Welcome back Terry Spear! Terry is here celebrating the release of DREAMING OF THE WOLF (available now from Sourcebooks Casablanca), the eight book in her Heart of the Wolf paranormal romance series about alpha werewolves and the women who tame them. Terry is giveaway away a copy of DREAMING OF THE WOLF or your choice of her books too. See details below.
Life without Fantasy
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without vampires and werewolves and the fae, oh my? No dragons or gargoyles or selkies in the sea. No mermaids or genies or shapeshifting jaguars. No pixies or sprites or brownies to plague us. No sphinxes, or griffins, or sea serpents either. No trolls or goblins or man-eating zombies.
What would the world come to if we didn’t have all our fantastical creatures to dream about, to love and hate and want to learn more?
Boring, comes to mind. Did you know that some people really don’t like the notion of fantasy? Or even if they’ll tolerate some, not the more hardcore urban fantasy, aka, vampires, or werewolves or other kinds of shifters?
I was at a Christmas party the other night, and there were two sides to the coin…those who were fascinated about the idea that I write about werewolves and vampires and jaguar shifters and the fae. And those who were not.
I have to smile when I think about going to Barnes and Noble to autograph some of my wolf books and three male store clerks were excited, until they learned the werewolf stories weren’t horror, but…horror—happily-ever-after romance!
Or to smile at the volunteer who asked if my werewolf books were shelved under fiction or nonfiction.
Or the werewolf who wrote me and told my fans to get in touch with him if they wanted to know a real werewolf.
Fantasy. Got to love it. I love fantasy whether it’s in a historical type setting, or urban fantasy where the fantasy comes to life in a contemporary world, or futuristic fantasies. They’re all fun to read, to get to know the fantastical creatures and worlds, to leave our humdrum lives behind and experience something new and different, and real. At least it should seem real.
Oh sure, reading true harrowing experiences are intriguing, or straight romantic suspense, and I admit I LOVE historical romance, any era.
But still, I have a total fascination for the paranormal, having loved ghost stories and Dracula since I was young, and later, wanting to save werewolves and the vampires from extinction. They’re only human too and need just as much loving as the rest of us do. Don’t you agree?
So what would we do in a world without fantasy?
I know I’d go into withdrawal. What about you?
Thanks to Abigail for having me at All Things Urban Fantasy where we know the fantasy world will never end! Happy Holidays, everyone! And may your holiday season be fantastical in a really good way!
Award-winning author Terry Spear is the author of urban fantasy romances and medieval Highland romances. She received Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008 for Heart of the Wolf. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry is a librarian by day. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
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Giveaway provided by Terry Spear
One copy of DREAMING OF THE WOLF by Terry Spear (or another title of your choice)
Available now by Sourcebooks
A FIERCE HUNTER…
Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships— any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.
AN ANIMAL PASSION…
However, the mob isn’t entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake’s passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her— he’ll have to show his mate the way of the wolf.
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