And here we are, a brand new, shiny year. The writer in me likes to think of it as a blank page, or many blank pages, to write the next chapter of my story. What will my lead character get up to in 2024? Where will her journey lead? Who will she meet along the way? Just as in writing fiction, creating my real life story is a combination of plans, intentions, and a bunch of surprises. There will be good days, wonderful days, and some that I won't enjoy, but all of them are part of the story of 2024.
Where would you like 2024 to take the main character in your life story? What are his/her goals, desires and dreams for the coming year? Travel? Education? A new job? Retirement? A new relationship? The possibilities for storylines and plot twists is endless.
Wishing you all the best in the coming year. May the story you write for yourself be a bestseller!
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As 2023 came galloping to a close, I realized I hadn’t written a blog post since January when I wrote about Nevada’s hoof abscess. What?! How the time does fly by when you’re having fun … and other stuff. I didn’t even tell you about Rosa leaving, or my big clinic experience, or update you on Nevada’s health…read more
Until these last couple of weeks of my life, I really didn’t know what either of these things were—home or holidays. I grew up in a makeshift kennel where there were too many dogs in a small space, and was then taken in by Rescued Paws and housed at their kennel/shelter...read more
A Whodunnit Cozy Mystery Cats, haikus and cadavers—amateur sleuth Lola didn't expect that her new inheritance would come with such killer poetry. Lola thought she’d find the island small-town peace when she returned to inherit the coveted antique shop. But between a snarky telepathic cat compelled to pen poems about the deserving dead and a trail of chilling haikus left on murder victims, peace and quiet may be too much to ask…When the handsome out-of-town detective arrives to lead the investigation, Lola vows to solve the case and clear her name before she's the next to end up in the killer's rhyming couplet.
Pippa arrives at the Pecan Plantation Equestrian Center one afternoon to find that handsome Bryce McCloud, a famous local dressage rider, wants to buy her beloved lesson horse Ivan from under her nose. She didn't even know he was for sale! Refusing to give up on the big chestnut, she cuts a deal with Bryce: by the end of the month, Ivan will go to the person he likes the most. Now Pippa has to come up with enough money, and persuade the horse to choose her instead of the pro rider before the deadline.
Riley Jackson and Jake Parker were childhood sweethearts, their love blossoming amidst the sun-kissed beaches and turquoise waters of their small island town. But youthful confusion led them down separate paths, and it seemed like their love story was over before it had truly begun. Years later, when a heart-tugging loss brings Riley back to Sea Belle, she and Jake are given a second chance at love. Their passion reignites, stronger and more profound than before. But with old memories resurfacing and the specter of past mistakes looming, can they overcome their fears to embrace their second chance at love?
He inherited her home. Why does he think he inherited her?
When a powerful duke inherits Grace’s home, she is furious. He makes a deal to allow her to keep it—if she accompanies him to society. She hasn’t a choice if she wants to regain her freedom. Benjamin Williams, the Duke of Torrance, cannot allow the enticing woman to remain in dangerous circumstances, no matter her protests. He plans to find her a suitable husband, yet soon it becomes apparent he cannot let the clever and spirited woman go. Soon he will claim his duchess and prove she is…at the duke’s command.
Maya Cooper’s life is on track. With a thriving law career, her own cozy apartment, and a promising future, everything seems perfect. Until a shocking revelation shatters her world: the unexpected passing of her estranged father. In a twist of fate, Maya inherits his enchanting vineyard, unveiling a legacy that raises countless unanswered questions. Intrigued by the enigma surrounding her father's choices, Maya embarks on a journey to Sonoma County, California. There, she not only explores her newfound inheritance but also encounters her half-sisters, each seeking their own understanding of their father's decisions.
Filmmaker Ellen believes she’s finally found a place where she can grow roots. After a lonely and turbulent childhood, she’s bonded with newfound friends in the small town of St. Sebastian to start over. While telling their life stories of friendship and personal trials and triumph, as seen through the lens of her camera, her connection with the women of The Little Shoppes deepens. But the threat to the future of The Little Shoppes widens and divides the formerly close-knit town, challenging their spirit. Ellen joins in the fight and contributes to the solution to help bridge her new hometown, while simultaneously recording the events for her documentary.
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