For the faithful few that have been with me throughout the Wolf, WY Tiny Teasers Blog Tour and Giveaway, you already know that I’ve been working with more characters than I’m used to. It’s been surprisingly fun, though, and as I stated in the last post there were a couple of characters that I didn’t realise were going to be instrumental to the full story of the Wolf series until I’d (a) understood that it would, in fact, be a series, and (b) started writing them. Spoiler alert: everybody you’re going to meet on this blog tour is a character that will play a significant role in the series as a whole. So I do hope you like them.
I should back up for just a second here and explain for those who might be new to the tour: we’ve been peeking at the pages of Wolf, WY and getting a quick introduction to the characters and locale by way of “tiny teasers” from the novel. It’s been a refreshing reminder, considering I’m into the third novel of the series myself.
These posts aren’t just about the teasers from the novel, though. There’s a giveaway that goes with it – a single grand prize that includes a signed copy of Wolf, WY, a $20 LT3 gift certificate, and a Wind & Fire paw print bangle that not only looks cool but supports a great cause. Be sure to read through to the end to find out how to participate.
But, back to the post:
Some readers don’t like stories with kids. I get that. They also don’t like stories wherein one of the main characters is a father that’s been in a het relationship at some point in their lives. I’m not sure why that is. I can only hope it’s not a by-product of the biphobia that seems a little too common in the industry But back to the point on kids in novels… I like to believe that the inclusion of kids brings something to the story that you don’t get with adults alone: innocence, trust, and an outlook on life that hasn’t yet been beaten into negativity by the day-to-day realities that plague those of us on the other side. Children are hope and faith personified, and they are the mirror wherein we can catch a glimpse of the future.
So please allow me to introduce you to youngest of Vaughn’s children, Hannah:
Tiny Teaser: Introducing – Hannah O’Connell
One of the nicest things, Randy found, about living on one’s own was that if one was too drunk to drag one’s ass to bed, one could flop on the couch and just sleep there without ever having to worry about being bitched at. The worst part about that benefit, however, was that there was no one there to lovingly reach over and pull the drapes closed or to stoke the fire during the night. Those oversights tended to have negative consequences when morning light met hangover, such as being damn near frozen to death, and having to swat pointlessly at the sun while it glared through the back window. It was a punishment that served, if nothing else, to force Randy’s ass off the couch and try to figure out why it sounded as though there were wild dogs fighting in his front yard.
With the couch blanket draped over his shoulders, and only his toes properly wedged into his slippers, Randy shuffled to the front door and yanked it open. Pleasantly enough, it was not vicious beasts tearing each other open at all. Mostly, anyway. Beasts, possibly, but vicious? Doubtful.
Amongst the drifts of newly fallen snow, three forms lay sprawled in the yard, panting and grinning. Randy’s porch had been cleared; the walkway was also clean, and even the driveway had even been blown out. But it wasn’t until one of the forms lifted its snow-covered, hat-bound head and called, “Hey, Mr. Connor! Mr. Connor, save us! Lyle keeps snow-bombing us!” that Randy managed to wrap his brain around exactly who the three of them were.
The grin on Isaac’s face did not lend credence to his plea for aid. Instead, both Isaac and Hannah appeared to be enjoying themselves to the fullest. It wasn’t the two kids who came bounding up to the door that fueled Randy’s amusement, though. It was an embarrassed Lyle who rolled himself out of the snow, brushing off his shoulders, shaking his clothing, and making a pointless attempt to display cool nonchalance. Oh, the drama of trying to look cool at eighteen… Randy snickered.
He smiled down at Hannah when she grabbed his arm with a soggy mitten. “You can call me Randy, Hannah. And if you don’t, I will start calling you Miss O’Connell.”
She laughed, probably entirely too thrilled with that idea. She didn’t run with it, though. “Randy, guess what?” Her eyes were as bright as her nose as she gushed, “Dad said we could come help finish with the cookies! He said you asked and that it would be okay ‘cuz you asked first!”
Randy reached out and brushed snow out of her hair. “I did. And that’s fantastic! But look at this. What did you do out here? Did you guys do all this work?”
“Mostly Lyle,” Isaac said, swiping at his nose as he spoke. “He used the blower on the drive. We just cleared the porch and the walk. Dad said we had to do it first if we were going to come over and take up all your time.”
Randy winced. “And how did poor Lyle manage to get roped into this?”
Isaac shrugged. “Lyle does what we do.”
Wolf, WY Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2015
There’s nothing like a fresh start, and for Randy, still nursing wounds left by a cheating ex and harboring a deep mistrust for all things corporate, Wolf, Wyoming seems like the perfect place to start over. Secluded, quiet, and self-sufficient, Wolf is bound to not only inspire, but to bring Randy the peace he needs. The view’s not bad, either.
Vaughn O’Connell and his family are Randy’s only neighbors for miles, and while Randy knows it’s somewhat unlikely that a man with three kids is gay, it doesn’t hurt to look. When a misunderstanding brings Randy face to face with both Vaughn and his eighteen year old son, Lyle, Randy’s not sure what to feel about either of them.
But things are not what they appear in Wolf, and the closer Randy gets, the stranger the O’Connell family seems…
Word Count: 70,000
Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit content
Book 1 in the Wolf series
Purchasing Link: Less Than Three Press
I don’t think I’ve read one book by this author that I haven’t loved and Wolf, WY is as brilliant as all the rest. Unique from what I’ve read recently but still brilliant.
Randy is an early thirties lawyer that found his partner/fiance cheating on him with possibly multi relationships. Not only that, he cleaned out the bank account. (separate accounts ppl, always!) Randy decides to pick up and start over. Comes across this perfect town, perfect home, in the middle of know where. Starts licking he’s wounds and figures out what he wants to do with rest of his life.
The neighbor, is the rough and sexy father of three. That pushes all of Randy buttons. The eldest son is also trying to push those buttons which everyone is stopping.
Randy and Vaughn is this chemistry of HAWT, smexy and cold that just works. Randy is brooding and yet trying to get past the father’s shell. Trying to figure the what and why of the strangeness of everything. All the while keeping his distance when asked. The books takes place over months time. The only I didn’t care for was the end seemed a little rushed to me. Have to see how book 2 opens?
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I’d like to give a great big thanks to Crystal’s Many Reviewers for hosting me today. I can never thank you enough for the time and effort that your site puts into supporting authors and you probably don’t get told how much we appreciate it often enough. And my thanks to you, as well, for reading and joining me on the tour. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!
Until next time,
AF Henley <3
Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica. A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.
Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.
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