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Lone Wolves Ranch

Ardy Kelly
11 April 2022
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“When life gives me lemons, I use them as ammunition. I’ve had to fight for my happy ending.”

​Once upon a time, an outcast boy met the love of his life…which was quite a surprise considering he didn’t know he was gay.

​Troy Merton wasn’t always Lone Wolves Ranch’s resident author and busybody. He was once a pregnant runaway teen battling pack alphas, kidnappers, and snotty rich omegas.

This is his story, from coming of age in the Black Hills of South Dakota to a happy ending with his fated mate, Ryan.

It’s the kind of tale TJ Macks would write…if it happened to someone else!

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Author interview: Troy’s Happy Ending by Ardy Kelly

What prompted you to write Troy’s Happy Ending?

I wrote three books in the Lone Wolves Ranch series, and Troy was a secondary character in all of them. Besides the fact that he is a fun character to write, an amazing number of Amazon readers left comments wanting to know more about Troy, his mate, and his family. On top of that, I was struggling with writing the next book in the series, so I decided to take a break from it and concentrate on a prequel of how Troy ended up at Lone Wolves Ranch.

Who is Troy?

Troy Merton is an omega wolf-shifter who lives with his mate, Ryan, and four kids. He writes MM shifter romance novels for a living, and is always butting himself into the other couple’s love lives…mostly so he can write about them in his next book.

How much are you like Troy?

I wish I knew some shifter couples I could write about! Plus, I’m much more of an introvert than Troy is. I would also consider myself more curious than nosy.

Where is Lone Wolves Ranch?

It’s an old summer resort outside Yosemite that has become a supernatural community. It’s mostly shifters, but the fae Sheriff Chet is also a resident.

How do you describe the style of your books?

Low-angst, humorous, easy reads. I’m not one for torturing my characters. I like books (both reading and writing) with a few laughs and a lot of heart.

When you write do you start with a story idea or a character?

I’ve done both, and I find starting with a story idea easier. For The Cub Club, I wondered how a parent would react to discovering their adopted child was a shifter. Once I had that idea, I created characters who would thrive in that kind of environment.

However, for Troy’s Happy Ending I needed to create the backstory for someone readers already knew from the previous Lone Wolves Ranch series books. There were a few things set in stone; Troy was mated to Ryan, their first-born was named Philip, and Troy had started his writing career creating One Direction fan fiction. The book became the journey that led Troy to Lone Wolves Ranch. It was more about his growth as a character than a single situation.

Where is your favorite place to write?

On a cruise ship! I love getting a cabin with a balcony, unplugging from everything, and spending a week diving into my imaginary world. When I’m stuck I can run to the buffet or order room service. Carbohydrates are wonderfully inspiring to my muse…especially when someone else is cooking and cleaning!

You can write a whole book during a week-long cruise?

No! I only revise my first draft on a cruise. I work in the corporate world so can only write part-time. It takes me at least a year to finish a book. Troy’s Happy Ending took two years, but that was due to the covid lockdown. I thought staying at home during the pandemic would help me to concentrate on my writing, but it had the exact opposite effect. The only thing I could focus on was Netflix.

Do you want to be a full-time writer?

I don’t think I could do it. I need lots of time for ideas to percolate through my imagination.

Will there be more books in the Lone Wolves Ranch series?

When I started the series I had three single alpha wolf-shifter brothers. I’ve managed to get Mack and Adam mated. Luke was the third brother, but I went off on a tangent with The Slightly Supernatural Sheriff and then Troy’s Happy Ending. Hopefully the next book will Luke’s story.

And there’s still plenty more single alphas on the ranch after that.

Do you write under any other pseudonyms?

I wrote the four-book Best Laid series under the name Robyn Kelly. I call it a rom-Dom-com, because it’s what I picture 50 Shades of Grey would have been if it was a romantic comedy.

It seems humor is a big part of all your books.

It’s a big part of my life. I find it healthier to laugh at life, rather than let it weigh me down.

When will be see your next book?

I’ve been able to write one book a year until Troy’s Happy Ending. Hopefully the next installment in the series will arrive before the end of 2023.




A few dips in the dirt road woke Julian. He rubbed his eyes and peered out the RV window. “Turn right at the end of the fence.”

Ryan pulled up to a gate. A large man stepped out of the guard house at the side.

Julian rolled down his window. “Hey, Eddy.”

Eddy pulled out his clipboard. “You aren’t supposed to be back until tomorrow.”

“We had car trouble.” Julian gestured to the burnt-out vehicle being towed behind. “Ryan and Troy gave us a ride back.”

Eddy narrowed his eyes. “And who are Ryan and Troy?”

The back door popped open so fast, Eddy reached for his gun.

“I’m Troy. Ryan is behind the wheel. He’s alpha of the Black Hills pack, in case that gets us a discount on RV parking. We also have Triple A.”

“Anybody else inside?” Eddy asked.

Julian yawned. “Just my sisters.”

“I’ll have to check the vehicle.” Eddy drew his revolver and climbed the steps into the back.

“Well, aren’t you a unique welcome committee,” Troy mumbled.

Eddy scanned the interior. “Any weapons?”

“Just my sharp tongue,” Troy said. When Eddy growled, he added, “Let me guess. No sense of humor.”


“Well, they say there’s someone for everybody, but you might just be the exception.”

Ryan put his hand on his mate’s shoulder. “Troy,” he warned.

“He pulled a gun on me,” Troy replied. “I’m allowed to be peevish.”

“He’s TJ Macks,” Sarah said, jumping to Troy’s defense. “The famous author.”

“I wouldn’t say famous,” Troy replied. “But I’m glad you did. Though I bet my next book will be even better. In fact, I think I’ve found my new villain.”

Eddy holstered his gun. “I’m going to have to call in before I can open the gate.” He went back to the guard house, but kept an eye on the RV while speaking into a walkie-talkie.

In a few minutes, a wolf ran to the gate. He shifted into his naked human form at the door of the RV. “Hi. I’m Mack. I’m pack leader for Lone Wolves Ranch.”

“What a pleasant surprise,” Troy said, staring at the newcomer.

“Not so peevish now?” Ryan whispered, before stepping in front of his mate to block the view. “I’m Ryan, pack leader of the Black Hills wolves.”

Ryan repeated their story, but before he could finish, a spry older woman pushed Mack out of the way and jumped inside the RV. She scanned the room before stalking toward Troy. Pulling his shirt up, she studied his belly. “You’re an omega. And you’ve had a cub.”

Troy pulled the hem of his shirt down. “Some things are private.”

Grabbing Troy’s hand, she pulled him to the door. “Come with me.”

Mack blocked the way. “Helen, what are you doing?”

“I’ve got an omega going into labor, and I’ve never delivered one before.”

“How many omegas do you have here?” Troy asked.

“Four, counting you,” Helen answered. “Now hurry.”

After watching the two disappear into the night, Mack stuck out his hand to Ryan. “Welcome to Lone Wolves Ranch.”

Troy followed Helen past rows of cottages to the one with lights blazing. She didn’t bother to knock as she pushed Troy inside.

A pregnant omega sat in an easy chair, whimpering softly, while his mate rushed to greet them. “Where have you been?”

“Getting backup,” Helen replied.

“I’m Troy.”

“Bill,” the anxious alpha replied, pointing to himself. “And Cory.”

“He’s kicking harder now,” Cory said.

“Or she,” Helen replied. She turned to the expert. “What do we do?”

Troy crossed the room and lifted Cory’s shirt. “He hasn’t sprung a leak yet. But we should get you undressed.”

He struggled to get the omega up out of the chair until Bill lent a hand. Troy put his hands on his hips. “When I gave birth, they had a chair with a motor to help you up. You may want to get one for next time.”

“There’s never going to be a next time,” Cory yelled.

“We’ll need some blankets and towels,” Troy informed Bill. “I suspect it’s going to get messy pretty soon. And you might want to get naked, too.”

Bill nodded. “For the cub?”

“No,” Troy replied. “But it will help me stay awake.”

There was a knock on the door, followed by Ryan’s voice. “Troy, are you in there?”

Troy frowned. “Better yet, keep your clothes on.”

It took fifteen minutes before water sprung from Cory’s birthing line, giving Troy enough time to extract the full story of Bill and Cory’s romance. The rest was quick. Once the cub (a girl) was delivered, they helped Cory shift to his wolf and then back to his healed human self.

“You’re unusually quiet,” Ryan said as the two walked back to their RV. “Are you thinking of having another baby?”

His mate knew him so well. “I don’t think Black Hills is ready to see a pregnant omega. They’re already barely civil to us.”

“Who doesn’t love a baby?”

Troy shrugged. “I was thinking of Cory and Bill’s cub. And Helen. She scared me until I saw her with the baby. There was love there.” Troy turned back to look at the cottage of the new parents. “I don’t think being an omega or the child of an omega is that big a deal here.”

“Maybe we can learn how they did it and bring it back to Black Hills.”

“Maybe. But Black Hills was never our dream. This might be the happiest I’ve been in months. The sad part is I didn’t even know how miserable I was. It felt normal.” He wrapped his arm through Ryan’s. “I’m scared when we go back, it will all feel normal again.”

“We don’t have to decide anything tonight,” Ryan said. “We’ve got a long drive back to figure it out. Let’s get some sleep. I think we earned it.”

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Ardy Kelly is my paranormal pen-name. I’m an accountant by day, a Netflix junkie by night, and occasionally a weekend writer of the Lone Wolves Ranch omegaverse series.
When I’m not cursing myself for taking so long to produce a book I write the kind of stories I want to read, with an emphasis on humor, heart, and heat. My favorite characters are the ones who discover they aren’t as ordinary as society has led them to believe.

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