I have to admit, I’ve always been drawn to alpha heroes whether they’re cops, military guys, covert agents, cowboys, shifters—you get the idea. But while I need to have my hero be a guy who can take care of himself—and when necessary, the heroine—I also like a woman who can stand on her own two feet and take care of herself.
It’s a careful balance that I have to play in my stories. I’m never trying to say the heroine doesn’t need her hero because she certainly does. (He also needs her.) It’s just important to me to show that sometimes a woman isn’t going to sit around and wait to be saved. In other cases, I want her to be just as willing as the guy to face danger for the person she loves. Just as importantly, I love showing that kick-butt comes all shapes and sizes, and doesn’t have to equate to a woman running around with a weapon.
Both my Special Wolf Alpha Team (SWAT) Series and my X-OPS Series show the diversity of the term kick butt when it comes to my heroines. Since my newest release TO LOVE A WOLF is in my SWAT Series, I’ll introduce you to some of the kick-butt heroines from that series.
In Book 1, HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF, Mackenzie Stone is a journalist who will go after any story no matter the risk. She’s not an action hero, but when her man is in danger, she finds herself worrying more about him than herself (even if he is a werewolf). In her case, kick butt means stepping into danger for her hero instead of away from it.
In Book 2, WOLF TROUBLE, everything changes. Khaki Blake is an alpha werewolf too. She personifies the very definition of kick butt. She’s tough, aggressive, and dangerous. But when the man she loves (another werewolf) is injured, the sensitive side of my kick-butt heroine comes out. This just shows you can be kick butt and have a soft side, too.
In Book 3, IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, Jayna Winston is a beta werewolf who comes from a tough background and gets caught up in a situation well outside her comfort zone. As a beta, she’s used to her alpha taking care of the pack. But when that alpha puts his own needs ahead of the pack (and on a collision course with the Dallas SWAT team), she has to take a stand and be more than she ever imagined she could be. And with the love of a good werewolf, she finds out what that means.
In my newest release Book 4, TO LOVE A WOLF, Everly is a fun-loving artist whose biggest obstacle is to overcome a family full of overprotective men who think she can’t take care of herself. When they decide she’s too good for the man she’s fallen in love with, she has to take a stand for herself and for love…even if the man she’s fallen for is a werewolf.
Every one of my heroines are different and kick butt in their own special way. But that’s what I was going for. Women don’t have to fit into a standard mode to be exceptional. They just have to be willing to step out there and take a stand.
HE’S FOUND THE ONE…
SWAT officer Landry Cooper is certain Everly Danu is The One. The problem is, she has no idea what Cooper really is. And as much as he wants to trust her, he’s not sure he can share his deepest secret…
BUT CAN HE KEEP HER?
When Everly’s family discovers Cooper’s a werewolf, her brothers will do anything to keep them apart-they’ll kill him if they have to. Everly is falling hard for the ridiculously handsome SWAT officer, and she’s not about to let her brothers tell her who she can love… Until Cooper’s secret is exposed and she discovers the man she thought she knew is a monster in disguise.
Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic suspense and paranormal romance. 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 writes about danger for a living, but now she’s in it. Only a Navy SEAL can save her.
When someone breaks into romance author Peyton Matthews’ Virginia Beach home to steal her newest manuscript, her publisher hires Noah Chase, a former Navy SEAL and the newest member of GAPS to be her bodyguard.
Peyton thinks the idea of needing a bodyguard is ridiculous, but she can’t help appreciating how gorgeous Noah is. And while she thought that having a stranger hanging around 24/7 would mess with her creativity, the Navy SEAL definitely comes in handy when she’s choreographing fight scenes. All that hand-to-hand action and rolling around on the floor with him gets her pulse racing, but while Noah is falling for Peyton too, he doesn’t act on it. He needs to keep his head in the game and focus on the job or he could end up getting her killed. She might not think she’s in danger, but his gut tells him differently.
The threat to Peyton is closer to home than she realizes however, and it will take all of Noah’s SEAL training to save her life.
Because it’s part of Kindle Worlds, MY SEAL BODYGUARD is only available on Amazon. However, you can still download it and read it on any device as long as you have the Kindle app! Also, if you’re outside the US, you must open an account on the Amazon US site to purchase the book.
If you love Navy SEAL heroes, I have a brand new romantic suspense series starting featuring a whole Team of hunky SEALs!
SEAL for HER PROTECTION, Book 1 in the SEALs of Coronado Series releases April 12th, but you can pre-order. So excited! 🙂
He saved her from danger once before. Can he save her again, this time from danger he doesn’t even see coming?
When investigative journalist Hayley Garner is kidnapped by terrorists, she’s sure they’re going to kill her. But in sweeps handsome Navy SEAL Chasen Ward to rescue her. After getting her to safety, he disappears into the night before she can even thank him.
Weeks later, while covering a story on the local navy base, Hayley runs into Chasen again. Even though she didn’t see his face that night he rescued her, she can’t forget his beautiful blue eyes. The attraction is immediate and intense, and Hayley finds herself falling into a fiery romance with the hunky hero out of her dreams. Guys like this aren’t supposed to really exist, but Chasen does, and damn is he hot.
But ever since she got back home, Hayley has had the feeling someone’s been watching her. Is it post-traumatic stress or does she have a reason to be afraid? Good thing she has a Navy SEAL to protect her.
This excerpt is from My Seal Bodyguard
Peyton didn’t even realize they’d been sitting on the couch talking for well over three hours until she caught a glimpse of her watch as she reached for the iced tea she’d switched to sometime during the conversation.
Noah must have seen her surprise. “Something wrong?”
She shook her head. “No. I just didn’t realize it was so late.”
He glanced at his watch, his eyes going a little wide. “Damn. Me, either. We should probably get to bed, I guess.”
Even though she knew he hadn’t meant going to bed together, her pulse quickened at the thought of spending the night in his arms anyway. He was supposed to be her bodyguard, after all. What better way to guard her body than to sleep beside her?
Pushing the image out of her head before it became too vivid, she picked up her glass and got to her feet. On the other side of the sectional, Noah did the same.
“There are towels in the guest bathroom linen closet if you want to take a shower,” she said. “The guest room is already made up.”
“Actually, I’m going to sleep down here,” he said. “Do you have a pillow and a blanket I could borrow?”
“Um, yeah. I’ll grab them for you.”
She put her glass in the dishwasher, then ran upstairs to get them for him. A few minutes later, she was back in the living room, pillow and blanket in hand.
“You don’t have to sleep on the couch, you know,” she said as she held them out to him. “I have a perfectly good guest room.”
“I’m sure you do. But I’d rather be down here where I’m closer to the doors. If someone is going to break in, they’ll have to go through me to get upstairs.” He flashed her a grin. “Besides, the couch is a hell of a lot better than some of the places I’ve slept, believe me.”
Considering he was a SEAL, she supposed that was probably true. Still, it was kind of scary to hear him implying he thought someone might break in while she was home.
Peyton chewed on her lower lip as she watched Noah toss the pillow on the couch, then shake out the blanket. It occurred to her then that while she and Noah had talked about family, living in Virginia Beach, and a lot of other stuff, he hadn’t mentioned having a wife, or even a girlfriend for that matter.
“Won’t your wife mind you staying with me?” she asked, curiosity getting the better of her.
He slanted her a look. “I’m not married.”
“Your girlfriend, then.”
His mouth curved. “I don’t have a girlfriend.”
That announcement had her warm and tingly all over. But how was she supposed to get any sleep when there was a hot, available guy sleeping on her couch?
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