An abandoned dog. A girl, equally broken. Some bonds are forever. Touch. An excerpt from the novella, Touch, included in my short story collection NATURE'S FIFTH SEASON. Touch is the one story that got to both my husband and a male critique partner. Of all the stories in the collection, I get the most mail regarding Touch and … Continue reading Thursday Teaser: TOUCH
As a dog lover/advocate, I notice that every new dog movie seems to spur an explosion of people buying breed X. It's a phenomenon known as the 101 Dalmatian Effect. I'm not blaming the directors or producers of any film. We are responsible for our own actions. Disney, Warner Brothers, and any other film company … Continue reading The 101 Dalmatian Effect
I know a lot of writers listen to music as they write. I'm one of the ones who can't. Usually, I'll wait until I'm working on revisions, then choose songs I think fit the story. It occurred to me that I never made a playlist for NATURE'S FIFTH SEASON. So, without further ado... TOUCH While … Continue reading Nature’s Fifth Season Playlist
Last week I announced the cover reveal and upcoming release of my short story collection, Nature's Fifth Season. I promised to tell you more on the day the book released and why one story was personal. I've always loved short stories. I used to write them all the time. Then I began writing novels instead. … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: The Story TOUCH
Description: Four short stories and one novella from author Michelle Muto. Eleanor Two teens meet their match during a home invasion when they encounter the elderly homeowner. The Goblin An eight-year-old boy ponders the rules of monsters and the creature that lives under his bed. Crossroads A midnight trip across a desolate highway takes a … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Nature’s Fifth Season
I don't know what my family would do without me. Okay, so I DO know. They'd be dead. All of them. In the blink of an eye. See, we get people trying to kill us all the time. It happens at least once a day, sometimes more. A month ago, someone came to our door. … Continue reading The Beelzepup Diaries: They’ve Come to Kill Us All!
Hey! It's Ronan again. Last week I said I'd tell you how Mom came up with calling me a Beelzepup. I was just a pup - 10 wks old. I'd just settled in to my new home with Mom, Dad, and my new doggie sister, Tasha. Settling into a new home is ruff! So much to … Continue reading The Beelzepup Diaries: Pleased to Meet You. Hope You Guessed My Name
Mom's been saying that I need to help out with the blog. Hi. I'm Ronan. A six-year-old Shikoku. No, I didn't sneeze, and I'm not one of those fluffy little dogs. I'm a Japanese breed taller than a Shiba and smaller than an Akita. Personality wise, I'm like neither. Anyway, it's probably easier to … Continue reading The Beelzepup Diaries: April 17
Many of you know by now that I'm getting ready to release a new book. While it isn't the second in the Ivy MacTavish series (I'm working on it), it is another young adult series. Once it comes back from my fabulous editor and proofreader, I'll be spending some time promoting it while I write … Continue reading Devlin’s Delicacies
In the U.S., we've been having record-breaking temperatures. To say it is hot here is an understatement. I'm not a fan of sweating to death every time I check the mail or run errands. I can't stand the mosquitos and other bugs that seem to enjoy swamp-like humidity. But, it's the last full month of … Continue reading The Dog Days of Summer
It's Memorial Day here in the Untied States - a time to honor those brave and dedicated men and women who served this great country and paid the highest price for our values and freedom. Many of you know that a lot of my family has been in one branch or the other of our … Continue reading Honoring Our K9 War Heros
Happy April Fools day! I'm over at author Aaron Polsen's blog this morning for his five question Friday post where I talk about flue powder and imaginary friends. I'd love it if you stopped by to say hello. And, ever wonder what a geek with a Mac, iMovie 11 and a few hours of 'spare' … Continue reading Beezlepups & Imaginary Friends. No Fooling!
Today is our household’s Happy Gotcha Day. In animal rescue circles, it’s the anniversary of the day that a foster, homeless or shelter dog finds their forever home. Ten years ago today, Tasha Belle Shan Tenshi* graced our lives and stole our hearts. She’s much older now. Her muzzle is a bit grayer, her eyes … Continue reading Thief of Hearts