Category Archives: Extras

Realms of Romance: A Heated Return

I am very happy to announce that I will be having a story published in the ‘Realms of Romance’ anthology coming out on December 15 (pre-sales are now available at Amazon.com). The anthology will be published by Rhetoric Askew for the Writers Unite! Facebook group which I am an administrator for.

Here’s a blurb for my story:

Nick and Chloe work for a top-flight security firm out of London and have been friends for some time. But upon Nick’s return from an overseas assignment, they finally take a chance on their attraction to each other. But when Nick gets another assignment in a dangerous place, Chloe can only watch from afar and wonder if she can handle loving a man who regularly courts danger.

Here’s the link for pre-order HERE

 

 

The Ballad of Darcy and Ronan

The Ballad of Darcy and Ronan

 

Darcy is my dog and Ronan is my cat

Darcy is a rescue so I don’t know exactly what breed she is

She looks like a mix of border collie and retriever

But she’s a total diva

Tell her she’s beautiful and she’ll love you forever

 

Ronan is a black-and-white medium-hair cat

As he is a rescue like Darcy I don’t know what breed he is

He’s also pretty fat now

But he is cute and he will only sit on half of your lap

 

Ronan came to me on a cold winters’ day

Tired of hanging out with the feral cats

He ran into my apartment and curled up on my sofa

I couldn’t be mean and toss him out

So I let him stay

Checked around to see if anyone claimed him

But no collar or microchip he became mine

I gave him a cool name

But he’s more of a klutz

As just this morning he ran headlong into the garbage can

(by the way, he’s fine)

 

Darcy came to me through my friend

Who called me up one day to ask

“You know how you’re thinking about getting a dog?”

I told her I was still thinking about it

Then she told me of the two dogs she’d found on the side of the road

I told her to bring them by so we could put our heads together over them

When she pulled up with them

I told her she could have warned me

They were beyond cute

I took Darcy and we found a home for the other dog

 

Now I had never had a dog so I really didn’t know what to do

I should have stuck with training classes but alas I didn’t

Darcy grew fearful and anxious

Which in turn made her bark at everything

But I found an angel of a trainer

And for almost two years’ worth of Saturdays

She trained both Darcy and me

 

Darcy still doesn’t like other dogs very much

As she thinks if they bark at her

They need to be barked back down into silence

She likes most people as long as they don’t crowd her

Or ignore me

And be sure to tell her she’s beautiful

 

Both Darcy and Ronan cuddle with me every day

Both of them have to have belly rubs every day

They sleep with me on the bed

And I wouldn’t have it any other way

Darcy is always happy to see me come home

While Ronan will always meow his welcome

(though in reality he’s just telling me his dish is empty)

 

I don’t think I was in need of rescue

But I’m glad I rescued both of them

And I will always have rescues

When the time comes again for rescue

I’m sure the Universe will have me rescue a dog and cat

Without having to go to a shelter

For although I always plan to go to a shelter to rescue

The Universe always saves me this step

 

But I hope that day is long into the future

For Darcy and Ronan are entering middle-age for pets

Like I am for humans

I hope to take them on the road someday with me

But for now, we’ll just take things one day at a time

Extras: Driving Tips Not for the ‘Fast and Furious’

The first thing my father taught me when I began to drive was this (warning: strong language here but I want to quote my father exactly): “Act like each and every one of these sons of bitches is going to do something stupid that can get you killed and react accordingly.”

So for the year that my dad rode with me teaching me how to drive, he would constantly say things like ‘what if this idiot over here swerves over towards us, what are you going to do’. Yes, I will freely admit it was annoying but it was very good teaching as all that repetition turned thought into pure instinct. And those instincts are still intact to this day and much-needed as much I’m on the road.

Because on an average day, I probably see at least three near-miss collisions in front of me and sometimes I come close to being in one of them. And yes, I use lots of bad language (in my head if I have people with me in the car, and out loud if I don’t) whenever I see bad driving.

There’s a commercial on the radio here for a big personal-injury lawyer and it says the top causes of accidents continue to be speeding, drunk driving, and tired or distracted driving. But I want to go a little further than the obvious here with my driving tips that I would like to see so I don’t have to use bad language every day on the road:

Speeding: Speed limits are not set arbitrarily. They’re the top safe speed on that stretch of road on dry pavement so if the roads are wet SLOW THE HELL DOWN!!! Why idiots want to hydroplane in the rain is beyond me but these idiots sometimes get other people hurt or killed. Also, slow down whenever you’re coming to an intersection, a lane you’ll have to merge over from, or a freeway interchange you’ll have to slow down to go into the curve with.

Tail-gating: This will have me cursing the driver doing this to me straight to Hell and back. It’s wrong on every level and there is no justification for it. And if you rear-end someone because of tail-gating you will be found at fault for doing it. If you’re running late, that’s no one’s fault but your own so grow the hell up and leave with enough time to get where you need to go.

Distracted driving: I believe people who are caught texting while driving or doing anything that takes their hands off the wheel completely should be arrested, or at least fined heavily and the ticket be a major moving violation. I see this all the freaking time despite the laws against it and there is no justification for doing this.

Drunk driving: I honestly shouldn’t have to say this at all but this is a big reason why I don’t like to drive after midnight or one a.m. now. I read about too many drunk driving crashes and I honestly don’t want to be a statistic. Not only do Uber and Lyft help people get around, they save lives. So don’t be a stupid-ass drunken cheapskate and drive drunk.

Now driving and navigating is not easy and I was recently asked how I do it. I replied that it’s taken a lot of practice to get to where I can drive and navigate as well as I do. If you don’t do this on a daily basis I suggest you study the route you’re going to take and try to learn how to read a map. And I hate to say this, most people don’t know how to give directions. I don’t mind landmarks being used but sometimes people honestly don’t know their right from their left. Also, people are not as specific as they should be so if someone gets turned around because of your crappy directions, don’t blame them.

Finally, watch out for the idiots on the roads because there is no cure for stupidity. My father always said driving was a serious business and he was right. So please, for the love of humanity, take your driving seriously and don’t drive badly, or like a dumb-ass entitled jerk who thinks he’s in a ‘Fast and Furious’ movie.