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Using Watercolor Brushes for Photoshop on Kitty Cats

I’m really having fun with the watercolor course that Mindy offered through her Magnolia Textures. These are some my fans’ cats and I enjoyed turning them into watercolors with Photoshop. I did these last night after I had finished working on Billionaire for the night. It’s still not done, but I finished the one scene and the other scene is partly done. I have to figure out how to end it!

In the meantime though, I worked on edits of the first 20 pages of Angel Fae and of Bear in Mind before it was time to go to sleep.

Yesterday, more daylilies had come out, so I was out doing some more picture taking. I had walked the half mile to my daughter’s house to help her take her baby to the ENT since it was nice and cool out, and I carried my camera with me figuring if I didn’t, I would miss taking pictures of something interesting. I was wrong. The field of wildflowers that would normally be blooming like crazy was cut down before it even had a chance, so disappointing, and not one great heron was at any of the ponds. I saw a few turtles, but I can take better photos of them when I’m close up while we’re feeding them.

Instead of picture taking, I figured my camera was extra weight to help me exercise. You have to look at the positive. So we get to the doctor’s office, the baby’s appointment is a week later. No problem. It’s just a dry run.  lol

I’m off to do edits on Angel Fae and Bear in Mind and then printing out more pages. Sometimes while I’m working on books, it will suddenly hit me where I want to go with a particular book, so I can run with it. So I’ll just do edits on a bunch that are works in progress and then really get going with one until I can finish it. I’m also working on You Had Me at Cougar, and United Shifter Force Christmas.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!! Mine is on it’s way to getting started. Have another cat picture from a fan to watercolor. So much fun!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Using Watercolor Brushes to Create Watercolor Photography

I used Mindy’s watercolor brushes and course from Magnolia Textures to create these. They were fun and easy and just something new to do with Photoshop! I am still experimenting, so having fun with it when I have time. Since I couldn’t think last night about Billionaire, I worked on these pictures instead.

I took the picture of the great white heron on the walk with little one. Thankfully, she’s been very good about not scaring away the birds I’m trying to photograph. When I used to take the dogs for a walk, they would lie down while I took pictures of things. I quit taking them because they were such a nuisance with other dogs. They love little dogs and would bark to greet them. They bark at big dogs too. I would like to take them to the dog park again. Now that I’m vaccinated, I hadn’t thought of it, I can do that again!

The other picture is of an alpha male wolf at the Wildlife Center in Omaha. The one is with the original background, and the other is after I had already changed the background using a texture.  I so want to go to the reserve again! The last few years I’ve gone, it has been closed due to first snowfall, even in October.

Anyway, I’m going to try and get something done this morning on Billionaire before I have to go with my daughter to the pediatrician. I just still need to figure out how to end the story!

Sometimes it’s really clear to me by the end. This time, it isn’t. I’m sure that has something to do with having so many distractions in my life right now!

It’s so nice out this morning, but the temperature’s going to heat up again!

Terry

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Baby Cardinal on Feeder–Photo Art

This is a baby cardinal, added an overlay and new background to create the photo art.


It was chilly all day which made for the perfect time to plant flowers. We picked up a bunch. Note to self, don’t take 4 year old to pick out flowers. She was grabbing all the colors she wanted–pink for her, purple for me. I put one back, she put it back on the cart. Okay, so I have to admit it’s one of the ones I love best! But I was trying to get a drift of colors in the same shade rather than an individual that just stuck out. It was the only one like it.

May be an image of flower and outdoors

But we had a ball and after she got tired of helping me plant and weed, she unwound my hose to water things, which were already wet, so I had to show her how to wind it back up. We also went for our walk to feed the turtles. She has to sit on my lap so she doesn’t have to worry about the fire ants. What about Grandma?  lol

Then we headed home and she was ready. We did work books on writing her letters. I really need to work on those with her each day she’s here.

Otherwise, we had a lovely time. We might repeat more of that today. I had bought some more rocks and a couple of more pavers that I need to put out.

We got my TV up on the wall last night too. Yeah! I was afraid with little one, she’d pull on one of the stand legs and there would go my TV. I need to figure out a way to hide the cords.

I thought of a piece of furniture on top of the furniture, something that would fit there. I’ll have to see what I can find. Maybe a bookshelf kind of think to go under the TV and then I can fill it with more books. That’s always a good thing.

Well, I did a little more editing, but I really just need to write 2 more scenes. My granddaughter wore me out yesterday, so when she went home at 6, I just watched a couple of programs. I just couldn’t think.

Maybe I can get more done tonight. No nap for little one yesterday, sigh. Maybe I can get her down for a nap today.

Have a super day!!! Ours is going to be fun filled!

Terry

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Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s a glorious Mother’s Day today, nice and warm and I’m ready to plant more flower seeds and take a walk and work on the book and then have lunch with the kids! We’re ordering in.

One negative though, I’m so disappointed in those who won’t get vaccinated when so many people need it. Wake up U.S. But I’m glad those who wanted it are able to get it. Hundreds of thousands of vaccines are being turned away by states. It’s just unreal. Like an apocalypse scenario where people become deranged who normally wouldn’t. What is the deal?

Texas is way behind on getting vaccinated, several states in the East are taking advantage of getting the shots to protect themselves and others. And the great thing about that is that they’ll be freer to ditch their masks and socialize! SAFELY.

I just wish more people would wise up. Republican and Democratic leaders all got the vaccine to protect themselves and their families. Get a clue! This has been made a political issue, but the people in charge are vaccinated! Both parties!

Off my soapbox and back to being a mother and happy mothering day it!

Have a great one! Happy Mother’s Day!

Terry

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Black and White Butterfly on Flowers–Sulfur Butterfly Photo Art

Like the other picture, I took the photo of the flowers with natural bokeh coming from the esperanza in sunlight. I was thinking about that since last year, these were my Mother’s Day flowers that had come in May, and the esperenza were huge and in full bloom and beautiful. This year with the hard freeze, they are trying to come back, slowly but surely. So no flowers, just some new leaf growth at the base. Last year, we had such a mild winter, they practically bloomed the whole time. Like on the other photo art I did of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly, I got the Sulfur Butterfly from Daily Textures. She has a collection of butterflies to purchase, but you have to cut them out yourself. They’re not an overlay.

So my friend was telling me, a little late, about doing a little May Day basket of flowers for friends, a tradition of usually putting a cone of flowers and treats hanging from their doors. I want to do that next year with my granddaughter and make it a tradition. I think it would be fun. But it is for May 1st, no Maypole.

Hump day, yay! So little one is here today and it’s cold this morning, yay!! And we’re going to plant flower seeds–zinnia, shasta daisy, coneflowers, and some other seeds I saved from last year, I think more zinnia, and some more daylilies. We’re going to nature hike it, feed the turtles and anything else we can think of before it gets too hot. But we also have to run an errand too. We have a craft to make, paper flowers for Mother’s Day.

It was a wild day yesterday, but the good news was my teeth are in excellent shape even after not going to the dentist for a year and a half because of Covid! An electric toothbrush is the key. I brush longer and can reach places I can’t with the regular one. And flossing is so important. They had a cute sign up that said, “Which teeth should I floss? The ones I want to keep.”

I’m trying to come up with a name for my business. I’m thinking of Wilde Heart Publishing. I write romance. My daughter mentioned Howling Good Books, which I love, but I write so many more books then just wolf shifters. Highland books, fae stories, romantic suspense, cougar shifters, bear shifters, vampire romance, so I want something to encompass all of them.

And that’s all she wrote! Okay, off to get ready before little one gets here for another busy day! She got here…which delayed posting this for two hours. lol

Hope you all have a great one! I’m off to have fun with mine!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Photo Art in Black and White–Butterfly on Flowers

I had taken the picture of the flowers and natural bokeh of bubbly light as the sun hit the esperanza flowers behind it. Then I added the lilac flowers to blend in with the giant yellow swallowtail butterfly that was perched on some lilac flowers (Daily Textures). It was really pretty with all the yellows, but I wondered how it would look as a black and white photo and I thought it was really beautiful that way as you can see more of the textures in the picture.


Well, I ended up with 3,000 words yesterday! So I’m over word count. Yay! I was so glad to be getting somewhere with the story, despite having to run errands. It’s another hectic day today for me–teeth cleaning this morning. Haven’t gone in since January of last year because of Covid. They’re starting to take patients again and I’m fully vaccinated, so I’m hoping that’s enough. Another appointment this afternoon. So I’ll have to write in short spurts as much as I can and do edits like yesterday.

I need to run in for a couple of groceries. I thought I just did that! So I’ll try to combine that with the teeth cleaning–well, afterwards.

I finally took the dogs in to be groomed yesterday. They’re long-haired havanese and though I comb them out every day (they don’t shed), their faces and paws and tummies and rumps need to be trimmed and they can do it unlike how I can. I take them once every three months or so normally. But with Covid….no.

We’re supposed to have storms again today, hoping they’ll stay away while I’ve got to run to the appointments. People can’t drive here when it rains. I swear they think it means drive faster! And we have a lot more accidents. Hmm, just looked at the weather and it appears we’re going to have thunderstorms both times I’m out and about. Plus we still have two river flash flood warnings.

I was so hoping I’d have the book done by this weekend, but not sure. I want to get started on the Christmas anthology novella and get back to You Had Me at Cougar. I wish my brain could write these at night while I’m sleeping.

Have a wonderful day! Mine is just about to get started!

Terry

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

A Grosbeak came to visit. In seven years, I’ve only seen one about three times. I love their colors!

Well, we had 8″ of rain in two days. We had such bad thunderstorms, I had to put Max in the closet so he could sleep. For anyone who doesn’t know it, that’s a havanese, not a kid, grandkid, or a significant other. Just thought I’d clarify that. He finally slept fine so I could sleep!

I managed to get through another 5 chapters yesterday. It’s slow going, trying to fix timeline issues. This morning, I was trying to come up with a mystery still. I’m at nearly 76k. I need 80K for minimum word count. I need to write a bunch of more scenes, so that will easily make the word count, once I’m not just editing.

I went out early before it was even light to plant more flower seeds. They’re seeds I saved from flowers from last year–zinnia, marigold, gerbera daisy, coneflower. And I have a couple of packages of more seeds to plant. The ground is so wet, it’s the perfect time to plant them. Some seeds easily come up–I already have quite a few zinnia popping up from last year’s crop. And marigolds are too. I love it when the flowers reseed themselves and it makes literally no work for me. I had so many colors with them, I would take my granddaughter out, carrying her from flower to flower and she’d name all the colors for me. I’m not sure about the gerbera daisies. They might not come up that easily since I’ve never seen new ones from the seeds I’ve planted.

The daylilies are really getting prolific, finally, and making a really couple of showcase flowerbeds out front. I want to plant more so it’s a drift of daylilies. I love the Asiatic lilies, but one flower per season and they’re done. I love the gerbera daisies also that continue to bloom once it warms up and as long as it’s not too hot. But in the fall, they begin to bloom again. The same with the coneflowers. I need to plan better on what is in front of what though. I have some taller plants that are in front of shorter flowering plants in some places.

We’re supposed to get hot again today, unlike yesterday where we were cooler than Minnesota! And no rain, so I’m going to plant the rest of my flower seeds before it gets too hot. It’s nice out this morning.

I’m off to work on the book, hope to make some more headway! Want to finish this before more book edits come in for previous books.

Have a super lovely day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Curious Goat Photo Art

Curious Goat

This is a picture I took of a curious goat out in the country in Brenham, Texas on a walk during a writer’s retreat. And then I played with a texture background. I am trying to do a course on turning these into watercolors in Photoshop, but I’m not doing something right. I like this the way it is though.


Another lovely, rainy day! Love it!! We had 4″ yesterday and 2″ this morning so far. I’ve been getting baby and big sister pictures done for my daughter and SIL, and I don’t have little one today, so I’m working on the story as soon as I finish the blog. Though I’ll probably run over and do some more outfit changes on my baby model. He is so good at sleeping while I’m redressing him and taking photos. My granddaughter was a squirmy little thing!

I was just reading about how cold overnight oats are really good for you, so I’m going to try it–though with steel cut oats, not rolled oats. Steel cut is what I normally eat. So I added flax seed, milk, and set in the fridge for tomorrow. We shall see. Sometimes things that are good for me I like…sometimes not!! I love the cooked kind, but it’s not as great for the gut health.

Usually, I’ve got my blog done by now. Don’t you wonder where the time goes? But I was editing the photos, and so that takes time.

Have a super, lovely day! I’m enjoying the rain while I’m writing and editing.

Terry

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Fun Reviews for The Wolf Wore Plaid!

Created with Oscraps and Pixelsquid wolves and Highland cow overlay

The Wolf Wore Plaid
Terry Spear

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted April 27, 2021

Romance Fantasy | Paranormal Romance

https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=73691

It is easy to fall in love with these characters and almost hear the sexy brogue as they speak. The humor pops in at various times with everyone trying to “help” Enrick and Heather with their courtship whether they wanted it or not. The courtship is filled with animated discussions concerning their past feelings, their work, her engagement, and her fiance’s death – these conversations did a lot to bring all the characters’ full personalities out for the readers to see. That said Ms. Spear’s bad guys were certainly a nasty lot that were easy to root against and wonder what was wrong with their wimp of an alpha.

So if you want sexy, kilted wolf shifters, a strong, intrepid heroine, watching a movie in progress, some secrets, and mysteries, danger and drama while watching a sweet romance that finally leads to a lovely mating then get your hands on THE WOLF WORE PLAID.

The Wolf Wore Plaid
Terry Spear

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted April 27, 2021

https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=73691

Romance Fantasy | Action | Paranormal Romance

THE WOLF WORE PLAID has Scottish charm, brave characters, and a sweet romance. The hostile actions by the rival pack spur the action along and give the hero and heroine moments to shine. Terry Spear paints a very vivid picture as battles – both fake and real – take place on the Scottish landscape. I hope to read about Heather’s brothers finding mates in future stories. I look forward to Terry Spear’s next wolfy romance.

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Thanks so much to the reviewers and fans who have reached out to me and told me they love the story!! It’s amazing how uplifting the words are to a writer: “I couldn’t put the book down” and then I know I’ve done something right!!

Well, it’s going to be a busy day today with little one, maybe. We did the car wash last night and had hot dogs, so we had a good evening watching a show about Color in Animals and one about a family who takes care of koala bears in Australia. We couldn’t walk because it started raining on our walk and we were supposed to have thunderstorms. I don’t think they ever materialized, but we went straight to hot dogs instead.

So today, we’re going to do our nature walk as soon as she finishes her Micky and Minnie Mouse waffles. Feed the turtles in the pond, take photos of anything I can find to take pictures of. And later, I’ll take pictures of the two kids together, if it works out. You never know with a newborn and a pre-schooler.

I’m hoping to get a little writing done. She keeps wanting to stay overnight with me, but she woke on the wrong side of the bed this morning, and she might sleep at her own house tonight. Apparently the baby didn’t wake her up all night like they were afraid he would on Monday night. I have her all day tomorrow, but Grandma needs to get some time to work. 🙂

Hope you all have a great day!!! I can’t wait to go on our nature walk!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Baby Bear on a Rug

This was my first picture of the baby, and he’s a dream to work with. My granddaughter didn’t like her arms or legs confined. Forget swaddling. 

Well, the baby is a sleeper, so it was easy for me to dress him and redress him and dress him over again for pictures. Big sister adores him–so far. I took a few of the 2 of them. But last night, she fell out of bed twice, she said, and came to get me. The first time, I managed to get her back to sleep at 1, but I couldn’t sleep. About 4:30, I was sound asleep and she came in at 5:30, so that was the end of me trying to sleep. Then my daughter said they didn’t get any sleep. I’m off to get them kolaches this morning, me a chocolate donut, and little one donut holes. And then we’ll take turns taking naps. lol

I may take her again tonight, but this time, I’ll set the rocking chair next to the bed so she can’t fall out. I didn’t know what’s what was happening! We were watching a beautiful program about colorful animals in the wild and thoroughly enjoying it. She would stay up all night, but once I start brushing my teeth, she wants to brush hers and we’re off to bed. Then I was editing. I guess I should have been sleeping. lol

My SIL is getting his first COVID vaccination this afternoon, so I’m really glad for that. We’re not out of the woods until a whole lot more people are vaccinated. My DIL gets her second one next week, my son got his on Thursday.

Okay, got to get going.

Have a super fun day! I know I will!! Sleep deprived and all.

Terry

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