…and thanks for stopping by.
Book Stuff…Every Little Lie–coming soon–is different than my usual contemporary romance in that it also includes a touch of mystery. And, of course, it wouldn’t be an Alexa Darin book if it didn’t have some humorous moments. No release date yet, but it’s coming. I’ve also completed a draft of my first Christmas book. It’s a fantasy type and has been a lot of fun to write.
On my mind…I’ve got my new pup! This fur baby is sure to be spoiled…and deservedly so. He’s too cute—pictures to come!
It’s that time of year…Summer, that is. Please do not leave your dog in your car, even for 5 minutes, while you run into the store/post office/anywhere. Dogs cannot take the kind of heat we’ve been having this year. The hotter a dog’s body becomes, the higher his chance of having heat stroke. His cells become damaged and once that happens, his kidneys and liver will fail, his heart and brain begin to die.
And remember…If you ever feel you can no longer care for your aging dog, or have a dog that needs medical care you can’t afford, please know that there is a place that may be able to help. Old Dog Haven. Check them out…they do such great things for our furry citizens!
A Great book…Gizelle’s Bucket List, by Lauren Fern Watt. If you’ve ever had a dog leave your life too soon, you might enjoy this book. And I only say might because this is a hard book to read if you’re grieving your own loss. But if you think you’re up to it, grab a box of tissue and make yourself comfortable because once you start reading, you won’t want to stop. Gizelle is one big dog, with one big heart and when her best human friend discovers that Gizelle won’t be around much longer, it’s time to take a road trip and do all the things every dog loves to do.
Another great book…Pukka’s Promise, by Ted Kerasote. Not only is this a good story and very well-written, but it’s also a great learning tool to help people with fur babies know the steps they can take to give their pups a healthy and long life.
Thanks to both Ted Kerasote and Lauren Fern Watt for the smiles…and the tears.
Tips on writing…
1) Don’t listen to most people (who don’t write). They can’t relate to, or really know, what you’re going through, like other writers can. So instead of listening to people who don’t write, read. Read a lot. And when you find a sentence or paragraph, etc., you absolutely love and are so envious that it makes you almost hate the author, write it out long-hand…and then study it to try and discover what it is about that piece of writing that is so magical.
2) Read your work out loud. You’d be surprised at how different a sentence might sound when you hear it rather than just see it.
3) When you’re trying to come up with a plot and you think you’ve found the perfect story to write…but then you discover a similar story has just come out, don’t let that stop you! Your voice and your story will be completely different and maybe even better.
4) More to come…
Many Thanks…to Stephanie Queen, USA Today Bestselling Author (and queen of Quirky Quips Blog), for making my day with a nice review of Kiss Me Twice. See it here.
Remember…posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads is a wonderful way to say you enjoyed a book.
Thanks again for the visit…
Romantically ever after…
A random thought…Good food and exercise may keep you healthy, but a good man and laughter will keep you alive.