Hi Paige and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Wolf Trouble!
Please summarize the book for the readers here:
Senior Corporal and Squad Leader Xander Riggs of the Dallas SWAT team is worried. They’ve been ordered to add a female member to the team—ASAP. All Xander can foresee is the team’s alpha werewolves going crazy from being exposed to female pheromones all day. Worse, how are they ever going to be able to use their werewolf skills again? But his boss, Sergeant Gage Dixon, tells him he intends to hire a female werewolf. Xander didn’t even know female werewolves existed. Now, he’s worried how the team will handle that.
Things go from back to worse when Xander meets the newest member of the team—female werewolf Khaki Blake. To say he’s stunned is putting it mildly. He definitely didn’t expect the gorgeous, dark-haired female werewolf who smells like heaven in a uniform. He isn’t sure how the other guys on the team are holding it together. Wasn’t she driving them just as crazy? How can Xander possibly be her squad leader when he can barely think every time he’s near her?
What Xander doesn’t know is that Khaki is having problems of her own ignoring the attraction she feels to her new supervisor. She just got out of one workplace romance, and she doesn’t want to get into another one.
Action, adventure, and romance collide as Xander does his best to try and train Khaki to be the best SWAT officer he can while they both fight the growing attraction between them. But what they want takes a backseat to the reality of what happens when two werewolves destined to be together finally meet.
Please share the opening lines of this book:
Khaki Blake slowly steered her patrol car along the dark service road behind the Grace Park apartment complex. She angled her cruiser’s spotlight toward the collection of Dumpsters and trash heaps, trying to find the source of the reported screams on the 911 call that had come in thirty minutes ago. It was dark as hell behind the apartments, and she couldn’t imagine why anyone would be messing around back here, but the person who’d called said there was something “bad going on” so the police had to check it out. And since she was in the area, that meant she was the one to check.
Please share a few Random facts about this book…
- It’s the second book in the series out of sixteen.
- We learn that not only do female werewolves exist, but that female alphas exist as well.
- We learn that werewolves like to show off their scars, and that they look sexy doing it.
- We learn that it can be tough to carry on a workplace romance on a team when everyone can smell when you’ve been touching each other.
- No actual werewolves were injured in the writing of this book.
Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?
Xander is one of the two squad leaders on the Dallas SWAT team. As the readers learned in the first book in the series, he tends to be a little bit on the “act first, think second” side of the fence. When he’s told that the SWAT team much add a female member ASAP, he’s worried they’ll end up with someone who will figure out that the whole Dallas SWAT is composed of werewolves and they’ll be screwed.
Then he meets Khaki and realizes he has even more problems than he ever imagined. He’s attracted to her, and I mean seriously attracted! How can he be her supervisor when all his inner wolf wants to do is go spend the day sniffing her?
Khaki just got out of bad workplace romance and has no desire to get into another one, especially with the man assigned as her squad leader. But Xander is so hot. It’s like she can’t control herself around him. What the heck is she going to do?
As I wrote the book, I discovered that romance between two werewolves can get a bit rough. Alpha werewolves are aggressive, violent, and passionate. When two of them get together, let’s just say it’s a good thing werewolves heal really fast!
What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?
I write books with hunky heroes, kick-butt heroines, and lots of action, adventure, and romance. You’re going to see a woman in this story who stands toe-to-toe with any of the male werewolves in the book in every way possible, while being one hundred-percent feminine at the same time.
The First kiss…
First kisses are too easy. We’re talking about werewolves here. How about we go with the First Sniff? This scene is when we see what Khaki thinks of Xander—and more importantly, what her nose thinks.
As soon as Dixon had introduced her to the man, she’d known he was someone special. She couldn’t really say why, but all of her newly discovered werewolf senses told her that she and Corporal Riggs were going to mesh perfectly. He exuded confidence, yet he didn’t come off as arrogant or cocky. Not like that jackass ex-boyfriend of hers.
It probably didn’t hurt that he was so damn attractive. In a room full of Adonis-class hunks, Xander Riggs stood head and shoulders above the rest. He wasn’t necessarily taller or better built. And it wasn’t that he was more handsome than the other guys. It was simply that the combination of dark hair, chocolate-brown eyes, and kissable lips really did something for her.
Then there was his scent.
The moment she’d set foot in the compound, she realized that the unique scent she’d picked up from Dixon back in Lakefront wasn’t actually that unique. It turned out that what she’d smelled was werewolf scent. She confirmed that when she walked into the training room and was assaulted with sixteen different versions of that same smell. Each one was subtly different, which meant she’d be able to identify each man on the team easily from now on, but in general, all of them smelled like a werewolf.
But then Riggs had walked into the training room, and snap! The scent coming off him was so tantalizing she’d almost leaned forward to get a better sniff. She controlled herself—barely. Shoving your nose into your new supervisor’s neck and snuffling at him like a pig probably wasn’t the kind of first impression she wanted to make.
Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?
This scene didn’t make me blush, cry, or laugh. Instead, it made me cheer. I’m all about writing kick-butt heroines, and this scene displays that quite nicely I think.
“So you’re leaving me, just like that?”
“I left you a long time ago, Jeremy.” Months ago, actually. But clearly it hadn’t sunk into that thick skull of his. “Today, I’m leaving Lakefront.”
“To go to Dallas with that cop you had coffee with the other day,” he sneered. “Are you screwing him now?”
Khaki wanted to smack him so badly that her hands hurt. She balled them into fists. “I’m not even going to answer that.”
Giving him a cold look, she picked up the box of knickknacks and brushed past him. Jeremy grabbed her by the arm and spun her around.
“Don’t walk away from me when I’m talking to you,” he ground out.
Khaki’s blood pounded in her ears. Jeremy was in a room full of cops, but he didn’t seem to give a damn about manhandling her—not that any of them were likely to do anything about it. Well, she wasn’t afraid of him like they were. Jeremy had never been dumb enough to put his hands on her before, and he was never going to do it again. She’d make sure of that.
One minute he was gripping her arm, and the next her box of stuff was on the floor and she had Jeremy facedown beside it, one hand on the back of his neck and the other twisting his arm behind his back. She shouldn’t even have been able to physically overpower him like this considering he had at least a hundred pounds on her, but her newfound strength made it easy.
If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?
In the book, Khaki is very new to being a werewolf. She hasn’t learned anything about controlling her abilities and that’s making it hard to fit in with a whole SWAT team full of alpha werewolves, so she goes to Xander for help. This scene shows the instinctive bond developing between the two of them, something that the actors in the movie must be able to convey.
Khaki sat cross-legged between the coffee table and the television. Considering Xander had kept his distance until now, she was a little surprised when he sat down facing her barely a foot away. This close, it would be so easy to get lost in those beautiful brown eyes of his.
“Ready?” he asked.
“Close your eyes.”
“I want you to picture yourself running barefoot through the forest.”
Xander’s deep voice was soft in the silence of the apartment. His low, rumbling tones caressed her skin, making her feel more relaxed than she’d felt in a long time.
“Imagine the wind in your hair. The soft ground under your feet. The sun on your skin,” he said. “It’s just you and the trees. There’s no one around for miles.”
Sitting here in his living room, Khaki could almost imagine her feet slapping against a trail, the dappled sunlight touching her face as she ran in and out of the shadows created by the trees.
“Now feel yourself fall forward onto all fours,” Xander told her. “You’re running crouched over, speeding along the path as your fingers dig into the earth.”
Khaki’s mind instinctively rebelled. Running on all fours didn’t feel natural. “I can’t.”
“Yes, you can,” Xander said, his calm voice soothing away the resistance.
She tried again, and this time she rejoiced in the bizarrely strange sensation of running on four feet.
“The sun is going down now,” Xander whispered, his mouth only inches from her ear, and she didn’t know if the shiver that ran through her was from the sudden lack of imagined sunlight or his warm breath caressing the sensitive skin of her shoulder and neck. “The shadows are growing longer, the darkness under the branches deeper,” he continued. “Imagine yourself opening your eyes wider, letting every flicker of light in to fill the darkness.”
Khaki never would have dreamed that the brusque, demanding squad leader she knew could make her feel so relaxed. But the more he whispered in her ear, the less he resembled her preconceived image of him.
“It’s dark now, but you can see as clearly as if it’s bright daylight. You’re running through the dark, able to see every tree and rock and leaf around you, and it’s amazing.”
She smiled a little, unable to help it. In her vision, she was sleek and fast, running tirelessly through a pitch-black forest, leaping over downed trees, big rocks, and small streams. Xander was right. It was amazing.
“Open your eyes, Khaki,” he entreated in that same soft voice.
Xander was sitting in the same spot he’d been before, a smile on his handsome face. As hard as it was to tear her gaze away from his, she couldn’t resist looking down to see if her claws had come out. But her nails were the same.
Disappointed, she opened her mouth to ask why it hadn’t worked and realized that the overhead lights weren’t on anymore. Xander must have turned them off when she had her eyes closed.
The room should have been completely dark, but it wasn’t. She could see everything, from the subtle colors in the rug she was sitting on to the finest features of the hunky guy who seemed to be regarding her with amusement twinkling in his gold eyes.
“I can see,” she breathed in wonder. “How is that possible? I didn’t do anything.”
Xander chuckled, the sound deep and sexy as he leaned back on his hands. “No, you didn’t do anything. But you did let something happen. That’s the key. You can’t make it happen. You have to let it come out naturally. Because that’s what it means to be a werewolf—giving yourself up to the animal inside you and allowing yourself to become what you really are.”
What do you want people to take away from reading this book?
As far as what I would like people to take away from reading this book, it’s pretty simple really. Some people are meant to be together. Call it fate, destiny, true love, soulmates, The One—whatever. People and events can try to get in the way and throw obstacles in the path, but in the end, love will find a way. There were all kinds of reasons Xander and Khaki shouldn’t have been together in this book, but ultimately none of those reasons mattered, and none of those reasons stopped them. The take-away is this—follow the heart because it probably knows what it’s doing.
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?
I’m a busy little bunny right now. I’m doing lot of promo for the newest release in my Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) series—WOLF TROUBLE. Then Book 3 in my SWAT Series—IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES—releases December 1st. I also just turned in Book 4 of my X-OPS series, which releases January 2016, and I just turned in Book 4 in my SWAT Series—TO LOVE A WOLF. Then I need to start on Book 5 in my X-OPS series.
I also have a novella called HER SPECIAL ALPHA, which is part of the X-OPS series, releasing on August 4th as well.
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Excerpt from Wolf Trouble:
Xander had to pick his jaw up off the floor of the training room when Gage introduced the newest member of the SWAT team. He didn’t know what to expect, but it sure as hell wasn’t Officer Khaki Blake. Tall with an athletic build and just enough curves to fill out the SWAT T-shirt, she had the biggest brown eyes and softest looking lips he’d ever seen. She had her dark hair back in a bun, so he couldn’t tell how long it was, but he’d bet money it fell past her shoulders. She smelled way too good to be believed, too—like a slice of frosting-covered spice cake in a uniform.
Shit. He was practically panting. If he didn’t get a grip soon, he was going to start frigging drooling.
He gave the other guys a covert glance to see how they were dealing with her scent and was stunned to see that none of them seemed to be reacting at all. Why not? His nose wasn’t that much better than theirs. He knew for a fact that several of the other guys—Cooper and Brooks specifically—could smell a hell of a lot better than he could.
Maybe everyone was so mesmerized by finally getting to see a female version of their kind that the rest of their senses had stopped working.
Gage had left it up to Xander to fill the Pack in on what had gone down at the meeting with Deputy Chief Mason while he’d headed home to pack for his trip to Washington State. While the guys had been pissed that the top brass was playing politics with the team, they’d been intrigued at the idea of adding a female werewolf to the Pack.
They’d bombarded him with dozens of questions, none of which he could answer. Was she as fast and strong as they were, or did her abilities manifest themselves in completely different ways? Would she be as aggressive as they were and able to handle herself in a fight? Were there more like her out there, or was she the only one?
Not all the questions were so general. Brooks wondered what she would look like, Max wanted to know if she would smell like them or more feminine, and Becker… Well, Becker just wanted to know if she liked to wear yoga pants. God, that kid had an obsession with those things.
Xander had told them the only truth he knew—that no one outside of Gage knew a damn thing about female werewolves. And Xander wasn’t so sure how much their commander knew, either.
While Xander had been lost in thought, Gage turned the floor over to Khaki, who was currently explaining how much she appreciated the opportunity to be in SWAT.
“I know I won’t be handed anything, but I look forward to proving to every one of you that I belong in the Pack and on the team.” She spoke in a light, lilting voice that nevertheless easily filled the large classroom. He could definitely pick up the Midwest accent, mixed with a little West Coast flavor. “I’m not asking for anything from you, but a chance to do just that.”
Xander surveyed the room again, trying to read expressions and body language. Some of the younger guys like Becker, Cooper, Max, and Remy seemed ready to accept her. And while the rest of the team were projecting a cautious wait-and-see attitude, no one appeared to be flat out against her yet.
That was a relief. From what Gage had told him about Khaki, she seemed like a good cop. But getting accepted into the Pack was an uphill battle for everyone new to it. Just ask Max and Becker—the two most recent additions to the team. Being a woman was going to make it even harder. It would be damn near impossible if some of the guys were already dead set against the entire concept of a female on the team before she even started.
Khaki’s scent wafted across the room to tease his nose again, more insistently this time. Xander took a deep breath through his mouth, hoping to clear his head. It seemed to work—until she and Gage walked over to him.
Xander pushed away from the desk he was leaning against to stand up straighter. This close, he could see that her eyes weren’t merely brown. They had little flecks of gold in them, too. He had no doubt she’d look even more amazing when she shifted and her eyes turned completely gold.
“I’m giving Officer Blake the afternoon off to go apartment hunting, so you won’t be able to start training right away,” Gage said. “But I wanted to make sure she got to meet her squad leader before she took off.”
Xander was so busy figuring out how to breathe without overdosing on her scent that it took a minute for Gage’s words to register. When they finally did, he just about had to lean back on the desk again to keep from falling over. He’d just assumed Khaki would be assigned to Mike’s squad. Which was stupid, he realized. Xander had one less team member than Mike, so now they’d be even. But Mike was more patient than Xander, and far less brusque. Or maybe it only seemed that way because Mike thought before he spoke, whereas Xander tended to blurt out the first thing that came to mind. Regardless, he wasn’t the best person to train Khaki.
Even if he was, he couldn’t. She smelled too damn irresistible. He’d never be able to concentrate for more than a minute at a time, much less be objective about anything.
Khaki smiled and held out her hand. Xander shook it, trying to ignore how smooth and warm her skin felt in his rough mitt.
“Sergeant Dixon told me a lot about you, Corporal,” she said. “I’m looking forward to learning from you.”
Xander returned her smile, unable to help himself. “Welcome to the team.”
Thank God the rest of his squad came over or he might have stood there gazing into her eyes for the rest of the day. He released her hand and stepped back as Max, Hale, Becker, Cooper, Alex, and Trevor crowded around Khaki, asking her where she was from and how long she’d been a werewolf. That was when reality kicked back in and reminded him the woman he’d just spent the past fifteen minutes mentally undressing was going to be in his squad, and that he was going to be her supervisor.
Shit, he was in so much trouble.
Excerpts. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
He’s in trouble with a capital T
There’s never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.
When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn’t know what the heck to do. Worse, she’s put under his command and Xander’s protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it’s almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other…
Meet the Author:
Paige Tyler is the New York Times and 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. Visit www.paigetylertheauthor.com.
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