She couldn’t believe her ears. Standing, she shook her head. “I’m sorry. I can’t take part in this ritual. I’m not in the least attracted to any of those men and have no intention of being hyped up on drugs to get that way.”
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The Fun in Being Eclectic by Terry Spear
As I began to write my stories, I heard—you HAVE to brand yourself, write in one area, develop a following, be like McDonalds with the Golden Arches, Pizza Hut with the red roof, or well, a genre that readers will see and say—oh, I know an author that writes that, and to stick to it.
But I love to write about a variety of different kinds of worlds from contemporary romantic suspense to fantasy, to urban fantasy romance to contemporary romance to historical romance to time travel romance to…even true stories.
I love to diversify, because I’m an eclectic reader. I read everything.
True, I’ve branded myself with paranormal romance, specifically werewolf romance. I have 15 contracted wolf books, nine out, four more either written, turned in, still being edited, or being written. With having so many wolf books out in the same series, I finally made USA TODAY bestseller with A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing. I truly believe it had some to do with branding. Not quitting at writing three or four wolf stories, but writing several with more to come so that if readers like your world, you develop a following. I’ve had fans who say that they see a picture of a wolf, read about a wolf, they think of me. Fans send me pictures of wolves and articles about them. One sent a picture of her family dressed as Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, which I featured on my blog. That’s branding.
So yes, it’s important.
But I love to write about a variety of different kinds of worlds. It helps me to keep my longer series works fresh. I’ve just started a jaguar series with Sourcebooks also. I’m working on book two with book one, Savage Hunger, coming out in October. It’s new, the jaguars much different than wolves in personality, yet they are shifters like wolves and I’ve begun to make connections between the two worlds for fun. I hadn’t ever intended that, but…that’s the way I write. I don’t plot out whole worlds and a whole series, or…even a whole book at once.
The characters create the story.
That’s some of why I create different worlds. I get an idea, and take off running. When I wrote The Dark Fae, all I thought of was I wanted to write about a world where the fae coexist with us and where they are the reason for some of our missteps in life. The series took off. I had never planned to write more than one book. I did it for fun. But I had so much success with it, I wrote three more in the series with another one on the way. So some of the reason for writing eclectic is that I can enjoy writing something different, and find that readers love the new world, too. Or some that wouldn’t touch one kind of book that I write, might like something else I write. Others read everything I write, so for me it’s a win-win situation.
I also write a Highland historical series. I have two out with readers clamoring for more, but haven’t had time to write them. I am in the process, and have three books started. Winning the Highlander’s Heart began the series. I love to read historical romance and I love to write about Medieval times. I have a lot of Scottish roots, so write mostly about Highlanders, but I’ve written others also.
I’m just editing a book written some years ago—a third marriage comedy kind of book. It’s a contemporary, Marriage under Duress, in the line of Marriage, Las Vegas Style, and Exchanging Grooms. I wrote them for Flipside, but my stories have humor and a serious side to them so they didn’t work for the line. Again, they were a fun diversion from other works I was writing.
For me diversifying is the key to keeping my writing fresh. Branding is great, but for some of us, we need to try something different to keep the creative juices flowing.
The voice is what makes the work ours. With mine, I have mystery, adventure, romance, and humor. It can be set in the 12th Century Highlands, or in contemporary world America. It can be our world with a paranormal twist with vampires or werewolves or jaguar shifters living among us. It can be pure fantastical worlds or futuristic even. Or we can drop everything and travel to the past like in A Ghost of a Chance at Love, a time travel western ghostly romance.
That’s because I’m an eclectic reader and love to read everything!
Thanks so much for having me here today!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author, Terry Spear has written over three dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear works in a library by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on three wolf books, another jaguar book, and has a variety of other eclectic works in progress! For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
Forgive my lateness posting today…we have a couple of major home improvement projects we’re getting ready for and I got distracted. But I have the winner of ABM’s Paranormal Basket: Congratulations, Shadow!!
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Thank you to everyone else who commented, liked us and/or followed us so far this month. You are still eligible for the Paranormal, Vintage and Western Baskets. A week from today we’re announcing winners of our Paranormal Basket, featuring books by ABM’s own Linda LaRoque, Beth Caudil, Francesca Hawley and Lindsay Below, along with several other writers in the paranormal/fantasy genre! Other goodies come with each basket, including dolls in original outfits by Fleeta Cunningham.
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Here at ABM we’re kicking off our Romantic Treats Blog Blitz a day early. We were just so excited we couldn’t wait any longer! Our thanks to Delilah Devlin for providing us with our first taste of goodies for October!
I have to confess to a fondness for warriors. Something about the big lugs does it for me. Brawn over brain, or at least I thought that was what I preferred before I began writing my current series The New Icelandic Chronicles. As often happens to a writer, the muse led me along a path that found me describing fearsome Viking warriors who might be technologically challenged when fighting a war in space, but who adapted to their new challenge and triumphed.
When I began envisioning these men and the adventure they’d face, I let my imagination run free. Nothing could come easy to my Vikings. They live on an Icebound planet with a frozen ocean infested with sea dragons. They live under a harsh embargo which denies them the technology and comforts their hard-earned wealth deserves.
Still, they needed another challenge. One more immediate. What beside the precious ore the Vikings mined could entice a advanced culture to steal away those brawny men? Once I knew that answer, I knew what Eirik would face when he reached the warm planet of Helios. Add a touch of Roman spectacle, genetic engineering and heroine just as stubborn and prideful as Prince Eirik, and I think you’ll find a tale worthy of those adventurous men who conquered Northern Europe, sailed to the Americas and inspired terror wherever they went.
Enslaved by a Viking releases October 4th. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Be sure to visit my blog at DelilahDevlin.com. I’ll be giving away weekly prizes during the month of October to celebrate the release.
Though proud and strong, Eirik, heir to the Ulfhednars kingdom, found himself seduced and taken from his home world by a bounty-hunting vixen, who sold him into slavery. Purchased by a wealthy, Consortium-backed brothel, he is kept at a heavily guarded and secure breeding facility, where he is forced to feed the lustful whims of Helios’s elite at night. He bides his time, waiting for a chance to escape and get his revenge on the woman who betrayed him…
Once a sex thrall, Fatin earned her freedom through service. Now, as a bounty hunter, she is determined to earn enough to buy her sister’s papers from the same brothel she escaped. For this, she abducts a brutishly handsome, breed-worthy specimen from the Viking planet and delivers him to auction. But her desire for justice and his desire for freedom may consume both of them in a passion neither wanted—or can resist.
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I’m thrilled with this beautiful cover for my upcoming futuristic romantic suspense, Born in ice, to be released in December by Champagne Books.
Frozen in ice for seventy-five years, Zana Forrester suffers the agony of rebirth to learn her son is dead, and her daughter’s whereabouts is unknown. The year is 2155. A man’s soothing voice and gray eyes haunt her drug induced dreams. When she recovers, she meets their owner and finds her heart in danger. But, a relationship isn’t a consideration; she must find her daughter.
Brock Callahan is drawn to the beautiful woman taken aboard his salvage ship. He’s determined she’ll be his wife and a mother to his young daughter, but he vows not to love her. All the women he’s loved died. While Zana searches for her daughter, Brock must protect Zana from the evil that threatens.
Brock opened the door. A blast of cold air whooshed out. The faint smell of death washed over him filling him with dread. He staggered back for a moment. His gaze landed on the child’s seat in the back. Empty. He drew near again and noticed the driver’s seat was reclined. A body lay curled on its side holding a bundle close.
His voice gruff, he called, “Bring us a light. Luke, open the doors on the other side.”
Digger held the light as Brock leaned in to look at the bowed figure on the seat. From the person’s figure and profile, he couldn’t deny the delicate features beneath the mask belonged to a woman. She was dressed from head to toe in a silvery grey snowsuit with fur-trimmed matching boots. Fur as soft and as gray as a dove’s wing edged her parka making her appear ethereal. Dark lashes brushed her face covering, similar to a ski mask, made with cut-outs for her eyes, nose, and mouth.
He carefully pulled the blanket away from the bundle and groaned at the mummified features of what had once been a child. Oh, God, no. Not a baby.
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