NEWSFLASH: I am a mono-tasker (and so are you)

I am VERY pleased to report that the New York Times has confirmed what I have long suspected: that multi-tasking is not humanly possible. Not. Humanly. Possible.

To quote:  “Think you can get more done by juggling multiple tasks? Think again.”

Earl K. Miller, a neuroscience professor at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that when you shuttle back and forth between tasks, the neural networks of your brain have to backtrack to figure out where they left off and then reconfigure to go forward again on that particular subject. This extra brain activity causes you to slow down, not speed up, with the stuff you’re doing.

But here’s the paragraph that justified my one-thing-at-a-time mindset:

“Trying to multitask impedes creativity. Truly innovative thinking arises when we allow our brains to follow a logical path of associated thoughts and ideas, and this is more likely when we can focus on a single mental pathway for an extended period.”

The article acknowledges it’s not always realistic to block off hours for a single task, but even committing to mono-tasking for five minutes at a time can yield productivity benefits.

And there were a few suggestions that can help:

Remove temptation.  Actively resist the urge to check social media. You can even install an anti-distraction program if your self-control is nonexistent.

Work on just one screen. Put away your cell phone and turn off the TV or any second monitor.

Move.  If you find yourself losing focus, get up and briefly walk around. When you’re done, it’s easier to refocus on the task at hand.

Work in intervals.  Set a timer for five or 10 minutes and focus on your assignment (whatever it is) for that amount of time. Then allow yourself a minute of distraction, as long as you get back to your task for another five or 10 minute interval.

Hey! It works! I just wrote this blog post in five minutes by sitting my butt in the computer chair and concentrating on finishing it. Now, about that distraction/reward suggestion above? I’m off to watch one (only one!) episode of House Hunters International.

Then I’ll get back to my WIP. Promise.


Heart of the Wolf Re-release! Night of the Wolf Included!

After ten years of wolves--and jaguars along the way--have you found your favorite wolf? Or big cat?

I've often been asked that, but in truth, every one of them is my favorite--the ones I'm working on at the time, the most favorite. They have to be, since I'm in their world, fighting the good fight, romancing the wolves (or jaguars), falling in love, righting the wrongs, unraveling the mysteries, enjoying the adventure that every story brings.

What is coming next for the brand new year? Heart of the Wolf and the novella, Night of the Wolf. I've already heard from some fans that they want to see more of the wolf pack.

 January 2, 2018

Book 1 in Terry Spear's Heart of the Wolf series
Their forbidden love may get them both killed.
Bella is a red werewolf, sole survivor of the fire that killed her entire pack.
Devlyn is a beta male werewolf in a pack of grays.
Forced to flee her adopted gray pack when the alpha male becomes a vicious threat, she struggles to live as a lone wolf, until Devlyn, the gray male who rescued her as a pup, comes to bring her home.
When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can't resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death...


Flight of the White Wolf and more of the white wolf pack.

March 6, 2018
Sexy, hot Arctic wolf, private investigator Gavin Summerfield, is on a mission: learn if an heiress’s husband is cheating on her, but he doesn’t expect to meet up with the woman who tased him some years earlier, who is now…an Arctic wolf like him. Her mission: Keep her secrets from the former cop who could be her undoing…but when the wolf instincts take over, watch out!
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May 1, 2018

The Silver Town wolf pack has your back
Wolf shifter Sarandon Silver's in trouble with the law, and bounty hunter she-wolf Jenna St. James is determined to bring him in for trial.
Lucky for Sarandon, the entire Silver Town pack is ready to fight for his innocence. But until the case is solved, Jenna's sticking to Sarandon like glue...

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 A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas

The cover is beautiful, but not approved for sharing yet...

October, 2018


And I've submitted a proposal for two more wolf stories and another jaguar, these for 2019. So I'm waiting to hear whether they're accepted or not. If so, that will mean another Silver Town wolf story, this one with Megan MacTire, Howard, the former Enforcer with the jaguars who takes on another Enforcer, who won't let him get in her way, and another SEAL story--this one Vaughn's brother, Brock's story.

Stryker Hill’s cougar shifter book will be out also, another Highland medieval, Woodland Fae, and Claiming the White Bear!

In the meantime, I'm working on A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas's edits!

I hope that your New Year is the best ever!!!

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Two Free Books!

For the holidays, I'm giving away two of my books! One is Stolen by a Highland Rogue. This book has never been free before and it will only be free for a couple more days. It is only available in the Kindle format at the moment.

Don't you love it when the heroine gives the hero a bloody nose... because he deserves it? :)
He was the Highlander—Dugald—Camille had seen in the inn's common room two days before. 'Twas true, he was a brute, as his sister had stated.
Why in hades was he kidnapping her? Camille was no chief's wife!
On the muddy ground, the men held her tightly in place. One of the Highlanders tied a gag in her mouth, while another bound her hands in front. Panic gripping her throat, she struggled against them, turning this way and that. 'Twas the same stark terror she'd felt when some knave had snatched her off the street in London the year before. But Angelique was not with her to shoot her abductor this time.
Camille would have to gain her freedom herself. What other choice did she have? If she could survive all she'd endured in the past two years, surely she could fight her way out of Dugald's grasp.
Damn him and his minions! No matter how hard she struggled, she could not twist from the grip of their strong hands. Holding a rope, Dugald bent toward her ankles. Seeing the opening, she kicked at his face and her toe smashed against his regal nose.
"Damnation!" he growled, lurching upright and wiping at his bloody nose. His glare burned through her. "Hold her ankles."
A sudden wild urge to laugh in his face struck her, but that was impossible with a gag in place. Baring her teeth, she screamed and yelled but the sounds came out muffled.
The proud laird dabbed at his bleeding nose with a handkerchief. At least now he knew she was no helpless little lady.
Despite her best efforts to break two more noses with well-placed kicks, the men finally tied her ankles together.
"Damn you!" she tried to yell, but the words only emerged as a blunted moan.
What was she going to do?
If they would but allow her to speak, she would tell them who she was! Or if she could reach her calf, she would pull out her small dagger and stab le connard.
She could not believe a true chief could be so loutish. Her cousin was married to a chief who was far more civil, although equally large and commanding.
"Bring my horse!" Dugald ordered his minions. One of them rushed to do his bidding. When the huge, snorting beast stood beside them, he mounted. "Wrap her cloak around her and hand her up to me."
One of his guards did as he asked, enfolding her black woolen cloak so tightly around her she could hardly move, then lifted her to the saddle in front of the barbarian. Sitting sideways, she smashed her head into his rock-hard chin. Ouch! She feared it hurt her more than it had him.
He growled a curse. "Be still, wench, and I won't hurt you." He tugged her tightly against his solid chest.
Her ankles tied together, she kicked her heels against his solid calf, but he must not have even felt it, for he made no comment, not even a grunt.
They galloped away upon the massive horse and left the town behind, his men following.
Thanks for reading this excerpt!
When the infamous King Richard dagger is stolen from Highland chief, Dugald MacKerrick, he will do whatever it takes to reclaim it, even abduct the wife of the aristocratic thief, but what if his beautiful French hostage isn't who he thinks she is? Deep in the rugged Scottish Highlands, Dugald discovers not only is his captive, Camille Bouchard, more than he expected, so is the passion raging between them, threatening everything he thought mattered to him.
Available only at Amazon and FREE for just a few days!

The other FREE book is My Fierce Highlander!

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. Free at:
In addition, when you download the free Kindle version, the audiobook is only $1.99.

Thanks for reading my books! :)


Merry Christmas!

Claiming the White Bear and Snow for Christmas!

I’ve been wracking my brain for a story idea for my polar bear shifter book 2, and finally came up with one. Ironically, when we went to the grocery store yesterday, they had this big display with polar bears, and it was like a sign: Write your next polar bear book!

And then this morning amidst a white Christmas Eve, I came up with the title. Claiming the White Bear.

It’s snowing on Christmas Eve! I haven’t been anywhere that it snowed on Christmas since…hmm, maybe when I lived in Wisconsin? But I was little back then.

We had snow in the Houston area way before Christmas, and I was in a blizzard in St. Louis once on Thanksgiving. We had snow and sleet on Easter in Waco, Texas one year. But Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Maybe never! Except when I was little. I remember walking across frozen lakes with my parents, being carried on my dad’s shoulders to the bus stop because the snow was so high, and the bigger kids helping the little kids remove all their snow gear so we could go to class.

We’re seeing Star Wars today, having Christmas Eve dinner, inviting a service member who couldn’t go home for Christmas, and having fun! My son and his girlfriend are both in the AF, and so is their friend.

Yesterday, we made it to the Escape Room to solve the puzzle of how to stop the 20,000 Leaks Under the Sea. We made it! Woohoo! It had snowed before I arrived, and then yesterday when we were driving to the Escape Room, it was snowing heavily.

For those of you who live in snow country, I know you’re shaking your heads. lol For me, it’s a novelty. And Inge said her mother came here from Hawaii last year and it was in the 60’s, very mild Christmas. They’ve had them for the last several years. Global warming come to mind? Or just one of those 100-year, 1000-year, million-year cycles?

We might not have enough snow to build a snowman, but this has been a lovely white Christmas in any event!

Have a Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, and if you don’t, wishing you a special day with snow or without! And if you’re getting snowed in, be safe!

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

If you're hard at work writing your next novel this time of year, you're more dedicated than me...  Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

In my hometown, there's a Christmas tree fundraiser for the Special Olympics, to which area businesses donate and auction off decorated trees. They're all displayed in the lobby of a local hotel...

And they try to cover everybody's potential tastes, like this one for Star Wars fans: your very own Darth Vader tree, light saber included...

Or for the glam girl in your life, there's the jewelry tree...

For the outdoors-y type, there's the reindeer tree...

And for holiday revelers, there's the wine tree and the liquor tree...

But for me, none beats the Grinch tree, because when he realized the true spirit of Christmas, his heart grew three sizes that day!  Even his dog Max seems happy at the transformation.

The auction of the trees raised more than $20,000 for Special Olympics, ensuring a Merry Christmas all around!

I hope your holidays are filled with family and friends, good food and fun presents!  See you next year.