Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review: Designated Alpha by Crissy Smith

From Crissy Smith: Creating the world around Designated Alpha

Hi everyone! 
Thank you so much for having me over here at Bookaholic Confessions (I love the name of this blog) and for taking part of day three of my Blog Tour. 
I would like to take a minute to introduce you to my newest release Designated Alpha and tell you a little about how I created the world in which it is set.
I’ve been asked before if my writing process has me building my paranormal world around the characters or vice versa. 
My only answer to that question is that it depends on the story I’m writing. Both my series’—the Were Chronicles and the Shifter Chronicles—I created the world first and added in the characters I wanted to write about later. 
In the case of Designated Alpha, the characters came first.
Even though Designated Alpha is packed with action and adventure the two main characters, Piper and Jace, are what moves the story along as they face obstacles and fight for survival. I outlined Piper and Jace, wrote about their personalities, and what struggles they’d go through before I started on the world building for the backdrop.
Designated Alpha follows Piper as she and Jace try to figure out what the fact she is being able to transform means for them. 
There are four major settings which are important to the story. Their house and the beach that surrounds them, the bar Jace owns, the building they travel to in search for answers, and finally the place where they end up. 
Each location is important to the story and shows the progression in not only Piper’s abilities but the relationship growth between Piper and Jace. Add in secondary characters that almost steal the show and the novel comes together wonderfully.
If you’re looking for a high paced, adrenaline filled, sexy romance I really hope you’ll give Designated Alpha a try today!

Piper’s happily ever after has been postponed. Destiny is funny like that.
In Last Call, Piper Maxwell revealed her true self to her mate, Jace Anderson. After fighting to survive the night on which her biggest secret was exposed, Piper believed she’d get her happily ever after. Too bad fate had other plans.
Jace would do anything to protect Piper. Finding out who and what Piper truly is seems like the best way to help. Unbeknown to Jace, though, the more he seeks answers, the bigger the risk he’s putting Piper and himself in.
All Piper wanted was to run the bar Jace owned and make her home with the man she loves. Now she’s being stalked by a scared young man, Jace’s best friend is looking into her past while staying with them, and they have a meeting with a stranger who shares Piper’s abilities. Things are changing rapidly and Piper finds herself struggling to understand what is really going on with her.
Nothing is what it appears to be as Piper and Jace are captured and held hostage. The only way they’ll be able to survive this time is if Piper can keep her newest and largest secret yet from the man who holds their lives in his hands. 
Publisher's Note: This book follows the events in Last Call by Crissy Smith and is best read in sequence.

She must have dozed off because she woke with Jace gently shaking her. She huffed and stretched before opening her eyes and peering around. Bobby was lying across Mitch’s legs as the big man continued to rub his belly.
They both looked very at ease in their position.
“Are you ready to shift back so we can eat some lunch?” Jace asked.
She was hungry and knew that Jace planned to have a barbeque. She stood and nudged Bobby to join her. Bobby happily trotted behind her as she took him back to where they’d left their clothes. Jace and Mitch followed behind at a slower pace.
It didn’t take long for them to return to the clearing. Hopefully Bobby would follow her lead to transform but if not she could change first then talk him though the process.
When she dropped to the ground, Bobby copied her. That was good. It looked like he was going to try.
Closing her eyes, she let her body take over and gave herself to the conversion. Her arms and legs were still quivering when she was done.
She pushed the hair away from her face and skimmed her gaze over Bobby as he returned to human form. “You okay?”

You’re the first ones to get such a close look at the scene that changes things for Piper. This short excerpt is about to open the possibilities to Piper and what she’ll need to become to save the people she loves. So don’t forget Designated Alpha is now available and you can pick up your copy today!
Thanks once again for having me!

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About Crissy Smith:

Crissy Smith lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, and three Labrador retrievers. The three dogs love to curl up under her computer desk and nap while she writes. It doesn't leave a lot of room for her but what's a woman to do?
When not writing or reading, she enjoys hunting, camping and shooting. But she has a girly side too and is addicted to pedicures and coffee.
She has been writing since she was a teenager and still loves everything to do with the paranormal. Her stories and characters all have a place in her heart. She loves the alpha male, the dominant werewolf, or the Master vampire which find their way in most of her books.
Learn more about the characters she has created at her website where they have their very own page. It will be updated from time to time to let you know what's going on with them. Also you can find out who will be in the next book.
Paranormal Romance on the ‘WILD’ side

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