Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ryan's Wizard by Beany Sparks: Interview, Review, & More

Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Ryan’s Wizard
(Paws and Magic, Book 2)
by Beany Sparks

Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
An alpha ends up with more than he bargained for when he finds his mate... his wizard mate.

After years of no contact, Oliver “Olly” Grey was finally able to reunite with his cousin Aiden. He’s surprised to find that Aiden now has a mate—a male, shifter mate—named Lex. And it’s Lex’s pack mates that Olly is there to help save. What he hadn’t expected was Lex’s brother Ryan.

Ryan Shepherd was happy to have found his brother Lex, and even happier to know that his brother was happily mated. But there is something about Aiden’s cousin Olly that Ryan doesn’t trust, especially when he also smells like the man currently holding his pack members captive. Yet that doesn’t stop Ryan from wanting to hold and comfort the man, and eventually he realizes why—Olly is his mate.

Now the four of them need to plan a rescue mission, but what happens when they run into the two men that had held Lex captive and those same men come to the cabin in the middle of the night?
Five Minutes with Beany Sparks
Carly: What inspired you to write Ryan’s Wizard? 

Beany: I had no choice, after the cliffhanger I left at the end of Aiden’s Shepherd I would have had to go into hiding if I didn’t write Ryan’s Wizard as soon as possible. 

Carly: What was the most difficult part of writing this story? 

Beany: Getting PITA to focus long enough for me to write. He kept running off or wanting to do other things even though I had a deadline. 

Carly: What is your favorite scene and why? 

Beany: Hm, my favourite scene is one in the middle of the story with Aiden, Olly, and eggs, and that’s all I’m going to say *wink* 

Carly: If you could be a shifter or a wizard, which would you choose and why? 

Beany: Hm, tough call. I think I would have to choose shifter, but I’d choose something completely different like a gryphon. A gryphon would be awesome! Then I could fly! 

Carly: What is your next story going to be about? 

The next story I have coming out is my Christmas story called 'Christmas, snow and…a merman?' It’s about a merman who doesn’t like Christmas and the human who’s caught his eye. It will be released on December 15th from eXtasy Books.
Aiden burst out laughing and moved one hand to ruffle Olly’s hair.

“Hey!” Olly exclaimed as he pulled back in order to glare at Aiden, who just smiled bigger and pulled him back into his arms.

“I couldn’t resist,” Aiden said, the laughter evident in his voice.

“Yeah, whatever. Anyway, back to what I was saying, but hopefully without interruptions this time.” Olly looked pointedly at Ryan when he said that. Ryan seemed to be studying him intently, but didn’t utter a word.

Olly looked away and started talking again. “I know where the pack is, or at least, I know where a bunch of canine shifters are being held.”

“How do you know that they’re part of our pack?” Lex asked, sounding like he was trying to restrain his eagerness.

Olly turned to him. “Because I heard a few of the guards talk about how they captured a bunch of them together.”

“And why didn’t you get caught?” Ryan asked, anger in his voice.

“Because,” Olly paused, then sighed. “The house they’re being held in belongs to Walter.”

Aiden gasped and when Olly looked at him, he saw the horror that was on his face.

“How long has Walter had shifters imprisoned on his property?” Aiden asked, outrage in his voice.

“I don’t know for sure, but it would be a number of years.” Olly couldn’t face any of them as he said that.

“Who is this Walter?” Ryan growled.

Olly looked up at him, then looked away as he replied, “My father.”

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picking up right where Aiden's Shepherd left off, with Aiden and Lex mated and surprised by the sudden arrival of Ryan and Ollie.

I highly recommend that you read this series in order. Ryan and Oliver's mating is the primary focus of this story, but the ongoing mystery of Lex and Ryan's missing pack members is integral as well.

Despite the escalating threat, RYAN'S WIZARD still has a lighthearted feel overall. Quite frankly, I didn't care for Ryan's character at first... but he grew on me. Ollie, by contrast, is completely lovable from beginning to end.

Beany Sparks offers a unique perspective of shifters, wizards, and other magical beings that is a pleasure to read.
Beany lives in Western Australia. She first started reading romance novels in 2008, but it wasn't until January 2010 when her Kindle got delivered that the world of erotic romance opened its doors to her, and she hasn't looked back.

With suggestions and support from friends, her muse—“affectionately" known as PITA—was finally able to break free, and in January 2014 her first story was written. Since she can’t put PITA back in his box, Beany has decided to give in and team up with him. Together they’ve made plans to write both MF and MM stories.
Visit Beany at her Website or on Twitter!
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