Sparrow in the Snow–this was during our snowstorm.
So will our weather be: In Like A Lion, Out Like a Lamb?
We can always have crazy weather, but it’s been hot–80+ and then cold 40, and blustery rain and wind. So it seems like it is roaring like a lion, but then the calm will come? I sure hope so!
Woohoo! Done with proofing White Wolf Moon. Sending it to beta readers this morning. Then I’ll be working on proofing Primal Desire for print next. Four books to proof, 2 left now. If I work at it, and work at it, and work at it, it will get done.
But this weekend I need to get to work on the dreaded taxes.
Hopefully I’ll have the last 2 books proofed before the weekend and I can get back to having fun writing. Still trying to come up with an idea for my Billionaire story. I have to look up the other billionaire’s name. He was a friend of Rafe’s and I only had him in the first story. Well, he was mentioned in the 3rd, but we didn’t see him. And I have to look up the heroine’s name.
I was watching one of the million versions of King Arthur and Merlin last night, only with the Celtic names and it was interesting. It was about a druid who was using dark magic to try and take over the world. And Arthur had to find Merlin and get him to help him to vanquish the Underworld god. It was a little anticlimactic, but I was thinking in my Warrior Elf story, I might have a druid or two. Good or bad, or maybe both. So sometimes watching a movie can give me an idea!
In the meantime, I need to keep proofing, and I still need to get the audiobooks ready to sell on Voices and I need to do my taxes and I need to come up with an idea for Billionaire and…
One step at a time. Send off White Wolf Moon to beta readers. And get to work on Primal Desire. lol That’s today. Because I never know what stumbling blocks will come my way. So first things first.
Have a super lovely day! I’m off to get started on mine!
So I was working on print covers and publishing both Saving the White Cougar, preorder for September 1st release, and Primal Desire is out. I need to grab all the links as soon as they’re available.
Stella White never believed that going on a cougar run would be such a dangerous excursion, painful, punishing, and pleasurable in the end. She realized that sometimes she just needed to get through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff and that meant meeting Ted Weekum, ranch foreman, and the kind of cowboy she’d only dreamed of.
Ted Weekum was visiting with his brother at the ranch when he thought he saw a white flash of fur, but it wasn’t until hunters started shooting up the place, claiming they’d shot a white cougar did the notion sink in that the cougar could be one of their own shifter kind. But a white cougar? Unheard of. And yet when he went to save her life—that’s exactly what he found. A rare white cougar. Unclaimed. Unmated. The right age. The stars had aligned right that night.
But the hunters aren’t through with hunting down the wounded white cougar, or Stella White.
On the one had, I wanted to work some more on proofing Dreaming of the Wolf, so I could get that done and turned in. Such a fun story. On the other hand, I wanted to feel that the weeks I have worked on the other two books counted for something and are finally available to readers. Primal Desire has been in the making for 10 years, so it really felt good to get that one done.
Selena Townsend has no idea what will happen after she kills a fellow hunter while protecting an innocent vampiress. She’s ostracized, but acquitted of charges against her, but now she’s looking for her sister who has disappeared. That mission takes her to a vampire club and all kinds of trouble.
Atreides has been in charge of the vampire clans, while his brother is off on a honeymoon with his new mate. He doesn’t expect a huntress to walk into one of their vampire clubs, which is just not done, and then return later after being savagely attacked by a vampire. He has to take care of her before the League of Hunters learns of it, and then he wants to pawn her off on the hunters who can protect her pronto! But he finds he really doesn’t want to give her up after all.
War between the hunters and the vampires could break out any moment unless they find the rogue hunters who are killing innocent vampiresses and the vampire who had attacked Selena and other huntresses at the same time—and terminate the rogues.
As I updated my list in the back of the books, I noticed the poor little fantasy book that has been listed for years as TBD–meaning the date To Be Determined–the Emerald Isle of Mists. It’s part of a fantasy trilogy and when I wrote the first two, I couldn’t get them picked up by a publisher, so I finally gave up and didn’t write the 3rd book. That was way before self-publishing was even possible. Then I self-published the other two, and I still need to write this one. I’d love to get that done this year too. But it’s only just been started. And I’d love to have another polar bear shifter book out. *sigh*
We had a nice baby shower drive-thru and gave out candy and bubbles and bottled water. And several friends gave diapers–always needed! And hand-me-downs, which is great and my daughter asked for them. She gave all her adorable girl baby clothes to my son, in case they have a girl. It really helps since the kids grow out of their clothes so fast and don’t wear them out.
Everyone wore masks and it was good to see the little ones who have aged a year and they hadn’t been able to see them, including the baby that my daughter and son-in-law went to their drive-thru baby shower for so it was the first time they saw the baby.
It will be good in the future when people can feel free to enjoy being around other people without worrying about getting deathly sick over it.
Onward and upward, lots of stuff needing my attention! So I’m off to do something! Proofing Dreaming of the Wolf first, I think.
I had to pick up my granddaughter from daycare and the poor little thing was crying. The reason? They woke her from her nap. Now the ironic thing about that is she doesn’t need naps. Ever. She doesn’t fall asleep every afternoon. No siree, Bob. She doesn’t need naps. lol
Today I have her for the day, but still need to get a million things done. My audiobooks are non-exclusive with audible now so I need to set them up on Findaway Voices. That’s 17 titles, so it will take me a while. I finished proofing Primal Desire yesterday, and I started proofing Saving the White Cougar and I was working on promo blogs for The Wolf Wore Plaid and a little bit on You Had Me at Cougar, the summer book. So a lot of stuff that I need to get done before the baby gets here because I’ll be helping the kids with him next too. Oh and next up is the next Billionaire book once I proof White Wolf.
So my granddaughter goes to the doctor with her momma to get the baby checked out. It’s due in about 6 weeks. The doctor lets her hear the baby’s heartbeat.
“Did you want to hear your heartbeat?” the doctor asked my granddaughter.
Her eyes widen. “I don’t have a baby in my tummy!”
Some days don’t you feel you just need to howl? Picture created with Oscraps and other clip art. Sometimes we get ourselves into a tight spot. Here’s hoping we can come out of it in good shape!
Yay! So I’m over halfway through proofing Primal Desire! I think I finished White Wolf yesterday. I did all the last of the major rewrites and added scenes. I have to re-read it from beginning to end and there might be some changes still needed, but I have to give it a couple of days’ break so I can look at if with fresh eyes.
In the meantime, I’m now proofing Primal Desire one last time and then I’ll be getting it ready to publish. I’ll be doing the same with Saving the White Cougar, but that one will be a preorder. So as soon as I finish proofing Primal Desire, I’ll begin proofing Saving the White Cougar one last time. I need to create a cover for that and that means finding a good cougar photo to add to my couple, and turn it white. 🙂
All this means no word count for a bit, though I will try to get some done for my 4theword game so I can keep my writing streak going. Even my blogs can count for that. And I need to write some promo blogs for Primal Desire, so I can work on them on 4thewords too.
I didn’t have to pick up little one yesterday and that helped because about by three, I had finally finished White Wolf and jumped on Primal Desire proofing.
The snow and ice are over–for now, so I’m back to weeding.
Hope you all have a great day! I’ve got to get back to proofing Primal Desire so I can publish it. This book was 10 years in coming, and periodically I would work on it. So now, it’s nearly done. Yay!
I feel like a broken record. Still working on the White Wolf book rewrites. I came to the end of the book, found a scene that I had moved around and around and it belongs earlier in the book, so trying to figure out where to put it now. lol Okay, finally found its home. Still need a more finished ending to the story though. Will work on that until I have to pick up little one today.
In the meantime, I read where some people in Texas were getting humongous electric bills. Not just what I had heard via the grapevine before but some Texans received electric bills amounting to $17,000. Forget paying the mortgage, car payments, health insurance, home insurance, car insurance–taxes!, other bills, for food, gas, or whatever else you need to live on during the month because all your money, and the loan you’re going to have to take out will have to pay for the electric bill. Is that nuts, or what?
Like I said before, heads should roll over this whole fiasco. Now some are saying that the government is going to help people like that out who were charged such high bills. Well, thank you very much, but why is this even happening in the first place? And what does helping customers out mean in real terms? That their normal $200+ bill would still be a $200+ bill, or they might have to still pay a couple of thousand?
We have plenty of sun and wind in the state, but the powers that be want to keep their money in the fossil fuels which means Texas is literally screwed. Well, except for those who reap the benefits of profits from fossil fuels. Will someone please step forward who is truly for the PEOPLE and progress?
My electric bill comes due in a few days and I’m hoping I won’t have any heart attack surprises like that too. It didn’t look like it when I looked at my account, but who knows, right? None of these people knew they were going to get that kind of a bill either.
I really, really, really believe this year will get better. Sometime. Some day. Hopefully sooner than later!
I have faith. Unless I end up with a $17,000 electric bill.
I’ve been up forever, but just now getting around to the blog. I’m lucky I don’t have to feed horses, chickens, goats, and clean out pens and stalls. It’s enough to have to feed ravenous birds and dogs and clean up after them. lol
I’m excited to say that I finished proofing Primal Desire! Yeah! So Saving the White Cougar and Primal Desire are done. Well….kind of. After my beta readers get to them, but I was thinking–and that ALWAYS gets me in trouble–but…did I have sufficient motivation for a vampire turning huntresses? Yes! I’ve got it, but that means writing some more, and that’s fine with me.
I love it when I realize BEFORE I publish something that the book needed just a little more…and so as soon as the blog is done, I’m off to write what I need to. And then the book will be done.
Then I’m back to trying to figure out how to salvage white wolf. It needs CONFLICT.
It will come to me. Just like the motivation came to me for Primal Desire this morning while I was trying to get myself out of bed and begin doing the usual chores first thing.
So conflict. I wracked my brains last night before falling asleep, trying to come up with something. Even thought of scrapping the whole book and writing something different. I have nearly 80,000 words, so I really don’t want to do that.
I just need to have a better motivation, goal, world upside down event to cement the story together.
In Primal Desire, there is so much going on, and great motivation, goals, world upside down. That’s what makes a fun story.
Okay, I’m off to finish this one little scene in Primal Desire and get back to slugging it out with white wolf. It’s there. I know it’s there…somewhere.
I’m not sure what this is. A mountain goat of some sort? I took the picture of him/her at the San Diego Zoo, and his fur looks soft enough to pet. Then I added some texture to the background when originally it was just a rock wall. I’ve never shown him before and it was time he received some love.
The temperatures are dropping and I’m cold! Normally, I get outside and do some weeding, but I feel like just hibernating right now.
A friend has set up a Fine Art account for her photography and I’ve had a lot of requests for photos turned into canvas, so I started working on setting up an account and we’ll see how it does. It’s really cool, and I might even order something off it for friends since it would be my own artwork and it would make it more special for them, hopefully!
Anyway, I finished proofing Saving a White Cougar and then I started on proofing Primal Desire. I’m up to ch 9–12 chapters to go. Once I’ve proofed it and I have nothing more to add, I’ll send it to my beta readers and then I’m off to finish white wolf! And work some more on You Had Me at Cougar.
I’ve read where we could have a Covid super spreader event after the Super Bowl this weekend, let’s hope folks have enough sense not to gather in large crowds. I’m going to the kids’ house to have grilled chicken wings. But it will be just the usual 4 of us.
Hope you all are staying safe. My daughter said she had to get another condolence card for someone’s older relative who had died from COVID.
Meerkat photo taken at the Camera Park Zoo in Waco. It’s a small zoo, but just beautiful. I used to love to go there and just walk and of course, take pictures. The Houston Zoo is downtown, hard to get to, parking issues, terrible traffic getting there and so I never go. But I’m hoping to take my granddaughter there sometime in the spring before the masses of kids get out of school.
So I’ve been proofing Saving the White Cougar and I’m up to chapter 12, yay! and I had a thought. In one chapter, she was leaving him to return home, and I was thinking the day together had been nice, but it needed to be more fun. It’s Halloween. He made tons of scarecrows for the Halloween party. And then I had it! She’s been wounded, so doing a lot of activity isn’t a good idea, but she can help him make a couple of scarecrows.
I love it when my mine works overtime on a situation when it doesn’t come naturally to me when I’m writing the scene! It’s the reason I’m a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, instead of a plotter, who can plot everything out beforehand. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to be a plotter, but it just doesn’t work for me.
Now I have to write it, and continue proofing. 7 chapters to go and I can turn it over to my magnificent beta reader team.
I need to run into town to do an errand, hate to have to, but it’s a necessary evil. I just wanted to write the new scene and continue proofing to the end.
I might start proofing Primal Desire too. I was writing some extended scenes on it yesterday, and I think it might be done too. Yay! See? All that writing is finally paying off!
It’s colder today, and we’re going to get freezing temperatures next week. Ugh. Some of my azaleas have come out. Everything is confused with the warm weather we’ve been having.
Hope you all are doing well, and stay that way!! Enjoy your day!
I had taken this picture of the head of a giraffe, part of his neck and mostly a fenced yard at the Cameron Park Zoo, Waco, Texas.. I think that I was trying to miss all the fencing, back in the day when I didn’t know how to remove fencing from a photo. So what to do with a body-less giraffe? They’re so tall, head in the clouds, munching on a tree, a surrealistic, whimsical piece. That worked!
Sometimes a little bit of whimsy is what we need. I think I’ll do something like that today. My granddaughter is all into rainbow animals, so I might play around with something like that. I have to look up rainbow hippos today for her, but the only hippo pictures I have are of pygmy hippos that are very dark brown, nearly black in color. Maybe I could do a rainbow rhino. They’re a lighter gray. She had a study of frogs at school, and so I showed her frogs on the internet–to show her they weren’t all green. The next thing I know, we see a rainbow frog–photoshopped and we were off to look at rainbow animals. lol
I managed to get some weeding done too while little one had Tanner chase her in the yard, and then she played tug-of-war with 3-foot lengths of grass that I pulled out of my flowerbed. Both would be tired I’m sure. She only took a 45 min nap also, which made it harder for me to get much done.
I got up way too early this morning–4 am. The experts say to get up if you can’t sleep and do something else for a while, then go back to bed. So I’m going to try it and get maybe another hour of sleep. Hopefully. Or I will be dragging all day. I’ve tried this before and it doesn’t work. I can’t shut my mind down on things I need to do. But I’m going to try. Maybe if I think of wolves jumping over fences, I will manage to sleep. Forget sheep.
Even my little granddaughter loves wolves because Grandma does. lol
I took the photo of the black bear at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas some years ago and added textures to create photo art.
Little one is here today, which means it’s a down day for writing, though while she takes a break to watch preschool programs and a nap, I hope to get something done. I’m proofing Saving the White Cougar today, as much as I can and hope to get it to my beta readers by Friday.
I’m still editing White Wolf and hope to concentrate on adding more conflict to that book too. And then I’m working on You Had Me at Cougar as my backup when I get stuck on the other. I’m still also working on Angel Fae and I need to pull up my vampire book that I’m nearly done with and see where I stopped on that. I think I about have word count on it, just need to finish it up. So lots of fun books in progress!
I’m hoping I can get Saving the White Cougar done and up for preorders. I never have my books available for that because once it’s finished, I publish it. But in this case, I wrote the cart before the horse. It was just supposed to be a quick novella, ha! And turned into a novel. But the summer book needs to come out first, and that’s You Had Me at Cougar. So that means I should be able to put it up for preorder. One of my beta readers asked me where the bear came from??? Yes, it’s in the book I need to write. lol
Thanks so much for reading my blog!
I’m off to get something done before little one gets here!