Welcome Laura Morrigan! With Giveaway!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Kathy – she’s our winner of Laura’s giveaway!

Laura is a friend, a fellow author, a brilliant designer and her debut novel Woof at the Door, has finally been released! She is our guest today…drum roll…please!

Embarrassing Moments in a Writer’s Life.

I’m a terrible speller. Ask my editor or my beta readers or pretty much anyone who’s had the misfortune to ask me to sign a book for them. It’s embarrassing, to say the least, when you misspell someone’s name or the word “enjoy” on their title page.

I can’t always blame my dyslexia, which by itself is enough of a problem, I’m just an atrocious speller. This issue, along with pain I’ve experienced in my hands for some time, led me to invest in talk-to-text software. I use Dragon Naturally Speaking which is a great program. It is, however, not perfect. It doesn’t understand context and this has lead to some unusual lines in my WIPs.

I’ve collected some of the more humorous misinterpretations of my speech and will relay them to you now.

The line should have read – “The dog let out a vicious snarl.”

What Dragon wrote – “The dog let out a viscus Carl.”

Do what?

The line should have read – “I was confronted by several exceptionally  disgruntled pit bulls.”

What Dragon wrote – “I was confronted by several sexually disgruntled pit bulls.”

That one had my critique group in tears.

The line should have read – “I gave her hand a gentle squeeze.”

What Dragon wrote – “I gave her hand a genital squeeze.”

Whoa, really? How would one even…? Never mind.

Thankfully, I caught that one before anyone else read it.

I’m still collecting these little gems. I’m sure there will be plenty more, maybe the MM peeps will let me do an update in a few months. In the mean time, hope everyone has a grape day and good lick on the give away! 😉

WoofAnimal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.

About Laura Morrigan: She lives in Florida with her husband and far too many cats, loves the Blue Angels, wearing flip flops in November, and thunderstorms – oh and she’s a great cover artist!

Laura is giving away a signed print copy to one lucky commenter!

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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36 Responses to Welcome Laura Morrigan! With Giveaway!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Funny! And I bought this book and loved it! I didn’t want to stop reading it, and I’m already eager for the next one. Laura, we’d love you to come back anytime. 🙂

  2. Brandy Zmek says:

    Love the software’s “misinterpretations”. What a hoot! Hope to read the book soon (sounds right up my alley!) ☺

  3. Thanks Edie!!
    I just got Hearts in Motion and can’t wait to read it!

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Laura,

    I have Dragon Naturally Speaking sitting on my desk – unopened! I’m scared of that learning curve. lol. I figured it’s probably better to learn while writing something new and not something I’m revising.

    Obviously I’m going to have to keep a file on the wonderful bloopers coming my way.

    And major congrats on your new release!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Contests & Giveaways!

    • Be afraid, Dale. Be very afraid… 😆

    • Kathy says:

      Dale, you should be scared. Just make sure to proof very carefully because speech recognition really is not very good. You will have to practice with it and even when you think you have it where you want it you will still need to proof the work carefully.

  5. 😉 Too funny. I cracked up. Thanks for sharing your realness with us. As a writer I know that I do my best proofreading after I hit submit. ugh!

  6. Amy says:

    So you are the famous cover artist, can write, and have a great sense of humor – very talented! I never thought I would be one that was big on animal books. I have a dog, but she is more a pet than a human to me and we have her because my husband and daughter wanted a dog. I was content without one. But, after reading Edie’s books with animals and JB Lynn’s hilarious books where her heroine talks to animals I have found I am very entertained by them and love how much they add to a story. Your book sounds great and can’t wait to check it out! Congrats on the release!
    Amy`s last blog was …Character Interview & Giveaway: WEDDING CAKE AND BIG MISTAKES by Nancy Naigle

  7. Kathy says:

    Sounds like a fun book to read. As for the speech misinterpretations, that is what happens when you use voice recognition, it is not as good as all the hype. I am a medical transcriptionist and you would be appalled at what voice recognition puts in doctor’s reports.

  8. Laura,

    Cogratulations! Your situations are hilarious and certainly worthy of collecting. Your program like all software is one that comes with its frustrations. That’s the cyber world for sure. 😆
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Stay-at-home Vacation

  9. Robin Priddy says:

    Sounds like a good book. Will have to look for it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Sandyg265 says:

    Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  11. Joan Woods says:

    I am always interested in reading new authors. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  12. jennifer beck says:

    I can’t wait to read sounds great ❗ ❗ ❗

  13. Yay! Thanks, Jennifer!

  14. Sweet!! I was wondering when your book was coming out. Congrats!

    Oh and that genital squeeze, that made my toes curl just reading it. 😆 As much as I’d love to get Dragon, I have a feeling my three-year-old will confiscate it and I’ll never see it again. Just ask my first tablet.

  15. Karin says:

    The book sounds like a fun read – almost as much fun as your speech recognition. Maybe that could be the theme of your next book??? Seriously, I have read books by authors who are not dyslexic and don’t live in Florida and they do things like have the girl go back to her car in the bar parking lot for something – oh, wait – she waled to the bar and left her car at home!!!
    Enjoy the thunderstorms!

  16. Chelsea B. says:

    Laura, I can SO relate! I have always been a horrible speller. Or, some times, I’m so caught up in my head and the next thing I need to right down that I completely skip over words. It’s ridiculous!
    I’ve always wondered how/if Dragon works. It’s a neat idea. But I could see how it would get tripped up– especially if you get on a roll and start talking fast!
    Your novel sounds a-ma-zing! I am SO looking forward to reading it!

  17. donnas says:

    Congrats on the release. Looking forward to checking it out.

  18. Linda Brennan says:

    I don’t think I would want to run into either a “viscus Carl” or “sexually disgruntled pit bulls”. They both sound dangerous! My hand getting a “genital squeeze”? Intriguing. Lol. Your book sounds really interesting! Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway!!!

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