Circle of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #2) by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: December 20, 2012
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Aiden Wright is trying to figure out who he really is, but the truth could cost him his true mate—or his life.
Life has always been easy for Aiden Wright. He’s smart, athletic, funny, and the ladies adore him. But when tragedy strikes, Aiden discovers the truth about who he really is, and his whole world comes crashing down around him. Aiden thought that being a teenage werewolf was going to be awesome, but it might just cost him the one girl who could make him whole.
Since her mother’s disappearance, Teagan Rhodes’s life has been littered with her father’s empty beer cans and his hollow promises to change. Convinced that others would only let her down, she keeps everyone at arm’s length—but resisting Aiden’s charm is proving to be more difficult than she thought. Throw in a psychotic werewolf hunter out to terminate the species, and one wrong move, one wrong decision could destroy everything.
Circle of Lies - A Red Ridge Pack Novel, Book 2
Authors: Sara Dailey & Staci Weber
When we set out to write our first series, we chose werewolves for a number of reasons, but let's first explore why we didn't choose vampires, faeries, or angels. First of all, we already did angels in our first novel, Sinful. When we first began writing, here weren't any YA Romances out there like it. Yep, we researched it, and there was only one other popular angel series, and it was nothing like our own.
Unfortunately, things quickly changed right about the time we found a publisher.
It was going to take 18 moths before our novel would be out in print, and during that time, novel after novel came out about angels. In fact, our novel was originally entitled, Fallen. You can imagine our surprise (and disappointment) when Lauren Kate's Fallen hit the shelf. By November 2010, when Sinful was released, the market was saturated with angel books. In short, we tried to be different, and it didn't work.
Why not vampires or faeries? You can probably guess when it comes to vampires. There are so many vampire series out there and most of them are series that began right after Twilight became hugely popular. It is really difficult to sell a vampire book, especially as new authors. And needless to say, it's pretty much been done.
Now faeries are a different story. There are a lot of great faerie series out there, but the best ones are fully immersed in faerie lore. There are so many rules for the world of faeries, which would require a lot of research, and if you don't get it right, you're just asking for some serious criticism. Plus, we wanted our series to focus more on romantic relationships than the paranormal world surrounding them.
So yes, there are other paranormal options, but honestly, we really like werewolves. We like the animalistic aspect of them, the pack mentality, and let's face it; werewolves are sexy. And while there are werewolf novels and series out there, we didn't find any quite like our own. A werewolf pack provided the type of infrastructure we needed for our series since we wanted each book to focus on different characters, yet still be able to be intertwined with the other characters.
What beter way to do that than with a pack? The pack could provide tons of drama, not only between the teens, but within the families as well. We knew, besides romance, our focus would be o secrets and lies, and The Red Ridge Pack we created is full of them, leaving us with plenty of drama to work with. One little, well-meaning secret changed Allison and Aiden's lives forever, and the secrets and lies just keep on coming.
Both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past ten years and writing together for six.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Staci Weber is a graduate of the University of North Texas. Staci is a junior high school teacher with an addiction to reading romance novels. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have a close family, some good friends, a fabulous husband and two beautiful little girls.
Sara Dailey co-authored the Red Ridge Pack Novels with her good friend and co-worker Staci Weber. She has a degree in literature from U of H Clear Lake and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. Sara is a native Texan and lives with her wonderful husband and son in League City, TX.