Pink Sunsets and Clouds

Some nights have the most beautiful sunsets.

I’m up at oh-dark-thirty this morning because my teeth on one side feel like they all need to be pulled. After two hours of trying to sleep, I finally gave in, got up, and took allergy medicine to help the sinuses drain, and advil to help with the pain until it subsides. One time, I thought I needed a root canal, went in to see the dentist, he took x-rays, and told me it was sinus pain. Yay! Not that it’s any fun, but better than a root canal!

A Carolina wren with ruffled feathers in the  wind, and Yaupon holly tree growing in my Spanish heather. Just found it. It grows native here, so where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Whoops, I didn’t post this! That’s what happens when I get up at oh-dark-thirty!

Have a great one!

Terry Spear

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

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Here’s the Deal, Baby Says…

When I see Grandma, it means she walks me. She doesn’t sit down, rock me, give me tummy time so I can exercise–she walks me. That’s the deal. Grandma means walks. No lying me down in a crib because I’m so not tired.

🙂 ❤

So this morning I was cutting down butterfly bushes. *sigh* Their feet are getting too wet and the beautiful blooms aren’t happening. But also, I read where they’re very invasive. For me, I want low maintenance. If it has too many needs, or causes trouble, I don’t need it. It must be 100% humidity out there. Hot, humid, I just need cool ocean breezes to work by.

I cut down all the branches of the 3, pulled up 4 more, but need to dig up the roots still on the bigger 3. But I wanted to get the branches out with the garbage this morning. So that’s done.

Memorial to the butterfly bushes:

They’re beautiful flowers, so it’s sad, but if the flowers won’t even bloom, and they’re really a nuisance plant, banned from some states even, I figure I’ll put something else in, in their place. Their are some varieties that don’t reseed themselves, but still, if they get too wet where they were…

They were bushy and messy looking also, so I’ll try for something neater and more compact.

Have you had any planting disasters that you had to rectify? My parents planted crepe myrtles too close to the house, well, all their shrubs were, and then they had to be cut way back all the time. I’m trying to keep from doing that!

Have a great low maintenance day. 🙂

Terry Spear

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

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Zinnia: From Small Beginnings

My first attempting at planting flower seeds that worked! The one picture shows some new plants just starting behind the oak, and the ones in front had started to flower. But now they are tall and full.

Every day, practically, I’d check on their progress, and then finally, the first flower. 🙂

And supposedly they reseed, so hopefully, next year, they’ll come up again. 🙂

I don’t think I have a picture of the planter that’s next to the curb before, but it was just plain. Now it’s beautiful. 🙂

Have a beauty of a day!

Terry Spear

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

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Do You Ever Feel You’re a Failure?

Okay, so your plants are dying. Or looking bad. You’re photography stinks. Your writing isn’t getting anywhere.

You compare yourself to master gardeners’ work. (Did you know they have sickly and dying plants too?)

To outstanding photographers. (Did you know that some of their shots are just as bad as some of the ones you think you’ve taken?)

And you’re writing is getting nowhere.

You’ve tried sewing or cooking or painting, and what a disaster that’s been.

I’m a multi-tasker. I love doing lots of things. But what I’ve found is some things I’m better at than other things.

And even the things I’m good at, I’ve taken years to work on: Writing, Gardening, Creating Teddy Bears, Embroidering, Photographing.

I’ve taken classes, workshops and read tons of books on writing.

I’ve read all kinds of articles on gardening.

I’ve watched tons of tutorials and read tons of articles on photographing.

I’ve done these things for years. And yet, there’s ALWAYS room for improvement!!!

What I’ve found is some things I do better than other things. Like writing, for instance. I write what I love. The paranormal. Historical. Romance. Suspense. Mystery. Thrillers. The kind of things that catch my interest. If I try to write something that isn’t–let’s say mainstream fiction, it doesn’t work for me. Maybe some day. But for now, I stick to what I love to write. I’ve tried all kinds of different stories too. I’ve written from children’s stories, to YA, to romantic comedy, to romantic suspense and historical romance. I’ve tried just about everything to find my niche and break in.

On sewing–I don’t make great quilts. I’m not accurate enough. Oh, sure, if I really, really, really wanted to learn, I could. But I’d rather have fun making teddy bears. I’ve made them for decades, and my first sold to stores to resell. They were awful, now that I look back on them. 🙂 Practice makes better.

Painting, ha-ha! My parents were artists. But I have fun creating Photoshop manipulations instead. I watch tutorials on them constantly, and every time I sit down to work on one, I’ve learned something new. It will take me years to get really good at it. If I dedicated all my time to it, I could probably do so much faster. But it’s one of those things that I do when I have a break. They’re addictive and once I get started, I don’t want to let it go. And I love doing them. I want to get better at it. So I continue to work on projects and watch tutorials to learn and improve when I can.

Gardening? Okay, sometimes I don’t have any luck with some kind of plant. I’ll try and try, for years, I’ll try, and then I get smart and try a different kind of plant. Lots of different kinds of plants. And voila! The ones made for me! For my garden. And they’re beautiful and it looks like I’m a master gardener. Now, don’t tell anyone I said so, okay?

So, keep on trying. If something doesn’t work for you, trying something else. Read up on it, keep practicing, try something else, and don’t compare yourself to the masters.

Be yourself and love what you do and that’s all that really matters in the end.

Flight of the White Wolf edits are done, and now I’m working on Cougar Undercover edits!!

Try something new, work on something old, and have fun! 🙂

Terry Spear

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

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Flowers, Birds and Bears

I’ve been trying to capture a good shot of one of the blue jays and finally caught one with his favorite choice of food–a peanut.

King Arthur bear is going to an auction for literacy! He’s one of a kind, and has an antique tunic and brooch and crown.

A picture of the Purple Magic crepe myrtle. And a peach Knockout rose. 🙂

The Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf’s synopsis is done and sent off. They’re about 3,000 words, so it was late afternoon by the time I finished it. The manuscript also went to the publisher. I used to write in King Arthur’s time when I had to send missives on vellum and used pots of ink and feathered quills. Then I’d have to find someone to deliver it to the royal family.

Now? Push of a button and it zings off into cyberspace. I might love writing about historical worlds, but I love our modern technology too.

I’m going over the final chapters of Flight of the White Wolf and hope to have it done today also. Then Cougar edits and back to writing Falcon Fae.

You know, if I don’t write all this down, I might forget it. 🙂

Have a great day!!!

Terry Spear

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

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Life in a Crystal Ball

My neighbor’s house, the garden fountain, in a crystal ball, and the Purple Magic crepe myrtle just coming in bloom. Note, Max in the background of the crepe myrtle? He has to be near me always to see what I’m doing. 🙂 ❤

Okay, The Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf is done and off to my publisher today. And I need to work on Flight of the White Wolf edits next!

I’m still working on Falcon Fae at night, just edits.  And waiting on the first Cougar beta read so I can begin fresh edits on that! I still need to finish writing Falcon Fae. And then I’m starting Billionaire Wolf Christmas.

I’m torn, though, between doing all that and running off to get garden stones. 🙂 ❤

If I run errands, it throws off my whole day of writing though. So I think I’ll just wait until Monday. It’s not like any of this is really urgent. Except my writing. 🙂 And picture taking. 🙂

Got to have priorities, you know!

Have a great day!!!

Terry Spear

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

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Upcoming Releases

 Cougar Undercover will be ready the end of June.

 

Cougar Undercover
Jun 2017
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SEAL Wolf Undercover
August 2017

 

No wolf is safe in USA Today bestseller Terry Spear’s new installment of the SEAL Wolf series.
Never be so foolish as to fall for the enemy…
Special wolf agent Jillian Matthews has joined the jaguar-run United Shifter Force to track down a deadly criminal. She’s even willing to work with PI Vaughn Greystroke―until the hot, growly SEAL wolf makes the mistake of getting in her way. Naturally, she shoots him. Who could blame her?
Vaughn Greystroke has always worked alone. But when a string of attempted murders puts him in the crosshairs, teaming up with the Shifter Force begins to sound like a good idea. Even if he has to work with alluring―and potentially treacherous―Jillian Matthews. Vaughn is a trained SEAL, after all. He can surely keep his distance from Jillian…no matter how much she’s getting under his skin.
SEAL Wolf Series:
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing (Book 1)
A SEAL Wolf for Christmas (Book 2)
SEAL Wolf Hunting (Book 3)
SEAL Wolf in Too Deep (Book 4)
SEAL Wolf Undercover (Book 5)
Praise for SEAL Wolf in Too Deep:
“A sexy, smoldering tale… If you enjoy reading about uber-manly, hot-as-heck heroes, this is a must-read!”―RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Another winner… once again [Spear] had me captivated with her storytelling.”―Night Owl Reviews
“A funny, fun, and extremely intriguing read.” ―Fresh Fiction

SEAL Wolf Undercover
August 2017

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SEAL-Wolf-Undercover-Terry-Spear/dp/1492645141
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seal-wolf-undercover-terry-spear/1125022685?ean=9781492645146
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seal-wolf-undercover/id1203903299?mt=11
Kobo:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Terry_Spear_SEAL_Wolf_Undercover?id=lnsFDgAAQBAJ
Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/seal-wolf-undercover/9781492645146

Currently, I’m working on edits for Flight of the White Wolf, July 7 deadline, re-reading The Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf before I turn it in for the July 1st deadline,  will be working on edits for Cougar Undercover, and finishing up Falcon Fae!

Terry Spear

So why am I thinking of going out to get more stones for the garden???

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

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