Merry Christmas!!
This year we had a really different Thanksgiving as my son is Overseas for Christmas for a second year in a row, and so for Thanksgiving, the first time he's been here in years for Thanksgiving, we celebrated Christmas. So it seems strange to be having it again! Only this time with my daughter and SIL. So that meant decorating and cleaning BEFORE Thanksgiving, when we normally put up the tree the day after. It was great! I've enjoyed the decorations longer and it just is cheerful. Don't you think?



New puppies, Max, 5 months, Tanner, 9 weeks first meet at home.








Everyone had to get in on the act! The wolves, jaguars, teddy bears!

And this is the 2nd year that I've had a Christmas book out. Last year it was with the SEALs. This year, the Highlanders. And next year, the Silver Brothers. And after that with the jaguars.

This in for Jaguar Pride releasing in Feb!


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From Night Owl Reviews!!! Score: 5.00 / 5 – Reviewer Top Pick

I loved Terry Spear’s Jaguar Pride. The story flowed so well and I was surprised when I finished it. I was completely absorbed and loved the characters. Any story with shifters involved is going to rock my world, but this one was just amazing. I found it interesting that the author went with poachers. Poachers are a big thing and it can get very dangerous to stop them because you are cutting into them getting big money. I truly enjoyed this book and can easily recommend it. I hope others will love it as much as I did.
 

In Jaguar Pride Huntley takes no prisoners and is one of a kind. He and his partner Melissa find shifter cubs, by themselves, on a mission he takes them under his wing. No one will hurt them under his watch and Melissa feels the same way.

Happy reading,
Wild Rayne
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jaguar-pride-terry-spear/1119260026

Jaguar Pride
Terry Spear

4 Stars

ISBN: 9781402293795

RT Review: The unexpected surprises included in this installment of the Heart of the Jaguar series are enough to make readers’ jaws drop. Spear’s latest is chilling and thrilling from start to finish – and fans of bad-ass cats will revel in each minute, clawing their way to the finish.
http://www.amazon.com/Jaguar-Pride-Heart-Terry-Spear/dp/1402293798/




A Highland Wolf Christmas (Book 15)
(OCT 7, 2014)
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I think I'm ready for Christmas, except I've got to get more food. :)

What about you? Are you ready?

Terry
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Christmas at Grove Park Inn


One of the things that I like to do around Christmas each year is to visit the Grove Park Inn, which is now the Omni Grove Park Inn. It is a beautiful place to visit any time, with its amazing views of the surrounding mountains, but especially beautiful during the holidays, when you can also see all of the wonderful gingerbread houses on display. Here are some of the photos I took during my visit a couple of weeks ago.

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Lobby







Here are a few of the gingerbread houses on display.










This soldier opening a package from home was also one of the entries.






















I hope you enjoyed the photos! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gwyn



A Sense of Duty

I hope this lovely winter season finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying family and friends. I'm trying to finish a major project at work, which A) cuts into my writing time (boo!) and B) cuts into my holiday festivity time. This doesn't make me happy, but I think we'll be done by Friday, so the next week should be all clear. All clear to just veg and relax, as the holiday shopping is done for this year.

Aaaaaah.

So, I'm going to find a cozy spot and pick up a favorite book, one I've ready many times, and just enjoy some much needed one-on-one with a favorite author.

On that note, if you're looking for a short romance to fill your reading time, A Sense of Duty is available at Amazon, and its Christmas theme might just hit the spot. Why not join Rick on his journey to capture Heidi's heart, even though she doesn't realize it's him under his Santa disguise?

Happy Reading!
Cameo



Iona Abbey Part 3
I have a few remaining photos from my visit to the Isle of Iona in Scotland. During past weeks I posted Iona Abbey Part 1, Iona Abbey Part 2 and Iona Nunnery.

Beautiful flower garden we passed along the walk toward the abbey.

Fuchsias 

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Base of St. Matthew's Cross.


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St. Columba's Well?

The Great Church

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The Great Church
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Where the bake and brew house used to be.

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Abbey Garden

Ruin of the Bishop's House built in 1630s.



Abbot's House

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Iona Abbey and Church.
Thank you for checking out my posts about Iona Abbey!
Vonda

My Fierce Highlander is only .99 cents at Amazon for Kindle

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. 

It is also available in audio and in French.

New Release - Bound to Surrender!
Re-released with a new cover (by the talented Lacey Savage) and a new title, Bound to Surrender has always been one of my favorite erotic romances. Bondage, reunited lovers, and a sexy hero with very talented hands! I'm so happy to be able to make it available again.


Blurb:

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.

Excerpt:

“Gabriella,” he murmured and captured her lips with his.

Soft and gentle at first, he brushed his lips against hers, teasing her with his taste, so intoxicating, so familiar. Gaby parted her lips for him, aching for his tongue plunge into her mouth. But he didn’t do that right away. He swept his tongue along her lips, wetting them, making them slick. Making her yearn to drink him in.

Her body itched with restless need. She didn’t want sweet and gentle. She didn’t want anything close to emotional. She needed hard and hot and physical. And she needed it now.

Maybe he was psychic too, for just as she was about to reach up and pull him closer, he slid his hands down her arms and pinned her wrists to her sides, still sweeping his tongue back and forth across her lips,.

Then he began to nibble.

First he nipped at her bottom lip, hard enough that she wondered if he drew blood. Then he ran his mouth along her jaw line, sucking and nipping until he reached the tender skin of her neck. She shivered with delight.

“You’re so delicious,” he murmured. “A rare treat for my taste buds.”

Gaby laughed out loud. “You’re so full of shit.”

Alex shook his head slowly. “Gabriella, we have to talk about that mouth of yours.”

“You like my mouth,” she said and ran her lips along his throat. “You love my mouth. The way it tastes. The things it does.”

Bound to Surrender is hot and sexy and available now!

Natasha
www.natashamoore.com
Having a Routine...The Puppy is SUPPOSED to Be Sleeping...
Hey, just because I can’t sleep, doesn’t mean that the puppy shouldn’t. I just had too much to do, so I was up at 4 am this morning, HOPING Max would sleep. No such luck. He was like it was our regular time to wake up between 5-6:30, depending on how late I worked the night before.
So we had to go out, and we had to eat and we had to play and I was trying to get some of the million and one things done, like get the bear ready to ship, and a Christmas card ready and bills paid, and Max is happily getting into mischief. Of course. :)  I can’t say what he grabbed hold of this morning and was tearing through the house with until I caught him.  He was having a fine time of it. I couldn’t help laughing. Which only encourages the little devil.
Amethyst Nana Bear is done!
Amethyst Nana Bear is done!
Max and my desk chair
Max and my desk chair
So I usually sit down first thing to work on blogs and emails and such and stop to play with Max often until he tuckers out. But I REALLY had things to do. So I wasn’t doing anything the way I was supposed to. He jumped onto my desk chair and looked at me. I was supposed to be sitting right there. I was getting a bunch of stuff ready for the post office. After I did that, I sat down, and he was in my lap to sleep.

Many years ago before kids, I was required to go to a military wives’ luncheon. I as on Active Duty at the time, had no husband or kids, no pets at the time, either, but had them growing up. So when a woman asked if I had kids, I wisely said, “No.”  I didn’t mention no husband either, which I would have to have to be a military wife. *sigh*

Everyone was talking about their kids and I said something about puppies being just like them. Hey, I babysat kids and babies when I was a teen, so it wasn’t that I didn’t know about kids. And I’d help raise a number of puppies, toy poodles, Afghan Hound, and a silky terrier. And guess what? They’re just like little kids.

When I was substitute teaching in the kindergarten classes, they were so used to doing everything in a certain way. Not my way, of course, but the teacher’s way.

The kids had a routine they felt comfortable with. So do puppies. And you know what? So do we as grownups.

With Max’s coming home with me, talk about my routine being out of whack. But we’re beginning to settle down into somewhat of a routine and that makes us both happy. When Tanner comes home, he’ll have to learn our routine too, and then he’ll be confused when I don’t stick with it. But, hey, I’m only human.

And we had a breakthrough! Max laid down when I gave him the word command. Woohoo! Now he circles and begs.

Do you have a routine? How do you feel when it’s  out of whack?


Have a great Saturday!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Okay, I’m a sucker for Christmas, I’ll admit it. Maybe it’s because I just have so many wonderful and exciting memories of it!

Being allowed to open just one present on Christmas eve… dressing up to go to midnight mass with mounds of sparkling white snow on the ground… not being able to sleep a wink while trying to keep an ear open for Santa’s visit.



For me, it’s truly the happiest holiday of the year.

Here’s one my favorite memories: I’m the oldest of four children, so growing up, Mom & Dad let me be the one who got to hand out the presents from under the tree to my younger brothers and sister on Christmas morning. Despite fighting all year long (as siblings do) they *loved* me that day!



Fast-forward many years, and now I’m a romance author. I still love to make people happy. Who knows? Maybe it all started from handing out those presents so long ago and seeing the joy on my brothers’ and sister’s faces. Wherever it comes from, I can’t wait to put up the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas on DVD. (I love Max!)




I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate) this year. I’ve got to get back to wrapping presents!

Jenna


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