Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Meet T.A. Grey, author of 'The Loneliest Alpha'

Today I am pleased to introduce you to T.A. Grey, author of 'The Loneliest Alpha.'

What was the inspiration behind 'The Loneliest Alpha'?
The hero, Gavin MacKellen, came to me as this deeply scarred man and I had to tell his story.
Which character spoke to you the most during the writing process?
Gavin and Alicia were both quite strong personalities. Gavin was stronger though because he has more baggage and inner turmoil.
Which scene is your favorite?
Such a hard question because I have many! I think my favorite might be when they first make love because there’s been so much build up that when it finally happens you almost don’t see it coming. It’s beautiful and hot and so much is riding on that moment.
Tell us more about The MacKellan Alphas series.
The MacKellen Alphas series is a spin-off from The Kategan Alphas series. However, unlike with the KA series these books are longer—nearly twice in length! So many fans continued to write to me after I finished the six-book KA series telling me to write more, more, more! They love my version of paranormal “lykaens”—werewolf-type creatures that do not shapeshift. They like the band of brother-style community, the humor, the sexiness, and the humor that’s packed in all of those novels. With The MacKellen Alphas I am going balls to the walls! These stories are bigger, sexier, funner, and more suspenseful than ever! In The MacKellen Alphas we follow the MacKellen family, a large lykaen family that lives in the mountains of Oregon. They are a little bit country, a little bit cowboy, and very real to relate to.
On what other projects are you currently working?
Right now I’m working on the second book in The Untouchables series. I’m also working on a series of erotic short stories that should be a lot of fun!
What makes the paranormal such a great erotic topic?
Paranormal erotic romances are the best, I believe, because you can bend the rules of reality. You can create a species of vampires (or any other creature) that have orgasmic bites or mesmerizing touches that you can’t do with a contemporary romance. When you can create your own rules to how a paranormal world exists, you have so many opportunities to create characters that are polar opposites, very complex, and sensual in ways that humans can never be.
Which paranormal creatures make you swoon? I have a soft spot for many of them…my favorites are probably werewolf types though. Or demons! What do you need to do to get into the mood to write?
Re-read the previous chapter(s) I just wrote! Then I’m back in the characters heads and ready to go.
How do you make yourself stand out in this competitive market?
I just write the kind of stories I like which are funny, hot, and (hopefully) really good. The book does most of the work form there.
You like to read within the same genres you write, which include contemporary romance, erotica, and futuristic/sci-fi. What are some of your favorite books in these genres?
Oh I love this question!

Contemporary romance: Julie James’ Practice Makes Perfect. A bit more sweet but the chemistry and dialogue is spot on!

Erotica: Sierra Cartwright’s Mastered series. This is an incredible BDSM series. I’m in love with it!

Futuristic/scifi: I recommend anything by Nathalie Gray. I love her!
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve never owned a car, and I don’t read many paranormal books anymore (for different reasons).
Anything else you wish to add?
Thank you so much for having me here.
Thank you so much for your time!

About the Author:

I love to write the kind of stories that will keep you up late at night and make your heart pound. It's my goal to make each new book better, more exciting, and more action-packed to keep thrilling you. I'm always trying to push the boundaries with my imagination, and yours, to create something new and different.

Open up one of my novels and you will find hot, erotic stories that will make you laugh out loud, cry, and fly through the pages. I write addictive love stories and I hope you like them.

Visit my website to learn more about my books at www.tagrey.com.

Website – www.tagrey.com

The Loneliest Alpha
The Untouchables, Book One
T. A. Grey

Genre: paranormal erotic romance

Number of pages: 350
Word Count: ~100,000

Cover Artist: Hallie Chandler

Book Description:

One look will change their lives forever.

Lingerie designer Alicia Clarkson just had to open her stupid mouth. Now thanks to trying to defend a fellow pack mate, Alicia’s been blindfolded, tied up, and carted off to the new alpha of the Oregon pack—Gavin MacKellen.

However, the blindfold doesn’t come off so soon. Alicia’s curiosity gets fired up when Gavin refuses to reveal his face to her. Just what happened to him? He talks to her from shadowy corners and behind closed doors. The man is as allusive as a squirrely fox, but Alicia doesn’t play games and the quiet spoken, hoarse voiced alpha doesn’t stand a chance against her. They settle on an agreement, thirty days for them to get to know each other because that’s the only way this cowboy alpha will have it.

Gavin MacKellen needs a mate. But he knows no good woman would ever want to look at his face after the incident he suffered. After one look at Alicia Clarkson all his plans fly out the window. The woman’s beauty has him damn stunned speechless. She torments his thoughts and Gavin finds himself yearning to know everything about her. As relationship forms, love threatens to grow between them but Gavin struggles to cope with his physical appearance in the face of the beautiful Alicia.

Will she be the one to stand in the face of a monster and accept or will she turn her back on him as everyone else has?

Read an Excerpt:
“When is the last time you were with a man?”
Her body jerked. “Excuse me?”
He sighed, the sound thick not with impatience but caution. “I won’t repeat myself, Alicia Clarkson.”
She froze at the sound of her name even as a part of her understood that he had to know her name. The tone of his voice had changed though, the grating sound becoming a growl.
She answered as soon as she collected herself. “Seven months ago. No six. Yeah, six months, I think.”
“Were you sleeping with him?”
She bit the inside of her cheek, jaw flaring as a blush covered her face. “I don’t see what this as to do with–”
“Just answer the question,” he said in that slow, measured voice. He sounded like someone who didn’t waste words but chose them with care.
“Yes, I did.” Why that admission embarrassed her when she knew there was no shame in what she’d done annoyed her.
Then he spoke and every inch of her stiffened. Even her heart skipped a beat. “What do you look for…in a man?”
“What?” she said, her voice as soft as a whisper. He sounded curious, maybe even a little embarrassed. 
“Answer the question, please.”
She shook her head sending locks of hair snapping across her cheek and stood, teetered, then widened her stance to steady herself. “No, I’m done with this. I won’t play your little games anymore. You either explain what this is about or untie me. Actually, untie me and show me the door. I’ve been ready to leave since I got here.”
He stood and she took an abrupt step back. Was it because she feared him—damn right.
“Turn around.”
“Like hell.”
“Turn around so I can untie you.”
Biting her lip, she debated his words. He could by lying. “Promise that’s all you want?”
He grunted some sound of agreement.
She was loathed to give him her back but she did, slowly. Better to show him her back than to keep the ropes on for god knows how long. He grabbed the rope binding her wrists and her heart jumped with fear. He could kill her; hurt her in so many ways.
“Stare straight ahead.”
Naturally, she tried to look over her shoulder but he grabbed the back of her head and turned it to face forward before she could catch a glimpse.
“Don’t.” A warning.
It became difficult to breathe. This close, she caught his scent. It was fresh and masculine smelled of something rugged and outdoors. The lykaen in her rolled onto its back and stretched, content. Whoa. Reel it in, Alicia.
She jumped at the sound of his voice so close to her ear. He had a gravelly, coarse voice, deep as a bass singers. He held the rope hostage as he spoke. “I’m searching for my mate, not lookin’ for no whore. I want you to stay here while we get to know each other. That means I’m gonna have some questions you’ll need to answer. You got that?”
Not really. “Yeah,” she said instead since she didn’t see any other options.
Another grunt of approval, then she heard the metal swish of a switchblade coming out. She wiggled, tugging to get her arms free as fear rode her. 
“Please don’t hurt me.” She hung her head, arms trembling in his grasp.
“Stay still. I don’t wanna nick you.”
Like that her fear passed. The blade passed through the ropes with ease and her shoulders sagged with relief. The itchy, cursed rope fell away. She smiled at the tiny pleasure of being free.
“You’ll sleep down the hall. I’ll have Will show you the room.”
Fingers touched her forearms, strong and direct. And then it vanished in an instant.
Rubbing her arms at the sudden chill, Alicia turned back only to find he’d retreated back into the shadows.
She didn’t mean to ask it but the words flew from her lips. “Why won’t you let me see your face?”
He opened the door, stepping into the hallway. She was so certain he wouldn’t answer her that she fiddled with her reddened wrists to hide her eyes.
But then he did answer and his words couldn’t have shocked her more.
“I don’t want you to see my face ‘cause I’m an ugly son of a bitch and you’re too pretty to be looking at that.”
She gaped as he quietly shut the door behind him.

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