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Christmas Lights in Omaha

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Aren’t they magical?

Have a wonderful day!

Terry Spear

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

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The Hiding Elk, or Are They…Hidden?

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Do you see the wildflowers in the foreground or is your attention riveted to the elk in the background?

Okay, the guys with the antlers, please lower them so we can really be safe!

Okay, the big guy with the showy antlers, please lower them so we can really be safe!

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That’s better, but the antlers need to be LOWER. You can do it. Head down, please.

I think they saw us!

I think they saw us!

Have a great TGIF and take it easy! I have 4,000 words to write and then…wait, it’s not TGIF? Jumping the gun. Okay, happy Thursday! I still have 4,000 more words to write, now that I have my days straightened out!

Have a great one, whatever day it is!

Terry

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

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Ever See a White Bison?

Did you know that bison and buffalo are not the same critter? Settlers mistakenly called bison buffalo, but they technically live in Africa and Asia, whereas bison are in North America. Bison have the huge shoulder hump and massive heads. They even have a few bison in Poland. They are from the same family–the buffalo and bison, but they are two distinct animals.

Here are some pictures of the white bison a couple of years ago, and then this year, but probably last year, she had a baby, which we didn’t know about. It was really fun to see two of them this time.

White Bison Near the Car

White Bison Right Beside the Car

Juvenile White Bison

Juvenile White Bison

White Bison and Juvenile Side by Side

White Bison and Juvenile Side by Side

By himself, the juvenile is white, but standing next to his parent, he’s browner, but still much whiter than the brown bison.

White Bison Reflection

White Bison Reflection

My son was driving and the bison were on his side of the car, so he took the pictures. He wanted to get a cool picture of just the white bison’s reflection. This was what I loved so much when we saw them this time. All the animals, elk included, were trying to beat the heat, either by staying in the shade, or wading in the water.  The years before, it was Thanksgiving and the ponds were frozen. 🙂 No need to beat the heat!

Two Tired Baby Bison

Two Tired Baby Bison Calves

Did I mention that when I got home, my external hard drive is giving me an error message and I can’t access it? Grrr.

I can still access it on my laptop, so the cords and such are working. My son and my SIL tried to figure it out, but no success. I save all my stories on it because my computer has crashed so many times. I really can’t afford not to be able to use it. 🙁

So then I loved my son’s water container for his dog. And I got one for mine. They loved it at his house and he doesn’t have to refill it all the time. So I filled mine up with water, and it started to fill up the dish, and fill it, and fill it, and wait, it’s going to breach the top any second now. Puppies are waiting in heady anticipation. They love the water from those. They are excited. But like me, waiting for it to quit filling up. I had to quickly tilt it back and stop the water from filling up and try to tip it back into the tank, only it began pouring all over the floor. So then I was running the tank into the kitchen to let the water out there, puppies racing with me–their mommy is always so much fun–until I could figure out what I had done wrong. Not turned it enough in the seat.

I do things like this just to entertain you, you know. Just in case your life is boring.

Oh, and yesterday, Max was thwarted from going to the bathroom…by this.

Toad sitting on sidewalk

Toad sitting on sidewalk

Tanner raced over him to get to the grass, never seeing him. Max saw him and stopped dead in his tracks, tried to move around him, then backed up, and did the same. I finally had to carry him over the toad. Max, thwarted by a toad.

Have a great day!!! Back to working on Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing!

Terry

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

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I Love it When…

the perfect picture presents itself. Not that I take the perfect picture, mind you. But that it’s just the perfect… everything.

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This little red squirrel was scampering all over the ground in front of us and suddenly, he ran up the post and sat on top of the pole, paused, and gave me the perfect picture.

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

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Autographed Books at Barnes and Noble, Omaha, NE

I autographed books at the Oak View Drive, Barnes and Noble, but forgot to take a picture of the books. *sigh*

Here are the Rascals–to get them to all sit still for a picture is amazing. I can get mine to do it, but Mishka isn’t used to having photography sessions all the time. lol 🙂 <3

Mishka,, Tanner and Max

Mishka,, Tanner and Max

Bunny

Bunny

They have bunnies all over the yards here. Unfortunately, that means happy meals for the pups. Shaking head.

Have a super great day!!! I’m going to try to write some today. 🙂

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

Wildlife Walk with the Puppies

Walking trail

Walking trail

My son says this is around a 15 mile walking trail. It’s so neat to see things like this in other places–we walked nearly 3 miles, the puppies and my son’s dog pulling us, and then nearer the end, Tanner sat on his butt as if to say, “Enough!”

But they managed to make it the whole way before it got dark and we made it safely to the car before the zombies came out. Maybe I should have said vampires. They tend to come out at night. But it was so quiet out there, and except for a runner and a few bikers, it seemed more like a zombie’s world.

Thistle

Thistle

We saw tons of birds and wildflowers.

Mishka watching a black bird on plant.

Mishka watching a black bird on plant.

Max: Oh, hot, Mommie

Max: Oh, hot, Mommie

We had a nice breeze, and the sun was setting, so cooler, but it had been over 90 degrees. Really an enjoyable way to end the day. 🙂 <3

Autographed books at Barnes and Noble in Omaha.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble

Hope you have a delightful Sunday!!

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears.com

 

Brilliant Thoughts

 

Ever have one?

You know. That most brilliant idea that you want to put down on paper. You want to use in your story. You want to use to accomplish something big today. You want to tell your best friend or your significant other. It’s there, right there, and then when you need it most, its gone. Just poof! Like a genie vaporizing into his bottle and he won’t come out no matter how much you coax and entice and threaten.

Nope. That brilliant idea is gone. Forever.

It’s not that easy coming up with brilliant ideas. Really. That’s what makes them so brilliant. If we have them all the time then they’d become the average, just another regular idea. No, the brilliant ideas are just every once in a while ideas which make them so special. So next time you have one, be sure to capture it on paper. And then, you’ve got it! Forever. For all eternity.

What if no one else who hears your brilliant idea thinks it’s all that brilliant?

Maybe it’s better not to tell anyone. Then we can continue to know how much merit it has!

The characters in my stories do tell each other their brilliant plans. And sometimes they are. In theory. But in practice,  it can have the domino effect–one falling into another until they all fall down.

But hey, if that happens–no problem. Just come up with another brilliant idea!

I’m still trying to remember mine. What about you?

bc431-elklastyear28800x78729 This elk was thinking of charging the car–rutting season, Omaha, Nebraska. A brilliant thought?

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”
www.terryspear.com

 

Birds at the Ashton, Nebraska’s Wildlife Safari Park

My Facebook friends helped me to identify these sandhill cranes.

And of course, I had to get the tail feathers of one–though a great shot, it’s typical that I get the backside of one or several animals on a visit to an animal/zoo type park.

Turkey hens, and this was at Thanksgiving, so I’m sure they don’t realize it, but they’re really fortunate to be living here.

I got this from UPS yesterday and I’d never seen one before, so it sort of tickled me. No telling what will. Must be doing too much writing!

 

And these are some fun reviews for A SEAL Wolf Christmas!!!

http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-seal-wolf-christmas-by-terry-spear.html

Rating: 5 Crowns—A Royal Read*

I absolutely loved A SEAL WOLF Christmas. Definitely one of my top ten books of 2013.


Bjornolf Jorgenson has been ghosting Hunter’s SEAL wolf team to make sure the team stays safe while on missions, but he has also been doing so to keep an eye on the Anna Johnson, the sexy little gray wolf who has captured his attention.
Growing close on their last mission, the two now find themselves playing the part of a married couple while trying to solve a murder investigation and raising a teen wolf who wants to run away.

I adore Terry Spear’s novels and A SEAL Wolf Christmas is no exception.

Chocked full of action, adventure, mystery, chemistry, romance, heat, and witty characters A SEAL Wolf Christmas is one of those books that should come warning label stating that it has the potential to explode in your hands.

The chemistry between Anna and Bjornolf was brilliant—I could not get enough of them. They were one of those couples you want to see succeed in their relationship. What made it more interesting was the fact that Anna is covering up a secret from her past, which is also the reason she hates Christmas.

I was unable to put this book and read it in one sitting, so it’s highly addictive and thoroughly engaging.

*What is a Royal Read:

Royal Reads are our desert-island, bury-me-with-this-book, don’t-sleep-until-its-finished, all-time-favourite reads.

Royal Reviews: A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
theroyalreviews.blogspot.com
Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson has had tough missions before, but going undercover with feisty gray wolf Anna Johnson could top the list. She drives him crazy—in more ways than one. Now he has to
http://www.ilovevampirenovels.com/vampires/review-seal-wolf-christmas-terry-spear/
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Terry Spear created an incredible world in her Heart of the Jaguar series recently, but little did I know that she had already set us up with a 12 book (so far) series all about some very awesome wolves.

It’s so hard to find an author that can write – and write well – about multiple species of shifters. Most are really good with one specifically — such as wolves, pumas, leopards etc — but lack the ability to give much insight to each ‘species’. Luckily this is not a problem for Spear. She really seems to have done her research. She knows the differences between red and grey wolves and masterfully inserts those differences into her writing. The characters exhibit qualities you would expect to find in wolves – whether in human or animal form. They react as the actual animal would most likely react (having never studied wolves, I can’t say this with certainty, but Spear is quite convincing). She builds the packs around intense characters and brings their animal traits into their human forms and vice versa. These characters are complex yet simple while still being relatable.

Once again I have found myself reading a book that wasn’t the first in the series, but Spear seems to be able to accomplish stand-alone-esque novels that still intertwine with the series as a whole. Although A Seal Wolf Christmas is the 12th in the series, the only time I felt like I should have read the other stories was when I finished and wanted to know more about certain escapades her characters referenced.

Navy SEAL Bjornolf Jorgenson had my attention from the first page. There’s just something about a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the people he cares about safe that triggers some internal swoon in me. Add in several other alpha males, a strong woman who doesn’t take crap and a little mystery and intrigue and I’m not putting that story down.

Anna is one of those women you wish every author would write. She’s in no way a helpless female. I truly believe that’s why I was so drawn in by this story. Yes, many authors write strong women, but those strong women also tend to need saving – a lot. Anna is the kind of woman that is perfectly capable of saving herself.

To see these two very strong alpha personalities come together in a situation neither is comfortable with just adds to the chemistry brewing in the tale. Throw in a few curveballs along the way to make sure they don’t get too comfortable and you have one drag you in, hold you hostage story.

I’m not sure with what Spear has impressed me more – her ability to write complex animal characters, her ability to get someone like me to become engrossed in a series without starting at the beginning or just her overly compelling stories that leave you wanting more at the end.

Review: A Seal Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
www.ilovevampirenovels.com
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http://goodbadandunread.com/2013/12/11/review-a-seal-wolf-christmas-by-terry-spear/

I’m always surprised at how authors can keep coming up with fresh plot ideas and characters after numerous books in a series. This is Book 12 in Terry Spear’s werewolf series, and I’m still having as much fun with them as I did when I first began reading about them.

Bjornolf Jorgenson – yeah, say that ten times really fast! – is a lone wolf, a Navy SEAL who ghosts missions to make sure teams get in and out safe. He’s had a thing for Anna Johnson for some time, and when ghosting her current mission, Bjornolf breaks his own rule and lets her team know he’s there by helping out when he thinks Anna might be in jeopardy.

Rescuing a kidnapped family in the Amazon, Anna and her team have to be hyper vigilant when they begin to suspect everything is not as it seems in the jungle. They’re glad for Bjornolf’s assistance, and that leads to another mission where Anna and he will pose at newlyweds to investigate the murder of two wolves on a Christmas tree farm and also take care of the teen who discovered the crime.

It’s Bjornolf who wants more with Anna, so he jumps at the chance to work closely with her, despite her hesitancy. He needs to know what’s in her past that forces her to shut down, to shun the holiday season, especially after he opens up to her about his most traumatic moment of his younger days. When she refuses to let him in, he decides to take matters into his own hands, knowing it might hurt more than help.

However, as they grow closer living together during their mission, Anna begins to blossom with the festive feelings of Christmas and the loving attention of Bjornolf, as well as the timid and eager trust of a young teen who needs family so much. When she’s unexpectedly torn away from them by the hands of danger, Anna isn’t about to let this villain take everything away from her. Knowing Bjornolf will do everything in his power to find her, her training kicks in, only for them all to find out that more danger is still at their door.

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seal wolfTerry Spear brings paranormal fans a holiday story in the latest of her werewolf series,  A Seal Wolf Christmas. Navy SEAL Bjornolf is undercover as a newlywed with agent and wolf Anna, who drives him crazy. It doesn’t make anything easier that they have to pose as the aunt and uncle to an unruly teenage wolf. They travel from the Amazon to a Christmas tree farm in Oregon for answers in this funny and romantic adventure.Ho ho ho!! Nothing is better than a romance – except a romance set at Christmas Time! Join Amy Alessio as she tells us about her favorite holiday romances. http://romanceuniversity.org/2013/12/14/reader-roundup-holiday-romances-with-amy-alessio/

And now it’s time to get back to the work at hand–Jaguar Pride! 🙂

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com

Silence of the Wolf, Final Approved Cover

Photo: Hungry for the wolf??? Here is the final approved cover for Silence of the Wolf, due out in March, and working on reaching 5,000 words on Jaguar Pride. 75,000 to go! LOL :)

Silence of the Wolf is Tom Silver’s story of the Silver wolf pack in Silver Town, Colorado where the wolves run the town. It’s due out in March!

This is a picture I took at the wildlife park in Ashton, Nebraska, of their alpha female wolf at Thanksgiving time. 🙂

female wolf close up

I’m mentioning wolves, but I’m working on Jaguar Pride right now! 8,000 done, 72,000 to go! 🙂  Okay, so here’s the jaguar in a cat run at the Omaha Zoo.

Photo: I'm in my tree working on Jaguar Pride, but I wanted to comment about the weather. Do you pay any attention to weather forecasts? I need to run into town and I was thinking about doing so at a certain hour--but during that hour, not before or after, just during that hour, we have a 70% chance of rain. LOL Do I risk it? Play devil's advocate? Go later? Go earlier? Believe the weather forecast? LOL

Have a terrific Friday! I’m back to working on the story. No time to just enjoy the holidays!!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com

Change Can Be Confusing

Elk at the Lee G Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Nebraska. This is rutting season and so we couldn’t stop the car and I had to get a shot while we were driving by. They’re very territorial and dangerous at this time of year. Last year, they were okay–because we could stop and take pictures. Note this year, it was much colder and the ponds were frozen.

This is a picture I took last year.

But the keeper said that they have a lot of wild young bad boy bucks this year. 🙂  So many things had changed this year from last, and I think it was because the temperatures had dropped so drastically. It was 11 degrees on Sunday morning, with a chill factor of 1 degree. We’re having 70 here today, so being in that cold of weather when you’re not used to it is COLD. 🙂 



If I were this bear, note the snow on the ground, I would be hibernating. Which I sort of am. I’m in my cave, trying to finish up edits on A Hero of a Highland Wolf and A Highland Wolf Christmas.

I’m excited my roadrunner is still here!

But I’m confused about one thing–it’s just Tuesday, right? My neighbors put out their trash and they don’t pick up until Wednesday. It is Tuesday today, right???

Back to work on the two books. Brought out my notes for Jaguar Pride as that’s the next book I need to write. 🙂

Do you have your tree up yet??? I still need to do that, but because of deadlines, I think it might be the latest I ever put up my decorations.

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com