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Friday, June 20, 2014

Paige Tyler Talks About Her Shifter Inspiration & Giveaway

I loved Her Perfect Mate (read my review). I could not put it down. I especially loved the unique way Paige approached her shifters. Paige was kind enough to stop by Royal Reviews to tell us how stumbling upon an internet article about genes and DNA inspired her shifters. So, please help me welcome Paige Tyler and her shifters to Royal Reviews.  
 
All About Shifters

HER PERFECT MATE (X-OPS Book One)

As I started writing HER PERFECT MATE, the first book in the X-OPS Series. I stumbled across an interesting article on the internet about genes and DNA, and how much common building block material humans share with animals. And the article wasn’t just talking about the whole primate thing. It pointed out how many common genes we share with completely different animals—like chickens. 

Much of the article was over my head, but one particular part really stuck with me. It pointed out that humans can have a particular gene that in another animal would result in a tail growing, except in humans, that tail gene never “turns on.” And aren’t we fortunate for that? I mean, can you imagine what clothes would look like? 

But that little comment about shared genes/DNA and genes “turning on” became the foundation for the shifters in my series. 

In X-OPS, shifters aren’t monsters, cursed to live in the darkness, or possessed by a demon (which are all very cool ideas by the way). They simply possess shared animal DNA that has turned on. 

In HER PERFECT MATE, the heroine Ivy Halliwell is a cat shifter. In her case, her feline DNA shows up in the form of claws and fangs that slide out when needed (and sometimes when they’re not), drastically improved senses (like great night vision—oh, and she can smell a tempting man a quarter mile away), enhanced muscular strength and endurance, and of course catlike reflexes. 

But there is bad with the good. Ivy (and all the other shifters) has hidden her abilities from most of the world, knowing she’d be labeled as a freak if people knew. Even her previous partners in the covert organization she works in treated her that way. The organization doesn’t really help matters much, considering her and others like her to be nothing more than Extremely Valuable Assets, or EVAs for short. Nothing like being told you’re just another covert asset to make you feel inferior, huh? 

The lack of trust and respect makes shifters hide a lot of things from their employer. Some hide certain abilities, while others hide weaknesses. One of the things Ivy tries to hide is how much closer to an animal she can be in certain situations.
 
But as much as Ivy tries to hide it, all her secrets will come out with her new partner, Army Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan. Will he think she’s a freak, too? Or will Ivy’s inability to trust anyone destroy their partnership? Or maybe they’ll just get each other killed first.


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.

 

Excerpt:

Landon frowned at the next obstacle—a thirty-foot solid wood wall. On a normal military confidence course, the same wall might be ten feet high. Tough to get over by yourself but doable for a two-person team. Nobody could get over this one, even with teamwork. No average human anyway.

Landon glanced at her. “I don’t suppose you can fly, can you?”

“Not quite” She hesitated, then added, “But I can climb it.”

He raised a brow. “Climb it? You’ve gotta be kidding me.” When she didn’t answer, he folded his arms across his chest. “This I’ve gotta see.”

Ivy’s pulse quickened. Part of the reason the DCO made them do the confidence course was to expose Landon to her true nature so he could recognize its value. Or cringe in revulsion. Time to see if he could handle it or would go running off for a psych evaluation.

Turning to face the wall, she let her fingernails extend until they were as long as those of the great cat with which she shared her DNA. Then she took a deep breath and ran toward the wall. Jumping onto it, she dug her claws into the wood and climbed hand over hand all the way to the top. Heart pounding, she peeked down at Landon, praying she wouldn’t find the disgust she’d seen so many times before.
 

Reviews:

"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

“Paige Tyler knows how to involve the reader in the plot making it impossible to put the book down until the last page is read.  A hot, exhilarating romance abounding with action and adventure.” – Royal Reviews

"Captivated me from the very first page. An unforgettable story not to be missed! 5 Blue
Ribbons!" - Romance Junkies

"Ladies and gents, here’s to another new author, another great series and another awesome couple on my list!  Ivy and Landon are bad asses
alone, but together they are unstoppable. The best female/male team hands down!  Not only do they work well on the field but man, they work well on each other! Ivy and Landon are hot, period. Her Perfect Mate is a perfect blend of action packed scenes and kick ass characters all
wrapped up in a sexy and seductive story that will have you reading until the wee hours of the night."
 - Under the Covers Book Blog

"There was so much to love in this book. Tyler has an amazing first book in the X-Ops series. I loved Ivy and Landon, and thought their sexual chemistry was so intense and off the charts. The secondary character, the romance, and the suspense were all top-notch! I will be anxious to
get my hands on the next book in the series!"
 - The Book Pushers


"I love a good paranormal romance and this series has started off with a bang!" - Hopeless in Literature Reviews



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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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Giveaway

 


Win a leopard print beach tote filled with 4 awesome shifter reads, a leopard print beach towel, insulated leopard print cup, and author swag.

 

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Giveaway ends midnight on June 30th

Winner will be announced on July 1st

 
 

 

17 comments:

miki said...

i was intrigued by " her perfect mate" and now that i discover how the story came to be i simply can't miss it, i must discovery it so thank you a lot for the guest post/ interview and for the wonderful giveaway that include it^^

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karin said...

wow! it sounds like an interesting book :D

name Karin Shaim
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Pamk said...

looks like it would be a great read.
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Maureen said...

It looks like a story I would enjoy. Thanks for the great giveaway!
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Anita Yancey said...

It sounds like an amazing book. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

Paige Tyler said...

Thanks so much for having me, Angela!

And thanks for the compliments, everyone! Hope you'll pick up HER PERFECT MATE! And if you do, let me know how you like it!

*hugs*
Paige

Martha Lawson said...

I loved Her Perfect Mate!! I am anxiously awaiting the next book. Thanks for the giveaway.

mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

Paige Tyler said...

Martha - Yay! Thank you so much! I'd love if you'd post a review on Amazon. Goodreads, too, if you're on there! Oh, and Book 2, HER LONE WOLF releases Nov 4, followed by a free X-OPS novella called HER SECRET AGENT in Dec, both from Sourcebooks!

*hugs*
Paige

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like it's going to be a great series. How many books are planned?

Mary Preston
marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Paige Tyler said...

Mary - Thank you so much! Right now, ten books, with potential for more! Hope you'll pick it up!

*hugs*
Paige

Danielle Meek said...

Great book!! dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

Paige Tyler said...

Danielle - Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it! Hope you'll post a review!

*hugs*
Paige

bn100 said...

Interesting inspiration

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Jaxi Jo said...

Very interesting article. I never thought about things that way before.

Would love to be enter.

Thankx!

Jaxi

Jaxi_jo90 {at} Hotmail dot com

Paige Tyler said...

BN and Jaxi - Thanks! Hope you'll check out the series!

*hugs*
Paige

Jess1 said...

Sounds like the perfect Summer read. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

Paige Tyler said...

Jess - Thanks so much! Hope you'll pick it up!

*hugs*
Paige