Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Publisher's Weekly selected Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear as One of their BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR!!!

When I wrote Heart of the Wolf, it really was a creation from my heart--a story that evolved from my love of Jack London's White Fang and Call of the Wild--the first stories I'd ever read about wolves--of loving mythologies from all over the world, of the love of reading to escape my world while I was growing up.

I wanted to do something different--create a world that was real enough, even though it's an urban fantasy.

So when it won 3rd place out of 7 finalists in the Golden Pen, I was really proud of Heart of the Wolf, my first win ever. Sure, it didn't take 1st place, but I was thrilled. The judge from one of the big publishing houses said she loved the unique twist on a horror story.

Heart of the Wolf is a romantic suspense, a shapeshifter urban fantasy where werewolves live in secret amongst humans who have wolf instincts in their human forms and human sensibilities as wolves.

Publishers Weekly had this to say:

Red werewolf Bella flees her adoptive pack of gray werewolves when the alpha male Volan tries forcibly to claim her as his mate. Her real love, beta male Devlyn, has been out of her life for years, but comes after her when she finds herself accidentally captured by humans. Bella becomes convinced that Devlyn only wants to return her to Volan, but soon realizes that Devlyn loves her as much as she loves him, and is willing to fight Volan to the death to claim her. That problem pales, however, as a pack of red werewolves takes to killing human females in a crazed quest to claim Bella for their own. Bella and Devlyn must defeat the rogue wolves before Devlyn's final confrontation with Volan. The vulpine couple's chemistry crackles off the page, but the real strength of the book lies in Spear's depiction of pack power dynamics, as well as in the details of human−wolf interaction. Her wolf world feels at once palpable and even plausible. (Apr.)(c) 2007 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Fallen Angel Reviews gave it 5 Angels & Recommended Read

Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear is a fantastic new addition to the popular trend of shape shifter stories. I loved this story, not only does Ms. Spear draw the reader into the lives of Bella and Devlyn and the other people they interact with but she has painstakingly researched the behavior of real wolves in the wild to add realism to the behavior of the werewolves in their wolf form and pack behavior.I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good paranormal, romantic suspense, and shape shifter story!
Reviewed by: Stephanie B.

Romantic Times gave it a 4 and called it Hot! A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way. The characters are well drawn and believable, which makes the contemporary plotline of this story of love and life among the lupus garou seem, well, realistic. ~~ (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr.,417pp.,S6.99) Bunny Callahan

Heart of the Wolf!! "You'll be drawn into the story from the first page to the last, wanting to know how everything will turn out. I love how Ms. Spear has intertwined true attributes of wolves to make the werewolf world come alive. Bella and Devlyn's devotion to each other is endearing. Their love scenes sizzle the pages … definitely hot! I look forward to reading more about this author's werewolf tales.I also recommend Terry Spear's, Winning the Highlander's Heart. If you like Scottish medieval hunks, this is a book for you. "Karen Michelle Nutt, author For ParaNormal Romance Reviews February 2008

Thanks to Publishers Weekly for selecting Heart of the Wolf as one of its BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR in mass market category and giving it such a terrific review, to my Sourcebooks publisher, Dominique Raccah, for creating the Casablanca romance line and proving romance lives, to my Sourcebooks editor, Deb Werksman, for loving Heart of the Wolf enough to give it a chance and for being a dream editor to work with, to my publicist, Danielle Jackson, who is fun and full of great marketing ideas, always there when I need her, to my Rebel Romance Writers, who have critiqued and cheered me along the way, to my fellow Sourcebooks authors who are a supportive family beyond the writing world, to my romance chapter mates who have encouraged and fostered many friendships, to my family, who supports me in every way, and especially my fans, the reason I write each and every day! :)

One of the most fun things I enjoy doing is sending ideas for the covers for the new books--and then it's the anticipation of seeing those ideas turned into gems of book covers. Because Sourcebooks does them right! :) I've just turned in the pictures and thoughts for Betrayal of the Wolf and Allure of the Wolf, and can hardly wait to see what evolves! Oh, and then the next fun thing is using that book cover to create a book trailer! :)

I just finaled last night in the From the Heart Wallflower Contest for Huntress for Hire, a vampire romantic suspense, and was pretty psyched about the judges' super comments. It's comments like those that make me want to write forever.

So now I'm off on another adventure! And I can't wait to fall into a new world and hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I love to create them. Just as I love reading everyone elses' stories and delving into a fictional world of mayhem.

Terry Spear

Heart of the Wolf, PW's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR!!!


  1. This is terrific news, Terry. I'll add another good review to the bunch: "Heart of the Wolf was such a hot book that I almost couldn't read it during my lunch hour, because my own reactions kept my friends and co-workers reading over my shoulder the entire time. Talk about the invasion of personal space!" I'm so happy for you and hope that you're lovin every minute of this.

  2. Enjoy every minute of the excitement, Terry!

  3. Thanks so much, Christina! LOL about your co-workers! :) Hmm, did you hint they needed to get their own copies? LOL!! I'm definitely loving every second! I told my manager at the library branch where I work and she announced it to all the librarians and workers and the administration. They've made a big poster of my cover to have at the annual book sale that took in $100K last year starting tomorrow. And though my manager already bought my books for the library branch where I work, the central library is buying more. So that was really an unexpected boon! :)

    Thanks, Marie! I am...And I just finaled in a contest for a vampire romantic suspense, so I'm just going to keep my seat on the moon for a little while longer. :)

    By the way, if any of you would like to guest blog on my site about your releases, let me know! :) I never think to offer, but I'm always thrilled to have guest bloggers!

  4. Absolutely, positively, wonderful review and my HUGE congrats, Terry! This is fabulous! enjoy it!

  5. Incredible review, Terry! Congratulations!

    Robin :)

  6. Congratulations on receiving such strong praise. I'm proud to know you. May the reviews just get better and better.