Taming the Wild Cougar…how did I get the idea?

Years and years and years ago, I read a romance where a cop had taken a nurse hostage because he had seen her give first aid training to a bunch of Boy Scouts, and he was wounded and on the run. The “good” guys are out to take him down, and he’s got to solicit her help to prove his innocence.

So I wanted to have a hero who is undercover, wounded by another cougar, and seeking medical supplies in a clinic that is closed for the night. Except the doctor is napping in her office before she takes off on her camping trip. He didn’t mean to take her hostage. But he doesn’t have much choice. She tries to get away, to warn the sheriff–but inevitably–they are thrown into a situation they’re stuck with until they can find a way out. The story is completely different from the one I read so many years ago.

But that kernel of an idea stuck with me over all those years, and Taming the Wild Cougar was born. Every story is different. Sometimes I read a news report, or watch a movie, or think–what if? And a story is born.

It’s not easy. I may make it look easy. But it isn’t. I’m winding down on Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf. How to end it? I don’t know. How to make it more conflictive? I don’t know. Sexier? I don’t know. More wolfish as in more wolf scenes? I don’t know. lol

But I’ll get there. I just need to finish the book, then go back in and make it have more of all the elements that will ensure it is so much better. To make it fun. Believable. A book readers don’t want to put down, and then want the next one.

Taming the Wild Cougar

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?

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Excerpt for Taming the Wild Cougar:

But then Dr. Kate Parker saw what he was looking for. A photo on her desk of her and her cat, Sheba, in her arms. Another with Sheba catching her favorite pink ball mid-air.

She knew in an instant, that’s why he wanted to come to her office. To see if she had a family portrait. He was good. If he was an undercover cop, he had to be good at his job.

“I’ll show you a picture of my husband. Let me have the phone.”

He obliged, but stayed right next to her as she pulled up her photo gallery, his hot piney-woods scent drifting to her. Trying to ignore his close proximity, which was damn hard to do as he breathed down her neck, she quickly searched through the pictures until she came to one and clicked on it. She hoped he’d believe that the deputy sheriff who owned the cabins on Lake Buchanan, Chase Buchanan, was her husband.

“Here’s Chase. My husband.” Best of all, she’d given him a big hug for having taken her to the firing range and teaching her how to fire her 9 mm and his wife had shot the picture of them.

As long as he didn’t see the pictures of Chase and his wife, Shannon, and their adorable babies, Kate thought it looked convincing.

“Nice,” the man said, studying the photo way too long. “May I?” He waited for her to hand the phone to him, but she tried to turn it off. He took it from her and flipped through the pictures. “And this is his sister and her babies?”

“Uh-yeah.”

He flipped through several more photos. “No pictures of her husband. He must be a really close brother.”

“He is.”

He glanced at the walls in her office. Her medical credentials. More pictures of Sheba. Her Black Belt First Degree certificate in ju jitsu. Great.

Then he focused on her desk, and specifically her large desk pad calendar and studied it. “Vacation from now until Monday, returning two weeks. Rockies.” He shifted his gaze to her. “You and who else?”

“My husband, Chase, of course.”

“What happened to your three kids?”

She twisted her mouth in annoyance.

He cast her a small smile. “Why don’t we go to your house?”

“Sure. You can explain to my husband why you’re running around naked, wounded, and forcing me to take you places.”

“I could. Let’s go.”

Quickly, she tried to toss her lab coat onto her chair, just in case anyone might notice the blood and she always hung up her lab coat. But Mr. Undercover Cop looked at it and smiled at her, not in an amused way. More sardonically, like he knew just what she was up to. “Why don’t we take it with you so you can wash it out? Blood can leave permanent stains.”

He caught her glancing at her desk drawer. “Got something in there you need to take with you on your trip?” He still had her phone in his hand, but dropped the trash bag and bunched gown on top of her desk to free his other hand. He reached past her, brushing against her, and pulled the drawer open.

When he grabbed for the gun in her drawer, she saw her chance at escape and made a dash for the door.

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So you see, you never know what’s going to happen in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town. Never.

I get ideas for things all the time for just everything. Do you ever see something and think what a neat idea that is, and want to do something in your yard, or house, or writing, or photograph something similar?

But no matter what you do, it will be yours. Your voice, your way. And who knows but you might inspire others.

Oh, and Taming the Wild Cougar’s audiobook should be out soon. Just need the narrator to fix four issues and then it goes in for final proofing!

Have a great inspirational day!

Terry

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

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Earth Day…so?

I used to plant tons of trees, when I had a lot of acreage–I love forests. But I was so disappointed to learn the people who bought my home in Oklahoma clearcut most of the trees. Beautiful pines, helped to stop erosion on the hillside, and they provided homes for birds, beauty, solitude. There’s no prettier sound than wind blowing through a forest and hearing the rustle of branches or pine needles.

We have old forest in and around our neighborhood. Most new home developments, they just clearcut the trees, leaving barren land. But here, I have several old pines. And behind me, one of my neighbors has beautiful oaks. He wants to cut them down. Why? Because they drop leaves and twigs and he has to pick them up. Really? He has to cut the grass too!  Maybe he should dig it up?

In Texas heat, shade trees are at a premium. They’re beautiful. You see them towering a hundred feet above the homes. Why would you want to cut them down??? I had to have one of the pine trees taken down because it had died, but that’s the only reason to do so, or if the roots are getting into the foundation.

But with such a small lot, which I’m thankful for in that it’s much easier to water and maintain, I’m restricted to small shrubs and flowers and such for the most part. Though….I’d like to get some more crepe myrtles, they’re like small trees.

I have planted all of the flowers here, the zinnias from seeds which should turn into flowers soon, the marigolds and daylilies and Mexican heather, the dianthus, and much more. Many will come back next year as they’re perennials. Many will reseed and return even if they’re annuals. I started last year with the daylilies and a few salvia and coneflowers, and the builders had planted coreopsis and snapdragons. So each year, the flowerbeds should be even more beautiful. Oh, and sunflowers. They’re coming up from the seeds dropped by the birds, but I love seeing them in the garden as they remind me of my father who used to plant them.

What I love about the flowers, besides the color and vibrancy, is that the honeybees, bumblebees, hummingbirds and butterflies love them.

So think about Earth Day, and if you can, plant something to give back to nature.

Have a lovely day!

Terry

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

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Ever Feel Like You’re Stuck?

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Having fun with taking some pictures of something in a glass ball. I need an extra pair of hands! This was my first picture, but I need to play around with it some more to get it right.

If you use a glass ball to capture an image, the image is upside down, and you can just flip it right side up with 180 degree rotation.

Do you ever feel you’re stuck in a glass ball with no place to go?

Break out of your mold. Do something different. Change your routine. Live a little. Live a lot.

Off to help with the grandbaby. AND work on word count. Sometimes that is impossible. Most times that’s impossible. At 3/4ths of the way done!

Have a great breakaway day!

Terry

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

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When Life is Stormy…

Do you embrace it? Or take cover?

We had a partial clearing, though the thunder was still rumbling when I took the pictures, and it poured again shortly after this–the clouds blocking out the sun and filling in, darkening, the rain coming down in a deluge.

I love cloud formations–the wispy ones, the wind blowing them so hard way up above that they look like cottony softness that would be silky to the touch. And low lying clouds in the form of fog.

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Or those touched by the setting sun, colorful, majestic.

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Or these. blue-gray, contrasted by brilliant sun brightened white against a smattering of blue sky–the clouds filled with water droplets ready to let loose.

Or just a sheet of gray that colors the day gray–dreary, definition-less, wet.

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Storms are filled with conflict. And conflict is filled with storms.

Embrace it? Or run away? 🙂 ❤

Terry

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

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Do You Ever Feel Like…

You can’t do anything without being…watched?

Monitored?

Judged?

Yes, I have a mouth full of seeds. Yes, I have a pile of seeds I’m trying to choose between.

They’re out here for public consummation. So they’re mine. All mine.

🙂

Don’t worry about how others judge you, and don’t judge yourself against others. Be you for you sake.

Have a super great day!!!

Terry

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

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Tabby on the Hunt!

If I wasn’t going to be taking care of a baby in a few months, I would love to take the tabby in. She’s beautiful. But on the hunt for my birds!

Conflict in paradise.

Have a great one!!

Terry

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

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Do You Give up Easily?

I don’t! Success is measured in pushing forward and making it happen.

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When I was a kid, I struggled with math concepts. I was good at math, but not the way the teachers were teaching me. I learned how to do some of it my own way. Everybody has to find the way that works for them. I’d get the correct answer, but the teachers insisted I use their method. Why? Mine worked for me. As long as it works, don’t fix what isn’t broken!

A photographer who gives online tutorials on working with Photoshop, had given a really neat one on using gradients on a picture. Not just to change the colors in the photo, but to give it a beautiful depth and quality that it didn’t have in the original photo.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone. You might have to join her FB page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/taralesher/?multi_permalinks=1727142380636219&comment_id=1727228527294271&notif_t=like&notif_id=1492263775292604

Sooooo cool. BUT, I ran into a bit of a snag. I wanted to create gradients like she did. Not working. Save. Load. Not on my gradient tool bar.

So I was watching several different Youtube videos on how to create them. Easy. I did it myself, but still not saving to my tool bar. That’s okay. I’ll figure it out. Eventually.

But one of the sites I looked at on how to create them mentioned places that have them for free! So people made up tons of them and share them with you so you can just use them, and not have to create your own.

http://www.vandelaydesign.com/photoshop-gradients/

So then, I try to download one of them. File doesn’t work on my Photoshop. Can’t download.

I tried a different one.

http://enhancers.deviantart.com/art/JJ-s-Gradients-1-Skin-Tones-191369946

It worked!!!! Woohoo! I think I’ve got it. Well, maybe not. Now I have to use it and see what a wonderful job I can do.

But, you see, if one thing doesn’t work, try, try, try again.

So, hmm, is it working for me? The gradients are on the gradient tool bar, but now my gradient thingy seems to be stuck and clicking on ANY of the gradients doesn’t change it. It has to be something simple I need to do. Or not.

But if there’s no struggle, you see, when it finally works, it won’t have meant as much. Don’t you think?

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I did it! My gradient bar was on 0% opacity. No wonder nothing worked.

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The world is at your fingertips.

Never give up! Never surrender!~~Galaxy Quest!

But sometimes, you have to take a break, and start again. 🙂

Terry

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

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