Miranda finds an amazing life-like doll at the second hand store for a steal that resembles someone she knows. Walking home while enjoying her new purchase, she encounters her upstairs neighbor Mark. She has been admiring him from afar, spoken to him when they see each other, but has never managed to catch his interest…or so she thought. Mark asks her about going to the Halloween ball with him since neither has a date. After growing up in a house that didn’t celebrate the holiday, Miranda is looking forward to her first Halloween party. Could this be the start of something wonderful, or does Mark have other ulterior motives?
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She simply could not believe it was real. The tiny plastic body that proved anatomically correct… the hair that felt more real than even her own… the deep brown eyes that stared at her as she caressed the bare, buff plastic arm between her fingers. She’d never seen anything so lifelike. Standing just over a foot tall, the doll was remarkably realistic. Realistic and handsome.
“How much for him?” Miranda shouted, not meaning to raise her voice but eager over the excitement of her find.
“The doll?” the old man behind the counter questioned. “Three bucks.”
“Really?” she asked as her eyes grew wide with disbelief.
“Sure. I don’t even remember where it came from. Probably in a box of junk toys, for all I know. It’s three twenty-nine with tax.”
The old clerk offered to wrap and bag the doll for Miranda, but she kindly declined his offer. She wanted to carry him, in her hand, flesh against flesh… Crossing the street, Miranda did not bother to look up, but faith guided her safely across, even as her eyes never once left the doll that seemed to gaze back at her with a killer smile and twinkling eyes.
“I don’t know who you look like more,” she chatted to the doll as she rounded the corner onto Montgomery Street. “It’s either Mark in the apartment above mine or the hottie on the cover of that book I’m reading.”
Miranda was quiet for a moment, as if waiting for the doll to respond. When it said nothing, she continued just as softly as before.
“I’ll have to think of a name for you… You look a little Italian, but then again, I’ve never heard of a little Italian!”
Miriam received a 5 Star Rating on Amazon! “I found this book delightful. So many books about dogs end with darkness. This book was a dream. It made me happy. It’s also a pleasure to find someone who can write, spell and use punctuation. Thank you Miriam Newman.”
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Once upon a time…there was a story. It went like this:
“What do you do when you are alone in the world? If you’re a nice
middle-aged lady with a social conscience, you go to your local
shelter and adopt a rescue dog. Of course, sometimes it isn’t only
the dog who needs to be rescued.”
That is how I wrote the very, very true story of Dancer—the first dog I ever rescued.
It was a few years ago, but her story is timeless and dedicated to all the extraordinary souls who take the broken, abandoned, sick and sore and weary dogs of this earth into their homes. And sometimes, if we’re very lucky, we have a rollicking good time along the way.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Home Free Animal Rescue in Red Bank, New Jersey, with which I’ve been proud to be affiliated. If you would like to visit their page on Facebook you can find them at Home Free Animal Rescue. Or go to www.homefreeanimalrescue.com.
My other books can be found at www.miriamnewman.com.
I would be pleased to send a free copy of my newly-released book, Rescued, to the first commenter.
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All the best from me and my latest foster dog, Comet. He is in Pennsylvania and looking for a home!
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Blurb: She was gone from him forever. While on a trip to Hawaii two years ago, she married a rich old man and had a child. Now that she’s a widow, fate and her determination has brought her back into his life. Why would fate be so cruel?
1. What does your writing process look like?
UGH, I don’t have a process! LOL! At least not one that is remotely organized or makes sense. My characters have to talk to me first before I can start to write them…AND the first scene has to come to me. I know how it starts, I know that big issue in the middle and I have the ending sorted. I then write scenes and quilt them together to form the whole. 🙂
2. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Yes, but not like that! LOL. I have to have either Supernatural, or Bones playing in the background and I have to have bubblegum on hand for chewing. Keeps me busy and focused. And I write like a crazy person normally able to produce 5k a day at least.
3. What book do you wish you could have written?
Oh, good question! I wish I could be super creative and twisty to write like the writers on Criminal Minds. As for authors, I envy Kresely Cole and Sherrilyn Kenyon…both super creative ladies with an amazing world to play and create in!
4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Hands down, Heather Graham! She was the first historic romance author I read and she amazed me. She was really the one author that made me think I wanted to do this.
5. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Hmmm, well for my book Gabrielle, I’d love Colin Farrell as Devlin and Keira Knightly to play the role of Gabrielle.
6. How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Names are very important to me. I try to pick the name based on the time period (I write multi-genre/era books) and location. So if I set a book in Scotland, I try to pull good Scottish names.
7. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Aside from the writing which is always a huge accomplishment. I’d have to say my best accomplishment was raising two very amazing little boys to equally amazing young men who are serving in the in the military. One in the Marines, one in the Navy. Couldn’t be prouder…
-What’s your favorite book?
My favorite is a set. I was a sick child and growing up, “Trixie Belden” was my best friend. I read them so much I had them memorized! I still have my entire set and pick up additional copies whenever I find them.
-Are your characters based on real people? No, they are all original. They pop into my head, and I have to write them down to get them to leave. I really wish some of my heroes were real! I would love to have a man that could cook.
-Have you ever cried while writing a book? Yes, I write historical fiction, life was very hard at times. And I express that through my writing. The hardest part to write was when one of my popular characters died. I never intended it to happen, a stray bullet and they were gone. I grieved for her as did my characters. And readers have cursed me for it. Which was a powerful moment, realizing that my fans loved my characters as much as I did.
-What’s your favorite book you’ve written? Wow, that is so hard. The one that has been with me the longest is Return to Love. A YA romance that popped into my head when I was a teen. It is looked over much of the time, no vampires. But I love the simpleness of it. It is set before cell phones and microwaves. I hope you take a peak.
-How did you do in English as a kid? My sister excelled at English so I obviously had to hate it. And I still do! I love the creative aspect of writing, but when it comes to participles, I do not know if they are dangling or not!
I loved Math and numbers and science, I still do.
-When did you decide to become an author?
I have always been creative. I loved to draw growing up. I was over 30 before I started to write. I started out with fan fiction. I would write a chapter, and people would review. They liked it. They wanted more. That positive affirmation gave me the courage to finally write Return to Love. The rest is history. 😉
-Where can readers best contact you?
I’m usually trolling around Facebook. Or they can email me at email@example.com