Blog Tour & Giveaway: Once Upon a Wolf by Rhys Ford

So…. Werewolves.

Everyone knows about them.

Everyone has an idea about what they are.

And much like people’s opinion about whether or not ketchup belongs on scrambled eggs, everyone has an opinion about what makes a werewolf.

When I was challenged to write a shifter book, I sat down and thought hard about the werewolf I wanted to write. It was going to be gritty, fangy and hardcore.

Then I sat down and wrote Once Upon A Wolf… and it came out… sweet.

Like roses, chocolates, and warm socks out of the dryer sweet. And I wasn’t only good with it, I loved how sweet it came out. Because when it was all said and done, I realized I kind of wanted a werewolf romance story where the romance was key and the werewolf fell in love.

So for this blog tour, it’s going to be short, sweet and all about werewolves. With the assistance of one of the Five, Lee Jay Stura, we’re going to be exploring different aspects of werewolves; mythology, cultural views, in books, on screen, and pop culture.

I’m also going to be giving away a $25 USD gift certificate on each stop of the blog tour. So get your fangs and claws on, enter to win and grab a copy of Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford, out on February 16, 2018.

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Werewolves On Screen and Television

Hollywood loves the creatures of the night whether they’ve got fangs, fur, or scales. Monster movies have been attracting viewers since the silent movie era. The classic Universal Monsters lead the way with the big three of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man, although the Wolf Man wasn’t Universal’s first werewolf movie, it was the one that fans loved.

The story of Larry Talbot, played by Lon Chaney Junior, made the werewolf a sympathetic character. Yes, he was a monster when the moon was full, but he had the heart of a good man who was horrified of his acts (much like Dr. Jekyll regretted Mr. Hyde’s). Chaney went on to play the Wolf Man in several other movies, creating the first werewolf franchise.

Thanks to the Wolf Man, the common man knew werewolves could be killed by silver bullets, only turned into monsters on the full moon, and they were infected by the bite of another werewolf. In Love at First Bite, Dracula reminds the hunter who’s threatened him with a silver bullet, “That’s werewolves, Rosenberg, werewolves!”

Clinging to the human soul of the werewolf has been a theme in Hollywood for decades, influencing movies and television with a spattering of snarling, savage, brutes here and there for a change of pace, but the werewolf has gone from victim to villain to hero in many films and franchises.

Rated as the #1 werewolf movie of all time by Den of Geek, the American Werewolf in London, gives a funny, frightening, and fantastic tale of a young American on vacation in England who’s attacked on the moors. David is haunted by the ghosts of not only his victims but those of the werewolf that infected him. Rick Baker’s makeup of the werewolf and the ghosts are were award winning. David’s story is as tragic as Larry Talbot’s, and it’s endured since 1981.

It wasn’t always horror for werewolves in the movies. Teen Wolf (1985) made it a family affair with Michael J. Fox as the star. The movie spawned a couple of sequels and a cartoon, but it was no where near as popular as the television show based on it that came out on MTV in 2011. The series encompasses 6 seasons, over 100 episodes, and has spawned an enormous fandom.

But decades before Teen Wolf there was Dark Shadows. Where sympathy for the werewolf and other monsters was a theme, Dark Shadows, where like the vampire, Barnabas Collins, Quentin Collins did not ask to become a monster although he wasn’t exactly an innocent man before he was cursed. David Shelby’s sex appeal didn’t hurt the werewolf’s reputation either. He was nearly as popular as Barnabas with the fans.

Television since the 90s, like urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels, began to cast the werewolf as the romantic lead. He’s almost always the incredibly handsome, naughty boy, who’s really not all that bad, who because of an ancient curse, a werewolf bite, or bad genetics is doomed to spend his full moons howling.

Being Human, the Vampire Diaries, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, gave us charming, and sometimes awkward, werewolves who spent their story arcs trying to control the animal within, often resorting to chains and cages to protect the innocent from their bite, while helping the hero or becoming a hero along the way.

The wars between werewolves and vampires is a consistent theme as well in series like True Blood, the Vampire Diaries, and the Underworld movies. Romances between the two are taboo, and those couples are at great risk to be together, in fact it’s a Romeo & Juliet romance in Underworld that started a war that’s gone on for over a thousand years and spawned five movies so it’s doubtful that war will end any time soon.

Once Upon A Wolf by Rhys Ford
February 16, 2018 • Published by Dreamspinner Press

Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….

Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.

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Follow the rest of the Once Upon A Wolf Blog Tour (Feb 13-17)

13 Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

14 Boy Meets Boy Reviews

15 The Novel Approach

16 It’s About the Book

17 Joyfully Jay

About Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and HarleyDoodle, an off-kilter flower-faced grey and white cat-dog , as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people

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Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (, DSP Publications ( and all major online book stores.

20 thoughts on “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Once Upon a Wolf by Rhys Ford”

  1. I haven’t seen much werewolves movies or tv series. I think. I mean, I read more than I watch tv/movies anyway. But yeah, I’m familiar with Being Human, Underworld, The Wolfman (Benicio Del Toro one), True Blood (Alcide, woot!!) and even Teen Wolf.
    I’d like to see where this shifter series of yours will be heading. Shifting from sweet to slightly… murderous, perhaps?? 😀
    Congrats on your newest book release, Rhys.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Happy Release Day Rhys I have to admit I haven’t really watch much TV or Film with “Werewolves”. I really loved Oz in Buffy the tortured hero and of course “True Blood” with their take on Werewolves was very different.
    shirleyann2400 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Congrats on the release, Rhys! I loved it. Looking forward to the next one. And thanks for all the interesting posts about werewolves.

  4. Love the trip down the cinematic werewolf road! Love that you mentioned MTV’s Teen Wolf (I stuck with it through to the end, thank you Dylan O’ Brien and Sterek!)

    I can’t wait to sit down tonight and read Once Upon a Wolf. Thank you!

  5. I also enjoy reading stories that make fun of the popular beliefs about paranormal creatures that have been perpetuated in film and other books. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck on the release!
    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  6. I haven’t watched TV in years, but I love reading about werewolves. Thanks for the trip down memory lane: Love at First Bite with George Hamilton is one of my favorite movies. Happy book birthday for OUaW. It’s on the Kindle, now if I can only purchase free time.
    j (dot) stonewright (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I’m sadly still in the position of full-time student. One day I’ll have the opportunity to read for fun again. Meanwhile, I’ll just stare at Dreamspinner’s notification that Once Upon a Wolf is available for download and dream.
    allesonl at gmail dot com

  8. True Blood, Underworld, & Van Helsing! 😅 I haven’t watched a lot of werewolf movies but I did enjoy the ones that I’ve seen. I’ll have to check the other shows you mentioned. ^_^

  9. Thanks for sharing more werewolf history. I’m really enjoying reading all these posts about the history and mythology.

  10. I love your posts, Rhys, almost as much as I love your books. Congrats on the release. Already in my Ebook

  11. Once Upon a Wolf sounds like a sweet and cozy story! I also enjoyed the writeup on werewolves in films & TV – useful in giving me some titles to explore because after racking my brain, I could only remember seeing werewolf characters in True Blood and Harry Potter. 

    Congrats on the release! 😀

  12. Thanks for the interesting post. I can’t say I’ve watched many shows with werewolves in it as of late. Underworld, Howl (2015 movie), and Twilight are the only movies I can think of besides An American Werewolf in Paris with werewolves in it.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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