I had a lovely dinner with my guest, Terry Spear, at Authors After Dark and am always happy to entertain a guest post from this fine and prolific author. I have really enjoyed the Highlanders and Wolf Shifter Series. Plus she is generously giving away three copies of the exciting new book, JAGUAR HUNT. Open to US Shipping only and entrants 18 and older.
I have a great time chatting on Facebook with Terry and enjoy her photos of the wildlife she visits and which is around her house. Sometimes, it is even IN her house – I would have to move out. Terry however takes it all in stride. Check out her adventures in the wild — inside and out
Join Me on a Wildlife Adventure!
by Terry Spear
Do you notice the world around you? No, not just the weeds growing up in your flowerbed, or sidewalk. Or the laundry piled up that needs to be done. But really take a moment to see?
When I have nothing to blog about, I look for things to take pictures of and comment on. Sometimes, I don’t need to look very hard. Like the scorpion that took a ride on my flip-flips when I was seated at my desk writing. Oh, well, back up a moment, he was crawling up my leg first and I brushed him off my leg, thinking he was a lizard. I was very calm. If I’d realized he was a scorpion, I wouldn’t have been so calm!
A lizard had done that the year before. I brushed him off in the same way and knocked off his tail, but they grow back. But how did the scorpion get a ride on my flip-flop underneath my heel?
After I brushed him off, I looked for him, didn’t see him anywhere, knew he was one of the dozens of little lizards scampering across my walls in the summer, and went back to writing. It was time for bed, and when I’m sitting, my feet are in my sandals, but I’m short, so my heels aren’t planted on them. I got up, and walked on my toes, like I often do, to stretch up and pull the light cord to the fan light overhead. A couple of steps and I stopped to turn on the bedroom light, and that’s when I knew something was wrong. I began to lower my heels onto the backs of the flip-flops to get my balance as I was reaching out to turn on the light, and felt something rough between my left heel and my flip-flop, that shouldn’t have been there. Before I stepped down all the way, I kicked off my sandal. It was pitch black in the rooms, and I quickly turned on the light and saw the scorpion moving around a cabinet. Immediately, I grabbed up my flip-flop and smashed him.
And then, goose bumps trailed down my arms and legs. But the next thing to do was take a picture.
Then were the snakes in the house…
Sometimes what I picture isn’t what my camera focuses on and then I have an even more interesting view on life—like the blurred purple flowers, but the camera’s focus had been on the raindrops on a blade of grass.
It had rained all night, and the last time it had rained like that and was warm, I had the most unusual forest of mushrooms crop up. If I hadn’t taken a picture of them, I would never have been able to show the rest of the world the interesting gnome forest, as later that day, they vanished. So I went out to see if there were some, and startled two sparrows who were feasting on big flying beetles that look like the scarab beetles of ancient Egypt. Oh, well, not that big, but they’re big. It’s Texas, you know. And we grow everything bigger in Texas. They’re attracted to my outdoor night light and every morning, I have tons of them on the driveway, and every day I have doves and my pet road runner, and now it seems, sparrows, partaking of the feast. And now that I look out the window, I see the red-beaked cardinal, the female, hopping along to get her meal, too. They’re all feeding their younglings in their nests. My daughter commented that it’s like a wild bird sanctuary here, and it is. I can hear the songbirds singing, the doves cooing, and when my road runner was here, he was bellowing for his mate.
I hope he has found his HEA, for I planned that he would be my snake hunter. You see, they eat snakes. And I have them in abundance. So much so, I had two in the house! What did I do? The first thing that came to mind! Grabbed my camera! And I was glad I did, because after I got the snake out of the house, it came back inside and I took another picture—that verified the snake was not the same.
So two snakes in the house at the same time. If I had known that…well, it’s probably good that I didn’t. Did you know that all the stuff you’ve probably heard of—like moth balls—and other such tales, do NOT work on keeping snakes away? And in fact, they have carcinogens, so skip that. The next best thing is to have a road runner. And I had one. For weeks! I was content, knowing that he would come and get ‘em.
And then he left. I’ve replaced 14 windows, taken out a door and replaced it with a wall, and replaced the broken dust flap on my dryer vent. Will that be enough to keep some of the wildlife out? I sure hope so!
But if it doesn’t? I’ll have my camera ready!
I’ve visited many of the areas that I use in my stories, and for some, like with my paranormal Heart of the Jaguar series, I content myself with doing research, visiting wildlife reserves or zoos to capture the behavior of the jaguars or wolves. My fans are terrific on sending me tidbits in emails or on Facebook about information that they have found with regard to the wild beasties in my books. I love it! I love to use real animal stories to bring my shifter stories to life, as far as their wilder nature goes.
In my newest release, Jaguar Hunt, I did use the information about how some zoos employ certain fragrances to enhance the big cats’ environment, and they’ve used them to study jaguars in the wild. But also, certain kinds of jungle plants are like catnip to some of the jaguars. I love learning these kernels of information and sharing them with my readers.
In Jaguar Hunt, David has one of these fragrances and Tammy teases him about trying to catch the opposite sex, when she knows he doesn’t need the enhancement at all.
If you’re ready to take a trip to the jungle with me, I hope you’re prepared for fun, excitement, murder, mystery, adventure, romance, and humor. Tammy doesn’t want David to accompany her on this trip. She has to get him out of jail in the first place! And it goes downhill from there!
The smirk on the cover says it all: David is charming, funny, sexy, alpha protective, and downright loveable with a good a dose of humor.
If you were me and had snakes and scorpions and lizards and hornets in the house, what would you do? Oh, I didn’t tell you about the hornets? That’s another story!
~ Terry Spear
*** Shudder, thanks Terry! Snakes don’t scare me (we don’t have any poisonous snakes here) but I am startled by them. Fortunately, we don’t have lizards or scorpions. I bet our mosquitoes and black flies could give them a run for their money!
Series: Heart of the Jaguar (Book 3)
Author: Terry Spear
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
An agent and a jaguar-shifter chase trouble, and each other, through the jungles of Belize
Agent Tammy Anderson has a reputation: she prefers to work alone. So when she’s paired up on a mission with jaguar-shifter David Patterson-who’s only recently been released from jail-to say she’s less than thrilled is a understatement. Until she realizes that this sexy agent has what it takes…
Soon, what started as an “easy” mission to locate a missing jaguar takes the pair to Belize, where they’re chasing down two renegade teen shifters who know more than they’re telling. As the action heats up, can they keep their minds on the job and off each other?
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
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If you were me and had snakes and scorpions and lizards and hornets in the house, what would you do? Oh, I didn’t tell you about the hornets? That’s another story! Or, share your own tale about an encounter with wildlife!