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To Tempt a Wolf

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?

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“Bring Your Cover Model to Work” Day

I saw this title posted for a group and thought, now how much fun would that be—bringing your cover model to work one day! For me, it would be fun!!! Romance authors would be delighted. Romance readers probably too.

But I’m afraid at the library, if my hunks came to life with their handsome bare chests, there’d be a lot of complaints, raised brows, “maybe” a few eews and ahhs. :grin:

And if the guys turned into their other halves, the wolves… which are also featured on the cover—so both would have to appear—squeals and screams and trampling would shatter the sacred quietness of the library. :-)

Not that our library is quiet.

When I brought up having the cover model come to our library, one of my co-workers said the ladies’ hands would be testing all the guy’s muscles! Now, that’s the kind of response that I liked hearing! My other co-worker that was there when I talked about it, wouldn’t respond. I think there was a very small smile on her face.

I think my co-workers are getting used to me. They can expect just about anything.

But my werewolf guys aren’t just a bunch of hunky guys strutting their wares—and what wares those are! They aren’t just handsome covers with little behind the brawn.

In To Tempt the Wolf, Hunter Greymere, is attracted to Tessa Anderson like he’s never been with a woman, yet his honorable side won’t allow him to take the relationship further (though she’s willing) until he’s sure that he doesn’t already have a mate. And no one can be any more protective of her than he can. Whether it’s facing down a man with a gun, or another wolf in his wolf form, or several at a time…Hunter has no intention of letting any harm come to Tessa. The longer he’s with her, the more he wants her—but there’s a big problem. She’s not a werewolf, and he can’t tell her what he truly is. So what can he do, but love her and leave her?

That’s what I think is important in a man—he can’t be just a pretty face, or, ahem, body, but someone who really cares. And he can’t care only about the woman he’s falling for, but about others who end up needing his protection. That’s Hunter, a man who is used to getting his way, but through hard work and determination, who takes care of his own, and others. Who can be a little arrogant, a little lost, a little injured, but no matter what, he’s there for those who need him. Despite the macho side of him, and all that hot wolfish sexiness, deep down he needs a woman, his pack, his family to make him whole. But he’s also got the fortitude to set his needs aside when the only alternative is to make Tessa one of his own kind, which goes against every honorable notion he’s ever had.

Wonder how well one of my cover models would have been received at the writing workshop I gave in Toronto to romance writers? I bet nobody would have paid a lick of attention to me… EVERYBODY would have wanted pictures with the cover artist! And maybe, had a chance to feel up those muscles. You know, for research… The things we authors must do in the name of research!

So take a peek at my werewolf covers at: http://www.terryspear.com/werewolf_series.html

And tell me, of all the hunks and their wolves, which would you want to see in person? Or maybe, have the whole bunch of them show up? Now wouldn’t that be fun?

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Thank you for visiting, Ms Spear!

To find more about the Werewolf books, visit Ms Spear’s website. And do not forget to comment here, the fine folks at Sourcebooks are giving away a copy each of Heart of the Wolf and To Tempt a Wolf (books 1 and 3 in the series) to one lucky winner.

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My second giveaway today involves Shannon Stacey. I discovered Shan’s book several years ago. I had read FOREVER AGAIN when I had just gotten into reading e-books and it was amazing. I even listed it as one of my Top 10 books of the year when I went back over my list of books. Then last year I bought ADRENALINE, a 2-in-1, with 72 HOURS and ON THE EDGE. Part of her Devlin Group series and was blown away. Filled with so much action and heroines who are actually kickass and know how to handle themselves in any situation. Lots of action, lots of suspense and oh my, the romance in them was off the charts. It has become one of my favorite series to go back and reread when I’m in the mood and recently book three, NO SURRENDER, came out through Samhain Publishing. Gallagher’s book. Awesome story. Loved Gallagher and Carmen together and there’s a scene at the end with Gallagher that just cracked me up because I could so picture it in my mind that that would be the way he’d react to tears. Sadly, since NO SURRENDER is an e-book, I can’t offer it as part of the giveaway (Wish I could, honest!) but I’m hoping the winner will rush out and get their hands on it once they read the first two books in this series. It’s one where you won’t stop until you’ve read them all. :)

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72 HOURS

Alex Rossi leads a double life, and it may cost Grace Nolan her son.

The Devlin Group: A privately-owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape and jurisdiction.

Grace Nolan walked away from the Devlin Group carrying Alex Rossi’s child in her womb and his bullet in her shoulder. But a ghost from the past has kidnapped her son, Danny. The ransom—Alex Rossi. To get her son back, Grace will have to step back into the life she’d left behind and reveal her secret to Alex.

With vengeance for his mother’s murder nearly at hand and a deadly substance on the loose, the last thing Alex Rossi needs is to find himself at the business end of Grace’s gun. Now the clock is ticking as they race to save a child and stop a madman bent on destruction.

But Alex has a secret of his own, and it may be the ultimate betrayal.

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ON THE EDGE

When an explosion rocks the Devlin Group, two agents must risk everything to save them all. Book 2 of the Devlin Group series.

Tony Casavetti emerges from an undercover assignment only to be summoned to NYC by Charlotte, the Devlin Group’s executive administrator. When he arrives, he finds out she may be ruthlessly efficient, but his assumption about her being matronly was dead wrong.

Charlotte Rhames has it all—looks, wealth and the respect she craved. But an attack on the Devlin Group throws her back into the pit of sex, money, and murder she’d crawled out of.

With Tony’s life at stake, how far is she willing to fall?

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Day 4 of my Blog Anniversary!

One of my favorite Brava authors is HelenKay Dimon. I know I’m in for a good time when I dive into one of her books. One of my favorite books by her was YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY, which came out several years ago. Annie was a hoot and I loved Kane. She had a smart remark to everything he said to her. Drove him insane even as he fell hard for her. Also had a mild crush on his best friend Josh and I’m pretty sure I drove HelenKay *insane* with my emails asking if Josh would get his own story. Earlier this year, IT’S HOTTER IN HAWAII came out. Although it wasn’t Josh’s book, Josh was a secondary character in it so I got my Josh fix in that way. He was even more mysterious than ever and still had me asking for his book.

Then my nagging and begging was answered. Well, to be honest, not personally but I finally got the news I wanted. Josh was getting his own story, HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO. My first thought was “FINALLY!” My second thought was “Ohmigod, I have to wait until OCTOBER to read it? Why, HK, why must you torture me?” *g* So she took pity on me and let me have a sneak peek at it. All I can say is Josh was definitely worth the wait. I also loved seeing Annie, Kane and Derek (Kane’s nephew) again. So for this giveaway, one winner will receive all three books, YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY, IT’S HOTTER IN HAWAII & HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO. (This one comes out at the end of the month and will be sent then.)

Now I must work on my nagging and begging for Derek’s story. Heh.

So leave a comment for the chance to win all three books!

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Her mouth should be a dangerous weapon. So should his—but for different reasons. Thrown together by chance—and a pair of handcuffs—they’re about to make Hawaii even steamier…

NEVER LET ME GO

Annie Parks came to Hawaii to gather information and settle a score, not spend time handcuffed to a sexy stranger’s bed. Okay, so this particular stranger saved her from drowning after she was pitched overboard by some goons. And he’s about six feet of hard, Hawaiian muscle and gorgeous cool that’s making forgotten parts of her say, “A-lo-ha!” She needs to stay focused, but a side dish of Kane Travers is awfully tempting.

Kauai Police Chief Kane Travers is not a vacation kind of guy. So it figures that when Internal Affairs suspended him, he’d end up rescuing a sarcastic, dishonest, extremely hot redhead who is clearly hiding something. Amnesia? Yeah, right. Kane’s got half a mind to give Miss Whoever She Is something she’ll never forget. His cop senses tell him that the lady’s in deep and needs his protection. But how can he get her to tell him anything when all he wants is to take her home and do everything?

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ALOHA, GORGEOUS…

Cassie Montgomery was in no mood for messing Around—until she got an eyeful of the sizzling-hot miscreant breaking into her half-brother Dan’s Hawaii home. Turns out he’s not a criminal, but a friend who’s just as suspicious of Dan’s “accident al” death as she is. Cassie’s beyond tired of bashing heads with thick-skulled local law enforcement, so there’s only one thing for it: team up with Caleb Wilson, and try to keep her secrets—and hands—to herself…

Having a gun trained on him is nothing new for Cal. But when said gun is brandished by a goddess sporting short-shorts, a bad attitude, and a hidden agenda? A man should consider his choices very carefully. Option one: Seduce first, ask questions later. Option two: Find out why she’s in his Air Force buddy’s torn-up house, then seduce her. Option three: Let the islands do their work and let the woman behind the weapon seduce him…

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TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT…

Deana Armstrong needs a hero—not for herself, but for the nephew all her money and time can’t seem to get out of jail. Unfortunately, the best hero in all the Hawaiian Islands is set on turning in his badge and getting his excellent butt into another line of work. If that wasn’t enough, Josh Windsor also has a big-time grudge against Deana herself. But if there’s anything being rich, smart, and stubborn has taught Deana, it’s never to settle for second best…

Josh has had it with saving people. He’s had it with getting hauled into court. And boy, has he ever had it with Deana. Or well, he hasn’t had it. Yet. But the more she pops up sounding infuriating and looking good enough to eat, the more her hot bod and her cold case wriggle into his mind. And there’s only so much even a hero can resist…

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