A Visit to the Wild Arc

Sharon Ashwood
April 7, 2015  •  No Comments

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The Wild Arc is a very special place, set on a 10 acre site west of the city. It’s run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, but its specialty is caring for our wild friends instead of domesticated animals. I was lucky enough to get to visit recently and see the indoor “hospital” as well as the outdoor places where wild critters stay wild while they’re getting back on their feet/wings/paws/flippers.

Because the object of the game is to keep the patients from getting too habituated to humans, we weren’t introduced to many of the furry guests. However, there was a bald eagle there (Huge!) and a wee hummingbird who had got accidentally bundled up as part of an Easter bouquet.  There were also a few raccoons who let me take a picture.

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What I found most interesting was the fact that wild baby animals need to be taught how to feed themselves, whether that means foraging or fishing. Many of them are also smart enough to get bored, and that means building habitats that have lots of challenges and learning opportunities. The staff refer to this as “enrichment” and it sounded as if the volunteers have a fine time coming up with games and puzzles for the animals.

 
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We got a tour of different areas, including some with water features. Shore birds and mammals both take advantage of this.  Not that long ago they raised some baby otters here, taught them to fish and then released them up the coast far away from human habitation.

The staff at the Wild Arc made a point about being careful when approaching baby birds and animals that appear to be in distress. Many kind-hearted people try to “rescue” them when in fact they are perfectly okay and just waiting for their mom to return. The best thing is to call someplace like the Wild Arc who can provide guidance. That way, babies are not accidentally separated from their mothers and those that do need help are given speedy care.

It was a wonderful opportunity to learn something about this organization. IMGP0018

 

 

 


Goodreads giveaway!

Sharon Ashwood
March 29, 2015  •  No Comments

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Possessed by an Immortal by Sharon Ashwood

Possessed by an Immortal

by Sharon Ashwood

Giveaway ends April 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 


Spring bounty

Sharon Ashwood
March 21, 2015  •  No Comments

Spring is here!  To celebrate the official start of a new season, I took some pictures as I walked to work yesterday! Enjoy!

 

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About those paperbacks!

Sharon Ashwood
February 19, 2015  •  No Comments

I’ve had some questions about ebooks versus paperbacks, so I’m writing a post in hopes that it helps readers to get the format they want. It’s a little ironic because for the longest time my Dark Forgotten series was available only in paper and now I seem to be mostly on people’s ereaders!  That’s all been fixed. I’m happy to say both series are available both ways.

Nocturne and some of the other Harlequin series have a different way of ordering paperback copies of the books.

Possessed_by_a_WolfIndividual novels are available direct from Harlequin. Click here to order an individual copy of Possessed by a Wolf.

If you prefer to shop in a store or at an online retailer like Amazon, Harlequin releases paperback two-for-one books every few months. For instance, Possessed by a Warrior and Possessed by an Immortal were bundled together. You can buy the first two books in the Horsemen series here.  These bundles are different from the ebook bundles, which can include different titles. Be sure to read the book description carefully!

Two other points to remember:  First, the release date for the two-for-one paperbacks is mid-month and NOT the same as the ebooks.  It’s a few weeks later. Second, not all stores carry the paperbacks but they will usually get them for you if you ask. Indie bookstores are usually really good about this. To be honest, it’s helpful for authors if you ask for a particular book or series, because sooner or later the stores who don’t carry us will realize there is a demand for our books. It’s one way you can help support the books you love and help your local store be more responsive to their customers.

Happy reading!


Interview and giveaway

Emma Jane Holloway
February 17, 2015  •  No Comments

I did an interview with Between Dreams and Reality, which reviews in both French and English. There’s a great giveaway there, so spread the word to any steampunk lovers!

The brooch is by Copper and Lace and I confess to wanting to keep it …

http://www.betweendandr.com/2015/02/16/interview-emma-jane-holloway-giveaway-traduction-concours/

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Emma Jane Holloway
February 14, 2015  •  No Comments

Happy Valentine’s day to all you avid readers out there!  May the love affair with reading never end!valentine's day antique card


Book sighting!

Emma Jane Holloway
January 25, 2015  •  No Comments

A writing friend caught a picture of Silks at Powell’s over the holidays. Thanks for sending this, Jennifer McKenzie!

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Possessed by a Wolf – back cover!

Sharon Ashwood
January 17, 2015  •  2 Comments

For those wanting a hint at the next Horseman – here is the back cover copy of Possessed by a Wolf, coming to you on May 1, 2015. You know May Day is magical, right?

 

Wolves mate for life…and wolves never forget their first love  

Royal photographer Lexie Haven wasn’t expecting to see her ex-boyfriend Faran ever again. She could accept that he was a spy, but a werewolf? No way. No matter how good they had been together, she has very personal reasons for steering clear of monsters. That is, until he literally crashes into a royal gathering in all his furry glory—and with a gunman on his tail. 

Within minutes of seeing each other again, the two estranged lovers are on a collision course. For now, Lexie is a prime suspect in the heist of a priceless ring, and only Faran can help her find the jewel and restore peace to the royal kingdom. But first, Lexie needs to trust in second chances and the supernatural.


Awakening the Dragon

Sharon Ashwood
January 3, 2015  •  No Comments

AwakeningtheDragon Lord Dragon’s Conquest has some distinguished company!  Mills & Boon has done a Nocturne anthology of dragons, and I’m delighted to be included.  See more about it on the Mills & Boon site HERE.


Demon Kitty vs the Christmas toys

Sharon Ashwood
December 31, 2014  •  No Comments

ChristmasDLKBThings I love about holidays – time to think, to dream, to watch the cat stare down inanimate objects . . . like suspicious-looking nutcrackers.


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