Yup, it’s that time again everyone. So, get your hopping feet ready.  Over 200 different authors and bloggers have banded together to pay tribute to all those irresistible,  alpha males we all love to read about. Welcome to Carrie Ann Ryan’s:

You’ve got to hand it to Carrie Ann Ryan, the lady sure loves to put together some great blog hops!

What is your favorite thing about Alpha Heroes? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink*

While we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

 Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

Pretty fabulous prizes, eh?

That’s not all!

One lucky commenter, drawn at random, will win an in depth first chapter critique from me. So, be sure to leave a comment with your email address when you stop by. You’ll be entered into the drawing for four different prizes.

Today I celebrate our 15th anniversary with my special alpha hero. No, he’s not a military man, though he is passionate about our country. He’s not a fireman, or a cop, but he’s my hero. He saved me from living a cold, lonely existence. So, to celebrate our anniversary, I’d like to share a poem I wrote for him with all of you.

My One, My Only

Cold and lonely was my life

Lost in darkness knowing only strife

Forever to drown in sorrow and shame

Until into my life you came

Appearing before me pure as a dove

To show and teach me a miracle called love

Never again will I be lonely

Thanks to you, my one, my only.

So, what makes a man an alpha? Is it his charisma? The respect he shows his woman? His leadership abilities? His intelligence?

I think all of those are part of it. But, what stands out the most to me and makes him an effective alpha is his sense of honor, and his protectiveness. Tell me what aspects you think creates a great alpha?

Now I’d like to share an excerpt of Dangerous Temptation and introduce you to my alpha Cadmon.

“Stop!” Cadmon ordered as he stood. The small boat halted. What a waste! His hands balled into fists and jaw clenched as he stared at the once beautiful land, full of fallen trees and stumps. Mounds of dirt dotted the land every ten feet. Next to one of the stumps sat a forestry harvester.

“Damn,” he muttered and his heart sank into his belly. He stepped onto the violated land, careful not to crush any small animals buried beneath the rubble. The face of the earth held deep scars, testament of the mindless destruction.

The tiger inside him recoiled in horror at the view. Its angry snarls echoed in his mind.

An orangutan screeched, as it lay trapped under a tree, eyes wide with fright. It tried to use one arm to push the tree off to no avail.

Cadmon cautiously walked over and lifted the tree and tossed it behind him. He held out a hand. “Don’t be frightened little friend.”

The orangutan stared at him a moment, then leapt into his arms and clung to his neck with its uninjured arm, hooting and bounced in his arms.

“I’ll find you a safer home,” he vowed, as he rubbed a hand down its back.

The orangutan fell silent and stared at him. It hopped down and walked beside him, tucking its injured arm to its chest.

Cadmon searched the rubble and freed the other trapped animals, and watched them scurry away. Damn humans! How can they be so careless? His fists clenched and his teeth ground, as he stared at the destruction. When I get my hands on those responsible, I’ll rip them limb from limb!

His left eyebrow twitched, and he knew he had to get away. A guttural roar exploded as he returned to the boat. “How dare they do this?”

“Thanks Mateo, I’ll go on foot from here.” He passed the boat driver a couple coins, and snatched his bag, which he draped across his chest.

“Save our homes.” The short, frail man with silver hair down to his shoulders stuffed the payment in his pocket.

Like I don’t already have enough to deal with? He scrubbed a hand over his face and sighed. “I’ll try.” Cadmon picked up the orangutan. It wrapped its good arm around his neck.

The leaves and tree limbs crunched under his sandaled feet as he ran towards the sparse remnants of the trees, with the orangutan on his shoulder.

Ten miles passed beneath his stride before the undamaged trees surrounded him and the anger in his belly simmered over red coals.

Cadmon stopped and patted the orangutan on the back. “Okay little guy. Go find your family.” He placed it on a tree and wiped the sweat off his face. He watched the orangutan use its good arm to swing through the trees. At least you have one. His lips thinned into a hard, flat line as he looked at the untouched rainforest.

His tiger emotions moved close to the surface, eager to re-explore the land that captivated man and beast, like nothing else ever had. His fingertips burned as they changed to claws and his tawny skin itched as pristine white fur pushed through his pores. His sandy shoulder length hair lengthened and changed to white fur going down his back.

He clawed his shirt off his wide chest and tore out of his creased slacks as the muscles of his thighs thickened. Cadmon fell on all fours, back arched as roped muscles contorted beneath his skin. His heart soared as his body transformed into the sleek form of a large tiger.

Cadmon tilted his head back and unleashed a mighty roar, before he shot into the rainforest, uncaring of the limbs that scratched his fur. It felt good to tear through the underbrush with sure footing as his paws pounded the ground.

He had to get away before the unpleasant memories rushed back. He hoped to outrun them, but they refused to let go.

A family of rabbits scurried out of the way and his chest tightened like it did as the night his sister died. It replayed in his mind and his heart felt torn from his chest. Blood pounded in his ears as the tiger roared and raked his claws deep into the tree bark, much like he had rendered flesh from bone that night.

Damn him!

More memories crashed in and he leapt over to the next tree and raked it, trying to chase away the unwanted memory of his greatest failure. He snarled with each slash of his claws, the urge to kill so strong he could taste the metallic tang of blood on his tongue.

By the time he’d finished all trees within a twenty acre radius sported several deep gouges. Now they would know he’d returned. Let his enemies come if they held such a death wish. He’d shred anyone stupid enough to challenge him! A fierce roar exploded from his chest, a challenge to all nearby.

Anger abated, his chest felt hollow and he shot into the foliage, as the wind blew through his whiskers. He lifted his face, allowing the wind to dry his fur under his wet eyes.

Life wasn’t the same without his twin sister. He’d give anything to see her one last time. His shoulders dropped forward as the scent of dewy flowers and various smaller animal scents filled his nostrils.

As he approached his cabin, low hanging vines brushed against him and his nose twitched at the smell of rotting vegetation. His pace slowed and he snarled at the snakes, which hissed and slithered out of his path. Every beast of the rain forest knew his kind were the lords of the lands.

If only Keely were still around. She’d be mated and with cubling by now. He crouched low to the ground, reverting to his humanoid form as guilt settled like a heavy stone in his belly. He stood, scanned his surroundings, and with heavy footfalls over to the stream.

Trees competed for space as far as he could see. Creeping vines, and various plants crowded, as if trying to strangle the towering giants. In the canopy, birds flew to and fro making their nests, and feeding their young.

The sun trickled through the canopy, warming his skin with an affectionate glow, as if welcoming him home.

His eyes closed and he tilted his head back as he inhaled the mingled scents of the lush rainforest and felt the worries of the past five years melt away. He trapped the fresh air and held it in his lungs, afraid to let it go. It’d been far too long since he’d returned. Throughout his travels to different lands, no place called to his soul like his homelands.

Cadmon opened his eyes and smiled as the foliage sprang to life with movement. Several small animals darted in and out of their homes. He watched the orangutans swing through the vines, even their hoots and the proboscis monkeys’ screeches of play sounded like music to his ears.

The abundance of wildlife and fresh water were only part of the reason he’d chosen this spot for his cabin.

“Good to have you back.” A man with a slim, athletic frame and black hair tied into a braid that reached halfway down his back, walked up beside him.

“I’ve missed you too, Banan.” He clapped the slender man on the back as warmth radiated throughout his body. “Beautiful isn’t it?”

“Beautiful.” His friend nudged him with a manila folder. “For you.”

“Duty calls,” Cadmon muttered, as he accepted the folder. This place was home to Cadmon’s people, the Caspians. Like hell he’d let that weak human and his avaricious associates destroy it!

“You’re sure this girl is the one?” His brow rose as he stared at the picture.

His friend nodded and shuffled his feet.

Cadmon inhaled a sharp breath at the intensity of her warm, brandy colored eyes. Even in the picture they seemed to stare into his soul. “So, she likes to swim,” he mumbled.

“Informant says she good. Sure you can do this, Cade?” Banan tapped the photo. “Keith’s daughter.”

“His brother isn’t leaving us any choice.” He snorted and snapped the folder shut. Why did Nigel have to be so stubborn? His jaw tightened. Just because Keith had befriended Cadmon when he was a boy, didn’t mean his daughter was sheltered.

“Damn you Nigel.” A low growl rose from his throat.

His loyalty to Keith could not come before his loyalty to his Pride! The Pride’s lands were in danger of deforestation, spearheaded by her uncle. He’d seen the proof with his own eyes. A once beautiful land, stripped bare of its abundance of rich vegetation, which housed and fed many smaller animals.

“Already left,” Banan placed the folder under his arm.

“We wait until she arrives.” He stared across the water, jaw tight and vowed, “I won’t let her uncle destroy our home, or our people.”

“Good to see you.” Banan placed a hand on his shoulder.

Cadmon gave a curt nod and ground his teeth.

“Enjoy your run?” Banan walked over and sat on a medium sized boulder.

“I’ve been gone too long.” He walked into the stream, and allowed the cold water to pool around his hands as he cupped them to bring water to his lips, drinking his fill He stood and walked towards the cabin, noticing the grim look on his friend’s face. “What?”

“Won’t last long,” he replied, staring at the wall.

“How bad has he gotten?” Cadmon’s brows furrowed.

“Bad.” Banan frowned and Cadmon reached for the bag which he held out to him.

“Go now?” He glanced toward the camp and then back at Cadmon.

Cadmon opened the bag and extracted his clothes, and then slipped into them, running his fingers through his hair. He needed a few hours to settle his mind before he could take up the mantle of leadership.

“Healers say not much time.” Banan shifted his weight to his other foot and glanced outside again.

“This evening.” He squeezed Banan’s shoulder.

Banan nodded and left.

Cadmon entered the empty, dusty cabin. “Welcome home,” he muttered in a monotone voice, as he tossed his empty bag aside.

He swallowed against the thickness in his throat, and stared at the door to his twin’s empty room. An intense ache settled in his chest. He stepped outside, and released a heavy sigh.

Dangerous Temptation: http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Temptation-Preview-Caspians-ebook/dp/B008BWR28C/ref=la_B008BYQCYA_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350971963&sr=1-1

Be sure to check out the other blog stops on this wonderful hop! http://www.linkytools.com/basic_linky_include.aspx?id=152582

About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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  9. belindaegreen says:

    Greetings,

    Doing the Alpha Male blog hop….oh yeah! I‘m excited to be a part of this hop! Wow, 200+ authors—a perfect opportunity to meet new authors! It’s always fun trying to visit as many sites as possible.

    I love alpha heroes who are take charge men! They are loyal, loving and caring men. They usually have looks, brains, money and a commanding presence that draws people. When they find their mates and fall in love they will move heaven and earth to stake their claim. This is exciting to watch even when they are not sure why they have to have or be with this particular person. An awesome love dance! It’s definitely addicting to read.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes.

    Belinda G
    belgre@comcast.net

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Belinda, that’s a great response! You brought to light many reasons alpha males are so attractive. :)
      I just love these hops and am so proud to be part of one this time. :)
      Thanks for commenting and good luck. :)

  10. Alpha males always appeal on so many levels. Whether it is their strength whether physical or character, intelligence etc. but have a soft side still. The vulnerability that can be found sometimes is quite rewarding! :-)
    micciknigh@yahoo.com

  11. JeanMP says:

    Love reading about the confident, protective alpha with that dark edge to him.
    Thanks for being part of the this great blog hop.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  12. Sherry S. says:

    I love a hero that is in charge, knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it. He has to be tough but still show his softer side to the one he loves.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. kaylynd says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats on being with your own Alpha Hero that long.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

  14. Marlena Fein says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway. I am having a wonderful time discovering tons of new authors to be add to “the list” So many authors, so little time!
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. dgmolly says:

    I don’t think there’s much not to like about Alpha males. What I like most about them is their confidence.

    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

  16. Jinni James says:

    Great stop and thanks for the giveaways! I love a strong Alpha who is also romantic with his love.
    jinni_james@yahoo.com

  17. samantha atkin says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and i loved your poem.
    A great alpha to me is strong,protective and loves like nothing else matters.
    THANKS…..Sam

    sams3kids@live.co.uk

  18. kym amaral says:

    Happy Anniversary ! I just love a good Alpha, enjoy them more when they have lots of layers to them, or something unexpected .

    thanks for the hopping fun !
    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hello Kym, Aw thank you. :) These hops are a lot of fun. I love when a good alpha has many layers and each is peeled back slowly. :) Enjoy the hop and thanks for dropping by. Good luck. :)

  19. Lisa Walker says:

    Thanks for the chance!
    sqwalker2@gmail.com

  20. Belinda P. says:

    The giveaway is great. Thanks for chance to win. Alpha males are way over sexy.

  21. ashleyanne30 says:

    I love Alpha Males because they are strong, protective, take charge and dominate! yummy!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  22. Rachel says:

    I love Alpha men, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to have an equal relationship – I hate the feeling that my partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

    oceanrebel333@gmail.com

  23. Jenny says:

    Happy Anniversary! It’s a lovely poem.

    Jyl22075 at gmail.com

  24. Thanks for the giveaway, and the wonderful snippet!

    I love a sexy Alpha male who is strong, confident, tall, dark, maybe a bit tortured, loyal, possessive of his female, and protective of those he loves.

    Barbara
    bbsbooknook@aol.com

  25. yganoe says:

    I love an alpha that is possessive yet tender.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  26. arswthrt says:

    Thank you for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt as well. Best wishes
    Christine S
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

  27. mabledsoe says:

    I really don’t know if there is one thing I like about Alphas. All I really know is that the male character must be strong and a take charge character.
    Thanks for the hop.

    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  28. Great excerpt! And I admit I love a gruff, possessive alpha male that’s not afraid to treat his love with tenderness. Btw, Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :)

    Imsocool(at)gmail(dot)com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hello Melissa. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. :) Aw, thank you we broke down and bout Avengers for our Anniversary gift. Wanted to see it at the theater earlier this year, but the online marquis lied. Drove 45 miles just to find out it wasn’t still playing. Excellent movie!. Thanks for dropping by and good luck. :)

  29. Lynne says:

    This sounds like another on the TBR pile…. and hence my love/hate relationships with hops. I love finding new things (like new alphas to love) and new authors, and I like the idea I might get something cool, but I HATE not being able to get all the books I meet and support the writers!

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Lynne, thanks so much. I love meeting new readers. :) I too love finding great reads and meeting new alpha heroes to love. Enjoy the hop. Thanks for dropping by and good luck. :)

  30. Tamara Hoffa says:

    I agree with you a sense of honor and protectiveness
    sugerlady@aol.com

  31. Lona Stringer says:

    There is nothing better than watching a alpha male be brought to his knees by his female. I love the power and loyalty that comes with all that alphaness.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  32. latishajean says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway I love Alpha males my favorite!
    Big congrats to you and thank you for taking part in this blog hop!
    tishajean@ charter.net

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Tisha, I’m happy to be a stop on this blog. Alpha males are my faves. Thanks for the congrats. Good luck and enjoy the hop. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  33. DebP says:

    Alpha male , all the way, strong and faithful.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  34. JanD says:

    Congratulations on your 15th anniversary!
    My favorite alpha characteristics are leadership, confidence, and protective of his loved ones.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  35. 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!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  36. Steph Brentson says:

    That is defiantly going on my TBR list! and I agree with you Humor and protectiveness play a huge part!!!

    s.c.brentson@gmail(dot)com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Steph. Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it. :) Absolutely. I don’t laugh often, so I need a man who can make me laugh. :) Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the hop. Good luck with the prizes. :)

  37. Alicia says:

    Hi! I’m just “hopping” by :)

    I’m not a writer so please don’t enter me for the chapter critique – best if someone who really deserves it has a better chance of getting it :)

    I loved the excerpt, thanks for participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

    P.S. – I’ve never read the term “cubling” before – it’s cute!

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hello Alicia. How sweet of you. What kinds of books to do you like to read besides romances? I’m glad you liked the excerpt. :) Thanks for hopping by and good luck with the grand prizes. :)

  38. Rita Wray says:

    A man who is kind, caring and protective.
    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

  39. Cassandra Hicks says:

    I think how brave, strong, possessive, protective, and capable they are :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

  40. Christina Livingston says:

    I love reading about the confident, fiercely protective alpha with that dark edge and hidden soft side to him!
    mygirls01@yahoo.com

  41. Joy F says:

    I love alpha males, thanks for the blog hop.

  42. I love all alpha’s but the ones that have a sense of humor under it all are the best! xstitchdiva at att dot net

  43. rubyswan says:

    N FACT,A Alpha IS THAT ULTIMATE GREEK GO:D!
    WITH A HEALTHY EGO & A SEXY FACADE!
    ANY DAY OF THE WK. IF IT PLEZZZE ME.I’D HAPPBEELY &WILLINGLY GIVE 4 STARS!!
    redz041@yahoo.com

  44. Veronika says:

    Thank you for sharing the excerpt! Love Alpha Males!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. miki says:

    thank for the excerpt ( and beautiful poem)

    for me a good alpha is loyal an dprotective but he still let his woman do what she want but he is there to help is needed ( he doesn’t put her in a room and no personality)

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  46. What a beautiful poem!
    prettyhaydengurl at yahoo dot com

  47. micheleann oboyle says:

    thanks for the chance to win angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

  48. donnas1 says:

    Great hop!

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  49. Alpha males, to me, are compassionate, loyal, honest, determined, strong, and have something in their past that made them into the men they are today. phaedracamille@gmail.com

  50. Shadow says:

    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!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  51. bn100 says:

    Happy anniversary! I like alphas and their protectiveness.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Aw, thanks. protectiveness is one of the must have traits for a great alpha, in my book. :) Enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the prizes. :)

  52. LadyVampire says:

    I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating your 15th anniversary. Congratulations! And as for an alpha hero, I love the possessive, passionate, honor-bound aspect of him. He gives all for those he loves. Thanks for the giveaway!
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  53. Beckey says:

    Alpha males that are strong, determined and willing to go the distance for what they desire most as well they have a charming and caring side as well

    Thanks for sharing and being a part of the hop

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  54. ceagles20 says:

    Great blurb. Looks good. ;) Love Alpha Male’s.

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

  55. The best alphas are strong, intelligent, protective and have a wicked sense of humor.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  56. Jessica B says:

    Congrats on your 15th anniversary! Love the poem and reading the excerpt. Thanks for being a part of the hop!
    jessangil (at) gmail (dot) com

  57. 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

  58. A critique? Oooooh! Great prize! :)
    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com
    crossing fingers

  59. 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
    raynekitten@gmail.com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Traci! Aw, thanks. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them. Passion and fierce protectiveness make a man very appealing. :) Good luck with the prizes and thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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