into the kitchen and returned with the sheet.

The first thing Rav did now when admitting a dog was inject a microchip in the back of their neck. Rav had upgraded to new microchips that came on a sheet with a stickie bar code and number label. That label went into a log with the dog’s name and kennel number. Rav typed in the number on the microchip he’d put in Sammy.

It was the first time Rav had used the software and it took him a bit of searching and florid cursing to find the right function. But then he was looking at a GPS map with a blinking dot.

“Shit, there he is,” Rav muttered.

“Sick!” said Gerty. “It’s like find-your-keys or something. Damn, he’s really hoofing it. He’s almost in Kingsman.”

“Hmmm.” Rav zoomed the map in, then out again.

“He’s heading northwest. You gonna go get him?”

Rav ignored Gerty’s question and zoomed the map out even further. He remembered the town Milo had said they were from. In fact, that whole episode had been strange enough that Rav had Googled the place after they left. He hadn’t found anything except the town’s location, which was close to Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada’s, and it’s population, around 3000. Rav zoomed out again until Yosemite appeared.

Mad Creek was northwest of Hold My Paw, maybe six hundred miles away.

Rav tapped the counter with a sharp rap. Decision made. “What I’m going to do is watch him. See where he goes.”

“Why not go get him?”

“Because I think I know where he’s headed. And if I’m right….” Rav didn’t finish the sentence.

If he was right, then what? If Sammy, the too-smart dog, went to the town where Milo, Jason, and the others had come from, what did that even mean?

It means I’ll taking a road trip to Mad Creek, California. And soon.