Saturday, May 21, 2011

I Have to Blog about Which Book???



It's nearly time for the release of HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, and all that gorgeous wolf and Highland combination that makes a body want to visit a castle in Scotland and stay there!



But even though this is the current book to release, what am I thinking about??? Jaguars!!! Or, jaguar shifters. It's hard when writing the current work in progress, to remember what I wrote nearly four books ago!!!

So when readers ask me how do I keep track of all my characters? I don't. :)

And that's the truth. But I love to reread the stories to get a feel of the characters again anyway, so it's fine with me that way. I don't make lists or anything. I used to years ago--a To Do List, and was so wrapped up in it, I had to just give it up.

So, being the pantser that I am, I just reread. If ONLY the books came in audio books. Yes! Then I could listen to a Highlander's burr all night long. Who really needs sleep? And then I'd recall all the details of the story I had forgotten after writing 4 more books.

A book ago, I was writing about another Highlander, the youngest quadruplet's brother from HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, and he's in paradise. Well, kind of. And before that, I was writing about Navy SEALS and wolves to catch up on what happened to Hunter and his sister from TO TEMPT THE WOLF in THE SEAL IN WOLF CLOTHING. And before this, Jake was getting himself into a whole lot of trouble with a woman. Women troubles seem to be par for the course for alpha males, by the way. He's the middle brother from DESTINY OF THE WOLF, in the upcoming December release, DREAMING OF THE WOLF.

And to think that this handsome devil of a wolf is one of the triplets. Yes, that makes three hunks that look this good.



Which brings me to the book I should be talking about: HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF.

I've got to write 20 other guest blogs about the book and so, you'd think by now I'd have my mind wrapped around THIS story again.

Nope. With trying to get a weekly word count in on Heart of the Jaguar, the current work in progress is always the freshest in mind, especially while I'm dying in the muggy heat of the Amazon rainforest.

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I take a deep breath, drink another swig of mandarin green tea, and put on my Highland bonnet and gaze at one sexy as sin Highland wolf on the cover of my author copies. It's the most beautiful cover yet and needs to be blown up and framed!

From his intricately embossed sword, to his accurately portrayed blue and green MacNeill kilt, the castle looming in the background, the wolf's eyes overhead like the sun, the book is just gorgeous. And this is the final copy! I love it.



Woohoo, my first review!!!

Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear



Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (383 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
It’s a matter of pride…

Modern day werewolf laird Ian MacNeill reluctantly allows a film production company to use his castle, but he knows his secretive clan has a big problem when a beautiful red werewolf female who insists she’s working on the film keeps showing up in the wrong places… and a matter of pleasure…

Julia Wildthorn is not who she says she is—she’s sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic for her grandfather and to do research for her next werewolf romance novel. When she catches a glimpse of Ian, she realizes he’s the perfect hero…

What if a Highland warrior of old could fight with swords just like they used to but in modern times and women could ogle all they wanted?

Of course, I’m getting ahead of myself. Those kilted action heroes do their thing in this story and it was exciting and full of daring do, and I got a kick out of how Ms. Spear wrote it with such passion and intensity. It’s what lead up to those well written and high powered few chapters that made it all worthwhile.

Julia is the heroine and she’s delightful. In fact I had a ton of fun reading her point of view, mostly because she’s a romance writer. What made it so fun? Ms. Spear had the heroine experiencing a scene, a place or dialogue and she’d zone out into writer land and start plotting in her head. I never knew when she’d do it or where she’d take it but it never failed to get me to smile or chuckle. Julia is unusual for a wolf and she has a few secrets. I adored that fact that the author had the heroine, when the time was right; communicating when things needed to be said to the person it needed to be said to. The author refused to fall into that old tired out ploy and rut of angst filled suspicions and mistrust. Sure some was there, it had to be but it was in a natural amount that I could accept and believe in. It wasn’t the sole focus of the story or the conflict and I really appreciated that. I like Julia’s sense of adventure, her stubbornness and her enthusiasm for all things Ian.

Ian is the hero and, wow, did Ms. Spear create a man to drool over. He shoulders a lot of responsibility yet is fair and hard working. He also was like a laser, zeroed in on Julia and his pursuit was delicious and quite swoon inspiring. When she wasn’t’ driving him nuts, that is. Ms. Spear did a wonderful job of describing Ian in all his emotional states, from anger to lust, from wariness to ardent alpha – there was nothing about Ian that I didn’t enjoy. And when growl came to bite, Ian was everything a woman needs in a man and more. Plus, a reader gets to enjoy some rollicking good descriptions of Highlanders and their kilted plaids. That pulled giggles from me as well as a few wishful sighs.

What I didn’t expect was the helpful cold in the tunnel. That was a really cool addition. Not to mention the fact that Ian and clan have been around for a long time and that presented some rather fascinating discussions and dialogue for readers to enjoy and ponder. And I have to wonder about his cousin. Can someone like Flynn ever have a happily ever after? Only readers will know why that is such a challenge. But if a man is judged by his actions it makes me wonder if Ms. Spear might have something up her sleeve for his character sometime in the future. Sure, Ian’s brothers all rocked and were developed enough to get me curious about how’d they’d fair in future books. Ms. Spear seems to be good at hooking future readers with the personalities and quirks of her characters and I couldn’t be happier.

The secondary characters sure helped give the environment solid ground for the hero and heroine to work with. Maria is Julia’s best friend and she’s a hot ticket. I wonder who is going to ruffle her fur in the future. I like Ian’s other family members although I really wished I could have met Julia’s. I was sort of hoping that her family would have actually met Ian’s at some point but I guess it wasn’t relevant to the story line. Everyone who showed up had a role to play in the tale and the writing was awesome.

Heart of the Highland Wolf embraces the best of what romance has to offer with characters that jump off the pages and into a reader’s heart. The writing is crisp, fast paced with dialogue that brings to life the personalities and quirks of its main players. There is humor, drama and a bit of a mystery to spice up the reading experience. When Ian and Julia finally consummate their relationship it’s spirited, enthusiastic and though very spicy, also incredibly romantic, just what a reader expects from the talented Ms. Spear.

I absolutely recommend Heart of the Highland Wolf to new and old fans of Ms. Spear. The author has once again delivered a high powered romance that satisfies on every level. It entertained me and made the hours fly. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time; except maybe to find my own personal Ian.



So who all's ready for some hunky Highland loving? Or, any kind of loving???

Have a great Saturday! I'm off to find me some pirates at the Renn Faire today!!! Maybe find me a wolfish pirate or two while I'm at it!

Terry
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male."
www.terryspear.com

12 comments:

  1. I know how you feel! I've been typing the hero's name from like 3 books ago in my current wip. I know the character and the story, but it's hard to keep the names straight!

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  2. Ohmigosh, me too, Shana! I've been going through Dreaming of the Wolf edits, and my editor asked if Jake was remembering the heroine's name wrong, Alexis, instead of Alicia. Nope. The author was remembering her name wrong. LOL Have no idea how that happened. I've never used the name Alexis before, though I love it. Then in the new jaguar story, I've inserted Hunter's name (from To Tempt the Wolf) in the place of my hero's name, but it suits him too!!! LOL :)

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  3. Oh, Terry, you nailed it! This past week I was invited down to the Fresh Fiction folks' book club meeting near Dallas to be their author of the evening. I'm writing the fifth book in the series which Love Drunk Cowboy kicked off and wrote a couple in between for the other market and one for my agent that she's been after me to try. I was sure grateful that I'd had to do a blog tour on Love Drunk Cowboy or they'd have put me on a tall stool and given me a pointy hat!

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  4. I've been focusing on one series so far (with mostly the same characters), but once I start the next one, I imagine it WILL be confusing. Congrats on all your upcoming releases!

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  5. I would have loved to have seen a picture of you sitting on a stool in the corner wearing a pointy hat, Caroline! Wouldn't it have done wonders for promotion if they had done that??? But then, I could envision a hunky nearly shirtless cowboy, hat tilted back as he leaned against your corner wall and given you a sexy smile and a wink. :)

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  6. Oh, Olivia, I hope you'll do just fine with it. I just shake my head when I see a name I've changed in the manuscript that I haven't caught after the millionth read....and smile a little. It's just going to happen, no matter what! :) And thanks on the books! This will make #7 wolf book, with another 6 to go...at least! :)

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  7. I'm a Highland junkie so you have me totally sold. And I like wolves and jaguars too lol. Great cover!

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  8. LOL, hope you love the latest one in the series, Catslady!!!

    Thanks so much, Catherine!! :)

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  9. Fantastic, Terry!

    I know what you mean by having your head in your wip, then having to make the mental shift back to something you wrote a while ago.

    I'm onto a new series in my head, but the third book in my Strange Neighbors trilogy won't be out until August.

    Still, it's fun to revisit my old characters. It feels like visitng old friends.

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  10. Oh yeah, Ash, I agree. I love revisiting the characters. In fact, the greatest part of that is that you remind yourself that you can do it with the current work in progress when you see either the finished product or the final edits where the book is nearly done in previous works! Hey, I did do it! :) I CAN do it again. :) Sometimes in the middle of writing a new book, I wonder!!!

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  11. Fabulous review, Terry! And yeppers, I always stumble when promoting one book and working on another.

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