They get sick. Lots. Day care germs. Church baby room germs. On Monday, she was running a fever and she slept in my arms for 4 1/2 hours, while I tried to edit my book with scribbles that I had to decipher later. Poor little thing. I hope she’s feeling better today.
So yesterday, I actually managed to write 5,000 words. I couldn’t get on the computer to post my blog in the morning and finally gave up and wrote on the book. No internet, spinning dial, so I figured I’d try to get it preposted for Wednesday, and NOT do the dumb thing and accidentally publish it Tuesday night, but for Wednesday morning, because between baby being here and my internet problems in the morning, it takes me forever to blog.
And that’s my story…
I’m only 5,000 words away from minimum word count, though the story usually is much longer. I have a long ways to go on it, but finally had some time and some inspiration for some ideas I needed to add. Still need to do the taxes too, and a bear! I am ahead on the book, but it doesn’t seem like it because I have so much else to do. And who knows when I will really finish the book. April 1st is not an April Fool’s Day but a deadline day.
Hope you all have a wonderful day, and NO deadlines!!
There’s something about a dog that makes you feel good. They love you when you love them back. I can be quietly working, but if I begin reading out a passage to see if it sounds right, both will look up at me to see if I’m talking to them.
And once I glance at them, then it’s all tail wags because I’m looking at them. Sometimes, they seem like a nuisance–when I have to keep taking them outside to potty when I’m in the middle of something, or Tanner barks when baby is sleeping, BUT they are a pure joy too, curled up on my lap or lying beside me while I’m working away on my laptop or on the PC.
I wasn’t going to get another dog after I lost my last one, and it was maybe 4 years before I bit the bullet, and I’m glad I did. Because adoration goes both ways.
Shannon Rafferty learns that hanging out with the bad boys could be a
dangerous business, but hooking up with a cop is even worse. Now she’s
on the run, trying to avoid being murdered by his cougar shifter
brothers and uncle. If that isn’t bad enough, a deputy sheriff hunts her
down while she’s running as a cougar and trying to survive in the
Colorado wilderness. He vows to protect her no matter what she’s done.
With three dead boyfriends to her name, she’s sure she will be the death
of Chase Buchanan before either of them can prevent it. No matter how
much she knows she has to run again, he soon holds her heart hostage.
But will that be enough to keep them both alive?
Chase Buchanan – as wilderness cabin resort owner, former US Army Special Forces, and part time deputy of the small town of Yuma, Colorado, that boasts a love of cougars – is tasked to track down a cougar reported to be hunting human prey. Chase soon learns she’s a shifter, not a full-time cougar, and she’s on the run. When he takes her in, he vows to protect her. After losing his wife and baby to the human kind of predator years earlier, he’s not letting Shannon’s hunters kill her, too. But how is he going to hold onto the wild-cat woman, who is unpredictable at every turn, without losing his heart to her, and then losing her as well?
I’m not sure I did this right, but I was trying to share a sample of Cougar’s Mate Audiobook. I LOVE audiobooks. It’s amazing how much work I can get done when I’m listening to a book. Or on a drive, how I can get places without realizing how long it took me to get there.
A disclaimer: Sometimes I have gotten so lost in a book while driving long-distance, that I’ve missed my turnoff. And the first book I listened to while I was painting a bedroom made me want to paint the whole house so I could finish the book. When I listened to them on the drive home from working at the library, I have been known to sit in my car listening to the darn book, not wanting to get out because, ack, the author left me hanging!
I’ve heard that some readers love them because reading pages is too much of an eye strain.
So just throwing that out there, while I’m biting my nails (not really, I don’t really, really do that), gnashing teeth (also don’t really do), and pulling my hair out (it comes out way too much as it is, so no pulling hair out) while I’m trying to figure where to go on this book. And I’m working on taxes–more gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, and nail biting….
Have a super, wonderfully fun or relaxing or both day. I’m having fun!!! Really! I am! Despite the above mentioned problems, I’m having fun! I am!
You know why? Because I’m tackling the problems. And I know if I tackle them long enough, I will overcome and then both the book and taxes will be done and I’ll be on cloud nine again! Really! Until the next deadline. Which follows this one.
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!
Heart of the Highland Wolf: It’s a matter of pride and a matter of pleasure
Book 1 in Terry Spear’s Highland Wolf Series
It’s a matter of pride…
Modern day werewolf laird Ian MacNeill reluctantly allows a film
production company to use his castle, but he knows his secretive clan
has a big problem when a beautiful red werewolf female who insists she’s
working on the film keeps showing up in the wrong places…and a matter
Julia Wildthorn is not who she says she is—she’s sneaking into Argent
Castle to steal an ancient relic for her grandfather and to do research
for her next werewolf romance novel. When she catches a glimpse of Ian,
she realizes he’s the perfect hero.
Highland Wolf Series: Heart of the Highland Wolf (Book 1) A Howl for a Highlander (Book 2) A Highland Werewolf Wedding (Book 3) Hero of a Highland Wolf (Book 4)
A Howl for a Highlander: A Highlander is never out of his element…
“Highlanders and werewolves. Be still my heart!”—The Good, the Bad, and the Unread
A Highland Wolf on a Mission…
Duncan MacNeill is hell-bent on catching the thief who’s stolen the
clan’s fortune and run off to Grand Cayman Island. Duncan has rarely
left his homeland and he couldn’t care less about an island paradise. He
never expected to find a beautiful distraction who will show him just
how appealing paradise can be…
Meets a Dangerous Distraction…
Lone wolf and botanist Shelley Campbell headed to the island to study
the old growth forests. She didn’t count on meeting a handsome
Highlander who can’t keep his paws off her.
A Highland Werewolf Wedding: He never thought any woman could get him to the altar…
On The Run…
After werewolves Elaine Hawthorn and Cearnach MacNeill almost have a
head-on collision on a foggy Highland road, they’re pretty well stuck
with each other. It’ll be hours before anyone can get there to pull his
car out of the ditch and they both have better places to be.
And Nowhere to Hide From Each Other…
The sexy little American brings out all of Cearnach’s big bag
protective instincts. If she thought she was in trouble before, Elaine
has no idea what kind of complications a hot Scot can cause…
Delightful, steamy, and devilishly funny, join the hundreds of thousands of readers who already discovered that USA Today bestseller Terry Spear delivers a sizzle worth howling about.B
A Hero of a Highland Wolf : How difficult can one Highlander be?
“Spear combines captivating characters, gripping mysteries, and all-consuming love stories.” —Fresh Fiction
She’s ready for change…
Colleen Playfair has never been to Scotland, but when she discovers she
must spend a year and a day overseas learning to manage her newly
inherited estate, she’s ready for the challenge. She even has some ideas
for improvements—if she can get past the sexy werewolf who seems
convinced he’s the one in charge.
But he’s digging in his claws…
Grant MacQuarrie and his clan have been managing Farraige Castle for
three centuries. The last thing he wants is a meddling American heiress
trying to change the way things have always been done. He’s more than
willing to fight the she-wolf every step of the way, using every tool at
his disposal. And if that means taking the lass to bed, well…all the
Locked in a battle of wills, caught in an attraction they can’t escape, Colleen and Grant must find a way to work together…or face losing it all. B&N
She’s being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.
Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.
Who’s the hunter and who’s the prey?
Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it’s Maya’s piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.
As a feline Enforcer, Tammy Anderson has one objective: locate the missing jaguar and return it to the States. She doesn’t have time for distractions, and she definitely doesn’t have time for sexy shifters with more muscles than sense.
Everyone and their brother has warned JAG agent David Patterson that Tammy is Ms. Hands-Off…which only makes him more determined to get very hands-on. But things heat up in the steamy jungles of Belize and their simple mission gets a whole lot more complicated. Now it’s going to take everything David’s got to protect the gorgeous she-cat who somehow managed to claw her way past his defenses…and into his heart.
An impossible mission…A lifetime of possibilities JAG Special Forces agents Huntley Anderson and Melissa Overton are hot on the trail of poachers when they’re suddenly saddled with two jaguar shifter cubs. They have to locate the parents, pronto-but who’s going to babysit in the meantime?
Huntley is a rough, tough jaguar shifter and an all-business agent, but he’s not going to let two abandoned youngsters come to any harm on his watch. Seeing her super-manly partner try to get the playful cubs under control stirs up some unexpected desires in Melissa, and she begins to feel like Huntley’s not the only one who’s in over his head.
She’s an army officer trying to hide her psychic talent; he’s trying to learn how her brother is tied into a murder–honor bound, he’s vowed to serve and protect–but his heart comes under fire when he takes on this mission.
Army officer Deidre Roux has hidden her psychic abilities until now. But ominous visions plague her and between the martial arts tactics her twin brother taught her and the hand-to-hand combat she learned in the Army—she’s realizing just how important these skills are for her well-being. When a reporter moves in next door, she’s not sure just what to think. Dave Carter owns a gun—it is Texas—and comes to her rescue when her brother suddenly drops into her life again.
From there it’s the normal stuff that women and men tend to do when they’re getting to know each other—boating, swimming, dancing—except for one thing…she’s trying to keep her secret under wraps at all costs, which is difficult to do when she’s under surveillance by the FBI, and people keep wanting her dead. Could a reporter, who’s not really a reporter, prove he might just have what it takes to keep her safe–for the long run?
I’m really bad about self-promoting. I want to write. But I know it’s important to also tell the world when a book is out because nobody else will know if I don’t say something. So a good friend of mine told me about a couple of sites to create book mockups and I’ll share those here.
Yes, perfect! I was having fun creating a couple of pictures for the upcoming new release. This is really neat because I’ve taken the pictures of the jaguars and added it to the mockup, and the composite I created, I added to the laptop. See???? All this picture taking and composites I am making can be useful, not just fun, goofing off time. lol
Okay, I’m back to the book because, yes, without the book, there will be no need to put out the word. Have a super fun day!!! I’m off to try and catch up on word count.
Kobo finally fixed their issues and Claiming the White Bear is now up at Kobo! I also finished proofing the print version and just waiting for it to go through review. So it should be ready in a few days.
We had a wild night of it and we might even have snow flurries! Yes, in the Houston, Texas area! I was up in the middle of the night, putting things away that could fly off the patio. We had 20 mph winds and hard rain, sounded like hail. What had the weatherman predicted? Light rain. So I was awake most of the night and sometime I noticed it was time to get up. Just a few more minutes. The next thing I knew, I have five minutes to get ready before baby got here.
Baby was ten minutes late. Lucky me. lol
So I made progress on Claiming the White Bear, but none on Wolff Brothers. Though in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep, I was thinking about the plot again.
Claiming the White Bear
A Romeo-Juliet type family feud, polar bear style, tore them apart; can they find true love again?
It’s nearly Christmas, no tours on the schedule for Edward MacMathan
and his brother and so they’re working in their uncle and aunt’s tavern
when the love of Edward’s life returns with two young boys in tow, and
they look a lot like him when he and Rob were that age. Robyn Conibear
is in trouble and she’s fled her deceased mate’s sleuth to keep his
parents from taking custody of her and Edward’s sons.
Can she and Edward renew the love they had for each other despite the
six years that have passed? Or will her return only cause more grief
between her family and his as the hostilities renew?
But Edward is the boys’ true father and she wants to be with him no matter what. Likewise, Edward is determined to protect her and the boys, both from her former mate’s sleuth and her own, and take up where the two of them had left off. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MXPH7NDh
I had them all! I shot the moon from the window at one point because two green alien moons appeared and I wondered how it would appear in a shot. lol The object next to the clear shot of the moon is the lamp light you see in the one picture as the moon rose in the sky and now the light was on.
Hope you howled at the moon! It’s Monday, and baby is coming, and I forgot to put out the garbage. Off to do it! Oh, it’s a holiday, maybe no garbage pickup. Hmmm
Have a super wonderful day while I figure out if we put out the garbage or not!