Guest Author: Second Chances with Carrie Ann Ryan

Posted November 9, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour, Excerpt, Guest Post / 7 Comments

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Second Chances

In so many books, the hero meets his predestined mate and BAM the H/h come together, mate, conflict happens, and then the reconnect as they fight something big. You know what? My books do that too.

I like the whole predestined mate thing.

However in my world, there’s more than one predestined mate. They have to choose each other. Just because Fate comes out and says “Hey, this chick is AWESOME for you, mate her because she’ll make you happy!” doesn’t mean the hero will actually mate her. In An Alpha’s Path, the first book in the Redwood Pack series, Kade didn’t choose the first mate he saw, he chose the second because the connected better.

But what if you’ve already mated the love of your life and then something tragic happens? Do you move on? This isn’t just a paranormal issue anymore, this is a contemporary and real life issue.

Personally, I can’t see myself moving on. I love my husband and I don’t want to have to lose him to be able to move on. Maybe that’s why ENFORCER’S REDEMPTION was so hard to write for me.

Adam Jamenson lost his mate, Anna, twenty years ago. Maybe to humans, that would have been long enough. (I know from a few of my parent’s friends, that’s still not long enough.) But Adam is a werewolf who literally have part of his soul to Anna with their mating bond.

He literally lost a part of himself when he lost her.

But Fate is ready to give him a new mate because it’s time to heal. You see, Adam is the Enforcer of the Redwood Pack. It’s his job to protect the Pack from outside forces. But he hadn’t been able to protect his mate and unborn child and that just about killed him.

Now Bay Milton is in his life and he’s going to have to deal. Writing this book just about killed me because I didn’t know how Adam could open up his heart again. I didn’t know how to show myself and the readers that Bay wasn’t a replacement for Anna. Because she wasn’t. No, she’s a completely different person with different needs, wants, secrets, and weaknesses.

Adam fought this mating the whole way through and tore me up. But Bay surprised me. She’s stronger than anyone I’ve ever met in my head and she showed me the way for a second chance to happen.

Life changes with each breath, each second. Second chances happen and sometimes its Fate that brings it. Sometimes it’s something else. But Adam and Bay were meant for each other, even if the fight was harder than most.

What about you? What do you think of second chances for a hero or heroine in a romance? Is it hard for you?
New-Profile-Photo-300x262Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate – even if it’s just in her books. Happy endings are always near – even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.

Carrie Ann’s Redwood Pack series is an bestselling series that has made the shifter world even more real to her and has allowed the Dante’s Circle and Holiday, Montana series to be born. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.

Carrie Ann loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:

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Enforcers-Redemption-72-200x300Enforcer’s Redemption Blurb

Adam Jamenson has suffered through the worst loss known to man. The only reason he lives day-to-day is to ensure the safety of his Pack. As the Enforcer of the Redwood Pack, it is his job to protect all in his path, though he was unable to protect the ones he held dear. The war with the Centrals is heating up and Adam must try and grit through it in order to survive. Though the broken man inside of him may not want to…

Bay Milton is a werewolf with a past. And a secret. She’s met the Redwood’s Enforcer only once, but it left a lasting effect. Now she needs to find him or everything he had thought he lost, may be lost again.

Together, they must struggle and find a way to fight their pasts and present in order to protect their future. But the Centrals have a plan that might make their path one of loss and destruction.

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*** Giveaway ***

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*Giveaway ends November 23, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.


She murmured a good night, and he walked out, leaving her with her passed-out mate and the sudden urge to take care of him.

“He needs us,” her wolf whimpered.

“Shush, you,” she whispered back. “He’s a grown man who doesn’t need us staring at him like a freaking stalker while he’s sleeping.”

Adam groaned from the bed and tried to take his shirt off, struggling in his current state. She caught a glimpse of tanned flesh and wanted to groan right with him. Damn, she was pregnant and ready to pop. She shouldn’t be thinking dirty thoughts.

Especially not with the man currently trying to strip out of his clothes.

With a sigh, she waddled over to him and placed a hand on his arm, the heat radiating from him shocking her. She’d forgotten how hot his skin was.

“Adam, stop trying to take off your clothes. You’re going to hurt yourself.” Need filled her and she cursed. Her libido was picking a strange time to wake back up.

“Bay,” he grumbled, and she froze.

She loved the sound of her name on his lips. Or rather, her wolf did. The woman desperately wanted not to like it. Damn mating bond.


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Erica Pillera
Erica Pillera

Okay I have to ask The name Bay is really unusual where did it come from?

Sounds like a good story too

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. The name Bay came from a student of mine actually. I absolutely loved it and thought it was unique so I stole it LOL! But auto correct on word hated it!

Carrie Ann Ryan

Thank you so much for having me here!!

Eva P.
Eva P.

I love second chance stories, sometimes they are hard to read. I think it just depends on what happened to their first love, was it a tragic end, was it falling out of love, things like that. It will make hero/heroine stronger in the end though, to have found love again!


Love your take on the predestined mate! Definitely there can be more than one love of your life or else woe to the human race our numbers would be waaay down besides the fact there would be a lot of unhappy people— life still goes on and hope doesn’t end after someone you love leaves in whatever way. Your book looks like a great read and nice teasing excerpt…thanks for sharing!

Tamara Hoffa
Tamara Hoffa

I like second chances, Like having more than one “destined mate” I think people have the capacity to love more than once. Not that it’s a choice we would want to make, but if fate steals your first love,it’s nice to think there may be another out there waiting for you


I would totally love to win this. I’m always looking for a new series to try.