Terry Spear Countdown to Howl Blogger Hop

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Duncan MacNeill, hero of A Howl for a Highlander (in stores in February!) arrives on Grand Cayman Island, intending to locate the man who stole the Highland pack’s money and return their money to Scotland. Only he finds he’s without a room, and has the fortune to share a rental house with Shelley Campbell of Texas. He’s already warned her about swimming in the ocean at night—feeding time for the sharks, but does she listen?

When he sees her taking off for the surf, he’s got to end his call to his brother, letting him know all the trouble he’s had, and see to his roommate…

I think it is so fun when writing about characters to show what they think of themselves and how they’ll react to a situation, but also what others who know them well will believe. So when you read this excerpt in Duncan’s point-of-view, do you think his brother Ian has reason to worry about Duncan’s focus shifting to the she-wolf he’s staying with?

Excerpt from A Howl for a Highlander:

Duncan had been looking out the guest bedroom window, watching the waves roll in and the breeze toss the palm fronds like fluttering, dark green fans while he’d been telling his oldest brother, Ian, what he’d learned so far—about the woman he’d met in the bar and her ties to a man who worked for Silverman, the trouble he’d had with his hotel reservation, and his having to pay so much to share a villa with a wolf—when he saw Shelley wearing a shimmering, blue string bikini as she crossed the patio.

Ian asked him more about the she-wolf than about how far he was getting with the investigation. Ian’s focus on the female wolf rankled Duncan. Ian had to know a wolf wouldn’t sidetrack him. He didn’t think that staying with a female wolf should be of any consequence. Until he saw her leave the house wearing barely anything—an iridescent royal blue thong and a barely there halter top that together highlighted the swell of her breasts and her firm ass. He swore when she turned and leaned over to pick up a shell on the beach, and as she spoke to someone on the phone, she nearly fell out of the top.

“Duncan?” Ian said, breaking into Duncan’s spell-binding vision of the dark-haired mermaid headed for the water.

“Uh, I’ve got to go. My roommate insists on being shark bait, and I need to make sure she isn’t food for the fish. We’d never be able to afford the whole cost of this villa if she didn’t survive her swim. Talk to you when I have more news.”


Recognizing the laird’s warning tone of voice that would be followed by a stern reminder of duty, Duncan ended the call, unzipped his bag, and dug around in it until he could find the only pair of Bermuda shorts he’d brought on the trip. Now he wished he’d brought both pairs. He didn’t own a swimsuit, but he was rethinking that also.

He stripped down in record time, and after yanking on the shorts, he raced down the stairs to reach Shelley before she got into the water. He could imagine one little wave removing the tiny bit of cloth between her legs and the one barely covering her breasts. He smiled at the thought. He’d be there to rescue her. To hell with the bikini.

He tried not to look as anxious as he was to catch up to her, but when she waved her towel at him, he realized he should have thought to grab one from the upstairs bathroom.

When she told him it would cost him to share her towel, he asked, “How much?”

He wasn’t sure if she was teasing, but he was willing to pay anything to stay with her while she swam, whether his clan could afford it or not.

Smiling, she shook her head, the breeze seductively sweeping her auburn hair across her face. “You won’t even need it. Too many sharks out there. You won’t get wet.” She grabbed her hair and held it in abeyance, winked, turned, and continued to make her way through the sand to the water.

He smiled at her sassiness. She paused briefly to lay out her towel, bending over and making him growl low with desire. She didn’t look back at him—although she had to have figured out what her body was doing to his—and continued to the water.

When she was only a few feet from the surf, she suddenly dashed into it until she was wading waist deep in the water, her back to him.

He jogged to the water’s edge, felt how warm the waves were that caressed his bare toes, not anything like the Irish or North Seas, and ran in after her. Maybe if he got close to her and a wave snatched her bikini away, he’d be able to capture it. Nah, he really wouldn’t want to return it to her. Instead, he’d protectively cover her body from prying eyes—not that anyone could see them in the dark like this, except another wolf.

He was within arm’s length of her when she was up to her shoulders in water, and she squealed.

© Terry Spear, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2013




A Highland Wolf on a Mission…

Duncan MacNeill is hell-bent on catching the thief who’s stolen the clan’s fortune and run off to Grand Cayman Island. Duncan has rarely left his homeland and he couldn’t care less about an island paradise. He never expected to find a beautiful distraction who will show him just how appealing paradise can be…


Meets a Dangerous Distraction…

Lone wolf and botanist Shelley Campbell headed to the island to study the old growth forests. She didn’t count on meeting a handsome Highlander who can’t keep his paws off her.

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Praise for Terry Spear:

“Intense and swoon-inducing…The chemistry is steamy.”—USA Today Happy Ever After

“Fascinating characters and an exciting, action packed plot.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“Intriguing…The queen of werewolf drama Terry Spear provides a powerful take of love and war.”—Midwest Book Review

“Highlanders and werewolves. Be still my heart!”—The Good, the Bad, and the Unread


Follow Along the Countdown to Howl Book Blogger Hop!

Each blog will showcase Terry’s latest novel, A Howl for a Highlander, and offer Wolf Prize Packs of different books in Terry’s series!

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1/30       Urban Girl Reader http://www.urbangirlreader.com/



Bestselling and award-winning author 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 .


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Maria D.

I have all of the books in this series and can’t wait for this one to be released!

Terry Spear

Thanks, Maria!!! It was fun with having two of the Highland brothers coming out so close to each other. Cearnach’s will be Highland Werewolf Wedding and I loved putting him in a kilt first thing…though he soon takes it off…a wolf thing, you know!

Kaylyn D.

I think Ian should worry that Duncan is thinking with the wrong head. It sounds like he thinks the she-wolf is quite attractive.

Terry Spear

LOL, Kaylyn, Ian is!!! Duncan’s trying to tell him about the bad guy, Ian keeps asking him about the woman he’s shacking up with, and Duncan sees the she-wolf in a string bikini and that’s all she wrote–he quickly hangs up on his brother. Priorities, you know!!!

Texas Book Lover

Yep. I think he has a reason to be concerned. But it sounds like it’s gonna be a great read!

Thanks so much!

Terry Spear

Texas Book Lover, I think it’s important for guys to worry a little. 🙂


Definitely he has reason to be concerned, but it sounds like Duncan’s going to have fun getting into trouble!

Terry Spear

He is, he is, Rebe!


Thank’s for the giveaway. It sound like a great read!

Terry Spear

Thanks, Mirlou! Hope you try some! 🙂


Oh hecks yeah!!!! 🙂

Thanks for the great excerpt and congrats to Terry on the newest release! Sounds fantastic!

Terry Spear

LOL, thanks, Erin!

MArtha Lawson

Yes, I think he has reason to be concerned! Boy this one sounds awesome, can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance.

Terry Spear

He does have to be concerned. When she puts on her wolf coat, watch out. Same when she’s wearing a bikini… 🙂 Thanks, Martha!

Rana Adams

Thank you so much Miss Terry for sharing with us! I must say that is one super sexy cover and I cannot wait to read it!! Woof Woof! Happy writing to you.

Terry Spear

Hoooowwwwl, Rana! Gather the pack and you can have loads of fun!!! 🙂 I think Duncan’s a bit…tied up… 🙂 Thanks!

Ann S.

I haven’t read any of these books yet and after seeing what they are about I don’t know why. The cover of a Howl for a Highlander is great and the story sounds fantastic.

Terry Spear

Thanks, Ann, the great part is there are so many to read and you don’t have to wait for the next to come out!!! Hope you get a chance to read them! 🙂


Absolutely 😉 He’s a protective highlander and he’s definitely interested.
I’ve been interested in your books through Discover A New Love (Sourcebooks) and seeing the fun covers on the shelf. I’d love to win to get me started!

Terry Spear

I’ve got to get over there and do a special blog post. He is very protective. He will watch her, and you if you can slip in while she’s away… 🙂


Great excerpt!

Terry Spear


Karen Roma

Can’t wait for this next book!!

OMG….of course Ian should be worried! We all know these hot blooded wolves have sex on the brain.

Ian knows that better than anyone. LOL

Terry Spear

LOL, they do!!!! And Ian definitely should know!!! So he’s mucho worried about little brother, who isn’t so little. 🙂 Thanks, Karen!

Lori Meehan

I think Duncan should be afraid of the shewolf. Lol the book sounds good.

Terry Spear

He should be, but he’s panting too hard to pay attention! Thanks, Lori!

Barbara Elness

I think Ian should definitely worry about Duncan’s focus shifting, he’s not going to be thinking about anything but Shelley. 😀

Terry Spear

LOL, I agree, Barbara. And he definitely is. Especially when he is telling his brother something (and Ian IS the pack leader), and Duncan hangs up on him. Time to truly worry!


Thanks for the excerpt, and of course Duncan needs to be careful of the shewolf.

Terry Spear

She needs to be worried about him too…alpha to the max…when she’s not tripping him up. 🙂

Krissy Holstein

Oh yeah Ian definately should worry…Duncan’s mind is totally in the gutter. He is more worried about the she-wolf and her losing her bikini in the ocean than looking for a lead on their missing money….Should be another great book and I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Terry Spear

Hey, Krissy, do you blame him???? He’s only a Highland wolf after all!!! 🙂 LOL! Thanks!


I loved the excerpt. It is interesting to read the male point of view. I will have to add this one to my tbr list. 🙂

Terry Spear

Thanks, Starla! It is fun to see the situation from both sides of the story!! 🙂


Yes, I think so.


Terry Spear


Diane Sallans

Well, Duncan is certainly distracted, but I think he’ll get things taken care of anyway.
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Terry Spear

LOL, Diane, definitely. He can multiple task. 🙂

Sandy Lion

Duncan is defiantly having his priorities shifted in another direction with the presence of a little she-wolf. Things are going to get interesting. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Terry Spear

Hey, Sandy, most assuredly! 🙂


Duncan is going in a different direction. Leading with his heart when it comes to the she wolf.

Terry Spear

Exactly, Laura! And that’s important too!

Carol L

He’s a Highlander and a wolf, of course Ian has reason to worry. lol I LOVE it. I can sense this is going to be one hot story with these two. Congrats on the release and I cannot wait to read about Duncan .
Carol L.

Terry Spear

It is, Carol! They are trying to cool it, but it’s awfully hard to. 🙂

Christy Perry

I just loved, loved, loved this excerpt and POV! I think Ian should worry that his focus is currently on his she-wolf roommate, however I think this book is gonna be smoking HOT! I can’t wait to get my greedy little paws on it! Thanks so much for the interview and the chance to win 🙂

Terry Spear

LOL, Christy, you sound like a true wolf!!! 🙂

ryan snyder

haha. yes! he should most definitely be worried. I loved this POV. hehe.

Terry Spear

He’s bad, LOL, Ryan! 🙂 And hot. What do you expect from a Highland wolf?


I think he does.

Cant wait to read more!

Terry Spear

Thanks, Donna!


Yes I think he does.
Thanks for the chance to win!
I can’t wait to read this one!!

Terry Spear

With him, it definitely doesn’t stay under the covers! 🙂 Thanks, Natasha!

Janie McGaugh

Oh, yeah, Ian should definitely worry about Duncan.

Terry Spear

Janie, he is!!! 🙂 And he has every right to be! 🙂

Chelsea B.

Of course!! 😉
This series sounds amazing!


Yes, I thing Ian has reason to worry! Enjoy paranormal romance and would love to win your books. Thanks for the giveaway.

Vanessa N.

Great excerpt. Yes, I think he should be worried at first but u believe he’ll work everything out.


Terry Spear

Chelsea, thanks!

BookLady, I so agree!

Vanessa, he will !!! 🙂


Sounds like a good series. Wish more of your books were available as audio books

Terry Spear

I do too, Amie!!! I love audiobooks. I’m working on getting some of the YA in audio. And I’m working on the Highland Rake for the Highland series, the first 2 that are in audio. 🙂