Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Blog Tour: Guest Post from Designated Alpha Author Crissy Smith

Today I am lucky enough to be joined by author Crissy Smith who told me all about writing secondary characters! 

But what about Designated Alpha? Want to read the blurb?

Piper’s happily ever after has been postponed. Destiny is funny like that.

In Last Call, Piper Maxwell revealed her true self to her mate, Jace Anderson. After fighting to survive the night on which her biggest secret was exposed, Piper believed she’d get her happily ever after. Too bad fate had other plans.

Jace would do anything to protect Piper. Finding out who and what Piper truly is seems like the best way to help. Unbeknown to Jace, though, the more he seeks answers, the bigger the risk he’s putting Piper and himself in.

All Piper wanted was to run the bar Jace owned and make her home with the man she loves. Now she’s being stalked by a scared young man, Jace’s best friend is looking into her past while staying with them, and they have a meeting with a stranger who shares Piper’s abilities. Things are changing rapidly and Piper finds herself struggling to understand what is really going on with her. 

Nothing is what it appears to be as Piper and Jace are captured and held hostage. The only way they’ll be able to survive this time is if Piper can keep her newest and largest secret yet from the man who holds their lives in his hands. 

Now I'll hand over to Crissy but keep reading on because below is an excert from the novel & a competition so you can win yourself a copy!!

Writing Secondary Characters

This is the second day of my Designated Alpha blog tour and I’m so pleased to be here and get to spend some time with all of you. It’s always so fantastic to get to talk to others about one of my books and a little about my writing process. 

Designated Alpha is part of Totally Bound’s imprint What’s her Secret? When I was asked to be involved in this project I jumped at the chance to come up with a story that was based around the heroine having a deep dark secret. 

Piper and Jace, our two main characters, met and fell in love in my short story Last Call. You can pick up this story to see their relationship begin—however, you do not have to read Last Call to enjoy Designated Alpha. 

When I decide which characters I want to begin with, I choose their name (you’d be shocked by how long this can take) and write their personality descriptions. Piper and Jace were already written about from Last Call so they were easy. It was the secondary characters that I added into this book that I had to put a lot of time and thought behind. 

Firstly, I would like to introduce you to Mitch. Mitch is Jace’sbest friend and the two of them served together in Special Forces. While Jace is retired Mitch is still in the military and not sure what he’ll do when it’s time for him to leave the only career he knows. Mitch is a big, bad, tattooed biker that loves to cook, and is too smart for his own good. He had me laughing and wanting to pull out my hair at the same time. 

Have you read a book that the secondary character is so strong and loud that he just steals the show? That’s what Mitch did to me. Poor Mitch! His parts of the book were outlined and he was supposed to come in and save the day. That is not what happened—because he wouldn’t leave me alone he is involved in one of the major plot twists. It’s his own fault but I’m not sure he’s forgiven me yet. 

Designated Alpha is an action packed novel with mystery, intrigue, and a sexy relationship between Piper and Jace. You have characters like Mitch that add in humor and take you on an unexpected ride. It’s the book that I am most proud of this year I would encourage you to pick up Designated Alpha and give it a try. 


Designated Alpha Excerpt: 

Jace wasn’t surprised to see Mitch already awake and sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and his laptop. Since his friend didn’t even glance up when Jace entered in he walked around the table to peer over Mitch’s shoulder. 

Robert ‘Bobby’ Gibson’s picture and information was on the screen. 

“From what I’ve found I’d say the kid is telling the truth. There is a police report on the attack at the rest stop. Although, the authorities blamed the violence on a group of wild animals,” Mitch said without looking up.

“Well I didn’t really expect them to say the incident was orchestrated by a werewolf.”

“Bobby’s story sounds a lot like Piper’s. I wonder how many others are out there.”

“I have no idea,” Jace replied honestly. “Piper hasn’t even met a handful.”

“The only thing I can’t figure out is why Bobby was taken. They’d kept him for five days, drank from him, fed him their blood, and then just disappeared?”

“You think they are looking for him?” Jace asked. He had the same fear. 

“You said that after Piper got away from the man who changed her he still came after her. I don’t see why these two would be any different.”

“And if they do come for him they’ll find Piper.”

Mitch nodded. “Yeah, but I don’t feel right sending Bobby out on his own. Even if he does bring trouble. He’s so…young. It makes me wonder if that was how I appeared before I joined the Marine Corps.”

“I know.” Jace didn’t think he had ever been as innocent as Bobby seemed, though. “I want to help him but I have to put Piper first. I’m not even sure where to go from here?”

“I want to talk to Cody. He mentioned his sighting for a reason. He believes he saw something, at least enough for it to bother him. I’ve gone through a lot of classified reports so far but haven’t found anything as directly connected as what Cody reported.”

“You know if you keep hacking into the government’s files they are going to catch you one day.”

Mitch’s smile was blinding. “Let them try.”


There is so much more to this book so I hope you enjoyed that small sample and will give Designated Alpha a try. Please join me this week as my Blog Tour continues and of course I am all over social media and would love to become friends!  

Like the sound of Designated Alpha? Buy it here.


About Crissy Smith:

Crissy 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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