So much to catch up on in this post! But it's mostly pictures...
More Goodies for Rita
Last time, I posted about the winner for my giveaway (Baba HooHoo!) but Rita's winnings also continue to come in! Remember all the stuff we won during K9 Kamp? Well, this week we got two more items. First, Rita got some stuffed squeaky bones from Flint & Lars:
|"I love mail!"|
|Not just one; not just two...|
|...but THREE squeaky bones. So spoiled!|
Then she got her Dog Cookies book from Hubble and Hattie
|The hub's reaction was "wow, some of these look really good!"|
These we didn't win (I actually paid for something for Rita for once!) but to celebrate Abby's third birthday, Rita got a bag of hedgehogs:
|"It says here these are wheat and gluten free. Interesting..."|
|"I'm goin' in!"|
|He's a little dirty - she ran outside with him, afraid I'd steal him!|
|Looks like she's checking out his (nonexistent) hedgehog naughty-bits in this photo.|
In addition to her new toys and treats, Rita has a new friend. The hubs has (luckily) been getting home at a more reasonable time all week, so we've been going on a 20 minute walk most nights to a little park by the ocean where pups and their humans gather. The pups meet to play, the humans to watch the sunset. Rita's new little friend is named Bee. Rita loves Bee!
Teeth, claws, and blurry-quick movements to the contrary, Rita does actually play really nicely with Bee:
|Bee is a tiny thing & she often hides between anyone's legs.|
And they both share their water nicely - even with other random pups:
|"No, no, after you!"|
A Mini Cover Model
In needle-felting news, my sis and I felted a Charley - the cover model from my book! I was worried we wouldn't do him justice since Charley is so handsome, but I think he came out cute.
|Real Charley & Mini Charley|
|Mini Charley & Mini Abby, Charley's Angel|
I've had several reviews, interviews, posts, etc. lately. Here's a list if you want to check any of them out (most of you have already seen these since I posted them on Facebook/Twitter):
- A wonderful review on My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much. (I made her stay up too late.) :)
- I was the featured "Writer of the Week" on PetPR.com
- I got to answer fun questions on Coffee with a Canine (have a look if you want to know the one thing I would ask Rita if she could answer a single question in English).
- I got my first blurb! A "blurb" is when a published author gives a lovely little sound-bite for your book. The wonderful Elsa Watson, author of Dog Days, called my book a "a cheer-me-up read, the story of a smart woman putting her life back together. Maggie is the character women have been waiting for - she's clever, funny, and REAL." So, that immediately went up on my Amazon page for the book! Hooray, and thanks again to Elsa!
You'd think with all this good book news, sales would be a little better, but - not gonna lie - they haven't been great. They've been just OK. Nothing you could live on... unless, maybe you were a pet hamster. A pet hamster could probably live pretty comfortably on the proceeds - could maybe even be like the Kardashians of hamsterdom - but that's about it. Anyway, hoping for some momentum to build, but in the meantime, it's nice to hear from folks that they've enjoyed the book.
If you want to make an author's day - send them an email telling them how much you liked their book!