Publishing News

SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY is coming July 14. Normally, a C&B e-short story comes out about a month before the novel. That won’t be the case this time. Instead, the e-short – a Chet and Bernie Christmas tale – will come out November 24. As you can see from this link, it has no title at the moment.

Suggestions welcome!


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  1. Oley Howlers
    8:14 am on April 11th, 2015

    Good morning. Spence, can you give us a hint what the new short story is about?
    It is a beautiful Spring day here. We are loving it, but the ‘rents say they are going for a long bike ride later, so we will be indoors. Boo

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:37 am on April 11th, 2015

    Good morning Howlers and all. Lovely day here too. Have fun on the bike ride, ‘rents.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:56 am on April 11th, 2015

    Good morning O’H, B&M&L and everyone! Sunny here for a change and a cool night. Feels really lilke a spring day 🙂 Darah Thea is in the dog house because she kept jumping against the front window and HONKING in the middle of the night.
    (darah here…see how quiet i am) Some dumb 2 legger put a great big Easter Lily on the porch table right where I look out! In the moonlight, it looked like a ghost or something. I was just doing my job trying to protect them. Sheesh!

    Have a sunny, springy Saturday all!

  4. Chet The Dog
    9:08 am on April 11th, 2015

    Oley Howlers asks a good question: what’s the story about? How else to come up with a title, right? But I don’t know what it’s about yet! Other than Christmas, in some way. Maybe Bernie’s mom comes to visit and … – Spence

  5. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:16 am on April 11th, 2015

    We figured it had to involve Christmas. Bernie’s mom coming to visit would be a hoot.

  6. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:27 am on April 11th, 2015

    What do we know about Bernie’s mom? I don’t remember much about her but I think something was mentioned somewhere.

    I get an image of Charlie Sheen’s mom, Evelyn, from Two and a Half Men. Not.

  7. B.Stover
    9:31 am on April 11th, 2015

    Title…. Let’s see….

    Good morning all.

  8. B.Stover
    9:41 am on April 11th, 2015

    Rio: I’m way behind on Allegiance and will probably wait for the dvd.

  9. Oley Howlers
    9:47 am on April 11th, 2015

    Barb, we just helped Mom plant onions. Last week we all planted lettuce seeds. Here is our question for you, and the other plundering gardeners: we have a bzillion onions left and a bzillion million lettuce seeds. We intend to plant more of the lettuce late season, or maybe even in another week if these don’t come up. But we will still have a lot left. Can either the seeds or the onion sets be stored for next season and, if so, how do we store them?
    Spence, Thanks for the info….Christmas. O.K. We Members of the Nation love Christmas, but we have never spent Christmas in the desert. We do remember Bernie’s mom. She is a real piece of work. Heh! O.K. We will ponder this while they pedal their butts off (hopefully).

  10. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:56 am on April 11th, 2015

    Howlers, The lettuce seeds will keep till next year. Most seeds will keep and still germinate well for 3-5 years. Onion sets (the things that look like little dried onions) will not keep till next year. You could probably keep them 2-3 months in a dark, dry place for later summer planting.

    Here’s what we do – we plant the onions all the way around the perimeter of the raised beds. Some we plant a little deeper, about 2″ and place them right next to each other. Then we pull those for green onions. By planting deeper, you will get a longer white neck, which is nice for salads. We planted 300 around our two raised beds.

  11. Oley Howlers
    9:59 am on April 11th, 2015

    Thanks, Barb.

  12. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:59 am on April 11th, 2015

    Also, the seeds we don’t use get kept in the pantry, in a sealed zip lock bag.

    Today we are going to plant cilantro and dill in containers. Barb went nuts and now has 7 big containers that look like half barrels lining the west side of the backyard.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    10:03 am on April 11th, 2015

    O’H, tell the ‘rents that seeds, in their packets, can be put into an airtight glass jar (like a canning jar) and kept in the fridge 1-2 seasons. Some might be good beyond that but it’s questionable.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    10:04 am on April 11th, 2015

    Sorry, we were typing while y’all were talking.

  15. Oley Howlers
    10:06 am on April 11th, 2015

    We planted about 50-60 about 5-6″ apart. These are around the outside of the bed where we planted lettuce. Can we plant them around edge of beds where tomatoes are going? Peppers?
    We planted red, yellow, and white onions.

  16. Herd of Hounds
    10:18 am on April 11th, 2015

    Plant those little guys left, right and center. They don’t take much space and some insects and critters aren’t fond of them and might stay away!

  17. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:26 am on April 11th, 2015

    Howlers, you don’t need to put them nearly that far apart. The ones we pick green are almost touching. Yes, as HOH said, they can go in all those beds. Only problem we found is that the tomatoes got so big that the onions didn’t have any sun light. So this year we will be pulling all those before the tomato plants get big. We found ours on sale for $.99 for 100. We bought one each of red, yellow and white.

  18. Tupper's Mama
    10:29 am on April 11th, 2015

    A title you say? Oh dear, our punny side is going to rear its ugly head.

  19. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:34 am on April 11th, 2015

    Peas have a shorter keeping time, so they say. They don’t recommend more than 2 years. Jessica had some from 2011 that we put in just to see if they would grow.

    You can also add a little rice to the bottom of the bag or jar. It will absorb the moisture and the seeds may last a little longer.

  20. B.Stover
    10:37 am on April 11th, 2015

    I pre-ordered the e story.

  21. B.Stover
    10:44 am on April 11th, 2015

    How about “Christmas Cactus”? (Which, by the way, is a beautiful plant.)

  22. Masquers
    10:49 am on April 11th, 2015

    Me too, pre-ordered…as they say sight unseen, or in this case, title unknown.

  23. Masquers
    10:50 am on April 11th, 2015

    Hey, B, If Bernie’s mother is coming to visit, that’s not a bad title.

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:07 am on April 11th, 2015

    Titles!…I love coming up with titles!…snort!…Here is the new title: Happy Howl-A-Days!…snorkel!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:18 am on April 11th, 2015

    Christmas With Chet & Bernie…simple but elequent…Heh.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    11:19 am on April 11th, 2015


  27. Wose-the small and meek
    11:19 am on April 11th, 2015

    Not that my opinion matters, but what about “A Christmas Tail?”

    RIO! Your team is in first place! My team is not.

  28. B.Stover
    11:26 am on April 11th, 2015

    Here’s an example about Bernie’s mom from Paw and Order:

    “Sighs are interesting. Bernie’s mom, for example, a real piece of work who sometimes comes for a visit–please not again anytime soon, the fact being I do not shed, whatever she happens to believe, and if I do, it’s no biggie–is a champion sigher…” (231).

  29. B.Stover
    11:32 am on April 11th, 2015

    An example from Fistful of Collars:

    “Bernie’s mom had surprised him on her last visit by baking a peach pie. ‘What the hell do you mean I never baked when you were a kid?’ she’d said, and then downed the rest of her G and T and gotten right to work, but there’d been an oven glitch leading to the end result being tossed in the trash–although with the lid left off, meaning I knew the taste of peaches, at least in the blackened state” (221).

  30. B.Stover
    11:36 am on April 11th, 2015

    A final example from To Fetch a Thief:

    “…in fact she reminded me of Bernie’s mom in other ways, including how the longer you looked at her the older she got…” (?).

  31. Chet The Dog
    12:11 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Thanks for these excerpts, B. It’s so helpful – if she’s in the story you’ve made it so much easier for me now. As for cactuses, they play a big role in Scents and Sensibility.

  32. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    12:12 pm on April 11th, 2015

    B, that is where I got the image of Charlie Sheen’s mom. Ha ha.

  33. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    12:13 pm on April 11th, 2015

    You guys are in rare form. Lots of good titles and quotes from Bee. We never come up with good titles.

    Rio, just picked up The Sweetheart Season at the library. The story takes place shortly after Barb was born, so that aspect will make it more interesting. Have to finish Miss Julia #3 first.

  34. B.Stover
    12:28 pm on April 11th, 2015

    You are welcome Spence. (Can’t wait for Scents and Sensibility!)

  35. B.Stover
    12:30 pm on April 11th, 2015

    MPM: I’ve never watched Two and a Half Men. Is the mother awful?

  36. Thieves!
    12:30 pm on April 11th, 2015

    The Sigh Before Christmas.

  37. Siber's Mom
    12:49 pm on April 11th, 2015

    All good titles you guys have come up with.
    Cactus in S&S? Spence has really got me curious now. I like cactus, but I don’t like dogs anywhere near cactus.

    Stover, Thanks for the excerpts.

    Bear, Thanks for the free HBO weekend info.

  38. B.Stover
    1:03 pm on April 11th, 2015

    MPM: I suppose I should ask, is the mother on Two and a Half Men as awful as Bernie’s mom? It would be funny to see.

  39. Herd of Hounds
    1:15 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Maybe…Away in a Doghouse? Nah.

  40. Herd of Hounds
    1:19 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Bernie’s Mom is Coming to Town
    Shooter, It’s Cold Outside
    The Dog Daze of Christmas
    The Dog Daze of Christmas
    Jingle Bones
    What Dog is This?
    Pause and Claws
    Paws and Clause

  41. Herd of Hounds
    1:38 pm on April 11th, 2015

    WAit, wait, All I Want for Christmas is another Dog!

  42. Diane C.
    2:44 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Hello All–Conan’s home, doing well, and I’m heading out for a concert, then to catch up on grading I should have been doing this past week. I just found out that this year’s Summer School (yay–employment) is only four weeks long (Awk! Wha…?)
    More later…

  43. BearSpiritDog
    2:45 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Conan is Home!! Yay!!!

  44. Masquers
    2:50 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Rose, Your opinion ALWAYS matters ^..^

  45. Masquers
    2:51 pm on April 11th, 2015

    and I like your book title too.

  46. Luna
    3:02 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Moo! I have it on good authority that when my mama was sixteen, she was dating a young man. It was all very innocent, just like I would have wanted it to be—I wasn’t even a wag in anyone’s tail then. One day he kissed her for the very first time. She pulled away, gave him a firm handshake and said, “I think the ideal cow is a jersey cow.” And, away she ran. I can’t speak for her judgement on cows, but I can speak for her taste in cattle ranchers. The Giant grew up on a cattle ranch. He thinks the ideal cow is medium rare.

  47. Herd of Hounds
    3:05 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Yeah for Conan, who’s a good dog?

  48. Tenzing
    3:07 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Diane: I am glad to hear Conan is home and doing well. We shared some good times over a plate of Cheetos under the Quilt. He likes to keep you on your toes.

  49. c.hobbit
    3:34 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Christmas Claws…and the mother cometh

  50. Wose-the small and meek
    4:11 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Diane, I am happy to hear that Conan is on the road to tip-top!

  51. Carolina Daisy
    4:13 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Title: “A Winter’s Tail”? “Santa Paws is Coming to Town”? “Bark the Herald Angels Sing”? “Chet and the Night Visitor”? Looking forward to it!

  52. Tupper's Mama
    4:35 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Hello Caroline Daisy! Welcome to the mayhem.

    How about “The Mutt-Cracker”? Sweet.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    4:46 pm on April 11th, 2015

    WE have been taught to HATE some plurals: Alumnus (1), Alumni (+), Cactus (1), Cacti (+). So therefore it stands to reason: Horse (1) Horsi (+) or Rhinoceros (1) Rhinoceri (+) Hippopotamus (1) Hippopatomi (+). Right? Ain’t language grand?

  54. Herd of Hounds
    4:50 pm on April 11th, 2015

    The Best Little Christmas Story Ever. (heh, heh, heh)

  55. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:09 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Don’t remember hearing from Carolina Daisy before, but she has some darn good titles. I especially like Bark The Herald. Like I said, our minds don’t seem to function in that manner, but we love the ideas.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    5:51 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Barb, your mind functions just fine. You know so much stuff it is amazin’.

  57. BearSpiritDog
    6:10 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Hi Carolina Daisy! Cool Name.

  58. Carolina Daisy
    6:36 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Titles: “A Winter’s Tail”? “Santa Paws is Coming to Town?” “Bark the Herald Angels Sing”? ” “Chet and the night Visitor”? Looking forward to it!

  59. Herd of Hounds
    6:51 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Carolina Daisy, Sometimes Our Favorite Author puts rules for suggesting ttles but this time he hasn’t…so far. Today there have been some funny, creative titles and yours have been some of the bestest! If only we had a wee bit more info about the story to titalate the title.

  60. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Tupper!…The Mutt-Cracker!…snort!…I like it. Or about “The Mother Lode”…heh!…Not really Christmassy, but I was thinking about Bernie’s Mother…snuff!

  61. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:06 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Title!….”Merry Little Christmas”…snort!….Bernie Little, get it?…grunt!

  62. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:12 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Love those two! And thank you for the compliment, HOH.

  63. Oley Howlers
    7:12 pm on April 11th, 2015

    We like the Thieves’s title: The sigh before Christmas.

  64. Herd of Hounds
    7:13 pm on April 11th, 2015

    So many titles, so few words 🙁

  65. Oley Howlers
    7:14 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Breaking Rock Around the Christmas Tree

  66. Herd of Hounds
    7:22 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Barb, we all come to this here blog with different strengths and knowledge and different areas of interest. Inspite of that, or maybe because of it, we become comrades and friends and family. I truly believe that is why we can be together and feel closer than biological families can and help and support and bouy each other up. And now, as our Golinka says, I will climb off this soapbox. (huff, wheeze)

  67. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:22 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Bacon!…I think Bacon should be in the title…slurp!…That is what someone is going to be cooking up for some BLTs tonight, very soon. Like NOW!…slobber!

  68. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    7:23 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Admin, you should give the URL as so a charity can be designated to receive a donation from the sale.

  69. Herd of Hounds
    7:24 pm on April 11th, 2015

    O’H as in (maybe) I’ll Have An Orange Jumpsuit Christmas…

  70. Tupper's Mama
    7:26 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Dog Rest Ye Furry Gentlemen?

  71. Oley Howlers' Mom
    7:29 pm on April 11th, 2015

    We had one of the best bike rides ever. We biked from Spring Mill to center city Philly, including the brand new Schuylkill Banks boardwalk out over the river. The ride took us thru Manayunk, which you may have heard of from the big bike race, when those bigtime bikers go over “The Manayunk Wall”, and Beautiful Fairmont Park, past Boathouse Row, which Barb and Teddy’s dad are sure to know from Lisa Scottoline’s books. We had a delish lunch at a cafe along Boathouse Row. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the river view, with all of the rowers in their long boats, and listened to excellent musicians playing on the cafe’s patio. There were loads of people out, biking, walking, running, even riding surry bikes. Our bike ride should have been 25 miles, but we took a wrong turn onto Wissahicken Valley Trail and added 3 miles to the total. So, a whopping 28.23 mile ride this early in the season!!! I have afeeling I will be asleep soon. Heh!
    I will post a photo of Ray enjoying lunch. Those are ice teas, not beers!

  72. O'Howlers
    7:30 pm on April 11th, 2015
  73. Oley Howlers' Mom
    7:36 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Here is a photo of Boathouse Row from across the river.

  74. Tupper's Mama
    7:39 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Howlers – that boathouse row is just lovely – great pic!

  75. Herd of Hounds
    7:43 pm on April 11th, 2015

    O’H’s Mom, Love the fotos! What fun!

  76. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:43 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Howlers, what a wonderful day your folks had. Great pictures!

  77. Herd of Hounds
    7:49 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Oh, and for the some of us taking up the “Miss Julia” challenge, Mom is starting “Miss Julia Plans a Wedding” tonight after finishing a Lawrence Sanders’ McNally book. I (LLtL) will supervise reading positions so mom isn’t crowded by the Blondie or the Darah. Pookey will guard the door per usual.
    Mmmm, it seems Staff and Dawson are notably missing today. Hope all is AOK.

  78. Oley Howlers
    8:00 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Great news about Conan.
    How is Larry?

  79. Herd of Hounds
    8:02 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Yes, BSD or Masquers, the last we heard heard was out of OCU but is he still improving?

  80. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:14 pm on April 11th, 2015

    We are on Chapter 12 of Miss Julia.

    We agree, happy for Conan and Diana.

  81. Herd of Hounds
    8:37 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Barb, how dare you be ahead of om in the Miss Julia book. We will shut up now so she can read. (whispering, is it good?)

  82. Masquers
    9:07 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Howlers: Tea you say…of the Long Island variety?..just kidding.
    Fantabulous fotos.
    Larry is in rehab, but hopefully not for long. His brother reports he wants to be out, out, out!
    We have been thinking of Staff and Dawson today too.

  83. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Photo!…Wow! Very Kool boat house photo!…snort!

  84. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Walk!…wheeze!…Back from a long walk…hack!spit!…I came up with a few new Titles…”Oh Holey Bite” and “The Bite Before Christmas”…snort!…I had biting someone’s ankles on my mind while out walking…gasp!

  85. Tupper and Gilly
    9:24 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Oh, we do love “The Bite Before Christmas”. If OFA is designing the story around the title, we wonder who would get bit.

  86. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:31 pm on April 11th, 2015

    HOH, Yes, Miss Julia is good. Her typical irritating, opinionated self, but in the end she is still a good person.

    Where are Dawson and Staff?

    Off to bed soon.

  87. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:33 pm on April 11th, 2015

    We love The Bite Before Christmas, too. Why don’t we ever come up with these?

  88. Diane C.
    9:45 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Whoa–I am stunned–stunned I say, by everyone’s creativity, and very grateful for your kind words (and Cheetos) for
    Conan. It makes me wish I could have contributed to the very detailed gardening discussion–so many of you are so good at so many different things.
    I like The Bite Before Christmas and Breaking Rock Around the Christmas Tree (but who cares what I think–Someone didn’t care for my last offering–The Spy who Licked Me).

  89. Herd of Hounds
    9:48 pm on April 11th, 2015

    We hope that our Staff and Dawson and Turtleman and A Katty are all okay.
    Wose , so good to know you and others, ie..Wolfie and ALR and Wose and BooBear and ML and Teddy and others are around and safe and we hope to hear from them soon. Ya gotta love the peole on this here blog…?

  90. c.hobbit
    9:55 pm on April 11th, 2015

    The Twelve Treats of Christmas
    Do You Hear What I Hear?
    Deck the Tree, Catch the Perp!
    A Puppy’s First Christmas

  91. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Another!….”The Pug Who Came For Christmas”…snorkel!…The sequel could be, “The Pug Who Stayed For New Years”….snort!…Next would be “The Easter Pug Who Is Still Here”….heh!heh!

  92. Staff
    10:05 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Yah, we are all OK. I am hurting because Dawson just wiped the floor with me at cards. I refused to count the last hand. It was too darn humiliating.

    We are pack pack packing. We are clean clean cleaning. We are trying to give away many things. Life is so exciting now.

    Dad seems to be adjusting to life in his wonderful foster home. Dawson calls him every day. I don’t. But we talk about him every day. Dawson found a picture of him in his youth and I cleaned up the fold marks in the middle. He was a handsome lad.

    We have about a week of work left and then, the old house will no longer be ours to visit. The realtors will have all the keys.

  93. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on April 11th, 2015


  94. dawson
    10:41 pm on April 11th, 2015

    The title that popped into my mind for the next e-story was, “Hair, Hair, The Gang’s All Here”.

    Yippee! Relieved that Conan is safe at home where he belongs.

    O’Howlers: What an ambitious bicycle ride into beautul territory. I have been hard pressed to make it 3 miles around one lake and my legs burn afterwards. My winter body has no muscles.

    Wose: Your opinion matters just as much as the rest of us. Your therapy for the next month is to wag your tail for 2 minutes every day and to smile when you are doing it.

    I had my taxes done today which needlessly stresses me out to no end. I went for my 3 mile bike ride afterwards. A fantastically beautiful day. Yesterday I rode around the lake in a snowstorm.

    Don’t worry if I don’t post every day for a while. There is so much to be done and at night I crawl into bed emotionally and physically exhausted.

    Life is good.

  95. BearSpiritDog
    10:44 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Staff & Dawson: Your Dad is Very Handsome.
    Saying Goodbye to the Old Homestead…we know of what you speak…it is Not Easy.
    Many Memories. sniff.

  96. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on April 11th, 2015

    One!…More!…”Fleas Navidad”…snort!

  97. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Rockies!…Are getting squashed like bugs under the heavy bats of the Cubbies…groan!

  98. Tenzing
    11:00 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Bark! the Herald Angels Sing!

  99. Tupper and Gilly
    11:16 pm on April 11th, 2015

    Rio – “Fleas” made us laugh out loud.

    Staff and Dawson – we are sending hugs. They don’t take up much room and are easy to pack.

    Saying goodnight from here, and are going to bed to dream of the temperatures in the high 60’s that they have promised us for tomorrow.

    G’night, family.

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    11:22 pm on April 11th, 2015

    One last thing – “Barking Around The Christmas Tree”. Or in Rio’s house ” Marking Around The Christmas Tree”

    tee hee

  101. ML
    11:49 pm on April 11th, 2015

    I think I had a real date today. We went to the park and walked around the lake sans dogs, and sat and watched the ducks. Later we had dinner at an Italian restraunt then came back here and watched a movie. Dog,I’m too old for this nonsense…

  102. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:59 pm on April 11th, 2015

    ML!…Of course you are. Call it quits real soon before you have too much fun!…grunt!

  103. Thieves!
    12:16 am on April 12th, 2015

    ML: Did you recognize us? Pancho was disguised as a mallard, and Lefty was disguised as Pancho.

    Nighty noodles.

  104. Tupper and Gilly
    12:20 am on April 12th, 2015

    ML – never to old for duck watching and Italian food.
    Thieves – good dogs!
    Rio – snort

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