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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Steampunk Teddy Bear in Progress

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Before I finished with the hat.

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After I added some antique braid on the hat, an antiqued hand crocheted doily and some feathers.

 Now she’s ready to go back in time, forward, or just anywhere her heart desires. :)

Storms knocked me off the internet again a lot of yesterday, so just getting caught up.
And I’m sooo behind on writing. Finally wrote some in long hand. Which means I have to type it now. Glad for the storms though. We really needed them!

Off to write!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Whimisical Is Fun! New Rainbow Bear!

Rainbow Bear
Rainbow Bear
Confetti Bear
Confetti Bear

It’s fun to create just fun bears. Most want the typical light brown or blonde or dark brown bear and that’s fun too. But for me, like with writing, I like some variety in my life. So when I saw this rainbow fur fabric, I wondered how it would look.

But first I had to get my word count done. 3,000 words to reach 20,000. But then storms hit the area (that weren’t supposed to, like 0% chance of rain), the Internet went out, and came back on and right in the middle of writing, the electricity went off.

Disaster. So, I couldn’t write on the computer, didn’t want to write by hand, and made Rainbow Bear up with the new fabric. Confetti Bear fur has been discontinued, so I have just 2 left of that bear.

Sometimes storms just get in the way.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

When Sun Meets Moon

I was out watering when I saw this beautiful sunrise. Now, I could say these are reeds in front of a beautiful lake, or on sand dunes in front of the ocean and off in the distance is a small island. Or I could tell the truth and say it’s a field of burned up corn (as in dried out, not blackened) and the acres beyond that right before the sun makes it’s appearance.
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And here it is, just peeking out. And right directly overhead of where I was standing, was the moon. So the sun was chasing the moon. Don’t you love the difference between the brilliant orange of the sun, the burning hot clouds and sky and the cool blue sky, soft snowy clouds, and snowy moon?
moon half (640x427)The clouds were soft, windswept high, high in the sky.

And finished making the bears for a special order. Still need to embroider their paws. :)
Mama Blue and Baby Blue Bears
Mama Blue and Baby Blue Bears
Off to get word count! Have a super great Sunday!
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Bears, More Books

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I stayed up too late making bears and editing the current work in progress, A Silver Wolf Christmas, so instead of in running mode, which includes watering the new shrubs pronto as it’s already warm out and will be 104 degrees today, I’m trying to put up blogs and take bear pictures, this is the latest. Big Blue comes with Baby Blue, and I’m working on her now. I still need to embroider the paws on this one also.
But later. Need to write 3500 words today and tomorrow and I will have 20,000 words this week. I started on Wed, so not too shabby!
But I have a slow start today.
*sigh*
Hope you have a lovely Saturday!
I’m off to water before it gets too miserably hot. I do have to say that we had over 100 degrees up to around 109-110 one year for about 3 weeks with no relief, so this year really hasn’t been bad. Even though the 90s started in June, and that was a little early for us!
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Building a Business–1 Book, 1 Bear at a Time!

I’ve written probably 70 books, some not yet published that need a lot of work, 60 published already, and with bears? I have no idea how many I’ve made and sold.



But this has been going on for YEARS. And years. And years.
Bayleigh Personalized Sweater Bear
Bayleigh Personalized Sweater Bear

When I had been embroidering, which I finally incorporated into my personalized bears, I had been doing needlework for years also.

I have finished maybe 12 bears in the last few weeks, which has only taken me that long because I’m waiting on clan fabric, and taking trips, and the like. And realized I have 17 bears still to do and more orders coming in.

How do I do it? Promote, write, create bears, water, feed the birds, take trips, and much, much more?
I’m goal oriented. I might not be able to plot out my books, total pantser here (as in seat of the pants writer), but yesterday, I had several goals to meet: water plants, feed birds, finish up 1 bear, nearly done with a second, and finishing a third today, because my goal is to get the rest of the contest wins and the three bears out on Friday.  Word goal: Reach 7,000 words on A Silver Wolf Christmas yesterday. The story will have to be revised a lot. I need more….something. But I won’t know what it is until I’m farther along in the story. Today, my goal is to reach at least 10,000. By weeks’ end, another 10,000 so I’ll have 20,000. And that’s how I get so much done.

MacRae Clan Bear
MacRae Clan Bear

So this morning, I’m finishing up one of the bears–normally I don’t do that in the morning. Writing comes first. But, I have one done and need to take a picture now that it’s light out, and want to have the other ready for a picture. I used to send them off and then had no picture to show for the bear. The last one will probably be finished too late tonight and I will need to take a picture of it in the morning, then take them in to ship tomorrow.

I try to group things together so that I’m not doing one thing only–and that helps so I’m not trying to jump from project to project constantly. Even though I have to do that too, because new deadlines pop up and they take priority.

Anyway, so that’s how I do it. 1 Book, 1 Bear and eventually, they look like they are multiplying like Bunnies.

Have a super great TGIF Eve!!!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Loved the Architecture in Charlotte, North Carolina!

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I love old buildings, but it was really fun to see all these beautiful new buildings–the glass, the designs, really different.
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I loved seeing the reflection of clouds in the blue glass windows. Or other buildings that were just as interesting in design.
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I had to show that the wolves were howling with delight as they enjoyed the city just as much as I did.
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 More pictures to come!

But for now, I’ve got to get back to work! I just finished proofing The Ancient Fae audiobook and approved it, and I’m halfway done with proofing Cougar’s Mate and will send changes to the narrator. That’s 3 1/2 more hours to review. And then, it’s time to get back to A Silver Wolf Christmas.

I’ve started it two different ways. I’m not sure I like either way. The beginning is never the beginning, by the way. Oh, sure, sometimes it can be. But often I will write the beginning and decide it’s not hooky enough. That it needs more of a dramatic beginning. And so the beginning becomes the next scene. Because it’s conflictive, and good, but it just shouldn’t be that opening scene. So I need to get past the business of trying to make the best opening and just write the book.

This will make like book 61 or so, because I have others waiting in the wings that I’ve already written, and yet–sometimes, oftentimes I do the same thing each time.
If you find yourself doing this also, take heart!!! It happens!

Okay, back to listening to Cougar’s Mate. Love it! And can’t wait to share it in audiobook form!
Hope to have 3 more bears finished this week and ship off the other contest prizes on Friday.

Have a super great Tuesday!!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

More Pictures of Charlotte, NC While at Authors After Dark!

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I loved all the glass buildings, and kept thinking what an industry the window cleaning business would have there. Now, if they had men in kilts, that they actually have in Scotland, who window wash, even better!

Speaking of Scots, or in my case, medieval Highlanders, my Taming the Wild Highlander won the Bookie Award for Best Historical Novel of the Year at Authors After Dark!!!
Book 4, The Highlanders Series
Angus MacNeill’s story, 4th Book in The Highlanders Medieval romance series
Edana Chattan senses concerns where people she knows could be in danger. When her brothers warn her they’re in trouble, she can’t convince her father to listen to her, so with an escort, she tries to locate them. Separated from her escort during a storm, she is discovered by Angus MacNeill, who is tasked to return her right home.Only Edana has other notions–and convinces him and his companions to allow her to use her abilities to locate her brothers who are manacled in a dungeon somewhere. That leads to a faux marriage and more dungeons and more trouble than Angus had ever thought possible. So why is the bewitching, fiery-haired lass making him think of marrying her for real?
ARe books
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Reviews for Hero of a Highland Wolf!

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HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF
Author: Terry Spear
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Summary:
The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a sexy young wolf…
Colleen Playfair is excited and apprehensive about her new role at the castle, and she has big plans to change the way its run. But the stubborn Grant won’t make things easy, and she’s forced to turn to seduction to get her way…
A Hero of a Highland Wolf : How difficult can one Highlander be?
Book 14 (Aug, 2014)
Kobo
IndieBound
Woohoo, 5 Wine Glasses and I’m ready to drink every one of them!!!
“Her Highland wolves tales are incredible, rousing, entertaining adventures and can be counted on to leave my face sore from smiling. If you are craving a really good paranormal read with SEXY kilted Highland wolves, smokin’ hot chemistry, nonstop action, thrilling suspense, danger, surprising twists and beautiful Scottish settings, look no further than HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF!” http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/2014/08/bookreview-hero-of-highland-wolf-by.html


Yes!!!
“Very fun, full of humor, romance, and wonderful characters. You are swept off your feet as if on your own highland adventure. Loved Grant, he is obstinate and knows there is something with Colleen but as any good man who doesn’t want to fall, he crashes and I relished in it. Fantastic read.” 5 Stars https://musingsfromanaddictedreader.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/hero-of-a-highland-wolf-by-terry-spear-book-review-and-giveaway/

Thanks to Books N Kisses!
http://www.books-n-kisses.com/2014/08/kelly-kimberly-review-hero-of-a-highland-wolf-by-terry-spears/ “I enjoy the humor that Spear adds to her paranormal romance. If you are a fan of shape shifters then you will really enjoy this book. You do not need to have read the series to read this book even though you will certainly want to go back and read them all.” 4.5 Hearts
I love this review from a “Cat” who loves the wolves. Now that’s saying a lot. Thanks to Cat!
“This was such a fun book! I really enjoyed it. I loved the banter between Grant, an alpha Highlander wolf, and Colleen, an alpha, American she-wolf. It was so much fun to watch them try to one-up the other in order to have control. However, when they finally submitted to their feelings, there was nothing sweeter! There was playful fun, suspense and danger, love and some steamy scenes too! Couldn’t ask for much more!” http://www.reviewsbycat.blogspot.com/2014/08/hero-of-highland-wolf-terry-spear.html


Okay, if you don’t know what the pluses and minuses of inheriting a castle are, just in case you inherit one, you know, this is a must read. And if you are quite sure you won’t inherit one, you might just read up on it in case a friend of yours inherits and you get to visit….often. http://tometender.blogspot.com/2014/08/guest-post-pluses-and-minuses-of.html

Once, I told my daughter that I should write darker, because that’s what was selling. She said, “Mom, you can’t write totally dark. You always have rainbows in your stories.” Love her! The humor just creeps in. With my very first book, Heart of the Wolf, I loved that two reviews mentioned my humor.  Humor is always so subjective, and so I never know if readers will see what I write as humorous or not. And I think as I’ve progressed with my writing, I’ve felt more freedom to write more humor that I was afraid would not fly with my publisher. One of my former critique partners was an English high school teacher and she was more of a slapstick kind of humor writer. But when she read mine, she said, “The humor just sneaks up behind you when you weren’t even looking.” I loved that too.
Another wonderful review!!! “A fun read, HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF, the fourteenth book in best-selling, award-winning author Terry Spear’s HEART OF THE WOLF series, is a witty, sexy paranormal romance that will have readers laughing out loud.” http://romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/paranormal/Hero_of_a_Highland_Wolf.shtml

From a really great site! I know, because I got 5 out of 5 fangs, and that HAS to be great, don’t you think????!!!  “This was a great mix between Wolf/ highlander book! I loved every min of it…I loved the writing in this book and the feel of the characters. Not only did you have a great story to read but because the author did such a amazing job telling the story you were able watch it come to life in my head! it was terrific read, and the hot sexy men in kits never hurt!!!” 5 out of 5 Fangs Paranormal Romance And Authors That Rock—–Hey, that’s me!!! http://pratr.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/giveaway-review-hero-of-a-highland-wolf-by-terry-spear/

Another fantastic review! I got all the links while I was in the airplane, and definitely something fun to come home to. This site really knows what they’re talking about, too!!! Can you tell I’M BACK…play evil music here. “[T]the backbone of this story is the relationship between the couple and their antics and interaction won me over! Sword fights, pirates and unusual flags! This was a genuinely amusing story.”http://www.justtalkingbooks.com/blog/marta-reviews-hero-of-a-highland-wolf-heart-of-the-wolf-14-by-terry-spear-released-852014

 Got home from the airport yesterday and they were missing my bag and several others. Argh.  And the AC wasn’t working. Can you think of anyone who would be involved in such mischief? The fae. I know, I know, no one believes that they have that much power, but….
It was 96 degrees and HOT outside, and 87 inside! It was cool in Charlotte and I miss that!
Off to ship Buchanan Clan Bear, Armstrong Clan Bear, Poodle Skirt Bear, MacBear, and US Navy Bear! It looks like Christmas in my car with all the packages!!!
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And I finished another bear, but I have to make another bear to complete the order.
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I only have one more of these bears. It’s a mohair.
And now I’m off to get a million things done, priority, proof an audiobook this morning and approve it. Have another after that. And I have 8 more bears to make.
And a book to write!
Etc, etc, etc. It’s going to be a GREAT day!!!  Mainly because my plants didn’t die while I was gone and my AC is now working!!! Have a super wonderful Monday!

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