Audio, My Miss Fancypants

Two More Audiobooks On The Way

I have recorded and submitted the audio files for A Buried Body and Barkery Bites as well as A Missing Mom and Mutt Munchies. (If you click on those universal links and scroll to the bottom you’ll see the links for some of the audio retailers.)

At this point I don’t have control over when they’ll make it to any specific retailer. Buried Body I submitted about a week ago so it’s made it to most of the major sites at this point except Hoopla and Google. I know a lot of you like to use Hoopla so it may be worth a nudge from your end if you aren’t seeing it. I know with ebooks they seem to prioritize processing books that have been requested. Not sure how it works with audio, though. Missing Mom I only submitted yesterday so that’ll probably be a week or so before it gets approved and starts to trickle through the system.

It was fun to revisit Maggie May, Fancy, and crew. And, of course, the end of Missing Mom is where Maggie and Matt first kiss, so that was a warm fuzzy moment to narrate.

It was also interesting to narrate these books because when I was writing them some choices I made seemed to have inevitable consequences. Like the fact that when Janice Fletcher died she left those parcels of land for sale that could jeopardize the barkery. And Ted Little being so scary and taking an interest in Maggie.

I happen to be a pantser as a writer, meaning it’s sort of coming to me as I write it. So the story adjusts as the events occur. And with those two items that I introduced I felt I had to follow them up. Which is why we get that one paragraph about Ted Little in the next book and also why the barkery has to be torn down.

But reading it back I realized I could’ve maybe just ignored both of those things and been okay to continue the story without incorporating them. In one sense, I’m happy I did follow those consequences through because I think the pet resort will let Maggie build an entire community around herself instead of just a business with her friend. So I like where that went. But I could’ve spared Jamie the Ted Little experience. (And also the reference to Ruby. She’s a character I want to write about someday who has a ghost dog companion but I could’ve kept her out of this series.)

Anyway. Sorry I don’t have news on a next book. It might be a while. I love this little world I’ve created, but money-wise if I want to keep writing I need to put some time in on a few other series that have far higher sales numbers and haven’t had releases in (six) years. Yikes! Although I may do a collaboration between two of my pen names which would mean the next book is the first in a contemporary paranormal romance mystery series. (Haha. My problem as an author is that I have too many ideas to every write them all.)

Also, my own Miss Fancypants is now 9 years and almost 9 months old and my vet said that statistically she doesn’t see dogs of her size/breed make it to 10 often. (I know some Newfs make it to 15 or 16 and a decent number make it to 12, but we are now up to eight pills every morning, pot drops with each of her meals, and another five pills each night. That includes three different types of pain medicines on top of lupus and thyroid meds. So as much as I can hope she’s with me forever, realistically I don’t think she will make it that far.) That makes it a little hard to write about Fancy right now.

Plus, I am happily spending as much time as she wants outside at lunchtime laying in the snow while I read a book. We only have our pups for so long, gotta spend that time with them while we have them.

Here’s my girl out on the patio clearly wanting me to put the computer away and pay her some attention:

(And, yes, there are two dog beds in that picture that she’s ignoring. Along with one more around the corner and two more inside…Spoiled? Nah.)

Hope you and yours are well. Take care.

My Miss Fancypants, Nosy Newfie Cozy Mysteries

Happy New Year! Happy New Release!

First, I hope your new year is off to a great start. One week in and I’m so far cautiously optimistic about it. The weather has been nice enough that the pup and I have managed a walk every single day so far. (She’ll walk in anything if it isn’t too hot. I draw the line at snow, rain, or temperatures below about 25 degrees Fahrenheit.)

I tried to find her a new doggie daycare last week and that did not work well. I don’t trust any place that smells that badly. So we will continue with her walking the neighborhood, toy in mouth, looking for dogs to bark at her.

But enough about us. Time to let you know that cozy #5 in the Nosy Newfie Cozy Mysteries series, A Sabotaged Celebration and Salmon Snaps is now out. I tried very hard to get the paperback and ebook versions out at the same time but ran into a bit of a snafu with the print version, so it may take a day or two for it to get to all the locations it needs to. (It was either that or release a print version with random chapters that had no page numbering.)

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite cover yet. Hope you enjoy it!

Amazon Ebook, Amazon Paperback, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google

And updated for B&N Print.

sabotaged celebration v10

My Miss Fancypants

Ah, Prednisone…

This is one of those stories that won’t make it into one of the cozies because in the books Miss Fancypants does not in fact have lupus like my own girl does.

She’s had it for years now, since she was about two years old. And even though her nose usually looks pretty awful it never seems to bother her much. But recently the lupus had spread to her eyes and there was a lot of crusting around the eyes that I had to remove for her multiple times a day.

(The things dog moms do for their pups…)

Anyway. It finally got to the point–on a Friday night at five o’clock, of course–where pup’s eyes were not only crusted but were starting to bleed like her nose can. So we went to the vet. And she went on a seven-week course of prednisone as well as getting some great eye ointment.

It worked fantastically. Pup’s nose hasn’t looked this good in years.


She is ravenous. All the time. This is a dog that normally will walk past a chip when it’s accidentally dropped on the floor because it’s not in her food bowl. The past few days she’s been licking the carpet. And barking to be given more food. And clawing at the food container. Not at all like her normal mellow and polite self.

So the prednisone has been good for her. I’m glad she took it. But we are on green bean, pumpkin, ice cube, and carrot overload for another week here in Fancyland so it’ll be good for her to be off it, too. I am counting the days because this is a face it’s hard to say no to…

Irresistible Miss Priss

(And her nose looks even better than that right now.)

Also, in other news, I expect the next cozy will be out in January at the latest. And in the meantime I used my “thinking” time to put together a little store with some art of the pup and her “uncle”, Shadow.



My Miss Fancypants

Happy Birthday to My Miss Fancypants

Today is my Miss Fancypant’s 6th birthday. (Not her real name, of course. My girl is called Miss Priss although after potty training her I generally just call her Kiddo.)

IMG_4857 - Copy

Above is the obligatory picture of her with one of the Nosy Newfie books. That look is “Mom, why are you taking pictures of me instead of helping me find the baby bunnies that are hiding out right under my feet?”

And here she is looking like the grand dame she is:

IMG_4846 - Copy

My girl has lupus so this time of year is rough on her nose. Between the sunlight and the bunnies hiding under the ramp it’s a challenge to keep her nose from completely falling apart, but I figure she doesn’t have all that many years to enjoy life so if she wants to be out and about in the spring when it’s not too miserably hot for her, then I’ll let her do it.

Love her to pieces.

And now time to write the next cozy so I can include her fear of hiccups. 🙂

Good thing she can’t read or I’d be hearing “Mom, why did you tell people about that?”