Why Jacob Black and Bella Swan Would Never Work as a Romantic Couple

The whole idea of Teams is ridiculous. Readers of the series know how it ends and the folly of picking Teams is apparent. There was never any question Bella would wind up with Edward. Sure, you could pick Team Jacob for his hot body and delicious muscles, but picking Team Jacob because he and Bella make sense is ludicrous and here are 5 reasons why: (spoilers ahead)

1.     Jacob is a werewolf.

It’s not so much that he’s a werewolf, so much as what being a werewolf in Stephenie Meyer’s world implies. At least with Edward, Bella had a chance to become immortal too and eventually this chance is realized. With Jacob she’d grow old and he wouldn’t even start to age until he could go long periods of time without shifting. If Bella hated the thought with Edward, there’s no way she’d stand for it with Jacob, especially when Jacob can’t change her into a werewolf too.

2.     Jacob would imprint.

Another downside to the Jacob and Bella relationship is that eventually, like the rest of his furry brothers, Jacob would imprint. It might not be right away, he might have to wait for her to be born as with the case of Renesmee. But we’re assuming Bella doesn’t stay with Edward so the example should be Quil and Claire. That’d leave Bella alone… Jacobless and Edwardless, which would never work.

3.     Jacob is too pushy.

Edward has his faults, but Jacob’s pushiness makes Bella extremely uncomfortable. She can’t handle it and she doesn’t like it. If a fist in the face doesn’t bring home these facts to Jacob, he’s clearly clueless and will continue in said pushy behavior (as he does in Eclipse manipulating a kiss at the end of the novel) until he ultimately pushed Bella too far and eventually away.

4.     Jacob is beyond reckless.

He’s not worried about his life and safety and takes unnecessary risks. It might be thrilling at first, but over the long haul it’s not what Bella’s looking for. If you look at his behavior at the end of Eclipse you can see where his foolishness gets him – critically hurt and even then he doesn’t take it seriously. Bella would be constantly looking out for him in a manner similar to how she looks after her parents. She needs someone like Edward who’s willing to tone down his wildness and to act like an adult.

5.     Jacob doesn’t get it.

Love means something else to him than it does to Bella and he simply doesn’t get it. He’s in the middle of puppy love, not adult love when it comes to his feelings for Bella. Why else would he run off and face down a hoard of Newborns instead of staying with Bella when she clearly doesn’t want him to go?

Conclusion: It’s as clear as the snout on a werewolf’s face that Bella and Jacob never had a shot of everlasting and true love.

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Get into Bed with Terry Spear (Author Interview 3)

Terry squirms in her seat while she looks about nervously. The sound of an overhead skylight sliding open startles her. I watch intently as the new moon casts its glow over Terry’s skin; while I wait. I have a theory I’m hoping to confirm. That Ms. Spear is a royal lupus garou with mostly werewolf genetics. Fifteen minutes have elapsed. A slow Grinch-like grin spreads across my face. So, did this famous author shapeshift during the new moon? Is she a royal as I’ve suspected all along? Sorry folks! Terry Spear had me sign a non-disclosure form before agreeing to this interview.

I love getting into bed with Ms. Spear because her skin is a lot warmer than other authors. As I scuttle closer to her, I can hear what can only be described as growling. Just to be on the safe side, I’ll stick to the edge of the bed.

Terry: First off, it’s very, very important for interviewees to sign non-disclosure forms before agreeing to interviews. Just in case! I mean, look at what happened to one interviewee who appeared in Rolling Stone without having such a clause. So yes, never know what might get me into trouble. Not that I have anything to hide, mind you.

But just a word to the wise, royals can change at will—new moon, full moon, waxing or waning. With having very few human genetics messing up the mix, they have a LOT of control over their shapeshifting abilities. So they don’t have to change unless they get provoked…I mean, want to. Now, you might ask why then do I have a skylight in my house? I’m pointedly pointing at the nondisclosure form.

And secondly, I really wasn’t squirming or acting nervous. The bed had a lump in it. Have you ever heard of The Princess and the Pea saga? That’s me! So I was trying to get comfortable. Just wanted to make that clear. How would it sound if a werewolf writer was nervous about such an inconsequential thing as a skylight? Now, if I were trying to hide the fact I was a vampire and the daylight was appearing… I’d probably be nervous.

Let me back up and clarify, I’m a writer of werewolves, not a werewolf writer as in WEREWOLF writer. Just so we have that clear.

Thirdly, I most assuredly did not growl at any time during the interview. I was clearing my throat before I answered the questions. That’s what it was. It might have come out sounding like a low growl, but…it most definitely was not. Never… Throat clearing. Beyond a doubt.

I have to say though, Susan, I’m loving the interview already and I haven’t even begun!!

Susan: If I were to gaze into a crystal ball and say, “Seduced by the Wolf!” what would I see?

Terry: Leidolf Wildhaven, red werewolf, and brother to Lelandi Wildhaven from Destiny of the Wolf, is dealing with a mess of problems. First, poor guy, he’s a loner wolf who’s taken on a pack of trouble. Remember one of the werewolf killers from Legend of the White Wolf? Well, he’s back. And then there’s the issue of a bunch of cowed subleaders who were abused by the previous pack leader in Heart of the Wolf, and a bright star on the horizon, Cassie Roux, red lupus garou, who’s a wolf biologist, trying to save wolves from extinction. Only Leidolf has other notions, and they definitely don’t fit into Cassie’s scheme of things. But some of the leftover troubles the pack had in Heart of the Wolf are still plaguing this pack, and although Leidolf is a real alpha, he’s got some real beta tendencies when it comes to taking in problem cases. Remember zoo man Thompson? He returns also. Add to that some teen angst, and it’s a fun tale of wolves and werewolves and a sexy romance where we hope two red wolves pair up for a happily ever after!

Susan: Do you do any research before writing a novel? Be it historical, young adult, urban fantasy, Scottish medieval stories, or paranormal.

Terry: Usually, no. I jump write in and begin writing opening scenes, beginning meetings between the hero and heroine, and then once I get a little written, I begin to research and add details as I go along. Once I’m well into my writing, I’m often pausing to look up something to make sure it works. But I’ve also had to do my fair share of rewriting when I’m writing away and think, hmm, do they have this or can this happen, then do some research, find out it’s not feasible, and write it differently. Some might say that it seems a backward way of doing something. I narrow my eyes; I do not growl. And then I give an elusive smile. But you see, I don’t ever plot. Like the wolf who stalks his prey, it’s not a planned activity. He’s hungry, he sees a viable dinner, he goes after it. So as I’m writing along, all of a sudden I think up a scene in my head, and it spills out on the screen or paper. Then I wonder if it will work. It’s usually only a tweaking here or there—like I was thinking it was warmer in Oregon in May when I lived there, but when I began to write the lake scene, found it was not…so had to change the scenario a bit.

Susan: Let’s say for arguments sake you were to bite me, would I turn into a lupus garou?

Terry: Okay, for argument sake, no. Because you see, I’m human. To change you, I’d have to be a wolf, or a werewolf in wolf form, if we want to get technical. You might be thinking of Hunter in To Tempt the Wolf. Well, accidents do happen. That’s all I’m saying about it. Sometimes we just make mistakes—I mean, werewolves sometimes make mistakes. And the poor guy made tons of them on the Oregon Coast during a winter snowstorm. And I really think we should give him a break. It all turned out well in the end, and that’s all that matters. Right?

Susan: I’m a redhead. Would Leidolf accept me as a newbie? Note: I become “unstable” when I’m not reading.

Terry: Absolutely. You see, they’re always looking for new females to join a pack, no matter what color of hair a lady has. They’re NOT interested in guys though. Which causes Hunter so much heartburn in To Tempt the Wolf, you see. Women, fine. But most werewolf packs have an overabundance of horny guys in the pack. Can I say horny in the interview? If not, just strike it. So you’d fit right in as long as you accept what they are and agree to signing a nondisclosure form. As far as the reading aspect, you’ll have your horizons expanded beyond your wildest dreams. So reading will be a nice supplement to everything else you’ll be doing.J

Susan: You’ve mentioned a fictional author named Julia Wildthorn in some of your werewolf novels; Seduced by the Wolf is no exception. Will you give us her story in an upcoming book? (Yes, I’ve been known to do research myself from time to time.)

Terry: Hmm, yes, I might get myself into trouble over this one, but hey, it’s MY interview. They can request their own and rebut mine, if they want to go to the trouble. In Heart of the Highland Wolf, coming Jun 2011, Julia Wildthorn, werewolf romance writer, as in WEREWOLF werewolf romance author, sneaks into a Highland castle to write her next novel. Writers block can be the pits. Not that I ever have that problem, mind you.

She doesn’t expect to find her past intertwined with Laird Ian MacNeill’s family lines, nor that he runs a whole pack of hunky Highland gray wolves. Appetite whetted yet??? But when he discovers she’s had an interview with you in Getting in Bed with Author Julia Wildthorn, he’s not at all happy. He learns the whole world knows intimate details about the woman to be his mate.

I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. Anyway, the thing of it is—he’s got a part in a movie production, and you might want to think of interviewing him in bed. The only difficulty would be his little red mate. Talk about growling. I’m sure she wouldn’t just be clearing her throat.

Susan: Leidolf Wildhaven is one hunky alpha red! Could you tell LRP readers what makes him so irresistible?

Terry: Ah yes, well Leidolf is the kind of take charge guy who is sensitive enough to care about his pack members, to help those in need that no one in other packs took time to deal with, to work with teen troubles, to even go out of his way to win a spunky red wolf over, who has her heart set on sticking to the wolf kind, rather than the werewolf kind, and even risks going back to the zoo to do it. Did I mention he’s sexy too? He doesn’t stop when the going gets tough, and he’s protective of both Cassie and his pack members that he has vowed to lead no matter what the cost. And he has a sense of humor. All heroes need one, don’t you think?

Susan: On your blog you sometimes discuss being outdoors. If you had to choose only one, which would you choose?

1st choice: Pulling weeds

2nd choice: Mowing the lawn

3rd choice: Raking leaves

4th choice: Watching a hunky wolf doing all of the above while you sip an ice cold lemon tea

Terry: Now if I were a good little gardener, I’d say 4th choice because he’d do a much better job at taking care of the garden than me. On the other hand, I’d pay him back with backrubs and the like. The nondisclosure form means I don’t have to tell you what “the like” includes!

Did I tell you how much fun I’m having with this interview, Susan? Can I come back? I promise I was just clearing my throat before.

Susan: Book six titled Wolf Fever is set to release in December 2010. What can we expect from your sixth installment?

Terry: Back by popular demand, Carol from Destiny of the Wolf returns and we learn how she’s trying to cope with life as a newly turned werewolf. The problem is she’s also psychic. Can you imagine how hard it would be to cope with having trouble with controlling visions, then to have even more difficulty with physical changes, like growing fur at unreasonable times? Not only that, werewolves have a strict rule of watching over werewolves who are newly turned. Stands to reason because they don’t want them to slip up and let the world know that werewolves exist. So Darien, the pack leader, wants her mated, and pronto.

Matters go from bad to worse because she believes that if she shapeshifts, she’ll never be able to return to her human form. And Chester Ryan McKinley, PI who had helped try to solve the murder case in Destiny of the Wolf, returns to see Carol again—unable to let go of his interest in the psychic. She believes he is way more interested in her than he tries to let on, and the two tango as an insidious virus sweeps through the pack and they must find the solution as well as a meeting on the minds on the mating front.

Susan: (Shameless self-promotion here). What would you like to share with LRP readers?

Terry: Each of the books are stand alone titles and so you can read them out of order. Although many readers tell me that they’re fun reading them in order. So here’s the order:

Ms. Spear we love when you come to visit! You know you’re welcomed here anytime with open arms. Thank you for being gracious enough to endure my pitiful attempts at humor.

Thanks so much, Susan, for having me! I’ve had a blast. J And hope to do this again sometime. In the meantime, readers can find me here:

www.terryspear.com
http://www.wickedlyromantic.blogspot.com/
http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/
http://fierceromance.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear
http://shapeshifterromance.wordpress.com/
http://terry-spear.blogspot.com/

And I’d love to ask you all a question: In real life, what makes a man heroic in your book?

SEDUCED BY THE WOLF BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES AUGUST 2010

His first priority is to protect his pack…

Werewolf pack leader Leidolf Wildhaven has just taken over a demoralized pack. With rogue wolves on the loose causing havoc and the authorities from the zoo suddenly zeroing in on the local wolf population, the last thing he needs in his territory is a do-gooder female, no matter how beautiful and enticing she is…

She’ll do anything to help wolves…

Biologist Cassie Roux has dedicated her life to protecting wolves in the wild. On a desperate mission to help a she-wolf with newborn pups, the last thing Cassie needs right now is a nosy and entirely too attractive werewolf pack leader trying to track her down…

With rogue wolves and hunters threatening at every turn, Cassie and Leidolf may find their attraction the most dangerous force of all…

Buy: Seduced by the Wolf

About the Author

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.

Buy: Seduced by the Wolf

Giveaway: LRP has 2 copies of Seduced by the Wolf to giveaway. That means 2 winners. Open to US and Canada only. Enter by asking Terry a question or leaving a comment about one of her interview answers. One entry per relevant comment. Multiple entries allowed. Ends: August 20, 2010.

Dress Like Twilight Character: Alice Cullen Costume

Everyone loves Alice Cullen. She’s the tiniest of the Cullen family and very pixie-like. Her loves include fashion, bright shiny yellow sports cars, and throwing a party. Oh and Jasper. 😉 Whether you want to adapt her style to your own wardrobe full time or come up with the perfect Alice costume for a party or for Halloween, this how-to is for you.

Her Palette:

Alice is well known for dressing in an analogous color scheme. She wears a lot of blacks, grays, whites, purples, and blues. Occasionally other colors make it into her look, but this style maven uses them as highlights and regulates this flashes of color to her accessories.

Empire Waists:

Alice loves empire waists and they look fabulous on her. In Twilight, she wore a very cute gray tiered floral pattern empire waist dress and paired it with black leggings and a long sleeve black lace sweater. In New Moon she donned a cute dressy purple ensemble for Bella’s fated birthday party. If you want to feel super cute and chic adding a few empire waist dresses to your wardrobe is the way to go.

Here’s what you need to pull together an Alice Cullen costume featuring empire waists:

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1. Purple Empire Waist Dress:

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2. Black Ballet Flats:

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Layering:

Alice Cullen is also known for her layering. She’ll wear a shirt, vest, and sweater get-up or long sleeves, artist smocks, and arm warmers. Part of the reasoning behind this style is to hide all her flawless skin that sparkles in sunlight. If she’s covered up there can be no oopsies from accidental shafts of light hitting her in the school cafeteria.

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Alice’s Accessories:

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What’s great about Alice’s style is that there are sure to be several pieces already in your closet. Now that we go the clothes out of the way it’s time to see how else you can complete your Alice Cullen look.

Hair

Alice wears her hair short and spikey and usually flipped out. If you don’t have short hair, or don’t feel like cutting it, you can always go for a wig.

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Makeup

Alice goes for very pale neutral makeup to make her very fair skin. She brings life to her face with the use of soft shades of plum pink lipstick. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it:

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Vampire Eyes:

Of course your Alice Cullen costume wouldn’t be complete without having those gold eyes. Go Team Vegetarian.

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Get creative and have some fun dressing up as your favorite Twilight character.

Review: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

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The second book in the Twilight saga is entitled New Moon and if the first book was about finding true love, then this book is about losing true love. I am not particularly fond of this book. It is because it contains so little Edward. We are introduced to the other paranormal group just up the road however. We meet those that live La Push Reservation, home to the Quileute Tribe. Some we’ve been introduced to before, like Jacob Black. Others are new.

If you couldn’t wait for the library to hand you this next book in the series, you read the beginning chapter that was at the end of Twilight. A teaser that leaves you wondering what happens to Bella when she cuts herself at the Cullens house. Her blood makes them thirsty, none more so than Jasper who has the least control. Edward gets Bella to safety but the damage is done.

The next few days he becomes more and more distant to Bella. She’s desperate to break through to Edward when suddenly he starts to talk to her again. Only she wished he wouldn’t. I wished he hadn’t too. He breaks it off with her at the edge of the forest. It is better than the sewers Angel dumped Buffy in, but I was heartbroken and Bella more so. Here it is, I thought, the end of a good story (but just you wait… keep reading).

So deep is her grief over losing Edward she loses herself and becomes a walking shell. It isn’t until half a year later that she can even stick her head above the water. She does it only because Charlie is running scared and pulling ultimatums about going to Florida to live with her mother. Bella can’t do that. Doing that means leaving the magic of Forks behind and relegating Edward to a memory and not a reality. So she asks a friend to the movies… anything without romance. She couldn’t handle that. It’s after the movies that the story gains interest again. She hears Edwards voice… in her head. His voice is a beautiful hallucination warning her of the danger ahead.

What follows next is a series of stupid reckless moves as Bella fights to hear his voice. She turns to Jacob Black to help her fix motorcycles, thinking the danger in riding them would provide her with Edward’s voice. She becomes Jacob’s friend, and over the hundreds of pages left he becomes the sun to warm the desolation of her life. I don’t like Jacob. He keeps pushing the friend boundary, so certain of Bella turning to him and forgetting about Edward despite her repeated warnings that she’ll never love anyone but Edward.

But then the story changes again and it’s like sweet music playing in your mind because you just know Edward’s coming back into the picture. And like Bella, you fear you are going to miss him, lose him again. The book ends on the sweetest note imaginable and you close this sad book feeling ridiculously happy. The ending is four and a half stars.

Rating: 3 Stars

Eclipse Party Game Ideas

The official countdown for June 30th has begun. That means it’s time to get ready for your Eclipse party. Every Twilight themed party needs games. Below are some of the games you can entertain your party with while waiting in line or at home before/after the movie. (EDIT: Eclipse is being re-released for Bella’s Birthday September 13th, 2010. The movie will be back in theaters September 10, 2010. Who’s excited?)

Forks Yearbook:

You will need paper, pencils, and a timer.

How to Play: Players have one minute to name all the characters, actors, and places in the Twilight Saga that start with any given letter of the alphabet.

Who Wins: The person with the most names listed or with the most unique names listed (derived by crosschecking everyone’s lists) wins.

Eclipse Jeopardy:

If a small party, play as individuals. If a large party divide into teams.

Set up: You will need index cards, pencils, and tape. Come up with 5 questions to fit 6 categories for a total of 30 questions. Put the questions and answers on one side of the index card and the value amount for the question on the other side. Create a board from the index cards by taping them up on a wall or window.

How to Play: A player or team will pick a category and dollar amount. Someone will take the index card down and read the question on the back. A correct response earns the dollar value of the clue. If the response is incorrect, reveal the answer and no points are distributed.

Category ideas include: Individual Actors, Entire Cast, Movies, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Vampires, Werewolves, Humans, and Stephenie Meyer.

Who Wins: The person or team with most money at the end of the game.

Alice’s Visions:

(Game Name taken from Twilight Scene-It.) You will need paper and pencils or a chalkboard/dry erase board and chalk/markers.

How to Play: Players will try to stump the group by drawing scenes from the Twilight and New Moon movies. Each drawing is given three minutes. How many turns taken depends entirely on the amount of players participating, if necessary divide group into teams again. For every drawing guessed correctly, the guesser/team will get a point. In team play, if at the end of three minutes the scene is still unknown the team of the drawer will get one minute to guess. If they get it right the team earns two points.

Who Wins: Team with most points.

Twilight Charades:

Divide the group into Team Jacob/Werewolves and Team Edward/Vampires. Evenly. If there’s an odd number, have the person who sits out designate what the others will act out and keep time.

How to Play: Every member of the Jacob/Werewolves Team will impersonate a vampire or human character. It’s up to Team Edward/Vampires to figure out who they are as quick as they can. Afterwards it’s time to switch and the Edward/Vampire Team will impersonate a werewolf or human character (preferably different humans than already depicted) with the Jacob/Werewolf Team guessing.

Who Wins: The team with the shortest time wins!

Newborn Hunt:

Play in backyard, at a local park, or soccer field. You will need a flashlight and perhaps a pair of extra batteries.

How to Play: This is a mix of hide and seek and tag. Players try to hide from the seeker who guards the jail or safety zone depending on rules. If it is the jail, then all players hit with the light must go to the jail and wait. If it’s the safety zone, players will try to get there while avoiding the seeker.

Additional Ideas for Game Play:

  • Have players form pairs or teams. Any untagged pair or team member can release a caught person from jail.
  • If teams are formed and there’s no jail, just a safety zone, you can play by points. Team with the most safe people at the end of two rounds wins.
  • Play starts with just the seeker, no teams, as the seeker tags other players, these players join in the hunt. The winner is the last man standing. If a new round begins, the last player tagged is now the seeker.

Who Wins: No real winner. Game is ongoing as the seeker position is handed over, usually to first person tagged.

Standard Games:

Eclipse Game Prizes and Party Favors:

If you’re interested, here are some ideas for party prizes and favors.

Got other party ideas? Share them below!

Adapt New Moon Party ideas to your Eclipse Party: New Moon Bash: Party Ideas!; More New Moon Movie Party Ideas

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Eclipse Movie Party Ideas Continued in Twilight Eclipse Party Ideas: Invitations, Food, and Supplies.

Get into Bed with Terry Spear (Author Interview 2)

Today, we’re welcoming back a familiar voice here at LRP, hello Terry Spear. Thank you for visiting, let’s chew the fat awhile. Susan looks over at Terry whose shapeshifted into an Arctic wolf, and is currently chewing the fat from a rib bone. Terry, honey, what I meant was, let’s have a friendly talk.

  1. Susan: I understand you enjoy reading, particularly historicals and paranormals. Would you share the title(s) of some of your favorite reads?

Terry: I loved Celtic Fire and the Immortal Highlander, but so many others too. Both have a paranormal bent with a historical past. I love time travels, but there aren’t as many out there that I can find to read!

  1. Susan: I’ve read other shapeshifting novels where the hero uses a fur pelt to shift. What is the catalyst that initiates your weres to shift? Is it a certain moon phase, or a strong emotion such as anger?

Terry: I was just reading about wolfsbane and how in some fables, the flower can cause the person to shift, in others, it prevents them from shifting, in others, it kills the creature. LOL. I love how stories can be so different from one another, which shows just how vivid imaginations can be.

In my stories, werewolves for the most part are born as such. The full moon has more of a draw on werewolves who have more human roots in their genes, than for royals who have had mostly werewolf genetics. And the royals are the only ones who can shift during any phase of the moon, whereas, the others can’t become a wolf during the new moon. So that leaves newly turned wolves with little control over their shapeshifting ability in the beginning. In To Tempt the Wolf, two of the men who are turned, deal with it in different ways, just like people will handle a situation differently based on their personalities. Some are stronger, some more weak-willed. In Wolf Fever, the heroine has been recently turned, and she’s fighting the shift. But when she’s accosted at one point in the story, she suddenly feels the urge to shift. In another instant, she’s cold and can’t get warmed up, as well as the full moon’s strong pull is causing her trouble with the compulsion to shift. In Legend of the White Wolf, the heroine also has difficulty controlling the shift when she’s threatened. So for each, it depends on their personality as to what might trigger the need to change.

  1. Susan: Your heroine (Faith O’Malley) in Legend of the White Wolf is smart, beautiful and fearless. Which heroines do you prefer writing, the strong heroines, or the vulnerable ones?

Terry: Definitely strong, with vulnerabilities. I’ve never cared for the Tomb Raider type who had no flaws or vulnerabilities, or the heroine in Alien who was the same way, tough, hard as nails, no feelings. At least that’s the way it seemed to me. On the other hand, weepy heroines who rely on everyone to do their bidding, doesn’t do it for me. I remember years ago watching a movie where the hero was struggling to fight some evil bad guy and the woman was standing helplessly nearby, screaming, her hands on her cheeks, eyes wide, and my mother saying, “Pick up a lamp! Clobber him! Do something!” I agreed with my mother. A heroine who stands up for right is a heroine in my book. :)

  1. Susan: I consider you a multi-faceted author. You have been known to write urban fantasy, YA, Scottish-Medieval romances, romances with paranormal and romantic suspense elements. Is there another sub-genre you “secretly” wish to write for?

Terry: I’ve written a couple of time-travels and someday, I’d like to do some for publication. In part, it’s my love of history. Tossing a hero or heroine into the rabbit hole of the past and watching them thrive, stirs my imagination. Making them realistic is the real challenge though. I’d still love to do it. :)

  1. Susan: Some readers may not know this, but you create gorgeous wooly teddy bears. Have you created one to resemble an Arctic wolf?

Terry: LOL. Thanks, Susan! I’ve been asked to create a werewolf bear…In fact, if I ever design one, I have a couple of orders for them! :) I did create vampire bears for authors. Someday, if I ever get caught up, I do want to try my hand at one. :)

  1. Susan: In Legend of the White Wolf you familiarize your readers with at least two packs. I personally would love to be part of Leidolf’s red wolves. Will you include new packs in your upcoming werewolf series?

Terry: Seduced by the Wolf is all about Leidolf and his poor pack. In Heart of the Wolf, readers got a glimpse of the abused pack under Alfred’s rule. Leidolf took over that pack, and now has the task to heal them. I have to make a comment here, that if it hadn’t been for my editor, Deb, being upset that the red pack was doomed for extinction, Leidolf wouldn’t have come into the picture to save the day. So thanks to Deb for her concern for the reds in the Portland area! Leidolf has also taken on another real problem, and he’s one of the characters in Legend of the White Wolf.

For Taming the Highland Wolf, we’ll see what Highland werewolves are made of. :) That’s Book 7 coming in the spring of 2011. I’m pretty sure there’ll be two conflicting clans…it’s a Scottish thing, you know.

  1. Susan: Could you give us a little glimpse of your next title in the series, book five called Seduced by the Wolf due out in August 2010?

Terry: Ah, yes, Seduced by the Wolf, Leidolf’s story. He’s a royal red, with barely any human influences, and is pretty arrogant about it. Fans thought he ought to have a newly turned heroine because of it. But what he encounters knocks him totally off balance—a wolf biologist, red royal werewolf type—who plays by her own rules. She has NO intention of joining his pack or any other. And man does he want her. Now, if she didn’t want him back, he might give up on her. But he knows, or at least he hopes it’s not just wishful thinking on his part, that she’s just as intrigued with him as he is with her. And so, he’s not about to give her up. But she’s not about to give in either. The perfect couple, don’t you think?

  1. Susan: What would you say to readers who “haven’t” had the pleasure of reading your werewolf series? Why should they pick up your novels?

Terry: If you’re looking for werewolves who are real wolves at heart, look no further. For adventure, mystery, romance and intrigue, the series has it all. I love combining mystery and intrigue, having cut my teeth on mystery novels when I was younger. But adventure stories with a combined mystery like the Bourne series, fascinated me even more, and add a romance, some subtle humor, and even better yet, the paranormal, and you’ve got the perfect scenario!

Heart of the Wolf, Book 1, started off the series with its wolfish characters and more realistic portrayal of life as a werewolf and the trouble with pack behavior. Destiny of the Wolf, Book 2, came next, which showed a gray pack that actually runs a town in Colorado. To Tempt the Wolf, Book 3, reveals a rare werewolf scenario, and a hero who has lost everything—his pack, his sister, his home, and his memory, and fights the urge to take a human for his own. And Legend of the White Wolf, Book 4, presents Arctic werewolves in Maine, who move about freely, not secretly like the wolves in other stories, although that’s only their wolf counterpart. No one, or mostly no one, knows what they truly are. Seduced by the Wolf, Book 5, shows what happens when a wolf biologist prefers living with wolves rather than her own werewolf kind, and the red pack leader in the area has other plans in mind. Wolf Fever, Book 6, coming in the fall of 2010, is about a psychic newly-turned werewolf nurse, who fights fully becoming one of the werewolf kind when she can’t even control her psychic visions. But Chester McKinley can’t quit thinking about the woman who solved the murder case through her psychic talents that HE was trying to solve. Is she for real? And do her abilities include a mesmerizing kind of sensuous control that she’s used on him? Taming the Highland Wolf is Book 7, and I can’t wait to get started on the hunky Highland story! And Dreaming of the Wolf, Book 8, is Jake’s story from Destiny of the Wolf. He doesn’t believe in dream mating. So what happens when the woman of his dreams desperately needs his help?

Susan: Thank you Terry, for spending the day with us at Love Romance Passion. Please feel free to visit anytime, even as a white furred Arctic-if you prefer.

Terry: LOL, Susan, thanks so much for having me again! I loved your fun questions and wish you and your readers a warm and cozy den with the best to read during the winter season.

LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF—IN STORES FEBRUARY 2010

Award-Winning Author introduces the next installment of her paranormal romance series

A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Award Winner!
Night Owl Romance Reader Choice Award for Best Paranormal 2008

In this fourth in Spear’s series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O’Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

Buy: Legend of the White Wolf

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth University.  As an eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal, historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences.  She is the author of Winning the Highlander’s Heart and The Vampire in My Dreams (young adult). Spear lives in Crawford, Texas.

You can find Terry at the following places:
www.terryspear.com
http://www.wickedlyromantic.blogspot.com/
http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com
http://fierceromance.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#/home.php?ref=home
http://shapeshifterromance.wordpress.com

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Bella Swan’s Boy Harem

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  • Edward Cullen

Boy Type: Aloof Artist

Edward Cullen is the gorgeous aloof boy who sits with a select group of people at lunch. He keeps to himself and has a fantastic brooding expression that simply makes the girls drool. He’s into music: listening to it, playing it, and creating it. On top of all that he’s a vampire and that gives him the bad boy edge. Can we say swoon?

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  • Jacob Black

Boy Type: Mr. Fix-It

Jacob Black is the ultimate handyman. The place you’re likely to find him is the family garage as he loves cars and spends all his time, efforts, and money fixing them up. In fact, Bella’s truck is just one of his pet projects. Jacob is good at fixing more than just cars– he can fix problems and people too. Must be his warm and fuzzy nature. His friendship with Bella is what brings her out of the dark in New Moon.

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  • Mike Newton

Boy Type: Guy Next Door

Mike Newton is the boy next door. His life is pretty easy. He has good friends, a good family, a good entry level job, and good looks. He can be pretty bright too and make smart observations. He wishes Bella would give him the time of day. He’s persistent to a point and yields defeat when it’s apparent things won’t be changing.

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  • Eric Yorkie

Boy Type: Sweet Nerd

Eric Yorkie is on the school newspaper, part of the yearbook staff, and on prom committee. He’s active and smartly dressed, a little dorky, but that’s all part of his charm. He’s not used to asking girls out and misses his chance more than once. Perhaps all he needs is a little nerd girl loving!

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  • Tyler Crowley

Boy Type: Popular Jock

Tyler Crowley is the popular jock. He’s definitely into something athletic like basketball or football. Like Mike Newton, it’s not hard for him to find a date, unless it’s expecting that date to be Bella. Tyler is a flirt and very outgoing. If it isn’t his muscles flashing, it’s his shiny car as it comes toward you.

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Movie Review: New Moon starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner

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I saw this movie opening night with seats at a premium even with every theater devoted to the midnight showing. Talk about a rush! Unofficial reports are claiming New Moon topped Dark Knight and other movies in opening midnight showing sales. Despite the big bucks and the glory of a fanbase it really is unsurprising that New Moon tanked in critic ratings. Every critical review I’ve come across so far has been written by a guy. Maybe I’m biased – okay I am, but the point is still valid and if their reviews are valid then so is my review.

On the whole I believe the acting was infinitely better in New Moon than in Twilight. Yes, some of the dialogue is cheesy, but it is good cheesy. Much of the mushy stuff was in the book or modified from the book. I like mushy. If for nothing else, give the actors credit for saying it all with a straight face.

My guilty pleasure for New Moon is reading the beginning breakup scene and the ending sequence over and over again. Edward/Bella angst = yum. Therefore it is easy to see why I did not mind the “moping” scenes with Kristen Stewart. Critics are saying she’s completely expressionless and sucking the life out of the movie, but they don’t understand that the movie is about losing true love.

A new moon is the absence of the moon and is a metaphor for the absence of Edward. The moping is done for a reason. I think Kristen did a great job and had a lot of nuances in her face to express pain and depression. Her nightmare scenes reflected her acting skills from being bitten in the ballet studio. While I think the nightmares could have been toned down by say one maybe two in the middle part it wasn’t terrible. They were a great way to show Charlies care and love for his daughter.

Robert Pattinson impressed me with his ability to look like he wants to cry and can’t! He has really improved as a actor.

Twilight Lexicon with Alphie’s review of New Moon

To that I say ditto. I understood Edward was supposed to be wholly against leaving Bella but I hadn’t quite understood Rob’s expressions were meant to be expressions of tearless crying. When I got that (during the actual breakup scene) it was so much better for me.

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She [Bella] never crosses a line from friendship with Jacob, but it is easy to see how he would read her signals differently. Stupid girl, to court disaster on more than one front.

Karin at Review New Moon (movie)

I was prepared to hate this movie because of the majority being spent in focus of Jacob, but Taylor Lautner truly surprised me and in a good way. He did a phenomenal job and I especially enjoyed the scenes at Bella’s house. When Jacob and Bella hug, he embraces her like a lover, but she clasps her hands behind his back in a manner that screams friendship. Their almost kiss by the phone and when he begs her not to leave by Alice’s car are very charged.

There were some beautiful shots in this film. The scene in Italy with all the people dressed in red and Bella running through the crowds is the one that stands out the most. There were lots of fluid scene splices though some of the cutting between scenes bugged me. The ones that did made the movie feel HP5 rushed in a way that if you hadn’t read the book would make you think they left something out (though nothing really is).

My favorite trick I must say is camera rotation around Bella while showing three months passing by.

Cydia Matos at REVIEW: Twilight Saga’s New Moon Lives Up to Novel.

I agree! It was absolutely perfect. Loved the seasons and the activities shown that others were doing outside.

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In addition, I really liked the CGI in this film; it’s easily 100x better than Twilight which is a good thing too! The werewolf shifting, ghost Edward, the vampire fights, the cracking on Edward’s face is fantastic! Yes, even the sparkle is better.

The vampire eyes looked really fake to me, and too perfect if that makes sense. Even though vampires are suppose to look perfect like that, and have golden eyes I still didn’t like them. People still have color changes in their eye, even if the overall affect is brown … or in this case red or yellow gold. The eye color is very flat.

Captain Yarr at Movie Review: New Moon directed by Chris Weitz

The eyes did look very strange and I think Captain Yarr hit the nail on the head. They’re strange because they’re flat. Without the minute changes in color you’d see in a real eyes the overall effect is blank, static, and solid color contact looking.

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Alice didn’t look like a fashionista either. Her outfits were pretty strange. Rosalie and Jasper’s hairstyles changed to make them look older, but Rosalie didn’t really look like herself and Jasper’s hair just looked sloppy.

The Volturi were awesome! Loved them and Jane and Alec even. As I said earlier the fighting here was well done. A good job by everyone (cast and crew) all around!

I will definitely get this on DVD as soon as possible.

Oh and if you thought there was something wrong with Robert Pattinson’s chest in Volterra, Italy you would not be wrong: ROBsessed Nip-vestigates Robward’s “Wonky” Mipple aka Left Mipple Gate.

Edit: After second viewing, I have add by saying Kristen Stewart does an amazing panic run. It’s truly a panic mode and not something cheesy. Kudos to her!

What did you think of the film?

Rating: 4 Stars

Buy: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Two-Disc Special Edition)

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