Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Welcome Sandra Sookoo

Today’s guest, Sandra Sookoo, is a seasoned author of romance novels. She writes her sizzling romance with the touch of history, sci-fi, fantasy, or paranormal. She’s a wonderful lady and a great story teller. Please welcome her by asking some questions or leaving comments. There will be a drawing for one of her books, so get your name in there!

Sandra, first off I would love to know a little about you. Are you married? Kids?

Hi and thanks for having me on your blog!  I am married. Getting ready to celebrate my tenth wedding anniversary in December this year. No kids, not even any pets.  Both my husband and I are busy people and really enjoy being married and doing our own thing.

When did you decide to start writing for a living and why?

I’ve always puttered with writing, ever since I was ten and wrote my first “epic fantasy” using the kids in the neighborhood LOL But it wasn’t until 2007 when I got laid off from the real estate industry when the economy tanked that I got serious about making writing my career.  With my husband’s encouragement, I took the first steps on that path.  It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made.

It seems like you have loads of books under your belt, how many novels do you have published?

LOL I haven’t taken a recent count but I think it’s around 40 or so.  I always like to have something for every reader so I write across genres with varying heat levels.

Have you ever had a ‘normal job’?

Oh yes. Since high school I worked in the real estate industry. But when the chance to ditch “cube world” and do something I love came up, I took it!

Tell us about your book, Winging It? It looks interesting, and not to mention…HOT!

This book has a little bit of everything: humor, paranormal, contemporary, a dog and a hot military hero.  Dev doesn’t believe in anything he can’t see so when he crashes into the heroine Lia in his front yard while walking his dog.

You can watch the book video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU2AdICkpGc
Here’s the blurb:  Joy and despair, light and dark, you can’t have one without the other.
Devlin Addams has recently returned home from Afghanistan.  Haunted by memories that he survived the fighting while his buddies didn't, as well as chased by the knowledge his mom is crazy, he’s having trouble acclimating himself to civilian life. Now, armed with a dog and a therapist, he constantly battles the urge to end it all.
Lia Farry—because her Fae name is a mouthful—has tumbled into the Mortal Realm through the Veil between worlds by mysterious circumstances.  Thrust into a new and harsh human existence, finding anything to be happy about is hard. If she can’t go home, she’ll have to make it work.
Forced to interact, Dev’s protective instincts kick in, but he’s unprepared for the onslaught of lust Lia represents.  He wants a normal life but not at the expense of getting involved.  Lia knows she soothes his torment yet she’s battling her own problems. Desiring Dev is a dangerous prospect.  Add in a meddling Fae queen and suddenly life as they know it will change forever.  Love is at stake.  A leap of faith is all they have to depend on.
You can buy WINGING IT by clicking the following links:

Purple Sword Publications:  http://purplesword.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=96

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Winging-It-ebook/dp/B005H8PC3K/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1338051004&sr=8-16

All Romance ebooks:  http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-wingingit-578589-143.html


I know you love Walt Disney World, but where else do you like to travel or fun things you like to do?

For fun I love to bake and cook.  I’m also a big fan of zoos all over the country, so my husband and I often pop into zoos and aquariums wherever we go.

Do you like to help fellow authors by giving advice or help them find their sizzle?

I offer critiques and pointers, and give encouragement too. Everyone has to start somewhere and a little bit of help goes a long way.

Thank you so much for answering my questions and letting us get to know you better. I am looking forward to reading some of your books!

You can also find Sandra at either of these sites:

Believing is Seeing blog:  http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/sandrasookoo
Facebook (profile):  http://www.facebook.com/sandra.sookoo
Facebook (Author page): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandra-Sookoo-author/149098339126

Stop by Sandra’s website and blog to take a look at her fun novels and don’t forget to leave a comment, we would love to hear from you.

Giveaway on this post:  I’m offering book swag, a subscription to my monthly newsletter PLUS I’m giving away any book from my backlist (2012 not included). Please remember to leave your contact information.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Remember our Fallen Heroes

Today will be a busy day at the Golden VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Everyone will be dressed in their post uniforms, and then heading out to set up the flags this morning. At 11:00 they will go to the Golden cemetery with their honor guard who has been practicing twice a week for months, to honor our fallen soldiers buried there and also for the brave men and women across the country. Every time I go to work, I have the honor of being surrounded with some of our country's veterans. Yes, sometimes it is just another day on the job, but most of the time I am reminded of the faithful service they performed for this country.

I usually work on weekends and there is always the hustle and bustle of setting up the halls for events and cooking huge amounts of food. The events are not always post related, such as post meetings, award ceremonies, voting in new commanders, home board meetings, events to raise money for the post, and even an award ceremony for a scholarship program that was for high school students. The students wrote an essay on their appreciation of what the veterans meant to them. My husband and I volunteered to serve the veterans from all over our state and the students that night. We listened to the wonderful essays and the one that won the award, had many of the vets in tears of remembrance.

I am very proud to know all of them, and quite a few have become my friends. When my father died recently, they were there for me. My father was a veteran of the Korean conflict. Even though he never made it to the front lines, his job was to help load the cargo that would be transported to the soldiers. Several of the post members dressed in their uniforms and came out to Ft Logan to honor my father and present the flag to my mother. I cannot express how much that meant to me and my family.

Since I started working there one year ago, we have had quite a few new young members join the post. They have become invaluable to the VFW, volunteering of their time every week. We also have a lot of the women from the ladies auxiliary, who volunteer each week to cook for the post and for any event, and set up the halls, and run the raffles, ect... Their dedication to each other, the family's and to the post amazes me. Every thing that is done there is done by volunteers. No one gets paid, yet they continue week after week showing their support to the post. They really are one big family.

At 3:00 today, the nation has been asked by congress to bow your heads in a moment of silence and remember what this day truly means. To honor our men and women who fought and died for this great country. I know most of you will be enjoying the extra time off to spend with your family with BBQ's, camping, taking the kids to the park, and what ever it is you and your family loves to do on this long weekend. But, please remember our fallen soldiers and the ones that survived the wars of this country. They have given all so that we can enjoy our wonderful weekend. They are the reason we have the freedoms that we so often forget.


I will be serving some of our vets today and also giving them a hug and thanking them for their service to this country. I will also proudly bow my head at 3:00 in silence and I hope that all of you do the same. Our warriors have not forgotten, and neither should we. This is what this day is for.

Love, Lisa

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Take A Time Out

Vacation, one of my favorite words. Also, one of my favorite things to do. Every year we try to come up with a way to get away from the hustle and bustle of our lives, but sometimes we have to keep putting it off. It could be for many different reasons, maybe not affordable this year, or maybe you can't get time off. But, I say, stop making excuses and find a way to take some time out for yourself.

You could take a weekend and go camping, or if you are near a recreational area, such as mountains or the beach, you can just head there for a few days. If you don't, then check into a hotel far from home, (at least 100 miles) and visit that town or that area for a weekend. There is always a place where you can get away.

Last year we didn't go anywhere and I am now paying the price. I am tired and restless and wanting to get away as soon as possible. The stress builds up and my shoulders get tight, I am looking for ways to go somewhere soon. I have had plenty of years where I could only afford (and that's barely) just a weekend up in the Rockies, but it was enough. We would go to one of the mountain towns that had natural hot springs and by the time the weekend was over, I would have to be poured into the car from being so relaxed.

Actually, that is my favorite thing to do. This year though, we are going to Florida in the fall. I haven't been to the sunshine state since I was 10 yrs old and I am looking forward to seeing the ocean and eating good seafood! We are going there to spread some of my father's ashes in the ocean, but we will also get to visit with family and stay in a condo off an island in the gulf. I will be able to step out the door and walk a few steps and be in the ocean, love that idea!

I have not had a vacation where I leave the state in years, so this is big for me. But what ever you can do this year, do it. Take time out to enjoy and relax. You owe to yourself. We all work hard to pay bills, now is time for you, you deserve it!

Leave me a comment and tell me what your planning this year, I would love to know what you have come up with.



Love, Lisa

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lots To Talk About

Here it is Monday again. This day always seems to sneak up on me and I have to think fast about what to write about on my blog. But, there are a lot of things going on, so I will announce what they are and go from there.

First, my father's memorial is tomorrow and afterwards the celebration of life party where I work. VFW has been kind enough to rent us one of the halls for a contribution and I am very grateful to them. My sister and I have been back and forth with emails and texts making sure we have everything together, and then shopping for food and decorations. It's been wonderful spending this extra time with her, I just wish it was under different circumstances. Although I am grateful that my father's death was a peaceful one, I miss him terribly and I really haven't given myself time to morn. Tomorrow will be a tough day.

Second, I finally came up with the titles and the title of the series for my books. YAY! That was a major accomplishment because it was weighing heavy on my mind for months. My original title was The Last Guardian, but once I put that in the Amazon search engine, that ended that! There are thousands of books with that title, or at least it is part of that title. So, next the brainstorming began and finally an idea everyone likes, whew...
The title of the series is The Lorn Prophecy and the first book in the series is Fable. I can't tell you the rest because I don't want anyone to use it before me. It is a play on words to bring the books together.

Third, I want to announce I will be having some wonderful author guests in the next few weeks starting with Sandra Sookoo on May 30th. I know it's a Wednesday, and I normally blog on Monday's and Thursday's but that's the day that works for her. She is a very busy lady with all her books and writing. Although, Sandra writes romance, she is pumping out the books and is very popular in her genre, and there is romance in my book. I like to have a variety of authors as guests because it is all about the books for me, and Sandra is very accomplished in her field. I hope that you welcome her and post comments. I will also have a new friend of mine Marilyn Rice, from England and a writer with several books under her belt too. She has been very supportive of me and I look forward to having her as a guest. And finally, I will be doing an interview in June with Michelle Benavidez, who is a wonderful woman. She is walking from Colorado to Illinois to raise awareness for veterans and their families. She lost her son in the Iraq war and to me she is brave and has a big heart. She deserves some attention and support for what she is doing and I look forward to having her as my guest.

So, you see I have had a busy few weeks and I am ready for a vacation. To bad I have to wait until September to do that, but I will be going to Florida with my Mother, Sister and my husband. I am looking forward to some R&R!

Now I am done with my announcements and my musings for now. I would love to hear any comments from my followers, I look forward to them. I hope all of you have a wonderful and prosperous week! See you on Thursday.


Love Lisa

Thursday, May 17, 2012

So Close

The anxious gear is on high, a straight shot to the end of the road, my speed accelerates, only to be met with a curve that slows down my momentum. Yes, that's what it feels like to be so close to getting my book ready to publish. Obstacles, such as, taking two weeks to finish one chapter, motivating my cover artist to start sending me drafts of the art, and the one that is killing me the most-the name of my book and my series! UGH!

It is so hard to come up with a title. My sister and I have brainstormed, my husband and I have brainstormed, and now my daughter and I (sending texts back and forth) have brainstormed! You ask, what could be so hard about it?

First, there is the copyright infringement to worry about, then the title sounding like an old 'B' rate movie, and the fact that no matter what you think of, there are thousands of books with that title, or at least part of that title. Not to mention, this is a series, so they all have to coincide with each other.What to do?

We have made lists of words that have something to do with the book. Such as, Guardian, Qwest, Orb, Shield, Ancient and so on. We have played with the words, like putting them together to see how they sound, and then bouncing them off on each other. There is always one of us that doesn't like it. Then when we like one, we go to the Amazon site and put it in, only to find out that title is pretty common. I even went to Goodreads and saw the list of the one hundred best titles and thought, now why can't I come up with something cool like To Kill a Mockingbird, or Hunger Games, or Game of Thrones. It's got to come to fruition don't you think? With four of us working on it?

Well, there is one thing I can do, ask all of you. If only I had it narrowed down to a few ideas, I could put it to a vote, but I don't even have that. So, if any of you come up with something that you want to bounce off me, please feel free. I am hoping that within the next week I can have a list of the best ideas so far and then ask all of you for your favorite.

Please drop me a line or comment and give me some ideas. Just remember, nothing that screams 'B' rate or is typical, like The Last Guardian, (which was my original name).

Thanks for the support and I can't wait to hear your ideas!


Love, Lisa

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Review Of The Hunger Games Trilogy

I know I have not posted a book review in a few weeks, but I have been reading the Hunger Games trilogy and thought this would be a good one to discuss. I know a lot of you have already read these, but I am sure some of you haven't yet. Maybe some of you can't even bare the thought of this kind of future so it's best to just not read it and it will go away...maybe, maybe not.

When I first began to read the Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, and now of course, a major motion picture, it seemed to drag a bit, but once I saw her reasoning and setting, I realized her motive. Then, I got into the novel. It grabbed me and I now cannot escape.

Yes, the thought is terrifying, and by no means, you want to pray this never happens, but there is a possibility. We have (the human race) always circled back around and re-did our past. We don't learn from our mistakes. And, maybe that's why certain people do not want to read these books, the thought scares them. Just remember, these are fiction books, and possibly a wake up call, if you want to look at it that way.

I absolutely love them, and can't wait to get back to reading them. I read out loud to my husband every night, so when we decide to stop and go to sleep, I have to wait until the next night to find out what happens, and it's killing me!

We are almost done with the second book, and I received a Nook for Mother's Day, so my daughter downloaded the third book for me on it. We are set for tomorrow night.

Although the story is gripping and literally grabs you by the throat, there is one thing that I found I would have changed if I were the writer, I would have added more detail in certain places. I realize that young people have no attention span now a days and want to read a fast paced book, but I believe that more detail would have added to the richness of the writing. Other than that, the books receive an 'A' from me!

Adding more detail is one of the reasons I probably will re-think whether or not to list my book under the YA category. I have a lot of detail and wanted to slow down the first part of my book, so that you can really experience what my main character is going through. I hope that's a good thing for those of you that like to sink into a book. To actually feel what she is, and to want to turn the page. That is my goal anyway.

You should really give the Hunger Games trilogy a try. I think you will find that they are hard to put down. Yes, the thought is horrific, but you will find yourself cheering Katniss on, and praying for her survival.

Until next time, I hope all of you have a great week, and don't forget to drop me a comment, I love to hear your thoughts!



Love, Lisa

Thursday, May 10, 2012

An Interesting Mini-Conference

Last Saturday, May 5th, I went to a mini-conference with Angela James as the main speaker. Angela is an editor with Carina Press, and from what I understand, in high demand for her editing skills and her insights into the writing world. She has a web site where she promotes her self-editing course and speaks to groups around the country.

I have to say I learned a lot, but was also puzzled by her beginning remarks, and they left a standing impression on me--There are no rules.

I was stunned, what did she mean by that? What about all the rules I have been taught from my writing coach? Or even in discussions with critique partners? There has to be rules, doesn't there?


She told us that you can head hop, POV (point of view) switch at any time, and even that adverbs, and adjectives were okay, just as long as it's done sparingly and with the realization that a lot of use of these will signal a "lazy writer". She even said that it's okay to tell not show. That these things are all about the 'writer's voice'.

Now, I mean to tell you, I was flabbergasted! After that, she went on to discuss each one of the grammar rules that are important, such as when and why a comma,  when to capitalize a title, spelling, no double punctuation's, and the like.

So, there are some rules, and good rules mind you, and it really got me to thinking about all of this. After discussing this with my husband after I got home, I came to the realization as to why this all has changed, and I have to say, I don't think for the better. The reason I came up with is because so many people are self-publishing any more, and they are not paying for editing, but just putting their books out there. The funny thing is, some of these books have become popular, mainly due to the fact that it's a good story, and readers don't think about the rules I listed before. Head hopping and POV switches don't even faze them. Why? Because they aren't writers.

I now finally understand why, as I mentioned in earlier posts, these issues had been driving me crazy, it's because practically anything goes. How can you fight the fact that books with all these issues are still popular? As a publisher, or even an agent, you have to go with the flow.

But, even though any thing goes, I have decided that my book will continue down the path of, in my opinion, excellent writing skills. I believe to allow myself to fall into the 'it's okay, it doesn't matter' category, would be selling my book short and also compromising my writing integrity. In order to look professional, you need to act it.

There are still those who will see the mistakes and talk about them, such as I did in earlier posts, and I don't believe in taking the easy road just to get my book out there. I want my book to be the best it can be before I release it out to the public. I want people to enjoy the writing and not be stopped in the middle of it by lazy writing skills.

So, kudos to those who take the time to do in right, and take pride in putting forth the best. I do believe that those will end up being the exception in the long run, and as time goes by, the ones that will truly shine!

Leave me a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to your insights.

Love, Lisa

Monday, May 7, 2012

Is There Such A Thing As Aliens?

I believe in Aliens-there I said it. For those of you that think I'm crazy and want to ignore my post, you may. But, it would be nice if you took a moment to hear me out.

More and more people believe in the existence of Ancient Aliens that came to our world and either helped the human race, or even had a hand in creating the humans we are today, not cave dwellers and nomads. There are also those who believe they are still among us, and for different reasons. Maybe they saw something they couldn't explain, or study unexplained history, or maybe even, like me, think it makes more sense than the history we've been taught.

The reason I chose to write a blog about Aliens is because they will eventually be a part of my series, and it's fun to write about them and add to your story. But, I do believe. I find the subject fascinating, and not to mention interesting. I watch Ancient Aliens each week and the questions that are asked are intriguing, not to mention the proof that is right in front of our faces. Paintings from centuries ago with alien ships in the sky. Journals written with experiences of aliens and alien ships. Hieroglyphs found with aliens and ships, belief systems (religions) based on the star people, or the Syrian stories from 12000,00 yr old scripts. Of course, there is also monuments that were built thousands of years ago, especially the ones up on the side of a mountain in Peru, or even the pyramids, that defy explanation as to how the people of that day managed to move and place blocks weighing several tons.   

I could go on and on, but if you ever take the time to watch the show or read about some of these ancient sites or scripts, you will know what I mean. Another point I would like to make is there are scientists that believe as I do, also. Rocket scientists, engineers, astronomers, astronauts, pilots, presidents, a lot of famous and or credible people. In fact, over 60% of the population believe in Extra-Terrestrials, not just me.

So, the next time you are looking up at the sky, take a moment to really look. Maybe you will see something you can't explain, or maybe you already have. I do know some people personally that know the truth and have enlightened me with information, some of which is, or was at some point, classified. This is a wonderful and intriguing subject and I'm glad I could share it with my fellow blog friends.


So leave me a comment and let me know, do you believe? Have you ever seen anything that has led you to think it was a UFO story? Don't be embarrassed or shy, I would love to hear what you have to say on the subject. It gets my creative juices flowing!

I hope to see your comments soon, Lisa

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Excerpt From My Book

It has been a long and stressful week, so I thought why not do something fun for this blog post. An excerpt or teaser is always fun and takes my mind off of the loss I had this last weekend. My book had come a long way and even though we are still revising line by line, we are getting closer to the end. One more round, which I pray doesn't take as long, and we will be sending it to an editor for final polishing. I am very excited and also grateful that I have the book to turn too in my time of great loss. It helped me to get back on track.

As always, I would love to hear your comments, suggestions, and whether or not you are looking forward to reading the whole novel. This is my baby, but as any mother will tell you, there is always room for improvement. Plus I love hearing from people who leave a comment of question. So feel free, and those of you that have never commented, I would love yours too. It's okay, no one will laugh and if they do, you won't know about it, so come on, take a chance...you can do it!

This is from chapter one, and yes it still needs revisions, but it's a fun part of the chapter. Stevie had thought she heard someone in the house so she set out to investigate. After seeing that there is no one there, but still a little jumpy she decides to head back to the kitchen. enjoy.


Feeling less frightened and a bit foolish, Stevie headed toward the kitchen, and the light. As she passed her mom’s office, the sound returned. She froze in front of the closed door and put her ear to the smooth pine. The source of the clinking was in there. Stevie reached for the handle and halted. Isn’t this where the girl gets killed in the movie?
She raced back into the kitchen, dropped her knife on the counter, and snatched the phone, fingers clumsily pushing the buttons. Please answer, she pleaded wordlessly, but instead of her mom’s voice she heard only one ring following another.
She hung up without leaving a message and tried to call Jack, but stopped short at the sight of headlights reflected in the front hall mirror. Phone in one hand, knife in the other, she crept down the hall to the front entrance. Tonka must have sensed the fear; she stalked behind Stevie, nose pressing against the back of Stevie’s legs. The long window flanking the door was beveled, obscuring her view of the vehicle and making it impossible to tell if the headlights were from her mother’s SUV.
Gripping the phone in her teeth, Stevie turned the deadbolt, and moved out of view from the side window, the butcher knife clutched tightly to her chest, listening for movement on the porch. The knob turned left then right, followed by a knock.
“Stevie, can we talk?”
She nearly fainted from relief at the sound of Jack’s voice. The phone fell to the floor and it took two attempts to free the lock; her hand was shaking so badly. She swung open the door, arms outstretched to embrace him. “Oh, thank God it’s you, Jack…” Stevie cried, completely forgetting about the deadly blade in her hand.
Jack’s green eyes opened wide as saucers, and he stumbled away from the butcher knife into the screen door, slamming it hard against the frame. “What the heck…Stevie, what’s with the knife? I know you’re mad, but I’m not worth a murder charge.”
“Jack, I’m so sorry. It’s just . . .” Stevie’s arms dropped to her side. The adrenalin was subsiding and with it her strength. She headed for the stairs, needing a place to sit down before she collapsed. This time, Stevie remembered to flip on the hall light as she passed. Easing onto the third stair, but keeping the blade within easy reach, she watched Jack approach and stand silently in front of her.
             “There was some man out back in a tree earlier and I was freaking out…then I heard noises inside the house.” She threw both her hands up to her face, and then through her long thick hair.
            “What? Where?”
“The man was in the back yard,” she called to Jack as he marched into the cavernous kitchen, and to the sliding door. Holding the blinds back with one hand, her friend-turned-guardian glanced briefly through the glass. The slats rattled back into place when they were released.
“Stevie,” he asked, retrieving a phone from his pocket. “You want me to call the cops?”
Stevie had followed him as far as the kitchen table, keeping it between her and the door. “I don’t think you need to, Jack—I think he’s gone, he disappeared once he saw me.”
“Are you sure he’s gone? You said you heard noises in the house.” Jack stuck his phone back in his pocket, crossed to the refrigerator, and grabbed a soda. He held it up toward Stevie, who shook her head. “And where’s your Mom, by the way? She go out or something?”
“I don’t think she’s been home, but she didn’t say she would be late and she hasn’t called.”
A horrible image of her mom being attacked and lying injured, assaulted Stevie’s thoughts. Jack must have seen it on her face. He rushed to her side, spilling soda all over the floor.
“Stevie. What is it?”
 “Jack, the noises I heard came from behind the door of Mom’s office. You don’t think…?”
            “Nah, I’m sure it’s nothin’.” Jack sat the root beer can on the table, wiping the front and backs his hands on his jeans. “I’ll go see. You want me to check under your bed, too?”
Stevie punched him in the arm as he walked by. Still shaken, she was unable to stay alone in the kitchen, and reluctantly shadowed her friend. Jack slowly opened the office door. The rusted hinges creaked softly, and he turned his head toward her, lifting one eyebrow. Stevie mouthed angrily, “That wasn’t the sound.”
Jack slipped his arm into the dark; a light flickered on, illuminating Jack’s face with a sickly incandescent glow. He froze. His eyes opened wide, and he was jerked halfway to the room screaming. Stevie screamed too, and lunged for her friend, grabbing him by the waist to pull him back. What she managed to retrieve was a tall, wiry, teenager with tears of laughter streaming from his eyes.
“Damn you, Jack,” Stevie said, pushing past him into the room. With the bright overhead now on, the source of the clinking sound was clear. Her mother had hung a wind chime next to the opened office window. “I swear that’s new.” She pointed at the chime.
“Anything you say, baby doll.” Jack smirked and reached for the latch. “There you go. I have vanquished your foes, my lady, with nary an injury.”
“That’s not funny, Jack. There were prowlers in my yard and you’re making jokes.” Stevie led the way back to the kitchen and plopped down on one of the breakfast bar stools.
“Just kiddin’, Stevie. You’re just too easy. Okay, serious now…So what did this guy look like? Did he come after you?”
Stevie roughly shrugged his hand off her shoulder, but decided to answer. “No, he was just standing on the branch with Tonka jumping up and barking away. I don’t know, maybe Tonka scared him. I really couldn’t get a good look at him, I don’t even know for sure it was a ‘him’, it was too dark. Well, except for the glowing blue eyes…”
            “The what? Stevie, are you punking me?” Jack moved to the other side of the counter, forearms resting on the cool granite surface as he leaned closer to her.
            “No, Jack—would I stand behind the door with a butcher knife as a joke? Yeah, well, you might. But me? Hell no. Yes, his eyes glowed…”
            “Maybe you were staring at the moon and when you looked away; you still had an image in your eyes. You know, like when someone takes a flash picture and you see spots.”
            “Then Tonka must have been seeing the same spots. She was practically climbing up the trunk.”
            “But glowing eyes?” Jack paused. “Maybe he had a flashlight up next to his face and was shining it out?”
            “I guess that could be, but why a blue bulb in it?”
“Blue? You’re sure?”
“Yeah, it turned Tonka green.”
            “Oooookay—”
            “Jack, listen to me. His eyes glowed blue…you don’t think that’s frickin’ weird?”
           



I hope you enjoy and I look forward to your comments!


Love ya, Lisa