My June Go Pets! interviewee had a scheduling conflict, so–since June is my birth month—I’m interviewing myself. 😉
1. I hear you have rescue pets in your novels.
All of my books have pets in them, and yes, they’re all adopted from shelters or rescue groups. Because pets bring so much unconditional love into our lives, I include them in my love stories. Cats, dogs, and other pets have a way of revealing a soft side to a book’s hero and heroine.
I especially enjoy writing about rescue pets since I’m a “No More Homeless Pets” supporter. I have friends who breed show dogs, and that is very different from the unscrupulous people who run horribly abusive puppy mills. Millions of cats and dogs—along with bunnies, pot-bellied pigs, birds, and other pets—end up in crowded shelters each year. Through my fictional rescue pets, I hope to spread the news that shelters and pro-pet groups have wonderful, adoptable, adorable animals looking for loving homes. Rescue pets aren’t all sad and injured cats and dogs that some television commercials might lead you to believe. So when looking for a pet, “Adopt, Don’t Shop.”
2. Why did you choose a Chinese crested hairless dog as your logo?
My first novel, At Her Command, included Smokey, a tiny crested as a DEA drug-sniffing dog. Smokey was the perfect foil for the tough, Alphamale hero and the perfect quirky breed to represent my stories’ mix of humor and heartwarming romance. (My novels feature heroines you can root for, heroes to die for, and funny dogs.) So each of my romances includes a crested as either a main character or a cameo.
3. Tell us about your Klein’s K-9s Service Dogs series.
Klein’s K-9s is my contemporary romance novella series featuring the skilled staff and compassionate volunteers of a NC service dog training facility and the local animal shelter. Is there anything better than a sexy story with a guaranteed happy ending…and dogs? I’m currently writing the fifth novella in the series.
“Racing Hearts” is the first in the series and the first time one of my books made the national and international bestseller lists for all fiction ebooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble:
Stock car legend, Tom “Torque” Tyler, faces a bleak future following a traumatic head injury and seizures. Determined to drag her high-school crush from his self-imposed solitude, service dog trainer, Meg Klein, and a tiny but talented seizure response dog bring Tom hope and love.
4. Rumor has it you enjoy writing Christmas romances.
True. There’s something special about a holiday romance, and so far I’ve written three of them. My first was “Heating Up the Holidays,” a second-chance-at-love story:
Chris Spencer isn’t looking for a second chance with his first love. And the last thing Nicky Paxton needs is her high school heart-breaker. But thanks to a special dog and a lonely child, they might just get their Christmas desires.
My second holiday story, “8 Hounds a-Howling,” is a romantic comedy and the second in the Klein’s K-9s series:
Celebrity photographer “Jax” Jackson volunteers to shoot the Klein’s K-9s’ dog-themed “12 Days of Christmas” fundraising calendar. His hidden agenda: Convince past love and calendar coordinator Amy Walters to give him a second chance.
My third Christmas novella, “Scrooge & the Secret Santa,” is an enemies-to-lovers romance and the fourth in the Klein’s K-9s series:
Police dog trainer Patton Carter is a thorn the size of a tree branch in Faith Harman’s side. In addition to her physical therapist day job, Faith teaches therapy dog classes, which Patton dismisses as unimportant. Then Fate intervenes, and he’s sidelined with a knee replacement. Will spending time with Faith and her therapy dog open his eyes and his heart?
5. Where can readers learn more about your books and connect with you online?
In addition to my website and monthly newsletter, I’m on social media, and I hope you’ll visit me there. Here are my online links:
Amazon Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/author/marciajames
INVITATION: I hope visitors to this pro-pet blog will share photos of their pets. Each month, I’ll randomly pick one of the pet photos to feature on my social media pages and in my reader newsletter. Go Pets!