The Year That Was

Woman walking toward an entrance with numbers 2016 This has been both a very tough and a very rewarding year for me.

I saw the first two contemporary romances I’ve written make it onto real book shelves. I still don’t get tired of popping into a Barnes & Noble every time I pass one, and just having a peek to see if they’re still there.

We moved again (*groan*) in the middle of the year. This one was the toughest yet, as my girls are 14 and 15 and don’t transition as easily as they used to. On the plus side, we found a real dream home. Out in the country with nothing but the wildlife for neighbors and still within a ten minute drive of everything I need.

At the beginning of the year, I signed with an agent for the first time, and she went to work right away. It took a long time to finalize the details, but we signed a two-book deal with Kensington, which will see me back in bookstores in 2017, and another for 3 new medieval e books with Lyrical.

In 2016, I’m looking to refine and focus my energy more. Writing and publishing is a huge learning curve, and a lot of energy gets wasted going down the wrong roads a time or two. Things that don’t work for me, have to go (both personally and professionally). I’ve been doing an incredible process of energy healing over the last few weeks, and whether you believe that sort of thing is useful or not, it has affirmed what I know to be true. I have to live my truth, my way, to find the right path, and surrender to it. Instead of trying to bend it to go the direction I think it should go.

I’m looking forward to it. Watch the chicks and me shoot straight as an arrow for where we need to be. It promises to be a wild flight.

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Another visit to Shelly Laurenston

I have a lot of authors on my iPad, and a whole ton of books I’ve read. Every now and again, I get the urge to revisit an old friend. I loved Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Series, and Beast Behaving Badly is a book I’ve read a couple of times. The combination of an anal, OCD, socially inept, and grumpy polar bear/lion breed hero, and a wild, off the wall wild dog shifter female is addictive.

bbb-coverTen years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can’t get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he’s shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is…

Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it’s good advice, but he can’t leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness — or his hunch that there’s more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn’t yet begun to fathom — much as he’d like to. She may insist Bo’s nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she’ll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it’ll be worth the wait…

Shelly has a new series, “The Call of the Crows” and it promises to be just as KickAss as her others. I’ve already read book 1 and 2, grab them if you can.

SarahSig

 

Nalini Singh Book Goddess

Nalini Singh Book Goddess

I have to preface this post with “How the hell does she do it????”  I just finished reading the latest in the Guild Hunter series, Archangels Enigma. Here’s what it’s about before I start the eulogizing.

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Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

What can I say, other than WOW! I read a lot, and like most of us, I have a list of favorite authors. In fact, the KACs were having a conversation recently about some of our favorite authors who were maybe losing steam a bit, not delivering the sort of quality work we were used to. They’re human, after all, and to keep churning out quality books is tough. But Nalini Singh NEVER disappoints. Each book is a finely crafted, gripping, raw, beautiful read from start to finish. I love her Psi-Changeling series, but the Guild Hunter series might just be my favorite. I’ve never forgotten the meeting of Elena and Raphael in Angel’s Blood. Talk about hot and super-charged!!!! Archangel’s Enigma had me scouring her backlist again, because I can’t get enough Nalini. Super-recommend this one!!!

And speaking of authors who never disappoint, next on my list is the new release by Christie Ridgway. This is sitting on my iPad as we ‘speak’ just waiting to sweep me away.

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CEO Walsh Hopkins relies on his admin Honey Brooks as his “second brain.” He trusts the efficient young woman with everything—from his company secrets to his social calendar. When a business conference at a beachside resort comes up, of course he assumes she’ll be by his side. But he’s taken aback when his dependable assistant balks at the chance to blend work and pleasure.

Honey Brooks has been crushing on her boss for years. No way does she want to torture herself further by spending time with him in a romantic surf-and-sand setting. But he overrules her objections and under the tropical sun their platonic boss-secretary relationship takes a drastic turn. They promise each other that upon the return home their relationship will return to normal too… But some promises are impossible to keep

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Over the Covers

Over the Covers

Good morning, and welcome to Fun Guy Friday. So, this is a guy who has a lot of fun at romance novel’s expense, but he seriously cracks me up. This is Longmire, and he does romance novel cover parodies. Here’s the link if you want to check out some more:

http://www.worldoflongmire.com/

I’m giving you a small taste of some of my favorites

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Doggone It! – Four things your dog needs you to know

Hi there,

So, we’ve cooked, gardened, done first day of school, even worked on some reading skills. Which left me with the last blog in the series, and no clue what to do. I went with something near and dear to my heart—dogs. Or to be more specific, the responsible ownership of dogs.

If you’ve got a dog, you’ll know you have a friend for their tragically short lives. In exchange for that, you provide a home, security, love, attention and stability. What does the dog bring? Everything he has, unconditional love and his life if you ever needed it.

Your dog is descended from the wolf. Yes, even sweet, little fluffy Snowflake farting on your bed right now. As such, we need to honor the pact we made with the wolf when we domesticated him. He would work for us, we would help him take care of his young and old. Together we would hunt.

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Take your dog hunting! I joke! A little humor.

I AM WHAT MY MAMA MADE ME

You get what was bred into your dog. I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing the right dog for your lifestyle. Border Collie’s are adorable, who doesn’t love that face. But they’re working dogs. If you haven’t got the time to work with that dog, walk him daily, and about 100 acres for him to run his energy off, this is not the dog for you. Research your breeds, choose the right dog for you, especially if you have children.

images-2As much as I love the idea of rescue dogs, a bred dog is more predictable. You get to meet the bitch and dog who had the litter of puppies, and a good breeder will make sure they aren’t breeding genetic defects into the puppies—hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, skin allergies, diabetes. The list goes on and on, and so will your vet bills and the heartache of an unhealthy dog. If you are going to rescue a dog, and God knows enough of them need it, also look at breed, and where they found the dog. Taking time to learn his history will save you a lot of frustration.

http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds.html

I LIVE TO WORK AND PLEASE YOU

Here’s what I see too often—untrained, bored, frustrated dogs. Dogs love to work, and they love to please you. When you train your dog, you give him the chance to do both at once. Even that little command to wait for his food—in his mind, your dog is working.

I’m not a dog trainer, animal behavioralist or anything like that. I’m someone who has owned dogs all their lives, loves dogs and wants to see them happy. I’m also one of those people you will see on the trail with their two dogs walking nicely at my heel, off leash. **GASP**

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Yes, I know you need to leash your dogs on the trail, but I trained mine to walk obediently—stress OBEDIENTLY— off leash. It took time and effort on all our parts to get to that point. And it’s not my dogs snapping and snarling at other dogs. They don’t rush off after wildlife, destroy vegetation or pay any attention to your dog. They’re with me, they’re working and we’re all happy. But we went through a lot of basic obedience training before I even tried walking off-leash. For most people. I would suggest you stick with the basics.

So, what do I mean by basic obedience training? No jumping through hoops, or leaping after frisbees. I mean these commands:

  • Come on command
  • Sit
  • Heel
  • Sit-Stay
  • Wait
  • Lie Down

The advantage to basic obedience training is not only that they do all those things (and you can name the commands whatever works for you and your dogs, just be consistent), it makes them a better stimulated, easier to manage pet. They know their place, and they like it there. Let’s go back to the wolf to illustrate my point. Wolves accept the hierarchy. There is an Alpha male and female, and what they say goes. The Alpha is not always the strongest dog in the pack, but the most effective hunter. It’s only when another dog fancies itself as stronger than the Alpha that trouble starts.

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Most big dog owners I know, get this about their dogs A 200-pound rottweiler can do a whole lot of damage. It’s important for them to understand who’s boss, and never question it. But fluffily, farting Snowflake is as much a wolf as Rottie. That cute furball sitting on your couch and growling at anyone who comes near—she thinks she’s Alpha, or at least vying for that position. It wouldn’t be nearly as cute if 200-pound Rottie was on your couch doing that, now would it?

And just as an aside: your dog should NEVER growl at you, not even over food. These YouTube videos of people laughing about their growling dog—don’t get me started. Growling can be a sign of dominant aggression. And a dog that bites its owner is all too often a lost cause. Unfortunately, by the time the dog gets to that point, there is not much you can do. You should have done the work earlier and helped your dog-friend out, and helped him know his place in the pack. Before I move on from training, let me also say poor breeding can also lead to a lost-cause dog. Pitbulls, for example, suffer too much from irresponsible breeding. A pitbull in the right home, with the right training is probably one of the most WONDERFUL AND LOYAL dogs of all.

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WHERE’S MY PACK AT?

Dogs are pack animals. They thrive in the pack, and feel secure amongst it. You are your dogs pack. When his pack is around him, everything is cool in Dogland. How often does your dog lie close to where you’re working? Mine spend their day at my feet or following me around. And FYI, if you’re considering more than one dog, do it. I have two golden retrievers and they’re not double trouble. When the rest of the pack is off doing life, the dogs keep each other company. I wouldn’t recommend two puppies at the same time. Get one dog through house-training, and basic obedience, and then get the second. Again, take into account your dog’s personality. If you have a submissive dog, a dominant will be fine. My female, Rosie, is clearly the dominant dog in our house, even though Jack, the male, outweighs her by 50lbs and could take her in a  fight. Rosie is top dog, so another female would be a bad idea. If I were to get a third dog, it would be a submissive male. A breeder or a good rescue center will help you work out the dog dynamics

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I’M NOT A PERSON

Your dog is a dog is a dog is a dog. It is not a person. It does not belong tucked in your handbag, sitting at your dinner table or on your lap as you drive. Let me deal with the driving thing first because it makes me want to go postal. If you have an accident the dog on your lap will take the impact for both of you and will go straight through the windscreen. The fact that you are distracted by a dog on your lap, increases your chances of having that accident. Do us, and your dog a favor and put your dog securely in the back of the car.

Dogs do not eat human food, it’s not good for their digestive systems or their teeth. Buy a high quality dog food, I get mine from my vet, appropriate for the breed, age and any health issues your dog might have.

Those handbag dogs! EGH! As much as your dog isn’t human, its not an accessory either. The reason those small dogs quiver and quake—insecurity. They have no idea what they are and where they fit in. Treating your dog like a person doesn’t make it a happy dog. Remember, pack animals, hierarchy, is what they understand and are most comfortable with.

I’m going to just go back to the off-leash thing before I finish. Even though I often walk my dogs off-leash, I never do it on a new trail where I don’t know what’s behind the next bend, beside a busy road or close to a lot of small children. Any dog, even the best trained dog can suddenly see another dog they want to beat the crap out of (who knows why?) or go after squirrel or something else that moves fast and looks like prey.

And they do dog stuff—eat gross things, crotch sniff, fart, chew your best pair of shoes…dog stuff!

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And there you have it, the four things I think you’re dog needs you to know. There is no better friend than a dog, and I couldn’t imagine my life without a dog in it. Take care of yours and love him like he needs to be loved.

SarahSig

Release Day: My Lady Faye #2 Sir Arthur’s Legacy

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The Lady

The fair Lady Faye has always played the role allotted her. Yet the marriage her family wanted only brought her years of abuse and heartache. Now, finally free of her tyrannical husband, she is able to live her own life for the first time. But someone from the past has returned. Someone she has never been able to forget.

The Warrior

After years of servitude as a warrior for King and Country, Gregory is now free to pursue his own path: to serve God by becoming a monk. The only thing stopping him is Faye. Gregory has loved Faye since the moment he saw her. But their love was not meant to be. How can he serve God when his heart longs for her? He can neither forsake God nor the woman he loves.

The Promise

When Faye’s son is kidnapped, Gregory answers her family’s call for help, only to find that even in the most dangerous of circumstances, neither can fight their forbidden attraction. An attraction that now burns brighter than ever before. And it is only a matter of time until it consumes them both.

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