Please join us in welcoming A.F. Henley to Sinfully as she celebrates the release of her upcoming novel Wolf En Garde, book two in the Wolf series due for release 18th May.
Welcome back to the blog tour and giveaway for my newest release, Wolf en Garde. I've been taking these opportunities to introduce, or in some cases re-introduce, the characters and places found in the novel through tiny teasers from the novel. Today I'd like to introduce you to Arius. I've actually been waiting for this teaser myself. Arius is, without doubt, one of my favourite characters in this series. For all the wrong reasons, of course.
Those of you who read Wolf, WY already got a quick taste of Arius at the end of the novel. That wasn't just a coincidence. Arius plays a major role in Wolf, en Garde, and he has an awful lot to say. So I won't take up a great deal of space by talking myself. He's the last... person?... I would want to try and talk over...
However, before I get into the teaser I want to remind you to read through to the end of the post to find out how you could win your very own signed, print copy of Wolf en Garde, a sterling silver (nickel and lead-free) Howling Wolf Bangle, and a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market! It's just my way of thanking you for your time.
And now, I present:
Excerpt: Introducing – Arius
"Well, look what the cat dragged in."
A voice caught Lyle by complete surprise. He could have sworn the park was empty, and he was never wrong about things like that. Not in this form. Though he whipped his head towards the voice quickly, he landed his paws gingerly, one at a time, as though the ground had suddenly become ice underneath him.
A man—tall, long, and eerily calm, considering he was speaking to a wolf—stood with one ankle crossed over the other. He leaned against the fountain as though in casual conversation with the angel carved into the marble beside him. Though the man would have had to have waded through the lower basin to get where he was standing, he appeared to be completely dry. His dark slacks and jacket made a sharp contrast against the wind-polished marble, but his skin was white enough to compete with the fountain for luminance.
"Or, should I say, what the dog dragged in?"
Lyle's shoulders dipped, his head dropped, and his tail slipped between his legs. He didn't control any of these movements; his body seemed to do them without any direction whatsoever. When the man straightened and slipped a hand into each pocket, Lyle curled his lip and bared his teeth.
"Relax, mutt," the man said. "I know you're no dog. Just as you, no doubt, know that I'm no man. And if we're having a competition on whose teeth are prettier, I'd be happy to show you mine and win that round in a heartbeat." He shrugged and flicked an eyebrow. "Or lack of heartbeat, as legend has it."
The man stepped forward. Lyle stepped away quickly and the sudden scrabble of his back paws made the man grin. "It's kind of a shame, you know. Here I thought dinner was on its way, and instead I get you. Not that a meal of dog would have been fine dining, mind you, but it would have made my life simpler. Now I'm going to have to find a new place to hunt for the night. Not even the saddest or drunkest sot will wander in here with the two of us around. There will be way, way too much creepy factor weighing on their instincts. I'd be annoyed by that if I wasn't so intrigued by you, my furry friend."
The words the man spoke rumbled inside Lyle's head. While Lyle usually had no trouble deciphering the tone of conversation when he was in shifted form, translating sound into actual sentences could be difficult. His mind registered it, and something in the farthest corners of his brain was able to interpret it and file the meaning away in his memory, but all this took time and concentration. Vaughn was not nearly as skilled in that sense as Lyle was, but then Vaughn hadn't spent as much time in wolf form as Lyle had. Still... even with all of Lyle's practice and learning, the man's pattern of speech and inflection—as if every word he spoke was a joke—was confusing.
"I haven't seen one of you around here in ages." The man had moved closer while Lyle had paused to sort out his thoughts, and Lyle flinched noticeably when the man squatted down to get a better look. The man's pants were still dry, even though the water of the fountain was behind him. "I know you're not from around here. A wolf in my territory would not have been missed."
For the first time, the man's voice veered away from its charming tone. Lyle flicked his ears, trying to catch the new nuance in the man's tone. Anger? Annoyance?
"No." The man shook his head, and just like that, the tension was gone. "I would not have missed it. You've come from somewhere else. And I will lay bets on the fact that they don't even know you're gone."
He leaned forward, surprisingly close and impossibly unflustered to be so near to a wolf. "You have a scent on you that I've come across before," the man whispered. "Shift so you can speak to me."
Wolf, en Garde Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2016
A huge thank you to Sinfully for having me as a guest today. It's an honour and a pleasure to be here, and I can't tell you how grateful I am for allowing me to share with your viewers. Without sites like yours, authors like myself would never be able to do what we do. Thank you.
And a great big thank you 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
Wolf En Garde (Wolf Book Two)
Series ~ Wolf #2
Publisher ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 18th May 2016
Genre ~ Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Wolf, en Garde
Three years ago Lyle made a mistake that cost him his freedom, and almost his life. Now, sick to death of watching his father love the man that Lyle wanted, Lyle accepts an offer to leave Wolf, WY behind and see what life in Washington, D.C. can do for him instead.
When Lyle comes across a seductive, attractive stranger with a fascinating yet terrifying view of humanity, he's more than intrigued. It doesn't take Lyle long to realize that Arius isn't just playing games, though, and when Lyle runs across a secret in Arius' lair he has no choice but to flee, even knowing his actions will enrage Arius.
On the run, with only a psychic's second sight and his own instinct to help him, Lyle has nowhere to go but home. The only question is, will they have him when he shows up.
Notes: Wolf, WY contains some explicit and violent content
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Connect with 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.
For more information, please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.
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