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Autographed Books at the Barnes and Noble, Woodlands Mall, Woodlands, TX

Signed Books at Barnes and Noble, Woodlands Mall, Woodlands, TX
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Wild Cougar Snarling
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Wild Wolf Growling

The snarling cougar and red wolf are created using a paint mask splatter and then clipping the animal to the mask, then adding a texture!

I ran more errands than I planned yesterday, wrote a 1,000 words on the novella, and hope to have it done by Saturday. Then I’m starting on the full length novel, Red Wolf Christmas.

In the meantime, I received more promo blogs to do, but I’m concentrating on the novella first! Need to finish it and send it to my beta readers so I can edit it again and send it to my editor.

Baby’s on her way, and that means not much writing can be done today. Hope you all are having a great day!

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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Brushes and Layers in Photoshop–Woodland Friends

I’m not really that great at using brushes, but I was playing around with adding the moon and some stardust that way. Everything else is layers–the bear, owl, wolf, pond, grasses, textures, and color layers.

I’m shipping the last 20 autographed books today. We’re supposed to have thunderstorms, had some rain last night, but it might hold off until this afternoon. So fingers crossed. Otherwise, I’ll have to wait. Don’t want to ship off wet books.

Now, it’s time to get back to the book.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to add deeper characterization on the story, and I think I have one part of it. The heroine is afraid of cliffs, and I have several of them in the story, so I will have to work that in whenever she encounters them, and the backstory of why she’s afraid of cliffs. Now it gets fun. Creating deeper characters makes them much more real.

Aren’t we all afraid of something? It’s what makes us…unique.

Have a super day! I’m looking forward to the rain.

Terry

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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/327949204725030/

I love to take photos but it’s fun to get prompts on what to photograph. So I joined this Facebook group to do it. But had to post a bunch of pictures to kind of catch up.

In the meantime, I finished proofreading 100 pages of Silver Town Wolves and need to finish another 140 pages. So off to do that in a minute.

I had taken the first picture at a big cat reserve in Dallas where they take in cat rescues. Though they also had a pack of Arctic wolves and bears. The second version was using Photoshop’s Curves adjustment. I like the original photo, but the Curves adjustment helps to bring the color in line with what it really looked like. Not sure what settings I had my camera on that made it look so golden. And the third picture is an “oil” version with Topaz Studio.

This is from Ashe Designs. It really worked well with some of my animal photos.

Okay, I’m off to work! And back to exercising while I proof! Have a great day!!!

Terry

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

Baby is here and we’re playing with pumpkins. (The free photoshop overlay is here: https://ashedesign.com/collections/freebie1?ct=t(10_27_17_5onFriday)&mc_cid=02eefed537&mc_eid=6d5a683688

And the Tin Man of the Wizard of Oz at the arboretum in Dallas!

So baby and I are here being sick still. There’s nothing worse than trying to wipe a baby’s runny nose when she is fighting it! Otherwise, we’re having fun.

Have a great pumpkin day!

Terry

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

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Pumpkin Time!!!

Tanner didn’t get any kisses from a princess, so he hopped in his princely pumpkin carriage. Will the Frog Prince get his wish? 🙂 <3

Have a pumpkin of a day!

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears

Orange and Teal in Photoshop

 

Isle of Skye at Sunset

The original, and converting colors to change it to orange and teal.

I love aqua waters. The real kind. They’re beautiful. And I kept seeing articles about how orange and teal colors appeal in movies so much and then on book covers, I thought I’d experiment. It’s easy to do if you have Photoshop, and I’m sure with other programs too. There are lots of great tutorials on it.

This one is great.

 

And there you have it. An orange and teal world at your fingertips.

Have a great orange and teal day. 🙂

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

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Stormy Seas & Salty Pirates

 

I know! I know! I should be writing! But sometimes it’s just important to take a break! 🙂

Have a great one!

Terry Spear

“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

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears http://www.celticbears

In the Dark of Morning…

 

Doesn’t that sound like a great opening for a scene? I’ve been messing with trying to capture a picture of lights that mysteriously illuminate trees to one side of a home. My problem is I can’t tell when the lens is focused. It’s too dark for me to see. But I thought these were interesting anyway.

Only in reality, they are much more clear! 🙂 <3

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And here is a roadrunner at the pizza place where I had lunch yesterday. No camera, just my phone. And I saw those interesting birds that I have no idea what they are when I was near home. Some kind of water bird with black heads, really long snake-like necks, and their bodies rest beneath the water. They dive for fish. Three of them in the most beautiful pose with water fountains behind them and all standing on a rock. There was no place to park, no camera, and I’m sure if I just parked on the road to try and capture them with my phone through the windshield even, they would  have flown away. I even had the idea of heading back there on foot, but the last time I tried that, the animals (fawns that time) were long gone.

I was also playing around with fluorescent “white” African Irises in oil painting filters with Photoshop. 🙂

I’ve been trying to find the skyrocket holly to plant, but no luck.

Okay, back to the book!!! It’s waking me up at 4, keeping me from going to sleep. I’ve got to finish it so I quit thinking about it! And get on with the next one. 🙂 I think it’s another Silver Wolf book. I can’t remember. lol

Cougar’s Mate–ENT’s Book of the Day!!!

http://ereadernewstoday.com/book-of-the-day-cougars-mate

Today’s Book of the Day is a Paranormal Romance novel by USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear and it’s 80% off for a limited time. Cougar’s Mate has a 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $4!

“It was a very strong adventure all the way!!! I loved it!!!” Teresa – Amazon Reviewer


Cougar’s Mate
by Terry Spear
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal
Price: $0.99 save $4

 

Cougar’s Mate – Nook
Cougar’s Mate – Apple iBooks
Cougar’s Mate – Google Play
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🙂 Have a super wonderful day!

Terry Spear

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

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From Ugly to Artistic–Don’t You Think?

calf having supper (640x426)calf having supper Isle of Skye near Neist Point Lighthouse 800x400 flattened textI took this photo on the Isle of Skye, overlooking the Neist Point Lighthouse and it was growing dark. We wanted to capture the sunset when I saw a plain old cow, as opposed to a beautiful Highland cow, nursing her calf. And no longer was it just a plain old cow.

I knew the picture wouldn’t turn out great because of the lighting, but I took it anyway, just in case I could fix it later. With Photoshop magic–brightening, sharpening the foreground a bit, then using one of the skies from the Pretty Photoshop Actions:

Vivid Skies Cloud Overlays + BONUS Cloud Applicator Actions

and the super easy Cloud Applicator Actions that turn a blown-out or washed-out sky into spectacular,  I was able to reveal the beauty. It’s like a painting, don’t you think? Ha! My parents were true artists, and never thought I could create works of art…

If only they could see me now. lol

🙂

Another shot that needed reworking was this one.

2 birds on shrub 900x6002 birds on shrub hazy sky Scotland Isle of Skye, text 900x600The photo was too dark, gloomy day, but with Photoshop, I was able to brighten it up, and then like with the other photo, I used Pretty Vivid Skies Cloud Overlay. I had tried other cloud overlays with this photo, but could never blend them in to make them work. I kept tossing out the revisions. But when I bought this new program, I wanted to see if that would make it work. It did! Like a charm!

I didn’t mess with the colors, they were all just hidden in the hills in the darkness of the photo. I sharpened the birds, and the seedpods. And that was it. This was on a walk to one of the beautiful castle ruins on the Isle of Skye. Sometimes something other than just a castle, can capture the imagination.

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Using that same Cloud Applicator program, I was able to also add clouds here, and cloud reflection in the water. 🙂 I loved the reflections of the hills and trees in the glassy loch, but I think adding the clouds added more drama.

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I love this–it’s like a commentary on life as we know it now. Two boys are fascinated with the marine life. And the third boy is on his cell phone. In the past, I would have cropped a lot of the sky out, but with the Cloud Applicator program, it was so simple to use. I left a lot of the natural haze in and blended it with a new sky. Within in minutes, it had changed from so-so, to eye catching!

I’m off to write! 30,000 words to go! And then I need to figure out my next 3 books to pitch to my publisher for next year. What would you like to see more of? Or something new?

And if you have photos with boring skies, be sure and check out the video on Vivid Skies Overlays. Watching that sold me! Then when I began to transform my own pictures so quickly and easily and make a real impact on the way they looked, that was the real testimony for me!

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This is an unretouched photo that I took of the clouds and boat reflections in a glassy loch, but note the castle ruins in the left-hand corner? When I have a chance, I want to do something with the boring skies in the background to hopefully bring more attention to the castle too! 🙂 But I’ll leave the reflected clouds just the way they are.

Have a super wonderful day!

Terry

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

Connect with Terry Spear:

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

Rescuing a Photo

Maybe it’s not worth it–to rescue a photo. But what if it’s the only one you have, and it’s a really cool moment?

airplane behind us (800x533) This was an airliner in line behind us, well, off to the side, but you know what I mean. It was WAY overexposed. But I’ve never been able to get a shot like that. And it’s ghostly, a hint of plane in a heavy fog. Only there was no fog. A throwaway.

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But with a little Photoshop magic, it’s not a half bad picture! 🙂

airplane behind us visible sunlight slightly darkened(800x466) Here’s a version slightly darkened.

airplane behind us visible sunlight vivid text(800x466)And just more…

castle view of ocean North Sea (640x480)A beautiful view of the North Sea from the walkway leading through a tunnel to Dunnottar Castle.

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Everything was so green there, cold in October, the water has a hint of aquas, but it was so gray that it just doesn’t show. So here’s a revised version to show just how pretty it is. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderfully photogenic day! Off to write!!

Terry

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

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