Aidan’s breath came out in a frosty mist as he continued
making his way down. Seeing the deep never-ending chasm on either side of their ledge, he
felt his blood turn to ice. He was afraid one misstep by either of them while they attempted to
shift and dress could mean their demise.
“If we have to, we can call for a helicopter rescue,” Ted said.
“Not when any of us are wolves, we can’t.” Aidan looked
down, another fifteen feet, or so, to go. He wasn’t even sure he could stand on the ledge with
them, or if Holly or Nick would have the strength to climb up, even with the aid of the rope.
Had she ever climbed an ice mountain before?
Nick had the gear, so he probably knew how to climb, but
could he? Aidan noticed the way he was holding his front paw, not resting it firmly on the ice,
and that indicated he’d injured it. Aidan couldn’t see a break. Maybe a light sprain, or a bad
one. He hoped he was wrong.
He moved carefully down a few more feet, shaking loose
more snow. He was sweating, despite the cold. When he finally reached them, they tried to
make room for him. Snow fell from their wolf coats and showered down into the dark abyss.
He didn’t want them to move an inch, yet there was barely
any room for him too, and the extra weight on the shelf concerned him. He tried to cling partly
to the snow wall behind him, and began to remove the pack, holding onto the ice pick stuck in
the ice at the same time. Everything was a struggle. He kept worrying he’d lose the pack and
then somehow, he’d have to carry them up using the rope. He couldn’t think like that. Only
Holly shifted. He hadn’t wanted her to shift yet. But she took
up less space in her human form, and she could help him with the pack. She took hold of it
and set it at her feet, then began pulling out clothes to wear. “Are you injured?” Aidan asked
“I’m fine, scrapes and bruises, but fine.” Holly yanked on one
of Nick’s long sweaters.
Aidan managed to carefully maneuver onto the ice ledge, the
cleats helping to keep him from slipping, but Holly was in bare feet, the cold hard on her feet,
and even with socks on, she was at risk for slipping.
He reached her, pulled her into his arms, and gave her a
kiss. “God, you scared me. Both of you.” He pulled off the parka, then helped her into it. “I
need you to go up first. Can you climb?”
“I watched you come down.”
Which meant the only training she had was his one
demonstration. He couldn’t risk her going up by herself. It just would be too dangerous. “Okay,
Nick, can you climb up with an injured wrist?” Aidan asked.
I love action-packed scenes that create conflict and show
off the characters' mettle. How do they cope with the trouble? How do they work together
with each other? Do they fall apart as a couple? Or do they team up to get out of the
I watch all kinds of true life stories of people who are in peril.
One of the shows was about couples on a first date and the trouble they get into. In one case,
it was a couple who went on a tour of a state park, and instead of staying with the tour group,
they wandered off, heard a waterfall, and tried to find it. They finally did, but a couple of days
after they got lost. Did they continue to date once they were finally rescued? No. But in
another case, the couple were stuck on the side of a mountain during a brutal snowstorm that
wouldn't let up. For them, they realized they'd kept each other alive during the ordeal and they
married and lived happily ever after.
So that's the fun of putting people in peril and seeing how
they deal with it. Are they ready to throw their partner to the wolves? Or will they do
everything they can to see that they both make it out alive?
Everyone goes through perilous situations. Here’s a personal
example. One time when I was about twelve, I had swum way, way, way out past the jetty
where they would pull in sharks at times and I didn't even realize I was out that far in the black,
very deep ocean.
My mom stayed on shore with my sister. My dad, who wasn't
the best of swimmers, started out after me, stopping to call my name, trying to get my
attention. He didn't want to swim out as far as I had, afraid he couldn't make it back to shore. I
was floating on my back, my ears under water. When I finally looked up and heard him, I
couldn't believe how far out I was. It was really frightening, knowing all kinds of things lived in
the Atlantic Ocean, and I was so tiny way out there. Dad couldn't have rescued me if I had
panicked. I began to swim back to shore. My only thought as I sawm, "I can do this. Don't
worry about what's in the water. I can do this." Of course in a different situation, things could
be a lot different, but in that one, I had to keep a cool head, if I was going to make it back to
shore safely. I finally did, and I always was well aware of where I was at all times after that.
It's okay to be scared. It's normal. And that's what I show
with the characters in this story. They have good reason to be scared, but you have to do the
best you can do to save yourself in a situation like that.
Have you ever been in a situation where you didn't know if
you were going to make it? If so, did you panic? Or keep calm and do the best you could?
Billionaire Wolf Book 2
When the wolves' own blood betrays them, they risk their lives to find a miracle.
Wolf shifter Dr. Aidan Denali has been working day and night to find a cure for werewolves'
alarmingly sudden decline in lifespan. The key to the problem eludes him. But when Aidan
grudgingly leaves his work to do some holiday shopping, he meets a remarkable she-wolf
whose mysterious pack could bring him one step closer to the answer.
Dr. Holly Gray is thrilled to meet the wolf who's been working so hard to help others. Now, it's
her turn to help him. But while their attraction is sizzling, the packs are at odds, and the
danger is increasing. It's going to take a holiday miracle for Holly and Aidan to get themselves
—and their loved ones—out of this alive...
Billionaire Wolf series:
Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing (Book 1)
A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas (Book 2)
Paranormal Romance | Romance Paranormal [Sourcebooks
Casablanca, On Sale: September 25, 2018, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 978149265584 /
bestselling author Terry Spear
has written over two dozen
paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF
was named a Publishers Weekly
Best Book of the Year. A retired
officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have
found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
21 comments posted.
I've never read a book with shifters, but I think it's time for me to try one. This one sounds interesting.
(Anna Speed 12:21pm September 29)
I used to love camping in parks but we were careful to stay safe. Fear is a strange thing.
(Debra Guyette 7:50am September 30)
Although I have been lucky, my son has been in peril many times in the military and then as a police detective.
(Sharon Mitchell 9:52pm September 30)
Yes. I was in a headon collision when I was nineteen. I did everything that I could to avoid the accident. Then I prayed and closed my eyes. You are not suppose to close your eyes. I would love to read this book.
(Cynthia Cook 11:46pm September 30)
The instances I can think of all involve our children. Our oldest daughter was
just in kindergarten at the time and our other daughter was a baby. We had
talked about swimming lessons and I said I would pick her up for lessons when
they started. She thought that meant it started the next day and did not get on
the school bus to come home. The bus came, the stop was across the street
form the house, but she didn't come to the house. I called a few neighbors to
see if she had gone home with their children. No luck. I called the school and
she wasn't there. They called back to say the teacher had taken her out to the
bus. I called the security police (we lived on an Air Force base) to let them
know and have them look for her in case she got off at a different bus stop. I
also had them contact the city police. It was mid-January and about 10
degrees. I called my husband, but he was at work in a place he couldn't leave. I
didn't dare leave the house in case she came home. After what seemed like an
eternity but was likely only 30 to 45 minutes or so, I got a phone call from a
man at a local garage. It seems she had tried to walk home and they found her
in the snowbank outside their shop. She was so cold and frightened, they
couldn't understand what she said until she warmed up a little. A Sgt. from the
base had been there when they found her and helped out. He brought her
home (I never got the chance to say no, she wasn't supposed to get in cars with
strangers). It was such a relief to have her back. You want to hug them
because you are happy and punish them for what they did. This was back in
1978 or '79. Concern was there, but if it happened in today's world, I would be
in full panic mode. What was really sad, was she walked right by my
grandmother's (her great grandmother's) house and didn't realize it. It was just
a block from the school.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:15pm October 1)