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Reflections in the Pond

On baby’s and my walk, I captured some pictures of our hot, muggy, Texas fall. And I realized there was a turtle near us. It was so muggy my lens kept fogging up (100% humidity) and then he hurried to get in the water and hide from us so the picture isn’t as clear as I’d hoped it to be. They are really shy around humans still. And I was able to show baby tons of very hungry caterpillars on the milkweed leaves, a carolina anole, the cocoon for the monarch butterfly, butterflies, honeybees, and bumblebees. So we had a science day.

Some days it’s impossible to get word count. Yesterday, it was just not possible. I was trying to finish edits when I could while baby was here. I managed 11 chapters, and still have 7 more to read through today. So I should get it done today, then back to word count on another story. I want to be able to turn in SEAL Wolf Surrender today.

We had stormy weather last night, lightning constantly. It poured, but things don’t look that wet out, too dark to really see. Our low is 65, our high 69. So much better than the heat index of 94 yesterday.

Okay, I’m off to finish SEAL…. hope you have a wondrous day!

Terry

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Making the Most of an Unscheduled Day Off!

I hear people say all the time, their kids started school, or they had extra time off and planned to really get so much more done. But then they filled their days with other stuff, and didn’t write, or whatever else they had really wanted to use the time for.

I had 3 books I’m juggling to finish. Turned A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas in. With a trip coming up, 2 more deadlines, and with a free day off (baby and momma stayed home to be sick), I worked and worked and worked on Friday on the jaguar edits. I’m over halfway done on edits for Jaguar, and thrilled!!! Now the title is: You Had Me at Shifter.

*sigh*

Purple Magic Crepe Myrtle, St. Patrick’s Day bear and 2 Santa Bears Sold!

And my editor changed my hero’s last name to Anderson to make it more hero like. ONLY one problem with that. The jaguar couple who join them is also named Anderson. And the human homicide detective that gets into the act is named Sanderson. And since my editor changed Howard’s name already, I was scrambling to remove the new Anderson to Armstrong, the name I had suggested, without screwing up all the other names. Which I made the mistake of doing. Yep. Find and Replace turned the other jaguar shifters’ Anderson name, when I didn’t want that. I didn’t realize he and his mate were in the book until I read through further. (I’ve worked on 3 books since I wrote this one), AND Sanderson became SArmstrong. I have trouble with names anyway. PLEASE don’t create more problems for me! lol

Anyway, I’m over halfway through and I’m ecstatic! Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish it up today or tomorrow, and jump on SEAL again. Once I finish these, I need to write another wolf book on deadline, but I can take a day break to just get other stuff done. Or…not. I have 6 bear orders stacking up on me. lol Four of the bears are made, just need to finish up details, embroider paws, etc. Two are waiting on fur–those are the pandas, and one is waiting on tartan fabric from Scotland. One of the Santas needs a bag of toys.

Okay, enough goofing off. It’s time to play with the jaguars and wolves again until they’re finished!!!

Have a super fun weekend!!!

Terry

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Back to the Cave…

polar bear (2) (800x614)No, not the bat cave. The bear cave for when I’m working diligently on edits. I took this picture in Omaha, Nebraska.

Puppies got me up at 4:45 this morning and of course go right back to sleep. Me? I’m blogging, then getting ready to edit again. 145 pages to go!

Storms didn’t come last night as they predicted. Yes! They’re coming this afternoon through Sunday. Which means more flooding. We’re still under flood warnings before we have any more rain. Unless it changes, which it is known to do, the rains will stop by Monday, which is better than earlier predictions. They were supposed to last through Wednesday. So it looks like a whole week of drying out next week. Which we really need.

I need to run out and get more groceries before this starts up again. And run other errands. Have a great day! I’ve got to get busy!

Terry

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

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Crested titmouse looking through the ring of the basket where he’s eating no-melt suet.

You’ve heard of framing your subject? Well, here his eye is PERFECTLY framed in that little ring. How cool is that? I planned it that way. Told him to move this way…no, back a little, no forward a little. You got it! It was a shot in a billion. A Kodak moment (which shows my age), and the coolest thing ever. When I was taking pictures, I knew he stopped to look at me, but I was amazed, I mean, I planned it that way–to get that bird’s eye view of a bird’s eye framed in the ring.

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That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Until I have to do edits and revise it. 🙂

Speaking of which, I stopped to work on the other book’s edits, and they were gone. All of them. I spent hours searching, trying to locate temp files, thinking I’d mistakenly downloaded the book to do the edits, and saved it in the downloads file. If it’s there, I couldn’t find it. So I’m starting over. Once was bad enough. Trying to remember the changes I already made? ugh.

Have a super, great day!!!

Terry

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

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Deadlines, Deadlines

kitchen family room SpringI’m moving! It’s a huge, tremendous, gigantic, horrendous job. I have edits for the last book, promo stuff for the release in Feb, trying to finish packing, moving, cleaning old house, Realtor chomping at the bit to bring her clients out to see the house–yay!, and a million, billion, trillion things to do. No wonder I can’t sleep. I have a new book due Mar 1st, and I haven’t had time to even think about it.

I can’t sleep, naturally, too many things to get done. As soon as the world wakes up, oh, I know, lots of the world is already awake, but those I need to call: water dept, etc, are not awake here, I’ve got to get on the phone and start making more calls. But for now, I need to change my address EVERYWHERE. Tax stuff will be coming, and ack, I need it to go where I’ll be.

Anyway, you see the bow windows in the living room? Unless I change my mind, that’s where my desk will be.

I have a nice open kitchen, dining and living room, and I’m excited to finish this all up so I can get back to the business of writing.

I’m late, I’m late, I’m late… but I’m so thankful my son is here helping me to pack. I would never have managed to get it all done by myself by deadline! I thought I was doing well, but as we came home to get more boxes and begin the chore of packing again, I realized how much still needed to be packed and an extra couple of hands has really made a difference.

Have a great one! Back to moving-related stuff!!

Terry

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

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Are You Ready for Christmas?

Can I join you for a meal?

Can I join you for a meal?

The Dove doesn't have to share any thing down below.

The Dove doesn’t have to share any thing down below.

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I had to run a bunch of errands today, and I didn’t have time to drop by the grocery store, but still need to get a turkey.

Are you all set?

I turned in A Very Jaguar Christmas edits and am working on Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing edits. Intermittently, I take breaks to pack another box or 3.  Just like with the deadline on this, moving day is quickly approaching, and I have to have everything packed. Which is impossible because I have to still entertain for Christmas.

*sigh*

I look forward to a few days of just plain fun. But to get there, I need to get these edits done.

Hope you are having a great week!

Terry

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

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From Idyllic to Chaos

1 pink lily in a castle pond

1 pink lily in a castle pond

2 black faced sheep in Scotland near a lighthouse in the Isle of Skye

2 black faced sheep in Scotland near a lighthouse in the Isle of Skye

3 boat reflection, loch, Scotland where we were staying

3 boat reflections, loch, Scotland where we were staying

4 birds on branch on the walk to one of the castle ruins

4 birds on a branch on the walk to one of the castle ruins

And now there are 5.

And now there are 5.

6 seals a sunning

6 seals a sunning

I look back at these pictures–idyllic, and today it’s nothing but. I have two books in edits I’m working on, promo blogs for a 3rd, and in the middle of packing my house for a move. Which means I’m constantly losing stuff. Where is the tape again??? 🙂

But I am seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I open a cabinet or a drawer, and miracles of miracles, they’re empty! It doesn’t look like it from outward appearances.

What’s fun about all this, and yes, I always try to see the positive side in the chaos is that I will have more fodder for stories. All the no shows for getting stuff done for one reason, or another. I had 3 guys coming for different things on Thursday. One showed up. One guy was supposed to come for the last two weekends. Now he’s supposed to be here today. We will see. The resale shop that was supposed to come on Thurs rescheduled for Tuesday. Truck broke down. The home inspector showed up and said he wouldn’t put furniture in the living room, but would rebuild a ’68 Camaro in there.  He said he rebuilt his motorcycle in his living room. And then he was telling me how he played bagpipes in a band that played Irish music songs, had been there three times, and wow, who would have ever thought??? And I was thinking he’d be a perfect character for a book. I told him so also. 🙂

So I was thinking how a heroine could be trying to get ready to sell her home, move to some idyllic location, but she has all these deadlines and everything is hampering her. Like, oh, I don’t know…a bad storm that knocks out her electricity for eight hours maybe???

🙂

Anyway, sometimes you need to just live life so you can have more to write about. Oh, my daughter is a dietitian for a school district and she said one of the food reps she deals with told her she reads all my books and just learned I was her mother. You see, it’s little stories like that that make all the chaos totally worthwhile.  🙂

How do I deal with all this??? I set daily goals. They’re often revised when people don’t show up or the electricity goes out, for instance, and I can’t get to my edits. Today, I’m shipping bears, hopefully two guys will show up who were supposed to last week, but in the meantime, I’m spending the day rereading Jaguar so I can turn it in, and then jump on Billionaire. 🙂

Have a super great Monday. Christmas is coming! Family is coming! The deadlines on the books are not going away. And the guys who are supposed to come…well, we shall see if they all suddenly arrive en mass. Wouldn’t that be a surprise? And unrealistic. But I can always fantasize. lol

Terry

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

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Juggling between Edits, Writing, Blog Tour, and Publishing…oh yeah, and Puppies

I spent hours yesterday getting Kissing the Highlander ready for preorders and it’s up now at Kobo and Smashwords. Amazon to follow.

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Five new Highland novellas by Bestselling Authors of Highland romances that will delight with mystery, intrigue, romance, drama and much more! From the authors who have provided countless hours of reading pleasure so that fans can slip away to the past and live among all those hot Highlanders.

His Wild Highland Lass by Terry Spear

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The Highlander’s Charm by Eliza Knight

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Heart of Stone by Willa Blair

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Kilts and Kisses by Victoria Roberts

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My Captive Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

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His Wild Highland Lass by Terry Spear

Lady Sorcha Barclay fled her brother-in-law’s castle because of his unwanted advances. An awe-inspiring circle of standing stones captures her attention and she captures the attention of the laird who owns the land.

Laird Ronan Daziel takes Sorcha to his castle to protect her and give her a home. Before long, he wants much more. He’s duty-bound to take a wife whose clan wishes an alliance with his. So why does he long to have something more? Everyone loves the lass as much as he does. But he has pledged his loyalty to his clan. Taking Sorcha to wife could lead to battle on several fronts. How can he wed another when she stole his heart from the first moment he laid eyes on her near the ancient standing stones on his lands?

The Highlander’s Charm by Eliza Knight

They should be enemies… But passion and love know no bounds.

Returning from battle to England, Samuel de Mowbray discovers that his two younger sisters have been stolen by Highlanders. Determined to save them from vicious warriors, he convinces the king to send him north. While there, he discovers that his loyalties are wavering and that a headstrong, feisty lass could destroy everything he believes.

Catriona Buchanan must travel north to ask for help in saving her brother and ridding her castle of brutal English knights. Unfortunately, to do so, she must trust in the thing she mistrusts the most—an Englishman. Minute by minute, the man who should be her enemy breaks down her defenses. There is something different about him and she can’t help but be captivated by Samuel, and his steamy kisses.

Heart of Stone by Willa Blair

Riding home after two years away, Gavan MacNabb encounters a lass and her deerhound in a moonlit circle of standing stones. Little does he know the garland of bluebells she weaves and the spell she sings will change the course of his life.

Marsali Murray doesn’t really believe the old wives’ tale that making a chain of bluebells by the standing stones under a waxing moon will bring true love, but she’s desperate to try anything to escape the boring, everlasting sameness of her life.

Gavan has already seen much of the world denied to Marsali. He’s ready to settle down. She is eager to spread her wings. Can they find what they need with each other?

Kilts and Kisses by Victoria Roberts

Since the deaths of her parents, Ceana Gunn has lived in the shadow of her uncle and his family. She wants nothing more than to see her clan the way it was when her father was still laird. But her uncle has other ideas. Ceana soon discovers that the only refuge to be found is in the last place she expects—the arms of her enemy.

Luthais MacKay wants to be left alone. His only interest is training his prized hawks. He certainly doesn’t have time to listen to the petty squabbling of his clan when his father travels to Edinburgh and leaves him in charge. But when Luthais discovers a mysterious woman on his lands, he’s determined to unravel her secrets…one layer at a time.

My Captive Highlander by Vonda Sinclair

Can unexpected passion and a little ancient magic turn enemies into lovers?

During a fierce storm on the west coast of Scotland, Shamus MacKenzie barely survives a galley wreck only to be captured and held for ransom by the enemy MacDonalds. Aided by the gift of second sight, Maili MacDonald, sister of the ruthless chief, senses the handsome, dark-haired stranger will somehow be important in her life. Compelled to help him, she insists on providing him food and a healer to see to his injuries. She knows she is daft to fall in love with this captivating warrior after one forbidden kiss but cannot help herself. With each visit from Maili, Shamus finds his thoughts consumed by the enchanting lass. Can he convince her to help him escape the dungeon and prevent the impending battle between the two clans?

BUY LINKS:

Kobo

Smashwords, which includes Barnes and Noble (because they don’t have preorders available except via Smashwords) and Apple/Ibooks

It will also be out in print!

But you know you have to have glitches. So for whatever reason when I tried to convert the docx in Jutoh to epub/etc, the chapter headings didn’t show up on two of the authors’ works. Have no idea why not. They are formatted exactly the same as all the other chapter headings. Anyway, so it’s a total pain and I’ll have to probably go in this morning and manually book mark the links. That’s why I love Jutoh so much. It does it automatically, no mistakes, normally and it’s done.

So Amazon’s will take a while longer.

Because: I got SEAL Wolf Hunting back for final copyedits. I’ll have one more final proof to go over after this. And I will be getting first edits on Silver Wolf Christmas next. And I received two more blog requests for Jaguar Pride’s release on Feb 3. And I only wrote 300 words of 2500 on SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble. argh.

I really need to get 2500 done a day. With so much to do on the other stuff, Amazon formatting, finishing up SEAL Wolf Hunting, NEED to proof the audiobook on Call of the Cougar, which has been on the backburner now for about four days, bought another book cover (did I ever mention I’m a book cover hoarder, but it was so neat!) and that means figuring out a title, tagline, etc, etc, etc, write the 2 blogs, including this one and another this morning, and now write 4700 words today on SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble.

And then there are the puppies. Well, they got me up at 4 am, so the routine is they go to sleep in my lap so I can write, for an hour or two. They don’t get to eat until 7 or 8, but that means as soon as they wake, it’s time to potty again. *sigh* The adventures of puppyhood. Luckily, they’re not having accidents, and they’re not chewing on things they shouldn’t, for the most part. I caught Tanner with two of my socks yesterday.

Max is wearing a cone to keep him from chewing on his stitches from being neutered. He’s been grouchy with Tanner, partly because Tanner keeps grabbing his Elizabethan collar and tugging. But I think he might just not feel well either. So I’ve been trying to keep them separate to chew on chewsticks so Max has more time to rest up.

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Okay, got to get to work.

Have a super wonderful and fun…Saturday?

Wow, the time is galloping away!

Do you ever feel that way? That when you want to do something, take a trip to the islands, or something great like finishing the week of work and you’re OFF, that it takes forever to get there? But if you have a deadline or multiple deadlines looming, the time flies? It’s like if I leave early for an appointment, I hit every green light and have no traffic and am there even earlier than planned, then have to sit and wait. But if I’m running late? Yep, you guessed it….I get behind the tractor trailer traveling 15 mph in the no passing zone, hit every red light and get stuck behind every Sunday driver.

Funny how life works that way. 🙂

Terry
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Old Time Lamps, Palm Trees, Wrought Iron and Voodoo–New Orleans, Where Else?

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I finally took a few pictures to share. If you wonder why my pictures seem to be the top of buildings, that’s because I was cutting out the multitudes of people, cars, etc. 🙂

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Someone said they had 25 cent voodoo dolls and she ran to get them. I didn’t see them, didn’t want them, but if you have such things in your books, you always have to think of things like this. What would work well to give to your readers? Even if you don’t give them away, how can you decorate your signing table or if you’re hosting a lunch or dinner for fans?

I’ve had readers, bloggers, reviewers take pictures of my displays just to share with others because they’re unique, catch reader’s attention.

Right now, I’m playing around with my Dog Days of Summer display, trying to figure out how I’m going to do that to catch attention. 🙂

It doesn’t mean anyone’s going to stop or buy or anything. But it makes me feel good if folks smile at the way I’ve created a display.

I need to get some paw prints, or something. 🙂

For now, I do have a statue of an Afghan Hound, because I had one when I was younger. A poodle. I have one of a Lab, but not sure where it is. I don’t have one of the silky terriers I had.

But it’s a start. 🙂

Okay, back to editing. I’m halfway done with Jaguar Pride edits and hope to finish those today.

Tomorrow, I need to get to work on edits on A SEAL Wolf for Sale and then send it to one more person to read.

And then? Time for The Viking’s Highland Lass.

I finished the 9 additional guest blogs and interviews I had to do yesterday, so yes!

Getting things done!

Hope you’re having a great week!!!

Terry

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

www.terryspear.com

Cooking and Doing Edits at the Same Time Can Be Dangerous!

You know I do all this stuff to give you a laugh, right? To give me more fodder for a story, right? I don’t do it just for fun. 🙂 I do it with purpose!

First off, the setting:

It’s a cool, windy day, so not quite yet warm out. This is good in that it means the bugs are still at bay. My birds are happily eating at the feeders, not paying any attention to me and my pending disaster. This is the foreshadowing of conflict. Just in case you were already tired of the boringness of this post. Notice, boringness is not a word. As an author, I can take liberties with made-up words. It’s like James Bond having a license to kill.

But I digress. I usually bake something. Just set on the timer, the meal is done when it’s done. Eventually I pry myself away from writing or edits and go check on it. It’s usually still fairly hot.

Rarely, I fry something unless it’s leftovers and I don’t want to just reheat it. So I’ll make something special like roast beef hash.

Usually, I set the heat on low because I forget when I’m writing  or editing. And I try to remember to check on it, or sometimes boil another cup of hot tea and wait for the stuff to finish cooking. I really hate to wait on anything. I want action. I want to get more editing or writing done. Staring at food cooking or water boiling doesn’t do a thing for me.

Now, I was impatient. So I put it on medium heat, not a smart thing to do. All protagonists should have faults, and impatience is apparently one of mine. I’m not saying it always is though. I can be really patient about a lot of stuff. I just do other things and then no problem. So I’m not sure what clued me in. Maybe the slight odor of smoke? Hate smoke. It makes me ill. So any hint of it, and I usually notice. I have the door to the rest of the house closed, so it would have blocked the smoke for a time.

I rush through the house to the kitchen, choking on smoke, really, really a lot of smoke. Not exaggerating here. And the frying pan has flames all around the lid of the pan. They’re too  high to reach the lid and close it all the way.

But that is one way to douse the flames, cut off the oxygen.  I immediately turned off the stove, and moved the pan off the heat. Now, they say not to move a pan because you could splash burning oil all over you and that would be worse. The oil was only a thin layer, so it was too low in the pan, and mostly burned up to worry about.

I ran through the house to get the baking soda. That will also put out flames, BUT, it takes a lot of it, and I threw some on it, but couldn’t douse the flames because the pan’s lid covered most of the oil I would have needed to reach.

Now, I have to again mention the horrendous amount of smoke in the house. The oil burned off shortly after that since there wasn’t a whole lot to begin with, but then I was trying to as quickly as I could, open windows, the front door, the back door, turning all the fans on as I went.

I scared off a big old hawk sitting on the telephone pole and as I’m trying to catch fresh breaths of air, I’m thinking how much I wished I’d gotten a photo of him!

Remember my eau de skunk post? Well, guess what? The next thing I know, I’m smelling skunk. LOL

They say not to take the pan outside, again for the danger that you could splash burning hot oil on yourself. But after I opened all the windows, I took the pan outside, and made the dumb mistake of opening up the lid. What was inside? A whole bunch of smoke, which I promptly inhaled. And choked on.

Nothing was left in the pan but burned-to-a-crisp potatoes–or Cajun style, blackened.

I hadn’t put the roast beef chunks in, so… I had those cold. And that was the rather unappealing lunch I had.  And I’m back to baking in the future. This was a picture I took of a Japanese cook who makes fires on purpose. Not something I would do!!!! Just for clarification.

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So… are you entertained???

Do you ever burn up your food???

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
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