Guest & Contest: Terry Spear

Love of Storytelling
By Terry Spear

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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Terry Spear PhotoUSA 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.

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28 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Terry Spear

  1. Cindy says:

    Hi Terry. I am enjoying your series very much. Yes indeed. I could go for a Highland Wolf with all entailed 😀 Kilts, castles what fun.

    • Weird, I thought I had responded to all of these!!!

      My bad. Cindy, thanks so much. Can you imagine living in a castle? And watching out the window while all those kilted wolfish hunks are sword practicing? Grab a camera and take some pictures! Never know what you might catch!

    • Thanks, May! Hope you love him. I’m working on a whole new Highland clan, but the MacNeills will drop by as theyr’e good friends. 🙂 Not all wolf packs/clans are at odds. 🙂

  2. Dalene says:

    I really love paranormal and historical romance, so I am looking forward to reading your books and making sure I am putting them on my to be read list.

    • Hi, Dalene,

      It’s actually contemporary, though they have long lives, so they have a historical past, and in this one, you see them at first in Scotland in the old days. I also write a Highland medieval romance series thought–3 of the 4 books have a paranormal aspect. 🙂

  3. Diane Sallans says:

    living with a Highland Wolf in a castle would be quite an adventure – I’d give it a shot!

    • The castles are a lot warmer than you’d expect, because their walls are so thick. So it’s pretty neat. Plus they have so much history. But mainly, it’s being there with a hot Highland wolf that makes it pretty exciting!

  4. erinf1 says:

    Congrats to Terry on the newest release! OH yeah!!! Where do I sign up! I would love to live w/ a sexy werewolf, his clan in a *Castle* 🙂

  5. BookLady says:

    Love paranormal and Highlanders! It is interesting to know that your ancestors were Highlanders. No wonder your books are so fascinating. Great covers too!

    • Thanks so much, BookLady! My mother’s grandmother said the Highlanders were nothing but a bunch of ruffians. LOL But my grandmother’s twin sister was enamored with the tales her Scottish ancestors passed down and married a Scotsman. 🙂

      In the current story I’m writing, I have Colleen Playfair who is having to live in her family’s castle for a year and a day in A Hero of a Highland Wolf, only Grant MacQuarrie and his clan/wolf pack, have been managing it for a very long time, thank you very much. And they don’t need some young American whipper snapper of a she-wolf to tell them how to manage it. Playfair is one of my Scottish ancestors, so I had fun with memorializing the family in this way. 🙂

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    I could definitely go for a hot Highland wolf and live with him and his pack in one of those nifty castles, absolutely! It would be a dream come true. 😀

    • LOL, Barbara, got you on the list!!! Now, what castle job do you want to sign up for??? Massages for the Highland warriors after they go through their sword practice? Hmmmm….

  7. Josie Hink says:

    I always judge a book by it’s cover and I am in love with this cover. Do you get a say in how your cover will turn out??

    josiehink122026(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Omigosh, yes, Josie, they are totally hunky!!! I mean, he might need a little more oil, don’t you think? But wouldn’t you like to make sure he has enough?

      We do have a say in it. I sent them a picture of the castle chapel at the castle ruins in Scotland I wanted in the story. They always go with their artistic ideas, but they’ve always been great about using our input. 🙂

  8. Joanne B says:

    My fantasy has always been to live in a castle in Scotland, so I could go for the hot Highland wolf, his pack, and the castle. What’s not to like?
    Congrats on the new release. Can’t wait to read it.

  9. martha lawson says:

    I love your books!! Yes, I think I could live in a castle with my mate and his pack! Look forward to reading this one.

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