Monday, April 07, 2008

Guest - Terry Spear

Please join us in welcoming Sourcebook author Terry Spear to this week's Star-Crossed Romance guest spot. An award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth College. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf, Winning the Highlander’s Heart, Deadly Liaisons, Relative Danger, The Vampire…In My Dreams (young adult) and numerous articles and short stories for magazines.

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Immortal Seduction—with Bite!

Or maybe I should say, semi-immortal seduction—with bite! Because perfect people are boring. Not that an immortal is completely perfect—usually, they have miserable psychological problems, but just that they’re unbeatable, unkillable, truly unstoppable—and what’s the fun in that?

So I prefer semi-immortals with some physical vulnerability in addition to the emotional insecurity. After all, without flaws, the characters are just not—human enough.

In Heart of the Wolf, Devlyn is a gray lupus garou, and Bella is a red, which is based on real red and gray wolf packs. With each successive story—Don’t Cry Wolf is coming Spring ’09—I add more about real wolf behavior. I’ve just finished writing Betrayal of the Wolf and had a lot of fun adding even more real wolf details to the mix.

I love doing research and can get lost in it for hours, but most of all, I love to create a world that even though it’s not real, seems it could be. What’s not to like about falling into an alternate reality and really feeling you are there?

Heart of the Wolf is available on April 1.


Here are some snippets about what reviewers think of the world I’ve created:

“The vulpine couple's chemistry crackles off the page, but the real strength of the book lies in Spear's depiction of pack power dynamics, as well as in the details of human−wolf interaction. Her wolf world feels at once palpable and even plausible.” ~~Publisher’s Weekly

“…she has painstakingly researched the behavior of real wolves in the wild to add realism to the behavior of the werewolves in their wolf form and pack behavior.” –Recommended Read, 5 Angels, FAR, Stephanie B

4 Star, HOT, Romantic Times~~“A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way. The characters are well drawn and believable, which makes the contemporary plotline of this story of love and life among the lupus garou seem, well, realistic.” ~~(SOURCEBOOKS, Apr.,417pp.,S6.99) Bunny Callahan

“I love how Ms. Spear has intertwined true attributes of wolves to make the werewolf world come alive.” Karen Michelle Nutt, author for ParaNormal Romance Reviews

“Enchanting romance with a unique twist! The characters were so well developed and the writing so superior that it felt real to me, my reactions were as if I was a part of the story. If that’s not a sign of a good book, what is?” ~~The Romance Studio

And to me, that’s the fun of writing an urban fantasy, paranormal romantic suspense where readers can suspend belief and fall into the world of make-believe.

As a kid, I loved to get lost in other worlds from ancient fables and the paranormal to real life Native American Indian stories and other true adventures. Reading and making up my own stories is what made my writing what it is today.

When I need a break from my own writing, in between books, just as a reward to myself, I delve into the worlds of other writers, get lost, and live the characters’ hopes and dreams, stumble through their conflicts, and suffer anything, just to be with the one love of their life. And then I’m back to creating my own world, complete with hunky heroes—the semi-immortal kind—and their spunky matches…send them on a whirlwind of an adventure that can only have one outcome: Right the wrong, and live happily, or mostly, happily ever after.

Join Devlyn and Bella in their sensual romantic suspense in Heart of the Wolf and drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you! And friend me on Myspace or Facebook! The more friends, the merrier!

Terry Spear
Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf
www.terryspear.com
http://www.myspace.com/terryspear

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Terry,

Congrats on the new books! They sound terrific. As a romance reader and writer, I always enjoy reading new and groundbreaking novels in the genre.

Jacqueline Seewald
THE INFERNO COLLECTION, a romantic suspense mystery thriller
Five Star/Gale

Lynda K. Scott said...

Terry, great post! Me too on loving to do research (and for getting lost in it, lol) Thanks for being with us today!

Nicole North said...

Super post, Terry! I enjoyed reading it! And I loved Heart of the Wolf!!

Shannon said...

Great interview ladies!! And congratulations on the new books Terry - they sound wonderful!
Shannon

Skylar Masey said...

Terry~

I do think mixing some realistic elements with make-believe creates a world that makes readers fall in love with the setting. And your pack dynamics seem to speak for themselves!

After taking a class in college, I also fell in love with Native American myths and legends.

Congrats on your new release and upcoming titles!

Pamela Tyner said...

Congrats on the release! Glad to hear there are more books coming!

Savanna Kougar said...

Congrats on your success. That's one reason I read, to get lost in other worlds. And wolves are some of the best! Abd most savagely adorable.

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks so much, ladies!

Skylar, the course you took in college sounds like something that I would have loved! :)

Thanks again, everyone! :)