Monday, December 20, 2010

Guest - Terry Spear

Good morning everyone! I hope you're all getting ready for the upcoming holidays.I've been busy baking gingerbread houses (lol, relax, I'm using a gingerbread house bundt pan and simply piping the design on. Pretty slick, huh?), cookies (check out some of the recipes I've posted on my blog at http://www.lyndakscott.com - the Lemon Stars are to die for), shopping and wrapping gifts...as I imagine many of you are. We work so hard to make the holidays great that we often forget about ourselves. We shouldn't do that. We all need to sit back and relax occasionally and one of the best ways to do that is with a good book. If you need a recommendation, check out my reviews. I've had the great luck to read a number of wonderful books this past year and I'm sure there are quite a few in there that you'll love too.

Before I forget, Sourcebooks, Ms Spear's publisher, is offering a copy of Wolf Fever to two of our lucky readers. If you'd like to enter the drawing, leave a comment AND email me with the first name of Wolf Fever's hero (found in this post)  in the subject header and your name and address in the body of the email. Do this by Friday, Dec 24th and I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, select the winners around noon. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

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When researching a story, some interesting tidbits of information always come up. For one, did you know that wolfbane can kill, cure, keep him at bay, or do nothing at all to a werewolf?

According to numerous fictional stories that have used wolfbane in relation to werewolves, whatever the author says, goes. But in the real world, wolfbane has been used over the centuries to cure ailments, and it has been used to poison people. 

When I was trying to discover a werewolf cure in Wolf Fever (I’m not saying that my werewolves are not happily adjusted wolfish types, but a fever has really got them down), I found all kinds of interesting remedies. Did you know that lots and lots of exercise could wear the wolf right out of a body?

Hmm, yes, I could see how that would work. The person would be so tired, he definitely wouldn’t have any wolf left in him.

Now, onions soaked in honey was another remedy mentioned and it had me wrinkling my nose. But when I mentioned it at work, my fellow librarians had actually heard of eating such a thing. Not to cure anyone of “werewolfism,” or at least I don’t think so. Maybe I should have queried further. 

Even my werewolves were not very happy about trying such a concoction. I know I wouldn’t have liked eating anything like that. Unless I had the werewolf’s fever in Wolf Fever, and then, well, probably about anything would go.

Besides the fun I had with researching werewolf cures, I loved dealing with a werewolf who doesn’t want to be one. Carol Woods is already a psychic. She doesn’t have a lot of control over her psychic predictions. And now she can’t control her physical form?

When I was at one of the Army officer training schools, we had to participate in water survival training and we had some brand new swimmers, one of whom tried the 35 foot rope drop the last day of the training after just barely learning to swim. He fell on his back, knocked the wind out of him, and sank like a rock. I was next. I’m a good swimmer, but after seeing him nearly drown, and divers going in after him, I was afraid to shimmy out on the rope next, then drop into the lake like he did. What if I landed on my back, which from that height was like landing on concrete, and knocked the wind out of me, or broke my back and I sank and they didn’t find me in the dark, very dark water?

So I thought what if Carol is deathly afraid of water? She nearly drowned when she was younger. But as a wolf, swimming is a natural occurrence. So wouldn’t she now be able to swim? The problem is her human thought processes still take over. She can’t swim, because she believes she can’t. However, when she’s put into a real quandary and needs to escape her pursuers, she’s in her wolf form, still thinking with her human brain—she can’t swim across the water and escape.

Of course, if it was a different person, he or she might have reasoned this out differently. But Carol doesn’t. Not when she’s concentrating on three men with a fishing net. And on top of that, it’s her first time as a wolf. So it’s understandable that her human reasoning wins out.

So whether it’s researching tidbits of information and learning that what I thought was the truth wasn’t so true, or coming up with logical reasons why characters do the things they do, even if they’ve got a paranormal bent and have some other options open to them, writing the story always ends up with more twists and turns then I first surmise.

My question to you is: if you had a bag of wolfbane, what do you believe it would do for you? Do you believe in the stories where it could protect you from the monstrous shapeshifters that turn into a wolf and kill the unsuspecting? Or do you believe you could make it into brownies and feed it to your favorite guy who has a problem with getting awfully hairy when the full moon appears, to cure him of his problem? Or do you believe it really doesn’t do anything, just like so many products that claim they’re miracle cures for what ails you?

If you read Wolf Fever, you’ll learn just what wolfbane is truly good for!

Thanks so much for having me on Star-Crossed Romance, Lynda, and hope everyone has a chance to check out Wolf Fever before all the flurried activity for Christmas!


WOLF FEVER by TERRY SPEAR—IN STORES DECEMBER 2010

She may be his destiny, but she's not his first choice…

Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he's the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her… Why is he playing so hard to get?

The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders…

Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn't want anything to do with Carol unless she's willing to embrace her wolf nature—no matter how beautiful she is.

But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he's been not to seize the moment with the woman he's come to love. And now, it may be too late…

Praise for Terry Spear's To Tempt the Wolf:

“Ms. Spear's has spun a web of drama that pulled me in... Get it; read it; you'll love it!”
Romance Reader at Heart
“A paranormal romp that sizzles! Action-packed romance and suspense-filled plot add up to pure magic. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Terry Spear is a great addition to the paranormal genre!”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With almost 56,000 copies sold, Terry Spear is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. She received her MBA from Monmouth University. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.

12 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Terry,

I had to pop in and say hi! I love all your tales--the paranormal romances and the historical romances, too.

You pen wonderful characters that you remember long after you close the book. :)

Take Care and Merry Christmas!!

Kari Thomas said...

Popping in to say WOW, another great wolfie story from Terry is perfect for a Christmas gift!

Holiday Hugs,
Kari Thomas, www.authorkari.com

SharonJM said...

I think that I like that this is a shifter who won't change and that she stands up for her abilities.
Can't wait to read the book

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Terry,

I enjoy your novels. An interesting and informative post.

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks so much, Lynda, for having me and for the super review!!!

I'm so behind with work and all, and then helping my daughter study for the GRE nights after work, I can't keep up!!! I finally had to chase her off so I could go to bed! (And check my emails really quick!)

Thanks so much, Karen! I'm glad you enjoy them!!! And I wanted to wish you the merriest of Christmases also! Did you know I just sold a time travel ghost story set in Salado and Waco, Texas? It'll be out next year!

Holiday hugs back, Kari! I'm delighted you're looking forward to another story! I've been trying to come up with a couple of more proposals. Got to write a couple more Highland werewolf tales too. :)

Thanks, Sharon! I haven't had a character like that yet, so it was fun having one who was fighting the change! And showing how the pack reacts. :)

Thanks so much, Jacqueline! I'm thrilled you're loving the stories! :) Have the best of holidays! Hope you enjoy Wolf Fever!

Thanks again, Lynda. I'll announce it all over the place tomorrow. *sigh*

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Okay, I forgot to sign up for the email notification. I REALLY need to go to sleep. LOL Night all! Will drop back in tomorrow!

Becca Dale said...

I love it when I can see into another author's head. I think your processing of Carol fear of water makes perfect sense. I just read the excerpt and Ryan sounds delightful as well.

Beth Caudill said...

I have to admit to making Wolfsbane a poison for my wolves. I prefer them having a natural weakness than just silver.

Good luck with your latest release.

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks so much, Becca! I always enjoy knowing why authors incorporate something into a story too! Makes it more realistic!

Beth, that's perfect too! And thanks so much!!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Terry,

A time travel ghost story-- I love it already. Congratulations!

annalisa said...

Hi Terry,

I have really enjoyed reading your wolf stories. Wolf Fever sounds so interesting! I'm going to have to read it to find out just what wolfbane is good for! :)

Have a very merry holiday season!

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Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Oh, absolutely, Annalisa! :) Have a Merry Christmas!!! And snuggle up to a wolf for me, okay? :)