Archive | December 2013

More Bear Orders!

Photo: Kimmi Wakefield, are you ready for Christmas??? <3 :) I just finished these two bears for another bear order and have 3 more to do. 🙂  Waiting on a baby’s birth date for one, working on a cowgirl bear for another, and a Penny bear that was featured in the last post for the other.

But the good news is I’m back to working on Jaguar Pride–up to 3,000 words now. 77,000 to go! 🙂

Have a great Thursday!!

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”



Bears are Taking Over

It’s freezing out! Literally! 23 degrees with a chill factor of 10. So I’m inside, just finished up three bear orders, one for an author, Cora Blu, and two for newborn personalized baby gifts–all made in Texas.Years ago, I was at a craft show selling my bears and a lady asked if I bought them somewhere. I said no, that I made them from scratch.

“Well,” she said, “where did you buy the heads?”

“Well, you see there’s this arms dealer–who sometimes sells bodies, legs, and if I’m really lucky, heads,” I wanted to say. But of course, I said, again, “I make them from scratch. I buy the material, and make them from… scratch.” What else could I say? She didn’t look convinced. I do have a lot of headless bears in a plastic container right now. Some without legs, just the bodies and arms connected, some just without heads. But that’s because it’s the hardest to get right, so I often leave them to last to sew up. 🙂  That’s the bear pictured in the middle. Lots of little light brown headless, and some legless, bears right now. 🙂



My bears are all done for Christmas!

Now with the heater cranked up, it’s time to get back to A Hero of a Highland Wolf and reread it again.

And of course, now I have TWO audiobooks to approve! Things keep stacking up.

I finished rereading A Highland Wolf Christmas, so once Dottie sends me the edits and I can go back over it another time, I can turn it in.


And then? It’s back to Jaguar Pride! I have 1000 words written on it. 🙂

So not going anywhere until the deep freeze goes away. Good thing I don’t live in a really cold place or I’d have to suck it up and get used to it. LOL Waving at Donna! Have a lovely Saturday! Just doing blogs and then it’s off to read A Hero of a Highland Wolf one last time.


“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”

Being Crafty at Christmastime



I’ve made bears for years and years and years, and have 3 orders to get out, along with finishing the two books I’m editing and I have an audiobook to approve. But in the meantime, I also had to put up my tree and decorate for Christmas.

Here are some of my very early works. I used to make a ton of dolls. And sold them. So here are some of the remaining Christmas elves that help me to decorate the tree every year. 🙂

See, that wasn’t hard, and now it’s done!

And I’m back to edits! Did the ice storm get to your neck of the woods?


“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”

Peacock Hen and Babies

She might not be as beautiful as the male of her species with their gorgeous tail feathers, but she’s beautiful in her own way–as a mother to her chicks. They are trying to keep up with her. 🙂  I took this picture of them at the Omaha Zoo.

My daughter took this picture in Hawaii.

New book reviews in:

Review: A Seal Wolf Christmas

A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Heart of the Wolf – Book 12) by Terry Spear

Publication Date: 09/24/2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 140228408X
ISBN-13: 978-1402284083

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, IndieBound

Terry Spear on the WEB: Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads

Books in the series:

Heart of the Wolf (2008), Destiny of the Wolf (2009), To Tempt the Wolf (2009), Legend of the White Wolf (2010), Seduced by the Wolf (2010), Wolf Fever (2010), Heart of the Highland Wolf (2011), Dreaming of the Wolf (2011), A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing (2012), A Howl for a Highlander (2013), A Highland Werewolf Wedding (2013), A SEAL Wolf Christmas (2013)

Coverart: Click the image for a larger, clearer view of the covers in this series.

Excerpt from A SEAL Wolf Christmas, courtesy of Amazon’s Look Inside feature.


Can an Alpha Wolf Who’s Met His Match…
Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson has had tough missions before, but going undercover with feisty gray wolf Anna Johnson could top the list. She drives him crazy—in more ways than one. Now he has to investigate a murder, supervise a wild teenage wolf—and handle Christmas with Anna.
Survive the Holidays with Her?
For Anna, the only thing worse than staging the perfect family Christmas is having to do it with Bjornolf posing as her husband. Anna is a serious undercover operative who isn’t afraid of a fight, even with a hunky SEAL shifter. With a killer on the loose, Anna just wants to focus on their mission, but the one thing she can’t fight is her sizzling chemistry with Bjornolf.


Terry Spear once again returns readers to the world of her Heart of the Wolf series with a Christmas treat, A SEAL Wolf Christmas. Spear’s attention to detail and her remarkable research into pack dynamics and behaviors has made this a must read series for fans of paranormal romance. Her latest offering has mystery and danger, as well as, a good dose of the Christmas spirit. Spear’s talent for writing compelling characters, with unrealistic abilities is exceptional. This author writes about the impossible and makes you believe every word!

The Heart of the Wolf series was one of the very first paranormal stories I read, when I decided to give the genre a go. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, if I would find it over-the-top or just too far fetched. I am so very glad that I chose this series to start with, because I think it made all the difference. Had I started with a series that was not as well written or researched, I may have given up on it all together and I very happy I did not. 

This series is written with such a great amount of authenticity. Terry Spear has done extensive research and it comes through on every page. Her shapeshifting werewolves act like real wolves, they are territorial and acquiesce to the alpha, they react like real wolves and they effect is mesmerizing. Readers who are looking for a werewolf series that has balance and sizzle, need look no further, the Heart of the Wolf series has it all. A SEAL Wolf Christmas may be the twelfth book in the series, but it doesn’t look like Spear will be done telling her stories about this big extended wolf family any time soon!


 Fresh Fiction Review:

The Highlander, October 2013
by Terry Spear

Featuring: Anora; Niall MacNeill
ISBN: 1492799491
EAN: 9781492799498
Kindle: B00FWG9F8A
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“Great characters, story, & a hot highlander!”

The Highlander
Terry Spear

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted December 1, 2013

Romance Historical

THE HIGHLANDER by Terry Spear is Book 5 in this author’s Highlandersseries. Niall MacNeill and his friend Gunnolf are charged with finding a certain Frenchwoman and escorting her to Niall’s cousin, Laird James MacNeill, for her own protection. The lady’s father had saved James’ life once during the Crusades.

The search takes the warriors to the Lowlands of Scotland. At the opening of the book, Niall is just regaining his senses after he and Gunnolf were ambushed and attacked by Murray clansmen. He is grievously injured and there is no sign of his friend. He eventually makes his way to a cottage and rests.

When shepherdess Anora comes home, she finds that not only is there somebody sleeping in her bed, but he’s also a very attractive half-naked man. Luckily for her, Niall is a good guy as well as being hot. There are some humorous scenes when they first meet, caused by the fact that Niall wants to keep her from alerting others of his presence while he heals — a pitchfork is involved. Right away, Niall is impressed by Anora’s nerve and then later, her kindness in taking care of him and his injuries. During his convalescence, he grows more and more attached to Anora, even as he suspects she’s actually the woman he’s seeking.



And Deidre’s Secret is now available in Audiobook!


It dropped from 83 degrees to 28. That has to be a record! 

Back to edits on two Highland books…

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”

Giraffes Come in All Different Sizes


These were at the Omaha Zoo.  It’s kind of an interesting study in neck lengths for feeding, I thought. The smallest one can only reach through the basket. The next tallest can barely reach the food over the the basket, and the tallest has to bend down to get her food. She was more curious about me though. 🙂


Back to writing. One of these days I’ve got to get the Christmas tree up! 🙂

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”


Change Can Be Confusing

Elk at the Lee G Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Nebraska. This is rutting season and so we couldn’t stop the car and I had to get a shot while we were driving by. They’re very territorial and dangerous at this time of year. Last year, they were okay–because we could stop and take pictures. Note this year, it was much colder and the ponds were frozen.

This is a picture I took last year.

But the keeper said that they have a lot of wild young bad boy bucks this year. 🙂  So many things had changed this year from last, and I think it was because the temperatures had dropped so drastically. It was 11 degrees on Sunday morning, with a chill factor of 1 degree. We’re having 70 here today, so being in that cold of weather when you’re not used to it is COLD. 🙂 

If I were this bear, note the snow on the ground, I would be hibernating. Which I sort of am. I’m in my cave, trying to finish up edits on A Hero of a Highland Wolf and A Highland Wolf Christmas.

I’m excited my roadrunner is still here!

But I’m confused about one thing–it’s just Tuesday, right? My neighbors put out their trash and they don’t pick up until Wednesday. It is Tuesday today, right???

Back to work on the two books. Brought out my notes for Jaguar Pride as that’s the next book I need to write. 🙂

Do you have your tree up yet??? I still need to do that, but because of deadlines, I think it might be the latest I ever put up my decorations.

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”