Hi JD welcome back to Under the Covers. We have to be honest here and say that the Alpha Pack is one of our FAVORITE shifter series right now, so anytime there’s a new book out we are extremely excited!
Hey you guys, thanks for having me back today! And thank you, I’m so happy you’re as excited as I am to finally see Ryon’s story hit the shelves!
Hunter’s Heart released on September 3rd! Congrats! What can readers expect from Ryon Hunter?
Thanks! Readers can expect Ryon to be a hero with a heart of gold. He’s a gentleman, but tough when he needs to be—especially when it comes to protecting his mate.
His heroine, Daria, also has her own psychic abilities, that was very cool to see. How did this pairing come to be?
I wanted Ryon’s heroine to be someone who complimented him well. A woman with an affinity for nature and with a Psy ability of her own. I wanted her to be down to earth. This is where the idea came from to have her be a wildlife biologist studying real wolves in the Shoshone National Forest—this way she would be predisposed to eventually accepting the Pack and her new life with her mate.
What would you say is the biggest obstacle they have to overcome?
One of the biggest challenges is that Daria is thrust into Ryon’s world suddenly and has no choice but to become a shifter. In the beginning, she’s pushed over a cliff by a mysterious white wolf and is seriously injured. Ryon has to change her or she’s going to die. Not having a say is very hard for her accept, at first. Another challenge is that the answer to what happened to the Alpha Pack all those years ago when they were still Navy SEALs and were attacked by rogue shifters is tied to two people Daria cares for.
Of the Alpha Pack, who is your favorite hero? I know, I know, that’s hard, I can barely decide myself…please only choose one and tell us why!
Not fair! I get asked this and I know it’s a copout to say I love them all, but it’s true. But if I had to choose the three biggest scene-stealers in the Pack, they would be Aric Savage, Kalen Black, and Sariel (aka Blue). Aric is such a snarky bastard, but he’s funny as well. He tries to take over absolutely EVERY scene I write because he’s such an attention hog! Kalen, as a Sorcerer/Necromancer/panther shifter is just way cool. What’s not to like about a powerful Sorcerer who can command the elements? And then there’s the Seelie Prince Sariel, whom many of them call Blue. He’s such an enigma, and exudes this innocence of the world around him, a world he didn’t choose. His sense of humor is fun to write, and I want to come up with a story for him badly!
Inquiring minds NEED to know, are we any closer to getting Hammer and Blue’s books?
Hmm, Hammer and Blue’s books are not yet contracted—but I’ve got a blurbs written for them should my publisher offer for more books past the next 3 I have contracted. After Hunter’s Heart (Book 4), I do know who will get the next 3 stories. Book 5 is no secret since it’s already up for pre-order online, and it’s called COLE’S REDEMPTION. It’s the story of Healer Zander Cole, who was left with debilitating headaches and severe hearing loss after the final battle at the end of BLACK MOON. Zander’s story will be exciting, and a major turning point in the series. Zan’s book will be released on March 4, 2014.
What’s your favorite moment of HUNTER’S HEART? Care to share a bit of it with us?
I have to pick just one? Well, any scene where the Pack is doing the brotherhood thing, just hanging out razzing each other, is always a favorite. I love action scenes too, so the fight scene at the end where Ryon is desperately trying to defeat the beast is cool.
Which book of another author’s do you wish you had written and tell us why you chose that particular book.
Um, this week I sure as hell wish I’d written STYXX by Sherrilyn Kenyon! And not just because it’s a mega-seller, but because her world is truly amazing. I’ve been waiting for this story forever, and I can’t help but wish I’d come up with it.
If you could marry a fictional character, who would you pick and why?
If he’s a hero from a series other than one of mine, I’d have to say Harry Dresden, the Master Wizard/Private Investigator from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. He’s sexy and super-cool!
What’s the best way to overcome writer’s block?
For me, listening to classic rock helps jogs loose emotions that will sometimes get me out of a rut. Getting a massage also helps, or going for a drive.
And next time you go to the Compound, do you mind taking us with you? We promise we’ll behave 🙂
I’ll be more than happy to show you around and introduce you to the guys! They do love to show off for the ladies… 😉
We always love to find out what our favorite authors read, so what’s the last book you read that blew you away and what are you currently reading?
I just got STYXX in the mail, so as soon as I turn in Zander’s story to my editor, I plan to kick back and indulge in a nice, long read. I’ve been waiting forever and can’t wait to dive in! The last books I read that blew me away were CAPTIVE PRINCE (books 1 & 2) by S.U. Pacat—a truly amazing m/m historical saga about a fallen prince who was sold into slavery by his wicked brother, and given over to the neighboring enemy prince. Book 3 is going to be awesome, but it’s going to be a bit of a wait, because Penguin acquired the rights to the series before Pacat released the last book! GRR! I have no doubt the wait will be totally worth it, though! (Um, Penguin, let’s get moving on that, shall we?)
Alpha Pack #1
Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…
After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.
On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive…
An ALPHA PACK novella #1.5
An original Alpha Pack novella featuring the sexy sorcerer and panther shifter Kalen Black…
Recruited by the Alpha Pack, Kalen Black is still very much a lone wolf. But when a paranormal creature threatens the life of Dr. Mackenzie Grant, Kalen must use all of his abilities to rescue her. This brush with death excites a passion between them, and after a night of intense pleasure, Kalen leaves Mac with a mysterious gift that just might save her life again.…
Alpha Pack, #2
A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometime those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for…
After a mission goes wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Half-dead and despairing, he makes a stunning discovery: his Pack mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. When the Alpha team goes into full-rescue mode, accompanying them is an absolute stunner with sable hair–and a spine of solid steel.
LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah’s recovery. Still, she can’t help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has–however fleeting their affair is destined to be. But when Aric’s life is endangered, Rowan must ask herself what she’s willing to sacrifice in the name of love, for the man fated to be her Bondmate.
Alpha Pack, #3
Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts, and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them–one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard.
With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen’s mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen’s child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves. To be with his mate and unborn child, Kalen will have to unleash the full fury of his power, and risk destroying them all…
Alpha Pack, #4
A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. And when the battle gets personal, their wild side is unleashed….
Ryon Hunter sees dead people—spirits that beg him for help in ways he can’t understand. He’d do anything to end the torment, until a beautiful spirit appears to him with a plea he can’t ignore: Help me…I’m alive. The woman is wildlife biologist Daria Bradford, mortally wounded after encountering a white wolf, calling to Ryon through a rare Psy gift.
When Ryon locates Daria in the Shoshone National Park, it is almost too late, but nursing her back to health at the Alpha Pack compound brings a new complication—Daria is his destined mate, and Ryon is afraid of what will happen when she discovers what he is, and what he had to do to save her life. But the biggest threat of all is still loose in the forest, leaving a merciless trail of death behind it. The Alpha Pack goes on the hunt for the mysterious white wolf, determined to stop the murderous rogue… only to find that the most lethal creature of all is the one they can’t see coming…
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Alpha Pack, #5
Coming: March 4, 2014
Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts….
Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.
White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.
Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried….
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About the Author
J.D. Tyler is an award-winning, multi-published author who writes for New American Library under three pseudonyms. Whether this is due to an overdose of ambition or a multiple personality affliction, she’ll never tell.
J.D. writes dark, sexy paranormal romance and has a huge thing for shifters, vampires, the Fae, and just about everything else that goes bump and grind in the night. She can’t get enough of those dangerous supernatural heroes, and the fun of creating her own was just too much temptation to resist… so she didn’t. J.D. doesn’t do self-denial.
When she isn’t writing, J.D.’s idea of a good time certainly isn’t cleaning house (sniff), bungee jumping (not in this lifetime, or the next), or camping (her idea of “roughing it” is a slow bellboy). She enjoys reading, being pampered like the diva she is, and spending time with her awesome family. She lives in Texas with her two teenagers.
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Grand Prize: a signed set of the Alpha Pack series (4 paperbacks)
Runners-up: FOUR (4) runners-up will receive a signed book of choice from the Alpha Pack series