New Releases! New Bears! Time Has Run Out…
KissOfTheVampire_TerrySpear
Kiss of the Vampire is now available with its new cover. The print version looks like it’s still not available with the new cover. They said 3-5 days and it was uploaded yesterday. It is also available in audiobook and still waiting for the cover to change on that.

Kiss of the Vampire

(Blood Moon Series, Book 1)
Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » Fantasy
The motto of the vampires is that humans have to deal with problems on their own. But when Levka and his friends risk all to save human girls, he is injured and so the adventure begins. A cruise. A human girl who is terrified of water. And a vampire who has targeted her for his mate. But she has some secrets of her own.
Forced to take a cruise ship to babysit her foster sister, Caitlin has to face her own demons. But add to that her foster sister’s and her friend’s antics and Caitlin’s inability to use her witch’s magic over water and she has little hope to enjoy this trip. Until she meets a wheelchair-bound teen and wants to make friends with him in the worst way.
Levka and his friends make a hasty retreat from Dallas before the vampire elders stake them for getting involved in human affairs–again. But when he meets Caitlin on the cruise ship, hating that he’s so weak after being injured so severely that he has to use a wheelchair, he finds their troubles have just begun.
Kiss of the Vampire - Terry Spear
New Cover
The Vampire…In My Dreams is available in ebook. I’m still proofing the print version. And I just signed up the narrator for the audiobook version.

Proving a guy is a vampire for the glory it will bring seemed like a good idea.  At the time.  Until he needs Marissa Lakeland’s help to fight the vampire who made him the way he is.  No problem. She’s a witch.  Witches can handle it.  But vampires don’t exist, and there’s nothing in a witch’s training that deals with a creature that doesn’t exist.  So using her wits, she’ll manage, right?  If the creature of the night doesn’t get her first.  As a centuries-old vamp, Lynetta doesn’t lose ever, and she doesn’t intend to now.

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New Cover
Call of the Cougar is now available in ebook. I’m still proofing the print version. And I just signed up the narrator for the audiobook version.
Call of the Cougar FINAL WEB
Call of the Cougar: Looking for love can be dangerous…
Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Services, Tracey Whittington, takes down wildlife traffickers and more, but what she doesn’t expect is to be in a shootout, multiple times, when the business turns deadly. Nor does she suspect she’ll be working with Hal Haverton, who serves as a part-time deputy for Yuma Town, Colorado, and runs his own horse ranch. As long as he doesn’t stop her investigative work—she has been placed on administrative leave due to the last shootout—she’ll be just fine.
Hal Haverton has every intention of keeping the wild cat safe, even if it means helping her to solve the case when every time he turns around, she’s involved in another shootout. When her boss asks their good friend, the sheriff, to have one of his deputies serve as a bodyguard for the cougar shifter, Hal’s all for it. So is the other deputy, but Hal’s got this covered. Even if getting somewhere with the lady means having his gun ready at all times. There are definite perks to getting to know the Special Agent better—if they live long enough to do something about it.
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Still getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, since I  have to have them early for my son and DIL and a birthday for my daughter. :) Some of them should be coming in today, I think. :)  But at least the house is decorated, clean and it’s time to visit. :)
Oh, and a couple of new bears!

Sparse Mohair Bear for the antique look
Sparse Mohair Bear for the antique look
Blondie Bear who has lots of fluffy fur!
Blondie Bear who has lots of fluffy fur!
Have a lovely Saturday!!
I’m off to proof the rest of The Vampire…In My Dreams’s print version, then need to get to work on Call of the Cougar’s print proofing. I’m afraid with the kids’ impending visit, time has just about run out. LOL

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Getting started on Christmas?


Terry
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Plotting and Planning - A Writer's Manual


Plotting and Planning--a #Writing Manual, Here for #NaNoWriMo! (@suzdemello #MFRWAuthor #iamwriting)

Hey there, aspiring authors! Ever wondered how an author plots and writes a book?

Wonder no more! Suzie deMello is here to tell you the secrets, or at least a few of them.

Plotting and Planning is Suzie’s second writing treatise, following the best-selling Write This, Not That! 

Here’s the blurb:

Another engaging, witty writing primer from Suz deMello, whose Write This, Not That! was an Amazon bestseller. Plotting, point of view, character creation, conflict and much more are examined in this brief but pithy writing manual.  A must for the serious writer who wants the basics without boredom. 

Says bestselling author Kylie Brant: “Sue has written a concise manual that is valuable for both beginning and seasoned writers. Going to write a book? Read this first!”

From Silver James: "Suz deMello's PLOTTING AND PLANNING is a concise, informative, and entertaining look at writing a novel."

Here’s an excerpt to pique your interest:

How does an author write a book?

Unfortunately for aspiring authors, this is not an easy question to answer. It's tantamount to asking, Where do authors get their ideas? which, believe me, is our least favorite question. I often tell people I get them at Sears—they're sold by the dozen in the basement between the barbecues and the bikes.

In reality, I get my ideas from almost anywhere. Maybe a magazine article about a place or event. Perhaps someone I meet or something a person says may trigger a train of thought that will eventually lead to a book. Maybe travel to someplace new ignites the creative spark that will inspire me.

Here's a better question: What are the building blocks of plot and story?

If you like what you read, here’s where you can buy the ebook:
http://tinyurl.com/deMelloPlotting


About Suz deMello:


Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for several including Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients.


Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

 

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.


Check out Suzie's site: http://www.suzdemello.com

And her blog: http://www.TheVelvetLair.com
 

Thanksgiving Creep
Is it me, or did the holiday season get here a little too quickly this year? Is anyone else feeling in a rush to get ready for Thanksgiving? I know that I am, and I don't even have that much to do.

We're going to my son's for the big feast day, and so all we have to do is bring some small token of appreciation, like cookies or something. So I'm planning to bake cookies and I realize suddenly that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK. How did that happen? I love the holidays, but seriously...did the earth start spinning faster or something? How did Thanksgiving creep up on me like this?

And what does that say about Christmas? Is it in, like, three days or something? Did we skip a month? Maybe two? Is it that time flies because I'm older? I remember when I was a kid that I would sit and wait for snow and the holidays and Christmas day and such. Now, I'm completely flummoxed by how quickly these big festivals arrive.

Still, I enjoy every minute of them. Even though I'm not prepared for the jubilation, I love the season of winter celebrations. The snow can be such a downer, so I'm happy to get a little festive respite from it.

How about you? Have the holidays crept up on you, too? Or were you fully prepared? Because if you were, I'd love to know your secret. Please do share!

Love Those Athletic Highlanders and GIVEAWAY

My Dark Highlander by Nancy Lee Badger

When you hear the word Highlander or see it splashed across a book cover, what ideas instantly come to mind? Scotland, of course, but I bet you think of muscled warriors draped in plaid wool, or castles full of lairds or chieftains who steal pretty women from neighboring clans. Romance is part of the charm, while kidnappings, battles, swords and bagpipes make a Highland story (like mine) bring these ancient, mystical warriors to life.

I haven’t visited Scotland yet, but I have experienced the sights, sounds, and flavors of Scottish life by attending Scottish Highland games and festivals. My recent excursion to a huge gathering in New England, here in America, has given me ideas for my romance novels. My next 2nd book in the Kilted Athletes Through Time series, My Dark Highlander, includes many aspects of both modern and ancients Scottish Highland games and festivals.

Carrying a notebook and my trusty camera, I snapped various photos. The New England games are so popular, this year Thor Bjornsson, ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones, participated in the heavy athletic events!



To give you a taste of how I incorporate what I hear and see at the games, please enjoy this short excerpt, which depicts a moment when my heroine, veterinarian Jenny Morgan joins her friends.

Excerpt from My Dark Highlander:
Jenny shook her head, but was relieved. Danger averted. There was no need to share her recent time travel adventure with her friend.
Not until I’m sure it really happened.
“Rae, are you competing soon? I promised to help Dorcas with her tent.”
He managed to divert his attention from Denise, back to her. “I entered what they call the sheath toss, though where I hail from, ‘tis called a sheaf toss.”
“Really?” Denise stepped closer, “And what kind of a sport is that?”
Rae crossed his hands behind his back, stretching the cotton T-shirt tighter across his chest. The cad.
He knows he looks good.
“Several kilted men and women, if ye can believe that, will toss a burlap sack of straw over a high bar, using a pitchfork.”
“That doesn’t sound too hard, and I hope a woman wins,” Denise said.
Rae grimaced. “The program, a lightweight book of printed pages with paintings, says the sack weighs twenty pounds.”
“Sounds light, doesn’t it,” Jenny added, “but I heard that they will keep raising the bar far above the competitors’ heads, until only one person can make it over without hitting the bar.”
“Can you win?” Denise asked Rae, completely ignoring Jenny.
“Aye. I be quite talented in…many things.”
Denise slapped his forearm, and laughed. “We’ll watch for you. Buy you a drink, if you win.”
“Good luck. We’ll wait for you near the bleachers,” Jenny added.
His brow furrowed, so Jenny pointed to the set of raised aluminum seats, near the Information Tent. When he nodded, she latched on to Denise’s wrist and headed away.
“I need a drink. You?” her friend said.

This was only one example of athletic events held at Highland games and festivals. Enjoy the photos, as well!

My Dark Highlander Book blurb
Stranded in 1603 Scotland, veterinarian Jenny Morgan is eager to get home to New England. Hiding her ability to read auras, a powerful witch comes to her aid. All Jenny will miss is the man who stole her heart, one dark night. 

Laird Gavin Sinclair has a missing brother, a murderous father, and a dark-eyed beauty on his mind. When Jenny returns to a dangerous future, he sets aside his obligations and searches for her at the New England Highland Games. Jealousy and lust ravage his dark soul, until he and Jenny fight evil together.

Where can readers buy your book?

My Dark Highlander

Print ISBN 13: 978-1502558558

More About Nancy Lee Badger
She loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, she moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Area Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers.  She and her family volunteer every year under the Information Tent at the New Hampshire Highland Games.

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Cover Reveal!! Bound to Surrender coming soon!
Isn't it beautiful? The talented Lacey Savage does it again!


Love is nothing but an illusion. Heiress Gabriella Winslow learned that lesson years ago when her magician boyfriend abandoned her, sick and alone, hundreds of miles from home. In the years that followed, she’s tried to forget him and the erotic bondage games they used to play. But the life she’s made for herself since then still leaves her restless and yearning for something more.

Now a successful illusionist, Alexander Black has returned to settle an old score. And to seduce Gabriella. With a blindfold and handcuffs and blood red roses, he entices his former lover and magician’s assistant back to his Las Vegas penthouse. If all goes according to plan, she’ll surrender to him before she discovers everything isn’t as it seems.

Previously published as Smoke and Mirrors.

Bound to Surrender will be released soon!

Natasha
Bound to Submit - available now
Bound to Surrender - coming soon
www.natashamoore.com

Almost Done with Bear Orders!
Alpaca Bear
Alpaca Bear
Pink Sweater Bear with Tutu
Pink Sweater Bear with Tutu
Purple Sweater Bear
Purple Sweater Bear
Tinsel Bear
Tinsel Bear

These are all for one order. Two more bears–a Steampunk Bear and a Dragon Bear, still to do.

And I finished reviewing Kiss of the Vampire. Waiting on new cover to upload it. This is a small version, so I need a bigger one.
New Cover
New Cover
And I’m off to finish up reading over The Vampire…In My Dreams. I’ve got the rights back, so need to get this one done, and then make it available.
New Cover
New Cover

We’re having vampire weather today…cloudy, cold, Gothic. Love it. :)
Have a super great Saturday!!!

Terry
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Sex On A Horse
Wow. I went to my first polo match this past weekend. I. Am. Hooked.

Is there anything sexier than the perfect line of man, mallet and horse getting ready to strike the polo ball? 



Or thinking of all that power between a man’s legs (his polo pony – get your mind back here!) as he thunders down a polo field? It literally made me weak in the knees. Of course, now I’m dreaming up a story that stars a gorgeous, arrogant, high-living polo player and the woman who tames him. (Gee, I’m such a writer…)

I mean, I’ve drooled over pictures of  Argentine hottie polo player Nacho Figueras in Ralph Lauren ads as much as the next girl. See?



But actually watching the game being played is mesmerizing. It’s a rough, physical, contact sport. These guys break their noses, wrists, and collarbones. It’s a dangerous game for both horse and rider. But the sheer joy of playing seems to make up for the risk of losing a few teeth.



From what I've read, polo has been around for 2,500 years, and I can understand why. The players love the testosterone rush and the physicality of the sport; the women love to watch sweaty men on horseback. A no-brainer as to why this sport has been around so long.

Add in the perk of fans coming onto the field at half-time to stomp divots in return for a glass of champagne as a ‘thank you’ and you have the perfect sport!

Maybe next weekend I’ll dress up like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and try to catch the eye of one of the players. Hmm… I’ve heard that a majority of polo players are from South America and England. I’m a sucker for a foreign accent. Maybe I’ll ask them to whisper sweet ‘chukkers’ into my ear and see what happens…

What about you? Is there a sport you’re fanatical about? Tell me why!

Jenna


Iona Abbey Part 1
Iona Abbey in the misty rain as we approached on the ferry.
In the year 563 AD, St. Columba came to the Isle of Iona from Ireland with twelve followers and founded a monastery. This transformed the small island into a holy island, a beacon of faith and a lasting center of Christianity. The monastery here was one of the most prominent in early medieval Europe. It was a well-known place of education and art.

The monastery suffered many attacks from the Vikings, but survived. The first Viking raid happened here in the year 795 and another in 802. In 806, 68 people were killed during a raid at Martyr's Bay. The following year, the Abbot of Iona left and went to Kells, not too far from Dublin in Ireland, taking most of the monks with him. The famous Book of Kells is said to have been started on Iona and then taken to Kells in 807. Some believe it may have been brought back and completed on Iona as well.

Many believe that Iona was an isle scared to the Celtic peoples and Druids long before St. Columba settled here. 

Iona Abbey from a distance.
Iona Abbey has a very spiritual atmosphere. The day we visited in July 2013 started out as sunny but while we were on the bus, a misty rain began to fall. The tour involved taking a ferry from Oban to Craignure on Isle of Mull and then a one to two hour bus ride from one side of Mull to the other. The scenery was beautiful but the roads were rough and mostly one lane. (I would not have wanted to drive there because the roads were fairly busy to be in such disrepair.) When we reached Fionnphort, we walked down to a smaller ferry and took it over the short distance (one mile) to Iona. When we first arrived, the rain was still falling, so we ate lunch and I bought a rain jacket, since I'd forgotten mine back at the B&B. Then, once we started walking toward the abbey, the rain stopped. :)

St. Oran's Chapel in the foreground. Iona Church and Abbey, further back.
St. Oran's Chapel was built in the 1100s and is the oldest surviving building on the site. It was probably built as a family burial chapel by either Somerled, King of the Isles, who died in 1164, or by his son Ranald.

A burial ground called Reilig Odhrain surrounds the chapel. Many Scottish leaders, clan chiefs and possibly even Scottish kings were buried here for centuries. In 1549 an inventory was conducted which listed grave sites of 48 Scottish kings (including Macbeth), 8 Norwegian kings, and 4 Irish kings. Although this is a longstanding belief, there is no archaeological evidence to support it. Experts believe that mostly powerful clan chiefs, especially those from the MacKinnon, MacLean and MacLeod clans and the Lords of the Isles are buried here. The cemetery is believed to be from early Christian times, so it existed long before the chapel.

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Street of the Dead




A Benedictine abbey and an Augustinian nunnery were founded here around the year 1200. The buildings were constructed on the site of St. Columba's earlier settlement, and no archaeological evidence remains from St. Columba's day. Iona was a sacred place of pilgrimage until the Reformation in 1560 when monastic life came to an end. The abbey, church and other buildings were ransacked and all the books burned. The island supposedly had many large high crosses, only four of which survived. In fact, most of the island was destroyed. After this, the abbey and nunnery fell into ruin.  The abbey and church were restored in the 20th century.


From left to right, St. John's Cross, St. Columba's Shrine and the abbey church, 


The High Crosses

Since the 700s, tall ornately carved crosses stood in front of the abbey church. St. Martin's Cross is the only original cross still standing and fully intact. Only fragments of the original St. Matthew's Cross, St. Oran's Cross and St. John's Cross remain. St. John's Cross pictured above is a replica.

St. Martin's Cross, west face.
The west face of the cross is carved with many Biblical scenes. Click the below photo to see these in detail.
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The name of St. Martin's Cross is said to have been recorded in 1699 by Lhuyd. The cross is carved from a single piece of grey epidiorite believed to be from Argyll on the mainland. It stands in a granite base and the cross itself is over 14 feet high. The cross was carved between the years 750 and 800 and stands on its original site. St. Martin, formerly a Roman soldier who had a vision of Christ and converted, lived in the 4th century. He was particularly revered by the Iona monks because he lived a life of austerity and simplicity while also holding a high position in the church. He represented a religious ideal.

Other side of St. Martin's Cross, called the east face.
The east face of St. Martin's Cross has carvings of bosses and serpents. The raised circles or bosses are thought to represent God with everything revolving around Him. The serpents in the Celtic world represent rebirth since a snake sheds its skin.

Replica of St. John's Cross


Unfortunately we didn't get to see the original in the museum. I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse of Iona Abbey. I took a ton of photos there, so I'll share more photos and information in a future post.

Thank you!
Vonda

My Fierce Highlander now on audiobook.

Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? 

Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.
Available at Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

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