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, marienicoleryan.com 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.