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Q&A: Meet the shapeshifter hero of ‘Dark Succession’ April 25, 2010

Posted by Diana McCabe in Authors, Fun stuff.
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Dark Succession by Teresa D’Amario
Available at Freya’s Bower Publishing
Nora Hunt is the daughter of former pack leader Sean Hunt and niece to Kieran Hunt. Emotionally and physically scarred after being held captive for weeks, she’s finally ready to move on with her life. But when she meets Ryland, she discovers not only a world of darkness and pain, but discovers Ryland may not be any better than those who held her captive all those weeks.

When Ryland Keegan steps in as Alpha of his dead brother’s pack, he inherits a pack of savage rogue wolven, as well as a legacy of violence, lies and five women held captive within the pack’s confines.

But when Ryland’s pack members start dying one at a time, he must decide if Nora is the catalyst or the killer. Can he trust his True Mate? Or will he be relegated to a life of leading the dregs of Wolven society?

***The Paranormal Romance blog welcomes back Teresa D’Amario with a fun interview for us now that book No. 2 of her True Mates series — DARK SUCCESSION — is out. Instead of interviewing the author, we talk to the hero of DARK SUCCESSION — Ryland.  Also, make sure you read to the bottom of the interview to see how you can win a nifty prize from Teresa and to see where she’ll show up next in the blogosphere! — Diana***

Q: Pretend you’re on Twitter. Describe yourself in 140 characters!

Ryland: The Alpha Male. ‘Nuff said.

Q: Have you always been wolven?

Ryland: *Scowls and leans forward* What are you getting at? You think I can’t lead these wolven right because I’m part human?

Q: No, no, I was just wondering, that’s all. Why so touchy?

Ryland: *Settles back in his chair.* Fine. I don’t want to tell tales or let out secrets, but no, I’m only half wolven. But that doesn’t mean I can’t whip every wolven’s ass in my pack. Just let them challenge me. My parentage is not, nor will it ever be, a topic of discussion. I am the Alpha, and that’s all that matters.

Q: *Taking a calming breath.* I’m sure they won’t. I mean …  really. OK, back to the interview. When you first met Nora as a child, what did you think of her?

Ryland: She was a whiny little squirt. But I hate when I see bigger kids picking on the younger ones. She needed help, so I helped her.

Q: When you met her as an adult, what was your impression of her, and why?

Ryland: A Rabbit. *Slap.* Ouch, babe, you know it’s true. Let’s say Nora had a few issues to work out. But she’s kewl now, and well worth being my mate.

Q: It sounds like Nora likes to run as a wolf more than you. Am I wrong? And does this have something to do with living in the compound?

Ryland: We have lived different lives. Nora lived where she had the privilege of living in her own forest, where shifting was accepted and safe. My pack has only a few acres, in the middle of human territory. It’s dangerous to shift. But now that we’re together, I visit her old forest and we run there at least once a week. We even have been working with Kieran to have days for my pack to come and have old fashioned hunts.

Q: What does this line mean to you: “Show me your worth as a wolf, show me your worth as my mate?”

Ryland: *lips curling in a half snarl.* My mate has a sense of humor, thinking she could challenge me in front of my pack. But I showed her. She’s mine. Not a one dared move a muscle.

Q: Any more skeletons in your closet we should know about? Or we will be hearing about?

Ryland: I still haven’t found my mother, so there’s always a chance. That, and my father apparently couldn’t keep his pants on, so there’s always a possibility of someone popping up. Doesn’t matter, though. I’ve got Nora to keep me company. I don’t need anymore family.

Q: What actor do you most resemble (and don’t be shy here, though I know you won’t).

Ryland: I’d have to say the closest is Russel, Crow, in “Gladiator,” but the man needs to grow some hair.

Q: Ever think of riding something other than a Harley? If so what?

Ryland: Yeah, I think about riding Nora all the time. *slap* Ouch. Damn, that woman can hit. *rubbing his shoulder*. No, just a Harley. Born to ride, baby. Born to ride.

Q: Fave werewolf books?

Ryland: They write books about werewolves? Won’t catch me reading them. Now Wolven, that’s another thing. Werewolves are more animal than man, where we’re a nice, even mix. But Nora here likes Nalini Singh’s books, she’s got a story about werewolves, I think.

Q: Finally, boxers or briefs?

Ryland: *Arches a brow and glances at his mate, who shrugs.* Who needs things like that? Just one more piece of cloth to get in the way when I shift.

***Teresa — Any other comments on Ryland? He must have been fun to write. I gotta say — loved how you made Nora such a strong heroine. What’s next for you? And any special contests fans can enter? Where do you show up next in the blogosphere?

Hi Diana, and thanks for having us here at your blog. We always enjoy visiting here. I hope Ryland helped with some of your questions. Yes, he was very fun to write. He’s one of my more interesting and alive characters. It didn’t matter what I threw at him, he seemed to respond in such a real way I almost expected him to knock on my door one day. Nora also went through a dramatic change in this book. To see her grow from the abused young woman in SheWolf, to a fully confident Alpha Female was so much fun.

Everyone can visit me on the web at:





My next stop in the blogosphere is at Fang-Tastic Books! I’ll be one of her few Shapeshifter authors to visit, and I’m so looking forward to it!

Now for contests: I’ll be adding some rules down below – but if anyone has any questions to ask Ryland, go ahead and add them in comments. And if you do, you’ll be entered into my $25.00 gift Amazon gift card contest, winner to be selected on or around 1 May. Also, one lucky winner will receive a copy of SheWolf, book 1 of the True Mates series.

Entry Rules:

  1. Every question receives 5 entries into the contest.
  2. Every general comment receives 1 entry into the contest
  3. Following me on twitter – receives 10 entries into the contest
  4. Following @mcdiana (Paranormal romance twitter) on twitter, receives 5 entries into the contest.
  5. Joins my facebook fan page: receives 10 entries into the contest
  6. Emails me at desertpetiri@aol.com with proof of purchase for Dark Succession – receives 25 entries into the contest.

Make sure you do all your own math, because I’m really bad at it. So add your question/comment, then add up all your entries. I can’t wait to see your questions!


1. Diana McCabe - April 25, 2010

Teresa — Thanks for bringing Ryland to the blog. He really is kind of a lovable guy — but only because of Nora. Man — she puts up with a lot from him! Why do we like are Alpha males — soooooo — Alpha aggressive and annoying?!


2. Teresa D'Amario - April 26, 2010

Diana, you are quite welcome. Yes, Alpha aggressive and a little bit annoying. LOL But only sometimes.

3. Dot S. - April 26, 2010

Teresa, sounds like a grand series. Ryland is certainly Alpha.

Ryland, are you abusive to Nora? You have me wondering.

5pts for question
1 pt for comment
6 points tot.

4. Teresa D'Amario - April 26, 2010

Ryland: Dot, never. Though she hits me now and then. I would never raise a hand to her. I still remember the first time I laid eyes on her. Her hand print stung for a very long time. *smirks*. I like having a strong female.

You know, she completely changed our compound, bringing a more natural touch to it. Though the ficus plant in my office may have to go.

5. Tawania Etheridge - April 26, 2010

I can’t wait to read this series! I love the Alpha males..
Ryland, do you think you and Nora will get matching Harleys?

Teresa, I am wishing you much success on this series :))

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FB fan http://www.facebook.com/tawania?ref=profile
following @mcdiana
=31 pts


6. Teresa D'Amario - April 27, 2010

HI Tawania, thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Ryland: If she rode alone, I couldn’t feel her behind me on the bike. I like having her there with me. But, she’s probably going to want her own now that you gave her the idea. Damn.

7. Sherry S. - April 27, 2010

Ryland what would you do if your mother showed up? How would you feel would you be happy,mad or indifferent?

8. scooper - April 28, 2010

Thanks for the heads up on this story. It is def. one I’d like to read. Now, can I read it as a stand alone?

Diana McCabe - April 28, 2010

Hey Scooper! I think you could read it as a standalone bc she gives you enough info in the story about the first book. What are you reading right now?


9. scooper - April 30, 2010

Just finished Amazon Queen by Lori Devoti. It was a quick read that I flipped through quickly. Looks like you are doing great! Keep up the good work.

10. Teresa D'Amario - May 2, 2010


Sorry I missed your question. Right now I’m ambivalent about my mother. I can’t understand how she could give up her child. Yet, Nora tells me it was probably for the best. So I can’t really give you a perfect answer just yet.

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