Thursday, February 4, 2010

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Terry Spear



When I was growing up, I saw Dracula in plays and movies, and werewolves and other beasties such as gargoyles and wraiths and ghosts in other movies or books, none of whom were the “good” guys. Dracula came the closest to being sexy—I was ready to throw myself on stage and under his spell, knocking the lucky actress out of his grasp just for a chance to have him bite “my” neck. *sigh*

As for werewolves, there was the occasional shapeshifter who felt remorse, but had no control over the evil he did when in his beastly wolf form. So I felt some sympathy for him. But sexy? Or desirable? Nope. Although I did want to save him. It seemed that the only good werewolf, like the only good vampire, was a dead one.

But just like there are evil humans among us, I kept feeling there are good vampires and good werewolves too. Ghosts were about the only exception. Some were evil. Some good. So why not werewolves and vampires?

I didn’t want to create hideous beastly werewolves though. How could they be a sexy human hunk, and then shapeshift into some horrible predator?

Reading Jack London’s tales, White Fang and Call of the Wild, gave me a love of wolves. I wanted to see the wolves live in peace with humans. And that love became the basis for my werewolves who as humans have wolf instincts, and as wolves (unlike many of the old werewolf tales) have human instincts. They are wolves in their wolf form, not some aberration, beautiful, majestic, hunters, but love to play, bond with their family, and mate for life.

The hunky human side can be just as playful, protective, and committed and that makes them totally sexy.

Here’s a snippet from Legend of the White Wolf, after Cameron discovers what the Arctic wolf’s bite has done to him and Faith believes he’s none other than an Arctic wolf:

He bolted for her, the thrill of the chase coursing through his blood. The dogs barked with glee and Cameron lunged for her.

As soon as he pounced on her back, she screamed and fell face first in the snow. And then, lay very still, but he didn’t move either. If he released her, she’d go for the weapon. She continued to remain motionless. From the sound of her too-rapid heartbeat, her heavy breathing, and her slight trembling, he knew she hadn’t passed out, but rather was playing possum. He wanted to smile at her clever deception.

The playful urge to take her down gave way to something deeper, more primal and possessive. How could he want her now when he was a wolf? But the more he tried to deny his feelings, the greater his need to have and protect her surged through him.

From Legend of the White Wolf, © Terry Spear, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2010

Not only did I want to create sexy werewolves, I wanted them to have a HEA. No sense in making readers fall in love with them if they had to die. The werewolves that is. Not the readers.
The great thing about werewolves is that they could be living next door to you, help you jumpstart your car the next time your battery goes dead, fix a flat, loan you a cup of sugar—or if you’re stuck in the Maine wilderness in a snowstorm, heat up the sauna and join you.
Hope you give them a chance. I think every sexy supernatural being deserves a HEA.
So what do you think? Sexy werewolf a possibility?


LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF—IN STORES FEBRUARY 2010

Award-Winning Author introduces the next installment of her paranormal romance series
A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Award Winner!
Night Owl Romance Reader Choice Award for Best Paranormal 2008

In this fourth in Spear's series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O'Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves...

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. As an eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal, historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. She is the author of Winning the Highlander’s Heart and The Vampire in My Dreams (young adult). Spear lives in Crawford, Texas.

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Want to win your very own copy of Legend of the White Wolf?
I have two copies to give away, US and Canada Shipping
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29 comments:

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks so much for having me at Fang-tastic Books where stories have bite! Hmm-hmm!

Cecile said...

Hi Ms. Terry!
Okay, I will be going look up all these books and putting them on my TBB list. I love the sound of this book. And who can not deny a sexy werewolf! Come on.. All alpha and protective and passionate... Who could not want that!! =)
Please drop my name in this hat!
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Cybercliper said...

Sexy werewolves are definitely a possibility. I got so excited when I caught wind of The Wolfman with Benecio ((sigh))) love that man. I'm not quite sure if the Wolfman will end up with his HEA but I'm hoping there's a reconcilliation of his duo natures giving him happiness with Gwen. To often movies tend to make our paranormals out to be monsters with no hope for love.

+5 I'm a follower!!

tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds like my kind of read! tWarner419@aol.com

CrystalGB said...

Great post Terry. I love werewolve books. Your book sounds wonderful.

Kris said...

Awesome contest and I would love to win this book! I love werewolves *sigh*

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sherry said...

I love Terry's books they are some of my favorite books that I have read. I can't wait to get my hands on this one it sounds like another keeper.

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Witchy Woman said...

Hi Roxanne,
(No need to enter me in contest)
Just dropping in, to tell your readers that I have read/reviewed Legend of the White Wolf, and loved it!!!Just wait to your Fang-tastic readers see how Cameron and Faith meet. (*eg) If you want a novel with hunky wolfish men taking off their clothes--this is a must read...truly.

jeanette8042 said...

The book sounds and looks fabulous! I have been reading more and more shifter books lately, and this is on my TBR list.

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Sandy Jay said...

I haven't read this series yet but they're definitely on my TBR list. I love werewolves. Thanks for the contest.

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Anna Dougherty said...

I haven't read any titles in this series...yet. Now that I've read more about it, I'm not sure what I was waiting for! Super sexy werewolves- yummy! With all this snow I'm thinking I need me some shifter books to help keep me warm:)

+5 for following

Anna
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booklover0226 said...

I'm hearing a lot of good things about this book; I look forward in reading it.

+5 I'm a follower.

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cait045 said...

I already feel in love with this series and can't wait for the new addition.

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elaing8 said...

Great post.please count me in for the giveaway

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Estella said...

I read the other books in this series and can't wait to read this one!

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jellybelly82158 said...

Hi Terry,
I have read all the other books in this series and loved them. I can hardly wait to read this one.

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Sheila Deeth said...

Fun blog, so I'm glad Terry's link brought me here and I'm now following.

And the book sounds fantastic. I love the other three. And I love the sound of your new characters. Can't wait to learn how they change.

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Linda Henderson said...

I don't see why there can't be sexy werewolves. I can't wait to read this one.

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Martha Lawson said...

Sounds like my kind of book!! Please enter me..

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Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Wow, I'm so behind! I had to work all day yesterday, and usually I try to stop by during my lunch break and then again at night, but I was on a have to complete final edits on The Accidental Highland Hero and turn it in last night! They're off and now it's time to settle back (before I'm off to work again!) and say hi to everyone who commented! Thanks!!!

Cecile~~Thanks so much! I just can't imagine who would not want a sexy werewolf. They're truly lovable, at least the good ones are!!! Good luck!

Cybercliper~~sure sexy werewolves are the best. Hmm, The Wolfman is NOT a personification of all werewolf guys. No horrible beasts in the Heart of the Wolf series. You would totally feel comfortable with one of these guys in or out of his wolf coat! And proud to be part of the pack! And oh yes, the loving part of their nature is just as important!

Thanks, Tetewa!

CrystalGB, thanks! When I began doing guest blogs two years ago for the first release, Heart of the Wolf, not as many readers were as interested in werewolf hunks. I'm glad the interest is shifting! :)

Thanks, Kris! With an attitude like that, you would definitely have a place in a pack. :)

Woohoo, thanks so much, Sherry!! I hope you love this book as much as the others. Can't wait for Seduced by the Wolf to come out next!

LOL, thanks so much, Witchy Woman!!! Loved the review!!! I'm thrilled you loved the book! Thanks!

Thanks so much, Jeanette! Hope you give the series a try!

I LOVE your picture--beautiful wolves, Sandy Jay! Looks like my wolves! Werewolves, that is!

Anna D--oh yes, they'll keep you warm in the dead of winter! To Tempt the Wolf was set in winter also, and a snowstorm hits in Destiny of the Wolf. I must have been cold while I was writing all these stories! LOL

Booklover, hope you enjoy the series!

Cait, thanks so much!!! I'm thrilled you're loving the stories! Hope Cameron sweeps you off your feet next! And then Leidolf!!!

Thanks, Elaing. Good luck!

Estella, woohoo, thanks for loving the series! I wish I didn't have to work full time and could write faster!!! :) Hope you enjoy the wintry wonderland in Maine!

Yay, Jellybelly! Thanks!!! I hope you love Legend as much as the others. I had fun with a new "breed" of werewolf, based on Arctic wolves, that they live among us without raising an eyebrow (the locals not knowing they are werewolves, of course), and that the hero and heroine start out as perfectly human! :) Enjoy!!

Thanks so much, Sheila!! I hope you love this one as much as the others!! If you get snowbound out there, just dive back into one of the wintry stories and forget all about the world outside! :)

Thanks, Linda! I so agree!

Good luck, Martha!

katsrus said...

I love your book cover. It so pretty. You are a new author to me. Your book sounds good. Please enter me.
Sue B
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annalisa said...

Legend of the White Wolf sounds so good. I enjoy reading about sexy shapeshifters. Please enter me in your giveaway because I sure would love to read your book! :)


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Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks, Sue B and Annalisa! Good luck!

karenl said...

Hi, I woulld also like to enter the "Legend of the White Wolf". It sounds like a great read.

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Amanda Leigh said...

I've heard great things about this book and I can't wait to read it. Winning it would be wonderful!

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halukacy said...

Sounds great!
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Andrea I said...
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Andrea I said...

I love the series.


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Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks, Karen L and Amanda! Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks so much, Andrea! Hearing from you makes me want to write even faster! :) Thanks again!

 
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