Saturday, January 29, 2011

Myth Four Adopted Greyhounds Are Hyper

People often think that retired racing greyhounds need lots of space and lots of activity to be happy as they transition to life as adopted greyhounds off the track. It's true they need time each day to relieve themselves, either on a walk or in a fenced yard. And it's true many greyhounds will romp when given the chance to play in a safe, fenced area.

But really, what adopted greyhounds need more than action is time with a loving family and...sleep. They're the cat of the dog world,

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Paranormal Romance Author Thinks Outside The Box

It's a world gone mad, I tell you!

It can sure feel that way to paranormal romance authors and writers of every genre who yearn to achieve that traditional dream of seeing their shiny new hardcover novel front and center in every bookstore across the nation. I certainly don't encourage or condone panicked thinking that books and bookstores are at an end - they're NOT - but let's be honest, publishing as we knew it, is in a state of flux.

So what?

Honestly, it's been decades since

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Exciting Venture For This Paranormal Romance Author

I'm so absolutely, completely thrilled to launch the venture I first hinted at when the greyhounds let me loose on their first January post of 2011!

Now available on a monitor, phone, or device near you...the Regan Black, Author page at Facebook!

To start things off at this new fan page, I'm posting an original novel, a spin off from the 2096 Shadows of Justice series. In a new note each day, you'll be able to follow this brand new adventure and enjoy the future I created for my unique

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Myth Three A Greyhound Can Be Let Off The Leash

Installment three of the Dispelling Myths series: You can train an adopted greyhound to walk and stay with you without a leash.

This is FALSE! It's absolute fantasy thinking and this myth can only lead to heartache.

While you might get lucky and your adopted greyhound stays close to your side in an unexpected instance when the leash slips out of your hand, expecting a greyhound to learn to stay put every time you're outside is asking too much.

Sure adopted greyhounds are intelligent

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Like the new "Regan Black, Author" page on facebook and get set for a brand new fan-exclusive novel!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wide Open Elements Of Paranormal Romance Novels

I've often said the field is wide open when it comes to specific elements of paranormal romance novels. And I believe it! Paranormal romance authors have it easy - relatively - because we can make the impossible the norm.

There's the mental/psychic elements of paranormal romance novels. I think Jayne Ann Krentz and her pseudonyms pull this one off with such smooth grace in the arc of a story, be it futuristic (Jayne Castle), contemporary, or historical (Amanda Quick).

The prize for

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Great Month For Readers And Paranormal Romance Authors

January is a great month for paranormal romance authors and readers! Not only is January National Book Blitz month, the second week of 2011 was officially National Book Week!

What am I doing to celebrate?

Well, on Saturday January 15 I was at Total Health Fair Charleston with my local greyhound rescue and adoption group, signing copies of my paranormal romance novels as well as my non-fiction Adopt A Greyhound Guide. Bandit and I had a great time with the fabulous volunteers of

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Adopted Greyhounds and Glass Doors

Are glass doors a risk to adopted greyhounds? Yes! Glass doors, unlike the brooms of last Saturday, are a definite risk to foster greyhounds fresh from the track.

Greyhounds are sight hounds, meaning anything that moves captures their attention. Anything on either side of a glass door falls into that category. Sliding glass doors are particularly challenging because the view is floor to ceiling, making it easy to confuse the adopted greyhound. When adopted greyhounds see something

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

World Building To Make Your Dream Come True

Today, January 13th is Make Your Dream Come True day! I didn't discover this fact until very recently, but dreams, goals and maintaining the wherewithal to make them come true deserves some serious blog time. It also requires some serious, individual world building time.

As a paranormal romance author, I'm living my dream of being a professional, published author. Every day I get to play in fictional worlds that I dream will resonate with readers looking for an action-packed, entertaining

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Guest Author E.J. Stevens!

Today is the official paperback release for Spirit Storm book 2 of the Spirit Guide series! It's my pleasure to host this interview with author, E.J. Stevens! And she's giving away an ebook copy of Spirit Storm and swag for the Spirit Guide series which includes bookmarks and postcards. Just leave a comment for this post to be entered.
1. How do you create the world and/or settings for your novels?
My novels are character driven, so my primary focus is the development of each character.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Great news! My interview with @DavidWisehart is live!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dispelling Myths Of Adopted Greyhounds

The beginning of the year seems like a good time to clear up a few common myths about retired greyhounds, so for Greyhound days in January, we'll be clearing up myths about abuse, glass doors, and going off-lead.

Myth #1: My foster greyhound or adopted greyhound is afraid of the broom. The poor dog must have been abused at the track.

When we first became involved with retired greyhounds and adopted greyhound groups, we heard horror stories of abuse these gentle dogs endured while

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Friday, January 7, 2011

High School HOCKEY resumes tonight! Woot!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Unexpected gift today: Saw pelicans on the lake during the carpool drive. Wow!

World Building Lessons From Dolly Parton

What can a paranormal romance author learn about world building from a legendary country music singer? Well, when you're sitting in one of her Dixie Stampede dinner theater shows, you can learn quite a bit about world building, setting the stage, pacing, mood, and more!

For our anniversary, my husband made reservations at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede production in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Don't rush out to get your own reservation, after 18 years, the show has closed. (Dolly will reopen the

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Resolutions For A Paranormal Romance Author

As a paranormal romance author, I've enjoyed a wonderful holiday break with my fictional characters and my real family...which is chock full of great characters too. (all the better for me) But with the arrival of a new year, I always take a moment to assess past and future and make plans - both personally and as a paranormal romance author.

With such upheaval in an industry already notorious for moving sluggishly, the beginning of a new year is a good time to make some

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to 2011!

Well, yes it is adopted greyhound day here at Regan, but they're giving me a longer leash to wish you a Happy New Year!

Our three adopted greyhounds have had a very merry holiday season! Three weeks of a grandma visiting and cooking and baking and sneaking extra treats. Boo, Brody and Bandit have all enjoyed bites of apple and potato and the occasional nip of blueberry muffin or pie crust.

No, I'm not supposed to know all this, so I let them have their delusion of grand

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