Deadly Liaisons Is Out!

March 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm (General)

Today is the release date for Deadly Liaisons!

Also, I wanted to share my new cover for To Tempt the Wolf.

I’ve been told it might change, but here’s the teaser in case it does. 🙂 To Tempt the Wolf will be out Sep 1. 🙂

This story is set on the Oregon Coast where I used to walk the beaches and we visited during a snowstorm once. 🙂 So it seemed appropriate that I set the story during one! 🙂

Have you been to any of the areas that writers have written about? Have you written about areas you’ve lived?

What makes them so special?

Terry Spear

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Deadly Liaisons out Now!

March 31, 2009 at 9:15 am (General)

My first vampire release out in eons! Come check it out!

“Deadly Liaisons” by Terry Spear

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Read An Excerpt Online

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense

 ISBN: 978-1-60504-240-4

Length: Novel Price: 5.50

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

Cover art by Scott Carpenter

He resisted the dark huntress…now he’ll use all his powers to make her his own.

Tezra Campbell treads a dangerous line between her job as a telepathic investigator for the Hunter Council and her alternate life as a renegade. Beneath her cool, professional exterior lies a dark obsession to find the rogue vampire who murdered her parents ten years ago and left her sister a traumatized shell. An obsession that drives her to use herself as bait.

Daemon, former bastard prince of Scotland and now head of the American vampire clans, sees Tezra as a danger to herself and to his people. Especially if the killer vampire takes her bait. Concerned his own brother might be accused of the crime, Daemon takes Tezra into custody, intending to keep her out of the way so he can find the killer himself.

Things don’t work out the way either planned. The more she fights him with her telepathic powers, the more she stirs up his sexual bloodlust—the kind only a mate can cool. And Tezra begins to wonder…is her desire for him real, or just a way to use Daemon to find the murderer? It’s a deadly game they both aim to win—even while they try to keep their hearts intact.

Deadly LiaisonsWarning: Romance with a bite!

I believe the print copy will come out 9 months later from Samhain, but if you’re looking for an ebook in the meantime, it’s available!

Golden Blush Recommended Read from Literary Nymphs!

Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph
Deadly Liaison has some very interesting twists throughout the story. I loved the way the author wove the relationship between Tezra and Daemon into it. There were some get-the-ice cubes love scenes between the two, but the mystery and the twists about all the killings and the investigation kept my interest throughout. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a good mystery suspense story. This is one I will read again.

 

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the way Deadly Liaisons pulled me in immediately. The action in this book is awesome. I found the writing tight, the plot thick, and the characters strong. When the vampire flew to the rooftop, I could almost hear the sound as he darts in the air, the swishing sound practically sweeping over the pages. Terry Spear writes a gripping story that holds this reader spellbound. The display of emotions that trigger in Tezra, after ten years of losing her parents, really shines, and this reader wanted to share in her loss. I was pulled in with the fighting scenes along with Tezra and Daemon. The excitement and intensity that springs forth in the battles with the vampires is remarkably crafted.”

Cherokee
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

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IT’S HERE! AND NO OTHER WORLD!

March 30, 2009 at 7:36 am (General)

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 For me it’s Christmas Eve Folks.  Tomorrow Kiss of Darkness is out and I am so excited that this will be the start of great new things for me!  With Bride of the Wolf coming out next month, I really hope that many readers will catch the Shadowmen Heat Wave and check out this unique series, or werewolves with a twist you might say.

You see, the road to publishing has bee long and difficult one for me.  One frought with huge stones, fallen trees and deep potholes and the danger zone of fading into non existence is slashing at my heels.  Today’s market has so many booksellers, publishers and buyers cutting expenses that the entire industry is suffering a much needed makeover, which means it is harder to sell a book, and even harder still to get any publisher support in advertising that book for readers to find you!  And I reached the point of almost complete despair, but then my heart kept hoping, is still hoping, and will continue to hope.

Do you know why?

 

BECAUSE OF THE WORLD OF ROMANCE!!!!

In no other world, in no other market, in no other genre of writing is the support among writers so great as it is in the romance genre!  My fellow sisters, writers who are also desperately trying to make a living so that they too can share the stories of their hearts, have reached out and put their arms around me and given me real hope.  I, who am their competitor in every way have been the beneficiary of their giving hearts.  They have graciously shared with their own readers word of my Shadowmen.  They have offered up space on their blogs and in their newsletters.  They have spent their own time and money to promote me.  They have selflessly gone above and beyond to help me succeed and as I write this today, with grateful tears falling down my cheeks, I will never, never forget thier love and support during my hour of greatest need.  So, even though I don’t know what the future will hold, or how many more dangers I will face in my journey as a writer, I want you to know just how much I have been blessed by the hearts of other romance writers.

In no other world do I think it possible to experience the degree of love given to me and I think it is because the women who write romance believe so thoroughly in love.  The wonderful discovery, development, and giving of love.  These women practice what they preach readers!   And they PASS IT ON!!!

Now enough of these dark and serious thoughts from the heart!  I’m having a party to celebrate Kiss of Darkness and Bride of the Wolf!   My Shadowmen and Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld are getting hot and wild with you this week.  Lots of tasty fun and prizes!  So once you check out these wonderful ladies here at Shapeshifterromance and their super cool books, come over and say hi to a hunk at http://genashowalter.blogspot.com/

Happy Reading And LOL LOVE TO ALL! PASS IT ON AND CATCH THE SHADOWMEN HEAT WAVE!

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RITA Finalists and Double SOLD News

March 27, 2009 at 6:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) (, )

I had completely forgotten to mention this, so I’m hijacking the blog again.  🙂 

 A huge congrats to all of the RITA finalists!  In case some of you don’t know, the RITA is the highest award an author can receive in the world of romance writing.  Since we slant toward paranormal here, this is the list of the paranormal/sci-fi romance finalists:

Dragon Wytchby Yasmine Galenorn
Mine to Possess
by Nalini Singh
Moonstruck by Susan Grant
Seducing Mr. Darcyby Gwyn Cready
The Darkest Nightby Gena Showalter
The Healer by Sharon Sala
The Undead Next Doorby Kerrelyn Sparks
Thunder Moonby Lori Handeland

With a list like this, I’d have a hard time choosing a winner.  In reality, how can you go wrong?  What I wouldn’t give to be at the RWA National Conferencein DC this year to hear the whistles and wild applause when the winner is announced.  Maybe we should start a running pool on the blog.  😆

In other news…

I thought for sure my editor didn’t like the second book in my werecheetah world.  Like maybe I went a little too far with the wise woman and root woman lore.  Or worse, she didn’t like any of my “big reveal” moments.  Heck, perhaps I had too many redheads in the book.  Little did I know.  She liked it so much that it earned me a spot in the upcoming Bad Kitty anthology. 

Woohoooooooo!  That’s right baby.  Two contracts from Parker Publishing, and there’s more exciting things to come too!  At least from the business prospective.  Love on the Prowl will be released in September 2009 while the anthology is slated for 2010. 

Here’s a quickie blurb for Love on the Prowl:

In the small town of Seclusion, Tennessee, a faceless monster is feeding on the residents and they’ve taken root woman Donna Tucker’s uncle. Werecheetah Kyle Innes will help her find him, but his price? Her uncle’s head on a platter for destroying his family.

As for my part in the Bad Kitty anthology, my secondary character from Love on the Prowl, a chameleon shapeshifter, will meet the very bad kitty of her dreams. 

Moments like these make me love this writing thing even more.  😀

Any personal favorites you’d love to see on the list of RITA noms?

Marcia Colette

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The State of YA Paranormal Affairs

March 26, 2009 at 6:00 am (General, Marcia Colette) ()

I’ve gone to a few other places to confirm this, but from my understanding YA paranormal has plateaued and its taking a nose-dive into oblivion.  So if you have something that’s YA and paranormal, chances are an editor won’t want it.  My question to those editors is have you asked your YA readers what they wanted yet?  Has anyone done a survey or are you basing this on sales?  A drop in sales could also be due to a drop in the economy and more parents going to the library instead of the bookstore.  But then again, everyone has had this “jump to conclusions” thing going when it comes to the economy lately.  Case in point: the stock market.  I can sneeze and you’ll see pharmaceutical stocks rise.
 
Anyway…
 
About two years ago, I attended this fabulous little conference called Celebrate Romance, which is geared toward readers.  I sat in a room with a bunch of lovely ladies when the question of what they wanted to see more of came up.  You wouldn’t believe the anger that came out of these devoted fans.  They hated the state of affairs when it came to their needs and wants from their favorite authors.  They were even more appalled to find out that publishers had a say in it because it was their money on the line.  What can I say?  Unfortunately, that’s the way this business works.
 
My thoughts about this whole YA paranormal being no more?  Whatever.  The way I look at it, where one teenage crowd leaves, another one enters.  They’re not like adults who are set in their ways and won’t read something just because it has a paranormal element to it.  Think about all of those kids who grew up with Harry Potter.  Now, think about all of those kids coming into their own without a “Harry Potter” for their generation.  Do you think that’s enough reason to say that YA paranormal is out the door?  Perhaps it’s because there’s a huge surge of submissions right now from the whole Twilight thing and that’s why publishers pulling the reigns on it.  After all, many of the contracted YA books today won’t start their shelf life until 2010 if not later.  Call me optimistic, but I doubt the downfall last.  Kids will always identify with kids trying to get their footing in this thing called life whether it’s paranormal or not.
 
So, if you’re working on a paranormal YA right now, take your time with polishing it.  To me thatmakes better sense than to just stop writing them all together.  If you’re reading a paranormal YA–I’m hooked on Darren Shan’s Cirque Du Freak series, although that may be more like middle grade–then maybe it’s a good time to contact the publisher of your beloved story and tell them not to cut you off.
 
How do you feel about the state of YA Paranormal Affairs?  Also, what would you really like to see more of in terms of paranormal?

 

Marcia Colette

www.marciacolette.com

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The Idea Store

March 24, 2009 at 1:05 am (General)

Writers are often asked “Where do you get your ideas?”  We’ve learned a few quick answers: “From the girls in the basement”, or “I steal them”, or even “WalMart”.  Every writer is different, but I’m sure we’re all alike in that it is difficult to define exactly where those stories come from.  It’s a blend of many different sources, methods, ideas, etc.  

I generally start a story with a basic idea of character, plot and where I want to see the hero and heroine go.  But recently, my editor asked me for an idea for a new paranormal romance story.  I drew a blank.  I had no idea, beyond the vampires and werewolves I’ve been writing lately, what I wanted to write about.  So I went to the Idea Store.

I’m a very visual writer, and usually after I’ve got that hero and heroine in my brain, I’ll look for pictures online that closely match the image of that person in my head.  But for this new story idea, I had no idea who or what I wanted to write about.  So I had to go shopping!  Visuals always get the creative wheels turning in my head.  One of my favorite things to do is surf artists’ websites.  I like a lot of the computer-generated artwork, and most of it translates well to the fantasy/paranormal.  So I thought I’d post a few of the pictures that struck me hard, and helped me decide ‘what’ I’d be writing about.  What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at this pic?

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Something darker than angels came to my mind. And that set those story wheels turning, and then this next pic really put some interesting plot twists in my brain.
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Doesn’t he look nasty? But what if he were the good guy? You see what kind of fun a writer can have playing with pictures and the ‘what if?’ game? Here’s one more that I love for my hero…
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After an hour of collecting various artwork I had some great ideas brewing in my brain. Angels and demons rose to the top. And from there I began to plot. But it all started with some pictures and a couple ‘what ifs’.

So what about you?  When you’re writing do you incorporate visuals to get ideas?  As a reader, do you cast the characters?  Do you think of movie stars in the various roles of hero, heroine and other characters.  I do!  
Michele

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Announcing a new feature to the Shapeshifter Romance blog!

March 23, 2009 at 10:33 am (General)

I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about our awesome new feature which begins around the first of April!  We are starting a brand new “Book of the Month” Club!  We have hijacked our very own 3rd party reviewer (why is it that sounds like an oxymoron?).  We would like to take a moment to introduce Penelope Fitgerald, our very own non author reviewer!  Penelope’s job will be very difficult!  She will introduce the book of the month along with her own review on the first Sunday of the month.  Then, the last Sunday of the month, she will open up the dialogue to you, the other readers of the book, where you can all discuss what you think about the book.

This new feature gives you, the reader, the opportunity to have YOUR part of this blog, and tell us exactly what you think about the books. 🙂  You can read about your book for the month by checking out the Book of the Month Club Link.

You will get to see the book ahead of time, so you can go out and order or preorder as needed!  April’s book is Eternal Moon, by Rebecca York!

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1st Review~~Deadly Liaisons!

March 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm (General)

I haven’t had a vampire romantic suspense out in forever, but I love writing them just as much as I do my werewolves. And yes, my vampires do shapeshift, and into one of my favorite shifter forms? Wolves of course. 🙂

So here’s the blurb and the review from Literary Nymphs!

Samhain
 
ISBN: 978-1-60504-240-4

Dark huntress and rare telepath, Tezra Campbell treads a thin line between being a skilled criminal investigator for the Hunter Council and a renegade. She has an obsessive

Deadly Liaisons

compulsion to find the vampire who murdered her parents, resulting in severe trauma to her younger sister who’d witnessed the crime a decade earlier.

 
Prince of the American vampire clans, Daemon, sees Tezra as a danger to herself and to his people if the serial killer vampire terminates her next. He’s also concerned his own brother might be accused of the crime, takes her into custody, and intends to find the killer himself. 
 
Only things don’t work out the way either planned, yet both aim to win the deadly game.
 

Title: Deadly Liaisons
Author: Terry Spear
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:
http://samhainpublishing.com/
ISBN: 9781605042404
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Nymph Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph
Deadly Liaison
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So what do you think? Vampires that shift into wolves sound all right with you?
 
Plus, I want to congratulate everyone who receives word they finaled in the Ritas and Golden Heart contest who are supposed to get word on Wednesday!
 
May the force be with you! 🙂
 
Terry Spear

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has some very interesting twists throughout the story. I loved the way the author wove the relationship between Tezra and Daemon into it. There were some get-the-ice cubes love scenes between the two, but the mystery and the twists about all the killings and the investigation kept my interest throughout. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a good mystery suspense story. This is one I will read again.

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Lori Devoti’s Newsletter

March 20, 2009 at 9:34 am (General, Lori Devoti, New Releases) (, , )

by Lori Devoti
Apologies if you actually get my newsletter, but in the interest of writing a book that is due May 1, with spring break looming, I’m duplicating…

News
  Contests   Appearances  
Visit my Website   On the Web

What’s Happening…

It is a crazy busy spring around here. In April I have three releases in bookstores (one out now), and am taking part in two group contests. I will have another release, my first urban fantasy Amazon Ink, out May 26. 

In other news, there will be a follow-up book to Amazon Ink, Amazon Queen. Look for it May 2010. 

Dark Crusade

Now the April 2009 releases: 

Dark Crusade, 4th in my Unbound series. Is in stores today!

Blurb:

Evil forces…a forbidden love…a deadly witch hunt.

Don’t miss Lori Devoti’s dark, mesmerizing romance..

Exiled rogue shapeshifter Kerr Vik once saw being transported to Gunngar as a
fresh start. Until the one person he most regretted leaving behind—captivating
witch Heather Moore—stumbles through the portal…and finds herself right in
the middle of a witch hunt. Heather has courageously come to Gunngar to redeem
herself. But Kerr knows that if she braves it alone…she will die. He must
somehow send her back through the portal. And it’s not long before a collision
of truth, love and duty complicates Kerr’s mission by forcing him to choose
sides: should he save this forbidden love or protect his honor?

Also available is Midnight Cravings, an anthology of Nocturne Bites with my short story Captured (also part of the Unbound world). 

The dark elf who slashed him must have graced the tip of his sword with a
drug. Because that was the last thing Gray Barsk remembered until he awakened in
a dark cell…and he was not alone. Immediately he sensed a female nearby. Then
she attacked!

After years of captivity, Leve refused to surrender. This male was the
latest in a series of hellhounds they’d forced on her. But Gray was
different…unlike the others, he somehow had control over his primitive
instincts and could not be manipulated by their captors.

Now, for a chance to turn the tables on their tormentors and escape the
nightmare of Kamp Arena, where hellhounds were bred for fighting, Leve would
have to overcome her fear and distrust, and join forces with this singular male.
But to fool their captors, they had to pretend to be avid mates…and their ruse
was stirring very real passion in both of them.

My third release for April is When Gargoyles Fly, my story in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. As you can probably guess from the title, it is not part of my Unbound world, but it does feature a sexy, tormented shape-shifting hero. I’m really pleased with this story; so, if you have a chance, I hope you’ll check it out. 

My next full length work will be something new from me–an urban fantasy novel where Amazons are real and living in Madison, Wisconsin. Amazon Ink will be in stores May 26, but is available for preorder now

Meet Mel: Business owner. Dedicated mom. Natural-born Amazon.

It’s been ten years since Melanippe Saka left the Amazon tribe in order
to create a normal life for her daughter, Harmony. True, running a tattoo parlor
in Madison, Wisconsin while living with your Amazon warrior mother and priestess
grandmother is not everyone’s idea of normal, but Mel thinks she’s succeeded
at blending in as human.

Turns out she’s wrong. Someone knows all about her, someone who’s
targeting young Amazon girls, and no way is Mel is going to let Harmony become
tangled in this deadly web. With her mother love in overdrive, Ms. Melanippe
Saka is quite a force . . . even when she’s facing a barrage of
distractions—including a persistent detective whose interest in Mel goes
beyond professional, a sexy tattoo artist with secrets of his own, and a
seriously angry Amazon queen who views her as a prime suspect. To find answers,
Mel will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do: embrace her powers
and admit that you can take the girl out of the tribe . . . but you can’t take
the tribe out of the girl.

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Contests

I have an event and contest going on at my blog, Full Moon of Werewolves. This link will pull up all the Full Moon posts. This one will get you to the schedule.

Here are the official details… 

Starts MONDAY, March 23!!

Grand prize of $100 in werewolf books! To enter comment on individual Full Moon posts. You can comment as much as you want; one comment per post will be counted as an entry. There will also be some daily prizes. (Prizes shipped to U.S. addresses only unless otherwise indicated in post, all contests end Saturday, April 25th at midnight.)


Also the Midnight Cravings authors are hosting a contest too! We are each giving away a copy of Midnight Cravings to one lucky reader. Just stop by each author’s blog on
their day to enter. 

April 6th – Michele Hauf

April 7th – Bonnie Vanak

April 8th – Karen Whiddon

April 9th – Lori Devoti

April 10th – Anna Leonard

April 11th – Vivi Anna

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On the Web

Here are a few other places you will find me on the web. If you are a member of any of these–friend me!

Appearances

Find me every Friday at Something Wicked!


You can keep up with upcoming appearances, at my page at Booktour.com.

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Happy News!

March 20, 2009 at 5:45 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , )

I learned this week that KISS OF FIRE, the first book in my Dragonfire series, is a finalist for the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence.

How cool is that?!

They’ll announce the winners at their conference, May 1 – 2.

Deborah Cooke

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