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Megan Ryder: Claiming Lyla (Contest–4 Winners!)
Friday, June 12th, 2020

UPDATE: The winners are…gift cards: Colleen C and Mary Preston; and anthology: Debra Guyette and Becky Parsons!

Hi! My name is Megan Ryder, and thank you for having me back on the blog for another chance to talk about my books. Today, I’m thrilled to talk a little bit about making the transition between contemporary and paranormal romance.

I’ve been writing for a long time (longer than I care to admit) and I’ve been writing contemporary romance for most of that time. I’m published with a few books including sexy baseball heroes, a matchmaking bride and her bridesmaids, and lately, cowboys. While I love all of those, my first love has always been paranormal romances, especially shifters, but I was always hesitant to make the shift (pun intended) to a new genre. When I heard about this anthology, my short story popped into my head completely formed as a prequel to my series and the perfect way to test my skills.

My story centers around a female shifter who is trapped into running from a group of alpha males who want to forcibly claim her as a mate, only to run into another alpha who offers to save her. The only problem is – he really IS her mate and she doesn’t want a mate at all.

In paranormal romance, I wanted to deal with the concept of consent, because “fated mates” being a trope in the genre often blurs the lines for consent. In this story, I wanted her to be a strong alpha female and her mate to be willing to see her that way and accept her and look for her consent, even as their natures want them to mate.

It was fun playing with the paranormal world, setting up the shifter structure and society, and dealing with the biology, too. And I slipped in something I thought was relevant to our current times.

Check out the snippet below and let me know what you think.


For my giveaway, let me know if you like the “fated mates” trope, where characters have one and only one mate for them (and often they know it and can’t fight it for long). I’m giving away 2 electronic copies of the anthology – First Response (given on release day) – and 2 $10 gift cards to Amazon.

Excerpt from “Claiming Lyla”

A she-wolf being hunted by pack males during a claiming rite is rescued by a rogue alpha determined to make her his own, despite her desire to be independent…

First Response: A Boys Behaving Badly AnthologyLyla folded her arms in front of her, a defensive gesture, closing herself off from him, while plumping up her full breasts so they strained against the lace. “What do you want?”

He cocked his head at the howls growing closer. “You don’t have much time, or much of a choice, sweetheart. You either deal with me or them. And trust me, I’m the lesser of your evils.”

A laugh broke from her throat, a raw, harsh sound that held no humor. “I’d prefer none of you. Why can’t you leave me alone, you bastards? You want me to just roll over and spread my legs like a good little bitch. Well, fuck that.”

He winced at her harsh tone and steeled himself. A breeze picked up her scent and tickled his senses with it, and his cock hardened further, painfully. His wrists burned hotter under the skin, prickling like a thousand fine needles that made him want to scratch an itch. Nothing would appease the sensation, he feared. He cursed under his breath. Fuck. Not the best time to find his mate. Not here. Not in this goddamn situation. This night had just gone to shit, and now the bonds were pulling him in even tighter.

11 comments to “Megan Ryder: Claiming Lyla (Contest–4 Winners!)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · June 12th, 2020 at 11:06 am · Link

    I love shifters and am a fan of fated mate stories! 🙂 Just read one last night…

  2. Becky Parsons
    · June 12th, 2020 at 11:43 am · Link

    Fated mates trope, if it is well done, I love it. Of course I can say that about most things I read, so I guess I would have to say, yes. I like the fated mates trope. And yes, this one sounds really yummy! I look forward to reading it.

  3. Sue Payton
    · June 12th, 2020 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Like fated mates. I like the one one not multiples. Can’t wait for First Response to come and hopefully get an arc. Amazon GC’s are always nice, it’s how I buy my books or if they are KU I read them there also.

  4. Michelle Levan
    · June 12th, 2020 at 2:56 pm · Link

    Love fated mates, especially when they still delay and work on building a relationship. I get annoyed by does ge/she love me or not, silly communication errors that are easily resolved. Sometimes the fates mate thing means we avoid that path…

  5. Mary Preston
    · June 12th, 2020 at 6:14 pm · Link

    Yes, fated mates can be a lot of fun to read. That struggle not to succumb.

  6. ButtonsMom2003
    · June 12th, 2020 at 8:34 pm · Link

    I really like fated mates stories!

  7. bn100
    · June 12th, 2020 at 8:53 pm · Link

    yes, if written well

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · June 12th, 2020 at 9:05 pm · Link

    I do like the fated mate stories. I even like when one of the characters knows about the fated mates concept and the other one doesn’t. It can be really fun.

  9. Debra Guyette
    · June 13th, 2020 at 5:35 am · Link

    I do enjoy fated mates stories. they can be fun.

  10. flchen1
    · June 17th, 2020 at 1:11 am · Link

    I like it, but not exclusively, LOL! Fated mates can be a fun one, but I also love other variations! Claiming Lyla sounds fun! Can’t wait for First Responders to hit my e-reader!

  11. Sue Payton
    · June 25th, 2020 at 7:41 am · Link

    I loved fated mates. I got a arc copy of this anthology from Delilah. I loved your book and hated it ended so soon. Can’t wait to read more. Hope they are in KU though, that’s where I read my books from and arcs of course.

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