Today I am so pleased to welcome Hurri Cosmo to Joyfully Jay. Hurri has come to talk to us about a latest release, Graham’s Rescue. Hurri has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving a big welcome!
Hurri has written some questions and answers to share with us today!
How did you choose the topic for this book?
It was actually chosen for me a long time ago. The first book in this series, Hyden’s Law, was written for a BDSM Goodreads call in 2015. I had a picture (a man rolling up his sleeves) with a slogan “What I want, where I want, when I want.” Hyden’s Law was born. Here’s the not so funny part. When it first came out it was really hit hard with bad reviews. It killed me to see them. But a few were bad due to the fact my shifters never shifted. I went back and rewrote the entire book. I pulled it down off the sites and reworked all of it so that my shifters shifted. A lot. I still got bad reviews and a lot of them had to do with I left the story hanging. Honestly, I didn’t think I did. So finally, five years later, I am doing not only a sequel, Graham’s Rescue (75,000 words) but I did a side story that goes along with it, Mates, Inc. (20,000 words). However, since I didn’t plan on doing a sequel, it took tons of planning to move the story forward with the plot points still in tact and hopefully write something cohesive and exciting and satisfying for those who thought the story had not ended yet.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Mainly trying to come up with “the rest of the story”. Like I said before, I didn’t think I hadn’t ended Hyden’s Law. So coming up with something that made sense and then ending this one? That was hard too. But as with so many times, the answers were all right there. I did change Mates, Inc. a little to accommodate Graham’s Rescue. And now I think they are both a solid part of the series.
Who did your cover, and what was the design process like?
At the writing of this blog I have yet to receive the covers. (two of them – one for Mates, Inc and one for Graham’s Rescue) But I know what I asked of the cover artist. The original cover for Hyden’s Law was done by the amazing Misty Kane. She has done a few more of my covers as well since then. The first three covers in my Ice Dragon series, and the cover for A Place to Belong. But Hyden’s Law was the first one she did for me. Unfortunately, she only does her own covers now. So, I asked Tracey of Soxiecoverart to do these two. Misty told me she didn’t like when the subject on the cover “looked into the camera”. So I asked Tracey to honor that with these two covers. I did ask Misty early on if I could have the artwork for the tattoo (I had found a way to use that tattoo in the story line) that appears in the top right-hand corner of Hyden’s Law and I was told no. That was a proprietary design. But she encouraged me to just search for something similar. She was sure I could find something, and I did. the rest was just asking that the covers made sense that they were a series. Color changes, model changes, transparent wolf silhouette changes. I am excited to see what Tracey can come up with.
What inspired you to write this particular story? What were the challenges in bringing it to life?
In this case it was reviews that said the story had been left on a cliff. I honestly strove NOT to do that. I have read a number of free stories though that do more than leave you on a cliff. They are simply teasers for the actual book that you have to buy. I did not think Hyden’s Law did that. I didn’t WANT it to. I believed I had finished it enough that readers would be happy. They clearly were not. And even though the ratings were poor, I guess I want to look at that as maybe a bit of a compliment. Readers wanted more. The challenge was finding out whether or not the characters would even talk to me again much less tell me more of their story. So I read and re-read Hyden’s Law and then, finally, just kept going as if I had simply turned the page. The characters seemed very happy to come back to me and tell us the rest of their stories. I do hope people like what I did with it. I also hope they feel that it “goes on” but the story they wanted was finally told.
What secondary character would you like to explore more? Tell us about him or her.
I really found out that Bowyn Kanmyrk was this really great guy. He kept his head in difficult situations and really loved Nick. After I finished this story, I was thinking I would like to go north to his mountain and see if he has more to say and do. I think maybe Nick’s and his love story would be fun to write as well.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why?
When I wrote Hyden’s Law, I liked writing both Hyden and Graham. But in Graham’s Rescue we get to know more about who Graham is, more of how he is dealing with his past traumas. He became a lot stronger than I thought he was. He still needs his Alpha, but he finds out he can rely on himself. And we see Hyden leaning a little more on others as well. I did love finding out more about these guys. I hope the readers do too.
“You’re pregnant, Graham.
Wow. Life has tossed Graham a lot of curveballs, but he never expected to hear those words. Then, just as Graham and his fated mate, Hyden, are getting used to that amazing news, someone from Graham’s past returns and kidnaps him, threatening the very future they want to build. Talk about curveballs! Graham is an Oletti, a bloodline of wolf shifters that seems to be part of an ancient prophecy, one that speaks of a hidden magical spring of water that can restore the earth and all that is in it. A power some would kill to possess. Except, in the wrong hands, it can also turn humans and shifters totally away from what, and who, they truly love, tearing families and even fated mates apart.
Unfortunately, Hyden has been forced to drink this water so no one is coming to rescue Graham. It’s now up to him to not only save himself, his unborn child and his fated mate, but very possibly the world. Except superhero capes are hard to come by and he never liked himself much in tights. Still, with the help of his Oletti powers, this should be something he could do, right? Oh, Great Wolf, let this be something I can do…
Graham’s Rescue (Book 2):
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KC2VZQ6
- Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1045753
Hyden’s Law (Book 1):
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BJSN22O/
- Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/614136
Mates, Inc. (Book 1.5 – short story)
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08K7KBMWQ
- Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1045505
Hi, my name is Hurri Cosmo. I live in Minnesota where I hold tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find.
Oh, I don’t mind “real life” and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories, but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA every ?single ? time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason I love writing this genre, too.
Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I am reading or writing, and I can entertain myself for hours. The fact that I actually get paid to do it is Snicker bars on the frosting on the cake.
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