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Marigolds–Great as a Tomato Companion

But first: A great review from RT Magazine!

“Spear has become a master storyteller with striking depth of emotion and wonderful characters… if you’re looking for a love story with adventures, a little love humor and a sexy crime-fighting hero, this story would make a great addition to your collection.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 StarsAlpha Wolf Need Not Apply (487x800)marigolds and double knockout roses 001 (640x427)marigolds and double knockout roses 004 (640x545)I planted marigolds, planned to plant them around tomato bushes, but sort of got the cart before the horse. I ordered the planters for the tomato bushes, but they won’t be here for another few days. So I went ahead and planted these around the pine trees and they make it look like miniature fairy gardens.They’re great for deterring some kinds of bugs, which is why they’re perfect to plant with tomato plants. The first pine tree was no problem. I started working on the second, fire ants, ugh. So I moved to the third pine tree, more fire ants. There’s no better way to ruin a fun planting day! Especially if you manage to get bitten.

But it made me wonder if the marigolds would make the fire ants move. They have a noxious odor, but I love it because I know some of the more pesky bugs hate it. Their roots also emit a substance that deters some kinds of bugs. It made me wonder what other plants help with that. Here is a list of what works with what.


Someone was mentioning lavender is a great plant for chasing away mosquitoes, so I’m going to try some of that. 🙂  The article also talks about beneficial insects, and plants that compliment other plants, help them to do even better, which I hadn’t heard about.

Okay, back to Viking. Working on edits.

Have a great day!


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I Wasn’t Going to Post Today Because I Have so Much to Do, But…

I wasn’t going to post today because I’ve GOT to finish A SEAL Wolf Hunting edits today, turn it in and finish 2 bears by tomorrow at noon. At least that was the plan. 🙂 <3 But then I got this terrific review at Fresh Fiction, and one from Angel’s Guilty Pleasures, and  I had to share the steampunk bear and sherbet bears I just finished for a couple of orders, and I just had to drop in share about the spider takeover.

So here I am, and then I’m in the bear cave to edit! 🙂 <3

Love this review!!!

“A holiday treat — a romance that sizzles and entertains!”

A Highland Wolf Christmas
Terry Spear

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted October 15, 2014

Holiday | Romance Paranormal

A HIGHLAND WOLF CHRISTMAS is Book fifteen in Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series. As always, Terry Spear balances great characters, eroticism, and high-energy story- telling to make a compelling read. A HIGHLAND WOLF CHRISTMAS is another story by this author that I was anxious to read, and sad to see end.

A HIGHLAND WOLF CHRISTMAS is both fun and exciting. The camaraderie between the members of the MacNeill family, and Guthrie’s bodyguard attempts make for some lighter moments. These lighter moments act as a nice counterpoint to the drama and danger surrounding Calla being stalked by her ex. Terry Spear does a wonderful job drawing both of these characters out and adding depth to them. Guthrie really surprised me by not being the crotchety spendthrift I thought he would be. Instead, he’s sexy and has a big heart. Calla is not a warrior or fighter but she stands up to her ex when he tries to push her around. She shows a strong character and courage. I love how Guthrie’s family welcomed Calla and made her feel like a part of their family — even before she officially got together with Guthrie.

A HIGHLAND WOLF CHRISTMAS is a holiday treat — a romance that sizzles and entertains. The familiar characters from previous books make a great addition to the story and don’t take anything away from the romance between Guthrie and Calla. I love this Heart of the Wolf series by Terry Spear and eagerly await the next installment.

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But when I went out to take her picture by the bell, where I can sit the bears more easily, I had found a spider takeover.

Zipper spider's web and note the zipper down the web

Zipper spider’s web and note the zipper down the web

zipper spiders are huge, but just harmless insect eaters

zipper spiders are huge, but just harmless insect eaters

zipper spider waiting for breakfast

zipper spider waiting for breakfast

Finished another bear!

Big Sherbert Bear

Big Sherbert Bear

And because it’s still Wolf Awareness Week–

Denali and Bolz looking toward camera

Denali and Bolz



Another lovely review: This one for Hero of a Highland Wolf by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures!

Hero of a Highland Wolf




– 4.5 Highland Wolf Stars –

I love picking up any of Ms. Spear book’s. They always feel like a new adventure, with great characters and sweet romance. She writes the most interesting shifter characters. I especially love reading about her highland wolves. They are just so yummy.

Hero of a Highland Wolf is book fourteen in Heart of the Wolf series by Terry Spear. Hero of a Highland Wolf can be read as a standalone. We get humor, sweet romance, revenge and family.

I was pulled in from the first page. Really who can not be pulled in by brawny werewolves in kilts and nothing else. I’m a sucker for sexy highland shifters of any kind and when they are dressed in kilts only. Oh Baby! Let me get my fan. What does a shifter wolf wear under his kilt? You guessed it! 

Grant MacQuarrie is the caretaker of Farriage Castle which Colleen Playfair inherited. Grant has some fears, so he hatches a plan. Let me tell you I loved this plan and got a great laugh when the plan does not work and the joke is on Grant as Colleen is best friends with Julia. This book is a lot of fun, the romance builds slowly with misunderstandings, danger and a rival. When they finally get together the scenes are smoking hot! We always get a great cast of characters in Ms. Spear book’s and this one is no different. I love the camaraderie of the pack’s and the ladies’ party was so much fun to read.

What I like best is you don’t need to have read each book in order to understand and enjoy them. If you have not yet had a chance to read this series, get started. It is well worth the time. Ms. Spears is a fantastic writer and her humor is wonderful.


A Highland Wolf Christmas

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402293763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402293764

Buy a print copy of A Highland Wolf Christmas from Amazon by clicking here.
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Books in the Heart of the Wolf series in the order they should be read:
Heart of the Wolf
Destiny of the Wolf
To Tempt the Wolf
Legend of the White Wolf

Seduced by the Wolf
Wolf Fever

Heart of the Highland Wolf
Dreaming of the Wolf
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing
A Howl for a Highlander

A Highland Werewolf Wedding
A SEAL Wolf Christmas
Silence of the Wolf
Hero of a Highland Wolf
A Highland Wolf Christmas
SEAL Wolf Hunting

A Highland Wolf ChristmasA Highland Wolf Christmas

Heart of the Wolf #15 | 07/10/2014

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It’s going to take a lot of mistletoe…

Guthrie MacNeill, financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, is at his wit’s end when the pack leader’s mate hires a gorgeous party planner to bring holiday cheer to the castle. Guthrie’s wildly attracted to Calla, except he can’t reconcile the fact that his job is to save the clan’s money, and hers seems to be to spend it.


Sourcebooks Holiday Hop + iPad Mini Giveaway: A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

We had tremendous storms last night and so today, it’s clearing and my workmen are coming back to do some more projects. The storm a couple of weeks ago took out some of the roofs off some buildings in Waco. Saturday’s storm, not sure. Last night was really bad again and it had me up and unplugging computers and stuff. Electricity went out 5 times. Another storm system coming in on Monday next week. But we’ve so needed the rain, I can’t complain and the temps are dropping, and I’m thrilled!

Happy Wolf Awareness Week!

Okay, I’m off to really work. Have 8 chapters to finish reading/editing, then turn in. And another bear to make. 🙂 Well, lots more, but one that needs to ship soon. 

Have a super great Thursday!!!


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Yellow Equals the Sun

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Like orange, yellow is a vibrant color, and warm, and soft. Here is a giant sunflower I took the picture of it. It lovingly reminds me of my dad who years ago planted the seeds and every year they pop up to fill my heart with joy and remember him by.

love (306x800)Sentiments of love go nicely on this yellow and striped wall, a photo I took when visiting a model home where my daughter and son-in-law bought a place.

Readers and Ritas conference John Wilson  002 copy (470x800)An antiqued backdrop of a castle and golden yellow hill and a Highlander ready to defend his castle, no?

stagecoach inn playground (800x593)A yellow stagecoach at the Stagecoach Inn for children to play on.

The Genie's Wish

a novella

A fun short novella about the Genie’s Wish with a yellow background.

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Yellow koi on a cloudy day.

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And a yellow house, that just makes you smile. Or maybe it’s the tree growing in the middle of it that does!


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A yellow flower at the arboretum. And a voracious yellow bug. See the “artwork” he has done on the flowers?

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I think of sunshine, heat, warmth, and smiling, outgoing and adventurous. I think of yellow raincoats to stand out on a stormy gray day. Or fishermen back east in their slickers hauling in their catch.

Of course what is the most memorable yellow imagery that you can think of that is part of a famous piece of literature?

And I’m off to write up the new synopsis for A Hero of a Highland Wolf. The final with edits was turned in, but when I write the original synopsis for the books, I have no story written yet. So I have to kind of wing it. My characters often take off in a different direction, and so I always have to go back and rewrite the synopsis in a longer format. *sigh* They are always dreaded. Why? Because I should have written it when I finished the book. But nope, I’ve written nearly 3 since then! 🙂  Which means I can’t remember everything that went on in that story. LOL 🙂

Have a super Saturday!

Oh, wait, remember to tell me what the famous yellow imagery is. 🙂

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