{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Dream Movie Cast + Character Interview + Giveaway: My Girlfriend Bites by Doug Solter

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For my blog tour stop today, I have LOTS of features I'm surely you will enjoy! But first, let's get to know Doug Solter's upcoming novel, My Girlfriend Bites! (There's also a giveaway so stick around!)

Title: My Girlfriend Bites
Author: Doug Solter
Date of Publication: July 16, 2013

A wimpy 16-year-old boy wants to find a girlfriend. When he falls for the perfect one, she shifts into a werewolf and throws his life upside down.

After his "dream" girl rejects him, 16-year-old Aiden tries to commit suicide. Yet he mysteriously survives. Now he feels like a loser with zero possibility of finding the perfect girlfriend. Enter Bree, the creepy girl with too much hair who's rumored to be cloned from a frozen prehistoric cave girl that scientists discovered in Canada. But when he accepts a ride from “Cave Girl” during a storm, Aiden discovers this weird girl not only has a kind heart. She's also cute.

Aiden offers to help Bree in Algebra and the two become friends. When Aiden pushes that friendship into a date, Bree accepts. On a romantic night at the zoo, Bree and Aiden fall in love as the animals watch. Unlike Aiden, they can smell what Bree really is.

Bree decides to tell him her deep, dark secret. Her family are werewolves hiding from the Demon Skins, a mysterious new enemy hunting down all the werewolf packs on earth. Aiden struggles with Bree's revelation, but chooses to stand by the girl he fell in love with. But standing by his new girlfriend will be the biggest test of his life.

Too bad Bree can't turn a coward into a fearless werewolf. That bite thing is only a myth.

This forces Aiden to do the unthinkable...believe in himself.

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Dream Movie Cast

Kaitlyn Dever as Bree Mayflower

Logan Lerman as Aiden Jay

Dev Patel as Ishmail “Issy” Bishara

Russell Crowe as Mr. Jay

Stellan Skarsgard as Mr. Mayflower

Charlize Theron as Mrs. Mayflower 

Character Interview

Bree is a 16 year-old-girl who had to flee with her parents when their commune home in Colorado was attacked. Maybe I should point out that Bree's commune home wasn't filled with hippies or new age folks trying to build a utopia in the was a werewolf pack. Now Bree and her family are hiding out from a mysterious enemy that is hunting down werewolves all over the world and killing them. Bree's father chose the most unlikely place to hide. The only place werewolves would hate to live...inside a human city. So Bree has to face her junior year at a new human high school that she doesn't understand with kids who really don't understand her.

Let's start the interview. Welcome to the interview, Bree!

I'm super excited to be here. I've been really bored since you stopped writing the book. I'll be in the next book, right? Because you can't kill off the girl when she's on the cover, right?

Authors can do anything to their characters, Bree. Nothing is sacred in the world of fiction besides telling a good story.

Seriously? So what does that mean? Are you going to kill me off? That's not fair! That's not fair at all!

Bree, I can't say anything because we don't want to give out any spoilers. Besides, the readers of this blog want to know more about you.

But what if they fall in love with me and then you kill me off! That would totally suck for them and it would be so mean. Why would you be so mean to me and them?

I don't want to be mean, but readers want surprises and twists. They don't want a story where nothing happens. Tell you what, text me after the interview and we can talk about this, okay? Can we get back to the interview now?

All right. Shoot me your first question.

What's it like to be a werewolf?

It's awesome! It's the best thing you could ever be. When you're a wolf, you can race through the woods as fast as you can and leap over things. It's so exhilarating. I can howl as loud as I want and hunt for live game. Then I can shift into a human teen girl and no one suspects who or what I am. I feel like Supergirl sometimes. And I'm so strong, too! Humans are so puny compared to werewolves. No offense to all the humans out there.

In the novel, you fall in love with Aiden Jay. Why Aiden? What is it about him that's so special from the other boys at your school?

He's...wonderful. Aiden is caring, thoughtful, gentle, and sweet. He gets me. All right, Aiden isn't a hunk I guess. He's not the cutest boy in school or the bravest. But he's the only boy who made the effort to get to know me. The real me. Aiden accepts that part of me and even though I'm different from most girls, he stuck by me. All right, there were times when I thought he would dump me because the wolf thing was a little too much for him. But Aiden is smart and came to his senses because he realized how great of a girl I really am. Did I mention that werewolves aren't exactly modest?

The enemy that drove you from your pack in Colorado are named the Demon Skins. What are they exactly?

They're awful. So awful. They – I have to take a moment. I don't like talking about them.

Basically, they killed my family, my pack family, but to a werewolf it's the same thing. My best friend Dawn was killed. Our Alpha Chevalier. It was horrible and we barely escaped with our lives. None of us knows who sent these creatures after us. A Demon Skin is made of all these different human parts. It has these weird pieces of skin that are somehow stitched together. We think they're dead but somehow re-animated, almost like Frankenstein. I think they act more like those Borg aliens on Star Trek. They wear silver chain-mail over their bodies and they're armed with weapons that can kill us. They even have silver running in their veins. It's the weirdest thing you ever saw.

Surely you've heard all the old werewolf myths. Which ones are true and which ones are false?

Some of them are so stupid. The one about feeding on humans is the worst. We haven't done that since like the 1700s and those French werewolves went totally mental. Werewolves generally don't mess with humans because...let's face cause a lot of trouble on the planet. We live better if we just avoid you as much as we can. The full moon thing is true. I don't automatically turn into a werewolf, but the rays of the moon do affect us. A full moon makes us especially anxious to shift and be wolves. But it's like an itch that you have to scratch, not this uncontrollable urge to shift and kill people. Oh, and the final one about biting a human and turning them into werewolves? That's bogus too. Sure I can bite you, but then you would just die.

What is your favorite human food?

Let's see...most of the stuff humans eat is disgusting. Nacho-cheese dip. Tomato soup. Vegetarian Lasagna So gross. Now a roast beef sandwich or a triple-decker burger? Heaven on a plate. I do like pizza. The meat-lovers one with extra meat toppings is a brilliant human invention. But there is one combination that I love that humans might find odd. I love pancakes, but only if I order it with plenty of sausage links. The way the sausage grease mixes with the maple's so yummy, like sugar-coated meat.

You're a pretty avid reader. Have you read Twilight? What are your thoughts about it?

Yes I have. Can I rant here? Good. Real vampires so don't look like Edward. They're disgusting. They look more like blood-thirsty zombies than cute hunks that you can go to prom with. Trust me, you don't want to take a vampire to your prom. Ever. And poor Jacob...he got the shaft in that series. Why would Bella choose dead-boy when she could have a cute, hunky-werewolf boy? That's like such a no-brainer to me. Now, the Hunger Games...that book series kicks butt! I would so get along with Katniss. Seriously, we would be best friends forever.

What's the biggest challenge to going to a new school?

Making friends. For me, it's really difficult because Dad told me not to make any human friends at school because he's thinks humans are just as dangerous as the Demon Skins. Humans are so different from us. All the social customs are different, like, if I had an argument with another girl wolf, we would shift and fight it out. One of us would submit to the other and the argument would be over. But in high school, girls say such awful stuff about me and I can't fight them. I can't even tell them to stop because of Dad's stupid rule about human contact. I would love to tell them off or make their eyes burst when they see me shift into a wolf. But I have to be quiet and take their abuse like a good-little girl. And it's hard when you have wolf ears and can hear all their hurtful gossip about me in the cafeteria.

Okay, Bree, that's enough questions for now. Would you like to say anything else before we wrap up?

Yes! Werewolves aren't bad, we're just so misunderstood. You can ask Aiden if you don't believe me. That's all I have to say...Oh! Before I go, I made a Spotify play list of my favorite songs! I hope everyone likes them because I sure do.

About Doug Solter

Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Doug went to college at nearby Oklahoma State where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film production and worked in local television for 20 years. Doug began writing screenplays in 1998 and became a 2001 semi-finalist in The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His script Father Figure was one of 129 scripts left from 5,489 entries. His tenth script, Rail Fan, became a quarter-finalist in 2009. Soon after, Doug made the switch to writing young adult novels in 2008. Skid, a young adult novel set in the world of Formula 1 racing, is his first.


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