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When baby was here, she slammed her foot on my laptop and changed my email to tiny print. Ugh. So I think I had to reset the size and then shut down. Hopefully, that corrected it.

Then today, I have had computer issues, internet issues all morning. I needed to move my big picture files from my hard drive, so trying to do that and everything is moving at SLOWER than a snail’s pace. Used CC cleaner to remove some junk, and it cleaned out all my passwords, so trying to remember them. lol

And sometimes I hit the wrong button on my camera and it brackets my pictures, which is a pain in the patootie. I think I’m taking a picture using the whole frame, but I’m not, and I cut part of the picture off that I don’t want to cut off. So then I have to figure out which button I hit and un–button it.

So that’s my story! But I did get 3,000+ words written yesterday on SEAL Wolf Surrender, and that’s the good news! I just can’t wait to finish it! Five-thousand words to go!

OMG, it’s clear out mostly, and raining. I guess that’s what they mean when they say a small percentage of rain. My neighbors across the street aren’t getting any.

Anyway, I decided to try something new. The penta flowers are big time hummingbird and butterfly attractors (yes, it is not a word, but I’m an author, so I make them up as I go), but I’ve run out of room, and another couple of flowering plants I had that the hummingbirds and butterflies love didn’t make it through the ice and snow we had. I decided to try hanging baskets of lantana and petunas right next to the patio.  If they attract the hummers and butterflies, I might get some really good shots. Or not.

And I totally confused the squirrel. I changed the order of the squirrel pictures, but WordPress wouldn’t honor the change. *sigh* So the first picture was of the squirrel in the hanging petunia basket, wondering where the seed was. The birds had the same issue. lol

But it is fun. I hope they do well. I’ve never tried them before but my mother always had beautiful baskets of hanging flowers. If nothing else, I’m going to have fun taking flower pictures for as long as they survive. And I can plant the lantana in the ground as it will come back in the spring.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Which reminds me of my writing. The only way the book is going to finish itself is if I lend a hand.

Oh, and I have two panda bear orders!

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All’s Fair in Love and Wolf by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (352 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

The Silver Town wolf pack has your back

Wolf shifter Sarandon Silver’s in trouble with the law, and bounty hunter she-wolf Jenna St. James is determined to bring him in for trial.

Lucky for Sarandon, the entire Silver Town pack is ready to fight for his innocence. But until the case is solved, Jenna’s sticking to Sarandon like glue…

“Ms. Spear has a winner! The first chapter set things up kind of slow but isn’t that how a roller coaster starts? Once you reach the top, it’s a downhill ride filled with speed, chills, thrills and WhooHoos! That’s the fun of All’s Fair in Love and Wolf. Once this novel gets going it’s a great read and is nearly impossible to put down once the chase is on.

The attraction between Jenna and Sarandon started within a most unusual circumstance and I think that’s what hooked me.”

Loved the review!

Okay, it is still raining, love it! And I’m off to write!! Have a lovely day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
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More Storms…Getting to the End

More storms, the garlic is growing leaps and bounds. Had another order for a Patriotic Patrick Bear. And the burgundy daylilies and apricot roses are blooming to profusion. When I first started growing them, they were small, beautiful, but not as showy as they all are now. It’s fun seeing them grow from baby plants to showy adults. I look at the mass of coneflowers out front and instead of 3 or 4, now I have about 10 blooms at once. Now, they’re noticeable.

Just like the book I’m working on. It’s nearly done! And I’m feeling great about it!

I managed to get some word count yesterday even though baby was here. She hadn’t slept well at home for the last couple of days and fought me to take naps. I took her for a walk and she fell asleep in the stroller. Score one for Grandma! Then I finally managed to get her to sleep for 3 hours in the afternoon. She would have slept longer if she hadn’t already drained her bottle. But I can’t get her to sleep anywhere but my lap (except for on a rare occasion in the stroller), and so I was able to work on the story on my laptop, situated next to me–makes it awkward, but I was glad to be able to get something done. I also finished the bear last night.

I think I have only 8,000 words left on SEAL Wolf Surrender. Maybe less.

It’s amazing to me when I start out with so little and end up with a book. Of course, it will be longer than that. That’s just the minimum word count and I always aim for that because I tend to write way too long otherwise. I also edit as I go along because things change in the story and I need to update. It’s also the way I keep from making the story toooo big. If I write to the end, then begin to edit, I have to flesh out scenes and the story grows and grows and grows. And, when I do finally finish the story, when I go back through to reread and edit, it’s not as much of a job because I’ve edited several times already. It also helps me to see where I’ve started threads and can expand on them, if I’m stuck moving forward. I know the “rule” is to write and write and write and don’t edit your book to death, but I can’t do it like that. My books were running 130-140K when I was doing that. lol

I’m not a plotter. I can’t plan out the story from beginning to end no matter how much I love the idea. It just doesn’t work for me. But I do begin to tie up loose ends near the end of the story. Wait, why was this guy introduced? Can I make him more important, or eliminate him? Wait, what happened to that situation? If I mentioned it, it has to be crucial to the story, make it so, or take it out. So right now, I’ve got to figure out the fantastic end. The end that makes readers feel satisfied and can’t wait for the next book!

I’m still trying to figure it out. Sometimes, if I try too hard, it won’t come. I just need to keep moving forward and then, at some point, the light bulb flickers on, and that’s it. Just the perfect ending!

Off to write! Have a great day. I think the storms have subsided for the time being, but they’ve been nice while they lasted!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
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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

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
Newsletter Sign Up: http://eepurl.com/u63qP
Follow Me for new releases and book deals: www.bookbub.com/authors/terry-spear

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Violent Storms…Needed the Rain

Red-breasted grosbeak and white-winged dove and storms.

I spent the morning picking up tree branches in the yard, but nothing was damaged. Most were dead branches from neighbors’ trees. But lightning, thunder, kept me off the internet. I worked on my laptop, had it disconnected from the electricity. The storm would stop and start again. Stop, and start.

We so needed the rain, so that was a good thing. The puppies were in bed most of the day, had a time taking them out in the rain. They haven’t seen it for a while!

Made goal, 10K to go. Also finished Patriotic Patrick Bear and getting him ready to ship!

My books in Sydney and Patriotic Patrick ready to ship!

And a fan spotted my books in Sydney!

Back to the book! We may have storms at the end of the week, but this one was really crazy…coming, not coming, pouring, thundering, stopped like it had gone away, and then would start up again, over and over. We had flood watches, but luckily no tornado watches.

Off to write! Have a beautiful day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
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Growing the Garden…Where???

 

Early Girl tomatoes starting to ripen…yum. Esperanza dies back every year, but it’s finally starting to flower–the pretty yellow flowers. The fairy garden of roses, marigolds, coneflowers, and crepe myrtle soon–and a smudged version (Topaz Studio–free). And garlic growing where? In the fridge, where else?

Twelve-thousand words left on word count on SEAL Wolf Surrender and I’ve been working on Patriotic Patric bear. Hope to have him done today to ship tomorrow. I have a problem though. The lady who bought him doesn’t use email. Which makes it hard for me to keep in touch with her. She sent me a snail mail letter and is interested in several more bears. But how can I correspond? My printer is a laser black and white printer I use for printing out my mss and re-reading them. No color. So I can’t send her photos of the bears that she might want. Phone reception is awful. When I talked to her–as she’d lost me–I’d moved twice, but the phone kept cutting out on us. She sees them on the internet, so she does do that, but…

I love the advent of the internet. As soon as it came into our area in a small town in Oklahoma, I was setting up a website for my bears and received orders from all over the world. I used to sell my bears to stores that would carry them, and take them to craft shows. But it’s sooooo much easier updating photos on my website and showing what’s now available there!

Okay, I’m off to write some more on the story. I’ve been filling in the gaps, places where I stopped and went to a scene further in the story because that had come to me next. For me, writing all my scenes in order can mean not writing scenes–just getting stuck. So it’s better to jump ahead in the story, then come back later to fill in the transition scenes.

I’m off to write! Have a happy day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
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Fun Stuff in the Garden

First zinnia flower from seed. And the new orange and yellow daylilies finally bloomed. The mushroom is the fairies’ planting, I’m sure.

Off to write!! I’ve been working on the cover for Claiming the White Bear. It helps me to visualize the characters. I added a little word count to that book yesterday (up to 12,000+ now), and to SEAL Wolf Surrender. I’d prefer a conflictive couple for the cover of the new white bear book but couldn’t find any. Conflict is better! For a book that is romantic suspense.

Anyway, I started Claiming the White Bear at Christmas time while visiting my son and DIL. He was playing a game and I was watching it and giving direction (lol) and writing. Perfect vacation. But then I got a new contract for 3 more books and had to get down to writing deadline books.

Oh, and my daughter claimed the Sunshine ligustrum that volunteered next to the house. So I’ve got to try and dig it up for her. 🙂  I love being able to share plants!

I’m back to the word count!!! Have a great day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
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Volunteers in the Garden

I was surprised to see the yellow “Sunshine” ligustrum pop up in a new spot. I didn’t think it would volunteer like that. Though I’ve never had one before, so what do I know? I planted it 3 years ago. In the one picture, you can see the yellow leafed shrub near the end of the flowerbed. That’s the mother plant. These are brand new shoots a distance from the original shrub. I never expected that! I kept thinking I needed something taller in the background on some of that flowerbed, and voila, there’s the solution. I thought the shadows and light were cool too.

In these photos, the ivy is native, just popped up. The woodland fern was the same way, part of the original forest. I have wild grape I keep cutting out as it will take over. And in among the coneflowers and marigolds, a crepe myrtle made it’s appearance. that’s one of those areas that everything is growing. The pine tree, rosebush, and now a youpon holly (also a volunteer) and then on the other side of the tree, bare naked soil. I think something has been digging there because I did have mulch there. In the pot with the pine tree sapling I’m growing for my daughter, I also started a crepe myrtle branch and it’s taking hold!

Sometimes volunteers can be a nuisance. Sometimes they make fun giveaways, or planted in the right place, free plants! Usually, they do really well–life will find a way.

Only 15,000 words left to write on SEAL Wolf Surrender!

Off to take care of baby! Have a great Friday!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
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Not Fair!

Storytellers can’t cheat! That’s the reader rule. If a bad guy is a bad guy, he can’t be someone new that’s stuck in at the end of the story. It’s not fair. Readers have to have the opportunity to guess who he is.

Okay, so I watched a series where the bad guy turns out to be a woman, figured that from her size, BUT this is the kicker. She has multiple personality disorder and her other personality is her son. Okay, no problem. This isn’t revealed until the end, but that’s okay. I can live with it. BUT, others see him and talk to him as a separate entity. While she’s in the room. They even question him at one point while she’s standing off to the side. And then she moves in to take his place on a chair to be questioned. The whole time, they are two unique people that everyone sees. Now, later in the series, people “see” her with him, but then the show indicates that she was alone. That doesn’t discount that earlier in the series, they were all talking to him and she was in the room too, not that close by.

He’s a real, separate person. Then conveniently at the end, he’s not. Just in her mind. What?????

That is soooo wrong in so many ways. It’s like the storyteller decided to do a huge twist, but it only works if it’s consistent from the beginning.

Ladybugs in my garden…

Okay, off to write on my own story. I bought another book cover. I’m a total book cover hoarder. *sigh*

Have a great day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
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Teaching Chores…

You’re never too young to learn. And you never know what you might find when you clean your windows…

Have a lovely day! Off to write!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
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Vacation is Over…awwwww

Have you ever had time off and then wanted more and more and more time off? Yep, I had the weekend free from writing and I had the hardest time getting back into the routine yesterday. But I did it! 60K done, 20K to go.

This is the point where I really start writing. But baby’s here, so not today.

Took a walk with the baby as it’s cool out now. Supposed to be between 96-98 degrees days. And no rain in sight. *sigh* So it was good to get out when it is cool. Pretty soon it will be hot all the time, day and night.

Have a fun day!!!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear
Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com
Newsletter Sign Up: http://eepurl.com/u63qP
Follow Me for new releases and book deals: www.bookbub.com/authors/terry-spear

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