Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Savage Hunger by Terry Spear (Interview/Giveaway)

Wizards of WildewoodLexi: In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, Halloween, Balthazar the Sorcerer is stopping by to talk about shifters! Welcome....oh wait...oops. Welcome the creator of Balthazar the Sorcerer and writer of shifter romance, Terry Spear!

You make cuddly teddy bears, like Balthazar the Sorcerer, and have written about some sexy werewolf shifters. Now you have a new series in which Savage Hunger is the first book, and it stars Connor a jaguar shifter. Makes me wonder, what you will be dressing up as for Halloween?

TS: LOL, your opening is so cute!!! Balthazar is waving hi to everyone!! Now, your question. This gets really difficult. I used to love to be a Medieval fairy princess. Now I probably need to be queen. Or empress has a nice ring to it. I’ve been a gypsy and the Mad Hatter before. I am going to Authors after Dark next year and to their vampire and masked balls, so I’m working on something for those! So maybe I’ll don a black velvet cape, lengthen my canines, and go on the prowl. It would be a first time for me!

Lexi: Halloween or not it is always a good time to read about sexy shifters. I am a sucker for werewolves, since I have a soft spot for wolves/Siberian huskies. That sense of pack gives them a noble feel; you know they will have your back. What’s next for your werewolf books in 2013?

TS: Oh, Siberian huskies are beautiful!!! Highlanders and SEALs are next! What more could a girl want??? Well, and wolves. Heart of the Highland Wolf continues with A Howl for a Highlander (Feb 2013), sexy, Duncan MacNeill, youngest of the gray wolf brothers, not by much though—they’re quadruplets! He’s always ready for a fight—and bringing the man/wolf to justice that stole the clan’s money is just the ticket for him. Only a she-wolf provides him with a bit of a distraction in paradise.

In A Highland Werewolf Wedding (May 2013), Cearnach, 2nd oldest brother of the gray pack, is on his way to a wedding when an American she-wolf runs him off the road—his version. Her version—he was driving too fast. Well, one thing leads to another and before you know it, he’s fascinated with the woman who’s from a whole long line of pirates. Including some still living in Scotland. And she’s fascinated with the contemporary warrior man in a kilt who wants to protect her from her pirating kin.

In A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Oct 2013)—everyone gets in the picture. It’s Christmas, you know. But we have a problem. Isn’t that always the way? Bjornolf from A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, and Anna, a special ops woman who worked with Hunter’s team, are tasked with discovering who murdered two men at a Christmas tree farm. And, just one little other thing—he and Anna have been asked to take in a runaway teen while they’re at it. Anna doesn’t do Christmas. Or kids. Or teens. We get to see zoo man Thompson from earlier books, Leidolf, Seduced by the Wolf fame, Hunter’s pack, his SEAL team, and just a whole lot of fun!

Jaguar Fever is also coming out next year (Aug 2013)—Maya, her brother and Kathleen are back, along with Wade and his brother, and zoo man Thompson shows up. He’s used to dealing with wolves so jaguars are a little different. And these jaguars are a WHOLE lot different. Maya’s trouble, which is her middle name, and so the fun begins near Houston and travels to Belize this time in a race to stop men from hunting jaguars in their native environment.

Lexi: You really got in depth for your research for your Heart of the Wolf series. Did you feel the need to do that much again for your Jaguar series?

TS: Oh absolutely! I read everything I could about the difference between jaguars and other big cats—they’re considered a roaring cat, and the differences between them and households cats because more readers can probably identify with little cats. I also did a lot of research about the jaguar behavior—watched videos, read up on them some more, and about the Amazon and what all readers might encounter on a jungle trek. When I read a book, no matter the world, I love to learn something, and so I hope with my books that not only will readers love the characters, but they might even take away something that’s real to life that they didn’t know before.

Lexi: I do like how your covers are keeping the same theme. Hot men with their animal in the background. Stunning covers. Were you able to request that theme be kept even though it is a new series?

TS: No, I just give an idea of what they look like, the animal—if the wolf is a red, gray, Arctic; send pictures of the places I’m writing about and they take it from there. They do a beautiful job!

Lexi: Wolves or Jaguars, they are still a bunch of sexy men. Where oh where will you take us next? Thanks for stopping by Terry!

TS: Thanks so much for having me!! I’m currently writing Tom’s story next, Silence of the Wolf (from the Destiny of the Wolf pack, the youngest brother), Jaguar 3, and another Highland story. I’m excited about that and can’t wait to pitch for some new ones!

Lexi: I hope you get some downtime to work on your teddy bears! (Balthazar is definitely my favorite, so cute!)

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has captured hearts worldwide by wrapping the realities of nature into the glorious romance of the wild. Now, she turns her award—winning imagination from the sexy werewolf hunt to the intense sizzle of jaguar shape-shifters.
As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous...
Speedy and stealthy...
Fierce, independent, and wild...
As a man he is passionate and powerful...
Willful and wonderful...
And he'll stop at nothing to protect what's his...

About the Author

Bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at . To purchase Savage Hunger, please visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all other major booksellers.

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  1. Hi Terry! Congrats on the new series! I love your wolf series so I'm sure I will love this one as well.

  2. There is always more room for shifters on my TBR shelf. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks, JoAnna!! I hope you love them! More to come!

    Thanks Shawny!

  4. Very intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Big cats are my fav type of shifters!! just wondering.. do you have huskies? or just like them?
    thanks for the chance to win!!

  6. You are having a busy year! How can you keep your stories straight?

  7. Thanks, Christina!

    Hi, Alainala, the jaguars are hot!! I love all dogs. I don't have huskies, but huskies truly are adorable. :) My son-in-law grabbed some pictures of wolves off the internet to make a collage of pictures with my wolf covers and one was of a husky. He is so cute. So he's part of my wolf collection!

    Diane, it's fun, hectic, and crazy. You see, what happened was zooman Thompson got into the picture in Jaguar Fever and I'm wondering if that was a mistake as he was only in the wolf stories to begin with...and then there is a SEAL wolf team running around in the Amazon on a rescue mission and they find this hut on stilts where jaguars have it part of the master plan or not? :) LOL

  8. Congrats on the new book and series. Any idea how many books will be in the new series? You can never have enough shifter books.

  9. Hi, Joanne, thanks! So far 3 have been contracted. I actually had 6 books contracted at once (3 Highland werewolf books also and the 3 jaguar shifter tales and then another book contracted after that--A SEAL Wolf Christmas)...4 written and turned in, so I'm down to writing the last 3 books again! :)

    But once I finish at least Tom's story, I'm hoping to pitch another couple of books. :) So more to long as readers are enjoying them!

  10. Hi Terry,
    I absolutely love all your books and can't wait for A Highland Wolf Wedding and Jaguar Fever. Maya is such a handful and I'm wondering what she'll stir up in her book. Your little bears are so cute too.
    Thanks for the interview.

  11. Hi, Terry. I just love shifter books and yours sound awesome. I really like that you do so much research for your books, and that you like to have your readers, hopefully, learn something new while reading your books.
    Thank you!

  12. Thanks so much, Bonnie! And thanks on my bears!! Maya is definitely a handful. When Connor and Kathleen take off for Belize while Maya stays behind to take care of things for just a couple of days before she joins them, she gets into all kinds of trouble!!! She's just so much fun. And of course there's got to be a hunky jaguar shifter who steps up to the plate to try and help her stay out of trouble! It's not working. :) Thanks!

    Hey, Lisa, thanks so much! Yeah, it's fun to give tidbits, not so much that it's a geography/history lesson, but enough to add realism (in an urban fantasy world) and let readers discover something new that they never knew about. Just like I do! :)

  13. Congrats on the new book. The cover Is so eye catching.Love it :)

  14. Love Balthazar! It's great to see that you have so many books in the pipeline.

  15. Thanks, Elaing, I wish they'd have some more with the heroine on it too. I love the jungle, the cat, everything.

    JMCGAUGH, Thanks! He was so much fun to make. I have some in blue with gold moon and stars, and some in purple with the same, but I loved the black velvet with silver sparkles. :)

    I agree about the books!!

  16. Thanks for the fun interview Terry! And good luck finding the perfect costume for AAD!

  17. Thanks, Lexi!! Are you going to be there? I've dressed up in the past, but never for something like this. :) It would be fun to see you there. :)

  18. Congratulations. I can't wait to read this series. It sounds very good. What other books or series have you wrote?

  19. Thanks, Tore! I have a medieval historical series I'm writing book 3 on and several YA series, including the World of Fae, working on book 6. I love writing different things because it helps me to ensure the wolf series doesn't get stagnant either. :)

  20. Wow, Terry, what a busy year for you (but I know it will all be a success). All books sound great!

  21. I sure hope so, Barrie! It's keeping me out of trouble, but I'm really excited!

  22. thanks for the fun post and congrats to Terry on the newest release! This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway ;)

  23. I'm looking forward to reading all about those sexy jaguar shifters in your new series, starting with Savage Hunger. It sounds like a fantastic series.

  24. I love Terry's stories and can't wait to read about her cats:)

  25. What method do you use to plot out a story?

  26. Hi, Erin, thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the book!

    Barbara, I'm thrilled you've loved the wolves and hope you enjoy the big cats just as well!

    Thanks, Yadkny!!! I hope you have fun reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them!

    Beachhouse writer--total pantser! :)

  27. I love your books. Do you plan on writing about other kinds of shifters too?

  28. Thanks so much, Sherry!!! Hmm, what would you like to see?

    I try to make sure that my stories are as realistic as they can be for shifters, and still have a quality that appeals to readers who want a man hunk! I have thought about pumas/mountain lions/cougars since they live all over the States. :)

  29. BIG fan of Terry's wolves and lookin forward to her "cats"!!! What I would love to know is where do you look for inspiration in the characteristics of your heroes?

  30. Thanks so much, Phyllis, I'm so thrilled you love the wolves and hope you fall in love with the jaguars just as much.

    Inspiration: I write by the seat of my pants, total pantser, so as I'm developing the story, the character's actions and reactions define him. Secondary characters help to showcase the main characters, and the hero and heroine's interactions with each other, dealing with all the conflict...that's what makes up the character. :) It is so much fun! :)

  31. I love shifter stories.These look great.


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