Once Upon A Wolf is now up for pre-order on Amazon!

My sweet, short shifter story is now up on Amazon for pre-order. Link here.

Once Upon A Wolf
Wayward Wolves: Book One

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.

It is now Tuesday…

Rough weekend. Actually rough couple of weeks. Hard chapters to write and well, it does things to the brain. Coupled with the edges of either a sinus infection or the flu circling around me, I’m tired and brain-worn.

It’s been months since HarleyDoodle came into the household and Yoshi is still not all that keen on the kitten. Who is now probably half again as big as Yoshi.

WriterCat Yoshi however makes up for it in pure grit and foul attitude.

So, hopefully they’ll coexist. Hissing is down to a minimum. And they can share a couch / bed if they ignore one another.

The dog is still scared shitless of both of them and is confused as to why Harley keeps attacking him. SHE thinks it is playing because he has a built in cat toy on his ass. He is less than convinced of her good intentions.

Let’s see. I have a novella Once Upon A Wolf dropping in a couple of weeks. It’s kind of a part of an entire serialized thing. We’ll see how it works. The biggest problem with writing a connected story in small bits is they are smaller stories and you need all the bits. So, it’s a matter of people trusting the writer. We’ll see how that pans out. 😀 But regardless, I liked it. It’s sugary.

Which is good because my next two books after that were NOTHING sweet and sugary. Sure, some sweet moments but pretty much in for the haul.

Sin and Tonic is only a few months off and I’m halfway into 415 Ink: Savior and heading into the HEA. There’s that tipping point in the book when you’ve reached the deepest level of the write and it is time to pull it back up. I’m there.

Kind of like mowing a hilly lawn.

I have to finalize out the Kai plot stuff. There’s… so much stuff I want to do but let’s face it, I can’t do it all in one book.  There is a lot going on in Kai’s world and I just have to figure out what direction I want to go in first.

And coffee. All the coffee.

Saturday!

Well, today is a day of writing, coffee and telling the cat not to shove her chin against the laptop screen because she’ll push it back and break it.

It’s also Greg Tremblay’s birthday! So if you see him around, wish him a merry Cake Day and celebrate his existence. God knows, I do.

Coffee has been made and I’m heading back into 415 Ink: Savior. I’d love to get the cat off of the laptop’s table which is apparently wide enough for a laptop and a cat ass but sadly, the cat ass is heavy enough to push down the table in a very slow descent so I don’t realize it’s dropped a few inches until my shoulders begin hurting. It’s a constant thing. Remove cat. Cat returns as I write. Remove cat. Get caught up in writing, cat ass returns and sits on the Q side of the keyboard. Endless struggle. Said cat ass is about 9 pounds so she’s a bit of a drag on the table.

I’m not even sure why she sits there. NEXT to me is warmer and she’s more likely to be scritched.

New Cat HarleyDoodle is settling in. She and YoshiCat are still figuring out their relationship. They both want to play but well, they’re also both thugs we’d brought in off the street so there’s a bit of Sharks and Jets to the whole thing. Hopefully they’ll figure it out. It’s not a fighting per se but more of a hiss WTF?

The dog is scared of both of them and works to get out of their way. HarleyDoodle leaps on him and attacks his tail and YoshiCat swings by to beat him about the head for shits and giggles.

Okay… coffee and words. I have a snoring dog keeping me company today.

Brief Rundown of LA and Rebel News!

So I owe the blog a really long post about hitting Los Angeles with Greg Tremblay and well… sheesh, everything we did. And everyone we met up with.

I want to say thank you to everyone who came out for the Reader Dinner on Friday! It was awesome! Fabulous time and god, all the food. Seriously, all the food. I’ll post pictures of food at the end. Or in the middle. Or something.

Dragging Greg around Los Angeles was fun and we did a Pendle Run so he could see where dragons were born. The Firebird is great to take on long drives and with some good music, life’s even better.

We met up with Tristan James for drinks at the Normandie Club and chatted about projects. And then went to leave but only to hook up with another narrator, Amy Landon, at a restaurant on the corner where we did a quick bites and chat.

Most of the LA trip was kind of strolling around and kicking back. Our last dinner was at Sushi Enya, which is a place I highly recommend if you want great, pretty affordable sushi. We didn’t take pix at Enya mostly because… it was kind of just a dinner of talking and well, damn fine fish and beer.

In other news, I’m officially announcing Tristan James will be narrating the 415 Ink series and he’s started on the read of Rebel.

And man, I need more sleep and coffee. But… I’ve got Savior on deck then Kai 3 is right after!

Sunday Morning in LA

Funny how I can go for a 3 am crash time but when I go to bed early and wake up at the normal time, my body is all… no no no, go back to bed. Hard shaking off the tired from yesterday.

Greg Tremblay’s come to visit from New York and we spent yesterday doing the Pendle Run then had dinner with a bunch of voice actors/narrators he knows. Lovely time! Much fun! All the voices!

Friday was a fantastic dinner with a few readers and a couple of my friends. We went to BCD Tofu (no one got shot or blown up despite being the restaurant I have Cole go to in the books) Today is a trip down to Little Tokyo and char siu ramen. And hopefully more coffee because you know, that’s key.

I’m about at the halfway point of 415 Ink: Savior. The book is unfolding in different ways than I’d expected which isn’t bad but it’s been a … huh, okay that works… kind of ride. Things happen along the way of a book, like the brain grabs at something and folds it into the narrative.

Okay, time to catch up on the bottom of my coffee cup and Sunday. What are you all up to?

Once Upon A Wolf is up for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press!

Once Upon A Wolf is up for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press! Release date is February 16th!
 

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.

Q and A with Rhys Ford

Question and Answer Time! Thank you everyone who submitted questions in my Facebook group. I figured I’d post these here as well. Next time I do this, I’ll give a shout out to the blog and grab whatever questions you might have!

I did group some together because we had doubles but… lots of stuff!

Q: I know your characters talk to you and you have to write them. But do you also “see” them? If so, do you have ideas about what they look like or do you picture a celebrity, someone you know or just someone off the street who catches your attention?

Rhys: I don’t think my characters necessarily talk to me. They’re constructs I’ve built out in my mind but what does talk to me is the story. There are threads and lines a story should follow and sometimes it takes a bit to find out how they fit. It’s like cooking, finding the flavours that suit. I don’t match up faces to people before I start. It’s pretty easy for me to picture in my head what someone looks like.

For instance, in the beginning of writing Sinners, Miki was paired up with a proto-Quinn. Needless to say, that didn’t work because the created personalities didn’t fit.

Q: What books are scheduled to release this year and what are they about? Is there going to be another sinner’s book?

Rhys: Ah, I have four books on schedule and one… secret project releasing in October. Once Upon A Wolf will be out in February, Sin and Tonic, the last of the Sinners book, will be out in 2Q18. Then after that is 415 Ink: Savior and Kai 3. If I can fit it in, I’ll have 415 Ink: Hellion and then maybe a Hellsinger novella. It’s hard to shoehorn things in.

Q: I have so many questions about the shifter series on its way.  So the only safe one I can think of is……How different was it to plan out a world for this series as opposed to the Kai Gracen world. Alternative universe’s are created with every story no matter how or when they are placed.

Rhys: It was pretty easy. I kept the shifter world pretty close to our universe. I wanted to fold that reality into ours.

Q: Hellsingers! When can we expect more Tristan and Wolf? 2018? Puh-lease.

Rhys: I’m trying. It’s difficult because I’m caught in other series. I’m hoping to at least get a novella out. Cin and Harker need dealing with.

Q: Will we ever get more Kismet?

Rhys: Dude, Kismet is so hard to write. And well, it sucks a lot out of me. I’d love a couple of quarters free to catch up with everyone I need to write.

Q:  Will there be any more Half Moon Bay? Will you be returning to Half Moon Bay?

Rhys: I dunno. There’s a detective I need to deal with. I like Half Moon. It has a certain voice to it that’s great to write.

Q: Do you concentrate on just one WIP or do you tend to switch things up?

Rhys: I only write one book at a time. I get pretty immersed into the world and language of a book. I can’t shift, not easily. It’s always why I concentrate solely on one book. It starts from Once Upon A Time right straight to The End.

Q: Have you decided on Ivo’s book title? He’s the one I’m excited to read about.

Rhys: The brothers’ titles are already in place. Mace is Savior, Ivo is Hellion, Luke is Saint, and Bear is Beast.

Q: How do you choose the city/location? Are the characters driven by the city or does the city drive them?

Rhys: The city they end up in depends on the voice of the book and series. It really depends on how I feel when I work out the characters and really what the city needs to provide to the backdrop of the novel. Each is unique in what it can bring to the table.

Q:  Do you schedule your books or just work on whichever is calling to you?

Rhys: Ah, I am scheduled out until 2020. And possibly beyond if I look at it closer. I can certainly switch things around if I’ve got a drive to write something but for the most part, I know where I’m going. And then I take on projects which shifts things around a month or so.

Q: Have you ever had a rogue character take over a book? Like, he was supposed to be peripheral, but ended up as the MC?

Rhys: Not really, although Bobby and Ichi “earning” their own book was a surprise. I had an idea that Cin would take on his own novel as soon as I created him. He was too forceful to fade into the background.

Q: What was the first story you wrote? What about the first one that was published (anywhere)?

Rhys: Oh that has been lost in time. That first story. Aside from fanfic, Dirty Kiss was my first officially published novel. I have been published in anthologies and I have one of those stories on my blog under Tatsu.

Q: Will we be seeing anymore Kai this year?

Rhys: Yes. After this 415 Ink book, I have a short piece to write then I’m heading back into Kai’s world. I need a snappy title still but I know what I’m going to do there.

Q: Will all of your books be available on Audible? Because I love being able to listen while I am working.

Rhys: All of my books are on Audible. Rebel will be out as soon as it is finished. I am waiting for a sample and word it’s in production.

Q: When you mention a specific food/dish in a scene, is it because you were craving it when writing that scene?

Rhys: Sadly, no. There no impetus for foods and/or dishes. It’s just a part of the flow of the story. What fits into the scene and the circumstance. It truly is whatever seems to work at the time. It’s what the city has to offer and where the characters are when I’m writing.

Q: You’re branching out into a shifter paranormal (not discrediting Wolf and Tristan at all) – do you see yourself ever heading in another direction you hadn’t thought of before? i.e. science-fiction, historical, high fantasy, etc.? Would you like to write a scifi story?

Rhys: I probably will not go into sci-fi, historical or, high fantasy. I’ve already dabbled in steampunk with Clockwork Tangerine and that was fantastic fun but man, the science. I’ve got my hands full with what I’m doing now so I don’t think I can take on anything else.

Q:  In Rebel, was/is Gus’ brother’s actual name “Puck”, or was that a nickname?

Rhys: I think his real name might have been lost on the editing floor but it was Tucker. Or at least it is that in my notes. *grins*

Q:  If you had the chance to live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

Rhys: Probably in the UK and someplace all of the Five can be together.

Q: Do you plan to put the tattoo blog posts into one document we can download?

Rhys: Yes. I just have to get everything formatted and pretty. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. 😀

Q: Do you get this little snarky smile when putting bits and pieces of one series into another one? I know I smile when stumbling across hints like Damie playing on the wharf while characters from “Rebel” pass by.

Rhys: No snarkiness. Honestly, I am not one for snark or sarcasm. Literally have to hold a sign up to tell my friends when I’m being sarcastic. I just write and whatever fits, it slides in. It’s fun mostly because it connects Rebel with the rest of the universe.

Q: Will you be gathering the free stories into collections to release as audio books?

Rhys: Probably not. It’s a tremendous effort on the part of the narrator and well, costly. Doing Dirty Bits was a labour of love on everyone’s part and I’m grateful for how it came together but it’ll be a bit before I have that kind of time and space to do it again. But I will never say never.

Q: Have there ever been a character whose popularity with the readers surprised you?

Rhys: I would say Bobby or Cin. To be honest, I never thought Kai or Miki would be popular. But they are two of my favourites.

Q: Will any of your characters do more than mentions in other books. Like Cole getting a PI case from the sinners or the tattoo boys?

Rhys: Probably not. I like dabbling but cross-posting gets iffy. 😀

Q: I know you are working on a lot of series and sequels right now and have your schedule full, but will there eventually be a Dim Sum Asylum sequel?

Rhys: I do not know. I’m not going to rule it out. We’ve been talking about it. There’s just a HUGE amount of world there and I need to knit together a bunch of stuff.

Q: How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Rhys: No idea. Whatever fits. Well, Kai was simple because his first name but the rest of them has to just fit the personality. It’s kind of like naming a kid.

Q: Have you ever put anything into “the canon” of a series that you later regretted (example – a plot bunny or character quirk that you didn’t much about at the time but it gave you fits in a later book)

Rhys: Right now I’m regretting making Mace a dirty blonde / light brunet. Not really regret. There’s been canon stuff I seed in and I know no one’s going to notice it but it’s there and mine.

Q: Have you ever had any crazy jobs?

Rhys: I had a job stuffing vitamins into sliced open fish. *grins*

Q: Who are your favorite writers, actors, and songwriters?

Rhys: Oh man, that’s WAY too big of a list. I can tell you that every book has a soundtrack. I find music that fits what I’m writing. Kai for instance tend to be more classic rock whereas Savior is turning out to be a bit more hard rock. Seriously, ask anyone who knows me, the music spectrum is pretty huge. Same thing goes with writers. I just love the experience of being in someone else’s world.

Q: Do you have any new stories about your relationship with Greg Tremblay’s cat?

Rhys: Hah! I haven’t seen Doodle in a year but oh man, she’s a love. I adored her.

Q: What would happen if your characters converged on Comic Con in July?

Rhys: Comic-Con is soooo huge. I don’t think Kai would go. It would be too overwhelming for Miki. Cole and Jae would have fun and I’m pretty sure that’s where Rook lives. I can see him being a “red-carpet VIP” at that kind of event because of what he does. Dante would be confused so he and James could go get a few beers while Alex and Rook ran loose about the place.

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Well that’s the end of the questions and answer! Thank you all for playing and for dropping in some great questions! We’ll do this again in a month or so.

Now, next week, Greg and I will be in Los Angeles so if we can get ourselves in some kind of organized mindset, maybe we can do a podcast-ish thing during the week!

Thanks again!