10th Anniversary of Heart of the Wolf
Hello NOR Reades! Today we have the wonderful opportunity to have Terry Spear over. She's celebrating 10 years of Heart of the Wolf. What it means to her and where she's going next. It was back in January 2008 that Dee (NOR Reviewer) gave the book a Top Pick and 4.75 stars. 10 years later and we are so proud of all that Terry has accomplished as well as Sourcebooks for publishing romance novels.
First, I want to say thanks to all of you, both my new readers, and those who have followed me through the years, and many of whom re-read the books over and over before a new release. I adore you!
A decade is a long time, and yet it seems to have flown by. I had sold the manuscript for Heart of the Wolf, yet, it had to go through edits and all that it goes through before it was finally ready, so it’s been really longer than 10 years. It seemed like it took forever for the first book to come out and then even longer for the second one, which was the first of the Silver Town wolf series. That one was such a hit that I continue to get requests for more of the characters from that town. After that, the books just kept rolling out—from the gray wolves, Arctic wolves, Silver Town wolves to the red wolves, Highland wolves, and my first jaguar shifters, SEAL wolves, and more. I’ve had a lot of fun over the years reading stories about real jaguars and wolves, of visiting reserves and zoos that take care of jaguars and wolves, watching their behavior. Sharing their beauty with fans either with videos or pictures.
For me, it was a lot of fun revisiting Heart of the Wolf and making some changes to it, something we don’t normally get to do, and then I was able to add a novella to it. I had started the novella a long time ago, not sure if it would be a novella or a sequel to the Heart of the Wolf, but when my acquisition editor, Deb Werksman, asked if I wanted to add a novella, I was delighted and went to work on completing it. I don’t want to give anything about it away, just to say I was glad to be able to write it and give readers another HEA for some others related to the pack.
What’s next? I often ask my readers what they want me to write about next. Many say whatever I write, they will read, and that’s a wonderful feeling, because I love to have the creative outlet to write what comes to me and not be boxed in, which can stifle creativity. My problem, as always, is who to write about next. I have so many wonderful characters that I want to give HEAs to and so little time!
If I write about this one, and this one, and this one, I can’t write about that one, and that one, and that one. Not that year, anyway. So I’ve had so many requests from my cat readers for a jaguar story, that Howard, the former Enforcer will get his story. And I’ve been wanting to revisit the Highlands with Grant’s clan—and one of his brothers. After that, I’m not sure. Vaughn’s SEAL brother? One of the MacTire sisters in Silver Town, the only one not yet mated? David Davis, the last of the PIs who is with the Arctic wolf pack?
Some choices are really tough. But someone’s got to make them. And all the shifters want their story, so I can’t ask any of them.
No matter what, I continually ponder the big question. What is next.
When I went to the Big Cat Org near Fort Worth, I saw tons of big cats: tigers, lions, a cheetah, a jaguar, bears, and Arctic wolves. They wouldn’t allow us to “see” the wolves, but I saw them on the walk when we were being guided out and I took a couple of shots of them. Beautiful wolves, the whole pack and I thought of the Cameron MacPherson pack. But also on the tour, there were three triplet black bear cubs, big, not fully grown, but they weren’t little, that had been born to older parents. The male and female were housed together at a zoo because Mom and Dad were too old to have cubs. Right. Life will find a way. As a result, the triplets were born. I’m sure there’s a story in there.
And sometimes that’s how they come to me. A real-life story turned into a shifter story. Just like that. And a decade later, a whole series will be written about them.
Thanks so much to all my readers for laughing and crying and smiling through the years. And here’s to many more!
Heart of the Wolf - Heart of the Wolf, #1
Their forbidden love may get them both killed.
Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack. Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home. His passion for her won't be denied, but he's a beta, doomed to fight to the death if he so much as touches the alpha's choice of mate.
When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. But with the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can't resist the pull to her destined mate . . .
A sizzling paranormal romance based on extensive research on how wolves live and behave in the wild, creating a fascinating world of nature and fantasy.
USA Today Bestseller, TERRY SPEAR writes urban fantasy and Highland medieval romance: hot wolves, jaguar shifters, medieval Highlanders and lots more. She also pens young adult paranormal romance. She has over fifty paranormal books to her name, earned Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of the Year, and has been featured in The International Wolf Magazine, Woman’s World and BGS Book Review Magazine. She creates award-winning teddy bears in the heart of Texas and gardens. She retired from USAR after rappelling, mountain climbing, learning water survival, qualifying with a number of firearms, survived the obstacle courses, leadership reaction courses and confidences courses – and knows if she can do it, her characters can overcome any obstacle she puts in their path.