#RainbowSnippets: Rise of the Alpha Squirrel

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (archilochus colubris) in flight with a yellow flower and a colorful background
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird (archilochus colubris) in flight with a yellow flower and a colorful background
Alpha Squirrel went to beta readers yesterday–late, yes. Health issues and input from my usual “must add 2000 words at the last minute” brain. But it’s gone and now I get to chew my nails and attempt to distract myself with another work in progress and pre-formatting on the manuscript. Yes, I’m also totally doing stuff out of order, which may come back to bite me. Blame my stupid immune system–I do. 😀

In keeping with the hummingbird theme, I thought I’d give you a slightly better intro to Charlie. He’s not in the scene yet, but Nathan is trying to prepare Vince for his first encounter with a were other than Nathan.

“A hummingbird?” Vince’s expression was incredulous. “You’re kidding me.”

“What? You can believe in a squirrel shifter, but not a hummingbird?” There was movement in the trees, a flash of pale skin, getting closer.

“Listen, he’s got a bit of a Napoleon complex—all hummingbirds do. Don’t make fun of him being a bit on the small side, it just gets him all worked up and then he’s impossible to live with.”

“A hummingbird with a temper.”

Assuming everything goes to plan, Alpha Squirrel should go on pre-order on February 15, and be available for sale on February 25. Keep an eye open for the blog tour, as well. We’re posting excerpts from a couple of books written by a team of weres with doctorates (And yes, they’re exactly as wordy and pretentious as you expect.), who have produced a series of self-help books to help weres integrate into human society.

Check out the rest of our Snippets–there’s some really great ones that will make you need a second TBR pile!

About the author: Kate Lowell

22 comments to “#RainbowSnippets: Rise of the Alpha Squirrel”

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  1. P.T. Wyant - February 6, 2016 Reply

    Oh, this is going to be fun!

    “A hummingbird with a temper.”

    I can’t wait for this to be released.

    • Kate Lowell - February 6, 2016 Reply


  2. Cheryl - February 6, 2016 Reply

    Oh, I SO want to meet Charlie. He sounds like a very interesting character. Not that Nathan isn’t. I love his comment

    • Kate Lowell - February 6, 2016 Reply

      Charlie’s kind of fun. But Vince puts the two of them firmly in their place. He’s like the alpha human. 🙂 One of these days I’ll have to ask Charlie to tell me a story of one of his romantic adventures. When I’ve got a free month or two to listen to him. He didn’t get the nickname Chatterbox Charlie for nothing.

  3. Layla Dorine - February 6, 2016 Reply

    I hummingbird with a Nepolean complex and a temper, that’s hilarious!

    • Kate Lowell - February 6, 2016 Reply

      Well, they’re very small and feisty. And once you meet Jude, you’ll know where the Napolean complex comes from.

  4. Rebecca James - February 6, 2016 Reply

    Cute! Such a novel idea.

    • Kate Lowell - February 6, 2016 Reply

      Thank you!

  5. Lila Leigh Hunter - February 6, 2016 Reply

    I’m loving all these unconventional weres of yours. So cute and feisty.

    • Kate Lowell - February 6, 2016 Reply

      You’re going to love the twins then. 😀

  6. Dianne Hartsock - February 7, 2016 Reply

    This is great! I read your first book and loved it. Can’t wait for this one!

    • Kate Lowell - February 7, 2016 Reply

      Oh, I’m glad to hear that. We get to see a bit more of were culture in this one–just a peek, because things tend to go haywire in large crowds of weres, but what can you do?

  7. Louise Lyons - February 7, 2016 Reply

    Charlie sounds great. I love the first book, by the way. Read it last week. Vince was amazing 🙂

    • Kate Lowell - February 7, 2016 Reply

      Thank you. I love Vince. He’s trying so, so hard. But nothing’s straightforward when you’re dealing with weres.

  8. Amy Rae Durreson - February 7, 2016 Reply

    I love Vince’s reactions. It sounds like he’s trying so hard to process all this 🙂

    • Kate Lowell - February 7, 2016 Reply

      He’s working really hard at this. And, down deep, he’s a really decent guy.

  9. Jana Denardo - February 7, 2016 Reply

    I’m laughing so hard at this. This is going to be such a fun story.

    • Kate Lowell - February 7, 2016 Reply

      So far, the beta readers are giving it two thumbs up, so I’m cautiously optimistic. 🙂

  10. Rian - February 8, 2016 Reply

    I really can’t wait to meet the little darling! Vince does sound like a man capable of handling me re than one sweet shifter ^^

    • Kate Lowell - February 8, 2016 Reply

      Oh dear. Don’t say ‘little darling’ around Charlie. He’ll get quite upset…

  11. R. Phoenix - February 11, 2016 Reply

    Definitely had to laugh at the “hummingbird with a temper” comment. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Kate Lowell - February 11, 2016 Reply

      Lol, thanks. Real hummingbirds are actually cranky little fellows. Charlie’s kind even-tempered–for a hummingbird.

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