From Mia Marlowe...
Actually, I got incredibly lucky when I was a debut author. That's when I first met Connie Mason. I had dinner with her and her beloved husband of many, many years and she graciously agreed to give me a cover quote. She really liked my writing style. It was the beginning of a beautiful partnership that has resulted in SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER, and later this year LORD OF FIRE AND ICE. I'm thrilled to confirm that Connie and I have just agreed to do three more collaborative novels for Sourcebooks.
Watch for The Royal Rakes series in 2013!
My next guest blogger is Samantha Grace, a new author with a release coming soon. However, her trials and tribulations have less to do with her upcoming book and more with her wacko dog. Where's the Dog Whisperer when you need him?
Hi, I’m Samantha Grace, a debut author new to the Casablanca Authors blog, and I’m thrilled to be here. What better way to ring in the New Year than to celebrate the release of Mia’s and Connie’s book SINS OF THE HIGHLANDER? Men in kilts! It’s the gift no one returns.
These first few days of the New Year are going to be challenging. We’re hosting a late family Christmas celebration this weekend in addition to having five teenage boys over Friday night to celebrate our son’s birthday. I’m also blogging three times this week: twice here and once at Lady Scribes. Still, these things seem easy compared to figuring out what to do with our 70 pound, neurotic dog when we leave for vacation in two weeks.
Usually my husband’s mother comes to our house to check on her a couple times a day when we are gone, but she had surgery last week and can’t drive. Boarding Dani is out of the question, as is having a stranger come to the house, or anyone wearing a hat. She doesn’t even recognize her own family in hats.
We’ve never figured out the origins of her anxiety. Traditional psychotherapy just didn’t work, but she liked lying on the couch. She also enjoys standing in the middle of the dining room table on occasion, which leads me to believe she was a dancer in a former life. Either that or a cat. Actually, the reincarnated dancer hypothesis makes sense now that I think about it. Dani tap dances for her supper. And she sneezes as a finale. It’s a strange act, but effective.
It used to be too successful, because she would trick us into feeding her more than she needed. She would tap dance for me and I would feed her. A few minutes later my husband would come into the kitchen, rat-ta-tat-tat, she’d be fed again. Then our daughter would get the dance and then our son… We finally caught on when Dani began to lose her svelte figure.
We tried to kennel her when we first brought her home, but she broke through two dog crates after nervous-drooling all over the place. This is what the vet called it: nervous-drooling. Thank goodness, it seems to be limited to dogs. Public speaking is nerve wracking enough. Can you imagine if you had to worry about drooling, too?
Despite her oddities, she’s a great dog. She’s never been destructive, unless you count dog crates, paper towels, and baggies filled with cookies. (Hey, I’ve been guilty of the cookies myself.) Best of all, she loves her family. When our daughter was three, Dani placed herself between our little girl and a neighbor walking up our drive. I have no doubts she would have taken him out if he’d been looking for trouble. Maybe that type of loyalty deserves a bag of cookies sometimes, and the option of staying in the comfort of her home while her pack is on vacation.
What odd or funny habits does your pet have? (Two readers will win their choice of a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card. Please include your email address with your comment to be entered into the drawing.)
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Mia: Thanks, Samantha! I used to have a little poodle mix who went into spasms if she saw someone in a cap. She was a rescue dog, so obviously, there's a meany-head out there in a ball cap.