Paige Tyler | Building the World of X-OPS
May 15, 2014
My upcoming military/paranormal/romantic-suspense-thriller from Sourcebooks, HER PERFECT MATE (Book One
of the X-OPS Series) is set within our own world in the current time.
In this series, the fictional Department of Covert Operations (DCO for short) is
an ultra-secret government agency that pairs the very best soldiers, law
enforcement officers, and spies together with shiftersâ€”humans that possess
special animal attributes, like claws, fangs, fast reflexes, speed, endurance,
and heightened senses.
Humans and even animals as different from us a mice share a tremendous amount of
DNA (something like an 80% match). Each have about the same number of genes, and
itâ€™s only a relative small number of genes that make us unique. For example,
both humans and mice have a gene for a tail. In mice, itâ€™s turned on. In humans,
itâ€™s turned off. This is how shifters exist in the world I created. They simply
have certain animal-specific traits that are turned onâ€”like claws, fangs,
muscular strength, etc.). These shifters hide themselves in our world, rarely
even knowing that others of their kind exist, and doing everything they can to
keep their secret from the rest of society.
The DCO stumbled over a shifter early in its history and has been looking for
those who might have useful traits ever since. But even though the shifters,
working with their "norm" partners, do amazing work on impossible missions, they
aren't trusted by everyone at the DCO. Theyâ€™re labeled as Extremely Valuable
Assets to make sure they know theyâ€™re viewed as nothing more than tools,
weapons, and a means to an end. Even their own partners are trained to carry out
the DCO's prime directiveâ€”eliminate your shifter partner if it appears he or she
is about to be captured or compromised.
The DCO started with the best of intentionsâ€”to create a fast, small, covert
organization that isn't entangled in the bureaucracy and petty in-fighting that
keeps other covert organizations from doing what needs to be done. But the power
to run this kind of organization rests in the hands of a very elite few. As the
series progresses, the operatives who risk their lives fighting enemies that few
even know exist soon learn that the worst enemy they may have to face is one of
About HER PERFECT MATE
He's a High-Octane Special Ops Pro
When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is chosen for an assignment with the
Department of Covert Operations, he's stunned to find his new partner is a
beautiful woman who looks like she couldn't hurt a fly, never mind take down a
She's No Kitten
Ivy Halliwell isn't your average covert op. She's a feline shifter, and more
dangerous than she looks. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the
claws when things get dicey. She's worked with a string of hotheaded military
guys who've underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she's
partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr,
things begin to heat up. He doesn't think she's a freak-and he's smokin' hot.
Soon they're facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines...and an animal
magnetism impossible to ignore.
The four newcomers sat down, the pro-wrestler lookalike sitting
across from Landon.
â€śWas Foley filling your head with lies about Ivy?â€ť asked the dark-haired one
with blue eyes and a neatly trimmed beard and mustache.
â€śHe tried to,â€ť Landon said. â€śI didnâ€™t buy what he was selling.â€ť
The bearded man nodded. â€śGood. Because heâ€™s full of shit. Ivyâ€™s one of the best
operatives at the DCO, and if Foley wasnâ€™t such an asshole, heâ€™d realize that.
Iâ€™m Tate Evers, by the way.â€ť He nodded at the two men sitting next to Landon on
each side. â€śThatâ€™s Brent Wilkins and Gavin Barlow. And this big guyâ€ťâ€”he jerked
his thumb at the pro wrestlerâ€”â€śis Declan MacBride. Heâ€™s the EVA part of our team.â€ť
Landon looked at the big blond man. He couldnâ€™t imagine him growing claws and
scaling a wall. â€śEVA?â€ť
â€śNo one told you what that stands for yet? Iâ€™m not surprised.â€ť Tate snorted.
â€śThe DCO always does a lousy job of explaining stuff. EVA is short for extremely
Asset. As if the DCO didnâ€™t think of Ivy and Declan as people. Landon swung his
gaze back to Declan. â€śYou can do what Ivy does?â€ť
Declan laughed. â€śNot on a good day.â€ť
Tate grinned. â€śDeclanâ€™s skills are different than Ivyâ€™s. You two didnâ€™t have the
talk yet, huh?â€ť
The talk? That sounded ominous. â€śApparently not.â€ť
â€śThen I wonâ€™t be the one to steal her thunder. After this morningâ€™s training,
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve already figured out sheâ€™s special, right?â€ť
All four men regarded him thoughtfully, but once again, it was Tate who spoke.
â€śLook, youâ€™re going to run into people like Foley whoâ€™ll tell you people like
Declan and Ivy are freaks. Thatâ€™s bullshit. She and Declan and people like them
arenâ€™t any different than you, me, Brent, and Gavin. They just have special
skills that make them unique. Regardless of what Foley told you, you can trust
Ivy to have your back. And she needs to know she can trust you in return.â€ť
â€śShe can,â€ť Landon said without hesitation. That was a given, regardless of what
happened with her previous partners.
â€śGood,â€ť Tate said. â€śBecause in this job, both your lives depend on it.â€ť
"An absolutely perfect story-one I honestly couldn't put down. One of the
best books I've read in years. I hope this is the beginning of a very long
series, because I definitely want more of Paige Tyler's shifters." - Kate
Douglas, author of the bestselling Wolf Tales and Spirit Wild series
"A wild, hot, and sexy ride from beginning to end! I loved it!" - Terry
Spear, USA Today bestselling author of A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing
"Once I began, the outside world ceased to exist. It's exciting and fast
paced." - Paranormal Kiss
"I love a good paranormal romance and this series has started off with a
bang!" - Hopeless in Literature Reviews
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21 comments posted.
Re: Paige Tyler | Building the World of X-OPS
The book sounds interesting. Sort of reminds me of the xmen in terms of how the government views them.
(Pam Howell 7:52am May 15, 2014)
I can't say I've ever read a book with this paricular genre
before, but I'm very anxious to give it a try, since you've
peaked my interest with your excerpt. The reviews couldn't
be better, and the cover is really well done, too!!
Congratulations on what I'm sure is going to be a red-hot
(Peggy Roberson 9:31am May 15, 2014)
I really like shifter book, this sounds like a great twist on
them, I'd love to read it.
(Jen Barnard 10:02am May 15, 2014)
This will be a new way of looking at shifters. I like that
you put them in the positive. "Sherrilyn Kenyon's" series
has them in a positive view and I love that series. I have
read a few that by the time I have gotten to the 5th chapter
I get rid of the book because it just is really bad
characters with shifters as freaks. This makes the writing
not interesting to me and the book dull. I also like the
military aspect you have infused in the book. Will be
exciting to read. Thank you.
(Tina Ullrich 12:05pm May 15, 2014)
Love shifter books... the X-OPS Series sounds like it will be really good... have this book down on my want list!
(Colleen Conklin 12:48pm May 15, 2014)
Love books with military men/Gmen! Hubby was Army, and while he was
only in for a few years, certain things stuck with him.
(Michelle Schafer 5:14pm May 15, 2014)
Pam - Yes!
Peggy - Thanks so much! If you pick it up, let me know how
you like it!
Jen- Thanks so much! Hope you'll pick it up!
Tina - The shifters are definitely the stars of the series,
along with their human mates!
Colleen - Yay! Let me know how you like it!
L - Thanks!
Michelle - Yes! Gotta love a man in uniform!
(Paige Tyler 9:10pm May 15, 2014)
This sounds like a really interesting series of books. I
look forward to reading it.
(Janie McGaugh 10:49pm May 15, 2014)
I love the premise of this book and series! If the blurb and
the cover hadn't already convinced me I want to read it, the
excerpts I've read on your tour would have. On my wish list!
(Glenda Martillotti 10:55pm May 15, 2014)
I love reading a book about the hero in special forces! This sounds like one I would love to read!!
(Bonnie Capuano 6:53am May 16, 2014)
Landon and Ivy, WOW! Sounds like they pack a punch together. I like the idea of a unique talent, cat claws for Ivy working with a hot, Special Forces military by the book man. I can see some rocky roads ahead.
I loved the Dark Angel series many years back. Special abilities, shifters works for me works for me!
(Laurie Gommermann 7:20am May 16, 2014)
i love the shape shifters romance books i will have to check
this one out sounds really good
(Denise Smith 10:30am May 16, 2014)
This sounds very intriguing . I love thrillers and romance.
(Julie Duffy 11:21am May 16, 2014)
I love books like this! Can't wait to read it. I love that
the heroine is a wimp
(Tina Meissinger 11:45am May 16, 2014)
(Maria Proctor 11:54am May 16, 2014)
love paranormal romance
(Tina Lechuga 1:05pm May 16, 2014)
This sounds like such a fun, sexy read! Can't wait to get my
hands on it!! :D
(Michelle Brown 2:20pm May 16, 2014)
I have read all of your other books and really enjoyed them. This one is on my
TBR list. I like the cover.
(Joy Isley 5:37pm May 16, 2014)
Sounds like a book I would enjoy! I love men in military uniform!
(Patricia Cochran 5:46pm May 16, 2014)
Janie - Thank you!
Glenda - Yay! Let me know how you like it!
Bonnie - Yay! Hope you'll pick it up!
Laurie - Yay! Love it! Hope you'll pick it up!
Denise - Thank you!
Julie - Thanks!
Tina - I don't like wimpy heroines, either. Hope you'll
pick it up!
Maria - It is!
Tina - Me, too! Hope you'll pick it up!
Michelle - Yay! Let me now how you like it!
Joy - Yay! So glad to hear that! Let me know how you like
Patricia - Me, too! Hope you'll check it out!
Elaine - Yes!
(Paige Tyler 7:26pm May 25, 2014)
(Brenda Hook 1:52am June 1, 2014)
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