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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Blog Tour- WAR OF THE ANIMALS by Jonathan Decoteau With A Guest Post & A #Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WAR OF THE ANIMALS by Jonathan Decoteau Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:

Title: WAR OF THE ANIMALS (Book 1): The Shut Face Of Thunder

Author: Jonathan Decoteau

Pub. Date: June 26, 2023

Publisher: Animus Nor Books

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 266

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/WAR-OF-THE-ANIMALS

The eBook is FREE on ALL retailer sites!

War breaks out. This time, nature fights back...

A failed effort to weaponize animals awakens their intellects. The military responds by creating death camps to exterminate infected animals. Moon Shadow, an Arctic white wolf, unites with White Claw, a polar bear king, to form Animus Nor, the first animal republic, to negotiate peace. The uneasy peace is broken with the rise of Azaz, lord of the grizzly bears. Azaz attacks human settlements, considering humans an invasive species that wreaks havoc on bears and the environment. A world war breaks out as animals face humans and each other to see who will become the true apex species.

Will humanity win, or will nature triumph in the end?


Grab all 3 books in the series now!

Book Trailer:

Top 6 Influential Books—Jonathan DeCoteau, author of the War of the Animals Series


In my War of the Animals (Book 1): The Shut Face of Thunder, I sought to pay homage to the inspirational “animal” books that inspired me as a reader and writer, specifically, these six titles.  They each brought out my inner child!  All pictures courtesy of Google Images.


1.      Watership Down by Richard Adams


Both the book and the 1978 movie had a tremendous impact on me, making me want to write my own animal adventure story one day.  Azaz The Grizzly Bear King is meant to pay homage to General Woundwort, especially in Azaz’s climatic fight near the end of The Shut Face of Thunder.


2.      Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach


Snow Prophet circling the skies for the first time, realizing he has far more on his mind than seizing his next prey was meant to pay homage to Jonathan Livingston Seagull and his quest for meaning.


3.      Animal Farm by George Orwell


At their first meeting in The Shut Face of Thunder, the animals form rules that later come back to haunt them when Azaz breaks their rules with reckless abandon.  This was meant to be a nod to laws the animals devise in George Orwell’s famous work.


4.      Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle


Yorba The Ape King, one of the original animal lords vying for control, was meant to pay homage to the most famous novel ever to bear the premise of animals taking over.


5.      Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge


The March of the Pets scene in The Shut Face Of Thunder was meant to pay homage to Zoo, in this case by approaching the topic differently.  One chapter from Zoo—Chapter 55, I believe—captures the aggression forming between a dog and his owner so wonderfully I chose to go in an opposite direction in my work out of respect to the most famous contemporary take on “Nature gone wild” books.


6.      Dune by Frank Herbert


I originally read Dune (and viewed the 1984 movie) as an environmental work.  Any outrage the animals have at how humans have treated their planet in The Shut Face of Thunder owes something to this masterpiece and its sprawling vision of the future.


About Jonathan Decoteau:

I am a nature lover who lives and teaches in beautiful, pastoral New England.

The War of the Animals books were inspired by the 2020 pandemic lockdown. I remember driving by animals that freely roamed the streets after we were in lockdown (I was getting groceries—not ignoring state mandates—I promise!). I felt for the first time how much the animals were in lockdown whenever we weren’t. That inspired the idea of a variety of animals having voices and speaking up for the earth. I started writing the books shortly thereafter.

I write because I love doing so. I’ve been published by a small press and a few literary journals. Before self-publishing the War of the Animals books, I wrote The Naked Earth, named 2008 Fiction Book of the Year by The Online Journal of News and Current Affairs. I also received a Writer’s Notes Magazine general fiction book award for my stories in Sing of the High Country.

Contact Info: waroftheanimals@gmail.com

Photo Caption: Cavendish Cliffs, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon GC, International.

1 winner will receive a finished copy of WAR OF THE ANIMALS, US Only.

Ends December 26th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Jazzy Book Reviews

Guest Post/IG Post


Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post/IG Post


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Blog Spotlight/IG Post


Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post


Books and Kats


Week Two:


Lifestyle of Me



Locks, Hooks and Books



Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post



IG Review



IG Review

Week Three:


Callisto’s calling

IG Review


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post


Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post


the original B00K nerd

FB Review/IG Post



IG Review/TikTok Post

Week Four:


Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post


Confessions of the Perfect Mom

Review/IG Post



IG Review





The Momma Spot


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