All Good Things

I like to reach out to you weekly. I’m never quite sure what I’m going to say. It helps that my pets provide stories to share. This past week they’ve been remarkably well-behaved, so I don’t have anything to share (knock on wood).
 
I’ve mentioned before that I live in Austin, Texas. The weather here has been unseasonably mild. At night we have been opening the windows and the house has been cooling down.
 
Well, that has now ended. All good things must come to an end, right?
Today wasn’t that hot, but it was so HUMID. Our high will be low-80s. It was muggy and sticky, and I finally turned on the A/C. Blessed relief. I have no idea how I lived in Flagstaff, AZ for so many years without it.
 
For those of you who live in colder areas, hopefully you have been able to shut off the heater. And those who live in hotter areas, thank God for A/C, right?

Box Set!

The boxed set of the four Fayoak Romance books is out!
 
If you already have all four books, then you don’t need to buy the boxed set. There is no new content in the set.
 
If you’ve been thinking of buying the other books, and want them all in one file – pick up your copy today! Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BW3S8KV
 
On other news – I’m happy to report that we have not had any snakes in the house recently. Andi seems to be focusing on her lizards.
 
It’s starting to warm up here in Austin. We still haven’t turned on the AC and open the windows at night. It doesn’t chill the house, but it at least keeps it in the low 70s, which is nice.
 
Hopefully spring is treating you well in your neck of the woods. Happy reading!

What next? No, don’t ask!

I’ve come to the conclusion that it is NOT a good thing that I’m getting good at catching snakes. Also, seeing a small snake in the house is no longer alarming. Our cat, Andi, thinks snakes are just the BEST toys. She brings them in and plays with them for a bit. I think she then must get bored and wanders off.

Unfortunately, that leaves a small snake loose in the house. These are little things that are usually as thin as a charging cord for your phone, and at least six inches long (most seem longer). Occasionally she catches bigger ones, too.

I move something, and give a little jump as I see the snake. We have two yogurt containers (the large ones) with lids waiting for “pet” capture. One is in the bathroom near the office, and the other is near the back door.

It used to be lizards. We still get those, and I’ve rescued several geckos and green anoles. Yesterday there was one standing in the middle of the hallway. The dog thought it smelled interesting. So I scooped it up in the yogurt container and freed it outside.

I was about to type, “at least it isn’t . . .” and stopped. She could be bringing in worse things and releasing them. I’m not going to tempt fate by typing out what I think might be worse.

Pollen and bugs and snakes oh-my!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I know some of you are getting snow, but here in Austin the weather is lovely. Spring is here along with the pollen and allergies – ugh!
 
Even the dogs are having allergy issues. One is trying to itch herself out of her coat, another is licking the side of his paw all the time (but he’s a poodle so his thick coat is keeping him from licking himself raw).
 
The two cats like to go outside and bring in “toys.” One eats what he catches. The other believes in catch and release. The only problem is she likes to release it in the house!
 
She’s brought in all sorts of fun “toys.” Usually lizards and grasshoppers are the catch of the day. Yesterday she brought in a garden snake. It was thinner than a pencil, but at least a foot long. Needless to say, it was not happy about being caught. NOT happy at all. Catching that sucker resulted in one houseplant on the floor and a broken plant saucer.
 
No one got bit, and the snake was released to the front yard where it will hopefully live a nice long life. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get caught again.
 
Yeah spring!

Mmm, frosting

We wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of Under the Shifter’s Spell. Sam and Rhonda have been with us since the beginning (in The Shifter’s Future Mate) and were more than ready for their story to be told.

In today’s newsletter we shared one of our favorite scenes. In case you haven’t finished it yet, all I’ll say is: frosting.

Please comment below if you’d like to share a favorite scene. If it has spoilers, please start with SPOILER ALERT (in case someone reading the comment hasn’t finished the book yet).

Happy Reading!

Book Birthday!

Today is release day, also known as Book Birthday! We’re so excited to finally share Rhonda and Sam’s story. They’ve been with us since The Shifter’s Future Mate, and now they get their HEA.
 
Under the Shifter’s Spell is available at Amazon for $.99. The special release price will end next week, so don’t miss out!

You know you’re a romance reader when…

Hello everyone,

I saw this and thought you might enjoy it. Click on the link below for the article on Goodreads.

Goodreads: You know you’re a romance reader when  . . .

2. “When you are annoyed by people who both a) have never read a recently published romance novel and b) label the entire genre as bodice-ripping garbage,” says Sarah.

6. “When you have a home library of over a thousand romance novels,” says Megan.

8. “Most of the ebooks on your Kindle feature shirtless men,” says Andrea.

Do any of these resonate with you? I hope you enjoyed!

 

Sneaky, sneaky. . .

Can you guess who the hero is? Last week we posted the cover for the latest Fayoak Romance: Under the Shifter’s Spell on the Books page, but didn’t say anything (see, we’re so sneaky, lol). We sent out the blurb along with a sneak peek from the first chapter in our newsletter. If you want to be the first to know and get sneak peeks, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter!

Here is the back cover blurb. Under the Shifter’s Spell will be released in mid-March.

Can a bear-shifter win a witch’s love?

Being a single mother isn’t easy. But Rhonda Nielson is a witch who doesn’t let things get her down. After three long years, her divorce is final at last. Just in time for her ex-husband to show back up.

What made him return? And why now? Is it all as simple as it seems? And what is she supposed to do about the hot bear-shifter, Sam, who was there to pick up the pieces when her ex left?

Sam Reynolds doesn’t trust the sudden return of Rhonda’s ex-husband. His unease only grows when he catches the man in a lie. What’s his game? Can Sam figure it out before he steals Rhonda away?

On a different note . . .

Hello All! I wanted to let you know about this boxed set by Virginia Hunter that is on sale for $.99. Here is the link and the information: https://grovepublishing.org/cgc-boxed-set/

boxsetBuilding friendships isn’t easy…building a coven is even harder. The Coven’s Grove Chronicles is a saga about the gathering of thirteen women who possess extraordinary powers. Witches all, they must come together in a sisterhood that will nurture and protect them. The secrets of the arcane will be unlocked for each, if they survive long enough to learn. Join them on their journeys of discovery and hardship, and of course, to meet the dashing men they find along the way. The first three books of the Coven’s Grove Chronicles, Alix, Hannah, and Cassie have been wrapped up into one boxed set for your enjoyment and convenience. Be sure to check out the other books in the series!

I thought it sounded intriguing and wanted to share.

Nope, still winter

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a happy Tuesday.
 
I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who picked up The Shifter’s Big Surprise. We hope you enjoyed Aly and Ben’s story.
 
The next Fayoak Romance is off with the editor. Our newsletter comes out next week, and there might just be some sneak-peek info in there…
 
I can’t believe it is almost the middle of February. Spring is just around the corner. The weather here in Austin tends to be nice. More on the warm side (especially in summer, lol). But WINTER has decided it is not ready to give up its hold.
 
We had sleet over the weekend. For those of you who have snow, it’s no big deal, but here… In any case what surprised me the most was the little balls of sleet that lasted the next day, too! They were hidden in shady spots, but still. One expects sleet to quickly melt.
 
Today it is cold and wet. The wet means it feels even colder. So I’m hunkered down at my computer, typing away.
 
My cats are angry that the weather is cold and wet, and they don’t want to go outside. They are being very insistent that I turn up the heat outside and stop the annoying rain. They will be pleased that (according to the weather app on my phone) it will 78 with a 30% chance of rain on Thursday.
 
Of course, two days later it is supposed to be 53 and rain. I have to remind myself I used to live in a much colder place. I used to deal with snow and ice and warm days were in the high 40s.
 
No matter where you are, stay warm (or if you happen to be outside the US and it is summer – stay cool). Hang in there everyone, and read on!