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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

Yay! I worked in the heat and mugginess a lot yesterday since we’d had 4 1/2″ of rain and it made it easier to pull up grass and it was a tiny bit cooler. Last night it started to rain again and we have another 2″ of rain, so that means weeding some more tomorrow while the ground is nice and moist. It might rain until 7 pm tonight, or not. Little one is on her way soon.

I’m 1/3 of the way through proofing Vampire Redemption for print. I finished setting up and doing the print cover for Scepter of Salvation yesterday, so the book should come out soon. Waiting on Mage of Monrovia cover and then I can finish it and produce it. And sent in the specs on Vampire Redemption to the cover artist so waiting on that one, and then it’s back to coming up with the story for the Highland novel.

I thought this was an interesting article–are we washing too much?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/hygiene-is-overrated/612235/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Okay, that’s it for me. Little one will be here and I need to get to work before that happens.

Have a great day!! And… well, you know what to do. Stay safe!

Terry

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Reindeer Pups

I love my dogs. They make great frog princes, reindeer, pumpkin heads, Ewoks, whatever I can think of to turn them into and they’re so good-natured about it. Okay, so Tanner looks like he’s giving me the look and Max won’t look at the camera (but he is camera shy and he never looks at the camera if he can avoid it), but really, they are eager for me to pay attention to them so they both are jumping at me to try the “thing” on. When one has it on, the other one wants it on, then it’s time to take it off. Good puppies.

I’m still working on Vampire Redemption, 8,000 words in 3 days. I have 23,000, need around 50-60K more. I’m hoping to be halfway done by the end of next week (around 40K), but I’ll have to begin working on the Highland wolf book, so I may not get this done for another year.

Not all vampires are evil in my books. When I saw Dracula in the theater when I was a teen, I fell in love with him. He deserved to be loved. Just like Wolfman did. So in my stories, vampires can be good and some are rogues, just like in my wolf stories. Just like humans.

Hunters, who survived the Black Death like the vampires, are changed, except they don’t drink blood. They hunt the rogues. But what happens when a hunter is turned? Now the rogue vampires really have a fight on their hands.

I’m off to get things done! We’re having our Christmas early so the kids can see his parents for Christmas Day. We alternate each year. I used to see my son on alternate years, but he and his new wife are having her mother visit instead. So that will throw us off completely for next year. Either they can visit and see all of us, or I’ll visit them at some other time. Family is really important to me, but it has to work both ways.

Hope you have a delightful day!!! I can’t wait for Christmas!

Terry

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Doggy Love

“I want to be like him when I grow up,” Tanner says.

I was watching a series about miracles and in one case a cat, which is unusual, warned the family about a gas leak. The couple had had surgery, her foot surgery, him a triple bi-pass and they were sleeping 18 hours a day. The cat was banging at the door to be let out and then finally convinced the woman to follow her where there was a strong odor of gas coming up from the ground. She called the gas company, the guy checks the meter, no problem.

No, wait, check the air where the cat had been digging at the lava rocks, her paws bloodied, and that’s when he found out the danger they were in. They had methane poisoning, and if a spark had gone off, 6-8 houses could have blown up on that one line.

Pets can save lives.

Well, with that note, I’m off to proof some more on You Had Me at Wolf, coming out in February!

Have a super fun day!

Terry

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Furry Piranhas

I’ve never had dogs that gulp down their food like these two do. Though it may be because I always had A dog, and not two at the same time. My other dogs had their food out all day and ate when they needed to.

These two are like furry little piranhas. I feed them twice a day and they want more, more, more. I do feed them vegetable snacks and that helps. I should feed myself vegetable snacks!

I’m off to write. Labor Day for me means Labor. I wrote 2,000 yesterday, 2 of my harder scenes. Have 2 more of those and have to finish the story. I’m 1,000 away from minimum word count! And I said I’d take care of my granddaughter for a couple of hours, which means several this afternoon, so I need to get going before I can’t.

Have a beautiful day!!!

Terry

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Adoration

There’s something about a dog that makes you feel good. They love you when you love them back. I can be quietly working, but if I begin reading out a passage to see if it sounds right, both will look up at me to see if I’m talking to them.

And once I glance at them, then it’s all tail wags because I’m looking at them. Sometimes, they seem like a nuisance–when I have to keep taking them outside to potty when I’m in the middle of something, or Tanner barks when baby is sleeping, BUT they are a pure joy too, curled up on my lap or lying beside me while I’m working away on my laptop or on the PC.

I wasn’t going to get another dog after I lost my last one, and it was maybe 4 years before I bit the bullet, and I’m glad I did. Because adoration goes both ways.

Terry

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Ugh, Picture Time Again

“Okay, which is my best look, side view, or head-on?”

“Tanner, don’t encourage her. Maybe she’ll go off and take pictures of flowers or something.”

“I like getting my picture taken, Max. I’m very photogenic.”
That’s my silly dogs for you. I keep telling myself I need to take treats out to capture their excited looks and not their bored looks. But I forgot. It was really windy, and their hair kept flying in front of their faces. Part of Tanner’s ear flew over his eyes when I took the one shot. I should have just taken a picture of all the hair in their eyes–sometimes the shots that are the most fun are the ones that show the real story.

The good news is that I think I came up with a story idea for the novella. I think. I just have to figure out how to write it. And I managed getting 500 words on my Wolff story, so I had word count, since I was 1500 ahead. And I finished proofing SEAL Wolf Surrender! Yay!

I’m off to keep after it. I’m not out of the woods yet. And I just got word I have some other books coming out on sale so I need to make up some graphics for that. Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Dreaming Dreams that Aren’t Dreams at All

 

Turning a red rose picture into a pastel version.

lpdragonfly.deviantart.com gives a tutorial on turning pictures into dreamy pastels.

So I had to go to a place and I was told to go to one place, but nope, they didn’t do the tests there. I had to go in the opposite direction, making me travel twice as far as I would have. And then I went into one building, go over there, nope, you need to go to a different building. Nope, not here. Go to a different building. Inside, I was directed to another wing. There, I was told to go to another window. At that window, I was told nope, you need to go to the first window you were at.

But they told me to go see you. The technician walks back to the other window to straighten that lady out and it was done. A ten-minute procedure that should have taken 20-mins travel time, instead of a two-hour trip.

Now, I have to look at the bright side of things. I can use it for a story! Funny how things like that happen. Oh, and since I was fairly close to a couple of landscape places, I went into three of them before finding the shrub I’ve been looking for, for three years now! It was at the last shop I looked at and the poor little things need some water and sunlight and room, so hopefully they’ll be greening up beautifully now that they have a new home. My neighbor has 4 of them (his house was the model home, so they landscaped it beautifully) and so I’ve always wanted to get them. They’re Steeds holly and pyramidal in shape, which means normally, no need to trim them and they look great! I like low maintenance.

Okay, so last night at midnight, I hear a dog barking in my dreams. And of course, I begin to dream about it. Five miniature poodles are running all over my yard and my dogs are trying to play with them, and I am trying to take my dogs inside so the dogs quit playing and barking. Which would disturb the neighbors. Which actually happened the morning before. Not that scenario exactly, but their dogs got out, Max pushed open the door to come inside and let all the dogs out, and so chaos at 6:30 in the morning. Who sleeps that late anyway??? 🙂

Well then, I’m waking more because the dog keeps barking, and I think it’s the neighbor’s dog. It CAN’T be Rilo. I wake even more and realize it is Rilo! Okay, so I tell him to shut up and go to sleep and that does the trick. He goes to sleep. I don’t. For hours. No more dreams though. I think that has to go in a story!

Because of the long day yesterday getting other stuff done and not getting other stuff done, I didn’t get my word count OR all my errands run. I hate running errands, but that’s where I’m off to again. This time I know where I’m going though!

Have a super, lovely Friday!!

Terry
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Purple and Orange…

I love purple and orange, so Lilac bear is ready for Halloween, and Max is like, okay, take the picture of me in this ridiculous lion’s hat and get it over with already. First, it was a pumpkin on my head. Then Momma turned me into an Ewok. And then the lion drama. Now she’s dressing the bears she made and poor baby. She’s always dressing her. You’d think we were all doll babies. Ugh.

Yep, it’s picture time!

Have a fun day!!!

Terry

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Puppy Sitting & Cooler Weather

You can see here that Max was already reaching out to Luna

 

The cooler weather is coming! Yay! I’m hoping to finish up reading Double Cougar Trouble, made an offer to a potential narrator for Taming the Wild Cougar audiobook, and have to juggle trips outside with the puppies. I wish I could just throw them all out and they’d be happy, but my neighbor’s dog barks and runs along the fence, and then the corgi’s do, barking and making a ruckus. Mine are used to the neighbor’s dog and they don’t bark or antagonize her, and if I call them to come to me, they will.

Not the corgis. I had to use the hose on Rilo yesterday. It took a few times before he realized barking and growling and running next to the fence meant he’d get wet. 🙂  Then he was fine.

I just have to learn how to outsmart the smart dogs. Sometimes that’s a challenge. lol

You know what that means, right? Being the alpha when you don’t have teeth and can make the pack behave. 🙂

Oh, and I did my first ever podcast yesterday! It was fun, after all the stressing I did over doing it.

Okay, I’m off like a herd of turtles to keep reading Cougar! Have a super wonderful day!

Next week, I plan to get some more holly to plant, and I’ll be starting Loving the White Bear. 🙂

Terry Spear

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Double Cougar Trouble is Done!

I’m still rereading to catch errors before I send it off to my beta readers. I was adding some things last night, and when I add, I always insert new mistakes. 🙂  So now I’m in final read this morning.

But my daughter and son’s grandfather died and my daughter is leaving her corgis off with me today, and I’ll have them for the weekend. I have my first podcast to do this afternoon. So with all the distraction, I might be thwarted. But I’m trying to read this before the craziness begins. I also have an RWA meeting to go to on Saturday, and a luncheon to go to on Sunday…but I hope to have this finished before all that comes up.

Yesterday, I HAD to go into town to get groceries. I was nearly out of potatoes. Is it my Irish background that craves them??? I also needed to take back a dog harness that I tried and tried and tried to figure out. I had gotten a different also, really easy, and fits the puppies just fine, so I needed to return it and get the other so I can walk both dogs when it gets COOL out again. So…that was it. Oh, and gas. I reach the brand new pet store and it has a sign out about grooming. And I think to myself, it would be nice to have the puppies groomed every once in a while. I brush them 2-3 times a day, but it about breaks my back to bend over the bathtub to wash both of them. And she was $20 less than another place I had checked with that is farther away.

tanner-groomer-900-068max-groomers-900-065She trimmed their nails, pulled hair out of their ears, or at least, maybe Max’s. He doesn’t grow much in his ears and I keep after it. But Tanner won’t hold still, so I need to work on his some more still. But the puppies smell nice, though Max was trying to rub off the nice smell. Tanner always poses for the camera. Max is going through a shy phase.

Still, it meant grabbing groceries and gas, running home, finding the puppies’ shot records, running them in, and then an hour and twenty minutes, she called me to say they were done. I hadn’t even had time to finish lunch. But I was glad to have them washed and fluffy for a day. 🙂

I’m not doing preorders on Double Cougar Trouble. When it’s finished completely, I’ll make it available for sale. 🙂

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Trouble doesn’t always come in twos.

Jack Barrington still has an army obligation that takes him away from the woman who had enchanted him when they were both in college, but Dottie Hamilton refuses to marry a man in the military because of the problem of raising cougar shifter cubs in foreign lands and the worry he may be killed while overseas like her cousin was, leaving a wife and three little ones behind. When Jack returns home to see his family and Dottie’s only living relative, her aunt, she convinces Dottie to bring her twins home to see her—and to see him. Jack has two-and-a-half weeks to convince Dottie to wait for him while he finishes his last three months on active duty. And learns the truth. Dottie’s twins are his own flesh and blood.

Dottie has made a lot of mistakes in her life, including marrying a man to call the father of her children, who turns out to be an arms’ dealer. When Jack returns to her after finishing his army obligation, he’s determined to prove he’s the mate she needs in her life, and he has every intention of being the father to his four-year old twins. But now criminal deeds of Dottie’s dead, ex-husband have come back to haunt her. And she and Jack and their cougar friends will have to ban together to stop the arms’ dealers before they destroy what the cougars hold dear.

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Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail

And yesterday, I had one of these huge, beautiful butterflies flittering about, so I had to take some shots.

So I’m off like a herd of turtles to read over the book again!

Have a great TGIF!!

Terry Spear

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