Friends, Fun, and FREE!

I seem to be leaning toward a “blog on Wednesday” rather than Sunday lately, so let’s go with it. Sundays have been busy of late, so that’s the main thing. This past Sunday, I worked on formatting a print book for a friend, and by the time I finished, it was pretty late and I didn’t feel like blogging. The print book turned out nice, though!

That was the last of several days in a row devoted to friends–a good thing!

Mondays and Tuesdays are usually pretty quiet around here. Mondays, in particular, I spend most of the evening doing bookkeeping for my husband’s small business. Tuesday is for catching up other things, and maybe some writing!

Last week’s friend activities began with a special, four-legged friend in need–and no, not my dog Isis. No, this time it was another of our critters who needed attention–as in, a visit to the vet, for Sanddollar, our turtle.

SanddollarSanddollar is a Red-eared Slider, an aquatic turtle. She came to us six years ago in the form of a request to pet-sit, for one of my daughter’s friends.

The turtle was surprisingly inquisitive and interested in whatever we were doing when around her container, and DD and I quickly grew fond of her. At the time, she was maybe four inches long, and arrived in a plastic container barely large enough to turn around in. DH and I thought, “that can’t be right,” and did some research on the ‘net. It turned out Sanddollar needed a 40 gallon aquarium! Not to mention lights and a platform on which to bask. It also turned out that DD’s friend wasn’t really that into the turtle anymore, so the turtle stayed. She is an enthusiastic eater, and often swims to the side of the tank when someone comes in the room, and splashes to get our attention (and hopefully, a snack).

Except that for the past couple of months, her appetite has been diminishing, to the point where she hadn’t eaten anything–even her turtle pellets–for a week. She was also doing nothing but bask–which she’s always loved to do, but not to the point where she even slept on her basking platform. Reptiles can go a long time between meals, so in itself this wasn’t a big deal–but this wasn’t like Sanddollar.

So to the vet we went, where Sanddollar got poked, prodded, x-rayed, and injected with vitamins and antibiotics. Let me tell you, that was one ticked-off turtle! But we also went home with a new bag of a different brand of turtle pellets, and when we dropped some in Sanddollar’s tank a few hours later, she ate! And was also back to being her more active and curious self.

Oh, and I learned something new–how to give a turtle a shot! She needs a full course of antibiotics, so every three days, DD has to hold her and restrain her from biting (plastic cup works really well here), while I pry the turtle’s front leg out and give her the shot. Definitely a bit tricky!

The next few days were more standard fun with friends. I saw my writing group on Saturday, and then had one of my best friends from high school over for dinner. Then on Sunday, one of my best friends from college came over and went to lunch with us. The rest of the day was spent formatting that print book, for a good writing friend.

And now for the FREE: To spur interest in my Saturn Society books, my publisher has made the ebook version of Time’s Enemy, the first in the series, FREE on Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and Google Play Books. Click the Buy Now button below for links. Barnes and Noble wasn’t yet free last time I checked, but will be soon. So if you’ve thought about trying my series (or maybe you are now? :D), now’s a great time to give it a read!

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Time’s Enemy

Saturn Society Book 1

ISBN: 978-0983909729

One unwanted gift.
Tony Solomon never wanted to be a time traveler. But a brush with death leaves him a time traveler—and an unwilling initiate in the Saturn Society, a secret society of those with his ability.

1913 Flood, Dayton OHOne great wrong.
Tony vows to use his gift to prevent his daughter’s murder—if he could figure out how. Never mind that this violates the Society’s highest law, branding him an Enemy for a crime he has yet to commit. Determined to thwart the Society, he seeks help from Charlotte, the woman whose life he saved decades before he was born.

One chance to make things right…
Tony jumps to 1933 in search of answers, but lands on the wrong side of the Society, a fugitive on the run. Thrilled, yet terrified to see her childhood hero, Charlotte offers him sanctuary…and unexpected love. But Charlotte hides a terrible secret: loyal to the Society, she must bring to justice those who manipulate time for their own gain. By sheltering Tony, she faces a terrible choice: condemn the man she loves and to whom she owes her life, or deny her deepest convictions by helping him escape, and risk sharing his sentence.

Not your typical time travel romance, Time’s Enemy creates a wonderful blend of romance and science fiction, an exciting adventure through time rich in action, romance, and history.

Smiths-Monthly-Cover-10-webWhat I read this week: Smith’s Monthly #10 by Dean Wesley Smith. I read the short stories and serial segments last week, and this week, read the novel, Heaven Painted as a Poker Chip. It’s a story about ghosts, with a really unique treatment of the ghosts and their abilities. It also had next to nothing to do with poker (not a bad thing for me), other than it was mostly set in Las Vegas. This story is also available standalone. I’m really looking forward to reading more in the series. Highly recommended!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 Update: I finished the outline for the new novella, so that’s a win! For this week, the plan is to go through the beta readers’ notes on my upcoming WIP, and get the revisions made from at least one of them, preferably more.

What about you–what kind of pets do you have, and do you have any interesting stories to share? Learned anything new this week? Can you imagine giving a shot to a turtle? O.o  How are you doing on whatever goals you may have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I never thought about taking a turtle to the vet. Hope Sanddollar is doing better now.

    I posted about your freebie on my Facebook page today. Every little bit helps, right? And my Facebook page is REALLY little. Hahahaha! 😀

  2. We had a red-eared river slider for a while, too. We called him “Skittles.” Spent a small fortune on him, then discovered what a pain cleaning his tank was and turned him over to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. I guess he’s okay. We also had two pancake tortoises we named Kathryn and Florence, after my grandmother and her sister. We didn’t manage to kill them, but had no idea if we were doing anything right, so they went off to a rescue group. We haven’t had much luck with anything but cats, I’m afraid…

  3. Stacy, thanks so much for sharing! My FB page doesn’t have that many followers either LOL, but you’re right, every bit does help.

    John, cleaning the turtle tank is definitely a pain! But Sanddollar now lives in a 125-gallon, and the bigger the tank, the less often it needs to be cleaned. 🙂

  4. I cannot imagine giving a turtle a shot! But I think it’s stupendous what you’ve done for Sanddollar. Awesome to have the novella outlined–great work!

  5. We’ve got a dog, a cat, a goldfish, and an ancient guinea pig. No reptiles at the moment.

    I’m glad Sanddollar is feeling better, and that you described how you give her the shot, because I was curious about that!

    I got a copy of your book – it’ll be a while before I can read it, but I have it on the Kindle that’s usually with my daughter…

    Great job on the goals, and that lovely time with friends! =D

  6. Oh wow Jennette! I can’t even imagine. So glad you share this story about your turtle. I had no idea you could keep one that big. Yeah, I would think a plastic cup would save a few bitten fingers. Sounds like a two man operation. You are so kind hearted and sweet girl. It seem like you are always willing to help and make a great care-taker. Just look at that turtle. What did Isis think about all of this I wonder? 🙂

  7. Amy, thanks!

    Shan, thanks for the good wishes and for downloading my book. I hope you like it!

    Karen, we kept Isis out of the room while the turtle was getting her shot. Otherwise, she mostly ignores her!

  8. I hear ya, I have been busy with friends and parties and improv practice and oh my!! This summer is turning into a busy one, for all my “I am going to write” that I have been touting. 🙂 It’s still good writing, editing, and general upkeep.

    Glad to here about Sanddollar’s improvement in health. It’s not fun when your fur or shell babies aren’t feeling well. having two cats when the fleas attack the poor babies are miserable until its under control. That and the heat. The funniest (not really, but she’s was okay afterward) story was when Bridget, my tortoise shell cat decided to explore the inside of the fridge and got shut in. She love to stand with whomever was looking into the fridge and ended up crawling into the fridge and then was closed in. I don’t know for how long, but we heard meowing and didn’t know where it was coming from. The hubs opened the fridge and walk she darted. She was totally fine, but not likely to stick her nose in the fridge again.

    Your book sound exciting. I think I may just add it to my list of books to read, and since this year I have been making my way through more books than last year, also trying to read more indie authors. Sounds like a good one to add. I will never run out of books to read, ever! 🙂

    Sounds like a good week overall!

  9. Cindy, that’s scary about the cat getting trapped in the fridge! Glad you found her quickly. Thanks for trying Time’s Enemy – I hope you enjoy it!