Meet Author Terry Spear and Win DREAMING OF THE WOLF

Ah, what’s warmer on a chilly almost-winter night than a shapeshifter? Today, bring on the fur, because we’re looking at Dreaming of the Wolf, a new paranormal romance from author Terry Spear, who writes hot, sexy beasts better than most. Today, she’s talking about how to keep a series fresh. Dreaming of the Wolf is her eighth wolf novel, although each book reads as a standalone.
And Terry’s publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, is giving away two copies of Dreaming of the Wolf to commenters today, so be sure and leave your email in a comment at the end!

First, about Dreaming of the Wolf: Werewolf pack leader Jake Silver is an acclaimed photographer. He sees a beautiful woman at the art gallery where his photos are on display, and his intrigue turns into wolfish protectiveness. Alicia Greiston has never met anyone like Jake-he’s sexy, alpha, and totally irresistible, and he calls to something primal in her soul.


Now, let’s hear from Terry!


How to Keep a Series Fresh!
Dreaming of the Wolf is the eighth book in my wolf series, and it’s really important for me to write a new story each time, not just different characters, but a whole new story.

When I read a series, I want something new and not just a repeat of an earlier book.

In each of my stories, the heroine is spunky, not a wilting flower, so I can’t change that aspect of the books. But I wanted to give this heroine a unique past like I do with each of the stories. She’s human, a bounty hunter, and going after her mother’s killers—but she’s also the first heroine in any of my stories that has been divorced, twice. Lots of my friends or mother’s friends had been divorced more than once. I wanted to make a commentary in a fun way on the misadventures of being married more than once, and neither working out—because that’s how my friends viewed it. And how that relates to the trials of wanting another marriage, and the contrast with the wolf philosophy of being mated for life.

In this story, Jake Silver is in Breckenridge, Colorado, where I loved to ski, and he’s on a mission—drop off some of his floral photography at an art gallery to sell. So I set it in a different locale than I did the other stories. I also gave him a hobby that wouldn’t seem very alpha wolfish. Which was fun when he and the heroine get into some dialogue about what kind of art he does, and he’s reluctant to say.

Excerpt from Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear:

Before he could ask her why she was a bounty hunter—figuring maybe for the excitement, for some sense of adventure, or because it paid better—she posed a question. “What were you doing at the art gallery?”

The notion she was in the business of asking questions and getting answers made him think she was like a police officer on a mission.

This got tricky, though. Only his pack members knew about his hobby, photographing flowers in the wild. Even if anyone thought it wasn’t a macho thing to do, no one let on. At least not to his face. As no-nonsense as she seemed, he imagined she’d think his hobby was foolish. And as much as he told himself that shouldn’t matter, he did care what she thought.

He shrugged.

She didn’t miss a beat. “You have paintings you’re leaving off, right? Nude women? Old girlfriends? New girlfriends?”

He laughed. The woman was precocious. “I’m afraid that if I told you, I’d ruin your image of me.”

“Ahhh,” she said, drawing out the word. “I see.”

“What do you see?”

“Landscapes, then.”

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I also had a really instant attraction between the hero and heroine and a need to do something more with that attraction than I ever have done with any of the other books. It really has to do with the characters. And with these characters, it just worked out that way.

Some of how I keep a series fresh is I set the stories in a unique location. That does mean doing a lot of research, but it makes it worthwhile to help ensure each story is different. The characters might be wolves, but they’re also unique. Each has different kinds of personalities, special hobbies, unique pasts that mold them, different goals, original jobs that are unlike the characters’ occupations in earlier books.

I don’t do a character sketch, but instead the character develops as he or she is faced with conflict and must deal with it. In this way, since the conflictive situations are different for each story, the way the characters deal with the situations will be different also.

Some similarities will exist because it’s the same werewolf world and so the rules need to apply to each story. Since this story involves a human and wolf, it’s fun showing he’s constantly thinking in terms of wolf families and how they watch out for each other, and not liking the predicament she’s in where she has no family keeping her safe.

Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed in this story was showing how varied her occupations were. So many interesting people I’ve met through the years have had a multitude of jobs, not just one that defines them. So when he’s asking about her qualifications for being a bounty hunter, I had fun with that.

Even though he loves to photograph wildflowers, Jake Silver is still alpha to the max!

I’ve watched bounty hunter shows and cop shows, and always thought it was interesting how they brought in the criminal. Consider this—you’re a bounty hunter, and a wolf gets in your way. Do you stop and play? And then take up your mission? Or are you hardcore all the way? But before you answer that question, look again at the wolf with the golden eyes on the Dreaming of the Wolf cover and tell me you wouldn’t want to stop and enjoy life to the max for a brief moment in time…first! 🙂

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and saying hi!

Thanks, Terry! Want to win a copy of Dreaming of the Wolf? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite kind of shifter (wolf? Big cat?), and you know the rest of the drill. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Be sure to include your email. Now…Go forth and comment!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

53 thoughts on “Meet Author Terry Spear and Win DREAMING OF THE WOLF

  1. Great post, Terry. Before she passed, I used to help take care of a 97 year old woman who’d been married 3 times (and divorced twice). Talk about a woman who had spunk – she was a single mom in the 1930s. She had the best attitude about her varied experiences. She used to say, “Wasn’t I lucky? I got to have 3 husbands!” I loved her and hope I can be as lively as she was in my old age.

  2. Thanks, Lea! LOL, I love it! One of the ladies we knew said the first didn’t count, the second was a mistake, and the third was the charm. LOL Been there, done that! 🙂

    Thanks, Suzanne for having me here today at your delightful blog. Off to let the world know!

  3. Thanks, Lea! LOL, I love it! One of the ladies we knew said the first didn’t count, the second was a mistake, and the third was the charm. LOL Been there, done that! 🙂

    Thanks, Suzanne for having me here today at your delightful blog. Off to let the world know!

  4. I love jaguars or wolves.:D Cool guest post topic, and that excerpt sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Between a wolf and a big cat–wolf. If I came home and the big cat was lounging on my kitchen counter, there’d be a problem(lol)
    Grew up with Alaskian huskies and German sheperds.

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  6. I love the surprising hobby that you gave the MC. Those are the things that make for great characters! I’d love to win a copy (or buy one if I don’t) because it sounds and looks yummy. brinda [at] brindaberry [dot] com

  7. Thanks, Brinda! I thought one reviewer’s comment was cute, that he was still an alpha, even though he took pictures of wildflowers! I think it’s important to give characters real personality wherever we can. 🙂

  8. Thanks, Brinda! I thought one reviewer’s comment was cute, that he was still an alpha, even though he took pictures of wildflowers! I think it’s important to give characters real personality wherever we can. 🙂

  9. Great interview, Terry. I love Jake’s eyes! He takes mesmerizing to an entirely different level!!

    I love your wolves, but I know the jags will be hot too!!

  10. I’m old school I guess. I love wolf shifters best. I have an entire shelf on my bookcase for my wolf shifter books.

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  11. I love this, so great i really would like to discover this book

    i would say my favorite shifter is wolf but also jagar or panther (and admitting this one mangoose thansk to ilona andrews serie^^;;)

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  12. Hi Terry!! Been awhile..been busy but still find time to do a little reading and can’t wait for your next book to come out!

    Your books never disappoint, thats for sure!

    Fav shifter?? All of em I guess, but forced to pick??? Thinking wolf!

    Have a terrific holiday season!!

  13. I like wolf shifter and I am definitely open to meeting more.

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  14. Thanks so much, Tamara! I love his eyes too. He is one of my favorite covers. 🙂 I hope everyone will love the jags too!

    That’s terrific, Stacie. I have to agree wolves have a special place in my heart. 🙂

    A mongoose? Wow, thanks for commenting, Miki.

    Hi, Cat! I’m thrilled you’re loving the series! You have a super holiday too!

    Na, thanks, there will be more! 🙂

    Thanks so much, Barb! I’m delighted that you are enjoying the wolves! May you always have a wolf under the tree. 🙂

    Thanks, Elaing! I hope you enjoy Dreaming! 🙂

  15. Thanks so much, Tamara! I love his eyes too. He is one of my favorite covers. 🙂 I hope everyone will love the jags too!

    That’s terrific, Stacie. I have to agree wolves have a special place in my heart. 🙂

    A mongoose? Wow, thanks for commenting, Miki.

    Hi, Cat! I’m thrilled you’re loving the series! You have a super holiday too!

    Na, thanks, there will be more! 🙂

    Thanks so much, Barb! I’m delighted that you are enjoying the wolves! May you always have a wolf under the tree. 🙂

    Thanks, Elaing! I hope you enjoy Dreaming! 🙂

  16. I’d have to go for a wolf shifter too. There is something special about them.. 😉

    Looks like a great book, Terry. I’ll have to check out your earlier ones too!

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  17. Dreaming of a Wolf and Jake is now in the house. I’m dreaming of starting his story. And knowing he’s another Silver Brother. And there’s no sexier Wolves in any story out here than these Sexy Toothy Guys. They draw you under there spell. Watch out! And they’ll be joining you in your dreams. I can hardly wait. LOL

  18. Hi, Rebecca! Yeah, wolves are great. I loved one story I read about a male who kept roaming the outskirts of the pack. The alpha had lost her mate, hadn’t selected one from her own pack, but the wolves chased him off. Still, he kept near them…I was sure he was in love with her, and he wasn’t going to let them chase him off for good. Finally, she gave him a trial period, and well, he won her heart. What can I say?

    I love researching wolves and finding true life stories to help create my own wolves…werewolves that is!

    LOL, thanks, Donna! I’m so glad he finally arrived home, and now you’ll have to cuddle up with him and enjoy ALL of him. 🙂 Happy reading!

    Thanks so much, JoAnna! I can’t wait to see what you think of the new jaguar book!!! 🙂 Hope you love him!

  19. Hi, Rebecca! Yeah, wolves are great. I loved one story I read about a male who kept roaming the outskirts of the pack. The alpha had lost her mate, hadn’t selected one from her own pack, but the wolves chased him off. Still, he kept near them…I was sure he was in love with her, and he wasn’t going to let them chase him off for good. Finally, she gave him a trial period, and well, he won her heart. What can I say?

    I love researching wolves and finding true life stories to help create my own wolves…werewolves that is!

    LOL, thanks, Donna! I’m so glad he finally arrived home, and now you’ll have to cuddle up with him and enjoy ALL of him. 🙂 Happy reading!

    Thanks so much, JoAnna! I can’t wait to see what you think of the new jaguar book!!! 🙂 Hope you love him!

  20. Oh yeah! I would have to say I get loopy for the lupines. Wolf me up. I love Terry’s Wolves. I have enjoyed all of her books over the years and they are so much fun to read. I have been Dreaming of this one 😉

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  21. LOL, Teril, and thanks! I hope you are ready for Jake…I’m sure he’s been dreaming of you! 🙂 Good luck!

    I have a dragon shifter brother/panther shifter sister, Linda, that I already have the cover for, but someday I’ve got to finish editing and publish!

  22. LOL, Teril, and thanks! I hope you are ready for Jake…I’m sure he’s been dreaming of you! 🙂 Good luck!

    I have a dragon shifter brother/panther shifter sister, Linda, that I already have the cover for, but someday I’ve got to finish editing and publish!

  23. Great post, this book sounds great!!! Thanks for the chance to win

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  24. Congrats on the latest release, Terry! This series would be new to me, but they look like fantastic reads 🙂

    It’s hard to choose a favourite shifter because I like both wolf and leopard shifters!

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  25. If I have to pick a favorite shifter, I’m gonna have to go with dragons right now. They’re one of my top faves. It’s soo hard to love one above all the others!

    Totally loving the cover for Dreaming of the Wolf!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Wolf shifters will always be my favorite, maybe because it was the first type of shifter books I read. Plus I have always loved wolves, even before I had started reading shifter stories.

    Siberian tigers and jaquars would be my second favs.

    Thank you for the chance.

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  27. Just started reading your stories of the wolfie variety and can’t get enough of them. While I like both…I think I prefer the wolves.