Alpha Male Blog Hop

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What do you like about Alpha males? Or do you like the more gentle Beta male? For myself, I like a healthy mix of the two. I love the gentle side of a beta, but than given the right circumstances that same Beta male becomes an Alph to protect the women and people he loves.

In Shrouded in Mystery, I put John Davenport into extraordinary circumstances. Normally, he’s a gentle, kind, caring to the people he loves. Then the life of the woman he loves, forces him to act.

Hunched over Sharon Spalding’s desk, John slowly closed her top drawer. A noise, short and faint, carried through the building and into the office. John snapped off his penlight, straightened and glanced over his shoulder at the blackened doorway leading into the hall.

Must be the wind hitting the shattered window and damaged wall.

Earlier, using the cloud filled night as camouflage, he’d searched the outside premises of Sharon’s political headquarters for a way to bypass the building’s security system. Suspecting the window at the back of the building, too small for a human body to slip through, lacked an alarm, John had broken the glass. He’d used the gap as leverage and pulled the brick and cement from the wall. Then careful of his formal dinner suit and winter jacket he wore for later in the evening, he’d slipped through the opening and found himself in a restroom.

Another sound.

John froze. A scrape. A small shuffle. No. Not the wind. Something far different.

Glancing to the files on Sharon’s desk, John decided to leave them for now. He crept across the carpeted floor and listened over the pounding of his heart.

Breathing. A footstep.

John moved into the hall, which led to the back of the building. Up ahead lay a doorway and deeper shadows, but John remembered walking through a luncheon area. Alert now, he peered into the darkness and focused past the doorway. Separating and deciphering the shadows from each other, he made out a counter across the wall, a microwave and the edge of a chrome table and chair.

But no movement.


He inched further down the hall, hearing the rustle of clothing, a harsh whisper, quick, agitated breathing. A person stood behind the partially opened back door.

“Someone’s broken in.”

John froze. He’d heard that voice before.

“You should see the wall,” the man whispered. “It looks like someone took a chainsaw to the thing. It’s got to be him. Who else? I’m not going inside—”

The person must be on a cell phone; John didn’t detect anyone else as he moved across the lunchroom. And that voice…

“Well, what if it’s him?” The man swore under his breath. “Yeah, okay, okay. You’ve made your point.”

John edged along the wall and closer to the back entrance.

“All right, all ready.” The man muttered another four-letter word. “I’ll deal with everything here, but you said yourself that you’d take care of your end tonight. We all know the scientist’s hard to kill off, but she isn’t.”

Each word, each syllable whispered into the room but screamed into John’s brain. John clutched the wall. Horror slammed into him, splintering his thoughts, numbing his limbs, and crushing his chest with the sheer weight of it.

They planned on killing Katherine tonight.

The door eased open. A man stepped inside.

Still off-balance at the man’s words, John reacted slowly, awkwardly. He pushed off the wall with the heel of his hand.

The intruder turned. John instantly recognized him as the man in Spalding’s house the day he’d stolen inside the estate. Jason, he recalled—Spalding’s weak chinned, hooked-nosed henchman, a tall, bony man, who didn’t look like he’d be physically capable of harming a microorganism, never mind a person.

John glanced down and sucked in air.

The other man held a gun. John quickly changed his mind. The creep looked very capable of harming someone.

Jason fired. A flash of light. The smell of gunpowder. The bullet arrowed toward John.

Twisting, John pivoted to the side, dodging the bullet by mere centimeters. Then he lunged toward the other man.

In alarm, Jason’s mouth gaped open. John hit him in the face with a fist. The man’s mouth sagged wider, and the gun flew out of his hand. John caught the weapon in mid-air and watched Jason crumble into an ungainly heap on the floor.

After John set the gun down on the counter behind him, he glanced back to Spalding’s weak-chinned henchman. Jason hadn’t moved. John nudged him with a toe, but the man still didn’t stir. Realizing he might have actually killed him, John hunched down by the body and checked for a pulse.

Yes. Definitely there.

John exhaled. He didn’t want murder on his conscious, but he did want the creep alive and awake. The bastard knew tonight’s plans. John needed that information.

Hunching down, mindful of the power in his hand, he gently slapped the man’s cheek. Head lulling to one side, Jason remained unconscious.

“Damn it.”

John sprang to his feet, grabbed a glass in one of the cabinets and filled it with tap water. He tossed the contents into the creep’s face. Not even a flicker of movement.

Glaring down at Jason, he brushed his hair back from his brow. He was wasting time. He couldn’t stay here indefinitely with Katherine across town with a killer.

He rummaged through the drawers, found some thick, durable packing tape, and bound Jason’s ankles and wrists behind his back. John thought of tying him even more securely in case Jason managed to get free and go running to Spalding, but he didn’t dare waste another minute.

John dropped the tape’s empty cardboard ring by the discarded cell phone. Something—a hunch, instinct, gut feeling—whatever—made him pick up the phone and scroll down its menu. He punched the button to retrieve the last received call, and then dialed the number.

He waited tensely. On the third ring, someone answered.


John frowned. The person on the other end wasn’t Spalding.

“Jason, is that you?”

He didn’t answer—even if he wanted to. Shock affixed the words to his throat.


A long, thick pause of silence followed. Then the connection died.

But John heard enough to recognize the person. And it scared the hell out of him.

Katherine and he never suspected. Never would have. They’d been so damn clueless, and now Katherine was in that house, vulnerable, unsuspecting, and blind to the truth.

Holy Shit.

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  1. Shannon October 19, 2012 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing that thrilling excerpt!

  2. Qwillia October 19, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I love an alpha hero who isn’t afraid of a strong female. My favorite alphas are Linda Howards’ Mackenzies…yummy. And Cherise Sinclair’s Doms from her Shadowlands series.
    email: qwilliarain AT gmail DOT com

  3. kelkel October 19, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Great to see all these takes on what makes an alpha great.
    kelly_book_maven (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. Shannon October 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the suspence filled excerpt!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  5. SharonS October 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I( like an alpha to have a little arrogance. thank for hosting a giveaway. sstogner1 at gmail dot coms

  6. Na S. October 20, 2012 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Alpha heroes are pretty wonderful They have so many appealing traits going for them.

  7. Katie Dalton October 20, 2012 at 2:32 am - Reply

    I love all alpha males! The more the better!

    flockparty (at) hotmail (dot) com

  8. Rachel October 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the hot excerpt! I love Alphas, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to be an equal in our relationship – I hate the feeling as if partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

    My favourite Alpha male is Gabriel from Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate, because he’s strong, confident and willing to fight for what he wants.

    Thanks for doing this!

    Rachel (oceanrebel333 [at] gmail [dot] com)

  9. Phaedra Seabolt October 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    According to everything I have been reading through this hop, you actually like the Gamma. I prefer the alpha.

  10. JeanMP October 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great excerpt.I like an alpha to be strong and confidentbut not too obnoxious
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  11. Brenda Anderson October 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I like them to be strong but have a funny side to them. And I’d pick Along Rode home xstitchdiva at

  12. Alicia October 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I didn’t really think about an alpha beta mix until I started reading these posts – it’s an interesting concept.
    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  13. kym amrarl October 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the hoppin fun !


  14. D October 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm - Reply


  15. Ddebp October 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Gotta love Alpha

  16. Melissa Limoges October 21, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply

    That was a great excerpt! Sounds like an awesome read. Thanks for the giveaway! imsocool(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Dovile October 21, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    My favorite alpha is Eric Northman from Sookie Stackhouse series.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. Tammy Turner October 21, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Why I love Alpha Males is no real surprise! The perfect Alpha Male for me could be a Vampire, a Scottish Laird, an English Rogue/Gentleman, a Werewolf or Shape-shifter, or a Knight. He’s the rogue who thinks he can’t be reformed into a gentleman. He’s the rough and scarred Scottish laird that has a heart of gold. He’s the werewolf or shape-shifter that needs to heal an aching heart because it took him years to find his true mate. He’s the vampire who has waited decades for that special someone’s blood to sing to him and wake him up. And he’s the knight who can defeat the enemy with a quick swing of his sword, but can’t see the love in front of his face. My Alpha Male has eyes that can see into your soul and are as blue as the sea, or as black as a storm. He’s tall and brooding. His heart can enfold you into its grasp and make you fall in love when he gives it to you freely and completely. He is protective and passionate. In the end he is the one that makes your heart jump and butterflies fly in your stomach, and still kiss you until your legs melt!

  19. Nat October 21, 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Thanks for the extra giveaway!

  20. JanD October 21, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I like alphas for their confidence and take charge personality.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  21. miki October 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    i love alpha who are loyal and protective like bones from the night huntress series by jeaniene frost

  22. Veronika October 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful post and the giveaway! Alpha Males are my absolute favorites! They’re strong, confident, protective, sometimes a bit bossy, and of cource sexy!
    Thank you for the wonderful post and the giveaway! Alpha Males are my absolute favorites! They’re strong, confident, protective, sometimes a bit bossy, and of cource sexy!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Rita Wray October 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    An Alpha male is strong, passionate and protective.


  24. J. Lenni Dorner October 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I love that Alpha Males are as fun to read about as they are to write about! My favorite quality in an Alpha Male is confidence.
    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

  25. Marlena Fein October 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I definitely signed up for the newsletter and cannot wait to hear about your upcoming books! Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop. It is my first and definitely not my last. One last think I must do is brag about the alpha in my life. He is my gorgeous four pound Pomeranian, Cosmos, who is always barking orders at me. 🙂
    Best wishes,

    • Marlena Fein October 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      *thing-the white font on here makes it difficult to read while I type and spell check before publishing. 🙂

  26. Lynne Parker October 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Do you know I can’t see what I’m writing?

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

  27. Sebrina October 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    hahahah, I’m just going to ramble since I can’t see what I’m saying! lmso

    I hope this makes sence! And I want to read more too!
    Thanks for the chance at your giveaway,
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

  28. Lisa Walker October 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great excerpt and thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Lacey T October 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt! I love alphas, how they’re so strong and protective and possessive!

  30. Mel Bourn October 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I love my alpha man to be Dominant yet have a sense of humor. He is loyal, protective, and isn’t afraid to enjoy the small things in life.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  31. Kimberly Gill October 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Some of the Alpha’s I like to read about are in Lora Leigh’s Breed Series, J.D. Tyler’s An Alpha Pack novel, Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega Series, and Michelle Hauf’s books. I like Alpha’s that are strong and know what want & aren’t afraid to go for it either even if they have to take risks to get it. I also like Alpha’s that’s not afraid to let his mate fight that she too can be powerful and together they are a team they work together. Alpha’s that fight for what they want, declare their mates and don’t let anyone get in their way of their true love and happiness. or

  32. Tamara Hoffa October 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Loving the hop

  33. Joy F October 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Love alphas, thanks for the hop.

  34. Jenny October 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Love the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jyl22075 at

  35. Holly Calhoun October 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Misha K. October 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  37. donnas October 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Great hop!

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  38. Natasha October 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  39. Cassandra Hicks October 22, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    I love me an alpha 😉
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  40. Christina Livingston October 22, 2012 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I love Alpha Males with a hidden soft side, that are strong, fiercely protective, take-charge, and sexy with a little dark n’ dangerous thrown in! I have so many favs, it is hard to pick just one!

  41. Molly at Reviews By Molly October 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear! I love the way their mouths talk filthy, but their eyes portray their sensitive sweet. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It’s all in the heart…..alpha males are the best!

    Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe’s REALTOR series rocks!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  42. Savannah Miller October 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I love that alpha males are strong and dependable 🙂 And they always seem to be very protective of the women in their life

  43. latisha depoortere October 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I love Alpha males who are strong and protecitve!
    What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
    One of my favorite Alpha males is Decebal from The Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D

  44. Michelle Bledsoe October 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    So many great posts on what makes up an alpha male. I like the strength and compassion that they show.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  45. Renee B October 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    I love my Alpha Males. They keep me coming back for more.
    I Love that they are strong, loyal, confident, and how protective they are of their woman even when they KNOW she can kick some major ass.
    My favorite “Alpha Male” is Smitty from Shelly Laurenston’s The Beast In Him”. He is a real laid back kind of alpha male until you threaten someone he cares about. Then all bets are off and that BEAST comes out to kick ass.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  46. Jo October 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Like you, I prefer a Alpha/Beta mix in real life. I am sure a true-to-life Alpha would drive me crazy. However, this doesn’t stop me from wanting to read about them! I think a good Alpha character must have strength, compassion, and above all, confidence 🙂 My favorite Alpha hero is Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  47. Vanessa N. October 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Great excerpt. Love alpha males. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Kaylyn D October 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    I like an alpha who is brave, loyal and protective. I also like a sense of humor. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Marlene Breakfield October 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I love alphas, who are strong, intelligent, protective,loyal and have a wicked sense of humor. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Shadow October 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I love alpha heros. So hot! 🙂 I love how dominant, possessive, loyal and protective they are. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!

  51. Stephanie October 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I love alpha males who are strong, sexy, and protective of those they love. Bones from the Night Huntress is one of my favorites.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

  52. bn100 October 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I like alphas and their protectiveness. I like Zsadist.


  53. Stephanie October 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I would love an Alpha male if he would let me be the boss at lease twice a week!

  54. Traci G October 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. i love how powerful, fierce and passionate alpha males can be.
    i totally want to read your books

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