This amazon giveaway was so much fun! I recommend it to any author. You go on to their site and bring up the book you want to giveaway. We decided to give away 5 copies of "Four Dog's Sake" and it only took 24 hours for 106 people to log on and 5 of them won the book. Pretty tickled with this program. It's better than the Goodreads Giveaways in my opinion because amazon takes care of getting the books to the winners. No mailing on your end.
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I was leaving the house yesterday when I saw my neighbor's new puppy, a miniature dachshund, running in my snowy yard. Her name is Lucy and she's about 4 months old. Behind her, intent on capturing the little runaway, was my neighbor's grandson. He had a look of desperation in his eyes and was carrying a pair of socks. The kid was barefoot! Lucy didn't have a collar on, making the sleek pup hard to catch. I helped the barefoot boy chase her into the garage. She was unrepentant, cheery, and quite pleased with herself. What a kid! He was willing to risk frost bitten feet to capture grama and grampa's puppy.
Although Lia has read 3 books now about Voodoo, she feels like she is out of her depth. The religion is very old. It pre-dates Christianity by over a thousand years, but it lacks a clear moral code, something we are used to in the Judeo/Christian tradition. Voodoo practitioners continue to insist that it is a religion of great power and peace, yet there are dark ceremonies that feature spirit possession. The religion's birthplace is West Africa and hoping for someone at the University with expertise in West African religion, she contacted the Religious Studies unit at Michigan State. They had no one, but referred her to the Sociology Department where she was lucky enough to contact a woman with considerable expertise. Our new consultant is willing to read the chapters in "Five Voodoo Dogs" that pertain to the Voodoo religion. Lia is grateful and relieved.
The Weimaraner Puppy Seen below appears in 5 Voodoo Dogs
Walking Miss Fee in the deep snow. She's got such short legs it's up to her shoulders! Brave little dog. L.
One on Mae's friends, Jana, whose neighbors had moved away noticed that their cat, an orange and white beauty, was lying on the front porch hoping to be let in to escape the cold. He had obviously been abandoned. Luckily, the cat was very friendly and allowed Jana to pick her up and take her inside. But Jana has 2 young pit bull mixes, so staying there was not an option. Luckily Jana's sister is a vet tech and took the cat. Having already made efforts to contact the owners, Jana's sister is taking her to the Humane Society today. Lucky cat.
Mae was looking out the window and noticed a German Shepherd walking by on her street. The dog had a coat on, indicating a loving owner. She went out onto the porch and called the dog which looked at her but didn't come right away. She clapped and the dog ran up to the porch. After removing the coat, she discovered a red harness, but no tag with an owner's name and phone number.
She quickly posted pictures of the dog on Facebook along with details and her location. In only about 15 minutes, 300 saw it and 7 people shared it.
She called the vet's office but they had no reports of a missing pet. She then called the Sheriff's Office. They had a phone line where you could report a missing animal, but had no recent listings either. About to load the young female into her car to take to the vet to check the chip, she noticed a young couple walking in the snowy field behind her house. It was some new neighbors who had just moved in. The dog's name was Fern and she was 5 years old. A happy ending and a great way to meet new neighbors!
Lia discovered that there is a real Voodoo Village in Memphis, Tennessee. For the purposes of the plot of the upcoming "Five Voodoo Dogs" she changed the real village to a fictional one that is located in Rose County, TN. We are having lots of fun learning about the Voodoo religion. It predates Christianity by about 2,000 years. Although she has already read 3 books about the religion, she's hoping to find someone who is a specialist in West African religions that she can consult.
The blog is maintained by Lynda Farquhar, also known under her pen name, Lia Farrell.