Okay, I admit I’m rather late with that sentiment. I also admit I haven’t been doing much writerly stuff lately. I have a good reason though, and here she is —
Her name is Story. Admit it. Even if you don’t like dogs, even if you don’t like Rottweilers, she’s cute as the dickens. For me she’s the end of a two-year search for a puppy to take over where my beloved Schara left off when she retired. For those who don’t know, I’ve been involved in Rottweiler rescue for more than 15 years and still am. Right now I have two rescue boys, Ruff and Victor.
However, I have a competitive streak a mile wide, and once injury put an end to my work with the horses, I was wide open to the lure of competing with dogs. So after a similar but shorter search, I found Schara, and there is still a part of me that hardly believes a dog could do the things she did for me.
It’s not that a rescue dog couldn’t do well in the kind of competition Schara and I did, and there are more and more venues that allow dogs without registration to compete, but my rescues have always been the ones not easily adoptable and not good candidates for competition. Ruff came to our rescue organization as a puppy and was such a scaredy cat I worried about fear biting. Victor, as those who follow this blog know, came to rescue with a heartworm infestation that had caused enlargement of the heart. He’s also a soft dog without the confidence that makes a good competition dog. So — Story.
She came from a local litter, and of course I went and visited puppies regularly from the day they were old enough to be visited. Not only did I stop thinking about writerly things from then on, but since I brought her home…. Well, anyone who’s had a new puppy knows how that goes. I worry the two of us may die of Bitter Apple toxicity before she gives up chewing on rugs, furniture, my clothes, and me.
In the meantime, Regan Walker emailed me that she put one of my heroes on her Favorite Heroes list. Without looking, I knew that would be Cord Bennett from Eyes. I think I’ve admitted in the past I sometimes get pouty on behalf of the other books over Eyes. Illogical, but there it is. So you can imagine how pleased I was to see not just Anne Bennett on Regan’s favorite heroines list, but Katherine Grant from Dancing too.
Yesterday I had one more piece of proof that I have some truly wonderful readers. A reader in the UK emailed me to let me know that when she downloaded samples of both Sing My Name and Beautiful Bad Man, she got the whole book. Eek! She not only let me know, she went ahead and purchased both books. I got on to Amazon as fast as I could, and they’ve fixed the problem. For all I know this has been going on with Sing for all the two years it’s been out. I never thought to download my own samples and check, but I sure will in the future. The email I got from Amazon after the fix said they regenerated the samples but couldn’t control the size, and it seems to me the new samples are very short and may give people the idea the books are much shorter than they are, but I suppose I’m happier with that glitch than with the unsung giveaway.
So Happy New Year — late but from the heart.