Guest Author Crissy Smith

Please welcome guest author Crissy Smith to the Cafe!

Put a hot wolf shifter detective together with a sassy human EMT and sparks will fly.

The description above is the best way I think to introduce you to Cooper and Julie, the two main characters of Pack Balance: Were Chronicles Book 13.

The Were Chronicles first started in 2009 and we’re now up to book 13. To keep the stories fresh and the characters lovable, each Were Chronicles will share with you a different romance and plot between a man and woman. Each pairing is different as some are shifters, some are human, and the books even have a few shifters that don’t have the ability to shift. Yes, you read that right! Some of the characters in my Were Chronicles series can actually feel the wolf trapped inside them but do not have the ability to transform into their shifter selves.

Were Chronicles Series Blurb

Hot Alpha males and feisty females set the pages on fire as they clash and struggle to belong and find that one special mate.

Shape-shifters who cannot shift, attacks on packs, coming out to the world, The Were Chronicles will take you through the lives of Pack members who fight for who and what they want.

Nothing is more sacred then the one person who completes them.

Through betrayals and lies these strong willed females and fully dominant males must find a way to protect what’s really important. Love.

Cooper and Julie are such strong characters that they’ve grabbed a place in my heart. Cooper loves being a shifter in a world where he no longer has to hide. He’s tough and uses his shifter abilities to protect those around him. Julie is sweet and caring but can also hold her own against threats and bullies. These two explode together and there is more than sparks that fly—there’re bullets too.

Wow, I can’t tell you how much fun I have writing about these characters and all my characters. While I always try to have tons of action and adventure, a strong plot, and great chemistry involving the secondary characters, what holds all my stories together is the romantic relationship. The struggle or battle to find their soul mate is what these books are really about. We just have to get past the bad guys to reach the exciting climax!

So if you’re looking for more than your usual shifter stories, I hope you’ll give my books a try. You can celebrate the release of Pack Balance by starting there or go back to the beginning of the series.

Pack Balance CoverPack Balance Blurb:

She must learn to balance her human nature with his wolf.

Julie Sullivan made a horrible mistake. She left the man she loved when she learned about his shifter abilities. Now she’s back in Clear Creek and she is determined to win him back.

Cooper Grainger is working hard trying to find the people responsible for the illegal drug that is killing the shifters of his city. He’s closing in on his suspect when he runs into the one woman who can bring him to his knees.

But just when Julie and Cooper finally come together to try to get back the time they lost, Cooper’s enemies strike. Cooper must trust his friends and family to keep the woman he loves safe. Julie must accept Cooper as his true self—half man and half wolf. Will they succeed or will evil prevail?

Here is a sneak peek at what you’ll be reading:

Excerpt from Pack Balance:

“Stop! Police!” Cooper Grainger shouted as he followed his suspect down the fire escape.

Of course, the idiot didn’t stop. Instead, the skinny moron glanced over his shoulder at Cooper, stumbling when he saw how close Cooper was. His eyes widened almost comically, and if Cooper wasn’t trying to intimidate the man he would have laughed. At six foot tall and a solid mass of muscle, Cooper felt like he was chasing down a kid instead of the thirty-five-year-old junkie. The drugs and alcohol Kenny had consumed most of his life had taken a toll on his physique. He couldn’t have weighed more than a hundred twenty pounds. He was severely underweight.

“Come on, Kenny!” Cooper yelled. “You know I’m going to catch you.”

They were almost at ground level. The four flights down hadn’t affected Cooper but Kenny was rasping and panting. Cooper stomped down in his black, beat to hell combat boots. He wore his usual uniform of faded jeans and a black T-shirt. Tonight he’d included a tactical vest, just in case someone decided to take a shot at him.

He knew his appearance sent fear into the men and women who were dragging his city into the gutters. He used it to his advantage as often as possible and the full impact when dressed like he was added to his dangerous stature. The creeps that he’d been dealing with lately needed a good scare. Cooper was determined to bring them all down.

“You’re just making this harder on yourself,” Cooper shouted at Kenny.

“Screw you, Grainger!” Kenny screeched. He turned his head again, causing him to miss the next step. Kenny shrieked as his arms flailed, and he went crashing down.

Cooper slowed, watching him fall. It wasn’t far enough to injure Kenny, but it would put an end to his stupid escape attempt.

Cooper stopped following and stood with his hands on his hips as Kenny lay sprawled on the ground at the feet of his partner. Josiah Burns looked up at Cooper with a familiar smirk.

“He ran?” Josiah asked in his deep southern drawl.

“He ran.”

Shaking his head, Josiah reached down and hauled Kenny to his feet. “Really, man? Every time?”

“I didn’t do nothing,” Kenny claimed, but his eyes were darting all around nervously.

Cooper had worked too long in the narcotics department of the Clear Creek, Missouri Police Department not to know the signs of a lying suspect. “Three dead.” Cooper stepped closer to where Josiah was holding Kenny up. “We want to know what new shit has hit the streets.”

“I don’t know!” Kenny wailed. “I swear!”

“Then why did you run?” Josiah asked, shaking him.

“I see cops and I run. It’s like…built in,” Kenny claimed.

Cooper met his partner’s gaze. The look that passed between them was one that had been practiced over many years. Kenny wasn’t being completely honest and they both knew it. While Josiah just had a really good ability to read people, Cooper used his wolf shifter senses to pick up on the signs that Kenny was showing and trying to hide. The nervousness and desperation was a bitter scent to his nose. They’d busted Kenny many times over the years, and while he did always try to escape, he was more anxious this time. Sometimes Kenny even gave them tips. The fact that he hadn’t even hesitated before taking off told Cooper a lot.

He growled, leaning his face closer to Kenny’s.

“Okay, okay. Maybe I heard some stuff,” Kenny said as he held his hands up. “But I don’t have nothing to do with any of it.”

Cooper didn’t bother correcting Kenny’s grammar. Kenny was actually more together than most of the poor souls that had given their lives over to drugs. “Why don’t you tell me and I’ll decide how involved you are.”

“Sure, man, I’ll do that,” Kenny promised.

Cooper didn’t like the way his eyes rolled from side to side. Breathing deeply, he concentrated on the scents around him. Not an easy thing to do with the stink of the dumpster mixed with piss and vomit from the back of the bar.

There… He could smell someone approaching. He jerked his chin at his partner. “Backup?” Cooper asked Kenny.

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Crissy Smith photoCrissy 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.

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