Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Guest Author - Terry Spear / To Tempt the Wolf Giveaway

I am a fan of werewolves and shapeshifters of all persuasions and was thrilled when Terry Spear agreed to visit for an interview and discuss her werewolf romance series and the recently released To Tempt the Wolf (Book 3). Terry will also drop by to to respond to comments, so if you have a question for Terry fire away!

Aside from the interview questions I prepared for Terry, I learned that Heart of the Wolf (Book 1) was named in Publishers Weekly's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR and NOR Reader Choice for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and also creates award-winning teddy bears. Now there's a career combination you don't see every day! When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses. Originally from California she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, Winning the Highlander’s Heart, Deadly Liaisons, The Vampire…In My Dreams (young adult), Deidre's Secret (young adult).

Terry is giving one lucky commenter a chance to win an autographed copy of To Tempt the Wolf or one of her backlist titles. Details at the end of the post.



SFG: To Tempt a Wolf is your newest werewolf romance. For those not familiar with the series, can you bring us up to speed on the series and the highlights of the book? 
Wildlife photographer, Tessa Anderson has to prove her brother is innocent of the murder charges against him.  But when she discovers a half-dead, naked man on her beach who looks like a mythical Greek god, she’s got a whole world of new troubles to deal with, least of all how he affects her with just a look, a touch, a whispered word.

All Hunter Greymere remembers when the enticing female human rescues him is a he’s lupus garou.  Whether he was pushed from the Oregon cliffs or fell is a mystery.  Intending to keep a low profile at Tessa’s cabin on the coast, he’s drawn into her troubles while investigating the truth about his own past. But he finds that living with humans causes more problems than he ever believed possible. His animal instincts war with his human half–he wants the intriguing woman, who attracts male lupus garous like one of his own kind, but he knows he can’t have her for good–unless she becomes one of them.

Secrets abound in the quiet coastal community, but can Tessa and Hunter uncover the truths before it’s too late?
The series is based on humans who shapeshift into wolves—real wolves from every standpoint, except, they have human thought processes, although their wolf instincts are ever present and can cause trouble on occasion.

In Heart of the Wolf, the series begins with a love triangle and a pack of red wolves whose leaders are attempting to change redheaded women, unsuccessfully, to become their mates.

In Destiny of the Wolf, the story centers around Silver Town, a unique silver mining town in Colorado where a grey werewolf pack actually runs the town. A female red comes searching for the murderer of her sister…only to find she’s next on the hit list. The pack leader must find who the murder(s) are in their midst before the woman is the next fatality.

Highlights of To Tempt the Wolf? I’d always loved the theme where a hunky guy is washed up on a beach, someone mysterious, and a little bit dangerous, and so that’s how To Tempt the Wolf came to be. J But like the other stories in the series, I wanted something really different.

In Heart of the Wolf, it’s about two different packs, both run by bad wolves. In Destiny of the Wolf, the pack is good, but has a murderer in their midst. In To Tempt the Wolf, his whole pack mutinies. In Legend of the White Wolf, the pack is unusual as they divide their territory into two places, and they show off their wolves as if it were a natural state. In Seduced by the Wolf, the hero is trying to heal the red pack that was in Heart of the Wolf. And in Plight of the Wolf, it’s the same pack from Destiny of the Wolf, the well established grey pack that runs the town, only it shows what happens when a newly turned wolf suddenly holds the reins of power.

SFG: Please tell us a little about the characters. 

I’ve tried to make each book unique from the next, and in so doing, each of the first 4 in the series are stand alones. One character is seen in each of the books, Leidolf Wildhaven, and he appears in his own book 5, Seduced by the Wolf. But the hero in To Tempt the Wolf is Hunter Greymere, who has moved his pack from California where wildfires have destroyed their homes, to the Oregon coast, where his uncle had a string of cabins to use as rentals. Everything goes wrong as his pack mutinies, his sister runs off, he loses his memory, and ends up with a human woman who triggers feelings that only another werewolf should. He soon finds himself in a quagmire of new troubles—the heroine, Tessa Anderson, is being stalked by his kind, her brother is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and Leidolf wants Hunter’s pack out of his territory in Portland where they’ve set up housekeeping. All Tessa was thinking about was getting her brother out of prison when she finds a naked, nearly dead guy on her beach, who quickly revives to become her protector, as a winter storm approaches. She has a strange obsession with wolves, and so does her brother—and they have an equally unusual obsession with her.

SFG: Vampires and shapeshifters dominate urban fantasy and paranormal romance genres. How and why did you choose werewolves? 

I actually started out with vampires because I had loved how sexy Dracula was and wanted to set the world straight on how, just like with humans, there are good guys and bad guys. So I found that the market was flooded with vampire romances and trying to get my foot in the door seemed impossible. I kept thinking about what else might not have been done as much and came up with a hunky werewolf scenario. Again, werewolves are completely misunderstood. Good guys and bad guys exist in both forms. I based some of the series on the mythology—silver bullets can be a death knell, they can change with the phases of the moon (rather than just the full moon), and they do have very big teeth in their wolf form. But what makes them different, is I base their behaviour on wolf actions and reactions, although in their wolf form they look very much like a wolf, and yet still have their human sensibility. Not like the old werewolf tales where a man would shift and only have the beast side of him to contend with. And in their human forms, they retain their wolf senses. So it’s not like taking off their wolf coat and discarding that part of themselves while they’re in human form. The two are one.

SFG: What were your influences? 

The love of early shapeshifters came from East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a Norwegian version of a very old Scandinavian tale about a man who is cursed to live by day as a polar bear and by night, he’s a handsome prince. He marries a young maid, but dying to know who he is really since all she sees of him is his role as a bear, she lights a candle and drips wax on him, and he takes off never to see her again. Although it has a happily ever after. The difference with mine is that the shapeshifters were changed centuries ago, though no one knows exactly how, and most are born this way and are perfectly content to be who they are. No psychiatry couches for them. The other influence was Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang, which gave me a love of the wolf—real wolf, and subconsciously, I must have remembered how Jack London had included the wolf’s pov in the stories, which made them almost human like. It only seemed natural to me when creating my own, that the human turned wolf would still have his human faculties.

SFG: Next year looks like a very big year for the series. Can you give us a preview of what we can expect?

In February, Legend of the White Wolf (Book 4) is coming. I have already written about red and grey wolves and I wanted to have a story that included Arctic wolves also (although they are a subspecies of grey wolf). They’re from Yellowknife, their home base, and are vacationing in Maine when the hero and heroine run into them and lots of trouble. They soon learn not all wolves are the same while the hero is trying to discover what has happened to two of his PI partners, and the heroine is trying to locate her ex-boyfriend who has stolen her father’s research.

In August, Seduced by the Wolf (Book 5) is about a wolf biologist, Cassie Roux, who happens to be a red wolf and discovers a real red wolf in trouble. It’s based on a real wolf biologist’s tale, although changed significantly to incorporate the werewolf side of the story. Leidolf Wildhaven is trying to heal a pack of psychologically and physically abused werewolves, and has his hands full already, when he learns of the wolf biologist and the mess she gets herself into. Only she means real trouble for him, making his life so much more complicated.

In the Fall, Plight of the Wolf (Book 6) is about Carol Woods, a psychic werewolf nurse who is fighting embracing her wolf side, when Silver Town comes under an epidemic that causes an unusual reaction in werewolves.  PI Chester McKinley is only there to learn the truth about her psychic abilities, believing she didn’t really solve his murder case based on anything but overheard conversations, when he gets wrapped up in a world of trouble as the werewolf kind seemed doomed.

SFG: You also write young adult novels under the pen name Terry Lee Wilde. YA seems hugely popular these days, especially in the UF and PNR areas. What are your thoughts on this growing field and do you have plans for more YA books? 

I love YA, love to read it, and write it. I’m planning on writing The Vampire…In My Nightmares next. Many fans are waiting expectantly!!! But I’ve got to finish writing Plight of the Wolf first.

SFG: I personally love to hear author’s first sale stories. Can you share yours with us?
    I got the call from Heart of the Wolf from my editor that went something like this: Have you sold the book yet?
    No….
    Is it unique from the other stories out there?
    Now this is like a trick question. If it’s too different, editors don’t want it. If it’s too similar, same thing. But I answered honestly, it’s my unique story, based on my unique world. I hadn’t read any other werewolf romances when I wrote mine. But by the time I had submitted it to my publisher, I had read 3 and none were anything like mine.
    She said she had only gotten halfway through it and would get back with me in a couple of days.
    Big deflation. What if she hated the other half of the book?
    She called and said she loved it and had to pitch it to the board. Be back with me in a week. It stretched to two and of course I’m thinking, they didn’t like it!
    Then my editor called and said, “They’ve bought it!”
    And then she asked what else I had.
    Heart of the Wolf got a great review in Publisher’s Weekly, then made PW’s Best books of the year for mass marketed, one of five!
    What did it? I think it was that my world was unique and as many reviewers comment—so plausible that it feels real, that werewolves could live among us.
    And right after that, I sold the second of the series, Destiny of the Wolf and began selling two books at a time after that.

    SFG: For a bit of fun, which of your books would you most like to see made into a movie and who would it star? 

    The wolf series. It would be fun to see how movie magic makers could create a scene where a man shifts into a wolf and then see the majesty of the wolf in action. Brad Pitt would make for a great wolf, I’d think. He did a super job as a vampire, but with a few whiskers, he could do well as a werewolf. For a female lead? Someone new to the screen.


    Thanks so much for having me, Doug!!! I hope that everyone who has dropped by will take a minute to check out my books and here are some of the places I’m at if you want to friend me:
    GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

    To one lucky commenter, you have a chance at an autographed copy of To Tempt the Wolf or one of Terry's backlist.
    1. Leave a comment or question for Terry.
    2. If you don't have a specific question for Terry, tell us what colour of wolf you would be if you could be a werewolf and why.
    3. Canadian or US residents only please.
    4. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
    5. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the interview for an extra entry.
    6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 22 at 11:59 PM EST.
    Thanks again, Doug, for having me! And thanks to everyone for dropping by!

    Terry Spear
    “Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”

    45 comments:

    1. Awesome interview and I think the book looks like an awesome read! I would choose to be a black wolf!

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    2. Would like to be a werewolf like Jack Nicholson in "Wolf"
      Terry; why's yr contest not open to europeans? I think yr book are good enough to cross the ocean.
      Leaving aside the contest; you could make a fan happy sending a copy to Italy.
      Ciao,
      Maarten B.

      maarten.bouwman(at)ets.eni.it

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    3. Woohoo, thanks so much for dropping by and thanks to Doug for interviewing me here today! :) I'm totally honored to be on such a terrific site! Urban Fantasy, the Paranormal, and SF&F totally rock!

      Jeanette8042, thanks so much!! A black wolf (which would still be a gray wolf species) would be fun to write about...the other half of the werewolf equation being a black-haired beauty. Definitely could work! :)

      Hi, Maarten!...Jack Nicholson was awesome as the wolf! :) Thanks so much for writing from Italy. That's one place I'd truly love to visit! I actually used to send worldwide but after shipping two books for two separate contests to Finland to winners, the cost of shipping was eating me a alive. :( No cheaper book rate either to ship overseas! But the books are selling all over the world--Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, France, to name a few places...and of course at least two made it to Finland! :)Thanks again for your interest and commenting!

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    4. A great interview, and a sensational series! Each book sounds as tempting and tantalizing as the first one! I am a subscriber and Google follower. gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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    5. Great interview! I had always been fascinated by werewolves, but hadn't thought how they would fully play out.

      "The series is based on humans who shapeshift into wolves—real wolves from every standpoint, except, they have human thought processes, although their wolf instincts are ever present and can cause trouble on occasion."

      This sounds really interesting - I'm wondering how the wolf instincts would play out in the books. Would it be loyalty and protection of the pack? Responses to biological enemies?

      Congratulations on such a fascinating and original series! Definitely on my TBR list.

      gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

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    6. Great interview. This series sounds great,I can't wait to read it.
      I would be a pure white wolf to mix in with all the snow here up north.
      elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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    7. Hi Gaby! I think of it this way--you're part wolf, part human, having the instincts of both. But you also have a "werewolf" persona--that must be kept secret at all costs! When in human form, the desire to have a single mate is tantamount as it is with most wolves. The same with protecting one's pack. And as a wolf, they still think like a human--in otherwords, they're not strictly a wolf-life animal, but have human thought processes, along with their wolf instincts. But as werewolves, no matter their form, they have to be careful not to reveal their secret, so whether it's shifting only when it's safe (which of course isn't always possible), or having to take care of a murderous werewolf, they must deal with it in a way that humans will never be aware that anything is amiss. :) I often have them thinking--as a human, they would do one thing, a wolf another, but as a werewolf only one option is available to them. :) So yes, the pack dynamics play an important role in both their human and wolf forms.

      Hi Elaing! Well said. Yep, if I were a wolf I'd want to blend in with my environment. So a white wolf in the northern reaches would be perfect! Out here, I'd probably want to be a red wolf, because they're a little smaller and people might mistake me for a fox or coyote. Both of which we have...so maybe I wouldn't be considered a wolf and used for target practice. :)

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    8. I have heard nothing but good things about this book, and I can't wait to check it out! I will admit that I've never read any of your books before, but I think now is a great time to start!

      My question: What made you want to write YA? I've always pictured myself as a future adult romance writer, but more and more often, YA starts calling to me.

      Thanks!
      Morning Glow
      ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com
      www.glowsnoveladdiction.blogspot.com

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    9. Great interview - I've heard wonderful things about these books! My question: Is it difficult to think of new plots/scenarios for each book? Where does your inspiration come from?

      Put your contest on my sidebar:
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      Thanks!
      pspsinney AT cox DOT net

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    10. Thanks, Morning Glow! I love reading YA urban fantasy and fantasy, and it just seemed natural to write it also. A YA propelled my interest in writing the kind of vampire romances I write (for adults, Deadly Liaisons, Jan '10), but an adult romance opening gave me the idea for the YA, The Vampire...In My Dreams! :) Ironic, isn't it? But that's how it worked!

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    11. Hi Patti! Thanks!! I see you're sleepless in New Orleans! I petted a shark there once! :) Just like sandpaper!

      So far, I've been able to come up with new plot ideas and scenarios without much trouble! I just keep brainstorming until I get an idea that might work. And then I run with it. Sometimes I get the idea from the news or research. Sometimes from a book I've read that triggers an interesting storyline. So they come to me in all different ways! :)

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    12. I'd b a gray wolf, because it sounds cool.
      mcdcarter@gmail.com

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    13. Hi :)
      Thank you for the great interview.
      Terry: Have you read Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf?
      :)
      All the best,
      @RKCharron
      xoxo

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    14. Wow! I gotta say this sounds like an awesome series!
      ...I'd rather like to be a black wolf, but any colour would do, really.

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    15. I haven't books with wolf in long time so I will give these books a try.:)

      kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

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    16. I really love this series, and I love knowing there's more to come. Terry's characters become so real. When they reappear it's like spotting old friends in the crowd. But the stories each stand alone perfectly - I read them in entirely the wrong order and thoroughly enjoyed them.

      I would choose to be a red wolf - smaller, but savvy.

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    17. Hi, Michael! Yeah, gray wolves are cool, and bigger too, so more impressive. Although if either a red wolf or gray/black/white--bare their teeth, it's pretty impressive. :)

      RKCharron, thanks!I haven't read the book, but I've seen it at the library and of course anything with wolf in the title catches my eye! And truthfully, I had as my title for Destiny of the Wolf originally--Don't Cry Wolf. :)

      Hi, Christine! Thanks! Black are more noticeable in the daylight, but at night, watch out. :) All you'd have to do is peer out of the dark woods, and the rest of you would blend right in. :) Except for your amber eyes and pearly whites. :)

      Thanks, Kalynnick! Hope you enjoy them!

      LOL, Sheila, I'm thrilled you loved them, even out of order!! Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

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    18. Golden would be my color! It's the first color I thought of! Might as well shine!

      So good to see Terry here!

      delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    19. Waving hi, Delilah! Golden would be nice. :) And sexy. :)

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    20. If I were a wolf I think I would want to be grey or brown. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
      wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    21. Like everyone said, cool and enticing interview. If i wanted to be a wolf (which would be insanly cool), i'd want to be a grey/whitesh to blend in with the snow, or a really dark brown with a tint of red. Can't wait to read the series. Contact at lovemusicgirlx94(at)aol.com

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    22. I'd want to be an all white wolf with crazy light blue eyes. Creepy and beautiful all at the same time.

      Terry thanks for the giveaway! You have officially been added to the TBR pile.

      Doug thanks for interviewing Terry!

      Count me in!

      *Jen*
      iiiioneloveiiii(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    23. Hi Terry, fantastic post! Unfortunately, I couldn't decide between a black or a white wolf. I know, I could be a spotted wolf ** LOL **! (Sorry, it's been a long day) I've read your first book in the series and loved it. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

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    24. I would choose the white wolf. I read that a white wolf is the spirit of the earth teacher, bringing strong family bonds and loyalty with its presence. To represent a peaceful spirit, I would have clear blue eyes. gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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    25. I would be a grey wolf, I think I could hide and not be seen. Please include me in your giveaway.
      Thanks
      Debbie
      debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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    26. The books sound great, Terry, and I've heard good things about them.

      I would choose to be a red wolf simply because red is my favorite color. :)

      Thanks for the contest.

      karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

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    27. Wow, we could form our own pack!

      Wanda, gray it is! Or brown, lol!

      And Taylor Z--just think if anyone gave us any trouble, all we'd have to do is shift, and smile. :)

      Jen D, normally the wolves don't have blue eyes, except at birth, although they can have partially green eyes. :) But, it's fiction, so if you'd like to be a white wolf with blue eyes, go for it. LOL Thanks so much for adding me to your TBR pile!

      LOL, Barb, I know how you feel. I was up at 4:30 posting about this and getting a synopsis to my editor for the 6th book in the series...and now just like my wolves after a long day at work also, I'm dog tired!!! Many of the wolves have a varying coat color pattern, not quite the extreme as black and white. Reminds me of a cat I had once though. LOL Glad you loved Heart of the Wolf!!!

      Oh, oh, another blue-eyed white wolf! Okay, so we have two of them now in the pack, Virginia. :)

      Debs Desk, another grey wolf. Reds are definitely outnumbered!! :)

      I'm off to post a blog for my publisher at Casablanca tomorrow...and will continue to check in over the next few days here when the winner is announced. Have a super night, everyone!!!

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    28. Hi, Karen! You sneaked in with a comment while I was writing mine, so one more red in our pack! :) Thanks for commenting!!

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    29. Great interview.

      I dont have a specific question because I havent had the chance to read your books yet, but they are on my wishlist so I am hoping soon.

      So I am going to go with #2 - I would be a silver colored wolf. Because those are the ones I like best.

      Posted on the sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

      bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    30. I would love to win this great giveaway, please count me in.


      cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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    31. Thanks, Donna!!! A silver wolf, yes...and one gold wolf. A rich pack for sure!

      Thanks for dropping by, Marjory.

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    32. Love your books, Terry!
      If I could be a wolf, I guess I would be a red wolf, since I am a redhead, but a white wolf would be beautiful! Lisa
      lasergirl70@hotmail.com

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    33. Waving hi, Lisa! And thanks!! A red wolf would work for you because they have red wolves in your neck of the woods! :) You'd be in trouble as a white wolf. LOL Unless you blended in with the sugar white beaches on the west coast!!! :) Thanks for dropping by, Lisa!

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    34. Terry I love your books and cannot wait for the next YA. How many of those are you going to write?? and I would be a Reddish Gold WOLF.

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    35. Well, I'm late (as always) but I'm interested in Terry's opinions on book trailers and if they help in book sales.

      Thanks,
      Tracey

      booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

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    36. Hi Melanie! Thanks on the YAs!! Next, I'll be working on The Vampire...In My Dreams. I have three other books written, but am still trying to find a home for them! :)
      A reddish gold wolf would truly make a splash!!

      Tracey, never too late! :) Thanks for dropping by! And yes, definitely they can help sales. :) I've had mail on myspace and facebook where fans have seen the videos and loved them and said they were intrigued enough to buy the books. I've had them write the same about the book covers after I've posted them. Visual stimulants do help. I know when I can't see a cover on Amazon, and for mine, it's Deadly Liaisons which has a super cover, but it's not shown, it's hard for me to pick up the book. Of course not everyone watches the videos, but even if one does and it helps to sell the book, it works for me. :) And I LOVE making them!!! In fact now that I have the cover for Seduced by the Wolf, I need to make a trailer for it. :)

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    37. If you don't have a specific question for Terry, tell us what colour of wolf you would be if you could be a werewolf and why.
      - Timber Grey and white because I love how the wolves look

      Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the interview for an extra entry
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      Froggy
      froggarita@gmail.com
      http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com
      A Blog with Bite!
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    38. Hi Froggy! Yeah, a timber gray and white would make a nice combination on a wolf! :)

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    39. I would choose to be a silver wolf. Thanks for the great giveaway.

      gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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    40. I think I'm making it just in time here. I haven't read your books yet, but they sound fabulous. I love to be a white wolf. They are just so gorgeous!

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    41. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. If I were a wolf, I'd like to be white.

      lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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      Thanks to every one that entered Terry's contest. I'll post the winner on Thursday along with the Team Wolf results.

      A special thank to Terry for all her efforts and being a fabulous guest.
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    43. Hi Nicola, Pixie, and Beth! I tried to get on to comment yesterday, but violent storms knocked out my Internet! Thanks for coming by to join the pack!

      And, Doug, thanks so much for a great time. I had a ball! :) Wolves are great at playing as a team, and I have to say everyone was a great sport! Thanks again for having me!!!!

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