Good morning all! We (the pups and I) are welcoming Havan Fellows, author and creator of the extraordinary Wick Templeton and the Wicked’s Ways series, to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words this morning. Welcome, Havan. Here’s your cup of coffee, watch out for begging critters!. *shoos away the terrors three*.
Thank you so much for having me here today, Melanie. *looks around and sits on nice cushy couch* wow, it’s so different being here than just looking in. *pets the puppies jumping all around my ankles*
Oh thank you again…*sips coffee and smiles* now that is a good cup of brew. Hits the spot, you know? I guess I should introduce myself, my name is Havan Fellows and I get a personal high from telling tall tales. It’s a gift/curse—depending on who you talk to in my family. Because yes, my immediate family knows I write M/M fiction & romance (or depending how feisty I feel at the time erotic romance *winks*).
So what started me on the Wick Templeton bandwagon? It’s a simple story about how Wick came about – but one that is close to my heart.
Here’s how I first described Pulp Friction back in January when we went public:
PF is an exciting new venture that was born in that beautiful head of Laura Harner…one day she came to Tom Webb, Lee Brazil and me and said:
“Hey…what if we swung it this way? You know, have the edginess of some hard-as-nails men doing what they do—how they do it—and getting the things done. Sure there may not be a HEA right away (if ever)…but we’ll deliver the thrill of the quick read suspense with a splash of sexy! So come on…who wants to sha-wing it with me?”
Okay *blushes and ducks head*—that might not be what she said verbatim…but I was paraphrasing, honest! hehe
Um…yeah, silly as it sounds that little snippet describes PF practically perfectly (say that 5 times fast). Just about a year ago Laura came to us with an idea of doing shorts…in the old pulp fiction style.
We loved the idea immediately. It was something that would let us experience a different side of our writing. We brain stormed for days and nights – completely talking up the “what if” phase. Honestly I didn’t know if this would be a project that would take flight or not, but it was darn fun to dream about. 🙂
But the more we chatted the more it looked like this was gonna happen. I freaked! I wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge.
I sat there biting my fingernails wondering if I was in over my head. One of the things we all wanted to do was have “bad” good guys. Men who weren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty in order to help people.
Enter Wick Templeton…
I can’t tell you the exact moment that he smacked my ass and called me mama…he just suddenly was there. All these scenes popped into my head of things he did or would eventually do – it was crazy. I’d be working on book two and a phrase he wanted to use in book four would suddenly be running through my mind. (at that time I had no flipping idea what book four was about either *heads desk* lol)
Wick was all for breaking whatever law he had to – not necessarily in the name of justice, but because darn it, it amused. Yeah (insert tentative giggles here), some of the things he wanted me to write…um… Honestly, Wick didn’t share as much with me as I hoped he would. For every chapter I wrote I wondered what this man was up to, why he was spurred on to do what he did. An ex boyfriend calls—one he obviously didn’t mourn over losing—and he immediately jumped into action. No talk about payment, no sexual tension between them, no hostility or any of those things that might have popped up…just Wick doing what needs to be done.
Admirable right? Don’t build him a statue just yet, trust me…
Then, the guy he wouldn’t admit being attracted to called for help—but that wasn’t the pivotal point that got Wick up and moving. Some serial killer was offing people in his town…that wasn’t allowed. No matter how much Wick wanted to poke and prod at Ned (in so many ways too lol) it was the fact that innocent people were being hurt.
Oh yeah, and Wick doesn’t like keeping his nose in his own business…smh.
But how much of our noses will he allow poked into his business? Not fair is it? He holds everything so close to his chest that it’s really difficult to pry even small details away to share with the readers. Only in writing the third book did he share even more of himself with me…and holy shite was I floored!
You see, upon writing Wicked Incarceration, I was blessed with the knowledge of what the next two books afterwards would be. With each book Wick upped the game some, toed that line you might say, and plans to continue doing that – making all of us wonder what side of that line he will land on.
*stops and sips more coffee*
Sorry, you’ve just taken part in one of my ‘rambling’ modes. Those closest to me know I can go off and just start babbling without any rhyme or reason behind it…and unfortunately when I talk about Wick…well I can talk for hours about him as if he is a real person that I’m kinda in awe with.
There are just so many facets to him, and he’s only allowing me to show a little bit of them at a time. Nice to know he’s as much an ass with the author as he is with everyone in his books right? lol
My sister stated it best – you see, she’s had to hear non-stop about Wick since last September I believe. Over lunches, on the phone, in emails…heck I’ve even PM’d her on FB to plot points out. But she’s never actually read one of Wick’s books.
After reading some reviews for Wicked Solutions and Wicked Bindings she informed me that she was finally going to sit down and read the series. She stated “I don’t care if I know most of the story through you, I need to read and experience Wick for myself.”
My point is – I could sit here with you sipping this freaking fantastic coffee and babbling about Wick all night long. No seriously, I’m not just saying that I really could do it…lol
But that wouldn’t give you the true feel of Wick…he’s someone you have to experience first hand.
I want you to experience that…I want you to read Wicked’s Way and let me entertain you for a couple of hours. With that thought in mind and in honor of Melanie allowing me not only to visit but to not put a word count limit on me *blushes* if you hop over to All Romance e-books you will find the entire Wicked’s Way series on sale for 33% off the cover price!
Yep…your eyes do not deceive you…from today until Sunday midnight (Eastern time) all four of Wick’s books will be available for only $2 a piece. *winks*
Thank you Melanie for your hospitality and thank you everyone for actually reading to the bottom of this very long blog post lol…
Oh and by the way, would you like a parting hint about Wick five? Okay – the first hint about the next Wick book…
A man from Wick’s past knows Ned’s secrets and is after their future…Wicked Truths. (working title) 🙂
Thanks, Havan, for stopping by. As you all know by now, I am crazy in love with this series and that wicked, wicked man, Wick Templeton. Yesterday, I posted the review for the latest release, Wicked Guidance.
For those of you new to the series, go back to the beginning and work your way forward. Really, its the only way to fly. Here are the books in the series to date in the order they were written and should be read:
Wicked Solutions (Wicked’s Way #01)
Wicked Bindings (Wicked’s Way #02)
Wicked Incarceration (Wicked’s Way #03)
Wicked Guidance (Wicked’s Way #04)
Your buy links here:
All Romance Wicked Solutions (Wicked’s Way #1), Wicked Bindings (Wicked’s Way #2), Wicked Incarceration (Wicked’s Way #3), Wicked Guidance (Wicked’s Way #4)
Thank you, Melanie, so much for allowing me to visit and babble about Wick. 🙂
Havan, it was my pleasure! I just love this wicked man and his series. Thanks for giving us all Wick Templeton, Ned Harris and all their stories, including those to come.
Hum… I don’t know what to say that havn’t been told already. I’m a huge Wick’s fan. Always was, and always will be. So maybe I could add: thank you Havan for introducing us to this impossible but lovable (in a wicked way) man!