Sharing a Little of the World of Wolves
by Terry Spear
You’ve probably heard of Sam the Sham and the Pharaoh’s Lil’ Red Riding Hood that you can get as a ring tone on your phone now. The song’s all about the big bad wolf and of course, Lil’ Red Riding Hood. I love that song, and it seemed appropriate that one of the wolves in A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing would have it on her ringer. She’s Anna, the undercover operative working with Finn and others, to protect his back and Meara’s.
I wanted to include part of the song in the story as she hears it playing and is fumbling to pick up her phone while being followed by the man she believes might be a hit man named Joe, and trying to stay on the road. But my editor was afraid of copyright infringement, so I just gave the title instead.
Here’s the excerpt from A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing:
“Anna, are you all right?”
She’d expected it to be Finn. But Paul? Hunter’s other SEAL teammate? He was supposed to be hiding in… well, wherever he was supposed to be hiding. No one knew for sure where.
“Yeah,” she said. “Got a tail.”
“Coastal road, heading north.”
“What do you plan to do?”
“Get a room. Invite him in.”
Paul didn’t say anything for a while, then spoke again. “Need a bedmate?”
She chuckled. “Think I might already have one.”
“I won’t be there for another three hours or so. Can you sit tight?”
“Depends on what his next move will be. I don’t want to lose track of this guy.”
“I’ll join you. Just don’t do anything stupid.”
“You mean like rash?” When the guys did something that she considered rash, they considered it heroic or necessary; they had no other choice. When she did something that she felt was heroic, they called her rash. “I’ll watch myself. See you soon.”
She disconnected and started to look for a place to stay, while Joe stuck to her like a shark after his next meal.
What made including the song as Anna’s ring tone, if only by its title, so fun is the irony of the situation. In this case, Lil’ Red Riding Hood isn’t quite so little, or vulnerable as the girl in the story. No, she’s a wolf too, and extremely capable of, and willing to—take on the big bad wolf.
Which is the way I write my stories. From my childhood days of loving tales of princes saving princesses, or damsels in distress, I always had the notion that why couldn’t the princess save the prince? Why should he have all the fun? The adventure? The drive to right wrong?
When I was young and living in Sacramento, I explored the huge water culverts that would carry water away from flash floods and several kids had drowned in those concrete playgrounds. My parents had warned my sister and me never to play there. Yet, I loved to go down there, hearing the echo of my voice along with others, pretending I was in another world, another place. The notion they were dangerous only added to the adventure.
When I was in my pre-teens, I explored the jungle-like swamp across the road from my home in Florida. I led the way. Yes, I did consider how dangerous it could be. Yes, I knew there were rattlesnakes and water moccasins and alligators, oh my! But the need to explore the unexplored and potentially dangerous worlds was part of my love of adventure. Most likely some of it being my father’s influence, who was a real life example of living through danger and surviving in numerous instances and different places.
I have to admit that things don’t go as planned for Anna. When do they ever? But she definitely gives it her best shot. Which goes to prove that though a woman may be a fighter, it doesn’t always mean she’ll come out on top. But giving her best is what is important in the scheme of things.
I envision Anna listening to her ring tone and howling along with Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, too, only she’s one bona fide wolf.
I wanted to add a bit of fun in this scene with respect to the ring tone, although the situation is tense, she may have to kill the man, or be killed, the jingle about Lil’ Red Riding Hood really has a deeper meaning.
I’m sure the story of Little Red Riding Hood has much more to do with being careful around men who might be dangerous, rather wolfish, but can you listen to his song and envision another kind of wolf? A sexy hunk of an alpha male shifter kind of wolf? And if so, wouldn’t you like to be Little Red Riding Hood, only with your own shifter genes to make the playing field much more interesting?
Thanks for having me here today!
Hope you have enjoyed the blog as much as I had fun coming up with it! :)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Spear has written over a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
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