…and thanks for stopping by.
Book Stuff…Every Little Lie–no release date yet–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.. I’m also working on my first Christmas book. Grown-up Christmas Wish is full of whimsical fantasy that 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 holidays approach, many of us find ourselves alone and lonely. I hope this finds each one of you happy and healthy and sharing time with family or friends. Merry Christmas to all and may 2019 be your best year ever!
It’s that time of year…Winter, that is. Just as it can be dangerous to leave your dog in a parked car during summer, please also do not leave your dog locked in a car for extended periods during winter. 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…Mistletoe Miracles, by Jodi Thomas. Not your typical saccharin sweet Christmas story, this one has plenty of humor, heart-warming drama, and a dog! Fix yourself a mug of hot chocolate and curl up in your favorite chair. You won’t want to put this book down.
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 Ted Kerasote for 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.