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I write books about animal health and behavior. Confidentiality clauses in my contracts prevent me from speaking about my current projects, but I've written numerous breed guides, a guide to dog adoption, and even an e-book about raising a "green" dog. I hear you on the unpreparedness. When I lost my first dog at 11, I was devastated by the loss, but what made it even harder was all the uncertainty as to whether I made all the right decisions. I can't imagine my life without animals, but losing them is the hands-down the hardest part of pet ownership.
How interesting that you want to involve dogs in your work. I don't know much about the use of dogs in marriage counseling, but I would love to hear more as you move forward. I think we can a great deal from animals if we just take the time and make the effort.
P.S. On a completely unrelated subject, I notice that you have read Stephenie Meyer's "The Host." Was it any good? I loved her Twilight series, but I've picked this book and put it back down again several times at the book store. Just not sure.
I'd start with Jon Katz's first book, "Running to the Mountain." It is a little less about dogs (and more about a mid-life crisis), but it gives you a great foundation for his personality and what led him to dogs and his experiences with them. I began reading the books about senior dogs as professional research, but with my own two canine companions getting a bit older now, they ended up being timely choices for me. I almost always find a Dummies book to be a great intro to its particular subject matter, but I tend to reach for them more for education than for entertainment. Have you read Merle's Door? Now there's a great book about a dog's life.
Okay, well then I will confess that I am strident-phobic! LOL! The story touches on a variety of genres (romance and mystery included) but it weighs most heavily in the young adult coming of age category, especially in the first installment of the series. I'm a debut author with skin that hasn't had years of criticism to thicken it, but I work very hard to make the best use of every constructive comment and piece of advice that comes my way. Thanks for your interest and whatever time you invest in my story!
What a lovely icon picture! I wish I knew what the name of the flower was.
By the way pineapple tastes just as good even if you slice it into round disks from top down and deal with edges using knife and fork on your plate - or cut it in any other way. I have seen my housemate do the spiral, never managed it so cleanly - but what does matter is to select a ripe one, one that calls out to you with its fragrance into taking it home and eating it.
The History Non-Fiction Group is voting for the Oct-Dec Quarterly Group read. Please take a look and vote if you'd like to join in.
You are exactly the type of person that I am hoping to meet on this site.
I am a new author and I am looking for feedback from serious readers like you. I would appreciate it if you could visit my website www.mayneattraction.com read for free and submit comments about what you like.
Below is a summary of the first story, called "In The Spotlight":
Ellery Mayne is a high school girl who makes a disturbing discovery. After a foiled abduction attempt, she realizes that an entire team of security personnel are secretly shadowing her every move. As she works to make sense of this startling development, she secretly transitions from the one who is being observed to the one who carries out observations of her own, testing the limits of a secret service detail who think they are conducting transparent surveillance on a clueless teenager. When the mystery behind the secret security unravels, Ellery is faced with decisions that involve her future and the hopes of two unlikely love interests: a handsome but conflicted security agent who doesn’t realize she knows about him, and her first love—a boy that broke her heart—who has returned to explain his actions and his feelings for her. Told from Ellery’s perspective, she puzzles over what could interest not one but two handsome suitors and a whole security force. Suddenly this quiet loner realizes that her life is In the Spotlight and she is the Mayne Attraction.
Thank you for your help and advice.
We're nominating books for the Oct-Dec Quarterly read in the Non-Fiction History group. Please feel free to nominate a book you'd like to see us read together.
Hi - Welcome to the History Non-Fiction Group. I'm the Admin for the group and am interested in what our members would like to get out of this group. If you haven't already done so, please introduce yourself in our "Welcome and Introduction" thread and tell us what your interests are. The group is currently reading The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone by Daniel Meyerson for the Jul-Sep quarter. This book discusses the two men whose lives intersected over a love of all things Egypt and led to Champollion solving the mystery of the language on the Rosetta Stone. We're 3 weeks away from discussion, so depending on how fast you read, it's not too late to join in with the group. The book is fairly short - only 271 pages including the Author's Note at the end - and easy to read so it's a good book for the first ever quarterly read. Discussion thread will be posted 18 September. Please join us if you've got the time. Again, glad to have you with us.
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