Paranormal Romance Author Terry Spear is getting ready to release book 9 in The Heart of the Wolf series, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing. Terry is here at Book Savvy Babe with an interview and a giveaway of this new release1 I read and reviewed this one, it’s really good and I rated it 4 stars! (Read my Review). Everyone help me welcome Terry Spear to Book Savvy Babe:
BSB: Terry, thank you for this interview! To start, tell us a little bit about A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing.
TS: Meara was looking for a mate in the first book about the Oregon Coast wolf pack in To Tempt the Wolf, run by her brother, Hunter Greymere and herself. But she gets him into a lot of trouble. She’s impulsive and looking for guys in all the wrong places. So when Hunter is off on a honeymoon with his mate, Meara is all for it. She’s going to fill up the rental cabins with all alpha bachelor males and discover, hopefully, a wolf that will be her perfect mate. Except US Navy SEAL team member, Finn Emerson, arrives on the scene, intending to protect her. And allowing her to spend time with a bunch of alpha males, anyone of whom might be the bad guy, isn’t going to happen.
The problem is Finn’s definitely NOT on the mate mart. So he’s totally messing up Meara’s plans to find a mate in two weeks before her brother returns. What’s a girl to do? Finn might not want a mate, but Meara sure tantalizes him in ways that he’s fighting. All that matters is protecting Meara and that means protecting her even from himself!
BSB: A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing is book 9 in the Heart of the Wolf series, how do you keep the stories fresh?
TS: My stories are character-driven, so since my characters are all their own people, that helps to keep them fresh. Finn Emerson, for instance, is a SEAL, yet he’s not Hunter. Sure, he’s had the same training, but everything he does will be based on his past life experiences. His will be different from Hunter’s. His interest in Meara will be different. Similar in that he wants to protect her like her brother would and keep the alpha males who might be interested in her who would be wrong for her away, yet his own interest in her is more from an alpha male perspective and definitely not brotherly.
Meara was the first female I cast who was against her brother mating with a woman who wasn’t a wolf. She was sassy, hard-headed, and did things her way, the consequences be damned. Although, she did feel remorse for nearly getting Hunter killed. She truly loves her brother. She’s the kind of person who doesn’t like moving. She gets settled and wants to stay put forever. I didn’t have a female like that in any of my other stories either. She also doesn’t recognize the issue she’s having with finding the right mate. As the story progresses, I have fun “seeing” the character as they finally truly see themselves. In each story, it will be different. The setting was the same as for To Tempt the Wolf, but it’s different also because it’s a different season, different conflicts, different personalities clashing while they deal with the conflict. And they end up moving to another location, a house that was actually for sale on the Oregon coast. I loved “using” it for the story. The new owners will never know it was once owned by a hot Navy SEAL…wolf.
BSB: How many books do you have planned for the Heart of the Wolf series? What can we look forward to next?
TS: Forever…well, as long as readers want to read them!
Up next is book 10, A Howl for a Highlander, which is Duncan’s story, youngest brother in the MacNeill Highland pack, Heart of the Highland Wolf. He’s the dark warrior of the bunch and has gone off to get their stolen funds back on the Grand Cayman Islands. But at once he’s distracted from his mission. A she-wolf is at the airport, unaccompanied. He tells himself that he would offer protection for any she-wolf alone, any age, but the woman is definitely mateable age and he’s interested. When he finds he’s without lodging, the tables are turned for a wolf who’s used to being the lord of the manor along with his brothers…and he’s about to beg her to share one of the bedrooms in her rental house. There’s a lot of significance to this scenario, but I don’t want to give it away for now! It’s set to hit stores in early 2013.
Then I’m working on Tom’s story, from the Silver Town wolf pack of Destiny of the Wolf, and I’ve begun Cearnach’s story, A Highland Wolf Wedding. He’s the next eldest brother in the Highland wolf pack, intending to go to an old girlfriend’s wedding, and the trouble only begins there.
But before both of those, I’ve also got a brand new jaguar shifters coming out! Savage Hunger, the first one, will be in stores in the October 2012!
BSB: Wow, there is so much to look forward to! I will definitely be watching for the jaguar shifters series… Anyhow, Who would you cast to play the main characters, Meara and Finn?
TS: New talent. I’m always for the underdog… or underwolf! I believe in giving new people a chance to succeed.
BSB: Out of all of your books, which character is the most like you?
TS: All of them and none of them. LOL Some things I’ve experienced, crawling through narrow tunnels, caves, rappelling, shooting weapons, and being in a car accident. I’ve never bitten anyone that I recall. LOL! But to a certain extent, I’ll have life experiences I draw on, and others I don’t. When a reader says I’ve written a particular scene realistically, like Lelandi’s fear of narrow spaces and the small tunnel she was traversing, that definitely was me in Destiny of the Wolf. I can climb a mountain like a goat, but looking down or rappelling, or skiing down, or riding a gondola, terrifying. Maybe because of the dangerous circumstances I’ve found myself in, like the time the ski lift bounced my husband and I out of our seats because the guy operating the lift didn’t stop the seat from hitting us so hard and we were hanging perilously maybe fifteen feet off the snow packed ground. Probably higher. They had to stop the lift and get us off the ski lift. Another time I lost my ski on the lift. LOL Another time, my ski went through an exposed tree root. Do you know tree roots don’t get out of your way if your ski goes through them? I was lucky I didn’t break my leg. So not liking heights and enclosed spaces I have in common with my heroines.
BSB: Um, if I was you, I would probably avoid the ski lifts, or s What is your take on “Insta-Love” or love at first sight in romance books? (believable, no way, might work, etc?)
TS: Actually, I know several people where this happened to them, and they are still happily married ever after. So I do believe it! It does happen in real life!
For one couple it happened this way: he was bending over something on a hiking trail, she was with another group hiking and was looking elsewhere, and tripped over him. They ended up on the ground in a pile of legs and arms and bodies, sounds perfectly unbelievably romantic, right? And have been married for 38 years.
My mom sat in a lecture given by my dad when she was in the Army and he was in the AF stationed in a satellite unit on the Army post in south Texas. She was in love. But he had eyes for someone else. So when he met my mom at the post office where she worked and he was picking up a package from Seattle, Washington, she mentioned she was from Portland, Oregon, well, that was it. No one was from the west coast in Texas. So within 3 months after a whirlwind romance they were married for 46 years before my dad succumbed to cancer.
A friend of mine found his wife when they were with other couples and had gone to an eating and drinking place, the theme, a library. Now, their parents were very religious and didn’t believe in any drinking, so they always said they met in the library. But after a few months of dating, they were married and are still happily married.
Another friend was a high school English teacher, he a journalist with the newspaper when they met each other with separate groups of friends. She has a really funny sarcastic wit and was trying to tell him to get lost. He loved it and pursued her until they married. They’re both the funniest characters I know and love each other dearly.
So love at first sight? Absolutely!
BSB: As an author with many books released, I’m sure you have gotten a wide variety of reviews. How do you handle negative reviews?
TS: Negative reviews can make an author self-doubt him or herself. I have to remind myself that we all have opinions and that’s all it is. Just like when we read books or watch movies for enjoyment. Some we’ll thoroughly love and some we won’t. It’s just a matter of opinion.
BSB: Just For Fun, I always like to play a little game of Would You Rather in my interviews. Please have fun with the questions and explain your answers.
Would You Rather: stay up all night babysitting a crying baby or an irritating family member?
TS: Oh, I’ll stay up all night taking care of a baby anytime. When I was babysitting for my first family at the age of 13, the baby was fussy, was sick, and the parents were at a New Year’s party. I wanted them to enjoy themselves. I sat up with the baby rocking it until they got home at about 2 in the morning, and I’m not a night person. The baby was fine as long as I cuddled him and rocked him. And the parents had a nice time. When I had babies of my own, I was always there for them also. That’s why they cry. The need someone. I think I would have made a good wolf in a pack!
Would You Rather: be bitten by a radioactive spider or be turned into a vampire?
TS: This is just too simple. I’ve seen what a bite by a fiddleback spider can do to a body, kills all the tissue from the center of the poisonous bite outward. Sometimes people have to have skin grafts. And that’s not even for a radioactive spider. So give me a vampire any day! Well, as long as he’s one of my vampires that are hot and sexy, not cold and dead. I want to hear his heart beating as fast as mine when…well, when things really heat up between us. Yum.
A SEAL IN WOLF’S CLOTHING BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES MARCH 2012
Her instincts tell her he’s dangerous…
While her overprotective brother’s away, Meara Greymere’s planning to play—and it wouldn’t hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she’s ever seen…
His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist…
Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He’s a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet…
As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself…
Experience the sensual, action-packed, critically acclaimed world of Terry Spear, author of a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year…
Terry Spear has written over a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
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