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What fate awaits a runt born in a land where strong and powerful dogs are necessary for survival?
“If you liked ‘Call of the Wild’, ‘White Fang’, or ‘Homeward Bound’, you’ll love this story of an Alaskan Malamute pup who goes searching for his girl.” ~ A reviewer

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“Aren’t you adorable?” she said, picking him up and cradling him like an infant. She began to scratch his tummy, something the pup had never experienced from a person before. The pleasure of it caused his eyes to close and his hind leg to twitch uncontrollably. Unable to contain it, a small howl escaped from his throat. The small person laughed. The sound was like music to the pup’s soul and his tail began to wag. He wiggled in her arms until he could reach her face and began to lick it with all his might. She laughed again, and the pup doubled his efforts. He would do anything to hear that wonderful sound coming from this small person that ignited hope within his breast. Suddenly it occurred to him why his siblings had all been happy to be taken away by visitors. He knew that this small person was all he ever wanted in life, to be next to her, and anything less would never do. 

“Woo, woo, woo,” he cried happily to the girl. 

“I love you too.” She whispered back, kissing him on his black mask.

“I want this one daddy!” She said to the man who had come with her. 

“That’s a runt, best to get one of the others,” her father replied. 

The father reached down and picked up the bigger of the remaining sisters. He took the pup from the girl’s arms and placed him on the floor where he cried frantically in protest, trying his best to climb up the girl’s leg. The man placed his sister in the girl’s arms.  

“This one’s the best of the three,” he said. “Now come on, I have to be getting back.” 

The little girl gazed sadly at the pup, a tear tracing a path down her cheek. But she turned to follow her father, who was shaking the man’s hand.

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Throwback Thursday

DS140503105021 (2)I just thought I’d throw this little gem out there. I recently came across it on an external hard drive my brother loaded with pictures that my dad took back in the seventies. I’m willing to bet my mom made the dress. I know she made the green one in my banner picture.

I am currently recruiting beta readers

“In a future where the Law is a dreadful taskmaster, can Grace prevail?
A lifetime labeled a rebel has Angelica dreading the rest of her life as the obedient wife in an arranged marriage. After learning a secret about her fugitive mother, she decides to cross the Alaskan wilderness in search of her. When she witnesses elders dance an ancient story, she begins to question everything she ever believed. Things get really confusing when the man she is pledged to marry shows up and presents her with a third version of the truth.
Which truth will Angelica choose?
Will she choose the law she can never live up to?
Will she choose eternity without God?
Or will she choose grace?

Lost in the Land of the Midnight Sun is the first volume in a Dystopian Christian Fiction Series. It offers adventures in the Alaskan wilderness, incredible spiritual journeys, and unforgettable characters.
This book by Christina Cattane promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget!

I am currently recruiting beta readers for the above novel.  A beta reader is somebody who receives a free advance copy of a novel, reads it, and then provides valuable feedback to the author.

If you are interested in being a beta reader for my novel please follow the link below and request to join the group.

http://ow.ly/u7n530cnIvG

Spotlight on J.R.Nichols and her book ‘Second Chance’

My good friend, and a member of the writing group I belong to, J.R. Nichols (Jamie), has just published her very first book on Amazon.

Moriah Walker is struggling to cope with the death of her son Joshua. Her life consists of nothing but working and visiting his grave.

So when a mysterious gentleman appears and offers Moriah the one thing she wants more than anything – the chance to see her beloved boy again – she is convinced that he is a product of her grief-stricken imagination.

 But Moriah cannot explain away the series of events that follow.

 Second Chance is the first story in TheSummervilles Saga, which chronicles the efforts of three alien races to survive invasion and unrest, and the first contact between them and the citizens of each of Earth’s Summervilles.

I am so excited for her, and I couldn’t wait to tell you all about Jamie and her book, so I had a chat with her and asked her a few questions:

Q1: What does it mean to you to have your first book for sale on Amazon?

A1: To have my first book for sale on Amazon means reaching a goal I have had for several years. 

Q2:  Tell us a little bit about your journey, how you arrived at this awesome milestone.

A2: I write short fiction and never thought I could find a market for my work due to my failure to find publication through the traditional route. The idea of self-publishing seemed daunting – there was (and still is!) a steep learning curve. When the time came to “pull the trigger” and publish, I had to face and overcome my fears of failure and rejection. However, I now understand that I have “won” already, just by crossing the “finish line.” But the ladies from my writing group encouraged me. One of the gals offered to let me borrow a book on publishing short stories. Just one little paragraph from that book, mentioning that there was a market online for short work, inspired and encouraged me to publish now, even if I *don’t* have a novel-length work.
Q3: What’s next for you? What can your readers look forward to?
A3: I have another book in the Summervilles Saga in the editing process now. My target release date is June 15th. After that, I intend to edit and release a gumshoe detective series I wrote for NaNoWriMo over the course of three years. Meanwhile, my readers can read free short stories on my website. I plan to put up one or two new stories per month.
Q4. Do you have any advice that you would give to other aspiring authors out there?
A4: My advice to new writers is two-fold. First, acknowledge and make peace with the fact that you cannot make someone buy a book. You can only put out a quality product and market within your knowledge and abilities. Do your part and leave the rest up to God. The second point goes hand in hand with the first. Make a plan, then keep your head down and work your plan. If you look up, you will find people prematurely suggesting you take a different approach, or you will hear horror stories that make you question your plan. Stay focused, and do what you believe will work. Do not let random advice or naysayers take you off course. Save the experimentation for your next project plan. Get to the “finish line” before you try “tweaks” or “tricks.”
Thank you so much, Jamie, for taking the time to answer these questions. You are an inspiration to me, and I am sure, many others.
 This is an exciting day for Jamie! A day many of us dream of and look forward to. Jamie gives us hope that we too can make it to this day!
Congratulations Jamie!

 

To visit J.R. Nichols website just click this link.

To buy her book from Amazon click here.

Readers Digest PAD Challenge April 8th

“For today’s prompt, write a panic poem. There are any number of things a person can panic about, including severe weather, military invasions, or what to wear to an event. And while some may be more life or death than others, that feeling of panic is just as real for a person who has to get up and speak in front of a crowd of smiling strangers as it is for a person hiding in the basement of their house as a tornado approaches.”

The Threshold

I stand at the threshold

My heart beats fast and loud in my ears

The darkness closes in, heavy

I want to run but can’t move

I want to cry out but can’t speak

I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

I don’t know what to do

Oh

Breathe in slow

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Breathe out slow

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

My heart rate slows

The darkness weakens

I force my hand to turn and pull

I force my feet to move

Right 

Left

Right

Left

Standing

Outside 

In Sunlight


Catching up on PAD Challenge

I am a little behind in the Readers Digest Poem A Day Challenge for National Poetry Month. My daughter’s getting married in May and there has just been so much happening. My apologies. Here is my attempt to catch up. Read Day 1 and Day 2 here.

Day 3:  “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) of Love,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Water Bottle of Love,” “Smart Phone of Love,” “Toothbrush of Love,” “Tweet of Love,” or any number of blanks of love. I actually kind of love this prompt and am surprised I’ve never done it before.”

The Call of Love

It called to me from some strange beyond

beckoned me from within

I ran, chasing it anywhere and everywhere

but it eluded me

so I came home again

and it was here all along

Day 4: “Today is our first Tuesday of the month. If this is your first poem-a-day rodeo, then I have a special treat for you today, because I do Two-for-Tuesday prompts for these challenges. You can write to one prompt; write to the other; or try to do both. Totally up to you.”

Here are the two prompts for today:

  • Write a beginning poem. And, of course, when something begins, it often signals something else ending. Soooo, the other prompt is to…
  • Write an ending poem. Poem about something ending.

A Beginning and an Ending

In the beginning

was innocence

broken

corrupted

I walked blindly

in the dark of guilt

then light

showed me truth

led me

to redemption

freedom

restored innocence

a fitting ending

Day 5: “For today’s prompt, pick an element (like from the periodic table), make it the title of your poem (or part of the title), and then, write the poem. Anything goes from Hydrogen to Oganesson.”

Copper Sky, Obsidian Night

A golden sun

in a copper sky

fades

to a silver moon

in obsidian night

Day 6: “For today’s prompt, write a poem about a sound. The poem could be about a small sound, a loud sound, a happy sound, or a creepy sound. And yes, music sounds count as well.”

Sound of The Tundra in Summer

A stream gurgles over rocks and stones

Tundra swans whistle high

The wind hums across moss and lichens

A moose grunts 

as he lumbers through a pond

The eerie call of a Loon 

echoes, indescribable,

across the landscape

A salmon jumps

splashing in the river

The wild calls

to my heart

Share your poems in the comments!