Terry Spear

Dougald MacNeill takes Lady Alana Cameron to his laird brother James's Craigly Castle when he finds her roaming the heather on the MacNeill lands. But who has sent her there and why? Her uncle, laird of the Cameron clan, and warring with the MacNeill for years, has made a marriage arrangement with another clan and now that is even at stake.

Having witnessed her father's death, and even believing he had returned her home when all along he had been dead, Alana discovers she has the gift, or curse, of seeing the newly departed and sometimes those who should have long ago passed over. Her own deceased brother continues to plague her, the rake, and now another, who is very much of the flesh, Dougald MacNeill, has her thinking marrying a rake might just have its benefits. Dougald's sister, who is one fiesty ghost, has offered to help Alana keep Dougald in line if he thinks of even straying.


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But who sent Alana on a fool's errand in the first place to remove her from the Cameron's lands and set her squarely in Dougald's care, and who really killed her father and her brother, and what has it all to do with Alana? Will she and Dougald learn the truth before it is too late?

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About Terry Spear

USA Today bestselling and an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She's a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, that are personalized that have found homes all over the world. When she's not writing or making bears, she's teaching online writing courses or gardening. Her family has roots in the Highlands of Scotland where her love of all things Scottish came into being. Originally from California, she's lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of the Heart of the Wolfseries and the Heart of the Jaguar series, plus numerous other paranormal romance and historical romance novels. 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 .

Also by Terry Spear:

The Highlanders Series
Winning the Highlander's Heart, Book 1
The Accidental Highland Hero, Book 2
Highland Rake, Book 3

 

 

An Interview with the Terry Spear
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Terry, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Highland Rake. Where did the idea for this sweeping romantic tale?

TS: Thanks so much for having me at TRS, Holly! I wrote Winning the Highlander's Heart a few years back and then The Accidental Highland Hero. With 6 books contracted at once (werewolves and jaguar shifters), and a YA fae series that's growing, I hadn't had time to return to the Highlanders of Medieval times. So I was excited to write about Dougald, the third of the MacNeill brothers, in Highland Rake.

HH: What do you like about Alana and what's her greatest strength?

TS: She is a healer, has lost her brother and father, and yet she is always there for others--even when they are of the ghostly persuasion.

HH: What do you like best about Dougald and what makes him different than most heroes?

TS: He's a character. If he's incarcerated in a dungeon, some lassie is sure to take pity on him and help him to escape. Yet, he's all honor and protection and is willing to believe in a heroine who sees and speaks to ghosts when anyone else might think she is mad/of the fae/or a witch.

HH: What sort of research was required for this story?

TS: I researched the Highlands, weather, terrain features, flora an fauna, have been to seven castles in Scotland that I use in my stories, and read up on fae legends.

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

TS: Dougald is a known rake, yet when he chases Alana down in the heather on their lands, he realizes the lass is not in the least bit the kind of woman he would want... yet why does he want to keep her close, and more? His spirited ghost of a sister and Alana's ghostly brother add lots of fun as they bicker between themselves, dragging Alana into it. It's an emotional, mysterious, ghostly tale of murder, mayhem, laughter and love set in the Medieval Highlands.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

TS: A Howl for a Highlander, February, A Highland Werewolf Wedding, May, Jaguar Fever, August, and A SEAL Wolf Christmas, October, an I'll have Hawk Fae out (book 6, World of Fae), The Highlander (book 4, of The Highlanders) and more I'm sure. :)

HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?

TS: I'm writing full time. I was working at a library full time and writing full time for about an 80-85 week. Now I'm thrilled to be writing 80 hours per week. :)

HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?

TS: Family. I spent a lovely week with my son and daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving and will be spending Christmas with my daughter and son-in-law. But writing wise? I'll be finishing up Silence of the Wolf, the much awaited for Tom Silver's story from the Destiny of the Wolf gray pack. It's due out January 2014.

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

TS: Storm Walker, Allyson James.

HH: Do you have a writing hero?

TS: I think of a combination--Indiana Jones and not having a plan, but just winging it, Hans Solo, such a rogue, but he's always there for a good fight, Sean Connery, style...the list goes on! :)

HH: Thank you!

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