Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Terry Spear: Thanks so much for having me! Destiny of the Wolf is coming March 1, a stand alone title that follows Heart of the Wolf, same werewolf world, different characters. Although the mystery man in Heart of the Wolf, Leidolf, is also in this one as a secondary character. Temptation of the Wolf will be out in the Fall also. Deadly Liaisons, a vampire romantic suspense, will also be out Mar 31, in digital form first, and Deidre's Secret, Mar 3, a psychic YA. Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Terry Spear: I loved to create stories and share them with friends from the time I was very young, and I will always be an avid reader. I have always loved fantasy, the paranormal, historical, romance, teen literature, mythologies, true stories, thrillers, pretty much everything as an eclectic reader and writer. When I run out of books on my To Be Read pile, I'm lost! J I love to create worlds just as much as I love to read other authors' terrific stories. I also teach and critique other writers in online workshops I offer. I'll be giving a Happy Hookers workshop at the Shreveport Conference in March and the same workshop in Toronto in the fall.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Terry Spear: Lelandi, the heroine. She's got a mess of issues to deal with, but she's bound and determined to learn the truth. And she ends up getting some pretty terrific adversaries in the process. Winning the alpha pack leader over is definitely one of the perks of being Lelandi also. :o)
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Terry Spear: For my wolf tales, Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang helped influence my love of wolves and of their survival instincts, just like humans' instincts to survive. I also was influenced by the way he told part of the story from the humans' perspective and the wolves'. Ironically, I hadn't read them since I was a teen, but only vaguely recalled this about his works as I began Heart of the Wolf. Yet they still influenced my desire to make the werewolf world as close to the real world as possible. I listen to Bourne Identity and other suspenseful movie themes as I'm working on my stories. Right now I'm listening to the Kingdom of Heaven while I'm editing a requested manuscript. And I do a lot of researching, reviewing wolf photos and pictures of the terrain and towns I'm basing my story on to make it as authentic as possible. Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Terry Spear: Excerpt from Destiny of the Wolf: The woman leaned closer and Lelandi knew she was about to be found out. Silva breathed in the air, and then her brown eyes narrowed. Despite wearing a ton of fancy human perfumes, and of course the stench still from the fresh dye job-although Lelandi had washed her hair in strawberry shampoo trying to cover up that odor-she hoped no one could smell that she was a lupus garou, and not one of their own kind either. Looked like it didn't work.
"Well, well, well." Silva straightened her back. "Make the lady a margarita, Sam."
"Put the first on my tab," Tom piped up. "Wouldn't want the lady to think we're a bunch of unfriendly old coots."
"The second one's on me," Silva said.
The miner, Joe Kelly, looked disappointed that he hadn't spoken up first, but as much of a beta wolf as he appeared, he probably wouldn't say anything to tick Darien off in welcoming her while the leader was here. Darien's brothers would be the exceptions, and Silva seemed able to do as she pleased.
Darien didn't say a word. He exuded control with just a look, dangerous, not the kind of man to rile. His actions, or lack thereof, spoke louder than any words. Bruin would have blustered all over the tavern in Darien's place. Proving he was the pack leader and no one would disobey him, Bruin would have taken her to task immediately, belittled her, thrown her out of the joint bodily if she'd taken his seat. But just a glower from Darien conveyed a world of threat, and she'd do well to heed it. So, my question to the reader is, did she??? LOL
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Terry Spear: I'm currently working on Plight of the Wolf. Allure of the Wolf, though it will have a new name, will be coming out soon also. Arctic werewolves are involved in that story. :o) Also, several fans are interested in the sequel to The Vampire.In My Dreams, so I'll be working on that. I know who the villain is in that one, which is usually the last thing I know in a story. J I've finished the sequel to Winning the Highlander's Heart, The Accidental Highland Hero which will be coming next year.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Terry Spear: I love research. When I get stuck in a story, I go back to researching things. For this one, I researched silver mining towns to get an idea for the made up one that the werewolves actually run. But I also had to research about some hunting scents hunters used, and more about wolves and their behaviors. For every story, I've found some more research to add to the authenticity of the world. And I have really great fans who actually send me the latest on true wolf stories. Plus, wolves in the news always catch my attention. Did you know tourists saw a gray wolf near the Great Wall in China recently?
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Terry Spear: Keep sending me true wolf stories! I love them. :o) And thanks for reading my books and sharing how they made you feel. Whenever I get fan mail, it absolutely makes my day!
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Terry Spear: I belong to the Rebel Romance Writers, an online critique group. We've been together for a number of years, and they're wonderful, not only for critiques, but for just being there for each other during the good times and bad. I couldn't do without them. :o)
Tammie King of NOR: Thanks for joining us again. Before you go please tell our readers how they can get your books and how to keep abreast of your work. Do you have a website, newsletter, etc.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Except for the second bedroom she'd converted into an office and lab, Tezra's apartment was cloaked in darkness. Perched on her leather chair, studying samples from two previous killings on slides under the microscope, she rubbed her temple to massage the headache brewing there. Too many late-night hours investigating the murders. She took another sip of her coffee and grimaced to find it cold. The phone jangled, shattering the peace and her nerves.
Lifting the receiver she said, "Yes?"
"You.you needed to know about my husband, Officer Stevens?"
"Cynthia Stevens?" Tezra hadn't thought the bereaved woman would call her but that someone from the police force would. The sound of the woman's barely controlled emotions didn't help Tezra keep her own feelings out of it.
"He.he didn't wear cologne. My.my husband. He was allergic to stuff like that. I couldn't even wear perfume or he'd." Cynthia broke into fitful sobbing.
"I'm.I'm so sorry, Cynthia. I.I wish I could have saved him."
"You? What could you have done against the demon? He'll.he'll kill them all." The phone clicked dead in Tezra's ear.
He'll kill them all, echoed in Tezra's tired brain. He'll kill who all? All the men at the precinct? She slowly let out her breath. Hell, now what? She needed to know what Cynthia knew, but she figured the widow was too distraught to question at the moment.
But the business about the cologne.didn't it prove that two vampires were present tonight? One wearing her father's cologne, the other wearing sandalwood? And Krustalus had attempted seductive solicitation while the other vampire was filled with rage?
She glanced at her watch. Where the hell were the new tissue samples?
As if in answer to her unspoken query, her front door opened. She knew damn well she had locked it. It shut with an ominous click. She sat frozen, listening for footsteps. There was no sound save the central heater rumbling as hot air spilled through the overhead vent.
Slowly, she slid her chair away from the desk toward her sword. A rush of adrenaline flooded her system, readying her for the perceived danger.
Before she could reach her sword, a man appeared in the doorway of her office and silently observed her. An ancient vampire. Since she had not invited him in, who the hell had? And why had he come through the front door? A game, maybe. To give her warning he was on his way, taunting her. Or perhaps to ensure she was all alone in the apartment, to avoid complications should there be a hunter here to protect her back, lounging in bed, waiting for her to finish her work.
The vampire's dark brown eyes watched her with unblinking severity. His sinister look and the size of him-six-feet, broad-shouldered-chilled her to the bone. Dressed in black slacks, shoes and a satin shirt, large-collared with full sleeves, he reminded her of a well-clothed pirate. The buttons opened halfway down his chest revealed a smidgeon of dark brown hair, triggering the notion he was marketing his goods-to conquer, to will her to him, to sate his hunger. He looked starved while he devoured every inch of her with his sexist glare. Bolting from the chair, Tezra yanked her sword out of its stand next to the desk. Her heart thundered, and she knew the blood pulsing rapidly through her veins would trigger his bloodlust.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
If there any characters in my stories that you'd like to see more of, please let me know. Several fans of The Vampire.In My Dreams wanted to see more of Dominic and Larissa, so I'll be continuing their story. And with Winning the Highlander's Heart, the sequel is about the older brother. But everyone wants the rogue brother's story also. So he's next! :o)
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Facebook, but not sure of the address Again, thanks so much for having me! :o) Hope you enjoy my upcoming releases and my question to everyone before I go is what kind of a hero is your favorite?
Thank you for this opportunity!