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Need a Do-Over Day?

Games are great to play because if you make a terrible play, you can just restore an earlier game. Yesterday was one of those days that I felt I had fallen out of bed on the wrong side. Everything that could go wrong, did. And then, last night, same thing.

But you know what? I persisted. Didn’t help, but I kept going and didn’t give up.

Garlic growing in the fridge planted in the planter, bunny ears flower, pouring rain with another wild thunderstorm, Heart of the Wolf in audiobook! and Billionaire Wolf for Christmas–coming October.

This morning, I hadn’t set the alarm because I ALWAYS get up early. I wrote that my characters woke late. Well guess what? I woke later. 5:45 and I’m like, ack!!!!! I usually get up an hour earlier on baby day. So I was rushing around to get everything done that I usually do before she ends up here. And I made it!!! I soooo hope today isn’t another day that I feel I need a do-over!

Have a great one. Baby is here!

Terry

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Evolution of Audible Covers–by the Publisher

Savage Hunger: Heart of the Jaguar, Book 1 | [Terry Spear]

Savage Hunger, Book 1, 1st book in Audible

This one was nicely done.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Savage-Hunger-Audiobook/B00NAGI2KQ

Jaguar Pride | [Terry Spear]

Jaguar Pride, Book 4, 2nd book in Audible  (someone got them out of order)

Poor design.

When we upload our indie work, one of the things Audible said is that we can’t use a black border like this. Or just use a wider version of the book cover. But sometimes it’s hard to use the same cover for the expanded version from a cover that is a narrower proportion for a book cover to fit a square audiobook cover, especially when we’ve bought the cover from a cover artist and it’s four or five years down the road. But a publisher should be able to do this right.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Jaguar-Pride-Audiobook/B00WVDEGJK

SEAL Wolf Hunting | [Terry Spear]

SEAL Wolf Hunting, Book 16, 1st wolf book in Audible, 3rd book ready in Audible. This one was interesting, but I could have done it. And it doesn’t make use of the whole space to allow for the title and author’s name to expand a bit, plus it obscures the actual cover. Since this is a brand new ebook and print book release, I don’t see why they couldn’t have made it more like the next cover or the first cover.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/SEAL-Wolf-Hunting-Audiobook/B011D4TXDG

Jaguar Fever | [Terry Spear]

Jaguar Fever, Book 2, 4th book in Audible.

I love this one!

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Jaguar-Fever-Audiobook/B01317BQ24

Which do you like best?

Okay,  back to my regularly scheduled writing! Have a great day!

Terry

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

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SEAL Wolf Hunting is OUT!!!

After months of writing, more weeks of editing, and more revising, and proofing, and in the meantime writing 4 more books–Silver Wolf Christmas (Oct 2015), She-Wolf Leader of the Pack (Feb 2016), SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble (Summer 2016), Phantom Fae (Apr 2015), and 55,000 words into Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing (25,000 words to go, woohoo!), while promoting the new release of Jaguar Pride (Feb 2015) it seems like eons ago that I wrote SEAL Wolf Hunting. An eternity.

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Book 17

Phantom Fae

Don’t have covers for SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble, or She-Wolf, or Billionaire yet. 🙂

And here you all thought I was goofing off!!!! With trips, and book signings, and playing with puppies and taking pictures, and visiting zoos and wolf parks and well, just plain old goofing off.

But you see writing is REALLY my day job and unlike Rick Castle on CASTLE, who writes one book a year, I get a little more done in a year. I have to. I have 3 wolf books and a jaguar book coming out next year. And more, when I can find the time. See if you can match that, Rick Castle.  Oh, sure, he’s running around flirting with Detective Kate Becket and helping her to solve murder cases, but that’s the same as taking trips to zoos, playing with puppies, and taking pictures–time-wise, right?

And yet he’s a multi-millionaire crime thriller novelist. Hmm, maybe I should switch genres. Oh, I know it’s because the women flock to him and books aren’t the only thing that he’s signing. *sigh*

So I have to make do with what I have and…write more.

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Book 16

I have to thank my fans for loving my books though. You are my inspiration! Every time I write a scene, I wonder–will you love it as much as I do? I’ve been writing some fun scenes in Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing, and those scenes make the book memorable to me. But every book has them.

Even after writing so many other books, nearly 5 since I wrote SEAL Wolf Hunting, I still can vividly see some of my favorite scenes–Paul Cunningham, retired Navy SEAL wolf who now does undercover freelance work has come home with his SEAL team body, Allan Rappaport, after a grueling mission. They lost one of the college students they were supposed to rescue.

Paul suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But I don’t belabor it. It’s just to show how something like that can make someone react to situations that others will take no note of. When Lori Greypaw realizes Paul might be reacting to situations because of PTSD, she reaches out to him, to help him deal with it. HE doesn’t believe he is having any trouble at all. But when he breaks into Allan’s mother’s home, both men covered in face paint and armed and ready to take down hostage takers, it’s funny and fun, but there’s this undercurrent of hint of trouble that Paul is dealing with, unbeknownst to anyone.

Anyone can suffer from PTSD.

So I’ve touched on it in the story, in fun ways that show that life isn’t always what’s right in front of you, but sometimes there are hidden fears that make you react to certain situations that might confound others.

Okay off to start the busy day ahead with prizes and such at my site.

I also will be giving away 5 copies of the audiobook through Audible–to lucky commenters on this blog. They are good for US and UK winners. I’m not sure if the codes will work elsewhere. But if you love shapeshifters, romance, the paranormal, wolves, mystery, suspense, action and humor, and enjoy audible books, just tell me why you’d love to listen to this story, and I’ll throw you in the pot for a free copy!

Have a super great day! Mine is on top of the moon because it’s RELEASE DAY!!!

Terry

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

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Who Said it Was Break Time?

Last night when I was at Max’s dog obedience training, the new instructor said to give our dogs a break every time they were through with a phase of training. So one of the ladies took her dog for a bathroom break. But the instructor didn’t mean that kind of a break. He meant to teach the dog that a break meant the dog was done with that phase of training. Now there was a pause between the other dogs finishing theirs and then doing the next training, and that was their “break.”

I told her when she returned with her German shepherd that he didn’t really mean she got to take a break. We laughed.

Max’s nose is to the ground the whole time. So during our breaks–I started to hold him and he loves the cuddle time. And it makes it a real break for him. He watches the other dogs and their owners in their work instead of concentrating on what’s on the ground. Food, dirt, cigarette butts, tons of other trash. And lots and lots and lots of smells. Which means constantly discouraging him, and making him stay by my side, which wears both of us out.

He did really great. Sat, placed, walked, sat, walked, placed, sat. He was very good about it while moving from cot to cot. But when we had to do down, ugh. I really have to work on that. Max doesn’t like lying down unless he’s going to sleep. He’s a sitter. He does great at sitting. I had to entice him with a treat to go down, though I wouldn’t give it to him because he wouldn’t do it on his own. When he did with one command, I gave him the treat. But it’s definitely something I need to work on.

Then there’s me, and a break. I have the proof book for Phantom Fae to read all the way through today. So I’m starting on that in a couple of minutes. But I do better with coming up with a new story if I have a cover. So here’s the new book, when I have time to write it.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it, but last night, just by being able to have a cover, I was able to start coming up with an idea: Not only do the dragon fae have an innate need to hoard gold. So do the Golden Fae. What happens when the two tangle?

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I was also thinking about the next vampire book in the Blood Moon series.

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No wonder why I’m not getting enough sleep at night. I can’t shut down the part of my mind that is working on story ideas. So in Kiss of the Vampire, I have the Welsh princes fleeing back to Wales after the Dallas League of Vampires wants their heads. Well, they’re in trouble in Wales too, but maybe it’s been enough decades for no one to know or care of the problems they created there.

Nah. Vampires live long lives. Some hold long grudges. This is Stasio’s story. He is the historian of the bunch, loving all things historical, and everyone gets on him about living in the past. Their past. Humans don’t know the vampires exist. And the vampires keep a low profile. Most of them do. But that’s what gets these princes into so much trouble. If they see humans in trouble, they can’t help but want to aid the good, and defeat the bad when they are supposed to let the humans deal with their own issues on their own.

Now they have a witch among them, strictly American, yet they had to take her with them because of the problems they created on a spring break cruise.

They have no idea how this is all going to play out when they run into something they’d never heard of before, never knew about–a huntress who is determined to eliminate their kind.

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Kiss of the Vampire

(Blood Moon Series, Book 1)

Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » Fantasy

The motto of the vampires is that humans have to deal with problems on their own. But when Levka and his friends risk all to save human girls, he is injured and so the adventure begins. A cruise. A human girl who is terrified of water. And a vampire who has targeted her for his mate. But she has some secrets of her own.

Forced to take a cruise ship to babysit her foster sister, Caitlin has to face her own demons. But add to that her foster sister’s and her friend’s antics and Caitlin’s inability to use her witch’s magic over water and she has little hope to enjoy this trip. Until she meets a wheelchair-bound teen and wants to make friends with him in the worst way.

Levka and his friends make a hasty retreat from Dallas before the vampire elders stake them for getting involved in human affairs–again. But when he meets Caitlin on the cruise ship, hating that he’s so weak after being injured so severely that he has to use a wheelchair, he finds their troubles have just begun.

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But for now, it’s back to proofing Phantom Fae! 🙂

Have a lovely Tuesday!!!

Terry

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

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When Finishing One Goal is Impossible…

Switch to another. Really. Do it. Don’t say, okay, do a little happy dance, because you can’t accomplish the one goal in just that instant, or pull out your hair… jump on another goal you need to accomplish! You’ll feel better. Really. You’ll get something else done.

Can you tell I’m a workaholic? Well, and have so many deadlines. If I didn’t, I’d goof off more. Maybe.

Late yesterday afternoon I was near the end of proofing Phantom Fae. I was soooooooo close to the end. I wanted to finish it and send it off to the narrator so she could update it. I wanted to be able to relisten to the changes and approve it, pay her, and have another project hanging over my head–finished, done, completed. Because I have a stack of other projects I HAVE to get done. Soon. On deadline.

So what does it do? Storms. Thunder. Lightning. Pouring rain. The works. My computer kept flickering on and off, but I was so desperate to finish. I finally finished, went to send her the final changes, no Internet.

Okay, so that’s fine. I have 8 bears stacked up waiting for me to work on them. Though I was multi-tasking when I was listening to the audiobooks, jointing, then stuffing bears at the same time.

But I still had a ton of work to do on them. Still do. But they’re getting closer to being done. This morning, still trying to get the one book finished up to approve. The narrator hasn’t pressed a button to allow me to approve it yet. The other is DONE. And this morning, I’m working on marketing materials for one of the books I need to write. Still clueless about the other, but I’m making some headway on this one. 🙂 But wait, what color was Everett’s eyes and hair? And will the missing cub be a female or male? Always the questions.

Have a terrific TGIF!!!

I’m off to have some more fun with goals. What about you?

Oh, and news!!!! For the first time ever, two of my wolf books are going into audio! Can’t wait!!!

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AND, now Dragon Fae and Hawk Fae are in audiobooks!

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Hawk-Fae-Audiobook/B00W66GNAM

Dragon Fae

Dragons love to hoard.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Dragon-Fae-Audiobook/B00VIXPMXS

Okay, Phantom Fae approved, paid for and done. Now it has to go into review and then it will be ready for sale!

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AND, The Highlander is on sale for 99 cents for a very short time!!

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FWG9F8A/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_JMcmvb0XDP3AE

Okay, REALLY back to work! 🙂 <3

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

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Sold to Tantor! Again!

Exciting News!!! Savage Hunger is already in audiobook. Jaguar Fever is being narrated now. And Sourcebooks Casablanca just sold the rights to Tantor for Jaguar Hunt! So they should be up next! 🙂 <3 Now, just need them to pick up Jaguar Pride! http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Savage-Hunger-Audiobook/B00NAGI2KQ
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Have a super Saturday! Back to the world of wolves! 🙂 She-Wolf is the 2nd book of the 4 book contract. If I have time, I’m supposed to write the Wolf in Billionaire’s Clothing. And then Jaguar Jingle Bells. They’re all on the schedule, but my editor wants Jaguar Jingle Bells no matter what if I fall behind for some reason. 🙂
Terry
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New Cover Reveals!!!

Kissing the Highlander final

First, I love this cover by Vonda Sinclair! And His Wild Highland Lass is the novella I’m working on for it. The anthology is a set of 5 prequels to stories we already have out.

I had a breakthrough on my story this afternoon. Not breakdown. But breakthrough. 🙂

And so I’m hoping to finish writing it in the next couple of days. Or by the weekend. It’s at 18,000, shooting for 23,000.

This anthology will be out in Feb.

Then, I’m working with a couple of other talented authors and this is the beautiful cover that was created by Heather Newbury Almendarez.

These are Greek God contemporary comedy romances. It should be out about July 9.

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Can you say beautiful? I mean about the cover!!!

And a couple of reviews. Loved the reviews and had to share!!!

This one was for The Highlander audiobook!

Refreshing and fun to read!
5 stars By Nicole Laverdure “Mirabelle” July 2, 2014

Jaguar Fever Giveaway! The Highlander Audiobook Out! 200-Year Old Skeleton Found!

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.
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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!

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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.

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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?

 

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
www.terryspear.com

Are You Ready to Listen to a Book?

Do you listen to audiobooks?

When I drove to work, I listened to them on the way there and back home, on trips, painted a whole room listening to one and was ready to paint the whole house, love to hear a book when I’m unable to read one or do anything else.

I just finished proofing and then approving The Shadow Elf (YA), half way done with proofing In the Dead of the Night, and have finished Forbidden Love and Demon Trouble Too (YA), both in review right now.  The Winged Fae, The Highlander, Huntress for Hire, and The Trouble with Demons are in process.

So I’m off to proof the rest of In the Dead of the Night, and once the narrator makes the necessary corrections, I can approve it, send a check to pay her, and then it’ll go into review. Once it’s done with the review, it’s available for the listening public. So much fun!

The great news is I have some review copies!!!

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Vampires on the Rise

Even vampire bears! All my stories have humor in them, vampire romantic suspense included. So why not a vampire with a fancy coffin, just for Halloween?

Not that my vampires ever sleep in coffins, mind you. They are not the undead. I leave that to zombies, which are not in my stories. They have heartbeats, eat and drink (a little blood too), and have hot bodies. I just couldn’t imagine a non-vampire getting hot for a cold dead thing, so my vampires are living, breathing humans that were changed by the Black Plague, just as some humans were who became hunters of the vampires. They have the same strength, but not the bloodlust.

In any event, the playing field is well-matched that way.

Speaking of bloodsuckers, one was trying to bite me the other night. A bloodthirsty female mosquito. I was trying to write on Guthrie’s story, and she landed on my wrist to take a sip. My vampire hunting genes took hold, and I tried to kill her. I think I missed. But she didn’t come back for another slurp. *sigh*

I guess my hunter skills are a little rusty. Need to work on that.

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Than I was outside watering and ran into him! Never seen one here before. Just the little tiny lizards that run all over my house. Inside and out. This is a Texas spiny lizard. Okay, so I have lizards on the brain. Right? I’ve had them crawl up my pants leg when I’ve been writing, scurry across my feet, just all kinds of things.
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So I’ve settled down to write after I finish watering and I’m working away, it’s getting late and something crawls up my leg. Natural reaction: brush it off and then look to see what it was. Cricket maybe? Been finding a bunch of them in the house–dead. Good.

But I’m thinking one of the little lizards. It’s getting really late and need to go to bed. So shut things down and start walking to the bedroom and feel something rough between the sole of my foot and my flipflop. I kick it off and off runs a scorpion. Now deceased.scorpion 003 (800x780)

I can’t believe he crawled up my leg, I brushed him off AND he somehow got between my foot and my flipflop as I was walking and I DIDN’T get stung. When I lived in Oklahoma, I was stung a number of times. HATE those things.

They are way scarier than vampires.

Okay, I am EVERYWHERE today with giveaways:

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And one other place, but not posted. Will try to update later when it is. 🙂

I have audiobook review copies of the following: The Accidental Highland Hero, Highland Rake, Taming the Wild Highland, Bound by Danger, The Dark Fae (teen), Kiss of the Vampire (teen), The Deadly Fae (teen). The caveat is that you haven’t received a free book before through audible. But if you haven’t and you’d like one, it’s yours!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com