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Monday, May 6, 2013

How Highland Wolves Differ from Others at Highland Weddings By Terry Spear

Welcome back to History Undressed, guest author, Terry Spear! She writes hot Highlanders with a bite! Enjoy :)

How Highland Wolves Differ from Others at Highland Weddings

Terry Spear

In medieval times, brides stood on the groom’s left so that he could easily get to his sword if anyone should attempt to steal his bonny bride. Some churches allow swords during ceremonies—saluting the couple as in military weddings, cutting the cake at the reception, but most grooms don’t wear swords to their own wedding. Unless maybe the party dresses up for a themed wedding.

That said, Highland wolves do things differently. They come armed. Sgian Dubh in stocking and sword at their belt. It’s a matter of pride and their heritage. Not only that, but some of the Highland wolf clans are still fighting. So it’s also a necessity.

Bride stealing? Sure, it even goes on today. It’s also known as marriage by abduction, marriage by capture, and bride kidnapping.

So if you want to protect your bride, better be prepared to fight for her!

At a traditional Highland wolf wedding in contemporary times, the men and boys all wear kilts. But the lassies are free to wear whatever they wish. Now, not all Highland wolves marry in a church. Wolves mate for life and they don’t feel the need to prove to anyone that they are bound to each for life. Unless the groom holds a title, or one of his brothers is first in line if he doesn’t have an heir. Then a marriage for the humans’ sake is necessary as in A Highland Werewolf Wedding.

Then again, sometimes a wolf gets mixed up with a human and then if the woman insists on having to be married—unable to see that wolves don’t need that human condition—a wedding will take place like in Dreaming of the Wolf. You never know when one wolf’s wedding will start a trend though, and others will want to follow suit.

So whether you're at a Highland wolf wedding, or slipping back to medieval times where marriage could be had by consent—no church ceremony necessary—by civil law—you were married.

The church considered them clandestine or irregular marriages if they were not done on the porch of the church no matter how publicly announced they were.

Wolves don't care about all that. Their matings are binding for life.

Just in case you needed to know. So if you mix it up with a wolfish guy, if you say I do to him, you'd better be prepared to make it forever.

With that said, who all is ready for A Highland Werewolf Wedding, some more of those hunky Highland werewolves, and a chance at a win of A Howl for a Highlander?

Tomorrow is the release day for A Highland Werewolf Wedding!!!

One lucky commenter has the chance to win a copy of A Howl for a Highlander, US or Canada address only.

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. 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 .

A Highland Werewolf Wedding
Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.

Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn't happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he's out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan's treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it's too late to leave his heart out of it.


laurie said...

book looks really good! i would love to win it seeing as i haven't had much of a chance to read terry's works as yet


Anonymous said...

Great giveaway because last week, I just bought the Wolf bundle! I loved the reviews about this series and they seem quite amazing to read. I only started the first one in the group! thank you for the giveaway!

sheila said...

Haven't seen this series before, looks facinating.


Terry Spear said...

My internet is ultra slow so I'll be back when I can to comment!!

Thanks to Eliza for having me here today! Happy hunky werewolf day. Everyone deserves to have one to love. :)

Thanks, Laurie! Yes, you must read. :) Hot wolf love in a kilt? Yep!

Nicole, woohoo, have fun reading them!!! :) I've got a giveaway at Casablanca Authors also, so be sure to drop by there for a chance to win. :)

Sheila, you've got to have some hot wolves. They're protective, funny, loveable, and did I mention, hot??? :)

sin said...

A Highland Werewolf Wedding.. Sounds intriguing. Wonder if the fur will fly.. :D Can not wait to add this one to come out.

Thank you for a chance to win.


Terry Spear said...

Absolutely, Sin!!! Fur WILL fly! :) Highland wolf style!

Giselle said...

I'd love a chance at this one! Werewolves trump vampires any day!

Terry Spear said...

Here, here! Giselle! :) A dram of whiskey, a raised kilt on a hot wolf...yeah! :)

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. A Highland Werewolf Wedding sounds fantastic, like a great addition to a wondergul series. Can't wait to read it to see more of Elaine and Cearnach. Yum!


Terry Spear said...

Joanne, thanks!! They are definitely fun!!! :) The youngest brother of the quadruplets, Guthrie, will have his own story Christmas (Oct), 2014. :)

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Unknown said...

Wow, that's alot of info about weddings that I didn't know. Good thing that no one has to whip out a sword and defend his laas now days. I can't wait to read about the Highland weddings.

Unknown said...

Terry, I'm sure I will love his story. There has never been anything put out by you that I didn't love. ;)