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Manhunter by Loreth Anne White

Manhunter

My good friend, Loreth Anne White, has just celebrated the release of her latest book, MANHUNTER. I’ve read it (and loved it!) and am offering a chance for someone else to win it and see if they will enjoy it as much as I did.

It’s not often we see Canada as a setting in category romance, but Loreth has done an incredible job bringing the vast beauty of our great country to the romance reading world. With the wild Yukon as the backdrop to the emotionally appealing story of two scarred souls –tracker, Silver Karvonen and RCMP officer, Gabriel Caruso– it was a story that I had to finish in one sitting.

Here’s what some other folks have said:

MANHUNTER review at CataRomance

MANHUNTER review at EHarlequin

To enter into the contest, please visit Loreth’s website and tell me the name of any of her other books. I will draw the winner on November 10, 2008.

GOOD LUCK!

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So, the beloved children have been moaning and groaning for the longest time for a pet of their own.

Phoebe

Phoebe

A hamster. A gerbil. A rat.

Having either:

a. owned one as a child and realized the low “wow” factor

OR

b. having grown up in a province where they are outlawed (really),

none of the aforementioned were options for me. Since the majority of pet duties ultimately fall to me, I thought I should have the final say.

But you can’t tell a kid anything, right?

You can, however, distract them.

Enter Exhibit A… the guinea pig.

My most up close and personal childhood experience with guinea pigs was with GP from Hammy Hamster (Remember the diving bell episode? And the boat they used to drive around?) I ADORED that show!

As an adult though, I’d only read about them, but I was impressed by how their owners RAVED about them….cute, cuddly, adorable, live longer than hamsters, demonstrative, full of personality, they make the loveliest noises… love, love, love them!

HOWEVER, I wasn’t buying into the company on just anecdotal evidence and my television experiences. I’m not *that* naive.

SO, I packed the kids up and we went to the pet store where we hunkered down for about an hour with two resident males. We petted, we cooed, we ruffled, not to mention we repeatedly smeared those guinea pigs under our noses to ensure there were no allergies (on their part or ours).

There was much begging as we left without them, BUT, I was strong and said, “Now, just because we’ve gotten to know these guys doesn’t mean we should just rush into this.”

As you can see, I was strong. For about an hour.

Max

Max

Then I went into GP withdrawal in the worst way and caved.

I wasn’t going to do the pet store thing though if there were other GP’s in Yellowknife that needed adopting…and that is how Max and Phoebe came into our lives.

They are everything that everyone ever said about guinea pigs. Full of personality, adorable, cuddly, demonstrative and already we love, love, love them.

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“Stupid.” Not a word we use in our house, unless we really, Really, REALLY mean it. This story though, is beyond stupid…

Sentencing in December for 10 000 calls to 911.

Just so we’re clear here, I’m not commenting on the woman’s behavior. Clearly, she’s got some issues to resolve. What I am commenting on is how someone can call 911 TEN THOUSAND times and not be stopped beforehand. At what point do little red flags go up and someone scratches their head and says, “Hey, didn’t she call yesterday?”.

Seriously, I’m not sure how she got away with it, but 10 000 divided by 15 (months) = 666.67 times per month divided by 30 (days) = 22.22 times per day. That’s some serious dedication to harassment. Apparently she didn’t like the police. I’m guessing she didn’t like humanity either, because that’s an incredible amount of manpower she was tying up to have dedicated rescue personnel come to her aid.

Stupid.

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Sunrise

Sunrise

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.

~Adabella Radici

I have so many things to be thankful for…

  • a family I cherish, adore and love beyond measure
  • friends to share the ups and downs and especially the sideways
  • a creative mind, a capable body and endless opportunities
  • a fulfilling life which encompasses the right/responsibility to vote in tomorrow’s election (just in case you missed my subtlety in the title…VOTE, damn it! Even if you’re not yet registered, you can do it at the polls!)

Now I know that many of you will be thankful for many of the same things I am…great minds think alike and all that, but tell me something you are grateful for that isn’t such a big thing in the grand scheme of life. Something that is simple, but still makes things great…

Mine would be the Thanskgiving turkey card I received this morning from my eldest. Basically it’s a tracing of her hand, the fingers being the feathers of the turkey once you rotate it and on each finger you write what you are thankful for. She wrote…freedom, peace, allowance, life and family. It warmed my heart.

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A Dog’s Life

Tala

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones

come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Tikka

Tikka


Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.


Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

Diggy Dog

Diggy Dog

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!

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