I would like to welcome Terry Spear as the first author to guest post on my blog!
About the Author:
Terry Spear is an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense,Heart of the Wolf named in Publishers Weekly's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, NOR Reader Choice for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE.
Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and a Bachelors in Business and Distinguished Military Graduate of West Texas A & M. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses.
Originally from California, she has lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the award-winning author of the Sourcebooks Casablanca werewolf romance series:Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf,Seduced by the Wolf (2010), Wolf Fever(2010), Heart of the Highland Wolf (2011),Dreaming of the Wolf (2011), and the medieval romance series: Winning the Highlander’s Heart, The Accidental Highland Hero (2010); Deadly Liaisons, The Vampire…In My Dreams (young adult), Deidre's Secret(young adult), and numerous articles and short stories for magazines.
About her latest release, Seduced by the Wolf:
His first priority is to protect his pack...
Werewolf pack leader Leidolf Wildhaven has just taken over a demoralized pack. With rogue wolves on the loose causing havoc and the authorities from the zoo suddenly zeroing in on the local wolf population, the last thing he needs in his territory is a do-gooder female, no matter how beautiful and enticing she is...
She'll do anything to help wolves...
Biologist Cassie Roux has dedicated her life to protecting wolves in the wild. On a desperate mission to help a she-wolf with newborn pups, the last thing Cassie needs right now is a nosy and entirely too attractive werewolf pack leader trying to track her down...
With rogue wolves and hunters threatening at every turn, Cassie and Leidolf may find their attraction the most dangerous force of all...
Hot Recipes for Cold Nights and Hotter Dates!
Thanks so much to A Simple Love of Reading, for having me here today!!!
I was creating another recipe blog for a different guest author blog, and thinking how much fun it was. For one thing, food can either be something that the characters have to eat, just like they have to sleep sometime during the day or night, or shower, or dress—all those have to do things that can be skipped over, if not all that important—or it can be important.
My daughter and mother told me in two separate books how I had not allowed my poor characters any meals for a couple of days. To me, meals just were time wasters. I wanted the romance, the action, the thrills…and my poor characters were wasting away. They didn’t know it, but apparently my early readers did.
Now, adding in meals had to be important though. So I’ve enjoyed making meal times either sexy, conflictive, or just plain fun.
I’ve included one of my favorite recipes down below, and this was in To Tempt the Wolf, an excerpt shown:
Tessa pulled out a package of hot links. “Can everyone manage spaghetti with hot sausage, bell peppers, and onions?”
“Hmm, sounds good to me,” Cara said, licking her lips while she bandaged Ashton’s hand with tender loving care. He tried to jerk his hand away, but she held on tight and tsked.
“Anything you fix is fine with us.” Hunter’s tone of voice was terse.
There is a lot going on in this scene. Tessa doesn’t want Cara to even be there, and she’s the only one who is really happy about being there for the meal. Tension is building for several of the characters. It was a fun scene and a lot more fun than if I’d just made the meal and everyone ate it.
Hot Spicy Spaghetti for Cold Nights and Hot Dates!
By Terry Spear
1 Green, Yellow, Red Bell Pepper (or package of frozen sliced fajita mix of bell peppers)
5 large mushrooms
16 oz Can of Tomato Sauce
1 Package of Hot Sausages (mild variety if preferred, and I always get the fully cooked for safety sake)
1 Tsp of Garlic Salt (or 1 clove of fresh garlic)
1 Tsp of Oregano
Combine all ingredients and cook until peppers and mushrooms are tender, and sausage is thoroughly heated.
Add to cooked needles (spinach noodles are fun for Christmas, or wheat for an added health benefit), top with grated cheese, and you’ve got a hot meal for an even hotter date! And leftovers are great too!
The neat thing about this meal, is you can substitute at will. I added artichokes for some variety. If I have fresh tomatoes, I’ll throw some of those in. My son doesn’t like the really spicy sausage, so I fix mild for him.
My aunt was the first one who introduced me to this meal. She served it with champagne! But red wine will do.
And in Seduced by the Wolf—Leidolf takes Cassie on a date. He’s having a REALLY hard time convincing her to go though, and first thinks maybe he can talk her into fast food, just so he can stay with her a while longer. But he REALLY doesn’t want to take her to just a fast food place, so he decides to take her to a werewolf run restaurant. I wanted to really have fun with this, because she’s trying to keep him from knowing she’s a werewolf, and now she’s in a wolves’ den of sorts—a restaurant that makes the patron feel as though they are in a forest world. I’ve been to themed restaurants that have been really a lot of fun, so I wanted to do that here.
So she’s in a restaurant packed with wolves, and she’s really trying hard not to appear wolfish—like ordering a vegetarian meal. But when she sees Leidolf’s tenderloin, she’s dying to have a bite. And he notices!
So what’s a guy to do who’s dying to get on her good side?
Yep, meals can be sexy, and hot, and just plain fun. Thanks again for having me here today!
And to readers, thanks so much for dropping by and commenting!! If you had a hot date, would spicy spaghetti sound like something you’d enjoy serving? Or some tantalizing version? Do meals served in books make you hungry too?
~ Terry Spear
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”
Two more wolf titles to Sourcebooks -
The Highland Wolf in Paradise & The Wolf and the SEAL
Thank you for being here today Terry! I can't wait for more of your amazing wolves!
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