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Here we have Satan– er, Sadie, lording it over the dog’s water bowl. And we have Yoda (aka Dumbass) wanting some water but unwilling to go within claw’s reach. Satan will sit there until the dog is literally sobbing, begging her to move. She will then casually yawn and stretch and walk away, swinging her tail, head high…

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Happy Hump Day

Working my way towards a 9/1 deadline, which basically means that I’m super duper stressed. But searching for today’s writing inspiration was the most fun I’ve had all week… 馃檪

This guy is going in my next book. Not the book I’m writing, because that book might go in the trash. I’m kidding! Mostly…

What do you all do when work stress, or any stress, gets you? My current solution is to rummage through the cereal shelf and eat my weight in Captain Crunch. You?

I Love Lucy

So … I was working on the patio and suddenly realized I was being swarmed by bees. And let’s just say I didn’t realize this calmly.

Or even kind of calmly.

I went screaming and running, including tossing my laptop and printed manuscript. My chair tipped over and it turns out there was a very good reason the bees were pissed off.

I was sitting on their house. Literally.

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I’m still doing the bee dance, by the way…

Why dogs…?

I often get asked why I put animals in my romance novels. Especially dogs. They make great companions for one thing. They add fun and humor and undeniable heart. Plus they鈥檙e the ultimate confidant and then there鈥檚 the biggest reason 鈥 they give unconditional love. Here鈥檚 my Top Five reasons why dogs make great sidekicks.

1. Because when you鈥檙e on the mountain trail and you come across an angry mama bear and her baby cubs, your dog will run like hell. This will warn you to run like hell as well. Just be careful because if your dog is like my dog, he will throw you under the bus (or in this case bear) to get home before you do.

2. Because when all the cookies are gone you can totally blame your cookie loving dog. No one has to know that you ate all the cookies yourself. And your dog can give you dirty looks for blaming him but he can鈥檛 actually talk and dispute your story. Solid alibi.

3. Because if you鈥檝e eaten in a way that disagrees with your stomach, there are never any worries. Your dog will always, ALWAYS, out stink you. And if he doesn鈥檛, you can still point the finger at him. Again, he can鈥檛 talk and dispute your story.

4. Dogs are not just great sidekicks but they also make great a really great wingman. If you鈥檙e single, you can totally put your dog to work at charming the person you鈥檙e interested in. Just make sure that person likes dog drool and dog hair all over everything first.

5. There is never a need for a pillow or extra blanket because your dog will always be willing to get into bed with you and share body heat. Always. Just be forewarned. Being a great sidekick is not the same thing as a good bed partner. They have a habit of being a total bed hog.

Here’s Gertie from RAINY DAY FRIENDS… 馃檪

Rainy Day Friends

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My baby…

So Oldest went backpacking at Half Dome in Yosemite. If you’ve ever had the chance to see Half Dome in person, then you know how amazing a place it is. I’m betting at the very least that you’ve seen pictures of the glorious peak in calendars and art galleries or online.

Bet you haven’t seen this picture. Oldest after an all day climb. She’s the little dot on the cliff.

Here she is on the right with her friends. I look at this picture and can feel my womb clutch. That is my baby. On a cliff. On purpose.

I can’t even climb a ladder without getting dizzy. Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?