I’m at Sia’s Thoughts over Coffee today for another chance and have one more on Monday, and that’s it! 🙂
And I just completed Matheson Clan Bear triplets for another order and will be shipping them today!
In previous posts, I’ve shown the turkey vultures surrounding the lion and lioness as if they were part of their royal court. And actually perched on top of a rhino that was sleeping. I’ve never seen the bear up and moving around. And I’ve never seen the turkey vultures in his exhibit. So see? They might not be the greatest pictures as far as photography goes, but as far as subject, pretty cool, don’t you think?
I managed to get to 27,000 yesterday, despite being on a LIVE blog tour from noon until midnight. And I should make my goal by the weekend of 30,000, maybe more.
If you have a chance or the inclination, drop by Sia’s blog and comment for a chance at a win!
Have a super great TGIF! 🙂
Oh, and I’m from the bear state of California, and I’m researching grizzlies in Montana for A SEAL Wolf for Sale, and I saw the bear at the zoo, so what do you think I had a nightmare about???
I’m still at Redheads Review Better, giveaway of Silence of the Wolf print copy, until Mar 30:
Bitten by Books at 12!! Giveaway tonight, copy of Silence of the Wolf, print, and for Overseas, Cougar’s Mate, ebook.
Angels Guilty Pleasure is giving away a ebook copy of Jaguar Fever by March 28th!
Tomorrow it will be Sia McKye Over Coffee! Post tomorrow.
I’ve been absent, if anyone has noticed. 🙂
I was at the zoo. And I’m behind on my writing. I’ve been collaborating with 3 different author groups to put out 2 box sets, and the other will hopefully be a Highland anthology. Still working on all the stuff. 🙂 So really been busier than I usually am.
I was going to throw out the can of used up paint because yesterday was garbage day, figuring I had to get some new paint, but there was some left and it was good, so I was painting some more. I still have a short wall and some trim to do. And the brick walls to paint. They are a job because of all the crevices in the brick. My delightful daughter said that was one of my New Year’s Goals, to finish painting the room. LOL Don’t you love when others give you a New Year’s Goal??? I have a time enough with making my own! Which I don’t. I have enough writing goals to keep me busy!
So I’m off to write and try to get caught up. I’m at 22,000, think I wrote 1,000 by hand last night, so need to type it, and am aiming at 30,000 by the weekend.
All kinds of interesting stuff at the zoo. Here are a couple of pictures. Oh, and tried to post earlier, but having trouble with WP. 🙁
American Alligator–he is looking at you! I would not want to run into him in a lake.
The birds of some kind were having a courting dance and several were going on at the same time. I think the brown is the female and the white the male if the showiness is anything. But if it is, the female was going on at the male, when I often think it’s the other way around. But what do I know??? There’s another brown version, if a female in the lower left hand corner, and she’s making a ruckus also. I think she wanted the guy!
Two headed venomous snake or two snake heads? 🙂
Okay, off to see if I wrote 23,000 or more, hopefully more, and I’m on my way. A storm is coming. In the story, and outside, it looks like too. 🙂 More pictures later. All kinds of great shots this time. Not so much that the picture was the greatest piece of photography of all time–I leave that to all you professional photographers who do such a fine art job of it–but because of the circumstances. Like the mating birds up above. Are these mating snakes? Never know. And the alligator who is watching–YOU! 🙂
Have a super great Thursday!
Silence of the Wolf–5 Stars!! Bitten by Books: “The mystery of Elizabeth’s parents’ death is woven throughout the story, and I love a good mystery. Though Elizabeth is a woman alone, she has a deep desire to be part of a pack, but is afraid when Tom first makes the offer. Tom is a strong and capable leader, a definite alpha, and is certain that he wants Elizabeth to be his mate. When Elizabeth’s room is broken into and her belongings stolen, Tom is there to protect her.
I liked seeing Elizabeth’s courage in the face of a kidnapping and her determination to discover who was responsible for the murder of her parents. Silence of the Wolf is a story that easily captured my interest, and I am curious to see what happens next for the Silver Town residents.” Mary http://bittenbybooks.com/silence-of-the-wolf-by-terry-spear/
And yes, there’s more: A Silver Wolf Christmas, Oct 2015.
I am behind!!! On my writing on A SEAL Wolf for Sale. We had storms yesterday and I had to get off my computer.
And I have some things coming up: A book set with a bunch of authors who have won all kinds of awards, three of which are USA Today Bestselling authors, including me! More adult paranormal and fantasy books. And another book set with strictly YA faery stories. I think both of them will be a lot of fun. We’re working on the details for both right now, and I have two conferences coming up that we’re working together to come up with some things.
I love authors! In most businesses, we would be considered competition. But with authors, we unite to work together to help each other out and that’s really a wonderful concept. I’ve been asked a million times to join in book sets with other authors, and I’ve said no because I’m swamped with other stuff going on all the time. But I finally said yes to these two projects–one because I’m fascinated with these award-winning authors, and the other, because it’s all the world of fae, and I think it’s really important to have a themed box set to help promote the same.
So in the coming weeks when I have sales links, I’ll share them here. 🙂
I just also sent the narrator the following two books to narrate:
The Magic of Inherian: Scepter of Salvation, Book 1
Princess Talamaya turned 18 in the human kingdom of Damar, just like her twin brother. Only when she comes of age, she must wed the king’s choice. When her brother comes of age, he’s allowed to sit on the council. But everything changes when a wizard pits beast and man against each other in Inherian–all because of the loss of the Scepter of Salvation and she must return it to their kingdom.
Princess Talamaya and her friends, Lady Kersta and Lady Mexia, must retrieve the Scepter of Salvation when her brother is poisoned.Visions plague Talamaya of a world beyond her own, of a destiny she has to fulfill.But the barbarian king is also after the scepter, and the black-hearted wizard who is trying to gain control will do anything to keep them from retrieving it.
She must free a knight from his madness.
Help a female dwarf escape from the dwarven mines.
Aid an Amazon fighting the Dark Elves.
Rescue even the barbarian king.
Save a crusty old dwarf from the wolves of Elan Pass.
And outwit the dark wizard once more.
Above all else, she must always take the path of righteousness.
The Magic of Inherian: The Mage of Monrovia, Book 2
An apprentice of the mage they had destroyed earlier, now threatens Inherian once again. But when Mexia arrives at Langdon to become school trained, she learns the school will not permit a woman to attend. But she must destroy the mage’s apprentice, and she cannot do so without the training. She must use the magic she has learned to discover a way to defeat the apprentice before it is too late.
Mexia has already done much more than most school- trained mages when she and her companions had gone in search of the scepter of salvation. But now one of the apprentices of the evil wizard they had destroyed, has stolen his spell book and plans to take up where he had left off, and she has to try and stop him.
Mexia believes the only way for her to defeat the mage is to become school trained like he was with the eventual goal of becoming a high wizard–the first of her kind in Inherian. But the current headmaster denies her entrance because she’s a woman. Though if she can get the former headmaster’s recommendation, she may attend.
And that’s the beginning of the trouble.
First, there’s the wizard.
Then, the immovable headmaster.
And then, the circle of misfortunes.
It all goes downhill from there…
I still need to write the third book!
But in the meantime, I’m off to work on A SEAL Wolf for Sale.
Hope you have a grand Monday! It’s cloudy with a chance of storms? Not sure. I probably should look and see. Or better yet, I should just write!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
Cattle and storms
Chinese pistache blossoms
Peach orchard in bloom and fog and a purple martin’s birdhouse
Pretty pink peach trees all in a row and more fog.
I took these pictures from the yard. There is beauty all around if we just take a moment to look and see.
Back to writing. Determined to get to 20,000 on A SEAL Wolf for Sale today.
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
First, the Jaguar Fever E-book giveaway:
Another chance to win! Angels Guilty Pleasures is giving away an ebook copy of Jaguar Fever! Be sure and drop by and say howdy!!! And enter! Thanks, Angela!!! http://angelsguiltypleasures.blogspot.com/2014/03/seriously-shifter-giveaway-hop-march-21.html?m=1
For Seriously Shifter Week I’m giving away to one lucky winner a Kindle E-Copy of Jaguar Fever (Heart of the Jaguar #2) by Terry Spear.
Giveaway is open INT/US/CAN
Just enter the Rafflecompter below for your chance to WIN.
Terry Spear is one of many authors that writes about shifters. She is also one of my favorites! This month she released Silence of the Wolf “Heart of the Wolf” #13 another great shifter series. Check out my review!
4.5 Wolf Stars!!
Silence of the Wolf is book thirteen in Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series. Terry takes us back to Silvertown territory where Darien, Jake and Tom run the pack and town. We get mystery, adventure and passion.
I really enjoy Terry Spear’s written style the ease in which it flows. How I can just get pulled back into her wolf series! I love the pack dynamics created in this series. They center on family, doting on the young and welcoming of others. The characters always complaint each other and I enjoy seeing characters from previous books make an appearance.
Just drop by Angela’s site to enter for a chance at a book, and have fun!
Next up is The Highlander just came out in audio! I knew it was supposed to be available soon, but just learned it’s already out! So here are the links!
Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what’s a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest-but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword! Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his cousin’s castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder-English or French-it does not matter. Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder’s cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his cousin requests of him-ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle-but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.
Okay, and third, the 200 year old skeleton. You know I write urban fantasy, right???
Well, I’m trying to learn how to remove the skeleton from the lake without the sheriff’s department getting hold of it. 🙂
Research can be fascinating. I learned about how hundreds of cars were being removed form lakes–really sad, from joy riders, to those filing insurance fraud because they couldn’t make car payments, to some that held human remains and would solve some cold cases. It’s amazing what gets dumped in the lakes, rivers, etc.
But divers found a 10,000 year old skeleton of a boy in an underwater cave and it appeared it was a “burial” of sorts, but the bones were really well preserved.
No wonder it’s taking me so long to write this book. 🙂
But it’s fun doing the research too. 🙂
Off to write and… research. Happy TGIF!!!
Oh, any Underwater Criminal Investigators with specialties in underwater body and evidence recovery out there?
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
I’ve lost count of my blog tour stops, but I’m at Fresh Fiction today, still working on A SEAL Wolf Christmas, hope to have 20K by this weekend, but I’m a LONG ways from it. I’ve had to do another interview, and guest blog, and those take time! It may look like they’re short and sweet and easy to write, but they’re not. And I had to rewrite my synopsis for A Highland Wolf Christmas for marketing and that took forever. And then I have to constantly drop into the sites where I’m the guest author to comment on commenters’ comments. It’s not enough to just write the blog. It’s important for me to interact with fans and potential fans. That can mean a lot of comments! And a lot of blogs to comment on until the contest runs it’s course at the site. But it’s still important to me. And blog site moderators appreciate it too.
So after I tell the world where I’m at today, I’ve got to get back to writing. A lot of what stops me is research. Is it warm enough to swim in a Montana lake in summer? Well, it’s 74 degrees and it’s getting too hot for their cold weather fish. Did you know that? Huckleberries are great to pick wild up there. We picked blackberries wild in Oregon and currant berries too. How do you make it into berry jam?
Can you hunt in the summer for elk or bear or deer or… no. How warm does it get in the summer? Eighty-two degrees. Hmmm, when it’s 105 here, I think I’ll go up there. It has one of the largest grizzly populations though. And they have several wolf packs. Which is why I picked it for my location. Lots of forests, lakes, rivers, perfect for a werewolf pack.
What do you do to protect yourself from a grizzly attack? What are signs one is in the area? Can you have a cabin on the lake? Some don’t allow homes on lakes, like at some Oklahoma lakes. So I always have to make sure it will work. I have that one of the cabins is in the mountains. Are their mountains that close? Yes. 🙂
I write something, and then have to stop and check to see if it works! 🙂 And I’ll look up homes on the lakes that are for sale and use the pictures to describe the real places in my book. Also, like the scenery from the cabin decks–the sunset, the way the water looks. Scuba diving, the way the water looks beneath the surface. All of it is important to me.
They have black bears and grizzlies up there. This is a black bear at the wildlife reserve in Omaha. They can be difficult to tell apart sometimes from grizzlies and some hunters kill the grizzlies, thinking they are the black bear, that can be just as brown as the grizzly and if the grizzly is younger, can be mistaken for the smaller bear.
They had a bear hunting season in Arkansas. We lived in eastern Oklahoma near the Arkansas border where it was more mountainous and we had a lot of bear sightings. No hunting for bear in Oklahoma so they got smart and began to move into our state. 🙂
Do you have an animal guide? I’ve added that in this story. What draws you to a particular animal? If you visit a zoo or wildlife reserve, what is the animal you most want to see? Do you have a particular animal you admire most? Have you had a sign that indicates that animal is your guide? So if you have an animal guide, what does this indicate? I had to discover this as well. 🙂
I love the research though because it often gives me ideas of where to go with the story. Like about the grizzlies in the area, or the pitchforks in the lake. Or the wolf poachers. Or an old story I read about wolves that led to another pack’s demise, which I will incorporate into this story. That story has bothered me since I read it a couple of years ago in my research, so I decided I would use it in the telling of this story. I have used several real wolf tales in my werewolf stories.
I can’t remember what this was at the Spring, Texas Botanical Gardens, but I loved the lacy flower like leaves and took a picture of them, and they’re so dramatic.
Hope to get somewhere today on my writing. I have 7,000 words left to go to make my goal.
Isn’t that a beautiful picture? Don’t you wish I knew what it was? I think it was an oak, something. 🙂 You’d think I’d research it and find out…. 🙂
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
Speaking of which, I have to get back to A SEAL Wolf for Sale!
I saw The Monument’s Men and enjoyed it yesterday. Monday it was time to finish dealing with taxes. Today, it’s fingers to the keyboard.
Why I love to photograph:
A camellia flower and a bee, Spring, Texas Botanical Gardens.
Have a super great hump day!!!
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
Having a lot of trouble posting this morning. Page is showing blank!
Silence of the Wolf by Terry Spear-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway
“Terry Spear pulls the reader into a Rocky Mountain adventure through the snow covered forests and the backwoods of Silver Town, USA. There is action and suspense; hatred and love; betrayal and forgiveness. If you like a storyline with a little romance, a little sex, a little suspense and a whole lotta shifters, SILENCE OF THE WOLF and the Heart of the Wolf series by Terry Spear is a welcome addition to any personal library.” Reviewed by Sandy
Happy St. Paddy’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you always!