Today, 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.
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:
- At her website;
- The author blogs Wickedly Romantic, Casablanca Authors, Fierce Romance and Shapeshifter Romance; and
- On Facebook and Twitter
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.
Thanks so much for having me!!
Terri – congratulations on your release! I really enjoyed the first three books in this series and have been waiting for this book.
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I’d be happy to post a review – my review of the first three books is here
I haven’t read any of your books yet but they sound interesting. Werewolves are fun to read about but I wouldb’t want to meet one in real life.
Hi, Patti! Thanks so much! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the first three! :) I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one too!
Oh, no, Sandy G, if you met one of these in real life, you would be swept up in the world of werewolves and definitely want your own hunky one! :)
This is my favorite Wolf series and author. I’d like to say: These Furry Boys are not Monsters. They’re LOVERS. You’ve never been loved until you open your heart to a Lupu Garou. So get a nice rare steak going on the grill and turn up the hot tub. Call hunkywolf4U and grab Terry’s new book. I did. It’s A real Howler.
Thanks for the notification. You know, I never made the connection either, but Jack London DID have a lot to do with my love for wolves in Call of the Wild. And he was a cutie himself. Then there was the American Werewolf in London movie which kind of had a call of the wild theme. But I first fell in love with Rebecca Brandewyne’s “El Lobo” hero in Love, Cherish Me. Though not a werewolf, he was the ultimate hero with his alpha qualities. I think we are attracted to the wolf hero because he appeals to our own ‘call of the wild.’
Terry, I mean to say Congratulations on your release today. Also, about a little incident that happened a month ago: I was waiting for my son in a very busy doctor’s office and was reading Destiny of the Wolf. One of the receptionist’s came around to ask me about my book, saying she’d seen the picture on the front. I told her it was a series and asked if she’d ever read the first one by you. No, she hadn’t. So when my son andI went back the next week for his oral surgery (wisdom teeth), I gave her Heart of the Wolf because I had 2 copies—one I had won and one I had bought already before I won. She was thrilled, and I saw her trying to sneak peaks at it while working!
Okay, I believe I just became a fan on Facebook. I have confirmed my email as a new subscriber.
However, I can’t really get points for purchasing the books today, since I’d already bought them.
Hey, Julie! Thanks for dropping by!
I didn’t even realize my love of wolves had come from Jack London’s tales, until I kept getting asked why wolves/werewolves, and then I recalled how much of an impression London’s stories had made on me as a teen. One moderator asked me what from his stories was the basis as she really loved his books too. And so I had to reread them to remember what it was about them that had inspired me so. One of the things was he actually had the story from the wolf’s point of view at one point, which I’m sure subconsciously fed into my need to have a werewolf in wolf’s form, see things in a human way, not as a mindless animal. The other was the feeling that the wolves and man were attempting to carve out a place in the wilderness and both wanted to survive. I saw American Werewolf in London also, and I Was a Teenage Werewolf. :) A fun take on the werewolf saga. I totally agree that there’s something fun about falling in love with an alpha character who’s a little on the wild side. :)
Thanks on the new release! Like each of the books, this one is different! That’s too funny about the receptionist! I hope she loves it! Glad your son has his wisdom teeth out! My daughter does, my son doesn’t, but he’s going to have to get them out soon.
As long as he wouldn’t eat me, I’d love to meet a hunky werewolf!!
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I would definitely be interested in meeting a hunky werewolf!! I’ve been reading a lot of shifter books lately and all I can say is yum! ;-)
Hi Diva Donna!
You slipped in before I noticed you had commented! Thanks so much, lady! I’m thrilled you loved Legend of the White Wolf! Now the countdown for Seduced by the Wolf, right??? :)
First of all — i love, no wait, LOVE your books! Even though I am technically out of this contest from the get-go I wanted to leave you some feedback. (I`m from the U.S. but currently living in Chile with my husband and our 4 yr old son.) My mother sent me a care package yesterday with some really cool things, which I threw to the side when I saw Books :) I am a very avid reader and like nothing better than curling up with a good book at night after my son goes to bed. Needless to say, the books she sent were yours and that is the reason for this extremely long post. She sent my the first 3 books in this series and I am hooked. I stayed up late and read the first two last night. Today I brought the third with me to work to read on my lunch hour and looking forward to finishing it tonight. When I get a good book I just have to keep going until I`ve finished — then re-read it to catch any tiny detalles I may have overlooked. These books are definately going to be read again and lent to friends to enjoy! Your books are well thought out and written with the perfect balance between romance and storyline. I`m looking forward to checking out your other writings. Best of luck and Thanks a bunch!
Wanda, I could comment, but it would be rather x-rated. LOL :) Yes, you’d fall in love with him, I’m sure. And he’d be your perfect mate. :)
Carrie E, Yes, yes, they’re yummy! Once you’ve had a werewolf hunk, it’s hard to compare anything else to them! :)
Woohoo, Ashlea, you made my night!!! I can’t believe you read two in one night! Did I tell you that you made my night??? Thanks so much for loving them and dropping by to say so! :) Hope you enjoy the others too!!! Thanks again!
Congratulations on your release Terry! Your book sounds very intriguing.
Jackie, I sure wouldn’t mind meeting a hunky wolf, hehehe.
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Thanks, Christine! Hunky werewolves are the best! Really! :)
I have not seen this series or author at my local library (where I usually pick up books) but this review has bitten me, harharhar, and I am quite intrigued. And why yes I wouldn’t mind a hunky werewolf or two so send one barking my way!
Thanks, Teril! Hope you enjoy the werewolf tales, and get hooked on the hunky lovable characters! :)
Congrats on your release Terry!
I would most definitely be interested in meeting up with a hot werewolf! Are you kidding me? They mate for life! Once they’re yours, you know that he won’t cheat. That’s more than you can say about human men. ;)
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Thanks so much, Judi! Yeah, they’d be the perfect mate!!! No cheating ways! :) Thanks for stopping by and good luck! :)
I was hooked on Jack London as a kid – borrowed the books from the library, bought the paperbacks, lots them, bought more, bought a hardback collection… and now I’m hooked on your wolves too. Childhood escapism escaping into adulthood.
Hello Terry –
To answer your question – YES!
In order to find out who the contest winner is – we need to check back at this website below?
BTW Terry – I saw that you went to Monmouth College. Are you talking about Monmouth, IL? I live in Kirkwood (the town next to it to the West).
Lea Ellen B.
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