Sunday, February 27, 2011

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

More on Coco

On Monday, I posted that we were going to be taking Coco to the vet. I fully expected that to be the last time we would see him alive. He had a large sore on his tongue, preventing him from eating or drinking. He had difficulty breathing, and he could barely stand up. My husband had to carry him every time he took him outside. The vet listened to everything we had to say concerning Coco's health issues, took notes, and did a thorough inspection. We asked if perhaps Coco had bit his tongue. The vet said he thought it looked more like a tumor, possibly caused by failing kidneys and that there might be more in his throat where he couldn't see them. He also mentioned that his teeth were really bad. He drew a vial of blood and told us to take Coco home to wait for the results.

About an hour later the phone rang and he told us that Coco's kidneys were not good. He gave us some options and we discussed them overnight. After much agonizing, we decided the kindest thing would be to say our goodbyes and take Coco to the vet on my husband's next day off which was yesterday.

I took Coco and Cookie outside around 4:30 Tuesday night. The guy next door came home just then and Coco ran to the fence, between our yards, barking. He's eating and drinking again and I can no longer see a sore on his tongue.

This morning, my husband got the leash to take Cookie for a walk and Coco got up and stood by the door. It was obvious, he wanted to go along. Hubby said he was actually trotting.

If the vet hadn't convinced us to wait for the results of the blood test, we wouldn't have Coco with us now.

We have no idea why Coco is doing better now. The only explanation we have been able to come up with is the power of prayer. We know that at 15 or over, he is living on borrowed time but for some reason he has been spared for now anyway. Thank you, God.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Writer's Block: Where Do I Go From Here?

As you will see in a previous article, I recently finished reading and reviewing Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze. I was very impressed with her ability to weave a dark and edgy issue (human trafficking) with romance, mystery, and suspense along with a Christian ambiance. The Christian element is not overwhelming or preachy but adds a great deal of depth to the story.

As I write this, I am listening to an interview with her about this book. She has also written 24 others that I am aware of and is working on several more. She didn't start out writing for the Christian genre but was inspired to do so by a life changing event. She discusses her writing and her decision to write Christian books in this interview.

I found the interview extremely insightful and inspiring. I have been having some trouble with writing my current book and have been praying for guidance to help me discover where I need to go from here. I've been thinking it may be time to explore a different genre. Her interview came into my life at just the right time. Funny how God does that.

You can listen to the interview here.

Monday, February 21, 2011

When It's Time to Say Goodbye

I'm keeping myself busy with various tasks on the Internet today, trying to keep my mind off the fact that Coco is dying. We have to take him to the vet this afternoon. He is at least 15 and has given us 13 wonderful and loyal years. I hate to say goodbye to my dear friend but it would be selfish to hang on when he is obviously so ready to let go.

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Book Review of Vicki Hinze's Deadly Ties

From the Back Cover:

Her enemy will stop at nothing for control … and everything is not enough

A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper’s idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa. To protect her, Annie defies her ruthless husband and forfeits custody to a trusted friend. Enraged, Dutch vows to keep Annie and Lisa apart—and he does. Years later, though keenly aware of Dutch’s evil intent, Lisa and her mother seize a chance to be a family, safe in a home where love dwells. But they fail to fathom how far Dutch will go to keep his vow.

Determined to control his women, Dutch proves resourceful. His associates in crime are feared at the highest levels across the globe—and for Lisa they plan a fate worse than death. Yet she too has formidable connections: ones like former Special Operations officer Mark Taylor. Burdened by his own traumatic past, Mark has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life—and even more difficult for him, he must trust God—as one question haunts them all: Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it’s too late?


I related to the reminder that God has a purpose for each of us and while many hardships in our lives seem senseless and sometimes impossible to bear, there comes a time when we can look back and see how they prepared us for His purpose. I believe I have finally reached that place in my life where I can see how the pieces of my past experiences fit into my present.
If you enjoy action packed intrigue with a bit of romance, you’ll love this book.
Although this is the sequel to Forget Me Not, I can verify that you will not have had to read the first book to thoroughly enjoy the second. This is the first of Vicki Hinze’s books that I have read but I will definitely be looking for more.

For a sneak peek at the first few pages click here.
Ms. Hinze includes a trailer of the book on her website. 

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Car Lot is Now Available

I just got my shipment of The Car Lot. If you are looking for a fun murder mystery with a little humor and some intriguing twists and turns stop by my website and click on the link to the bookstore. It's on sale at only $9.95 plus $3 shipping. At only 60 pages, it won't take you long to read.

The Car Lot is a compilation of various people and experiences from my husband's 30+ years in car sales.

Book Review of Judgment Day by Wanda L. Dyson

Suzanne Kidwell is a complex character. She is an unethical journalist with some pretty underhanded ways of getting a story and her lack of research causes at least one person to commit suicide when her articles about him destroy his life. Politicians, business people, and religious leaders, are not safe from Suzanne's mighty, if sometimes inaccurate pen. So there are plenty of people who would like to see her dead.

When one of the people she is investigating, ends up dead on her living room carpet, she is accused of the murder and it is up to her ex-finance, Marcus and his partner, Alex to prove her innocence. Since Suzanne betrayed Marcus in college, he isn't too happy about taking her case.

The investigation discloses some very dark secrets, putting all of their lives in danger.

The author writes a fast paced story with all of the usual twists and turns I enjoy in a good murder mystery. Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down. Along the way, I even managed to like Suzanne.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

For a free download of the first chapter of Judgment Day by Wanda L. Dyson click here.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Join CoverGirl's 50th Anniversary Party and win prizes

I joined the CoverGirl 50th Anniversary Party through BzzAgent. You can join too even if you are not a BzzAgent. It's lots of fun and you can enter for a chance to win great prizes of CoverGirl Makeup. 

Here's the link on Facebook for the CoverGirl Party.