SEAL Wolf Hunting Release on Tuesday, July 7!!
Love these reviews! They’re starting to come in for SEAL Wolf Hunting!
It’s releasing on July 7, so get ready!

If only you made a different choice, moved faster, slower, something, anything to change the outcome of a past event that haunts you with regret; haven’t we all experienced that? Such is the conflict that plagues the novel’s hero, Paul. Once a SEAL, always a SEAL and failure doesn’t sit well with him. The good thing about this story is that the angst doesn’t bog down the story, it just helps a reader understand what motivates the hero to make the choices he does, and why he says the things he says. In the very first chapter, not only does a reader see that, but they get a good dose of the kind of humor and quirky shenanigans Ms. Spear puts her characters through. Their first ‘rescue’ mission occurs when they come home and I found it hilarious.” Long and Short Reviews


http://teaandbook-shauni.blogspot.com/…/seal-wolf-hunting-r… “Terry Spear is back with yet another delightful and delicious read. In her 16th Heart of the Wolf Series Book, Ms. Spear returns to the her Seal Team, to the last of the unmarrieds.” Shaun, Tea and Book Blog
So what do you get when you mix a seal with a wolf?
A hot SEAL Wolf.
Book 16
Book 16
Amazon
Kobo
IndieBound
Chapters Indigo
ARebooks
Okay, so a sea lion, not a seal, but close?
Okay, so a sea lion, not a seal, but close? Several were having a great time making their seal lion happy sounds and frolicking in the water.

Sea Lion Momma and babies--she was waking up, rolling around, checking to see that her babies were there.
Sea Lion Momma and babies–she was waking up, rolling around, checking to see that her babies were there.

Are you ready for SEAL Wolf Hunting???


Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://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
Guest: Nancy Lee Badger
Award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger, 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. A former EMT, volunteer firefighter, and 911 Dispatcher, Nancy writes about kilted Highlanders, heart-broken dragons, and romantic thrillers and 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.  

Welcome, Nancy! Please tell us about your new release.



The idea to add pirates to My Hunted Highlander, the final book in my Scottish time travel series, came out of the blue. The blue being my love of the sea. I grew up within walking distance of beaches on the north shore of Long Island in New York and as older kids, we traveled in packs on weekends to Jones Beach or Fire Island. Visiting Scotland is on my bucket list, and the North Sea is at the top of the Scottish vistas I mean to enjoy.

My Hunted Highlander’s plot can be described this way:  Plucked naked from the North Sea, bruised and nearly drowned, Niall Sinclair wakes bound to the mast of the pirate ship, The Black Thistle. Hiding his identity, and brutalized by the first mate and other seamen, their captain comes to his aid. Her identity, and gender, are a surprise, and his physical reaction to her makes him nearly forget his need to escape, and return to his clan.

When kidnapped from her shipbuilding business in modern day Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the last place Blair MacIan figured to end up, was at the helm of a pirate ship in 1603 Scotland. With her abusive husband dead, and the ship, the crew, and their people under her care, the last thing she needed was to fish a naked man from the sea. His ravaged face and ragged sandy hair could not detract from his magnificence, and she sensed in him, a means for her own escape.

A woman pirate? Why not! Mixing a modern woman making the best of a horrid situation, and a scarred and lost Highlander, gave me plenty of opportunities to twist this story into a scary, upbeat, kilted, romantic romp. My research into pirates plying the North Sea off Scotland’s eastern coast was spotty, but what little I found was enough to create a crew, a ship, and a plot.

This book follows My Lady Highlander and My Dark Highlander, and is the last time travel romance I will be writing (for a while), but not the last of books with a Scottish theme. I plan to volunteer at the 40th annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival this fall, something I share with my family. While surrounded by thousands of men dressed in Highland kilts, with dirks on their hips, and whisky on their breath, the next book will easily write itself!




Excerpt from My Hunted Highlander
“What be this?”
 “An eye patch. It’ll keep your damaged eye from straining to stay closed. Keeping it covered will let it heal. Tie your hair at the back of your neck with this, and I will show you how it works.”
Niall shoved his fingers through his hair, then accepted a short strip of thicker leather. He tied his hair into a short queue, then lowered his arms.
Blair stepped closer and positioned the wool over his left eye. It rested alongside the left side of his nose, running from his brow, to below his eye. The darkness and softness of the wool was not as pleasurable as the gentle touch of her fingertips, as she centered the cloth. The leather ties pulled across his forehead and above his left ear. She walked behind him and tied them at the back of his head.
“Too tight?”
“Nay.” The strings were fine, but he lied about the tightness, elsewhere. Feeling like a green boy, alone for the first time with a tavern wench aiming to share her wares, he stifled a groan and waited.
She returned to her side of the table, and stood gazing down at him. “How does that feel?”
Settling back in the creaking wooden chair, he glanced around the room. His damaged cheek felt the slight pressure of the cloth, but the strain to keep his left eye closed had disappeared. “Aye, ‘tis fine. I thank ye, lass…Captain.”
She cocked her head to the side. “You look like a pirate.”
“I would like to join yer crew.”
“What?” she cried, as she tumbled onto her seat. The chair teetered backward, and as her arms flailed, he raced to her side. When the chair stopped bobbling, and the front legs slammed back onto the wood floor, she glared up at him.

Nancy is giving away a $25 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Enter HERE.
Please visit Nancy online:
Blog                              http://www.nancyleebadger.blogspot.com
Website                         http://www.nancyleebadger.com
Twitter                          https://twitter.com/NLBadger
Facebook                      http://on.fb.me/KMGS4z                    
Goodreads                    http://bit.ly/Vd1Usg
LinkedIn                      http://linkd.in/1N902go
Amazon Author Page   http://amzn.to/13ICHLq

Nancy's new book, My Hunted Highlander, is available at the following links.
Amazon ebook            http://amzn.to/1GYQqpr
NOOK                        http://bit.ly/1KZjE7h
Smashwords                http://bit.ly/1fha0kp   
iTunes                         http://apple.co/1GzRhq4
AllRomance                http://bit.ly/1G3xEaG
Amazon print              http://amzn.to/1GT84sI

Thank you, Nancy, for being our special guest today!
Hot Air Balloon Festival

Last weekend was the hot air balloon festival in Quechee, Vermont which is always held on Father's Day weekend. I love this picture which my friend's husband took.

A balloon festival is highly dependent on the weather. Even though Friday and Saturday were beautiful summer days, it was too windy in the evenings so the balloons were only able to take off on Saturday morning. The downside to that is that they take off starting at 6 a.m. So I missed it.

But my husband went down to the field where they take off, which is a short walk from our house. Fortunately he took his car because they had a large number of balloons go off and he decided to follow them. (It's a male thing because my friend's husband did the same thing which is how he got that picture.)

Here's one of the pictures my husband took. 


He was thrilled to be able to help some of the balloons land. (Male thing again.)

The balloons are obviously dependent on the wind and on this occasion they were blowing away from our house. Sometimes they blow toward our place and we can sit on the deck and talk to people in the basket. I've learned to get dressed before going out there for the 6 a.m. show. :)

Balloon enthusiasts come from all over the US and some from Canada. I look forward to seeing the same balloons each year, but also to seeing the new ones. My husband met a guy who left his house in CT at 3 a.m. to get there for the 6 show time. (His wife refused to come. Male thing.)

Despite what I'm saying about the guys, I do enjoy the festival. They also have light shows at night if the weather permits.

White Tiger Beauty
White Tiger Portrait
White Tiger Portrait

Go Away!

Go Away!

I just want to sleep. Undisturbed.

I just want to sleep. Undisturbed.

Do you ever feel like this? Like you need your beauty rest and no one is letting you get it?

Love the big cats!

What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://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
Inspiration For Writers
Writers are a different breed. We hear voices in our head. We play God with people’s lives on paper. We don’t look at things as they are, rather, we look at things and say, ‘What if…?’

But sometimes, even awesome writers like us get bitten by the self-doubt bug. It’s nasty. And dark. And one of its insidious symptoms is usually writer’s block.

Having just recovered from a recent severe bout of this awful affliction, I offer up some words of wisdom for writers, courtesy of these coffee mugs my long-suffering husband bought to cheer me up.

For really bad days:


Turns out I'm a genius!  But then for the days I actually think I'm a genius and everything will be okay:



So writing is a real roller coaster, as we all know. And just when we think we're going to go crazy, there's this sensible advice...


Sometimes hubby doesn’t understand my temperamental muse at all. But when he does something insanely wonderful like this, I’m tempted to give him a lifetime pass!

How about you? Does your significant other support you in your writing efforts? Or is he/she completely clueless about how difficult the creative process can be? Tell me!

Leigh
www.leighcourt.com


Dream Vacation
Summer is usually a great time to get away and have some fun, or at least get some rest. I've been lucky enough to have had some great vacations in the past. I've gotten to visit family and friends. I've enjoyed the big city and sandy beaches. I've gotten to see amazing landscapes and meet lovely people.

This year we plan to visit family in the northeast, which will be nice because we don't go there often. However, as I'm planning the trip, I find myself wishing for a different kind of vacation...a writing vacation.

My job, although better than it was before, still requires more time than I'm thrilled with, so I don't get to write as much. I have one major story I work on, but there are bits and pieces of others that are just hanging, and that bugs me.

Therefore, if this trip got canceled for some reason and my DH asked me where I want to go or what I want to do, I'm probably going to say "to my computer" and "to write." I would also add that the computer would be a charged laptop on the beach, like this one.

If he argues, I would tell him that sights--like this sunset--inspire me and that I need a little inspiration. Usually when I say that, I'm sucking up to get jewelry for my birthday or something. I think the sunset would be much cheaper. See how easy I make it for DH to agree with me? There's an art to it, I tell ya'.
For right now, I'm packing for our trip. I am taking my laptop along in case I do get the chance to act on any random inspiration or one of the fifteen story ideas banging around in my imagination. What about you? What's your dream vacation? Does it involve summer reading? Summer writing? Summer love? Please do share!

Happy Reading!

Pond Update
In my last blog, "Algae: A Pond Owner's Nighmare," I described how frustrated I was with my own koi pond. Well, I am happy to report that things are much better! After ordering new filter material, which I clean several times a day, and using the Koi clay, the only place I have algae growing is along the edge of the liner. Through trial and error, I found that if I sprinkled the clay directly on top of the algae, the next day there appears to be much less. Another bonus: my koi, which I've had over ten years, seem much happier, which makes me happy, too!




Have a safe and funfilled Summer!

Gwyn







Taste of Scotland Festival & Scottish Tartans Museum
On Saturday, I went with a friend to the Taste of Scotland Festival and the Scottish Tartan Museum in Franklin, NC. I had only been to this one other time several years ago. Franklin is a beautiful small town with lots of shops. We were glad to see that it was partly cloudy and not terribly hot. 

click to enlarge

Lots of musicians played on this stage.
Franklin is a beautiful small town in the mountains.


Soon after arriving we had to have our own taste of Scotland in the form of shepherd's pie. It's made of ground beef, onions, carrots and peas, and topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. I added the pepper. It was delicious. Unfortunately I didn't see any neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), meat bridies or any other savory Scottish food. They did have shortbread. And I only found haggis in the shop. Not that I wanted any. :)



click to enlarge

A targe

Targe, pistols, ax and helmet at the MacLaren Clan tent.

A blacksmith forge demonstration.



Tartan flags.

Scottish and Irish flags
 We left the festival for a short while to visit the Scottish Tartans Museum down the street.


Rob Roy's plaid and weapons.


Click to enlarge. They have hundreds or thousands of tartans on display with labels.

Click to enlarge. This describes the clothing below.

Click to enlarge




Scottish weapons in the museum. Click to enlarge.

A pipe band on stage.
We shopped at both the outside vendors' tents and at the shops that lined the street and of course we loved listening to the Scottish music.

Thanks for checking out my pics!
Vonda


 My Brave Highlander is available in audiobook from Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

The French translation of My Brave Highlander will release in July and is up for preorder.
  • Chasing a Highland Moon

    Chasing a Highland Moon
    Gwyn Brodie 3/10/15

    Fear of Flying

    Fear of Flying
    Leigh Court, 12/23/14

    Bound to Surrender

    Bound to Surrender
    Natasha Moore 12/7/14

    Call of the Cougar

    Call of the Cougar
    Terry Spear 11/19/14

    Bound to Submit

    Bound to Submit
    Natasha Moore, 10/15/14

    A Highland Wolf Christmas

    A Highland Wolf Christmas
    Terry Spear 10/7/14

    Her Royal Rendezvous

    Her Royal Rendezvous
    Natasha Moore, 10/5/14

    The Cottage Next Door

    The Cottage Next Door
    Natasha Moore, 9/16/14

    Hero of a Highland Wolf

    Hero of a Highland Wolf
    Terry Spear 8/5/14

    Her Highland Hero

    Her Highland Hero
    Terry Spear 7/6/14

    Jaguar Hunt

    Jaguar Hunt
    Terry Spear, 6/3/14

    My Rebel Highlander

    My Rebel Highlander
    Vonda Sinclair 5/13/14

    Duke of Devonwood

    Duke of Devonwood
    Carly Carson, 4/6/14

    Once Upon a Highland Moon

    Once Upon a Highland Moon
    Gwyn Brodie, 2/20/14

    Playing For Real

    Playing For Real
    Natasha Moore, 2/4/14

    Programmed to Protect

    Programmed to Protect
    Jenna Ives, 2/1/14

    My Notorious Highlander

    My Notorious Highlander
    Vonda Sinclair, 10/30/13

    My Daring Highlander

    My Daring Highlander
    Vonda Sinclair, 3/29/13

    Dragon Song

    Dragon Song
    Cameo, 3/11/13

    The Snow Job

    The Snow Job
    Cameo, 2/13/13

    My Brave Highlander

    My Brave Highlander
    Vonda Sinclair, 7/19/12

    My Wild Highlander

    My Wild Highlander
    Vonda Sinclair, 8/26/11