Archive | November 2014

Thanksgiving Meant Family!

My daughter and her Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Pear tree in fall colors.

Ham and stuffing my daughter made for Thanksgiving.

Rhaegar, Rottweiler, my son’s dog and Rilo, my daughter’s dog while we were eating the roast I had made.

The two dogs playing with Rilo’s toys. Rilo barked a bit. Rhaeger is about 18 mos old and really sweet.

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It was great having my son and daughter visit at the same time since they haven’t seen each other in 3 years.

We had a great time. Hope your holidays are the best!

It’s back to finishing up bear orders and books!
Terry
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Fall Colors and Jacques Le Jester Bear

Pear Fall Leaves

Pear Fall Leaves

I was getting ready to have dinner when I saw the pear tree in fall colors. I had to stop what I was doing and run out with the camera. We don’t get much in the line of fall colors here, so I was excited. 🙂 And I’m working on a jester bear for a possible order. An earlier one I made won first place for Best Dressed Bear.

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Jacques Le Jester

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Shadow and light on fall colors on the pear tree.

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Pears still clinging to the tree, frozen, defrosted, still clinging.

Texas Sunset for Fall

Texas Sunset for Fall

And I’ve finished proofing the print copy of Call of the Cougar, so off to work on Phantom Fae!

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Terry

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Editor Requested Synopsis–Forensics, Cops, Adding to Stories…

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I watch a lot of forensic shows, Cops shows, Snapped, etc, because I get ideas for stories. Often not right then. But like in SEAL Wolf Hunting, one of the men in the story is suspected of committing a crime, and SEAL Paul tells him his story is full of holes–that criminals do stupid things, so that doesn’t automatically indicate he didn’t commit the crime. But he uses a true couple of scenarios to illustrate his point. Both were Cops stories that I had watched some years back and always stuck in my mind and had laughed about. They were so dumb, but some criminals just are. This picture made me think of two of the Forensics shows. The clock sitting here means I took the picture at the time shown on the clock, right? But the clock hasn’t run for years. LOL 🙂

Anyway, so during the holidays, I usually get requests for edits. It just seems the editors are getting caught up on their reading as submissions slow down. Word to the wise, you might have heard that everyone takes a break over the holidays and no one reads submissions. Not true. I’ve had full manuscript requests during the holidays. And as you can see from the situation with me, I often have requests for stuff by the editorial staff over the holidays. So right now, I’m rewriting the synopsis for the book that I had written before the book was written. What is the problem with this? I have NO idea what I’m going to actually say in the book. So I had lots of things happen that I had no clue about. My characters are total rogues.

And as I’ve been rewriting this, I’m like, wow, I really was clueless. Yes, some of the details were there, but most were not as important as what really happened because I didn’t know what would happen.

When I was a kid in school, we were always required to write an outline and then write our paper. It never worked for me. The teachers had some notion that planning out your paper was the best thing to do before you wrote it. Now, for plotters, yes, it works. But I’m a seat of the pants, pantser, writer, and it just doesn’t work for me. As I’d begin to do research for my paper, I’d realize that I’d need to go in a whole new direction. I’ve done that with my books too. And so what happens? The outline/synopsis is not anything like what I thought I was going to write.

If I could write the outline with the paper and turn it in, I was good to go. I would write my paper, and then write the outline. 🙂 But some teachers were out to get my kind, so they’d make us turn in an outline BEFORE we wrote our paper. No getting around that. 🙂

Everyone is unique in the way we think, the way we accomplish something. If you take a group of people to accomplish a mission, and asked each how they would do it, based on backgrounds, personalities, moral compasses, etc, each will have different ideas. We could see this in business models when I was in Grad school, or when I was in leadership reaction or other courses in Army ROTC where a leader was required to ask of his squad if anyone had different ideas of how to accomplish some mission. Some ideas will be better than others. But it’s really interesting to see this. Even my dad, when he was a prisoner-of-war in Germany, submitted his ideas to a committee on how to escape the POW camp. He was 16, so no one paid much attention to him, but he actually did escape twice on his own during death marches.

News Flash: Heard an elephant on the roof and thought it was a cat, ran to the windows, no cat. Then saw a squirrel! Tried to take a picture but it wouldn’t come out. My birds are all but gone because of the hawk. Maybe also because of the annoying cat, that isn’t mine, prowling around, but the squirrel is brand new. I’ve seen one of the bunnies too. Never had a squirrel out here before. But my live oak trees have gotten old enough that they’re starting to produce nuts, and my red oak tree is….

Okay, back to synopses….so I’m stuck rewriting one and need to turn it in today.

The moral of the story is do the job your way and it will get done–probably better than if you had to do it in some weird way that doesn’t work for you.

Are you ready for the holidays?

Still proofing Call of the Cougar print version. Then it’s back to Phantom Fae. 🙂

Have a super great Monday!! The good thing about Mondays, is they only happen once a week.

Terry

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Dreams Gone Amok

Penny Bear

Penny Bear

I made up my last Penny Bear. She actually has faux suede paws.  The color didn’t turn out in the photo. She looks more like the picture above, color-wise.

Penny Bear Available for Sale

Penny Bear Available for Sale

This is the last I have of this fabric. I’ve always loved it. It’s really soft and it looks like a really light mauve, yet placed against mauve, it looks like a light brown, yet placed against brown, it looks like a really light mauve. 🙂 ❤

I was having fun showing off some of my Christmas fairies, but taking pictures of them with the regular lens wasn’t doing them justice. So I took some of them with the macro lens.

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And that is the magic of Christmas!

Everything’s decorated, cleaned, and while I’m waiting for family to arrive, I finished proofing the print version of The Vampire…In My Dreams

New Cover

New Cover

and am off to proof the print version of Call of the Cougar.

Call of the Cougar FINAL WEB

Oh, and do you dream? Do you ever analyze your dreams?

I had a wild dream this morning. The sharp-shinned hawk has been flying around the area, and my birds have all but disappeared. I saw one of the cardinals the other day on a feeder, but nothing is eating the seeds I’ve left out for them like they usually do. So it’s bugging me. I loved seeing the hawk, but I love hearing all the song birds and seeing them come for food. *sigh*

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Which is why I had the most bizarre dream, I think. I saw the hawk and ran out to take pictures of it. I left my back door open and a black bear cub ran inside the house. (Remember, this is a dream. I don’t want anyone to think I’m a Texas Tall Tale Teller–not that I don’t tell stories–in my books, but…)

Then the sow was looking for her cub. So I’m on the phone to 9-1-1, trying to get them to send someone out to get the cub out of my house. Of course, I’m trying to take pictures of it while I’m talking. You know. To share with my fans. 🙂 ❤ While talking on the phone. I’m afraid to try and open the door and let him out and let the sow in. Soooo, what a dilemma. Plus, I had to rush the dog (that I don’t have), into a back bedroom so that the bear didn’t try to kill it. The dog is barking her head off–it’s a big dog, not any breed I’ve ever had, and in fact, I think it’s a mutt of some sort–the house isn’t mine either, just the treed backyard.

Soooo, dream analyzers, what does this mean?

Probably that I need to write about bear shifters next. 🙂

Okay, enough about dreams. It’s time to proof another book so I can write on Phantom Fae! 🙂 ❤

Do you have weird dreams? Do you believe they’re just a way of dealing with all the stuff going on in your life or something deeper? A fellow author is part Native American and her dreams come to her and she was told she needed to share these stories. That’s how she comes up with her books! I wish it would happen like that for me. Dream about it and write it. Wouldn’t that be neat?

Hey, even neater, if you could just have electrodes sending a signal from your brain, attached to the computer and the computer writes everything down while you’re dreaming. Next morning, you could edit it. Hmmmm….sounds like a cool futuristic story to me.

Did I mention that Her Highland Hero is in audiobook form? I’ve had so many things happen at once, that I’m not sure what I’ve shared and what I haven’t. The narrator is from Scotland, and I love her voice.

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Audible: https://mobile.audible.com/pd/Romance/Her-Highland-Hero-Audiobook/B00PV2ANE0?s=s

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Her-Highland-Hero-Highlanders-Book/dp/B00PX8N790

Back to the real world and cougar shifters! Have a lovely Sunday!

Terry

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New Releases! New Bears! Time Has Run Out…

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Kiss of the Vampire is now available with its new cover. The print version looks like it’s still not available with the new cover. They said 3-5 days and it was uploaded yesterday. It is also available in audiobook and still waiting for the cover to change on that.

Kiss of the Vampire

(Blood Moon Series, Book 1)

Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » Fantasy

The motto of the vampires is that humans have to deal with problems on their own. But when Levka and his friends risk all to save human girls, he is injured and so the adventure begins. A cruise. A human girl who is terrified of water. And a vampire who has targeted her for his mate. But she has some secrets of her own.

Forced to take a cruise ship to babysit her foster sister, Caitlin has to face her own demons. But add to that her foster sister’s and her friend’s antics and Caitlin’s inability to use her witch’s magic over water and she has little hope to enjoy this trip. Until she meets a wheelchair-bound teen and wants to make friends with him in the worst way.

Levka and his friends make a hasty retreat from Dallas before the vampire elders stake them for getting involved in human affairs–again. But when he meets Caitlin on the cruise ship, hating that he’s so weak after being injured so severely that he has to use a wheelchair, he finds their troubles have just begun.

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New Cover

The Vampire…In My Dreams is available in ebook. I’m still proofing the print version. And I just signed up the narrator for the audiobook version.

Proving a guy is a vampire for the glory it will bring seemed like a good idea.  At the time.  Until he needs Marissa Lakeland’s help to fight the vampire who made him the way he is.  No problem. She’s a witch.  Witches can handle it.  But vampires don’t exist, and there’s nothing in a witch’s training that deals with a creature that doesn’t exist.  So using her wits, she’ll manage, right?  If the creature of the night doesn’t get her first.  As a centuries-old vamp, Lynetta doesn’t lose ever, and she doesn’t intend to now.

Kobo

Smashwords

New Cover

Call of the Cougar is now available in ebook. I’m still proofing the print version. And I just signed up the narrator for the audiobook version.

Call of the Cougar FINAL WEB

Call of the Cougar: Looking for love can be dangerous…

Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services, Tracey Whittington, takes down wildlife traffickers and more, but what she doesn’t expect is to be in a shootout, multiple times, when the business turns deadly. Nor does she suspect she’ll be working with Hal Haverton, who serves as a part-time deputy for Yuma Town, Colorado, and runs his own horse ranch. As long as he doesn’t stop her investigative work—she has been placed on administrative leave due to the last shootout—she’ll be just fine.

Hal Haverton has every intention of keeping the wild cat safe, even if it means helping her to solve the case when every time he turns around, she’s involved in another shootout. When her boss asks their good friend, the sheriff, to have one of his deputies serve as a bodyguard for the cougar shifter, Hal’s all for it. So is the other deputy, but Hal’s got this covered. Even if getting somewhere with the lady means having his gun ready at all times. There are definite perks to getting to know the Special Agent better—if they live long enough to do something about it.

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

All Romance Ebooks

Smashwords

Still getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, since I  have to have them early for my son and DIL and a birthday for my daughter. 🙂 Some of them should be coming in today, I think. 🙂 ❤  Which means, I really am running out of time.

But at least the house is decorated, clean and it’s time to visit. 🙂

Oh, and a couple of new bears!

Sparse Mohair Bear for the antique look

Sparse Mohair Bear for the antique look

Blondie Bear who has lots of fluffy fur!

Blondie Bear who has lots of fluffy fur!

Have a lovely Saturday!!

I’m off to proof the rest of The Vampire…In My Dreams’s print version, then need to get to work on Call of the Cougar’s print proofing. I’m afraid with the kids’ impending visit, time has just about run out.

Are you ready for the holidays?

🙂

Terry

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IF You Wonder What I’ve Been Up To… Call of the Cougar is Available!

When you’re a publisher and an author and a teddy bear artist, and trying to get ready for both Christmas AND Thanksgiving…

I wake at night thinking of the millions of things I haven’t done yet and what I need to do. It’s like sleep lists, only I’m not sleeping. Who needs to count sheep???

Gray Bear--New Fuzzy Bear that has an old world charm

Gray Bear–New Fuzzy Bear that has an old world charm

Blue Dragon Gold Mohair Bear with antique blue jeweled pin, SOLD

Blue Dragon Gold Mohair Bear with antique blue jeweled pin, SOLD

And I proofed the final copy of Kiss of the Vampire’s print version and need it back one last time to approve it. But today, I uploaded Call of the Cougar! It’s processing at Kobo, Amazon, and BN. But it’s at All Romance Ebooks and Smashwords now. This is book 2 of the Heart of the Cougar series.

I posted both book 1 and 2 here.

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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?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Google Play

ARe Books

Smashwords

Audible!

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Call of the Cougar: Looking for love can be dangerous…

Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services, Tracey Whittington, takes down wildlife traffickers and more, but what she doesn’t expect is to be in a shootout, multiple times, when the business turns deadly. Nor does she suspect she’ll be working with Hal Haverton, who serves as a part-time deputy for Yuma Town, Colorado, and runs his own horse ranch. As long as he doesn’t stop her investigative work—she has been placed on administrative leave due to the last shootout—she’ll be just fine.

Hal Haverton has every intention of keeping the wild cat safe, even if it means helping her to solve the case when every time he turns around, she’s involved in another shootout. When her boss asks their good friend, the sheriff, to have one of his deputies serve as a bodyguard for the cougar shifter, Hal’s all for it. So is the other deputy, but Hal’s got this covered. Even if getting somewhere with the lady means having his gun ready at all times. There are definite perks to getting to know the Special Agent better—if they live long enough to do something about it.

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

All Romance Ebooks

Smashwords

The title will be available on the other sites probably by tomorrow. I’ll update as I get them.

And the new windows and redone wall for the front foyer. As you can see in the picture of the before–it’s really foggy out. Perfect for vampires.

Before (though the windows had been replaced also, so there was an earlier before)

Before (though the windows had been replaced also, so there was an earlier before)

After

After

 

I still have a million and one things to do, so off to do them! 🙂 ❤

Have a super wonderful Thursday. Argh, the time is disappearing quicker than I can account for it. Does that ever happen to you?

Terry

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One More Bear to Complete! Changing out a Cover…

Steampunk Golden Bear-Sold!

Steampunk Golden Bear-Sold!

Steampunk Light Brown Bear-sold!

Steampunk Light Brown Bear

 

Steampunk Bears are done. I have one more bear to finish up. I’m waiting on the Davidson Clan Fabric still. They had to reship it from Scotland because it never came. 😦

I’ve been up forever, but with the new cover for Kiss of the Vampire, I had to change out the cover and the manuscript for all the book seller sites, and I redid the ebook into print book form, spent all day yesterday doing that, had to make the cover for the print book form–spent all morning doing that, and working up an audiobook cover–not sure if I can change it out–waiting to hear back from ACX on that, and uploaded the print version. Waiting on proof on that now.

And that’s what happens when you change out a cover. 🙂 ❤ While it’s in process and before I proof and approve it, it’s unavailable for sale in print. But, the ebook is now available at all the sites with the new cover.

Kiss of the Vampire

Kiss of the Vampire - Terry Spear

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

New Cover

New Cover–Book 1

Upcoming Book 2

Upcoming Book 2

I’d asked the cover artist who had done a couple of other covers I loved if she could do a vampire teen cover. She wasn’t sure. So I asked the lady who has done my cougar covers, and then voila! I ended up with 3 I loved, hers, and the other two.

Soooo…what to do? Easy.

The Vampire…In My Dreams needed a new cover, and so this one was born.

New Cover

New Cover

And I needed a new cover for Kiss of the Vampire, but it worked out beautifully to pick up both covers to create the series. And now with a cover, maybe I’ll get to it. The sequel is started. And so is the sequel to The Vampire…In My Dreams.

Off to work on Phantom Fae. I need to put The Vampire…In My Dreams in print also. 🙂

Still working with my beta reader on Call of the Cougar. She works, so that’s the only reason this isn’t already done. 🙂

Have a super great Tuesday. Sheesh, where did Monday go???

Terry

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