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Welcome to “Crafty Authors Coffee Time with Tamye”. I’m super excited about our special guest today. She is the second Coastal Magic Convention 2017 “Featured Author” to join me for chit-chat, coffee, and crafts by the beach.
I met Terry Spear “in person” at the Coastal Magic Convention this past February, in Daytona Beach, but we had already met online back in June of 2014 when she joined my Books, Coffee, and Crafts Facebook group. In fact, she’s one of our charter members. From there we became friends, and not only did I discover that she writes wonderful books, but she makes the most adorable teddy bears. I have one of her woody bears, and my daughter and granddaughter have a custom set that Terry worked hard to meet my somewhat challenging specifications. I knew she could do it. And she did, magnificently. So when I was asked which of CMC2017’s featured authors I wanted to host on this segment, Terry’s was one of the first to come to mind.
Since I don’t expect Terry for a few more minutes, let me tell you a bit about her.
Terry Spear is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes urban fantasy and Highland medieval romance: hot wolves, jaguar shifters, medieval Highlanders and lots more. She also pens young adult paranormal romance. She has over fifty paranormal books to her name, earned Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of the Year, and has been featured in The International Wolf Magazine, Woman’s World and BGS Book Review Magazine. She creates award-winning teddy bears in the heart of Texas and gardens. She retired from USAR after rappelling, mountain climbing, learning water survival, qualifying with a number of firearms, survived the obstacle courses, leadership reaction courses and confidences courses – and knows if she can do it, her characters can overcome any obstacle she puts in their path.
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Here are a few places you can connect with Terry Spear:
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Terry Spear is one of my go-to authors. I never pass up one of her books in the store. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading her books, then you definately want to grab one soon. You won’t be disappointed.
(Oh, look here comes Terry now, and she’s brought the boys. Tanner and Max, two of the cutest little pooches I’ve seen.) I love getting her blog posts, or checking out her facebook page, because chances are high that one or both will be featured in a picture or video.
With a hug for Terry, and a belly rub for the boys, we settle down to enjoy our drinks (lavender tea for Terry, and coffee with cream for me), a nice chat, and a few fun surprises for everyone. So make sure you read till the end or you might miss something really fun.
Thanks for joining me and my readers today, Terry. I’m so thrilled you’ll be attending Coastal Magic as a “Featured Author” this coming February. I had a wonderful time last year. I was so nervous it being my first convention, but everyone was so nice and friendly. I couldn’t have picked a better event to test the waters. How many years have you attended?
This will be my third. I love it! Love the area and the hotel, the people, Jennifer. It’s just all great fun.
What is one of your favorite things about Coastal Magic?
Location, location, location!
If you could put a word in the event coordinators ear, what would you ask she do, or do differently?
I wouldn’t. I love everything she does.
What tip would you give to people new to a reader/author conference? (Me, I would suggest they bring a tote bag or something to have everyone sign. Besides the bag they get to put all their swag in.)
That’s a great idea! Dress comfortably! The year before last, it was nice weather. But this past year it was cold. So be prepared for the changing weather. Otherwise, just enjoy!
What I love so much about this conference is that it’s primarily paranormal. Which is primarily what I write and I love connecting with readers and authors of the paranormal!
You and me both, Terry. My favorite genre is paranormal. Although I also love Urban Fantasy, and romance in almost any sub-genre. As long as you give me a happy ending, and a well written book, I’m happy.
Come join us at the Coastal Magic Convention, this February in Daytona Beach. It’s going to be an absolute blast. #CMCon2017
Don’t miss your chance to meet over 50 fabulous urban fantasy, paranormal, and romance authors at Coastal Magic next February! This super casual book-lover weekend happens on Daytona Beach, and gives everyone the chance to hang out with fellow readers and amazing storytellers.
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Now that we’ve established that Coastal Magic is the place to be this coming February, can you tell everyone a little about the book you’ll be releasing next month, Terry?
I’d be happy to, Tamye. A Very Jaguar Christmas will release on October 4, 2016. But it’s available for pre-order now. It’s the fifth book in my Heart of the Jaguar series, and if you haven’t guessed by the title, it’s a Christmas book.
A Very Jaguar Christmas
Book 5 of 5 in Heart of the Jaguar
There are all kinds of surprises under the mistletoe!
As a protector of all jaguar-kind, Guardian agent Demetria MacFarlane isn’t surprised to get a call near Christmas-but when she’s sent to protect a cub whose species she didn’t even know existed, her holiday season gets complicated. And it doesn’t help that her partner is a distraction of the hottest kind.
Hotshot JAG agent Everett Anderson can handle dangerous poachers and wildlife traffickers, no problem…but kids? Everett fears he’ll be stuck cub-sitting under the Christmas tree, but working with one sexy Guardian she-cat may be the best present he’s ever gotten.
Praise for A Silver Wolf Christmas:
“Another awesome paranormal romance from Terry Spear.” –Night Owl Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Reviewer Top Pick!
Praise for Jaguar Pride:
“The unexpected surprises included in this installment of the Heart of the Jaguar series are enough to make readers’ jaws drop… Spear’s latest is chilling and thrilling from start to finish – and fans of bad-ass cats will revel in each minute, clawing their way to the finish.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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That sounds awesome, Terry. I can’t wait to read A Very Jaguar Christmas. But then again. I love all your books. I was thrilled when I ran across Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing at the store. Then to find out you were sending me a copy of a recent interview with Rafe Denali. I was in heaven. Thanks! You are my hero.
Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing
July 5, 2016
First in a BRAND-NEW SERIES about filthy rich werewolves and the women who are more than their match.
Billionaire werewolf Rafe Denali always gets what he wants, and he always trusts his gut. When sexy she-wolf Jade Ashton nearly drowns outside his beach house, he knows better than to bring her into his life. But there’s something about the fierce wolf that triggers his most primal instincts…and having seen her, he knows she will be his.
Even if she’s hiding a dark secret that could get them killed…
An Interview with Billionaire Rafe Denali
Reporter: You probably are asked all kinds of questions about how you made your money, who you’re dating—
Rafe: I have a wife, Jade, so that’s no longer an issue.
Reporter: And that’s just why I had some other questions in mind. I’ve seen your son and he’s the spitting image of you. Because you are so rich, he can have anything he wants in the world. Is there one thing he prizes more than anything else?
Rafe: Family. As it is for all of us.
Reporter: Right, but he’s a kid. So what…well, does he take with him places, or sleep with?
Rafe: I’d have to say a blue rainbow teddy bear. He calls him Buddy. Because that’s what he is. His buddy. He also has a green and blue dinosaur named Dino, but Buddy has to go with him everywhere.
Reporter: All right then. So teddy bears and dinosaurs aren’t out of fashion yet. Getting back to you then, what was your favorite toy when you were growing up?
Rafe raised a brow.
Reporter: Aw, come now. Did you have a favorite blanket, stuffed toy, ball?
Rafe: We made do with nature’s playground. Camped, hiked, swam, fished. We didn’t have traditional toys.
Reporter: I see. You didn’t come from a wealthy background. You made the money all on your own. Which always intrigues people like me. Gives us hope that some of us can make it too. What do you think helped shape you from the time you were little to mold you into the man you are today, a member of the billionaire’s club?
Rafe: Did you ever have a dream of creating something bigger than yourself? Of crafting a better mousetrap? Of creating something original that would fill the needs of many? To love what you do because it brings joy to others?
Reporter: Okay, you’re getting into the heart and soul of the story. How you take crumbling businesses and turn them into parks and livable, workable space for people who would never be able to afford such a thing. I admire you for that. It must be your upbringing that brought you to that. Now, as to your wife, she crafts original creations also. Lingerie and specialty children’s clothes. As to the lingerie, does she model it for you before she tries to market it?
Rafe only gave him a wolfish smile back. He was done with the interview because he needed to approve some more of the silky creations that were all his lovely mate’s idea. Though he’d had his input a time or too.
Reporter: I’d say that answers all of my questions. And tell the little guy to give Buddy a hug for me. All little boys should have a teddy bear to love.
And a family too, Rafe knew.
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Creating a Teddy Bear by Terry Spear
Creating a teddy bear, and any other craft, is a labor of love. I’ve been making these for over thirty years! They’ve been featured in magazines and newspapers and found homes all over the world!
First, I cut out the fur. And then, I sew the parts on my machine.
Next, I find a good movie to watch, and take my bear parts into the living room to begin the stuffing process. Max and Tanner, my Havanese, also join me for every step of the process. In the sewing room, and now in the living room. It’s a family project you see.
There are quite a few steps from stuffing arms and legs, and then attaching them with joints. Then working on the head–putting in eyes, stuffing, and attaching it to the body.
You can see the bears for one order all laid out on my couch while I worked on them like an assembly line. Though I skip around sometimes. So you see the bears made and partially dressed in Steampunk costumes. The sherbet bears are partially completed, the one slumped over without his head yet.
I included another picture to show the finished hats for several Steampunk bears also, which is a major process from cutting, to sewing, to decorating (the really fun part!)
After the bears are all sewn up, I add the ears and the noses.
And then, I bring out my organized box of embroidery thread and begin to add names on their paws.
Last come the bows, tags, and the cards. 🙂
And there you have a bear. The large sherbet bear shows the fur in the beginning, to the finished bear.
A creation made with love to last a lifetime.
Terry, I can’t thank you enough for showing us how you make your adorable teddy bears. I know I will treasure mine forever and ever.
For anyone interested. Terry takes orders. Check out her website.
Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com
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Now for one last treat. Is anyone interested in some free books? No contest. No giveaway, or rafflecopter for you to enter. All you have to do is go to the participating eTailer of your choice and download any/or all of the five books that are currently free for a limited time. This is the first time they have ever been free, and they won’t be for long.
Heart of the Wolf
Book 1 in Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series
Their forbidden love may get them both killed.
Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack.
Devlyn is a beta male werewolf in a pack of grays.
Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home.
When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can’t resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death…
A sizzling paranormal romance based on extensive research on how wolves live and behave in the wild, creating a fascinating world of nature and fantasy.
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Heart of the Highland Wolf
Book 1 in Terry Spear’s Highland Wolf Series
It’s a matter of pride…
Modern day werewolf laird Ian MacNeill reluctantly allows a film production company to use his castle, but he knows his secretive clan has a big problem when a beautiful red werewolf female who insists she’s working on the film keeps showing up in the wrong places…and a matter of pleasure.
Julia Wildthorn is not who she says she is-she’s sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic for her grandfather and to do research for her next werewolf romance novel. When she catches a glimpse of Ian, she realizes he’s the perfect hero.
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Destiny of the Wolf
Book 1 in Terry Spear’s Silver Town Wolf Series
All she wants is the truth
Lelandi Wildhaven is determined to discover the truth about her beloved sister’s mysterious death. But everyone thinks she’s out to make a bid for her sister’s widowed mate.
He’s a pack leader tormented by memories
Darien Silver blames himself for his mate’s death. When her twin arrives in his town, he finds himself bewitched, and when someone attempts to silence her, he realizes that protecting the beautiful stranger might be the only way to protect his pack—and himself.
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A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing
Book 1 in Terry Spear’s SEAL Wolf Series
— A USA Today Bestseller!
Her instincts tell her he’s dangerous…
His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist…
While her overprotective brother’s away, Meara Greymere’s planning to play—and it wouldn’t hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she’s ever seen.
Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He’s a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet.
As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself.
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Book 1 in the Heart of the Jaguar Series
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.
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…
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Thanks for joining us today, Terry. I look forward to seeing you in Daytona come February.
For those that can’t make the convention, you can still join in the fun by joining our 2017 Featured Authors Reading Challenge. It’s open to everyone.
Thanks to everyone who joined us today. I always want to know what my readers think.
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