Romance Thoughts

The Moment Everything Changed

I wasn’t sure what to call this article. I almost called it “The Day My Life Changed”. But life doesn’t change in days or weeks. It changes in seconds. When you get that epiphany. When the light bulb goes off. When things just click.

A number of things led to my life changing. It could be traced back to the moment I picked up my first romance novel. It could be the moment I found a circle of writers who agreed who read and critique my books. Or even my first RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference when I finally got to meet these longtime internet friends in person. Some would say the second I hit that “publish” button on my first book was the biggest moment.

But there’s one that sticks out to me. One exceptionally stressful day when I realized things were starting to go right.

A little bit of back story: I come from a business background. When I published my first book, I was working in internal controls at a large manufacturing company. I was ready to publish. I had studied the publishing industry like I studied for the CPA exam, I put out five books at once and, most importantly, I had been a romance superfan since I was twelve years old (since there are no ratings on books, the store clerks didn’t mind selling me any books I wanted!)

Even though I had done everything “right”, publishing is strange. I didn’t know if readers would connect with my voice and the market was getting more and more competitive every year. It would be easier to be patient if my job at the time had been going better.

On this particular morning, I was already anticipating a long day. My small department was leading a full day meeting (8 full hours of boring…). I arrived to the office at 8:26 in the morning, four minutes before the meeting started. My boss met me at the door with an exceptionally pleasant “You’re late.”

Late? I had plenty of time to make it to the meeting… But nope. Apparently overnight, my manager had changed the speakers, and the first section of the day was now being led by me. I had to present to all the heads of the company with no preparation and only three minutes to spare.

So after I swallowed back my frustration and put on a pretty good presentation (if I do say so myself) I was finally able to sit down and relax while my boss led the next section. Since nothing she was going over was news to me, I took the chance to take out my phone and load my sales. Just a little something to cheer me up.

And that’s when it happened. My light bulb. My epiphany. My moment. My sales weren’t the handful or so I’d been getting since I published. The first book in the series (TEACHING THE BOSS, which was free) had gotten over a thousand downloads. Throughout the day, the number just kept growing higher and higher.

It was shocking. Unbelievable. There was no paid promotion lifting it up. Just honest to goodness readers connecting with my little story. My voice. And as someone who has been a bit of an outsider my entire life, it was a crazy moment. Not only did I realize that this frustrating job might not be my future, but it was also the moment I realized that I wasn’t alone.

 

I tried to find a photo of me wearing a business suit and looking all official, but I think the fact that there’s no photo record of that period of my life says a lot. Instead here’s a selfie fail of me with my first foster dog. I think my messed up hair speaks volumes about why I needed dog kisses at that time in my life πŸ˜€

 

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114 Comments

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    J V SUMANTH
    February 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

    WISH YOU VERY ALL THE BEST FOR THE POST OF RESCUE DOGS & TEACHING NEW THINGS TO THEM AT HANDFULL.

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    candiss kennedy
    February 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

    your books seem very intersting!!!

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    Kris Meldgaard
    February 17, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Omg this sounds soooo hot!!! Totally top shelfed on my TBR!! I HAVE to read this!!😍
    πŸ’‹XoxoπŸ€

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    Hattie Loggins
    February 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

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    Gloria Walshver
    February 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    You really love dogs, so do I.

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    Tammie Browning
    February 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing part of your life with me. You are new to me so I haven’t read any of your books YET, but so far they sound very good. I’m happy you followed your heart and decided to publish your books. I agree with you, if you don’t have any pictures of you dressed for work and you spent that amount of time daily doing that job something’s not right. You should have a few pictures. I would have to say you probably didn’t find your happiness or purpose in that job. But from the smiles you have now, not just from your mouth but from eyes and your words you look happy and happy to be a writer.
    Thank you for this giveaway. Even if I don’t win I feel I already won by getting to know you and your writing. I look forward to learning more about both. I will be purchasing your books for sure.
    Again, thank you for sharing about you, your babies, your life and your books. I wish you continued success.

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    Natalie Cleary
    February 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    You are an awesome person for what you are doing with your dogs!

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    Heather Ambrose
    February 17, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, looks like you made the right decision for yourself! Your dogs are too cute!!

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    Jason Whitaker
    February 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    hello

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    Joy
    February 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I really enjoy reading your books.

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    Amber M
    February 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Wow! I wish you the best!! You sound like amazing author!

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    Amanda P
    February 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Love your dogs!!! Your books sound really good.

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    Sarah DeLong
    February 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I love the photo of your first foster dog and yourself. I admire your love to both foster and rescue dogs. You are a new to me author and I can’t wait to read your works. Thank you for such an amazing giveaway.

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    Byron
    February 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Looks good!

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    Norma
    February 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks so much for the Awesome giveaway.

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    Kathleen Kelly
    February 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Congrats and good luck with your new book!

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    Jeremy
    February 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    And best of luck making your fortune writing, or at least a decent living.

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    Brian Casson
    February 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Awesome!

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    Joe Burba
    February 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    cool

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    February 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

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    JJ Lopez
    February 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Great!

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    Karen Holsopple
    February 17, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I’m enjoying your books, and your blog! Look forward to the next ones!!1

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    Kate Moran
    February 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve never thought about the personal side of authors before. Just love to read the books. Thank you.

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    Kim Brown
    February 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I live in the country were so many people decides that it is a good place to dump their responsibilities. In a year and a half I’ve gain two pups…luckily my two German Shepards and Doberman love them both. πŸ€“

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    Katarina Lucic
    February 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    I LOVE your picture!

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    Dale Wilken
    February 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you for a great giveaway I liked the excerpt.

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    Kim Holliday
    February 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    You’re a new author to me, but I can’t wait to read The Cocky Thief!

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    Terry Easom
    February 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    You are a great author and an exceptional human being, for having the love and patience to adopt and foster those furbabies. I think we could be great friends!

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    Jenny
    February 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I can’t wait to read the cocky thief. Seems very interesting

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    Valeen Robertson
    February 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve read quite a few of your books and have enjoyed them all. Love the pic with your dog!

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    Richard Brandt
    February 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Met the new boss! NOT the same as the old boss, I trust!

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    Terry Poage
    February 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Your books seems very interesting and sounds good

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    lawrence
    February 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Cool dogs. Been looking for a new book series to read. I’ve just found one

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    lawrence
    February 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Cool dogs. Been looking for a new book series to read. I’ve just found one.

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    Judy Thomas
    February 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    You have a very kind heart.I wish the world had more people like you in it πŸ™‚

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    Patti Griner
    February 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Looking forward to the new series!

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    ANGELA SWANGER
    February 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    A bit cocky sounds like a hot read!

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    Janelle Simoneau
    February 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I have read everyone of your books even the paranormal ones. You made me a fan of them all! I read each new book quickly and eagerly await the next. I’m looking forward to your new paranormal series even thought that’s not my usual forte. Also love that you have rescue dogs. I have a 22 wrk old blind husky puppy!

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    Margaret Appel
    February 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    From reading about your epiphany to your rescue dogs, I’d say you are right where you need to be. You are a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading your books. Thanks for the insights into you πŸ™‚

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    Jackie Phipps
    February 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    You are a great person for rescuing the dogs. Your book looks interesting

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    Mirele Dourado Pauly
    February 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    your books are great and your dogs are adorable!

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    Julia
    February 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I really enjoy your books that I have read.

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    Barrie
    February 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    What an awesome story of how you became a successful writer.! Keep up the good work.

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    paula cheadle
    February 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    looks like a good book

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    Gail
    February 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Awesome and love the dogs. They are so cute

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    Mary Epperson
    February 17, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Hope that you achieve all that you set out to. I love your books, and hope to read more soon. <3

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    Melissa Ferryman
    February 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Love your books!

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    Jan
    February 17, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    I’m not a great reader but thanks for the chance anyway

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    Cheryl Winter
    February 18, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I’ve not read your books yet but I most certainly can’t wait. It’s been great locating another amazing author.

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    BJaye Conway
    February 18, 2017 at 12:41 am

    LOVING IT ALL, BUT TOO MANY HOOPS TO JUMP THROUGH FOR CONTEST. BOOKS LOK LIKE A BLAST, CAN’T WAIT TO READ THEM!

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    Abderrahmane
    February 18, 2017 at 1:11 am

    your books seem very intersting!!!

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    Jeannette
    February 18, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Just started to read your books -thumbs up!! Awesome job with your rescue dogs! I grew up with dogs and cannot picture my life without them. I look forward to coming home from work to my 2 dogs and get lots of lovin’

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    357annie
    February 18, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Happy to see you are able to do what you love!

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    Anindito Suangga Mangawe
    February 18, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Great story…

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    Cynthia Powers
    February 18, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Your former boss sounds like a real winner….I can’t wait to read your books!

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    Julie
    February 18, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I prefer this photo anyway it’s real, compare to most author photos which look fake, put on, old and stuffy!

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    Carol Trochelman
    February 18, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Awesome! Looking forward to reading some of your books. And gives me hope as a writer. Great blog post!

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    Kim
    February 18, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Love your love of rescue dogs. I can appreciate you for your ability to make others aware of what great, loving pets rescue animals can be. Thank you.

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    Julie
    February 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

    I never read your book yet but I read the extract and for sure I will be a fan!

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    Debbie Fair
    February 18, 2017 at 6:01 am

    I love your personal story. Its wonderful to be able to write I love to read and could probably write but my writing language skills aren’t the best. Hope it keeps well for you thanks, debbie

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    Amin Salasa
    February 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

    wish you all the best…..

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    Rebecca Foley
    February 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Thank you for a great giveaway.

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    Milly Voskanyan
    February 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I’m looking forward to reading all your books!

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    Crystal Finch
    February 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    cute dogs

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    Laura
    February 18, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Sounds awesome! I love that photo by the way. I’ve taken plenty of those with my pups haha! πŸ™‚

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    Denise Elliott
    February 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Love your fur babies. I have never read one of your books but they are at the top of my to read list

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    tonia clifton
    February 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

    i havent read any of your books before but looks interesting

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    Mei
    February 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Your dogs are soooo utterly adorable! Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself, you are an inspiration.

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    vaibhav
    February 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I certainly waiting for your new series to read.. eagerly. πŸ˜‰

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    rm2h
    February 18, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    hello

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    Teresa Williams
    February 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I love your books and this is an awesome contest.

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    Tiffany Giovino
    February 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I’m really looking forward to reading your books πŸ™‚

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    Valerie Miller
    February 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Love the dogs and the book to. I will have to put it on my wish list.

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    Darla Peduzzi
    February 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    It’s important to do what you love and in your picture, it’s so apparent you are in the right place in your life <3

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    Steven
    February 18, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Sweet puppies!

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    Lee9
    February 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Never had a dog but in dreams i love them

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    Debbie Clatterbuck
    February 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I love your dogs and the fact that you rescued them. I have a rescue dog too that is a beagle mix. I love her more than any other dog I’ve ever had because she is a rescue dog.

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    Gabrielly
    February 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Good luck with your new book.

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    V B
    February 18, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I love this author! Her books are amazing!!

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    Jennifer L McKinney
    February 18, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I’m sure I would like your dog picture better than the suit picture. I love paranormal Romances. I can’t wait to start the Bewitching hour series.

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    maryna jedrzejak
    February 19, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Ilove what you doing for the dogs!!!

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    Rhi
    February 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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    Lesley
    February 19, 2017 at 9:09 am

    love your dogs and wishing you all the best in your future endeavors

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    Irma J
    February 19, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I’m so excited to read this books! The covers are so yumm!

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    Jan H
    February 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Love your backstory!

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    Joel Tarin
    February 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Keep up the good work rescue those dogs

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    Lori Byrd
    February 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Applause for rescuing these dogs. Love your story.

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    Catherine
    February 19, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I love your smooch dog selfie ! I wish you all the best ans a wonderfull carreer as your books are excellent !

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    shanjeet
    February 20, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Just here for the sake of commenting! thanks for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

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    Karo
    February 20, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Great you have a business background!

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    Mary McCoy
    February 20, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Rescue dog kisses are the best!

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    Bella
    February 20, 2017 at 4:15 am

    So excited to have discovered a new author with whom I seem to have so many things in common! <3 those rescue dogs that worm their way into your heart so quickly.

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    Janel
    February 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Really love your work, can’t wait to read your latest!

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    Daphne Park
    February 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    You are a lady with a good heart, our fur babies are our family too

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    Judy Schechter
    February 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I loved that! You must have been so excited to see that 1,000 people bought your book! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your work yet but I look forward to it!

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    Sandy Weinstein
    February 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    i like the dogs the best, sorry to say, i would rather play, hug and kiss my 4 legged girls than anything. i love that you rescue dogs.

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    Julia
    February 20, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    There is nothing so good in the world as doggy kisses πŸ™‚

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    sandy haber
    February 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    So glad you had the courage to change your direction. I just submitted my retirement notice, so my life is changing as well. After 40 years of working as a librarian, I’m going to be a stay-at-home retired person. Will be weird at first; everyone says retirement is great and that before I know it I’ll be so busy. I hope so! Going to look for your books, don’t think I’ve read any of them yet. But now I’m going to have lots of time to read all of these new authors!!

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    Jitendra Sakariya
    February 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Appreciable work with your story writing skills & love with your pets.
    Good luck.

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    Carla
    February 21, 2017 at 1:45 am

    You have beautiful dogs and are very lucky to foster Chunk. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to start reading.

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    Jana Leah
    February 21, 2017 at 2:36 am

    A photo with your doggie is much better than a photo of you in a nice suit.

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    Evelyn Privette
    February 21, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Hope to read books soon

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    generalissimo1
    February 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    great

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    Emily Endrizzi
    February 22, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I think dog selfies are the best pics! Much nicer than professional suit pics!

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    Lois Telford
    February 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    trying to read all of your books

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    Jennifer Rector
    February 22, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for the AMAZING book giveaway!!
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    I would lovee to win and get lost in your new wonderful novels!!
    Fingers crossed!!
    Good luck everyone!!

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    Carol Oddy
    February 22, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Looks like you are having a great day with your dogs, I have always loved dogs as well, great companions.

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    Željka Ranković
    February 22, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    This is such an amazing story. What you wrote here… that’s why I like to support authors <3

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    MarcoRizzo
    February 23, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Awsome…best dog eva!!

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    Kristi
    February 23, 2017 at 4:09 am

    This is an amazing story! Wish i could adopt more dogs! I love all of them!

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    Edna Williams
    February 23, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Wish I could read more because your books sound amazing!

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    Jody F
    February 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Great story that proves your career was meant to be! I look forward to getting to read more of your books as you continue to release such sexy stories!

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    TracyPG
    February 24, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I love that you are into animal rescue like me! It is a passion of mine.

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    Brandon Sparks
    February 24, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Sounds Amazing! I really love your work. You are an amazing writer. Thanks so much.

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