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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Guest Post with Author Terry Spear and Giveaway

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal 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.

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Wolves take a mate for life, but it doesn’t mean that if they lose one, they won’t take another. Not all will. But they don’t just discard a mate, because here comes a cuter she-wolf.

Though at wolf reserves they try to bring in really young pups to integrate with the wolves in an established pack so they can bond, one wolf story I had read about, the she-wolf had lost her mate and she had pups to raise out in the wilderness. A wolf biologist captured her and the pups and put them in an enclosure in the woods so that she and her pups were protected until they were old enough to fend for themselves. Before that, she’d had to search for food and water, and return to them to feed them. But many different predators could have found the den she’d dug for her little ones. The biologist had to get her before she moved the pups and he lost where she was hiding them. If he had just taken her in, the pups would have perished. And he was afraid to spook her or push her to abandon the pups.

Even though wolves are extremely protective of their pups, a lone wolf faced with that kind of danger could abandon them and try to start over when she found another male. Luckily, the biologist was careful, and finally managed to get her and the puppies to a shelter he’d made in the woods.

When a tree fell on top of the enclosure during a storm, some of the pups got out. A male wolf was interested in the she-wolf and took care of the pups whenever they were outside the enclosure. Then they would return to mom for supper.

When the pups were old enough, the biologist released them into the wild, and the female greeted the male, and that was the beginning of a blossoming romance.

Wolves are individuals, with their own personalities, quirks, strengths, and weaknesses. If you’ve raised pets, you’ll know the same is true of them. Just like people. Some are more alpha, beta, shyer, bolder, loners, independent. And just like with people, or pets, wolves will behave differently around others. In one situation, they’re totally beta, but in another, not so much so.

I visited a wolf reserve where one beta Arctic wolf adored one of the volunteers who took her for walks. She exhibited real beta behavior, tail tucked between her legs, head lowered, ears down, yet she stuck close to him on their walk and just adored him. She was a lone wolf in her pen. They had tried to put others with her because wolves, for the most part, are pack animals. But she was so vicious toward any other wolf they tried to put in the run with her that they gave up trying. Her pack member was the human male. She didn’t like females. Just males, but especially him. He was her alpha. But with other wolves, she was vicious, not beta in the least.

I have two Havanese, and they exhibit the same differences, depending on the situation or who or what they’re interacting with. They’re small toy breed dogs—adore other small dogs and want to play with them. They got out on me and went after a lady who was walking five Pomeranians. They were greeting them, loving them. They got out on me another time, and that time the woman had a big dog, the size of a German shepherd. Mine were barking at him, wanting to meet him, but scared of him, charging, backing up. So here there was only one of him, and they went nuts. Five Pomeranians their size, and they were in heaven. When I come home, Tanner, the black and tan Havanese goes crazy. He just is so excited, he won’t go out to potty right away. He wants to be held and loved, even though he’s the alpha of the two. Younger by three months, but the alpha. But Max, who is my real lap dog, will do his business and then come back to me to be held and loved. You’d think that since Tanner was the alpha, and doesn’t have to sit on my lap so much, he wouldn’t go so crazy when he sees me when I’ve been gone. But it goes to show that in different situations animals, and people, will react differently.

So just like my shifters, all wolves are different, with unique experiences, personalities, likes and dislikes, and these can change in different situations.

They’re protective and loyal, take care of their pups, and mate for life, making them the perfect kind of shifter!

Never be so foolish as to fall for the enemy…

Special wolf agent Jillian Matthews has joined the jaguar-run United Shifter Force to track down a deadly criminal. She’s even willing to work with PI Vaughn Greystroke—until the hot, growly SEAL wolf makes the mistake of getting in her way. Naturally, she shoots him. Who could blame her?

Vaughn Greystroke has always worked alone. But when a string of attempted murders puts him in the crosshairs, teaming up with the Shifter Force begins to sound like a good idea. Even if he has to work with alluring—and potentially treacherous—Jillian Matthews. Vaughn is a trained SEAL, after all. He can surely keep his distance from matter how much she’s getting under his skin.

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  1. Love wolves. Can't wait to find out what happens between Vaughn and Jillian.

  2. Such an informative post. Interesting about the Wolves. Love the excerpt . Thanks for the giveaway as well.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Love all of Terry's books! They are must-reads for me!

  4. Love terry and love the wolves :). Thank you.

  5. Sounds like a great read and looking forward to reading it.

  6. Enjoyed the post!

  7. I love the cover, and the book sounds fantastic. Thanks for this chance.

  8. I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to reading Vaughn and Jillian's story.

  9. Thanks for all that info on wolves. I'm looking forward to reading Seal Wolf Undercover.

  10. What is your favorite movie?