Relationship Stuff
Few things surprise me; however, recently a colleague confided in me about her divorce and it threw me for a loop. I'm not really good friends with this co-worker, and I don't see her often. Suddenly, in the midst of us discussing a big project, she mentions that she's going through a divorce. Since I wasn't even sure she was married, that was a surprise. I think she needed to talk to someone, and I had time and was willing to listen, even though, really, it's very unprofessional to dish on your personal life with people you only really know in your professional life.

What stood out to me the most is that her first comment when talking about the woman who "stole" her husband was that she wasn't pretty. "She looks bad," was the comment my colleague used. And I couldn't get it out of my head. The reason for this is that, as a romance/erotica writer, my job is to build a relationship between to people based on true love--a love that is something that everyone can aspire to--not some superficial attraction that wanes after several years. I spend much of my time trying to comprehend what makes a relationship last or what helps maintain a relationship, and at the end of the day, being pretty doesn't rate very high.

I remember an instance where a good friend of mine found himself in a situation where his parents where divorcing. It was hard for everyone to grasp the extent of his father's affair with the other woman, but it was especially difficult because the "other woman" was not necessarily prettier or younger or skinnier than his mother. It was incredibly difficult for anyone in his family to comprehend how his father could leave his mother for someone "less," and that made the dissolution of his family dynamic all the more difficult.

And that's what I want to rail about. The first thing anyone thinks of when we hear that someone is moving on to someone new is the differential in the score each person achieves on the "beauty" scale. Immediately, we default to the reason the relationship ended was because the person cheating went on to someone "better" in the looks department. Seriously? We're still hung up on looks like a sixth grader? Sure, some people are shallow muddle puddles of human beings and move from partner to partner without any emotional connection. However, people who get 20 years into marriage and suddenly want someone younger are typically not looking for someone younger; they're looking for something that their current life or relationship lacks.

This is wanted to tell my colleague, but it seemed to make her feel good that her husband had been lured by an ugly siren because nothing else made sense. I was supportive and didn't point out that love takes many forms, and we don't understand all of them, I just listened. I may not agree with what my colleague's spouse did, but I still believe that my co-worker will find someone who truly values her for herself and not some superficial characteristic such as looks. There's so much more to us than our physical appearance, and I hope that readers of this blog post know how beautiful they are.

Happy Reading!



 
It's a House, a Church, a Fort, and More
This is the Henry Whitfield House, currently a museum in Guilford, CT. It's the oldest house in CT, and the oldest stone house in New England. Yes, stone is plentiful in these parts.

Can you guess for whom the first house in town was built? Yes, a minister. A Puritan minister with nine children (and a wife, of course). I love to think about what life was like in those days, and I find it interesting that the best house was for the minister (not for the richest guy around). Henry Whitfield was born in England around 1592 and did emigrate for his religious beliefs.
I was distressed to read that he returned to England late in his life, leaving behind his wife and 'most' of his children. Of course in those days there were very few opportunities for a woman to earn a living, so I can't help wondering how she supported herself when the breadwinner left. I want to know why he left. Did this make him a bad minister, that he essentially abandoned his family? Maybe he would have taken them and they refused to go? However, his wife did eventually return to England herself, so...
This is the field in front of their house. Rock walls are ubiquitous in New England. I have one myself. (They are very expensive to repair these days!) In those days, the material was everywhere and labor was cheap.

The minister's house served as the church, until a separate church could be built. The walls were almost two feet thick, so this building also served as the town fort. This minister and his wife opened their home to travelers. There were only three bedrooms for the 11 of them!

Finally, this building was the first museum in the state of Connecticut! That's quite a lot of uses for one building, I think.

In subsequent years, the house was owned by two different families who each held onto it for over a century (apiece). This may have contributed to the fact that the house is still standing.

One last tidbit for readers: Henry Whitfield was descended from Chaucer.




Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply up for Preoders, Coming May 3rd!

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An alpha werewolf meets his match in this sizzling paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear
THERE’S A NEW WOLF PACK IN SILVER TERRITORY
Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is committed to his job policing spectacular San Isabel National Forest, and he’s hot on the scent of some mysterious wolves who are up to no good. When Eric’s investigation leads him to cross paths with forester Pepper Grayling, he’s fascinated to learn this she-wolf is her pack’s leader—strong, independent, and definitely not looking for a mate.

AND THIS TIME THE LEADER’S A SHE…
With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many an alpha male out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory—and Eric is a born leader. How does Eric earn the trust of a she-wolf who’s been betrayed so often in the past?
Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply  (Book 19)
May 3, 2016

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New historical cover reveal for Conqueror Vanquished!
Ooooh, revealing a new cover is one of the many fun, exciting things about being an author. And for an indie author it’s even more thrilling, because they have the final say in how the artwork looks, rather than being dependent on a publisher’s art department.

So, without further ado… [drumroll please]

Here is the new cover for my Roman historical novella, Conqueror Vanquished:


  
I LOVE this guy’s pose! It perfectly conveys the strength and power of my hero. And, combined with the title, it lets a romance reader know that a woman will conquer this man’s heart, no matter how strong he may be physically J

Isn’t that what love is all about?

Try as she might, my cover artist could not fit a picture of my heroine on the cover without it looking like my hero was about to stab her or knock her out with his shield.  And if we put her behind my hero’s shoulder, it looked like she was a disembodied ghost floating around. Just didn’t work. So I opted for only the hero, and I’m very happy with the way the cover turned out.

And hopefully, since I write romance – and this story will be categorized on amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, etc under ‘romance’ – readers will know what they’re getting.

I’m particularly proud of this story, because I researched it tirelessly for historical accuracy. Rome’s sixth legion actually WAS in service in France in 52 B.C. and the legion’s standard really was a powerful bull on a blood red flag. And the Roman army! They were a terrifying, vast group of soldiers – definitely a force to be reckoned with.

For me, the best historical fiction always teaches a reader some new things about its particular time period. I hope you might learn some interesting tidbits from Conqueror Vanquished about ancient Rome, in addition to falling in love with my hero Leonidas and my heroine Solange.

Until next month,

Leigh



A Viewing to Remember


Spring is an amazing season. Flowers bloom, baby animals are born, the world awakens, and…people attend funerals. Yeah, I know that last one is a bummer, but it’s true. I’ve attended at least three funerals in the last eight weeks. A distant relative died, then a small child with leukemia who the community had rallied around, and finally a co-worker. There’s a certain kind of stress to dealing with loss, even if you’re not that close to those who passed. As it happened, I was actually semi-close to the co-worker in a very indirect way, but that’s not why it was stressful. It was stressful because my cousin, whom we’ll call Bonnie, is friends with a really close friend of the co-worker, and that friend, apparently, doesn’t wear rings that fit. 
And thus begins the whole story…
The person who passed away, we’ll call him Joe, was a co-worker of mine, but in a completely different department in another branch in a suburb of our city. In other words, I didn’t know him at all and barely recognized his name. However, one of my colleagues who did his same job and collaborated with him all the time because she traveled from site to site knew him really well and was devastated by the loss. This co-worker, whom we’ll call Lena, wanted to go to the viewing but hates anything death-related and needed emotional support to pay her last respects. I volunteered to go with her because Lena is a lovely soul and because viewings don’t bother me in the least. As it turns out, Lena is also friends with my cousin Bonnie, who also volunteered to go to the viewing as moral support. So Lena and Bonnie and I all end up going to the viewing to pay respects to Joe. Simple enough?
Oh, hardly.
We get to the funeral parlor and everything seems to be going to plan. Lena is weeping with Joe’s wife and children and mother and cousins (he came from a HUGE family) and then shuffles, sobbing, to the casket to view her friend one last time. Bonnie and I hang out on the fringes, both of us being respectful and me interacting with my colleagues who knew Joe to varying degrees when we weren’t reading the cards on the flowers. Finally, Lena heads our way and we’re all ready to leave. We get to my car—I drove—and suddenly Lena lets out a shriek.
“I’ve lost my wedding ring!”
She shouts this in the middle of the parking lot with mourners ambling by, and they all look at her like, “Who cares? Joe’s dead.”
But Bonnie and I cared. We knew, in Lena’s mental state, losing her wedding ring would be tipping point from upset to hysterical, or maybe even wigged completely out. We calmed her down and finally surmised that her ring had been in place up to the point of—you guessed it—viewing Joe.
So Bonnie, being rather fearless and goal-oriented, decided to backtrack and followed Lena’s footsteps from the time she entered the viewing until she left, paying special attention to the part where Bonnie wept over Joe in the casket. Let me just say this at this point that I should have known better than to trust Bonnie.
Because here’s what happened: She gets to the casket and acts mournful in a way that allows her to scope the area around the deceased. As it turns out, Lena, who’d recently lost weight, had put her hand on the side of the casket long enough for the ring in question to drop into the bedding, or whatever you call that stuff on the inside of a casket. Bonnie spots the ring waaaaaay down in the bottom of the bedding, nearly under Joe’s arm. If one more mourner sobs loud enough over the casket, the ring will slide deep into the lining and it will take some digging around to get to it.
As fate would have it, a very large co-worker, Maggie, who is very…large, leaned over the casket sobbing uncontrollably next to Bonnie, and Bonnie watched Lena’s ring take the plunge into the depths of “Your wedding ring is getting buried with a dead guy-ville.”
But you must remember Bonnie is my cousin. And we both grew up with superstitious crazy people who held the belief that if you don’t touch the dead person whose viewing it is, you’ll have dreams about them. So my cousin and I grew up touching a lot of dead people. Therefore, Bonnie has no compunction about retrieving Lena’s ring. However, Bonnie was not raised under a barn, so she knows that digging around in a casket for something might make a few people very uncomfortable and cause a scene. The best way to offset that, Bonnie figured, was to…cause a scene.
So, Bonnie starts wailing and thrashing around the casket and Joe, throwing herself across the body and choking through her tears. People are horrified, and it takes three funeral parlor workers to pull her off Joe.
I know all this because, knowing Bonnie, who promised to get Lena’s ring back “no matter what,” I found myself a window to peak through and see what was going on. It was like driving past a car accident…I couldn’t look away.
By the time the funeral director, a security officer, and two other mourners escorted Bonnie to the parking lot, where she fell dramatically into my arms, the ruse was in full effect. I think, at one point, Bonnie believed her own grief, even though she didn’t even know Joe. All I can say is, "That's my cousin!"
As soon as her grim-faced escorts hustled back into the viewing, Bonnie grinned and held up something shiny. As soon as Lena saw it, she squealed, grabbed it, and gave Bonnie a huge bear hug. Apparently, Bonnie had been digging around for Lena’s ring as she crawled all over Joe under false pretenses, and she finally got it.

We all drove home in silence—Bonnie grinning in triumph, Lena smiling at her ring, and me checking the rearview mirror for the police, because it’s got to be some kind of felony to fake grief to retrieve a wedding ring and grope a a newly deceased person under false pretenses.

Well, that’s my spring so far. How’s yours going? Please do share in the comments.
Golden Fae




Art project: beautiful woman with golden make-up. Jewelry, make-up. Fashion. Over black background.


How does the golden fae get into big time trouble with one fiery dragon? When playing with fire…


All the golden fae wanted to do was to pick mushrooms for her
mother—in the forbidden dragon fae territory, but Kayla sees dragons
practicing for their games, and she gets caught at it. She loses her
locket that she needs to have when she comes of age in just a couple of
weeks so she can keep her magic as a lavender grower for the golden fae.
Only now, one highly annoying dragon shifter fae has got it, and she
will do anything to get it back.


Alton can’t believe it when the golden fae arrives at his friend’s
castle wearing the dragon fae aura now! But he has a mission to go on,
save a human and a dragon fae in the human world, and Kayla ends up
there offering to help—anything to get him to give her locket back to
her. Only a fae seer shoots him with an iron bolt, and Kayla risks
everything, trying to get him and the captured maid safely back home
again.


Now he will do almost anything to learn the mysterious golden fae’s secrets, and protect her from his own kind at all costs.


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Golden Fae, Book 8 of The World of Fae YA is out!!
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Art project: beautiful woman with golden make-up. Jewelry, make-up. Fashion. Over black background.
How does the golden fae get into big time trouble with one fiery dragon? When playing with fire…

All the golden fae wanted to do was to pick mushrooms for her mother—in the forbidden dragon fae territory, but Kayla sees dragons practicing for their games, and she gets caught at it. She loses her locket that she needs to have when she comes of age in just a couple of weeks so she can keep her magic as a lavender grower for the golden fae. Only now, one highly annoying dragon shifter fae has got it, and she will do anything to get it back.

Alton can’t believe it when the golden fae arrives at his friend’s castle wearing the dragon fae aura now! But he has a mission to go on, save a human and a dragon fae in the human world, and Kayla ends up there offering to help—anything to get him to give her locket back to her. Only a fae seer shoots him with an iron bolt, and Kayla risks everything, trying to get him and the captured maid safely back home again.

Now he will do almost anything to learn the mysterious golden fae’s secrets, and protect her from his own kind at all costs.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Fae-World-Book-ebook/dp/B01EAX89ZU
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/630064
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/golden-fae-terry-spear/1123665349?ean=2940158526343
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/golden-fae
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/golden-fae/id1104418208?mt=11

We have strong storms through Thursday of next week. I was working on bears last night, taking a break on books for a moment, have 4 bear orders, but then I did write about 500 words of the beginning of SEAL Wolf Undercover. 79,500 words left! But you gotta start somewhere! :) And I got groceries!

Have a lovely day. I predict--rain, for here anyway! :) <3 p="">

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