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Wolf Awareness Week: Alphas on Top

Alpha on Top

Alpha on Top–Aidan

This is typical, the alpha will stand above the rest. The International Wolf Center, Ely, MN.

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Alpha Wolf on Top of Box

Alpha Wolf on Top of Box–Science Center in MN

Alpha Wolves on Top of boxes, another wolf pack

Alpha Wolves on Top of boxes, another wolf pack–Science Center in MN

 

Aidan, Luna, Boltz picking on Denali (640x376)

Aidan top left, alpha leader of the pack, Boltz smaller wolf in front to left, sister alpha black wolf, Luna, and the under-wolf, Aidan’s brother, Denali. But all in good fun. Both Aidan and Denali are the bigger wolves in the pack.

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Aidan, Alpha Male, watching over the pack

Sick Sunday and Monday, which has really hampered my writing. Any excuse, right??? But it doesn’t put the deadline back and the days keep rolling on by. I did work on 80 pages last night, and still working on my word goal for yesterday today.  🙂 Hopefully, today will be a better day.

At least we only have a projected high of 93 and not 100 again and it’s cool out this morning! But 97 tomorrow. And then, if the weather gods are in the ballpark, in the high 70s Oct 22 and beyond. Yes! If they’re right.

Even in Houston it was only in the 90’s yesterday! Have a super great day!

Terry

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

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Wolf Awareness Week: Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary, Texas

Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary (800x460)

Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary, Texas

Wolf Dog--escape extraordiinaire

Wolf Dog–escape artist extraordinaire

wolf dog (631x800)

She was the sweetest wolf dog, but her family couldn’t keep her at home because she was such an escape artist. She leaped from her den over a high fence at the wolf sanctuary, but they resolved the problem and she’s fine now.

Arctic Wolf from Oregon (800x600)

Arctic Wolves from a sanctuary closed down in Oregon

Arctic Wolves from a sanctuary closed down in Oregon due to owner dying and wife unable to manage because of own health issues–the companions were able to stay together when they were moved to the Texas sanctuary

The poor wolves had to get used to the heat of Texas, but it’s very treed there at least, and they take good care of them.

Wolf Dog Grieving (798x800)Wolf dog grieving–this male lost his mate and for three weeks, he had been grieving. When we were at the fence, he came up and checked us out, the first time, he’d initiated any response like that, and then he howled, setting off all the other wolves.

Arctic Wolf on a Walk

Arctic Wolf on a Walk–they pair up all the wolves and wolf dogs because they are pack animals, except fo this beta wolf. They had tried several different pairings and she wouldn’t accept them.

She adored the handler who walked her though.

Arctic Wolf Scent Rolling

Arctic Wolf Scent Rolling

Here she is scent rolling. They only had a few they could take out and walk on leash. She loved to walk, found some freedom, and could smell all the new smells, and scent rolled to take them back with her before she returned to her pen.

More Wolf Dogs

More Wolf Dogs

Most of these wolf dogs were raised with families and end up in a wolf sanctuary like this because they aren’t dogs! They are partly wild wolves, and they can’t be raised like the family dog.

The First True Dogs – Leptocyon, the first true canine, Eucyon, his descendant,  and the Dire Wolf, that competed with the saber-tooth tiger for prey–after 40 million years of evolution, the first modern dog was born. Estimates of 15,000-30,000 years ago, the first gray wolf was domesticated. http://dinosaurs.about.com/od/otherprehistoriclife/a/Prehistoric-Dogs-The-Story-Of-Dog-Evolution.htm

But try to fit a wolf into most people’s lifestyle, doesn’t work! They can love a family, be protective, but still have the need to run.

A family raised a wolf dog, mostly wolf, but like many wolf-dogs or wolves, they couldn’t manage him any longer. The caretaker at the sanctuary, not this one,  was trying to settle the wolf down before the now older boy was allowed to see his “family” pet. The wolf was so excited, but the caretaker was confining him, and the wolf believing he couldn’t see his pack mate from former times, bit the caretaker. A wolf’s bite is dangerous! And the caretaker had to be rushed to the hospital for care.

The wolf was reacting like a wolf, not a home-raised pet. He loved the boy and wanted to reconnect with him. The wolf is fine, the boy did return another day to see his “pet” wolf, and the caretaker still runs the sanctuary and understands the wolves well enough to know the dynamics being played out, but his main concern had been for the safety of the boy and the wolf.

The moral of the story is leave the wolves in the wild. Find a home-raised dog and love it unconditionally. And love the wolves in the wild where they’re meant to be.

Okay, I’m off to write on the jaguar story!!! And the same thing goes here. Don’t take home jaguar cubs to raise as your own. They have an even more powerful bite, and those claws are just as dangerous, not to mention a powerful swipe of their paw can paralyze or kill. 🙂 <3 Just saying…

Terry

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

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Woohoo Reviews!! For A Highland Wolf Christmas!

Totally loved these reviews! I hadn’t been seeing any of these, so when my publicist sent the links,  it was exciting to see how much reviewers were enjoying the book! 

I have to say something about reviewers first–they don’t get paid to do this. They love books and love sharing something about the books they’ve enjoyed. Often, it’s a thankless job. They don’t get paid, repeating this, but any time you’re doing a lot of work for no pay, it needs to be mentioned. And often they don’t get much in the line of comments back, like many bloggers don’t. So they never know if readers are even interested in their posts. So when I learn of them, I go to their sites and share them with twitter and Google + etc, and on my blog, to help spread the word that they loved my books, but also that they have a great blog there. Let them know you loved what they said about your book!

Some share directly on my Timeline on FB, and that’s great. And I do too and share with other sites I’m a member of. And I tell them how much I appreciate them. I’ve met several in person at conferences too now, and I love it!

A long time ago, I also reviewed books for a site, while I was penning my own books. Every time I read one I LOVED, I reviewed it. If I read a book I didn’t love, I didn’t review it. Most often it was because it wasn’t the kind of story I like, no fault of the author.  And so there’s really no sense in me putting down a book in a review just because it wasn’t my cup of tea.  But the site closed due to the moderators’ inability to keep up with it. And definitely, I’ve been so swamped, I had a hard time with it too.

The joy for me was reading the books and sharing the love.  I didn’t expect to get anything in return. I just enjoyed doing it. In one case, readers who loved my review of a Highlander book ended up buying my Highlander books. And in another case, a fan of the young adult author posted about my blog review and that had lots of fans of hers checking out my YA books! It wasn’t something I had anticipated at all.

Some are of the notion that reviews don’t make any difference. But I’ve seen sales based on sharing reviews.

Some say you should never engage with a reviewer because this might look like you’re buying their reviews.

Reviewers are people. They love to know when readers and authors love their reviews. It makes them feel that all the time they spend on this (oftentimes despite busy schedules of their own), that their time and effort is really valued.

So today I want to thank reviewers who have taken the time to read A Highland Wolf Christmas and share how much they loved it!

And another fantastic giveaway at The Royal Reviews!

http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/2014/10/terry-spear-interview-and-giveaway.html

In keeping with Wolf Awareness Week:

Boltz, Luna and Aiden (640x518)

 

Just a snippet for your reading pleasure:

Tea and Books

It’s back to the Highlands in Terry Spear’s latest in her Heart of the Wolf Series. And as with the rest of her work, Terry tells a wicked tale. But her Highland Wolves are just a little more fun.

We’ve been skipping around between a couple of connected clans in the Heart if the Wolf Highland series and in A Highland Wolf Christmas, we return to the MacNeils. This time they have a party to plan.

Smoldering sensuality and Highland Highjinks makes this just a fun read. Add to that the mystery of why Calla is all but forced to consider the ex.. wonderful! Terry just offers us a delightful dish that I just want to eat up!

Thanks Terry for yet another Highland Delight.

Shauni http://teaandbook-shauni.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-highland-wolf-christmas-review.html

Addict of Romance

Calla is passionate and goes after what she wants. She is a she wolf, and a fighter, and when she sees Guthrie in her sights, she sees the type of man he is underneath his brooding exterior. This was such a delightful pair, there was such a strong connection that you see from the beginning, and you just want to cheer for them for the whole story. There was such a feeling of chemistry that emerges within every page that jumps out at you and clings to the reader and keeps you ever engaged.

Overall a winner of a paranormal romance!! I have adored what Terry Spear has done with this series, especially the past few books in dealing with sexy highlander that are wolf shifters….I mean seriously, can it get any better than that? This tale is packed with action packed scenes, rich filled characters, stunning detail, and a fun romp of a romance that is rewarding and a page turner to remember!! INCREDIBLY WELL DONE!! http://addictofromance.blogspot.com/2014/09/arc-book-review-highland-wolf-christmas.html

My Grade
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Steamy

 

Tome Tender

My Review:
A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

What a delightful Scottish werewolf Christmas story!

Calla Stewart is a party planner. She has been hired by the MacNeill clan to arrange their holiday celebration, which means she will have to squeeze every dollar out of the tight wad Guthrie MacNeill. Even though she knows its going to be difficult to deal with Guthrie, Calla plans on giving the MacNeill clan a Christmas to remember.

But before Calla’s journey even begins, her ex-fiance’ turned deadly stalker accelerates his pursuit bringing out all the protective instincts of the MacNeill clan. Surprising Calla, leading her protection is none other than Guthrie, himself.

Highlander werewolves in kilts, what could be any better than that…

There is nothing like a marvelously captivating paranormal romance by Terry Spear’s to get you in the holiday spirit. A Highland Wolf Christmas is a marvelously captivating story with a great reunion of past characters we’ve come to adore. I highly recommend you ring in the holidays with A Highland Wolf Christmas.  http://tometender.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-highland-wolf-christmas-by-terry.html?zx=b3dc892874baf016

 

Bitten by Books

Guthrie MacNeill is worried about pack finances, and believes that a Christmas party is unnecessary, especially since they have hired Calla and plan to make it a huge affair. Upon Calla’s arrival at Argent Castle, Guthrie finds himself attracted to her, and after discovering the trouble she is having with Baird stalking her, he arranges for pack members to be her personal bodyguards, keeping her in sight always. Guthrie becomes more enamored of Calla the longer she stays at Argent, and as their attraction increases, so do Baird’s evil intentions.

Calla is a definite alpha, a strong and independent woman with the courage to leave a situation that was not right for her. Guthrie is also alpha, strong, and courageous, taking on the responsibility of the pack’s finances and of educating the younger members in math and finance. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and was bothered by Baird’s constant attempts to cause harm to Calla and spark a feud between his pack and the MacNeills. A Highland Wolf Christmas was a fun and exciting story from Terry Spear, and as always, I was thoroughly captivated. http://bittenbybooks.com/a-highland-wolf-christmas-by-terry-spear/

Book Stats:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402293763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402293764

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Books in the Heart of the Wolf series in the order they should be read:
Heart of the Wolf
Destiny of the Wolf
To Tempt the Wolf
Legend of the White Wolf

Seduced by the Wolf
Wolf Fever

Heart of the Highland Wolf
Dreaming of the Wolf
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing
A Howl for a Highlander

A Highland Werewolf Wedding
A SEAL Wolf Christmas
Silence of the Wolf
Hero of a Highland Wolf
A Highland Wolf Christmas
SEAL Wolf Hunting

A Highland Wolf ChristmasA Highland Wolf Christmas

Heart of the Wolf #15 | 07/10/2014

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It’s going to take a lot of mistletoe…

Guthrie MacNeill, financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, is at his wit’s end when the pack leader’s mate hires a gorgeous party planner to bring holiday cheer to the castle. Guthrie’s wildly attracted to Calla, except he can’t reconcile the fact that his job is to save the clan’s money, and hers seems to be to spend it.

 

Sourcebooks Holiday Hop + iPad Mini Giveaway: A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

We had tremendous storms last night and so today, it’s clearing and my workmen are coming back to do some more projects. The storm a couple of weeks ago took out some of the roofs off some buildings in Waco. Saturday’s storm, not sure. Last night was really bad again and it had me up and unplugging computers and stuff. Electricity went out 5 times. Another storm system coming in on Monday next week. But we’ve so needed the rain, I can’t complain and the temps are dropping, and I’m thrilled!

Happy Wolf Awareness Week!

Having trouble with my post posting this morning. Off to ship bears and books! Have a super great Tuesday!!! 🙂 <3

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
www.terryspear.com
Connect with Terry Spear:
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Wolf Awareness Week 2014 is October 12 – 18, 2014

I interrupt the post on the apple farm to mention this is Wolf Awareness Week.

And another fantastic giveaway at The Royal Reviews!

http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/2014/10/terry-spear-interview-and-giveaway.html

Wolves, like most other animals, are an important part of our ecosystem. And without them, we totally screw up the environment. Sure, it’s really the deer that ate all the trees and the forests couldn’t renew, and without forests, the riverbanks eroded. And without forests, all the creatures big and small that lived there, no longer live there because they need the trees for a home. The beavers, and birds, and hawks, and rodents. All of them were lost. All for the killing off of all the wolves. When they added 4 wolves to the region, they killed off a few deer. They didn’t kill off all! Just a few to feed off of, but what happened was it changed the deers’ behavior and they quit coming to the areas around the rivers where the wolves caught them. And the trees began to regenerate because the deer weren’t eating them down. And the riverbanks began to stabilize and it changed the course of the rivers. The vegetation brought back the rodents, that brought back the hawks and eagles. And the beavers returned to build damns that provided refuge for the fish.

So it’s not just that wolves are a predator and we need to kill all predators, but that they are part of a valuable ecosystem that helps other wildlife–flora and fauna–to survive.

It reminds me of Texas and how scientists thought putting a certain tree along riverbanks would keep the soil from eroding, and guess what? Those trees actually are huge water sucks and they pulled all the water from the creeks and vast amounts of water from rivers when we have a lot of drought. So sometimes scientists get it right. But sometimes, they don’t. And sometimes scientists aren’t even involved in the exercise and animals or plants are killed wholesale for a variety of reasons and really cause us some trouble down the road. But who cares about that because we won’t live long enough to feel the repercussions. Right?

So whether we like wolves or snakes or sharks or spiders–all of these creatures have a place in our ecosystem. Can you imagine what earth would be like if we managed to kill off everything but us?

You know what would happen then!

I took some pictures of several of the animals at the Wildlife Science Center in Minnesota and wanted to show you the difference between some similar species. Can you tell which is which?

1. Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Grey Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or  Northern Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Or Mexican Gray Wolf?

1. what do you think this is?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Northern Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Or Mexican Gray Wolf?

2. And this one?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or North American Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Mexican Gray Wolf?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Northern Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Or Mexican Gray Wolf?

 

 

3. Or this one?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Grey Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Northern Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Mexican Gray Wolf?

4. How about this one?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Grey Wolf?

Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Northern Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Or Mexican Gray Wolf?

 

5. How about this one?

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Red Wolf? Coyote? Or Northern Gray Wolf? Or Coyote Wolf Mix? Mexican Gray Wolf?

6. Or finally, this one?

And a bonus:

4 wolves, International Wolf Center

4 wolves, International Wolf Center

7. 2 of the wolves are litter mates, as are the other 2. Can you tell which belongs to which kind of wolf? Two are Northern gray wolves and two are Great Plains wolves. Their habitat and food sources determine their build.

Here’s another couple of pictures of them.

4 wolves, Luna looking at me (640x240)

Aidan, Luna, Boltz picking on Danali (640x376) (2)

I apologize for the photos at the science center not being any clearer. Do-gooders thought that releasing 3 female Mexican gray wolves into the wild was the best thing for them. But the problem is that these wolves are socialized and people bring them food to eat. So they’re not hunters in the wild and don’t know how to hunt in the wild. They were completely at risk. So when they were able to return them to the center, they put tons more fencing on, to keep it from happening again.

A Highland Wolf ChristmasA Highland Wolf Christmas

Heart of the Wolf #15 | 07/10/2014

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Book Depo | GoodReads

It’s going to take a lot of mistletoe…

Guthrie MacNeill, financial advisor for his clan and werewolf pack, is at his wit’s end when the pack leader’s mate hires a gorgeous party planner to bring holiday cheer to the castle. Guthrie’s wildly attracted to Calla, except he can’t reconcile the fact that his job is to save the clan’s money, and hers seems to be to spend it.

 

Sourcebooks Holiday Hop + iPad Mini Giveaway: A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

We had tremendous storms last night and so today, it’s clearing and my workmen are coming back to do some more projects. The storm a couple of weeks ago took out some of the roofs off some buildings in Waco. Saturday’s storm, not sure. Last night was really bad again and it had me up and unplugging computers and stuff. Electricity went out 5 times. Another storm system coming in on Monday next week. But we’ve so needed the rain, I can’t complain and the temps are dropping, and I’m thrilled!

Happy Wolf Awareness Week!

Have a super great Monday!!! 🙂 <3

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
www.terryspear.com
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website:
www.terryspear.com
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

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