Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oh Yes I my latest book --

Charred Snake for Two!

*Pauses while you either frown, crack up laughing, or raise an intrigued eyebrow*

The working title had been:  Survive with Me. It didn't excite me, so I changed it to Just Us. Still not enthused, I held onto Just Us until almost the very end. When I was tweaking the last scene, it hit me -- Charred Snake for Two. As bizarre and out of the norm as it sounds, I had no choice but to embrace it.   

I bounced the new title off my husband. He gave me squinty eyes and a half-smile. I laughed and told him it would grow on him. (First, it had to grow on

Then I put the name out to social media. I didn't get much reaction from my Twitter tweeps. My Facebook friends, however, weighed in with a few comments. The overall sentiment: romance and snake didn't go well together.

The story, I'll admit, is creative madness. And it needed an equally mad title. 

With that, I give you the....


Unable to get her head and heart back on track after her marriage crumbled, Alexandra Henry signed up to take part in an expensive, radical self-help, self-esteem program that would put her on a secluded island for seven days with someone just as broken. Together they would team-up to survive, renew trust in the opposite sex, and grow mentally stronger through candid conversation, while taking on nature at the same time.

Expecting someone tired and downtrodden, Alexandra was shocked when they delivered energetic, dark-haired, cocky, Adonis - Carson Jack.

How could someone like him know about heartache? Hope fizzled on the spot. She wouldn't come out of the experience any better than when she went in. Or would she?

I hope you'll take a chance on this uncharacteristic madness! If so, you can find it here:

Any and all feedback (good or bad) will be welcomed! Even if it's - 'What was she thinking?' 

Hugs to all!

~ Jan

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cover Reveal: CUSHION by Tamela Miles

It's a pleasure to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Tamela Miles to my blog. She has a special surprise in store for us. First, let's find out a bit about Tamela.


Tamela Miles is a California State University-San Bernardino graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980's. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She's a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.

She enjoys emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys feedback from people who love to read as much as she does. 

Now for the surprise...

Tamela has given us a sneak peek at the awesome cover art for her mid-summer release, Cushion.

Cushion is a spooky and steamy paranormal romance novella by Tamela Miles and will be published by The Wild Rose Press.  


Natalie Kliebert finally has the perfect life she spent years dreaming of. She's on the fast track to her fantasy-come-true career as a therapist. If she can help pop star Billy Chambers, it will be her greatest achievement and even sweeter than earning an "A" grade.

The last thing Billy Chambers wants is anyone's help, especially when he doesn't see a single thing wrong with his life. When bossy Natalie becomes his court-appointed personal therapist, sparks fly from day one. Annoyance was never so arousing. Hooking up should be easy, but an undercurrent of evil is coming for Natalie, which may force her to reveal her deepest secret.

The problems of their pasts are no match for today's demons. Natalie and Billy must come together and be the allies they were meant to be in a supernatural fight that may cost them their lives.

* Stay tuned for the release date for this latest work of heart by Tamela Miles! In the meantime, give her a "follow" on Tamela Miles - Amazon Author Page 

You can also find her at   Tamela Miles on Twitter (follow the link or you can also find her as @jackiebrown20)

And she'd love for you to "friend" her on Facebook at Tamela Miles Books

** Thank you so much, Tamela, for letting me be part of your cover reveal. You're welcome to come back anytime! Best wishes for much success with this latest book and your writing career! ♥ 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Life can be a Wild Goose Chase!

Life can sometimes be a Wild Goose Chase! You find yourself pursuing something, but what? In Olivia Pence and Dezz Casey's case they were chasing what was already there -- Love! When you think about it, that sums up their story. It's contemporary romance and they're guaranteed a happily-ever-after or happy-for-now. So why read the book? I'll tell you why...

Because Olivia isn't easy; neither is Dezz.

Because they got the storm before the calm. 

Because Dezz was a pair of plaid pants and Olivia a flowered shirt. Separately they were fine, together they seemed downright gaudy. Or were they?

Because Pence and Casey will have you thinking there's no way they'll ever fix the things that have kept them apart. 

Small snippet...

Olivia was too troubled to flinch. She covered her face with her hands, thankful irony wasn't fatal. She'd fought with Dezz for an eternity and he'd hung on like his life depended on her. Finally, he'd had enough and let go. Now the tables were turned and it felt as if she'd die without him. Her heart ached to go back to how they were a month ago -- two squabbling people who cared deeply for each other. 

Tied in with the book is another Wild Goose Chase - Ponce de Leon's quest to find the Fountain of Youth. He was given misinformation. Instead of landing in Bimini, he landed in St. Augustine, Florida.

Have you ever searched for something that didn't pan out? Or wished for something you all ready had? 

** To celebrate Wild Goose Chase's book birthday, I'm giving away 5 e-copies. Leave a comment about your birthday, even if it hasn't arrived yet. 

On July 2nd, which is my birthday, I'll randomly draw winners.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Special guest - Marcia Carrington

Today I have a special guest who shares a very genuine, heartfelt post about her writing career and the things we all struggle with at some point. Welcome prolific author and sweet friend, Marcia Carrington.

~ ♥ ~

I was not going to release any books this year, but...

By Marcia Carrington

Thank you very much, Jan, for the chance to discuss my experience this year with books and writing. 

At the end of 2016, I was thinking about whether to release any new books in the New Year 2017. Over the course of three years, from 2014 to 2016, I had released 21 books. Breaking it down, in 2014 I released 7 books, 2015 brought 8 books, and in 2016 I did 6. While the vast majority of these were novelettes, some novellas, and to a lesser extent short stories. I felt that I needed a little break and that I would not be releasing any new books in 2017. Instead, I would write at my own pace and try to do some reading, which I had largely left to the side over the last few years. How quickly my defenses on this crumbled, though...

Around November 2016, my short story Alicia Day would not leave my thoughts alone. A personal wrestling match occurred; no, I would leave the story until 2018, no, I would release in 2017. This went on for a few weeks. In the end, I decided it was coming in 2017. While it needed a little editing, I  knew I had to release it. Alicia Day arrived on screen in late March.

My next release, due in August 2017, was another book I was going to leave for 2018. Champagne Charlie came together so quickly from its initial draft in late 2016 that I decided this would be another story for 2017. A good example of resolutions falling apart and in record time...


In January, seeing that I had just two releases for 2017, I was feeling antsy. I had decided early on that a larger project I envisioned for 2017, Grayson's Dilemma, was one better suited for 2018, giving me longer time for editing, as it is a book I have wanted to write for a while. Instead, two other novelettes came zooming across to me, both appealing for very different reasons. 

Amanda's Payback, due in October 2017, is an adult work that gave me the chance to take on more mature material and content than I had previously written.

Beautiful Beau Montague, a November 2017 release, goes into investigative territory which I have done before, but this time the person being searched for is a movie star who is either alive or dead. 

Both, Amanda's Payback and Beautiful Beau Montague divert from my usual books as their romantic elements are much smaller than my books from other years.

Looking at my book experience for 2017, I have found that this year four books is just right for what I wish to achieve. It is enough to keep me going, but also allows for longer editing times, and hopefully, an even better product for readers. I think that we as writers are always seeking balance in whatever we do, and this can be difficult to maintain over time without realistic aspirations. To be able to write the number of books I have other years has come at the expense of other things for several reasons.  

In the beginning when I first began releasing books in 2011, I was on Twitter every day, interacting as much as I could. After a year and a half, I found that I could do very little writing with this system. As I began to cut back my tweeting in mid-2013, I found that I could write better, and more. Coupled with the fact that my neck does not adapt well to staying in front of the computer for too many hours, I devoted most of my free time to writing and editing, and a smaller component to catching up on Twitter. It has worked out better for me, and as a result, I am happier than when I was doing the daily tweeting. Life is the sum of all our experiences and I have found that with writing, as with everything, you learn from your lessons and place yourself in a better position to adapt to your lifestyle, and how you feel at specific times in your life. My 2017 writing experience has highlighted certain points for me; there is no wrong but all rights, what works for you may not work for others, but that is what makes us all very different as writers but also as people. 

If you'd like to follow Marcia...


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Author James Moushon joins me today!

I read and write romance and women's fiction, but I love to dive into other genres as well. One of those genre's involves Mystery, Murder, Intrigue, and Politics! And who better to supply all four? Author James Moushon.

About James...

James Mouson is a Mystery writer and Author Advocate. Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.

In 2003, James changed his focus to ebooks and their development. The result is an incredible list of creativity:

Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels
Black Mountain Secrets
Game of Fire
The Cajun Ghost
Jonathan Stone Mystery Short Stories
Operation Alpha Dog, a collection of short stories
Operation No Sanctuary

* All featuring CIA Agent Jonathon Stone.

James is currently wearing two hats. He's a mystery writer and a book publishing blogger. When he says he's an Author Advocate, he means it. He's always there helping his fellow authors shine. You can find his blogs at:

The blog's purpose is to help author's get exposure in the book publishing industry. He has interviewed and showcased over 600 authors to date. 

You might also want to check out his:

The HBS Mystery Reader's Circle provides information about the latest novels and what is coming next from a collection of bestselling and outstanding authors in the mystery, thrillers, historical fiction and crime genre.

James doesn't stop there. He also features the:

The Corner is a collection of Author advice and studies including marketing, social media and other major topics created to help writers in today's ever-changing world of book publishing.

He's spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries. James has put all those great thoughts into books for our enjoyment. 

He has a summer short story series, with book #1 - Operation No Sanctuary available now and at a great price - 99 cents. You can find it here:


A gang war erupts in East LA between neighborhood gangs and the notorious MS-13 gang from San Salvador and a Mexican cartel from Tijuana is right in the middle of the conflict. CIA Agent Jonathon Stone is assigned the operation. He joins a crime task force to try to stop the violence and capture the cartel leaders. Along with FBI Agent Jodi Shannon, he pursues the elusive Raul Romero, the cartel kingpin who he has been after for a decade.

Drug trafficking, gang shootings and politics all play a role as Jonathon battles the sanctuary city LA which seems to protect the innocent and the guilty. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for the other books in this series. You can do that by hitting the 'Follow' button on James' Amazon Author Page and you'll get a notice when the next book is published:

Show James some love and visit his website at

Follow him on Twitter @jimhbs
To contact him by email:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Let's celebrate Hunks to the Rescue and some good advice! ♥

HUNKS TO THE RESCUE box set is here! ♥

18 Hunky Heroes are waiting for you! 

This blog post is part of our FACEBOOK RELEASE PARTY CELEBRATION! (<---click the link to join in the fun)

Okay, here goes...

When you were growing up, did your Mom (or other family member) ever offer this sound advice? 

"Always wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident?"

For the sake of our HUNKS TO THE RESCUE box setI've decided to amend the saying:    

"Always wear spectacular underwear in case you're in an accident and a Hunk comes to your rescue." (You never know. It could happen.)

To help with that, if you follow my blog and/or my Amazon Author page, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $30 Victoria's Secret e-gift card.

Here's the link to my Amazon page: Jan's Amazon Page

At the end of our release party, I'll post the winner here and on Facebook. 

My part of the box set is called:  Two More Miles. Victoria's Secret gets mentioned a few times in the story! ♥

You can find HUNKS TO THE RESCUE at these fine retailers: 





My special guest: C. B. Clark!

Today my special guest is fellow Wild Rose Press author, Christine Clark who writes under the pen name C. B. Clark. She's here to celebrate the release of her newest book, BITTER LEGACY.

Before we get to Christine's book, pour a cup of coffee and read about this fantastic author.

Author Bio:

C.B. Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn't until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada's Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and educator, teaching students from the primary grades through the first year of college. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

A few words from Christine:


In my part of the world, summer doesn't really begin until mid June when the days heat up, and the sweet smell of warm, rich earth, growing plants, and newly mown grass permeats the air. There's so much to look forward to...long, hot sunny days relaxing beside a crystalline lake, opening that book I finally have time to read, hiking along forest trails beneath a canopy of evergreen trees, swimming in a cool, clear lake, hamburgers sizzling over hot coals, sipping a cool drink (or two), and relaxing with friends as the days slow down. The warm nights in front of a campfire toasting marshmallows, or watching bats flit between the branches of the trees, and the stars sparkle in the night sky.

There are downsides to summer...oppressive heat and humidity, swarms of pesky bugs, sunburn, heat rash, wearing a swim suit and exposing all that well-fed flesh, long car trips, and crowded campsites. But that's all in the days ahead. Right now, today, as I sit outside on my desk and listen to the chirping of the birds, I breathe deep as every cell in my body embraces this new season. 

Now that you know a little bit about C. B. Clark, let's find out about her book.

Awesome cover art, C.B!

'Thanks, Jan!'

C.B. has happily shared her blurb and an excerpt.  


Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean's reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father's mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who's determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Will she and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?

If you'd like to find out how Sharla-Jean and Josh deal with all that's thrown at them, including the attraction, you can find the rest of the story here:

You can follow C.B. Clark here:

Thanks for being here today, Christine. It's been a pleasure finding out more about you and your new book! Come back anytime! 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Care to follow? A gift card could be in your future! ♥

I can be dorky at times! (Okay, most of the time - *grins*) Today is one of those days. I'm brainstorming ideas. (Don't be scared. Haha!) I've decided to do a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card. One small'll need to follow me <---not to the ends of the earth, just to Amazon. Click the 'follow' button on my author page, leave a comment on this blog post saying 'done', and you'll be entered.

On Wednesday, June 7th at noon (EST) I'll put all names in a hat (yep, a real hat, not a metaphorical one) and pull out the winning name. I may even get brave and do it on Facebook Live. (Now you can be scared!) Hey, a girl has to step out of her comfort zone once in a while. 

I thought I'd be clever and write a poem to go along with this post. Not many words rhyme with follow, so you're getting a flower instead. :p 

Thanks so much for following and good luck to all!



Monday, May 29, 2017

A spotlight on author Cable Pirtle III

Hello, Friends!

Today as I began reading a new book, Secrets of the Dead (Ambrose Lincoln Series book 1), by Caleb Pirtle III, I realized how much I liked his clean, crisp style of writing and decided to spotlight him on my blog. 

About Caleb:

Caleb Pirtle III began his career writing about history and travel. He learned quickly, however, that what happens is never as important as those who make it happen. Many of those people have made their way into his novels. Pirtle is the author of more than 70 published books, including his newest noir suspense Ambrose Lincoln series, which I'm spotlighting today. 

He earned a journalism degree from The University of Texas and became the first student at the university to win the national William Randolph Hearst Award for feature writing. As a reporter for the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Pirtle received both the Texas Headliner's and Associated Press Awards. He served as travel editor for Southern Living Magazine, and his travel writing was given the National Discover America Award three times. For more than two decades, Pirtle was editorial director for a custom publishing company in Dallas.

Caleb has written three teleplays for network television, including "Gambler 5: Playing for Keeps," a mini-series for CBS and "The Texas Rangers" for John Milius and TNT. Because of the success of the CBS mini-series, Pirtle was asked to write two novels, Jokers Are Wild and Dead Man's Hand for Berkeley. His blogs appear regularly on

Now that we know a bit about Caleb, let's discover a little more through the first book in his Ambrose Lincoln series - 
Secrets of The Dead 


Ambrose Lincoln is one of the government's prized operatives, a trained assassin, a man whose past is continually erased by mind control tactics and shock treatments. His days have no meaning. He no longer fears death. As far as he is concerned, a man without a memory is a man who's already dead.

From Germany come rumors of a mad man threatening to rule Europe and maybe the world. On the Night of Broken Glass, his brown shirts and storm troopers move into Baden-Baden and begin their methodical termination of the Jews.

In America, so far away, the violence is nothing more than a protest over a Jewish boy who murdered a German diplomat because the Third Reich had removed and maybe killed his family. It is simply a case of vandalism that got out of hand. No one is concerned, and the American government wants to keep it that way. No one in Washington wants to go to war with Hitler, and President Roosevelt continues to preach neutrality. But word is leaked that one Jewish photographer took pictures of the rampage of brutality and murder that night. He was killed, but his daughter is in hiding with the film.

Ambrose Lincoln is dispatched to Baden-Baden with one charge. Find the film and bring it back. It will tell the truth. It will uncover the lies. The photographs will reveal to the world the sadistic threat that exists for everyone if Hitler's mad march isn't stopped. His mission is to uncover the deadly secrets that his own government doesn't want him to find, secrets that can change history.

Reader review:

5 stars from Jackie Taylor Zortman - A Magnificent Work! 

The very first line of this historical fiction novel grabbed my attention and the rest of the book kept me fascinated. Caleb Pirtle III writes a magnificent story illustrating man's atrocities to man in Germany and the political unrest it was creating in America just prior to WWII. Ambrose Lincoln's adventures and his elusive, but often deadly behavior speaks of a tortured soul that no longer has control of his own life, through he functions beautifully in particular areas when necessary. There is humor, horror and heart break in this book, softened often by love. Just a few pages before the end, I was delighted and surprised to find a second, very similar sentence to the opening and captivating one of this book. I am an avid reader and this may very well be the best novel I've read in a really long time. 

*** There are four books so far in this series, all available at Amazon:

Secrets of the Dead - book 1

Conspiracy of Lies - book 2

Night Side of Dark - book 3

Place of Skulls - book 4

You can follow Caleb Pirtle III here:

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Desert Series by Lisette Brodey

The desert is a fascinating place. It could be the arid landscape or the many types of cacti, that draws my interest. It also might be the danger and endless questions as to how anything could survive there. I've recently read Lisette Brodey's, Desert Series. She used the desert as her backdrop and made it come alive in her three-book YA paranormal series.  

In my humble opinion, I feel that each story has incredible depth. Lisette wasn't afraid to expose some real-life issues through her characters. She made me feel their struggles and their happiness. I became invested in who they were and how they dealt with things. 

I decided the best way to present the books in this series was through my reviews: 

My thoughts for book #1 - Mystical High:

The friendship between Jinxy and Jessie is awesome. They're true blue to each other and to those they love. Lots of serious issues come to light in this book. How Ms. Brodey has her characters deal with everything that's thrown at them is what kept me hooked. I could feel the characters' turbulent emotions, but also their joy. There were twists and turns I didn't see coming and I'll admit to getting misty-eyed when the author tied everything together in the end. 

My thoughts for book #2 - Desert Star:

I loved book one, so I knew I would feel the same about book two - Desert Star. The author didn't disappoint. Ms. Brodey gave us two main characters, Larsen and River, who you can't help but care about right away. There's also an amazing cast of secondary characters that add to the conflict and to the joy in this story. Larsen's world spins out of control when he is bullied for being gay and when his own mother turns her back on him because she can't deal with who he is. River comes to his defense and they become great friends. The trials of being teens in high school seems to multiply by the day. On top of it, there's a paranormal element that fits into the story perfectly. In my humble opinion, this is a well-thought-out tale that brings to light -- bullying, the difficulties of being LGBTQ, insecurities, starting over in a new school, the haunts of your past, parents who don't support their children because they don't agree with their lifestyle, and how great friends can make all the difference in your life.

My thoughts for book #3 - Drawn Apart:

I wondered how Ms. Brodey would spin Avalon and River's story. I finished reading the book before I went to bed. When I woke the details were still with me. I absolutely loved how Lisette gave Avalon a best friend and soul mate in Stephanie (they affectionately call each other North and South). Steph is in an accident and ends up in a coma. The real story starts from there. I think Lisette did a great job with the flashbacks and current situation of their friendship. While Avalon tries to handle the tragedy, she also tries to deal with her feelings for River. She fears losing the love of a dear friend to an accident and the love of River to another girl. Avalon is stressed to the max. One scene in particular made me cry. In the midst of all that chaos, Lisette tossed another heart-tugging issue out there - a selfish mother who tries to manipulate Avalon. The twists and turns in this book kept me intrigued. The paranormal element tied everything together perfectly in this story and the series as a whole.

All three stories are unique, but each one contains paranormal elements as well as romance, mystery, serious issues, friendship, strong characters and some seedy ones as well. 

If you'd like to check out this amazing series, click on the links below:

Be sure to visit Lisette at...





Did I mention she has an adorable dog named Bentley?


Saturday, May 20, 2017

And those lips... (small snippet from Keeping Kylee)

From KEEPING KYLEE (book #2 in my Texas Boys Falling Fast series)

Kylee puffed out a small breath. She would never understand men. They were complicated and frustrating and she was of the strict opinion that every last one of them qualified as a pain in the butt. Her father was a huge pain who broke away from the family to start a new life with a much younger woman. Asher Hutten, the man who fathered Kylee's three-year old daughter Gabbi, definitely was a pain. Without reading all the things printed in the newspapers about Quinn Randel, her instincts pegged him to be a pain too; a dangerous one with blue-grey eyes capable of stripping her naked with just a glance. All three men were well-known skirt-chasers. Two of the three had already turned her life upside down. Quinn's remarkable blue-grey orbs said he'd do it too if given the chance. The steamy looks passing between them promised paradise between the sheets, nothing more. She quietly scoffed, "Been there, done that. With Asher." Maybe she should be upfront with Quinn and let him know that he stood an ice cube's chance at the equator of hooking up with her. No way could she risk her heart and sanity with another meaningless liaison, especially with someone who would toss her aside before he put his clothes back on. Kylee tried not to stare but the man lassoed her attention the second he entered the reception hall. It was hard not to stare at the infamous millionaire. Quinn Randel was drop-dead handsome. There was no other way to describe him. Mischief and lust radiated from his every pore. And those lips...

* I just love Kylee and Quinn's story because just about every girl who has ever struggled emotionally over her bad decisions and wrestled with her finances to make ends meet, has daydreamed about hooking up with a guy who can fix everything. At the same time, if that guy can work wonders with your life, he still might be a risk to your heart. Do you take the chance? Or keep him at arm's length in the name of self-preservation? 

If you'd like to check out how Kylee deals with Quinn and vice versa...


Loving Lindy - 7 sentences

I was recently combing through some stored Word documents and ran across this...

7 Sentences from LOVING LINDY.  

These sentences made me snicker when I wrote them and just now too. They're from a humorous scene in the book, but also a tender one. 

     "You want me to do what?" Lindy swallowed a chunk of asparagus at the same time she asked for clarification. She gasped and clutched the arms of the chair when the asparagus stuck in her throat.
     Gunther yanked her up and wrapped his arms around her from behind.  He placed his fists just above her navel and with quick upward thrusts dislodged the asparagus. It torpedoed into the fire.
     Lindy was embarrassed all the way to her core. She stood trembling for more reasons than having her life flash before her eyes.

In this scene, Gunther delivered a wild request and it caught Lindy by surprise. Have you ever had someone ask something so bizarre they startled you to where you knocked over your drink? Fell off the side of your chair? Or choked on asparagus? (Probably not, but hey, in my mind this stuff happens. *Grins*)