In May of 2011, I made the biggest move in my life…I moved to Vienna, Austria…and the impact on my writing career was devastating. I couldn’t bring my much beloved pet, Jasper, because we couldn’t crate train him. I was alone for much of the day as my husband worked and our kids in the States were constantly calling because they needed my advice on many thing. In July 2011, I had to go back to the States to finalize some home issues and when I returned it was even worse.
I tried everything, writing sprints, reading, learning the language but I couldn’t get rid of the horrible loneliness I felt being so far away from family, friends and my writing community. I needed something in my life that made me think about living again. So, unbeknownst to my husband, I started dog hunting. And it wasn’t long until I fell in love. Hard.
I had researched long and hard for what I wanted. See, this time I needed a dog who could travel with me on the plane. Finally, I decided upon a Parsons Russell Terrier and there seemed to be a lot of them in Austria. When I started looking, I found the cutest, most adorable dog on line. What’s more, his name was Harry Potter, I kid you not. And from the moment I saw him, I knew he was mine. But first I had to convince the husband.
We’d never had a registered dog because the cost is high. We’d always gotten pound pups because we believed it was the right thing to do. However, since I needed a certain size of dog, I got some traction with that. The price though I felt was going to make my normally penny-pinching man have a heart attack. I had to promise this would be my birthday, Christmas and anniversary gifts for a couple of years. Yes, he was that expensive.
And he’s been worth every penny but I get ahead of myself. Finally, I do convince my husband this is not only something I want but something I need as depression has set in. So, off we go to a small town near Salzburg to fetch him. Though he was a happy pup, he was definitely scared of being in the big city. Here’s a picture of his first night home, hiding behind his new human Dad.
Since the day we’ve brought him home, Harry has been a joy and he actually saved my life. With him, I had to exercise more (lost 50 pounds) and therefore got out more (interacted with people more). He’s kept me grounded and in the real world because without me, he has no food, water or exercise. It’s amazing how one’s attitude can change when suddenly you are needed again.
Has it been all roses? No. Terriers can be terrors and one needs to know how to handle them. He’s a very active dog and has keep me moving. He’s also helped me focus on my writing because I am happy and more stress free than I’ve been in years. He’s also traveled twice with me to the States and back. Though I don’t like living in a flat with a dog, I feel they need some wide open spaces, I know that I can never be without him. And much to our delight, he is the perfect match for our dog waiting at home, Jasper.
Because I love both of my dogs so much, I do have the occasional pup in my stories. There’s a whole series in my future going to happen because of my love for these two. For me, they fill a gap that needed filled and they give me great joy in being their human mom.
Title: A Viennese Christmas
Publisher: Shooting Star Books
Date Published: December 2012
Genre: Sweet Holiday Romance
Word Count: approximately 19K
Sign language interpreter, Amanda Kranz, wants to find her soul mate but fears her chance has past due to the death of her childhood sweetheart. Finding sexy historian Henry Jager during an outing in her new home of Vienna, Austria, may have been a stroke of luck. When his ex-fiancée shows up just as their relationship starts to sizzle, Amanda must decide if standing up for what she really wants will give her lifetime happiness. Or will she be destined to spend her life alone?
This book is always on sale for a price of $1.49. It will eventually go down to a price of $0.99 as book 1 in the series.
iTunes ~ pending
Her disappointment must have been plain on her face as she found herself suddenly gazing into the greenest eyes in a very handsome male face. A question in German followed as she tried to ascertain just what he said.
“I’m sorry,” she stated, her confusion obvious. “I’ve only picked up a word or two since I’ve been here. Do you speak English?”
“You’re American?” he questioned without the accent most Austrians possessed.
“Don’t make it sound like such a curse. There are a lot of us, you know.” Her indignation evident in her tone.
His rich laughter filled the space, warming her to her bones in ways she hadn’t expected. “Sorry. I guess one does pick up the attitudes of where they live.”
She looked at him puzzled. “That’s that supposed to mean?”
“Henry Jager, American, at your service ma’am.” His sweeping bow brought a smile to her lips.
“Amanda Kranz and I hardly think I qualify as a ma’am.” She stuck her hand toward him. His firm grasp sent an electric sensation as she felt the spark deep within her. She swore he felt it too as his eyes darkened.
“Do you prefer Amanda or Mandi? I know there’s not much of a choice with Henry.” His serious gaze spot of his interest.
Laughter bubbled up in her, the first such emotion in weeks. “Henry is a fine, strong name. And it doesn’t matter much with mine.” His hot look made her want to shiver in anticipation of what she could only speculate.
“Really? I would have thought your business associates would call you Amanda. Now your intimate contacts I expect call you Mandi.”
She gazed at him. Intimate contacts, now there was a misnomer. It had been years since she’d had any intimate contacts of the male persuasion. “Sounds good to me.”
Author Bio: Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest though her latest adventure has taken her to Vienna, Austria with her husband of many years as he works his dream job.
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