Have you met Toby? He’s Luc Blackfox’s dog, an injured in the line of duty, retired K-9 canine. He’s loving, loyal and a menace to houseplants, wallpaper and handcuff keys. Here’s a glimpse at Toby.
After Kaylee’s apartment is broken into she refuses anyone’s help, including Luc’s. In a not-so-well thought out plan, he handcuffs them together to force her to the safety of his house. Once there, Luc will uncuff them and that will be that. Except he forgot to let Toby in on his plans.
Toby whined and laid down, propping his chin on the backs of his front paws. Kaylee had to admit—even though she was still a little afraid of him—that Toby seemed like a good dog inside. Way down deep inside. He just didn’t have the outlets that police wives had. He couldn’t knit odd looking sweaters or take useless dance classes. He could only stay at home and miss his master and friend.
With one last look at the forlorn canine, Kaylee allowed Luc to tug her along. Two steps into the room, she realized it was Luc’s bedroom. And the bed was the one he slept in. This was where he got dressed in the morning and undressed at night and—
“Dammit, Toby. Where are my jeans?”
“Do you have a date or something?” Kaylee asked. A pitiful attempt at flippancy.
She couldn’t stand in Luc’s private domain, handcuffed to him and look him in the face. Instead she centered her gaze on the vee of bronze skin at the opening of his collar. The mere sight of flesh disturbed her as well.
“I left the key in my jeans pocket,” Luc explained. “And I left my jeans on that chair.” He pointed to a wooden rocker in the corner of the room. A handmade quilt lay folded neatly over the back, but no jeans remained.
From the doorway Kaylee could hear the thump of the dog’s tail on the carpeted floor. Then a bark. She tried not to flinch at the sound. At least it wasn’t a growl.
“Find them,” Luc instructed. “Right now. Or I’m never repapering the bathroom.”
Toby barked again. Silently Kaylee wished the dog the speed of Mercury. It was enough being with Luc in his bedroom, but it was too much to be there handcuffed to him, a breath away from him, her nostrils filled with his very essence.
The dog returned a few moments later dragging a worn and ripped pair of jeans behind him.
“Good boy.” Luc patted the dog on the head, then smiled. His lips froze as he turned the jeans over. They looked like they had been run through a meat grinder backwards. The pockets had been rendered non-existent. “The key must have fallen out,” Luc said, but it sounded as if he was trying to convince himself. “It’s got to be around here somewhere.”
After a thorough, twenty minute search of the upstairs, the key was no where to be found.
Luc turned to Kaylee, his expression sheepish. “I think my dog ate it.”
Kaylee took a deep breath, in a futile attempt to calm her temper. “Luc, this is not the third grade, and unlike your teacher I’m not going to accept that excuse.”
He smiled wryly. “She never did either.”
“Tell me you have a spare.” Kaylee prayed he did. She could not spend any longer handcuffed to Luc. Her resistance toward him was wearing thin.
“Kaylee, I have a spare.”
She let out a sigh of relief.
“But it’s at the station.”
“Let’s go get it.” She started toward the door, but he tugged on their bound wrists and pulled her back.“Would you stop doing that!”
He held up their hands for her to see. “Do you want to explain this to whoever is on duty?”
Kaylee sobered. She hadn’t thought about that. If they went into the police station handcuffed together, everyone on the police force—including her brother—would know about it before the next roll call.
Check out all of Toby (and Luc and Kaylee’s) mis-adventures in Ten Reason’s Not To Date A Cop!
Available now from Samhain Publishing
I was excited today to receive the Blog of the Year Award from my great friend Sarah Grimm. My friendship with Sarah is one of those great serendipitous moments in life–out of all the people who are online, out of all those who have published with The Wild Rose Press, she and I hit it off. We write two totally different styles of romance. I told her once that she was The Godfather and I was The Whole Nine Yards. If you haven’t read any of Sarah’s work, stop whatever it is you’re doing and go get one of her books. I’ll wait.
And if you’ve never been to her blog, you should do that soon. Here…I’ll even help you out. Here’s her blog address: http://www.authorsarahgrimm.blogspot.com/
This award is unlike other awards that you can only add to your blog once. This award can be updated with additional stars. For every time your blog is nominated, you get to add an additional star.
There are a total of “6” stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs—and even if they have already been given the award by someone else—you can still make your opinion count and pass it on to them again and help them (or me) reach the maximum of “6” stars.
The rules of the award are simple:
1. Select the blogs you think deserve the 2012 Blog of the Year Award.
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen—there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required and present them with this award.
3. Please include a link back to this page: Blog of the Year Award.http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-rewards/blog-of-the-year-award/and include these rules in your post. (Please don’t alter the rules or the badge!)
4. Let the blogs(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the rules with them.
5. You can now join our Facebook page – click the link here. ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award (http://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/) and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
Here are the blogs I’ve chosen to receive this award:
I must give this award back to Sarah Grimm for all the aforementioned reasons. :)
Another writer I want to receive this award is Arial Burnz. But “writer” is such a vapid term. Artist, author, editor and all around talented lady, Arial is one busy girl. Be sure to check out her blog. http://www.arialburnz.com/
AJ Nuest also deserves a nod. She is the most supportive friend I have ever known. She is constantly encouraging others and helping them strive for more. Oh, and did I mention she writes a great book? Be sure to check her out here: http://ajbooks.blogspot.com/
And no blog list would be complete without adding the incomparable Vonnie Davis to the list. She’s funny, intelligent and has a fabulous author husband. What more could a woman want? Check out Vonnie at http://vintagevonnie.blogspot.com/
Lots of <3–Amie
Awhile back I was privileged enough to be a part of a group blog with some dear writer friends. But life and genre changes got in the way and before we knew what had happened, the blog had ground to a stop. I understand. C’est la vie.
And like when things change, it happened quick enough that we weren’t able to finish a project that I had started there–building the perfect man. Sigh.
So far here’s what we have: The ‘perfect’ man has
- Brown Eyes
Double Sigh. Except we still have a long way to go. This post is a refresher. And there’s more to come. So stay tuned…
Balloons! Confetti! Tootie Horns and Streamers!! It’s Release Day for Ten Reasons Not To Date A Cop!!!!!
#2 They can get a court order for anything they need regardless of how you feel about it.
#3 They wear asinine mirrored sunglasses so you can’t see their eyes or know what they’re thinking.
#4 They own handcuffs, even if they can’t find the keys.
#5 They have great lips.
#6 They have crazy dogs with issues.
#7 They’re arrogant.
#8 They can kiss. Boy, can they kiss.
#9They will get your family’s approval, even if they don’t have yours.
#10 They just might make you fall in love.
It’s time for a blog hop. This one starts out with a shout out to my BWF, Sarah Grimm. Check out her blog and bog hop answers at
The rules for the blog hop are as follows:
****Give credit to the person/blog that tagged you
**** Post the rules for the blog hop
****Answer these ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog
****Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book? Dear Lucy
Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea came from an old black and white movie from the 40′s called Dear Ruth.
What genre does your book fall under? short contemporary romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Channing Tatum would make a great Nik–if he’d dye his hair black. And for Lucy…Blake Lively.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? After sharing emails for months, Nik is excited to meet Lucy in person, but he isn’t prepared for the instant attraction or the idea that maybe she didn’t write all those letters after all.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Agency please. :)
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? <grin> it’s not done yet.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It’s a romantic comedy. As to what it’s similar to? I don’t like to kiss and compare. :)
Who or What inspired you to write this book? I love the movie so much that I wanted to update it into the new era.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Dear Lucy won First Place in the Marilyn Romance Writer’s Release You Inner Vixen Contest.
Calisa Rhose http://calisarhose.wordpress.com/
Cecy Robson http://www.cecyrobson.com/
Vonnie Davis http://vintagevonnie.blogspot.com/
Diane Okey http://dianeokey.com/
Loree Hubner http://loreehuebner.blogspot.com/
Thanks for joining me! :)
So I was researching handsome men for a blog post (Yes, I know. My life is hard) and I ran across this site:
So I checked it out. Whoa! Really? What has happened to sexy? After reviewing the list I thought to myself, whoever came up with this list is either 12 years old or gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that). And I wasn’t far off the mark. The compiler of the list is a 17 year old male with an obsession for men. You do the math. But I was looking for sexy men, men that make parts tingle by just walking into the room. Of this list I only agreed with about three of the name–Sean Penn (who grew up quite nicely) Bruce Willis, and Daniel Craig. That’s not to say that Bradley Cooper and Jude Law aren’t adorable and Brian Cranston is probably the best actor in the entire list, but the point here was sexy.
So what makes a man sexy? To me it has to do with strength of body and soul. I’m just old-fashioned enough that I want a guy who can take care of me if need be. A manly man. I want Steven McQueen. Oh. Yeah.
In searching around for great pictures of Steve McQueen to add to this blog I found this site:
Yes…Ten Things Steven McQueen Wouldn’t Do. LOL
Sexy is timeless. Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando (The young years). Who is today’s Hollywood will be the next McQueen? I’ll start the list…Matthew McConaughey.
You tell me