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I'm baaaack!

on 04 January 2012. Posted in 2012

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am back from my holiday vacation in southern California. Victor was an absolute angel on both the trip down and the trip up. He was rather depressed over the holidays, and I think he believed that he was once again being moved to a new house. When, after a seven-hour drive he began to recognize landmarks he started to dance in the car and once we got inside the house he tore up and down the stairs like a crazy dog. I had to take him into the backyard and throw his ball for him to help him get rid of his excess energy. He's usually so reserved that he seems all grown up, but he made it clear that he was only a puppy when he saw his old licked-to-death bunny and his bed. He now knows too many words to count and will understand and obey "Where's your bone," "Get your bunny," and "Where's Hedgy?" (One of his new favorite toys is a hedgehog which makes a disturbing noise when squeezed. He got lots of treats down in Villa Park, including many oranges which fell from trees and which he eventually threw up. He also learned how to thrash his head like a shark while pulling on a pull-toy . . . so hard that on my second to last day there, he managed to rip off my fingernail. Fortunately, the bit that came off was fake, and it will be a funny story to tell my manicurist.

I had the usual great time with my father, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew, and got some beautiful decorations for the new house (NO, I am still not moved in and I don't want to hear anything more about it.) I watched lots of lively football games and extremely conservative political rhetoric with my father, worked with my sister on a manuscript she has written about her experiences with melanoma, and caught occasional glimpses of my niece and nephew. I was amazed at how warm and peaceful it was at my mother's grave site--usually violent winds blow over Christmas decorations, but this year it was remarkably still and sweet.

I hope that my readers each had a wonderful holiday, no matter what they were celebrating, and I wish them all a great 2012!

One more thing that I wanted to mention is that starting with today, January 4, 2012, all contests will be held exclusively in the Forum. Members who have been contributing, you are about to get your reward. Your posting is appreciated, and I hope you like the first contest!

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Katrina Price
+4 # Welcome Back!!!Katrina Price 2012-01-05 07:45
So glad that your back! I just wanted to say that I love the idea with the contests being held in the forum. Can't wait till you come out with your new books.
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Jennifer Martin
0 # Welcome back!Jennifer Martin 2012-01-05 08:53
Glad you enjoyed your holiday with family. I know we're all happy to have you back. Happy New Year!
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Jillian
0 # woohoo!Jillian 2012-01-05 12:57
you've been missed very much around here!!! i can't wait for the new contests! hope you had a great holiday.
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Frini Georgakopoulos
0 # RE: I'm baaaack!Frini Georgakopoulos 2012-01-05 18:21
Welcome back! You've been terribly missed! Great to hear everything is well. Hope to read from you soon :)
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Lesley
0 # RE: I'm baaaack!Lesley 2012-01-05 20:44
Welcome Back! Glad your vacation was great, and that Victor is back to being a silly pup. Funny how animals can be :P

And YAY for forum only contests :D :D
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Ashley Breden
0 # WeLcOmE BaCk!!!! ;)Ashley Breden 2012-01-06 11:17
I hope you had a great time on vacation in Southern California with your family :)

I have a question....doe s this mean that all contest are going to be posted in the forum section of the website and not under contests?
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Emma
+1 # The joys of explaing dog related injuries!Emma 2012-01-06 15:03
Try going into an opticians with glasses that are crooked and out of shape and explaining you were having a playfight with your six year old Rottweiler who still thinks he's a puppy and leapt on you :lol:
I sympathise and glad you had a great holiday
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Stephanie
0 # Welcome Back Lisa!Stephanie 2012-01-07 21:01
Weclome back. I am so glad you had a wonderful time! We missed you!
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Tayler Clements
+1 # Welcome!!Tayler Clements 2012-01-08 15:34
Well welcome back! Glad you and Victor had a good holiday. Forum only contests? I like it. It should be fun!
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amber
0 # Welcome Home!amber 2012-01-08 16:30
It is good to hear that you had a great vacation and a great time with family! I can't wait for the contests to start!
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Pat Clark
0 # Happy New Year!Pat Clark 2012-01-09 19:34
Glad to hear you had a wonderful vacation. I loved your story about Victor. I am an animal lover too:)
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Jess Hawley
0 # Happy new yearJess Hawley 2012-01-10 12:28
Glad you had a good time, can't wait for the new book and i really don't care how long it takes as long as it comes out at some point and i'm really exited about the contest!
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Alisha
0 # Welcome Back!Alisha 2012-01-15 16:18
Glad you had a great vacation! Hope your doing well in your home, sounds like my dog as well!Hope you had a great holiday and new year!
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Kaylyn Fairchild
0 # Kaylyn FairchildKaylyn Fairchild 2012-02-11 18:14
Hi LJ smith. im kaylyn fairchild and i have red hair! when i read your book Dark Visions i was suprised to hear a name similar to mine. and Kaitlin Fairchild is my favorite mythical creature: a vampire! not just a vam, but a psychic one! i just wanted to let you know that i am a huge fan and im verry similar to Kaitlyn Fairchild
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Izzabelle Murillo
0 # Reply to Kaylyn FairchildIzzabelle Murillo 2012-09-20 15:09
is your last name really "fairchild"...j ust wondering because it reminds me of the mortal instruments series. one of the characters names' is Jocyln Fairchild...
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Montana
0 # Welcome backMontana 2012-03-15 08:39
I know i'm a little late on saying this but, WELCOME BACK
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