I told you we're building a house, right? Yeah, it's a fun, massive project. There are frequent surprises, and a lot of them aren't very pleasant.
But I think the biggest one was having a stray dog show up.
She wasn't an ordinary stray. She had a collar and was very friendly with my children. She stayed at our construction site. We began to feed her, all the while warning the children that she had owners and we were going to track them down.
We did. And after a blustering series of excuses, they finally admitted they weren't prepared or equipped to care for a dog. So we took her home.
What we didn't know, and what I suppose there was no way to know, was that this dog, about a year old, hadn't been trained at all. She wasn't leash-trained. She wasn't crate-trained. She didn't know how to respond to commands. She was terrified of my husband. And worst of all, she wasn't house-broken.
I didn't sign up for a fifth child right now, but I have a huge soft spot for animals. I've volunteered at animal shelters at various times in my life, and I often prefer the four-legged critters to the two-legged ones. We've successfully leash-trained her (she had some major fear issues) and she no longer cowers and pees when she sees my husband. But I could really really use any advice you have on crate-training or house-breaking. We've made some good efforts, but we have a ways to go. And she's a part of our family now, for better or worse. Through thick or thin.
My college roommates used to roll their eyes every time they came home and found another stray cat in the apartment. My parents were very used to me showing up with new animals. I guess it's just something I do. But with four children already, I'd kicked the habit. Have you ever taken home an animal? How did you adjust?
The house is coming along great, by the way! Thanks for asking! And I'm finishing up the final draft for Cassandra Jones Year 3! Watch for it in March!
Entranced is up for preorder! It's only $0.99 for the rest of January! Snag your copy here!
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On the Corner of Heartache & Love
Coming September 2016!
About the Book
After three years, Maren Summers is elated to finally have her dream wedding to her dream man, Kevin Bryant. In her sights is the promotion to Weddings she’s worked so hard for at the newspaper. Happily ever after is within her grasp…
Until Kevin jilts her at the altar, elopes with another woman, and becomes her boss. Devastated by the twisted turn of events Maren moves in with her best friend and notices the not-so-homeless guy on the corner, Zane Whitfield. As his heart-wrenching tale unfolds—his vow to wait a year on the corner for his lost love—Maren sees his compassionate human-interest story as her ticket away from
Kevin, weddings, and her heartache.
But as the New Year approaches, is Maren headed for heartache again when Zane's lost love returns or has time changed more than one heart?
About the Author
Lisa Swinton caught the romance buy early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it yet. She feeds her addiction with romance novels, films, and chocolate. A doctor’s wife and busy mom of two, she enjoys putting her musical theater degree to use at church and in community theater. She enjoys researching her family tree, painting her house, and baking. She loves to travel and all things Jane Austen. In her next life she’d like to be a professional organizer.
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Friday, June 10, 2016
Priceless has a cover, and it's beautiful.
I am so very excited. This is the third book in the Perilous series, and quite honestly, the best one so far. Perilous was a fine book for a debut novel, but I've grown so much as a writer. Altercation (book #2) was really great, but this book, Priceless (book #3) is finally the story I really want to tell.
The book has not been released and I don't even know when it will be available. But very soon this cover is going to go public, and I wanted you to see it first!
Eek!! What do you think?? This book has so much going on. Of course the cover can't begin to tell the whole story, but it alludes to many of the various elements happening in the plot. Here's a synopsis:
It's been two years since Jaci and her friends were kidnapped by The Hand and ultimately escaped. Jaci has done her best to re-assimilate into high school society, to put that experience behind her. A runner on the cross-country team and the almost-girlfriend of a popular football star, it seems as if her future is finally falling into place.
When a series of weird, innocuous notes begin to show up at her house and in her locker, Jaci assumes her brother is playing jokes on her. But as the notes grow more sinister, she begins to question their origin.
By the time she suspects that her previous kidnappers are involved, too much is at stake to tackle this problem on her own.
Somehow Jaci must avoid capture without involving her family or endangering her friends.
I'm so pleased with this book, so happy with how it turned out. I hope you are as excited about it as I am!
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