Terry Spear | Why Werewolves in Scotland???
June 8, 2011
I've written about Highlanders in medieval times, vampire Highlanders even, so
why not Highland werewolves, too?
In truth, I have a whole lot of Highland roots,—the daughter of the duke
of Argyle who married the commoner MacNeill and ended up in Prince Edward
Island—and many more Scots like the famous and infamous Playfairs and my
Hawthorns who were in Ireland first, so it seems only logical that I would set a
Highland romance involving werewolves there, too. The only problem being is that
though Highlanders are still in abundance, real wolves are not.
The problem with that? What if a non-werewolf type Highlander see wolves running
across the moor? Right. So it can be a bit of a problem. And there's still clan
conflict going on. So I enjoyed showing clan disputes in the form of werewolf
Have I been to the Highlands? Ah yes, last year in October, the most beautiful
time of year for me. To my surprise, castle gardens were full of flowers and
though the Scots everywhere were nice enough to apologize for their overcast
weather, I loved it. In Central Texas, where it was still hot and sunny, I was
glad to get away from the heat and sun and enjoy the overcast, gorgeous fall
Scottish weather. It reminded me of Oregon where others of my werewolf ilk live.
Only they don't wear kilts.
I loved seeing the varied terrain, the lush green hills that we could climb
forever, like the Fairy Glen, and watch a waterfall in the distance, the lovely
forests, and rivers, the long-haired Highland cows, and the buildings that were
all in ancient stone that made me feel as though I'd been sent back in time.
Whereas in America where every building is different, making for a hodgepodge of
materials and building styles, in Scotland, everything seemed so much more
uniform, the rock facades, and roofing materials, the layout and design of the
buildings. It felt unified rather than discordant, everything was very clean and
neat and orderly, and I loved it.
Small courtyards of flowers sat across a road from little homes all in a row,
and nearby a castle could be seen. It was truly remarkable to realize just how
ancient the civilization was—how thousands of years earlier clan fights
were going on. Battles between countries. How wild and untamed everything would
have been. And even back in medieval times, wolves, real wolves, would have
I imagined while walking up a winding, narrow staircase in one of the castles,
what it would have been like to have been defending one's home against an
invader, how it would have been to have lived without a lot of amenities. I
thought the same as I peered out arrow holes where the defender would shoot his
arrow at the enemy. Or later at the rounded holes where guns were used in
fighting. And then there were the slots in the wall that were used as a place
for a man to relieve himself—nope, no tube to carry away anything to ye
old septic system. It would all just run down the outside of the building.
So in my stories with the Highland werewolves, the castle has been updated
significantly. The heroine does sense the same as I do as I wander over grounds
that are old as time, the feeling that the ghosts of people of the past have
passed this way. And in this story, there is a ghost, too. No respectable
medieval castle would be caught dead without a ghost...or two. But there is only
one in this story.
The past and the present combine to make this a true Highland story of love and
passion and destines unfulfilled, whether all the parties believe in them or
The series continues with the next youngest brother Duncan, who is still after
the money Silverman stole from their clan. His story takes him to an island
paradise. Which was also a lot of fun. How does a Highland warrior wolf manage
in the Grand Cayman Islands? Well, first there's a major distraction at the
airport—an American she-wolf, all by herself. But not for long.
So why Highland werewolves?
Highlanders are intrinsically sexy. Make them Highland werewolves on top of
that? Hmm-hmm, the perfect combination.
If you love Highlanders who are hot and sexy and protective and endearing...and
a little bit bossy, take a chance at the wilder side—a Highlander wolf in
HEART OF THE HIGHLAND
WOLF BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES JUNE 2011
Each holds a secret they can't possibly overcome alone...
Julia Wildthorn is sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic, but
reluctant laird Ian MacNeill may be the key to unlocking the one answer she
really wants discovered...
From brilliant storyteller Terry Spear, modern day werewolves meet the rugged
Highlands of Scotland, where instinct meets tradition, and clan loyalties give a
whole new meaning to danger...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA
from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer with a PW Best Book of 2008 (HEART OF THE WOLF), she
writes paranormal romance as well as
historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives
in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, Facebook, Twitter and Smashwords
What do you think about Highland werewolves? Tell us and two will win a copy
of HEART OF THE HIGHLAND
45 comments posted.
Re: Terry Spear | Why Werewolves in Scotland???
Well I have to say I agree that both Highlanders and Werewolves are yummy sexy and together that doulbe whammy would definately be unresisable. If you have an extra send him my way and I will make sure he stays happy.
(Patti Paonessa 10:04am June 2, 2011)
I love highlanders and wolfs so them in one is the greatest. I would love to win it
but even if i don't i love terry's books so i will buy it.
(Wendy Tranah 9:59pm June 5, 2011)
I've been meaning to read some books about Highlanders and I've read a few about werewolves, together they sound pretty awesome!
(Jessica Sutton 5:57am June 8, 2011)
I have Highland roots as well. Historical novels are my favorite reading.
(Marjorie Carmony 6:41am June 8, 2011)
I love the idea of combining werewolves and highlanders, they are two of my favorites anyway. I would love to read this book.
(Debbie Penny 6:46am June 8, 2011)
I can't wait to read your book. I love highlanders and with werewolves,WOW! great
(Frances Namuth 8:24am June 8, 2011)
Who doesn't love highlanders and wolves? Put them together and it sounds like a hit. Can't wait to read it.
(Barbara Hanson 8:39am June 8, 2011)
The cover of your book is awesome and I love the premise! Your description of Scotland makes it sound so beautiful, wish I could go some day. Good luck in your future endeavors!
(Renee Pajda 8:51am June 8, 2011)
I would certainly think that if a werewolf is anywhere, it would be in an area like
the Scottish Highlands. Just that background would seem to add even more of a
"chill" to the book! (Shiver!)
(Connie Fischer 8:53am June 8, 2011)
I believe that the setting is more plausible for werewolves to exist. They have the rolling hills, the castles, and the many wooded areas which would make it the perfect areas for them to survive and thrive. It is a wonderful place, as well as a descriptive one to be able to write a book regarding how werewolves can survive in such a beautiful setting. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Congratulations on your latest book of the series.
(Peggy Roberson 9:05am June 8, 2011)
I just love werewolves. I've ordered your book.
(Lisa Diel 9:13am June 8, 2011)
I love anything Highlander..I haven't read any of your books but I have started collecting them now..I would love to the chance to add to my collection..Thank you
(Leisa Prater 9:33am June 8, 2011)
Sexy, muscled men with swords? And werewolves? Sounds like a great story to me!
(Debbie Burdeen 10:05am June 8, 2011)
Well... I like sexy werewolves and I have nothing against sexy men either. :) So why not combine them and get all in one book? :)
(May Pau 10:13am June 8, 2011)
I love your reasons why regarding werewolve highlanders. The trip to Scotland sounds fun...
(G. Bisbjerg 10:20am June 8, 2011)
I am intrigued!!!
(Cheryl Castings 10:50am June 8, 2011)
I love anything Highlander and werewolves just ask to be added. Can't wait!
(Renee Brown 11:20am June 8, 2011)
I think this is a great combination, and I would love to read it too!
(Debra Simning-Chapman 12:41pm June 8, 2011)
Wouldn't a better question be "Why NOT Werewolves in Scotland?" ESPECIALLY in the Highlands and Islands!!
Oh, dear. Now I really want to go back!!!
(Lynn Rettig 1:08pm June 8, 2011)
i think it's about time someone wrote a book like this!
it sounds wonderful and i can't wait to read it.
(Tammy Ramey 1:19pm June 8, 2011)
I am in love with this book already just by looking at that cover! :) Love Highlanders, love werewolves, add them together and oh my! I want!
(Colleen Conklin 1:29pm June 8, 2011)
If a Highlander werewolf looks like that cover candy then I am definitely on board. Woooweee!
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 2:12pm June 8, 2011)
I would love to win this book. I cannot wait to read it.
Please enter me in your contest.
(Geraldine Pierson 2:26pm June 8, 2011)
I would love to win this book. I love vampires and the highlander themes
(Jodi Schulman 3:13pm June 8, 2011)
I just finished reading Six Moon Summer and now I really want to sink my teeth into another werewolf book. Thanks for the chance!
(Birgit Lehner 3:33pm June 8, 2011)
Highlander werewolves sound amazing. What a great combination. I would love to read this book. Awesome cover.
(Crystal Broyles 3:41pm June 8, 2011)
Both are great on their own so it has to be just as great when the two are combined into one.
(Leni Kaye 4:30pm June 8, 2011)
1st I love all of your books.
2nd I can't wait to read your new book!!!
(Jennifer Beck 5:38pm June 8, 2011)
sorry forgot to say after i read your books i can't wait until another one comes out. i thank you or great!!
(Jennifer Beck 5:40pm June 8, 2011)
I love reading about sexy Highlanders,the cover is great.Thanks for giving me a chance to win your book.
(Linda Hall 5:41pm June 8, 2011)
Oh, I think I would like anything Highland - why not werewolves!
(Jeanne Sheats 6:16pm June 8, 2011)
Enjoyed your post. Book sounds like a great read.
(Sheila True 6:37pm June 8, 2011)
I love anything highlands, the covers of the books oh wow
(Lynn Lanzon 6:39pm June 8, 2011)
I love the Highlander Werewolves; I've been reading Terry Spears since her first werewolf and still love them.
(Diane Sadler 7:15pm June 8, 2011)
Gee, I think werewolves are scary enough, but they have to come from somewhere. Why not the Highlands and show off those kilts and kneesox.
(Alyson Widen 7:32pm June 8, 2011)
What a concept! Love Highlanders and wolves are so gorgeous! You've got a winner here!
(Diane Sallans 8:01pm June 8, 2011)
If werewolves are a given, why not Highland werewolves?
(Carol Drummond 8:43pm June 8, 2011)
Highlanders & werewolves actually sounds like a good fit.
(Mary Preston 8:59pm June 8, 2011)
Why Not werewolves and scotland, Thay are my favorite things to have in a romance book.
I love your books and can't wait to read the newest one in this series.
(Vickie Hightower 9:28pm June 8, 2011)
I love men in kilts ,so sexy. As werewolves, just makes it more exciting.
(Deb Pelletier 10:08pm June 8, 2011)
I don't care at all for vampires, demons, wizards, etc., but I have a pronounced interest in werewolves. Even before I got hung up on Kelley Armstrong's werewolf series, I'd read and enjoyed some others. A kilt-wearing werewolf sounds very "intriguing," to say the least.
(Sigrun Schulz 12:37pm June 9, 2011)
Love highlanders and paranormals, whether vampire, shifter, demon, etc. so to combine these are definately something I would be interested in. Who would not love a hot, alpha shifter in a kilt?
(June A, Manning 3:40am June 9, 2011)
I love a man in a kilt - sexy, muscled.. there is just something to it, explains my addiction to such festivals to in such sights. The idea of a werewolf... I have a fever. I can see the reasons, the hills, the moors, the sweat, the hair.. umm.. this is certainly a great combination.
(Carla Carlson 8:31am June 9, 2011)
I love highlanders and werewolfs are getting up there too! It started with the vampires and now the werewolfs are just getting crazy sexy!
(Darci Paice-Bailey 9:28am June 9, 2011)
Having a kilted werewolf as a hero is like having a double
dose of alpha male! Now who wouldn't love that?
(Heather Fulcher 1:01am June 12, 2011)
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