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Today at Fresh Fiction!

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.

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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!”

Black is Elegant and Dangerous


Black is–a black void in space, a black hole. An elegant statement in clothes–or a way of saying I’m mighty, watch out. Think of Swat teams wearing black. They did a test to see what colors were regarded more as having authority. Black has it.

It gives the feeling of emptiness or desolation. Black charred forests. A black ocean at night. A black moonless night.

Here is a black bear at the Omaha wildlife reserve and he could be rather menacing, but the brown bear that lives with him is no less menacing and lots larger!

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A black Highland cow with the fall colors of the river shining off his back. Shiny black can act as a mirror for images.

In the Dead of the Night

Romantic Suspense

In this cover, he was wearing a gray shirt, but he’s an undercover agent with a mission to protect, yeah, yeah, he’s sort of distracted at the moment, but see, he’s shielding her body in case the bad guys try to get her again and she looks kind of like she’s going to faint, so he really is helping her out. But he was wearing a gray shirt and it just didn’t work, so I darkened it to black.

And what she is wearing is black, and sexy.


I attended an FF&P Gothic Southern romance themed party, and so definitely time to wear black. 🙂


Not too many of my covers have black, but I liked this one for one of my young adult books.

Dragon Fae

Dragons love to hoard.

In Dragon Fae, Ena is a dragon shifter fae, but I loved this picture of a Goth-looking girl, who is looking at some of her treasure. Notice she even has black nails?

The Dark Fae

The World of Fae, Book 1, YA

The Dark Fae is nearly black, or some parts are on this cover. Black gives a dark appearance, unsettling, the unknown. It absorbs light and hides it away.

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A black storm front moving in, and the black bell below, black wrought iron fence.

Moon on a Texas Winter's Night

A glowing crescent moon on a black, black night.

Licorice is about the only kind of food I can think of that is black, unless I burn something!

The Black Death was a plague that killed an estimated 75-200 million people. The grim reaper wears black. The Phantom of the Opera. Vampires and their black capes. Funerals in the States–many wear black as a sign of mourning the dead. Can you imagine wearing bright orange or neon pink?

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And a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy, bowtie and all, ready for the New Year!

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A black wolf in black shadow.

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Black swans a swimming, and black turkey vultures that mean death. No, these are not dead rhinos. Just sleeping. But the vultures are there, just in case.

Black works great as accessories, is dressy, and elegant. But then it has that darker side of it too.

Are you a fan of the color black?

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”

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.”