…and thanks for stopping by.

Book Stuff…I’ve just finished my first Christmas book. A Grown-up Christmas Wish is full of whimsical fantasy and has been great fun to write, as well as research. For instance, did you know that…

  • female reindeer grow antlers too, shedding theirs much later than males, which means that Santa’s sleigh could likely be powered by she-deer,
  • a reindeer’s coat is hollow, which means it can trap air to provide insulation in frigid weather,
  • reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light, which helps them to see in the blaring Arctic light,
  • within just a few short hours, baby reindeer are able to run several miles; and
  • reindeer are not referred to as bucks, does, and fawns, but instead they are called bulls, cows, and calves, just like domestic cattle.

On my mind…As the summer comes to an end, many of us have taken vacations, including me. As an avid hiker, I always wanted to see and hike the Grand Canyon…so I did. If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend seeing this at least once in your life. I also went to Sedona, where the beauty of the land never ends…though I think if I go back, I’ll wait for cooler weather. Hiking in three-digit heat isn’t easy.

It’s that time of year…Winter, that is. Okay, maybe not just yet, but it’ll be here soon, so please be aware that it can be just as dangerous to leave your dog in a parked car during winter as it is in summer. When temperatures dip, your car can become like an ice box and your dog can suffer greatly. Remember, too, spending cold nights outdoors can be particularly harsh in some parts of the country. Please give your dog a warm place to sleep and fresh water to drink where it won’t get frozen over during the night.

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 holiday read…Catching Christmas, by Terri Blackstock. It’s not a new release, but no matter. It’ll warm your heart and leave you smiling.

Another great book…Flirting With Forty, by Jane Porter. Also not a new release, but this is a don’t miss book.

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.

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Thanks again for the visit…

Romantically ever after…

Alexa Darin

A random thoughtGood food and exercise may keep you healthy, but a good man and laughter will keep you alive.

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