Carla from BOOK MONSTER REVIEWS and Michelle from LITERAL ADDICTION were given a rare honor, the chance to meet and interview the 7 current members of the top-secret military team, ALPHA PACK.
Carla: O.K, that was interesting. What do you think we’ve gotten ourselves into?
Michelle: No worries. SOP. After all, we’re here to talk to a top secret military team of ex-Navy SEAL wolf-shifters (oh, and one puddy tat).
Carla: [Gives a ½ smile] Psychics, magical Shifters, and don’t forget….
[The door at the far side of the room opens, effectively cutting Carla off, and in walk 7 of the most delicious men we have ever seen. While we try to hide our immediate reaction to such a sight and keep from making ourselves look like idiots, we notice that each one of them has an individual and distinct aura and draw about them. We also note that every last one of them oozes sensuality and sex appeal, almost to a suffocating degree.]
[The first man to enter is a little older than the others. He has short black hair and deep blue eyes. He smiles a killer smile and approaches us while the other 6 take seats on the furniture and pool table surrounding where the two of us had parked ourselves upon entry. He introduces himself first, gives us a little bit of info on who (and what) he is, and then continues on indicating the other guys in a counter-clockwise direction letting each of them do likewise.]
Nick (Westfall): Hello, ladies! I’m Nick and I lead this group of idiots. [This earns a round of good-natured protest from the others.] I’ve been commander of the Alpha Pack team for about six months, ever since the former leader was killed along with some of the other men. I’m a white wolf, and unlike the others I was born a shifter, not turned. I’m also an Empath and a PreCog—I can sense others’ emotions and I sometimes see events before they happen.
[Jaxon looks surprised at Nick mentioning the massacre, but quickly recovers, addressing Carla and Michelle politely. Jax is a sexy man with spiky black hair, a bad-boy goatee, and blue eyes. And he has an amazing scrolled tat that goes up one arm and disappears under his sleeve. Too bad we can’t see the rest…]
[He gestures to a handsome man with long, auburn hair.]
Aric (Savage): Well, I was in the SEALs with Jax, Zan, and Ryon. I’m not known for my charm—[the others heartily agree]—so I’ll leave the finesse to them. I can start fires and I’m a Telekinetic. Wonder Boy here is the cool one of the bunch, though. [He hitches a thumb at Kalen.]
Kalen (Black): Me? I don’t know about that. I’m a Sorcerer and a Necromancer, and my animal is a black panther, but I’m still the newbie. I’ve been on my own since I was practically a kid on the streets, so this team thing is new to me.
Hammer: You’re doin’ all right, kid.
Kalen: Thanks, man.
[They bump knuckles.]
Hammer: My turn? What’s to know? I’m former FBI, and I’m a grey wolf—a born shifter, not made. I’m also a Tracer, which means I can translocate. You know, zap myself someplace else in a few second’s time. It’s handy in a battle, I can tell you that.
Jax: This might be a good time to spill your real name.
Hammer [winking]: Nice try. Ain’t gonna happen. Zan?
Zander (Cole): I’m a Healer and a black wolf. Like Kalen, my growing up years were hard, and I was outcast from my family because of my “unnatural” ability to heal wounds. I met Jax, Aric, and Ryon in the SEALs, and was attacked and turned wolf along with them.
Ryon (Hunter): Man, that was hell, waking up to find out we were changed forever. I’m a silver wolf. I’ve always been a Channeler, or someone who can see and occasionally talk to the dead, but this frigging “gift” got much worse after I was turned. I think that’s true for all of us.
Carla: [Shifting slighting on the loveseat, fluffing hair and smiling to crowd] O.K, well, it’s incredibly nice to meet all of you! I’m Carla, I run Book Monster Reviews blog. [Indicates Michelle with a gesture] This is…
Michelle: [Nudges Carla with an elbow] Hey, I’m right here, I can tell them! [Smiles] I’m Michelle, and I’m ‘Pack Alpha’ of LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club... [Laughs nervously]
[Saving Michelle from herself, Carla cuts back in]
Carla: We’d love it if we could ask each of you a couple questions today so that our readers can get to know the men behind ALPHA PACK a little bit better. Would that be alright?
Nick: Sure, that’s why we’re here.
Carla: Great, thanks. We’d like to talk to the Original Team Members first, those of you that were part of the Navy SEAL group that established ALPHA PACK. First, just to break the ice, to all of you…How many times have you heard the stupid joke about “How can a wolf be a seal?”
Jaxon [grinning]: Can’t say I’ve heard that one. But we found out a SEAL can become a wolf. Or, I’ve got it! A wolf walks into a bar—
Ryon: Don’t bother, man. You’re not that funny. [Ignores the one-fingered salute from his friend.]
Michelle: Ryon, I’m sure you’ve been asked this a million times, but have you ever seen the movie The 6th Sense? [Laughs a bit] In all seriousness though, what’s it like having that particular psychic talent?
Ryon: Can I just be honest? It sucks. These guys all have really cool abilities, but of the whole team, mine happens to be the one I have absolutely no control over. Aric can start fires and move stuff, Jax can bend time and touch an object to get a reading on the past, but me—
Aric [smirking]: Bitch, bitch.
Ryon: Shut up, needledick. Anyway, it’s tough being able to see the dead and not always understand what they want. And even if I do, I can’t always help them.
Carla: Aric, so, we hear that you’re an incredible pilot. Are you part of the mile-high club? I’m just kidding! You don’t have to answer that (unless of course you want to!). [Gives a cheeky smile] You seemed to huff and snuffle when each of the guys so far has talked about their talents. What’s up? Not likin’ your telekinesis and fire starting abilities? What would you rather have?
Aric [waggling his brows]: Hey sweet thing, I have frequent flyer miles! Want to hop aboard? Kidding, mostly. Oh, my abilities are okay, I guess. It’s how we got turned into wolves that’s kind of hard to deal with sometimes. I was used to my abilities, and then as an adult, I got thrown into the furry world. [shrugs] I’m over it, pretty much. If I could do anything else, though, I’d rather be a PreCog like Nicky. I think it would be cool to know the future.
Nick [seriously]: Trust me, it’s not, and you wouldn’t.
Michelle: Jaxon, can I call you Jax? I love that name. [Shyly smiles] You must tell me more about this Time Bending ability you have. I find it incredibly fascinating.
Jax: Thanks. It’s cool, but it’s something I don’t use unless I absolutely have to. I can bend back time by just a few minutes, but there can be dangers. Not only does changing past events have potentially serious consequences for the individuals involved, doing so causes a rift in time that snaps back into place when the events catch up with the present. It’s physically disorienting and the effects on the universe in general are unknown.
Carla: Zander, you’re a hero! Can you please tell us how you managed to save Jaxon AND Aric without getting killed yourself?
Zander [smiles sadly]: I’m no hero, or I would’ve been able to save everyone. But I’m glad I was able to use my ability as a Healer to help them. I place my hands over the wound and pour my energy into knitting tissue and bone, whatever is injured. I was tired, but fine.