Archive | July 2015

The Life of a Sunflower

Life of a Sunflower

Life of a Sunflower

Last night before I forgot to take some pictures of the sunflowers growing at the edge of my property I snapped some shots. The farmer was going to cut them down, but no, they propagate every year, I don’t have to plant or water them, and every year, they cheer me.

Here is the life of a sunflower in one shot–the brand new baby to the left, full of hope and enthusiasm, coming soon to spread his petals wide and capture the sun and share his joy, the middle one at old age that is just as beautiful as he begins to fade away, but is still colorful and interesting at his advanced age, fading, but not forgotten, and the middle aged flower in full bloom, glorying in the freedom and beauty he possesses. They will all leave seeds for their progeny to arise again.

And that is the life of a sunflower.

sunflowers new , old, not yet born bw

Off to write! I had planned 4,000 words yesterday, but I was messing with ibooks again, and I ended up getting all 7 of the fae books up there. So that was neat. But I have another 30+ books to convert and upload, so this will take some time.

And I want to keep ahead of the game. I did get 2,000 words yesterday, and I only  planned 2,000 today, soooo, that means 4,000 today instead. I’ve been editing the book, which always means cutting and adding and cutting, so word count doesn’t grow as fast as writing new scenes. even so, only 22,000 to go! 🙂

Have a great TGIF!!!

I was so glad yesterday wasn’t it! I would have lost a day of writing! Hope yours is great!

Terry

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

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The Hiding Elk, or Are They…Hidden?

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Do you see the wildflowers in the foreground or is your attention riveted to the elk in the background?

Okay, the guys with the antlers, please lower them so we can really be safe!

Okay, the big guy with the showy antlers, please lower them so we can really be safe!

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That’s better, but the antlers need to be LOWER. You can do it. Head down, please.

I think they saw us!

I think they saw us!

Have a great TGIF and take it easy! I have 4,000 words to write and then…wait, it’s not TGIF? Jumping the gun. Okay, happy Thursday! I still have 4,000 more words to write, now that I have my days straightened out!

Have a great one, whatever day it is!

Terry

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

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Nook Lovers–Taming the Wild Cougar is Now Available for Preorders!

It’s annoying when authors only offer books through Amazon and for other e-readers, we can’t access it. (I have a Nook also.) So I always put my books up everywhere, but sometimes it just takes longer for the other vendors to set up the page. So it’s up! No description or anything, sigh, but it’s got a pretty picture–the cover, the 99 cent USD price and a button to PREORDER it! 🙂 ❤

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1122410324?ean=2940152058949

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Wild-Cougar-Heart-Book-ebook/dp/B012PQGRUS

Amazon UK:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Taming-Wild-Cougar-Heart-Book-ebook/dp/B012PQGRUS

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Taming-Wild-Cougar-Heart-Book-ebook/dp/B012PQGRUS/

Amazon AU:http://www.amazon.com.au/Taming-Wild-Cougar-Heart-Book-ebook/dp/B012PQGRUS/

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/taming-the-wild-cougar

iBook https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/taming-the-wild-cougar/id1035143561

Cougar's expression, listening, relaxed

Cougar’s expression, listening, relaxed

It did it with Phantom Fae, my most recent fae book, and at first, I didn’t realize it was already there! Then I was trying to figure out how to do that again. lol

I can just imagine how it must be for scientists to accidentally discover something important, and then try to figure out how they did that, and try to recreate it. That’s when I read the directions. There’s no help button on Vellum that I can find. I did a Google search and it was like, it’s just so easy. Quashing swear word. Right. If it is so easy, why have I spent six hours trying to figure out what’s not working so easily.

Cougars ears back, supposed to mean aggression, annoyance

Cougars ears back, supposed to mean aggression, annoyance

Then it was the .doc vs .docx issue. Now, I’m not technical, so to me (I know technical geeks are rolling their eyes), but to me, the documents all look the same. The story is exactly the same. (I took Fortran, Cobol and Pascal, so it’s not that I’m totally clueless about languages, but…) as a romance writer, they look the same. lol

Anyway, that is a VERY long explanation as to why I don’t have it up on Apple yet.

I have been managing to get my word count in every day so I only have 26,000 words to go, which is AMAZING and I don’t want to give up the momentum. So off to write, and then when I have my word count in, I’ll work on Apple again. 🙂 And this time it’s GOING to work. I feel it in my bones.

Cougar, ears to side, they have over two dozen muscles in their ears that help them to focus on sounds and show their expressions

Cougar, ears to side, they have over two dozen muscles in their ears that help them to focus on sounds and show their expressions

Have a super wonderful day. I’m so excited! It’s up, it’s up, it’s up! And I didn’t make a mistake in getting it up there! I was beginning to wonder!

Terry

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

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I LOVE Creating Stories…

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Do you love doing something LOTS? I’ve loved creating stories since I was a kid. My dad told us stories when I was young too. It’s just something I have to do. And I love doing it.

So I’ve been working away at Cougar and it’s really getting closer to being finished.

I decided to set up a preorder for Taming the Wild Cougar. Everyone will have a chance to buy it at the reduced price of 99 cents (USD) for the brand new full length novel. I’ve never done a PREORDER for a book this far in advance for a single title. And I’ve never offered a brand new release as practically a giveaway. This will not last long. Just through the first week of release, and then it will be available at the regular price of $4.99. So if you’d like it, be sure and get it early! 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Wild-Cougar-Heart-Book-ebook/dp/B012PQGRUS/

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Cougar shifter, Dr. Kate Parker, is planning her annual camping vacation alone this year. She runs into trouble before she even starts her trip in the form of one wounded, hot cougar undercover cop—or so he says. He’s not going along with just her tender loving care because he came into town as a cougar, and he needs her help to get him back to where he can take up the search to look for an arms dealer, who just happens to be a cougar too.
Leyton Hill slipped into the unlocked, darkened clinic, figuring his luck had just changed. Except he doesn’t plan for the good doctor to be napping in her office. Taking him on her vacation wasn’t in the plan, and taking her hostage, hadn’t been either, but now she’s stuck with him until he can get back to his mission and the chase at hand. It appears the roles have reversed and who’s holding whom hostage now?

Terry

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

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Are You Ready for More Cougars?

Cougar Up on the Rocks

Cougar Up on the Rocks

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Cougar on the Prowl

I’m going to town on Taming the Wild Cougar. I LOVE it when that happens. I wrote 12,000 words yesterday. I’m nearly halfway through the book. It’s just like a movie scene playing out. I love it.

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But I have to keep stopping to do research like I always do with books and so with this one, I was researching how many miles a human can walk in a day. Did you know that some can walk as many as 30-35 miles per day? Amazing. I’ve been walking between 5-7 miles per day, so it’s hard to believe. Especially carrying a backpack.

So how many miles can a cougar travel?

Wait, not the older woman who’s after a younger man, or the car. The CAT. Okay?

It’s amazing how our vocabulary for things that used to mean one thing have changed to mean something totally different. Take twilight, for instance. I wanted to see exactly what the definition was for twilight. OMIGOD. It’s all about vampires. What???? I want the time of day. Give me a break.

So there you have it. You can’t just say a word, you have to be really, really specific. Twilight, time of day. Vampires

And Cougar, cat. Car, Hot to trot older woman seeking younger man

Same thing when researching jaguar, NOT the car.

So I’m off on my marathon writing spree, because before long I will probably be totally stumped and it will sit there for days while I’m fighting with my muse to give me more. But maybe not! Maybe I will write a book from start to finish in record time. I’ve done it before. I hope I can this time too!

Have a great Monday! I’m off to make the halfway point on Taming the Wild Cougar!

Terry

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

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So You Want to be the Alpha of the Pack, then…

You have to eat BEFORE the rest of the gang. The alpha wolves eat the kill first. Everyone else has to wait. Think of the royal families eating before their servants are served. Can you imagine if the servants ate first?

If you’re settling down, you must sit above the rest of the pack. Up on a rock, the dais (in medieval times for the head of the household, family and honored guests), on the couch (and that means the others sit on the floor at your feet, but no WAY does anyone sit above you on the back of the couch or you will lose your pack status. Just saying.)

Max and Tanner brainstorming

Looks who’s on the top of the couch, and who’s below!

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Alpha Wolf All the Way

The way it’s supposed to be.

If you say come, you mean it and they obey. (No allowing any whining, or out and out ignoring you. Or saying, “I mean it,” which means you have lost the battle already.)

No sleeping in your bed. That is the alpha’s bed. The king’s. (Anyone else can sleep on the floor in their own beds, servant’s pallets, whatever. But you see, you are still above them.)

Life of a puppy

Got it Covered

Ever play king of the hill? Yep, the one on top is in charge.

If you don’t adhere strictly to these rules, you will be a wishy-washy alpha, and your minions will see your weakness and exploit it whenever they can. Trust me, they’re testing you. One little slip and you’re pudding in their hands.

So if you want to be the Alpha, really, really want to be the Alpha, lay down the rules. And stick to them. Or you might end up being at the bottom of the heap. Denali is the brother to the bigger alpha wolf. The female, Luna, is the alpha female and she will take down any of the wolves, except for the alpha male. Her brother, Boltz, is smaller like her.  So watch out that the tables aren’t turned and you end up like this.

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Don’t you love my words of wisdom? I just finished reviewing Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing and am almost ready to turn it in. So I’m back to Taming the Wild Cougar! 22,000+ words done! Have a great Sunday!

Terry

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

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Black Wolf in Shadows

black wolf in shadows
When I took the picture, it was hard seeing him in the shadows with the the trees also in the way. When I captured him, did his nose show, or was it covered in shadow too? I couldn’t tell from the distance I was from him.

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Blue cast to the black and white photo.
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Traditional cast.

I thought it was interesting to see what a black and white wolf would like in the black shadows in black and white. I think I like the blue cast better. In any event, it gives a different feel to the shot. I was thrilled to see when I got home and was able to look at the pictures on my computer, that the shadow from the tree branch didn’t hide his beautiful face. This was the alpha male. And his eyes were sharp and watching me, perfect for the shot.

I love it when wild animals are so nice to give me a great photo op! And better still, that I managed to capture the shot without making a total mess of it!

Have a super great weekend! Off to write!

Terry

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

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