Alpha males have a tremendous appeal. They’re strong, brave, even brash, and they don’t take crap from anyone. In urban fantasy and werewolf stories, you’ll almost always find one mentioned, if not featured center stage. The alpha has almost a magical appeal.
Just the word “alpha” can set your scalp tingling and your spine on fire. He’s the man who might not have it all together, but will find a way to pull it off and get what he wants, be it the defeat of the villain or the love of the girl.
But how does he get where he is? What makes an alpha male, and how does he go from the middle of the bunch to the leader of the pack?
This is the theme I explore in my upcoming release, Taint of Shadow. Noah has been happy to let another wolf lead until extraordinary events and unfortunate circumstances evolve him. Evolution’s not easy. The best leaders want nothing to do with being in charge, but know that they’re the best men for the job.
Noah is a fascinating hero. He is, in the words of the song, just a man whose circumstances have gone beyond his control. And his rise to the challenge, his mastery of the wolf within, and his quest to save the woman that he loves from both the forces of darkness and herself is a story that I greatly enjoyed writing.
He won’t give up. He won’t back down. No matter how bad it gets, Noah will be there to pull his pack through.
Taint of Shadow comes out from Cobblestone Press on August 22. The Books page on my site has the cover and a bit of a teaser, and will have an excerpt very soon. Also, the Series page gives you some information about Heart of Darkness, the series that Taint of Shadow belongs to. Check it out!