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How many dogs are there?

Double Dog Dare Book Cover Double Dog Dare
Davis Way Crime Caper
Gretchen Archer
Fiction, humour, literary fiction, cosy, mystery
Henery Press
March 20, 2018
274

Hot diggety dog, the fur is flying in USA TODAY bestselling author Gretchen Archer's latest. It's not just good, it's "Best in Show!" - Janet Evanovich Problem #1: Bootsy Howard Davis Way Cole lives a (relatively) quiet, (somewhat) simple, and (completely) witch-free life with her husband and twin daughters on the 29th floor of the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Until Bootsy Howard shows up demanding a million dollars. Problem #2: Princess Smucker What was marketing thinking when they booked the Southern Canine Association's annual dog show at the Bellissimo? And what was Davis thinking when she agreed to let a dog stay with her? For a week? In her home? The home where she lives a (fairly) quiet, (reasonably) simple, and (totally) manicotti-free life? Problem #3: Leverette Urleen, MD The last thing Davis needs is an unsolicited house call from Pine Apple, Alabama's latest excuse for a doctor. But since he's there, considering she has a dead body on ice, she might as well have him determine the cause of death. Which he doesn't. Nor is he any help finding the body when Davis loses it. On top of all that, he won't leave, further disrupting Davis's (more or less) quiet, (to a certain degree) simple, and (utterly) seersucker-free life. A life that's about to go to the dogs. Unless Davis can learn a few new tricks. Fast. Guaranteed woofs, the best thing since the bone, take Double Dog Dare for a walk and you're sure to unleash a treat. - - - - - - - - - - - - - DOUBLE DOG DARE by Gretchen Archer - A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

A comic caper!

I ended reading this book with an ear-worm – from Vree’s prayers and hymns….! I also giggled my way through the last half of the book – as things got more and more ridiculous! I giggled with the story not against it.

This is book 7 in this series and even though I’v e not read any of the previous stories, I didn’t need to. I met and understood all the characters and their backgrounds as they appeared and interacted.

A fun, lively, humorous story. Not heavy reading but good for an afternoon sunning oneself on the beach or in the garden.

I want to read book 8 and see what these crazy gals get up to next!

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Let’s go on holiday!

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe Book Cover Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe
Comfort Food Cafe
Debbie Johnson
love, sex, marriage, humour,
HarperImpulse
June 16, 2016
400

The brand new book from best-selling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night-time The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security - a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu. For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teen-aged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn't one she takes lightly, and is certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she's gone mad. Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and, just possibly, to learn to love again as well. For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn't just serve food, it serves a second chance to live her life to the full.

This is just the book to be reading on a cold, miserable, wet winter’s day. As long as you are indoors and warm!

It reminds you that England can have warm days with a shining sun, and that there is no coastline to match the Jurassic Coast. And having been there many times myself, and just back from the (supposedly) prettiest part of Ireland, I am more than ever convinced. Cornwall is over-rated for the distance you need to travel and the traffic you need to battle to get there. And the weather is wetter too!

These books about the Sunshine (Comfort) Cafe are a like a warm hug with hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows. Which they seem to drink a lot of in the Cafe. They somehow just stop short of being too sweet, even though you know that there will be a happy ending (for the romance at least).

I even liked the dogs in them. Though the author doesn’t mention just how much hair a Labrador sheds – boatloads as I have had recent experience of!

 

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When the moon shines….

Moonlight over Manhattan Book Cover Moonlight over Manhattan
#2
Sarah Morgan
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
HQ
Oct 5th 2017

She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog-walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi's temporary dog-sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi – how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over, and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all – letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

 

This is #2 in series where Bk #1  tells the story of Fliss, Grams and the Hamptons and her romance for the 2nd time around.

Now we have Harriet’s love story.

Harriet has stayed in New York to carry on with the Dog Walking practical work while Fliss builds up the business in the Hamptons.

Harriet is a natural ‘Leader of the Pack’ and finds that dogs naturally behave around her, which make her job easier and fun.

This is when she encounters the Grouch aka the Hot Doctor looking after his sister’s spaniel, who is already Harriet’s client.

Harriet being a natural home-maker too starts cooking, and the Grouch gradually comes around to her – and dogs too.

 

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Paws to read…

Love Paws Book Cover Love Paws
Multi authored
animal, romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
April 2016

A collection of steamy romances by 7 bestselling authors What could make seven contemporary romance shorts by award-winning and best-selling authors even better? Add seven sweet, scene-stealing pets . . . and then make the whole project a benefit for animal rescue charities!

A book for the dog lovers amongst us – of which there are many of course.

This is a collection of short stories/novellas written for this collection with the aim of the author’s revenue going to a named animal charity of their choice.

All of the stories are in the 3.5 star category. Several are chapters of a longer novel as a prequel to it.

They are all very enjoyable romances featuring a dog but not stories where the dog is the central character.

Authors are:

Becca Boyd

Rene Folsom

Alison Foster

Olivia Hardin

Jawda Kandle

Lyssa lane

Juli Valenth

433 pages in total.

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Winter is icumen in

Winter is icumen in,
  Lhude sing Goddamm,
  Raineth drop and staineth slop,
  And how the wind doth ram
And Winter is the Winter Sisters, Victory, Payton and Willow. Each with their own special gift and ability and each falling in love with a different soldier in the elite squad of Army, Navy and Airforce. Author Joanne Jaytanie.
This is a review for NetGalley.
The series I am reviewing contains 3 novels, the latest published being Willow’s Discovery, published this October, which I read first through NetGalley.
This series is far from finished as far as I am concerned, as although each sister now has a mate – there is so much more that can happen to other characters and in the story-line.
So yes, I started with Willow’s Discovery and was only a quarter of the way through when I realised I wanted to read the first 2 books as well. I could read the 3rd book first but it would have been better to read them in the correct order.
Now the story line of all 3 concerns DNA being manipulated to give us extra fierce soldiers –this isn’t a new idea. The concept of the formidable soldier is common in fantasy but for me what was new was that the characters were splicing wolf genes into the soldiers to make them bigger, stronger, and fiercer.howlinggood
And two of the alpha males – yes they are all alpha males in this story as they are members of the elite squad mentioned above - have been experimented on with these wolf genes with very different results. But many of the males and females in this series have extra abilities and they haven’t had wolf genes added, and the question never answered (but it was raised) in the books is - was there some gene manipulation going on in uteroalpha
Interestingly, I am now reading another series of books where again canine DNA is inserted into soldiers to make them fiercer – the fantasy series of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter and Fairest.
Having come across this idea by two authors I thought I would look into what was happening with canine DNA and why this idea had come to these authors. And to my surprise found that canine DNA was being used for disease studies in humans [see the articles from the dmm.biologists organisation; National Geographic; Genome Research].
It appears that dogs get similar diseases to humans with the same genetic and environmental factors involved. These genes relate to diet and digestion, and neurological processes and disease which have evolved parallel in both species due to living in the same shared environment. These shared diseases include obesity, OCD, epilepsy, and cancers especially breast cancer (cancer is twice as common in dogs as in humans), and retinal diseases including cataracts.
Dogs only share 84% of our DNA  as compared to chimpanzees – 98.8%, monkeys – 93% and mice 90%, but we share some 360 genetic disorders with them, even though some of these only occur in 40% of dog breeds such as the Doberman Pinchers with inherited narcolepsy which has enable scientists to understand the molecular mechanisms of regulating sleep. And the last item explains something about why these stories include Dobermans as they were clearly being used in the genetic research of the organisation.
And I also looked into Tollers as they were a new breed of dog to me. Not that that’s saying a lot as there are so many new breeds appearing at the moment...nova-scotia-duck-tolling-retriever
So the basic stories were about criminal behaviour, kidnapping, torture and unusual experiments and general mayhem and brave deeds by the alpha males with feisty females assisting using their special powers. A good mix of fantasy and war stories, with some organised fraud and crime thrown in for good measure.thrillerROMANCEPAGETURNERCRIME
I really enjoyed all 3 of these books and am inclined to give them all 5 stars.wellwritten

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