Dreaming of the Wolf Ready for Preorder!

March 26, 2011 at 6:57 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the greatest things that can happen after you FINISH the book and send it to your editor is that she comes back and says she loves it!!

One of the things that makes it feel real that you have a new release really coming out is when it’s finally listed on Amazon!!!

There’s no gorgeous hunky cover yet. No description yet even. But it’s up there now. 🙂

I’ve been checking for a while. But nothing. Then when I got home, a Google alert! Dreaming of the Wolf on Amazon!

Jake Silver doesn’t believe in fate or dream mating, despite the fact his brother and other family members have been afflicted with this strange notion. But when dreams begin to plague him about a woman so seductive, he wakes up in a sweat and he’s losing way too much sleep over it, he seeks to learn the truth. Can dream mating be a reality? Is the woman real?

Alicia Greiston doesn’t dream. Not ever. So when a man visits her in the first dream she’s ever had, she’s startled, pleased, then alarmed. He’s not going away, and the dreams take a sinister turn. He’s in trouble, and if the dreams are a foreshadowing of the future, she has to save him.

Anyway, I was excited!!!

Also, Huntress for Hire is up. 🙂 Hope you love it! I have the sequel started if I didn’t lose it in the tons of crashes I’ve had!!!

Available now at Smashwords, Amazon and B&N.

He’s a hunter turned vampire, she’s a huntress of vampires—he’s needs her cooperation to free his family; she’s trained to kill his kind.

Rebel vampire huntress Rachael Bremerton wants revenge against Piaras, one of the most ruthless vampires in Dallas , for the murder of her parents. But when she’s lured by another vampire, Adonis, into the darkness—the same darkness she’s feared since she was a child—she’s torn between her huntress sensibilities and some strange desire to be with the creature she’s meant to despise and destroy.

Adonis, a hunter turned vampire, has been ordered by Piaras to bring Rachel to him untouched. In return, Piaras will release Adonis’s family unharmed. But when Adonis first sees Rachael, his hunter desire to have a huntress mate kicks in, or is it the dark heart of the vampire that makes him crave her so?

Turning Rachel over to Piaras becomes less of an option. But can he find a way to free his family, claim Rachael for his own, and keep her family from discovering he is a hunter turned vampire—a creature they will all feel obligated to hunt down and kill?

I had a lot of fun writing this story! What would you do if you were a huntress and the most intriguing vampire ever caught your eye??

Hope you all have a terrific weekend…

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”

http://www.terryspear.com

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Paranormal Shorts for 99 Cents!

March 8, 2011 at 8:42 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

If you need a quickie vampire fix, with a tale about the fickle ways of the Greek Goddesses and Gods…I’ve got some paranormal anthologies up on Kindle and Nook, that will be available soon on Kobo, Sony, and other ereaders.  All for only 99 cents each! More to come!
Cover for 'Vampiric Calling'

Vampiric Calling

Ebook By Terry Spear
$0.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Mar. 05, 2011
Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories – single author
Words: 10231 (approximate)
Language: English

B&N

Kindle


Ebook Short Description

A vampire targets a huntress for his own, and she’s torn between wanting him and knowing she should terminate him. But in the dark of night, who will win the battle?

Extended Description

Samantha Ramsay’s always been different, a huntress born with the gene that makes her kind take up the sword to terminate rogue vampires, yet something isn’t right. They’ve never targeted her before tonight, and now she realizes she can’t kill the sexiest vampire she’s ever encountered, who claims her for his own.

Ralston Vaccarra has waited all the huntress’s life to have her and no one, vampires or hunters alike, will have the woman he claimed for his own the day she was born, only will a huntress be able to accept him and his kind for what they are?

Cover for 'Seducing the Huntress'

Seducing the Huntress

Ebook By Terry Spear
$0.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Feb. 12, 2011
Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories – single author
Words: 18013 (approximate)
Language: English

B&N Nook

Kindle

Ebook Short Description

When the vampire takes on a dare to seduce the huntress, little does he know he’s on her terminal list already!Set in an island paradise, neither the huntress nor her prey really knows who the real rogue is and who is being made to take the fall, but will she succumb to the ancient vampire’s will before it is too late?

Extended Description

The vampire Sarzoven and his sister are bored with life so a death-defying game of seducing the huntress is an attempt at eliminating boredom. But Miranda isn’t about to be seduced by the vampire no matter how sexy he is, not when he’s on her terminal list. Sarzoven soon realizes she’s a dark huntress, who doesn’t eliminate a rogue vampire until she’s sure he or she is truly a renegade.

So why is he on her list? Now he must convince her to remove him from her elimination schedule before she decides he really is a rogue. Miranda knows she can’t permit the vampire from swaying her from her mission, but soon she finds she’s on someone else’s list. But who’s behind this twisted game that’s bound to stir up vampire and hunter hatred alike? And can the huntress and vampire overcome their age old distrust of one another before it’s too late?

Cover for 'The Siren's Lure'

The Siren’s Lure

Ebook By Terry Spear
$0.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Feb. 25, 2011
Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories – single author
Words: 18592 (approximate)
Language: English

B&N Nook

Kindle

Ebook Short Description

A vampire wishes upon a falling star and ends up with more than he bargained for. When he attempts to rescue a woman in distress, he soon learns she’s not quite human and not a huntress–or at least like any he’s ever known. That’s when the seduction begins–but who is seducing whom?

Extended Description

Tristina isn’t a huntress in the normal sense. Before meeting the vampire who would rescue her from danger, she never thought anyone could love her for herself. Now, just maybe she’s found the right man for her.

Sardis wants nothing more than a vacation from his ponderous role as prince of the New York vampire clans, but ends up having anything but a peaceful time while staying at a beach resort when he meets the most enticing siren. Trouble doesn’t even begin to describe the new world he finds himself in as he tries to seduce her, and he falls under her siren’s spell instead.

Cover for 'Goddess in Training'

Goddess in Training

Ebook By Terry Spear
$0.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Feb. 19, 2011
Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories – single author
Words: 9089 (approximate)
Language: English

B&N Nook

Kindle

Ebook Short Description

In a game of the gods, librarian Lisandra, who has never been loved, is chosen to be the goddess of fertility.

Extended Description

In a game of the gods, librarian Lisandra, who has never been loved, is chosen to be the goddess of fertility. The demi-god of pleasure, Assarian is ordered by Zeus to train her in the hallowed halls of Mount Olympus to prove to his wife, Hera, goddess of marriage, mortals and immortals alike only need be physically satisfied to find fulfillment, to which Hera disagrees—all creatures must have love to be whole.

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The Prince of Persia–What Fun–and Shapeshifters too!

June 5, 2010 at 9:56 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


I love to play RPGs (Role Playing Games) but I’ve never played The Prince of Persia. The movie was wonderful. After work last night, my daughter and I went to dinner and then saw the movie–

It had adventure, romance, mystery, fantasy, and delightful humor. And best of all a HEA!!!  I loved it!!! And it made me want to write a story just like that!

So if you love all of the above, you might want to check it out. Really, really enjoyed it! And yes, truly, it had shapeshifters in it!!! They were very, very bad shapeshifters that turned into whirling bits of devil’s sand. And I have to admit, I felt sunburned and sandburned when I left the theater! 🙂

Well, I had planned on getting WAY ahead on Dreaming of the Wolf, but I just received Wolf Fever edits, so need to work on those also this weekend.

But I wanted to share another one of my very favorite wolfish characters!!!

Hmm, isn’t he just awfully dreamy?

And his eyes, very, very wolf like. It’s a combination of come hither, and I’m coming after you—so yep, he’s a wolf all right!

And he’s definitely in Heart of the Highland Wolf, complete with sword.

I had a wonderful fan facebook me, asking if I was going to put my books into movies–yes!!! As soon as someone sends the contract, I’m signing. The only stipulation? I get to meet the male hunks applying for the main roles (and 2ndary roles….you never know when one of them might be the next major hunk star) so they can prove to me how wolfish they truly are. 🙂

Wouldn’t you love to see the wolves in a movie of their own??? 🙂

Have a super Saturday!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”
http://www.terryspear.com

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Need a Hunk of a Vampire?

January 3, 2010 at 7:30 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Or a werewolf? Some say that choosing between a werewolf or a vampire is a difficult choice. Others know just what they want. In Deadly Liaisons, the vampires shift into wolves when need be,  so you don’t have to give up one for the other!

Deadly Liaisons is out now! And 32% off the cover price at Amazon.

book cover here

This review just came in last night!

5 Angel Review from Fallen Angels:

With its non-stop action and interwoven network of twists and turns, Terry Spear has written a tremendously gripping story in Deadly Liaisons. I was pulled instantly in on page one and held spellbound to the very end. Ms. Spear’s writing is tight and compelling. The plot is fully fleshed out, and the characters, including numerous supporting characters, are strong and engaging.

There are some pretty hot love scenes between Tezra and Daemon, but their emotionally-charged love story, woven as it is throughout the suspense-filled action, is the best part of this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good suspense-filled mystery spiked with enough action and romance to get your blood pumping. Well done, Ms. Spear! I’m looking forward to your sequel for Katie and Atreides, Daemon’s twin? If I don’t miss my guess, you hinted at one.

Reviewed by: Merrylee

On my blog at Fresh Fiction about Realistic Urban Fantasies, I’m giving away a copy of Deadly Liaisons to one commenter by Wednesday to ring in the New Year!

http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=2227

And back to werewolves!

Destiny of the Wolf is up for Best Cover! Okay, so begging for votes, if you haven’t already and are so inclined, the wolf hunk and I would love your vote!

“My” wolves are howling the news. Looks like they rolled in the snow and their fur is all wet! 🙂 I love this picture, showing how all three are howling in a different direction, just trying to get the word out!

http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=MBHEF_3b6478ce

And some more on the wolfier side: Mason Canyon reviewed To Tempt the Wolf at Thoughts in Progress!

“To Tempt the Wolf” will have you on the edge of your seat waiting and wondering what happens next.

Author Terry Spear weaves a tale of human and wolf so intriguing that you will believe in werewolves. You will be mesmerized by the story and captivated by the bond between Tessa and Hunter. When the murderer is finally revealed, you’ll be caught off guard.

This is the third installment in the wolf series by Ms. Spear. The other books include: “Heart of the Wolf” and “Destiny of the Wolf.” “Legend of the White Wolf” is scheduled for release in early 2010. For more on Ms. Spear’s books, as well as the award-winning teddy bears she creates, visit her Website at http://www.terryspear.com

This paranormal romance will have you howling for more and searching for your own “alpha lupus garous.”

http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/2009/12/sunday-salon-to-tempt-wolf-by-terry.html

I also just received a wonderful review from Romance Reader at Seriously Reviewed for Heart of the Wolf:
Review: Passionate, thrilling, dangerous, and unforgettable. Ms. Spear has penned a scintillating tale of wolves. Not your typical werewolf story, but a deeper more meaningful perspective.

I loved that this story didn’t always go where I expected it to. I hated that Bella’s solution was to run away from her problems, yet to stay would have meant the death of the wolf she loves. Alpha males aren’t supposed to be sweet and agreeable and in the case of Volan, he isn’t. But Devlyn is hardly a beta hero. He’s strong, determined and sexy as hell. Fight scenes that will have your heart pounding and love scenes to leave you breathless. This story has everything to make a wonderful read.

Seriously Reviewed

http://seriouslyreviewed.blogspot.com/2009/12/heart-of-wolf-by-terry-spear.html

Now, back to vampires!

Drooling is out for vampires…no blood dripping down cheeks! It’s totally not cool.

Bright red lips, ice white teeth, beautiful fangs, and a cherry wedged between the teeth–totally cool. 🙂

Vampires have nice smooth faces because they’re more…cultured. But vampires with beards remind me of werewolves, not vampires. Totally cool for werewolves, uncool for vampires.

Black shadows around eyes to denote scariness or something–totally uncool. I have dark shadows when I don’t get enough sleep. It’s not sexy. Vampires are sexy. Even when they’re evil. That’s what makes them scary. They’re just too compelling, and you wouldn’t think there’s anything wrong until they reveal nice ice white fangs and then…it’s probably too late. So black shadows uncool. No shadows, totally cool.

I’m off to work on Wolf Fever today, 6th book in the wolf series, deadline in a week or so, and wanted to wish everyone the best of New Years!

May all your urban fantasy dreams come true!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”
http://www.terryspear.com

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September Update from Deborah Cooke

September 15, 2009 at 6:04 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , , , )

There’s something about September. Maybe it’s the habit of getting ready to go back to school – even long after we’ve finished doing that! – or maybe it’s the fall snap in the air. Either way, there’s a new energy afoot in September. I find myself with lots to do each year, and lots of initiative to get things done. Septembers in publishing then start to perpetuate their energy, as most print books spend a year in the production cycle. This year, you’ll see the fruits of what I wrote last year – and what I write this year will be out next fall.

So, what’s coming up? First of all, I have a novella in the anthology THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE II – this is the one with the steampunk vampire chick on the cover. It’s my first vampire piece and I had fun with it – my contribution is called “Coven of Mercy.” The antho goes on sale September 22 but it looks as if Amazon has it in stock now.

Next up will be book #2 in my future-set fantasy romance series, featuring fallen angel heroes in a post-nuclear, pre-Apocalyptic world. GUARDIAN goes on sale September 30, and is the sequel to FALLEN. Tanzey at FreshFiction wrote a wonderful review which you can read HERE. You can read the cover copy and an excerpt – and check out the gorgeous cover! – right HERE.

Next up will be book #4 in my Dragonfire series from NAL Eclipse. WINTER KISS is Delaney’s story, and tells of his quest to eliminate the Dragon’s Blood Elixir. Of course, he isn’t planning on having his firestorm right in the middle of his mission, much less on the force of nature that is Ginger Sinclair. Tanzey was quick with reviews this summer – you can read the Fresh Fiction review of this book HERE. You can read the cover copy and an excerpt – and check out another gorgeous cover! – right HERE. WINTER KISS goes on sale November 3.

I will be the opening keynote speaker at the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in early October, plus I’ll be teaching a workshop. There’s a booksigning associated with the conference, as well, one that I believe is open to the public. I will be doing a couple of booksignings in Toronto at the beginning of November with both new titles – you can always check out my schedule on THIS PAGE of my blog.

And finally, I will be the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in October and November of this year. There are several public events associated with the residency – these are free events, but you need to register with the library that you plan to attend. One will be an intro to me and the residency, and for the other, we’ll have a panel discussion with an editor and agent about the other side of the business. If you’re too far away to attend, there is also a blog associated with the residency, which will launch on October 5. We’ll talk about the romance genre, about writing and publishing, and will have some guest bloggers, too. This is the first time that the TPL has offered a residency focussed on the romance genre, so I’m honoured to have gotten the post – and I think it will be a lot of fun! More information about the residency is posted HERE.

Phew! I think that’s enough to keep me out of mischief, don’t you?

Deborah Cooke
blogging most weekdays at Alive & Knitting

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Moving Targets

June 25, 2009 at 6:52 am (General) (, , , , , , )

(cross-posted at Alive & Knitting)

I was thinking this week about moving targets, of the book market variety. Popular fiction, like romance, is a reflection of popular culture – as those of you who read my blog have heard me say seven zillion times or so – so it’s constantly changing. As consumers (and that means readers) we’re always looking for the next new sensation. We are incessantly trying something new, then becoming bored with it. As producers (and that means writers) we need to somehow stay ahead of that curve.

Since RWA’s National Convention will be held next month in Washington, D.C., I thought it might be useful to have a peek at this, in action. Meet our Aspiring Writer (A.W.) who has her very first pitch session at this conference. She’s meeting an editor with a big New York publishing house, the very editor and the very house that A.W. has carefully researched and targeted as the best fit for her book. She’s prepped and practiced, she’s gone to the bathroom a couple of extra times (she’s a little bit excited) and now her name has been called for her editor appointment. This is it! She’s sure she’s going to get a request to submit.

Editor (stands to shake hands): Good morning, A.W. How nice to meet you.

A.W. (tries to be cool): Good morning. I’m very pleased to meet you. I know you edit Ms. NYT-Bestseller and I’m a huge fan of her books

E: As am I. (They both sit down) Well, then, tell me about your book.

A.W.: Well! It’s a vampire romance. The hero is a vampire and the heroine is a witch… (Brief synopsis ensues.)

E: What’s the obstacle between them?

A.W.: Well, she’s a witch, like I said, so she’s sworn to the reid. You know, “do whatsoever you will but harm none”.

E: So, she rejects him on principle, because he drinks blood?

A.W.: Right. But he’s just so sexy that he’s irresistible. And, you know, he’s not entirely happy with the need to drink blood either – he thinks he’s a monster himself and has to fight to accept the demon within. Being in love helps him control the hunger so he’s kind of addicted to her.

E: Um hmm. Any other plot elements?

A.W. (thinking desperately): Well, there’s a demon who is her familiar.

E: Tell me about him.

A.W.: Oh, he’s kind of mischievous and tries to force them apart. He’s a minor character but I could give him more lines.

E: What else?

A.W.: Um, it’s set in Iowa, and uh, it’s really really sexy. It’s a vampire novel, a sexy one, and I know those sell really well right now. Like Ms. NYT-Bestseller. My book is similar in a way, but the vampire is a bit darker…

E: We’re a bit over-inventoried in vampires right now. What else are you working on?

Ooops. A.W. expected to have the editor ask for the manuscript by now, but that’s clearly not happening. Why not?

I’ll guess.

The paranormal romance market has been on the move over the past decade. In 1994, I wrote an historical featuring a shapeshifter hero. A MAGICIAN’S QUEST was published in August 1995 and other than its exotic setting (medieval Morocco) the main conflict was the hero coming to terms with the beastly side of his nature. In 1998, my medieval ENCHANTED was published, which featured a hero condemned to become a wolf half of the time – that book was about breaking the curse so he’d be a normal man all the time. These two shapeshifter novels could be sold in that time because shapeshifters were new and novel – exploring the notion of what it meant to be a shapeshifter was “fresh” enough for the work to sell.

Shapeshifter romances were never as “in” as vampire romances – or at least they haven’t been yet! – but even so, that internal conflict, in and of itself, is no longer enough. The battle against the beast within is old news. The fight to assimiliate into society and have a normal life has been done. You’ll find the same thinking in vampire romance, or time travel romance, or any of the various paranormal romance subgenres. We need something new in order for the work to catch our interest.

At various points in time, we as readers have been enamored of vampires, or historicals set in Scotland, or sexy Regency romances, or erotic romance. There will be other infatuations. The point is that for brief moments, an aspiring author can get an invitation to submit work on the basis of that one qualifying detail alone. Publishing houses see something that works and want more of it.

But it doesn’t last. It really is a fleeting moment – you might get lucky or you might miss out. As we read more and more of the books in each targeted subgenre, we become a bit jaded. We want more than the basic hook. At least five years ago, just another vampire romance wasn’t good enough. We wanted something more, something special, something fresh.

And to be fair to A.W., this kind of sea change happens sooner within the publishing house than in the writing community. That’s because they’re putting together packages and cover copy and sales tips for each book in the list, and as the umpteenth romance in a particular subgenre comes across each individual’s desk, they need to know why this one is special. Editors read the most – including what doesn’t get bought – so they start looking for the change first.

Remember also that editors at print houses are at least a year ahead of readers. If you buy a book on July 7 which is the first title by a new author who is being promoted heavily by the house, and which just went on sale that day, that book manuscript was purchased at least a year ago. For a new author, it might have been bought closer to two years ago. There’s been a whole lot of work cross that editor’s desk during that interval. Unfortunately, you can’t know what that work was, or what the editor bought – you can only pick up that July 7 title and hope it tells you something about the editor’s taste.

Two years ago.

You can, however, assume that such subgenre elements will move in one predictable direction. As these hot-ticket elements become more popular and more mainstream, they all evolve in the same direction – they all require a deeper romance and better character development. In a sense, the hook or the element becomes part of the market at large and the story itself (the characterizations, the dialogue, the action, the romance) becomes the discerning factor. So, it can’t just be a vampire romance or an erotic romance – it also has to be a really good romance.

The other thing that happens – although this is harder to predict before it does happen – is that genres infect each other. When I sold Dragonfire to my editor, she told me that one thing she liked about it was the mythology of the Pyr and the worldbuilding. She told me that she saw that as key to the success of paranormal romance series, and that it was particularly what she looked for in a new series.

The intensity of the worldbuilding probably originates from the fantasy market, but the fantasy market has been around for a long time without this cross-over – I suspect the more immediate impetus is television series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This series and other similarly popular paranormal series posit an entire hidden universe right beneath our human noses, one populated by otherworldly creatures with their own agenda. The protagonist – or protagonists – stands on the cusp, with one foot in each world, often as a gatekeeper. This notion slid into the romance section and the paranormal romance subgenre, colouring the expectations of readers. One vampire alone isn’t that compelling anymore. We want him to be part of an entire vampire world, one with lots of other vampires and lots of issues.

So, I think that A.W. would have had a better chance of getting a submission request if her vampire romance had been part of a series, one that peeled back the veil on a whole ‘nuther parallel universe. She argued that her book was similar to those of Ms. NYT-Bestseller, who this editor bought and published with great success, but the point is that Ms. NYT built her audience when the market was in a different place than it is currently. Ms. NYT was the fresh voice then, not the one mimicking another established writer. What A.W. needs to do is be the fresh voice for the future, to write something that builds upon the notion of a vampire romance in a new and innovative way.

How is she going to do that? By keeping her eyes open and being aware of popular culture. By not being so quick to toss out her “odd” or “outrageous” ideas – no matter what her critique partner thinks of them. By going to the Spotlight sessions at RWA National and not just listening to the publishers’ presentations but looking for patterns. What are people buying and why? No one will tell her what to do. She has to figure it out for herself, and then make it happen.

Nobody said this was an easy business, but as writers, we are the source of new trends and ideas. Don’t take the easy path. Make your book, even if it is the umpteen gazillionth vampire romance, stand out from the pack.

Make it fresh!

Deborah Cooke
Alive & Knitting blog

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Huntress for Hire finaled!

November 13, 2008 at 12:01 am (General) (, , , , , )

gothicphotos89_20070402_20754674401Huntress for Hire finaled in the From the Heart Wallflower contest. Hmm, vampire romantic suspenses. Aren’t they great? I love this story. Wounded hero, wounded heroine…both out to use each other…for their own good reasons. 🙂

Currently I’m working on Plight of the Wolf, but the other day I had the fun task of sending in cover specs for both Alure of the Wolf and Betrayal of the Wolf. Sourcebooks does a wonderful job with book covers and I can’t wait to see what they come up with. What did I say?

Naked man, uhm, I mean, shirtless man, gray wolf, Oregon beach or coastal woods for Betrayal, and naked man, *sigh*, shirtless man–what can you expect, they’re naked when they shapeshift!!! No Incredible Hulk ripping out of clothes here! 🙂 …with snow scene, white wolf, Arctic Canadian backdrop. 🙂  Yeah, it might seem weird that both stories are set in the winter, in Oregon, and in the Canadian Arctic, yet both men are …all right, bare-chested, because they have to shapeshift!

So there. I hope they turn out that way on the cover too. LOL 🙂

What do you think? Naked guy on cover with a white wolf in the middle of a snow scene? Sound okay to you??? 🙂

Terry Spear

www.terryspear.com

Heart of the Wolf, Don’t Cry Wolf (Mar 1)

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To brood or not to brood

September 17, 2008 at 2:53 am (General) (, , )

This is what I want to know: do you prefer your shapeshifter/paranormal heroes to accept their nature/condition, or try to move beyond it and become human?

Some shifter heroes (and I’m including vampires in the bunch) spend all their lives trying to get away from the way their were either born or made.  They hate that they are a creature unlike mortals, and desire only to become human.  They associate morality with humanity.  The creature that is inside them, or that they are is not acceptable.  Usually by the end of their story they have achieved humanity, or have learned to accept what they are, most often with the help of an understanding woman.

Other shifter heroes are perfectly fine with what they are.  They were born this way, that’s the way they’ll die.  If they shift into creature form, they embrace the animal part of themselves and often ensure they are safely away from humans so as to protect them.  Vampires drink real blood from human necks and don’t have to keep a stock of bagged blood in their fridges.  They are proud of what they are, and they want a woman who can accept them for what they are.

I love the latter of the two.  The hero who accepts what he is.  I don’t need a brooder, unless it’s just a part of his exterior appeal.  

What about you?  Acceptance or struggle?  Which appeals most to you in your shapeshifter/vampire heroes?

Michele

www.michelehauf.com

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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 ever happened to the big bad wolf?

August 13, 2008 at 6:00 am (General, Lori Devoti) (, , )

by Lori Devoti

Paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels have been “hot” for some time now, but you still come across articles by people who have just discovered the genres and don’t quite get them. These writers really seem to miss how/why romance readers are drawn to what historically have been evil creatures. Vampires, werewolves, demons–the mainstay of the horror genre have become our HEROES. This just leaves the writers of these articles flummoxed.

Which got me to thinking–why are they our heroes? I have a couple of theories. First that when the first romance author introduced us to a vampire or werewolf hero (Anyone know who that was?) it was fresh–unique. We, like these bewildered article writers, hadn’t seen that in a romance before. Second, while we didn’t always have vampire and werewolf heroes, we have had (and loved) tortured and alpha heroes. These paranormal creatures offer the ultimate possibilities for both of these. Who can be more tortured than a being who hates himself…hates what he has to do to survive? He is the ultimate bad boy–makes James Dean and Humphrey Bogart look like Charlie Brown.

How couldn’t we love them?

But now, weres and vamps have been around as heroes for a while. Is the fresh factor gone? Are we ready for the come back of evil? REAL evil? As in (gasp) making them the bad guys? Lori Handeland did this in her Moon/Nightcreatures series. Patricia Rosemoor and Marc Paoletti did in their urban fantasy, The Last Vampire. And if we do this–who will our new heroes be? Surely not…humans…

What do you think? Are you ready for more truly BAD weres and vamps? Or do you like ’em the way they are–deadly, but sexy? Leave a comment with your opinion–or offering up the name of who you think the ORIGINAL vampire/were hero romance author was and I’ll put your name in a hat to win Tanya Huff’s Summon the Keeper–not a romance or a shifter book, but still a good read. 🙂

p.s. Pimping a bit here…If you are interested in a fun multi-author contest, check out Treasures from the Dark. And if you’re interested in helping a great cause, winning fun prizes AND getting your writing in gear, check out Unleash Your Story to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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