So when a lovely fan and friend of mine sent me an article about a rare white cougar, I knew that I had to write the cougar’s story. And since I’ve been writing a Halloween shifter story each year, this is the one for this year! Maybe next year I can write a wolf’s Halloween story.
Saving the White Cougar–September 1, 2021
Stella White never believed that going on a cougar run would be such a dangerous excursion, painful, punishing, and pleasurable in the end. She realized that sometimes she just needed to get through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff and that meant meeting Ted Weekum, ranch foreman, and the kind of cowboy she’d only dreamed of.
Ted Weekum was visiting with his brother at the ranch when he thought he saw a white flash of fur, but it wasn’t until hunters started shooting up the place, claiming they’d shot a white cougar did the notion sink in that the cougar could be one of their own shifter kind. But a white cougar? Unheard of. And yet when he went to save her life—that’s exactly what he found. A rare white cougar. Unclaimed. Unmated. The right age. The stars had aligned right that night.
But the hunters aren’t through with hunting down the wounded white cougar, or Stella White.
Well, I wrote 2500 words on United Shifter Force Christmas, yay! But then remember all those false starts? Well, I used one to add to the story and worked it in, and then I added another. I have another to add in today, so see? They weren’t a waste of time after all. They just needed to be told later in the story. So I ended up with 5,000 words yesterday. Yay! Minimum word count for a novella for me is 20K, but I normally get anywhere from 23-30K. Once I begin adding Christmas elements–right now it’s all about mystery, murder, and issues between them–it will begin to add up. Setting details usually come later for me. I just jump in with action and dialogue at first. So that means I have about 15K at minimum left to write. That sounds really doable. If I could just work and not have any interruptions (going to IKEA with my daughter today–we haven’t gone in 2 years and it’s kind of our special once a year fun thing to do), just think? If I could keep on with the story and write 5,000 a day (I know, pipe dream), but I could have it done by the end of the week, and then I could get started on the red wolf Christmas story which is due Oct 1.
Soooo, I’m thrilled to be getting somewhere with this!
And I bought another book cover that I need to do something with.
I. Have. An. Addiction.
Book cover buying. lol
My problem is I see one I really love and at a great price and I have to get it. The bad thing is I don’t have a story in mind. Why am I even looking for covers then? If I don’t look, I won’t be tempted. Exactly! And I haven’t looked in months. BUT, I have stories I’m writing that I DO need covers for. *sigh* I have a couple I won’t mind replacing that are really generic also or don’t suit the story either.
But I can’t find any that I need. So I end up making my own. I’d be very happy to have a cover artist do them instead and just keep writing. I love making them, but still, I feel some artists way exceed my ability. Some don’t though! And they still charge a lot. When I’ve had custom covers made, I haven’t liked the models, so I would just rather see the models in a premade cover and if the other elements work, buy it.
The real problem is that many of the artists’ work that I love are doing high epic fantasy. Women in fantasy outfits–urban fantasy–not like anything real people wear, or long flowing gowns, then if they feature shifter animals, they have glowing eyes. Glowing eyes? What’s up with that? Or the women are carrying swords (which is okay for my vampire series), but then they cover them with magical glowing light, or shooting magic out of their fingertips. I need normal, but paranormal. My shifters blend in with the world. Their wild halves are just like the ones in the wild–the cougars, jaguars, bears, and wolves. Their human halves blend in too, everyday wear, just like the rest of us.
My fae can wear whatever they want and have magic and such, but that is a YA series, and most of the women look like sexpots, and not teens. Which is fine for adult romance but…
I have had more success with finding some great covers for the YA series. I have a couple of covers I’d like to replace that I had done too, which was another reason I was looking, but of course I couldn’t find anything that would work.
Okay, I’m off to write before I have to leave with my daughter to have fun!
Have a super, non-addictive day, unless it’s just for fun.
Master baker Ava Lamar has one mission in mind after baking tons of treats for the Fourth of July celebration in Yuma Town—swimming at Lake Buchanan on this hot summer’s day. What she doesn’t expect is to be saddled with running the fortune telling booth—using her real psychic abilities—and giving a hot, bachelor cougar a place to stay for the whole weekend.
Cougar Shifter Force Special Agent Chet Kensington has just finished a tough mission, been chewed up a bit by rogue cougars, and he’s taking a break to be with his old team, but he has no place to stay, everything being booked up in Yuma Town for the big cougar celebration. When Ava reluctantly allows him to stay with her, he finds himself drawn to her the whole celebration long.
But back home in Wyoming, things are getting out of hand. A serial killer is murdering female cougars and he and some of his old team have to find him, pronto. The problem is all the trouble leads right back to Ava—and now he has to do his best to keep her safe before the killer adds her to his list of victims.
I’m up to chapter 16 on You Had Me at Cougar. I had to make a lot of changes throughout because the story changes as I develop it. Five more chapters to go!
We’re going swimming this morning, daughter and baby and me. I usually swim for an hour before my daughter gets there and then she comes and I watch the baby while I write and she swims. Perfect for both of us. As long as we don’t have any storms. They’re supposed to be coming. But they’re always supposed to be coming.
Hope you have a lovely day. I’m nearly done with You Had Me at Cougar! Woohoo, then on to the next deadline book.
Cougar shifter Jessie Whittington plans to work on her psychic romance book before Christmas at the Whispering Pines Resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior, but peace and quiet aren’t exactly what she’s going to get right before Christmas.
Former army ranger Emerson Merriweather has returned home after being ambushed on a Black Ops mission, and now learns his uncle has died. When he meets his only guest at the cabin resort, he’s surprised she’s a cougar too. Before long, a blizzard hits, bear shifters wreak havoc, and he’s helping Jessie decorate for Christmas. Something he never thought he would be doing.
Currently, I’m working on A Date with a Wolf–5,000 words done. It’s a novella that will come out in Silence of the Wolf’s 10th Anniversary, so I’m shooting for 20K and it will probably be around 25K+. I did use 4thewords to fight monsters to write 5,000 words yesterday. It helps me to stay focused for 250-400 words at a time and then go off and do other chores before I settle down to write another bunch of the story. I hope to continue the trend until my son arrives for Christmas on Saturday evening. I could possibly have this novella mostly written by then if I can keep up the writing. Little one is at home, so that’s helped.
I took this photo of an old Ford truck in Salado, Texas, an old stagecoach town. I added a new background, a texture layer over it, glowing headlights, and removed the tree that was all over the original truck.
I’m off to send my new release newsletter and then fight more monsters for word count. Have a great day!
She may be his destiny, but she’s not his first choice
Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he’s the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her.
Why is he playing so hard to get?
The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders
Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn’t want anything to do with Carol unless she’s willing to embrace her wolf nature-no matter how beautiful she is.
But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he’s been not to seize the moment with the woman he’s come to love. And now, it may be too late…
Silver Town Wolf Series: Destiny of the Wolf (Book 1) Wolf Fever (Book 2) Dreaming of the Wolf (Book 3) Silence of the Wolf (Book 4) A Silver Wolf Christmas (Book 5)
Praise for Terry Spear’s To Tempt the Wolf : “Ms. Spear’s has spun a web of drama that pulled me in… Get it; read it; you’ll love it!” –Romance Reader at Heart “A paranormal romp that sizzles! Action-packed romance and suspense-filled plot add up to pure magic. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Terry Spear is a great addition to the paranormal genre!” –Armchair Interviews
We’re back in Silver Town for a whole new adventure! This time, it’s about the Wolf brothers and their sisters who have established the new ski lodge and restaurant for guests in town. Blake Wolff is having one of those days. You know the kind. When your dog runs off and the snowblower isn’t working right and you slip and fall on ice. Yep, it’s just…one…of…those…days. You have to take pity on the wolf and just want to give him a big hug. At least that’s what Nicole Grayson tells herself when she just does that and she doesn’t know the wolf from Adam.
Hope you love the new series! It’s in audio book too! Imagine the fun you could have just listening to the adventure hands free while you’re taking a walk with him, or shoveling snow, or gardening.
First in a thrilling new series from USA Today bestseller Terry Spear featuring the hot, powerful Wolff brothers!
A wolf on a mission needs a partner…even if it’s only for one date…
hot, powerful Wolff brothers have moved to the outskirts of Silver Town
and opened a ski lodge. They’ve always wanted to live in a
wolf-controlled area, and now they have their chance. They’re settling
in for a quiet winter, when their lives suddenly become way more
exciting than they’d ever planned.
Investigator and gray wolf shifter Nicole Grayson is hot on the trail
of a dangerous criminal hiding out at the ski lodge when her partner
takes ill and must leave her to pursue the mission alone. Blake Wolff
steps in—he can’t resist the allure of this brilliant and focused
she-wolf whose presence awakens a long dormant yearning in his heart.
pursuit of their quarry heats up, Blake has a mission of his own…to
convince Josie that there’s more to life than work…and that she’s his
Praise for Terry Spear:
“Delicious…a thrilling good time.” —Fresh Fiction for All’s Fair in Love and Wolf
“Loaded with passion, action and mystery… Terry Spear is an amazing storyteller.” —Night Owl Reviews for All’s Fair in Love and Wolf
“Humor, mystery, and romance. …I recommend giving this book a read.” —Harlequin Junkie for Between a Wolf and a Hard Place
“Essential reading for werewolf-romance fans.” —Booklist for Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
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Okay, I’m off to write on Highland Wolf some more, but here are the upcoming releases also!
OH, and one last thing. For those of you who have already purchased the print books for the wolf series, which are now becoming 10th anniversary releases and you still want to read the novellas but not buy the new edition with their new hot covers–my editor said we’d put them in a standalone book after all of them have been released. For those of you who have the ebook versions, you should be able to download the updated version. I think I have to write Heart of the Highlander’s novella for next year, not sure if there will be any more than that. So stay tuned.
Next up is the 10th Anniversary of Legend of the White Wolf, March 31st, 2020 with new novella. May 26, 2020 Night of the Billionaire Wolf (Billionaire She-Wolf this time!) –brand new novel Sep 29, 2020 Joy to the Wolves (Red Wolf Series)–brand new novel Oct 27, 2020 10th Anniversary of Seduced by the Wolf (new novella) Nov 24, 2020 10th Anniversary of Wolf Fever (new novella) I will try and also get Vampire Redemption out this year and a couple of other books! Hope you are enjoying them!!!
To Tempt the Wolf: His love has the power to transform… or destroy…
A SEAL Wolf to the Rescue is included in the new book. If you have the ebook already, you should be able to just redownload it for the updated version. This is the first story where we learn about a Navy SEAL wolf, so in the novella, I wanted to show the SEAL team at work before you get the rest of their stories that follow.
Award-Winning Author introduces the next installment of her paranormal romance series
• A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Award Winner! • Night Owl Romance Reader Choice Award for Best Paranormal 2008
In this third in the series, wildlife photographer Tessa Anderson must prove her brother innocent of murder charges. But when she discovers a gorgeous naked man barely alive on her beach, she’s got a new world of troubles to deal with, not least of which is how he affects her with just a look, a touch, or a whispered word.
Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou, a grey werewolf. Hoping to keep a low profile at Tessa’s cabin on the coast, he’s drawn into her life—and into her bed. His animal instincts war with his human half, but in the end, the only thing he can do about this fascinating, adorable woman is to leave her forever —unless she becomes one of them.
Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her world forever.
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.
Ricky Jones had been an informant in an earlier Yuma Town cougar shifter story and I hadn’t really planned for him to live. The previous informant, who had gone by the name of Honey, had been killed. But Ricky was such a kid, 18, endearing, and I fell in love with him. So this is his novella now that he’s turning 21. Ricky, you’re always in such messes. I’m not surprised you’re in another! Watch your back, young man. Trouble seems to go where you do.
A Romeo-Juliet type family feud, polar bear style, tore them apart; can they find true love again?
It’s nearly Christmas, no tours on the schedule for Edward MacMathan and his brother and so they’re working in their uncle and aunt’s tavern when the love of Edward’s life returns with two young boys in tow, and they look a lot like him when he and Rob were that age. Robyn Conibear is in trouble and she’s fled her deceased mate’s sleuth to keep his parents from taking custody of her and Edward’s sons.
Can she and Edward renew the love they had for each other despite the six years that have passed? Or will her return only cause more grief between her family and his as the hostilities renew?
She doesn’t think she needs a hero, but he’s taking the job.
Deputy Sheriff and cougar Stryker Hill is not on duty when the sheriff asks him to check out a possible break-in of a resident’s home while they are away on a cruise. What he doesn’t expect is to find the beautiful and mysterious cougar he’d seen at a Christmas charity where he was showing his abs off as Santa Clause. But she’s got some moves to rival his own as she takes him down and he’s left wondering who she really is and how he’s going to keep her from leaving Yuma Town before he learns the truth.
Cougar shifter Nina Lamar has to protect her sister from the pharmacist who laid the blame on her for his thievery, and Nina has to help clear her sister’s name. But now Nina’s got the sexy Santa on her case, and she needs to deal with him first. She has to admit he’s just as hot as when she’d first seen him, but the guys who are after her sister, are after her too now. She to needs save them both before it’s too late. Too bad Stryker thinks she’s one of the bad guys, unless she can prove otherwise. That’s hard to do when her visions are the only proof of why she’s there in the first place. But time is running out, and she has to save her sister—nothing else matters…except the sexy deputy sure can be a hot distraction on the cold, snowy nights.