Thursday, February 9, 2012

When a Werewolf Has No Pack

Please welcome Ranae Rose to the Blog!


When a Werewolf Has No Pack


            What I like most about werewolf/shifter romances is that shifter heroes/heroines are typically intensely loyal and form strong bonds with the people who are important to them – their significant others and pack-mates. But what if a shifter had no pack?

            I had this strong image of an alpha with no pack in my head, and when I thought about it, it seemed like it would be bound to happen (in a world where werewolves were real). After all, groups die out all the time – families, towns, entire cultures and real-life wolf packs. Shifters would be no different. What would happen to the last member of a pack, especially if he was the alpha?

            That’s the story I told in Lonely Alpha. Jack was the alpha of the Half Moon pack by birth, but by the time he came around his pack had been greatly diminished by generations of problems. By his twenties, he was left alone.

            When Mandy first meets him, she harbors suspicions that spending so much time alone in the mountains has driven him crazy. But as she gets to know him (she doesn’t really have much of a choice, seeing as how they’re trapped on the mountain together, eluding a killer), she sees some very different sides of Jack and finds out the truth of why he chooses to live alone on an isolated mountain. Here’s a brief excerpt that shares some of her thoughts:

“Why didn’t you leave?”
Jack’s mouth twisted stubbornly, his jaw jutting out. “An alpha doesn’t leave his pack.”
Alpha. Well, now that he said it, she could believe it. She studied his strong jaw, remembering how good he was at tilting it arrogantly, as he had when she’d first arrived on his property, lost. “Even if his pack leaves him?”
Jack nodded. “Even then. It’s not like I could join another pack. My father was an alpha, and his father before him, and so on and so on, back through the generations. When you’re born an alpha, you either live as an alpha or a loner. There’s no in between.”
“Jack.” She reached out and touched him, laying her unhurt hand inside his. The idea of him living his days out alone on the mountain, longing for a family that had crumbled around him, was unexpectedly agonizing. He was so young for such a depressing existence – not that she would have wished it on a person of any age. “It must be awfully lonely out here. How do you stand it?”
As for how Jack’s story ends – well, this is a romance, so you know there’s a happy ending. Let’s just say the Half Moon Pack isn’t quite finished. ;)
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When Mandy leaves the city behind and embarks on a retreat to the Great Smoky Mountains, she expects to spend the week alone with nature and a stack of novels. Instead, she ends up trapped on a remote mountain by a big game hunter who’s hell-bent on bagging a werewolf. Lonely alpha wolf-shifter Jack, the last of the once-strong Half Moon Pack, is his target. Jack is determined to keep Mandy safe while hunting his hunter, but being around Jack brings out a wild side Mandy never knew she had. As silver bullets fly, so do sparks. If they can manage to defeat their attacker, Mandy will still have one problem to contend with: Jack is convinced that she’s his mate.

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Ranae Rose is an avid reader and writer who can’t resist a good love story, and the hotter the better. She lives on the US East Coast with her family and animals, and when she’s not writing she prefers to be in the saddle or lost in a good book with a cup of tea. You can find out more about Ranae and her books at: www.ranaerose.com
Connect with Ranae on Twitter: Ranae_Rose
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Want to know how  this lonely alpha finds love? Comment on this post for a chance to win an ebook copy of Lonely Alpha. One winner will be chosen at random. Be sure to include your e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win.


29 comments:

  1. Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    BTW,Cover looks amazing!I love it!!

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  2. Love were stories to begin with and this sounds great (and looks yummy). Can't wait to read.

    Áine

    anya.millar @ gmail.com

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  3. Very beautiful cover!
    Love the excerpt.

    Good job, ladies!

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  4. Awesome cover and the excerpt was so sad - made me want to run over and hug him.

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  5. First, thanks so much Carrie for hosting me on your blog. :) I appreciate it!

    And a big thank you to everyone else too for your kind comments.

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  6. That's a really nice book cover. Nice to meet you, Ranae Rose.

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  7. Nice to meet you too, Sheri, and thank you! I designed it myself. ;)

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  8. Gorgeous cover. I feel so sorry for Jack living alone in the mountains. Can't wait to read Lonely Alpha to find out what happens. Thanks for the giveaway.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  9. I really like the concept of an Alpha without a pack - so many possibilities :D

    Gorgeous cover doesn't hurt either - definitely on my wish list :D

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  10. Thanks for the chance to win! Wolves are my favorite shape shifters, I love their loyalty!
    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

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  11. This sounds great! Shifters are awesome. I like the premise of this one. Thanks for introducing a new (to me) author.
    I'd love to read & win this.
    WildAboutBones at gmail dot com

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  12. I love everything about this book - the story line, the cover - especially that it's about werewolves, squee! I love hot alpha males *goosebumps!*

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  13. I want this book! It looks great. Thanks so much for the chance. christina_92 at yahoo.com

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  14. Lonely Alpha sounds like my kind of book! I love werewolf books and Lonely Alpha sounds and looks awesome!

    TOPSAIL246(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. This is right up my alley. I'm adding Lonely Alpha on my must have list.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  16. I love alpha/wolf stories. thanks for sharing. rougebolo at gmail.com

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  17. One of my favorite tropes is when the hero and heroine are forced to live together. They usually don't get along and first. I like to see how their relationship progresses. I love shifters too so this story sounds perfect for me.

    Thanks so much for the lovely giveaway!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  18. Wow, now this sounds like a book I'd love!

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  19. That cover is outstanding! This sounds like a very sexy read.

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  20. The book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Nice new perspective on Alphas and packs. Thank you for sharing. Good luck on the release and thank you for the giveaway.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  22. love the cover, it's gorgeous and the excerpt was wonderful. i can hardly wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next.

    thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.

    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  23. I've been hearing/reading nothing but good thing about this book. I have wanted it since I saw the blurb and the cover. Loved the excerpt and really want to win this book. I am putting this on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win!
    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Great excerpt! I'd love to read how Jack & Mandy make out!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  25. I love shifters too! They love their one true mate and will do anything to get and keep them. This story sounds very unique. I'm anxious to see how it all works out. Thanks!
    srbagby50@gmail.com

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  26. Sounds great! I'd love a copy :D

    Jess
    Romanceaholic at gmail dot com

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  27. Oh wow this sounds HOT! :0)

    Thanks so much
    supagurl

    supagurlheather@ gamil dot com

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  28. Hi,

    I would love to read. Thank you for the chance to win!

    Email: Joyce(at)romance-book-club(dot)com

    Joyce

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  29. Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. The winner of the drawing for a copy of Lonely Alpha is Joyce C. Congrats, Joyce - you should have an e-mail from me waiting in your inbox.

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