wolves

Writing away from an early age…

I had help cleaning out and de-cluttering part of the house last week with Bronwyn, my roommate.

Guess what I found?

Here’s a clue of what it looked like when I was thirteen and a huge Elfquest fan.

 

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This little blue binder was my lunch time escape ticket.  I hated the private school I was at and was frustrated that the people I knew since grade four were still there in grade seven.  Nothing had changed.  We were stuck in our patterns of conversation and social norms.  So, I would write in the library by myself.

 

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It even had a side pocket for notes from my bff and scribbles of revelations while I listened to the teacher talk during class.

 

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I love how it’s labeled “VOLUME 1″ as if I was Victor Hugo creating tombs of writing material in this new world.  Today, we call this fan fiction.  Elfquest was a comic that combined elves with wolves naming them Wolfriders and as the “volumes” continued they discovered more about their world and other elves in it.  I dreamed of elves paired with panthers that eventually met these Wolfriders.

“Things didn’t go so good at Blue Mountain…”  I wrote.  Unaware of writing principles and rules.  I was explaining the backstory instead of letting the reader discover it.  I was also thirteen.   LOL.

So, now, as I head into my revisions of a contemporary romance I keep this on my writing desk.  Just in case I want to explore the entire binder again which is full of elves and panthers uniting against evil in their world.

Thank you, Elfquest.

Books to read over the holidays! In paperback…

(1) Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Award-winning author Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels, with over 60,000 copies sold. 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. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/

(2) Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James

Seizing the opportunity to follow a dream, Judith James’ writing combines her love of history and adventure with her keen interest in the complexities of human nature, and the heart’s capacity to heal. Her latest what if was inspired by the Restoration poet Lord Rochester. Can a promise long forgotten and a friendship forged in the past help two lonely people find each other and themselves? Can a debauched court poet and notorious libertine convince a wary Puritan miss he is capable of love? These are the questions asked by LIBERTINES KISS, to be followed by THE KING`S COURTESAN in 2011.

Ms James is always pleased to hear from fellow readers and writers and invites you to visit her at www.Judithjamesauthor.com

(3) The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey

http://www.mercedeslackey.com/biography.html

The Sleeping Beautyis the fifth book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series.

Godmother Lily serves the Kingdom of Eltaria, which may be the most imperiled of all the Five Hundred Kingdoms. It has the misfortune of being small, rich, and surrounded with enemies. Governing it has been a constant juggling trick.

But now The Tradition has decided to land the blow of making the King a widower, and his daughter the Fairest In The Land. This can only mean bad things for the King, the Princess Rosa, and above all, the Kingdom itself.

(4) Waking up with the Duke by Lorraine Heath

http://www.lorraineheath.com/index.html

Meet London’s Greatest Lovers! New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath’s delights and enchants, moves and mesmerizes historical romance readers with Waking Up With the Duke, the third installment in her unforgettable series in which the rakish sons of a scandalous Dowager Duchess, discover passion, pleasure, and true love. Perfect for Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle fans, Waking Up With the Duke transports readers back to Victorian England, where a dangerous passion is born when a handsome rogue nobleman is approached with a most unusual request…

(5) Revealed by Kate Noble

http://www.katenoble.com/

Phillippa Benning is the unrivaled beauty of the Season. But when another lady challenges her for a marquis’s attentions, Phillippa entices him to a secret rendezvous-only to stumble upon The Blue Raven, England’s most famous spy, lurking at the site of her planned tryst.

The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot directed at upcoming society functions, but he’s unable to infiltrate London society. Phillippa makes an offer: in exchange for entrée among the ton, he agrees to have his true identity revealed at the Benning Ball-guaranteeing her unrivaled notoriety. As the danger draws closer, the mysterious spy and Phillippa give in to mutual desire. But when the game turns deadly, betrayal waits around the corner, and Phillippa must decide once and for all-is it the myth that captured her heart, or the man?

(6) Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

http://www.patriciabriggs.com/

From Publishers Weekly:

Shape-shifter Mercy Thompson has a complex life, juggling two werewolf lovers and a job working for a fae mechanic; things get even more hectic when her boss and mentor is arrested for killing a citizen of the fae reservation. As the fae seem content to let him rot, Thompson takes it on herself to clear her friend’s name, beginning a lone-wolf investigation that may cost her life. Briggs’s third novel featuring Thompson (after Blood Bound) is another top-notch paranormal mystery; her well-balanced contemporary world, where humans live uneasily among werewolves and fae, is still a believably lived-in world; the ever-present threat of government legislation against nonhumans (though familiar to X-Men fans) adds weight to her paranormal elements, and thoughtfully researched mythology adds rich detail. Thompson is a sharp, strong heroine and her lycanthropic love triangle is honest and steamy. Briggs never shies from difficult material, and she moves effortlessly from werewolf pack psychology to human legal proceedings, making this a tense, nimble, crowd-pleasing page-turner.

Going to get my “read” on!

Tara

Author Terry Spear and review of “Seduced by the Wolf”

Just read Terry Spear’s “Seduced by the Wolf.”

ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-3753-9 Cdn price paperback $9.99 404 pages

Check out her site at http://terryspear.com/

There are numerous characters but the male lead is a Red Wolf Alpha Royal Werewolf called Leidolf Wildhaven and the female lead with Cassie Roux (who is also a Red Wolf).

Cassie, we find out, has been playing a dangerous game living among regular wolf packs and using her day job as a Wolf Biologist to help them out.  She doesn’t belong to a Werewolf Pack and almost upon meeting her Leidolf wants her as his mate and co-leader of the pack he won from a corrupt werewolf.  Leidolf has several challenges: security and stability in the pack challenged by various rogue wolves who are up to no good, a possible competition for Cassie’s interests from a male were parent looking to find a mother to his children, and Cassie herself.

Oh, Cassie.  She’s Alpha female but knows when to fold when Leidolf outwits her and gives her himself not just as leader of the pack but as a partner in life.  This is the turning point that Cassie is looking for in a mate.  She doesn’t just want to be a convenient fit she wants a partner.  However, to get there involves several complex sub-plots.  The Arc is Cassie and Leidolf cementing their relationship.  Cassie has been alone for so long and her attraction to Leidolf is so great that when she’s tranquilized by wolf hunters she dreams he’s Poseideon, God of the Seas after running into him in a lake scenario.  There’s a strong attraction that runs the plot and they meet their challenges together sometimes whether they acted as a unit or not.  Cassie does try to run out on him after he helps her recover but cannot deny her feelings for Leidolf and in the end there is happily ever after.

It’s a well written look at Werewolves and pack hierarchy.  Definitely worth a read and certainly intriguing enough to look up Terry Spear, write her an email and add her books to my list of what to read during a hurricane… BTW the hurricane is here but the authorities are calling it a tropical storm so we should be ok today – let’s see what it does overnight and what tomorrow brings.

  Little fact about Terry in her bio: she’s a retired lieutenant colonel  in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and now resides in the heart of Texas.

New York Times Bestselling Author Yasmine Galenorn

Whew!  Loved, loved, loved this tale of elaborate enemies and an unknown warrior.

http://www.galenorn.com/

What an amazing read.  I’ve been stuck for the past three days in the grips of a powerful migraine which released today around 2pm.

Determined to keep the day off from work and school I picked up the book “Night Myst” written by Yasmine Galenorn.  I just finished it at 8:30pm tonight and did not put it down for hours!  Which reminds me that I need something to eat after this blog post.

Who is Cicely?  Well, we think we know as we’re introduced to her as the heroine of the story.  However, the adventure begins as soon as she returns to a small town after a loss in the family and she ends up battling three different forces to try to save her family members.  She has some help with a cousin and friends but only makes a small win against these three immortal forces.  The real win is when she realizes who she is and wins some freedom for her family.

Set in the forest the scenes are ethereal yet show a forest corrupted by the new evil Cicely must fight that feeds on its inhabitants.  Spiderwebs of poison penetrate the forest and watch the town.  Also, the townspeople who go missing every day.  No one is safe.  The police aren’t even interested in figuring out why the people they are sworn to protect are disappearing.  There is no help.  And then… there’s Cicely, her cousin and their friends.  A few heroes against three dark and manipulative forces who describe their wars as a “chess game” not caring who dies or who gets hurt along the way.  Information is key in the balancing act Cicely must play as she learns more about her enemies and herself as the story continues.

Action. Love. Sex. Dark Forces.  What a great read!  Powering up the Kindle now to download the others in the series… hope I get some sleep tonight.

Night Myst is available on Amazon.ca for Cdn $9.99 in paperback.

Vampires, The Fae and The Vampiric Fae fight over Cicely