As everyone who read Book 1 in the X-OPS Series (HER PERFECT
MATE) will remember, Clayne Buchanan, the wolf shifter with the bad
attitude, can be a bit rough-around-the-edges. But as I was getting ready to
tell his story in HER LONE WOLF, I discovered that Clayne actually has a
sensitive side. Believe me, I’m as shocked as you. I thought I’d pegged him
perfectly as the perpetual bad boy who never let anyone get close, and never
cared about making friends. But it turns out that I was wrong.
I started getting my first indications that maybe I’d gotten him wrong when I
sat down with him over dinner (at PF Chang’s, of course!) so we could start
outlining his story. Before we even got started, he told me he was a bit
concerned that people might have gotten the wrong idea about him in the first
book. He even asked if it was possible to have the publisher tweak a few scenes
PERFECT MATE to let his nicer side show. I was shocked. Why hadn’t he said
something earlier? Of course, it was too late to tweak the book because it was
already in bookstores.
When I told Clayne as much, he growled a lot and mumbled a few words that can’t
be repeated in polite company. I really thought for a while that he might just
pull out of the whole series. I tried to play hardball, pointing out that we had
a contract. But he just gave me that wolfish smile of his (complete with
two-inch long canines, which I immediately told him to put away, reminding him
we were in a public restaurant!) and pointed out that Paige Tyler was under
contract—Clayne Buchanan wasn’t.
Okay, I was starting to freak out. I’d already planned out the next four books
in the X-OPS Series, and Clayne played a major role in them. If he bailed, I was
“What do you want?” I asked.
I prayed he wasn’t going say he wanted a new car or an upscale loft in DC. I
couldn’t afford either of those. So with baited breath, I watched as he leaned
“I want final creative control over my character,” he said. “I want readers to
see the real me. And by the real me, I mean my sensitive, romantic side, not
just the badass wolf shifter who’s always snarling at people and tearing out
We went back and forth for a while, as I pointed out that certain parts of my
envisioned story would require him to…well…snarl and rip out throats. Those
actions defined him as much as his sensitive, romantic side—which I had yet to
see, by the way— and readers would be expecting it.
Clayne didn’t want to disappoint the fans, especially after I showed him a few
reader review comments where it was obvious that they realized he had some
issues in his past.
“Readers have a better understanding of who you are than you think,” I assured
him. “You just need to stay away from the reviews that might be a bit negative.
Those will just eat at you and depress you.”
The dinner went much better after that, mostly because I promised Clayne that
he’d have a final say on each of his scenes in HER LONE
WOLF. As we got down to the job of telling his story, I realized that I’d
definitely only showed one side of Clayne Buchanan in HER PERFECT
MATE. There were so many events in his life that shaped who he is, which I
never knew about. The whole outline for HER LONE
WOLF changed after talking to him.
I think X-OPS fans out there are in for a real treat when they read Clayne’s
book because they’ll get to experience the wolf shifter in a way I don’t think
anyone was expecting. Yeah, he’s still the same Clayne Buchanan who’d rather
punch first and ask questions later, but when he’s with that one special person
(kickass FBI agent Danica Beckett) you’re going to see that he can be as
romantic and sexy as all get out.
I hope all my readers out there love seeing the real Clayne Buchanan as much as
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About HER LONE WOLF
Leaving him was Impossible…
It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away
from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her
distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever
before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing these former lovers into an
uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.
Seeing her again is even worse
The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke
his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want
things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case
and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in
the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back—and there’s no
way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.
About the Author
Tyler is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic
fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on
the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their
dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her
passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who
fall in love with them. Visit her website.
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