Friday, October 26, 2012

EXPLORING NEW WORLDS




It's my pleasure to again have Bestselling author, Terry Spear, visiting with the first book in her new series about Jaguars! Savage Hunger made me purr in contentment. I'm looking forward to book 2, Jaguar Fever.

Have you ever been somewhere really different that you couldn't see enough of because you just didn't have the time, but you would have liked to have just sat down and soaked up the essence of the place? Every sensory detail from the way it looked, to smelled, the feel of the place, the sounds there, even the way the air tastes?

I’m so excited to take you to the jungle, where I set this month’s release, Savage Hunger and some of the next story, Jaguar Fever (Aug 2013)!

I used to live across from one—not called a jungle on the map, but what do mapmakers know when you live across the street from one and can find all the neat jungle-like stuff right there!

The heat, the humidity, the giant mosquitoes, the poisonous snakes—water moccasins, rattlesnakes, alligators, no-see-ums, snapping turtles, feral pigs, tortoises, you name it, we had it. We explored the jungle-like swamps when I was a kid seeking adventure and making up worlds as I went.

I never imagined I’d write about the Amazon or the rainforest in Belize and draw on some of those “feelings” I’d experienced while living in Florida. I read where one visitor to the Amazon said he never saw as many venomous or harmless snakes in the Amazon as he did in Central Florida!

But no monkeys where I lived. Bears, yes. No cats, though in the Everglades, the panther roams the swamps.

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My jungle was filled with the raucous sound of insects and of birds calling to one another, the same as in the jungle in South and Central America. One year, we had a flock of colorful parrots land in our tree! Just as though we were living in the South American jungle. They rested there for a few minutes, and then took off again on their migratory flight to somewhere else.

I've been to Busch Gardens in Florida. I've seen the parrot shows, which are remarkable, and floated down a river on a glass bottom boat filled with alligator, the boat moving under low hanging branches, one with a snake coiled around a sturdy limb. The boatman brought us close so we could see the massive snake. The branch was dripping with Spanish moss and I worried to death the snake would fall off into the boat and we’d all have to jump into the alligator-filled river. I made reference to such an idea when Kat, the heroine of Savage Hunger, was thinking about what would happen if she shifted into a jaguar on a river boat and all the people made a hasty retreat into the caiman-filled water. See where I get my ideas from? Real life!

It was NOT a Disney excursion either where the snakes, and alligators, and pirates are pretend.

Oh, sure, you say—but did you ever see a water moccasin or a rattlesnake where you lived? My father once pulled a minnow bucket from our canal, intending to go fishing with his buddies. No minnows were inside, but he did one cottonmouth with venomous fangs curled up inside the bucket. Cottonmouth is another name for water moccasin. And a rattlesnake? A couple of boys came pounding on our door, showed us the five-foot long rattlesnake they’d killed in our front yard and asked if they could keep it.

I guess they figured since it was on our property, it was ours. We figured they’d killed it, it was THEIRS, and by all means, take it AWAY!

Those are just a few experiences from my “jungle” growing up. 

  • What about you? Are you prepared to take a wild trip to the jungle?


Thanks so much, Sia, for having me here today, and one lucky person that answers my question will have a chance to win a copy of Savage Hunger.US/Canada Addresses Only.
 



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SAVAGE HUNGER 

As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous...

Speedy and stealthy...
Fierce, independent, and wild...

As a man he is passionate and powerful...

Willful and wonderful...
And he'll stop at nothing to protect what's his...

The Amazon jungle holds many dangers, as Kathleen McKnight well knows after her mission to bring down a drug cartel goes horribly wrong, leaving her the only survivor on her team. Determined to find the mysterious man who saved her, she returns to the jungle a year later only to find it holds more secrets than she could have ever imagined. 

Since saving Kathleen, jaguar shifter Connor Anderson hasn't been able to get her out of his mind. When she returns to the jungle to seek him out, he only knows one thing: that he must claim her for his own. 

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has captured hearts worldwide by wrapping the realities of nature into the glorious romance of the wild. Now, she turns her award—winning imagination from the sexy werewolf hunt to the intense sizzle of jaguar shape-shifters.





Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .

7 comments:

~Sia McKye~ said...

Terry, I loved this one. Especially loved how you allow the reader to discover the jaguar world along with the characters.

Friday is a long workday for me but I'll be checking in now and then throughout the day!

DonnaGalanti said...

Sia, Terry's book sounds delish...jaguar shifter? Oooh. I was stationed on Oahu in the Navy and there was a jungle feel there. The giant flying palmetto bugs that would crawl everywhere at night. One flick of the light out back and you'd see them crawling. Ick. The wet, tropical jungle hikes we'd take through near-imperceptible paths to reach a waterfall oasis deep in the forest. Now I can see the jaguar shifter there. Good luck on your series, Terry!

Terry Spear said...

Hey, Sia, thanks so much for having me back, and I'm so glad you loved Savage Hunger! :) No coffee with our thoughts this morning??? :) I have to run a wizard bear to the post office. He's found a home in South Africa!

Thanks, Donna! How interesting! Yes, those palmetto bugs are awful!!! I loved the islands! A jaguar shifter there would be fun! :) Thanks! Terry

~Sia McKye~ said...

Terry, I set two cups of coffee on the table and provided you with a comfy chair and a nice view.

Woo-hoo on the bear--your babies are going worldwide. :-)

diva donna said...

YES, As long as I'm riding in a covered vehicle. All that I needed to read was poisonous snakes. I can't take it no more. I grew up finding wild life Slittering in my bed or swimming in my bath tub when I wanted to take a bath. So taking snapping turtles out of the bath tub was normal. I had a strange brother. So, I'm just happy to read about it now. So I'd really rather have the jaguar shifter out of the jungle. OK, I'll let him have a Jungle room in our home. A waterfalls Shower. He can even sleep in a Hammock. But I'll stay out of the real deal. LOL I still have nightmares of the crawly things I found in my bed. BUT, I love your stories. They really bring this too life.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pass on the snakes. We get enough of those in our yard!

Terry Spear said...

Thanks, Sia! Yeah, that's the 2nd time they've gone to South Africa, had one recently go to France, and before that: Russia, Kazakasthan, China, Belgium, Australia twice, and Canada! So it's fun!

Donna, too awful! You poor thing. Yes, I so agree that enjoying the great outdoors jungle life in a story can be the best way to explore that world! :) Thanks for loving my stories!

Here too, Alex.