Guest Post: Favorite Pets…by JM Stewart

Today I’m happy to welcome author JM Stewart, who’s talking about one of my favorite topics: pets!


Thanks for having me, Katya!

When pondering the topic for today’s blog, Katya was kind enough to give me a list of topics that are popular with her readers. Since I think I must be the only writer in the world who doesn’t have a favorite word (I know, I know, strange right?)…I thought I’d share my fur babies with you all.

Now, I can’t begin without introducing you to miss Ruby Jewels. She’s been gone probably close to four years now, but I still miss her very much. I think she’s still with us in spirit. Every once in a while, out the corner of my eye, I still think I see her coming up the hallway.

We got her from another family when she was 5. She was a German Shepherd/Husky mix and the family we got her from said if we were looking for a guard dog, she wasn’t it. Boy were they right. She was afraid of everything. lol She loved kids, though. She often got out of the backyard, and you’d find her around the corner hanging out with the neighbor’s kids. Every Halloween, she’d help me greet the kids at the door. She died at the ripe old age of 14, so she lived a good long life.

When Ruby died, she left a big hole. Six months later, we decided we wanted to fill it. So, we scoured the local shelters and came across this girl. This is Misty. She’s a lab/shepherd mix, and what I didn’t know about the breed when I got her was how energy they were. This dog has grasshopper legs. Can jump straight up and look over the 6 foot privacy fence in the backyard. 🙂

She’s the sweetest thing you’ll ever meet. She greets us like she hasn’t seen us in forever…even if you’ve only been in the shower for 20 minutes. She has a scary sounding bark, has stopped more than a few would-be solicitors in their tracks several feet from the door, but she’s only scary from this side of the door. Open that door and come inside and she’ll high-tail in the opposite direction. 🙂

And last but not least is Tiger. We got her from a shelter also. She’s a Chihuahua/French Bulldog mix and was all of 2.5 pounds when we got her. Tiger is the queen of this house. She’s very smart, and very stubborn. She does what you want…if it suits her. lol She wants to be wherever you are, preferably in your lap, so she’ll often follow me around the house (yup, including into the bathroom). When she wants you to pet her, she’ll reach out a paw and pull at your hand.

But she’s my hubby’s girl. Her favorite place in the whole world is in his arms (who can blame her?). She insists on snuggle time every day when he gets home from work, and he does anything she tells him to. lol

So those are my babies. Tell me about yours!

About the author:

JM writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

Her latest release, Whatever It Takes, from Berkley Intermix, is available at all major online retailers.

You can find out more about JM or her books here: Website /Blog /Twitter /Facebook

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I wanted the fantasy–Her Knight in Black Leather by JM Stewart is Kindle Daily Deal

Her Knight in Black Leather is today’s Kindle Daily Deal! That means for TODAY ONLY it’s only 99 cents on Amazon!

Blurb:

Cat Edwards has spent her life playing the wallflower in an effort to escape the repressive weight of her mother’s tarnished name. Dragged to a bar by her best friend in an effort to forget a broken heart, the shy bookworm is determined to be someone else for the night, but quickly gets in over her head. She discovers chivalry isn’t dead after all when a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. He’s wearing black leather and a mischievous smile that promises to be exactly what she needs.

When his terminally ill father suffers a setback, Michael Brant returns to the town he swore ten years ago he’d never return to. He’s come back this time determined to make peace with the past, but being home brings up memories he doesn’t want to remember anymore. His first night in town, he’s captured by a damsel in distress. Cat’s beauty is made all the more alluring when he realizes she has no idea who he is. He can’t resist spending a single night in her arms. With her, he’s only a man, disconnected from his family’s name and the past that haunts him here.

As the town erupts with the news of his return, Michael’s dark past comes back to haunt him, putting Cat in danger. Someone is threatening her life and the life of her family. Desperate to keep history from repeating itself, Michael offers her his family’s name in order to keep her safe. When the lie spirals beyond their control, can they stop their hearts from becoming entangled as well?

Excerpt:

“What did you need from me last night, Cat?” His hot breath teased her neck, the sensitive skin below her earlobe, and images invaded her mind. Of his mouth latching on there, leaving his mark. The possessive look in his eyes when he plunged inside her body, claimed her as his. How simultaneously wrong and right it felt to be claimed that way. They were strangers, yet deep down, she couldn’t deny she gave him a piece of herself last night.

“I wanted the fantasy. You were a little wild, a little dangerous. A Harley-riding bad boy in black leather with a wicked gleam in your eye who challenged anyone to try to judge you.”

A faint chuckle sounded behind her, so infectious one corner of her mouth curled in response.

“You were everything I wanted to be and exactly the type of man I never go for.”

“Is that why you took that ride with me? Spent the night with me? Because I’m different?”

She hesitated, her heart stalling in her chest, then shook her head. She spent the night with him because the façade intrigued her. The unexplainable pull between them and the uninhibited desire in his eyes sucked her in. The tenderness of his touch overwhelmed her. He overwhelmed her.

“No. I did it because I felt safe with you.” Safe to fulfill a fantasy without fear of it getting out of control, without fear she’d find out he really was every bit as dangerous as he appeared. And though she couldn’t explain how she knew, she’d bet every last cent she had that the only thing truly dangerous about Michael Brant were his discerning eyes.

“That’s exactly what I needed from you. The anonymity. You were the only person in this town who didn’t seem to know who I was, who hadn’t already formed an opinion of me. Over the years, I’ve convinced myself I didn’t care what people thought, but I came back expecting judgment. There are people here who aren’t fond of me. And with you, for one night, I was just a man. I had no name, no obligations, no expectations.”

He shifted closer, his body brushing her back, his heat seeping into her skin.

“I needed you.” His breath against her sensitive skin made her shiver. “I was just … me. I wasn’t sure I wanted to know if you’d ever heard of me, what you thought of Michael Brant.”

His hands slid onto her arms, his touch light and hesitant, as if he couldn’t resist but wanted to give her room to object. When she didn’t — couldn’t — those hands skimmed along her forearms, over the backs of her wrists, awakening every nerve ending along the way and setting the tiny hairs to standing on end.

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About the Author:

JM writes sweet and heartwarming contemporary romance with a touch of passion. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the Great Rainy Northwest with her husband of sixteen years and their two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believe everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her passion.