A Good Friend is Hard to Lose

This is Pepper. She's been part of our family for 6 1/2 years. She has been a loyal, protective, pleasant part of our family. She has kept the kids company, been a walking/jogging companion, been fun to show off (look at her, she's beautiful) and kept us entertained. She was calm and gentle and patient and funny. She knew her boundaries and never came into the kitchen. Even though she could have eaten absolutely anything off the counter, she was only tempted by peanut butter cookies. She was obedient and lazy (in the best way) and happy. We've loved her and Savannah has adored her.

Her health has been deteriorating for the past year or so. Great Danes usually live 7-10 years and she was 9 1/2. She was hurting. I'm pretty sure her eyesight was getting bad, as things that used to be no problem like hard-surface floors were beginning to scare her. After years of either going downstairs to sleep in Joe's room or upstairs to sleep in Savannah's room, she could no longer make it up the stairs. We made her a bed on the main floor, but even getting the few steps into the backyard became more difficult. The last few days, she's barely been able to get to the door and that's been with difficulty, so we knew it was time.

Yesterday we took Pepper for her last ride in the car. We drove to the mountains with the windows down and let the wind blow in her happy face. We stopped in the shade and opened the back so she could hear the water and feel the little breeze. We had a prayer and then took her to the vet, where we stayed with her, she and Savannah looking at each other, while she went to sleep for good. It was a painful and difficult day and there will be many sad and lonely days to come. Enjoy running around in heaven until we meet you again, Pepper.

Exciting News! The Power of the Match Maker

During the summer of 2014, Rachael Anderson, Heather Moore and I started talking about working on a series together. We created a dream list of authors we thought would be a good fit on the project and with little tweaks here and there, as well as an intensive planning meeting, we were ready to roll.

Of course, Rachael, Heather and I will all contribute books, (I'm doing a cover shoot for mine this week) but get a load of the great authors who are joining us: Kelly Oram, Julie Wright, Heidi Ashworth, Taylor Dean, Michele Paige Holmes, Janette Rallison, Regina Sirois, Sheralyn Pratt, and Jaima Fixsen. I've read books by all these authors and I can tell you, this is a stellar lineup. I'm honored to be working with them.

We wanted the series to span various eras, from historical to contemporary, which means that the matchmaker, Miss Pearl, will live beyond a normal life span. She will also possess various powers that she'll use to carry out her work as a matchmaker, so this series will have some magic realism in it as well.

Heather has written a lovely novella that serves as a prequel to the series, so you'll be able to get to know Miss Pearl and how she came to be a matchmaker. 

Each of the 12 books in the series are stand-alone stories. Some will be historical romances, other contemporary romances, but they will all feature Miss Pearl.

The novella is coming November 3, 2015 and you can now add it to your Goodreads list!