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November 29, 2016

Tales from the Crate - Puppy Playtime by Karilyn Bentley #puppy #crazydog

Our cute puppy!
My puppy is growing! Which means, we now have a nickname for him, two actually. I call him Sir Poops A lot (for obvious reasons) and The Hubster calls him Little Monster (again, for obvious reasons). He's really cute, as you can see from his picture (and he's also pretty hard to keep still, as you might be able to tell from said picture). This time around the puppy playground, we have some help from our resident nanny, aka The Kraken.

Our resident nanny, The Kraken
We have so much help from her, we've kind of been letting her train the puppy. Which she excels at. She seems to know when he's bothering us, as in, before we can tell him "leave it", she hops over to him and shoves him out of the way, starting a game of play. But if she's not around, he likes to play a lot.

By play, I mean, he's currently in the human finger chewing stage. Unless he's out cold, if you try to pet him (which you really want to do b/c he feels like one of those plush teddy bears), he considers this to be a form of play and tries to chew on your fingers. Luckily, his teeth aren't anywhere near as big as The Kraken's and his mouth is very easy to pry open (unlike hers, who as a puppy could be lifted by her Frisbee two feet in the air, her teeth clamped firmly around the thing), so he doesn't hurt, but still. It's not a very guest-friendly type of thing (so sorry friend, the puppy sheds and gnaws on your fingers, hope you don't mind! Yeah, right). Removing your fingers from his mouth and replacing with a chew toy doesn't work. Unfortunately, the chew toys don't taste as good as fingers. (Hey, dog toy manufacturers, make a chew toy that looks, smells and feels like fingers, and you'll make a fortune!)

Another game is the chase game. Sir Poops A Lot and The Kraken LOVE to run around the backyard chasing each other. Chase always seems to end in tackle-and-roll-around-while-growling-and-sounding-ferocious. We've had two dogs before (Jaws and Hell Hound), but they sure didn't play like this. It's fun to watch these two roll around, tags wagging while growling and sounding for all the world like they are about to rip out each other's throats (don't worry, they aren't going to, they are playing).

Playing is an important part of a dog's life, apparently. Just like it is with children. Like it should be with adults. As we grow up, we seem to loose our desire to play, although sometimes it comes out in little ways. Like hobbies or reading.

Speaking of reading, I have a third book in the Demon Huntress series coming out sometime next year. The first two books, Demon Lore and Demon Kissed, are out now! If you haven't checked them out, you should try them. Amazon has them discounted.

Until next time, keep those fingers out of puppies' mouths and Happy Reading!
Karilyn
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November 17, 2016

Michelle Miles: It's the Movies, Not Your House

It's become a rare occurrence when the husband and I go to the movies. I take full responsibility for that because I detest the general public.

But we needed some fun this past weekend, so I requested a movie date. We saw Arrival with Amy Adams and Jeremey Renner. Really good flick. I recommend it!
Anyway, we purchased the tickets online and then picked them up at the kiosk at the theater. Things are getting so impersonal these days, you don't even have to talk to anyone to buy tickets. It's kind of sad, actually.

As we waited for the movie to start, the row began to fill up. To my right, an empty seat. To my left, the husband and on the other side of him was probably the rudest woman we'd encountered in a while. She sat down with her oversized cloth handbag, kicked off her shoes, put up her feet and then proceeded to move in. She even brought a pillow to stick under her knees as she wiggled her way to comfort. In her handbag, she'd smuggled in all kinds of contraband. I couldn't tell what, exactly, but the rustling of the bag was completely annoying through previews. About halfway through the movie, when her drink was nearly empty, she pulled off the lid and tossed it on the ground. And not in a way that wouldn't be noticed. She tossed it like a Frisbee.

I am pretty sure she wouldn't do this at her own home or even someone's that she had been invited to. If she was at my house, I wouldn't ask her to come again. I guess I don't understand why she thinks it's okay to leave her trash behind for someone else to pick up. Granted, they are usually high school kids who pick up the trash in theaters and that's their job, but is it okay to leave behind ALL your trash? My thought is no. My husband and I picked up our popcorn bucket, cups and bottles and took them with us when we left the theater. The trashcan was overflowing outside the door so rather than balance it on top, we found one that wasn't to deposit our trash.

I guess in my mind it's blatant disregard for fellow human beings. My husband was a Boy Scout, so you know their motto: leave it better than you found it. And we do. He's the only guy I know who practically buses the table when we're done eating at a restaurant.

I try not to let these things bother me but...they bother me. I know it's something I should probably just get over and ignore. But ignoring it still doesn't make it okay. I guess I just expect people to act better when they're in the general public. Maybe that's expecting too much.

Am I the only one that's experienced stuff like this?
 

November 8, 2016

We All Need a Smile Today

Today our nation makes a decision on who will be our next President. After this very long, very nasty campaign, I thought that we all needed a laugh. Who knows how the next twenty-four hours will go, so let’s start our day off with a smile and some laughter. 

Here are 10 Dumb Blonde Jokes and I am blonde, so it’s okay for us to smile and laugh at these. After all, I should have been a rocket scientist. All of these jokes were taken from an article by Melanie Berliet on the Thoughtcatalog website. If you share them, please give her credit. 

November 1, 2016

.@VickiBatman - Seven weeks plus a few days #holidays #newbook #MFRWorg #anthology


Seven weeks plus a few days...

What does this mean? Seven weeks plus a few days until Christmas. Kinda scary. Did you get a panic rush about needing to do this and that?

I'm not so worried about Christmas. I'm worried about Thanksgiving.
For the first time, I am hostessing 25 (plus Handsome and myself) at my house.

October 20, 2016

My Great Hunter or Why Aren't the Squirrels Scurrying? #MFRWorg #Rssos #pets #dogs


My Great Hunter


I had no idea when Handsome adopted Champ and Jones, our malti-poos, that Jones would turn out to be such a huge hunter.


We’ve had the poos now for five years. And during this span, Jones has brought us squirrels. Yep, those fast critters are not fast enough for him. Jones loves to do run-run-run, a kind of lap thing, in the back yard. He is so fast when doing them, he even tilts aside.


October 13, 2016

Elizabeth Essex's Scandal's Daughters: Release celebration & GIVEAWAY!

Greetings and salutations, people of Princesslandia! 
I have a small treat for you this morning—an excerpt from my newly released novella in the anthology Scandal’s Daughters, which released last Thursday, Oct. 6th.


Scandal’s Daughters is a compilation of five stories that all start with a scandal: Christi Caldwell’s “Only for Her Honor,” Eva Devon’s “Sleepless in a Scandal,” Anthea Lawson’s “A Lady’s Choice,” Erica Ridley’s “Lord of Chance,” and my own contribution, “A Fine Madness.”


“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village,
she must seek them abroad.” Jane Austen 

October 4, 2016

Michelle Miles: Another Knight Releases + Giveaway!

Another release! I'm so excited to have the fourth book in the Realm of Honor series up and available for sale. It's been a long, hard road to get these books back from the publisher.

This is one of my favorites. But then, I love all the books in that series! I enjoyed writing these books from the first one to the last one. When I was in the middle of writing then, it was one of my happiest writing times. I had a difficult day job, so when I sat down to write it was an escape to the Otherworld. I was lost in the story from the moment I start writing until I called it quits for the night. There is still something magical and dreamy about the books for me as I read through them again. I hope you find that same feeling when you read the book(s).

Here's the Blurb: