Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford with Guest Post and Giveaway


Today we are kicking off Rhys Ford’s blog tour with the first stop for her new release Once Upon A Wolf being released on 16th February. Go check out what Rhys has to say about werewolves in mythology. Rhys has also brought with her a generous giveaway of a $20.00 gift for any online retailer of the winner’s choice so be sure to enter the draw.


So…. Werewolves.

Everyone knows about them.

Everyone has an idea about what they are.

And much like people’s opinion about whether or not ketchup belongs on scrambled eggs, everyone has an opinion about what makes a werewolf.

When I was challenged to write a shifter book, I sat down and thought hard about the werewolf I wanted to write. It was going to be gritty, fangy and hardcore.

Then I sat down and wrote Once Upon A Wolf… and it came out… sweet.

Like roses, chocolates, and warm socks out of the dryer sweet. And I wasn’t only good with it, I loved how sweet it came out. Because when it was all said and done, I realized I kind of wanted a werewolf romance story where the romance was key and the werewolf fell in love.

So for this blog tour, it’s going to be short, sweet and all about werewolves. With the assistance of one of the Five, Lee Jay Stura, we’re going to be exploring different aspects of werewolves; mythology, cultural views, in books, on screen, and pop culture.

I’m also going to be giving away a $25 USD gift certificate on each stop of the blog tour. So get your fangs and claws on, enter to win and grab a copy of Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford, out on February 16, 2018.

Werewolves in Mythology
It’s a still night. The light of the full moon bright enough to read by, and a howl cuts through the silence near enough to make your skin crawl. You know it’s not a dog’s howl. This is something else, but it’s been years since anyone’s seen a wolf in the woods outside the village. So what’s going on? Is it that new guy? The one who took over the old Jenkins’ place?

You find out the next morning, you’re not the only one who heard the howling. Another neighbor lost a sheep. Its belly torn apart, and someone found a boot near wolf tracks! The gossip begins to spread.

Before DNA scans and blood tests, how did you find out if your neighbor was howling at the full moon? Different cultures had different tests and mythologies where shape-shifters and werewolves were concerned. While women were accused of witchcraft, men who behaved differently were often named as werewolves if they had any of the following features:

Long index fingers—lay your hand palm down on a flat surface. See how your middle finger is longer than the rest? That’s how it is for most people, but if your index was the longest, that was a sure sign that you were a monster!

Being too hairy—Unibrows were bad! Heavy brows that touched over the nose were an obvious sign. In fact, patches of hair anywhere strange was a black mark on the list, especially if you had hairy palms. And the hair wasn’t always on the outside of your skin. Inquisitors were known to peel the skin back on the accused to see if they had fur on the inside!

The Mark of the Wolf—star shaped scars, scratches, shadows, or other body markings made you suspect. They could be simple stars or pentagrams, which were definitive signs you were evil. Actual lines didn’t need to be visible either. A grouping of freckles could have lines drawn through them to create a star shaped mark as well, making this ‘test’ a pretty easy way to convict anyone they wanted to get rid of.

Red eyes—if your eyes weren’t a normal color, and they reflected light like an animal’s, you were also damned. At least this one can’t have happened often and would be hard to fake.

So, how did they get turned into a werewolf? That list’s a lot longer, but a few of the big items are:

Infected by bites, scratches, and other mean of blood contamination—like most diseases, lycanthropy was spread from person to person, and people who were infected with rabies were thought to be werewolves. Drinking water that wolves had been in or near was also known to cause infection.

Curses and cursed items—witches could curse you against your will. You could be given a cursed item, like a magical wolf pelt, and you’d turn on the full moon. These weren’t always against your will either. Some people wanted the power that came from the curse or the magic pelts and believed they would work.

The Moon—falling asleep under the full moon and letting the moonbeams touch your face could also curse you, turning you into a raging lunatic. It was much better to sleep indoors and hide from the moon.

Tasting human flesh—cannibalism could be the cause and the result of being a werewolf. Unlike the sexual nature of the vampire, the werewolf was linked to violence, rough appearance, and bad behavior. It was a great excuse to get rid of the unwanted and unwelcome.


Once Upon a Wolf

BlogCover_Once_Upon_A_Wolf_RhysFordTitle: Once Upon a Wolf

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release: 16th February 2017

Genre: M/M (Shifter)

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Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

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Meet Rhys Ford

!Bioheadshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Harley, an off-kilter flower-faced grey and white cat-dog , as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.

Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com), DSP Publications (https://www.dsppublications.com/) and all major online book stores.




Follow the rest of the Once Upon A Wolf Blog Tour

(Feb 13-17)

13th Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

14th Boy Meets Boy Reviews

15th The Novel Approach

16th It’s About the Book

17th Joyfully Jay



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  1. I love this look into how Once Upon a Wolf came about and I love that it is sweet and not all fangs and blood.

  2. I adore OUAW and these werewolf mythology bits are delightful too!

  3. Congratulations on your upcoming release Rhys the cover is really great and I enjoyed the post and info about Werewolfs.

  4. Stanley Errington13 February 2018 at 15:20

    Am so looking forward to reading this book. Congrats on it's forthcoming release. It's going to be awesome!

  5. that was an interesting post. I'm looking forward to reading this story. It is so intriguing!

  6. Cool post! Congratulations on your new book!

  7. I love everything Rhys Ford writes. I must say I'm intrigued, this one sounds different then her other books.

  8. I love the descriptions about werewolves. And I can't wait to read the book!

  9. Gorgeous cover and I can't wait to read OUaW (pre-ordered!). Love the informative mythology regarding werewolves, too

  10. Werewolves were my introduction to paranormal/shifter/fantasy mm romance! Since they led me to dragons, crocodiles, owls and tigers, I've enjoyed the whole experience. The idea of a falling for a werewolf who is someone's prince is sweet. I'm hoping Ellis finds his own prince!

  11. The ways people had to find out if someone was a werewolf reminds me of the times of the witch-hunt.

  12. There is nothing wrong with sweet werewolf stories! ^^ Congratulations on the upcoming book release

  13. as someone with lots of freckles, not too keen on the lack of star lines method

  14. Wolves can be very affectionate. I am all for a sweet shifter story.

  15. Thanks for a little werewolf lore. The book s sounds great and I love the cover.

  16. I really enjoy wolf shifter stories. Can't wait to try it!


  17. Thanks for the interesting post! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  18. Thanks for sharing some of the mythology.

  19. Looks fantastic. Thank you for the post and congrats on your new book =)

  20. This sounds awesome, thanks for sharing :)

  21. I added this book on my TBR list just a few days ago! I'm very interested and appreciate the tour and this giveaway. Thank you to everyone involved!

  22. Looking forward to this one!


  23. definitely going to read this!

  24. Thanks for all the interesting info on werewolves. It sure has been tough to be different throughout history.

    P.S. I loved Once Upon a Wolf!

  25. Congrats on the new release! Love the cover. colby69@verizon.net

  26. Congrats on the release, and thanks for the history behind werewolves. I had one of the signs, unibrow, but my mom started plucking that when I got it and it's now gone. Too bad; I wouldn't have minded shifting every now and then. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  27. Congrats on your upcoming book release, Rhys. This will be an interesting new series (I never thought about unibrow until you mentioned it. Huh. Must’ve paid more attention to my neighbors. LOL).

  28. Some of the myths you shared are really crazy. I wonder how people back then could have believed in all that. Anyway, I can't wait to get my hands on Once Upon a Wolf! <3

  29. I love shifter stories more than anything else--regardless of the subgenre. I'm looking forward to the book.

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