What to Read Wednesday

22 Aug

Happy Wednesday!!! Today, I’m excited because we’re starting something new on What to Read Wednesday. I like to shake things up once in awhile and decided it would be fun to offer the authors who appear the option of either writing a guest post or allowing me to interview them.

And today we have amazing author Marie-Nicole Ryan in the house and she’s written a beautiful post about the power of love between a pet and their person. Afterward she’s sharing a bit about herself and the links and blurb to her latest release–TAMING TALIA–published by Samhain Publishing.

As an extra bonus, please leave a comment and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for one of Marie-Nicole’s books and a set of romance trading cards 🙂

So, let’s get started!  Please join me in welcoming Marie-Nicole Ryan.

First of all, let me thank Christine for giving me the opportunity to talk about my favorite subject, Cassie the Wonder Sheltie, and how I came to adopt her. When my last dog had to be euthanized, I swore I didn’t want another dog. How could I replace Tazz? He was a darling cinnamon Chow Chow, and I’d inherited him from my son who moved out and couldn’t have a large dog in his apartment. Tazz was my best bud for the last several years of his life, so my heart was really broken when the time came to say good-bye.

That was in July 2006. I retired from my day job in October. Get another dog?  No way. I was far too busy with my new Samhain contract; I just didn’t have time for a dog. And I wasn’t over grieving for Tazz.

Then fast forward until September 2008. I went to visit friends in upstate New York, and they’d just been given a Maltese puppy. Darling Buffy became my lapdog for the week I spent up there, and I finally realized it was time to start thinking about getting a new companion.

This time it would be a rescue, a small female, and it would be my choice. But I had all these nagging worries. What if I picked a dog with issues? I’d be stuck because I’d never be able to give a dog back. Would I be destined to call Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer? Would I be, for the first time I must add, the alpha in the household?

Having a dog would curb my freedom to travel. Vet bills are almost as expensive as human doctor bills. Yes, I had many, many worries.

So I dithered and withered. I dilly-dallied. But that didn’t keep me from haunting the Maltese and Chow Chow dog breeder web sites. In my surfing I came across the Middle Tennessee Sheltie Rescue. Now a Sheltie is small. But they shed, and this time I sort of wanted a dog that didn’t. I must’ve filled out the organization’s adoption application two or three times, but finally the first of April 2009, I e-mailed it to the director, figuring it would take a while.

The very next day, I received a call from the director of the rescue organization, the wonderful Ann Acuff. She said she had a Sheltie in mind for me, one who would love to have a forever home and who was a bit of a diva. I told Ann I worked from home and had a fenced backyard. We made an appointment for me to meet Cassie. Oh, and Cassie was on a diet. She weighed twenty-seven pounds when she came to Ann in January and should only weigh 15-15 ½ pounds because she’s a tiny Sheltie.

I spent the next few days buying toys, a bed, leash, collar, and a halter/seatbelt kind of deal. Cassie took a trip to the groomer on Tuesday and I went to meet her on Wednesday. OMG! She was beautiful with the sweetest face you’ve ever seen. I’d seen her picture on the web site, so I knew she was a pretty little thing, but I had no idea just how beautiful she truly was. Her weight was already down to 20.4 pounds and I received many instructions on her care and diet.

I took notes—yes, I did.

Cassie and I played some fetch with a tennis ball, and I was allowed to bring her home. She spent a couple of days, sniffing every single corner of my house. Her nose was to the ground. It was twenty-four hours before she so much as barked. She quickly learned where her food and water bowls were and had no trouble telling me when she was ready to eat. LOL!  Ann was right about her being a diva, too.

Now that we’ve been together for three years, I can’t imagine my life without her sweet face. She’s spoiled rotten and sleeps on my bed, but for all that she’s still a very good little girl. In those three years, I sold my house (no more fenced-in backyard) and moved back to Kentucky to be closer to my aging mother. She and Cassie have a truly special bond. Mom calls Cassie her grand-dog, and Cassie is so excited to see her “Granny” each day.

Adopting or rescuing an animal is a responsibility. No doubt about it. But take it from me, it’s so worth it. Please consider it the next time you think about a new pet. Even if you can’t adopt or foster a dog or cat, there are numerous ways to support the selfless efforts of breed rescue organizations, your local humane society or the ASPCA.


Marie-Nicole Ryan writes erotic historical western romance and contemporary romantic suspense. Her newest release from Samhain Publishing is Taming Talia, book two of her Loving the Lawman series. You can find out more about Marie-Nicole’s work at her web site, or on Facebook. If you’d like to win one of her books and a set of romance trading cards, leave a comment here. Please check back to see if you won. 


She’ll take her pleasure hot…until it burns its way to the cold truth.

Loving the Lawman, Book 2

Over her not-so-dearly-departed husband’s grave, newly widowed Natalia Montrose vows to shake off the memories of her abusive marriage by bedding the first suitable man she meets. Enter handsome, flirtatious Jared Fields, who offers to help her manage her assets.

Natalia has no intention of giving up control of the ranch her father traded away—along with her hand—for gold. But she intends to enjoy this stranger’s advances until all her desires are sated.

Jared is a rarity among Pinkerton agents. Well educated, the disowned black sheep of a wealthy New York City family, he enjoys the freedom afforded by his various assignments. But discovering whether the fiery Widow Montrose had her husband killed is a challenge with an unexpected twist. All he can think about is what he’ll do when he gets her in bed.

Natalia and Jared circle each other warily, feeling the pull of sensual heat. But when the Blizzard of 1889 hits, the sexual sparks may not be enough to keep them warm…or alive.

Warning: Contains a sex-starved widow and a saddled-hardened Pinkerton agent who set the sheets afire.

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42 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Tereasa Bellew

    August 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Beautiful story! How quickly our pets attach themselves to us. I lost ‘Bob’ our fiest terrier four years ago- after sixteen years- and I swear some days he’s still laying on the porch waiting to walk to the mailbox with me. I’m glad you found Cassie and KY is lovely. You’re book sounds intriguing and love the warning! Happy Sales!

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

      HI Tere, thank you for coming by and sharing your story about Bob. I have 2 other dogs now, but there are plenty of days I still miss having my first dog Misty tagging along beside me. Nothing like a loyal furry friend.

  2. Marie-Nicole Ryan

    August 22, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Thanks so much for dropping by. Cassie and I are headed out this morning for a playdate/walk with a fellow author and Sheltie owner.

  3. Mae Clair

    August 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I’m a “cat person” (although I love dogs too), presently without a pet because I lost my beloved Onyx the beginning of the year and am waffling on another pet for all the reasons you stated above. Prior to Onyx, I had to other cats, McDoogal and Arafel. All three were rescues and I never regretted giving them a home. I am such a sucker for a heartwarming animal rescue story. I can see why you fell in love with Cassie, judging from her beautiful picture. And it sounds like she has the perfect personality on top of it 🙂

    As for Taming Talia, it sounds like a sizzling read. Wishing you much success (and many happy more years with Cassie).

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Hi Mae, sorry for your loss 😦 I love the names you pick out for your pets, very unique!

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Sorry about your loss. I know exactly how you feel. It’s as if a member of the family (and truly they are) has died. Cassie is perfect for me and such a sweet girl.

  4. Calisa Rhose

    August 22, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love rescue dogs. They have a deeper heart than registered breeds imo. It’s always hard to say good-bye to a loved friend. We had to do that April 30th to an old gal we’d had since three weeks old, she was 11.5 yo. Cassie is beautiful, Marie-Nicole.

    Your book sounds wonderful and I love the cover! Congrats and good luck.

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Hi Calisa…thank you for coming by. It’s never easy loosing a four legged friend. But at least we have many wonderful memories and pictures.

      Thank you for coming by xoxox

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks so much Calisa. We just returned from walking with friends, and Cassie has never seen so many dogs at one time. She was thoroughly inspected by the other three, but managed to keep her cool.

  5. kristinaknightauthor

    August 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Oh, I love your story, Marie-Nicole! Wish more people could adopt animals… both of ours were shelter rescues. Sam lived to be 16 (!!!) and Jess to 18 (!!!). We’re taking a little break, we lost Jess in May…but I have a feeling more dogs will be in our future.

    Good luck with your book- the blurb sounds great!

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I love that we are all furry friend lovers and have such amazing stories to share 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and sharing yours Kristi 🙂

  6. Mari Collier

    August 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Forget the story, Calisa. I’m in love with that wonderful dog. It’s like looking at my (really our daughter’s) Felina. Talk about a diva, she scolded our daughter for going on a date, scolded her for daring to wear a coat trimmed with fur, and could tell you she loved you. There’s more, but you know about dogs.

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Felina sounds like a true joy. I’m definitely in love with Shelties. Thanks for dropping by.

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      I like the sounds of Felina….a dog with awesome personality! Glad you dropped by Mari 🙂

  7. Neecy Kelly

    August 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Wasn’t real fond of cats, until my daughter came home with hers…Love her to death, now. Even the dog has gotten used to the little minx.
    It’s great to meet you, Marie-Nicole. Your cover alone should come with it’s own warning! LOl
    I wish you all the best,

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      LOL, Neecy! There was even a cat for Cassie to inspect, but she was on her best behavior.Thanks so much for dropping by.

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I’m glad you were converted to a dog and a CAT lover Denice! lol

  8. dianeokey

    August 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Who doesn’t love a lawman–and one who looks like this?! Great blog! We had a lovely Sheltey years ago. Ahhh…the pic and your comments touched my heart. Best of luck!

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I love the cover, too. Whew! Still makes me warm. 😉 Thanks for dropping by and the good wishes. Cassie is a heart warmer for sure.

      • ChristineWarner

        August 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        Marie-Nicole, you really did get a wonderful cover..and Diane is so right….a story with a lawman–a hot lawman–you can’t go wrong! lol

  9. Lisa Rayns

    August 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Nice cover and I love your warning! Makes me want to read it, lol.

  10. Marie-Nicole Ryan

    August 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Check out the Cassie pix from this morning’s adventure. We drove over the Ohio to Newburgh, IN, where my friend and fellow author, Cindy Nord, and her Shelties live. She has a fabulous back garden and Cassie did some investigating.

  11. sarahballance

    August 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    What a great story! It’s great to see you again, too. ;c)

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Hey there, Sarah! good to “see” you too. Thanks for dropping by.

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Sarah, great to see you…glad you could drop in 🙂

  12. Sharon Cullen

    August 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I remember when you got Cassie. Such a sweetie. My family just adopted a dog from the SPCA. An American Bull Dog/Pointer mix. She’s one year old and hilarious! She keeps my older dog young and keeps us laughing.

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Hey there, Sharon. I can’t believe I’ve had her three years in April this year. She’s already six and still such a sweetie. Glad you dropped in.

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Glad you came by Sharon. I see you have your wonderful new profile pic up…looks great!

  13. Cera duBois

    August 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Beautiful dog… I hate to say it I’m not a dog person, but I adpoted my cat from a shelter and have never regretted it. She’s one of the sweetest animals I’ve ever known.

    Loved the blub!

    Good luck!

    • ChristineWarner

      August 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Cera…glad you came by. Fun to hear so many people are animal lovers and have adopted through a shelter! Love it.

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Bless you for adopting a rescue. We can’t all be dog persons. 😉 Glad you liked the blurb.

  14. Callie Hutton

    August 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    We’re all so attached to our pets. Best of luck with your book, it sounds intriguing.

  15. ChristineWarner

    August 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Marie-Nicole, thank you again for joining us on What to Read Wednesday. I truly enjoyed your post and getting to learn a bit about you, Cassie and your latest release 🙂 Whoever wins a copy of one of your books and the trading cards is in for a HUGE treat 🙂

  16. Marie-Nicole Ryan

    August 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Thank YOU, Christine! Now do I pick a winner or do you? Either way works fine with me.

  17. Ally Broadfield

    August 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Great post. I have five rescue dogs and a rescue cat, so I couldn’t agree more. I’ve added Taming Talia to my TBR list. Best of luck with it.

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Ally. FIVE dogs and one cat. You are undoubtedly a wonderful person!

  18. Julianne

    August 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I wubs my kitties. They are part of the family and love you back unconditionally. They have the cutest whiskers and are just simply adorable.
    Congrats on your books, Taming Talia. I’d love to read it.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

    • Marie-Nicole Ryan

      August 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Julianne, for dropping by. I had kitties when I was a kid, dogs, too, of course.


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