Sold!!!

July 10, 2010 at 6:45 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Now, when I pitch a proposal, I can’t send neat pictures like this, but envision…

The Wolf and the SEAL….And here is the SEAL, only he’s a wolf at heart too!!! It sold!!! To Sourcebooks!!!

But that’s not all! How about another Highland wolf? This one sold also: Highland Wolf in Paradise. To Sourcebooks!!!

That makes 10 hearty wolf books so far! 🙂

In other great news, although my Highlander titles might not be included, but then again they might– some of the Vintage titles are being put on audio. If mine are, I’ll be buying my own set–so I can listen to hunky Scottish brogues. *sigh*

And in other great news, some of Vintage titles might be translated into Chinese to sell in China. Again, nothing has been determined, but still it’s exciting news!

I’ll let you all know what happens. Until then, Happy TGIF!!! Off to work half a day, then I’m getting together with my daughter and then it’s back to writing for me!!!

Terry, who is floating on Cloud 9 when she should be writing!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”
http://www.terryspear.com

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Holiday Extravaganza Question #10, Terry Spear

December 26, 2008 at 6:00 am (General) (, , , , , , )

Wow, it’s all over. Or is it? Today’s winner will receive Heart of the Wolf from Terry Spear! Heart of the Wolf, Publishers Weekly “BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR.”

We hope you had an awesome holiday, no matter what you celebrated or how you celebrated. 🙂

So now that the leftovers are stashed in the fridge, wrapping paper is tossed in the trash, it’s time to sit back and breathe. Or is it? OH wait! What about holiday sales? Or is this a travel day for you? Are you busy packing up the vehicle? throwing the kids and dogs in the back seat? or have you decided till wait till New Year’s? Tell us all about it!

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Happy Thanksgiving From All Shapeshifters to You & Yours!!!

November 27, 2008 at 1:00 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

My Canadian cousins already celebrated Thanksgiving last month, so now it’s our turn! My shapeshifters wish everyone around the world peace and posperity during these difficult times.d-002211

In Don’t Cry Wolf, coming March 1, the gray wolf pack is having a Thanksgiving feast, but not for the reasons we might have ours. Here’s an excerpt from Don’t Cry Wolf:

 

“As to another matter,” Darien said, “I want to have a Thanksgiving feast for the pack.”

            She figured the feast was a tradition they’d always carried out like so many people did across the States until she saw the questioning glances on his brothers’ faces.  “Why?” she asked, because Jake and Tom wouldn’t and she assumed something more was up.

            “A feast to give thanks that I have a mate.  Is that not reason enough?”  Darien’s expression was lighthearted, but the façade didn’t hide the darkness brewing beneath the surface.

            She offered a smile.  “I’m sure everyone will enjoy a feast, no matter the reason.  Free food always puts everyone in good spirits.”

            “Where did you want to have this feast?” Jake asked, his voice shadowed.  “The civic auditorium?  School gym?  The tavern, perhaps?”

            “Here.”  Darien lifted his cup to his lips.

            Lelandi suspected the worse.  Darien knew who killed her sister and he needed the majority of the pack together.  The feast was the battleground.  Or at least the beginning.  The battle would take place in the woods, secluded from town, perfect for a fight between wolves.

 

turkey1So the feast is a celebration, to give thanks, after ridding themselves of the evil that lurked within. In the latest work, Plight of the Wolf, the Christmas season is upon them. 🙂 But that’s another story.

Enjoy the holidays if you celebrate them, but even if you don’t, may your lives be filled with thanks! We’re thankful my mother is well enough to celebrate Thanksgiving with us after she’s been so ill for the last 8 weeks. turkeydinner1

We’re playing Chicken Foot Dominoes after the feast, and the next day, we set up our Christmas decorations, as always. We usually have a couple of displaced college students eating with us, and this Thanksgiving will be no exception. 

 Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions you’d like to share? 

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The Vampire…In My Dreams

August 28, 2008 at 9:02 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The Vampire…In My Dreams is now in print! If you’d like an autographed copy, just email me at tspear@flash.net. Paypal/checks/postal money orders accepted.

The Vampire…In My Dreams

Description

Love bites when a seventeen-year-old vampire and witch tangle.

Marissa Lakeland faces her worst nightmare one dark and misty night when she chases a gorgeous hunk of a guy to prove he’s a vampire. So why does the thought of tall, dark and vampiric appeal to Marissa, when there’s no way a vampire can compel a witch to do his bidding? At least that’s what she’s read in vampire lore. But lore can be mistaken.

Fledgling vampire Dominic Vorchowski knows Marissa’s the only one who can save him. Only why does she have to be a witch? Fate has thrown him together with the bewitching Marissa and if he gains her trust, he’ll have his life back again. Except for that whole eternal thirst for blood thing. And the fangs. Not to mention the aversion to intense sunlight. In any event, he’s set his sights on one girl who’s totally off the menu.

The centuries-old vamp Lynetta wants Dominic to replace the lover she lost, and no teenaged witch is going to take her guy away. Dominic and Marissa must stop the vampiress from winning the battle of the night…but time is running out.Isn’t he devilishly scrumptious??? The story behind the story was I was reading the excerpt from the opening of a book where two women sneaked into a guy’s mobile home to see if he was a vampire. And the opening spawned The Vampire…In My Dreams, only with it–I wanted the girls to be empowered somewhat–so they were witches. Now, in this world, witches and warlocks are real. But vampires are the stuff fantasies are made of. 🙂

 
Marissa’s best friend believes Dominic, who hangs around the teen burger hang out, is a vampire, and fame and fortune will be theirs if they prove it. I had fun writing the story in first person, but wanted to have both Dominic and Marissa’s point of view…so we get both. 🙂
 
So here is an excerpt from The Vampire…In My Dreams, Melissa’s point of view:
 

I couldn’t turn around to look. A whiff of subtle spice whirled around me like an invisible cloak. Was Kate still chasing after the unseen vampire, while he now stalked me instead? But they don’t exist, I hurriedly reminded myself.

Shoot. I hadn’t even wanted to find out whether he was a vampire or not. Well, maybe I was a little curious, but not enough to get bitten. Kate was the adventurer of the two of us, and bullheaded. Ever since she’d spied the guy at the corner all-night hamburger joint, she’d insisted he was a vampire. The black clothes he wore, the way he pulled his dark hair back into a ponytail. A Goth, I had explained. But she wasn’t buying it. A vampire—that’s what she insisted he was, and we were going to prove their existence, once and for all.

I itched to turn around and see if he stood behind me. I know, I know, curiosity killed the cat. But I had to look. I told myself nothing was there, but what my overwrought imagination told me stood there was a seriously magnificent guy, seventeen or eighteen years old in appearance, but hundreds of years old in reality, outfitted with a pair of razor-sharp, sabertooth tiger fangs. That’s what I envisioned.

I turned and my jaw dropped. He was there. All drop-dead gorgeous six feet of him. Darkly seductive, he wore ebony jeans, matching leather shoes and a cuffed, long-sleeved black shirt, the top buttons left undone to reveal a smidgeon of his broad, bare chest. I looked up at his face, hoping the fangs were still well-hidden and under control.

His deep brown eyes darkened to midnight and his lips curved up. I breathed a guarded sigh of relief to find no fangs extended. His sable hair secured in a ponytail showed off his square jaw and handsome angular features.

“Are you…are you…?” I wasn’t normally a stutterer, but the realization I was alone in the dark with a possible vampire sent a rack of shudders through me, at the same time wreaking havoc with my tongue.

2nd Excerpt is from Dominic’s point of view: 

I tried again to convince her of her folly. “Is that what you want? To prove to the others how you can take down a mighty Prince of Darkness?”

If nothing more, perhaps I could appeal to her sense of fairness.

 

She crossed her arms, her eyes still locked onto mine, but despite the revelation, she hid her feelings
well. “So you are one.”

I wasn’t sure she truly believed I was, not unless I admitted it. “If you say so.” I held out my hand to her, willing her to accept me for what I was, knowing my power to command her was futile. “Friends?”

 

Seemingly annoyed, she ignored my hand. “I don’t want to turn you in to be poked, prodded and put on display.”

I didn’t feel she was totally sincere, but it was a start. “But you want to prove I’m a Prince of Darkness. How else will you do it? Will anyone believe you
without proof?”

She tilted her head to the side, her face still hiding any emotion. “Any suggestions?”

 

Inwardly, I smiled. Biting her would prove it. But if I suggested such a thing, would she run off screaming? The beat of her heart had slowed considerably, but was still faster than normal. If I took a step toward her to close the gap between us, I was sure she’d bolt.

Yet I could think of no other way to give her proof. If I’d been an ancient vampire, I might have had more ideas in mind. But that was the point. I wasn’t and didn’t want to suffer
that fate. I wanted my life back, as much as it could return to normal. Marissa was the one to help me do it.

“Friends?” Again, I offered my hand, but she wouldn’t draw near enough to take it. Risking everything, I said, “All right. If I bite you, would that be enough proof?”

 

If you were him, what would you suggest??? 🙂

 

Deadly Liaisons, adult romantic suspense–did I say adult VAMPIRES??? Coming in November! Sow what do you think? Does she look like a borderline rogue huntress of vampires–while he’s the prince of the vampire clans? Hmm—though looks to be enjoying a subserviant role at the moment! 🙂

 

Terry Spear

The Vampire…In My Dreams, Deadly Liaisons (adult vampire RS coming in Nov)

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What is Urban Fantasy?

July 28, 2008 at 7:56 am (General) (, , , , , , , , )

 
The Vampire...In My Dreams
The Vampire…In My Dreams

I’ve seen this question asked a lot lately. Everyone from agents to editors to authors are coming out with their own versions. And I’ve been asked this a lot by students and others. So this is my version:

When I first started writing vampires, the tag urban fantasy didn’t exist, so I used “paranormal.” But paranormal to me, is really ghosts, psychics, that kind of otherworldly phenomenon. And it can be in present day, or the past, as long as it’s not fantasy. Fantasy, anything goes, because it’s fantasy and exists in a world that is not our own.

So what is urban fantasy? To me, it is mythical, fantastical creatures living in our contemporary times. Have a demon romance? It’s urban fantasy. It can be urban fantasy horror, or urban fantasy romance. But it’s urban fantasy. The fantastical element in modern times.

Think of the hero, werewolf extraordinaire, working on his computer. It’s urban fantasy. He can be sitting in the country estate, or living in the city. But it’s still urban fantasy.

Think of the gargoyle that protects your apartment complex at night, and talks to the heroine during the day. Urban Fantasy.

Now, what is being said–urban fantasy is first person. Why?  I’ve read tons of third person POV urban fantasy werewolf stories, for one. And they were urban fantasies by virtue of the fact werewolves live among us. Whether they’re in the closet or have come out, it doesn’t matter. It’s a fantasy world within the normal structure of our world.Heart of the Wolf

 Some say that urban fantasies are not romances. Why? Are paranormals not romances? Some are, some aren’t. Some historical fictions have romances and some don’t. I know, because I review them and ask for only the ones that have romances. So sometimes we try to limit ourselves into some narrow defined category because some write like this and all of a sudden we’re all supposed to write that to fit the category, and again I ask why?

My werewolves, as well as many others, are sexy. They are romances. They are third person, and they are urban fantasy. They’re not fantasy, which would be set in a different world. They are not paranormal, dealing with psychic or ghostly entities. They are urban fantasies.

Why get hung up on a tag? Because people who are writing them want to define this for query letters to agents and editors. And also because readers and devout fans of urban fantasies need to see the tags. Some readers might not like hot, sexy urban fantasies. That’s okay. They can read the reviews and see if it’s something they want to read. Some want hot, sexy reads. The same thing.

So what is urban fantasy? Mythical creatures living in present day society, whether they’re vampires, werewolves, mermaids, gargoyles, other shapeshifters, fairies, pixiex, ghouls, or other kinds of creatures that we normally don’t see joining the exercise clubs or dancing in our dance clubs–that’s urban fantasy, 3rd person point of view, 1st person point of view, romance, no romance, doesn’t matter.

So what is your take on urban fantasy? 

Terry Spear

Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf

The Vampire…In My Dreams, coming Aug 26 to bookstores!

Deadly Liaisons, coming November! (vampire adult romantic suspense–urban fantasy 🙂 )

www.terryspear.com

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