"Kade agreed to a blind date only to escape his Pack for a night, expecting to meet a cute girl and have a nice evening he's thoroughly shocked when he smell his mate in the restaurant, deciding to do the right thing regardless he walks to his date - only to discover that it's her, his mate."
Carrie Ann Ryan
Published: Self Published on December 2011
Pages and Form: 59 Pages / E-book
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Redwood Pack #1
Amazon: Buy / $3.44 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see US price )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $0.99 (Nook)
Excerpt: Chapter 1
Melanie hasn't let her hair down, pretty much ever, and now after her friends ruthless pressure she'd said yes and is heading out to a blind date. Anxious and nervous she contemplates rationality of her decision.
Kade agreed to a blind date only to escape his Pack for a night, expecting to meet a cute girl and have a nice evening he's thoroughly shocked when he smell his mate in the restaurant, deciding to do the right thing regardless he walks to his date - only to discover that it's her, his mate.
Doing the stupidest thing possible to über-logical Melanie he confesses he's a werewolf and shape shift in front of her after a night of hot sex - only to find out she won't take nicely to it and walks out. And now someone else is sniffing around her as well, and the Pack Law promises blood will be shed.
I truly enjoyed this novella! I loved the whole aspect of a blind date bringing werewolf to his mate, and I loved when he freaks the crap out of her. Melanie was so conservative and prober that when something so out of the normal happened she flat out froze and refused to deal with it - of course that is where I started to get angry with her, a good story always brings out strong emotions in a reader. I wanted nothing more than to see her with Kade, letting go of some of that hard-headed logic.
Kade, oh he was good! I loved how he blurted out he was a werewolf and got laughed at, and I echo his brother's Jasper's statement of "Are you kidding me?" no one should drop that bombshell of a first date! I liked how Kade was already wounded, having to have fought over a girl he had though might have been his mate, and now he had to face the fact that he might have to fight for Melanie as well. He was kind though, considerate and sexy but very much set on waiting for Melanie to come to him - giving her the choice to choose him, instead of forcing her to be his mate. I liked it, but it was frustrating! Strong emotions again.
This story was quickly read, An Alpha's Path was satisfying, romantic, entertaining, had action and threat! A great shifter story! I'd definitely read more on the series!
The cover is great, I loved the darkness and the moodiness which went perfect with the feel of the story, plus look at those abs, yum! The cover pulls you in, the blurb hooks you and the story keeps you reading!
Carrie Ann Ryan : Thanks so much for having me!
Niina : Let’s get started! Can you tell my readers here 4 fun unknown facts about you so we can break the ice?
Carrie Ann : Hmmm… 1) I wasn’t born in America, though I’m only American. 2) I started college at 13. 3)I have two cats named Miley Cyrus and Maxie Jonas 4) I’m only 5’2” and can’t reach my cabinets in my kitchen
Niina : Tell us little about your novella An Alpha’s Path , what’s it about?
Carrie Ann : An Alpha’s Path is the first book in the seven book Redwood Pack series. The rest of the books will be full length novels. But with An Alpha’s Path it’s about what happens when a socially awkward chemist finds out her blind date is a werewolf – and claims she’s his mate?
Niina : Tell us something about your book that we wouldn’t know just by reading the blurb?
Carrie Ann : It’s an overnight blind date. It might be a little steamy. Okay. It’s REALLY steamy.
Niina : What chapter or scene did you most enjoyed writing and why?
Carrie Ann : Their initial meeting over dinner. The way they reacted in each other’s presence was a delight to write.
Niina : How did cover come to be, and if you didn't take part in making it, what is your opinion of it?
Carrie Ann : My cover artist is my friend and I told her I wanted a man, a wolf and a path. Then her and her hubby made it. I love it.
Niina : What makes a shifter hero sexy?
Carrie Ann : Other than his body, his eyes, his hair or his growl? Yummy to all of those. But what I think makes them even sexier is that they are so protective of their mates and very animalistic sometimes. Very hot.
Niina : Can you tell us three fun/quirky things about Kade and Melanie that we didn't learn from the book?
Carrie Ann : You’ll see in the rest of the series that: 1) These two will be Alpha mates of the Pack and are still learning LOL 2) Melanie actually runs the house – not Kade LOL 3) In the second book, A Taste for a Mate, you’ll see how Kade really can’t handle stress if it involves Melanie. *evil laugh* (I’m not telling you any more LOL)
Niina : That’s bite evil…. ;) Now to more personal questions! Your current Top 3 dangerous fictional bad boys, and why them?
Carrie Ann : Oh my. Roarke from the In Death series, Spade from the Night Huntress Series, Z from the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
Niina : What is your signature dish?
Carrie Ann : New Orleans Red Beans & Rice (my great great aunt’s recipe)
Niina : What’s the number 1 thing you like to do when you are not writing?
Carrie Ann : Read? LOL. Or Cook.
Niina : Before we finish, here are some Quick Fire Questions:
Night or day? Late Day or Early Night.
Pick-up or Mini-van? Pick Up
Beer or Wine? Beer
Boots or Heels? Boots (I suddenly sound like a truck driver according to the last three questions LOL)
M&Ms: With or Without Peanuts? Without
Treats: Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Pizza or Burger? Burger (I hate cooked tomatoes)
Date: Going to Park or Going to Movies? Movies
Friends or Will & Grace? Friends (I can say almost every line in most shows LOL)
Drama or Comedy? Drama
Winter or Summer? Summer
Jewels or Chocolates? Chocolate (I can’t were Jewels on most days)
Men: Alpha-male or submissive? Alpha-Male
Men: Clean Shaven or Stubble? Stubble
Women: Talkative or wallflowers? Wallflower
Women: Curvy or Slim? Curvy
Tattoos or Piercings? Tattoos
Bad boys or good guys? Bad boys that can be good
Brunettes or Blonds? Blond girls, brunette boys
Vampires or werewolves? Werewolves.
Cops or Cowboys? Cowboys
Time-Travel or Sci-fi? Sci-fi
Romance or Erotica/Erotic Romance? Romance w/ Erotic scenes. So lots of story and the sex is hot
Male POV or Female POV (Point Of View)? Both. Why decide?
Times New Roman or Courier? Times new Roman. Courier has too much space.
Pens or pencils? Pen mostly, pencil doing math at work
Niina : Thanks for visiting the For The Love of Reading, Carrie Ann, come back any day!
Carrie Ann : Thanks so much for having me!!!
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