Monday, April 16, 2018


To Catch A Thief
by Nan Dixon

GENRE: Contemporary

Nan Dixon has a Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post.


What would you do for your family?

When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.

Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?


“I really appreciate you coming to the hospital.” How many times had Carolina said that already?

Sage slid closer. “I want to see you again.”

She could see the kiss coming.

He stopped inches from her face and asked, “Can I kiss you?”

“Yes.” Her single word was a whisper.

His lips were gentle. Sweet. Light pressure with a little scrape from his stubble.

“Nice,” he murmured, brushing kisses on her cheeks and eyes.

Her hands rested against his chest. “Really nice.”

Sage leaned in. His tongue licked the seam of her lips, seeking entrance.

She opened and stroked his tongue with hers. He tasted of coffee and mint and something dark and sexy. His chocolate-citrus scent made her want to sip at his lips, kiss his eyelids and nibble on his collarbone. She gripped his shoulders, the muscles hot under her hands.

He tipped her head and buried his fingers in her hair.

She fell hard into their kiss, wanting to explore the firm body beneath her fingers. “Sage.”

He pulled her closer.

Pain slashed her chest as her seat belt locked in place. "Ooh."

They laughed.

He cupped her cheek. “I guess your car is trying to tell us something.”

That she should take him up on his offer to come up to his apartment?

“I can meet you at the hospital in the morning,” Sage suggested. “Maybe we could have breakfast nearby?”

Guilt had her sitting back behind the wheel. While kissing Sage, she’d forgotten about her mother. “I’ll have to see what’s happening.”

“Sure. Sure.” He brushed another kiss on her lips, this one sweet and soft. “Will you let me know when you get home? I don’t want to worry that you didn’t make it.”

Had anyone ever cared if she got home safely? “I’ll call.”


Where did you grow up? Siblings? Locale? Were you considered a “bookworm” or a jock? Married, single? Children?

I was born in Minneapolis, but we moved to Sioux Falls before I went to kindergarten. I grew up in a family of five kids, right in the middle. My mother was British and I thought everyone had teatime until I was in sixth grade.

My family owned a cabin near Brainerd, MN which is lake country in the state. (My sisters and I now own it.)  My paternal grandparents had the cabin next to us and four uncles and one aunt had places on the lake. There were always tons of cousins to play with when we were there. I was both a bookworm and a jock, reflecting both my parents’ interests. Mother was a journalist, poet and playwright, but she could walk on her hands! We were a skiing family, both snow and water and took a yearly trip to Colorado. And we had a trampoline in our backyard, so there were lots of kids at the house. I also played golf and I was captain on the University of Minnesota golf team for three years. (We had a lot of fun!)

Even though I was a finance executive in healthcare and then a pharmaceutical company, I somehow survived having five kids. (1 set of twins.) If you can’t guess, I love the chaos of being around lots of people!

Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?

I read Romance—all the time. I’ve already started to read the 2018 RITA finalists and I started with HelenKay Dimond a double RITA finalists. My agent also represents her and we end up signing next to each other at RWA book signings.

My auto-buys are Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Pintip Dunn, Amy Patrick, AE Jones, Cat Schield and so many more authors I call my friends.

What’s your favorite way to relax and recharge? Hobbies?

Like I said, I read all the time. But I also knit. I’m making tea cozies right now for a reader’s event. I thought the idea of afternoon tea complete with tea pots, tea and cozies fit my B&B series. I also love to cook and have all the kids over for a meal. And that means prosecco will be poured.

Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?

I have two:
Variety is the spice of life.
And – Moderation in all things. (My mother said these all the time.)

How long have you been writing?

I toyed with a middle grade book almost thirty years but never finished it, or learned anything about the craft of writing. Then maybe twenty years ago I started to write at night after the kids were in bed. Again I knew nothing about craft. Finally, I took classes and joined my local RWA chapter. And then ten years ago the pharmaceutical company I worked for was sold and all my stock options had to be cashed in. I decided to write full-time. BEST DECISION EVER!

Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude? PC or laptop?

I have an office in the house. (Used to be a bedroom.) I write on my desk treadmill so I can get my steps in. It is easier in solitude, but I think because I can handle chaos, I can write anywhere. I don’t usually have music playing if I am drafting, unless it is classical music, but when I am revising I have my iPod playing.

Are you a plotter or a panzer?

I used to be a pantser, but now plot using archetypes, GMC, and Save the Cat steps. (See I finally learned craft!)

Do you use real events or persons in your stories or as an inspiration for stories?

Real events are usually an idea generator for me. The book I am working on right now was conceived after I dropped my daughter off at college and was driving home. I was listening to the BBC and they were talking about genetic modifications. I plotted what is now a four-book series from Ohio to Minnesota.

Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

Since this is my job, I treat it like a job. When I’m drafting I set word count goals—usually 1500 to 3000 per day. When I am revising, depending on whether it is revising a first draft or revisions from my editor, I know what I have to accomplish to meet my deadlines. There is still a lot of financial executive in me, so I log in and out of a spreadsheet all day long to see where I am spending my time.

What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

A smile, a laugh, a few tears and a sigh when the hero and heroine find their happily-ever-after.

What long-term plans do you have for your career?

I would like to publish three books a year. And it sure would be fun to make a list!

Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?

I’m working on THE PERFECT CHILDREN a romantic suspense. It’s the book I dreamed up after dropping my daughter off at college. I had drafted book 1 before I sold my debut, but never got back to it. Now that I have finished the FITZGERALD HOUSE series, I’ve returned to it.

Premise is: Three men find out they are almost genetically identical, but they all have different mothers. The secret group now using the genetic modifications does not want the truth behind how the three men were created to be discovered. Trouble ensues!

What advice would you give to unpublished authors?

Learn your craft! I spent years and wrote five books without knowing what I was doing. And read. I remember taking an online class from Mary Buckham and her saying to read books published in the last five years. And read best-sellers. 

Share a fun fact readers wouldn’t know about you.

My sisters and I have been taking long weekend sister trips for over twenty-five years. (Our mother used to come with us.) A trip to sister trip to Savannah is how this series started.

Share something about you that would surprise or shock readers.

Maybe not so shocking, but this book originally had ghost in it. The B and B was going to be haunted. And I believe that after my brother died—he stopped by to say goodbye.

Is your book a series? If so, how long? Family saga, other?

TO CATCH A THIEF is Book 6 of the FITZGERALD HOUSE series. Fitzgerald House is a B and B in the historic district of Savannah run by the three Fitzgerald series. You can read them as stand-alone.

Can you give readers a blurb about your book?

What would you do for your family?

When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.

Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?

How about a PG excerpt from TO CATCH A THIEF:

Sage boosted his butt onto the stool, moaning like he was Gramps after being in the saddle for a day.
Two women worked behind the counter drawing beers. He closed his eyes and took a couple of deep breaths.
His eyes blinked open. “Carolina?”
The napkin slipped out of her fingers and floated to the floor.
“You got the job.” Did that make him feel better or worse since she hadn’t called?
“First day.” Her deep blue eyes had that stunned look, like a white-tailed deer caught in a four-wheeler’s lights at dusk.
“How’s your mother?” He schooled his voice, hoping she couldn’t catch his disappointment.
Her shoulders moved up and down with her sigh. His eyes dropped to her chest. Even in the modest polo, he didn’t need much imagination to remember how she’d pressed against him as they’d kissed.
So why in blazes hadn’t she called?
“They can’t get her seizures under control.” Her fingers crushed the second napkin she pulled for him. “She’s still in the hospital.”
He caught her hand. “I’m sorry.”
“Thanks.” She stared into his eyes.
The noise of the room slipped away. He wanted to make the pain in her deep blue eyes disappear, too.
She shook her head. “Um, what can I get you?”
“What’s on tap?”
“First day.” She winced. “Lots of Southbound.”
“I’ll have their seasonal.” He could have one beer and make it last through dinner.
“I’ll get that.” But she stayed right in front of him.
He smiled. Maybe she hadn’t been blowing him off. Warmth flooded through him.
“Sage?” she asked.
“I need my hand back.”
Cripes. He let go and the warmth faded like a leaking balloon. He was an idiot. “Sorry.”
Over her shoulder, she quipped, “I didn’t mind.”
 “Like I said, I’m available for dinner or just a shoulder to cry on.” Preferably in bed, but even he wasn’t crass enough to suggest that to her. He wanted to help any way he could. It was the Cornell way.

Where can readers find your books? 


How can readers learn more about you?

Twitter: @nandixonauthor
Instagram: nandixonauthor

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

I fell in love with prosecco while I was in Venice and there is prosecco in every book. See if you can find them. Cheers!

Author Nan Dixon

Award winning author Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career. She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson and one neurotic cat.
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Mary Preston said...

A great interview thank you. Desk treadmills always sound a touch bizarre to me.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nikolina Vukelic said...

I really enjoyed reading your amazing interview, thank you!

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

Lori said...

congrats on the book and the tour. I love it when I read about one or both parties that don't think the other knows how they feel. a lot like real like . so much assuming that goes on. this sounds like a fun book.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the interview and excerpt.

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping Mary. it only goes 2 MPH but i sometime have to slow down to type!

Nan Dixon said...

Thank you for hosting me!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for following the tour Rita!

Nan Dixon said...

Thank you Lori!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks Lisa!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks foe following the tour Nikolina!

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I like reading stories like this. I look forward to reading this.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I really enjoyed reading the interview!

Kim said...

It was good to get know a little more about you.

James Robert said...

Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

Lori said...

I liked the excerpt. He has it bad. This would be fun to read I think. Thanks for hosting.

Lori said...

I love that an idea for a series came from listening to BBC. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature and watching animals and people for my quilts.
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Lori said...

wow your life is and has been very full. I love the neurotic cat part.

Lori said...

I looked up prosecco. truly fascinating information.

Lori said...

to do anything for your mama is wonderful, but I'm not sure about the stealing part. if she does this, what kind of trouble will it get her into?
on my to buy list
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Lori said...

this is so cool that you have sister trips. staying in touch with family is so important. there is nine years between my sister and I and until both of our kids were in school full time, we really didn't have anything to do with each other. by this time we said "we are both adults, we are both moms, lets find out if there is anything here" fast forward 23 years and we are the best of friends.

Lori said...

I can only sort of understand when someone sees black and white. I see so many colors, my husband color and grays and our daughter was totally black and white. It was difficult many times to try and get her to understand something that was not definitely black or white. Now 30 years later, she is seeing grays and enjoying it.

Lori said...

I love how the kiss started. Sweet and whispery.

Lori said...

I am from a family of five kids also, only I was the oldest. LOL still am. LOL. we lived in the Mohave Dessert in California on a farm. lots of 4-H stuff. I did a lot of barrel racing. I loved the speed in my face and the power of the horse under me. of course it helped that Goldie, a palomino, was very tall, but had a heart of gold and would do anything for me.

Lori said...

my favorite genre is also romance. especially inspirational historical. this year I am trying contemporary and a cozy mystery.

Lori said...

my favorite hobby, to get away and relax is to quilt or stamping making greeting cards. my mom used to love to knit. once she made my dad a sweater. LOL the sleeves were backwards and one was longer than the other. to give my dad credit, he rolled up the sleeves to almost elbow and took my mom out for dinner to thank her for the sweater. to say she felt bad was an understatement. but dad let her know that she gave him a labor of her love and he appreciated it.

Lori said...

yup, my mom and grandma used to say those a lot also. LOL I wound up saying them a lot to our two children. and now they say it a lot. but for me they really do sum up what a lot of life is and should be.

Lori said...

I am so happy for you that things worked out so you can write full time.
for me, I have been sewing since I was six. I started with making doll clothes for my Twiggy (mom wouldn't let me have a Barbie, LOL, gee I wonder why?) anyway, I went on to sew clothes and then in high school I learned to quilt. Quilting for me is such a relaxation. I can make a story in one quilt. I love to make baby quilts for our family, which has been going gang busters lately. So fun.

Lori said...

I too use one of the children's bedrooms as my quilting/stamping space. My sewing machine looks out into the back yard. so in the spring/summer/fall I see our garden, our butterfly garden and all the birds and bunnies and squirrels. sometimes I craft away in silence, other times I like instrumental music. really depends on the intricacy of what I am doing. thanks for sharing.

Nan Evertz said...

Lori - your quilting sounds amazing! Thanks for following my tour! And Prosecco is wonderful!

Lori said...

this is interesting. I am so a planner. Example: when I am going to make a baby quilt, I have to have they pattern, write down all the information needed, get the right fabrics, make sure the measurements fall right, etc. When I got married 34 years ago, I was a do it buy the seat of my pants. sporadic. my husband was the planner. when kids started coming along, well, LOL lets just say I needed to learn how to plan and the wonderful man that he is, he showed me different ways to plan. After a few years I landed on one that really fit me and have been using it ever since. funny now, my planning husband is starting to do things with out planning. LOL so fun.

Lori said...

I like that you use real events to write your stories. I tend to use nature/animals for the stories in my quilting and stamping greeting cards.

Lori said...

when I got married, 34 yrs ago, writing goals or check lists where a funny thing for me. My husband did this daily for his work. now if I don't write a list for every day, haha things don't get done. So I tend to make a list for one week at a time and separate lists for Saturdays when my husband and I do things around the house together. something about writing a list of things to do and checking them off that is rewarding. not to mention when I look around and see what has been accomplished in one day. Woohoo !!

Lori said...

I love what you hope your book will bring to readers. this is also what I hope my quilts bring to its recipients. there is nothing better than bringing smiles and happiness to someone else.

Lori said...

Best wishes on publishing three books a year. my goal is to quilt 1 table runner, 2 sets placemats and 2 pillows for our house and a king sized quilt for our bed. Others include at least 1 baby quilt and in October I will look at what I want to sew for Christmas time. Having goals are good.
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Lori said...

wow The Perfect Children sounds like an interesting story.
right now I am working on a baby quilt, the front of has a large pretty fox.

Lori said...

that you and your sisters have been taking weekend trips for 25 years is fantastic. it would be wonderful if all sisters where this close.
how many sisters do you have?
Are you still doing this?
My sister is 9 yrs younger than I am. We were never close until both of our kids got into school full time and we said to each other, "what have we got to loose? lets give this getting to know each other better and see where it leads us" Oh my goodness, the best thing we have done. we are polar opposites but we share so many of moms traits that we didn't know about. 20 years into the future we very close and would do anything for each other and each others families.

Lori said...

that is great advise. and I think it goes for any craft. I know with quilting there is always something new to learn and something old to relearn. there are clubs, books, classes etc. plus depending on what you want to learn at the time there is plenty of information on that subject.
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Lori said...

I am sorry about your brother. just a bit of a twist without the haunted house. my dad is dying right now, so I understand. 4 years ago my younger brother died and 6 years ago my mom died. one thing we can all be certain of. sigh. have a great day.

Lori said...

I love it when each book in a series is stand alone. And then again I have really loved where some series each book builds on the last. I have one series like that that I reread. Ribbons West by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson. This is a wonderful series of the railroad going to the west and Jordana and her brother following it.

Lori said...

nice that Carolina would do anything for her mama. I was like that with my mom. after I was married, mom and I became good friends, not just mom and daughter. we were like that till the day she died.

Lori said...

I like how she sees him as an immovable rock. and he sees life in black and white. my daughter is the same way, there is more gray now at age 30, but at one time it was difficult.

Lori said...

Hope you had an awesome day yesterday. how fun that prosecco is in every book. it is like a fun puzzle. My husband and I were looking out the backyard yesterday morning and I got a NATURAL mothers day gift. Our first hummingbird of the year. We get them yearly now and they are so fun to watch. I have a feeder by the window and our cat has a tower by the window and he loves to watch them also.

Nan Dixon said...

Lori! Thank you for all the comments!

Lori said...

You are welcomed. You have a wonderfully large family. I am the oldest of five children. I have two children and our daughter does not want children of her own. Our sons wife does not want children. So with our son we have 2 grand horses, 1 grand grey hound, 1 grand kitty and 2 grand baby snakes. (win sitting, I will dump the crickets in the snakes cage but that is all, LOL I am not afraid, just not a fan) Have a wonderful day
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Lori said...

after being an actress, singer, dancer at least you can still be on a dancing board. when I was younger I did ballet and tap. I really loved ballet. still love to watch it performed. when I got older I did belly dancing. I truly loved that. and it is wonderful exercise. have a wonderful summer day.
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Lori said...

woohoo today is Thursday. one more day until the weekend. I am happy for this. I am also happy that my daughter in law will be bringing over their grey hound dog. Tora will be spending the weekend with us. She was a racing dog and has several litters. She is 7 years old. She is brown and tan brindle. She is the sweetest and love to sleep most of the time on the couch. Our sons cat and snakes I will go over to the house and watch. I will play with Willow the cat but not the snakes. sorry not afraid just really not a fan. LOL Have a wonderful day.

Lori said...

I live in the Midwest also. Chicago suburbs. I moved from CA to IL in 1973 and married a man born and raised in Chicago. We have been married 34 years now. If not for him and family close by, I would have moved back to the desert. LOL. The Lord really does know what is best for us.
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Lori said...

I find it funny that you call your cat neurotic.
Our cat is 10 years old, Russian Blue/Main Coon Mix. He is 18 pounds. And with the exception of a daily 10 minute bouncing all over the place, he is very laid back and easy going. He is very intelligent and is my shadow, hence his name Shadow.
He is also my reading companion. When I sit to read he is either in my lap or on the back of the rocker with his one paw on my head.

Lori said...

I like the excerpt. it has humor as well as romance going on.
Hope you have a fabulous Sunday. it is rainy and grey here. My husband and I were introduced along with some other people, as new members of our church. woohoo
so this afternoon I will be taking a short nap.

Lori said...

what a lovely rainy day here. everything is green and so pretty.
why do you like writing contemporary?

Lori said...

I love this little ezcerpt. this is on my to be read list. isn't it funny how our brains seem to shut down when we are in love? and also when we start assuming?

Lori said...

this year I am trying contemporary romances. sweet, clean and if they are inspirational perfect. So I have signed up for your newsletter. I would like to give one of your books a try.

Lori said...

oh my goodness, that excerpt had me wanting to keep reading. this is so on my tbr list. I am so grateful for the sun today. last week was all gray and rainy.

Lori said...

I love this cover, they look like ordinary people. But like all of us they have a wonderful story to tell. I grew up as the oldest of five children. I always wanted to have twins. LOL I think God knew what he was doing by giving us one child at a time. There is no way I would have been able to handle twins. Good for you.
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Lori said...

Do you remember the old tv series "To Catch A Thief"? Or LOL am I dating myself? this sounds like a very interesting story. Hope you have a lovely Sunday

Lori said...

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day filled with fun, laughter and love.

Lori said...

such a fun cover. I have never heard of a desk treadmill until I read this interview. sounds interesting. my husband my like this. he works at home and needs to stand and stretch often.

Lori said...

Ho wonderful that your family owned a cabin and other family had cabins near by. What a great thing for family to do. I had a friend that his family owned a cabin in the woods and friends had cabins near by. I visited many times, and it was wonderful. It was like one big family every day. So much fun.
Happy Wednesday, have a great day.

Lori said...

I am sorry about your brother. I have a sister in law who can really feel certain things. like when she was buying her house, as they were doing the walk through, they got to the basement and she said she had the strangest feeling. She asked if someone had died in the basement and the realtor said "absolutely not". Well the realtor checked on it and yes there was an old man who died in the basement. Just things like that. It does make for interesting stories.

Lori said...

I find it interesting how many stories I read where the man thinks that the pretty lady could never love him. assumptions. my own husband assumed that I would never marry him because he was a nerd, skinny and an extreme introvert. but those things along with him being a devout Christian where what drew me to him. I just had to work a little harder for him to get to see it. now 35 years later we are more in love with each other than the beginning. I love how God works in our lives.

Lori said...

I have found that we all seem to have had to make difficult choices in our past to some degree. Sometimes though we tend to blow them up too big in our minds. Sometimes not. But unless we share them with someone trust, we don't know what the other person would think. Can they be a help? Is it really as big as we think they are? This sounds like an interesting book. I would love to read it.

Lori said...

Nan, I hope you have a fabulous Sunday. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing with the world.

Lori said...

what is an RWA chapter? does it have something to do with writing?
hope you have a lovely monday

Lori said...

Good luck on writing three books a year. You can do it.
What are you writing/thinking about next?

Lori said...

"The Other Twin" sounds like a wonderful book on trust. I would like to read some of your books.

Lori said...

Undercover with the Heiress, the reviews sound amazing. A page turner. Set in a B and B. I have not read about one of those yet. This young man needs to focus and watch the heiress. Sounds intriguing.
Happy Tuesday
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Lori said...

Southern Comfort sounds like a life lesson book. It sounds like a lesson on following your dreams and staying steady along the way, especially with a child.
Rule #2—Never get involved with a guest sounds like good advise. But is there more than seems to meet the eyes? Can they come together and make music as well as both of their dreams? This sounds like a must read.

Lori said...

Through a Magnolia Filter looks like an interesting book. Liam craving family and a home and Dolley craving adventure. They say opposites attract. It would be interesting to see how Liam and Dolley can make both worlds work for them. On my to buy list.

Lori said...

A Savannah Christmas Wish looks wonderful. A relationship in need of renovation. Aptly put as Bess is trying to renovate her B and B. Again we are dealing with opposites. But opposites not only attract but can shine. My own parents were examples of that. And my in laws. Curious how Daniel and Bess get it together and make it work.

Lori said...

Hope your husband has a fantastic fathers day. may your weekend with all the fathers be super special.