Look Who’s Getting All The Attention!

Unrelenting_Nightmare_CoverYou know, many people have told me how much they liked reading Unrelenting Nightmare, the novel I released at the beginning of the year. And since the time my publicity campaign started in March, I’ve done three interviews, have written two articles, and have another two requests for interviews, plus another one that I am not able to attend on the East coast. But before you congratulate me, I must confess that the majority of these opportunities came about because of my dog, Tawny, and also since I raise and train assistance dogs.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Tawny, who has even been at book signings with me. I also thoroughly enjoy volunteering to raise and train puppies to help those in need of assistance dogs. But come on, where’s the appreciation for my fine writing skills? Now two of the interviews did pertain to my book and me being an author, but all the others, plus the two articles I wrote, were related to my raising and training … Hey, wait a minute! Does that mean my publicist is having a difficult time promoting my fine written works and suspenseful plots? Or could it be … well, I mean, is it possible that my book is not as good as I … No, no, that couldn’t be true, could it?

All kidding aside, every interview I’ve done has been a pleasure. I love taking about dogs and especially to people who love dogs as much as I do. As I often say, “Dogs are the best people in the world.” Tawny is at my side right now, looking at me through her dark brown eyes, with a soft, chewy doggy soccer ball in her mouth, begging me to throw it, so she can go get it, so I can throw it again. I tell you, it’s the most fun game in the world, at least from her perspective. For me, well, I seem to get a little tired of throwing a soccer ball after about ten minutes. And when I’m writing, as I am right now, my attention is not drawn to such antics. But her dark brown eyes are still looking at me, begging me to quit this silly game of typing — which I always seem to be doing — and instead play “fetch the ball”.

Okay, I just told her I’ll throw the ball as soon as I get done with this blog, so I had better hurry up, or my life may be in peril. Anyway, I have enjoyed the entire process of marketing and promoting my book, and have indeed received both written and verbal positive comments about my book. As a writer, I know we all love to hear people tell us how much they enjoyed reading our work. It’s that kind of feedback that brings us back to the computer, and pushes us to create that next great novel brewing in the depths of our minds.

It’s an unbelievable experience to write a book, assuming you have the passion to do so. It can also be a physical reward — to hold a bound covered book in your hands that only a short while ago was nothing more than an idea in your head, or maybe your heart if you write romance novels. The pleasure of writing has been a great adventure for me, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. If you have not read my novel Unrelenting Nightmare, then please do. I feel confident you’ll enjoy it, assuming you like suspense novels. Interesting, though, the other day I received an e-mail from a woman who admitted that she didn’t care for suspense novels, especially ones involving assassins, but really enjoyed my book. So if you’d like a  suspense novel, where the antagonist is one extreme ruthless assassin, look no further than the Available Novels page of my website where you can order a copy of my book.

Oops, the dark eyes are still locked onto me, so I better go.

Thanks for visiting.

A Warm Heart and a Wet Nose!

IMG_8541I just completed my training at Torrance Memorial Medical Center (TMMC) for the volunteer dog program. Tawny (that’s her on the left) and I will now visit patients, and family members who are visiting, trying to ease the situation of being at the hospital. I’ve wanted to volunteer at TMMC with Tawny since she was released from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an organization that trains assistance dogs for disabled individuals in wheelchairs. Tawny was three weeks shy of completing her six-month professional training, when she suddenly decided she wanted to return to her original pack—our family— and made her wishes known to the trainer. The trainers at CCI do an incredible job of reading the dogs, and when one shows any signs of not wanting to continue, they will release the dog from the program.  Since I was Tawny’s volunteer trainer, which started when she was seven weeks old and continued for eighteen months, I had first rights if she was not assigned to a recipient. When I received the call, telling me that Tawny appeared to be homesick and that I could come and get her if I wanted to, I never drove so fast to CCI in my life.

I honestly believe she will do great at the hospital. I had her certified as a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International, and she has an absolutely wonderful personality. People love to pet her and often mention how beautiful she is. Of course, I always agree. She truly enjoys being around people, which will fit in perfectly at the hospital. She will wear a blue bandana around her neck, and also wear a name badge, just like I do. I honestly believe we will do TMMC proud, while warming the hearts of patients who need the loving touch of a dog.

If you happened to read my posting last week, which is just below, she is lying at the foot of the table as I signed books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. She certainly helped in drawing the crowd. So stay tuned; I’ll be giving future updates on Tawny, and her adventures at TMMC.