Reading Through the Dog Days of Summer
by Jayne Hoogenberk, Harlequin Community Manager
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 ebook!
Although technically not a dog story I have to mention in this list. I fell in love with Jenna Kernan’s Trackers series with book one, 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!
An 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?