Hello! And welcome back to the Wolf, in League blog tour and giveaway. It's an honour and a pleasure to have you here, on Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews celebrating the release of my newest novel with me! Wolf in League is the third novel in the Wolf series, and I'm pleased to say that it brings two brand new characters into Wolf's lineup: Doctor Matthew Dietrich and Doctor Gavin Strauss. It also, however, brings back the ones that some of us have grown to love: Randy, Vaughn, Lyle, Rafe, Hannah, Isaac and even Henry. There's just something about this family that won't let me set them aside. I'm not complaining.
As with all the Wolf releases, this blog tour is centered around a "tiny teaser" theme; sharing small excerpts from the novels to introduce people, places, ideas. And, in keeping with tradition for the Wolf posts, there's also giveaway that (I hope) goes well with the tour. This time around the giveaway consists of a signed, print copy of Wolf in League, a "crystal and silver" diamante Howling Wolf Pendant, and a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market. One winner takes home the whole lot. Follow the post to the end to find out how to play along.
So now, the teaser, and as we were just mentioning the O'Connell family, does anyone remember Isaac?...
"It's going to rain," Hannah said suddenly. She sat up and tugged off her headphones. "I'm going to make sure Dad closed the windows on the truck. Anyone want a soda or something from the kitchen?"
That's where the rest of them were: Vaughn and Randy, Lyle and Rafe, Gavin and the rest of Vaughn's pack, shifter and non-shifter variety. They were comparing notes, making plans, even doing a bit of arguing if the occasional bursts of raised voices could be assumed to be that.
"I'll have one," Isaac said without lifting his head from his task. The pencil never stopped. Journal, story, whatever the pencil was leaving behind, it was as determined as its owner to get it out.
"What are you writing?" Matthew asked. Not that he was interested, because he wasn't. It just seemed like asking might distract him from his head for a while. He didn't like the dark corners that were cropping up there.
Instead of looking at him, Isaac turned to look at Hannah. She nodded, smiled, and the look in her eyes was the expression of a woman four times her age. Eight was the new thirty, apparently. "I'll be right back," she told her brother. "You should tell him. It's a good one."
Matthew cast a glance at each of them. "Oh?"
"It's a story," Isaac said. He looked at his pencil, sighed as if to make it apparent that he was not ready to let it go at all, and set it down. "About a mouse that was raised with lions."
Matthew forced a smile on his face. Isaac was, after all, just a kid. And praise for creative endeavors did wonderful things for young ambition. "That must be a pretty stressful life for a mouse."
Isaac shook his head. "Nope. It made him the toughest, bravest mouse of all."
"Did it now?"
"Of course," Isaac said matter-of-factly. His expression was dead serious. "A mouse raised with lions doesn't know it's just a mouse."
"'Course not. The lions might know the mouse is different, but the mouse doesn't. And unless one of the lions have got a mirror and show the mouse its round ears or it's pointy nose, there's no way for the mouse to know."
"Except it can't hunt. Or keep up with the lions when they run."
Isaac tilted his head and scrunched his face in an expression of distaste. "Sure it can. It has to. That's the whole point of the story. The mouse becomes a lion just because the mouse already believes it is one."
"Okay," Matthew sat forward. "First of all, understand that I get what you're trying to say with your story. And I think it's a valuable lesson and I give you kudos for even thinking up something that intricate. It's a fantastic idea for a story. But let me play the part of your critic for a second. Why?"
"Why does the mouse want to live with the lions in the first place? Why wouldn't it scurry off and go find its own kind? But the real why—the big why—is why are the lions letting this little drain on their resources stay? What benefit could that possibly have?"
Isaac rolled his eyes. "The lions are its kind. The lions are family. There is nothing else to go find. "
"But he just can't see why the big strong lions would put up with the teeny tiny mouse," Hannah said from the doorway. She held two cans, one in each hand. "He just can't see where the..." She looked at Isaac. "What did he call that?"
"Benefit," Isaac said. "Where the benefit would be for the lions."
"That's it." She handed Isaac one of the sodas. "I won't spoiler. You go."
Isaac popped the tab on his can. He sipped soda through his front teeth. "Okay," he said, swallowing. "There are like... a hundred things a mouse can do that a lion can't. Maybe a thousand. You know what I mean, doc? They can see like a hawk, they can smell like a dog, they even have expressions that they use to talk to each other. They can eat just about anything, have a billion babies, and they're smart. They can think almost like humans. I know, I Googled them. Being a mouse is pretty good business the way I got it figured. In the animal world, anyway.
"So, think... if a mouse can learn to be a lion, then a lion can learn to be a mouse. And little paws can do things big paws can't do. Little bodies can get into places big bodies can't. The lions and the mouse become each other and they get better because of it. They… uh... they… um..."
He looked at Hannah, searching for the right phrase. As he had known the word she'd been grasping for earlier, she seemed to know what he was looking for this time around. "Evolve?"
"Yes!" He slapped his palm on the coffee table. "They evolve! The whole family gets stronger together because of each other's special things. Plus, think about this: can you imagine being big and strong and yet too big and too strong to manage the littlest of things? Can you imagine what it'd be like to have a little thing around to help with stuff like that? Have you ever read the story about the lion with a thorn stuck in its paw?"
Matthew nodded. "I have. Sounds like you're taking it to a new level, aren't you?"
Isaac shrugged. "Not me. The mouse is taking it to a new level. The lions are taking it to a new level. And they're doing it 'cause each of them wants to do it." He sat back, took a slurp from the can and set it back down with a clank. "I'm just writing it down for them."
Wolf, in League Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2016
A great big thank you to Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews for having me today, and last but not least to you, as well, for joining in on the fun. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!
Until next time,
AF Henley <3
Wolf in League (Wolf Book 3)
Publisher ~ Less Than Three Press
Published ~ 10th October 2016
Genre ~ Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
It's been months since anyone at the Committee has had any contact from the O'Connell family or their pack members, and they are not happy. Suspicious of the activities that took place in D.C. and determined to find out what the wolves are up to, the Committee recruits one of their newest residents, Doctor Matthew Dietrich, to play the part of neighbor and infiltrate the family.
Matthew has always been a keep-to-himself kind of person. Though idealistic and optimistic, he prefers to work in solitude, at night, while he researches the findings that he hopes will one day change the world. When he's approached by the executives of the Center, he has no idea why they'd choose him. And to say he is skeptical over the concept of men that can shift into wolves would be an understatement. Until he meets his new partner, the man that will play the part of his "husband" in the Committee's scheme, Doctor Gavin Strauss.
Meet A.F. Henley
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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