- My novel releases in three weeks. I’ve been waiting six years for this, so kind of a big deal. You should definitely pre-order a copy here
- I’m working on a list of readings and signings and will share soon.
- Please, if you are on Goodreads add my book to your “to-read” list.
Why should you do these things? Well, remember THIS post? But, there are other reasons too. The CRITTERS in my novel deserve their own post.
Animals are important to me. That’s why I have my foster-fail pup Gabe. That’s why my oldest daughter is in the Animal Science program at her high school and we experienced the whole Bunny Project. We still have 2 1/2 bunnies, by the way, in case anyone local to Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania is looking for a wonderful pet. The 1/2 is because…well, I digress. We also have a baby horse. She’s a beautiful four-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred filly who has a ridiculous racing record (like, ridiculously bad. That is also another story…and I’ll post about her with pictures of her doing yoga with the equine osteopath because, you know, that’s my life.)
Anyway, I say all this because OF COURSE animals are going to be a big part of my world-building. Energy follows ley lines and causes changes that… Hey! I don’t want to give too much away, though. There’s a quiz below to tell you who your perfect “pet” would be, but DON’T READ ANY FARTHER IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED WHEN READING.
You’re still here? Okay, here’s the quiz:
- Do you want a pet that requires more or less attention?
A) Every minute with my pet
B) I have a couple hours every day.
C) I want a pet that fits into my lifestyle
D) I want my pet around when I remember it
E) I have no interest in actually interacting with my pet
2. How important is obedience from your pet?
A) Obedience is nice, but love is more important.
B) I need obedience so I can trust my pet.
C) Well, maybe obedience is overrated.
D) Who needs a pet who does tricks?
E) Umm. I need my pet to understand, “STOP.”
3. How important is it that your pet be housetrained?
B) Accidents are unacceptable. We can work on manners.
C) Kind of
D) I’m willing to change my pet’s water.
E). Nope. Never coming in my house anyway.
4. How traditional do you want your pet to be?
B) Pretty traditional
D) That’s boring
E) I want a pet that no one has never seen before
5. Do you want your pet to like you?
A) You said “like.” I think you meant “love.”
B) I want my pet to respect me.
C) I’d like my pet to recognize my voice, at least.
D) It’s okay if my pet doesn’t even know I’m home.
E) My pet and I will be actively avoiding each other.
Look, you guys have done magazine quizzes before. You know what to do. Whichever letter you choose the most often corresponds to your perfect “Misbegotten” pet.
A) Dido — a white female wolf who keeps Caesar “in the friend zone.” She’s elegant, maternal, and protective. With the right person, she’s not above snuggling. Dido is highly intelligent, but discerning about who she’ll love. She’s loyal to a fault and will give everything for her special one.
B) Caesar — a solid black male wolf. He’s an alpha who will keep you safe by attacking promptly and without remorse. He is stoic, but might come across as arrogant. He’s not into being cuddled, but will consent to sit beside you when, and if, he chooses. He’s a soldier with perfect posture. It’s not his fault that he’s so damn handsome.
C) Saki — a penguin-turtle who helps Tamaki hold on to her sanity through many terrible experiences. She excels at being quiet and her fur is soft to the touch, but she’ll retreat inside her shell when she needs some alone time. She needs a lot of alone time.
By artist Amelia Grace
D) Zombie horseshoe crabs — these are kind of the equivalent of those frog kits where you send away for the tadpoles. They don’t require a lot of maintenance because they are already dead, but they do drift through the water, preferably brackish water like that found in the Chesapeake Bay, especially when in the presence of etemuu. You can have one or a whole swarm. Warning: under the right circumstances they can be dangerous to humans.
E)Two-headed Moose — This guy is often misunderstood, probably because he is truly of two minds. Like a Gemini, this BIG fella has a good side, purely vegetarian. And then he has the other side, devilish side, literally. His second head, the one growing from his shoulder, would like to spear anyone and everyone. He’ll definitely get your friends attention. Warning: Hire a professional animal trainer for this pet.
So, ready to hit the pet store and buy supplies? Post in the comments which pet was right for you.
A couple of notes. The wolves and moose pictures all came from a World Wildlife Fund calendar a couple years ago — and I’m sorry I don’t have the specific photographer’s name to acknowledge him or her.
HOWEVER, I’m very happy to share the artist who created Saki for me: Amelia Grace. Her website is: http://amelia-grace-illustration.com and she has even more artwork on Instagram @Ameliagraceillustration
I’ve ordered bookmarks to give out at readings/signings and they will feature the cover art for Walking Through Fire on one side and Amelia’s design on the other side.
Let me know which pet you chose!