Full Moon of Werewolves: All About the Alpha

March 31, 2009 | Werewolves | 35 comments

Full Moon of Werewolves Schedule

About today’s guest: Cynthia Eden
Cynthia Eden writes paranormal and romantic suspense novels. She’s always loved writing (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, all of those creatures that haunt the imagination.

Hi, everyone! It is a pleasure to be here today, taking part in the Full Moon of Werewolves fun.

Thanks for inviting me over, Lori!

Hotter after MidnightI love werewolves. I mean, come on—they’re strong, they’re wild, and on really cold nights, they’ve got lots of warm, furry covering.

The alpha wolf, though, has a particular appeal for me. The alpha is the strongest of the strong, the one willing to defend his pack no matter what the cost. An alpha can walk through the fire—and barely feel the burn. And, of course, an alpha is totally devoted to his mate. Bonding for life—what’s better than that?

Oh, yeah, I’m all about the alpha.

I’ve written my share of werewolf novels. Sometimes, my werewolves (or wolf shifters as I tend to call them), are the heroes. In HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT (May 08 from Kensington Brava), my hero, Colin Gyth, was a wolf shifter. He was the man who went after a vicious killer to save the woman he loved—and he never hesitated.

Immortal DangerBut, in IMMORTAL DANGER, my new book (new because it releases today—yay!), I’m afraid that the werewolf in my story, well, he isn’t the hero. Sometimes, even the alphas can be bad.

Here’s an excerpt from IMMORTAL DANGER, featuring my not-so-heroic wolf:

The bones snapped, crunched. The fur melted from his body and the beast that had prowled on four legs slowly stood upright.

Blood dripped in long, slow rivulets down Lucas Simone’s shoulder.

The bitch had shot him. With a silver bullet.

The poison was in his body. He could feel it, eating away at him.

He lifted his right hand. The tips of his nails stretched into three-inch long claws. Clenching his teeth, he drove the claws straight into his wounded shoulder.

His pack gathered around him, heads low, bodies shaking.

The blood poured faster now.

He ripped away the skin, the muscle. Found the bullet. Jerked it from his shoulder.

The silver burned his fingers and he threw it, tossing the bullet far into the night.

In the distance, he could hear the roar of the motorcycle, fading now as the vampire fled.

She hadn’t been his prey. He’d wanted the man.

The rules of the game had changed now.

“We find them,” he said, his voice ringing loud and clear. The wolves around him stiffened, stared with unblinking eyes. “I don’t care how long it takes, but we find them.” There would be no safe place for the vampire and the man.

The wolves began to growl.

He held up his hand. Skin and blood coated his claws. “The vampire is mine.” Blood for blood. The others needed to know the kill would be his.

Only his.

Lucas threw back his head, rage racing through his body, and howled his fury to the night.


Thanks for checking out my post! And, tell me, what are your thoughts on the alpha werewolf? Good and bad?

Cynthia Eden
IMMORTAL DANGER—03/31/09 from Kensington Brava
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  1. Greta

    Just wanted to come by and say hi to Cynthia. I love the alpha werewolf they are strong, sexy and down right possessive and protective. Can’t wait for Midnight’s Master.

  2. Zita

    Alpha werewolf = good. :wink:

    Alpha male protagonist = good. :lol:

  3. Audrey A

    I love love loved Colin. I have a thing for the supernatural alpha males but especially for werewolves. I can’t wait to read Immortal Danger. But the book I really can’t wait for is Niol’s. I was really hoping he’d get a story when I read Hotter After Midnight cause he’s bad but kinda good too.

  4. Jamie

    Oh wow thanks for the little sneak peak (mouth watering) and congrats on your release today!! I agree with you their is nothing more sexy than an alpha male.

  5. crystal adkins

    HIYA! I’m all about the Alpha werewolf, but he does have to have some tender side :)

  6. Mishel

    That excerpt from Immortal Danger totally scored a position on my TBR list. I’m definitely going to be checking it out (=

    P.S. Congrats on the release! yay

  7. kanarytx

    It sounds great I’ll have to keep my eyes open for your books. Good luck with your new one

  8. Edie

    I love that excerpt! Congrats on your release today!

    I’m with Crystal. I like alpha with some tenderness mixed in.

  9. Cynthia Eden

    Hi, Lori! Thanks for inviting me to participate in the Full Moon of fun! :-)

    Hey, Greta! Thanks for stopping by! And I’m glad you’re looking forward to Niol’s book!

    LOL, Zita, those are my thoughts exactly!

    Hi, Audrey! Thank you! When I first wrote Hotter After Midnight, I thought Niol might be the bad guy (I thought this half-way through the book), but his character grew on me, and, like you said, he became bad, but kinda good. And I had to give him a story!

    Thank you, Jamie! I’ve always loved the alphas in romance novels because they are so sexy!

    Good point, Crystal! He sure needs to be tender with the heroine!

    Thank you, Mishel! So glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

    Hey, Edie! Thank you!! You and Crystal have described a perfect mix.

    Thanks for all the comments!! Hope everyone is having a great day!

  10. Ashley Madden

    Everyone loves the alpha male. He epitomizes everything the female wants to tame. So an alpha werewolf is even hotter :P

  11. Shell Bryce

    “Bad Boys” are yummy too but Bad Good boys are tastier

  12. Barb P

    Hey Cynthia! Congrats on your release day! It sounds great and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Gotta love those alpha males. Happy Tuesday!

  13. Jody F.

    The excerpt sounds great!

    And who wouldn’t want an alpha werewolf as their very own?

  14. Cynthia Eden

    Hi, kanarytx! Thank you very much! Glad you like the sound of the story! :-)

    LOL, Ashley, I think you just summed up exactly the way I feel! I do love those alpha werewolves!

    Thanks, Donna! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the excerpt.

    Hi, Shell! Oh, wow, that is so true!

    Thank you, Barb! Alpha males are always so much fun!

    Hey, Jody! Thank you! I’ll raise my hand for wanting an alpha werewolf! (Well, minus the furry time of the month.)

  15. Colleen

    Wonderful excerpt! Sounds like a great read! Two thumbs up for the Alpha male… love the good guys, but sometimes you need a bad boy around! :wink:

  16. Roberta Harwell

    Congrats on the release!!! :D I had always pretty much considered werewolves good. Now I’m thinking I like the bad side as well. Have a great day.

  17. Jenna Reynolds

    Great excerpt! Looking forward to reading the book! :D

    I definitely like reading about Alpha werewolves. I’m currently writing my first shapeshifter novella and my hero is an Alpha and I’m having a ball. :wink:

  18. Ciara

    I love werewolf & wolf-shifter romance novels. Alphas are great because they embody my favorite type of romance hero: the Protector & Provider. Family (pack) is everything to them, and they are willing to go to any lengths to protect what is theirs. The heroine is their one weakness. Thanks for introducing yourself to me – I look forward to checking out your books!

  19. Julie Robinson

    Congratulations on your release day, Cynthia. :razz:
    I love the alpha wolf/man—-in fiction. The alpha werewolf is a leader, and in fiction, he is vulnerable to the woman he loves. Which is probably why we love to read about this type of hero.

    Something about the wolf calls to me—it’s their fierceness and, at the same time, their loyalty to the pack. Plus, they are beautiful animals; hence German Shepherds are my favorite type of dog.

    Glad you posted here today, Cynthia. I got your newsletter too.

  20. Pam P

    Hi Cynthia. Alphas have to be tough and aggressive having so many to protect and take care of, have to make those hard decisions and take action, yet those tenderer emotions are there and come out when they meet their love.

  21. Cynthia Eden

    Hi, Colleen! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you!

    Thanks, Roberta! LOL, that bad side can be good, too!

    Ciara–that is a great sum-up on the appeal of the alphas–thank you!!

    Hi, Pam! I like the tough side, too–and when they show their tender sides, oh, but that makes for a good story!

  22. Tracy

    I just found out about the Full Moon and I’m so sad I’ve missed so many days already! :)

    Cynthia – I’m very much looking forward to reading your new release – sounds great!

    I think the Alpha should be good…especially pack alpha – need to lead by example. Of course I want that alpha to be “bad” in other ways but that’s just me. lol

  23. Estella

    Congrats on your release day!
    I love alpha werewolves.

  24. Carmen R

    Ok this book is going on my TBR list. Alpha wolves are great. They are protectors and lovers and i can’t not like that. Congrats on the new release.

  25. Cynthia Eden

    Hi, Tracy! Isn’t the Full Moon fun? Lori sure had a great idea! And I’m glad you’re looking forward to my release!

    Hi, Estella! Thank you! I sure do enjoy those alphas, too!

  26. Ley

    Everybody likes a good bad alpha! But that excerpt, I can see how much fun a real bad alpha can be. Not sure you’d want to fall for him, but still, makes for a very good story. :lol:

  27. Lisa W.

    Loved the excerpt. I love those alphas strong protective and extremely sexy.

  28. pamk

    love alpha were wolves. And thanks for the excerpt.

  29. Cynthia Eden

    Hi, Carmen! Thanks for adding my story to your list! And thank you for the congrats!

    LOL, Ley, you have to be careful about falling for the wrong bad guy. Those guys can lead you to the dark side!

    Hi, Lisa! You’ve just used three of my favorite adjectives for alphas! Strong, protective, sexy–oh, yes!

    Thanks for checking out the excerpt, Pam!

  30. Cathy D

    The excerpt sounds good. Am looking forward to seeing how BAD he gets.
    I lived with an alpha male for 25 years and now he is making someone else miserable. I love reading about them, just would NEVER live with on again.

  31. LadyVampire2u

    Congratulations on your new release!! I have your book on hold here and will be picking up soon. Looking forward to it too after that great excerpt.
    As for Alpha’s…I love them! Who doesn’t like a big, strong, possessive male who knows what he wants. Especially when it’s you!

  32. Mirko di Wallenberg

    I never heard of this author! Sounds interesting after reading the excerpt! Immortal Danger is on my reading list! Whaw, after all the entries it is getting longer and longer with so little time! LOL

  33. Virginia Hendricks

    My brother reads a blog about alphas and betas. I love reading shapeshifter books about alphas :)

  34. Karin

    The Alpha definitely does have a special appeal about him. They are positively yummy.

    Love the excerpt, Cynthia! I really look forward to reading Immortal Danger


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