Ryon Hunter sees dead people—spirits that beg him for help in ways he can’t understand. He’d do anything to end the torment, until a beautiful spirit appears to him with a plea he can’t ignore: Help me…I’m alive. The woman is wildlife biologist Daria Bradford, mortally wounded after encountering a white wolf, calling to Ryon through a rare Psy gift.
When Ryon locates Daria in the Shoshone National Park, it is almost too late, but nursing her back to health at the Alpha Pack compound brings a new complication—Daria is his destined mate, and Ryon is afraid of what will happen when she discovers what he is, and what he had to do to save her life. But the biggest threat of all is still loose in the forest, leaving a merciless trail of death behind it. The Alpha Pack goes on the hunt for the mysterious white wolf, determined to stop the murderous rogue… only to find that the most lethal creature of all is the one they can’t see coming…
“Fast-paced with a great sense of adventure, as only sexy psychic Navy SEALs turned wolf shifters can provide. The characters have a complexity that brings depth to the story, but the passion between Ryon and Daria makes for a particularly hot read.”—Romantic Times
“Starting a new series smack dab in the middle nearly gives this reader heart palpitations because you know that a world takes time to build, characters are fleshed out, back story is told and you have none of that. However sometimes you are granted a true work of storytelling genius that truly makes a book in a series not require all of the above. And that is what we are gifted with in Hunter’s Heart. A story that doesn’t require a reader to know anything except that this is a Paranormal Romance with amazing characters, wonderful drama and a clear vision for where it is going to take you. . .Final word on this book: Get It Right Now! Paranormal Romance at the top of its game.”—darkfaerietales.com
Praise for the Alpha Pack Series
“I can’t wait for Tyler’s next Alpha Pack adventure!”—New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight
“Kept me riveted from start to finish.”—Night Owl Reviews
“You will fall in love with Kalen if you weren’t already.”—Under The Covers
Exclusive Interview: J.D. Tyler talks to Ryon Hunter and The Alpha Pack
Note: When I requested this interview with Ryon and the Alpha Pack, the guys weren’t sure whether they could take the time to sit down and talk. They’re really busy these days fighting all the dangerous things that stalk the night, and there’s a new problem on the horizon for our brave heroes. But they graciously agreed to take a few moments to give us an update on what’s been going on their world and satisfy our curiosity.
We’re sitting in the Pack’s recreation room because it’s more comfortable, and the guys are lounging around, waiting for me to begin. The room quiets, and I have to admit, being the focus of so many scorchingly sexy, strong men has me shaking in my boots. I try not to show my nervousness as I soldier on.
Nick Westfall (Alpha Pack Commander/white wolf/Seer): Can I get you something to drink?
JD: Oh no, I’m fine! Don’t go to any trouble—
Nick: Micah, get JD a soda or something.
Micah Chase (brown wolf/Dreamwalker): Sure thing, boss.
He flashes a smile at me, which pulls some at his scarred face, and rushes off. I turn to Nick.
JD: Thank you. And thanks to all of you for agreeing to take time from your busy schedule to talk with me. [I shuffle my notes] I know you guys have been through some rough situations in the past few months. Why don’t we start with what recently happened to Ryon and his new mate?
Nick (nodding to Ryon Hunter): I think Ryon’s the best source for that story.
I turn my attention to Ryon, and try not to ogle the man—but it’s not easy. Like all of them he’s stunning, but his looks are totally different from his teammates. His hair is blond and sort of shaggy, his eyes crystal blue. He has an “honest” face, one of those All-American mugs that screams apple pie and pro football. And I soon discover that he’s a sweet man with a ton of integrity—and one who loves his mate very much.
JD: Ryon, it’s great to finally meet you in person. [His beautiful smile about knocks me off the sofa]
Ryon: Same here. What would you like to know? But keep in mind some of the story is still classified info—sorry about that.
JD: No worries, just tell me what you can. First, how did you meet your mate, Daria Bradford?
Ryon (face softening with obvious love): That’s an easy one. I’d been with the team in New York hunting a group of rogue vampires. We found them and in the fight, I got pinned by one of them.
Aric Savage: Yep. Pretty boy nearly got his throat ripped out. Would have if it hadn’t been for us.
Ryon (shooting the redhead an annoyed look): Anyway, they rushed me home to the compound and I had to spend some time in the infirmary. While I was recovering, this gorgeous spirit with long black hair visited my bedside. She needed help, but I didn’t think I could help her, you know?
JD (nodding): Your gift as a Channeler/Telepath allows you to speak with the dead—but many times you aren’t able to help them because they can’t communicate with you clearly, correct?
Ryon: That’s right. But with Daria’s spirit, it was different. She told me she was alive, and I knew right away that I had to get to her, fast. She wasn’t a ghost at all, but was using a Psy gift called astral projection to reach out to me. I rallied the team and we found her just in time, lying in a ravine. She was near death, and I had to do something extreme to save her life. I thought she’d never forgive me for that one, but she has a huge heart.
JD: Can you talk about what you did?
Ryon: Not yet. Let’s just say she and I worked through it. But that was the least of our problems, considering what came next.
Micah returns with my soda, and I thank him, taking a sip.
JD: You’re referring to the monster in the Shoshone that was killing campers and hikers?
Ryon (expression grim): Yeah.
JD: What can you tell me about that? What—or who—was this creature and how did he come to be in your neck of the woods?
Ryon: I’m not allowed to discuss specifics, but I can tell you that this was one of the most dangerous and heartbreaking cases we’ve ever worked. What happened to this creature wasn’t his fault, believe it or not. We solved that case the only way we knew how, and I think it worked out all right for everyone in the end.
JD: Except you were nearly killed in that battle…
Ryon: That’s the risk that comes with the job.
JD: Unfortunately, yes. And during your mission, you and Daria learned something important about the origins of the Alpha Pack, correct?
Ryon: Yes. But I can’t reveal that information yet, sorry.
JD: No problem. Let’s go back to an issue you already mentioned—the rogue vampires. I get the impression this is a recent development?
Ryon: That’s right. We’ve been called out in the past to deal with rogue vamps, but it’s always been a minor problem until now. It takes centuries for a vamp to turn rogue, and normally there aren’t many. But for some reason they’re everywhere lately.
Nick: We don’t know where the problem is stemming from, but we’re working on finding out. In the meantime, I’ve put in a call for assistance from the vampires’ leader, Prince Tarron Romanoff.
Jaxon Law (grey wolf/RetroCog/Timebender): The arrogant jackass. [snorting]
Zander Cole (black wolf/Healer), who lost his hearing after an explosion a few months back, has been doing his best to read lips.
Zander (to Jax): True that.
Nick: Be that as it may, we need Tarron’s help or we’re soon going to be overrun by rogues. If that happens…
The commander leaves that thought unfinished, but the Pack agrees with mumbled curses. I know there isn’t much more they can tell me on that subject, so I decide to finish the interview on a positive note, addressing Ryon again.
JD: So, tell me about Daria. She seems amazing.
Ryon (beaming): She’s the most wonderful woman in the world, and I’ve been blessed to have her as my mate. She’s not just beautiful, but kind, smart, and funny. Her passion is studying wolves in the wild, real ones, which is sort of ironic.
JD (smiling): So I take it your mating is happy now?
Ryon: We had a lot of stuff to work through, but yes. She’s made me the happiest man on earth.
Aric (wrinkling his nose): Barf, gag.
Ryon: Shut up, asswipe. Like you’re not seriously whipped after mating with Rowan!
Aric: Yeah, well…
JD (laughing at their antics): Nick, thank you for giving up us an update on what’s been going on with the Pack. Ryon, I’m so glad everything worked out for you, and I’m sure our readers will love your story.
Ryon (winking): Thank you, sweetheart. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Kalen Black (black panther/Sorcerer/Necromancer): On that note, what do you say we all go get something to eat? I’m starved! JD?
JD: Sounds great, lead the way!
And so, I got to spend the entire afternoon soaking up the welcome attentions of a Pack full of sexy shifters. I guess that makes me, literally, one lucky bitch.
J.D. Tyler’s Top Ten Facts about her Alpha Pack series
Are you new to the world of the Alpha Pack? When starting any series, especially one that contains a detailed paranormal world, there are certain facts it’s helpful to know beforehand in order to have an enjoyable reading experience.
Without further ado, here are some important insight into the Alpha Pack world, Letterman-style :
And the Number One thing readers should know about the Alpha Pack is. . .
- The original members of the Pack were Navy SEALs stationed in Afghanistan. While on a mission, they were attacked by rogue wolf shifters and turned. The government then helped them form the Alpha Pack—a black ops team of shifters that helps protect the world from lethal human and non-human predators.
- Each shifter possesses at least one type of Psy gift, such as moving objects with the mind, starting fires, seeing the future or the past, speaking telepathically to another person, teleporting, speaking to ghosts, etc.
- Once a shifter meets his mate, he has a limited amount of time to claim her before he becomes sick. Remaining unmated after that will ultimately result in death.
- Shifters do not need protection when they make love, as they do not naturally carry or pass STD’s.
- Though sexually insatiable, a male shifter cannot impregnate a female who is not his true mate. He also cannot become aroused by another female once he has met his mate.
- The Alpha Pack team was created by bites from rogue wolf shifters, but their commander, Nick Westfall, is a born shifter. The team has no idea that their leader is more than two hundred years old and carries the burden of a tragic past.
- The original team members (Navy SEALs who were turned) are: Jaxon Law (silver wolf, RetroCog), Aric Savage (red wolf, Firestarter/Telekinetic), Zander Cole (black wolf, Healer), Ryon Hunter (silver wolf, Channeler/Telepath), Raven DeLuca (black wolf/TBD), Micah Chase (brown wolf, Dreamwalker), and Phoenix (TBD).
- Newer Pack members: Commander Nick Westfall (rare white born wolf, former FBI Special Agent/PreCog), John “Hammer” Ryder (silver wolf/former FBI Special Agent/Tracer), Kalen Black (Sorcerer/Necromancer/black panther shifter), Rowan Chase (recently turned silver wolf/Dreamwalker, mated to Aric Savage, sister to Micah), and A.J. Stone (human, former SWAT sniper)
- The compound where the Alpha Pack lives and works is technically called The Institute of Parapsychology. The Institute employs doctors and scientists who study the Pack team members and other paranormal creatures, striving to keep them healthy. A hospital is also housed in the compound, as well as a sanctuary for healing lost/injured paranormals.
- Smoking. Hot. Navy SEAL. Shifters. Maybe that’s all you really needed to know!