Bobbi Ann Johnson Holmes

Furry Office Mates

It’s been almost eleven years since I retired from real estate and returned to my first love—writing. Come November it will be eleven years since I left the office I shared with my husband at our real estate brokerage and moved into our home office.

During that same time, we brought a new puppy into our lives—Lady, a brown-eyed, tri-colored Australian shepherd. Our cat, Spooky, was much younger then and immediately adopted the new pup and they became the best of friends.

Each day as I wrote in my office, Lady and Spooky were constantly by my side. I can’t write when someone is in the office with me—unless it is a dog or cat. A furry companion is just the right company.

Almost five years ago, after my husband had emergency surgery and required six weeks (three times a day) of IV antibiotics, he decided to start working from home. We shared an office for a while—like we had done when we were real estate partners—but soon discovered a writer and a real estate broker sharing the same office wasn’t an ideal situation.

About that time my mother-in-law, who lived in a guest house (aka Doris Cottage) we had built on our property for her, passed away. I ended up moving into the cottage and using it for my office, when it wasn’t being used by family and friends as a guest house.

Fast forward to today. My husband has recently retired and no longer requires an office. Like the first time when a medical situation was the catalyst for changing offices, a new medical situation—my husband’s hip replacement—was the catalyst for me moving back into my old home office. Reclaiming it, so to speak.

Like that first time I started using the home office, a puppy—or in this case two puppies—are involved. After losing our sweet Lady girl last July we swore no more dogs for a long time. That didn’t last long. We now have two, Danny and Lily, and like Lady and Spooky, they keep me company when I write.

As for Spooky, he is an old boy now, pushing sixteen. He spends most of his time on my mother’s side of the house, keeping her company.  The puppies are simply too much for him. He comes out occasionally and gives them a hiss and swats their noses, before returning to his side of the house. A gate keeps the pups from the kitchen, Mom’s room, and the garage.

Personally, I rather miss having a cat sitting on the windowsill as I write. Yet, I have comfort in knowing my 91-year-old mother loves having Spooky by her side. This is their time together.

New Releases for Haunting Danielle!

In five days look for two releases from the Haunting Danielle series. The Ghost and the Baby, Book 21 of the series, comes out on April 30th. You can preorder at all the venues: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords and Google. Find the order links here.

Also released that day is the audiobook of Book 18 of the series, The Ghost Who Dream Hopped. Look for Book 19 in audiobook at the end of May.

What’s next? I’ve already started on Book 22 of the series: The Ghost and the Halloween Haunt. Look for it the end of August, 2019.

Normally I have the next book available on Amazon preorder, but Book 22 is being released approximately 120 days after the current release scheduled in five days. Books in this series typically come out approximately every 90 days. But not always.

I’m giving myself a little more time with this one, so I can spend some time with my family. We have a family reunion this June, and then our daughter and grandchildren will be visiting us from Alaska for three weeks this summer. Spending time with them is probably my favorite thing in the world.

For updates on Book 22, sign up for our newsletter (if you haven’t already done so), and I will let you know when it is ready for preorder.

Hope you have a wonderful summer!

Author Update: Yes I am still here!

Another two months plus a few days have gone by since my last post. I’ve been pretty busy, which is why my blog posts are so infrequent.

Last July our beloved Lady girl was released to travel over the rainbow bridge, after being severely ill. We swore it would be a long time before we brought another dog into our home—but it was just too many tears. In the fall we brought Danny and then Lily into our home, miniature Australians Shepherds. Danny is now 9 1/2 months old and Lily is 7 months. They’ve brought a lot of joy into our lives, and while we still miss our Lady, they’ve helped heal our hearts.

I finished writing The Ghost and the Baby—book 21 in my Haunting Danielle series—and just got it back from the editor. The release date is April 30, 2019 and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon. Another book scheduled to be released that day is the audiobook of The Ghost Who Dream Hopped, Book 18 of the Haunting Danielle Series.

My husband, who was an associate broker (real estate), recently retired and then had hip replacement surgery. He is recovering nicely. To be with him and the pups during the day I moved back to my old office in the house, from the cottage. Almost five years ago, after my husband started working from home, I moved out of my home office and into the cottage (aka the guest house my mother-in-law lived in before she passed away) so he could take over my office.  Now that I am back in my old office, and hubby is retired, I’ll keep working from here. 

I’ve already started working on notes for Book 22 of the Haunting Danielle series—The Ghost and the Halloween Haunt, which will be out either late summer or early fall. Not sure on that date yet.  But for now, I need to get the eBook and paperback versions of Book 21 released!