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Weeding Weeding Weeding

Gardening? Ha! Somehow I forgot the meaning of low maintenance landscaping…. I put out three 40-gallon bags of weeds and grass pulled from my flowerbeds the last couple of days. Some of it is zinnia that is looking like it’s seen better days and milkweed that the aphids have pretty much destroyed. Once I removed them, I could get to the grass and weeds they were hiding. I’ve got another bag started today that is already halfway full. I’ve found ferns, crape myrtles, elm trees, pine trees and live oaks all growing in that massive tangle of plants. They’re too close to the fence (except for the ferns) so I must transplant the crape myrtles, maybe the pines, and get rid of the others.

Alpha wolf in Omaha

Okay, back to the book. It’s getting better and longer. yay!

If we’re REALLY lucky, and I mean REALLY, we’ll get some much needed rain. I’m not counting on it. But maybe I’ll be surprised. The lightning we had yesterday morning amounted to no rain.

Have a super, duper beautiful day! Mine is going to be great once I get back to writing!

Terry

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SALE!!!-Highland Werewolf Box Set

The Highland Werewolf Box Set
by Terry Spear
$4.99 $24.99 “With just enough wolf detail and werewolf lore, this action-packed story crackles with mystery, adventure, violence, and passion.” —Library Journal

The Highland Werewolf Box Set contains the first four books in Terry Spear’s Highland Werewolf series: Heart of the Highland Wolf, A Howl for a Highlander, A Highland Werewolf Wedding, and A Hero of a Highland Wolf. BUY ON
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On sale from August 22, 2019 to August-28, 2019

Terry Spear’s Wolf Bundle: The Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, and To Tempt the Wolf Kindle Edition

Terry Spear's Wolf Bundle: The Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, and To Tempt the Wolf by [Spear, Terry]

Also is now just $4.99!

Launched with no less than a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year award, Terry Spear’s wolf series has given thrills and chills to readers worldwide.

Now find out where it all started with the first three books in Terry Spear’s series for one low price. This bundle includes the award-winning first book in the series, The Heart of the Wolf, plus Destiny of the Wolf and To Tempt the Wolf, each delivering a story that sizzles and satisfies.

“A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way.” —Romantic Times, 4-star review

About the Books in This Bundle:

The Heart of the Wolf
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year: “The vulpine couple’s chemistry crackles off the page.”

Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack. Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home.

When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can’t resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death…

A sizzling paranormal romance based on extensive research on how wolves live and behave in the wild, The Heart of the Wolf creates a fascinating world of nature and fantasy.

Destiny of the Wolf

Lelandi Wildhaven is determined to discover the truth about her beloved sister’s mysterious death. But everyone thinks she’s out to make a bid for her sister’s widowed mate…

Darien Silver blames himself for his mate’s death. When her twin arrives in his town, he finds himself bewitched, and when someone attempts to silence her, he realizes that protecting the beautiful stranger might be the only way to protect his pack-and himself…

By Terry Spear, author of Heart of the Wolf, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Destiny of the Wolf delivers action, adventure, suspense, and romance.

To Tempt the Wolf
Wildlife photographer Tessa Anderson must prove her brother innocent of murder charges. But when she discovers a gorgeous naked man barely alive on her beach, she’s got a new world of troubles to deal with, not least of which is how he affects her with just a look, a touch, or a whispered word.

Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou, a grey werewolf. Hoping to keep a low profile at Tessa’s cabin on the coast, he’s drawn into her life-and into her bed. His animal instincts war with his human half, but in the end, the only thing he can do about this fascinating, adorable woman is to leave her forever -unless she becomes one of them.

From Terry Spear, author of a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year award winner and a Night Owl Romance Reader Choice award winner, don’t miss the suspense of her thrilling paranormal romance series.

Okay, I’m off to write!!!! I was out weeding this morning, hot, muggy, awful, but at least I got most of it done. It helped to have done the days of weeding earlier because this was easier to pull up this time.

Have a fun day!!!

Terry

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Shades of Gold

When I captured the shot of the flame skimmer dragonfly, the sunlight was hitting it just right so that it made him look like he was etched in gold. The zinnia is a candy stripe, and it’s the only one that has shown up from the package of seeds I planted so far. It’s soooo cute. And the gold zinnia is just as pretty.

So yesterday, I took my granddaughter around the whole neighborhood, and holding my hand, she actually ran part of the way. This is good, exercise and wearing out, yes! And we spent 2 hours at the pool. She has always been afraid of getting her face wet, and she’s been afraid of the water, so it’s like taking itty bitty steps. She let me take her into the deeper water and with my hands under her tummy, she kicks and paddles a little. But this time, she also was in the shallow area and had her hands on the bottom of the pool and was allowing her body to float. So she’s getting more confidence. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, she will be doing better. And she napped for 2 1/2 hours. Yay!

I have so many different colors of zinnia, I took her by each of them and asked her, “What color?”

“Green.”

“Noooooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

“What’s that?”

“Green.”

“Noooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

“What’s that?”

“Yellow.”

“Yes! Yellow.”

“What’s that?”

“Green.”

“Noooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

She got the yellows right. She began to say pink on all the pinks. She said the reds after I showed her the first was red.

Okay, today is MY day, which means getting that other promo blog done and getting back to word count!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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If You Like Lora Leigh’s Books…

Oversized Ladybug in the Garden
Another Huge Ladybug

I found these on the milkweed plants, but one on one plant and then later, I found the other. Now, naturally, since all ladybugs look alike and both of these were oversized, I thought it was the same one. But looking at their patterns after I took the pictures, you can clearly see they’re different ones.

I’m glad to see them in the garden, and also the dragonflies are coming, and milkweed assassin bugs. The latter, you have to be careful about. They bite. I try to watch for them and leave them alone. They eat whiteflies, aphids, which are starting to appear, and even tomato caterpillars. Does it mean they’ll attack monarch butterfly caterpillars? Maybe. 🙁

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

SEAL Wolf Surrender by Terry Spear
AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND
APPLE | KOBO | BAM

Pretty cool, huh? Okay, I’m off to write. I edited and wrote 3675 words. I’m only 4400 words from word count, though I’ll probably write a lot more, and I’m still on a deadline crunch.

Have a great day!!!!

Terry

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Horrible Bugs in the Garden

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Image may contain: plant, flower, nature and outdoor

Milkweed bugs–the juveniles. They’re horrible. Oh sure, they have families, they probably love each other, and I’m the monster, but they they will destroy milkweed plants that monarch butterfly caterpillars have to have to survive. These bugs go after the seeds that will produce new plants so I never have to buy new ones.

I haven’t seen this many milkweed bugs ever. It’s like they’re in plague proportions. I had been cutting off the seed pods and dumping the whole lot of them into a soapy water container. But since then, I’ve been just shaking the seed pods using a stick, and dumping them into the witch’s brew, and that’s been working.

I also have these. They’re milkweed assassin bugs but they’re NOT doing their job. I think there are just way too many of the milkweed bugs. I was getting rid of the mating pairs of milkweed bugs as fast as I could, but obviously I didn’t get rid of enough of them. The good news is that I THINK I’m getting a handle on them. I’m not finding the huge numbers on the seed pods. But I have to be diligent and every time I go outside with the dogs (I’ve gained two more, dogsitting), I get rid of more of the milkweed bugs.

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Okay, the pack of dogs has gone out, eaten, gone out, it’s time to settle down and write.

Have a great day! I will be thinking of bugs in my nightmares….

Terry

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Daylilies Abloom

Daylilies in bloom, from a gold with burnt orange center, to peach with a darker peach center, to the regular yellow daylilies, to purple, darker peach with a wine center and red with a yellow center.

I love daylilies. They come back each year, bigger and more beautiful than before. I was on a plant identification site, trying to figure out what a plant was when I came across a seed sharing forum and they were mentioning daylily seeds. Daylily seeds? Now that intrigued me. So here’s a site where they talk about it and it has a link to a seed sharing site also.

https://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/989

I’ve had a lot of volunteer pine trees, crape myrtles, yaupon hollies pop up in my yard. But I haven’t done much in propagating my own flower seeds to create new batches. Until a couple of friends began sending me some of theirs. But now, I’ve tried to propagate yellow ligustrum by sticking the branches I needed to trim back in the yard, and yep, some of them are beginning to take hold and leaf out.

I’ve tried this with roses, and haven’t had much success, but I think I’m going to give it a shot again. I really love seeing the new plant take hold and I don’t even need to go out and buy another!

Another idea I hadn’t thought of was cross pollination and creating your own cultivar! Just think! You could create a beautiful cultivar of your own, name and register it. Shapeshifter Goddess. That would be the name of my beautiful cultivar. lol

https://easttexasgardening.tamu.edu/2014/05/23/cross-pollinating-daylilies/

BUT, I need to write, promote, write, edit, write, pull weeds, write…and so on.

Okay, granddaughter is here and I need to see if I can get her breakfast and some writing done while she’s sleepily watching cartoons.

May the force of flower power be with you!

Terry

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Running….

Granddaughter’s on her way and I’m sort of running this morning. Had to shut the computer down to get my internet to work.

These are a pretty purplish daylily that are having a field day! And the other is a watercolor version of them.

I’m WAY behind on word count on Billionaire because of having to edit the other book and write the novella, sooooo, I have to get cracking. 30,000 done, 50,000+ to go, and it’s due July 1st. At 2,000 a day on days I don’t have my granddaughter, it’s going to be tight, again. Next book, I’ll finally have more time. I hope. In July, I have another release, and that means more promo, and I haven’t even worked on the promo for the book releasing this month. Ugh.

Have a super, lovely day. I think I hear my granddaughter at the door!

Terry

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Purple and Red

Ranunculus flowers in bloom. First came the red, and they’re still blooming. And now the purple. But the weather has taken a dive. But it’s warming up again, then cold next week and warming up. I like the warming up because it makes it the perfect weather before the heat settles in.

I only got 1,000 on the word count yesterday instead of at least 2,000, but I was working on taxes, and that takes days. I always tell myself I’ll get better organized in the new year and it won’t be such a mess by the beginning of the next year when I have to start this all over again. Ha!

I was reading an article on not beating yourself up about stuff. I agree! When you feel down about something you’re doing, your work, your appearance, your life, think of two things positive about yourself.

I find that doing something nice for someone else can make me feel better. Say something nice.

When I was at the grocery store with my granddaughter the other day, a man offered to take my basket and return it to the store for me when I’d unloaded everything but her from the basket. It’s the kind for kids, so he wouldn’t have used it. It was a nice gesture. I was so surprised and really appreciated it.

I had my hands full of books to ship and a man hurried to open the post office door yesterday. I do that when I see someone who needs help, moms with little kids, older people, both with baskets or kids. It makes me feel better because they appreciate it so much. Just doing something so simple as that can make someone else’s life less complicated for just a few seconds and yet can brighten their whole outlook for a bit.

I was feeling on cloud nine yesterday, maybe in part due to having a peppermint mocha, did you know that peppermint can make you feel better? It does me! Anyway, they said not to get the safety inspection done on my car until April, so I will wait on that. But after I shipped my books, I ran into a different grocery store for a couple of things I forgot to get and this store had 90% off on their Valentine’s stuff. Wow, a big ostrich and monkey and assorted soft pillows to play with for my granddaughter’s birthday , and two little items I can use for my bears for $3.50? Perfect! Yep, I was on cloud nine.

I’m off to write or work on taxes, it all has to be done! Probably both. Hope you have something fun to do today! TGIF!

Terry

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Macro This

Don’t you love the beauty of nature? The summer flowers are flowering in winter.

I won’t be able to write for 3 days, sigh, but I’m nearly to the halfway point on SEAL Wolf Team to the Rescue. Hopefully, I can finish it this week!

It’s like writing a Macro Novel. A novella. So much fun.

Have a super day!

Terry

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A Weed or a Fern?

Do you have plants you can’t identify? I have this happen all the time. The whole area was forest at one time, so a lot of the plants that are popping up were native–like youpon holly (not shown, but I have several of them that volunteered to grow in the yard), the fern, and whatever the other plant is. I think it might be a fern of some kind. The silk and seeds are from a yellow flowering milkweed. You can see the yellow flowers behind it. I keep finding more crape myrtles in the flowerbeds. They are beautiful, but if I’m not careful, I will have a forest of them. lol

I’m also trying to propagate some of the sunny ligustrum to add to the yard. I don’t have a very big yard, so I have to be careful that I don’t lose my whole yard to plants!

I wrote several more scenes yesterday on Claiming, but need to write one more, I think. Hopefully, I can get it done today, but need to run an errand and the dogs aren’t leaving until later this afternoon. But I need to also start writing all the promo blogs for You Had Me at Jaguar.

So much to do. So little time!

Hope you have all kinds of time to do the fun things you enjoy doing!

Terry

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