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How to Speak Fluent Feline and Correct Canine
Such a small world! Animal author Tim Link recently hosted me on his Animal Writes podcast. He was a great host and we had a fun conversation. Afterward, I looked up his books online, only to discover that I already had one of them, Talking with Dogs and Cats. My son bought this book for me as a gift, and it’s been so insightful! If your family is like ours, we often find ourselves trying to read the minds of our dogs and cats, or trying to communicate with them in order to keep them calm, secure, and happy. We all know that’s not always easy! Tim Link provides many great suggestions in the book for relating to our pets and empathizing with them so that we can better understand them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a more meaningful relationship with their pets and more effective communication with them.
Take a look at Tim’s great books here:
You can also listen to my fun conversation with Tim here: Animal Writes Podcast
It was so much fun to be interviewed for the Animal Writes Podcast at Pet Life Radio! Thanks to Tim Link and everyone else involved in producing the show. Listen here: Animal Writes Podcast
My Recent Escape to Weymouth
Being a novelist is an odd profession. There are few jobs that can be best done when hiding out from the world, but writing is one of them. Solitude and the elimination of distractions enables a writer’s mind to focus.
In early October, I stayed for a week at a writers-in-residence program at the beautiful and charming Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. What a wonderful experience! The room was comfortable, the weather was perfect, and the house had a large balcony with padded furniture that was the perfect outdoor writing spot for me. The grounds included several miles of hiking paths, so I had easy access to walk and think over my ideas before I sat down at the computer. Thanks to a fellow writer who’d stayed at Weymouth several times, I discovered some great local restaurants, including a fun pub that makes a mean Moscow mule. I hiked the trail around the reservoir in town, and also visited the gardens at Sandhills Community College, which were absolutely gorgeous. I definitely recommend seeing them if you’re ever in the area. They had several sections, including a zen garden, an agricultural area, and a children’s area complete with a playhouse and musical instruments.
While at Weymouth, I plotted out the next book in my Paw Enforcement series and made lots of headway. I hope to return to Weymouth in the spring and enjoy another productive visit!
What’s been your best working vacation? I’d love to hear about it!
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Live in North Carolina? Come to the Hillsborough Book Fair!
Do you live in or near North Carolina? Come see me and several other authors at the local author book fair in Hillsborough! I’ll be doing a reading Friday night (7:00 – 9:30), and the fair will be from 10:00 – 4:00 on Saturday at the Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Let’s talk books!
More info here: Hillsborough Local Author Book Fair
Live Near Suffolk, VA? Come see me this Saturday, August 10th!
If you live in or near Suffolk, Virginia, come out this Saturday, August 10th, to the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival! There will be lots of authors, readers, and great panel discussions about all sorts of topics related to mysteries. I’ll be on the panel called “So Much for Stereotypes: Strong Women in Fiction and Why We Love Them.”
Happy 4th of July!
I hope you all enjoy a fun Independence Day with friends and family! We’re expecting rain in our town. Is it weird that I’m happy about that? It means I can read all day! Yay!
Book Bloggers Bring Book People Together!
Book bloggers are heroes to both authors and readers alike, helping authors grow their audience and helping readers find great books. Many thanks to all of the book bloggers who’ve hosted me on their sites or reviewed my books over the years! Here’s a great article about bloggers that features an industry favorite, Dru Ann Love of the Dru’s Book Musing Blog. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, take a look! She’ll help you find some great reads.
Now Hear This!
Hooray! You asked for it and you got it! The first two books in the Death & Taxes series are now available in audio!
DEATH, TAXES, AND A FRENCH MANICURE:
DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE:
Support K-9 Teams and Get Free Autographed Books!
It’s a fall fundraiser! Author DD Ayres and I have teamed up with nonprofit K-9s United to further their mission of supporting K-9 teams throughout the U.S. K-9s United was formed after the tragic death of K-9 officer Baron in the line of duty. K-9 teams do so much to keep us all safe, and their work is absolutely fascinating. That’s why DD and I write about them!
For a minimum donation of just $25.00 to K-9s United, you will get two free books, one from me and one from DD. Want more books? Donate more $!
Get details and make a donation here: Fundraiser Page
Learn more about K-9s United here: K-9s United
Thanks to all of you for supporting this worthy cause!