Keira: What’s your favorite part about writing romantic suspense? Reading it?
Paige Tyler: I love the intensity between the hero and heroine that comes when they get thrown into a tension-filled, life-and-death drama. It drives emotional responses and actions that force them to confront each other, need each other, and ultimately, depend on each other, in order to survive. All that just makes the romance pop.
Beyond the interactions between the hero and heroine being driven by the romantic suspense plot, there’s also that “Oh my God, what’s going to happen next?” feel to a romantic suspense that keeps the reader—and me as the writer—flipping the pages as fast as they can to find out how the characters can possibly made it out of their current predicament.
Keira: What makes for a perfect romance novel hero?
Paige: Everybody has their own take on what makes a perfect hero. That’s part of the fun of reading romance books—you get to see everyone else’s definition of that perfect guy. In my world, a hero has to be strong and confident, without being arrogant or being a jerk about it (alpha-holes need not apply). The reader has to believe this guy could take charge in a crisis or in the bedroom, while at the same time knowing he’s not going to try to steamroll the heroine’s objections or concerns. The hero can come with his issues (nobody’s perfect), but somewhere in there, the heroine has to be able to see the caring, noble person underneath those issues.
All my heroes typically have a sense of humor—even if it might be a little dark sometimes—because that helps them deal with a lot of the dangerous, stressful situations in which they tend to find themselves.
By definition, the hero must be ready to risk his life for the heroine, even if she doesn’t want him to. But he also has to be willing to set aside his own happiness if that’s what the heroine needs, even if she doesn’t agree. And of course, the hero has to be hunky!
In HER LONE WOLF, the hero, Clayne Buchanan, has some anger management issues and more than his fair share of baggage. But when it comes to protecting his woman, none of that matters. He’s going to do anything to protect her.
Keira: How about in a heroine?
Paige: Regardless of the genre I’m writing in, my heroines are always kick-butt. I don’t mean they have to run around with handguns and chain saws, but they have to be willing to face danger alongside their hero. They may find themselves in distress frequently, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re “damsels in distress.” I expect them to do their part to get themselves out of the trouble they’re in. And if their man is in trouble, I expect them to stick that nose right in there, even if it only causes more trouble in the long run.
That’s Danica Beckett, the heroine in HER LONE WOLF. She’s in the FBI and can seriously handle herself. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t need Clayne’s help now and then, but it does mean that when the stuff hits the fan, she’s right in there with him dealing with it.
Keira: How do you define love? What makes people stick together for the long haul?
Paige: For me, love is a commitment between two people to put the other person’s needs, wants, and happiness ahead of their own. People who are able to spend their days less worried about themselves and more worried about their partner are the ones who can hang together for the long haul.
Keira: What surprised you while writing HER LONE WOLF?
Paige: I discovered that Clayne has a sensitive side! After working with him in Book One of the series (Her Perfect Mate), I kind of had this picture of Clayne as the perpetual rough-around-the-edges type. But he told me after the first book came out that he was a bit concerned people had gotten the wrong idea about him. He even pulled me aside at one point and asked if maybe the publisher would be willing to tweak a few scenes in Book One to let his nicer side show. Of course I told him it was way too late for that—the book was already on the street! He growled a lot, but after I agreed to give him final say on each of his scenes in HER LONE WOLF, he calmed down some. There was a time when he didn’t even want to read any of the reviews. He was worried about what people were saying about him. But I shown him a few reader comments where it was obvious they realized he had some issues in his past. For a guy with his size and temperament, it’s funny seeing him worry about what people will think of him.
Keira: If you could be a shapeshifter, what type of animal would you wish to shift into?
Paige: Instead of taking the easy way out and going for the really sexy picks like wolves or one of the big cats, I’m going to give you a realistic answer to this question, based on the kind of shifter I would probably be based on the real me.
You ready? If Paige Tyler were a shifter, she’d most likely be a bunny shifter! Yeah, not so heroic, huh? But to be truthful, when real drama happens, I either freeze or run like hell. So, I’ve come to accept that I’m way more bunny than wolf or big cat.
Keira: What’s next on your plate?
Paige: Right now I am one busy little bunny.
Besides all the promo I’m doing for HER LONE WOLF, but I’m also getting ready to do the promo for a special free novella from X-OPS called HER SECRET AGENT. It gives the readers a peak behind the scenes of the very beginnings of the DCO. You get to see a younger John Loughlin, the Director of the DCO, getting to know a certain foxy shifter extremely well. It’ll be available on the 2nd of December from Sourcebooks. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?!
I’m also putting the finishing touches on Book 2 of my Special Wolf Alpha Team Series (SWAT…as in a pack of werewolves secreting working in Dallas on the SWAT team…cool, right?). At the same time, I’m working the first draft for Book 3 in that series so I can turn it in to my editor sometime in January. Plus, I’m starting the outlining phase for Book Four of X-OPS…or is it Book Four of SWAT??? I get a little confused sometimes. 🙂
Oh yeah, BTW, I’m also putting out a military ménage book set for Veteran’s Day with a tribute to each of the uniformed services. It’s your basic old-fashioned girl meets two guys and decides that anything two people can do…three can do better!
HER LONE WOLF
Leaving him was Impossible…
It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing these former lovers into an uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.
Seeing her again is even worse…
The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back-and there’s no way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.
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Clayne looked at her, his eyes wet with tears. The sight of them almost tore Danica’s heart out. In all the time she’d known him, she’d never seen him cry.
“We’ve just lost so much time,” he said, his voice rough with emotion.
She wanted to tell him it didn’t matter, that they would more than make up for it, but all that came out was a muffled sob. She closed the distance between them and kissed him—hard.
Clayne gripped her shoulders in both hands and pulled her against him. She thrust her fingers in his hair and opened her mouth to his, giving him an all-access pass. This was what she’d given up—being in the arms of the man she was meant to be with. She had left him for the very best reason, but now she realized it wasn’t a solution that could have ever worked long-term. She needed Clayne like she needed oxygen. How had she survived the last two years without him?
Danica pulled away and rested her forehead against his. “We have lost a lot of time, and for that, I am so, so sorry,” she said softly. “But we’re together now, and more than going to make up for it. Starting right now.”
Clayne pressed her up against the wall and kissed her so hard she couldn’t breathe. She threaded her fingers in his hair and gave as good as she got. Dear Lord, the hair on her arms was standing up. She’d never experienced anything so intense—not even the first time they’d made love.
Their weapon holsters hit the table by the door with a thud, but she barely heard it over the impatient growl Clayne let out as he shoved her suit jacket off her shoulders. This first time wasn’t going to be slow and sensual. It was going to be raw and animalistic. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Nonstop action and hair-raising storytelling done well. This series gets better and better.”
– 4.5 Stars from RT
“This story was an action packed thrill ride from start to finish!”
– Reviewer Top Pick, Night Owl Romance
“Paige Tyler gets an A+ for Her Lone Wolf and the X-Ops series. Her Lone Wolf’s murder mystery is first rate but it’s the emotion that Tyler weaves into the story that makes it unforgettable.”
– Joyfully Recommended, Joyfully Reviewed
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