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Rounding Up Some Embrace the Romance Posts

September and October were pretty crazy around Casa Jones North as I ramped up for the launch of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, and thanks to all of you, it was a lovely launch indeed. 🙂 Thank you, thank you for helping us raise dollars of Hero Dogs and hit the USA Today Bestseller list. I might still be happy dancing.

In all the chaos, I wrote some guest blog posts that you may have missed. So I thought I’d do a Perilous Pauline Pets in Space Roundup Post just for you. You’ll get some background insights into my special kind of crazy and, if you click through and then comment, you help me say thank you to the lovely hosts who shared their blog space with me.

So here you go:

For some extra insight into Sir Rupert, my parrot from Time Trap…

When I picked a parrot as my pet for Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, I did not expect to, um, channel parrot-ness. Sir Rupert stalked into my brain like, you know, a parrot, and it was as if I’d always known about parrots (when I really only “know” budgie birds because my grandma used to have one, and of course, the Monty Python Dead Parrot Sketch, which oddly enough does not help that much with parrot behavior). Keep reading

And for some things you may not have known about my hero of Time Trap:

Have you ever had a character surprise the heck out of you?

When I created Master Sergeant Briggs in The Key, (my first Project Enterprise book) he was a rough, gruff military guy who told Sara Donovan she flew — and crashed — like a girl.

Not politically correct in any way, shape or form.

And then, Sara ran into him in the gym and I thought they were going to have a throw down and instead, they, well, they…. Keep reading

Where did it all begin? Read the story behind the concept here:

The first Pets in Space anthology started as a joke, a throwaway comment on Facebook, but Veronica Scot saw the potential of the idea and contacted me privately and said, “We should do this.”

I thought about it and realized she was right. We should do this, but we both had two requirements that had to happen if we did this.  Keep reading

I got serious for this blog:

When my son was receiving chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma, our cat, Felix, became very protective of him—and was very comforting to my son as he dealt with all the side effects. Felix would curl up next to him, sometimes on his chest, and purr and just be there. He also licked away my tears.  Keep reading

And I get even more serious because of Hero Dogs:

I had seen military honors on television shows, but had never experienced it in real life until my dad, a veteran of WWII and Korea, passed away last year.

While military honors are mandated by law, I know the men who served with my dad (and my dad while he still lived) consider it a privilege to be in the honor guard for a comrade in arms.  Keep reading

And I talk about my dad’s Korea experiences:

When my dad came home from the war in Korea, my mom says words spilled out of him, stories she—a young wife of barely 20—had a hard time processing. She says she listened to him talk for days and then it was over. When I was young, my dad never talked about the horrors of war to us.  Keep reading

Thanks so much for checking out my various guest posts. What do you think? Did you read some of them? Comments here are good, too. 🙂

I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive a $25 gift card from my Zazzle store. The recipient is announced in the first blog post of the new month.

Perilously yours,


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