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Here we have Satan-- er, Sadie, lording it over the dog's water bowl. And we have Yoda (aka Dumbass) wanting some water but unwilling to go within claw's reach. Satan will sit there until the dog is literally sobbing, begging her to move. She will then casually yawn and stretch and walk away, swinging her tail, head high...

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Caption this and one of you will win my upcoming Hot Winter Nights!

Happy Hump Day

So today's happy hump day pic is also today's writing inspiration...

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Cuz he is definitely going in my next book. What's your favorite hero lately, inquiring minds wanna know. Also, I'll draw three random commenters, who will win my upcoming Hot Winter Nights!

Ruh Roh

So there was an incident. Frat Boy did something he shouldn't have. He ate an entire bag of chips that he had to get into the cabinet to get at.

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He is deeply sorry. Sorry he was caught. Caption this pic for a chance for an advanced reading copy of HOT WINTER NIGHTS!

Happy Hump Day
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Working my way towards a 9/1 deadline, which basically means that I'm super duper stressed. But searching for today's writing inspiration was the most fun I've had all week... :)

This guy is going in my next book. Not the book I'm writing, because that book might go in the trash. I'm kidding! Mostly...

What do you all do when work stress, or any stress, gets you? My current solution is to rummage through the cereal shelf and eat my weight in Captain Crunch. You?

I Love Lucy

So ... I was working on the patio and suddenly realized I was being swarmed by bees. And let's just say I didn't realize this calmly. Or even kind of calmly.

I went screaming and running, including tossing my laptop and printed manuscript. My chair tipped over and it turns out there was a very good reason the bees were pissed off.

I was sitting on their house. Literally.

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I'm still doing the bee dance, by the way...

Why dogs...?

I often get asked why I put animals in my romance novels. Especially dogs. They make great companions for one thing. They add fun and humor and undeniable heart. Plus they’re the ultimate confidant and then there’s the biggest reason – they give unconditional love. Here’s my Top Five reasons why dogs make great sidekicks. 1. Because when you’re on the mountain trail and you come across an angry mama bear and her baby cubs, your dog will run like hell. This will warn you to run like hell as well. Just be careful because if your dog is like my dog, he will throw you under the bus (or in this case bear) to get home before you do.

2. Because when all the cookies are gone you can totally blame your cookie loving dog. No one has to know that you ate all the cookies yourself. And your dog can give you dirty looks for blaming him but he can’t actually talk and dispute your story. Solid alibi.

3. Because if you’ve eaten in a way that disagrees with your stomach, there are never any worries. Your dog will always, ALWAYS, out stink you. And if he doesn’t, you can still point the finger at him. Again, he can’t talk and dispute your story.

4. Dogs are not just great sidekicks but they also make great a really great wingman. If you’re single, you can totally put your dog to work at charming the person you’re interested in. Just make sure that person likes dog drool and dog hair all over everything first.

5. There is never a need for a pillow or extra blanket because your dog will always be willing to get into bed with you and share body heat. Always. Just be forewarned. Being a great sidekick is not the same thing as a good bed partner. They have a habit of being a total bed hog.

Here's Gertie from RAINY DAY FRIENDS... :)

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My baby...

So Oldest went backpacking at Half Dome in Yosemite. If you've ever had the chance to see Half Dome in person, then you know how amazing a place it is. I'm betting at the very least that you've seen pictures of the glorious peak in calendars and art galleries or online. Bet you haven't seen this picture. Oldest after an all day climb. She's the little dot on the cliff.

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Here she is on the right with her friends. I look at this picture and can feel my womb clutch. That is my baby. On a cliff. On purpose.

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I can't even climb a ladder without getting dizzy. Boggles the mind, doesn't it?

Four legged romance sidekicks

I often get asked why I put animals in my romance novels. Especially dogs. They make great companions for one thing. They add fun and humor and undeniable heart. Plus they’re the ultimate confidant and then there’s the biggest reason – they give unconditional love. Here’s my Top Five reasons why dogs make great sidekicks. 1. Because when you’re on the mountain trail and you come across an angry mama bear and her baby cubs, your dog will run like hell. This will warn you to run like hell as well. Just be careful because if your dog is like my dog, he will throw you under the bus (or in this case bear) to get home before you do.

2. Because when all the cookies are gone you can totally blame your cookie loving dog. No one has to know that you ate all the cookies yourself. And your dog can give you dirty looks for blaming him but he can’t actually talk and dispute your story. Solid alibi.

3. Because if you’ve eaten in a way that disagrees with your stomach, there are never any worries. Your dog will always, ALWAYS, out stink you. And if he doesn’t, you can still point the finger at him. Again, he can’t talk and dispute your story.

4. Dogs are not just great sidekicks but they also make great a really great wingman. If you’re single, you can totally put your dog to work at charming the person you’re interested in. Just make sure that person likes dog drool and dog hair all over everything first.

5. There is never a need for a pillow or extra blanket because your dog will always be willing to get into bed with you and share body heat. Always. Just be forewarned. Being a great sidekick is not the same thing as a good bed partner. They have a habit of being a total bed hog.

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Meet Gracie from Rainy Day Friends... :)

Now we're cooking...

So my favorite go to recipe is VERY complicated. Step one, open crockpot. Step two, toss in boneless chicken breasts. Step three, pour in a jar of salsa. Step four, turn crockpot on low, cover, and go away. Step five, come back in eight hours, shred the chicken and use for nachos, burritos or quesidillas and EAT. But my family tends to balk if I do that every night.

So this is where you can save me. Share your fast, easy, delicious recipes? My family thanks you from the bottom of their hungry hearts. :razz:

I Love Lucy tales

A deadline is looming over my head and yet the camera on my phone woke me up the other morning, calling my name.

"Psst!" my camera said. "Forgetaboutwork ... I'm more fun."

And damn if my camera wasn't right. It was WAAAAAY more fun to walk along the Truckee River than work. And I only had to climb two fences and pass a DO NOT TRESPASS sign ...

I cut my calf. Never let it be said that I don't suffer for my art. At the time though, mostly I was worried about the scent of my blood drawing bears and coyotes oh my.

Probably I should have been more worried about where I parked, since I got a ticket.

If Alpha Man is reading this, I'm just kiddin'. Of course I wasn't stupid enough to park in the same place I parked last time. And I most definitely wasn't stupid enough to get yet another ticket. Probably.

And if my editor is reading this, this whole blog is a figment of your imagination because I am writing. Writing like a dog. I swear it.

On the two tickets I didn't get ...

Happy Hump Day

So today's theme is READING IS SEXY...

I mean just in case you needed convincing...

And not that I'm worried, but this one is sure to do it...

So are we all in accord? Reading is sexy? And might I ask what you're all reading?

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Recipe for a bad 'tude...

Ingredients: Gorgeous Donner Lake One boat One Alpha Man

Directions: Combine ingredients Remain on lake as long as it takes, until attitude improves Repeat as necessary

p.s. I'm working on an article about social networking. My part will be about my blog, and what makes it work. So ... what makes my blog work for you? That I don't talk all that much about my writing? Or when I DO talk about writing? The mention of my books, or when I talk about my life? Help me out ... what brings you back?

Happy Hump Day

I have a new crush and he probably doesn't need any introduction, but I bring to you Michael B. Jordan ...

Also, there was a sports team on my plane home the other night, which means it was full of tall, built, age INappropriate men but let's just say it was a very visually pleasant flight.

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