Guest Author: Terry Spear

Terry SpearToday, Literary Escapism is excited to welcome author Terry Spear to the floor as we celebrate the release of her new novel, Legend of the White Wolf.

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.

Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a two copies of Legend of the White Wolf to two lucky individuals.
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My first love of wolves originated from reading Jack London’s Don’t Cry Wolf and White Fang. I really didn’t even connect the dots between what I’d read so many years ago and how I created my werewolf stories years later, but it was this love I had for wolves, told from their viewpoint sometimes, that must have given me a kernel of an idea that perpetuated this concept. Only in werewolf form.

Because you see, for me, werewolf stories had always been about rabid beasty characters. Nothing sexy or human about them. Oh, sure, there was on occasion some sympathy for a character who fought being a werewolf and hated that he couldn’t remember all the horrific things he did as a wolf. But not as a wolf exactly. As a maniacal killing creature.

Not at all romantic or romance material. Can you imagine having a hero who was fine if he was wearing his wolfsbane choker, but if he lost it, you’d be his next meal? And I don’t mean in a sexy way. Although I have to make a comment here that some say wolfsbane, or the blue, white, yellow or pink flower known as aconitum, is actually a werewolf killer, creates one, or inhibits one. Your choice of fable.

And that comes to another point. Which story is true?

I love the title of this blog—literary escapism, because that’s just what an author does—provides his or her own version of the truth so readers can escape into the world of stories. Hopefully, if I do my job right, readers will discover that werewolves are definitely not hideous monsters, although some are exceptionally villainous, but that some of them are exceptionally hunky, chivalrous, positive thinkers, and all-around good guys. Although sometimes, especially with the alpha male of the species, they can be stubborn and possessive, but really protective and when there’s trouble, that’s a terrific quality in a mate, don’t you think?

In Legend of the White Wolf, for the first time, I wrote about both a hero and heroine who start out the story as humans. What would happen if they both became werewolves during the course of the story? How would they deal with the changes? Everyone is different and so it was fun figuring out how both would cope with the trouble they could get into. In the other stories, someone knows what being a werewolf is about and takes the newly turned werewolf under his wing. In Cameron and Faith’s case, they’re on their own. But it’s not just the werewolfism that can create a significant problem in their lives, but werewolf hunters, and who would have ever have thought a couple of humans would be worried about such a thing? Or even realize people like that existed? The story also explores a little about Bigfoot, although, there’s no romance story in the wings concerning Bigfoot-type creatures. I did enjoy adding that legend to the story, just because I loved reading about so many different myths and legends growing up.

In fact, in most of my stories, I reference different myths and legends. It just seems natural to incorporate them into the characters’ lives.

So if you’re thinking werewolves are pure beasties and don’t have another side to them, check out my wolf series and Book 5, Legend of the White Wolf, where a winter wonderland awaits you!

So what do you think? Think you might be interested in meeting up with a hunky wolf, werewolf type, after all?

Legend of the White Wolf — IN STORES FEBRUARY 2010

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Award Winner!

Night Owl Romance Reader Choice Award for Best Paranormal 2008

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.

You can find Terry at the following places:

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Thank you Terry for stopping by Literary Escapism today.

Contest Time! Today we are giving away two copies of Terry’s novel, Legend of the White Wolf, to two lucky readers. All you have to do is answer this question: Would you be interested in be interested in meeting up with a hunky wolf, werewolf type? Unfortunately, the contest is only open to US/Canadian residents.

As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat:

  • +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
  • +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
  • +1 for being a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
  • +1 for being a subscriber to Literary Escapism (new subscribers welcome!)
  • +10 purchase any of Terry’s novels – Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf or Seduced by the Wolf – or any print novel through LE’s Amazon store sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries, but it has to be through the LE Amazon Link.  If you buy all 4 books, that’ll be 40 entries.

There is one thing I am adding to my contests now…the winner must post a review of Legend of the White Wolf someplace.  Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter.  Just help get the word out.

The contest will stay open until February 2nd, at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer and the List Randomizer.

Also, I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.

4 Comments

  1. Sheila, I loved escaping from the real world when I was a kid, but I think even later, yes, even more so!!! Yeah, I loved Jack London’s books, and another that I fell in love with was The Last of the Mohicans.

    Hi Lea Elane! Well, you can meet up with a hunky werewolf then! You just have to believe!!

    The place I went was Monmouth University (they changed it from College) at Long Branch, New Jersey. I was stationed as a personnel officer at Fort Monmouth at the communications research and development command so at night went to the college for my masters. I loved sitting in the various business classes in a mansion, where every room had been someone’s bedroom, complete with fireplace and beautiful moulding around the ceilings. I kept thinking (see where my mind was), about the people who had lived in the elegant home a hundred years earlier, the perilous times they had lived in, and how they would have shook their heads if they’d known a bunch of strangers would have been sitting in their bedroom a century in the future learning about labor economics, or business forecasting. Especially that women were attending, and it was an advanced degree!

  2. Well, Terry, I am taking my love for wolves over to Coffee Time Romance, where Eva Gordon is having a free workshop starting tomorrow. Although I took this course 2 years ago with her (and paid), I’ll be following this one to see what new tidbits I can pick up.
    Never know, I might pick up some hunky werewolf on the way!!
    Julie

  3. Oh how very coincidental! As soon as I wrote the last post and went back to my email, Bitten by Books arrived in my box with a beautiful review for Legend of the White Wolf. Oh, the anticipation!! :-)

  4. LOL, Julie! I’m teaching 3-D Characterization right now, and I was thinking, you know, that’s the ultimate in a 3-D Character, don’t you think? Someone who is not only a man, but a wolf also? Have fun in your class and keep thinking wolf thoughts. :) It’s bound to get you into troubl…I mean, into something fun!

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