anxiety attack is live!! (& Love and Murder Boxed Set still on sale)

 

The next Kate Huntington Mystery (#9) is NOW LIVE!!

And LOVE and MURDER, a Kate Huntington Romantic Suspense Collection is ON SALE for JUST $0.99 for THREE more Days!

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ANXIETY ATTACK, A Kate Huntington Mystery #9

When an operative working undercover for Kate Huntington’s husband is shot, the alleged shooter turns out to be one of Kate’s psychotherapy clients, a man suffering from severe social anxiety. P.I. Skip Canfield had doubts from the beginning about this case, a complicated one of top secret projects and industrial espionage. Now one of his best operatives, and a friend, is in the hospital fighting for his life.

Tensions build when Skip learns that Kate—who’s convinced her client is innocent and too emotionally fragile to survive in prison—has been checking out leads on her own. Then a suspicious suicide brings the case to a head. Is the shooter tying up loose ends? Almost too late, Skip realizes he may be one of those loose ends, and someone seems to have no qualms about destroying his agency or getting to him through his family.

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JUST $1.99 ~ for 5 days!   Goes up to $3.99 on 2/22/17.

 

And LOVE and MURDER is  $0.99  until 2/20/17   (Books #2-#4 in the Kate Huntington series)

LoveAndMarriageMurder FINALTHREE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STORIES for LESS THAN the PRICE of ONE!

​Newly widowed Kate Huntington is sure that romance is a thing of the past for her. How could anyone replace her beloved husband? But when she reconnects with the hunk of a bodyguard who protected her from her late husband’s killer, she isn’t sure of anything anymore.

There’s only one thing that P.I. Skip Canfield knows for sure. He’s fallen hard for the young widow Kate Huntington. What he doesn’t know is legion. Can his love banish the ghost of her dead husband? And most important of all, can he stop three killers bent on their destruction?

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ENJOY!!

Anxiety Attack Cover Reveal (& Love and Murder Boxed Set is On Sale!)

The next Kate Huntington Mystery is finally here!! Cover reveal this week, and it goes live on 2/18/17.

(Psst, you can PREORDER it now.)

And I’ve got the LOVE and MURDER, a Kate Huntington Romantic Suspense Collection ON SALE in honor of Valentine’s Day. More on that below but first, the new cover!!

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My cover designer outdid herself this time, and this was a tough one. It was hard to come up with the right concept for this complicated plot. Here’s the blurb:

When an operative working undercover for Kate Huntington’s husband is shot, the alleged shooter turns out to be one of Kate’s psychotherapy clients, a man suffering from severe social anxiety. P.I. Skip Canfield had doubts from the beginning about this case, a complicated one of top secret projects and industrial espionage. Now one of his best operatives, and a friend, is in the hospital fighting for his life.

Tensions build when Skip learns that Kate—who’s convinced her client is innocent and too emotionally fragile to survive in prison—has been checking out leads on her own. Then a suspicious suicide brings the case to a head. Is the shooter tying up loose ends? Almost too late, Skip realizes he may be one of those loose ends, and someone seems to have no qualms about destroying his agency or getting to him through his family.

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JUST $1.99 ~ for you my loyal readers, until 5 days after release on 2/18/17.

Goes up to $3.99 on 2/22/17.

 

And here’s the sale for LOVE and MURDER, for your Valentine’s Day reading pleasure ~

LoveAndMarriageMurder FINAL

Just $0.99 for 10 days, from 2/10/17 to 2/20/17 

(Books #2-#4 in the Kate Huntington series)

THREE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STORIES for LESS THAN the PRICE of ONE!

​Newly widowed Kate Huntington is sure that romance is a thing of the past for her. How could anyone replace her beloved husband? But when she reconnects with the hunk of a bodyguard who protected her from her late husband’s killer, she isn’t sure of anything anymore.

There’s only one thing that P.I. Skip Canfield knows for sure. He’s fallen hard for the young widow Kate Huntington. What he doesn’t know is legion. Can his love banish the ghost of her dead husband? And most important of all, can he stop three killers bent on their destruction?

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HAPPY READING, EVERYONE!

DOGS VS. CATS

 

Found this awesome infographic comparing dogs and cats. Sharing with permission from Pet Lover Guy. He’s got a great website. Click HERE to check it out!

 

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Traveling With Your Pup

The website HerePup! has put up an awesome infographic on traveling with your dog. Great timing as folks are making their holiday travel plans.

I wanted to share it with you but their embed code doesn’t seem to be working for me.

So here’s the link:   https://herepup.com/how-to-travel-with-your-dog/

Check it out!!

dog in crate

photo by Elf at English Wikipedia CC-BY-SA 3.0

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!!

 

 

 

Tips for Photographing Your Pets

I suspect my dog loving readers will enjoy this, by my cofounder of misterio press, Shannon Esposito…

1)      Background: Be aware of your background. Is there something behind your pet that’s distracting? If you want your pet to be the sole focus, you can use a neutral background like a plain wall, grass or window.

Tip: Use a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field (like the example above). To do this, set your camera on “aperture priority” and set the aperture to the lowest f-stop number (ex: 1.4 or 2.8) This will blur the stuff in the background, so your pet will still be the focus of the shot with minimal noise. Just make sure your camera is focused on your pet’s eyes.

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Read more…

What Makes a Service Dog?

Here’s a clear (and somewhat passionate) description of what is and what is NOT a service dog…

Reblogging this from The (Service) Dog In the Room

by V Parrott

a service dog

copyright by dreamstime.com, right to use purchased

A while ago, I was asked a question about making a dog a service dog. The person meant well so as I was explaining the process, others started listening in and I realized something. There is a huge misconception about what a service dog is, does and how they come to be. So this is my best attempt at explaining.

If you look up Service dog on the internet, 6 of the 8 sites that come up are about registering your dog as a service dog and taking your dog everywhere. It makes it seem like all you need to have a service “dog” is a decently trained pet (apparently the term dog can mean bird, snake, cat, turkey etc), some money, and abracadabra, your animal can go anywhere. Some of these sites are free, but most cost anywhere from $25-$150 for a service animal packet. Once this process is complete, most people think they are free to take their beloved pet anywhere they want. Sadly, these people are breaking the law. And while some realize it, others do not. Once again this is illegal and is not how you “get” a service dog.

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9 Summer Treats That Can Harm Your Dog

Summer is a fun time for the whole family, including the family dog. And outdoor barbeques and trips to the ice cream parlor are often part of that fun.

But stop and think before sharing your summer treats with your canine best friend. Many common human foods and ingredients are harmful to dogs.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

dog eating ice cream

(photo from video by Fancibaer [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons. Note: dog is actually eating frozen treat made for dogs)

Of course, an all-time favorite treat is ice cream, but please don’t share that cone with your pup and don’t let him/her lick the bowl. Here are two of the three reasons why.

1. Chocolate: A lot of pet owners know chocolate is bad for dogs, but they may not know just how harmful it can be. In very small quantities, it’s probably not a big deal, but why take the chance. In moderate quantities (and dark or baking chocolate is worse), it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, restlessness and agitation. More extreme symptoms that may lead to death are abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, and seizures.

The main culprit is the chemical, methylxanthine, which is also in other caffeinated substances. So if you spill coffee grounds or beans, be sure to keep Fido away from them until you get them cleaned up.

2. Dairy: Dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest lactose, so milk and other dairy products can cause digestive problems and diarrhea. And some dogs can be allergic to dairy. If the dog is not allergic to them, small quantities of cheese and yogurt are usually tolerated okay.

Cookies and Cakes and Pies, Oh My!

3. Sugar (and substitute sweeteners): Sugar is the third reason why ice cream isn’t a great idea for dogs. It causes for them the same problems it creates for humans–obesity, tooth damage and diabetes. But substitute sweeteners are far, far worse! They often contain Xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death.

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As American as apple pie! But don’t let Fido have any if there are raisins or nutmeg in there. (photo by Larry D. Moore CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

4. Baking powder, baking soda and yeast: These release gases when they encounter moisture and heat, which is what makes breads and cakes rise and a small clump of sticky dough morph into a tasty light cookie. But when these substances are in your dog’s moist and warm stomach, this gaseous reaction can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), and if in large enough amounts, muscle spasms and/or congestive heart failure. In small quantities (as in a corner of a cookie, not the whole thing), baked goods that have been cooked are probably not a problem but never, ever feed your dog raw dough.

5. Nutmeg: Dogs are attracted to this fragrant and tasty spice just as humans are, but anything more than small amounts of it can be harmful to them. Milder doses (say, a teaspoon or two that falls on the floor while you’re baking and is licked up by the four-legged vacuum cleaner) can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Higher doses (if Fido gets into the spice rack and chews through the plastic container), can result in disorientation, hallucinations, increased heart rate and blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain and even seizures.

6. Nuts: In addition to the choking hazard, some nuts are harmful to dogs. As few as 6 macadamia nuts, for example, can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, difficulty walking, tremors, abdominal pain, lameness, and stiffness.

7. Raisins: Raisins and grapes again may pose a choking risk. But the bigger problem is that even in small amounts, they can cause vomiting, lethargy and depression in dogs.

Hot Off the Grill

8. Onions and Garlic: That hamburger or shish kabob may seem harmless, and indeed the meat itself is. Even a grilled tomato is okay for Fido (the tomato plant is poisonous but the fruit itself is fine). But don’t give him a chunk of onion or garlic.

Shish kabob (unskewered) -- meat, yes; onions, NO! (photo by Ne1compute, CC-BY-SA -3.0 Wikimedia Commons)

Shish kabob — meat, maybe; onions, NO! (photo by Ne1compute, CC-BY-SA -3.0 Wikimedia Commons)

Indeed, the meat itself may not be okay if it has onion or garlic powder added to it, as burgers and marinade sauces often do. Onions and garlic, even in fairly small amounts, can lead to weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, dullness, difficulty breathing. And if consumed over a period of time or in large enough quantities, anemia, red blood cell breakdown and death may occur.

Any form is harmful–cooked, uncooked, powdered, etc.–even the little bit found in baby food (sometimes given to older dogs or those with digestive problems). For this reason, dogs should not be given meats, stews or soups prepared for humans (homemade or store bought) since onion and garlic are almost always used to add flavor to these dishes.

9. Corn on the Cob: Corn isn’t the best thing in the world for dogs as it’s a bit hard to digest and high in natural sugar content (dogs on corn are equivalent to children full of sugar). But the corn is not the biggest problem here, the cob is.

Dogs don’t know they’re not supposed to eat the cob and humans looking on might not think anything of it as Fido chows down on it as if it were a bone. After all, dogs chew up all kinds of things, rawhide treats and deer antlers and even their toys.

But corn cobs are indigestible and chunks of them can block the intestines, leading to vomiting or dry heaving, straining during defecation, loss of appetite, stomach pain, whimpering, trembling, restlessness, and increased or decreased drinking.

Some of the symptoms from these foods will dissipate on their own, but it’s best not to take chances. If you notice any of these problems, especially after a cookout or other summer get-together, get your pet to a veterinarian as fast as possible (some of these things are also problematic for cats).

Also, this is hardly a definitive list of all things bad for pets that are good for humans to eat, so before giving your pet any people food, check it and its ingredients out online or consult your veterinarian.

Note: I will be posting about dog related topics periodically. If you’d like to be notified of these posts, please subscribe to the blog. (second subscription option at top on right) Thanks!!

The next Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mystery is out!! (and Book 1 is ON SALE for $0.99 thru Sat. 9/3)

ARSENIC AND YOUNG LACY, Book 2

book coverSweet, adorable Lacy has stolen Marcia Banks’ heart, but money is tight. Like it or not, the service dog trainer needs to complete the human phase of the training and deliver the dog to her new owner in order to get paid. But the ex-Army nurse client turns out to be a challenging trainee. On top of her existing neuroses–which go beyond the psychological damage from a sexual assault during her second tour in Afghanistan–the veteran is now being stalked.

When Marcia receives a bizarre warning to stay away from her client and Lacy is also caught in the stalker’s malicious orbit, Sheriff Will Haines steps in to investigate. Marcia finds this both endearing and annoying, especially when he expects her to stay on the sidelines. The training fee would make her solvent again, but how can she put her dogs at risk?

Maybe Marcia should be more worried about herself, since the stalker has decided to pay her off in a very different way.

JUST $1.99 DURING THE PREORDER PERIOD (RELEASE DATE IS 9/5/16)

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And To Kill A Labrador is ON SALE for just 99 cents from 8/27 to 9/3 (It’s already reduced on some retailers.)

ToKillALabrador FINALMarcia (pronounced Mar-see-a, not Marsha) likes to think of herself as a normal person, even though she has a rather abnormal vocation. She trains service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD. And when the ex-Marine owner of her first trainee is accused of murdering his wife, she gets sucked into an even more abnormal avocation–amateur sleuth.

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Arsenic and Young Lacy Available for Preorder (To Kill A Labrador on sale)

Yay!! Book 2 in my bestselling new series is out!!

Just $1.99 during the preorder period! (Release date is 9/5/16)

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ISN’T SHE CUTE?!?

Sweet, adorable Lacy has stolen Marcia Banks’ heart, but money is tight. Like it or not, the service dog trainer needs to complete the human phase of the training and deliver the dog to her new owner in order to get paid. But the ex-Army nurse client turns out to be a challenging trainee. On top of her existing neuroses–which go beyond the psychological damage from a sexual assault during her second tour in Afghanistan–the veteran is now being stalked.

When Marcia receives a bizarre warning to stay away from her client and Lacy is also caught in the stalker’s malicious orbit, Sheriff Will Haines steps in to investigate. Marcia finds this both endearing and annoying, especially when he expects her to stay on the sidelines. The training fee would make her solvent again, but how can she put her dogs at risk?

Maybe Marcia should be more worried about herself, since the stalker has decided to pay her off in a very different way.

AVAILABLE AT:

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And To Kill A Labrador is ON SALE  for just 99 cents from 8/27 to 9/3 (It’s already reduced on some retailers.)

ToKillALabrador FINAL

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Missing on Maui is Live!!!

 

The newest Kate on Vacation cozy mystery is now available ~ $0.99 for a limited time!

 

Missing on Maui FINAL

Missing on Maui, A Kate on Vacation Mystery, #4

It’s an awkward situation at best, and a deadly one at worst.

Days before Kate Huntington-Canfield is scheduled to leave for her niece’s wedding on Maui, she receives a frantic call from said niece. Amy’s mother–Kate’s rather difficult sister-in-law–is at it again, alienating the groom’s family and even the wedding planner. Can Aunt Kate come early and run interference?

Soon after her arrival, Kate discovers that young women are going missing on the island, and Amy’s maid of honor is hanging out with a notorious local player. Is he involved in the disappearances?

Hawaii is supposed to be a relaxing paradise, but Aunt Kate is kept busy locating a new wedding planner (the delightful Pali Moon), refereeing between Amy and her mother and chasing down errant wedding party members… Oh, and facing off with a psychopath.

 

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