I’d like to welcome my friend and a damn good author, Paige Tyler, to Love Lust and Laptops. She has a new book coming out this week. I’ve read it and loved it. Paranormal. Alpha-hero. Kick-ass Heroine. Lots of really bad guys. What’s not to love?
HER PERFECT MATE (X-OPS Book One)
Inspiration for the Series
Hubby and I were at the Lori Foster Get Together in 2011, and were having dinner with one of our friends and favorite writer (and a person I like to think of as a mentor) Monette Michaels at PF Chang’s (love that our favorite restaurant is only a couple blocks from the hotel where Lori holds the get together!). We were talking about writing, the e-book market, promo, what New York is looking for, etc. and ended up taking the conversation back to the bar at the hotel, where we spent hours talking about jumping from e-books to New York—something I seriously wanted to do. Monette and some other authors said some really insightful things about finding a niche and a voice that is undeniably mine. One of the authors pointed at hubby and suggested that I should be using his military experiences to lend an edge to my books that other writers might not have.
Now, Hubby has always been reticent to take any of our books in the military direction…that’s an aspect of his life that he’s always considered personal and private. But after this long talk with Monette and the other authors, we both started thinking that maybe this was the way to go. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that he was willing to reveal something that had been so private so I could follow my dream.
Around this same time, there was a lot of Special Operations stuff going on in the news, and an idea started developing in my head. Wouldn’t it be cool to blend military elements with the paranormal—specifically shifters?
By the time we left Lori’s a few days later, I already had an outline going for the series that ultimately became X-OPS. Hubby really got behind it, and our biggest problem became keeping the stories down to a manageable size…the first draft of HER PERFECT MATE was over 140,000 words!
When we went to Lori’s again the following year, I already had an agent (Bob Mecoy) and a publisher (Sourcebooks) for the series…but I’ll never forget how it all started, and who helped me get there.
He’s a High-Octane Special Ops Pro
When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is chosen for an assignment with the Department of Covert Operations, he’s stunned to find his new partner is a beautiful woman who looks like she couldn’t hurt a fly, never mind take down a terrorist.
She’s No Kitten
Ivy Halliwell isn’t your average covert op. She’s a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the claws when things get dicey. She’s worked with a string of hotheaded military guys who’ve underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she’s partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr, things begin to heat up. He doesn’t think she’s a freak-and he’s smokin’ hot. Soon they’re facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines…and an animal magnetism impossible to ignore.
Landon expected Todd and Kendra to take him to another conference room, so he was surprised when they led him into what looked like a workout room. Mats covered the floor and a heavy bag hung from a hook in one corner. Weights and workout equipment filled a good portion of the room. A woman was seated cross-legged in the center of it, her eyes closed, her hands loosely resting on her knees. At their entrance, she gracefully uncurled herself from the floor and got to her feet.
She was wearing a pair of black workout pants like his ex-girlfriend used to wear when she went to yoga class, and a form-fitting tank top. He couldn’t help but notice her curvy, athletic body, expressive dark eyes, and full lips. With little makeup and her long, dark hair pulled up in a ponytail, she looked like the girl next door. Only more exotic than any girl he’d ever lived next door to, that was for sure.
He didn’t care how tired and irritated he was, this was a woman he definitely wouldn’t mind stopping to appreciate. Hopefully, one of his new training officers would introduce them before she left to give them the room.
“Landon, meet Ivy Halliwell, your new partner,” Kendra said. “Ivy, Captain Landon Donovan, Special Forces.”
They were going to have to pick his jaw up off the floor because Landon was damn sure that’s where it was after hearing that announcement. No way was this walking wet dream his partner. She looked like she couldn’t hurt a fly, much less do any kind of covert ops. They had to be messing with him.
“An absolutely perfect story-one I honestly couldn’t put down. One of the best books I’ve read in years. I hope this is the beginning of a very long series, because I definitely want more of Paige Tyler’s shifters.” – Kate Douglas, author of the bestselling Wolf Tales and Spirit Wild series
“A wild, hot, and sexy ride from beginning to end! I loved it!” – Terry Spear, USA Today bestselling author of A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing
“Once I began, the outside world ceased to exist. It’s exciting and fast paced.” – Paranormal Kiss
“I love a good paranormal romance and this series has started off with a bang!” – Hopeless in Literature Reviews
Paige 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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