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Playing around with a New Book Cover and Idea

SEAL Wolf Hunting | [Terry Spear]









First, I had to share this. He’s now out in audiobook! What makes this so special is that it’s the first time I have have a wolf book in audiobook. Silver Wolf Christmas, coming in October, will also be out in audiobook. Two companies are considering producing the rest of the wolf books, and that means 14 books in all. One is producing the first 4 jaguar books, so excited about that too. Two are out: Jaguar Pride and Savage Hunger. Jaguar Fever and Jaguar Hunt are in process.


I have a novel that needs to be revised a lot to make this work, but I was messing around with a cover for the story for when I can get around to rewriting it. Still need to figure out a tag line. More on it later, but the novel was turned down a few years back, had totally rewrite it for my publisher, and so I’m revising it to create this new book, polar bears instead of Arctic wolves.

And I’m working on this book right now, have 64,000 words to go.

Taming the Wild Cougar WEB 05082015

And I finished proofing Killing the Bloodlust. The narrator will make the corrections, I’ll reproof it and it’ll be off to production.

Killing the Bloodlust

Even hunters need to take time out from taking care of rogue vampires and have some fun!

Killing the Bloodlust - Terry Spear

And now I’m back to tangling with the wild cats. I have to still go back in and reread Billionaire, but I always let it sit for a couple of days so that I’m looking at it with fresher eyes. Have a great hump day! 🙂


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

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Uniformity–to a Degree on Book Covers

The Dark Fae

The Deadly Fae

The Winged Fae

The Ancient Fae

Dragon Fae

Hawk Fae

Phantom Fae

Golden Fae

The World of Fae

Golden Fae is not coming out until I finish some other deadline projects first, but a couple of years ago, I was at conference and there were a number of YA book bloggers there so I passed out my book marks. An author said that I needed to make my cover fonts more uniform because it was a series.

fae book marks

These are the book marks that show the non-uniformity. Now I’ll have to change them out. But for now, I just need to get the books redone and uploaded.

The problem was the books came out in different years and my computer has crashed a number of times. So I lost fonts and couldn’t find the ones I picked up along the way. One of the covers was done for me, so she had put my name in the middle of the book. And on a couple, I had put my name at the bottom, the title at the top. All were in different fonts. So I upgraded my Photoshop Elements 5 to 13, not yet ready for a subscription service for the bigger package that designers are using so I could get some upgraded fonts and use them.

This font gives a slightly more whimsical appearance because they are YA, though adults love them, and they do have a lot of humor. All my books do. My daughter told me once when I said that darker seemed to sell, I’ll make mine darker, “Mom, you always have rainbows in your stories.”

🙂 <3 Not rainbows literally, ever, hmm, I should put one in one of my stories…but figuratively. I always have humor in the stories. It just comes naturally for me, even though the stories have some thoughtful thoughts that are more serious.

What really got me going on this though was I had just created a cover for a novella that will be in an anthology. I didn’t realize they were going to include covers or that I’d have to have one so soon. So since my cover artist is swamped, I didn’t want to bother her with making one just for the novella. And came up with this.

Covert Cougar Christmas

But what really got me started on redoing the fae covers was that a fellow author–which I love, by the way–shared that she used this really cool formatting program for her books, it was easy, and took no time at all. It creates Table of Contents, Epubs, Mobi, has cool large letters at the beginning of a chapter, automatically turns the first sentence into caps for scenes, has a neat scene divider, automatically converts my left adjusted mss to book format, AND has all the headings for me so that I don’t have to mess with them. Like, chapter 1…and Preface, About the Author, etc. And the best part? It has a box you fill out with the code for your book on Ibooks, Amazon, and BN. I need to set up a different file for one for Kobo.

It’s Vellum, and what’s really neat is that I can take my Windows docx and slip it into Vellum on my Mac, add a few book details and then upload them to Ibooks, something I couldn’t do before. I was going through Smashwords. But it’s always better to go directly through the site as covers and such were taking forever to be updated by going through the middle man.

I’ve had the Mac for a while, couldn’t figure out how to use it, so when I learned about Vellum (only on Mac unfortunately), I was determined to learn how to do it and upload my first book to Ibooks. Since I’d already moved Dragon Fae over, though not the first in the series, but at the time I hadn’t uploaded it to SW, I figured I’d finally get a new book uploaded to Ibooks. Didn’t happen. So I used it as my test project.

After getting it set up the way I wanted, I submitted it. And worked on The Dark Fae, first book in the series next.

So why did this spur me to change my covers? They wanted bigger covers. Uploading to BN and Amazon, the file size had to be smaller. Ibooks wants bigger. *sigh* So I changed out the two covers, and then realized if I had to go through all this work with all of them, I might as well make them all uniform. So I’ve got to do that again and reupload them. *double sigh*

And that’s it. Two books uploaded to Ibooks, pulled from SW. The other neat thing was that you can automatically create buy links to a book you want to include in the back. Maybe I should include it for the whole series. Hadn’t thought of that. But in any event, I have the excerpt to the next book, and now the buy link to the respective vendor. And the other really cool thing is that they take that one bigger cover and immediately resize it for all the vendors. I love all the features that helped me to save some time, even though I’m redoing covers, which I needed to do anyway.

But of course, I turned in She-Wolf edits, they changed the title for SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble to SEAL Wolf in Too Deep (which means they’re working on the cover), and I’m still working on Billionaire. I’ve been managing word count, though if I could just stay focused, I’d have it finished. I have 17,235 words to go, and I’ve been printing out pages and editing it every day. Stayed up past midnight to work on it some more.

I hope the new covers work for the fae series. What do you think about Covert Cougar Christmas?

I’m also working on Taming the Wild Cougar, but that will be a full length novel.

Taming the Wild Cougar WEB 05082015

Okay, I’m off and running! Have a super great day!!


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

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One More Bear to Complete! Changing out a Cover…

Steampunk Golden Bear-Sold!

Steampunk Golden Bear-Sold!

Steampunk Light Brown Bear-sold!

Steampunk Light Brown Bear


Steampunk Bears are done. I have one more bear to finish up. I’m waiting on the Davidson Clan Fabric still. They had to reship it from Scotland because it never came. 🙁

I’ve been up forever, but with the new cover for Kiss of the Vampire, I had to change out the cover and the manuscript for all the book seller sites, and I redid the ebook into print book form, spent all day yesterday doing that, had to make the cover for the print book form–spent all morning doing that, and working up an audiobook cover–not sure if I can change it out–waiting to hear back from ACX on that, and uploaded the print version. Waiting on proof on that now.

And that’s what happens when you change out a cover. 🙂 <3 While it’s in process and before I proof and approve it, it’s unavailable for sale in print. But, the ebook is now available at all the sites with the new cover.

Kiss of the Vampire

Kiss of the Vampire - Terry Spear

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

New Cover

New Cover–Book 1

Upcoming Book 2

Upcoming Book 2

I’d asked the cover artist who had done a couple of other covers I loved if she could do a vampire teen cover. She wasn’t sure. So I asked the lady who has done my cougar covers, and then voila! I ended up with 3 I loved, hers, and the other two.

Soooo…what to do? Easy.

The Vampire…In My Dreams needed a new cover, and so this one was born.

New Cover

New Cover

And I needed a new cover for Kiss of the Vampire, but it worked out beautifully to pick up both covers to create the series. And now with a cover, maybe I’ll get to it. The sequel is started. And so is the sequel to The Vampire…In My Dreams.

Off to work on Phantom Fae. I need to put The Vampire…In My Dreams in print also. 🙂

Still working with my beta reader on Call of the Cougar. She works, so that’s the only reason this isn’t already done. 🙂

Have a super great Tuesday. Sheesh, where did Monday go???


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There’s a New Breed of Cougar on the Prowl…

Cougars Mate 3D 04162014 copyCall of the Cougar 3D 04162014 copyTimeLine Cover Terry Spear 04162014 copy

Linda did a beautiful job on these covers and even made me a heading for FB. Now isn’t it beautiful?


Cougar’s Mate is the first book in the Heart of the Cougar Series, and I plan to write Call of the Cougar by Christmas.

Cougar’s Mate: Instinct told her to run…

Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she’s on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter brothers and uncle. If that isn’t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her down while she’s running as a cougar and trying to survive in the Colorado wilderness. He vows to protect her no matter what she’s done. With three dead boyfriends to her name, she’s sure she will be the death of Chase Buchanan before either of them can prevent it. No matter how much she knows she has to run again, he soon holds her heart hostage. But will that be enough to keep them both alive?

Chase Buchanan—as wilderness cabin resort owner, former US Army Special Forces, and part time deputy of the small town of Yuma, Colorado that boasts a love of cougars—is tasked to track down a cougar reported to be hunting human prey. Chase soon learns she’s a shifter, not a full-time cougar, and she’s on the run. When he takes her in, he vows to protect her. After losing his wife and baby to the human kind of predator years earlier, he’s not letting Shannon’s hunters kill her, too. But how is he going to hold onto the wild-cat woman, who is unpredictable at every turn, without losing his heart to her, and then losing her as well?


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Google Play

ARe Books


I just finished A Hero of a Highland Wolf and returned it so it’s ready to come out in August.

I have 20,000 left to write on A SEAL Wolf for Sale, but then I’ll be revising it. But that’s really the fun part for me. It’s written, and then it needs to be revised.

And then??? Time for A Viking’s Highland Lass. I also am taking part in an anthology with a group of Highland authors. And then I have to write A Silver Wolf Christmas, Call of the Cougar, and Phantom Fae.

But I also have 6 conferences to go to….

I can do it. 🙂

Have a super great Thursday!!!