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Smorgasbord: Books, Poop, Porn Sites, & Stuff

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   18 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Smorgasbord! That’s the word for today’s Naked Truth, because I couldn’t decide which thing to tell you about, so you’re getting the rundown on everything.

First, the galley proof for Love to Believe left my hot little hands on Monday. My publisher expects the eBook to be ready for pre-sale by the 16th. The print book will follow, and the whole enchilada releases on January 30th. I’m excited!

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If you read Love Built to Last, then you’ll recognize some old friends in Love to Believe. The gang’s all there—Maddie, Caleb, Brenna, Dante, TJ, Pirate, and the rest all play a role in Sean and Rebecca’s story. You’ll make some new friends, too, including Sean’s legal secretary, The Great and Powerful Mrs. M and a girlfriend for Pirate.

It was fun to proof the galley, because I haven’t spent time with these characters since submitting the third book in the series, Love to Win, last spring. I’d forgotten how much I love the Walker/Kinkaid clan.

I’ve been working on my fourth novel, which is not part of Fireflies. It’s the first in a second series, this one a romantic (naturally) mystery taking place on the coast of Oregon.  One of my characters just surprised me by being found dead—I love it when the characters take over the story and something unexpected happens. My conscious mind was surprised, but since this improves the plot and helps me answer some questions later on, I think my subconscious knows exactly what it’s doing. If my conscious and subconscious ever get on the same page, I’ll rule the world. And by world, I mean the one I created. In the interim, it’s a mystery. Pun intended. 🙂

During my writing jag the other day, this big redheaded guy jetted in for a landing on my bird feeder. He’s a huge woodpecker, and he flies in with all the grace of a rhino and the stealth of a B52. That is to say, he really shakes up the neighborhood. He flew off before I could snap a pic of him on the feeder, but I caught a pretty good shot of him anyway.

 

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What’s with all the ***SeXXXy Russian Women*** website links showing up in my spam folder? I’m deleting between six and ten a day. Boy, are they ever barking up the wrong tree. I don’t even know how to speak Russian. Ha. Seriously, what’s up with that? I understand some of the crazy spam that shows up because, as a writer, I Google all kinds of nutty stuff. I’m probably on a Homeland Security Watch list because of the topics I have to Google. But porn sites aren’t on my radar. Or at least they weren’t. Maybe it’s because my name appears as editor on a couple of sexy romance novels that include ooh-gobs of open-door sex, written by author Casey Hagen. (Sunset at Lake Crane and Falling in Fiji). I’ll have to ask Casey if she speaks any Russian. Maybe this is her fault.

The Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition showed up in my mailbox yesterday! That makes me so happy. I read it for fun. 🙂

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On Sunday, my BFF, Linda, gifted me with a wine calendar…she knows me so well. Each month features a cute saying. My favorite is January: My New Year’s resolution was to exercise, but I kept spilling my wine! 

And last, but not least, a bit of serendipity. Our dog, Rigby, had surgery on his leg and has required daily walks for rehab. The first walk of the day occurs right after his breakfast, usually around 5:30 a.m.  It was 27 flippin’ degrees and windy out there this morning, Buttercup, so I bundled up: hoodie, wool scarf, wool coat, watchman’s cap, gloves, reflective vest, and a scowl. Biodegradable poop bags stuffed in my pocket—check. Flashlight—check. Happy dogs—check. And, we’re off! Slowest walk ever because dogs love to sniff, right? And it’s their walk. I’m just along to pick up poop. *sigh* So, we’re walking, stopping, sniffing, sniffing, sniffing…you get the idea. I was freezing while the dogs checked their social media updates. And then the flashlight beamed across someone’s lawn and revealed a wide expanse of diamonds sparkling across the entire yard. It looked as if God had blown stardust over the grass. It took me a second to realize that it was dew, frozen dew, made extraordinary in the pre-dawn dark by the beam sweep of a common flashlight. Beautiful.

I’m almost looking forward to freezing my ass off again tomorrow just so I can see it again. Almost.

Join the Naked Truth Smorgasbord! Leave a comment about something that happened in your life this week, big or small. It really CAN be about anything. In this one blog post I talked about books, poop, and porn sites. Jump in and leave a comment!

See you Friday for Observations from the Tub!
Lisa

Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last in eBook or Print, go to AmazonBarnes & NobleBlack Opal BooksKobo, or AllRomance. Book #2, Love to Believe, will be available for purchase January 30, 2016!

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18 Responses to "Smorgasbord: Books, Poop, Porn Sites, & Stuff"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    January 13, 2016 at 9:46 am  

    Your writing tickles me. Loved this post.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 15, 2016 at 7:01 am  

      Thanks, Linda! 🙂

  2. Comment by Claudia
    January 13, 2016 at 9:57 am  

    Lisa, you are amazing with the AMOUNT of living and doing you get done! Your wrtiting is so involved, and I am glad to hear how well it is going. My little dibble dabble of writing feels that big to me. Ha!Ha! Glad the dog’s legs mends…been there on that one. Thank you so very much for the comments you left on War Baby. I do love my own work in this case! Happy Hump Day!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 15, 2016 at 7:05 am  

      Thanks, Claudia, but honestly, it doesn’t feel like I get that much done. I spin my wheels a lot, believe me! And I LOVED War Baby. Here’s the link to the piece for other readers who might be interested:
      http://ratsassreview.net/?page_id=1070

  3. Comment by Rob
    January 13, 2016 at 10:32 am  

    These Ruskies, are they interesting and sleezy?

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 15, 2016 at 7:06 am  

      Maybe you could check it out for us, Rob, and come back with the details. 😉

  4. Comment by Sioux
    January 13, 2016 at 10:44 pm  

    Lisa–Just reading about the left turn your WIP took made a left turn for mine slink into my brain. Thanks.

    Earlier this week I went and watched my granddaughter’s dance lesson (hiphop). Since Riley DOES have a sense of rhythm, I am wondering if my daughter is not really my daughter, ’cause I am seriously lacking any shred of rhythm and coordination.

    Watching those 7, 8 and 9-year old girls practice was hilarious.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 15, 2016 at 7:08 am  

      I love it when those left turns happen! 🙂 My daughters both have rhythm I do not possess. They tried to teach me the Cupid Shuffle a couple of years ago and my daughter-in-law said I looked like a kangaroo. lol

  5. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    January 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm  

    What a week you’ve had, my friend. There was an awful lot to comment on here, but I’ll just stick to the one thing that grabbed my attention most: the cover for Love to Believe is amazing! Can’t wait to read! Oh, and that woodpecker shot was pretty amazing too 😉

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 15, 2016 at 7:09 am  

      You know, Teri, I love that woodpecker. He’s a regular at the feeder, but he really doesn’t fit. The way he contorts himself is pretty amazing. lol Thanks for commenting on the cover—I love it, too. I’m excited to see the cover for book three.

  6. Comment by Sioux
    January 14, 2016 at 11:19 pm  

    Lisa–Forgot to add: I appreciate the note of this being “book two” at the top of the bookcover. Sometimes, you have to read the back of the book blurb or the inside jacket cover to find out which book it is. Making it easy for the reader to find is appreciated…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 15, 2016 at 7:11 am  

      We can thank my cover designer for that (Melissa Stevens at The Illustrated Author) as that’s how she created it. I like the numbers, too. It’s annoying when I find a series I like and then have to hunt down a list that tells which number it is in the sequence. Even when books are standalone, as mine are, they’re still more fun to read if you start with the first book. I’ll pass along your comment to my publisher.

  7. Comment by Pat
    January 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm  

    Neither cold, snow, sleet or rain keep me inside these days. I have become the queen of journeys outside at all hours of the day and night ever since I started housebreaking a puppy.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 18, 2016 at 7:43 am  

      Ah, yes…Winston. And probably right around the time you’re thinking to yourself, “Why did I adopt a puppy?” he does something so adorable and endearing that you immediately answer your own question with, “Oh, yes. That’s why.” 🙂

  8. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    January 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm  

    Only 27 degrees? How about 0 to 10 in Ohio on Wednesday and guess where I was – well I was not in Florida where it was a balmy mid 50’s. At least it warmed up on Thursday in Ohio and the sun was actually shinning a bit. I’m happy to be visiting my sister and friends in my old hometown but coming here January probably wasn’t my smartest move. LOL

    Woodpeckers? Yes they can be beautiful but if you own a house with cedar siding they can also be destructive! Along with the racoon problem we had at our old house we also had woodpeckers – and they loved cedar siding. We would often wake up to the sound of woodpeckers attacking our house. We would bang on the walls from the inside to try and discourage them; fortunately it usually worked. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 18, 2016 at 7:46 am  

      Brr…my daughter-in-law is from Ohio…Which might be why she lives in sunny Sarasota. 🙂 We’ve only had one woodpecker go after the cedar siding that I know of, and a different type of bird that actually drilled a hole and built a bird house. I wouldn’t let Joe close it up because of the babies. lol

  9. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    January 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm  

    Hahahaa! This WAS a smorgasbord of stuff! I can tell you’re as busy as ever, working away. Your dog walking story reminded me of the amazing winter walk I took with Julia last week…breathtakingly beautiful, it was like walking in a shower of silver glitter. Of course, it was COLD so we had to stop in at the library mid-walk for a warm up! (You and your 27 degrees…HA!)

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 18, 2016 at 7:49 am  

      You live in Minnesota now, right? Where 27 degrees constitutes a heat wave? I feel like such a wimp. *hangs head* Your walk with Julia sounds wonderful. I sometimes miss the beauty of those types of winters (I grew up in New England).


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