Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guest - Terry Spear

Good morning all! Today's guest is a long time favorite - Terry Spear! Terry is taking a little time from her family to share how an author balances holidays, family and writing. Sourcebooks is offering a giveaway of her book, Dreaming of the Wolf. Read on to find out how you can win a copy.

Oh, and look for my review of Dreaming Of The Wolf here.

Balancing Writing with the Holidays

There’s supposed to be balance???

This year is my second year to have a December release, and next year will make it a third. So for me, the only way I’m going to write and be ready for the holidays, when I have a month long blog tour coming up also, is to do everything early.

Which is kind of like organizing my paperwork all year long for tax season the next year and being prepared. It isn’t going to happen. At least not all of it. :)

Which isn’t really true. I’m  never prepared for tax season. And I always have all my blogs ready before the month of December rolls around.

But still, writing 30 or more blogs in the month before that, not to mention all the ones I do on a regular basis, working full time, and thinking about shopping—which reminds me, I still need to get a mother-of-the-bride gown for my daughter’s wedding in January, makes it hard to write books. Too.

Not to mention keeping up with editing deadlines. Also.

So I try to do everything that I can early and not procrastinate as much as possible (except on picking out a mother-of-the-bride gown—only because I looked once and couldn’t find anything), and that means writing all my guest blogs in the next couple of weeks that I can. I also ask my kids and their significant others what they want for Christmas so I can buy them early.

That really helps. Get the stuff done early, and then when the holidays get here, I’m ready. Sort of.

Last year when my kids and their significant others arrived, we were cooking the turkey, so we thought, for about two hours when my son remarked that we didn’t have any nice turkey smells.

Hmm. Yeah, he was right. The oven was dead.

So he cut up the turkey and we cooked it piecemeal in the small counter oven.

The thing about Christmases like that is they make them memorable. The turkey wasn’t beautiful when we put it on the table, but it was just as good eating. And we all had a laugh.

Which brings to mind that no matter how well planned things can be…a monkey wrench can easily be thrown into the middle…and there goes all that balance.

I’m currently writing about Tom, the triplet brother of Jake from Dreaming of the Wolf, and the sequel to the 1st jaguar shifter story. So while I’m celebrating Dreaming of the Wolf’s release, because no matter what, that’s what all that writing is about—the ultimate release of the new book!—I’m still working on book 11 of the wolf series, and book 2 of the jaguar series as if I had total balance in my life.

Now, if I had one of those hunks in my life, it wouldn’t matter if my life was balanced or not. LOL

What about you? How do you handle the bustle of the holidays with your everyday life? Do you think a wolf like Jake would help or hinder your well planned days?

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

A fierce hunter…
Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships—any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.

An animal passion…
However, the mob isn’t entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake’s passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her—he’ll have to show his mate the way of the wolf.

Award-winning author Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels, with over 60,000 copies sold. She received Publishers Weekly's Best Book of the Year in 2008 for Heart of the Wolf. A retired officer of the U.S, Army Reserves, Terry is a librarian by day. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit

-- Lynda Again
    As I mentioned earlier, the fantastic Danielle of Sourcebooks is sponsoring a giveaway of a copy of Dreaming of the Wolf to two of our lucky readers. To enter the drawing:

1) Leave a comment answering Terry's questions above include your email addy
2) Send me an email with your name and address. with Terru in the subject line.

On Friday, Dec 23, I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, pick the winner. Good luck!

Have a Blessed Day!


Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks so much, Lynda, for having me here right before Christmas! Hope you're ready for the holidays! I have to answer my own question though. If Jake showed up, I'd be totally unbalanced. And LOVING it! :) Ahem...him. :)

Lynda K. Scott said...

We always enjoy having you Terry. Sorry about the font color mix up for your bio. I've got it fixed now so everyone can read it ;-)

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

No problem, Lynda! I'm off to the day job! I'll drop in later. :)

Beth Trissel said...

*Beth waving. Terry, you are amazing with all you do on top of your prolific releases. I love those special holiday memories too. Your new story sounds fascinating.

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks, Beth! Have I told you about the Thanksgiving that went awry???

I love A Christmas Story...I could relate. :) Merry Christmas!

Liberty said...

If I had a hunky wolf I would throw caution and shopping malls to the winds and run through the forests with him.

I am a stay-at-home Nanny/writer/fill-in-the-space. My schedule works like a Queen sized woman trying to get into a petite sized pair of pantyhose. She might be able to squeeze everything in, but there are uncomfortable bulges hanging out and circulation may stop, but the job does get done.

D'Ann said...

Hi, Terry!

I'm having a hard time balancing right now. I work in retail, and it's just impossible to keep up with everything--in fact, I forgot my own weekly blog yesterday!

Victoria said...
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Victoria said...

I wait until everyone is out of the house and then just scream bloody murder. It lefts off all the steam and I feel better. I'm about at that point now because 3 gifts have never arrived. They were supposed to be here on the 15th. Tracking says they got to the local post office and then nothing :(.
I think Jake would help stabilize me.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Ooops! I forgot my email:


donnas said...

I take it one day at a time and dont try to do it all at once.

And while he would definitely hinder I wouldnt mind.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

LOL, Liberty! I tried to comment earlier, but couldn't get logged in on my laptop during work on my lunch hour. I really liked that idea...running with the wolves and leaving the shopping malls and crowds behind! :)

LOL, D'Ann, I know how that is. I worked in retail when I was in college and remembered what a madhouse it was. It has finally slowed down some at the library, enough for us to finally get the books back on the shelves!

Oh, Victoria, definitely, Jake would stabilize you. In fact, he'd make you completely forget about those packages!!! I hope they have come for you already, or will anytime now if not.

Donna, oh, yeah, that's what I do. And definitely, really that's the kind of hindering that could put you in the right mood! :)

T Gail said...

Many years ago, when we were all grown with families of our own, my mother told us in the summer not to exchange holiday gifts that year. There were some financial and health problems scattered in the family, and Mom said it would be too much for them that year. They could have skipped it alone, but they would have felt bad about it, even though the rest wouldn't care. So, we all skipped it.

Mom said we'd enjoy the holidays more, and she was right. We couldn't imagine it, and everyone I tell this to looks at me like I'm nuts. But, it's an enormous burden off the season, and none of us missed the gifts at all.

So, we never braved the shopping crowds again. Well, except for food--we cook more that we did, so the grocery stores see us plenty.

That's my balance strategy. Thanks, Mom!

And, thanks for this chance to read what sounds like a really good book!

tgail (dot) 1 AT netzero (dot) net

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

T Gail, I think that's an excellent strategy! I would have just as much fun just playing games, visiting, and eating! :)

Anonymous said...

(quote)Do you think a wolf like Jake would help or hinder your well planned days?(unquote)

LOL---you made a funny with that question, Terry!! If I had a wolf like Jake Id be thinking: "Holidays? Stress? HUH?"

Kari Thomas,

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

LOL, Kari! Love it! :) He'd be happy to take away all your thoughts of anything else! :)

Merry Christmas!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Sorry to post this so late but the holiday rush just got between me and Star-Crossed. Hi!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. And I'm happy to announce that Wookie pulled the names for a cope of Terry Spear's new book! Her publisher, Sourcebooks, will get it to you ASAP (but do allow a little extra time due to the holidays).

The Winners are T. Gail and Victoria!

Thanks for stopping by Star-Crossed Romance! Happy New Year!

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Thanks, Lynda, and to everyone who commented! Sourcebooks is off for through New Years and they'll be back on Jan 2!

Happy Holidays, everyone!