Three more days and To Tempt the Wolf is OFFICIALLY released!!! Chance at free copy of book for commenting at Casablanca: Where Werewolves are the Bad Guys! And the Good Guys, too! through Monday! Extra chances for tweeting, posting this on blogs, and reviews of any of the wolf books! 🙂
Every girl ought to have a werewolf hunk to call her own. Don’t you think?
Here are some great reviews that have come in for To Tempt the Wolf!
To Tempt the Wolf is packed with action, mystery and romance, all woven together to make it a thrilling read. The story really moves, with each scene adding to the suspense and building to the climax. It is as packed with characters as the earlier novels, but this one has far more going on, so it grabbed my attention at the start and made me reluctant to put it down. Because he is an alpha, Hunter postures very often and is almost constantly heading off to save someone. Tessa is headstrong but also has a touch of insecurity when it comes to Hunter. They really click as a couple and add just the right zing to the erotic scenes. This one is my favorite so far, but be sure to read the others, Heart of the Wolf and Destiny of the Wolf, and watch for more in this sizzling series. –Shirley, Reviewer for Bitten by Books!
I didn’t realize that this was the third in the book right away and that really didn’t make a difference in the book for me. It can be read as a stand alone. I do know that I will be ordering the other two previous books.
I really enjoyed the book and I have to admit that I managed to read this in a day. The story line just grabbed be from the beginning. Mind you the cover wasn’t bad to loo at either.
This is the first time I have read anything by Terry Spears and I was not disappointed. She left me wanting more which any great book should do.There was alot of action that kept you on the edge of your seat and a little passion as well. I really suggest that when this book comes out on Sept 1 that you pick up a copy you won’t be disappointed.
Cindy of Cindy’s Love of Books!
I enjoyed the werewolf lore that Spear has created for her books. I know that this is not the only one, although I haven’t read the others. Her werewolves live in packs, oftentimes related by family, but not always, and the alpha male (Hunter, for example) rules absolutely, along with his mate, if he has one. As with other werewolf romances the werewolves mate for life, which I always find a nice change from many other romances. It was actually kind of amusing how many werewolves kept popping up in this book – not just the main good guys and bad guys, but also nurses at the hospital, cops, judges, you name it. They’re everywhere. The romance was good, and overall the book was a good read. –Jessica, Curious Readers
9/14: Morbid Romantic
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 26, 2009
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 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 Mel 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.
Hi everyone! I sincerely hope that you’ve been enjoying the summer as I have. Playing taxi to my increasingly busy teenagers, working, and still trying to get in the occasional barbeque, I barely found time to read Lori’s latest. Barely was the key word so you know I did and here it is!
I really wasn’t sure how I’d appreciate such a strong female character, but Mel kinda grew on me. It was quite entertaining to watch her struggles as a Mom with a teen, since I can so relate to that! I reflected back on my own family frequently throughout the novel. Isn’t it true that all families have skeletons in their closet and as our children mature, we decide when and if to reveal them. Mel I think it’s time to explain the Amazons in the front yard even if you have a clever cover story. Children these days are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. If you think you know when your child is lying, look at it from their eyes as well. Your child more than likely knows she is being lied to. I found this book to be very hip, up to date, and dead on, repeatedly a typical day in the life of a teenage girl. Drama, drama, drama! Lori brings alluring mystique, and non stop excitement to a basic who dunnit, with a very interesting history lesson of an extinct and mythical culture. I even liked the who dunnit part, I usually don’t read mysteries well, but this one kept me turning pages and guessing until the end. So if you want an intriguing mystery that’s written for today’s mom with a little SciFi thrown in for good measure. Read Lori Devoti’s new book, Amazon Ink! You’ll have a great time and maybe gain a little insight as to which battles you should pick.
The second book in my Wicked Games trilogy is out in stores now! Moon Kissed is my first full-length werewolf story. It’s got werewolves, vampires, a brownie (of the faery persuasion not the chocolate kind), swimming-pool sex, nature sex, flamenco dancing, Elvira, wooden bullets (the vampire-maiming kind), silver stakes, unrequited love, fickle love, dangerous love, and most of all, true love.
So this is what I want to know: Have your book buying habits changed as the economy has taken a dive? Do you find yourself pinching pennies in the bookstores? Or are you buying more books now, in lieu of other more expensive entertainments such as movies or amusement parks or a fancy dinner out?
There’s a scene in my August Harlequin Intrigue, MORE THAN A MAN, where Noah Fielding wakes up weak and confused. He’s survived a near-death experience, but he doesn’t know where he is–or what time period he’s in. I don’t have room in the book to go into his thoughts in depth. But I’ve written them here, from his POV in first person present tense.
Captivity. Again. But where and when?
Disjointed thoughts swirl through my head, and I can capture none of them. I hear a woman crying. Who is she? Does she weep for me? I try to grab a memory, but it slips away, and I want to scream in frustration. But I cannot speak. Cannot move. Cannot even open my eyes. And my body is on fire.
I fight the agonizing pain in every cell of my body, praying for death. But death eludes me–again.
Where am I? Do the Franciscans have me in the cellars below the abbey, confined because they think I’m in league with the devil? No, that can’t be true. I escaped from the monks long ago.
Has the Doge of Venice arrested me for shipping treasures out of his city-state? But didn’t I bribe my way out of his prison?
Am I in the clutches of the Nazis–because they think I’m spying for the Allied forces? No, I remember escaping from their transport van in a hail of bullets. They left me for dead by the side of the road.
I lie in the dark, trying to clear my head as jumbled images dance like scenes from a nightmare behind my closed lids. So many centuries. So many lives. And always I must hide my identity. I was born in a small village in England. Centuries ago. But I am always apart, separated by my long life and the need to hide my true identity. That was easier centuries ago. I could pretend to die and disappear into the mist. Today computers keep track of everything.
Computers. Ah. Finally I have a reference point. This must be late in the 20th century–or the 21st.
A woman’s cries bring another stab of pain. I have longed for love, yet over the lonely centuries each woman in my life has left me. Some have run from me in horror when they learned my secret. Some have tried to kill me in their anger when they learned my secret. But the worst is when they grow old and die, while I stay the same. Always the same. Year after year. I look like a man in my early thirties with a full head of hair, a vigorous body and a sharp mind. Yet I am centuries old.
Finally, I know where I am and that Olivia, the woman I love, is with me.
My throat constricts as I think of the anguish I have brought her. My eyes flutter open, and I try to speak. But my throat is still too raw.
Oh Lord, Olivia. I didn’t have the courage to tell you my secret for fear you would leave me. You think I’ve sacrificed myself for you. But now I’m coming back to life before your eyes. I see the joy on your face. The wonder. But also the shock and the knowledge of my betrayal. I couldn’t tell you the truth about myself, and now you’ve found out in the most horrible way imaginable.
Fear claws at me. A monster of a man named Jarred Bainbridge holds us both captive. Can I save you from him–or is it already too late?
So would you like to live forever? What are the disadvantages, do you think?
And if you can take your eyes off the Blond Muddy Guy for a minute, here’s a new review for To Tempt the Wolf!!!…
Starting a new book is always exciting. Usually I’ve been thinking about it for months, and I know exactly how it’s going to start. It’s all fresh and shiny, and usually the first chapter flows really well and really fast. I love that.
And I’m happy to say that my newest project, my 5th Demonica book, is still flowing like that in chapter 5. YAY! I am absolutely loving this book. I think it’s going to end up being a favorite — a very, very close second to Passion Unleashed.
Someone asked me the other day which books (of mine and the Croft novels) were my favorites, and which were the least favorites. And you know, when it comes to the books you’ve written, it’s easy to pick favorites (though maybe not the #1 favorite,) but picking ones you don’t like so much? Much harder.
Because in the process of writing the books, you do have ones that behave well, and you have others that fight you every step of the way. You just have to hope that the books that fought you, the ones who were the rotten kids, turn out to be upstanding adults. And by the time you’re done with copyedits and galleys, you sit back and look at your monster child, smile, and think, wow…we did it. That book is a shapeshifter of the oddest kind, going from unruly brat to a perfectly behaved gentleman.
So anyway, the point of this rather rambling post is that the new book is so far not a shapeshifter — even though there are several of them IN the book. *g*
Authors, have you written any shapeshifter books? Books that started out well but then kicked your butt, or books that kicked your butt but turned out decent?
Readers? Have you read books that started well turned into something awful? Or that you didn’t think you’d get through, but somehow, the book redeemed itself?
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Yes, it’s finally on the horizon. The Big Bad Wolf, otherwise known as Ryland in my Freya’s Bower release, SheWolf, at long last is forced into a confrontation with his True Mate. This is the book so many have asked for – Ryland, the scary half way villain of my first release, who turned out to have something akin to a heart in his chest. I’m hoping for release to be near the end of the year.
For those reading the Maxey wizard/shifter series, don’t worry, I have something on the horizon there, and once I get more news, I’ll let you know.
I thought, in honor of Ryland’s new, and most awesome cover, (Ok, Thank you cover gods! Great job!) I’d give you guys a little taste of Ryland from SheWolf to give you just a tease about this rather volatile male.
So without further ado, I provide you from chapter 4, a taste of Ryland.
He grimaced. “I came to apologize.” He sounded sincere and human. No, that wasn’t the right term—civilized.
“Apologize? Ok, apology accepted. You can leave now.”
Anger hardened his gaze, and she watched while he regained control. This man wasn’t used to being dismissed. He’s wolven, not a man. She really needed to change her way of looking at life.
“We need to talk.” He finally gained control. He moved out from behind her desk. She could see in his eyes he had a hair trigger on his temper. It took less than a minute for her to push his buttons.
Interesting. Not only could Kieran gather his temper much faster, but it took more to push him to his limits. As of yet, she’d barely brushed the edge of his control.
Her mind struggled to catch up with her instincts. She’d never expected to want a man like Kieran, much less find herself comparing him to another, more violent man. At least Kieran came out the winner.
She strode to her desk, brushing past the big male. Determined to hide her discomfort, she refused to put the desk between them. Instead, she turned to face him and leaned against the hard wood, ankles crossed, revealing her calves and knees below her skirt.
“I don’t see what we have to talk about, Ryland. You wanted to kidnap me, to rape me, and make me bear your children. Somehow your apology falls short.”
One hand moved into her pocket and fingered the keypad of her cell phone. She should call Kieran. It would be easy, just a quick press of a button, number two on her speed dial.
She turned and met his eyes. They flashed yellow.
“That was not my doing,” he said softly.
“Oh, I don’t know, Ryland. Those were your arms holding me in place. Your hands grabbing my body without permission. So yes, I’d say it was all you there.”
“I was following orders.”
“Ahh, the catch-all, end-all phrase. Just like the Nazis in World War II. They were all following orders.”
“It is our way. We follow our pack leader’s directives. But no more.” The last words ended on a growl.
She arched a brow in surprise. “Oh, and what changed?”
“Kieran killed my pack leader. I am leader now.”
The simple reminder of the battle a few nights before was all it took. A flash of heat, a flush of moisture, and she was uncomfortably aroused. The image of Kieran fighting…so powerful…so strong.
“And you will be my mate.”
Her mouth dropped open. “You’ve got to be kidding!”
He approached, his steps sure, his head lowered. He watched her from beneath heavy lidded eyes. That damn stalking again. Did wolven males practice it as children? She should have put the desk between them after all. Too late now. Her heart thudded against her chest. But she didn’t feel fear. Kieran must be right. Only someone half-wolven would find Ryland’s approach exciting.
“No, Anna.” His voice lowered, rumbled sexily. Her body responded against all common sense. He inhaled and smiled. “You will be mine.”
“No, I won’t. Besides, it seems to me if Kieran killed your pack leader, doesn’t that make Kieran your pack leader now?”
He chuckled. Like warm honey, the sound rolled down her spine. Not as erotic as Kieran’s, but arousing all the same. He stood just inches away, his head bent close to her neck. “He didn’t claim his place, therefore it’s mine. And you want me. Your body says so.”
“It’s not you I’m thinking about.”
That soft laughter from his chest, so deep, so masculine. He inched close, and the breath whooshed from her lungs, his heat causing havoc on her already rampant body.
Then, inside, it was like a switch that flipped in her head. Her mind and body now in sync. It wasn’t him she was responding to, but the chase. She put her hand on his chest, impressed by the powerful feel of steel muscles beneath the flesh.
“And here I thought the bitch chose her mate.”
“But you are no wolf.” He whispered the words as his head dipped to hers; his lips found her neck instead of her mouth.
The tried and true vampires and werewolves are very popular. One would cringe to wonder if they might currently be TOO popular. Surely this glut of paranormal romance has to end soon? (Not that I want it to, mind you.) But it makes a reader nervous. I mean look at historicals. Years back they were the hot thing. Now, they’re still out there, but they’re just not getting the attention they deserve.
Trends come and go in the romance genre. I have a feeling paranormal is here to stay. But it won’t stick around for long in the form of the same-old/same-old. In order to stay, it has to evolve and change a bit, give the reader a new twist on an old classic.
I just read about an author who at the RWA conference was chatting with friends about what it would have been like if vampires were around during Shakespeare’s time. She went home, dashed out a proposal, and sold the book less than a week later—because she put a twist on the classic vampire. How cool is that?
We’re seeing lots of interesting twists lately. Steampunk vampires. Military werewolves. Demons who work in ERs. I’m sure the list is remarkable. And I’d like to hear about some of the current trendy twists in the paranormal genre.
What’s the coolest paranormal romance you’ve read lately? What twist did the story have that made it different from the classics? Is that what attracted you to the book? Or do you prefer the classic mythology for your paranormal romances, such as vampires who shy of garlic?
I’ve started yet another blog (I’m a bit addicted to blogging). It’s all about vampires all the time. Check it out here: http://vampchix.blogspot.com
Sometimes just the author’s name is enough to make a reader reach for the book. Or it can be the cover art.
I can control the content of my book–by writing the best story I can. But contrary to what many people think, the writer has little influence over the cover. Usually I love mine or I hate them.
Here’s my cover for WITCHING MOON, the third book in my Berkley Moon Series. I’m always looking for suitable occupations for werewolves. In this story, Adam Marshall has taken a job as the head ranger at a nature park on the edge of a Georgia swamp. He finds out quickly that the nearby town harbors dark secrets. And when botanist Sarah Weston comes to the area, powers she’s long suppressed come bubbling to the surface. When I saw the cover proof, I loved the way Sarah’s image hovers above the swamp. Then I noticed that one of the pine trees was sticking into her chin, making her look like the bearded lady in a circus sideshow. When I pointed that out to my editor, the art department blocked out the tree with a green square. At least they were willing to do it. When I made a comment about the long dark hair in the heroine’s face in ETERNAL MOON, my editor told me it was there for the suspense element. Although it’s not as bad as a pine tree goatee, I keep wondering why Renata didn’t reach up and swipe it away.
AMANDA’S CHILD is my story about a pregnant virgin. How did it happen, you ask? Artificial insemination. The cover’s actually a concept that I suggested. And I love the way the hero looks so protective. But why did they have to make the rocking chair into Mickey Mouse ears?
Another Harlequin Intrigue, CHAIN REACTION, is about a guy who gets caught in an explosion at a research lab and acquires paranormal abilities. I guess the lightning is supposed to symbolize his powers. But I think the cover shot makes him appear to be walking on a tightrope high up in the air in a thunderstorm.
If the book cover of a romantic suspense novel shows the hero alone, I want that wow factor. He should be really sexy. Really good looking. Really macho. That’s what will make me reach for the book.
Which is why I think I lucked out with MORE THAN A MAN, my Intrigue out this month. I love this guy. (And if you’ve read my previous post about the book, you know I think he looks like my son.) In my Intrigues, I get to explore all kinds of weird story lines. In this one, the man who now calls himself Noah Fielding has lived for over 700 years. Sounds like fun, right? But his long life creates its own problem. Like how does he have a relationship with any woman when she’s going to grow old and die–and he won’t. And what happens when a dying millionaire is desperate to figure out his secret?
I hate to admit that I’ve sometimes bought a book because of the cover art. How about you? What pulls you in? And how much do the graphics influence your book purchases?