Spotlight & Giveaway: Primal Force by D. D. Ayres

Posted September 13th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 60 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author D. D. Ayres to HJ!

Hi D. D. Ayres and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Primal Force!


Passion is always worth fighting for…

Primal ForceJori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime–thanks to her no-good ex- fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail–and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous….
Lauray “Law” Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he’s reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer–the gorgeous Jori Garrison–he can’t fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope…to survive.



If you have to pick your favorite scene:

My favorite scene in Primal Force is actually a three-way.  No, not that kind of three-way!  It’s a man-dog-woman Point of View of a relationship.  That’s why I’m thrilled that iBooks has chosen, Lauray “Law” Battise, the hero of Primal Force, for this month’s Find Your Book Boyfriend feature.  Law doesn’t make it easy to love him.  In fact, from two female points of view, it requires a lot of work.  But he’s worth that struggle.


Lauray “Law” Battise jerked awake to the wettest kiss
of his life. There was plenty of tongue and heated breathing
and—um, she might have brushed first. Her breath was
two Tic Tacs short of yummy. Well, hell. It was war time.
He needed release, anything to block out the memories.
Resigned, he reached for his bed partner, already hoping his
nightmare hadn’t preempted the possibility of a morning

Instead of an armful of warm naked woman, he embraced
a heavy muscular body encased in curly dense fur.
Law opened his eyes and frowned down the length of
his nose at his unwelcome bed companion. Sixty- five
pounds of dog the color of a rusted- out car lay stretched
out on top of him, her muzzle just touching his chin.
Even through the haze of his flashback, he knew the dog
was evaluating his odor, teasing apart the cocktail of
chemicals called pheromones, to test whether he was still
in the throes of a full- blown episode.

Calm but alert, she licked at the sweat running from his
chin whiskers down onto his throat then paused to gaze at
him with golden- brown eyes of concern.
He pointed at the floor. “Heruntersteigen.”

She merely stared at him.

“Heruntersteig—” Oh, right. Civilian dog. She didn’t
know German commands, the language of most military
and civil law enforcement K-9s. This docile pooch only
knew words like fetch, sit, heel, and go potty.

“Get down.”

She immediately did as he asked. But moved no farther
away than the side of his bed, where she stared at him with
soft doggy eyes.
Samantha watched with concerned eyes as her Alpha
dressed himself. She knew he was Alpha because of the
tone of his voice and strong virile scent that labeled him
the dominant partner.

She smelled others things on him as well, like anger,
fear, and anxiety. She didn’t like those smells. They made
her uncomfortable, much like the veterinarian’s office.

As the Alpha passed her, Samantha pushed her nose
forward and sniffed his pant leg.

She drew back. His tone was harsh. As if she’d done
something wrong. Didn’t he know? She was trained to pay
attention, and to find ways to make the fear and anxiety
stop when those pheromones emanated from him. She had
done that this morning, even if he didn’t seem to understand
at the time why she had woken him. That was okay.
He would learn. He was her chosen Alpha.
Though she had had only the briefest glimpse, there
was no mistaking those broad shoulders stretching the
limits of his olive- drab T- shirt. Or the Native American
tribal tattoo riding the heavy biceps of his left arm.
Lauray Battise.

For three days Jori had been working with him and the
other four veterans who had come to receive a ser vice
dog from Warriors Wolf Pack. Despite all her efforts to
dismiss her feelings, heat simmered beneath her skin
whenever he was around. She literally had the hots for
the man. Too bad he wasn’t even remotely likable.
“Might as well tell you, I’m turning the dog back in today.”

Surprise darted through her. “Samantha? Why?”
He gathered up his items and change before turning
fully toward her. “Let’s just say I’m not a doodle kind of

It didn’t take effort to process that bit of macho attitude.
No doubt a poodle mix was too cuddly for his image.

She offered him a sly look. “Too much dog for you?”

He slanted a stare down at her that made her vividly
aware of the six- inch difference in their heights. Did he
have to make everything a contest? Yes. Probably. Because
he could so easily win. Walking intimidation.

She held on to her smile. “Come on, Mr. Battise. Sam’s
so well trained, a two- year- old could handle her.”

“Do I look like a toddler to you?”

What he looked like was a man- sized helping of trouble
for a woman with too much imagination, and too little
opportunity to exercise it.


Giveaway: 2 Print copies of Primal Force (A K-9 Rescue Novel) by D. D. Ayres


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Meet the Author:

A veteran author of romance and women’s fiction, D.D. Ayres is new to Romantic Suspense. She believes the lure of romance is always the human connection. Put that connection in physical jeopardy, and and we learn a bit moreabout who we really are.

With her K-9 Rescue series, D.D. hopes you will enjoy her sexy, suspenseful portrayals of K-9 teams at their best.

D.D. lives in Texas with her husband and a soft-coated Wheaten terrier named Zoe.
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60 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Primal Force by D. D. Ayres”

  1. haddies.haven

    Oh dear, totally thought back to a certain someone who I continuously remember when similar questions like this arise.
    \o/ Guilty as charged, and from what friends have told me, this someone has changed very much.

  2. debby236

    My family thought he needed work but I did not. We have been married now for almost 40 years.

  3. Inga

    Haven’t met men that fall into the category of being the one and I didn’t even want to fool myself into thinking I could change them.

  4. erinf1

    oy… it turned out that I was carrying him through life and he wasn’t willing to make any effort at all. Now that I’m out, I’m sooo much happier. Next go around, if he can’t take care of himself or demonstrates true effort for change, it’s see ya later! Thanks for sharing!

  5. JoAn V.

    Yep, I did meet someone that I thought could be the one. He just wasn’t willing to do the work and I needed to let him go.

  6. belindaegreen

    No I haven’t. I met my ex in college and had those rose colored glasses on. The truth came later that he wasn’t the one. We live and we learn. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity.


  7. Janie McGaugh

    No, I never have. I was lucky enough to meet my one-and-only just before I started college, and we’re still together 44 years later. Of course, they always need work, but so do we!

  8. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    He wasn’t worth the time or the work…something I learned when I got a little older. I was so happy that I moved on.

  9. Lisa M

    probably every guy I met! LOL
    Although when I met my current partner 11yrs ago, I thought he was perfect only to realize he could use a little polish! LOL

  10. clickclickmycat

    Yes, I did and we are still married. He is so sweet. He was almost a priest. His family calls him, “Father What a Waste.”

  11. kermitsgirl

    No, I can’t say that I have. I met my husband and did not even give him a second thought (he was too young for me – or so I thought at the time, being freshly graduated while he was still in college)

  12. Jo-Anne Boyko

    Before I married I thought almost all my boyfriends were “the one” but they weren’t.

  13. lorih824

    Yes, and it didn’t work out but I’m glad it didn’t because I met the man of my dreams about a year later and we’ve been married for 22 years 😀

  14. taswmom

    Yes, and while I was learning his faults, I met “the one.” He has faults too, but then, so do I. As long as we both keep working and patience, we’ll be fine. We have been for 36 years now!

  15. Terri C

    Nope. If you think he needs that much work to start with, he’s probably not the right one.

  16. Patricia B.

    The guy I met and thought “he could be the one” turned out to BE the One and he certainly didn’t need any work. He is great just the way he is.

  17. Sylve T.

    no , but relationships are a lot of work if i thought someone was worth it then i wouldn’t care. i Would help and make it work.

  18. Irma

    No. I believe that changing isn’t good that much. We fall in love with ‘the person’ for a reason, right?

  19. Yvonne Rodriguez

    I met someone online a while back and we hit it off great. He was funny and we talked so much but his focus changed during our conversations and I stopped talking to him. Sometimes I think about him and wonder what he’s doing but I didn’t want to be the only one doing the work in our relationship. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. peggy clayton

    I heard about my husband from his ex-mother in law and then i met him and dated across country for a year then i realized all those things said were one sided and we have been married for 13 years.

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