As avid (obsessive) readers, we are always seeking the inside scoop on our favorite series. Paige Tyler’s X-OPS Series is no exception. Before the fifth X-OPS novel, Her Rogue Alpha, is released next month, we thought readers would enjoy a crash course in the X-OPS Series — and copies of the books to call their own. Luckily for us, Paige agreed to take us behind the scenes at the DCO — and she is giving away two full sets of her X-OPS Series. Take it away, Paige!
1. The X-OPS Series revolves around the missions of the super-secret Department of Covert Operations —the DCO. It operates out of Washington, DC, and is buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security. It was started after 9/11 by a handful of powerful congressmen and women who decided they could do a better job than the CIA, FBI, etc. The DCO answers only to this committee of powerful elites, and operates completely outside the rules and limitations placed on other covert organizations, with all the good and bad that comes with that. Problem is, the people on the committee spend as much time covertly working their own agendas as they do worrying about threats to the U.S.
2. Operational teams in the DCO combine shifters with highly trained humans. Shifters are people who naturally possess animal DNA along with their own, usually of a feline or canine nature. This DNA doesn’t let these special people turn completely into animals, but it does allow them to display certain animal characteristics like claws, fangs, night vision, speed, etc. These abilities make shifters extremely valuable assets to the DCO, but they also can ostracize them as nothing more than “freaks.” Suffice to say, not everyone in the DCO appreciates shifters.
The normal human member of the team usually has some kind of military or law enforcement background. It’s their job to both support the shifter on the team, and eliminate them if the shifter ever goes rogue or is in danger of being compromised by the enemy. If that’s not bad enough—and being told that your partner might have to kill you is pretty bad—there are also rules against forming any kind of personal relationship. Fraternization is strictly prohibited!
But while having all these issues playing in the background can make team dynamics complicated, romance still seems to finds a way.
3. Within the DCO, there are “good guys” and “bad guys.” Leading the good guys is John Loughlin, the director of the DCO. He’s been involved almost from the beginning, fighting for the soul of the organization, trying to make sure his people do the right things, the right way. John is really good at finding shifters and convincing them to work for him, and he seems to know every little secret before it happens. There’s a good chance John knows about his teams’ personal relationships, and he doesn’t care. I don’t know why people try to hide stuff from him because he always finds out.
On the flip side is Dick Coleman, the deputy director of the DCO. His first name pretty much says it all. Dick is a greasy slime ball who has never spent a minute in the field, but he knows how to manipulate people and he’s in cahoots with the most powerful member of the committee, Thomas Thorn. Former senator and current CEO of one of the largest, most powerful defense industry companies in the world, Thorn has been using DCO assets for his own personal gains for years. While Dick is a rat, Thorn is a snake. You cross him, and he will hunt you for the rest of your life.
4. The DCO has been finding and recruiting natural born shifters since its inception. They get lucky sometimes. Feline shifter Ivy Halliwell was an FBI agent and was already well trained. But other times, they take what they can get and go from there. Wolf shifter Clayne Buchanan was on the wrong side of the law and bear shifter Declan MacBride was a forest ranger. This doesn’t sit too well with some members of the organization, especially the committee. They would much prefer to be able to create their own shifters out of soldiers or spies. Some members of the committee have even secretly started trying to make man-made shifters, called hybrids. This doesn’t always work out too well, and lately it seems like the good guys in the DCO are spending more time dealing with the problems created by these hybrids than anything else.
5. Jayson Harmon, the hero in Her Rogue Alpha, is former Army Special Forces. He took a butt load of shrapnel in his back during a mission in Afghanistan and has been medically separated from the Army. He’s having major issues with figuring out what he’s going to do with this so-called life he has in front of him. He’s gotten a job running the DCO’s weapons ranges, but that wasn’t the life he’d envisioned for himself. He has an amazing girlfriend, feline shifter Layla Halliwell, but he can’t imagine the relationship working out. Why would someone like Layla bother with a broken man like him?
Layla, the heroine in Her Rogue Alpha, is at her wits end. She really cares about Jayson, but he seems determined to push her away, and she’s tired of fighting with him about it. To make things even more complicated, she’s finally getting a shot to be a DCO agent, something she knows Jayson wishes he could be.
Well that certainly piqued our interest! Better still, we have two sets of the complete X-OPS Series to give away! Two lucky winners will receive:
- One ( 1 ) copy of Her Perfect Mate
- One ( 1 ) copy of Her Lone Wolf
- One ( 1 ) copy of Her Wild Hero
- One ( 1 ) copy of Her Fierce Warrior
- One ( 1 ) copy of Her Rogue Alpha
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Her Rogue Alpha willbe available in digital and print on September 6. Digital copies start at $6.15, grab yours here: Amazon | BN | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play, or find a copy in your local bookstore on IndieBound! and for more romantic reads, be sure to stop by our Everything Romance Page.