Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to help rescue cats this Christmas

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Do you want to help rescue cats this Christmas?

This month, I'm donating 50% of the royalties for Avalon to the Belgian cat rescue organizations Cat Rescue and Ever'y Cat (go ahead and click the links to like their pages on Facebook).

About Avalon

Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.

With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.


Around three o’clock that night, Avalon was fed up with the strange man in his bed. He plonked his rear down on Gilles’ pillow, complaining fretfully in his ear while tapping him on the face.

After nearly an hour of incessant wailing and poking, more drastic measures were required. The new solution: pushing Gilles out of bed.

Avalon succeeded.

Climbing back under the covers wasn’t an option. Unable to sleep, Gilles got up. "I guess I didn't pass the test."

"Give Avalon some time. Maybe he was just irked because you took his side of the bed."

But Gilles had already understood that this wasn't going to be a one-time event.

 For several minutes, Gilles and Avalon sized each other up. Then Gilles said, "I’d better leave the two of you alone now. It’s clearly what the little guy wants."

I swear I could see Avalon smirking when Gilles put on his jacket and left.

Instantly, Avalon leapt onto me, and compensated for the evening before. He entered a kiss-induced trance. This cat was all about exclusivity, and when granted that exclusivity, his love was immense.

"Are you really that happy that Gilles is gone?"

In reply, Avalon looked at me with swoony eyes and purred loudly, then swatted out his paw to urge me to continue to pet him, which I did.

A phone call interrupted our tender moment. It was Gilles.

"There won't be any train to Brussels for hours," he said. "Is it okay if I come back to your place for a while?"

"Of course." His return would offend Avalon, but I couldn’t possibly leave Gilles outside in the rain for several hours. As soon as Gilles appeared at the front door, Avalon’s pupils widened to a pitch black.

Let's see who's the boss here, he seemed to be thinking.

Being a cat of action, Avalon went through his usual attention-seeking routine: making a selection of irritating noises, scratching the wallpaper, and pushing objects to the ground. When that didn't work, Avalon opened Gilles' overnight bag and threw out a piece of clothing. His eyes so dark and evil they could be gateways to hell, Avalon stared at his adversary and waited for a reaction. He then pulled out a box of gel wax. Again, he looked up at Gilles to make sure he understood that all this bungling was meant to get a message across. A third object followed, then a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, until there was nothing.

Hell-bent on winning the game, Avalon took Gilles' coat in his mouth and towed it toward the front door. There, he used his right paw to tap the keys hanging from the wooden doorframe.

Avalon’s message couldn’t be any clearer: there was room for only one man in my life. A feline one. 

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Normally, I don't ask people to buy my books, but this time I am. Please get your copy of Avalon today while 50% my royalties for this individual story are being donated to Cat Rescue and Ever'y Cat. It's a heartwarming Christmas present for all the cat lovers in your life. Avalon can be found at the following locations: Amazon US, B&N, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, etc. 

Please help me spread the word for this cause by sharing this post on your social media. 

Thank you so much for helping rescue cats, and I hope you enjoy the book. Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Popular Jewish recipes

popular jewish recipes

A guest post by Karen Malena

Being Italian, I’ve not had much call for Jewish recipes. If it doesn’t have sauce on it, anise oil, or ricotta cheese, then I probably haven’t made it.

Recently though, while writing about a man who finds his Jewish ancestry, I’ve done a little research on all things Hebrew. For instance, did you know that Chanukah is celebrated for eight nights? The children play spin the dreidel and adults play it as a gambling game. The prize is candy or “gelt,” an old Jewish coin, now chocolate. The dreidel is a four-sided top with the Jewish letters: Nun, Gimel, He and Shin on each side. The letters stand for “Ness Gadol Hayah Sham--A great miracle happened there.”

My new book, Sound of Silence, talks about the parallels of the Holocaust and a futuristic society. Since my main character, Ray finds out he’s Jewish, he also learns about his ancestors who had been in Auschwitz death camp. Ray lives in a time where a narcissistic senator’s decree of silence holds the country and a powerful secret in the palm of his hand. In a moment of kindness, Ray breaks the law and puts his wife and beautiful daughter directly in the path of danger.

I am out of my familiar comfort zone with a book of this nature. My other published works are mostly inspirational family fiction.

One of my favorite sayings while writing this book has been: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

I believe we must remember the Holocaust of the nineteen forties. A time when a madman ruled Germany and thought he could erase a whole nation of people from the face of the earth. For how could we ever hope to not repeat this type of terror if we don’t teach about it in our schools and educate the young people of today?

In honor of my Jewish friends, today I present some of the more popular Jewish recipes.

hamantachen jewish recipe


Hamantachen is a traditional cookie usually made for Purim. Purim celebrates the Jews salvation from Haman who planned to kill the race. As it‘s a festive holiday, many dress up similar to Halloween for this day.

Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup Crisco 3 tablespoons baking powder 1 tablespoon salt ¼ cup orange juice 1 tablespoon vanilla (add to juice) 5 cups flour

Directions: Combine eggs, sugar and Crisco. Add flour and juice until dough looks and feels like a cookie dough. Refrigerate two hours or overnight. Divide dough into three pieces. Keep unused dough covered with wax paper while working. Roll out (not too thin) and cut into 3 or 4 inch circles. Fill with favorite Baker’s filling, bring up sides to make a triangle. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Makes approximately 4 dozen.

noodle kugel jewish recipe

Noodle Kugel

Noodle Kugel, a traditional Shabbat dish is a holiday favorite. While noodle and potato kugel are traditionally made on Shabbat or holidays, matzo kugel is made for Passover.

Ingredients: 1 pound bag wide egg noodles ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 5 eggs, beaten 1 pound cottage cheese (small curd) 2 cups sour cream 1 can crushed pineapple (drained well) 2 cups corn flakes (crushed) ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter softened

Directions: Boil noodles in salted water five minutes. In large bowl, mix noodles, cottage chees, sour cream and crushed pineapple. Add sugar and beaten eggs, mix well. Pour into 13 x 9 glass pan.

In separate bowl, stir together cornflakes, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over noodles. Top with Maraschino cherries or canned peaches (optional). Dot with butter and bake until kugel is set and edges are golden brown about 1 hour. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Pour over top of noodles. Bake at 375 for 30 to 45 minutes or until brown on top and sides.

latkes jewish recipe


Latkes, or potato pancakes are a traditional Chanukah dish. Chanukah is known as the festival of lights and observes the victory of the Israelites over the Syrian Greek army, and the restoring of the menorah in the holy temple. The miracle of Chanukah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to light the menorah for one day, but it lasted eight days.

Ingredients: 2 pound peeled and shredded potatoes (3 large potatoes) 1 small grated onion 3 eggs, beaten ¼ cup flour 1 ½ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper Oil for frying

Directions: Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth (you can use a clean dish towel) and wring, getting out as much moisture as possible. In a medium bowl, stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, salt and pepper together.

In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form ¼ to ½ inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels.

To keep latkes warm. Place on baking pan lined with paper towls, and put in a 200 degree oven.

Serve with applesauce or sour cream.

Note: The key to crispy latkes is making sure you get as much water squeezed out as possible.

sound of silence

A dark, all-encompassing law blankets the country. 

Driven by a terrible secret, a powerful politician brutally suppresses speech for the sake of order and holds the country in the palm of his hand. 

Ray Warren does the unthinkable. In a bold gesture he seals his fate in a moment of kindness, a moment that marks Ray, his wife and beautiful daughter as dangerous fugitives and sets a society toward rebellion. 

In Sound of Silence, an ominous new society is introduced leaving us with the question: What if?

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Razor Reel Film Festival 2015

Next Monday, I'll be hosting two Q&A sessions with filmmakers at the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2015 in Bruges, Belgium.

The first Q&A is with writer/director Abner Pastoll for his movie Road Games.

Road Games takes place in sun drenched rural France where a hitchhiking duo becomes inexplicably entangled with a mysterious married couple and a local road kill collector.

The movie will be shown at 8 pm and the Q&A with Abner Pastoll will take place after the screening. 

Here's the trailer. 

road games 2015

Next up is the horror movie Excess Flesh at 10 pm, followed by a Q&A with director Patrick Kennelly.

In Excess Flesh, Jill violently imprisons her roommate Jennifer in their apartment in a twisted attempt to bring them closer together. 

Have a look at the trailer.

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Previous Q&A session at Razor Reel:

Razor Reel 2014 / Razor Reel 2013 / Razor Reel 2012 /  Razor Reel 2011

Monday, October 19, 2015

Exclusive stills from Next to Her

Hi, everyone! 

The short film based on my story Next to Her (now called Avalon) will premiere October 23, 2015, at Film Fest Ghent in Belgium. It will be shown together with nine other short films as part of the anthology feature Follow III: Love, Life, Ghent. All the stories take place in the city of Ghent and focus on the theme of love.

About Next to Her: When his demented wife is hospitalized, the loyal Maurice has to deal with the fact that she will probably never be the same.

I thought I'd share a few exclusive movie stills with you all to celebrate the occasion.

anna maria de schepper
next to her
luc de ruelle
luc de ruelle

Read the original story here.

short film script

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Wedding Switch

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 20 best books about pets

top 20 best books about pets

People are obsessed with pets. Over fifteen percent of the web is cat-related content. That's a lot.

Pets are now taking over the literary world as well. No matter what genre you look at – horror, mystery, Christmas, romance, memoir – it's easy to spot books in which dogs, cats, and other animals are an important part of the story.

Here's a list of the top 20 best books about pets.

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Avalon by Vanessa Morgan

Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat. With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.

halloween novel with cats

The Legend of Tabby Hollow by Kathi Daley

Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt's oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn't working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books.

In the fifth book in the series, Cait is led to the body of the local mayor who was killed in an area known as the hollow. The hollow is populated only by the feral cats, and since the mayor hates cats, Cait can’t imagine what he was doing there in the first place.

As she begins to investigate the mysterious death, along with her kitty sidekick Ichabod, she finds a twisted and disturbing set of facts, that taken together, have far reaching implications for the island as a whole. When a second body shows up near her cabin, she knows it is time to call in the gang and get to the bottom of motive for the strange deaths.

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Talking with Dogs and Cats by Tim Link

“Why has my cat suddenly stopped using the litter box?” “Why is my dog barking incessantly?” “Why doesn’t my dog or cat listen to me when I ask him to do something?” “How do I get my dog to stop aggressive behavior at the dog park?” These are questions that have entered the minds of pet owners everywhere at one time or another. Pet owners want to know how to communicate effectively with their pets and understand their individual wants and needs. They also want to share their wants and needs with their pets. If only we could talk to them like we talk to each other. If only they could understand exactly what we are trying to convey to them by the visualizations that we are using when we speak. 

Tim Link demonstrates how to effectively communicate with the animals by: recognizing that each animal has a unique personality, understanding the feelings and emotions of the animals, quieting the mind and opening the heart to communicate with the animals, communicating by speaking aloud to them with words while at the same time being able to visualize the information, using these methods to solve a pet’s behavioral and emotional challenges. 

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The Returns by M.K. Clinton

What happens if you arrive at the Pearly Gates before your time?  

F.B.I Agent Bentley Clanton finds out the hard way as he is directed to a little-known area devoted to correcting glitches in the longevity system. The Returns Department specializes in finding appropriate bodies for “early arrivals” before sending them back to earth. It seemed an acceptable solution until Bentley realizes his new body includes long velvety ears, four stubby legs with giant paws, and a tail. Helping him adjust to life as a Basset Hound is his rookie Guardian Angel, along with three other canine Returns.  

Laugh along as a delightful Golden Retriever, a feisty Chihuahua, and Flamboyant Westie join Bentley to form an unlikely brotherhood of crime-fighting heroes. The Returns takes you on a fun-loving, junk food eating adventure through the exciting streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras.   


Cattitude by Edie Ramer

It’s all in the Cattitude . . .

After Belle the cat switches bodies with a psychic on the run from a murderer, she wants her perfect cat body back instead of this furless human one. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with her former owner. Or that a CEO and a beauty queen want to use up her nine lives. Now is her chance to prove anything a human can do, a cat can do better.

Cattitude is a magical tale that you won’t soon forget. Edie Ramer has a writing voice that charms, and she pulls the reader right into Belle’s amazing world.” ~Cynthia Eden, New York Times best-selling author.

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Klutzy Love by Sharon Kleve

Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.

Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!

Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.

Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.

housecat confidential

Housecat Confidential by Fin and Meg S. Hart

Ever wondered what "Meow" really means? What would a cat say about her life, or about her observations of yours? Maybe our lives aren't so different. Fin's life is filled with many of the same struggles and joys we can all relate to. Her love of and frustration with her family, finding love despite the scandal (with her toy mouse), discovering her life's purpose (humans don't wake themselves), and protecting the ones she loves from danger (moths and the new family dog). After reading this humorous and heartwarming tale, filled with advice on living life on the inside, you may never think of "Pet Peeves" in the same way again.

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Cats of Italy by Janet Wellington

If you love all things cat, then this ebook photo essay is for you! Enjoy 72 photos of cats Janet Wellington met in Italy, accompanied by 63 cute cat quotes. A fun, quick read--and a pictorial memory of a magical trip.

piggy book readers favorite

Piggy by Karen Malena

What do a cat and mouse have in common? One little kitten is about to find out.

“We don’t always have to fight or prove ourselves to be big and strong. Sometimes it’s the smallest of creatures who can teach us life’s greatest lessons.”

The grey-striped tabby cuddles her tiny kitten close. “Peanut,” she says. “What if I tell you the most wonderful tale tonight? A bedtime story I think you might enjoy. This is a true story, one of an unlikely friendship, great bravery, heroes and villains.”

This is Piggy’s story…

cozy mystery with cats

Murder in Cherry Hills (Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Book 1) by Paige Sleuth

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale's orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal "whodunit"?

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The Corral Cat Caper: a Klepto Cat Mystery (volume 7) by Patricia Fry

Savannah Ivey’s horse goes missing and Rags, the klepto cat, goes into mourning. Savannah and her friends spend days on horseback searching for Peaches over miles of dense wilderness. Along with a few dead-end clues, they stumble upon Elsie, a most unusual elderly woman living under dangerously primitive conditions. Elsie harbors secrets—some of which may lead to the recovery of Savannah’s horse, but only after Rags puts his claws into the matter and Detective Craig Sledge gets involved. 

The Corral Cat Caper features a lot of horse energy. It’s rich in adventure of the feline as well as equine sort. In one scene, Rags attempt to save their sweet kitty, Buffy, from a catnapper and Savannah helplessly watches this drama unfold via a surveillance camera app on her phone.

This story is full of sweet and evil surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and plenty of action and adventure.

thriller with pets

Hide and Seek by Amy Shojai

A mysterious contagion will shatter countless lives unless a service dog and his trainer find a missing cat . . . in 24 hours. 

A STALKER hides in plain sight. A VICTIM faces her worst fear. AND A DOG seeks the missing--and finds hope. 

Eight years ago, animal behaviorist September Day escaped a sadistic captor who left her ashamed, terrified, and struggling with PTSD. She trusts no one—except her cat Macy and service dog Shadow. 

Shadow also struggles with trust. A German Shepherd autism service dog who rescued his child partner only to lose his-boy forever, Shadow’s crippling fear of abandonment shakes his faith in humans. 

They are each others’ only chance to survive the stalker’s vicious payback, but have only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy’s mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good-dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair–and discover what family really means.

adventures in veterinary medicine

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself by Ingrid King

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former practice manager. The book provides insight into what makes veterinary medicine such a rewarding profession through a series of heartwarming stories.

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The Cats that Stalked a Ghost by Karen Anne Golden

The Cats that Stalked a Ghost is a thrilling, action-packed read that will keep you guessing until the very end. While Katherine and Jake are tying the knot at her Victorian mansion, a teen ghost has other plans. How does a beautiful September wedding end in mistaken identity . . . and murder? What does an abandoned insane asylum have to do with a spirit that is haunting Katz? Ex-con Stevie Sanders and the Siamese play their own stalking games, but for different reasons. An arsonist is torching historic properties. Will the mansion be his next target? It’s up to Katz and her seven extraordinary felines to solve two mysteries: one hot, one cold. 

unleashed love

Unleashed Love by Jackie Marilla 

Glenda Weber is tired of roaming around her big empty house alone. Her volunteer work at the local animal shelter in Cedar Grove, Iowa is satisfying, but she’d give anything to have a companion and a few pets. Too bad her loyalty to her deceased husband prohibits bringing pets into the house and her insecurities about finding new love complicates matters. When Glenda meets Loman Cejka at the animal shelter and he invites her for supper two times in one week, she starts to gain confidence that she can build a relationship and maybe even fall in love. Glenda and Loman agree their grown children need to be comfortable with their relationship, so when all four children are home for the town’s 4th of July Celebration, Glenda and Loman make plans to introduce everyone. Loman is sure his grown kids will love Glenda. She’s friendly and smart and loves animals, including Bert, the family parrot. When his daughter hatches a plan to reunite her divorced parents, Loman has to make a difficult choice—alienate his daughter or give up on his relationship with Glenda.

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Love is Always Paws-able by Joanne Jaytanie

Second chances at life, love, and a forever home don’t come every day.

Faith Daniels leaves a successful Silicon Valley career to follow her life’s dream: in Cedar Grove she builds a foster home for unwanted and abused dogs. She knows dogs have the ability to love even after being abandoned. Abandoned by her fiancĂ© and friends, Faith wishes she could learn to love and trust again.

Tanner Keen leaves behind the stress of his multi-million dollar advertising firm to save his life. He needs peace and quiet. So when a friend asks him to help a small town animal shelter, the opportunity seems perfect.

But all is not peaceful at the shelter in Cedar Grove. Can Faith and Tanner discover the deceit in others and still find trust in each other?

Love’s always paws-able.

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Purr Prints of the Heart: a Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond by Deborah Barnes

Told by Mr. Jazz himself, an ordinary cat by his own admission, Purr Prints of the Heart is a touching meow-memoir that will strike a chord with anyone whose heart carries purr-prints of love as he shares the story of his life from kitten hood to his final days on earth in the physical sense. Cleverly written in cat likeness with incredible insight, candor, wisdom, and humor, Mr. Jazz takes readers on a heartfelt journey in book form to offer comfort to all who have had to deal with (or will have to deal with), the inevitable loss of a beloved pet. Replete with memorable moments that will have readers laughing, crying, and nodding in recognition,  Mr. Jazz, carries an astute conversation with readers, putting them in real-life situations they can easily relate to and empathize with - from his days as a kitten that nobody wanted, to finally being adopted into a loving human and multi-pet filled family that had its share of ups and downs, to his final months whereby his health was declining and he had to deal with things like frequent visits to the vet, being force fed food, resentment issues, litter issues, and the finality of coming to terms with the fact he was dying and needing to convince his beloved humans to let him go. The ending is a welcoming upturn, a refreshing reminder of the celebration of life and the indelible purr prints cats leave on our hearts and includes an invaluable "Coping With Pet Loss" section to help readers on all levels - emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and even physically to empower themselves with ways to positively honor the journey of the pet lost as well as ways to find the strength to heal and mend a broken heart. 

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It's Just a Dog by Russ Ryan

What if your dog died and then came back as a ghost…that could talk? Would you welcome him back with open arms, or run away scared to death? 

This is the premise of It's Just a Dog, a new novel about love, pet loss, and one man’s dog who rises up yapping from the grave. 

Charlie Keefe is a world famous dog painter, a.k.a. “The Picasso of Pooch Portraits”. Unfortunately, Charlie’s beloved muse, Pete, his lovable Jack Russell terrier, has just died. And he’s totally devastated by the loss of his furry best friend. 

So, after months of grieving over his dearly departed soulmate, Charlie reluctantly agrees to foster a new puppy from Janelle Jordan, the local dog rescue babe. But then complications arise when the ghost of his old dog, Pete, mysteriously reappears one night and comes back to haunt him and the new puppy –– setting off a bizarre chain of events that throw Charlie’s life, career, and entire belief system into chaos!

christmas dog tails

Christmas Dog Tails by Jennifer Conner

Three Christmas stories of love and whoofs from best-selling author, Jennifer Conner.

Christmas at Central Bark: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in? And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?

Christmas Gift that Keeps Wagging: Julian Barrows has his hands full working full time and being a single dad to his kindergarten, special needs son, Gabe. Gabe’s teacher convinces Julian he doesn’t need to do everything on his own and introduces him to a seizure dog trainer, Hanna Acker. Hanna and her sister grew up without any ‘Christmas Cheer’. She’s trying to get her sister through college and doesn’t have time to let anyone too close, especially the handsome single dad with a kid. But, Christmas has a way of changing what we thought we wanted… especially when Santa and an adorable four-legged ‘elf’ are involved.

Dog Tags for Christmas: Willa Rayne’s spent her life doing what’s expected of her. Now she has a great job and a house of her own, but where’s the romance in her life? All of that changes when she bakes cookies for a soldier. Eben Yates has an important decision to make. Should he stay in the Army? He’s been on three deployments and he misses the States. When he finds a stray in a nearby village and discovers he can bring Hero back, the dog and Willa give him reasons to start a new life and come home. Eben and Willa’s Internet relationship deepens, will they find the family they both want for Christmas… plus a barking bonus? 

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My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura Coffey

“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show website story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

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