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Plotting the New SEAL Wolf Story

I’ve spent days on this, trying to come up with a story that’s different from all the other stories I’ve written–over 60 total and 26 of those are wolf shifter stories. So it HAS to be unique. I asked readers if they wanted me to set the location somewhere new because the SEAL wolf is really new to the scene, but he’s a cousin to the Heart of the Wolf pack leader. His twin brother was the hero in SEAL Wolf Undercover. OR, should I have it set with the original wolf pack.

The readers who responded wanted more of Heart of the Wolf. I only wrote the one story, added a new novella to it for the re-release of the book on its 10th anniversary–the first book in the long-running series.

Okay, so here are some ways that I came up with the idea for the new story:

  1. Read books (sometimes they can jump start an idea that is nothing like what your story is about, but something just turns on the light bulb)
  2. Watched movies (thrillers, paranormal, survival stories–the latter two true stories)
  3. Brainstormed with a friend
  4. Looked up plot ideas on the internet (there are a ton of 100 plot ideas, 25 plot ideas, etc, and one of the simplest ideas got me to thinking)
  5. Researched an idea to see if it might work
  6. Gardened
  7. Took pictures (taking a break and giving your creative mind something else to do can help!)
  8. Kept mulling ideas over in my mind (every time I was thinking about stories that I’d watched or read, I kept telling myself to get on with what was important–the plot of the story, so I would think about it instead)
  9. Make lists (I don’t do this very often, but it can help)
  10. What if (What ifs can help to jump start an idea sometimes)
  11. News stories (I’ve come up with several that way)
  12. Trips I’ve taken (Oftentimes I’ll get an idea for a story based on a place I’ve been or lived, and it’s the perfect setting for the story, giving it mood and realism)
  13. Relax (So I had the idea last night of what I wanted to use for the story, it’s a counterfeiting scheme. I researched it. And then went to bed. This morning, I’m lying in bed, thinking about getting up, and Tanner is making little noises like: yes, do! And I was ignoring him, and thinking about the story. And then I had the scene in my mind!)
  14. Move to a new location. Sit outside for a while. Sit on the couch. Go to bed and think about the story. I’ve done all of these and suddenly, there it is. Amazing!
  15. True life stories you’ve experienced related to the story you’re thinking about.
  16. Solicit readers for ideas.

My friend was the one who mentioned her soap opera counterfeiting story. I remember when I was in the Waco area, how, if you had a $50 or $100 bill, they would run a marker over it to see if it was for real, or counterfeit. They did it for $20 bills too at some stores it got so bad. I looked up counterfeiters on the internet and found a ton of them who had been taken into custody, so it’s really big business.

It helped to get readers’ opinion on going with a whole new story, or tying it in with the original wolf pack.

So this morning, I was mulling over the story–how do the characters meet? The hero, the heroine, the bad guys?

And I had it! In the novella I added to the re-release on Heart of the Wolf, they have a cousin who is a doctor for the wolf pack. So he has a clinic. In the story, the hero, heroine, two of the bad guys, the female pack leader and her three toddlers are at the clinic. One of the bad guys is suffering from a gunshot wound. And that’s the beginning. Oh, and the heroine was on a flight and picked up the wrong bag, so she’s got some of the counterfeit money. The SEAL hero is a PI, and he’ll begin investigating the counterfeiters after the bad guys pay the bill with the fake stuff. I just have to figure out why he’s there, why she’s there, and start writing the book. Easy!

Now, the simple prompt idea that got this going on one of those plot idea blogs? She takes the wrong coat home. That got me to thinking–what if she had picked up the wrong bag at the airport and it had something important in it. (It might not be counterfeit money, but maybe passports and other stuff that tie in to these guys). Or what if one of the guys was going to be detained and slipped a key to a box into her pocket, planning to catch up to her before she gets away, but he misses her and then the hunt is on. Maybe the SEAL was trying to track these guys down already and thinks she’s one of them, because she’s got the suitcase of their counterfeit bills.

Soooo, there are a ton of possibilities, and the neat thing is–using What ifs, works! Oh, and then why? How? When?

Okay, so I’m still working on edits on Her Jaguar Protector, but I’m jotting down ideas for the SEAL story too. Then I need to write my word count goals on the calendar so I can get this book done on time, too.

And readers are asking about the next cougar book, yes, plan to write Stryker’s story. Next polar bear story, yes, working on it too.

Hope you have a super jump start to your day whatever you’re trying to do!!

Terry

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Flight of the White Wolf! The RIGHT Video.

Flight of the White Wolf released!

It helps to showcase the right video!

This morning I was fighting with smoke detectors again. I counted them. Eight. That is total overkill. Between 10 ft tall ceilings and having so many of them, and they’re ridiculously close to each other, it’s hard to isolate them. I can’t just pull a battery out of the extra ones since they’re sneakily wired together. I had to stand in the hall forever, waiting for the culprit to beep again.

It’s like being on a stakeout. I’m stuck, unable to get anything done while I wait. And wait. And wait. Give up, go do something else, and it beeps. I would ignore it, but my puppies are so upset, they’re both wanting on my lap, and when I went to get the ladder, they were both cuddled together under my desk.

Three changed out…five more to go. I don’t want to change them all out at once, because you know what would happen. It’s been several months since the last one went out, and only about a week between two of them.

Yesterday was a really long babysitting day, then my daughter wanted a professional photo, so I did that. So….I didn’t make my word count from the day before, 600 words short, couldn’t make them up last night, and I need 2600 today, to get back on track.

Sunrise and roses! Beauty in nature.

Off to write! Have a rosy day!

Terry
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Macro Flowers

I was so busy trying to capture the roses without the photo blurring, I have a macro lens that constantly refocuses and so it’s hard to get a shot of what I want, but do you see the critter I captured in the one shot of the peach roses? I didn’t even see him until I was resizing photos. The other is a coneflower, I didn’t think was going to come back this year, and orange marigold, and a red rose covered in water drops.

Back to Falcon Fae! I added a prologue because I needed to show that a magic user had magic to use. Seems simple, right? That’s like a wolf shifter who shifts. I read a short story about a great white warrior wolf, except she never shifted, never showed any warrior-ing… and so I wondered, not for long, what she did to make her so super white warrior wolf like. I will never know.

Have a great one!

Terry Spear

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FLowers of Summer in Hot, Hot Texas

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Because of the heat of summer, it’s difficult to find any flowers other than a few last sunflowers and the crepe myrtles love the heat so they’re in full bloom. But here is a tiny red rose blossom.

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Last of the sunflowers of summer.

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A late bloomer.

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A sunflower among the cornstalks.

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Red crepe myrtle

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So see, even with all the heat, the world is still a beautiful place to be.

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Now available in audio book format!

Cougar’s Mate : Heart of the Cougar, Book 1

Cougar’s Mate: Instinct told her to run…

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?

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Just finished proofing Jaguar Pride copyedits. I’ll have one more proof and that’s it!

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Jaguar Pride (Book 4)

Coming Feb, 2015

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And I have student lessons stacking up again ( calculated it and if I don’t do any additional critiques, which I have already done, I’ll have a total of 204 critiques to do), and I need to make word count on A Silver Wolf Christmas. Getting 3,000 words done a day, and have been fortunate to keep making it. It’s easy to get stuck. Especially when you’re jumping from the snowy Christmas story with wolves to the jungles of Costa Rica and the jaguars. And I just submitted a proposal for 3 more books. So we shall see if my publisher wants any more! 🙂 <3

Titles will probably change, but: Jaguar Jingle Bells, A SEAL Wolf Diving for Trouble, and She-Wolf (another Silver wolf pack story) If they get picked out, they will be coming in 2016. I’m already “booked” for 2015 with releases in Feb: Jaguar Pride, April: SEAL Wolf for Sale, Oct: A Silver Wolf Christmas

And of course more Highland medievals and fae stories, and more. 🙂 <3

Oh, yes, and bears. Worked on 3 last night. Not finished, but getting closer….

Hope you are having a great Thursday!!

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