Wednesday 14 August 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway: Terry Spear - Heart of the Jaguar series

Today on my blog I interview author Terry Spear.

1. Could you tell me a bit about yourself?
Terry:  Once upon a time I was known as the Bear Lady—I make award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. I'm also a retired officer from the US Army Reserves, which has given me all kinds of great fodder for my stories as far as rappelling, mountain climbing, shooting weapsons, leadership reaction, obstacle, confidence courses, and water survival training. And now I'm known as the Wolf Goddess. It's in the genes.

2. You new book is called Jaguar Fever, now what's it about?
Terry: Jaguar Fever is the second book in the Heart of the Jaguar series, and so I'm becoming a Jaguar Goddess of sorts. You see, in old Mayan culture and several other South American cultures, jaguars were reverred. Like werewolves, jaguar shifters live among us, although the jaguars believe the werewolves are one of those myths. And likewise, the werewolves think they are the only shifters on earth. 

In Jaguar Fever, we have Wade Patterson, the elusive shifter who helped out Maya Anderson and her brother and her sister-in-law in the jungle. Finding a prospective mate among jaguar shifters isn't really easy to do. They normally don't run in packs and are more elusive. But when Wade sees Maya alone in a jaguar shifter club, he goes all Special Forces protective over her. She is so thrilled to meet others of her kind, she wants to get to know others, but Wade is as bad as her brother and ...well, she's a wild cat—as in visits the jungle in South America on a regular basis and that means trouble.

3. Are there more books planned in the Heart of the Jaguar series?
Terry: Yes! I just finished writing Jaguar Hunt about Wade's brother David, who is a real character and just as loveable. He and Maya's cousin, Tammy, are given a job to do—locate a missing jaguar from a zoo, only she's first tasked to get David out of jail. He's a Special Forces Golden Claw JAG agent also, and she is not happy. 

Then in the next book, we'll see one of Tammy's brothers, also Special Forces, who has a delicate mission south of the border in the hot steamy jungle, tasked to work with a female Special Forces agent, and he finds two jag cubs –shifter types, left on his sleeping bag. What's a hot, sexy, alpha male jag to do? Hand them over to the female agent. She's not playing that game.

4. You have written a lot of books, but are there any that you feel a truly special connection to? 
Terry: All of them. When I write a book, I put my heart and soul into it. The characters come alive. They're real and striving to get through all their conflicts both romantically and to do with their suspense-filled plots. I have so much fun creating each story, that I really have a special connection to all of them. 

Scenes that made the characters memorable to me include: In To Tempt the Wolf, I loved the scene where Tessa finds the naked werewolf/SEAL, Hunter, on the beach. 

In Savage Hunger, when Connor washes Kat under the waterfall. 

In Heart of the Wolf, when Devlyn goes to the meal naked because Bella asks if he's going to go half-dressed. 

When Darien rescues Lelandi in the cave in Destiny of the Wolf. 

When Finn checks over Meara to see if she's got any listening bugs in her clothes in A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing. 

When Bjornolf and Anna have their sparring match in A SEAL Wolf Christmas. 

The visit to the Highland creek in Heart of the Highland Wolf. 

In A Howl for a Highlander, the scene where the she-wolf gets the best of Duncan MacNeill, great Highland warrior, at her cabana. 

In A Highland Werewolf Wedding, the scene where Cearnach makes the she-wolf sit in his pew at the wedding. She's in seventh heaven, by the way, as all these Highland wolves are dressed in kilts for the wedding. 

The kiss scene at the ski lift between Tom and Elizabeth in Silence of theWolf. 

The hot tub in the snow with the Arctic wolves in Legend of the White Wolf. 

In Seduced by the Wolf, when Leidolf meets the professed wolf biologist expert and realizes she's a werewolf and becomes more than interested. 

In Wolf Fever, when Ryan comes to see Carol and Darien and his brothers are all protective of her. 

In Dreaming of the Wolf, the ice skating with Jake and a human woman interested in photography but not as a hobby. 

As you can see, in each case, the characters are so much fun, having their own personalities and totally loveable!

5. Give me a few reason why readers will adore Maya and Wade as a couple?
Terry: Wade is ready to fight any battle to keep Maya safe, though he can be a bit overprotective at times. Maya's used to her brother being that way, so she knows how to deal with it. Wade is close to his brother, just as Maya is to her brother and sister-in-law, so unlike jaguars in the wild, they do have a love of family. Wade may think it's only his duty to rescue the she-cat, but she rescues him also when he is the cat in distress. And when it comes to showers... did I mention that the big cats love the water?

6. What's coming next from you?
Terry: A SEAL Wolf Christmas comes out in October, an early Christmas present of more hot SEALs. Anna, who works with Hunter's SEAL team, and Bjornolf who ghosts the team providing backup, ends up getting too close to the mission, but mostly he's totally fascinated with the kick-ass (with heart) Anna, who makes him forget just what his mission is. 

After that, the much awaited Silver brothers' story, Tom gets the girl in Silence of the Wolf in Feb. She's not all wolf either. He's given the task to watch over her until she leaves their ski resort, but then there's the kiss on the slopes, and well... who knows where that will lead? 

Then Jaguar Hunt in the spring, Tammy and David's story. And another with her poor brother who is stuck jaguar cub sitting on a mission, coming 2015. 

Guthrie's story in Mayhem, Misteltoe and the Highland Wolf, featuring Calla and Guthrie for October 2014. She's a party planner and is planning the Christmas event of the season for the MacNeill clan, he's got the purse strings, and the battle begins. 

A Hero of a Highland Wolf, that I'm working on now, with a whole new Highland pack—friends of the MacNeills where a Amercian she-wolf must stay at her castle in Scotland for a year and a day, but the Highland wolf and his clan who manage it want to cut her visit short before she makes too many changes in the way they've always done things. Until... Well, that will also come out next year.

And (you see, lots more!) another hot SEAL Wolf story, this time featuring Paul and Allan, who are off to visit Allan's family, and what a mistake that is! The next thing Paul knows, he and his SEAL team member, Allan, are up for auction in a Bachelor Auction, coming 2015. So lots and lots more reading fun! 

Thanks so much for having me here today! So if you went to a jaguar shifter club and saw all these hot shifters, what would you do?

1 copy of Savage Hunger (book 1)

1. US and Canada only
2. Ends Aug 25
3. Just go ahead and enter, and if you want take time to answer Terry's question.


She's being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.
Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.

Who's the hunter and who's the prey?
Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it's Maya's piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.

Praise for Savage Hunger:
"Dark, sultry, and primal romance...will leave readers breathless."
—Fresh Fiction
"Humor, tenderness, and pure hot awesome and exciting new world."
—Long and Short Reviews, 5 stars
"A sizzling page-turner, Terry Spear is wickedly talented." 
—Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Pick, 5 Stars
"Spear paints a colorful, vivid portrait of the lush jungle and deadly beauty...of jaguars."
—Publishers Weekly

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit, follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear, and like her on Facebook, 

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  1. I have a few of these books :) I can't wait to work them into my TBR

  2. This is the first time I have heard of this author or her books. Sounds like a good book to read.

  3. Wait. He's a jaguar shifter AND Special Forces? WIN! That is a crazy sexy combination and I need to meet Wade immediately:)

  4. Great interview. Terry's books sound awesome.
    Since I am shy, if I went to a jaguar club, I would stare at all the gorgeous shifters and hope one of them asked me to dance.

  5. That is quite the resume... all that tough stuff and she makes teddy bears and writes! Impressive!

  6. Haha, I love that she makes teddy bears and does really grueling physical Reserves stuff. Definitely a woman of many skills! Jaguar Fever sounds so cool—I agree with Jenny, that combo is crazy sexy!

  7. First of all I would do a little happy dance ( even though I would be secretly petrified), then I might do a little stalking of my own.

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  8. "In Heart of the Wolf, when Devlyn goes to the meal naked because Bella asks if he's going to go half-dressed."

    LOL that cracked me up. Oh and a bunch of handsome shifters in kilts? Where is my invite to that wedding? ROFL

    Oh do enter me for the book. :D

  9. I love books involving the Mayan culture, and this series sounds so good!

  10. The Bear Lady with award winning bears, a retired officer and a successful writer?! Terry Spear sounds very accomplished.
    If I saw hot shifters at the club, I'd probably stare and not know what to

  11. I'd be thunderstruck and probably be frozen in place... LOL! I know that's not good. I'm better living thru the characters of my books. I found you thru Sara Humphreys and just picked up a few of your books. I'd love to win one from this series... I know I'll be hooked. Thanks for the contest!

  12. Here kitty, kitty! Love this author.

  13. Sit very, very still :) Thanks for sharing and congrats to Terry on the new release!

  14. wonderful interview I really loved the covers of this series!

  15. If I went to a jaguar shifter club, I'd probably faint. ;-)

    My 8-year old would *love* that Terry was known as the Bear Lady. She's just learned to sew and loves making her own plush animals.

  16. So if you went to a jaguar shifter club and saw all these hot shifters, what would you do?
    I would shy away and try to disappear into the crowd. Too intimidating!

  17. So if I went to a jaguar shifter club and saw all these hot shifters, I'd try to meet some of them. Maybe once I got to know them, I wouldn't be intimidated by them as much. :D

  18. Mmm, oooo. I have to say those covers are amazing! :) Thank you for sharing a new series with me.

  19. Have some of her wolves books(and the rest ar on the wish list. Didn't realize she had a new series out. Big cats are even higher on my fave shifter list than wolves. Have to add these to the wish list.
    "So if you went to a jaguar shifter club and saw all these hot shifters, what would you do?"
    I'd pick one(or two) of the hottest and drag them onto the dance floor. :D

  20. Probably make a fool of myself by staring. :) Love your books!

  21. well ... I might scratch their back!

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  22. Thanks so much, everyone!!! I usually come by and comment all the time, but I was at Authors After Dark all this past week in Savannah, Georgia, using paranormal equipment to hunt ghosts (I did have some ghost orbs show up on pictures)...and was busy being a vampiress, an earth elemental, sitting on author panels, and was having a devil of a time keeping up with anything.

    Thanks so much for coming by and commenting! Love, love, love making bears. I was the only one in my family who sewed! :) When I was in the Army, I never would have ever imagined I'd someday write about how shifters used some of my training! LOL Been lots of fun!

    Thanks again! :)

  23. I would most likely find a table, get a drink and ogle all the hot males.. :)

    Terry I love this series.

  24. I would join the party. Get in the middle of the dance floor and dance with the sexiest shifter I see.
    Love your series especially this one. Maya is so much fun. Feisty and loyal with an attitude.

  25. I have no idea what I would do but your book sounds great!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Sounds like an interesting and different series and I like the covers. I'm not into nightclubs, I'm a bookworm, so if I went to a shapeshifter club I'd either get scared, hide, and leave or the brave answer would be to talk to the shifters about their abilities and lives.


  27. The covers are so vibrant and gorgeous. It must be fun to create the teddy bears, especially award winning ones.

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