Hi guys, today we have Rory Ni Coileain stopping by to show off her latest release Ilya and the Wolf, her cute short story for the Dreamspinner Press 2014 advent calender ‘Celebrate’. We have a great excerpt, Lisa’s review and a great giveaway, so enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~
Ilya and the Wolf
Rory Ni Coileain
Ilya, the youngest son of a Moscow oligarch, is so deep in the closet he’d find Narnia if that weren’t a decadent Western story. On Christmas Eve, his brothers lure him into the forest, intending to murder him and erase the shame he inflicts on their family by existing. However, the attempt is interrupted by Volyk, a wolf who carries the blood of the ancient oboroten’ —shapeshifters. Ilya never imagined a Christmas gift like the handsome wolf, but accepting what Volyk offers will have consequences that change both of their lives forever.
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.
Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn’t offer such a major, so she designed it herself – being careful to ensure that she never had to take a class before nine in the morning or take a Hemingway survey course. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, got shot down in flames, and found other things to do, such as nightclub singing, for the next thirty years or so, until her stories started whispering to her. Now she’s a lawyer, a legal editor, an Irish dance teacher, the mother of a teenaged son, and amanuensis to a host of fantastic creatures who are all anxious to tell their stories.
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Series: Dreamspinner Press’ 2014 Advent Calendar: Celebrate
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Length: Short Story (25 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Ilya, the youngest son of a Moscow oligarch, is so deep in the closet he’d find Narnia if that weren’t a decadent Western story. On Christmas Eve, his brothers lure him into the forest, intending to murder him and erase the shame he inflicts on their family by existing. However, the attempt is interrupted by Volyk, a wolf who carries the blood of the ancient oboroten’ —shapeshifters. Ilya never imagined a Christmas gift like the handsome wolf, but accepting what Volyk offers will have consequences that change both of their lives forever.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Review: This is one of the sweetest Christmas stories I have come across. It was a very tender story that just calls to you. I wish it had more to it though.
Ilya, the youngest, was fair of hair and gray of eye, with an easy laugh and a generous heart. Generous with everything, that is, except his greatest secret among his family. He had thought he had hidden it well. His family was full of hate, anger, and bigotry. A beautiful Lion saves him, changes him, and mates him. Volyk knew what would happen if Ilya denied him, but he would do anything to save this gorgeous man.
It was a cute story but was missing so much for me to truly get into it. I need more about their lives and what it meant for Ilya. I did enjoy it and it does show what Christmas should be like. I loved the way it was told. The pain Ilya felt and then the happiness made the story beautiful and full of love. I loved it but I needed more. I would recommend reading this story. It will give you a cute story to read during the holidays. This story has a great twist to it that will keep you on your toes.