Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guest Author Terry Spear | Guest Post and Giveaway

It is always a pleasure to welcome paranormal romance writer Terry Spear here as a guest. A Seal in Wolf's Clothing, the ninth installment of her werewolf romance series goes with a military theme this time around. The book released March 6 and I have two copies courtesy of Sourcebooks to giveaway (details at the end of the post).

Terry in her guest post uses her experiences traveling to relate how plans don't always turn out as expected which alludes to events in the new novel. Please take the opportunity to leave a comment for Terry or tell us about one of your own travel horror stories.

Welcome Terry!

When the She-Wolf Comes out to Play,
the SEAL-Wolf Gets in Her Way

by Terry Spear

Has that ever happened to you? I mean, you have your whole couple of weeks scheduled and someone or something puts a monkey wrench in your whole plan?

Not just a little monkey wrench, but a big hulking SEAL-wolf-who’s-not-going-to-allow-you-to-do-it kind of monkey wrench?

One year when I was a personnel officer at Fort Hood, Texas, I had my leave approved to see a friend in NJ, plane tickets scheduled, the whole nine yards. But his boss said no! I couldn’t leave for another three weeks.

Now, I was not in any kind of crucial position that would require one brand new second lieutenant to stay at that job for the few days of leave I’d had scheduled. So I was upset.

If I’d had a SEAL-wolf thwart my plans to look for an alpha mate, I’m thinking I would have been a WHOLE lot less upset, and a WHOLE lot more agreeable. Yeah, no doubt about it.

Of course there have been some really near misses that could have ruined our plans—like the time my mother and I flew from Texas to NYC, intending on catching the international flight to Greece and were told we had no reservations! Our travel agent had found she had booked us twice for the same flight, so cancelled them. Both. And the airline that had sent us there, hadn’t bothered to tell us our connecting flight reservation had been canceled.

We had gone through a travel agent, why?

So we flew on standby and joked about how we each had our own Greek guy to sleep with for the night. (Long overnight flight, and Mom and I were separated by several seats.) After asking the man next to me if he knew how to operate the headphones button thingy (I normally don’t bother with stuff like that), I realize why they say “That’s Greek to me.” There’s nothing in their language that matches up with anything I’ve ever heard before. (I watched the news on the tv at the hotel while the Athenians tore up the stadium just down the street over a soccer game—cars set on fire, you know, the usual, and couldn’t understand a word they said—so I just watched to make sure they didn’t head toward our hotel anytime soon.)….When in Rome, wrong country, when in Athens…don’t do as the Greeks do, stay put until the danger has passed.

I LOVED the Greek islands! Gorgeous! But after we returned to the airport to go home, we had the same problem. Standby. “Can you take another flight tomorrow?”

NO! I had to pick up my kids!!!

Okay, so we made it home and we actually got to sit by each other, but we were some of the lucky ones. Several missed the flight who were also on standby.

Then there was the time Mom and I decided to go to Las Vegas because of all the free cool shows, saw Riverdance and the white tiger show, and the hotels were so spectacular to see. We arrive at the airport in Austin and are told—my reservation is showing my maiden name, not my married name. This was after 9-11, so everyone had to have matching ID. But it’s my name, and I haven’t used it in 100 years, so no ID with me to prove it. But it’s me!

My mother said, “I’m her mother. I’ll vouch for her.”

I’m sure no one else would have ever let us through later, but this time they did. This was another travel agency that handled it, btw.

Then we decided to take the kids the next year because we had so much fun and we arrive at the airport in Austin, and…okay, you know where this is going, right? I have a son and daughter with my last name, but the tickets when we got there were with some married couple’s name, not our own.

This time we had more trouble. And I was ready to line up a whole bunch of travel agents on the firing line. My mother would have volunteered to be on the firing squad.

After calling the travel agency, who had to fax the airline the updated information, and with the plane boarding, we rushed to board and made it. Barely.

The next time we took a trip, we made our own reservations!

It doesn’t end there though. I know what you’re thinking. You’re not raising your hand to accompany me on a trip. But you know, without all the hassle and frantic moments of terror, we probably wouldn’t have remembered the trip at all. So there’s something to be said about that!

So a friend said she was going to Scotland with another friend and I said I wanted to go too. I meant it, though, you know how it is. I didn’t MEAN it. Just that I’d LOVE to go…and didn’t expect her to say, “Come on then!” And me to say, “All right, then!”

I’m normally not that impulsive. Good thing my dad isn’t around or he’d say I was, but really, I’m not THAT impulsive.

So with ticket and passport in hand, and yes, this time I had the right name on ALL my documentation, and I did NOT go through a travel agency, and I went through TWO airports, Waco and Houston, before arriving in NYC and them telling me as I’m about ready to board, “Ma’am, I’m so sorry to say, but…”

My friends are in England already, I’m in NYC supposed to be in Scotland the next morning, to meet up with them that night and….

My passport is expired. Now, the NYC airport personnel were almost giddy with delight because according to them Houston claims they NEVER make a mistake. They’re giddy, and I’m devastated!!!

My cell phone is dying, I’m trying to get hold of my son to ask if I can just come and see him a week early, skip my trip to Scotland, tears in my eyes, attempting to get hold of my friends in England and…the NYC airport personnel weren’t about to let me down! Not when Houston had screwed up so badly! Not to mention Waco did too.

I had the biggest adventure of them all. The NYC airport personnel were wonderful. They gave me a night in a hotel, vouchers for a meal for that night and the next morning and afternoon until I could take the next eve flight out, told me how to get hold of a passport in Philadelphia, (which I’m like, OMG, go to another big city in another state???...I didn’t know how far away it was, but they said I wouldn’t be able to get one in NYC that fast) but I had to take a train (which I’ve never done before and loved it!), then a taxi, find a place to get a new passport photo that was close to where the passport building was, get to the historic building to get the new passport, waited for hours, rushed to get back on the train (which I have to say, I had a terrible time getting a taxi, I had to take my two bags and laptop with me everywhere, no place to leave them during all this nightmare, and the taxi driver was having trouble with his meter and while he was playing around with it, was only inches away from ramming into the back of another vehicle), rushed to get back to the airport, and I have never been so nervous about missing some part of the process after all that I had to go through.

Okay, so now my passport is updated and I’ve GOT to go somewhere again soon. Anywhere. Anyone want to come with me?

But still, I think about Meara Greymere and her plan to find a mate from the alpha males she’s renting the cabins out to on the Oregon beach while her brother, the alpha pack leader, is away…and I think I would give up my passport and plans to take a trip just to meet Finn Emerson, or even Bjornolf, who could throw my plans asunder.

How about you? Ever have the best laid plans and something or someone got in the way?

Oh, and btw, I met up with my friends in Scotland, managed to stay awake for maybe a half hour, and conked out for the first couple of hours on our drive. All’s well that ends well, that sort of thing. And I’ll never forget my trip to Scotland! We visited 7 castles and my only regret? I had to leave all those Highlanders in kilts behind!

Thanks so much to Doug for having me back! And good luck to everyone who comments!


Her instincts tell her he's dangerous...

While her overprotective brother's away, Meara Greymere's planning to play—and it wouldn't hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she's ever seen...

His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist...

Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He's a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet...

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself...

Experience the sensual, action-packed, critically acclaimed world of Terry Spear, author of a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year…
Product Details:
ISBN-13: 9781402258909
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication Date: 3/6/2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series: Werewolf #9
Pages: 352


Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf  was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances!

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  1. Oh Man! I'm traveling in about two weeks...hope I don't have all the hassle. Luckily, I'm going with my brother who is a pro at traveling, so everything will be up to him. I'm happier that way. :)

  2. Mardel, here's to great traveling with no hassle. But I will say it does make it more memorable that way! You see why it's easy for me to write so much conflict in my books? I live it! Next time, I'm taking your brother with me! :)

  3. Thanks so much, Doug, for having me again! And for adding such interesting photos to the blog! They're great at illustrating my story! :) Thanks again!

    1. Always a pleasure Terry. I hope the book does really well. It's always fun illustrating a guests' post.

    2. Thanks, Doug! It's doing really well and tomorrow I'm going to unveil the new cover for jaguar shifter story--Savage Hunger!

  4. Wonderful stories, sometimes the bad things do help you remember. My husband (than boyfriend) made a trip to Illinois for a friends graduation party, 1981, we stayed in a $12 a night motel called the Coachlight Inn. They had cleaned the carpets and they were still wet. we turned the air on high to dry and dry them out. 4 days they stayed wet and we both got sick. But we'll never forget the Coachlight Inn

    1. I love stories like this, Tamara! They do make it all the more memorable for sure!

  5. Well, Terry, I think I'd be up for the adventure of travelling with you! It beats the boring and mundane, doesn't it. My experience was somewhat less maniacal than yours. My family and I had to go to Buffalo, NY (I know, yuck) for a family wedding. Anyone who knows me understands that I am an organizer and a planner and need to have everything laid out. Oh, I was also a travel agent....hehehe! Anyway, I had purchased our tickets on Amtrak, and we arrived at Penn Station and I go to the little Ticket Machine, swipe the barcode, and out pop our tickets. Hmmmm, except, I made them for the next day! I was in meltdown mode cause the wedding was the next day. Who knew if there were even seats left for that day?? Anyway, we were very lucky because we did end up getting on the train we needed and arrived as planned. Pretty boring after your tales! Have a good day.

    1. Oh, Phyllis, I would have about had a meltdown too! My daughter and I were to arrive for my son's rehearsal and dinner, but storms prevented us from landing in Pensacola. It was really scary. We could see the huge thunderheads, the black sheets of rain and the lightning striking the city. We circled so much we ended up so low on fuel, we had to fly to Mobile, AL. Wait, wrong state, folks. We missed the reception, dinner, though my son and DIL picked us up and took us out to dinner and it was super special. My daughter's luggage was lost and she didn't have the special dress I bought her to wear to her brother's wedding. *sigh*

  6. Terry Terry,
    A black cloud dost follow you!! But it was enjoyable to read. I wouldn't wanted to be in your Shoes in any of those situations. But, my first trip to visit my daughter and her then new dutch husband was taken alone to Eindhoven, Netherlands. The flight was long, my first International flight and the person in the seat next to me slept the whole trip. I couldn't sleep, I was too excited. I arrived and was to meet my daughter and new family outside the doors, they'd lost my bags. I had to make a report and find them. I finally seen them, told them I'd be a few minutes, while the attempted to locate my bags. Nope, I had to go on to their home, and my bags showed up the next day. It was a wonderful trip in so many ways. I was snogged by a very now famous Scotsman. Which I can't go into now. But I'll never forget. Also I returned home through Newark, NJ the day before 9-11. I'll never forget. If I snagged and snogged by a hunky Navy Seal like Finn Emerson who actually wore a fur coat, part-time. Believe me. I'd never forget. LOL

    1. I have to learn about this famous Scotsman. No fair telling us and not revealing the WHOLE story!!! I was really fortunate that I connected with my bags in Scotland. They were sooo nice there and made sure I got them all right. How neat to see the Netherlands!!! Thanks for sharing, Donna!

  7. Hi Terry! I understand the frustration of travel hassles, I've definitely had a few myself! I am a long time fan of your wolf books! Can't wait to read the new release. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    1. Thanks, Barb! I'm thrilled you're loving my wolves!!! Hope you like the jaguar shifters too! :) I'm sharing the cover on my blog and Facebook tomorrow!

  8. Hi Terry,
    I don't travel much so I haven't had an travel horror stories. Hopefully I never will :)
    Thanks for the giveaway


    1. May all your travels be perfect, Elaing! Thanks!!!

  9. A few years back my family took a road trip and the things that could go wrong did. First, the van broke down which we had to get fixed in a really small town, at one point we were chased by a dog and another point we drove on an isolated trucking road and almost ran out of gas. The trip was beautiful and we took many scenic pictures from mountains to hills and forests...unfortunately when we got home the memory card was "corrupted" and we lost all the pictures. Memorable indeed. At least it was an experience I could share with my family.

    1. I think I was on that trip with you, Na!!! We were moving, always from one coast to the other, and the one time we had the biggest u-haul you could drive. Something went wrong with the truck's engine, and in some small Colorado town, they couldn't fix it, so a truck from another location had to be driven there and our whole house-load of furniture had to be offloaded, and reloaded in a service station parking lot! Of course they loaded everything backwards, so the light stuff was in the front when the heavy stuff should have been. My dad had become the packer extraordinaire. He was sick over the whole thing! But of all the moves we made only 3 stood out in my mind! This was one of them. :)

  10. Wow, what an amazing travel story. Thanks to a domestic airline that delayed my flight for a few hours due to cleaning and bringing in additional flight attendants from other cities, I missed my connecting flight, which happened to be the last connecting flight of the night because the airport I was stuck in closes early. There was no close hotel or restaurants available. The airline said it was not their fault, so I ended up being stuck at the airport the whole night.

    1. That's awful, Bn! I've never had that happen, fingers crossed, yet. I did get stuck in a snowstorm and stranded, but they sent us to a hotel. I'm sure today they wouldn't with the economy the way it is!

  11. Congrats on the new release! Sounds great I am looking forward to reading it.

  12. Thanks, Donnas! Hope you love it! :)

  13. I want to say huge congrats on the new book...I wish you so much success and I can't wait to read it...

  14. Thanks so much, Savannah! I can't wait to hear how you like it! Thanks again!!

  15. I travelled to the Finger Lakes area of New York in the dead of winter one year, and stayed in the only hotel, where my hotel room didn't have heat. When I woke up the next morning, I was shivering and really not feeling all that well. Trying to be a trooper, I attended a business meeting in another hotel room, and then got up and threw up in the bathroom, to my extreme embarrassment.

    1. Yikes, that's awful, GentleBen! How embarrassing! But then most everyone probably felt bad for you!

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  16. A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing just made the USA Today's Best Seller's list!!!! Oorah!

  17. Congrats on making the Best Seller's list!

    Family illness has caused me to cancel two cruises. Always, always take the insurance! ( I did, but it till hurts.)

    I took another cruise which was more than my two weeks of vacation. I gave my employer 6 months notice and I understood I would not be paid. The day before, the office manager calls me into her office and asks if I'm really going. What?!? Yes. "Well, I'm not sure your job will be here when you get back." Thank you, thank you very much. My immediate supervisor said to just ignore her and of course, my job was still there when I got back. But, what a nasty thing to do. And I worked for a travel company, you would have thought they be understanding and perhaps appreciate the fact that I was getting more travel experience on my own dime.

    Maybe cruising isn't the way to go for me....

  18. Thanks so much, Doug! After 9 books, I'm still not believing it's true!!! If I wasn't still at work until late tonight, I'd be celebrating! Thanks again!

    Thanks so much, Anne!!! Ohmigosh, you have my trouble. Wow, I'm glad you had a nice trip after all, but how awful to feel you might not have a job when you returned!!! Thanks again on the list! Still on Cloud 9.

  19. That sounds like such a nightmare! Kind of makes me want to never travel again!


    Sounds kind of meaningless. But in the context of this cover, is this code for penis? Sorry, it's the first time I've seen stuff like this and I'm a bit surprised. I thought it was only an exaggerated rumour that there are such novels. Don't bother, cheerio...


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