Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Teresa D’Amario and her “friend,” Ryland Keegan, alpha male of a powerful wolven pack. Ryland recently discovered his True Mate, Nora, and together they turned a group of savage rouges to a functioning pack. (You can read about Ryland and Nora in the book Dark Succession.) We’ll talk more with Ryland later…
Teresa was born in Atlanta, the daughter of an Army Soldier during the early stages of the Viet Nam war, and she spent her childhood traveling from state to state, finally ending up overseas in Germany where she graduated high school six months early.
Her writing career however began as a young Airman in the Air Force, writing monthly articles for the weekly base paper. The articles ranged from climatological data to full center fold articles on the destructive forces of hurricanes.
But her early writing wasn’t limited only to the technological side. She’s written multiple dog training and behavior articles for canine websites such as Sonora Canine Freestyle, and also the Ask Blackjack column, a fun training column in the voice of her labrador retriever, then a young pup.
She’s married to a wonderful man named Doug, who is also retired Air Force, and they just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They currently live in North Carolina with their two dogs.
Please help me welcome Teresa to That’s What I’m Talking About.
Twimom: Teresa, welcome and thank you for stopping by.
Teresa: Thanks for having me Jen! I love your blog and it’s always a pleasure to drop in!
Twimom: I am a big fan of your books–both the Maxey Wizard and True Mates Series. Although they are two different series, they share similar traits and possibly occur in the same “universe.” Can you tell my readers a bit about your series?
Teresa: Oh, thank you so much. And yes, they are similar in some ways, but the primary difference is the setting. The True Mates series is all about the pack – there’s very few outside influences, so you have a lot of the pack dynamics. The Maxey wizards are usually lone shifters, who find their mates, and are preyed upon by the GSA (Short for Government control of Supernatural Activities). So while family is a big part of both, how those families interact are very different. Both are filled with hot, sensual connections, along with some serious danger. I don’t think I could pick a “Favorite” of the 2 series if I tried. 😀
Twimom: One of the things I love about your stories is the “True Mate” concept – that each character has a destined “soul mate” if you will. Do you believe in the concept of soul mates – one true love?
Teresa: Yes, I do. I knew the instant I laid eyes on my husband that he was the one for me. I think that’s why I lean toward the Soul Mate concept in my books. Plus, I like writing about that instant connection, where the moment you make eye contact (or as in the case of the shifters, catch the other’s scent) you know something special has happened.
Twimom: *shivers* I SO love that! I understand you have brought along alpha wolven, Ryland, with you today… Do you mind if I ask him a few questions? Can you give my readers a little introduction?
Teresa: I certainly did. Ryland is the head of his own pack of rogue wolven, each kicked out of their perspective packs with a death sentence over their heads, so they tend to be a bit on the rough side. They actually are in a special underground compound built by the previous pack leader. It comes with its own issues, as I’m sure you can imagine.
Twimom: Ryland, welcome to That’s What I’m Talking About. How are you? How’s the pack?
Ryland: *snarls*. If I have to deal with one more broken water pipe, someone is going to pay.
Teresa: Don’t mind Ryland. He’s not so good with the little details of his compound. Ryland, I think she wanted to know about the pack, not the compound itself.
Ryland: Great. Just great. They’ve even started making the place look like a home these days. We no longer look like a mental institution. Though I admit, sometimes I wonder if we are not.
Twimom: Yes, I hear that your mate, Nora, has helped make your compound more like a home. Can you tell me a bit about some of the other shifters that live among us?
Ryland: Why would you want to know about them? They all smell bad.
Teresa: *Glares are Ryland*.
Ryland: All right already! Fine. *grumbles and folds his arms.* Well of course, we all know there are the hyenas. Nasty creatures.
Teresa: *Clears her throat*.
Ryland: I guess that’s not the ones you are looking for. *sighs*. There’s a lot of cats around. Lots of cats. They tend to run in small groups, but now and then they form prides. I guess inside they really want to be like the wolven. Take the Leopard pride. Unlike the wolven, their line of succession goes down the family lines, even if it’s a female. I don’t get that. But I hear the next heir in line is missing. Kel, his name is. But his brother is hot on his trail in search of him. So if you see Dmitri running around, get out of his way. I hear he’s rather irritable at being the second son having to find the heir. He wants his own pride. Some think maybe he had something to do with his brother’s disappearance. But not me. It’s not in him. I met him a few years back. Upright dude, if you ask me. Testy, but fair. Last I heard, he and his mom got a key in the mail. A silver key! What shifter gives his mom Silver?
Twimom: WOW! Sounds exciting! Readers, if you would like to read more about Dmitri and his adventure, be sure to read Teresa’s upcoming release, Leopard’s Key, (Freya’s Bower, February 2011)
Ryland, I know that you had a rough start with your Mate, Nora’s family. Have you smoothed things over? Do you have contact with Nora’s family pack? (you can read about her home pack in Teresa’s book She Wolf.)
Ryland: Yes I have. I’ve even had a bit of time to get to know Nora’s father, Sean. Now there’s a man with issues. I mean, what pack leader steps down as Alpha, handing it over to his brother? I hear his wife left him, and has disappeared. Nora tells me his youngest daughter (her sister), hates him. *shakes his head*. Last I heard he headed out to the woods to be alone. It’s not good for a wolf to be alone. Bad business. Can’t find family alone in the woods.
Twimom: That sounds rough. I wish you and Nora the best. I look forward to reading more about Sean and Nora’s family soon. Ryland, thank you so much for stopping by today.
Ryland: *nods*. I’m sure if Sean gets his head together, there will be a lot more happening.
Twimom: Teresa, do you mind if I ask you a few more questions? What is your favorite book that you have read so far in 2010? What are your favorite genres for reading?
Teresa: My favorite book so far this year is Sin Undone, by Larissa Ione. I actually dreamed about that book for days after I read it. As for my favorite genre, I prefer paranormal romance, or even romantic suspense. I love a good mystery in a book, and paranormal gives me a lot of that.
Twimom: Oh Sin Undone is a fabulous book!! Anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Teresa: Yes! You all must stop by my blog the month of October! Starting Monday I’ll be celebrating Halloween with the TriFecta Scare-A-Thon, and I’ll be giving away a minimum of THREE books per week. Most of which are autographed! So head on over to MY BLOG starting Monday and leave a comment to enter to win! US only for Print book giveaways – Ebook giveaways for anyone!
Twimom: Wow – what a great giveaway! Thank you so much for stopping by today! It was a pleasure talking with you. I look forward to reading Leopard’s Key in February!
Teresa: Thank you so much! It’s been a blast! And I hope you enjoy Leopard’s Key! To learn more about Leopard’s key, visit my site HERE. It has a pretty sizzling hot cover, as well as a book for a great cause!
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