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A Sadie Update

Sadie and I just returned home from the vet. Her protein count was up to 6 – they like to see a minimum of 5. Her red blood cell count, while still low, has risen from 17% to 24%, which is about what it was when this whole mess started back in January. But she looks WAY better than she did then. Hopefully that continues to improve. Not out of the woods yet, but she is getting close. Swelling is gone. Strength is way up. Energy too!

Thanks to everyone for all the support!

My Sweet Sadie

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This is Sadie, eight and a half years old. She’s suffering from liver disease/cancer. The Vet felt her symptoms were too advanced, and she was too high risk to perform a biopsy – danger of the liver not regenerating and bleeding out.

She’s a tough, tough dog. Been through a lot. So far, she is responding well to the medication they’ve put her on. But she is still retaining a lot of fluid in her abdomen.

In addition to the meds, she’s on a regimen of lots of hugs and love from everyone in our household.

UPDATE March 24th: Can’t thank you all enough for the comments, emails, well-wishes and prayers. Sadie is doing better today than she has in three months. She is running to and from the back door. Pulling on her leash. Getting up and down easier. The swelling in her abdomen and elsewhere is almost completely gone (the picture above is old – I’ll add some I took last week when I thought she was in her final hours), which means her liver is doing its job. I just spoke with our vet and we are both cautiously optimistic at this point.

Again, thanks to everyone who took the time to send her positive thoughts, whether publicly or privately!

A Much Needed Jack Noble Update!

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of the month. Even harder to believe that Beyond Betrayal was released two-and-a-half months ago (and is still hanging around the top 500 books on Amazon!). I fully expected to have Noble Intentions: Season Four completed by now, and in the hands of editing.

Didn’t quite work out that way.

Why?

Glad you asked. I introduced a new character in Season Four. Let’s call him… oh, I don’t know… Brett. Any character in Jack’s world is going to serve one of three purposes. On his side, in his way, or out to get him. While I won’t give away which of those pertains to Brett, I will say that there is a history between the two men.

An unwritten history.

So, I set out to create some back story and quickly realized there was just too much. Like, way too much. I then received a revelation whereupon I said to myself, “Self, you must create a story about this past event where Jack and Brett crossed paths.”

And that’s what I did. I tried to convince myself it would be a short story.

Nope. That was never going to happen.

But a novella, that’s doable, right. Right?

Welllllllll….

It grew past novella stage. And more characters popped in for a visit: Clarissa, Charles, the Old Man, Pierre. Before I knew it, I had a full blown novel on my hands.

And so, after a packed house at the holidays (some twelve people and six dogs), MY dog nearly dying from an intestinal disorder, and now Snowmergedden ravaging the Atlanta metro area and shutting down school for the balance of the week, I am nearly done with this book tentatively titled Thin Line.

Unless the editors and beta readers hate it.

I pray they don’t hate it.

And so, while Thin Line (which might not end up being the title, so hold off on searching Amazon non-stop for it – anyway, if you’re signed up for the mailing list, you’ll be one of the first to know) is off being edited, which will happen sometime next week, I’ll return to writing Season Four.

And I am really excited about that.

If all goes according to plan, Thin Line (insert title disclaimer again) will be out in February, and Season Four will be available by April, give or take a couple weeks.

Stay tuned to this space for a sampling of what the new book has in store 🙂