I've finally found the perfect man. He's very
handsome -- tall and slim, with huge brown eyes. He's quiet,
well-behaved, and does pretty much everything I tell him to. He's
Scotty the greyhound, and I adore him!
Isn't he something?
Scotty is four years old. His track career ended when he shattered a
hind leg in a race. The wonderful people at www.foreverhomegreyhounds.com took him in, fostered him, and
then let us adopt him about two months ago.
I can't praise the adoption volunteers highly
enough. These good souls take the dogs in fresh off the track, get
them used to house life, then chauffeur them tirelessly to many
adoption events in the hopes of finding them all good homes.
Scotty was called a "Velcro love sponge," on the
adoption website and the description fits him perfectly. He's sweet,
affectionate, and goofy. Like many of his breed, he loves to lean
against his people, bow, sleep on his back with all four feet in the
air, and smile.
He's the perfect writer's companion. He's quiet and calm, and happy to snooze away for hours while I'm working. And oh, yes,
speaking of writing, which is what I'm supposed to be doing here,
Hyperion, my wonderful publisher, has let me know that the trade
paperback edition of The
Winter Rose will be published in January 2009. I'm very excited
and hope the paperback will introduce more readers to the rambustious Finnegan family.
Work is proceeding on The Wild Rose, the final
book of the Rose trilogy. The
Wild Rose will continue the Finnegan saga, taking the family
through World War One and into the 1920s. No pub date yet, but I'll
keep you posted as the book progresses.
I'm also working on a new young adult novel, due to
be published in 2010.
These are busy, busy days for me, and I wanted to
say how much I appreciate all of your emails. There are days when
the writing is not going well and the whole process is super-
frustrating and I'm wondering what ever made me think I could write
in the first place, and then a lovely email arrives and turns the
day around for me. What a gift. Thank you very, very much.
Wishing you all a lovely end to your summer, and
all that goes with it -- fat red tomatoes, juicy peaches, and more
zucchini than you know what to do with.