Back Cover Blurb for 'Edge of Danger':
Saige Buchanan travels the world studying her dark past, guided by a strange gift that enables physical objects to tell her their secrets. Yet nothing can protect her from her family's sadistic enemies. Until—in her hour of greatest need—she encounters a mysterious, impossibly sexy shape-shifter.
Sent to find the woman whose darkness has yet to awaken, Michael Quinn battles his primal hunger for Saige. He alone can help her lay claim to her full powers. Yet in doing so, he will destroy her innocence, and mark her as his forever….
Joining me today is Rhyannon Byrd, who has agreed to let me pick her brain for answers with regards to her Primal Instinct Series and the secrets it hides within its pages.
Welcome Rhyannon to Lovin' Me Some Romance!
First, congratulations on the amazing book covers. Truly, they were what initially drew my eye and followed quickly by my pocketbook when I discovered the refreshing twists you've created with the current paranormal myths. While it's no secret that I love my vampires, I must say that I was extremely interested in reading a different offering within the genre. Can tell me a little about the behind the scenes and what inspired you to write the Primal Instinct Series? Did you intentionally set out to create something "out of the box"?
Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your blog and for the congrats on the Primal Instinct covers! :) I couldn’t be happier with them, and I can’t wait to see what the Harlequin Art Dept. comes up with for the second trilogy. I’ve already submitted the cover art forms for Books 4-6, so I’m on pins and needles waiting to see them!
When I set out to write the Primal Instinct series, it was my hope that I would be able to create something that was different from anything I’d done before. I love vampires and shape-shifters, so it was important to me that I keep them a part of this new world—but I really wanted to use this series to push myself and see just what my imagination could come up with that really was “out of the box.” :) I began with a familiar paranormal concept, saying that shape-shifters and vampires do live hidden among us…and then took it a step further, asking myself, “But what if there was something more?” And once I asked that question, the world of the ancient clans began to take shape. I loved exploring the idea of making these familiar paranormal species part of a greater whole that included a broad range of other, often unique races. Though we’ve met some of them already, like the Merrick and the Casus, there are still others that will be introduced as the series continues, and I hope readers will find them as fascinating as I do!
The Merrick, while inherently good and a physical and mental aspect of your hero/heroines, again, is very unique to the paranormal romance genre. Although it drinks blood, the classification of vampire doesn't really fit, in my opinion. I also didn't particularly see it as a shape-shifter but rather a "hulked" out human, if that makes any sense. Can you clarify what the Merrick is and how it's unique attributes make it such an effective killer of it's nemesis, the Casus? Also, does it's abilities differ in male vs. female?
Although they do drink blood and experience a change in their physical appearance when their “primal blood” rises within them, the Merrick are, like you’ve said, different from the vampires and shape-shifters in the series. They are part of the same collection of non-human races referred to as the “ancient clans,” but unlike the shape-shifters, the Merrick do not change into or manifest characteristics of a specific animal. Instead, their human-looking bodies can go into Merrick form, which is different for the males and females of the species. Although Saige, the heroine in EDGE OF DANGER, has fangs in her Merrick form, her physical appearance doesn’t alter like her brothers’. Her face doesn’t change shape, with her nose flattening as her bones expand, and she doesn’t have talons or bulk up with heavy layers of muscle. She does, however, find that her senses become much sharper, and she also becomes considerably stronger. There’s also a bit of a difference in the way that the males and females of the species feed, which you’ll learn more about in Saige’s story. ;) And when it comes to the Casus, it was the Merrick’s physical size and strength that made them such a favorite of the Casus’s, their deaths providing a greater rush of power and pleasure than many of the other species. The original Merrick were some of the most physically powerful of the ancient clans, and it’s that strength that gives their awakening bloodlines the ability to face off so successfully against the Casus in battle.
Ian Buchanan, hero of 'Edge of Hunger', was terrified of releasing the Merrick and it bled upon the relationship with his heroine. How will his sister, Saige, handle her own darkness within and the releasing of the Merrick?
Unlike Ian, Saige has always been a believer, and so she faces the awakening of her inner Merrick in a completely different manner than her eldest brother. Saige has devoted her entire life to learning as much as she can about the Merrick, fully prepared to embrace her destiny when the time comes. She knows that feeding from a lover won’t kill him, and she’s prepared to do so…when she finds the right man. Although she’s smart enough to understand the dangers that now surround her, she doesn’t fear her awakening on a personal level in the way that her brothers do. Instead, her fear comes from what she suspects the awakening of the Merrick bloodlines will mean for the world, since it also means the return of the Casus.
Little has been revealed about Quinn, Saige's hero in 'Edge of Danger', other than the fact that he's a shape-shifter and he works for the Consortium. Can you give us any hints about his character and Saige's impact on him?
Like many of his friends, Quinn is a man with a past that continues to haunt him. Without giving too much away, I can tell you that he’s spent the past five years doing his best to shut himself down emotionally. When he meets Saige, it’s like being shocked back to life, and he finds himself torn between a desperate craving for closeness with her, and the fear of what he’ll become if he allows himself to lower his guard. He knows that it would be madness to fall for the female Merrick—and yet, his need for her is unlike anything he’s ever experienced. Although he does everything he can to ignore the driving needs of his body, giving her the cold shoulder proves impossible, even for a man as shut down as Quinn. He is like a wild animal who’s been chained by his own distrustful nature and fear of being hurt, who suddenly finds the key to his freedom in the last place he expects to make such a stunning discovery. Saige’s fiery, tempestuous nature is the perfect antidote to Quinn’s stifled emotional state, making it impossible for him to keep his distance. He’s a man who wants desperately to love and be loved, but is afraid of making himself vulnerable…until he discovers that instead of a weakness, his love for Saige is actually his greatest strength. I had such a wonderful time with Quinn’s character, and I really hope you guys will love him as much as I do!
The Consortium is a very secretive organization charged with watching and the collection of data on paranormal activity throughout the world. While it played a fairly significant role in 'Edge of Hunger' there still seemed to be a lot that has yet to be unveiled. Due to the fact that Quinn is a member, will 'Edge of Danger' be exploring more of the Consortium's purposes?
I’ve tried to make it so that each book reveals a bit more about the world of the ancient clans, so readers will definitely learn more about the Consortium with each installment. In Book 2, more is revealed about the interaction between the Watchmen and the Consortium, as well as the Collective Army, whose mission it is to hunt down and kill those who aren’t human. We also learn that Quinn’s Watchmen unit has been put under judicial review by the Consortium for choosing to interfere in the brewing war between the awakening Merrick and the Casus. As the series continues, the Watchmen will be forced to take a closer look at their relationship with the Consortium and make some important decisions about the future of their organization.
Congratulations on contracting three more books in the Primal Instinct series! And once again they'll be releasing back to back starting April 2010. What will be the focus of these next installments?
Thanks! I’m thrilled to say that the next trilogy is going to continue the series with stories about the Watchmen. I’m currently working on Book 4, which is shape-shifter Aiden Shrader’s story, and the title is TOUCH OF SEDUCTION. Book 5 will be Kierland Scott’s story, and Book 6 will be about his brother Kellan. Not only do we see more of the shape-shifters in this trilogy, but we also meet the Granger brothers, who are Deschanel vampires, and I’m getting such a kick out of their characters. ;) As the fight against the Casus intensifies, there is also a new evil creeping out of the shadows, its intent to not only destroy the Watchmen…but to spread the war across each of the clans. I’m hoping to have some more information about the trilogy up at my website in the next few months, so I hope everyone will stop by when they have the time. There’s going to be a Cast of Characters and a Glossary of Terms posted for the series, along with some special sneak peeks into Aiden’s story. I hope you guys will enjoy them! :)
And before I go, I just want to give a big THANKS to VampFanGirl for inviting me to stop by! I had a wonderful time!!!
All the best,
A BIG thank you again to Rhyannon for taking the time to answer all my questions. If you'd like more information on her wonderful Primal Instinct Series you can visit Rhyannon at her website HERE.
Release Date: June 1, 2009
Back Cover Blurb:
Sheriff Riley Buchanan is a good man…but a man possessed. Plagued by vicious and uncontrollable impulses, he lives in fear of surrendering to real love. Even after years apart, he still craves one woman, Hope Summers, above all others, and will do anything to protect her from harm—even tempt fate.
Hope is a woman with her own secrets. For months she has eluded her abusive ex-husband, a ruthless creature who won't rest until Hope and her kind are destroyed. Hope's fantasies are still haunted by Riley, the one man who might help her, and the man whose searing touch she cannot forget. But surrendering to their long-denied passion could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear….
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