Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

FIR Meme 6

I’m part of a wonderful new boxed set of sweet contemporary romances that releases Oct. 5.
The stories all take place in the fictional town of Romance, Oregon (which he had so much creating). And all the stories mention the Finding Forever Animal Rescue. In fact, the autumn festival that is mentioned in each story is a benefit to help out Finding Forever and allow people to adopt a variety of pets.
I thought it would be fun between now and release day if you had the opportunity to meet some of those fun-loving animals!
Today, you get to meet Costello, a Great Dane in  Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker.


Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?


Without further ado, let’s chat with Costello!

Great Dane Dog

Who is your favorite human in Romance?

That’s easy: Tony! He’s a good boy who comes to visit me at the Finding Forever Animal Rescue center. Every time I see him, I wag my tail fast so he knows how much I like him.

What’s your favorite thing to do?

Play! I love to catch balls, run after them, and chase my favorite boy.

What’s the best thing about Tony?

He always has time to see me. He talks to me and we eat lunch together. Sometimes he even sneaks me some of his lunch when his mom’s not looking.

What’s your favorite way to spend an afternoon?

Playing with Tony is the best. But when he’s not here, I join the other dogs to see who can bark the loudest. I don’t always win, but I like to give it my best each and every time.

What do you think about all the romance swirling around Romance?

I don’t really understand romance much, but I think it’s the main reason why Nicole keeps bringing Tony to volunteer at the shelter. Something tells me there’s a connection between her and Brent. I think it’s great, though. Brent saved my life and gives me a place to stay. And Nicole? She’s real nice. Plus: Tony! So if it means I get to play with him more, I’m all for the romance!


Thank you for joining us today, Costello. We’ll let you get back to chasing balls and playing with Tony!

FIR Boxed Set

Make sure you pre-order your copy of Fall Into Romance today. It’s just 99 cents!

Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0749T1Z89

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Happy October

I love, love the month of October.

Even though I’m still mourning the passing of summer (how did it go from May to the end of September so quickly, anyway?)

But I truly do love autumn, in particular October.

Generally, in our corner of the world, the nights are nippy but the days are gloriously warm and lovely.

The air outside is redolent of  apples (from the orchard across the road) and that spicy earthy scent that lingers this time of year.

Everything seems cozy, rimmed in a golden hue.

Do you like autumn? What’s your favorite month?

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gratitude challenge

Time to get caught up on my gratitude challenge (again!).

Week 34 is to list things I like about fall.

Does it count if I just write “Everything!”?

Some people might even say it’s my favorite season.

So here are a few of the things I love about autumn:

• The tangy aroma in the air – a blend of wood smoke, ripened apples, drying leaves and the earth settling in before it’s long winter sleep.

• The orange glow of a harvest moon and the vibrant sunsets.

• Cozy sweaters and pretty scarves.

• That it’s cool enough to wear my boots once again without my feet frying inside like they do during the summer months!

• Crisp mornings followed by warm, sunny afternoons then wrapped up by cool evenings.

• Pumpkin – bread, pie, cookies, roll, cake and the special pumpkin spice tea CC found and brought home enough boxes to get me through the season! Also, I love pumpkin scented-candles, piles of pumpkins stacked around doors, and pumpkin decorations (have you seen velvet pumpkins? So awesome!).

• Apple and cinnamon scents filling my home as something yummy bakes in the oven (or even simmers on the stove top).

• The leaves – I love the changing colors of the leaves, hearing them crunch beneath my feet, seeing their glorious hues spread across the landscape.

• A deeper sense of gratitude. I think the fall season gives us a more profound awareness of all we have to be thankful for (far beyond just being thankful Thanksgiving Day).  It is a time to count our blessings as we prepare for the winter months ahead.

• I’ll even add football to the list, because CC loves it so and it makes him happy, so that makes me happy.


Week 35 Challenge is to talk about my neighborhood.

We live out in the country, but we do have some nice people around us. On one side of us, we have some new people moving in we haven’t yet met. On the other side, we have a young couple with an adorable baby and puppy who distract me to no end when I see them playing from my office window. The father of one of my dear friends lives just up the road. He has been such a blessing to us because anytime we need to be gone, he watches over the house and makes sure the heinous cat is fed and watered.

I like that we live in the country. Across the road from us, there’s an apple orchard which is currently full of ripening red apples.


Behind our house is a huge pasture with big open sky that makes a perfect place to take photos. Especially of the horses currently grazing back there. They are a little on the wild side. They ease up to the fence and let me think today will be the day they’ll stand still long enough I can pet them, then they race off across the pasture at the last second – just before my fingertips connect.

For the most part, we have a quiet neighborhood  – one that is peaceful and it’s a wonderful place to call home.

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