As you read Beth’s wonderful post, please be aware she lost her little Sadie just after she wrote this article. Beth is heart-broken, and she may find responding to some of your reflections difficult. Your sensitivity is greatly appreciated. Thank you all! Casi….The Greatest Obstacle To Happiness Is Within Us…
Authors love our beloved furbabies…
These are the kitties and dogs who faithfully sit by our sides or on our keyboards as we journey through writing another story. They weather our angst, share our joys and sorrows, love us even if the reviewers don’t, and are always ready for a good snuggle, or a walk outside while we clear our minds. Since my childhood, I have never been without my cherished friends and cannot conceive of life without them. It wouldn’t be much of a life at all. I’m not strictly a cat or dog person because each are dear to me. Dogs are my brothers and cats my sisters. I write on my couch with a laptop surrounded by my friends.
As I write this post, I have four kitties sitting on or near me: my youngest rescues, the mischievous duo, Peaches and Cream…my oldest rescue, the curmudgeonly tabby, Kitty Percy, and our funny but beautiful rescue Kitty Pavel. He’s kind of an odd duck but does his best and truly is a stunning Siamese tabby mix. My dear little dog, Sadie, a mixture of tiny Poodle, Shih Tzu, maybe Yorkie, and a tad of Pomeranian (wish I knew exactly what) is ever by my side, and our rescue Blue Heeler mix dog, Jilly, is close at hand. Cattle dogs don’t usually make great couch potato buddies, but she’s an exception. Her early years were harsh and she craves all the comfort and affection she can get.
When I’m sick…
My furbabies pile on or around me, hardly daring to leave. They know something’s wrong. As I recover, they take breaks and go about their usual business. With Peaches and Cream, this means seeking out that which they can get into, take apart, or chase around. But they are incredibly affectionate and devoted cats who actually come when I call them. The other two kitties may take a message and get back with me when it’s convenient. Each of my friends have their spot beside or near me. Almost like assigned seats, although I didn’t assign them. They chose, and everything (everyone) fell into place.
Sadly, and this is breaking my heart, my dear little Sadie is fading from congestive heart failure. Her days are numbered and I cherish each one she spends with me. The depth of love these animals bring to my life is immeasurable. I cannot fathom writing without them. If Sadie is going to see me through another story, I must write fast. She’s seen me through many now, as she is turning eleven. Dog’s lives are way too short. Whenever I adopt a new furbaby, I know there will come a day when we must part in this world, though I want to put that off as long as I can. The pain of that goodbye is searing but the joy and love they bring while they are with me is worth the tears, and I hope to see them again on the other side.
This is my best writing tip and advice…
—Furbabies. With so many cats, dogs, puppies and kittens who need homes, I urge you to find a place in yours for a new furry friend. They may be your new bestie and writing buddy. They even help me with promo. Peaches and Cream are my promotional assistants.
I recently signed a contract for Somewhere My Lady (Ladies in Time—Book One) my new time travel series with The Wild Rose Press. More on this upcoming release soon.
Meanwhile, I have many other titles and series ranging from historical, to paranormal, or a mix of both, time travels, Native American, shifters…all with romance. I also write nonfiction about herbal lore and country life. I’m eclectic.
The book that is doing the best for me and is a best seller in Native American and historical romance in kindle is Red Bird’s Song. This historical grew out of research into family genealogy and their interactions with Native Americans in the colonial frontier.
The Greatest Obstacle To Happiness Is Within Us
Blurb: Taken captive by a Shawnee war party wasn’t how Charity Edmondson hoped to escape an unwanted marriage. Nor did Shawnee warrior Wicomechee expect to find the treasure promised by his grandfather’s vision in the unpredictable red-headed girl. George III’s English Red-Coats, unprincipled colonial militia, prejudice and jealousy are not the only enemies Charity and Wicomechee will face before they can hope for a peaceful life. The greatest obstacle to happiness is in their own hearts. As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other.
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my human family and furbabies. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans, and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. I’m especially drawn to colonial America and the drama of the American Revolution. In addition to historical romance, I also write time travel, paranormal, YA/NA fantasy romance, and nonfiction.
2008 Golden Heart® Finalist
2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll
Publisher’s Weekly BHB Reader’s Choice Best Books of 2009
2012 Double Epic Award Finalist
2013 Book of the Month at Long and Short
2016 Winner April Creme de la Cover
2016 Winner Book of the Month at Long and Short YA
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