Friday, June 4, 2021

A new release, a new puppy and distractions!

Roxanne Rustand here-After a very cold spring, we are now launching into the 90's as of today.  Still, spring and the start of summer are always beautiful--a time of new beginnings. 

Our perennial flowers are blooming, the grass is lush and green. We may not have stunning mountains or a gorgeous rugged coastline here in the Midwest, but the soil is rich and everywhere you look, there seem to be a thousand shades of green.  The scents of lilacs, Lily of the Valley, and new-mown grass fill me with joy.  The emergence of wood ticks and gnats, not so much!  ☺

Speaking of new beginnings, have you ever received a completely unexpected gift? Folks who follow me on Facebook or my blog know I'm a passionate animal lover. I've had horses since first grade, and have rarely been without an assortment of rescue animals. When Elmo died, the sweetest border collie ever, my husband insisted that our golden retriever rescue Sage was all we needed as a house dog. He was adamant, but apparently, secret plans were afoot. 

When he surprised me with an eight-week-old golden puppy for Mother's Day this spring, I was both speechless and overjoyed! Little Doogan is such a sweetheart.  Still covered in plush puppy fur, he is adorable...but boy, has life changed. For the first couple weeks, he was like a new baby--without diapers--who could run through the house like an antelope.  Crate training has helped a lot, though the incessant, piercing barking while he plays with "grandpa" Sage is something else we need to address. If you have any ideas to curtail the barking, please let me know!

I'm very grateful for the new puppy and the work going on now to repair the exterior of our house, due to the damage from the derecho that hit Iowa last August. But I have to admit it's a bit distracting, so I haven't gotten a lot done...and I'm behind on my tasks than I want to think about! The moment I realize the puppy has gone quiet for a few moments, it's time to launch out of my chair and go check on him!

Still, I'd like to share that the first two books in my romantic suspense Northern Pines series are available now.  ONE MORE DANCE is at $.99 for a short time!  CLICK HERE for more information and buy links. 

Also, ONE MORE WISH came out in May. You can CLICK HERE for more information! 

Leave a comment here, and you will be entered in a drawing for a free copy of ONE MORE DANCE!

Wishing you a wonderful summer,

Roxanne Rustand 


  1. Such a cute puppy! They are adorable but sometimes hard to train.

    1. Thank you. He is a sweetie, but yes, it's a challenge as well!

  2. Congratulations on all your good news, Roxanne!