Monday, January 30, 2012

An Alpha's Path by Carrie Ann Ryan: Author Interview

Carrie Ann Ryan, author of An Alpha's Path (Redwood Pack #1), is here today and I am so grateful to have been able to interview her for my readers!  Thanks go out to Marissa over at Sizzling PR for allowing me to take part in this tour.

About the Author:

Carrie Ann Ryan is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She love meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. Email her at 

About the Novel:

Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she's to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date - a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she's to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – but he is more than what he appears and Melanie's analytical mind goes into overdrive.

Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?

Author Interview:

Thanks for having me today!

What book are you reading now?

At the moment I am reading Shiloh Walker’s The Departed. I LOVE her as an author.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I just started reading Cassandra Carr and have found her to be a great new talent.

What are your current projects?

At the moment I’m doing the final touches on copy edits on book 2 in the Redwood Pack Series, A Taste for a Mate. This is the follow up to An Alpha’s Path and is Jasper’s story. It will be out in Feb of this year.

I’m also finishing up book 3 in the series, Trinity Bound. This is Reed’s story and should be out this spring.

And finally I’m starting a new series, Dante’s Circle and the book 1 of it, Dust of My Wings. 
Both series will have a total of seven books – so it’s been great fun working on them.  And daunting LOL

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My critique group Rom Critters. Through them I’ve learned so much. People like Leia Shaw, Gina and Lia Davis have been so supportive and amazing – I’m so lucky to have them in my life.

Do you see writing as a career?

I’m just starting and hope to have it as my sole career one day. But I also love my day job. It all depends on what happens – but I’m putting everything into my work. I’d love to be able to share more with my readers.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Maybe make it into a full length novel, but I’m happy with it. I wouldn’t have published it I wasn’t.
An Alpha’s Path is a novella, but the rest of the books in both of my series are full length novels.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’m a rabid romance reader. I’ve read over 5000 books and love the genre. After reading so much I started to get ideas for my own books and started there. It’s been an interesting journey to say the least.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure! Here is an excerpt from An Alpha’s Path:

Melanie sat at her table and checked her watch. He was only three minutes late. That didn’t mean he was going to stand her up. Right? He just wasn’t a perpetually early person like her. It wasn’t evidence that they weren’t compatible.

Compatible? Gawd. She needed another drink. This was just for one night. One night only – if he even showed.

She let out a deep breath and was about to order another drink when she caught sight of an absolutely gorgeous specimen of man.

His body towered over six feet with wide shoulders and a trim waist. The kind of guy displayed on one of those silly romance novel covers. Dark brown, almost black hair, that barely reached his shoulders begged for her hands to tangle in them. A few luscious locks fell into his eyes.
Those eyes.

Deep green eyes set under dark lashes. Pools of jade, swallowing her whole. They were piercing and shifted throughout the room, taking in his surroundings. Yet it felt as though he never let his eyes leave her. Oh my. Mel fanned her face before blushing when she realized what she was doing. Damn he was beautiful.

He practically prowled through the room drawing the attention of almost every woman and even some of the men. An almost animalistic wave of seduction ebbed from him.


Please, if there was a God, let this be the mysterious Kade Jamenson. Please. Larissa didn’t give her a picture or description of his looks as she said it would ruin the moment of first meeting. Melanie hadn’t agreed when she read that, but if this were Kade she would take back anything bad she ever thought about her best friend.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding time to make sure I’m happy. Between my hubby, two kitties, work and writing, I sometimes to forget to spend time on myself. But I’m working on it.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have too many and I honestly can’t decide.  Shiloh Walker – she’s so in-depth and different. I love her.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not yet – but I plan to!

Who designed the covers?

Leia Shaw - - She’s my crit partner and amazing!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Making sure I didn’t have a happy ending on the first page! I wanted Mel and Kade to be together so much I forced myself to step a back and listen to what they were actually saying – and not what my dreamy mind wanted!

Thanks so much for having me here today!!

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