Today I am so pleased to welcome AF Henley to Joyfully Jay. Henley has come to talk to us about a new release, Wolf, in League. Henley has also brought along a tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving Henley a big welcome!
Hello, and welcome back to the Wolf, in League blog tour and giveaway! It’s an honour and a pleasure to have you here with me on Joyfully Jay, celebrating the release of my new novel. Releasing a new novel always seems like it’s going to be more of a bang than it tends to be (Where was the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!).
Sure, we look forward to them, kind of like we look forward to Christmas morning, but when the release actually rolls out, instead of getting the six-year-old’s version where we run down the stairs and tear open gift after gift and eat ourselves sick, it tends to be more of a parental version of Christmas morning—running around and working your butt off to make sure everybody is having a good time. Although, if my mother’s words can be trusted (and I’m pretty sure they can) it’s as worth it for every author who sits back and watches their blog tour and/or release events go by as it is for a parent who gets to watch their kid enjoying the moment.
For those of you who have been following along with the tour, thank you, and I hope you’re having a lot of fun with it. For any newcomers, welcome, and by all means please jump in and enjoy yourself also!
As with the rest of the Wolf series’ release tours, I’ve been handing out “tiny teasers” of the novel. And while I can’t wait for you to read what I’ve got for you, I want to remind you to follow through to the end of the post to learn how you could win the Wolf, in League giveaway. One lucky winner, tour-wide, will be awarded their very own 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.
My heartfelt thanks to Joyfully Jay for hosting me today, and another great big one to you for joining me. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!
Until next time,
AF Henley <3
And now, an exclusive teaser, and a romantic moment between Wolf’s newest set of “husbands”…
Matthew was pulled into the living room where his lower back was encircled by Gavin’s left arm and his left hand was lifted and clasped by Matthew’s right hand. “Put your other hand on my shoulder,” Gavin whispered, as if they were in the middle of a ballroom surrounded by people instead of in the quiet of their own living space. “Now get closer,” Gavin said, bringing their bodies together. “Bring your feet almost between mine, like we’re twining our legs. It’s a dance, not a boxing match.”
“So I’m supposed to be rubbing up against all your good bits, am I?” Matthew asked skeptically. He was smiling, though.
“Of course. That’s the best part.” Gavin looked into Matthew’s eyes and for a second, it was like Matthew was seeing them for the first time again. So strange but oh, so fascinating.
“Now what?” Matthew asked, more breathless than he would have liked.
“I start with my left foot, you with your right. I go forward, you go back. We slide the other like so.” He nudged up against the toes of Matthew’s right foot, stepped forward as Matthew stepped back, and then showed Matthew how to slide the other on an angle until both feet were lined up, but a foot or so apart. “Then we simply bring our feet together again, stepping the first foot to the second.”
They completed the step together and Gavin whispered, “Voilá. Not so hard, right?”
“No.” Matthew eyed him. “But for some reason I don’t think that’s all there is to it.”
“Just keep practicing that. You’ll see.”
They did, and surprisingly enough, the steps got more fluid with each one they did. Before Matthew even realized what Gavin was doing, Gavin was putting a slight turn in each step. And once Matthew got the hang of that, Gavin simply made the turn more elaborate and pronounced.
“It’s nice,” Matthew said finally. “You dance well.”
Gavin shrugged casually. “Not really, actually. Someone who’s really good at it would try something like this every few rounds.” He suddenly let go of Matthew’s waist, pulled away, then flourished his arm out into open space and stood there, feet together for a pause. “They would also say that your hand should be on my arm and not around my shoulder.” He stepped back in and brought Matthew close again. “I just can’t quite figure out why anyone would want to do that, though. This feels much nicer, don’t you think?”
He did think. But he didn’t say so. Instead: “Wouldn’t we look the pair trying to dance like this in one of the clubs?”
“We’d be the most watched couple there,” Gavin countered. “And they’d know we were actually a couple, wouldn’t they? Not just a bump and grind that we came across on the floor. It takes time to match somebody else’s step like this.”
Wolf, in League Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2016
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.
Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Notes: Wolf, in League contains some explicit and violent content
Book 3 in the Wolf series
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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I’m following the blog tour, and enjoying every single excerpt. Thank you, Henley!
I am so thrilled about all of that! Thank YOU very much for taking part! <3
Congratulations on this newest release, Henley, and thanks for the snippet from your book. I’d definitely like to read more.
You’re very welcome and thank you right back for stopping in to read and comment. I’m glad I was able to wind up your interest. 😀
That was a wonderful teaser it’s so great to see Matthew and Gavin together and dancing too!
Thank you! I was looking forward to you reading this one in particular, because I knew it was finally not creepy. 😀
Best of luck with the giveaway. <3
Breathe… Just breathe… Keep breathing… *stupid grin*. ???
Yum. That is one of the things I love about Gavin. A man who can dance is just one more element of hot. And yes, I’m re-reading again. Because Gavin is just too delightfully yummy for me. Like icing without all the bad stuff going in my system.?
And no sugar crash at the end of it.?
*waggles eyebrows* Might have an insatiable need for that man to just not wear clothes??
*laughs* That is awesome, thank you. 😀
I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed the novel enough to want to read again! <3
Good luck with the giveaway!
If this is not cute as all hell, I do not know! ?
Gavin teaching Matthew that there also is a time for the finer sides of life. ?
I absolutely love how you manage to write such a wide variety of emotions including this adorable romantic scene!
Thank you, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed the read again. As you know, this is one of my favourite scenes. <3
See, now I’m curious. Are you a dancer? or did you simply research dancing? You did very well in the description, and the playful banter is, as always, a delight. And an excellent change of pace from the other teasers.
Never really got into dancing myself. Maybe I just didn’t have the right teacher extolling the virtue of rubbing on his good bits. xD
No my favorite physical pass-time with another man would have to be chasing him to get back the last slice of pizza.
LOL! To be honest, this was just a simple waltz box step, so yes I totally know how to do it. But I would also be chasing someone back to the last slice of pizza given the option between the two. 😉
I figured everyone might like something a little less creepy this time. Glad you enjoyed it, Frosty! <3
That last line was sooo perfect. My heart skipped a beat right there, it did. *sighs*
Aw, thank you! That makes me so happy, I can’t even say. 😀
Best of luck with the giveaway and thanks for reading and commenting. <3
Thank you for all the excerpts you have been sharing!! Congrats again for the book release 🙂
You’re very welcome and thank YOU for stopping in to read and comment. It’s great to have you on the tour! <3
I love Gavin and Matthew’s chemistry already!
Thank you! They were a lot of fun to write. I really like these two together as well. 😀
Aww, a dance >.< Thank you for the lovely excerpt!
*grins* Thank you! I was thinking it’s about time! 😀
Good luck with the giveaway! <3
I love dancing scenes especially because I resemble Elaine from Seinfeld. Thanks for the excerpt!
You’re very welcome. I learned to waltz a long, long time ago… I can still remember when the music used to make me smile, and I knew if I had a chance–hey, wait, those are lyrics! XD But seriously, I love dancing. And you know, as long as you’re dancing who cares if anyone else thinks it looks good or not. 😀
Thank you very much for stopping in to read and comment. Good luck! <3
I seriously love this series and can’t wait to read this book, the story is getting really interesting! I would love to read another book or a short story of Randy and Vaughn, though. They are my fav characters. <3
Thank you very much! Vaughn has been in my head for a long time, so I’m honoured that both he and Randy are your favourites. And one never knows where the creative muses will direct one, so it could definitely happen! 😀
Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping in to read and comment. <3
Congrats on your new book. It sounds great. I love gay urban fantasy and paranormal, and the book blurb and excerpt made it a tbr.
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Thank you! That’s great. 😀
Good luck <3
Awww, I’d let Gavin teach me how to dance his dance in a heartbeat! Too cute!!! I’m so excited for them all! (Yeah, I know, too many exclamations. Mea Culpa. I Love them, though 😛 )
I am an exclamation zealot as well! At least in chat. So, feel free!! 😀
Thank you very much for loving them as much as I do! Good luck <3
It is a another great teaser! It reminds me of a time during a volleyball tournament, they threw a dance for participants and officials with a band that played music from the 50’s to current. Every time they played the older songs, we got off the dance floor and the officials and their wives got up and gave a us a show of how fun and wonderful partner dance could be! I ended up taking ballroom dancing for PE in college and had a blast!
That must have been so cool to watch. <3
I love watching long-time partners dance together. *happy sigh*
Best of luck with the giveaway and thanks for taking part in the tour. 😀