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Terry Spear--USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance, Medieval Highland Romances, and Paranormal Young Adult Romance

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

New is NOT Always Better!

Have you ever thought that? You get used to doing something a certain way, perfectly content with the way that you were doing it and without your permission, someone changes it??? (Oh and by the way, you had to learn this way in the first place and that took some time to figure out?)

Sometimes, the powers to be are good about it–they ASK you if you want to update. Sometimes they don’t. And they just DO it. Sometimes you think, sure, it’s new and improved right? And you soon learn it’s a nightmare to handle.

That happened on my email program. Change to this cool background. Okay, click of a button. But after that, there was no going back. My emails nested. I couldn’t write in response to emails sent to me right on the email, which really helps when I’m commenting point by point without copying and pasting their whole message to my email. Finally, there was a way to UNnest the emails so I didn’t have this problem. But there were complaints all over the boards about it. The problem is if you’re in groups where you talk about stuff, you’re supposed to trim messages. With this new and IMPROVED email version, we couldn’t do it.

Anyway, WordPress changed something for the better, and I don’t know if I agreed to it and forgot, or they just changed it, but I didn’t like it and they gave me the option to go back to the old way of doing things.

Sometimes the old way is the best way. Sometimes I can’t wrap my brain around a new way, since I’m always learning new ways to do a million different things, and I just don’t need one more new way to do something that is working well for me.

Do you ever feel that way?
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Here are some pictures of my hot Labor Day. Isn’t this beautiful?
I’m surrounded by cornfields that look like these on three sides. The one in front of me has been cut, but guess what my neighbors were doing for Labor Day. Shooting off fireworks.
Shaking head.
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Why did the dragonfly have to be sitting on top of a cornstalk that was right in front of a telephone pole? I couldn’t move to take the picture because he flew off as soon as I did. But I still thought it was a cool picture, him pausing on the tip of a cornstalk. Next time maybe my model will stay put so I can move around and get a better background. Or, I can show it as just a slice of life–telephone pole and all.
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Do you see the scissor-tail flycatcher on the lower right? The sparrows are on the upper left. I’m not usually able to capture one in a picture.
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Here is a cardinal in the piracantha. I was watering the new shrubs and that always makes the birds jittery, particularly since my neighbor was also shooting off firecrackers.

But what I had seen that was so cool were four sparrows clinging to the cornstalks. I wanted a picture of them. But when I ran back to get my camera and returned, they were gone. It was the first time I had seen them actually doing that. The rest of the time, I’d just see them fly off.

So instead, while I was watering, with camera in hand, I got pictures of the dragonfly, the beauty of the sky and the cornfields, the scissor-tail and the cardinal.

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Oh, and a dove in the piracantha. It’s a wickedly thorny shrub, but the birds love it. Nice and protective

Well, I’m back to word count, caught up on student lessons, and I’m still keeping up on word count, behind on bears. But I did cut out two more last night. :)  I have 6 bears ready, just need to embroider their paws. :)  But that takes time too.  And somehow, I’m always running out of it.

Do you ever find that too?
Okay, back to writing!
Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
www.terryspear.com
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Monday, September 01, 2014

I Wasn’t Going to Blog Today, But….

I just got word I’m up at USA Today’s Happily Ever After Today talking Scotland and how I used it for settings in my books.
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This is moss on stone in Scotland. I love moss. In Texas, you have to pay a lot of money to buy a mossy stone. LOL

I know. It’s amazing what fascinates me. This reminds me of a faery world.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyeverafter/2014/08/31/willa-blair-scotland-romance-setting-diana-cosby/14908099/

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Her Highland Hero
Lady Isobel is a Norman laird’s daughter, living near the Scots border where her father, Lord Pembroke, is trying to keep the peace. But her mother was a Highlander and the man Isobel loves most of all is Laird Marcus McEwan, who has been bringing news of her mother’s people for years. But now Isobel’s father wishes her wed to an English nobleman, who will carry on his title. Isobel will wed no other man but her heart’s desire—and that is one braw Highlander from her mother’s homeland.

Laird Marcus McEwan has loved the feisty lass forever. For years, Marcus has tried to convince Lord Pembroke to allow him to wed his daughter. But the Norman lord will not allow it. Then ambushes and murders make it too dangerous for Marcus to reach a peaceful resolution.
Nothing goes as planned and keeping the lass for his own is fraught with danger, as they try to determine who was behind the killings. Isobel and Marcus will do everything in their power to ensure they are together as they have always vowed they would be.

Audiobook will be coming, and print is coming soon.
Barnes and Noble
Amazon
Kobo
ARe Books
Smashwords
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Print

I also set A Highland Werewolf Wedding there, after I fell in love with the ruins of Dunnottar Castle.
A Highland Werewolf Wedding: He never thought any woman could get him to the altar…
Book 11
Amazon
Kobo
IndieBound
Chapters Indigo
Mountain, Fall, Reflection, Scotland
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Isn’t it beautiful? I love reflections.

And, we have a new FB page dedicated to the box set.
Tall, Dark and Paranormal with all our covers

https://www.facebook.com/TallDarkandParanormal
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We’re also having a FB party on Sep 16, day of release, with goodies to giveaway:
https://www.facebook.com/events/514036032064445

So you see why I had to blog today?

When all I thought I was going to do was catch up on student lessons AND work on finishing up A Silver Wolf Christmas. All kinds of folks are vying for a say in whodunit. I’ve got to figure this out!


The fun part is coming up with the end, and then editing it to make sure it’s the best it can be. No loose ends. No walk-on, walk-off characters, no plot holes. :)

Okay, off to do it! Goal is to have the book done by Sunday (word-count wise). It always ends up being 6-8,000 words longer than I expected…but shooting for the minimum by Sunday.

Have a super great Labor Day!

I’m off to labor. What about you?

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:
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Wilde & Woolly Bears
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tall, Dark and Paranormal–10 Sexy Paranormal Full Length Novels! 825,000 words for 99 cents!!!

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Only 99 cents! Limited time offer!
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FOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laura Kaye
SPELLBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew, writing as Amber Carew
SINS OF THE FLESH by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad Pineiro
SPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Julian
HAUNTING A COWBOY – A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander
HUNTRESS FOR HIRE by USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear
DEAD SEXY by USA Today Bestselling Author Paige Tyler
ASMODEUS: DEMON OF LUST by Bestselling Author Sara Humphreys
BEAUTY AND THE BEST by Bestselling Author, Judi Fennell



CRESCENT MOON by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Lori Handeland  A cryptozoologist travels to New Orleans to investigate whispers of a wolf in the Honey Island Swamp.
SPELLBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Opal Carew  What is Lucinda, a tenth level wizard, to do when Destiny pairs her with a man who is utterly domineering, overwhelmingly masculine, incredibly irresistible and, according to her most trusted friend, extremely dangerous?
FOREVER FREED by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Laura Kaye  A reclusive, empathic vampire falls in love with a woman he planned to kill, and must fight his ancient guilt, bloodlust, and an old vampire rival who threatens everything he holds dear.
SINS OF THE FLESH by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad Pineiro  Mick Carrera is a mercenary hired to eliminate problems, but the genetically engineered woman with the superhuman powers is nothing like what he expected.
SPELL BOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Julian  A warrior born to defend. A young witch in need of protection. A dangerous desire neither of them expected.
HAUNTING A COWBOY - A Brand New Story from USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander  When a ranch foreman hires a ghost whisperer to handle the spirit that’s haunting him, the attraction between them is…supernatural
HUNTRESS FOR HIRE by USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Spear  He's bound to get her killed, so why does the huntress desire the vampire-turned hunter more than life itself?
DEAD SEXY by USA Today Bestselling Author Paige Tyler  Can her love save him from a curse worse than death?
ASMODEUS: DEMON OF LUST by Bestselling Author Sara Humphreys  ASMODEUS: When Kai Kelly discovers an unusual ring in the attic it leads to much more than she bargained for. She may not realize what she has in her possession, but the boys in Hell sure got the message.
BEAUTY AND THE BEST by Bestselling Author, Judi Fennell Reclusive artist Todd Best hasn't produced anything since the death of his wife…until aspiring romance novelist Jolie Gardener enters his life and turns it upside down.



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ITunes, Google Play, and Barnes and Noble coming.
Ten full length novels from some of the hottest bestselling authors in paranormal romance–825,000 words–that will immerse you for HOURS in the world of Tall Dark and Paranormal.

The sale price won’t last! We’re only doing this for a short time!
Okay, off to get caught up on more. I’ll update other sales sites and more information as we have it! So far:

He even has embroidered fangs!
Oh, and also, we’re having a big FB party and blog tour: https://www.facebook.com/events/514036032064445
More on the blogs we’ll be at later.
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
Wilde & Woolly Bears
http://www.celticbears.com

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's Raining! It's Pouring!!

We’ve soooo needed this! So yes!!!
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Girlfriends Bear
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Little Tin Soldier for Christmas Sweater Bear
Wizard--golden mohair bear
Wizard–golden mohair bear

Okay, I’m off to get groceries. My cupboards and fridge are bare! Sometimes I like to eat down all I have so that I can start fresh. Ever do that?

Well, it means I’ve had no taters (potatoes) for 3 days and that’s awful! Must be my Irish blood. LOL

I’m 1,000 words behind on my word count on A Silver Wolf Christmas because of critiquing so many student lessons and finishing up Jaguar Pride copyedits. Sooo, after I run errands, I’ve got to knuckle down. 60,000 is the goal for Sunday. I’m at 50,000. If I reach it, next week is 80,000 and I’m done! At least with the first draft. And that’s the most important thing! I know who done it! :) Then I can edit it to my heart’s content, but at least the story is down on paper/monitor.


It’s a super great day! It’s RAINING!!!

Have a lovely TGIF!

“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
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https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics
Twitter:
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Wilde & Woolly Bears
http://www.celticbears.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Morning Glories and the Butterfly

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Do you see it? With the golden cornstalks behind the ligustrum, the purple morning glories and the butterfly sipping from the flower?
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Drawing closer.
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A surreal picture of the butterfly, wings spread. Isn’t it cool? Oh, yeah, some would say it’s just a blurry butterfly. But to me, it’s beautiful.
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Do you see the beauty in the center of the golden cornstalks?

Okay, I’m off to work on more student lessons! And then it’s off to work on A Silver Wolf Christmas. I was ahead yesterday, which I’ll use today because of having to critique so many lessons. I had to water, which is the reason I saw the butterfly, then had to get the camera, and take pictures, and yes, any excuse, right??? And I haven’t started on proofing Jaguar Pride yet, but that’s next too. AND I’d love to work on more bears. I need more hours in a day!


Do you ever feel that way?

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

“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
Wilde & Woolly Bears
http://www.celticbears.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

Conflict! Conflict! Conflict!

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I’ve been so busy with writing books, deadlines, making bears, taking pictures, :) that I haven’t been teaching too many full-class online workshops, except on an individual basis. A publisher signed up seventeen of her authors to take my conflict course, so I’m happily critiquing student exercises.

Not all writers can teach. Not all teachers can teach. But ever since I was a kid, I wanted to teach. When I was in 6th grade, I was in Teachers of Tomorrow, and taught a class on artwork to 2nd graders and to 3rd graders later. It was a fun experience, and I always thought I’d be a teacher.
My dad discouraged it because there was no money in teaching, he said. So after getting a masters in business and accounting, working as a personnel officer, and doing so many different things, I started teaching writers how to hone their writing.

And I love it. But I’d kind of gotten away from it because I’ve been so busy with writing.
One of the things that I love about teaching, is it reminds me how to edit my own work as I’m critiquing. Wow, am I doing all the things I tell others to do???

So I’m off to critique some more lessons, loving it, and still trying to get my word count in for A Silver Wolf Christmas! I reached 40,000 words last night, which means I’m halfway done, and worked on 3 bears!!!
Suzie, Too, Poodle Skirt Bear dressed for the 50s
Suzie, Too, Poodle Skirt Bear dressed for the 50s
New poodle skirt bear for that fun-loving 1950’s era!

Off to catch up on student lessons than word count.

Have a great Monday!!

“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
Wilde & Woolly Bears
http://www.celticbears.com

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby Cupid Loves Bears, Too

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Okay, having fun with photos, and spent a lot of time working on bears yesterday, but it’s time to get back to work–
I’ve got another party to go to!!! I never was invited to so many parties in my life! Isn’t this fun! I’ll be there from 4:30-4:45 EST! Just a real quick drop in. Hopefully I won’t miss my time! But you can drop in anytime to win prizes all day long!
I’m also at one on Tuesday, and I’ll post that then.
Need to catch up on word count. Have to write 5,324 words to make my goal today of 40,000 and I will be halfway done with the book!
And water.
Sooo looking forward to a break in the heat.
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Not that it’s coming anytime soon, but I’m writing about making snowman in A Silver Wolf Christmas, then have to go out and water in the 100+ heat. That shows how much of an imagination you have to have to be a writer when you’re writing about seasonal books out of season!
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Have a super Sunday!! I’m sure I have something important to do on Monday, but I have no idea what. Ever do that???  Oh, yeah, starting to teach my online Conflict! Conflict! Conflict! workshop.
LOL
Have a super great day!!
“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
Wilde & Woolly Bears
http://www.celticbears.com