Thursday, August 28, 2014

A cat post

Sorry to those who aren't cat fans. I've been thinking about writing this post for a while.  I am reminded about my evil kitty every time I hear or see my bio from my book. Sadly, he died a few days before the book was released.  Here are some pictures of him.

 He was a beautiful cat.  I would post more about him, but I still get emotional and I'm pretty sure few people would care. So, I'll just say he is missed.  We had him for 17 years.

The day he died, I came home to an empty house.  All the kids were at school.  And, while the cat slept most of the time, the house felt empty.  I tried to occupy myself with cleaning and writing, but I couldn't shake off that empty feeling.  My youngest came home from school that day and said the house felt empty without the kitty, which made it feel even more empty to me.

We weren't planning to get another pet right off.  How can you replace someone who has been part of your life for 17 years? I popped onto the Humane Society webpage, just to look, and found a tab on fostering. It was the perfect solution.  We could temporary fill in the empty gap in our home until we were ready to adopt. So I sent an email and a few days later we got a call about a mother kitty and two kittens that needed fostering.

The kittens are Manx.  Hobbes doesn't have a tail and Cinderalla has a stubby tail. Sometimes Manx kittens have litter box problems because they are born with nerve problems in their back side. They needed to be observed in a home setting before they could be adopted out. (They didn't have any problems using the litter box.) Kittens do better after they are adopted if they have spent time living with people so they are placed in foster homes until they are old enough to be separated from their mother.

Their foster status lasted for about a week before we decided to keep them.  The adoption was finalized shortly after their surgeries. (The Humane Society spays and neuters all kittens and their adoptable moms. I don't know about feral moms.) It was about 2 months after our other kitty died, but it wasn't about replacing him.  It was about loving them and I was okay with that.

Padme was desperate for love and also terrified of everything. She spent the first week under our couch. I took this picture after several long grooming sessions.  She was a mess when she came to us. Poor baby. Her little family was sent to the Humane Society from another shelter so I didn't know her background, but it was pretty clear that she had been hurt in some way by people.

After a week with us, she slowly started spending more time on the furniture instead of under it. She also developed a sassy attitude, which was so much better than terrified.

We loved Padme, but we weren't the right family for her. She needed a home that didn't have a high amount of traffic.  So she went back to the shelter for adoption after she healed from her surgery.  I am happy to report that she has been adopted!  The Humane Society interviews people who are interested in adopting to be sure they are the right match.  The people who took her were the right family for her. We miss her, but it is best that she be with the right family.

I highly recommend fostering for anyone thinking about getting a pet. So often people get a dog or a cat and end up taking them back to the shelter.  Fostering is about a 6 week commitment. You can adopt them if you want or return them to the shelter for adoption. (There are still fees, but ours were reduced.) You can always continue fostering and have a never ending supply of kittens or puppies. You can also foster animals that need healing time. You will literally being saving lives.

Now for my soap box.  Summer is known at shelters as kitten season because hundreds of abandoned kittens are brought in. So many people fail to spay and neuter their pets.  This creates a surplus of puppies and kittens that often end up at the shelter or are abandoned and die an early age. (I suspect that Padme was abandoned.) Even when the owners find families for their furry babies, those are homes that could have gone to a homeless pet. Please, please, please spay and neuter your pets!

And now some more recent pics of the kittens.  They are getting big!
The monster under my bed is adorable.

Cinderella fell in the tub and got all wet.  Hobbes was helping her feel better.

She does this all the time.

Hobbes stretches out like his sister, but he does it upside down.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hey everyone! I'm only two days late with my first blog. I'm off to a good start!
Blog #1 For Lezlie
Topic: Ramblings from someone who doesn't want to go shopping.

What makes me happy? Knowing that school starts next week for my kids and the electronic games will be all but banished. That's what makes me happy today. We really do work better on a schedule. I go back to work too, I work in an elementary office part time and I'm the PTA president. PTA isn't my dream job, but it brings a lot of important things to my kids that they otherwise wouldn't have. I have met so many amazing people through PTA. Do you volunteer? Please do! Parents & Grandparents, the kids need you! Go read with them, make copies for the teachers, help with science or art projects. Be involved!
Okay, I'm off the soap box now. It's slippery up there.
I really do need to go to the store. My hair dryer broke. My daughter lost the hair brush. And my roller brush broke too. And my daughter picked one pair of pants "Size 1 short" on accident. The size one boggles my mind, but she tried on one color at the store and it was perfect. Gets home tries on the others, 3 inches too short. Sigh, back to that store too. And the camping trip this weekend is looking a bit wet. Do they have umbrellas big enough to cover an entire tent, table and a hammock?
My Christmas pamphlet, Snow Angels, went to print last week! It comes out in October.
Rambling must end, time to go. My hair is finally about half dry. :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blog Changes

Something exciting is about to happen with this blog! My sister, Lezlie Anderson, is going to join me.  We will post regular content, all about things that makes us happy.  I've posted about crafts, books, food, and created rather random illustrated posts that amuse me. Regular posts have not been a part of this blog, but that will change with Lezlie's help. I interviewed her to help everyone get to know her better.

(Me) Lezlie, what make you happy?

(Lezlie) My kids, my husband, books, crafts, rain storms and chocolate make me happy 

(Me) I'm with you on all those except for rain storms. I only like them when I don't have to go anywhere. You have a Christmas Pamphlet coming out this year.  Tell us about it!

(Lezlie) My Christmas booklet (Snow Angels)  is about a family who is having a hard time being happy! The kids act as if spending time together is torture. So Mom decides it's time for them to think of others rather than themselves. They head out to do some snow shoveling and before long the parents can't get the kids to stop!

(Me)I am pretty excited for your pamphlet to come out. The story is adorable. Tell us three amazing things about yourself

(Lezlie) 1-I have an amazing family! My husband and I have been married for 18 years and we have 3 adorable, yet sometimes onery, kids, 3 cats, a desert tortoise and a fish that seems to have more lives than the cats.
2- I went back to work part time last year in a brand new elementary, I'm the PTA president and I just finished year 6 of planning Girls' camp for my ward. Yikes! 
3- I love trying new crafty things, but they never seem to turn out like they do on Pinterest. Go figure!

(Me) Welcome to the blog, Lezlie!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

And the winner is...

Before I announce the winner, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in my blog tour. Thanks to all the reviewers and all who read the reviews.  And thanks to all those who entered.

And the winner is Lisa Swinton! Lisa, please email me at janicesperry @ to claim your prize.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Join me for my blog tour!

It's an online party!  To celebrate my blog tour, I will be doing a giveaway at the end of the month.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I can only ship inside the US (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). Anonymous entries could be anyone so be sure to sign in or leave your name in the comment. I will announce the winner on July 1. Be sure to either follow this blog or my author page so you will know if you win. (The winner will have one week to claim their prize.)

And now.... let's get this party started!

June 15: Cherry Mischievous
June 16: Why Not? Because I Said So! • I Love to Read and Review Books
June 17:  Bookworm Lisa • Getting Your Read On
June 18: LDS Women’s Book Review • Readalot • Christa Marie Wayment • Crane-ium
June 19: Debra’s Windows Into Writing • Tressa’s Wishful Endings
June 20: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
June 23: New LDS Fiction
June 24: Anna Jones Buttimore • Mel’s Shelves
June 25: J.J. Bennett • Princess Delight
June 26: V-Formation • Nathan Barra
June 27: Blooming With Books • A Backwards Story
June 28: LDS and Lovin’ It  sarcastic palmtree
June 29: Hope to Read
June 30: Meridian Magazine • Laura D. Bastian

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Princess and the Prom Queen book launch

I am so excited to help with the launch for Jaclyn Weist's book launch.  The Princess and the Prom Queen looks so cute. Here's the blurb:

Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention. 

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted. 

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become. 

Come join the online party tonight (April 29) here.

I even get to help with a giveaway.  My contribution is a 1st chapter critique.  I did win the MG 1st chapter contest last year at Storymakers, so that makes it a cool prize, right? (Say yes.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Trusted Blog Tour

 I am excited to participate in a blog tour for the first time! It was fun getting to know Krista a little better.  We both participate in the same Facebook group, and she is always helpful, so I jumped at the chance to help spread the word about her book. Now it's your chance to get to know her!

Krista Wayment
ME: I get a lot of questions about how my book is getting published. So I'm asking you the same question.  How is your book getting published and why did you choose that method?
KRISTA: I am independently/self publishing my book. I chose to take this route because agents and editors have to sift through a lot to find the diamonds in the rough. I didn't want to leave the fate of my book up to chance. So I decided to take the risk myself and get it out there in the hands of readers.

ME: Self published books don't always have a great reputation. What steps have you taken to be sure your book is ready for publication?
KRISTA: Lot's and lot's of revision and editing. I wrote the first draft January of 2013. I then revised it. Next I had a group of writer friends read this second draft looking for little mistakes and plot holes. They gave me some excellent notes. And I revised again. Then I had a second different group of writer friends read the third draft followed by more edits and revision. The most important step though--I hired a professional editor. The amazing Tristi Pinkston. She went over Trusted with a fine toothed comb. When she was done I had lot's of fixes to make.
After that final polish, I proof read Trusted three times looking for typos. I also made sure to get a physical copy, a proof, and make sure that the cover was right and all the formatting looked good.
For the eBook version I checked the formatting in several programs and all different kinds of devices.
It was a long process and a lot of work. But because of all that effort Trusted is the best it can be. And I am proud of the final result.

ME: Dark chocolate or milk,
KRISTA: Yes. Basically if it is chocolate I love it. These days I do lean a tad bit toward dark though :)

ME: Where is the strangest place you've written?
KRISTA: Sitting in the hall way with my laptop on a step stool so I could watch my little one in the bath and still make my writing goal.

ME: Being a writer can be discouraging at times.  How do you get past those times when you're pretty sure no one will ever want to read your book? 
KRISTA: Being a writer is part of who I am. So when I don't have time to write I get depressed. It makes it rough when I'm discouraged about my writing ability. Usually what I do is start something new. Start with a clean slate and let the book I am unsure of rest for a while as I perfect my craft.

ME: Why did you decide to write for young readers (aka Middle Grade)?
KRISTA: When I was growing up I kind of skipped the whole middle grade section of the library and went straight to adult. Mostly because that is where I found the best Science Fiction and Fantasy books. Later, when I was all grown up I kind of "discovered" middle grade books and fell in love. So I decided to try my hand at writing one and loved that even more.

ME: What is your favorite book (that you haven't written)?
KRISTA: That's a tough one because I have read so many books that I love. I'll mention just a few. First, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinely and second, The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. They have both inspired my writing a lot.

ME: Other than reading and writing, what else do you do?
KRISTA: I'm a mom and part-time computer programmer. Those are my main "jobs," other than writing. I also really enjoy playing video games (especially Zelda) and crocheting.
ME: I love Zelda too! My oldest is much better at it than me, though.  

ME: What is your favorite fruit?
KRISTA: I'm not much of a fruit person, I prefer veggies. But I do LOVE kiwi, and not just because they have a cool looking and sounding name :)

ME: Where can readers purchase your book?
KRISTA: Paperback:  Kindle: 

About the Book

Renick, the fifth son of a dragon breeder, crashes into an unexpected adventure that challenges everything he thought he knew about dragons, history, and himself.

Stranded in the massive Helath forest, Renick meets two other passengers: Thane, a noble training to be a dragon knight, and Lainey, the orphaned niece of a healer. Together they survive an attack by vicious wolves, rescue a baby dragon with a broken wing, and escape from a band of dragon hunters as they make a perilous climb into the mountains. What they discover there will change everything.

And finally, for those participating in Krista's scavenger hunt, here's your dragon scale!