Thursday, October 27, 2016

Man's Best Friend: 10 Romances for Pet Lovers

Meet Willow.
She is a black and white, semi-long hair cat who has been a member of my family for almost 14 years. Yes, I mean member of the family.
I am an animal lover. I can’t think of any animal I would consider as a lower life form. I just don’t think of them in that way. Just released, the book bundle Man’s Best Friend: 10 Romances for Animal Lovers celebrates out connection with animals. The bundle features stories by 10 authors, and offer bits of paranormal, suspense, and a whole lot of romance.
My book in the bundle, Unstoppable, features veterinarian were-bobcat Lara Monroe and physician were-lynx Booker Chase. Here’s an excerpt from Unstoppable:
“Good morning, Dr. Monroe.” Holly was a rock. Even with the commotion already building in the waiting room, she managed a smile. Patience was one of her virtues.

“Natalie, are we set up for the first surgery?”

Her vet tech nodded. “Kitten number one has been put under anesthesia and is ready for her spaying.”

“Kitten number one?”

“We’re spaying and neutering several cats from Cats Alive. This first one is named Star.”

Back in her office, Lara smiled. Attending to Cats Alive cats was a particular pleasure. The owner of the cat rescue was the colony leader’s finance, Michelle Slade. Her cat rescue was top-notch and she had a big heart.

Lara glanced at the schedule for the day. Busy as usual. She pulled on her surgical gown and did her surgical scrub.

She walked into the operatory and saw the tiny black and white short hair kitten stretched out on the table. Warmth bubbled through Lara. Animals always had held a special place in her heart. She could trust animals. They never lied. If a dog was upset, there was no question that he would bite. Animals wouldn’t sneak in and try to seduce you, then tear out your soul.

She picked up her scalpel and sent her healing touch flowing to Star while she began the removal of her reproductive organs. Every cat in her colony had exceptional hearing, vision, strength, and agility, as well as a unique ability. Hers was a healing touch, which gave her an advantage as a veterinarian in achieving optimum recovery.

Twenty minutes later, Lara prepared to suture the kitten’s surgical site. Her hands had been steady during the surgery, but now she fumbled her way through stitching up the kitten.

“Damn it!” She paused, sucked in a deep breath and relaxed her shoulders. She glanced at Natalie, then attended to her small patient to complete suturing. “Sorry, little one,” she cooed.

The kitten was limp with anesthesia when the tech moved her to a recovery cage. Lara knew no damage had been done. But the little sweetie deserved her best work. Something had happened to Star; she’d undergone spaying. While it was a routine procedure and it was in the kitten’s best interest, the surgery was not nothing. Lara’s beliefs resided not only in her brain, but in her soul, so in all ways she treated animals as individuals, not objects, deserving of respect and care.

While the bundle showcases animals, it also offers plenty of romance. 

Lessons in Magic: Recently unemployed and rudderless, Phoebe agrees to get her late aunt Edna's house ready to put on the market. While cleaning up cobwebs, she unexpectedly discovers her latent family talent for summoning a demon, who arrives disguised as an irresistable puppy. Noah Rossi, wizard in training, comes to the rescue, but can he save her from accidentally destroying the universe?
Text Me: Abigail Jeffries gets a random text from a stranger only to discover the sender, Carter Coben, isn't so strange after all. Soon she's caught up in a game of assumed identities with the same gorgeous guy she got fired from his job. Carter has no idea that "She Hearts Dogs" is the girl who blew his world apart. They'll have to navigate mixed signals, mistaken identities, and misunderstandings to find real love.
All About Charming Alice: Quirky Alice Treemont gives up hope of finding love in rural Blake's Folly, Nevada, where she spends her time rescuing unwanted dogs and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. That is, until dashing and well-to-do author Jace Constant comes to town to research his new book. Opposites indeed attract, and soon the whole town is determined to make a love match.
Wildflower Redemption: Luz Wilkinson returns to tiny Rose Creek, Texas, to lick her wounds and toughen her resolve against love's sting. She wants nothing more than to spend her days caring for discarded animals. But will Aaron Estes, her riding student's widower dad, spur her to try again?
Atonement: A former marine sniper suffering from PTSD, Deputy Nicolette Rivers hides her own deadly secrets from everyone but detective Con O'Hanlon, who, along with his military dog Cadno, is more than willing to help cover up the fallout. But is he too late to prevent Nic's dark, downward spiral? Or is Con the one man stronger than her demons?
Fated Hearts: Sheriff Carter McAlister and his dog, Dublin, have their lives upended when he offers mysterious newcomer Henley Elliott a job as his assistant. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and now a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. To get a second chance at happily ever after, Carter and Henley will need to leave their secrets and scars in the past.
Sweet Texas Kiss: Veterinarian Gavin Cooper can't wrap his mind around why country music superstar Macy Young would end up inheriting his family home. Seeing his childhood memories handed over to his high school rival - the first woman to break his heart - stings. Luckily, Macy can't sell the house for one year - plenty of time for him to find a way to get it back. Can they find a way to bury their animosity and rediscover their first love in the process?
Unstoppable: When veterinarian Lara Monroe's fellow cat shifter - and secret crush - Booker Chase needs help, she's willing to use her special healing touch to help him survive his emotional hell. As a top-notch physician, he's not convinced anything can repair his soul, broken from the loss of his wife and burdened with PTSD from his service in Afghanistan, but Lara is showing him flashes of what might be. But they can't grab this second chance at love unless they can shut down the Nexus Group forever.
Bloom: When L.A.'s charity fundraising maven Ava Bennett heads out to the middle of nowhere to check on a friend for her rock star client, she never expects to tangle with infamous music producer Nate Robinson, nor endanger his dog's health. Can a career woman find love with a virtual hermit?
What a Texas Girl Dreams: They are opposites in so many ways, but the more veterinarian Trickett Samuels gets to know footloose and fancy free Monica Witte, the more he wonders if he can convince this Texas girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.



  1. Replies
    1. I like reading books with pets, too.

  2. I'm so jealous of your beautiful cat, Lynn. I'd love to pet Willow. (And have her curl up in my lap) I love cats but can no longer own one. Many reasons, but one of my children is severely allergic to cats.

  3. I've loved writing with pets in books. In fact, I used an old photo of my pitbull on the cover of one of mine. What a fun post!

  4. This collection should be a hit! Our oldest son is allergic to cats so we've always been a dog family. Haven't had one since our last dog went to the big kennel in the sky. I would like another dog, but our place in the country where we go on weekends has too many coyotes.


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