I look at other artists’ after-pictures and think, oh, that looks easy, and then I begin to work on the original photo myself and realize how messy the hair is, the shirt, I have to get rid of the arm, remove all the stray hairs over the mouth and eye. It’s a challenge like writing is. And it’s fun. Two more to go and these ladies are even in worse shape for painting, but I’ll show them when I’ve finished them. They’re both in progress. And then I move on to the next stage, hopefully.
I typed up my notes for Angel Fae and it is 1,000 words long now. Bear in Mind is 14K now. I finished the final read on Tangling with the Wolf, so I didn’t manage to get any work done on Cougar Christmas. Little one is here today. I did start working on formatting Catch the Cougar, Halloween novella and hope to get it published in a couple of days.
Okay, I’m off to feed the dogs before my granddaughter arrives!
I just turned the 2nd girl in that is a problem photo. I started working on the 3rd and 4th and last before I move forward to the next stage. I’ll try to finish up the 3rd one today.
I finished edits to Tangling with the Wolf last night, need to read it over again and turn it in. I had started a cougar story with a bear, found it, and then I had a psychic romantic suspense I just love, but my shifters do so well, I decided to combine it with the cougar/bear story and so we’ll have Bear in Mind one of these days. I’m at 13K on it. And 6K on Cougar Christmas Calamity. And I had started Angel Fae, so when I’m stuck on the other two stories, I’ll work on that. I just have handwritten notes on it, so I need to type those up today. I probably only have about a 1,000 words on it, if that.
But for now, I’m trying to just get the blog done. lol
I have a hard time sleeping sometimes because I keep thinking of story ideas, or about stuff I have to do. I think making a list helped because I wrote it down and now I can get them done without worrying about getting them done.
I’m off to get my passport picture–it’s amazing how fast ten years fly, do my flu shot and hope I don’t get sick, and get all the light bulbs to light my way in the kitchen–and hope they have them in stock.
I have 4,000 words on Cougar Christmas Calamity so far, 76K words to go, but It’s a good start, and I was asked when I’m going to get another fae book out. *sigh* So many stories to write, so little time.
So I went to a 500,000 word generator site for fantasy, which can be used for anything, and have been used for everything–villain was once the protagonist’s best friend–I think of superhero stories–etc. Anyway, but they’re things I don’t think of, so maybe I can jump start a story. I have tons of covers for fae books. I just need to write them. Sometimes, if I’m not painting, I can write two stories at once, at least until I get them going, because I get stuck and spin wheels, but I can work on the other until I get stuck on it. It works when these books aren’t under an official deadline. What I don’t want to do is have 10 more books that are partway done. Finished books sell. Unfinished books are sad.
I was also looking for couple figures with a winter theme for the cover of Cougar Calamity Christmas. It helps to add to the story. I found one I love where she is wearing hot pink gloves and a hat, she’s a blond, and that was her favorite color in another story. He’s former Black Ops, moody, wears black, and in the picture he definitely isn’t. So it shows how she changes him in a good way. The cover helps me to describe him better, internally and externally.
Have a great day!! Mine is off and running in about a minute!
Review:Joy to the Wolves by Terry Spear was one irresistible read.
The story was cozy and action-packed. This book started off as the first book in a new wolf series, The Red Wolves. It held the same amount of suspense, action-packed pages, and sexy scenes. The heat between the main two characters was fun to follow. Their first meeting is one where the hero is annoying yet hot as hell and the heroine disliking his accusing tones but still found him sexy. Both feel the instant attraction.
I loved how complicated the plot was and how interesting every character big and small were. Once again, I found myself falling hard for Terry Spear’s contemporary paranormal romance book. She is definitely one talented writer.
As Christmas approaches, red wolf shifter Brooke Cerise unexpectedly inherits an antique shop in Portland, Oregon. But when a missing reindeer calf turns up on her property, she becomes embroiled in a kidnapping case and the primary suspect of far-too-intriguing shifter Detective Josh Wilding.
Josh doesn’t intend to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, but Brooke gets under his skin from the moment they meet, and he can’t help his instinct to protect her. These red wolves are both on the hunt for love, but there’s a mystery to solve before they can enjoy their holiday happy-ever-after.
Spend every Christmas with an unforgettable shifter hero
READING CAFE Review, loved this too!!! Thanks, Sandy!
REVIEW:JOY TO THE WOLVES is the first installment in Terry Spear’s contemporary, adult RED WOLF paranormal, romantic suspense series focusing on the Red Wolf pack in Portland, Oregon. This is Detective Josh Wilding, and antiquities dealer Brooke Cerise’ s story line.
Told from third person perspective JOY TO THE WOLVES is a Christmas themed story line that follows red wolf shifter and antiquities dealer Brooke Cerise. Following the death of her great aunt Ivy, as the sole surviving relation, Brooke Cerise inherited her aunt’s antique shop in Portland, Oregon with the stipulation that she work and run the shop for a minimum of three years. When a missing reindeer calf shows up in Brooke’s courtyard, our heroine becomes the number one suspect and finds herself investigated by local law enforcement. Enter wolf shifter Detective John Wilding, the man with whom Brooke will fall in love but all is not well in the antiquities business when a mysterious shipment places Brooke in the direct line of fire, and the DEA and FBI are called in to help find the people responsible.
JOY TO THE WOLVES is a detailed story line that follows several intersecting paths including the romance, relationship and mating of Brooke and Josh; the appearance of an orphaned, teenage wolf with no biological family to speak of; the murder of two antique dealers, millions of dollar in drugs and a missing thumb drive, and the discovery of a fortune in collectibles that are about to make our heroine a very wealthy wolf.
I’m off to walk and mail a payment for a bill. And I made a list of some of the things I need to do because they’re keeping me awake in the night: Get passport renewed just in case I can ever travel again. Flu shot. I haven’t taken one since I got so sick on it a hundred years ago while I was in the army. Get more light bulbs. I have lights under my kitchen counter, love them. But what a job to remove the covers. So I need to go to ACE Hardware and pick up light bulbs. One went out on me the year after I moved here. Three went out on me yesterday. There are two others, but smaller size. Maybe they’ll last longer. But it’s amazing how dark the kitchen is without the lights now. And the list goes on.
I had to pick up some replacement parts to upgrade my computer, so my SIL is going to put those in next weekend. Hopefully it will all get here by then. I seriously need an upgrade. My Photoshop keeps crashing, sometimes hanging up my whole computer and I have to pull the plug on my computer.
And I’m off to walk before it gets too hot. It’s supposed to be 94 today! Then tomorrow, last look, it was supposed to start cooling down.
I did get started on Cougar Christmas Calamity–first 2,000. Shooting for 2,000 daily, except for days I have little one. And another little one is on its way next spring. I’ve been able to get a little done while she’s here because she’s getting older. But with a new baby, ohmigosh, that will be interesting. lol
I started on the problem pictures–hair in eyes and trying to reconstruct eyes, heads that have no bodies, one that has a fence across her face. My Photoshop keeps hanging up though in the middle of working on them, and yesterday, with the winds we had, in the middle of working on the Halloween cougar cover, the electricity went out briefly, but long enough to create problems. My SIL is upgrading my computer next weekend, which means losing everything I have on my current computer, so I will need to be saving everything all week. But I’m hoping that will help!
And Baldur’s Gate is out–yay! And I’d like to get that to play if I could. If I have time. I have so many books I want to write. Play game, write, play game, write. Wait, and do artwork. You get started on one of those games and it’s so hard not to stop. lol
I finally finished the cover! The cougar and couple are Photoshop oil brush painted. Her hair was black, but the woman in the story is a blond.
I don’t do preorders because I never know how long it will take me to finish a book because of other set-in-stone deadlines. I did a preorder once and was ready to publish it before the set date, and couldn’t.
I started writing on Cougar Christmas Calamity. I have no idea where I’m going with this, but the heroine is staying at a cabin on the Great Lakes where I’ve stayed with my friend who lives in Minnesota twice. I love it there, but I’m making it winter and a Christmas story. She has to remind me of the cold in snowy places–my characters are never dressed warmly enough. It’s going to be 90 here today, 94 tomorrow! Ugh. No wonder it’s hard for me to remember to dress warmly for the cold.
It’s hot out! At 5 this morning, 90% humidity. Yuck. lol
It will get better. We did have some rain yesterday, and we’re supposed to get it this morning. I did get some yard work done yesterday too.
I love Jane Eden’s animal drawings on Renderosity, and her spooky things just came on sale. So I created this with her wolf and background, adding other interesting sky art to the sky and reduced the saturation on the backdrop, and darkened the wolf.
I’m off to take care of little one. Not sure what to do on my new books so I’m floundering. I hate when that happens! I want to jump in with both feet and just write. But maybe I need a break too.
Have a great day! I’m off to play with little one.
It looks like we’ll get rain for a couple of days from Delta. I think it’s just residual, hitting Galveston and Louisiana worst. I feel sorry for those living in Louisiana right now since they’ve had so many storms hit there this year.
This is the coolest shot! I would not want to be on the water during a storm like this!
I’m off to finish up Tangling with the Wolf today and turn it in. Finished one beta readers edits on Catch the Cougar last night, and I need to finish working on the cover. I also need to start writing on either the cougar novel or jaguar novella, but it’s always kind of a struggle to get a book started, well most of the times. Sometimes something just grabs me and I can run with it and I love when that happens. I had so much fun with Catch the Cougar and the last chapter. The end came to me before the middle and I just ran with it.
So I posted my last long hair lady and I’m working on the next 3 pictures which are “problem” pictures. I have a 4th and 5th I haven’t started yet. Sometimes after I’ve finished them, I like to put them aside and then check them over again and work on them before I can upload the next one.
Okay, I’m off to edit so I can get my other deadline book in!
We went for a long walk, didn’t see any turtles, but left food for them up on the bank. It was chilly, so maybe they were trying to keep warm. We got to see all the Halloween decorations that were out and a family taking pictures of a ghost and a little girl who was celebrating her spooky 2 year old birthday.
I went through Tangling with the Wolf edits yesterday, and will work on them again today. I also turned in the marketing materials for Wolff Bros 2 Christmas book.
I was trying to come up with the story idea for the next cougar book–A Christmas one. It kept me awake last night. I had whole scenes in mind. I need to write down what I vaguely remember before I lose it for good. When I was coming up with a trope for Wolff Bros, I had a funny idea for a vampire–but promptly forgot it. lol
But no wonder! I was also writing the synopsis Catch the Cougar, and with working on 3 different stories in one day, it’s easy to make mistakes. In my long synopsis for the wolf story, that includes jaguars, a cougar had replaced one wolf and one jaguar. Laughing. No cougars in that story!
Back to more adventures with little one. Even sharpening a crayon can be an adventure!
I’ve been working on two classes, one with furry pets and one with humans. So this one is of a Pixabay black cat. This was the original.
I finished editing Catch the Cougar–a Halloween novella.
I had to change the title because I already had Double the Cougar Trouble, and so I didn’t want to use Cougar Halloween Trouble as it’s too similar.
I’ve got to do marketing materials for Wolff Bros and the edits on Tangling, so I’ll do those next so I can turn them in and then back to Catch the Cougar. Need the dedication and acknowledgments and copyright, etc.
I need to refinish the little girl snow picture and turn her in. It will probably be about two weeks before I move up to the next class. I have to do four more paintings, and get six of them approved before going to the next review. Hoping for more fun background brushes in the next session.
I moved two boxwood, planted 4 mums and one sunshine ligustrum. I need to move one rosebush and pull more weeds! And cut back some hyacinth bean plants. The hummingbirds love them. Last year, they barely did anything. This year when I planted the seeds, they just took off.
Still practicing how to blend with background and paint long hair. I wondered how it would look with a render–a computer generated person.
I’m out planting mums this morning. I picked them up for a light purple accent, so had to get them out. I still want to move a couple of boxwoods that are not getting enough water or sun. And I have one yellow ligustrum I need to plant. So I’ll probably do that this morning while it’s cool and the sun’s not beating down yet. The front yard gets a ton of sun, so I have to plant really early or really late out there. It’s still getting hot here.
And I’ve about finished Cougar. I will probably change the name. I made the cover, for the most part. I’m going to read through Cougar one last time, and write the dedication, and assign an ISBN, get it copyrighted. So many things to do. But I need to start edits on Tangling with the Wolf novella that came back to me. I have 9 days to turn it back in.
Ugh, sun’s coming out. Off to hurry and plant! I feel like a vampire. Oh no, the sun, arm over eyes to shield myself from the devastating rays. Hmm, I wonder if that idea came from how bad the sun is on our skin??? A point to ponder, if you have the time or inclination.