My dog is a better person than I am.

This is a bit of a random blog post, but as I was walking my dogs today I had the realization that my dogs are happier than I am all the time. Today, person after person pointed out my dog’s big goofy grin as she trotted along on our walk. I enjoy my life, it’s actually really great, but there’s something about the way my dog approaches things that leaves me feeling like I have something to learn.

So, I came up with a list of things my dogs do that I wish I was better at:

  1. My dog is excited to see absolutely everyone.
    • I mean, she is ecstatic. It is the best day that has ever happened when she meets a new person. In return, her new human friend is flattered and delighted to interact with her. I on the other hand avoid eye contact and pray I don’t have to stop and chat.
  2. My dog doesn’t care where we’re going.
    • While I worry about route, length of walk, and what time I’ll get back home, she just enjoys the journey.
  3. My dogs will actually stop and smell the roses.
    • Well, and other dog’s pee, but they at least appreciate things around them in a way I should really pay attention to.
  4. She has boundless energy in everything she does.
    • With hops, jumps, excited barks, my dogs lives life to the fullest and she’s always going to invest all of herself in things. I drink coffee to do just about anything (like writing a blog).
  5. Play is serious business
    • It does not matter if there are other dogs, people, or coffee tables with delicate glass in the way. Play happens spontaneously and it is approached like a frat boy on a Friday night. Maybe I don’t wish I was like this entirely, but I should stop and have more spontaneous fun.
  6. When she’s tired, she rests.
    • One of the things that saddens me the most about myself is that I am incapable of napping and bad at taking breaks. My brain is always buzzing, I can never quite get comfortable, and I’ve probably had way too much coffee. On the other hand, I sleep really well at night. I do wish I had the ability to rest without guilt like my dog does. I think she has the right idea.

Did I miss anything that dogs are especially good at that humans might not be great at? Leave me a comment.

❤ Scarlette

A Free Gift

Hey lovely readers,

I’m currently editing book three in the Alternative Series and getting it ready for publishing. In the meantime, I’d like to offer up the series prequel for free.

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If you sign up for my newsletter, through this blog or through the free book, it will put you on my newsletter where I always post when my books are free for download. Last release date I put the whole series up for free!

Here’s the link.

Enjoy!

❤ Scarlette

National Library Week!

In the chaos of my book release this week I almost forgot to post about National Library Week, which would have been a terrible mistake.

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I, like many authors, owe a lot to libraries.

They provided me with enough reading material as a child to keep this voracious reader constantly entertained. If I hadn’t had access to my school library I don’t think I would have been able to read as much as I did. I had books, but not enough for the speed with which I read and the way my reading level increased so quickly.

They helped me through school. Without access to special collections in my major I never would have completed my studies. Not to mention I didn’t have my own computer in college for a few years, so having access to the computer lab was essential to finishing my education. Plus, I read every Michael Crichton book in the collection for fun as well.

I got my first real job after graduate school at a library. I was kicked off my parents insurance the month I turned 27, but by some miracle my hiring and health insurance through work kicked in leaving me without a single day uncovered. From that point on libraries supported me in my post graduate life.

To this day I do most of my reading from my local library, which I cherish. I even spend time writing in my local library branch when I want a change of scenery.

I still see the incredible things that libraries are doing, the many roles they play in our communities and how essential they are.

We need to fiercely protect our access to libraries and demand that they continue to be funded.

So THANK YOU libraries. A special thank you to the library systems I currently use: King County Library System and Seattle Public Library System. Thank you, and all the libraries that have been in my life for all you’ve done for me, and people like me, my entire life.

❤ Scarlette

P.s. If you need something to read and want to support an indie author, the first few books in the Alternative Series are currently free on Amazon here.

Book Release and Free Books for All!

I’m super excited to announce that the second book in my Alternative Series, Alternative Paths, is now available on Amazon! For today the prequel (a short novella), Alternative Desires (book one) and the brand new Alternative Paths are available for free download on Amazon!

I’m really excited to offer these to people that follow my blog and I hope you’ll take advantage. If you’re feeling really generous, I’d love it if you shared, or leave a review.

Get them here!

❤ Scarlette

Book Questions

This isn’t my normal thing, but I thought that after a couple of intense weeks of writing and editing I’d have a little fun. Enjoy!
1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

No. I’m one of those really lucky people who can read anywhere.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Charlie Holmberg of the Paper Magician Series. I love how she describes things. I think that it’s a skill I don’t focus on enough and I find it compelling.

3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Look, I’m guilty of loving both, but I’ll pick Harry Potter in a contest.

Why?

Harry Potter showed the power of love, that standing up and defying authority is a duty, and that books and knowledge will always save the day. How can I not pick that?

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Knitting.

5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

Honestly, not enough.

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

Either. Although most books I read lack illustrations.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I’ll have to steal the answer of the person I stole this from, Twilight. I’ll still stand by and say the story is captivating, but the writing is a bit lacking.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

A photobook

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

A book about computers that is not mine.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

As soon as I could read words. I’m super grateful for that.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

Wuthering Heights. I’ll admit that I never had an intense interest in the classics.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

Science.

15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Be nice about it. They gave me a book, I can’t be mad. I might start heavily hinting on books I like better though. 🙂

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Grit

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Nerd.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

Vampires. I loved them before Twilight and I’ll love them for probably forever. #notsorry

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters, but only because Angels sound too boring 😉

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

Full on romance as long as it’s not in the super christian/amish/mormon categories. I like a little more heat to my romances.

Cover Reveal!

Hi lovely readers,

I’ve been hard at work writing and editing the last month to hand you my latest book, Alternative Paths, out and FREE on Friday April 14th! It’s been a wild few months and I’m loving this series.

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Here’s what you can expect:

FBI Agent Jaclyn Jacquin’s life is once again thrown into chaos when she receives the one thing she’s been seeking since she lost it.

 

After the dramatic conclusion of their last case together she has finally admitted her feelings and started a fiery romance with Agent Wes Wexler. Things are going perfectly well until the success of their last case propels her into an impossible situation. Suddenly she’s thrust back into her old position in the Counter Terrorism Unit with Wes as her new partner.

 

Jaclyn knows that her career once again hangs in the balance if the secret of their romance gets out. She makes the difficult choice to end things, but the separation is more complicated than she expected. Neither one of them is prepared for the intense feelings that surface as they race against the clock to stop the unspeakable.

 

With their feelings in turmoil, she and Wes will have to work with the rest of the team to investigate a cultish church that is signaling trouble. When an Agent recently placed undercover goes missing, the stakes are even higher. Soon their investigation takes them to an ice covered small town to quietly investigate, but things don’t go as planned.
Before they’ve had a chance to adjust to the new reality of being apart, the unthinkable happens pushing them closer together until they find themselves fighting for their lives.

I’ll post a link on Friday, and as my little gift to you, the first book in the series will be free on Friday too so you can get all caught up!

❤ Scarlette

The Birth of a Story

Hey lovely readers,

I thought that with all the writing I’m doing these days I ought to slow down and give you some background on why I’m writing this series.

The first and terrible truth is that this book was born out of a few things, but mostly my desire to have a modern day X-Files book series with a little less aliens, a little bit of government conspiracy,  and a lot more sexiness. I feel like X-Files was from a time when things were a bit less tense in our country. While Mulder and Scully trusted no one, the things that were covered up in that series feels just a little laughable in the modern day when we’re dealing with so much more. Ah, the days of my youth when UFO coverups were all the rage and not wiretaps and Russian influence in the elections…

Which leads me to the second thing. This book was also thought up right around the time of the inauguration of 45. For me personally that first month was an incredibly challenging time filled with fear: fear for my own life, that of my minority and LGBT friends, and for my own community. While this fear has not passed, I found comfort in writing this. I wrote a set of characters who might not always get it right, but who are champions for the truth and ruthless in their pursuit of justice, no matter who the monster is behind the mask.

I also made an effort to make sure that my characters showed some of the values that I hold near and dear to my heart. Jaclyn is a feminist. She goes out into the Seattle streets and marches just like I did on January 21st for women’s rights, even if she is nursing a horrid hangover the day after her entire life falls apart. She is career driven and kind but takes no shit from anyone. I hope that as she evolves she becomes even better.

I also take care to not make my male protagonist a horrid misogynist or an abusive jerk. I suppose chapter three has some of those elements,  Wes does not use his words when he feels like he’s in danger of being exposed, but I tried to write those elements less about violence towards women and more about Wes seeing her as equally dangerous to him in that moment.

It’s one of the things that I find the hardest to justify in romance novels and it’s a pitfall I tried to avoid. I’m not a fan of some common tropes: forced marriages, being forced to stay with anyone, and various other types of emotional abuse. No one is coerced to love. Love grows organically and out of a lot of mistakes.

So there you have it.

If you managed to get through this entire blog and you’ve never even read my books, here is a little gift. It’s the prequel to the book Alternative Desires (the one talked about in this blog) and it’ll get you up to speed for the release of that book. If you do read Alternative Desires (free today and Saturday here)  I’d love feedback.

❤ Scarlette