Sunday, June 1, 2014

Aloha to Terry Spear and JAGUAR HUNT

The RT Booklovers' Convention gave me to catch up with my favorite authors, including my fellow RomVets, including Terry Spear!  Terry is celebrating the release of JAGUAR HUNT and joins me for a chat about the RT Booklovers' Convention ....

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention—
and What It Meant to Me 

I was a virgin! I had never been to the RT Booklovers Convention, and in fact, last year was the first time I had attended any readers’ conventions—mainly because I had been working full time and writing full time, so didn’t have any spare moments except to visit family.

I signed up for as many reader-reach-out venues that I could. It’s important because: there are so many people, you get lost in the crowd, and I’m not outgoing. Truly! So for me seeing a sea of people, none of whom I know, it’s hard for me to meet up with readers who love my books.

I had been asked to participate in the Pirates and Scalawags party because I write Highland medieval, and I was thrilled. I had several booksellers tell me how much their readers love my books, and the same with readers and reviewers. You can’t know how special it makes me feel when readers wanted to take a picture with me because I was one of their favorite authors. When I’m bogged down in trying to figure out my next story, or where the current one is going, or working on edits, it can be overwhelming. But when readers tell me how much they love my wolf or jaguar worlds and started reading about my Highlanders or fae, or how they read my Highlander and fae books and have suddenly discovered the hot wolves and jaguar shifters, I’m ready to jump into the books again and write my heart out.

Without positive feedback, I can find writing isolating. Although I will say as I’m fighting through the conflict in the worlds, I sometimes forget that. I mean, when you’ve got to focus on being with David in the waterfall pool right after he shifts from his jaguar form, it’s hard to feel I’m…alone. Which is just the way it should be. Hot, hot, hot, in the steamy jungle with a sexy jaguar—this one in Jaguar Hunt.


I did two personal appearances at the RT Book Club. Had a ball. In the one, a group of us got together to provide a huge, fantastic gift bag full of books and so many other wonderful treasures that it was truly…well, fantastic. The other authors and I had so much fun that we decided to pick the same time slot and do it again next year. And even do both slots that way.

Then, the next day, I was on my own, so I dragged a fellow author, and my roommate with me, who hadn’t had time to sign up and they were fine with it, so Ashlyn Chase and I had fun. I had several books to give away and met several bloggers who love my wolf and jaguar world, so they were delighted to receive autographed copies and took pictures with me. Now, I have to say, I would really much rather everyone took pictures of the books. LOL They’re MUCH more photogenic. But I loved it!

I also enjoyed the booksellers, bloggers, reviewers event put on by Sourcebooks, and there, signed a bunch of copies of the books they were giving away. And that was really nice. I also met with a new reviewer and am excited to correspond with her further.

A group of us, CH Admirand, Ashley Chase, Sara Humphries, and our coordinator, Jennilinh Dinh, had a lovely pizza and cupcake party for readers in our room and we had lots of fun and gave away a number of prizes and autographed books.

I participated in a number of events with a couple of fans, and then the last day, I thoroughly enjoyed the veterans’ program that was truly touching. Kim and others had done a wonderful job. And next year, when I’m not such a virgin and know what’s going on, I hope to bring some SEAL wolf books with me to give away.

Last, I participated in Pin the Kilt on the Highlander. I had tried to get into a paranormal panel, one that didn’t make, and actually was asked at the last minute to join another paranormal panel, but I was already committed to the Highland one that was slotted for the same time. Eliza Knight, Mary Wine, and I all hosted a game party and had two of Kim Killion’s models helping out, so we had lots of fun. Again, I had a lot of wolf and jaguar fans come up and tell me how much they loved the books and now wanted to try out the Highland ones they didn’t know I write. Next year, as we’ve been asked if we’ll do it again, I will bring Highland wolf books as giveaways too, because a wolf in a kilt is just as a hot as a Highlander in medieval times, and they still are—sexy Highlanders.

My final farewell, was lunch with a fan, student of my online writing classes and her critique partner, before I made the long drive to Houston. We had a great time, and will hook up for Readers and Ritas in November in Dallas where I will have fun visiting with readers all over again.

I had a blast at RT and am looking forward to it next year with all kinds of plans already! But first, I have RWA in San Antonio in May; Authors after Dark in Charlotte in August; a book signing and visit to the International Wolf Center, Sept/Oct in Minnesota, Readers and Ritas, Dallas in November; Coastal Magic in Daytona in February; Barbara Vey’s Readers Convention in Milwaukee in April; a trip to a wolf reserve in New Mexico in April, where five of my fans are joining me to have a blast, and then, RT in May!

Thanks for the wonderful program you and the other Romvets put on for the SOS America Military Tribute, Kim. It was lovely!

If you went to RT, what did you have the most fun at? If not, where would you like to go if there was a reader’s convention somewhere else?

Terry and Roxanne St. Claire at the Giant Book Fair

Bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and four 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 and also writes new YA books.

Please visit or follow her on Twitter @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at and Wordpress at Terry Spear's Shifters

Mahalo, Terry, for sharing your RT experience!  Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of JAGUAR HUNT to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment, answering Terry's question:

If you went to RT, what did you have the most fun at? If not, where would you like to go if there was a reader’s convention somewhere else?

2.  This giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 8.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 



  1. I've gone to the author book signings at RT and RWA when they were in Orlando, as well as RWA in Anaheim, CA and had a blast. I would have loved to attend RT in New Orleans, I think that was an awesome location. I would love a reader's convention in Palm Springs, CA.. My sister lives near there so it would be easy for me to visit her and we could both attend the convention.

  2. I've never been but I would love to - anywhere that is close enough that I could get to lol.

  3. Any time there is a pile of new books...I am a happy camper...and having the opportunity to meet great authors like you is icing on the cake! Glad you had a great time!

  4. I always have a good time at the book fair. I get to see my favorite authors and spend a couple of minutes with them.

  5. I would love to go but they are usually too far away from where I live...

  6. Haven't been to one; somewhere easy to get to

  7. I have been to book signings but would love to go to one in San Diego.

  8. I would love getting photos with the authors.

  9. Thanks to everyone for dropping by and commenting. :) I'll be in San Diego in 2016! RWA is having a book signing there then! :) Can't wait. Have a friend there and she's taking me to the zoo and around. :) ELF, I did! Had a really nice time.

    Thanks, Kim! Lovely photo! :)

  10. I would love to go and see all the writers, meet them , get new books so I don't think it would matter where it was at. just being there and seeing everyone.

  11. I havent been to one but anywhere would be great to meet authors and get great books would be awesome.

    1. Agreed, Joanna, they're a lot of fun. :)

  12. I would love to go!!! see all the writers and get books and have them signed. It would be the best trip ever!!

  13. I'd just like the opportunity to thank my favorite authors in person for all the enjoyment they've given me thru their books.

  14. I've never been to RT or any author event, but New Orleans is the place I'd love to go!!

  15. I can't travel to distant cities anymore due to caring for my husband. But if there were ever an RT or reader's convention in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer or Yolo Counties in California, I would definitely go! Thanks for asking.

  16. It sounds like you had a blast at RT. I wish I could have gone. Ashley Chase writes fun books too.

  17. I would love to attend one of the conventions. They look like a lot of fun. New Orleans looks like a fun place to visit.

  18. I had to back out going to New Orleans this year :( But would love to go there if it is offered again. Or maybe I went to RWA last year in Atlanta for the book signing. (was my first)

  19. I wasn't able to go to RT this year but I am definitely next year. I hope to make AAD this year and Coastal Magic in Feb. I wish more conventions would come to N. Florida.
    Love the series.

  20. I'd love to go if it was somewhere close and I didn't have to battle tons of traffic. I know - I want everything, don't I?

  21. Don't think I'll ever be able to afford to go to RT sadly. Only event I ever get to go to is the book signing at Emerald City Writers Conference in Seattle. I get to that one every year(for the last four at least) with my daughter(23 now). We love meeting the authors.

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