In case you guys don’t already know, I kind of have a soft spot for Leon Grey. So when I see him making mad decisions regarding the wrong women (in my opinion, anyway), then a girl’s going to feel like she needs to step in. And just to appease me, good ole Jonathan Lister has created a list–a pros and cons list O_o–for the good or bad in the idea of Leon’s errant ways and bad choices. Ha!
It’s all yours:
Althea Backlund has her eye (teeth) on Leon Gray. The lone wolf knows he should stay away from her, but can he really fend off an Alpha while Demos City is under siege? Leon may need help deciding, so here’s a mental checklist of the pros and cons. Avoiding Althea, or giving in to her whims, could be the most resonating event in the Demos City Series.
5. An Alpha Gets What She Wants
No leader, female or male, rises to their position within a pack through bloodless maneuvers. Althea understands power, and how to go after her goals with singular vision. If Leon is her target, then she may keep firing until she hits it. That kind of persistent artillery could cause a significant amount of collateral damage.
4. Leon isn’t Relationship Friendly
Our werewolf protagonist isn’t just a single man about town–he’s a widower. Gray’s wife vanished a number of years ago. The scars of her abandonment make opening up a tad difficult, and as much as he might want to try again, there’s the latent fear of a repeat ditching. Even men who morph into bestial killing machines don’t like to get their feelers hurt…right?
3. *Cough* Impressionable Teen in the Room!
Then there’s Shauna, Leon’s daughter, to consider. Joining up with Backlund leaves her in a precarious situation with her Uncle Nate’s pack, and potentially places her in the crosshairs of a conflict, should she fall on the wrong side of pack lines. In terms of role models, Althea’s no-quarter manner of doing business might not be the best template for a long and healthy life.
2. Don’t Fall in Love with the Cover
Backlund is one attractive lady in charge, but her ultimate desires and plans for her pack remain hidden. Could bringing Leon into the fold be just another stone in a wider plan to control Demos City? Keeping her at bay could be the lone pin in the grenade that is her war plan. Seduction might cloud Leon’s mind temporarily, but he’d better come to his senses before any major decisions get made. Otherwise, he might not be able to walk the consequences back.
1. Does Leon Have a Choice?
For all of Leon’s grousing, he may be the person in the weakest position to choose his fate. Pulled in multiple directions, and caught in the scrum of a war’s exponential growth curve, how can he refuse Backlund if she’s the one offering the least violent path out? Who knew sacrifice could look that good in leather pants.
If you want to know just what has Leon Gray up to his wolf neck in trouble, you’ll need to grab a copy of Bullet: a Demos City Novel. He won’t admit it, but he appreciates your time and effort in doing so.
Yeah, still not convinced I *could* be wrong. Nuh-uh.
And if you’re clueless as to what BULLET might be, exactly (if you’ve been living under a rock, or trekking Antarctica, or something), take a lookie below:
Corruption, dark truths, and a new Alpha mean Leon Gray’s days of running without a pack are over. At least, that’s what everyone but him believes.
He’d rather be helping his teenage daughter navigate the landmine life of a full werewolf, finish out his servitude as bodyguard to a former Demos City reporter and, in all honesty, not be taken advantage of by a beautiful woman who really only wants him for his body—figuratively and metaphorically.
Of course, the only way any of that might happen is if he’s dead. That’s likely given the information the reporter has unearthed and the territorial battles already underway between packs. If only Demos City’s corruption didn’t have such deep roots—older than the bones of the city or any of the werewolves who’ve decided to claim it. A city can only take so many power hungry mongrels invading it at one time, and Leon can only take so much knowing his daughter lives within its boundaries.
War has come to Demos City.
It’s up to Leon to fix … what’s most important to him.
You can, of course, grab your own copy of BULLET at the below places:
And if you’ve still to read CROSSROADS, the first in the great urban fantasy series, fear not!
Because to celebrate BULLET’s release, CROSSROADS is on sale for only 99¢!
Werewolf. Bar bouncer. Dad. Standard traits for any self-respecting, reformed criminal, living under the radar in Demos City. For Leon Gray, normal is what he wants — for himself and his not-yet-changed teenage daughter.
Playing bodyguard to crusading reporter David Hastings would totally ruin Leon’s peace, especially since Hastings has hired killers on his trail, pros who know how he takes his espresso in the morning, and where Leon lives.
The payoff, though, would fill up Shauna’s empty college fund, and in a battle between opportunity and ordinary, money wins. He just has to keep Hastings alive long enough to cash the check.
If only he didn’t have to save his daughter, too.
As a budding wolf, she’s piqued the interest of a local pack Alpha — one Leon knows will steal Shauna right out from under him the first chance he gets.
Leon isn’t about to give up on his daughter or Hastings, and will fight for both longer than it took Demos City to see werewolves as equals to humans.
He can only hope it doesn’t take a thousand years.
And, like I said, IT’S ONLY 99¢!!!
Grab it here:
Cheers for stopping by.
About Jonathan Lister
Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Crossroads is Jonathan’s first book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.