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Hanging up with Kent, Jenna looks over to her Uncle. “We’ve got at least an hour to waste. How about you explain this Pack Master thing to me.”
Uncle Owen cocks his head to the side, considering her, and then asks, “What is it that you want to know about being Pack Master?”
“What is a Pack Master? What does you being the Pack Master mean and how did you become it? Is it because my father was the Pack Master and you’re related to him?”
A smug smile crosses his face. “There is one Pack Master for almost every continent. A Pack Master is the top Alpha Wolf for that continent and runs the entire area as his territory. So, for example, Adam is the Alpha of North Carolina, his job is to promote peace, make sure all of the wolves in his area are taken care of, and dispense discipline as well as justice if it’s needed. Him being Alpha is a position he earned by being the strongest wolf in the state and having the willingness to fight and kill any other wolf that wishes to challenge him to prove it. Although strong Alpha genetics do run in a family, it does not guarantee you an Alpha position if you’re related to one. I am not Pack Master because your father was and I’m his brother. Your father was the Pack Master because he was the biggest, baddest Wolf in this country. When he was killed I had to publically stake my claim in the title with anyone else who wanted the position, and then we were paired off in fights in front of anyone of our kind who wanted to watch, to the death. Like MacLeod in the Highlander, there could be only one. I inherited the Pack Master title because I’m the biggest, baddest motherfucker in the United States and I’m willing to kill anyone who challenges me mercilessly to prove it.”
Jenna blinks back at her Uncle in a small state of shock. “So you’re telling me that you became Pack Master because of your willingness to be a killer?”
He shakes his head. “No, I’m telling you that I’m Pack Master because I have a number of qualities that allow me to lead our people. Intelligence, strength, and when needed, a head for politics. I also have to be willing to kill anyone stupid enough to challenge me for the position. It’s out of necessity I assure you, not pleasure. Thankfully, the majority of my wolves are smart enough to know they wouldn’t stand a chance against me.”
“So what are you, like the wolf shifter version of the Terminator? Unstoppable and un-killable?”
His smug grin expands and turns into something that resembles a deadly shark like smile. “No, you could say I’m more like the Borg. Everyone will assimilate and resistance is futile.”
Jenna snorts. She should have known that she would be related to lethal geeks. God forbid she actually be related to anybody with any normal tendencies. That might be asking any higher powers for more than they can handle.
About the Author
Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sisters-in-law share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs – but don’t tell them that we said that.)
Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance, and was released in January 2013. Their third book, Secret Maneuvers, releases on June 15, 2013, and will be the start of a new adult contemporary romance series (Ex Ops Series). They are now working on their next three novels, Walk On The Striped Side (Big Bad Bite Series #2), Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops Series #2), and The Frozen Star (YA Star Series #2).
With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey!
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