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4,400 + Words!

When baby is asleep, I was taking pictures of her, but she’s been  fussy, so instead this week, I’ve been walking her, or letting her sleep on my lap once she’s sound asleep. She had a doctor’s appointment, and that wore her out, so I chanced taking a picture of her while she slept after we got her home. A lovely lady made the quilt for her, so I wanted to get a picture of her on it too, which meant I woke her when we set up the quilt next. But that’s okay, because at this age she needs tummy time, and she’s much more aware of the world around her. And she doesn’t immediately fuss for something to eat when she wakes now.

I didn’t go over quite to my daughter’s place quite so early because they’d had a better night, and actually managed to write all morning! And with walking baby at her house, still had a two and half mile walk. 🙂

I’m still way behind on writing, and I just got first edits on Flight of the White Wolf that I need to work on, but I only have 9,000 words to go on The Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf!!! It wasn’t that long ago, really, that I had 80,000 words to write. 🙂 And when I wake in the middle of the night, I begin thinking of Billionaire Wolf Christmas and the trouble I can get the brother in. 🙂 With a woman of course. A wolf. A scientist. I think.

Perseverance is the only way to make it happen. Sometimes, I just couldn’t write–long days with trying to help with baby. Edits that meant cutting out more than I was writing. The edits HAVE to be done, so it’s either early on or later.

So I’m off to start my day, feed the puppies, work on the story, and then run errands, and help with baby.

And we’re going to have our Highland boxset out on May 1st!

Have a lovely purple day!

Terry

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

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Lords of the Highlands! Limited Release! 99 Cents!

lairdsloverskiltsand-kingdomsawaitThis is now out! It will be out for a limited time–8 novels, lots of hot Highlanders, everyone needs to take one home. 🙂

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Heather and a mossy creek, Scotland

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4MAVRG

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by Kathryn Le Veque (Author), Eliza Knight (Author), Keira Montclair (Author), Terri Brisbin (Author), Vonda Sinclair (Author), Terry Spear (Author), Victoria Robertst (Author), Gwyn Brodie (Author)

Welcome to the LORDS OF THE HIGHLANDS collection – a melding of hearts and swords, of passion and power, and of great heroes and heroines born and bred in the highlands of Scotland. Lose yourself in the majesty and romance of this great historical romance collection brought to you by eight top romance authors.

This limited edition bundle includes:

DEEP INTO DARKNESS by Kathryn Le Veque: Based on “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, this story involves a hunky highlander, his lovely wife, a dark and creepy castle on the Scotland coast, and chains rattling in the night….

TAKEN BY THE HIGHLANDER by Eliza Knight: A warrior on a mission falls for a lady who has sworn off love.

LOKI by Keira Montclair: A warrior with a haunted past and the lass who swears to love him forever.

A LOVE THROUGH TIME By Terri Brisbin: An archway in time…A man in search of his future in the past…A woman who holds the key.

MY FIERCE HIGHLANDER by Vonda Sinclair: Gwyneth, a scandalous English lady banished to the Highlands of Scotland, and Alasdair, an injured enemy chief, join forces against her malicious and violent family. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, the two discover an explosive passion neither of them expected.

TAMING THE WILD HIGHLANDER by Terry Spear: Edana is searching for her missing brothers and that leads Angus into a faux marriage with her, dungeons and more trouble than he ever thought possible. So why is the bewitching, fiery-haired lass making him think of marrying her for real?

KILTS AND KISSES by Victoria Roberts: Her only refuge is in the arms of her enemy.

HIGHLAND MOON by Gwyn Brodie: He held her life in his hands. She held his soul.

Be sure to get yours!

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Isle of Skye Cliffs Reflected in the Water

I’m still getting ready for the baby shower on Saturday, started working on a bear for the baby, and trying to keep up with word count.

But my cupboards are bare, and the puppies are nearly out of food. Soooooo, I HAVE to go to the grocery store.

And I need to make a list before I go because I will forget the things I really need–meat, potatoes and dog food, and be enticed to the Dark Side: sweets and chips.

Not that if it isn’t on my list I won’t get it anyway…

My beta reader said she didn’t expect the big twist in the story, Loving the White Bear, and that thrills me no end. Plus she’s told me every day how I’ve kept her up at night because she couldn’t put the book down. That’s music to my ears. 🙂 I hope everyone who takes a chance to read it enjoys it too.

Off to write. Need 10,000 today, need groceries, and need to work some more on the bear. It’s cut out, sewn, and now I need to start putting it together. 🙂

Terry Spear

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

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The Viking’s Highland Lass is now Available, and Highland Rake on 99 cent sale!

Also, if you haven’t read the series, Highland Rake, book 3 is 99 cents right now, and the first two books, Winning the Highlander’s Heart and The Accidental Highland Hero are in a set for $3.99, less than the price of one book!

http://www.amazon.com/Highlanders-Terry-Spear-ebook/dp/B00LWH9OC0/

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Overview

Gunnolf was left for dead when he was young as he went on one of his kin’s raids, but finds his way to the Highlands and a home with the MacNeill Clan. The clan’s seer warns him he must rescue a woman in need, only he rescues the wrong woman. Yet, Brina is in need. Her father, wounded in battle by Gunnolf’s own kind, must oust the tyrant who has taken his place if he is to rule. Yet he needs Gunnolf’s help, but Gunnolf learns Brina’s father had killed Gunnolf’s brother.

Brina is torn between hating the Viking who has rescued her, and knowing that his kin had killed her grandfather in an age old tale of fighting between their people, and loving the man who took her under his protection, and the wolf cub she insists on rescuing.

Now, Gunnolf must make a choice: wed the lass as her father has insisted and restore her father’s position as chief of his clan when he’s not sure her father is trustworthy, hoping he can obtain a peace between his people and hers, or leave well enough alone and stay with the MacNeill Clan, his family for the past ten years. The problem is one sweet Highland lass that makes him want a woman–this woman–to warm his bed and have his bairns and to protect and cherish, when having a wife was the furthest notion from his mind…until one prediction changed his whole life.

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Was working  on blogs for the upcoming May release of Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply and back to Golden Fae! 🙂

Terry

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

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Halloween Flash Fiction: The Vampire’s Mark

I will be a featured author at Coastal Magic and so she’s doing a few early promos. One is Halloween flash fiction stories. So if you want to pop in, you can read mine.

http://booksmakemehappyreviews.com/2015/10/28/halloween-flash-fiction-blog-event-with-terry-spear/

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The Vampire’s Mark will be tied into this story. But an explanation on the different covers. He’s a vampire. She’s a huntress. He has been in love with her since they met in the Highlands before the Black Death. So the cover more reflects the historical past. Now it’s the present day, and he’s on her terminal list. It’s more based in the present day, so needs a more contemporary cover.

Oh, I know it doesn’t look like she’s in any mood to terminate him. But that’s the thing. She’s working up to it. In combat, surprise is a key element in taking down the enemy. Really.

Forbidden Love

Ebook By Terry Spear
Category: Fiction » Literature » Fantasy (paranormal)
Huntress Alena MacLeod is given a mission: work undercover to discover a rogue vampire’s secretive work, then terminate him.Ephraim MacNeill, aka Sutton Bastrop, knows Alena is his Elizabeth MacLeod from an earlier time, and he’s determined to return to the past and right all the wrongs to end the curse placed on the love of his life before it’s too late—again.Together, they must risk all to stop a war between a newly formed Brotherhood of rogue vampires, tired of the status quo, and the League of Hunters, who have ruled for centuries over the vampires—both changed during the Black Death—some of the survivors becoming vampires, and others hunters of the same.

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You never know what you'll run into when the full moon is about.

You never know what you’ll run into when the full moon is about. Taken on a spookily cloudy night.

Okay, so it’s over the hump day and it’s nearly Halloween!

Have a super, fun day!

Terry

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

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Not One! But Several Hot Naked Highlanders in a Loch!

Subject lines are so important. Titles are so important. That’s what draws readers in. That’s why HEADLINES for news stories draw readers in.

Here is the link to my excerpt on the hot naked Highlanders! I’d post it here, but WordPress doesn’t allow for the code to be embedded for security reasons.

https://www.bublish.com/author/view/5924

Anyway, I’ve been experimenting with Bublish and so I’ve tried different books, different Titles to lead into the story. This one was the winner: Not One! But Several Hot Naked Highlanders in a Loch!

Now, of course, some could resist peeking. But I did have a much higher view rate than when I posted about my Dragon Fae or Taming the Wild Cougar. Not because those books are less interesting, but it all has to do with titles. Well, and hot Highlanders helps too. 🙂

The bottom line is that even though I had a record amount of views in one day–150, I had no click on book buy sites and my sales continued to be the same as before. Which means? Doesn’t work for me. Maybe some day the site will help sales, but for me at least, no.

On the subject of titles. You write this fantastic blog, work really hard on it, but no one clicks on it to read it. So yes, subject lines really help.

Oh, and I swear the naked Highlanders were in the loch, but by the time I got to this point in the blog and took pictures, they were halfway dressed.

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Which comes to another point of the blog–your title should be relevant. How many have looked at a sensational title on an Internet search to see the picture of–Lion and Donkey have offspring! Okay, so maybe it was a Lion and Tiger, or something like that. But, you want to see a picture of the cute little beast. And there is none.

So like in a story, or a blog post, if you post about naked Highlanders in a loch, you should really not tease about it. 🙂  I did share the link, couldn’t embed it in this post like I wanted to.

The same goes for titles if you’re trying to sell your story too. I submit a story to an agent or editor, entitling a story: Jenny

I put that title in the subject line in an email to an editor or agent and it probably isn’t going to get much of a response. Okay so I want to come up with a Title that gets attention. It doesn’t mean that the title will stay like that either, though. Editors have changed some of my well-meaning titles to something that means nothing at all in the guise that it will sell more books, and it doesn’t. Reviewers will even say that they expected something else from the title. So titles can help gain attention in anything you do. Blogging,  writing short stories, novels, even emails to friends. And emails to editors and agents. Make that subject line really catch their attention!

So you write an email to a friend: Hey, how are you doing? Then in the gist of your letter, you tell how you had one of those worst days ever.

Friend is busy, will eventually get to the email. If you put this in your subject line–You Would Not Believe What Happened to Me

Your friend will make time to read your email.

Sometimes I do this with personal messages on Facebook. Something will happen, and I can’t type it right that second. I just leave an OMG! And take off to take care of it. Like, puppies have done something they shouldn’t. Well, not them. They’re perfect little angels. If I write that, I get lots of responses. What? ????? All kinds of responses. Then silence as my friend waits with baited breath to hear what disaster just befell me.

Try it sometime. But make sure it’s a disaster first, or it’s like Crying Wolf.

It’s a cliff hanger! Sometimes I’ll do that, and then begin typing what just happened. But it’s that initial subject line: OMG! that grabs the readers attention.

Okay, I’m up to 6500 words on Covert Cougar Christmas and hope to get to 10,000 today. 🙂 Today is Monday, btw. At least I keep thinking it is. And that’s a good thing. Since it’s Sunday, I have more time to write. 🙂

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

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Now you can get the first 2 books for the price of less than one at $3.99!

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Winning the Highlander's Heart

Winning the Highlander’s Heart, Book 1

Lady Anice vows to flee the amorous advances of King Henry I, and return to her home in the Highlands, where she hopes to find a laird to wed, when she learns her staff has vanished. Premonitions of imminent danger warn her of foul play and she is certain she is cursed when it comes to marriage.

The king orders the Highlander Laird Malcolm MacNeill, seeking an English bride, to provide the lass safe escort and learn what has become of her staff. Escorting her home safely proves a dangerous trial in and of itself and keeping his heart out of the matter, when the king wishes her wed to one of his loyal barons instead, complicates issues further. Losing his heart to the lass means Malcolm could very well lose his head.

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 The Accidental Highland Hero

The Accidental Highland Hero–Book 2

Lady Eilis Dunbarton’s life undergoes a drastic change with the death of her cousin, Agnes. Now she’s faced with the disagreeable prospect of marrying the man who was to be her cousin’s husband. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit—pretending to be her cousin. But if her husband-to-be discovers she’s not really Agnes, her life is forfeit. So what choice does Eilis have but to flee?

When Laird James MacNeill’s clan rescues a half-drowned lass from the sea, there is speculation she is of the enemy clan, especially since she doesn’t remember her own name. James is immediately enticed with the lady, but his focus must remain on finding the proper bride. For if he does not wed soon, he must give up his holdings to one of his younger brothers.

Focus slips away with each day Eilis is close, and James finds himself contemplating the thought of taking her to wife without knowing her true identity.

But how dangerous would the end result be?

And what will happen if Eilis’s husband-to-be comes looking for her only to find her in the arms of another man?

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Fantasy Stonehenge

Terry

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

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Purple Flower Day

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These are from my birthday flowers, so not exactly wildflowers, but most of the rest are!

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These are so tiny, barely noticeable when I took the picture of the mushroom.

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Not sure on this one. Tried to locate a picture like it, but couldn’t find one.

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Not sure on these either.

Iris open

My garden iris.

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Mountain Laurel

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Dead Nettle

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Verbena

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Horsemint, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!

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Wild petunia

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Clover flowers

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Desert Willow

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I probably have more, but here is a selection of pretty purple flowers.

And that is my purple flower day.

Don’t you love them?

Off to work on Her Highland Hero.  7,000 words to go! 🙂

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Terry

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Highlanders are Hot!

If they’re my Highland wolves, you never know how they’ll show up to a party! But also for my Highland Medieval Hunks, I made #1 best seller for historical romance on Amazon and that was my shining star for 2013!

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Anora, the shepherdess, finds a half-naked man in her bed, so what’s a woman living alone in a cottage in the Lowlands of Scotland supposed to do? Prod him with her pitchfork to chase him off! Only the man is not just a traveler seeking her bed for a rest—but a wounded Highlander, who fights back, swinging his sword!

Niall MacNeill is searching for a Frenchwoman of nobility to escort to his cousin’s castle for safekeeping, when he and his friend, Gunnolf, are attacked by another Highland clan, seeking the same woman. The other Highlanders wish to sell her to the highest bidder—English or French—it does not matter.

Niall takes refuge in a sheepherder’s cottage to heal up from his wounds and discovers the shepherdess taking care of him may very well be the woman he seeks. He has no intention of doing anything but what his cousin requests of him—ensure her safety on their way to Craigly Castle—but when the lass so bravely wields her pitchfork at him, he is thinking of other, more interesting possibilities.

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I’ve signed with a narrator to work on the audiobook version. That should be done in about February.

I have to turn in edits on Jaguar Hunt and the synopsis on Monday, and then it’s back to Guthrie’s story. So many stories, so little time. 🙂 I feel like I’m juggling characters.

Have a super great Sunday!

Terry