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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Hurri Cosmo to Stories That Make You Smile! Hurri is here today celebrating the recent release of their fantastic paranormal story, Once Upon a Wolf. Hurri has generously agreed to sit down with us to discuss their writing, so pull up a chair and read on! 🌟
Once Upon a Wolf by Hurri Cosmo
Who knew that tasting the human would create such urges and needs within him?
Publisher: Painted Hearts
Cover Artist: Edie Conners
Release Date: April 11, 2019
Length: Novella / 45,000 words / 161 pages
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Shifter, 1900s, Hurt/Comfort, Healing Ability, Rescue, Large/Small Characters, Voyeurism, Mate, First Shifter, Parental Abuse, First Time, Dominant/Submissive
Warnings: Remembering parental abuse, a fight with the father that ends in the father dying .
Hawk is alone, hiding from the world, living in a tiny, rickety cabin his grandfather built. He has few supplies and fewer yet of the skills needed to survive on his own, but because of what he did, because of what his father caused him to do… well, there’s just no other choice.
But then one day “Ghost” shows up. A large lone wolf who begins to “take care of” Hawk. He brings him game, he protects him from predators, and he even pulls him from a raging river. He is Hawk’s only friend and Hawk begins to talk to ghost as if he is human and can understand.
Except Ghost isn’t human.
Yes, Ghost has filled a void in Hawk’s life, and he is very grateful, but he is a wolf and Hawk needs the company of a human. In fact, Hawk is desperately lonely, to the point he even tells Ghost he longs for the touch of a man, the first time he has ever said such a wicked thing out loud.
Then one full-moon night a large, beautiful naked man breaks into the cabin and grabs Hawk, looming over him like he wants to eat him alive. At first Hawk is terrified, but then he realizes the stranger has Ghost’s amazing golden eyes…
Taking care of the man was proving to be a little more intense then Ghost first thought it would be. Comical, too. Feeding him was no challenge but keeping him from killing himself with his eagerness for life certainly was turning out to be.
His own readiness for something just out of reach every time he was with the man was also a huge trial. Something quite unusual had happened in the river this morning. Something unexplainable, even by Ghost’s standards. For a moment in time, a time of great desperation, he had been able to hang on to his human with more than just paws. He couldn’t see, the water and the situation too demanding for that. But Ghost had been able to wrap something around the man’s hips, and he knew his paws were not capable of that.
Something in his very being had changed in him ever since the human had come into his life.
He had always been attracted by the man’s aroma, always wanted to mix it with his own. His desire to taste him was overwhelming at times. Making the human his was easy enough since there had been no challenge, but it was claiming him that seemed impossible. If the human had been a wolf, Ghost would have mated with him. He didn’t care Hawk was very obviously a male of his species. How could it matter? Except, the fact Hawk was human, and Ghost was not, did.
However, there was something else that was just at the surface and with the full moon this very night, he was more aware of it than ever.
He could feel it. It was coming.
He loped into the woods, quickly finding and killing a fat rabbit. He then trotted it back to the cabin and laid it on the doorstep. He yipped and scratched at the door, but he heard no movement inside. Appeared the man was sleeping. Good. After this morning’s ordeal there was no doubt he needed it. But frustratingly, this door was proving to be a real problem. He had watched how the man opened it, with those marvelous hands of his. He lifted a paw to examine it. Similar. He also had fingers of a fashion. They weren’t long like the man’s, but he had claws, which he liked. Something the man didn’t have. Still, those fingers…
And he couldn’t help but think that was exactly what he had when he grabbed hold of the man in the river. Hands and fingers.
But it didn’t matter at the moment because, even if he had somehow, miraculously, sprouted hands this morning, they were gone now. And he had no idea how to get them back. Ghost jogged into the woods and gathered more game for the man, laying it all at his door. He would wait patiently for the man to wake up.
Hawk woke with a start. Had he heard something?
He threw his cover off, jumped to his feet and ran to the door. It wasn’t until he had flung the door open, expecting to find Ghost standing there, that he realized, not only was he well rested again but his feet no longer hurt. At all.
And there was quite the array of game lying at his feet. Seemed Ghost had already been and gone a number of times.
Hawk lifted one of his feet to examine the bottom. Once scratched and cut, now it appeared completely healed. He could still make out scabby scars but that was it. How could that be? It was only hours ago he had done the damage and these wounds seemed days old. He remembered how Ghost’s wounds, too, had given the impression of being days old once he had him in his cabin and near the fire. The large wolf had hardly needed his care. He recalled joking about Ghost’s magical skin. Was there something truly enchanted about Ghost? Could it be when he had licked Hawk’s wounds the wolf had not only stopped any kind of infection from taking hold, but also healed him like this?
Hawk pulled in a long breath as he examined his other foot and found the same thing. He could see where the cuts had been but that was it. Then, checking the minor scratches on his arms and legs and even thinking about the ant bite on his ass, he marveled that they were all completely healed. Was this proof magic existed? His father had believed in it. So did most of the townspeople. Not only did they believe in magic, but in monsters. Growing up, Hawk had witnessed more than a few times his father picking up his gun and heading out the door to meet up with any number of the townsmen, all crashing together into the dark woods after drinking themselves into false bravado and whipping themselves into a murderous frenzy. “Hunting the monsters,” he would sometimes yell out at Hawk if he caught him staring at him. Hawk never asked where he was going. Not when March was like that, all wild-eyed and smelling of liquor. He learned quickly asking his father anything in that state would as soon receive a fist to the face as it would an answer. If March offered up any kind of explanation, ever, Hawk knew to be content with it.
As far as hunting monsters, Hawk was never invited to go. “Too fucking stupid,” had been the reply, accompanied by a hard palm to the back of Hawk’s head when, one time, a friend of March’s had the audacity of asking why. “Don’t care if the dumb sonofabitch shoots himself, but I don’t want him shooting me!”
No, Hawk never went on those excursions into the deep wood where evidently the monsters lived, although it had been a favorite pastime with the men in town. However, Hawk thought those forays were more often about getting naked and drinking till dawn. Oh yes. He couldn’t help but hear the hushed stories. It was why Hawk wasn’t invited. No wives or kids. “Hunting monsters” was messy business and was no place for the squeamish. True enough since they were all old men, ugly and fat and wrinkly. But Hawk thought about the naked part anyway. He thought about it a lot. Especially these last several days because the moon was nearly full, and it was on these nights that the town’s menfolk would go about “protecting their village.”
Did he believe there were real monsters in the woods? Absolutely, but nothing more than the normal grizzly or black bear. However, he was beginning to believe in magic. All his wounds were healed, and he held the magic had to have come from the wolf. And now, because of that magic, running out to check on his traps was possible.
☆ Author Interview ☆
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Writer’s block really sucks and I honestly don’t deal with it well. I have no tricks that work for me but at least I am beginning to recognize when I am heading toward it. I like to write in the mornings when the house is quiet and I actually have time. I would love to say that I am a full time writer but that’s still a dream. So I need to take advantage of time when I can get it. For me, that is around three-thirty in the morning. By six I need to be dressed and out the door. After work is difficult because there is so much to do and distraction is at its all-time high. If I try to write during that time all I get is frustrated. Not good for me or my family.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
To create. I love it. I love going back over a book I am writing and tweaking it here and there, loving that it is moving along. I do like very much what I write. It makes it all that more difficult when I seek out what people are saying about my books. It is very hard to read reviews that tear my work apart. I honestly try to “learn” from them because that’s what you’re supposed to do. I do love the day of release, too. Not that much happens for me on those days, I just like knowing I have a new book out there and that people might be interested in it enough to buy it and read it. Then, of COURSE, I love it when I hear back from those that loved my work. Other than creating something, that is my ultimate high.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Like absolutely everyone, do it. Just sit down and start typing. Don’t think about all it takes to get published. Honestly, it’s not that hard these days. Don’t think about promotion or titles or book blurbs. Just write.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I am working on a book tentatively titled “The Ex’s Boyfriend”. It is about a man, Mark, who falls in infatuation with a man, Leon, who tries to change him on every level. Finally understanding Leon doesn’t really want Mark as he is, he breaks it off. Leon “moves on” with a new man named Rogan and proceeds to “show him off”, most specifically to Mark. But things are not always how they seem, and Rogan makes it clear he is not only NOT the new boyfriend but he also has a whole lot of interest in Mark. Of course that makes Leon angry enough for revenge against his ex. Plus I am working on The Superior Jewel, an older title, and giving it new life, basically a number of “what happens next” chapters, before republishing it.
How do you get inspired to write?
All kinds of things inspire me. Reading especially. I don’t watch much TV but a show or a movie can inspire a story line as well. Sometimes real life can. I used a “real life” situation in “A Place to Belong” and I am using a real-life situation in another up and coming book tentatively titled “Come Back”, a story about a young man who has a very handicapped older brother. For various reasons he has to take care of his brother and tries to protect him from being made fun of by cruel people. In reality, it was finding a picture that I may use for the cover that inspired the actual story. But it was because of my very good friend, Terry, since passed away now, who “stars” as the handicapped brother. I regret not being able to get that story done prior to him passing although I did tell him about it. So, the list is vast. As it probably is with all writers.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Once Upon a Wolf came out of asking the question how Wolf Shifters came to be. I haven’t read any other books that have used this as a premise, although I am sure they exist. I wanted to come up with my own ideas and “voice”. I think I’ve done that with this book.
Meet the Author
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 reading this genre, too. Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I’m reading or writing, and I’ll be entertained for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.
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