Terry Spear | How I Countdown to Christmas
GIVEAWAY: get ready for Christmas with A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS
October 6, 2016
First, I try to get lists from my family early! They usually give them to me
after Thanksgiving, but I try to pin them down even earlier than that. Then I
like to pick up things on sale, or that catch my attention whenever I’m out and
about. I don’t shop a lot, so it helps to look when I’m just running regular
errands. So hopefully well before Christmas all the shopping will be done and
spread out a bit cost-wise.
I make bears. I usually have a lot of bear orders for Christmas, so between
writing and having fun with family (Thanksgiving and holiday decorating), I have
to keep on top of those. I love making bears, so that makes it feel even more
Christmas-like! I think of the joy they’ll bring to those all over the world. I
just shipped five to two different homes in Australia!
I decorate the day after Thanksgiving, normally. But this year, I’ll be seeing
my son one last time while he’s still in Omaha, and we’ll visit the wolf reserve
and zoo to see the jaguars before he leaves the service next year. So, I’ll be
either decorating early or a little later than usual. I’m in a new home, having
moved closer to my daughter and son-in-law, and I am expecting my first
grandbaby next spring. Everything is new for me this year. Where do I put the
tree? Where do I put all the nutcrackers? I used to always set them on the
fireplace mantle, but there’s not one in the new house. Change is fun, so I’m
looking forward to having a “new” Christmas tradition here. My first of many.
When my mother was alive, we’d go to special programs to watch Christmas plays
and beautiful Christmas choral programs. I hope to do that here too. And, of
course, we have our favorite Christmas movies to watch: Jingle All the
Way, A Christmas Carol, The Snowman, Miracle on
34th Street, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful
Life and more.
I have a huge kitchen counter so this year my daughter wants to have her friends
over to bake cookies for church, and that will be fun too. I was just over
helping decorate my daughter’s home for fall while watching a Halloween movie,
and she’s going to come here and do the same with me. So that’s something that I
look forward to, helping her decorate for Christmas and coming back to my home
to do the same.
Family means everything—to a wolf pack, to my jaguars, and to me. And next year,
we’ll have a new addition to the family! So Christmastime will change again.
Life is change and I try to always have the old and new combined so that I never
get stuck in a rut, or have to say but we used to do it this way! Any
way and every way is a good way to celebrate if you’re enjoying the holidays
with family and friends!
In A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS, a similar thing happens. The jaguar world
is turned upside down when a little Arctic wolf pup is dropped off at a jaguar
daycare. And so for them, this Christmas—and every year after that—will never be
the same. But in a really good way.
Heart of the
There are all kinds of surprises under the mistletoe!
As a protector of all jaguar-kind, Guardian agent Demetria MacFarlane isn’t
surprised to get a call near Christmas—but when she’s sent to protect a cub
whose species she didn’t even know existed, her holiday season gets complicated.
And it doesn’t help that her partner is a distraction of the hottest kind.
Hotshot JAG agent Everett Anderson can handle dangerous poachers and wildlife
traffickers, no problem…but kids? Everett fears he’ll be stuck cub-sitting under
the Christmas tree, but working with one sexy Guardian she-cat may be the best
present he’s ever gotten.
Holiday | Romance Paranormal
[Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: October 4, 2016,
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492621805 / eISBN:
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two
dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In
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 and is raising two Havanese
puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
18 comments posted.
Re: Terry Spear | How I Countdown to Christmas
Wonderful post. Enjoy your family celebrations.
(Sharon Berger 1:37pm October 6, 2016)
Your Halloween and Christmas decorating plans sound so enjoyable!
(Janie McGaugh 2:45pm October 6, 2016)
Thank you for the chance. Enjoy your holidays.
(Valerie Miller 3:54pm October 6, 2016)
Lists early is big in my household... try not to have to worry about last minute gift buying! Enjoyed reading your post! Happy upcoming holidays!
(Colleen Conklin 9:35pm October 6, 2016)
We always have holiday lists going since our family is so large. This book sounds wonderful and one I'd love to read! I also love the cover. Thanks so much for the chance to win it!
(Bonnie Capuano 9:16am October 7, 2016)
You are a very busy lady...I want to see those bears! I used to do a lot of Christmassy things with the family, and at church. These days it's hard to get me out of the house, especially when it's cold and snowy. We still decorate some, and I confess, we have started already. We have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations around the house. I would love to read your bok0ks, thanks for writing them, and the chance to win!
(Kathleen Gardiner 12:53pm October 7, 2016)
I bet next Christmas will be even more special with that
(Jana B 6:30pm October 7, 2016)
I don't know if I'm quite ready for Christmas things yet, but
this book would get me there!
(Diane Sallans 9:24pm October 7, 2016)
I hope you have a wonderful first Christmas with your new granbaby &
His blessings on all of you for a fantastic New Year. Love your
traditions. Big fan of your books also btw. 😊❤
(Cheryl Mcmahan 10:56pm October 7, 2016)
It's always an adventure starting new traditions for any holiday. Good Luck :)
(Vanessa Hinman 12:12pm October 8, 2016)
I am just now getting ready for this Christmas season, and am
ordering my Christmas cards now to send out. We have a small family and I don't have to make list but we do carry on with traditions that we have had for years! Thank you for this giveaway.
(Ann Thaxton 9:53am October 8, 2016)
Thank you for the chance. I do everything last minute. I
decorate the tree and wrap presents on Christmas Eve.
(Tanja Dancy 10:01am October 8, 2016)
I start getting busy thinking about buying gifts and digging out the tree a week before Christmas. I do love the holiday, I'm just a procrastinator.
(Melanie Rosen 8:04pm October 8, 2016)
i love bears too -- have some tht my sister-in-law made
for me, complete with moveable arms and legs, sitting on
my headboard! i've cross-stitched some but not made any
huggable ones. maybe for my great-niece and nephew?
maybe. Have a great holiday! thanks.
(Sandy Haber 11:38am October 9, 2016)
Sounds like you have a busy but wonderful and heart
filling holiday season! I love decorating for holidays
but Halloween and Christmas are the best, so as soon as
the Halloween decorations come down, I'm planning
Christmas decorations and activities so that come
Thanksgiving dinner, the family gets their orders!
(Eva Millien 11:45am October 9, 2016)
I love the holidays and sharing with family is the best part.
(Patti Pusateri 12:49pm October 11, 2016)
Thank you for the chance.
(Jenne Turner 10:42pm October 11, 2016)
You are going to have a terrific family Christmas. I found your plans fascinating.
(Anna Speed 12:18pm October 12, 2016)
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