Join us in welcoming author AF Henley back to The Novel Approach today, on the Wolf, WY blog tour. Enjoy Henley’s guest post and the tiny teaser from the book, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win some great prizes (details to follow).
If I told you that I wasn’t terrified about this release, I’d be lying. The Wolf series is the first time in my life that I’ve committed to writing a series for publication and (just between you and me) it’s hard. Like, really hard. There’s the setting in place the foreshadowing for upcoming events, the remembering to include bits and pieces of previous novels in the next ones… the recalling of your own character’s names. It’s okay, though. I’ve made a list. I’m even doing character summaries these days. Considering I’ve always been an ‘I’ll-see-where-the-story-takes-me’ kind of writer, setting up a story that keeps on keeping on for three or four novels down the road is new territory for me. Especially when there still has to be a conclusive story within each of the novels themselves. (It’s two, two, two mints in one! for those of us old enough to catch that reference.)
The fun part, however, comes in creating a world that continues – in not having to leave the characters behind when one writes ‘The End.’ There’s a whole lot of pride that can be garnered from creating your own world. These guys and this community really do feel like my own children. (God complex much?)
I can’t wait to share them with you and that’s exactly what I’m hoping to do with this blog tour. Using ‘tiny teasers’ directly from the novel, I’d like to take you on a journey through their environment and introduce you to the place and the people that live between Wolf, WY’s beautiful cover… and what better place to start than with Wolf, WY itself? So here’s a little sample of Wolf, WY as seen through the eyes of Randy Connor (Wolf, WY’s MC) during a moment of introspection:
Don’t forget to read through to the end for details on the giveaway!
Tiny Teaser: Introducing – Wolf, WY
Randy leaned against the pillar on his front porch, his eyelids at half-mast, and his entire body at peace. There was something so very relaxing about watching snow clouds in a night sky. During quiet stretches, black and purple masses hung so low in the atmosphere that they created the illusion of a horizon of mountain peaks. Then, as though rousing themselves, the clouds would shift and roll across the sky, coming together to fold themselves around the moon. With a change so sudden that it was startling, the surroundings would fall into the icy grip of darkness. The imprisoned moon would then respond, piercing through the stronghold, dauntless in the battle for superiority. Brilliantly backlit by moonbeams, the clouds would tremble, huddle, and sidestep. En garde the clouds and moon advanced and parried, trading control.
In Wolf, however, Randy found that he could only remain transfixed in early December’s night for so long. Nature had her ways of reminding him that he was a warm blooded animal without benefit of fur or down. The cold air forced breath into steam engine plumes, turning every inhale and exhale into high-pressured cannons of smoke. With each breath he drew, his lungs became more chilled, until it felt as though frost was forming on his body from the inside out. At the same time, the air was crisp, clear, and energizing, like a shot of pure, natural ephedrine.
It wasn’t only the cold that kept Randy close to the house, though. The howling carried a deeper chill than winter air ever could. From a distance, the sound was, if not beautiful, at least melancholy. Up close, however, the sound could make the bravest man skittish, and Randy would be the first to admit that he didn’t rank high on the he-who-is-the-bravest list.
Randy pulled his hands into his sleeves, and scanned the property with a lazy, unfocused gaze. Everything seemed so bare—the Big-Toothed Maple, the Black Ash, and the American Dwarf Birch—all skeletal and leafless…
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
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My thanks to Novel Approach Reviews for having me today… I could never do these blog tours without sites like this and my gratitude goes beyond the mere, “thank you” that I have to offer. And a huge thanks to you, my friends, for reading and joining me. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!
Until next time,
AF Henley <3
About the Author: 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.
For more information please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.