Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Be Kind to Animals Week


    Again the next day, Maddie hoped to see the little dog at the shelter, but he didn’t make an appearance. So while the children and Daphne ate lunch, Maddie set out toward the


    “Where are you going, Miz Maddie?” The teenaged boy followed her out of the building.

    She considered him for a moment, wondering if he would frighten the little dog farther away. Then decided to give the boy a chance to prove himself. “To look for the little black and white dog.”

    A odd look crossed Devon’s face, then he took the lead on the narrow trail into the woods. “I’ve seen him sometimes in a tangle of blackberry bushes about a half mile into these trees.”

    They walked in silence for a time.

    “What are you going to do if we find him?” The kid asked.

    “When we find him, I’m going to convince him he wants to come home with me.”

    “Lucky dog,” Devon muttered.

    A short distance later, the kid slowed down. “It’s right up ahead. Maybe you should go first so I don’t scare him.”

    Maddie frowned at Devon and he half-shrugged in apology.

    “Hey, my doggie friend!” Maddie called. “Will you come out and see me?”

    Maddie continued to talk to the dog as she walked slowly around the berry bushes. “I don’t see him.”

    “Wait. I think I do.” The kid squatted down. “See? About ten feet into those bushes. There’s something black and white. Come on, little fella, growl at me or something.”

    “Is he moving?” Maddie asked. “What if he’s hurt?”

    “I’ll crawl in and see.”

    “Be careful.”

    With a slight smile, Devon got down on his hands and knees and crawled slowly toward the black and white object he had seen.

    “Can you see if he’s hurt?” Maddie stood on her toes and tried in vain to see the little dog.

    “Almost there.” The kid’s voice sounded muffled as he crawled further into the tangle of bushes.

    The silence pulsed worry through Maddie’s veins until Devon called out. “He’s alive.”

    “Thank goodness! Can you get him out of there?”

    “I’ll put him on my jacket and use that as a kind of stretcher to pull him out.” 

    After what seemed like a dog’s age, Devon emerged backwards, dragging his coat with its precious cargo.

    “He doesn’t look good,” Devon commented.

    Maddie had to agree. The little dog lay so still, emitting an occasional whimper. Dried blood discolored one of his front legs. “I’m going to take him to the vet.”

    Don’t let them put me to sleep!

    Maddie touched the little guy’s head. “You tell me what you want when we get there.”

    Devon volunteered to go with Maddie and sit in the back seat beside the little dog.

    When they arrived at the clinic, the receptionist began asking questions Maddie had no idea to answer. “What’s the dog’s name?”

    Mr. Razzles.

    “Mr. Razzles,” Maddie repeated.

    “Date of birth?” the receptionist asked.

    Maddie relayed what Razzles told her, and did the same with the rest of the questions. Until she asked when his last vaccinations were.

    I don’t like shots, Razzles said.

    “I don’t want you to get sick,” Maddie responded.

    “Pardon me?” the receptionist asked.

    Maddie faked a smile. “He’s been living on his own and I don’t have much information about him.”

    One of the receptionist’s eyebrows lifted. “Do you want to just leave him?”

    A horrified look echoed the distress in Maddie’s heart at the thought of abandoning the little dog. “I’ll be paying his expenses, if that’s what you’re asking, and he’ll be coming home with me.”

    “Not everyone is as generous and kind as you. Mr. Razzles could have some serious injuries.”

    “He’ll be coming home with me,” Maddie repeated.   

    The receptionist smiled. “He’s a lucky dog.”

Copyright Genie Gabriel

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tell a Story Day is April 27

When I saw this holiday on a list, I thought, "How perfect for a writer!"

Though "Once upon a time..." as an opening line may be overused, I've used the story structure of fairy tales as a starting point to write books, and have presented a class on doing this. It's a familiar and fun way to help writers dig into a story and let your imagination soar!

Since I'm celebrating the release of book 3 of my Collie Chronicles series, I'm offering the first paragraph of each of the stories in that series here. Nope, I didn't use "Once upon a time..." in any of these openings, but hopefully have issued an invitation to readers to settle in and find out what happens next.

 At the same time Francesca Durand was born as a human, Chap the Collie arranged his arrival on Earth Three as a puppy.

 Francesca Durand dropped to her knees beside the freshly dug grave.
    --From MORE THAN JUST A DOG, book 1 of The Collie Chronicles
    Print version

We have to go.
Chap put one paw on Francesca Durand’s shoulder and connected his thoughts with her dream world, projecting the scene of a fire.
    --From MORE THAN A STAR TRAVELER, book 2 of The Collie Chronicles
    Print version

I should not have let him go without me.
Chessie Durand stood with her Collie in front of the waterfall that hid the stargate at her mother’s farm on Earth Three. 
    --From SOMETHING BETTER, book 3 of The Collie Chronicles

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Puzzle Piece #4


If you haven't seen the first pieces of the puzzle from Bernie's Legacy, my romantic suspense books, you can check them out here (first piece), second piece, and third piece. These puzzle pieces started out on Puzzle Day, January 29, 2021, and reflect my love of puzzles. 

The Bernie's Legacy series of ten books solves a piece of the puzzle in each book. However, the question posed in the first book, "Why did you do it?"--and whodunnit--is not resolved until the tenth book in the series. 

This piece of the puzzle from LIVING THE LEGACY:  Who is Sally Harris? Why does she have a special interest in Collin O'Shea? How is she connected to the sheriff?

I hope you have fun "puzzling out" the pieces of this series. 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Happy birthday to Quantum Canines!

We are 13 lucky years old!

Quantum Canines was born in April 2008. A sanctuary of a different breed to provide a home for beautiful doggies who came to begin a new life. With their love and healing and challenges, they continue to offer me lessons in how to heal myself.

In the mysteries of the Universe, my Collie also turned 13 this month, 

though he spent the first few years of his life with his "other mother."

Collies have been special guides to me throughout this life--

the first dog I remember was a Collie.

My Collie Chronicles series is a tribute 

to these beautiful and very special companions. 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021



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Monday, April 12, 2021

Last Day to Enter Giveaway!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

New Sweet Romance Giveaway!


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