A Visit to the Amazon Can Spell Trouble
By Terry spear
Did you know that the Amazon River has pink dolphins? Sweet! But it also has piranha! And that’s the problem with the Amazon. It has the wonderful—the colorful parrots and toucans and the orchids galore and the not so wonderful—colorful frogs that are totally venomous.
You can swing on liana, massive vine-like structures that Tarzan would have swung from, not true vines, but watch out that you don’t grab a snake instead!
If the sounds of millions of insects or the unfamiliar howl of a monkey or the roaring of a jaguar might keep you awake at night, maybe another trip would be more…restful. Drug dealers and rebels who take tourists hostage can be a very real problem, too.
But Kathleen McKnight has been in the jungle already. First on a drug mission as an Army officer, then later when she tries to locate Connor Anderson, the man who saved her life when the mission went bad—and thank him. And he’s a total hottie!
The problem is just like there are pros and cons with visiting the jungle, there are pros and cons with getting involved with a man like that. Not that she wouldn’t like to get to know him much better—the chemistry between them heats up even more in the jungle—but there’s a growly side of him she’s just not sure of.
That’s the trouble with men with secrets. The kind that they can’t reveal to anyone! He wants her, but he can’t have her. She wants him and she doesn’t know what’s holding him back.
The jaguar side of him is perfectly ready to keep her. The human side is putting on the brakes. Sometimes characters need a little shove in one direction or another.
Connor’s sister, Maya, provides the push. Boy, does that ever create problems! If you have siblings, you know how much trouble they can be!
This is a story of man against man, man against nature, man against himself, and even man against the paranormal aspect. It’s got conflict!
But you wouldn’t expect anything less with a visit to the jungle. Would you?
So what would you do if you came across a man who wasn’t quite normal and you and he both had the hots for each other? Decide that the jungle heat was making you a little crazy? Or give into the Savage Hunger?
Thanks so much to Lynda for having me here today, and one lucky person that answers my question will have a chance to win a copy of SAVAGE HUNGER.US/Canada Addresses Only.
Excerpt from Savage Hunger by Terry Spear
The female captain’s eyes shut and Connor raced across the tent. He grabbed a knife from one of Gonzales’s dead soldiers and cut a much cleaner shirt off a dead American soldier. Then Connor sliced through the rope tied around the captain’s wrists. He quickly worked to bind her wounds to stem the bleeding. Her blue eyes opened briefly, but she was drifting off, her gaze attempting to focus on him, her lips parted as if to speak. He could tell she was having a devil of a time staying conscious.
Despite everything, she smelled like a bit of fairy heaven, a sweet flowery fragrance that forced him to take another deep breath, despite his attempt at staying neutral. Her sensual feminine smell assaulted his senses, irritating him at being cursed with his jaguar senses at this particular moment. His pheromones kicked up a notch, triggered by the firestorm of sensations he was experiencing.
“Stay awake,” he ordered, trying to concentrate on keeping her alive until help could come for her, and struggling to get his focus back on what was important and off his own primitive jaguar need to find a mate and procreate.
“American,” she whispered, her eyes heavily lidded. She closed them.
He snapped, “Captain, stay… awake!”
“Easy for you to say,” she said, sounding waspish, but as weak as she was, she didn’t have the bite to her words.
He smiled darkly and continued to bind her wounds.
“Who are you? What… ah,” she grimaced, reaching out to touch him, “are you doing here?”
“Connor Anderson’s the name, and I’m vacationing in the area. Save your strength.” As soon as he said his last name, he wondered why he had given her that much information.
“I’m… trying… to… stay… awake,” she growled, but again the softly irritated tone didn’t have the effect he imagined she was going for.
“Where is your rendezvous point?”
If he could take her to where her men would pick up the Army team, she might have a chance. The sound of men crashing through the trees made Connor rise quickly, grab a rifle, and slip out the back of the tent, intending to ambush Gonzales’s men before they knew what had hit them.
“Connor,” the captain whispered, and it killed him to have to leave her behind, even for just the moment.
But he couldn’t protect her if armed men greatly outnumbered him. Hidden in the thick vegetation, Connor saw U.S. Army men scouring the campsite, and he assumed they were coming to rescue the captain. He tossed the rifle and borrowed camouflaged pants and shifted, then waited in the mesh of trees until he heard one of the men speaking: “Hell, Kathleen.”
The woman’s rescue was now out of Connor’s hands. So why the hell wasn’t he relieved?
About the Author
USA Today bestselling and an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval 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 University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, that are personalized that have found homes all over the world. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses or gardening. Her family has roots in the Highlands of Scotland where her love of all things Scottish came into being. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of the Heart of the Wolf series and the Heart of the Jaguar series, plus numerous other paranormal romance and historical romance novels. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .
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