Spotlight & Giveaway: Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler

Posted January 18th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 69 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome USA Today Bestselling Author Paige Tyler to HJ!
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Hi Paige and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Hungry Like the Wolf!

 
Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be in the spotlight on Harlequin Junkie and chat about my newest release, HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF (SWAT 1)!
 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Hungry-Like-The-WolfThe SWAT Series is about a pack of alpha werewolves working for the city of Dallas as their SWAT Team…as in Special Wolf Alpha Team. They’re tight. They’re on target. And they’re as alpha as men can get. They’re pretty hunky, too!

The hero, Gage Dixon, is the SWAT Commander. He’s spent the past few years slowly putting his team together one werewolf at a time, ending up with a pack that works together better than anyone in the business. But Gage has his hands full with this pack. As alphas, his guys tend to be a bit aggressive, prone to snarling and fighting each other, and they have a habit of destroying a lot of property when they start bumping heads. But as an alpha among alphas, he keeps them in line, with his biggest focus on making sure nobody ever learns their secret.

But for all his hard work, someone has become curious. Mackenzie Stone (Mac to her friends) is a reporter for a local paper who decides these guys are a little too good. They’re the toast of the town with an incredible arrest and conviction rate, and a reputation of going after the worst of the worst in a town full of really bad people. Everyone loves them…even the Girls Scouts! But when a guy in prison convinces her the local SWAT team is on some kind of performance enhancing drug, Mac decides to work her way into the good graces of the Darlings of Dallas and expose them for what they really are!

Gage isn’t stupid. He knows exactly what Mackenzie is up to, and he’ll do anything to protect his pack. But when both of them start to feel the undeniable connection between them growing, which one of them is going to back down and risk everything for a shot at The One.
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Gage Dixon strained against the heavy barbell, relishing the resistance as the stacked metal plates on either end of the Olympic grade solid steel bar make the whole thing flex and bend. The bar slowly rose from his chest for his final repetition, quivering slightly as it reached that sweet spot of the lift where his pecs stopped doing all the work and his triceps and shoulders kicked in and helped finish the task. But he’d already been punishing his chest and triceps for over an hour, and this time the weight bar momentarily stopped moving upward, gravity insisting that down would be a much better—and easier—direction to go.

 

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • Well, the SWAT series came about all because my hubby made a comment about writing a zombie romance!
  • My hubby and I had been working on outlines for several books that were supposed to be part of an erotic series based on the different divisions within the Dallas Police Department. It was never intended as a paranormal or even romantic suspense. It was going to be straight erotic. But even though we’d come up with at least half a dozen story lines (some of them 20 to 40 thousand words), with lots of steamy romantic intermixed with a bit of police drama here and there, none of them really worked.
  • We were about to drop the whole concept until hubby and I were emailing back and forth about it after he went to work, and he made a crack about adding a zombie to the series (that’s kind of his go-to plot device). I immediately put my foot down and said, “No more zombies!” (We’d already written a zombie romance called DEAD SEXY and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do another.) Then I added, “If we put anything paranormal in there, it’s going to be a really alpha werewolf!”
  • Poof! The next thing we knew, the SWAT Series was born. And it was all due to a comment about a zombie!
  • BTW, as usual, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to PF Chang’s. The details of the SWAT Series could have never been worked without your spicy chicken!

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

As I had started writing his story, Gage was very hesitant to get into the details of the traumatic event that led to him becoming a werewolf. As the story unfolded, I learned that he was in the Army Rangers and lost a lot of friends in his squad in an event that few people in the world even knew about. When I learned about that, it became easier to understand why he was so protective of his pack. He wasn’t going to let the same thing happen to them that happened to the Ranger squad he’d been in.
 

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

There are a few things I guess that makes the SWAT Series different from some of the other books out there. First, is my take on the traditional werewolf. Next, is the way I have these guys interact with each other. And then there’s the focus on detailed action scenes.

As I was first developing the SWAT series, I decided to go in a somewhat non-traditional direction on the whole werewolf theme. In my mythology, I didn’t go with the “cursed” monster that only shows up during the full moon. It simply wouldn’t work with what I needed them to do as cops. So, I went in a totally different direction. To start with, my werewolves are essentially born, not made (getting bitten or scratched by another werewolf won’t do it). They are born with a recessive gene that lies dormant for almost their entire lives, only turning on when the person (man or woman) reaches a certain age (essentially when they’re an adult). By itself, the gene isn’t enough to make that person a werewolf, though. Once the gene flips on, the person has to go through an adrenaline-pumping, life-or-death situation. Something about the physiology of almost dying allows the gene to do its work and that person becomes a werewolf.

But even after the change, I still handle my werewolves a bit differently than most of the legends. In my world, the werewolves run the gamut from people with some werewolf attributes (claws and fangs, good vision and sense of smell, strength, speed, and aggression, etc.) all the way down to what is essentially a complete wolf shift. I really loved the idea of being able to write about werewolves in all their possible forms, and when you’re planning as many books in a series as I am, I think it’s important to keep the stories fresh.

As the name of the series implies, these guys are alpha as they can get. So they’re pretty rough and tumble, even with each other. When you read the first book (HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF), you’re going to see a pack of werewolves who are really tight, but behave like you would expect a bunch of big, strong, testosterone-laden guys to behave. They rib each other and get into fights, not to mention turn everything into a competition. My husband is retired military, so I got to hang around his units a lot. It always struck me as strange how these guys could yell and shout at one another, practically trying to kill each other over something as silly as a game of volleyball, then bust their butts for each other a few hours later. I tried to bring those experiences into the book.

And of course, as anyone who has read any of my recent stuff can tell you, I love a good action scene. When I’m writing the SWAT encounters or the climatic finish, it’s like a movie in my head. They’ll definitely will leave you breathless.

The First kiss…

I love writing first kiss scenes, and the one between Gage and Mackenzie was no exception!

Here’s a little snippet:

He slid his hand into her hair, growling as he pulled her closer. She tasted so damn good. Like strawberries on a hot summer day, only sweeter.

Mackenzie pulled away with a husky laugh. “Never had a man growl while he kissed me before. I think I like it.”

 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

The scene where Mac realizes that werewolves have really good hearing…and that maybe she and Gage shouldn’t have been getting busy in his office with the whole pack just outside the door. I laughed, and I think you will, too.

Here’s a little snippet:

Remembering what Gage had said about werewolves and their keen sense of hearing, Mac would rather have put off facing the Pack as long as possible, but she got dressed and let Gage lead her out of his office and into the main room anyway.

She’d hoped the guys wouldn’t be there, but the entire Pack was sitting around casually in their chairs, holding up cards with Olympic-style scores on them. She had more than enough imagination to figure out what they were grading them on. Her face turned red. Embarrassed didn’t even begin to cover it.

 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

It would definitely have to be the scene near the beginning of the book when Gage comes into the SWAT compound and finds a bunch of his guys getting into a fight over a comment that one of them said to another. By the time Gage gets there they’ve just about destroyed the room, and things are about to get worse. The claws and fangs are coming out and some serious blood is about to be spilled.

I’d pick this scene because whoever comes in to play the role of Gage has to have the physical presence and gravitas to make the viewer think that he can come in can control a room full of almost out of control werewolves. My pick for the role would be Karl Urban. (You can see my picks for all sixteen hunky SWAT werewolves on my website at http://paigetylertheauthor.com/SWATSeriesCharacterProfiles.html!)

Here’s a little snippet:

Martinez and Delaney had squared off against Connor Malone and the newest member of the team, Max Lowry. Their claws were out, their canines were extended and their eyes gleamed gold. All they’d done so far was slash each other up, but their faces and jaws were changing shape even now, which meant bites would be coming next—and they were much tougher to recover from. Worse, Malone’s back was already starting to bunch up in that way it did before a full shift. And if Malone shifted into his two-hundred-and-forty-pound wolf form, someone was probably going to get killed.

Gage let out a deep growl and waded into the midst of the brawl, laying backhanded swings that knocked people flying. The moment he had them separated, he grabbed Malone by the shoulders and yanked him off his feet, then slammed him against the remaining mirror hard enough to shatter it like the others. Then he bared his teeth and let loose a snarl loud enough to be heard well outside the compound. He didn’t care who heard—he wanted their full attention and he wanted it now.

Malone immediately relaxed in his grip while Martinez, Delaney and Lowry took a few steps back.

Gage held onto his lead sniper until the man had completely shed any vestige of his wolf form. By the time he turned to look at the other three, they had shifted back, too. There was no evidence of the werewolves they’d been—except for the bloody claw marks covering their bodies and shredding their uniforms. Gage didn’t shift back. He wanted them to get a good look at his yellow-gold eyes and gleaming fangs.

 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Trust your instincts…but trust in love more. Why? Because you’re in a romance book! :)

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2015?

2015 is going to be busy, busy! I have two series running concurrently with Sourcebooks (the SWAT Series and my X-OPS Series), so I’ll have multiple releases this year. Besides HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF (SWAT 1), there will also be WOLF TROUBLE (SWAT 2) releasing August 4th, and I have to finish up SWAT 3 (IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES) in the next month or so for a December release. HER WILD HERO (X-OPS 3) releases May 5th, and I’m already working X-OPS 4 (no official title yet). Wow…what a schedule!
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt

Gage leaned forward at the exact moment Mackenzie did. He absently wondered how that could be comfortable with her legs crossed like that, but she was clearly very flexible. He was still pondering the potential benefits of being that flexible when their lips met. There weren’t any fireworks or sparks, or any of that silly stuff young werewolves insisted happened when you kissed The One.

But that didn’t mean kissing her wasn’t amazing.

Gage slipped his tongue into her mouth, teasing hers to come out and play. Mackenzie was more than willing, even moaning a little as their tongues tangled. He slid his hand into her hair, growling as he pulled her closer. She tasted so damn good. Like strawberries on a hot summer day, only sweeter.

Mackenzie pulled away with a husky laugh. “Never had a man growl while he kissed me before. I think I like it.”

Reminding himself to keep his inner wolf in check, Gage tugged her close, trailing kisses from her mouth all the way down her neck and back up again. Mackenzie’s heart was beating out of control, thudding in his ears. Her pheromones filled his nose, evidence of her arousal.

Mackenzie slowly and sensually uncoiled from her cross-legged position and straddled his lap. His hands slid down her back to rest on her hips. He could barely think, much less maintain control. And it only got worse when she started grinding against his hard-on. He swore he could feel the warmth of her pussy through his uniform pants. He couldn’t believe how badly he wanted to let his claws slip out so he could rip off her tank top and shorts and eat her up.

Gage didn’t know how he managed to keep it together. But he had to—he had to protect his pack. He wanted to think Mackenzie was focused more on him than the story she was chasing, but he couldn’t be sure. Until he knew for sure his pack wasn’t in danger of being exposed, he couldn’t afford to let himself be distracted by her searing hot kisses, soft skin, or enticing curves.

That was easier said than done. Resisting her would have been hard as hell if he’d been a normal man, but he was a werewolf, which meant he had to battle the added temptation of her arousal, too. The scent engulfed him, making it hard to remember the reason he couldn’t lose himself in her.

It took everything he had to stop her when she reached down to grab the hem of her tank top. He couldn’t go that far and still stay in control.

 

Book Info:

INTRODUCING SWAT: SPECIAL WOLF ALPHA TEAM

They’re tight.

They’re on target.

They’re as alpha as men can get.

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret…they’re a pack of wolf shifters.

The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn’t sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something…and she’s determined to find out what.

Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She’s smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she’s getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart…

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Meet the Author:

Paige TylerPaige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.

She is represented by Bob Mecoy.
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69 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler”

  1. Trudy Dowling

    Love the Bitten Series that shows on SyFy. It is real world. They are trying to the secret, while others cause problems. Greyston Holt makes it even better.

  2. infinitieh

    Does the Shaggy DA count? I know it’s an Old English Sheepdog and not a wolf, but it’s a candid in any case.

    By the way, the cover model looks like Greg Plitt who, unfortunately, died in a train accident on Saturday.

  3. cherylsds

    I am addicted to Teen Wolf on MTV. My daughter got me hooked and we watch it together. It has a great story line and some amazing looking werewolves.

  4. doveknoll

    I really loved The American Werewolf in London. It was one of the first werewolf movies that didn’t look cheesy when he was transforming. It did make me cringe because it really looked painful. It was just a terrific movie. I also liked Wolf with Jack Nicholson. Awesome movie. I hope I win because I’ve been wanting to read this book and have it on my wishlist. The Amazon card would sure help with getting it. Lol.

  5. Mary Preston

    I think it would actually have to be some episodes of SUPERNATURAL. Loved the storylines.

  6. Teja K.

    I was about to say I don’t have one, but then Winnie mentioned Van Helsing, and I really loved Van Helsing! Hugh Jackman is great in it!

  7. Suzanne

    I am not much on werewolves but the twilight series was interesting to me. The native American that lived near the vampires and loved Bella was a great character. I learned a lot about them through that series.

  8. Bewitching Brews

    LOL! I love them all! Currently I’m hung up on Bitten – a TV series featuring werewolf shifters. I love the characters, the suspense, the story…. Others that come to mind right away are Twilight with the wolf shifters and American Werewolf in London. :-)))

  9. carol L

    The only one I remember is An American werewolf in London. But Joe Manganeilo from True Bood is one I loved.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 ( at). aol ( dot) com

  10. Joan V.

    I don’t have a fvorite paranormal TV show or movie. I prefer to read about the paranormal than watch it.

  11. Inga

    The original version of the Howling is my favorite. That’s mainly because it was the first time I saw a movie about a werewolf and it stayed with me.

  12. Texas Book Lover

    Huh…the only werewolf shows I can think of watching were Trueblood and Being Human. Both of which I really liked. Being Human was fun because they were trying to stay hidden and Trueblood because it was Joe M. and what’s not to like with him?

  13. BookLady

    I enjoy the Bitten series based on books by Kelley Armstrong. It is fascinating to see a female werewolf as the main character.

  14. Colleen C.

    Fav show… I have gotten hooked on MTV’s Teen Wolf… looking forward to it coming back soon! Love the characters and their personalities!

  15. Sonia Forbus

    I haven’t watched a lot of werewolf shows. I do read paranormal and this series is gonna be a winner. First book was 5 stars, i loved it.

  16. stacey7smith

    don’t have a favorite werewolf movie or tv show more of a book person.liked the cute teen wolf movie from long ago.

  17. Kai W.

    Werewolf the TV series. This was a very good TV series. The series ended with a cliffhanger. I was so disappointed that there was not another season to the series. To end curse, the character Eric has to kill the head of the bloodline.

  18. erinf1

    The show I first fell in love w/ vampires and werewolves was Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Thanks for sharing!!!

  19. Glenda

    The first one I really loved was American Werewolf in London. There have been a lot a great ones since then

  20. angela smith

    i like the underworld movies.kate beckinsale has done a great job as selene.she kicks butt

  21. nicholskathy

    I really liked the Underworld series of movies. Prior to that I didn’t really have a big favorite although I still prefer a book most times to the movie other then most of Stephen King’s books/movies. Thx!

  22. Glenda S. Hefty

    I liked the True Blood series of books with both vampires and werewolves and other creatures. I wasn’t able to watch much of the TV series but what I saw was okay.

  23. Eka Fony W

    Underworld series movies. The best excellent movies about vampires and werewolves.Cool!!!!!

  24. nightowlinil

    What’s my favorite werewolf movie or show? What is it about it that really stuck with me?
    I don’t have a favorite as I haven’t watched any movies or shows with werewolves. I do read books with werewolves.

  25. txgrll

    I’m kinda sick of the way tv has portrayed shifters in general but I like Underworld alot.

  26. Paige Tyler

    Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! So glad you enjoyed the interview! Hope you’ll check out my SWAT Series!

    Lots of great answers to my question. As for my favorite werewolves, I LOVE TEEN WOLF! Derek Hale, anyone?! Sigh!

    *hugs*
    Paige

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