Meet Miracle by Marie Tayse

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What inspired you to write your book?
My children were the inspiration behind this book. They wanted me to write something they could read, so I decided to write this series.

About your Book:
Miracle was born into a litter of eleven. He was the runt and always had to compete for food and affection from his mother. Then one day a kind and gentle hand reached into the box and rescued him. From then on, he was loved and cared for by the lady and her family. Miracle grew into a healthy, rambunctious house cat. These are his adventures. Read about when he met two new family members, encountered a horrifying monster, and learned there is such a thing as being too curious.

Book Genre: Children’s

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?
The personalities of animals are as different as those of people, but a children’s book author has to be careful about what they put in books children-appropriate. Other books can pretty much be ‘no holds barred’ type writing.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Spend a lot of time with animals. Watch their mannerisms, temperament, and how they interact with other animals of the same and different species.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I self-published through Createspace because I already had three other romance novels published through them.

Author Bio:
Marie Tayse lives in Tennessee with her children, boyfriend, and ‘fur babies’. At the publishing of this book, she has three inside adult cats (including Miracle and the others in this book), two inside kittens, four outside cats (plus two strays who have taken up residence but will not allow themselves to be touched), one inside dog, two outside dogs, and three outside puppies. She makes sure to keep warm places for the outside animals to sleep and they eat as good as most humans. To her, they are not just animals; they are family. She loves each and every one of them unconditionally. It is her dream to one day own and operate an animal shelter for abused and neglected animals, not just dogs and cats but larger animals as well.
This is her first children’s book, written for her children to enjoy as well as others.

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Joe- The Horse Nobody Loved by Vicky Kaseorg

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What inspired you to write your book?
This is the true story of a horse I loved when I was a child. I was shy and awkward, and the horse saved me emotionally.

About your Book:
Joe, an ugly and unloved horse trusts no one. And no one trusts him. Until Vicky. This is the story of a troubled horse, and the little girl who loved him. Based on the true adventures of her childhood fifty years ago, the author’s horse, Joe, teaches the lesson that sometimes beauty is not skin-deep, but heart deep, and that the unloved have much to show us about the true nature of love.
This number one best seller is the first of a series, and book four due out in early 2016.

Book Genre: nonfiction, horse book

What formats are your books in
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
You have to really understand the pet you are writing about. One of the reader comments I received (that I so appreciate) is my animals are very realistically portrayed. You can’t do that if you don’t love animals and know them.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Know the animal really well. People who write about animals without a good knowledge of them are not convincing, in my opinion.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Self published through KDP and Createspace. I love the control!

Author Bio:
I have written seventeen books (and counting), all with God at their core. My desire is to write books that I would want to read. Thus, they are clean, inspirational, with transcendent messages that make me want to be better than I am.

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No Better Medicine – How Caring for Critters Helped Heal the Wounds of the Past by Kelly Meister-Yetter

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What inspired you to write your book?
I love animals, and I love writing, so it seemed natural to combine the two passions.

About your Book:
She’s back! Animal lover Kelly Meister-Yetter picks up where her first book, Crazy Critter Lady, left off, with a fun new batch of critter tales guaranteed to warm your heart. Join Kelly as she tries to avoid being thrown by her new equine buddy, Bit – a horse who is literally afraid of his own shadow – and learn what happens when a local do-gooder decides to rescue her rogue gang of flightless ducks off that City pond in a -25 degree cold spell.

In addition to juggling all her critter responsibilities, Meister-Yetter also acquires a husband, an otherwise-perfect man who hits the roof when he finds out he’s at the bottom of the pecking order! No Better Medicine will make you laugh, cry, and wish that you were having this much fun!I

Book Genre: animal-themed memoir

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?
Animal lovers are unique people! We give our pets silly nicknames, we treat them as family members, we spoil them rotten, and we grieve deeply when we lose them. Animal stories come from the heart, by people who understand the depth of our attachment to our critter friends. I may not be able to relate to a writer’s fondness for his pet tarantula, but I can certainly relate to his commitment to it!

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
The same advice I give every writer: know your craft inside and out! Buy the biggest dictionary and thesaurus you can find, and refer to them often! Don’t settle for mediocrity in your writing! Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure are vital if you want to be taken seriously as a writer. Nothing disappoints me more than a poorly-written book!

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After receiving stacks and stacks of rejection letters from conventional agents and publishers, I realized that I could either keep waiting for Crazy Critter Lady to fall into the right hands, or I could self-publish and get on with writing Book 2. I asked a few people who had self-published their books, and made the decision to try it myself. I used Amazon’s Createspace as my self-publishing venue, and have not regretted my decision. In fact, I enjoyed the process so much that I used Createspace again for my second book, No Better Medicine.

While we all want our manuscripts picked up by a huge international agency, self-publishing gives you a lot more freedom than you would have with conventional publishers: you design and decide everything yourself. I chose the cover, I chose the font, I chose the bio picture, I chose the overall format, and I like having that level of control over the product that I created.

Author Bio:
Kelly Meister-Yetter is a writer, photographer, potter, blogger, and author of Crazy Critter Lady and No Better Medicine. She shares her life with three ducks, four cats, and a barn full of ornery horses. Based on her years of experience rescuing animals in need, Kelly also acts as an advocate for their care and humane treatment, donating her time and resources to numerous animal welfare organizations. When she’s not volunteering at a horse rescue facility, Kelly enjoys training her horse, and waiting on her cats hand and foot. Kelly, the critters, and her husband, live in Northwest Ohio.

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Guppy Butter by Kevin Penelerick

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What inspired you to write your book?
This story came about as the result of a conversation with two friends regarding what I was getting my kids for Christmas one year. They related the tales of their childhood pet fish stories and the tale of Guppy Butter was born.

About your Book:
Guppy Butter is the darkly humorous tale of two fish and a little girl’s wish for a puppy! It will make you laugh and cry!

Book Genre: Children’s

What formats are your books in
eBook

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
The main difference for me in writing in the Pet Genre is that the settings are vastly different.

Author Bio:
I like to write all sorts of stories. Primarily ones that “get you” in some way, either a surprise twist or something that changes your world view.

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Hunter Down by Jerold Last

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What inspired you to write your book?
My wife Elaine breeds and raises German shorthaired pointers, which participate in hunt tests similar to those in the novel. I know the setting and the training techniques very well. The milieu seemed a perfect backdrop for a sequel to a very popular earlier novel in this series, The Deadly Dog Show. With Elaine’s help with the technical parts and editing the book, it pretty much wrote itself. By an odd coincidence, Juliet and Romeo, the canine stars of the book, share many traits in common with our own Jolie and Ries.

About your Book:
A high powered rifle shot rings out in the early morning stillness at a hunting preserve in Southern California leaving a hunter down, launching Roger and Suzanne into another suspenseful mystery thriller. In a complex whodunit set against a backdrop of pointing dogs and canine hunt tests, Roger has to solve a murder case with no clues, no suspects, and no apparent motive. Suzanne has her hands full handling their puppy Romeo at the Junior Hunter level, while Romeo’s mother, Juliet, is attempting to qualify as a Master Hunter with a professional handler. There’s lots of action as the dogs hunt birds and the humans hunt for a cold-blooded killer. Dog lovers, mystery fans, German shorthaired pointer owners, and fans of the Roger and Suzanne mystery series will especially enjoy this novel.

Book Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Whodunit

What formats are your books in
eBook

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
There are pluses and minuses to featuring dogs as characters in a novel. The hardest part is giving them distinct personalities and integrating them into the flow of the mystery. The best part is sharing what makes us love the real animals and introducing new readers to their worlds. Ultimately, the dogs (pets) are just like any other human characters we invent for a novel; they just have twice as many legs!

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Know your pets and their world well, so your book can educate your readers as well as entertain them. I began the book as a conventional mystery, then incorporated the dog’s world into the story line.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
It is published as a Kindle ebook on Amazon. All of my books thus far have been published through this outlet.

Author Bio:
The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California’s Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry writes “tweener” mystery books (tough mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader. Several of his books introduce the readers to a region (South America) where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. He and his wife Elaine lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Jerry selects the most interesting South American locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit while solving miscellaneous murders. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Iguazu Falls are also characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real. Jerry and Elaine also breed prize-winning German shorthaired pointer dogs; Elaine also provides technical advice for Jerry’s dog-related novels like The Deadly Dog Show and Hunter Down, as well as editing for all of the books.

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Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover by Elisha Neubauer

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What inspired you to write your book?
My daughter’s goats and their zany activities.

About your Book:
Mr. Edmund Goat lives on Dartmouth Farm along with his best friend, Eli. The two goats have always been inseparable, but after Edmund discovers the location of a patch of clover, he will do anything to get to it. There’s only one thing standing between Edmund and the clover – the fence. Will Edmund find a way to the clover, or will he realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence?

Book Genre: children’s

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?
The goats in my book, and the story that takes place, are real.
Trying to write their personality was tricky – trying to portray how they behave through words was complicated, but exhilarating.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Just have fun with it – it’s a wild ride and quite a bonding experience.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover was published through European Geeks Publishing.

Author Bio:
I am a self-proclaimed nerd – meaning I’m obsessed with faeries, witches, science fiction, the paranormal, and all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Doctor Who. Spending over a decade managing high volume businesses for others, I decided to take a step back and focus on my own passions; leading her to open European Geeks Publishing and begin writing. I’m an editor, reviewer, and freelance writer when not hard at work for European Geeks. Originally from the UK, I now live on a small family farm in Florida with my German husband and our three children, as well as an assortment of animals – peacocks, ducks, chickens, goats, pigs, and horses. My children’s book, Mr. Edmund Goat and the Elusive Clover, illustrated by Alyssa Savery, launched July 19th, 2015 and my fantasy novel, RED, is scheduled for late 2016.

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Stay the Distance by Mara Dabrishus

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What inspired you to write your book?
I grew up reading the Black Stallion and the Thoroughbred series, so naturally I was obsessed with horses and fell in love with horse racing. Of course, there isn’t a wealth of young adult books set in the horse racing world, so as soon as I gobbled up all of them that I could, I set about to write them!

About your Book:
July Carter’s world is perfect from the back of a horse. From the ground, everything is a complete mess: her jockey mom ran off for California years ago, her dad always seems more interested in the horses than in her, and the horse July wants for herself will never be hers.

Even though the New York racing circuit has taught her not to get attached, July can’t help connecting with Kali, a hopeless filly that refuses to run when it counts. When bankruptcy rumors start swirling around the barn, the future is murkier than ever. July can’t stand losing one more thing, and Beck, the barn owner’s son, knows more about the rumors than anyone else. July will get the truth, even if she has to pry it out of him, for Kali’s sake and her own.

Book Genre: Coming of Age, Contemporary, equestrian, family and relationships, horses, outdoors, romance, young adult

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?
Horse book readers are savvy, and they know their details. This is a genre where you can’t randomly make up your own rules or routinely get the important horse details wrong. It involves a ton of research, although that research is easier when you already love your subject. This is why I think the most successful horse books are written by people who are already part of that world. Horse book readers want their horses, but they also want those depictions to be accurate and told to them without the typical horse book formula. That was a challenge I was eager to accept!

Author Bio:
Mara Dabrishus is an award-winning author of young adult equestrian fiction. Mara grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks, and is currently a librarian at a small private college in Northeast Ohio. When she’s not writing, she’s researching horse racing, out running, or riding a dressage horse in a series of circles. Stay the Distance is her first novel.

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Buyer’s Guide: Someone to Look Up To by Jean Gill

Someone-to-Look-Up-ToTargeted Age Group: Adult & YA
Category: Dogs

Print book price range: $12.99
eBook price range: $2.99

About Someone to Look Up To:
‘A must for dog-lovers.’ Claire Hamlisch

‘After reading this book, I was barking at the postman.’ Norah, Yorkshire reader

 

It’s a dog’s life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness…

 

How this led to divorce he has no idea. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother’s voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith.

 

One day, his human will come.

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Avalon: a Heartwarming True Cat Story by Vanessa Morgan

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What inspired you to write your book?
I started to write Avalon a few days after his passing in July 2013. I wasn’t ready to let go and the book was a way to keep my cat alive through my writing.

About your Book:
Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.

With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon’s demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.

Book Genre: Pet memoir

What formats are your books in
eBook

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s still storytelling, so in that regard writing pet books is not that different from writing novels. There should be a common thread throughout a story, as well as a personal evolution and well-developed characters. The fact that the book is based on true events makes this harder for many writers. You have to keep in mind what’s important to the story you want to tell and dare to leave out the rest.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
Ask yourself why someone would want to read your book. We all love our pets and want to eternalize them, but that doesn’t necessarily make them good book subjects. I was lucky with my ‘subject’. My cat starred in movies and had several bizarre quirks such as vomiting on purpose on the guinea pig and speaking a few words of French. Yet it’s our intense love story that makes his book worthwhile. I always knew that what I had with Avalon outclassed any of the great romance novels I had read. It was my aim to make the reader experience that love.

Think hard about the emotional impact you want your stories to have and work consistently in that direction. Many self-published works are forgettable because the emotional impact is missing. A book can be well-written, original, and smart, but if the reader doesn’t feel anything, the book won’t have any potential.

Make your pet proud of its book. Hire a professional editor and cover designer. Don’t do everything yourself. Your pet deserves the best.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I first came into contact with self-publishing on Amazon Kindle with my supernatural short story The Strangers Outside. I was asked to contribute it to an anthology. However, that anthology never saw the light of day. I still wanted the story to be read, so I published it on Amazon Kindle. Suddenly I was making more money from my short story than from the novel I published traditionally. The financial rewards, the creative freedom, and the advantage to publish your books whenever you want, makes me want to stick with this type of publishing. It’s really nothing more than owning your own business compared to working for someone else; you create a product and sell it.

Author Bio:
Unlike most authors, I’m not sticking to one genre. However, my books will have something to do with either animals, supernatural suspense or movies. Two of my works, The Strangers Outside and A Good Man, have been turned into films. My short film script, Next to Her, is currently in pre-production. When I’m not working on a book, you can find me reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for my blog Traveling Cats. My cat Avalon plays an important part in several of my stories.

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The Adventures Of Stupid The Cat by Bruce A. Borders

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What inspired you to write your book?
This book was written with my wife and it is based on her cat when she was growing up.

About your Book:
All cats can be a little strange! Some might even be crazy! But it takes a smart cat to pull off some of the things this lovable cat named Stupid does! Follow his adventures, told in his own words. (Based on the life of a real cat, who thanks to his head-shaking behavior, earned the nickname of Stupid).

Book Genre: Children’s

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?
This was a break from my normal writing because first, it is a children’s book, which is challenging for an author accustomed to writing for an older audience, and second, writing from the perspective of the cat was interesting. But I think writing such a book allowed for some extra expression which would otherwise not be possible.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
If you don’t have, or have never had a pet, get one.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
It is published through Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace.

Author Bio:
Brenda Borders and Bruce A. Borders are a husband and wife team with many interests and hobbies. Brenda Borders enjoys photography, gardening, cooking, crafting, and playing the piano. In addition, she is an accomplished seamstress. Bruce A. Borders likes painting, woodworking, and writing songs. He is the author of several books, including the Amazon bestsellers: Over My Dead Body and Inside Room 913. Bruce and Brenda have raised three children and now enjoy spending time with their many grandchildren.

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Benni by Heather Scrooby

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What inspired you to write your book?
For years now, I despaired about the effects of fireworks on dogs. I wrote this short story to do what I could to hopefully spread awareness.

About your Book:
A free short story told from the dogs perspective on his traumatic journey during a devali (festival of lights/fireworks) night and how it affects his life forever…

Book Genre: Pets, Dogs

What formats are your books in
eBook

How do you see writing a book in the Pet Genre as different from writing other genres of books?
It is quite challenging, you need to strike a balance between the animal and human element, enough to make the book interesting, but also to keep the essence of the animal’s characteristics.

Advice to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a pet book
If you are thinking about writing about animals, spend time with them. Read up on their history, their characteristics and how and why they would react to the elements they will be interacting with in your book.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
As this is a very short story I decided to publish it as an eBook through Lulu and Smashwords.

Author Bio:
I was born in Boston, England, to South African parents. I moved to Scotland for a brief period when I was five before going to Chegutu, a tiny town in Zimbabwe, where I spent my happy junior years. I moved to South Africa when I was in Standard 5 and have remained here ever since. I moved from Durban to Johannesburg for my wonderful husband. We now share two amazing children.

I love all animals, especially dogs (of which I am a qualified fun agility coach and Dog Behaviourist) and horses. I love reading and writing, which I am certain is why I enjoy studying too. I have worked in IT and accounting for the majority of my working career.

I hope you enjoy reading my stories and would love to hear any comments and thoughts you have.

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Bargain Book: Escape from Cold Ditch by Alan Davidson

9781899587032In this humorous, poignant and fast-moving satire on factory farming, the hens of Cold Ditch Farm are prisoners inside their dark prison sheds, never seeing daylight [some of them refusing to believe that daylight even exists] until Free-Range Fleur, a “hen”-oine of the resistance, parachutes into their midst and helps to plan a mass escape – one that is fraught with excitement and danger.
Enlivened with 38 cartoon illustrations by leading comic artist John Richardson, this classic title – an inspiration for the hit movie Chicken Run – has been continuously in print since 1995 and appeals to animal-loving teens and adults alike.

Targeted Age Group: All ages

Book Price: $2.99

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