My family’s beloved 13 1/2 year-old dog passed away last week. He was amazing and awesome and truly the best dog in the whole world. I’m posting in part just to share pictures of THE BEST DOG IN THE WHOLE WORLD 😀 and also to let you know why I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Between caring for my dog before he died, helping my kids deal with it (we had the dog before they were born), Easter, spring break, and my approaching deadline for my next book, I decided to take some time off from blogging, Twitter, and Facebook. But it’s time to poke my head up again and see what everyone’s up to. I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of spring!

Later today, I’m going to do a final wrap up/thank you post to all of my terrific guest bloggers who participated in the New Adult Guest Blog Series. Then tomorrow, I’m going to introduce the next series: Spring Into Summer Romance. This was a fun, popular series last year and I think it will be again this year. Not only do I have some great guest bloggers lined up, but I’m going to be adding my own giveaways. Stay tuned for more details, but in a nutshell, my bookshelves are bursting and I love the idea of sharing books. If you live in the U.S., you’ll have a chance to win your choice of one new, print book from my giveaway list during each “Spring Into Summer” guest blog post.

Pets teach us as much as we teach them

From 101 Uses for a Lab:

#98 “Take kindly the counsel of the years gracefully surrendering the things of youth.”

#101 “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars…”

#82 “Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.”

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Clipper, no dog will be more missed than you!!! 😦
If any of you have pets, give them a big hug and a bowl full of treats today!