Coffee, puppy, and a Friday afternoon

20141218145456It's Friday and I'm having a hard time concentrating on anything. My head is spinning with things for the book launch next week, the latest Ocean book I'm working on, things that need to be done around the house, or for the church. Not to mention the puppy stretched across my lap, her paws on my keyboard, make blogging kind of hard. I think I might just sip a cup of coffee, listen to some Luke Bryan, and enjoy the puppy snuggles while I still can.

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All-in-all, a great day.

20150205_195407 I'm keeping it short today. I had one of those days where I was out the door at 9:30 am and I didn't get home until 7 pm. It was a good day though. I dropped books off at McNally Robinson for my book launch next week, checked out Target--since it's closing down here in Canada. I walked in and turned right back around and walked out LOL.

The kids got to spend some time with their cousin, I got to spend some time with my sister-in-laws. I even got some writing in. All-in-all, a great day.

When I got home,I got to end my day with animal chores. I dragged my garden hose out of the basement and outside to fill up the horse trough, wrestled with my 100 lb lapdog (or so he thinks) in the snow, and ran my hands through the fuzzy winter coats of the horses.

Yep, all-in-all, a great day.


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Opposites Attract

20150204_105110 I looked outside my window this morning to see Cat sitting on top of Beau-dog, sunbathing. Their relationship never ceases to make me smile. We've been told that dogs and cats are opposites, enemies, that they don't get along. And in most cases, that's true. However, given the right circumstances, you'll see opposites as best friends; like in the case of Beau-dog and Cat.

I love stories of opposites attract. In my books, friendships are often built on similarities, but I like to build romances on differences, and being drawn together by something that needs to be filled. Common ground can be found in any instance, and sometimes it's the differences that build the strongest of relationships.

In the famous words of Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, "You complete me."

Do you have a story of opposites attract? Do you have a soft spot for those stories?

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Let them eat cake

How amazing is this cake? I've been searching pinterest for cake ideas these past few days. Looking at both literary themes and nautical. I'm prepping for a BIG book launch at McNally Robinson Grant Park on Feb 12th, and one of the many things on my to-do list is to work with my very talented sister-in-law to design the perfect cake to celebrate the book launch. In searching, I came across this amazing cake and, I have to admit, something like this is on my list of dream cakes. Maybe for the launch party to celebrate the finished Ocean Series?

If you live in Winnipeg, I hope you'll consider coming out to McNally Robinson on the 12th. Here's the invitation with all the info.

launch invitation 2c

In the mean time, what are some of your dream cakes? Do you ever find yourself looking through pinterest at all the amazing designs?


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Honey, I bought a zoo.

10940543_640783059383281_1160773672953463650_nIt's no joke around here that I'm a little bit animal crazy. I'm constantly browsing kijiji for dogs and horses and any other cute furry animal you can think of. Most of the time I manage to talk myself out of it. Most of the time. And my husband, bless his heart, manages to put up with all my insanity. Even though I'm pretty sure it probably feels like he lives in a zoo--hence the title. Recently, my husband and I decided to start fostering dogs for a local rescue. Our first charge is a 3 month old husky cross. She was found abandoned and malnourished with a cyst on her head. The cyst was surgically removed and she recovered from that, and now she's comfortably in our home waiting to find her family. And we're trying really, really hard not to fall head over heels in love with her (and failing) lol.

I've always wanted to foster dogs. Animals seem to make the heart just a little bit fuller and happier. And when it comes to helping dogs that haven't had the greatest start in life... well, it's just that much more rewarding.

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