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No…Yes Doors

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This was at the Bourbon House Seafood restaurant. Nobody probably noticed them, but I got the biggest kick out of them. Am I weird or what? Ask me the name of the restaurant, and I was clueless. I had to look up my receipt. Ask me about the kitchen doors and I can tell you what they said. 🙂

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Writing on Her Highland Hero. Halfway done! Tried to weed yesterday because it rained and was easy to pull up grass and weeds. The problem when it gets wet? Fire ants are looking for a dry place. I hate fire ants. Anyway, someone told me to watch out that they bite.

I know. That’s how I knew they were on me. And, for anyone that doesn’t know, they are called fire ants for a reason. The bites feel like they are on fire. They cling to everything, so even if you have a hose on and you try to hose them down, several will cling to your feet and legs, wherever they’ve gotten to, your sandals, tennis shoes, whatever. And they’re small. But they have big teeth. They can leave big welts too. I love gardening, except for mosquitoes and fire ants.


Fun Review! http://literaladdictionparanormalbookclub.blogspot.com/2014/05/archive-literal-addictions-review-of_8298.html?zx=735b4f1e6cccb3ffOur Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Chelle:

Jaguar Hunt is the 3rd book in the HEART OF THE JAGUAR series and may have been my favorite so far. It was a highly entertaining read with lovable characters, plenty of intrigue, a nice paced plot, and a great ending. While these books are all part of the series, they stand perfectly well on their own and do not need to be read in order.

I loved the mystery in Jaguar Hunt. The subterfuge, overlapping history and storylines, and the snippets from the character’s pasts that made the story so much deeper and more intriguing.

One of the best things about Jaguar Hunt, outside of the entertainment, mystery, and romance, were the supporting characters. I absolutely LOVED the twins, and I cannot wait to read their own books/novellas and find out more about them as the series progresses!

I would definitely recommend Jaguar Hunt for all paranormal romance fans, especially fans of Terry Spear and the series thus far.


Okay, back to writing about the Highlander. No fire ants in Scotland. Yes!


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



No Anonymous & Happy Memorial Day!

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More lovely buildings in New Orleans.

You ask what is No anonymous? It’s a support group for those of us who cannot say no.

Really. Or, at least if one doesn’t exist, it should.  Would I attend? Probably, if someone asked me because I can’t say the magic word: No.

When something becomes a problem in your life, whatever it is, it’s time to realize you have….a problem.

So there you have it. I am a Yes Person.

Sometimes I can say no. But you see, lots of folks think when I say no, it means maybe, if they can wear me down and get me to agree.

Sometimes I can say no and mean it. But that doesn’t happen often enough.

I told myself I would not schedule as many conferences this next year. I’ve already got 4 scheduled. Two are conflicting. How did that happen? Remember the magic word? I didn’t say it.


To my Higher Power,  I say, grant me the power to say no, more often! 🙂 And mean it. And not get talked into anything else.

But sometimes, I just want to say yes, because I think it’s a good idea, at the time… And then it’s too late to back out. You’d think I’d learn, but nope.

Do you ever find yourself saying YES! When you wished you had said, NO! 🙂

And with that note, I wish to salute all veterans, families of veterans and those who support them for Memorial Day and wish everyone a wonderful Monday wherever in the world you are today!


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The Old with the New and Reflections, New Orleans

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I loved this cityscape in New Orleans. I loved the quaint and beautiful architecture of the old world charm of New Orleans and the skyscraper glass buildings of the new world. The contrast is interesting, don’t you think? And the added palm trees give it a tropical feel.

But even more fun was the reflection of the palms and buildings in the windows across the street. Loved it! Like huge paintings of the surroundings captured in the windows. And of course, I meant to do that. Not. 🙂

I love photographing things. I never know what intriguing things I will capture when I’m least expecting it. Like the rainbow yesterday!

Ever take a picture and are thrilled you captured something you least expected–in a good way???


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



A Rainbow in New Orleans?

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I’m not sure how I ended up with a rainbow in the picture, but I did. 🙂

Working on A SEAL Wolf for Sale now!

Oh, and I found a poor injured man in the elevator. Which shifter do you think took a swipe at him? Don’t think it would have been a wolf. But a jaguar, easily. Or maybe a cougar. 🙂

Yes, in the elevators in our hotel, we had interesting posters. 🙂

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Can you tell I was having fun at the conference?

More Fun Reviews of Jaguar Hunt:

Jaguar Hunt by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (350 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

An agent and a jaguar-shifter chase trouble, and each other, through the jungles of Belize…

Agent Tammy Anderson has a reputation: she prefers to work alone. So when she’s paired up on a mission with jaguar-shifter David Patterson—who’s only recently been released from jail—to say she’s less than thrilled is a understatement. Until she realizes that this sexy agent has what it takes…

Soon, what started as an “easy” mission to locate a missing jaguar takes the pair to Belize, where they’re chasing down two renegade teen shifters who know more than they’re telling. As the action heats up, can they keep their minds on the job and off of each other?

The basic theme of Ms. Spear’s latest adventure is best described by using Urban English: ‘when good guys go bad is when the real good guys are baddest’.

Think about it. If the good guy was never a good guy but knows all the good guy tricks, it’s going to take a better good guy with serious skills to take him down, right? The trick is to rope in the heroic type into committing himself or herself towards the cause. What would generate the dogged determination and relentless pursuit of the criminal besides basic duty? In this case, a serious dose of lust and sensual intrigue tosses out the fishing line but the hook is set when the threat gets personal, and the pursuit of justice takes on a life of its own. In Jaguar Hunt it’s a solid plot conflict with quite a few surprises in store for readers making it a real page flipper.

Tammy and David spark off of each other early on in the novel. A reader sees them testing each other, feeling out as to what kind of personality each of them has. It’s comical at times, always interesting and it fit in with the movement of the plot. Little things happen, dialogue is exchanged and clues are dropped here and there throughout the story until a reader can finally start guessing who the villain is. I really thought I had it figured out. The joke was on me. I was caught by surprise by a couple of revelations and I loved that.


Jaguar Hunt, A Review

David Patterson serves as a top level agent for their Jaguar-shifter species. When he discovers that his case to find and return a missing jaguar connects with Tammy Anderson’s case to find a couple of missing teens, he requests to be teamed with her. Then promptly gets himself thrown in jail. Leaving Tammy to bail him out and making a darned good first impression.

Tammy and David’s search leads them into the jungle of Belize where they are forced to work as a team and live as a couple. Finding the missing teens is going to be child’s play compared to dealing with the chemistry between the two of them. And finding the missing teens is anything but easy. Of course teen boys are teen boys no matter the species and these two are rather creative in their desire to stay lost. The tryst factor remains an issue throughout the entire book and believe me when I say, I wasn’t sure who to believe until the very end. Well done.

A great book. I feel that with each Jaguar shifter book, I fall more and more in love. Often I find myself comparing Ms. Spear’s jaguars to Christine Feehan’s. There are marked similarities BUT there are huge differences. Ms. Spear’s manages to keep her cats playful even in the most heated of situations. Which is perfect after all, they are cats.

My advise? Check out this book, it reads well as a stand alone, BUT I suggest you read the series, in order. Now there’s a shocker *grins*

Shauni http://bodicerippers-shauni.blogspot.com/2014/05/jaguar-hunt-review-terryspear.html



Once again Terry Spear takes us from the concrete jungles of home to the wild jungles of Belize. There is plenty of danger and she keeps us in suspense until the last minute trying to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.
And of course, there is plenty of steamy shifter sexiness. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/922740118?book_show_action=false
Carol [Goodreads addict]’s review
May 18, 14



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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!!!


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Just got back from Romantic Times Readers Convention in New Orleans and had a ball, but now I’m trying to catch up on a million emails and things I have to do.

My editor sent me edits on Jaguar Pride, when she KNEW I was going to be at RT. Someone else asked for information for marketing and the cover info for A Silver Wolf Christmas when she KNEW I was going to be at RT. And the publicist sent me a bunch of guest blogs to do for the June release of Jaguar Hunt when she KNEW I was going to be at RT.


Soooooo, that means ALL of that, including my beta reader suggestions on A SEAL Wolf for Sale all came in at once, and everyone expects me to do something about it. Really. 🙂

But I will say I had a blast in New Orleans, from meeting reviewers, bloggers, librarians, readers, fans, authors, Sourcebooks staff, seeing the city and eating the delightful food in New Orleans, watching street dancers and the motorcycle cop who we thought was part of the show and wasn’t, and the handcuffed guy by the side of the road while the officer was unloading his vehicle to see what he had in there as I was leaving the city, hmmm, the graves sitting on top of the ground in someone’s yard– The interesting thing about that was that I was researching home burials and found it perfectly legal in several states, just as long as you don’t bury dead bodies anywhere near a water source. Burying live bodies is still illegal everywhere.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I had so many activities I was in charge of, I wasn’t sure if I would lose my camera in the process, soooooo, it kept getting left behind.

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I hope you haven’t missed me too much. Between not having a mouse to work with the laptop, and having to find time in between activities just to grab a bite to eat, it was hectic. But now I’m home!!!

And have tons of stuff to do!!! I need a vacation from my “vacation!”

Do you ever feel like that when you return from a trip???

Happy Monday!



Hard Rock Cafe


When we were in New Orleans, we came across the Hard Rock Cafe. It reminded me of a Star Wars club, only that would be more futuristic and alien.

My friend, Bonnie Gill, took this. It was one time that I forgot my camera and didn’t have a smart phone at the time. She had one, so she had to take pictures for me. Isn’t it fun having your own photographer with you?

Have a super great day!