On a dark and stormy night, or not…it can be 110 degrees out and hotter than blazes, or windy and freezing, or raining cats and dogs and the stories come.
I loved, loved, loved to read, and still do. But that’s partly where my love of storytelling came from. My father used to tell stories, too. Oral scary bedtime stories. And he and my mother shared oral family history stories. So storytelling has been in my blood since the time I could formulate my own.
I started out trying to publish first with children’s books because I was teaching my children to read and I again became fascinated with the idea of creating my own stories like I had done earlier in my life. But this time, I was shooting for publication.
Then I turned to romance and HEA and never looked back. I always loved the children’s romantic prince and princess tales where they loved each other happily ever after. And that’s what I wanted to write also.
This year has been great with four books being released: A Howl for a Highlander (Duncan’s story, which was out in February), A Highland Werewolf Wedding (Cearnach’s story, out right now!), Jaguar Fever (Book 2 in the Heart of the Jaguar Series, out in August), and A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Bjornolf’s story, out in October). That means four Highland wolves, a sexy jaguar and a SEAL wolf in a pear tree… Well, not quite, but it’s a bountiful year for hunky shifters, that’s for sure.
And that’s not all. Next year, more hot wolves and jaguars with the February 2014 release of Silence of the Wolf (Tom Silver’s Story, of the Destiny of the Wolf pack fame), and more Spring releases: Jaguar Heat (Book 3 in the Heart of the Jaguar Series), and A Hero of a Highland Wolf (new hot wolf pack in the Highlands), and another Christmas treat—Mistletoe, Mayhem, and a Highland Wolf (Guthrie’s story!) And there’s more!!! But those will be in 2015…
The fun never ends!
The inspiration for my Highland series was from my own Highland ancestors, again the oral history carried down from generation to generation. So I’ve always loved those Highlanders, their determination, their pride, all the conflict they had to deal with, and still managed to survive. Some of those men ended up in the wilderness in Canada and in the States, hearty enough to survive here also.
Because my wolves live long lives, it’s fun to show that old world that is carried forth today in their wolfish contemporary lives. And I LOVE men in kilts…
So a wolfish sort of Highland hero seems like the best of all worlds, aye?
What if the past comes to haunt them? And the present is rather haunting as well (Flynn, resident family ghost creates his fair share of trouble), then you have the old-world hunting dogs that ironically were used to kill wolves, the reason for their name, but that love being part of the wolf pack, the prerequisite castle, and romps through the countryside as wolves—trying to remain undetected—and you’ve got the perfect scenario for Highland wolves.
I loved visiting Scotland and seven castles while I was there and hope to go back soon. I did have one haunting experience, which was absolutely beautiful—pasture land, no homes anywhere, only hills and trees and three Highland cows beside a river.
And Celtic orchestral like music drifting overhead. When I reached the fence to get a closer shot of the cows, the music stopped. When I mentioned how beautiful the music was and it was like being serenaded, my two companions shook their heads. They never heard the music at all.
At the castle ruins where I set part of this story, I felt at peace there. Relaxed, loving it, like I could just move in. My heroine feels that same connection. It was real for me, and it was real for her.
What do you think? Could you go for a hot Highland wolf and live with him, his pack, in one of those nifty castles?
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USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. She has received incredible praise for her romances, including Heart of the Wolf named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next paranormal romances! For more information, please visit www.TerrySpear.com.