Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dear Karma


Last night, Andrea and Colette came over with their two children, ages seven and two. 

They also brought their two dogs, Winnie and Lucy, to play with our pups, Bam and Copper.

The evening went well, Winnie and Lucy got along great with our two dogs. 


<--- Winnie is ten. 

When Winnie had enough, she went inside to enjoy the cool air. 

She practically adopted our basement as her new bedroom. :)

Lucy, Bam and Copper were frequently in and out.

For the entire evening, we had an enormous bonfire. 

The kids roasted marshmallows, my son played his guitar for a while, and they tossed the football around.

When it got dark, the little ones got to see the stars. 

I had forgotten how the city lights mask them. 

My son downloaded an app onto his phone that allowed them to know the name of each star. I swear they have an app for nearly everything! Click here for that app. 

The kids were excited to see Mars, Pluto and many constellations.

Then we began the fireworks.

If you frequent my blog, you know that Copper is a big chicken.      --->

When there is thunder and lightening, Copper is on my lap, shaking like a bowl full of Jello. 



<--- Lucy was the same. 

She could not stand the fireworks.

We put the dogs inside, excluding Bam, he stayed by my side. 

Andrea started the show. 

The first two sets were amazing.

Great show, Andre!

Once the first two set were complete, we took a break. 

We had snacks, roasted more marshmallows, and the kids were back to stargazing.

Then we heard the coyotes. 

I warned that things should be okay because they don’t normally come into our yard. 

They seem to stay away from our dogs; it is probably because of the size of them. 
 
My Copper is Sheppard Wolf mix, and, Bam is Sheppard Irish Wolf Hound mix.

Here is Bam. --->

This is when our fun night went terribly wrong. 

It is also why I’m writing to you, Karma.

During the break, Lucy and Copper came outside. 

We did not see whom they followed out, but they did.

Andrea lit a third set of fireworks.

Lucy and Copper bolted towards the front, where the street is. 

By the way, Karma, the speed limit on our street is sixty kilometers an hour, however; many exceed the speed limit. 

My husband, Colette and I saw them run.

While shouting their names, we chased after them. 

As Copper passed his favorite spot on the porch, lucky, my husband opened the door and he flew inside.


<--- Lucy continued towards the road.

The first car that was heading south, and was closer to Lucy, stopped.  

With time to spare! *whew*

The second car that was heading north, hit her.

The man who hit Lucy watched my husband run into the ditch to find her. 

That jerk did not get out of his vehicle or ask if she was all right. 

Yet, the people in the first car got out and called for help.

The man who hit Lucy begins to drive away!

The man in the first vehicle shouted, “Don’t leave! You hit their dog, get back here!”

Then, Karma, and this is the reason I really hope you hear this letter.

The man who hit Lucy, drives up to Colette and I and shouts, “Learn how to control your FU*@ING DOG!” 

He then screeches down the road.

At midnight, Lucy died.

That man went from the biggest jerk, to a heartless killer.

Andrea, Colette, and their two babies lost a family member.

What about that driver who killed Lucy? 

He got to drive away feeling smug because he hit a dog and told two woman off. 

I will never forget his voice.

I ask this, Karma, please find him and make him pay for what he did. 

I do not ask that you take a life so that he may feel the pain he caused, but rather, have him lose that vehicle he purposely used as a weapon. 

Possibly, have an old, dying tree fall upon his shiny toy.

Maybe you could give him a kiss of forgetfulness. Have him forget to put his weapon in park on an empty street (with an incline), and allow gravity to take control. 

Or, possibly, have sweet lightening strike it down while he is not in the vehicle.

We all know he could have avoided Lucy.

He chose not to, and judging by his words and actions, I am sure he thinks he was teaching us a lesson.

I personally shook hands with the driver and his passenger of the first vehicle, and I thanked them for trying to help. They were kindhearted people who really cared.

Dear Karma, please watch over them.

Rest in Peace, Lucy.  


July 1, 2014

Wishing you the brightest blessing,
~Sass 
)O(


Saturday, January 18, 2014

GOING POSTAL



GOING POSTAL

I love getting to know my readers on a personal level. Never have I referred to my readers as fans. To me, readers are friends I have yet to meet in person.
Fans are different, or so I like to believe. For example: I am a HUGE fan of Johnny Depp, which means I will never know him on a personal level, and, thankfully, my husband is kind enough to overlook my slight obsession. :)
Kelly, a reader I met on Wattpad back in 2011, is awesome! She has my full admiration. Allow me to explain. Kelly lives in Singapore. We have exchanged emails for quite some time. Back in September, she mentioned ordering one of my books through a site.
It was a pirate site. I told her how pirates worked, and thanked her for her support. Granted, authors make zero royalties through pirating sites. However, Kelly got the book she wanted in a reasonable time.
KUDOS to those pirates! They provided excellent customer service.
When I told Kelly, she could order the books directly through me at a much cheaper price, which included autograph and poster. She was delighted. 
*shakes head* If only I had known what it would entail.
     
      Kelly ordered Desired Nights. I headed to the post office and got the rates for shipping. One of the options was by paddle boat, and it would take up to three months! 

      We exchanged laughs about Jaws and bad weather. In the end, we chose shipping by air.

The first time I shipped the book, I put a little surprise in the package. A handmade fairy book mark, and an autographed poster that matches the book, The Secrets of Albion Falls.
On November 5th, 2013, I got a call from customs. I forgot to claim and add a value to the bookmark. Bad Sass, I know!
My logic?
What good is a surprise when there is a list written on the outside of the package?  I told them what it was and tried to pay over the phone. 
It did not work.
Kelly did not deserve an extended delay. Nervously (because that's who I am), I quickly put another package together, without the bookmark, and shipped it right away. Then I gave my sincerest apologies. 
It was and is unfair to delay any shipments.
Bad … bad Sass! I am a strong believe in customer service, and I don't like disappointing friends.
Over the next few weeks, we exchanged virtual teas. Kelly sent me virtual hot chocolate and hugs, during the ice storm. 

The ice storm video links are below.

     Video 2

     Video 3

    Video 4
We chatted about the different ways we celebrate Christmas, and sent New Years wishes to one another… sadly, no mail arrived to either home. :(
On January 8th, 2014 Kelly sent this email.
Hi Sass~~

*Tea party~* ;P

Need a little help from u... erm.. Is there like any tracking available for the book you've sent me? Cos I still haven't received it yet.. Sorry for the trouble yet again… sorry really sorry....

Sending u lots of and hugs~ & hot choco too~

      My response?

      Sass Cadeaux

      Are you kidding!!! Oh my Goddess this is crazy! I'll look into it and get back to you. xoxox
 
      I rushed to the post office and explained everything. The ladies were helpful. They began a full investigation and warned that it may take a couple of days. 

      On January 10th, I received this message.   

Sass!!! I just received the book!! Sorry for the trouble I made u went through. Thank you so much! It's awesome! I'm so happy n excited I received. Hee Happy happy so happy! Lots of hugs! Tytyty

Attached were pictures and awesome stickers. 
      
Kelly is a blast to chat with, and I love knowing her! She is a blessing, as are all my readers. :)
 
      The postal investigation continued. 

      It has to. 

      There is a book, bookmark and poster floating somewhere in customs. :)

      So why entitle this blog, Going Postal when clearly there is a happy ending?

      Well my friends, to this day I have yet to receive the first package I sent. Normally, I would be upset, and would inquire about the investigation daily. No ... not red faced or calling people names. However, a strong letter and follow up phone calls would be added to my daily regiment, but they are not.

      Why?

      How can I be upset when I have readers like Kelly? 

      It is impossible! 

      She got her book and poster.  She is happy, and we continue to have our virtual teas. We share life stories, and, you know what? I learned a long time ago that if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.  

      With readers like Kelly, I am blessed, and I would rather cherish my blessing than pray for luck.

      Wishing you all the BEST adventures in reading and in life,
     
      Sass
      )O(

Friday, November 29, 2013

What An Awesome Deal





Not too long ago, I invited everyone to an Online Party.
Now some of you might be thinking, Awe crap, not another one those. 

If you are, don’t run just yet! 

Hear me out (hmm is it right to say hear me our on a blog?) *shrugs* read me out, because I don’t think there has been another one like this.

Recently, I read and LOVED a book entitled; Maker of Angels. This book has it has it all! 
*raises hand in surrendering motion* 

Yeah, yeah, how many times have we all heard that?
Nevertheless, it is the truth.

Inserts a short plug about Maker of Angels. 
Once again, Author Dean Sault finely weaved an amazing adventure, which took me out of reality and into a world unlike any I had experienced before.
Kaga (although she is not the main character) is my hero, and by far one of my favorite fictional characters of all time! 

When I grow up, I want to be like Kaga. :)
I highly recommend this book!
Oh, and another exciting announcement. If you buy and read the book by December 8th, be sure to sign up for the Cyber Party!
Author Dean Sault, every two minutes, he will ask one question about the book. Until a total
of 25 are asked. The first person to CORRECTLY answer each question (including all parts of a question) will win an Amazon gift card.

Each question will stay "live" from the moment it is posted until exactly 2:00 PST. When all answers become final. If you change your answer, the time of the altered answer will be your official time, so it is best to make sure your first answer is as accurate as possible.

How to win: The earliest time of a complete and correct answer will win an Amazon gift card, plus an extra bonus entry into the Kindle Fire drawing. Bonus entries are limited to a total of five (5) that may be earned by any single participant.
After the contest closes (2PM PST), slips with EVERY participant's name, will be placed in a hat. An extra slip will be added for each "bonus entry" that was earned by quiz question winners.
After all participants AND bonus slips have been placed in the hat, one lucky winner will be drawn by Deans assistants (I am one of them) for the Kindle Fire.
The winner of the Kindle Fire, will be contact by direct message, via Facebook. He or she has twelve hours to respond, or the prize will be awarded to the first alternate.
So why blog about this book or party when December 8th is nearly upon us?
Well my friends, I guarantee you will fly through this book! It is that amazing, and even though,

Maker of Angels is a full 289 page novel, Sault has a way trapping you into his adventure with no
chance of putting the story down.

So, for less than $4.00, you will get hours of entertainment, the opportunity to win up to 5, $5.00 Amazon gift cards, and, a chance to win a Kindle Fire!
For those who prefer print copies, Dean Sault has your back as well.
Anyone who orders an autographed print copy directly from him, will receive a free ebook, so you can participate in the cyber party as well.  What a great bundle!
Click here to order your autographed copies. By the way, all autographed copies come at a discounted price, with a number verification certificate. 

Let’s face it, Author Dean Sault is a new author, but you never know who will be the next big hit! I purchased two as Christmas gifts, and I could not believe that I paid so little for top quality work.
So there you have it! You get to read an amazing tale, have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes, and even if you already have a Kindle Fire, if you win one at the cyber party, it is one less Christmas gift to buy.  


Be sure to join the fun! I will be there early to chat and share some more exciting news.
So what do you think? Share your thoughts.
Wishing you all the BEST adventures in reading and in life,
Sass
)O(