Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal

Her Perfect Mate By Paige Tyler

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Making of a Cover

Most people would agree that the cover isn’t the only reason they decide to read a book, but they’d also likely agree a great cover increases the chances you’ll take a close look.

When I started working with the Sourcebooks art department on the cover for HER PERFECT MATE, the first book in my new X-OPS Series, I wanted the best possible cover—every writer does. Fortunately, Sourcebooks has a great reputation for covers.

I had to give them detailed info about the book, like the background environment the characters were in, what the characters looked like (I even got to attach pictures of people I thought had the right look!), what kinds of weapons they carried, their clothing, etc.—the level of detail the artists were interested in was astounding.

I gave them the info…then held my breath. Every writer has probably been in a situation where they get that first look at a cover and realize that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. I prayed that didn’t happen with this book. I’d invested almost three years with these characters. They’re like my best friends and I didn’t want to disappoint them!

When my editor sent me the cover, I almost lost it. I don’t how they did it, but they absolutely nailed it. In my opinion, this cover would have to be in discussion as the greatest book cover in the history of the written word! Okay…maybe I’m a little biased, but it really is gorgeous. The background, how the models are positioned, the models themselves— that fabulous bare muscle—it’s all perfect!

Recently, someone asked me which actors I’d want to play the hero and heroine in a movie of HER PERFECT MATE. That’s easy—I’d want the models on the cover to play in the movie. They’re that perfect.



He's a High-Octane Special Ops Pro

When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is chosen for an assignment with the Department of Covert Operations, he's stunned to find his new partner is a beautiful woman who looks like she couldn't hurt a fly, never mind take down a terrorist.

She's No Kitten

Ivy Halliwell isn't your average covert op. She's a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. Her feline DNA means she can literally bring out the claws when things get dicey. She's worked with a string of hotheaded military guys who've underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she's partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr, things begin to heat up. He doesn't think she's a freak-and he's smokin' hot. Soon they're facing a threat even greater than anyone imagines...and an animal magnetism impossible to ignore.


Excerpt:

Landon expected Todd and Kendra to take him to another conference room, so he was surprised when they led him into what looked like a workout room. Mats covered the floor and a heavy bag hung from a hook in one corner. Weights and workout equipment filled a good portion of the room. A woman was seated cross-legged in the center of it, her eyes closed, her hands loosely resting on her knees. At their entrance, she gracefully uncurled herself from the floor and got to her feet.

She was wearing a pair of black workout pants like his ex-girlfriend used to wear when she went to yoga class, and a form-fitting tank top. He couldn’t help but notice her curvy, athletic body, expressive dark eyes, and full lips. With little makeup and her long, dark hair pulled up in a 
ponytail, she looked like the girl next door. Only more exotic than any girl he’d ever lived next door to, that was for sure.

He didn’t care how tired and irritated he was, this was a woman he definitely wouldn’t mind stopping to appreciate. Hopefully, one of his new training officers would introduce them before she left to give them the room.

“Landon, meet Ivy Halliwell, your new partner,” Kendra said. “Ivy, Captain Landon Donovan, Special Forces.”

They were going to have to pick his jaw up off the floor because Landon was damn sure that’s where it was after hearing that announcement. No way was this walking wet dream his partner. She looked like she couldn’t hurt a fly, much less do any kind of covert ops. They had to be messing with him.



Reviews:

"An absolutely perfect story-one I honestly couldn't put down. One of the best books I've read in years. I hope this is the beginning of a very long series, because I definitely want more of Paige Tyler's shifters." - Kate Douglas, author of the bestselling Wolf Tales and Spirit Wild series

"A wild, hot, and sexy ride from beginning to end! I loved it!" - Terry Spear, USA Today bestselling author of A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing

"Once I began, the outside world ceased to exist. It's exciting and fast paced." - Paranormal Kiss

"I love a good paranormal romance and this series has started off with a bang!" - Hopeless in Literature Reviews


Available Online and in Bookstores

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iTunes:
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Paige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.
She is represented by Bob Mecoy.

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