Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Dog Days of Summer

Much of the world is staggering under an oppressive heat wave these days, which made me wonder if this is what’s known as the Dog Days of Summer or is there worse to come. Such an odd saying isn’t it, and one day I may even do the requisite Google search to discover the origins of the expression. But it did get me thinking of the really interesting books we’ve published featuring Man’s Best Friend, and I thought I’d highlight some of them in this blog post, well because I can and I’m actually too hot to do anything else or…move.

One book that I particularly remember is also one of my favorites and is an older Superromance title by Debra Salonen, called Love, By George starring a furry matchmaking Great Dane named George You see, George has an agenda–possibly recognizing two of his favorite humans, Brad and Kara, are so busy protecting their wounds from past hurts they can’t see what’s plainly under his nose. If you see this dog, please do not report him immediately. He’s got matchmaking to do. As a dog-lover I really enjoyed this walk on the wild side and can recommend it now that it’s available in eboo!

Although technically not a dog story I have to mention GhostBook Title Stalker in this list. I fell in love with Jenna Kernan’s Trackers series with book one, Dream Stalker and was eagerly anticipating the next in the series, Ghost Stalker which features a shape-shifting wolf hero who is injured, delivered into the healer heroine’s care and mistaken for a large dog. It seems Thunderbirds, the mythical creatures from native lore, have dropped him on her doorstep and have a sense of humor in addition to a sense of destiny. I particularly enjoy learning about the legends of native north America that Jenna weaves into her gripping stories.

Of course no list of stories featuring doggie side kicks would be complete without a mention of Kristan Higgins. She’s had a dog on the cover and in the story of every single one of her HQN books starting with Fools Rush In and leading up to this Fall’s release of Until There Was You, with only one exception. That was Fat Mikey the cat on the cover of The Next Best Thing. We actually found the cover model dog, Mumford in a Facebook search and this beautiful Harlequin Great Dane practically steals the cover from the couple on Until There Was You. What do you think? Doesn’t he look as though he feels like he’s the star of the show?

In book one of the Creature Comforts series, A Convenient Proposal by Lynnette Kent, Arden, a world renowned violinist is forced to abandon her career and moves to the Florida Keys with her canine companion Igor to reevaluate her life. A chance encounter with a sexy stranger one New Year’s Eve leads to a possible solution to his need for a fake fiancee and her desire for a child..but what starts out as a temporary solution could turn into a real future, one that includes Arden, her dog and their soon-to-be-baby!

And here’s yet another puppy tale, this time by fan favorite author Lyn Cote. Her recent Love Inspired title, Daddy in the Making feaures a basset hound who has fallen in love with a single mom, her adorable twins and the orphaned kittens they rescued. Dr. Jake McClure’s best friend suddenly won’t budge from Jeannie Broussard’s home and it doesn’t Jake long to wonder whether he just might be the perfect fit in this fatherless family!

So, do you have any favorite stories featuring Man’s Best Friend, do you like stories featuring pets?

Happy Reading,



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She’s got wings…and she knows how to use them…

Exciting news! This Saturday, Harlie successfully fledged and took her first flight.

Baby Harlequin takes off.

Mom transfers food to Harlequin.

As if the drama of egg vs ledge wasn’t significant enough, nothing quite compares to the heart pounding terror of watching baby Harlequin lift off and fly for the very first time, which officially changes her status from hatchling to fledgling.  We’re becoming SO proficient in bird talk here at the Romance Mothership!

By nightfall, the newly air born Harlie rested on the upper ledge of the adjacent building quite obviously exhausted after having made seven short flights from building to building in the corridors of air space around the Harlequin offices, with only a few mainly minor mishaps.  She first took flight on Saturday July 9th and has been increasing in speed and skill since.

Wrong way, Harlie!

Mama and Papa Quest and Kendal were like falcon training wheels, guiding her progress as she soared, albeit wobbly at first from ledge to ledge and eventually to the roof of her nesting site.  They flew alongside in almost military precision, directly above and below her!  What is particularly remarkable is the parenting skill displayed by these newbie parents, as in at least one instance their quick intervention deterred a potentially lethal outcome from Harley’s inadvertent topple from the 6th floor ledge.  Which more than a few startled birders witnessed live and via our webcam feed!

As Mark Nash of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation says, “She is doing very well indeed, and obviously benefiting from not having any siblings to compete with for her parent’s attention. Quest and Kendal are outstanding parents and are staying tight to Baby Harlequin.”

And I have to get used to the lack of bird dives and swooping in my peripheral vision when at my desk as Harlie, Quest and Kendal move on.  Can’t WAIT until next spring when we hope this happens all over again!


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I cant’ tell you how much I am enjoying this new series from Sophie Littlefield, in fact I’m so much of a fan that I insisted that I direct the creation of this new trailer for her Aftertime series

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July 7, 2011 · 9:05 PM