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#JusJoJan the 30th/23 – Canine

Our prompt word for January 30th is “canine.” Thanks so much, Dawn, for the wonderful prompt!

I lived for many years without a canine in my life.

And then seven years ago I got Winston.

Oh, the fleas he had!

Winston

And even when he was barely bigger than a shoe, he had a huge, deep bark in his barrel chest.

Now he’s just a big, lovable lump.

I know you’ve probably seen these pictures before. The prompt was just an excuse to show them again.

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#JusJoJan the 26th/23 – Family

Our prompt word for January 26th is “family.” Thanks so much, J-Dub, for the wonderful prompt!

When I was growing up, I always wished for a bigger family. For brothers and sisters. But I never got them. I used to envy my friends their siblings. I imagined idyllic friendships between them. Constant happy companionship. Ah, but I was an only child and knew only what I saw when I was playing with them. They were either getting along or avoiding each other, for the most part.

And I still have a hard time imagining it. When I write a story with siblings, they either get along famously or avoid each other. Yeah, I have three kids. But they’re atypical, two of them being disabled.

*sigh* I’ll never understand. If only I’d had brothers and sisters.

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Celebrate with me!

I’m having a birthday birthday and a book birthday!

First, my actual birthday is Sunday the 22nd, but I’m celebrating with sushi and cake on Saturday because the sushi place is closed on Sundays. I don’t get sushi very often, so it’ll be a real treat for me. The cake is totally for the kids’ sake. Totally. *uncrosses fingers from behind my back*

Since you can’t be here to celebrate with me (but only because you wouldn’t all fit in my kitchen), I’ve decided to drop the prices on the first two books in both of my series!

The Magician’s Curse: A Paranormal Romance (Book 1) is available for 99 cents until January 31st on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Apple.

The Magician’s Blood: A Paranormal Romance (Book 2) is available for 99 cents until January 21st on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Apple.

Saddled: A Romantic Comedy (Book 1), a forbidden office/male stripper romance, is available for 99 cents until January 31st on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Apple.

Rocked: A Romantic Comedy (Book 2), a best friend’s brother/male stripper romance, is available for 99 cents until January 21st on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Apple.

You won’t get the two Book 2s for less than 99 cents, and they may never go on sale again, so grab them while you can!

My other reason to celebrate is also half the reason I’ve been so busy lately.

It’s a new book!

I’m so excited to release this one. I loved writing it, I fell in love with the adorable characters, and I really never wanted the story to end. In fact, as I edited it, I almost doubled the word count.

For the first time on my blog, I present to you the third book in the “Once a Week at Woody’s” series, Stroked!

A stripper and a lawyer walk into a bar …

Casper thinks of Woody O’Flanagan’s Pub as home, but he has a shadier stripping job to supplement his income. One he’d quit if he could just sell his artwork. Enter Tristan, the handsome lawyer who’s itching to see Casper’s etchings…

Tristan is an up-and-comer at his law firm, but his speech impediment and sidetracked dreams are holding him back in career and love. Until he meets Casper, a gorgeous stripper who understands every word he says…

When Casper and Tristan are caught in a compromising position by the police due to Casper’s questionable job, the first thing out of Tristan’s mouth ensures their arrest. Getting thrown in jail teaches them that it’s time to follow their passions. But will their passions include each other?

Opposites attract in this hilarious and steamy m/m romance, the third standalone book in Linda G. Hill’s “Once a Week at Woody’s” series.

Grab it now!

Author’s note: This story includes a parent with dementia.

Stroked: A Romantic Comedy (Book 3) is available for pre-order. Buy it now on Kindle or Kobo (Nook and Apple to follow) and have it delivered to your device on January 31st!

Thanks so much for celebrating with me!


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#JusJoJan the 19th/23 – The complaint department

The prompt word of the day today is “complaint.” Thanks, John for the interesting prompt!

It’s inherent: as a mom, you’re the complaint department.

And if you’re a single mom, you don’t even have an employee (dad) to take over when the complaints pile up.

Because we all know being a mom is a thankless job, most of the time.

It doesn’t pay very well, either. Especially when the cuddles dry up and the customers no longer fit on your lap.

Wow. That simile got weird fast, didn’t it?

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This short, sweet, and odd post is brought to you by Just Jot it January and John! Please be sure to check out John’s blog here!

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Skinnier than …

Funny story.

I was talking to my son Chris this morning about a dream he had of elephants.

As we were chatting, Winston, our dog, came into the kitchen to say hello to me.

I bent to pat him and asked him if he was an elephant.

“You’ve got four legs, and a tail, and floppy ears, and a long nose,” I told him. “But you can’t be an elephant. You’ve got a furry body.”

To which Chris replied, “Elephants are skinnier.”

“Skinnier than Winston? I’ve never seen an elephant skinnier than Winston,” I said.

“No, Mom, not skinnier. SKINnier. They have more skin!”

So I’m hereby declaring myself skinnier than an Irish Setter.

And no one is going to convince me otherwise!


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One-Liner Wednesday – Clownin’ Around

Alex has been terrified of clowns forever. But he dressed up for one to go into the Santa Claus parade! Then he got home and saw himself in the mirror …

Photo: Alex, in clown makeup and costume, screaming at his reflection in the bathroom mirror. I think he actually scared himself when he first looked.


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NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

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“The Great Dagmaru” Complete Series (6.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
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One-Liner Wednesday – Unbelievable Coloring

I’m sure if I coloured a leaf this way in my colouring calendar, people would say no way can that be real …


Photo: My son, Alex, holding a real maple leaf that’s green at the base and bright red from half-way up to the tips.


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NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

The Magician’s Curse (2.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else (Amazon worldwide, Kobo, etc.)
The Magician’s Blood (3.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
The Magician’s Soul (3.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
“The Great Dagmaru” Complete Series (6.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
The Magician’s Sire (free with sign-up) here.


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One-Liner Wednesday – Is it Wednesday?

Sorry I forgot to post at the regular time. My son is visiting Florida right now. Been distracted …


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NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

The Magician’s Curse (2.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else (Amazon worldwide, Kobo, etc.)
The Magician’s Blood (3.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
The Magician’s Soul (3.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
“The Great Dagmaru” Complete Series (6.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
The Magician’s Sire (free with sign-up) here.


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One-Liner Wednesday – Alert Creature

There’s no creature more alert than a dog when there’s potential food to be had.

Photo: My beagle-Basset hound cross, Winston, sitting on the kitchen floor, looking up at my hand, waiting for me to drop some food.


If you would like to participate in this prompt, feel free to use the “One-Liner Wednesday” title in your post, and if you do, you can ping back here to help your blog get more exposure. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL in the address bar on this post, and paste it somewhere in the body of your post. Your link will show up in the comments below. Please ensure that the One-Liner Wednesday you’re pinging back to is this week’s! Otherwise, no one will likely see it but me.

NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

The Magician’s Curse (2.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else (Amazon worldwide, Kobo, etc.)
The Magician’s Blood (3.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
The Magician’s Soul (3.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
“The Great Dagmaru” Complete Series (6.99) on Amazon US and everywhere else
The Magician’s Sire (free with sign-up) here.


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SoCS – Every little bit helps…

My mother had a saying, and I think of it every time I either think or say, “Every little bit helps.”

Because in most cases, every little bit does help … something.

And I have no idea where she got the part that goes at the end of “every little bit helps…”

But I’ve never heard anyone else say it. Only my mum.

So when I’m reminded that every little bit helps…

And that most times it does…

I think of my mother’s saying and I realise that sometimes…

a little bit really is a little bit.

The rest of the saying? You’re probably wondering by now…

“Every little bit helps…

…said the old lady as she peed in the sea.”

 

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