1. I hear you have dogs in two of your novels. Tell us about the books.
Dogs have always been a part of my life. It’s just natural that dogs appear in two stories of the Fitzpatrick Family series: When Love Trusts and When Love Comes Home.
When Love Trusts
Growing up together in a small Texas town, Josh Fitzpatrick and Mara Burke always had each other’s backs, right up until Mara dated—then dumped—his best friend. A relationship built on love and trust…until it wasn’t.
Josh is an Army sniper home on medical leave with wounds that go deeper than the shrapnel dug from his thigh. While his body recovers, he wrestles with guilt over what happened in Iraq and waits for news of possible disciplinary action.
Mara is a single mom and administrator at a home for boys, still hiding the terrible secret that created the ten-year chasm between them.
When the boy’s home needs volunteers after a grass fire, Josh steps in. The sparks from their youth soon ignite a new passion, but will sharing their secrets be enough to overcome the pain and hurt that lies between them?
When Love Comes Home
Sammy Fitzpatrick and Tiffany Fischer eloped on prom night. The next day her father forced them to sign annulment papers and then whisked her off to art school. Sammy and Tiffany made secret plans to go to Guatemala with a mission group.
When she and her parents disappear without a trace, Sammy heads to the mission field missing a chunk of his heart and resigned to a life alone.
Ten years later, he discovers the annulment papers were never filed. Tiffany is still legally his wife, but she doesn’t know it. She’s engaged to someone else. His heart has never let him forget. But is he too late?
2. Why did you add dogs to these books?
Next to Ireland and all things Irish, I love Old English sheepdogs (OES). We’ve had six. The American Kennel Club describes the breed as smart, gentle, and adaptable. They’re also clowns and gentle giants who don’t realize their size.
Our Finnegan thinks he’s a lap dog. If I sit, he’s on my lap:
We’ve given all our OESs unique names: Azariah, Obadiah, Micah, Rhinestone, and Tobias. Finnegan MacCool, pictured above, is named after Fionn mac Cumhaill, the legendary Giant’s Causeway giant in County Antrim Ireland.
I model dogs in my books after our pets. You’ll find the OES Moo in When Love Comes Home. Like my Finnegan, Moo senses Tiffany’s moods. He doesn’t climb into her lap, but you’ll find him nudging her hand and plopping his head down whenever she sits. Moo got his name because her farm manager warned her, he’d be as big as a cow.
In When Love Trusts, Bear is an OES mix that Josh rescues and gives to Mara’s son. Bear’s a big reason Josh and Mara reconnect. Mara’s son chose the name Bear [because he’s] big and black and walking like a bear.
3. What other books have you written?
I write sweet small-town romance, romantic suspense, a blend of women’s fiction and romance, and military romance.
You’ll find a total of six books in the Fitzpatrick series. All are heartwarming stories about siblings finding second chances for love. Link for all the Fitzpatrick Family series: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08W8CTXY7
You can find the other books and series listed on my website along with blurbs: https://www.JudytheMorgan.com
4. Tell us about your kudos or reviews.
Before I became published, I entered writing contests and placed in many. That affirmation persuaded me to pursue publication. Now reviews on Amazon and Goodreads–the good, the bad, and the ugly–are my confirmation.
I love hearing from my readers. Their comments and emails with personal messages like those below keep me writing:
“… waiting with bated breath for your new book.”
“Finished When Love Come Home last week. Wow, a lot of twist and turns. Love the read!”
5. How do you promote your books?
I promote my books with guest blog appearances like this one, my weekly blog at https://JudyTheWriter.com/ and my newsletter, which you can subscribe to here: https://JudytheMorgan.com/
6. Where can readers learn more about your books and connect with you online?
Your blog readers are invited to follow me on any (or all) of these social media sites:
Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/judythemorgan
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Judythe: “I’ve shared the names of the two dogs in my Fitzpatrick Family books and how the dogs got those names. If you have a pet, how did you choose your pet’s name?”
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Welcome to my blog, Judythe! I love Old English Sheepdogs, and I look forward to reading your books featuring them. Plus, the photos of Finn thinking he’s a lapdog are adorable! Have a wonderful March!
Thanks so much for having me all month. I love talking about my books and my dogs.
Our kids names begin with an M. So our first pet’s name had to begin with an M. “She” was a guinea pig and my kindergarten son named her Molly after a cousin. Little did we know that Molly was a he! Then we got a dog who ended up being named Maxwell, Max for short. He’s a maltipoo and weights about 10 pounds. On the 5th, he will turn 15.
Hi, Jan! That’s funny about Molly the Guinea pig. I guess he didn’t mind the name. 😉 And “Happy Birthday” to Max! Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
Jan, what a fun way to come up with names! I love the name Molly, even have a character named Molly in The Pendant’s Promise. Thanks for stopping by Marcia’s blog.
So many books I want to read!! These sound fun. When we adopted our dog, I had trouble with her name -it took us 2 weeks to change it. We picked Hetty since she is small for a black lab, sassy and spunky!!! She’s a doll!!
Hi, Nancy! I think Hetty is a great name for a dog. You have the coolest pets, and they are all rescues, so that’s wonderful. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Hi, Nancy, thanks for stopping by. Hetty is a great name and sounds like it fits your dog perfectly.
Happy St. Paddy Day!
I enjoyed reading this! My dog is Daisy – it’s such a short, sweet name and suits her personality.
Hi, Trish! Thanks for stopping by my blog and Judythe’s interview. 😉 Daisy is a great name for a pup. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
Thanks for stopping by Marcia’s blog and reading about my books and my dogs. Happy St. Paddy Day to you1
Second chance romance are one of my favorite genres, adding dogs just makes them even more appealing. I love your dogs names, I have always been fond of Old English sheepdogs. This is my Cocoa with Marshmallows.
Hi, Julie! I love when people share photos of their pets. Cocoa with Marshmallows is a great name for your cutie. 😉 Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Finn says hi to Cocoa.
Second chance romance is my favorite romance to write, too. Hope you enjoy the Fitzpatrick series. You can read for free if you have an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Happy St. Paddy Day to you!
I agree. 😉 Finn the dog is a real cutie! Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
I think our Finn is very photogenic. Glad you enjoy the blog.
Happy St. Paddy Day to you!