With: Katherine McIntyre
While I know the alpha male is evergreen in romance, and to top that off, even moreso in shifter romances, I decided to take a risk with my first shifter series. I wrote a *gasp* female pack alpha. She’s a levelheaded, competent leader, and really showcases how well women can handle roles of power. Stepping out of the norm though is always a risk—you can face rejection as well as a bit of a push back, but I was up for the challenge.
And a challenge it was. Trying to find a home for this book was tough, and not everyone was ready to deal with Sierra in all of her glory. She’s not a share and care person and shows her affection through action. On top of that, she’s serious, responsible, and capable in the face of adversity, which are all things I’ve seen women do, but not the way I’ve always seen them represented.
Which made her all the more of a joy to write. Her counterpart is the polar opposite of her, a guy who’s snarky when she’s serious, who makes her angrier than almost anyone else in the pack, but as they connect on the weight of their roles as leaders, she begins to open up to him, in the small way she can. Don’t expect dramatic speeches from this girl—Sierra’s all about what she does, not what she says, and watching her story unfold in such a different from the norm way made this book really special for me.
Forged Alliances is just the start to a five book series of shifter antics with the Red Rock and Silver Springs packs, and like the initial characters, these shifter stories march to their own beat.
Sierra and Dax’s alliance is already rocky. He’s a cocky wiseass, and she doesn’t put up with bullshit. So, when a mating bond appears between them, it threatens to send them both running.
Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs and smarts can accomplish. So, when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the pack elders sabotaged Dax’s fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded crap like that, so she agrees on an alliance.
As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just a cocky wiseass. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger and the thought of forever sends Dax running.
Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege—one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.
Strong women. Strong words.
Katherine McIntyre is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix. As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women. Easily distracted by cats and sugar.