Well, she’s adorable.

New dog, who dis?

Yep, that’s our daughter’s very dark brindle Bullmastiff puppy. We’ve had her a week and a half now, and we’ve been reminded of all the puppy things we’d forgotten from our English Mastiff… like the crazy sharp chompers they use on you when you least expect it, and they way they pee on everything and poop in places that you’ll step in. And how much work they are, taking outside, feeding, watering, playing, avoiding stepping on, etc.

It’s like having a hairy, rabid human baby in the house.

But man, she’s cute ain’t she?

And so far, she is holding her own with our other giant baby. (I keep trying to get a better picture of them tug of warring, but they move so much!)

Don’t you just want to pet her and smell her puppy breath? (Wife says it smells like chicken salad…)

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Anyways. On to some Book Info/Author Things.

West of Prehistoric, well, I just got my royalty statement from Oct-Dec 2020 a few days ago. I sold 409 copies, between electronic and print, in three months. That’s amazing. I am utterly blown away by it. I was -hoping- to have moved 300 copies by now, I had no idea that we’d smoked that number back in December. For a brand new rookie author, that is a fantastic start to a new career. Thank you to everyone who bought a copy or read it on kindle unlimited or who supported me by not telling me to get lost when I posted about the book somewhere. I owe you all. And the only way I can repay that debt is to keep writing and try really hard to not write poorly.

The Goodreads Giveaway seems to be going well, over 500+ people are interested in getting a free copy. Hopefully that will translate into some sales.

I started a BookBub Ad which will begin to run tomorrow. That’s a new thing for me, so I’m curious to see how that works out.

I’m also planning on a BookBub Deal, which is a bigger deal than an ad… and a good bit more expensive. But I’m going to hold off on that until the sequel is out.

East of Prehistoric is getting edited and such now. I’m ready to get that sucker back, polished up, and off to print.

North of Prehistoric… the writing continues. I’m excited with where the 3rd book will lead the story and characters.

South of Prehistoric… the notes and general plot continue to grow.

March 2021 Update Post

Other than the contract being signed on my sequel to the ‘Internationally Reviewed and Loved’ West of Prehistoric, it’s been a fairly uneventful month so far in personal terms.

The only notable exception is that we decided to add another dog to our family. This one is a brindle Bull Mastiff as a surprise gift for my Daughter’s birthday. (Every Princess needs a ferocious slobbery guard dog.)

We pick her up Easter weekend, so expect more pictures to follow next month.

But these are the latest pictures of her, sent from the breeders.

She’s adorable, and the runt of the litter so we are hoping she’ll stay around 100 pounds when fully grown. I know that sounds like a big dog, but our Bear, a English Mastiff, is 180 pounds. So to us, it SEEMS like we are getting a moderate sized dog.

The Wife and I have settled on the name ‘Honey’, because it goes with ‘Bear’ and if we leave it up to our soon to be five year old daughter, it’d be either Glitter Heart or Flower Petal. And I’m not even joking, those are the two names she has picked out when she told us she wanted a pug.

Yes, our daughter wanted a Pug… but we are getting her a Bull Mastiff instead… (Which was her third choice, I think Poodle was her second choice…)

I stole the below picture from Pinterest, but it shows how Pugs and Bull Mastiffs are -kind- of the same… Got the same mushed face at least.

I looked for a pug, honest. The closest puppies I found were outside of Pittsburg, which is over a 7 hour drive for us and that ain’t happening. I told the breeders they needed to jack up their prices since they had the only pug puppies on the entire East Coast.

And it’s kind of fascinating how breeds ebb and flow in popularity. I found a ton of English Mastiff puppies, about an equal number of Labradoodles, and a bunch of pit bull puppies. Scattered in that were other breeds, but I saw only one ad for Labradors. Which is odd, given how popular of a breed they are. And only one ad for Bull Mastiffs, of which only one puppy remained when I contacted them.

So, kind of weird.

In other news, my lovely Wife is about to turn 40. And she still looks super amazing and hot. And I’m so incredibly lucky to have her. She’s gonna be a really hot grandma one day.

This is my phones wallpaper of her, a picture I snuck while she was getting ready for us to go out to eat at the beach.

The whole COVID thing makes enjoying her 40th kind of a pain. Instead of doing a YUGE party like she deserves, we’re gonna be low key instead… by taking her out to eat at her favorite Mexican restaurant. (Who doesn’t even do the embarrassing birthday singing and sombrero anymore!)

And I got her a bunch of ‘Happy 21st Birthday’ plates, cups, tiara, sash, etc so she doesn’t feel so bad about hitting the big Four Oh.

Hope everyone had a fantastic March. Spring is here, let’s ride into it with loving arms, open hearts, and smoking gun barrels.

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