Sold! A SEAL Wolf Christmas!

May 12, 2012 at 4:48 am (General) (, , , , , , )

Not sure about the title, but Sourcebooks bought A SEAL Wolf Christmas!

 

It all began with To Tempt the Wolf and Hunter and his wolf pack!

 

 

You know how that began. Tessa finds a naked man on her beach. Hey, he’s a SEAL…wolf. What can you expect?  Snowstorm coming. What’s a woman to do???

 

 

 

Then there’s A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing.

 

 

 



And a return to Hunter’s pack, only this time with one of his SEAL team members, back at the Oregon coast, Finn Emerson intending to protect Hunter’s sister Meara.

 

 

 

Meara catches him before he covers himself with a towel, pretending to be her lover while she’s intending to find a mate. And it’s NOT going to be him. He’s such a devil of a wolfish SEAL hunk.

 

And now?

 

I got word last night, talk about TGIF!!! Anna and Bjornolf get their turn!

 

A SEAL Wolf Christmas (title probably to change)

 

 

Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson and undercover operative Anna Johnson have a rocky beginning at their first meeting all to do with pantyhose and tying her to a bed after some heavy-duty sparring, and him declaring she has mighty fine killer knees. Christmas is coming but thoughts of sugar plum fairies and kissing under the mistletoe isn’t something these two gray werewolves have in mind when they’re tasked to be the newlyweds preparing for Christmas while investigating a SEAL’s murder at a Christmas Tree farm.

 

Neither care about Christmas, sharing gifts, and all the traditions that go along with the season since neither enjoyed the holiday while growing up. But as they battle each other as to what makes for the perfect newly married couple’s first Christmas, they learn that a little Christmas cheer can become so much more, especially if they can take down a SEAL’s killer before they become his next target.

 

So get ready for more of Bjornolf. Yum. 🙂  And Anna and her give no quarter attitude!

 

 

 

 

Today, I’m also signing books at West Waco Library in Waco, Texas, conference room, from 1:30-4.

 

I’ll be giving out book marks also.

 

And I’m at Discover New Love http://www.discoveranewlove.com/store/heart-of-the-highland-wolf.html all month long!

 

Have a super great Saturday!!!

 

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality!”

www.terryspear.com

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YA Dragon Shifters

June 19, 2011 at 6:13 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Finally stopped back here for a visit – it’s been a crazy spring. Here’s a big wave to everyone!

My paranormal YA series, THE DRAGON DIARIES launched this month. This series is a spin-off of my Dragonfire series, featuring dragon shape shifters. FLYING BLIND is the first book in a trilogy, featuring the coming of age of Zoë. She’s the only dragon shapeshifter and so she should be the Wyvern and have special powers. The problem is that her powers are AWOL and she has no idea how to develop them. In book one, her first shift is triggered so she gets sent to dragon shifter boot camp with the other dragon shifters – where the young dragons discover that it’s up to them to save their kind from a new threat. Book #2, WINGING IT, will be out in December, followed by book #3, BLAZING THE TRAIL, next June.

You can read more about The Dragon Diaries on my website for it, right here. I’m also in the midst of a blog tour this month, so there are reviews, and guest posts and copies of the book to be won – read more here.

In Dragonfire, DARKFIRE KISS was released in May. That’s the story of Rafferty’s firestorm, and it had awesome reviews – you can read about the book right here. There are two more Dragonfire titles scheduled: FLASHFIRE in January 2012 and Dragonfire #8 in October 2012 (no title on that one yet.)

Lots of dragons in my office this year!

In other news, I’ve been republishing some of my Claire Delacroix backlist digitally this year. All of these books are available for Kindle for $2.99, and at Smashwords – they are perking their way to other distributors like Apple, Sony, KOBO and Barnes & Noble.

The Rogues of Ravensmuir is a medieval trilogy, each book featuring a hero with something to hide. These are a bit Gothic, and I’m glad to see them available again – especially with wonderful new covers. They are THE ROGUE, THE SCOUNDREL and THE WARRIOR. You can see the covers and read excerpts here, plus connect to buy links.

Three of my time travels are also available again. LOVE POTION #9, THE MOONSTONE and ONCE UPON A KISS were originally published under my pseudonym Claire Cross and have been unavailable for a long time. It’s exciting to have new covers on them, too. You can read about them right here.

And last but not least, the only wolf shifter book I’ve ever written was a medieval published by Harlequin Historicals called ENCHANTED. I’ve just learned that they’re going to re-release that book digitally in July. This book features a hero cursed to be a wolf half of the time, a fairy tale feel, and a heroine who just doesn’t take no for an answer – especially when her HEA is at stake. I love this book and am quite excited about this. There’s a bit more about it here on my site, but you’ll have to scroll way down.

Edited to add – Actually, Harlequin is going to republish that entire trilogy. Links and stuff on my blog, right here.

Phew! That’s all my news!

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Wolf Shifter Eye Candy–WOLF FEVER is in the stores!!!

December 4, 2010 at 7:44 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Catch the WOLF FEVER!!! It’s now in stores everywhere!
http://www.youtube.com/v/KOpPqoptqko?hl=en&fs=1
Werewolves are downright hunky. They HAVE to be in wonderful shape, running great distances, covering their territory, claiming it. So I wanted to share some wolfish pictures of wolves in their prime. 🙂

First, wolves love to swim. This wolf is swimming happily, but when he shapeshifts, he’s enjoying the warm water without a care in the world.

Hmm, yes, think he might need a spot of oil rubbed onto his back, or … elsewhere?

I have to mention wolves nap a lot during the day. Although if you join them in bed for a nice little nap, you might not get one.

To me, he looks like he’s faking sleep, just waiting for you to join him!

Wolves love the outdoors and these wolves are no exception!

Anyone to enjoy the outdoors with him?

An invitation like this is just too much to refuse, don’t you think?

Hmm, yes!

Speaking of wolves, I’ve started my month-long blog tour so if you have the chance, feel free to drop by and say hi!

Blog Tour for WOLF FEVER
11/28 Cate Masters Blogspot
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~~Weekend~~
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11/30 Escape Between The Pages
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12/1 Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee

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12/2 Casablanca
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12/3 Sizzling Hot Books
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~~Weekend~~
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12/6 My Overstuffed Bookcase
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12/7 Paranormal Haven
12/7 Tor.com
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12/8 Anna’s Book Blog
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12/9 A Moment with Mystee
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12/10 RomFan Reviews
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~~Weekend~~
12/12 Australian Romance Readers
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12/13 Romance Fiction on Suite 101
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12/14 SciFi Guy
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12/15 Fresh Fiction
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12/16 Open
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12/17 Queen of Happy Endings
12/17 Guns and Castles
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~~Weekend~~
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12/20 Cindy’s Love of Books

12/20 Star Crossed Lovers
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12/21 Love Romance Passion
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12/22-Weekend Christmas Holidays
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12/27 Thoughts in Progress
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12/28 That’s What I’m Talking About
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12/29 A Simple Love of Reading
12/30 Open
12/31 Open

Love Romance Passion Review of WOLF FEVER…5 Stars!
by Susan S., guest reviewer

A would-not-could-not stop…read! Full of nail-biting suspense, sexy scenes, and plenty of hot alphas to get you through the coldest of winters.

Summary: Carol was bitten during a fight between the reds and the gray lupus garous. Since that fateful day, she’s having trouble coinciding her halves. The human half, a nurse with precognitive powers, and her werewolf half, as a newly turned red. Darien Silver’s grays have been kind, patient, and protective of Carol Wood (heroine). But, as the saying goes, you can lead a wolf into the forest, but you can’t make it howl. She’ll accept their ways, when she’s ready. And not a minute sooner! In the interim, she refuses to shift.

When Ms. Wood realizes she’s in danger in more ways than one, she hires a bodyguard. She’s not only endangering her human patients by refusing to shift, but someone’s determined to kidnap her. Chester Ryan McKinley, hero, is a gray alpha and an uber sexy P.I. She’ll need Ryan 24/7. Oh, he’s qualified all right. He can protect her as a man, or as an alpha wolf. But, who’ll protect her from his “growing” desires? Perhaps, no protection is needed. There’s a bioengineered virus spreading among the packs. When Carol develops a low grade fever, is it too late for loving Ryan?

Review: As a reader who’s been following Spear’s werewolf series, I’m declaring Wolf Fever the best novel…thus far. I held my breath quite a bit with book six. When Carol’s grasping at straws searching for a cure, I felt the desperation. When she’s kidnapped, I felt the horror. Terry Spear knows exactly how to extract emotions from her readers, draw them into the story, and how to keep them riveted until the last word’s printed on the last page. Suffice to say, I’ve added it to my re-read list.

Favorite Scenes: Coincidentally, my favorite scenes involve windows. The first scene is when Carol peers into the forest, and spots a wolf watching her. Time stood still when I read it. Then, there’s the scene where Ms. Wood is in a sunroom, its dark out, she looks out the window and gazes at the moon. Then she loses her tightly reigned in control. Love it! Oh, it bears repeating…love it!

Recommendations: I’m recommending Wolf Fever to anyone who enjoys reading romances. It was a delight to read; I’m sure you’ll agree.

What’s Next? Heart of the Highland Hero (book seven) is set to release in June 2011. Who’s the hero? One sexy laird named Ian McNeill.
Hope you’ve enjoyed a little wolfish eye candy! And if you want to catch WOLF FEVER, stop by and say hi!

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

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Playing Tag–Werewolf Style!

May 25, 2010 at 5:09 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


In Wolf Fever (Dec release), the wolves are playing a game of tag. It can be rough and tumble, and sexy and sweet–depending on which wolf you’re talking about!

Wolves play together, hunt together, work together as a pack. They curl up together, love the feeling of companionship.

Ever have a dog who has to lay his/her head on your lap if you sit on the floor? They’ll crawl into your lap even if it’s a big dog? If you have a couple, they’ll both be there, vying for attention?

It’s a pack mentality. You’re the alpha. They want that closeness. To be loved.

Now, this is one of the Silver brothers (Donna sent him to me, thanks so much, Donna!!!) and although he’s got to lose the necklace–wolves do NOT wear jewelry–he’s about right, don’t you think?

If anyone wants to play tag with me–to help searches for my books on Amazon, you can go to the books and click on the links, then check mark or add your own tags for the books. Each of us can only tag with 15 items. I had wondered why some books had a hundred tags or so…fans have dropped by to add additional tags! 🙂 So if you have the time and inclination, let’s play tag!

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And then, we go after Mr. Silver here and see who wins the prize. 🙂 He doesn’t mind getting tackled and tackling back!!!

*sigh* It’s only Tuesday…and I got up at 3:15 this morning. Couldn’t sleep. Need a pack of wolves to keep me company. And I’ll need a wolfish nap this afternoon.

I did want to mention also that Taming the Highland Wolf is now: Heart of the Highland Wolf (Book 7), release date June 2011. Seduced by the Wolf (Book 5) release date is August. Wolf Fever (Book 6) release date is December. And I’ve just proposed 2 more stories. Hopefully they’ll fly–so what do you think of a Highland Wolf in Paradise? And The Wolf and the SEAL??? 🙂
Have a super day!!!

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

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Run Fast, Run Happy

October 19, 2009 at 5:00 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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First, I’d like to take a moment and introduce you to my new book cover!  Isn’t it pretty?  Lone Wolf is the sequel to The Moon: Tigress by the Tail and will be released in December with Tease Publishing!  I can’t wait.

Once the victim of scientific experimentation by the Government Control of Supernatural Activities (GSA), Damon doesn’t have a past, and he isn’t sure he has a future. He doesn’t even know if his ability to change from human to wolf is a virus, or magick. But the instant he lays eyes on the pretty cop from the local police force, he knows he has to learn the secrets of his past before they destroy her future.

Krystal is the best animal cop on the police force, hiding magickal talent beneath layers of excuses and quick thinking. For five years she’s tracked Peter Burke, a butcher who steals any form of canine to supplement his dietary needs. The day she saves a wolf from losing his head at the sharp end of an axe, her entire life changes.And then there is Damon, the mysterious, sexy ex-soldier with no memory of his past who awakens fantasies of dark and sensual nights.

But the GSA isn’t finished with Damon, and when the shadowy government agency joins forces with Burke, Krystal too finds her life in jeopardy, the target of men and women led by their own desires. Damon and Krystal must work together to stop evil and destroy years of illegal research.

Ok, please watch this video before you go further down on this post, otherwise you’ll never come back to it. 🙂 Lisa will understand.

Next, I’d like to share my awesome news with a friend. Her name is Lisa Kristof. For the last couple of years, we have talked about the lighter side of life.  Okay, the darker side of romance novels, but thepinkribbon lighter side of life.  One thing our shifters never have to deal with is cancer. That’s not necessarily true about their human mates.

When I wrote Tigress by the Tail, our hero’s mother was dead.  She died of Cancer.  I never specified what kind of cancer, and for the rest of that story, you’ll have to read the books.  I remember one of my reviewers said how sad it was even in our fantasy worlds, the C word manages to break in and cause just as much pain there as it does in real life.  But there are reasons I chose cancer for Lance’s mother.

I met Lisa online. She was originally from New Zealand, living in Texas. She was an avid animal lover who worked for many years in canine rescue, specializing in the hard to place rottweilers. Several dogs found wonderful, loving homes because of Lisa.

Lisa was one of those rare people who developed cancer at age 32, long before the age 40 when our doctors start to at least watch for it.  So early in fact, her doctors insisted she did not have cancer, that the pain in her arm was not related to the lump in her breast.  She had to return to New Zealand for a family visit and see a doctor there in order to force the mammogram, where she was diagnosed with cancer, MONTHS after the physical symptoms. Lisa left us on May 6, 2008, after 7 years of fighting this horrible disease. She left with a strength of character that most of us can only write about in our books. She left a legacy of honor, strength, love and purity. Lisa, you shall always be missed.

October is breast cancer awareness month and I thought I’d share a video taken of Lis just before her death in 2008.  Her message:  Run Fast, Run Happy.  My message:  Don’t let youth stop you – if you find out you have a lump, please push your doctors for a more specific diagnosis. Don’t let what happened to Lisa happen to another.

Learn more about young women and cancer.

WEBMD about Younger women with breast cancer.


Lisa Kristoff, 1969-2008
Run Fast.  Run Happy

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Ready to Go Spelunking?

October 16, 2009 at 1:00 am (General) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In Destiny of the Wolf, my heroine and hero end up in a cave–seems appropriate since Silver Town is an old silver mining town, and so at a point in the story…they end up in one of them.

Have you ever been in a cave? Normally, they’re cold. Very cold. And when I’ve visited them, I’m usually dressed for warm weather, so it’s a real shock to the system. Deep in the bowels of the earth, you’d think you’d be getting closer to the hot molten rock of the center of the earth, and it would be warmer, right?

But then again, you’re farther from the sun, so it should be colder, right?

In some caves, it’s definitely colder. I visited one in Maryland, loved the shimmering quartz in the rocks, the water dripping, the stalagmites reaching to the ceiling and the stalagtites clinging to the ceiling, and in some cases, the one dripping sediments on the other until a column is formed.
But did you know that some caves deep in the bowels of the earth are actually warm? I visited one on an island in the Caribbean, the Hato Caves, made of limestone from fossilized coral within a coral reef, where the Arawak Indians left petroglyphs 1500 years ago. Long nose bats live there and it was once both a shelter for the Indians and a burial ground. No whispers of ghosts there that I heard, but maybe at night when all the tourists weren’t around? Who knows. But it’s so warm, it increases the limestone deposits and so it was really spectacular as far as all the wondrous out-of-this world-looking cave formations.
Hato Caves
When I was researching Yellowknife as a place to set Legend of the White Wolf, the gold mining caves under the earth there are also warm. There in the Canadian Arctic! Yep, the miners wore no shirts while they worked in the sauna-like conditions. And once they stopped mining, they hope to harness the geothermal energy underneath the earth to use for the city’s energy resources.
Well, in Destiny of the Wolf, compared to a blizzard, the cave Darien and Lelandi end up in feels warmer, free of the chilling wind. Everything is relative, you know. But then again, they find just the way to heat things up while they’re stuck in a cave until they can find a way out. 🙂

Did I mention I have claustrophobia?

So being jammed into small spaces, surrounded by rock walls and people behind and in front of me, with no quick way to escape really isn’t a feeling I like to experience. However…seeing the beauty of some caves is…and so, conquering my fear, I couldn’t have enjoyed seeing the wonders beneath the earth, millions of years old, and the amateur geologist in me, loving to see this for real, and not in pictures in a book, most. And the historian in me loves to visualize what it might have been for ancient peoples to have hidden in these caves for protection and shelter.

Have you visited a cave? Where and what was it like? If you haven’t, ever desire to do so?

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

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

October 2, 2009 at 4:00 am (Rebecca York) (, , , )

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
It’s a big cliché in the writing business: “Believe in yourself.”  Yet it’s true.  If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
I was thinking about my werewolf series today because the ninth book, DRAGON MOON, is out October 6 from Berkley.  Nine werewolf books.  Unbelievable.  How did I get here?
It all started years ago when I read DARKER THAN YOU THINK, by Jack Williamson.  I was fifteen and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy.  That book, about a man being guided into his werewolf powers, really spoke to me.  Maybe it was that universal teenage angst.  There were aspects of my life that I hated, and I wanted to be somewhere else.  Williamson made me want to be a werewolf.  It sure beat my high school feelings of inferiority–in and out of the classroom.
Later, after I was married and my own kids were in middle school, I saw a review of THE WOLF’S HOUR, by Robert McCammon, in the Washington Post.  I chomped at the bit to read that book, so I ran out to Waldenbooks and bought it.  Another peak reading experience for me.  I LOVED McCammon’s hero.  He was so much like the heroes of the romances I was reading.  Only he was a werewolf, and it was clear that he wasn’t going to bond permanently with any woman.
At the time, few publishers were buying paranormal, but I kept thinking about a werewolf hero, and I wanted to write one.  Yet I kept thinking, “Who would buy that kind of book from me?”  For four or five years, I talked about a werewolf story.  Finally a friend said, “Either stop talking about that story or write it.”  As I always do when I’m working on a book, I came up with an outline.  I was selling steadily to Harlequin Intrigue on proposal, but I knew I could never sell a werewolf book on  proposal, so I wrote KILLING MOON while I was writing my Intrigues.  In the middle of the book, my agent retired, and I had to find a new agent.  I decided it had to be someone who would love my werewolf story.  Lucky for me, I found the right agent.
Berkley was just starting a “dark paranormal line.”  My new agent sold KILLING MOON to Berkley, who promptly closed all their “lines.”  But they made my story a launch book for their new Sensation imprint.  They wanted more werewolf books, and I found myself writing a series that I hadn’t planned.
The first books were fairly conventional, except for the werewolf element.  But lately they’ve acquired more “out there” elements, like my alternate universe that runs parallel to this one.  The heroine of DRAGON MOON is a woman named Kenna, a slave from my alternate universe.  She’s sent here to help her ruthless dragon-shifter master invade our world.  She meets werewolf Talon Marshall and desperately wants to tell him her frightening secret.  But every time she tries to reveal her plight, excruciating pains stab into her head.  Even as Kenna and Talon fall in love, he can’t trust her.  And she struggles to break through the barriers that control her mind.  It’s classic romantic suspense, with the paranormal twists I love.
I had a wonderful time writing about Kenna and Talon, but another character, Ramsey Gallagher, plays a big role in the novel.  I fell in love with him, and lucky for me, I’m writing his story right now.  He’s a dragon-shifter who’s been on earth for more than a thousand years and is trying to discover his heritage.
I want to urge you to follow your bliss–whether you’re a writer or you’re in some other field.  The Moon series has been an awesome adventure for me.  And Berkley pays me to write these books!
Have you ever wanted to write a book but were afraid it wouldn’t sell?  Or have you ever wished an author would write a certain kind of book?

MM cover.inddIt’s a big cliché in the writing business: “Believe in yourself.”  Yet it’s true.  If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

I was thinking about my werewolf series today because the ninth book, DRAGON MOON, is out October 6 from Berkley.  Nine werewolf books.  Unbelievable.  How did I get here?

It all started years ago when I read DARKER THAN YOU THINK, by Jack Williamson.  I was fifteen and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy.  That book, about a man being guided into his werewolf powers, really spoke to me.  Maybe it was that universal teenage angst.  There were aspects of my life that I hated, and I wanted to be somewhere else.  Williamson made me want to be a werewolf.  It sure beat my high school feelings of inferiority–in and out of the classroom.

Later, after I was married and my own kids were in middle school, I saw a review of THE WOLF’S HOUR, by Robert McCammon, in the Washington Post.  I chomped at the bit to read that book, so I ran out to Waldenbooks and bought it.  Another peak reading experience for me.  I LOVED McCammon’s hero.  He was so much like the heroes of the romances I was reading.  Only he was a werewolf, and it was clear that he wasn’t going to bond permanently with any woman.

At the time, few publishers were buying paranormal, but I kept thinking about a werewolf hero, and I wanted to write one.  Yet I kept thinking, “Who would buy that kind of book from me?”  For four or five years, I talked about a werewolf story.  Finally a friend said, “Either stop talking about that story or write it.”  As I always do when I’m working on a book, I came up with an outline.  I was selling steadily to Harlequin Intrigue on proposal, but I knew I could never sell a werewolf book on  proposal, so I wrote KILLING MOON while I was writing my Intrigues.  In the middle of the book, my agent retired, and I had to find a new agent.  I decided it had to be someone who would love my werewolf story.  Lucky for me, I found the right agent.

Berkley was just starting a “dark paranormal line.”  My new agent sold KILLING MOON to Berkley, who promptly closed all their “lines.”  But they made my story a launch book for their new Sensation imprint.  They wanted more werewolf books, and I found myself writing a series that I hadn’t planned.

The first books were fairly conventional, except for the werewolf element.  But lately they’ve acquired more “out there” elements, like my alternate universe that runs parallel to this one.  The heroine of DRAGON MOON is a woman named Kenna, a slave from my alternate universe.  She’s sent here to help her ruthless dragon-shifter master invade our world.  She meets werewolf Talon Marshall and desperately wants to tell him her frightening secret.  But every time she tries to reveal her plight, excruciating pains stab into her head.  Even as Kenna and Talon fall in love, he can’t trust her.  And she struggles to break through the barriers that control her mind.  It’s classic romantic suspense, with the paranormal twists I love.

I had a wonderful time writing about Kenna and Talon, but another character, Ramsey Gallagher, plays a big role in the novel.  I fell in love with him, and lucky for me, I’m writing his story right now.  He’s a dragon-shifter who’s been on earth for more than a thousand years and is trying to discover his heritage.

I want to urge you to follow your bliss–whether you’re a writer or you’re in some other field.  The Moon series has been an awesome adventure for me.  And Berkley pays me to write these books!

Have you ever wanted to write a book but were afraid it wouldn’t sell?  Or have you ever wished an author would write a certain kind of book?

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I’VE GOT YOU COVERED

August 10, 2009 at 1:00 am (General, Rebecca York) (, , , , , , , , , )

I’VE GOT YOU COVERED
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?
Rebecca

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.

Witching-125Here’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 EternalMoon-125ETERNAL 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.

amandas-child-125AMANDA’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?

ChainReaction-125Another 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.

MoreThanAMan-125Which 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?

Rebecca

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BOM: Bride of the Wolf, Jennifer St. Giles -seconds please!

June 4, 2009 at 1:00 am (General) (, , , , , , )

BRIDE OF THE WOLF SHADOWMEN BOOK FOURbideofthewolf

Pocket Books

Release Date: April 28th, 2009
Bride of the Wolf (ISBN 1416563415)
Injured Blood Hunter Navarre is kidnapped along with oil heiress Marissa Vasquez. Their bid for freedom, puts them into a deadly race for their lives as they become the hunted prey of two Vladarian Vampires and the evil Dr. Cinatas. Together Marissa and Navarre’s spirits form a powerful link matched only by their passion. But can a mortal woman attain true love with a man who is half wolf? Or will their enemies steal their one chance at happiness?

I’ve come back for my just desserts! Sorry I’m late! Kids are outta school and summertime has exploded. Fresh fruit is coming in, time to pick some berries! So how bout those recipes now? Does anyone out there have some mouth watering to-die-for recipes for pache, or tamales dulces? Now’s the time to give us your opinons on Bride of the Wolf by Jennifer St Giles, because one lucky person will win a copy of a book from our next monthly focus author, Lori Devoti.  We’ll be a little off on our post days so come visit often!

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BOM: Bride of the Wolf, Jennifer St Giles

May 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm (Book of the Month Club, General, New Releases, Reviews) (, , , , )

BRIDE OF THE WOLF SHADOWMEN BOOK FOURbideofthewolf

Pocket Books

Release Date: April 28th, 2009
Bride of the Wolf (ISBN 1416563415)
Injured Blood Hunter Navarre is kidnapped along with oil heiress Marissa Vasquez. Their bid for freedom, puts them into a deadly race for their lives as they become the hunted prey of two Vladarian Vampires and the evil Dr. Cinatas. Together Marissa and Navarre’s spirits form a powerful link matched only by their passion. But can a mortal woman attain true love with a man who is half wolf? Or will their enemies steal their one chance at happiness?

Jennifer St Giles let me say first your Shadowmen Series is da BOMB!

I’ll admit it took me longer to absorb the story lines that were taking shape in Bride of the Wolf.  At first I kept blaming my busy schedule for my extended reading time. However, then I realized about halfway through Bride of the Wolf that the real reason was that the story was so jam packed full of details that I was slowing my reading down in order to let it all soak in.

Absorb I did, the vibrant descriptions of the locations in which Bride of the Wolf took place had me reminiscing warmer climates as I suffer through my first turbulent spring in Michigan.  The tumultuous experiences of the characters often brought perspective to life’s little nuances. I found myself pausing throughout my reading to send heartfelt thanks to my GOD for the little joys he brings to me in life.  To re-experience the innocence of First Love is a wonderful gift that Jennifer St. Giles has bestowed upon us all in Bride of the Wolf.  Thank You Jen! If first love doesn’t entice you, Jennifer’s attention to detail will. Jennifer pulls out all the stops in Bride of the Wolf with non stop action, paranormal adventure, and even food!  It’s wrapped up neatly in a yummy tamale just for you!  (Note to self: must look up the delectable recipes from this book) (Note to Jennifer: Do you have said recipes? Maybe we can post them in this Book of the Months post discussion for Bride of the Wolf.

So all you avid paranormal junkies grab your fork and dig in to this one!

From this reviewers perspective it was a savory morsel!  When is dessert?

Penelope Fitzgerald

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