The Phoenix Pack Series, Book One
FIRST PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 19, 2013.
When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks. Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.
The Phoenix Pack Series, Book Two
PUBLISHED APRIL 16, 2013
For years, wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has harbored a not-so-secret crush on gorgeous Dante Garcea. But the time has come for Jaime to face facts: despite her best efforts, Dante just isn’t interested. And that’s probably for the best. The last thing Jaime needs is for anyone—particularly Dante—to find out about her little “problem.” The one that haunts her past and threatens to destroy her and everyone she loves…
As the pack Beta, workaholic Dante Garcea doesn’t have time for distractions—especially the kind promised by Jaime Farrow. It’s all he can do to keep her at arm’s length and his desire at bay. Yet when her flirtations abruptly end, Dante becomes suspicious. She’s hiding something, something big, and unless he can convince her to trust him, their entire pack could be in danger. He knows hot-headed Jaime will resist him…but Dante never takes no for an answer you.
The Phoenix Pack Series, Book Three
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 11, 2014
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.
Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.
Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
The Phoenix Pack Series, Book Four
PUBLISHED APRIL 7, 2015
It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that’s intoxicating…and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right—nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.
No matter how aloof and unfazed Roni acts, Marcus can tell she wants him. When a brutal attack by a jackal pack forces them to work together, it’s the perfect opportunity for Marcus to chip away at her defenses—until he falls into his own trap, completely unprepared for the intensity of their connection. Roni is the only one who’s ever seen past his shifter charm and discovered the man hiding beneath it. And for Marcus, claiming Roni once will mean needing her forever.
The Phoenix Pack Series, Book Five
PUBLISHED MAY 3, 2016
She’s a lone wolf with a cause.
As a volunteer at a shelter for lone shifters—the same one that rescued her—Makenna Wray has dedicated her life to finding homes for its residents. And when she discovers that a teen in her care is related to Ryan Conner, the broody, handsome-as-sin enforcer of the Phoenix Pack, she’s eager to help connect the two. She just wasn’t prepared to feel a connection of her own.
Lone wolves are loners for a reason—and most of them bad. Or so Ryan assumes until he meets the mysterious Makenna. Quirky and sensual, she seems to enjoy riling him, especially when she refuses to discuss her past. Although there is no mating bond, he’s sure she’s the one. All he has to do is be patient and wait. But when another pack’s sinister Alpha comes sniffing around, threatening Makenna and her shelter, this enforcer is ready to let his wolf off the leash…
The Phoenix Pack Series, Book Six
PUBLISHED June 13, 2017
When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.
Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.
As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.
10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE PHOENIX PACK SERIES
- Taryn was very nearly called ‘Sofia’. Sometimes when a character comes to life in my head, they develop a name too, but not always. Names can come to me easily, but with Taryn, nothing seemed to suit this bold character. It’s a little like when you’re trying to remember a person’s name – you can picture their face so clearly in your mind, but you just can’t remember their name. So, I flicked through a book of baby names and came across ‘Sofia’. I liked it, I thought, ‘yeah, that will work…but it just didn’t. Annoyed with myself and desperate to get writing, I was going to stick to Sofia just so that I could begin. But then I decided to flick through the pages once more…and there was Taryn. That easily, I knew it was the name for her. And so ‘Taryn Warner’ was officially born.
My intention when I fleshed out Trey’s character was for him to be telepathic. But two chapters into the story, it didn’t feel ‘right’. Also, I already had a male telepathic character in my Deep in Your Veins series, so I decided against it.
There was originally an additional character in the pack: a female enforcer. But she was too argumentative and could never have warmed up to Taryn – I already had a character like that in Greta. As such, either the enforcer or Greta had to go. I decided to keep Greta.
‘Feral Sins’ was almost titled ‘Mating Taryn’, but I changed my mind at the last minute.
Halfway through ‘Wicked Cravings’, my muse went hyperactive and suddenly the plot sprouted into three different possibilities. I couldn’t decide which one to choose, so I had to write a few chapters for each path just to see which worked best.
After developing the Beta male’s character, I gave him the name ‘Donnell’. But three chapters into the story, I started to call him ‘Dante’ without even realizing it until I’d proofread that chapter. Deciding I liked Dante better, I kept it.
Most of the characters that come into my head aren’t well-developed to begin with, but there have been exceptions. Taryn Warner was almost totally fleshed out. Jaime Farrow, who became Beta female in ‘Wicked Cravings’, was as equally well-developed – complete with a traumatized wolf. I thought, ‘Crap, how am I gonna make sure she’s cured at some point? I can’t have her dying on me.’ But although the story progressed, I had absolutely no answer. It wasn’t until chapter 19, when Jaime’s wolf had finally surfaced and was badly deteriorating, that the answer popped into my head. So I literally spent almost the entire book having no fricking clue how I was going to make sure that Jaime didn’t die.
When I began writing ‘Wicked Cravings’, my plan was for the following book to be Tao’s story. The thing about my characters, though, is that they seem to come forward when they’re ready – you probably think that sounds weird, I’m totally with you on that one. But as ‘Wicked Cravings’ developed, Tao wasn’t pushing for a voice at all, whereas Shaya was coming through loud and clear.
Nick Axton was only meant to be a minor character in ‘Feral Sins’. I hadn’t had any plans whatsoever to use him as a main character at any point, anywhere. But his presence lingered at the corner of my mind as I continued the series…and now he has his own story with Shaya, ‘Carnal Secrets’. Odd how things work out.
I had intended for Nick’s bodyguard, Derren, to die protecting Nick during the battle in ‘Feral Sins’. However, something stopped me. For a reason I didn’t understand, the idea of Derren dying bugged me…it didn’t feel ‘right’. So I kept him alive. I’m so glad I did, because he’s one of the main characters in ‘Carnal Secrets’ and I really enjoyed writing about him.