The ARCs Have Arrived!

Almost kissed the mailman earlier this week when he delivered the ARCs of my new novel THE ART OF FLOATING!

Getting closer to the big day….

(For non-writerly friends, ARCs are “advanced reader copies.” They are books printed directly from the manuscript…no copyediting or proofreading done yet…nothing fancy…made for the purpose of sending to reviewers, authors for blurbs, contests for readers, etc.)

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My New Writing Partner…

About six months ago, our pup Gumper unexpectedly died. He was young…just 1 1/2 years old. It was one of those things that you can’t explain. And it was heartbreaking.

After that, we took a doggie break. Spent a lot of time talking with our five-year-old about death and the cycle of life (during which time she switched from unintentionally referring to all graveyards as “junk yards”). 🙂

Then, missing that dog energy from our home, I started stalking dog rescue groups online…looking for the right dog to follow in Gumper’s fine paw-steps.

Two weeks ago, we brought this guy home. 1/2 St. Bernard. 1/2 Great Pyrenees. About two years old. A rescue from Tennessee.

He’s a lovebug. And my daughter named him…BOINGA!

Here’s a good shot of Boinga getting ready to go to the bus stop with us in the morning. (Tully’s bus driver brings him biscuits…oh, this boy is spoiled.)

And, he’s a great writing partner. (Good thing, ’cause I’ve got a hell of a lot of writing to get done.)

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