Author Name: Rory Ni Coileain
Book Name: Wolf, Becoming
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Volyk learns very young that he has to hide what he is—oboroten’, shape-shifter—after his father is killed and skinned by a hunter, and the pack that takes in his pregnant mother is hostile to his kind. When Volyk is ordered to fight the pack’s beta to prove his fitness, but instead obeys his hormones and tries to mount him, he’s declared an abomination and forced to flee.
Ilya, too, hides a secret. Being young and gay in modern Russia is dangerous, and he knows it. But the truth eventually gets out, and his brothers lure him into the forest to kill him. They’re stopped by Volyk, who hides the mortally wounded Ilya in his den. The only way to heal the human is to turn him into an oboroten’.
Unfortunately, Ilya’s gentle nature is ill suited to the life of a wolf. But when Volyk’s old pack returns, seeking to take away Volyk’s magickal den, Ilya will have to embrace – truly become – the wolf Volyk made him, to save both his mate’s life and his own.
Pages or Words: 28,871 words
Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance, Wolf Shifter
And the angel said unto them, be not afraid…
Ilya was not afraid. Enraptured, yes. Entranced. But not afraid. He had been ready for death when he closed his eyes in the wolf’s embrace. Instead, he was whole, and awake, and in the arms of a man more handsome than any angel. Volyk’s long thick hair was the brown and gray of the wolf’s pelt, his cheekbones angular, his lips full. And his eyes were the same beautiful fiery amber as the wolf’s.
Maybe he had only dreamed the wolf. Or maybe he was still dreaming. Surely he had done nothing in his life to earn the gift this moment would be if it were real.
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Hi, Rory, thank you for agreeing to this interview!
Q: What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
A: Knowing that hey, I’ve done it. As frustrated as I can get sometimes when a story isn’t working, or when I’m bleary-eyed with editing, or living on caffeine while I try to make a deadline – I’m having writer problems. I feel kind of like the Velveteen Rabbit – I’m Real.
Q: Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?
A: All the time. All the time.
Q: How did you celebrate the release of your book?
A: I usually celebrate with Guinness, but WOLF, BECOMING called for a pint and six of Russian Imperial Stout.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for this book?
A: The original story idea was born at Rainbow Con 2014. I was on a panel on Easter morning, on Religion in LGBTQ fiction. And one idea that got tossed out was hey, someone should do an anthology of Russian and Ukrainian LGBTQ HEA romance. Right after that panel, I went back to the dealer room, and went past the Dreamspinner table and started chatting with the folks there. And they said “we’re doing an anthology for Christmas, with a theme of Christmas in other countries – you should really submit something.” Every once in a while, I manage to take a hint. winks
Q: Have you ever written naked?
A: Nope. Writing chair is imitation leather. Sweaty writer and imitation leather don’t work and play well together.
Meet the author:
Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn’t offer such a major. She had to design it herself, at a university which boasted one professor willing to teach creative writing: a British surrealist who went nuts over students writing dancing bananas in the snow, but did not take well to high fantasy. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, she sent off her first short story to an anthology that was being assembled by an author she idolized, and received one of those rejection letters that puts therapists’ kids through college. For the next thirty years or so she found other things to do, such as going to law school, ballet dancing (at more or less the same time), volunteering as a lawyer with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and nightclub singing, until her stories started whispering to her. Currently, she’s a lawyer and a legal editor; the proud mother of a budding filmmaker; and is busily wedding her love of myth and legend to her passion for m/m romance. She is a three-time Rainbow Award finalist.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/Soulshares/
Facebook Author Group (Rory’s Three Rs): www.facebook.com/groups/721651487924752/
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548821.Rory_Ni_Coileain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
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