Black Moon with JD Tyler!

Waving madly at you from the Lair’s cabana bar!

Hey Bandit Buddies, we’re over here.

As you approach you see Suz and her good friend JD Tyler noshing on some steak bruschetta and sipping on mojitos.

Suz: JD and I have been talking about BLACK MOON, her third full length book in the Alpha Pack series. Pull up a chair and join in!

JD, you once told me that if Criss Angel and Adam Lambert had a child it would be Kalen. That was a very graphic visual description and I immediately went, “whoa, bad boy to the mega degree!” So, exactly how did you come up with his character in the scheme of the Alpha Pack world?

JD: I love this question, because I enjoy talking about how Kalen came to be. I recently told USA Today’s Happy Ever After that some characters are created, and some simply stroll from the shadows and take your breath away. Sorcerer/Necromancer/panther shifter Kalen Black from BLACK MOON was like that for me—I didn’t sit down and painstakingly outline his character. When the Alpha Pack team was watching the old cemetery, a young man emerged from the darkness wearing an old, battered leather duster, raven hair falling around his face, surveying the area with kohl-rimmed green eyes that reflected far too much sorrow. And in that moment, I knew I had met a rare, signature character that readers would love and who would define my series for the duration.

Suz: Did you always intend for him to be the misfit in the pack and a linchpin for either their future or their demise? (BTW readers, isn’t that a YUMMY cover?)

JD: From the second Kalen walked into that cemetery, I know he would be a critical character. Until then, I had no idea. The best characters are like that, I think—they simply grab you and refuse to let go!

Suz: In BLACK MAGIC, the e-book novella, you introduced your readers to the burgeoning relationship between Kalen and Mackenzie. How did that affect how you approached their story in Black Moon?

JD: In BLACK MAGIC, Kalen and Mackenzie come together in passion after narrowly escaping an attack by a Sluagh. That night holds repercussions that reach far into BLACK MOON in several ways. One, it leaves Mac with a secret she’s not sure she can share, considering the man she’s falling for dumped her, seemingly without a backward glance. Two, he handed over something very important to Mac in order to protect her, leaving him vulnerable when BLACK MOON begins. The stage has been set for a huge battle, and heartbreak before things get better…

Suz: Kalen had a very rough life even before he was on the streets. Without giving away anything, how did you see Kalen’s struggle in this book?

JD: Kalen’s rough home life growing up, with only his grandmother as his rock, was essential to his emotional development as a grown man struggling to find his place. He finally lands in the Alpha Pack, starts to fall in love with Mackenzie, but even then, with the love and stability he’s always longed for within his grasp, he can’t trust that it’s real.

In BLACK MOON, Kalen is mentally struggling against being seduced to the side of evil by the Unseelie King Malik, and those were among the hardest scenes I’ve ever written. Kalen is a good man losing the battle for his mind, a man who’s never had love and wants it so desperately. He’s fighting against accepting a twisted form of love from a force who’s sweet-talking him, saying all the right things. Now he’ll have to find that core of inner strength that’s always been there, and use it to save everyone he loves.

Suz: Nick is a very interesting character. He’s not only the pack’s leader, he’s also a PreCog. Can you tell the readers what that means and how he deals with his “gift”.

Nick Westfall is the commander of the Alpha Pack, a PreCog (meaning he can sometimes see the future) and a rare born white wolf. He’s very mysterious, outwardly strong yet dealing with several lifetimes of inner agony. He carries the secret of a tragic past, and nobody knows that Nick is actually more than two hundred years old. His gift as a PreCog is more of a burden, and he rarely interferes with the future even when it holds something bad—he interfered once, with horrifying results. He tries to guide without imposing his will when he gets visions, and that’s a razor’s edge for him to tread.

Eventually, Nick’s past will be revealed when it comes back to haunt him…

Suz: So what’s next in the Alpha Pack world?

JD: BLACK MOON releases today, Tuesday, December 4, and I’m so excited! Here’s the blurb:

A group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers combating the greatest dangers in the world. But sometime those dangers are more intimate than they bargained for…

Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts, and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them—one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard.


With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen’s mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen’s child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves. To be with his mate and unborn child, Kalen will have to unleash the full fury of his power, and risk destroying them all…

 JD: Next up in the series is HUNTER’S HEART, the 4th installment in the Alpha Pack series. (Due to be released in late summer/fall 2013) This is Ryon Hunter’s story, and while I don’t have back cover copy yet to share, I can tell readers that 1) A big secret will be revealed involving the Alpha Pack, regarding a question posed back in PRIMAL LAW and 2) this is a “predator” story. It explores the question—what if one of Malik’s and Dr. Gene Bowman’s test subjects, an innocent human man, was an experiment gone wrong and accidentally got unleashed on the world when the labs were destroyed? Can Ryon, Ryon’s mate Daria, and the Pack save this man inside the creature? They’d better hope so. Because the most dangerous predator is the one you can’t see coming…

In spring of 2013, my Sugarland Blue series that centers on the Sugarland, Tennessee Police Department (written as Jo Davis) launches with the novella ARMED AND DANGEROUS in April. The next month, in May 2013 is the first book, SWORN TO PROTECT. Both the novella and full-length book feature the popular Detective Shane Ford, who first appeared in my Firefighters of Station Five series! 

After that, I have two more books under contract—the 5th Alpha Pack book, character and story to be announced, and the 2nd Sugarland Blue book, tentative title HOT PURSUIT (could change). HOT PURSUIT is slated to be Detective Taylor Kayne’s story. Taylor is Shane’s partner in Homicide.


So dear readers, do you like Bad Boys as your heroes? What about Bad Boys attracts you to them? Who is your favorite romance Bad Boy and why?

JD is giving away a signed copy of BLACK MOON to a lucky commenter


 Be sure to come back to the Lair on December 13 when we kick off the annual 12 BANDITA DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! Prizes and recipes every day!! Roosters. Starbucks goodies. Books. Dragons. Books. Cookies. Godiva. Books!! (By Banditas and friends like Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, JD Tyler, Deb Marlowe, Addison Fox and many more!) You know you want the cookies, for sure, so come home to the Lair for the Holidays! Who knows, you might win something, and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun!!

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  • Barb says:

    Back he comes again lol

  • Barb says:

    Congratulations on the book JD

    I don’t mind bad boys as long as they give the females respect … I can’t think of any at the moment lol

  • Fedora says:

    Hi, JD! Bad boys can make fun heroes, as long as they can be redeemed just enough to make them deliciously compliant with the heroine’s desires ;p A bad boy hero can take you for a walk on the wild side, so you don’t necessarily want him to get rid of that entirely!

  • Mary Preston says:

    So long as the bad boys stay on the page & out of my real life I’m happy. They make for decidedly delicious reading. Reckless and daring and devil-may-care.

  • Helen says:

    Hi JD

    This one sounds really good and I have to say I too like Bad Boys especially ones that can be turned around by a great heroine one bad boy that comes to mind is Jonas Merrick From Anna Campbell’s Seven Nights who I do so love him

    Have Fun

  • Hi, JD. Welcome back to the Lair. And congrats on the new book. Man, that Black Moon cover is seriously hot! I feel the need to fan myself. 🙂

    I do like reading about bad boys, especially those that are as sexy as sin.

  • Trish, I have LOVED that cover for months, since the first time I got a peek at it! It’s quite suggestive…(take a close look at the font placement!) 🙂

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome back, JD! Congrats on the new book – sounds fab!

    Oh yeah, there is something about the bad boy that definitely appeals. I think there is something about being a rule-breaker/rebel that appeals to my own rebel/rule-breaker soul 😉

  • leann says:

    Hi! There’s something about the bad boys that are addicting. The leather, boots, motorcycles… anyway, I love your firemen books & this paranormal series. Happy Holidays & Thanks for the giveaway. Leann

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      Leann, I so agree! There’s just something about black leather on a man that gets my motor running…

      Thank you, I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed both of the series! I love writing them. 🙂

    • Hey Leann,

      Welcome to the Lair! Isn’t funny how we like real heroes like Firefighters and Bad boys? There’s just something sexy about both.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey JD! Great to “see” you here in the Lair! Welcome back!

    I do love a bad boy, and probably Cameron from Nora’s Rising Tides series is one of my favs.

    Pass me some of that steak bruchetta! Grins.

    • Here, Jeanne, have some. Brio’s Steak Bruschetta is one of those must haves that JD and I share when we lunch and talk about how our characters, (always the heroes) are driving us crazy. When she was talking about the series the very first time and told me about Kalen, I just knew he was going to be delicious.

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      Thanks, Jeanne! Ooh, I remember Cameron! One of the best heroes. 🙂

  • You know, JD tends to write “good” bad boys. Anyone remember Julian Salvatore from HIDDEN FIRE by Jo Davis?

    Oh, Julian!! Now that man could get my inner bad girl all hot and bothered!

  • Carey S. says:

    Hey J.D. and Suzanne! I’m so glad that the Alpha’s are back and Black Moon was awesome BTW! I’m so giddy to know that there will be a 4 and 5 in the series as well *whew, can relax a bit now*. Anywho, I love Bad Boys, not sure why, well ok I know why but that’s besides the point…..sorry drifted and drooled on the keyboard a bit…..ok back on the real thought path…..ummm my favorite bad boy right now would be Kalen. I know it’s totally cliche but it’s the book I just finished and when a bad boy makes me want to kick his butt and hug him at the same time, well he’s my pick for today. Also it could be the leather and goth look, ummmm love me some fashion forward men *evil grin*. Love ya gals!

    • Hey Carey! Glad to have you stopping by the Lair today.

      Besides their rather rebellious look, I think it’s their outward appearance that nothing the world throws at them is going to bother them and they refuse to conform that appeals to me.

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      Hi Carey! Its good to see you here! Thank you for all your support and shout-outs for the Pack! It means so much to me. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. Thanks for coming by!

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      PS–HUGE thanks for the wonderful reviews you’ve posted of Black Moon!! 🙂

  • May says:

    Love bad boys… I think I love it best when they reform… 🙂

  • One more thought for y’all to consider before I go and get some steroids shot in my feet…(oh yeah looking forward to this)…

    Do we love the bad boys of fiction just because they’re stand alone rebels OR is it because a good writer slowly peels away that outter armor they wear to show us their past and that vulnerability they try so hard to hide?

  • Addison Fox says:


    I’m so excited this book is finally here!!! I’ve been waiting for this one and Kalen (and that cover!!!) are yummy!!!!!


  • Elizabeth H. says:

    Hi J.D.!!! Thanks for the chat yesterday and giving insight on some of your very “lovable” secondary characters!

    I totally love bad boys!! I think it’s their attitude that attracts me the most. You know the, f*ck-the-world-I-don’t-care-what-anyone-else-thinks-I’m-gonna-do-what-I-do attitude. And LOVE their confidence! Plus…they have that dangerous vibe that temps us to find out how “bad” they really are! Congrats on the release and thanks for the chance to win!!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad you could join the chat last night. It was such fun. I love giving readers little tidbits about the characters or upcoming plots. I love writing bad boys, and I have the best job! Thanks for coming by!

    • Hey Elizabeth!

      Welcome to the Lair!

      JD has some very lovable secondary characters…I’m personally waiting to find out about Hammer!! (hint, hint, hint, JD!)

  • sandyg265 says:

    I think bad boys can be fun to read about

  • catslady says:

    I definitely like bad boys in my reading. In real life not so much lol. But they are never boring! It keeps life interesting if not calm lol.

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      I agree, in real life they don’t work like fiction with that beautiful, “I’ll be only as bad as you want me and I worship you” attitude. Hmph! Thank God for books!!

    • Hey Catslady! Always lovely to see you in the Lair!

      You are so right. In real life the BadBoy has way too much baggage, attitude and often danger for the women in their lives. But fiction ones…we can deal with them, can’t we?

  • Minna says:

    I like bad boys in books. Here are 2 of my favorites: Miranda’s Viking by Maggie Shayne and The Return of Luke McGuire by Justine Davis.

  • Caren Crane says:

    JD, welcome back to the Lair! I do love a bad boy character and I think it’s because, at heart, they are all damaged. Life, the world, their families – something – has wounded the poor, misunderstood darlings. They snarl and fight and lash out at everyone except their bestest friend and that heroine they simply can’t shut out. *sigh*

    One of my favorite bad boy heroes is Bentley Rutledge in Liz Carlyle’s The Devil You Know. Another is Ruthveyn from Liz’s One Touch of Scandal. Liz Carlyle knows how to torment a hero, now! I simply adore her books and everyone will be excited to know that Liz is giving away autographed books in our Christmas Day bundle!!!

    Between Liz and JD, the 12 Bandita Days of Christmas will have someone swooning for months to come!

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      Hi Caren! Thanks so much, it’s great to be back! I haven’t read those, but I’ll have to try them.

      I’m glad to be a part of the Bandita 12 Days Of Christmas! More fun!

    • Great Caren!!!

      More books for my TBR and Christmas wish lists!!!

      Which reminds me, my kids and hubby have been asking me what I want!

  • Welcome back, JD, and congrats on such a busy year! That’s an amazing cover.

    Favorite bad boy of romance? Hmmm. Maybe it’s cheating to pick Eve Dallas’s Roarke, but I’d have to say he’s my favorite.

    • Hey Nancy!

      JD has such drool worthy covers, as you RENEGADE is drool worthy, too!

      I have to confess that I’ve not read any of the JD Robb books, so have had to take everyone’s word on Roarke.

    • J.D. Tyler says:

      Hi Nancy, Thank you so much! I do love that cover! 🙂

      I’ve never read any of the Eve Dallas books. I know, I should try them!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi J.D.! Congrats on another new book. I do love that cover! Yum!

    I have a soft spot for bad boys so long as they’re not too bad. 😉 I

  • Beth Andrews says:

    So glad to have you with us again, JD! Congrats on the new release – sounds fabulous *g*

    I’m a big fan of a bad boy hero but more so for a lost soul. I guess I just love my guys a bit tortured 😉

  • Hi JD,
    I’m so excited about this book! I love your series! As far as bad boys in books go, yep I love them. But only in the books. 🙂 And they have to reform in some way. Looking forward to reading about Kalen!

  • J.D. Tyler says:

    Hi Karilyn! Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy Kalen’s story! He’s a favorite of mine. 🙂

    Thanks for coming by!

  • Cassondra says:

    I’m sorry I’m late!

    JD, welcome back. Bad Boys make the BEST heroes I think.

    And that new cover…good GRIEF. I just want to lick it.


    This guy sounds right up my alley.

  • donnas says:

    I do, they make great heroes. One of my favs is Bones.

    Sounds like a fantastic book thanks for sharing!!

  • Barbara Elness says:

    I love Bad Boys as heroes because they’re so much fun to reform – or at least partially tame. 😀 My favorite romance Bad Boy is Jeaniene Frost’s Bones, because he’s so fierce and powerful, but treats Cat with such tenderness and love and protects her with his life.

  • gamistress66 says:

    book sounds good, congrats on its release — but even more so on that yummy cover. I mean Yummy! I can’t help but want to enjoy it some more 😉 that will help give me pleasant dreams tonight 😉