Title: Wolf, Becoming
Author Name & Publisher: Rory Ni Coileain (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2016 – 28, 871 Words
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.
This was a good book, but different. The concept and the plot line is very original and unique.
The author takes the legend of the werewolf and puts in a bit of a twist. I love that. I don’t want to say too much to give away the surprise and the uniqueness of the story. Suffice it to say that this is a really good story.
The first half of the book, though, is a bit confusing. Each chapter is of a different time period and I had trouble weaving them together. There was no introduction or leading paragraph to connect them. So they felt jumbled. After the 50% or so mark, then it made more sense and the story improved greatly.
I do recommend this story. Especially for werewolf story lovers. This one is unique and a must read for the wolf shifter m/m story lover.
This was a new author for me and I really hate it when I don’t enjoy the book. It was very hard to read and I kept putting it down and struggling to get through it. It felt very chopped up and that made it hard to read. The story behind all it seemed to be very good and that is what kept me reading the book. I never really connected to either of the MC’s but like the story itself. The story did seem to kind of end rather abruptly and would have liked to see an epilogue.
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.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I have my dad’s old desk, in the half of my bedroom I use as an office. It’s wonderful. It used to be very cluttered, but it’s less so now that I’ve acquired a cat who delights in knocking stuff on the floor.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Probably Garrett Templar, from DEEP PLUNGE. He’s the most ‘me’ – I gave him my childhood, and my love of dance. (He’s a lot more limber than I ever was, though!)
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I’d sing – I do anyway, every chance I get.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Never, ever, ever sign a contract for eight books! Or at least, not eight books with set deadlines.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
Not a thing. The cover’s perfect, the editing is amazing. Even the length is just right for the story. Nope, wouldn’t change a thing.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
More often than not, a story begins with a few disparate ideas colliding in my head and doing odd things they wouldn’t think to do on their own. Ilya and Volyk’s original story started that way, the collision of a “Christmas in another country” theme and an Easter morning Rainbow Con panel on religion in LGBTQ fiction.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing up the SoulShares series – a book and a half to go – and a story for an m/m romance Shakespeare anthology. Plus I have the first three chapters of another Russian shapeshifter book sitting in an electronic drawer, and I’m starting to have ideas for a more high-fantasy novel that’s m/m, but not necessarily romance.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
The Twin Cities, Minnesota. I’ve set part of a novella here, and I think the way this place is so accepting of LGBTQIA people probably really encourages my writing.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Science fiction, probably. It was my first love, and one I’ll probably end up going back to someday. Heck, that fantasy story could turn out to be science fiction, just as easily….
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc.?
Handbags. Designer handbags. At deep discounts. One can never have too many handbags. Did I mention handbags?
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.