Title Shadow's Moon
Genre Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Author Jami Gray
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Interview with Jami Gray
Why did you write this book?
This is the third installment in my Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles. While the first two books follow Raine McCord and Gavin Durand and introduce the reader into the shadowy world around us, for this book, I've loved Xander since she popped up in the first book, and her relationship with Warrick held too many layers to ignore. Plus, my critique partners threw down a challenge—"Write a romance, we dare you." I hemmed and hawed, only to get "We triple dog dare you." Sigh, who's going to turn that down?
What is your favorite genre to read?
I'm a huge reader, so my taste are wide, but my favorites are Urban Fantasy and Military influenced romantic suspense.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Oh, that's a hard one. I first fell in love with Anita Blake in Circus of the Damned by Laurell Hamilton, but have since gone on to develop serious feelings for Mercy Thompson of Patricia Briggs' series, Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrew's series, and Joanne Walker from C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers series. Of course, not to leave out the male half of the fiction world, I love to spend quality time with Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. ((wiggles eyebrows))
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I live in a household swimming in testosterone, so films are a great way to spend time with my boys—wild explosions, furious car chases, we're an action flick family all the way. However, I'm a huge devotee to both the ID channel and the History Channel. Favorite series right now: The Blacklist. Favorite Movie: right now the boys and I are waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy, but me and the other half are looking forward to
: A Dame To Kill For. Sin
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I'm just about to begin the second book in my upcoming new Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, which spins together a mixed team of ex-military psychics, some serious chases, shootouts, and various other mayhem, all while take out the baddies of the world. The first book in the PSY-IV Teams (think Cypher), Hunted By The Past, will be coming out August 26th.
Right behind that book, will be the fourth book in the Kyn Kronicles, Shadow's Curse, which should hit shelves Oct/Nov 2014.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Without spoilers, Shadow's Moon follows Xander Cade, the female Tracker for the
Northwest Motoki wolf pack and
her unexpected bond with her alpha, Warrick Vidis. The two have to find their way
as their relationship shifts under them, even as someone is threatening their pack.
If they can't find their way to work together, more than them will end up paying
a deadly price.
Even a wild heart can be broken…
A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.
It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded
Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans.
The resulting carnage frays an already thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural
Kyn community from public scrutiny, and ensures she can't escape the one man she's
been determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective
and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.
As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn't in Warrick Vidis's vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander Cade, refuses to leave off the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats against him and his Pack, begin to jeopardize his normal steely control. Add in Xander's continual reluctance to fully accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman's love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf.
As the danger escalates, threatening not just their Pack but those closest to them, Warrick and Xander must find a way to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything-their pack, their friends and each other.
Silence descended between her and Warrick, stretching until it played along her nerves. Slowly, like a door creaking open, he began to loosen his end of the bond. Her wolf began to settle as it sensed his. He studied her, and she could see both the wolf and man looking back. He reached out, but she stepped out of the way and caught a fleeting sense of hurt and confusion. But she couldn't allow his touch to weaken her resolve.
"Why are you running scared?" His question was stiff.
"Let me ask you something," she said. When he gave a short nod, she continued. "Why did you bond us?"
"You were dying." His voice was gruff, almost angry. "I—we need you."
Need, not love. His choice of words scraped over her heart. "Need?" she asked around the tightness of her chest.
"If we lost you, the pack would be devastated." "What about you, Warrick?" she whispered.
"An alpha can't have a weakness, Xander," he said, searing her with the brutal truth.
"So you consider a mate a weakness?" Oh, this was just getting better and better. Why had she thought she could make this relation- ship work?
"Did you forget what happened with Chavez?" he gritted out, rubbing the heel of his hand over his chest.
His movement had her realizing she was projecting her pain through their bond. Furious with herself, and with him, she reeled in her emotions. "Chavez's mate was crazy."
"He covered for her because he loved her, and now his pack is in upheaval."
She wanted to punch him. The urge was so powerful, she had to curl her hands into the leather of her bike's seat behind her. "So it's not a mate that you consider a weakness, but the emotion behind it?" she pushed.
"No," he growled. "You should never give an alpha wolf someone of his own."
Confusion momentarily overrode her anger. "Why?"
His lips thinned and his jaw tightened. "An alpha is the ultimate protector. Protection of our packs is a natural directive. We will do whatever is needed to protect what is ours. Even if they don't want to be protected."
"Even a mate?" She kept her tone careful as she began to get an inkling as to why he was so damned determined to keep his heart out of her reach.
"To protect a mate some would burn the world," Warrick answered. "Even at the expense of our pack. Chavez is proof of that."
"Warrick—" she started.
He snarled and ran a hand through his hair in obvious frustration. "My wolf recognizes you as our mate." Possessiveness stormed down their bond confirming his words.
Mate. A deep thrill hummed through her at his claim, but her heart ached because there was more to it. Dreading his answer, she asked, "And the man?"
"Is torn." His face was grim. "Claiming you protects and strengthens the pack, but increases the danger to you." His and me was left unsaid.
"You think you can claim me, but keep me at arm's length? As if that will somehow keep me safe?"
He didn't answer, but she could feel the belief in his screwed up logic. She and her wolf took exception to his assumption, and there was no stifling her growl. "I don't need you to keep me safe, Warrick. I need you to accept me for who I am."
Feminine fury rose and burned against his male arrogance. Her challenge was the last straw. She practically heard his control break. Swearing, he trapped her between his body and the bike before she could blink.
Being caged brought her wolf snarling to the forefront. Claws broke through and she swiped out, leaving thin bloody lines across one cheek before he captured her hands in his. He snarled back and took her lips with savage intensity. Ravaging her mouth, he took sharp bites of her lower lip before laving the stings with his tongue.
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Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. Her latest release, Shadow's Moon (5/14) was a Golden Claddaugh Finalist, and the first in her newest series, Hunted By The Past, hits shelves in August 2014. She is surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and a male lab, who masquerades as a floor rug as she plays with the voices in her head.
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