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And after our wildly successful launch day for Stray Ally, the Finishing Fairies are now delightedly hosting a small tour for the very same book.  Since it’s launch it’s garnered some great critical accalim, and currently has an average of 4.6 stars on Amazon.com (as of April 3rd).

The tour, from the fourth to the 13th, is on some great blogs, with all unique content, and a great view of the inner workings of Troy Lambert, rescuing animals and the writing habits of a great author.

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A strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined.
A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.
With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.

Buy the book here, from the Tirgearr Publishing.

 

 

Stray Allies Happen
Sometimes animal rescue just happens. Planned animal rescue is great, but sometimes a dog finds you. Is it the universe, or God, or some other unseen force that throws us together? I’m sure there are arguments to be made, but two of the greatest animals I have ever had were “accidental” rescues.

Okay, so I wasn’t in the middle of the Idaho wilderness like Todd Clarke, but I found a Stray Ally in the most unlikely of places: my lap, on a car ride.

It was a rough time in my life. I was separated from my soon to be ex-wife, headed for divorce. I had my kids with me (a long story) and the family support I needed just wasn’t there. Enter a friend I had recently met who offered me not only a place to rent, but it was in Northern Arizona, away from the bustle of Phoenix and its heat, both of which I despised.

She showed up at my mom’s, where I was staying at the time, with a dog in the car. It was small, so the only place for the friendly mutt to rest was on my lap. I love dogs, so I was game. On the ride she told me his story: a mutt rescue from the local pound, dumped with an unknown past. We became fast friends, and played fetch for hours while I dissected my future. Houston was my constant companion.

Things progressed, and my life got momentarily worse, and then better. I met my current wife, and we started dating. I decided to move out of the room I was renting, and the conversation went like this:

“Are you taking your dog with you?”
“My dog? He’s your dog.”
“He chose you, look at him.”

I did. He looked back, puppy dog eyes and all, and I had no choice. I took him with me. Almost 10 years later, old and going blind, he escaped the yard and was hit by a car.
It wasn’t a classic rescue. My current Stray Ally, a 95 pound lab, was found shot in the neck in the woods, left to die. My wife’s pug? Dumped by a shelter still in her milk, with no puppies in evidence. We’ve rescued cats from doorsteps, dogs that have come and gone.

Sometimes rescue is a conscious thing. We drove over 7 hours in December top pick up our pug. Sometimes they just happen, like me and Houston. But rescue is always a good choice, no matter how it happens.

As is often the case, my rescue dogs have just as often rescued me as I have rescued them. I can’t picture my life without them. That’s the way the story in Stray Ally unfolds. Todd Clarke doesn’t want to abandon a dog in the middle of the wilderness, but it turns out the dog does more rescuing than the man.

I’m sure you will find the same. Rescue a dog, and you too will be rescued. That’s just the way it works.

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Troy works as a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. He writes historical site characterization reports for those performing remediation on former resource extraction sites, software instruction and help guides, and edits the research of others as well. His true passion is writing dark, psychological thrillers. His work includes Broken Bones, a collection of his short stories, Redemption the first in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Temptation the sequel to Redemption, along with the horror Satanarium, co-authored with Poppet, a brilliant author from South Africa and published by Wild Wolf Publishing. His next novel, Stray Ally, will be published March 4th by Tirgearr Publishing. The final in the Samuel Elijah Johnson Series, Confession will be published May 1st.

Troy lives with his wife of twelve years, two of his five children and two very talented dogs. He is a skier, cyclist, hiker, fisherman, hunter, and a terrible beginning golfer.

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Appearing….

April 4th -The Finishing Fairies  Introduction
April 5th -The Horror Tree   Guest post
April 6th - Authors you want to read   Top Ten
April 7th - Danielle DeVor   Guest Post
April 8th - Shaun Allan  Guest post
April 9th -Diane Nelson  Guest Post
April 10th - Donna Augustine  Guest post
April 11th - Michael Melville   Top Ten
April 12th - Deborah Carney  Animal rescue post
April 13th - Author Interrupted  Guest Post

 April 17th – AtoZ special post - Wilderness Apocalypse

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Dog Gone Good Cookbook: 100 Easy Healthy Recipes for Dogs and Humans by Gayle Pruitt, CN http://www.coolpetsites.com/dog-gone-good-cookbook-100-easy-healthy-recipes-for-dogs-and-humans-by-gayle-pruitt-cn/ http://www.coolpetsites.com/dog-gone-good-cookbook-100-easy-healthy-recipes-for-dogs-and-humans-by-gayle-pruitt-cn/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:21:09 +0000 http://www.coolpetsites.com/?p=15276 4_6_DogGoneGoodCookBooksm

What inspired you to write your book?
My two little rescues were my inspiration. I do have to say there were some selfish motives too. I love to cook and I didn’t have anyone to cook for at home.

Both my new canine kids health was less than optimal when I adopted them. Mimi was a little street dog she was smart, sassy, and a thief, still is but she had digestive issues and she was under weight. Mister Casper had been under so much stress that is beautiful white curly hair was coming out in handfuls.

Being a chef/ and a nutritional researcher it was easy to start researching canine food too. Best thing I have ever done. After a few months of making the whole families food, furry kids and all, I noticed that their coats were gleaming, noses were soft and moist, and their eyes sparkled with mischief. They were happy and I was happy

Genre and Targeted Age Group
Adults & children All ages

About your Book:
The first ever cookbook featuring recipes that humans and their furry companions can enjoy together!

The Dog-Gone Good Cookbook is a fun, healthy recipe book for humans and their canine kids. It is full of tasty, natural recipes that dog owners and dogs can enjoy together and includes more than one hundred balanced, delicious recipes that are corn, sugar, soy, and gluten free. It is sprinkled with gorgeous, full color images of dogs enjoying the Dog-Gone Good cuisine. The recipes are human, canine, and kid friendly and are easy—even for the beginner cook. There is a list of foods that dogs should never have and a list of fruits and vegetables that are perfect for you and your pet to experience together. There are also sections for equipment and supplies, staples and ingredients to keep on hand, basic techniques, and natural doggie supplements.

Sample recipes include Spaghetti and Meatballs, Fish Burgers with Parsley Dilled Mayonnaise, Braised Turkey Soup, Lamb Shanks with Figs and Blueberries, Chicken Tenders with Coconut and Sesame Seeds, and Pumpkin Frittata, as well as veggie side dishes, yummy sauces, and treats.

“I know you will find The Dog-Gone Good Cookbook both user-friendly as well as a valuable resource for sharing a hearty meal with all of your family members, including the four-legged ones!” —Shawn Messonnier, DVM, author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats


What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
I have never written any other kind of book so I’m not sure what the differences would be. I do know It is such a joy to write about and for animals.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I was so very fortunate in that I found a wonderful agent out of NY that guided me through the proposal. St. Martins Press offered to publish the cookbook. I have now started on the second volume of the Dog Gone Good Cookbook. SMP will also publish the next cookbook.

Author Bio:
Author, Gayle Pruitt, has been a certified nutritionist/chef for fifteen years. She currently works for Convergent Marketing and Dr.OhhiraProbiotics.com. Gayle conducts nutritional research where she focuses on human and canine nutrition with a specialty in digestive issues and disorders.

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Book On Amazon
Link to Book on Barnes and Noble

Your Social Media Links
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dog-Gone-Good-Cookbook/141624612623019?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/cege111

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Hairy Putter’s Review Blog by Louis Bohannan http://www.coolpetsites.com/hairy-putters-review-blog-by-louis-bohannan/ http://www.coolpetsites.com/hairy-putters-review-blog-by-louis-bohannan/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:18:59 +0000 http://www.coolpetsites.com/?p=15268 Tell Us About Your Blog
Blog posts are written by Hairy’s two dads, Alan Ahtow and Louis Bohannan. The posts are written from the viewpoint of Hairy Putter, a seven year old Cairn Terrier. Hairy works for Visit Mendocino County, Inc. as the Director of Barketing. Part of his responsibilities are to attend travel conventions, appear at local events, and to publish reviews of restaurants, activities, lodging facilities and wineries. Reviews are posted, usually on a monthly bases, and features some aspect of Mendocino County that is pet-friendly.

Why Did You Start a Pet Blog?
We moved to Mendocino County in California about five years ago. Part of the attraction for moving here was that the entire county was extremely pet-friendly. However, in 2008 the economy was tanking and Mendocino County main source of revenue is tourism. My husband and I both have a background in hospitality and we realized that the county was not utilizing the advantage of pet-friendliness to niche marketing. So, in order to assist in attracting more tourists, we started writing a review blog of things to do in Mendocino County that could include your pet.

What advice would you give a blogger starting a pet blog?
I believe our blog has been successful because we have focus. We do not vary from our mission.

Blogger Bio
As Hairy’s dads, Alan and I try to stay in the background and give all coverage to Hairy. Here is the bio that is listed on his website. Additionally, his press and media listing are also on the website.

“Let me introduce myself, my name is Hairy Putter, I am a Cairn terrier that lives on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. I am very pleased to be the official Director of Barketing for Visit Mendocino County, Inc. It is with lots of tail wagging pleasure to introduce you to my blog. On my blog I bring first paw accounts and reviews based on my experiences at various establishments or locations that advertise themselves as pet friendly or wish to become pet friendly or pet friendlier. Each place is assessed on their ability and effort to cause lots of tail wagging satisfaction and ability to fulfill a canine’s desires.

A little about my background will give you an understanding to my qualifications. I began my life in Salt Lake City, Utah. There I got the opportunity to be a runway model and made several appearances at various charity benefits raising money and awareness for animal causes and facilities. I have made several appearances on local and national television including, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN. Recently I have been appearing in print advertising and videos for Mendocino County, Little River Inn, The Skunk Train, Toulouse and Lula wineries. I have made public appearances at Bark in the Park (San Jose) and The Bay Area Adventure and Travel Shows (Santa Clara). Recent TV appearances have been on CreativTV in San Jose and Sacramento & Company on Sacramento’s Channel 10. In 2009, I was declared the official Canine Ambassador of Mendocino County and in September of 2011, I was promoted to Director of Barketing.

Some of my favorite things to do are running on the beach, playing in the ocean, chasing pesky squirrels and socializing with other friendly canine friends. My favorite television shows are the re-runs of Wishbone on PBS and the Westminster Dog show. I am a Capricorn.”

Blog Link:
Hairy Putter’s Review Blog

Social Media Links
www.facebook.com/hairyputter.canine
www.twitter.com/HairyPutter
www.pinterest.com/hairyputter/

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Nose-to-Nose Networking by Mélanie Hope http://www.coolpetsites.com/nose-to-nose-networking-by-melanie-hope/ http://www.coolpetsites.com/nose-to-nose-networking-by-melanie-hope/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:16:16 +0000 http://www.coolpetsites.com/?p=15279 N2N_thumb

What inspired you to write your book?
I was working on a jobs program for survivors of domestic violence, and wondering how I could reach them, when I looked up to find my dog, Abigail, working the room. She possessed that networking, friend-creating demeanor that it seems so many of us had lost. Her stories conveyed the human experience much easier than anything I could create!

Genre and Targeted Age Group
Self-help, Business

About your Book:
Everything I learned about networking I learned from my Golden Retriever.

The old adage that it’s not what you know but who you know is truer than ever in this economy – yet technology pulls us apart, making effective networking increasingly difficult. While researching for this book, many subjects admitted that they would use social media or voice mail to avoid personal interaction. Even advanced salespeople confessed that they did not know how to gracefully exit an awkward conversation. Men and women who seem perfectly friendly pleaded social anxiety, while extroverts simply did not know how to follow up without feeling “weird.” Nose-to-Nose Networking bridges these gaps.


Book Excerpt
Let’s Play! Entering a Conversation

When Abby bounds up to a group of dogs or people, she easily engages them in doggy conversation, usually involving tennis balls or stick tug-of-war. Dogs are perpetual three-year-olds mentally. It is easy for them to engage in play with even complete strangers. Would that it were so easy for us humans!

When you think about it, three is the age that we humans begin to explore our relationships and learn social skills – we are fearless at that age. Dogs never outgrow their social skills. Why do we?

When in a networking situation, there are several ways to enter an existing conversation without feeling awkward.

First, pay attention to body language. Abby does not approach dogs that are snarling or hiding between their master’s legs. Neither should you approach a group that is in a ‘closed’ conversation. You can easily see when a conversation is closed by looking at the participants’ feet and/or shoulders. Are they pointing in, towards one another? If so, then the group is most likely engaged in a closed conversation, meaning it may be personal or they just do not want to engage anyone else at this point.

If their feet and/or shoulders are pointing slightly away from one another, then the group is engaged in an open conversation, meaning they are open to others joining them. Use the physical opening and one of these methods:

What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
People like the dog so much more than they like the idea of networking with other people. But, it’s easy to ask, “What does a dog have that you don’t?” and answer it with, “Nothing! Just learn from the master.” She is such a wonderful ambassador for good manners, friendly greetings, and allowing vulnerability.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Have a LOT of patience. The hardest part of this book was the photography. I envy those that got to do cartoon drawings – the subjects are so much easier to work with. That said, make sure your furry counterparts are well compensated for their hard work.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I always knew I wanted to use my book as another means to convey the message of my keynotes and workshops. I published through an indie publisher, SKP Publishing. They were the perfect bridge between self-publishing and distribution.

Author Bio:
Award-winning speaker and president of Hope Speaking, LLC, Mélanie Hope combines over 12 years of experience in writing, training and public speaking with a corporate background. As a fierce advocate for victims of domestic abuse (and a survivor herself), Mélanie designs programs to empower participants and help them overcome social anxiety. While on this path, she found a great source in her Golden Retriever, Abigail, the muse for this book.

Mélanie lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three cats, and spokesdog, Abigail.

Website(s)
Author Home Page Link
Link To Book On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
http://www.goodreads.com/hopespeaking
http://www.facebook.com/hopespeakingllc
http://www.twitter.com/hopespeaking
http://www.pinterest.com/hopespeaking

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For the Love of the Horse by Ann Jamieson http://www.coolpetsites.com/for-the-love-of-the-horse-by-ann-jamieson/ http://www.coolpetsites.com/for-the-love-of-the-horse-by-ann-jamieson/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:13:16 +0000 http://www.coolpetsites.com/?p=15282 coverLOH4-crop

What inspired you to write your book?
Horses are such generous souls, and have been our partners throughout the ages, whether for work and war, or as friends, athletic partners and family members. There are so many great stories out there that need to be told, of the bond between horses and people, and I needed to tell them, to preserve them for history, for generations now and in the future. It is my way to honor horses, to give back to them for all they give to us.

Genre and Targeted Age Group
Non-fiction: ages 10 through adult

About your Book:
For the Love of the Horse is a series of volumes (currently there are four) comprised of 30-40 amazing true stories about horses.


Book Excerpt
Jamaica

It’s a Cinderella story, through and through.
What is known of Jamaica’s history begins in a Belgian slaughterhouse where the horse was destined for someone’s dinner plate. Fate intervened in the form of a skin disease (probably ringworm), which saved him from slaughter. Fearing the infection would spread throughout the rest of his livestock, the butcher sold him for next to nothing.
Mark Wentein purchased the Hackney/Dutch warmblood cross to use in his carriage business, carting sightseers through the city of Bruges. Although Jamaica had lost a lot of hair, he was still a good-looking horse and was broke to drive.
Jamaica, opinionated from Day 1, passed on the tourist carriage option as well. An important requirement for these carriage horses is the ability to stand still, with no one at their heads. There is some down time between clients; in addition, the horses need to stand quietly while passengers climb on and off the carriage. Jamaica failed this test miserably. Standing still just was not in his vocabulary; he wanted to be on the move! Jamaica’s energy and athleticism led him to a new home with Valere Standaert, a combined driving competitor. The sport of combined driving (which consists of three phases, similar to eventing: dressage, marathon and cones) demands bravery and a forward nature. The third option turned out to be the right option: Jamaica had found his future career.
Valere knew Chester Weber, an international caliber four-in-hand driver, and realized that Jamaica sported similar markings to Chester’s horse, Hanzi. In driving, an important consideration is for the horses on a team to match. Size, color, build and markings all should be as similar as possible.
Chester happened to be in Germany at the time looking for horses, so Valere, thinking he might be interested, gave him a call.
“I have the perfect horse for you.”
Chester listened, but he had heard it all before. Chester’s horses are bays, around 16 hands. Some of the “perfect” horses he’d seen in the past stood 18 hands high or were chestnut or grey. Chester knew better than to get excited until he actually laid eyes on a particular horse.
Normally, the route between where Chester was in Germany and where Jamaica currently lived in Belgium would take about three to three and a half hours of travel. However, truckers were protesting high taxes, and they had blocked all of the major arteries. Chester, along with his friend Michael Freund, had to drive to Belgium using only back roads. The long, frustrating trip took over seven hours.
Chester nearly turned back several times. “Is this trip really worth it?” he asked himself repeatedly. He called Valere several times. “Is this horse really the right color? Is this horse really that good?” The answer was always yes.
When they finally reached the barn, an exhausted Chester wasn’t in the most charitable of moods. He knew they had the long return trip ahead of them, and the horse had better be worth it.
He was. At first sight of Jamaica, Chester thought, “Wow!” And yes, the horse was the right size and the right color.
Inspecting Jamaica’s conformation, Chester noted that the horse toed in. Still under the influence of the arduous trip, Chester wasn’t sure he wanted to watch him go.
Luckily, Michael urged him on. “Oh come on, give him a chance,” he told his friend.
Chester relented. Watching Jamaica go, he was relieved. The horse traveled straight, and had good gaits.
It was time to drive him.
Initially, things didn’t go all that well. The horse was fresh and had his own ideas about how to do things. Chester wasn’t sure Jamaica had the makings of a team player.
Michael, a knowledgeable and experienced horseman, came to the rescue by making some changes to Jamaica’s bit and bridle. The changes resulted in a significant improvement. Driving Jamaica now, Chester became wildly impressed. He thought, “This horse is better than the one I have at home!” As he was thinking of just how good Jamaica was, Michael brought him up short.
“Chester, stop driving.”
“What?” Chester said. He was having so much fun with Jamaica, why should he stop?
“Stop, now!”
Chester’s respect for Michael made him listen and he and Jamaica pulled up. Only then did he realize that Valere was starting to get an idea of the horse’s potential as well. If Chester didn’t stop now, the price would go way up, or perhaps Jamaica wouldn’t be for sale at all!
Chester asked for a brief trial period, which Valere agreed to. Chester looks for bravery, character, movement, and a ground-covering stride in his competitive partners. Jamaica filled the bill. In fact, Chester says, “His bravery is probably his best quality.”
Jamaica was purchased and shipped to New York. From there he continued on to Toronto, where Chester was competing in the Royal Winter Fair.
In Toronto, Chester wanted to have some time to get to know his new horse, whom he planned to use as a spare, but the crowded venue offered little opportunity for schooling. He improvised, taking Jamaica out for a spin in the parking lot. Jamaica went so well Chester used him that evening. Jamaica has barely missed a show since.
The horse once thought to be nothing more than an item on the dinner menu has now racked up just about every four-in-hand award there is. He and Chester, along with the other members of Chester’s team, have won the Four-in-Hand National Championship six years in a row. One of Chester’s goals is to win it again in 2009, which would make him the first person in history to win the award seven times.
In 2008 Chester and his team won every selection trial in the United States, the German International Driving Derby at Riesenbeck, took third at Aachen, Germany (winning the dressage phase), and took a silver medal (the first individual medal for an American) at the World Championships in Beesd, The Netherlands. At Riesenbeck, their dressage score broke the world record. At Beesd, Chester and Jamaica then proceeded to break their own record!
Chester says he asks a hard question of his horses: “Are you good enough to win a medal?” The horses have to share that goal. Jamaica, without a doubt, does. He has competed in two World Equestrian Games and four World Championships, winning the dressage in two World Championships and placing second and third in the two others. Although Chester has a terrific team of horses, it is Jamaica who is his Most Valuable Player.
In one YouTube video, Jamaica seems to be directing his equine team member, pushing the other horse to turn here, NOW, go FASTER, Come ON! His drive and desire to win are unmistakable.

Jamaica plays two roles on the team. In the dressage phase, Jamaica serves in the wheel position, which requires a willing worker. In the marathon phase, Jamaica takes the left lead position: lead horses must be brave and forward. “Only the great ones,” says Chester, “can fulfill dual roles like that.”
Jamaica in no way takes after the laid back, no worries guy his name conjures up. Instead, Chester “has never had a horse with more spirit.” In his stall Jamaica can resemble a Rottweiler defending its turf. He gets charged up at the beginning of a marathon. At the World Championships in Beesd, Jamaica, 17 at the time, had just completed the rigorous event and was brought out for the awards ceremony. He came out fresh and bucking.
At times, Chester’s grooms tease him. “We have to give Jamaica more food; he’s too quiet.” Chester retorts, “Let him be too quiet!”

Jamaica has never fit into Chester’s program. Instead, Chester and he had to figure out a way for Chester to fit into Jamaica’s program. Chester likes to “think that working with Jamaica is like doing business with organized crime—you need patience and understanding with this horse because if you aren’t flexible it won’t go your way.”
Although Jamaica works willingly with certain people, there are others that he “doesn’t see any reason to be nice to.” Despite all the attitude he may show in his stall, or with particular people, when his harness is on, Jamaica’s ears are forward and he is always on his job.
Chester says that “a big part of me hopes he’ll still be with me at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Kentucky.” Chester’s goals for that event are two gold medals. Jamaica, he says, is tough enough and strong enough to do it at 19; in fact, he has the character to be successful in his twenties.
Chester adds, “Maybe he’ll be quiet by then. But I won’t hold my breath.”
There is one thing Jamaica has “no worries” about. His future. He has a forever home at the Weber family’s Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Florida. “He has to be with me,” Chester jokes. “Who else would put up with him?”

In 2008 Chester was named an Equestrian of Honor, winning the Becky Grand Hart Trophy from the USEF. Not only is Chester a top competitor; he is a compassionate and generous human being as well. When his friend, eventer Darren Chiacchia, suffered a life-threatening brain injury after a terrifying cross country fall, Chester pitched right in, managing Darren’s farm, and overseeing lessons and sales. The fact that Chester was in the midst of preparing for National Championships didn’t deter him from the formidable task one bit.
Jamaica was not about to be outdone. The former reject from a slaughterhouse achieved the highest honor of any horse in this country, joining the ranks of dressage star Brentina, Olympic gold medalist show jumping sensation Authentic, and eventing’s superstar pony Theodore O’Connor. Chosen from horses of all breeds, and all disciplines, Jamaica was, in 2008, named United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.
When Jamaica’s win was announced at the USEF’s annual meeting, the audience erupted in a standing ovation. Chester says, “It’s been a real honor to share this journey with an unbelievable horse.”

What formats are your books in
Both eBook and Print

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
I’m not sure; this is the only type of book I write. I love it and I will continue doing this.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Go for it! This genre is growing rapidly; people can’t get enough of it!

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I decided to self-publish when the publisher I was going to work with tried to radically change my concept. I realized that by working with an old-school publisher I would lose control over my own work.
The world of publishing is changing dramatically and at warp speed. I honestly feel that old-school publishers are a dying breed, except perhaps for textbooks. That style of publishing takes a great deal of time, authors lose control of their content and hardly make anything unless they are a J.K. Rowling, and it excludes many very gifted writers.

Author Bio:
Ann Jamieson expected to get a pony for Christmas every year from the time she was two. She never got it, but she did get lessons starting when she was five. She has been riding ever since and plans never to stop.
Ann is a United States Equestrian Federation judge licensed in hunters, jumpers, and hunt seat equitation. She has had the privilege of judging the Vermont Finals twice and the Massachusetts Finals once. She judges frequently at Fieldstone, Old Salem and Fairfield, and enjoys judging local shows and spotting up and coming talent. As a kid Ann used to attend shows and pretend she was a judge, and then compare her results with the official ones. When she went to Madison Square Garden, and found she closely matched the official placings, she knew she had her future career!
Ann has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers including a column for the award winning regional paper The Litchfield County Times. She currently writes for Today’s Equestrian magazine, a regional publication focused on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area. She loved the All Creatures Great and Small books, which proved to be the inspiration behind her popular series For the Love of the Horse.
Ann found that when she was at horse shows, people would often tell her stories about their horses, or horses they knew. Ann kept saying, “Someone should write those down. Those are great stories.” After several years, Ann finally got it that she was the one who was supposed to be writing them! The books, all true collections of stories about horses, have received rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Not just for horse lovers, the books appeal to all animal lovers, as they explore the bonds that connect human and animal.
One of Ann’s goals is to honor horses for all they do for humanity. She never ceases to be astonished by their generosity, their ability to learn a huge variety of skills, and their forgiving nature.
Ann was recently approached by a teacher who is interested in getting the books into school systems. The reason? Sick of book lists for kids that include such topics as suicide, terrorism, self-mutilation, gangs, and abuse, the teacher wants to bring books that embody positive principles into the school system. The stories Ann tells teach goal-setting, self-determination, belief in yourself and others, and following your dreams.
Ann has had the privilege of doing book signings at Harrisburg, Washington, WEF, the Big E, Equine Affaire and Mohegan Sun as well as innumerable smaller locales.
Ann has shown her own horse, Fred Astaire, in hunters and First Level dressage. They were third one year in Connecticut in the Adult Amateur Hunter standings, qualified for the Northeast Adult Amateur Dressage Championships, and with a professional rider Fred Astaire was reserve in the pre-greens at the June Fairfield “A” show. Ann has re-schooled many young off-the-track Thoroughbreds for new careers and really enjoys working with them. Currently she is looking for her next hunter star as Fred Astaire is now 22.
Ann lives in Kent, Connecticut, and shares her home with two very entertaining Ocicat kittens, Oliver and Chester. She also keeps and breeds tropical fish. One of the fish she bred won “Best of Show” (yes, they do show fish!) at her very first tropical fish show.

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