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A Word from Dana...
Dogs, dogs, dogs! I realized my writing was going to the dogs when I started writing both a K-9 continuity series for Love Inspired Suspense and a dog-themed lighthearted romance for Harvest House at the same time! How did this come about? Well, I love dogs and I love writing lighthearted stories (which I don't get to do very often), so when my agent told me Harvest House was looking for someone to write a dog-themed series, I took off my suspense hat, wagged my tail, and said, "Yes!" Hence, I found myself writing two dog-themed stories at once.
For the suspense novel, I was busily researching the amazing abilities of the bloodhound, and for the other, getting familiar with the ins and outs of baseball and doxies. Things were going along swimmingly until the event that I'd long dreaded finally happened. My beloved Nala, my neurotic, gentle-hearted canine companion of thirteen years, passed away. Our Mentink hearts were broken, and it was difficult to continue to write about these various fictional dogs. The book Sit, Stay, Love was especially hard, since Tippy, the star of that book, is a thirteen-year-old mutt. Tippy is actually based on a real dog that was rescued by the Muttville group, a nonprofit organization based here in San Francisco which finds homes for senior dogs. Part of the proceeds from the book will go to this excellent organization.
In spite of our sad goodbye to my dear Nala, Tippy found a special place in my heart and in the novel. She is gentle and true, devoted and impulsive, the very best kind of friend. I hope that you will enjoy reading about her antics as she brings two loving hearts together. As they say in the book, "There's just something about Tippy!"
Cal Crawford is a big shot professional pitcher, and he has no time for a relationship with a woman or animal. Therefore, he is less than thrilled to learn that he has inherited his mom’s overweight Doxie mix, Tippy. Gina Palmer wants to be a teacher, but she needs money so she agrees to fill in for her cousin as a pet sitter for Tippy. She falls in love with Tippy, but finds Cal anything but endearing. In fact, he is downright crabby. She is determined to save Tippy from being sent to the pound. Cal just wants to play baseball, but it appears that God may have different plans. Is it possible for Tippy to teach them both lessons about life?
“There's just something about Tippy!” She is truly the star of this book. It’s a winner for animal lovers and baseball fans alike, as well as anyone who enjoys a quick, lighthearted read. There is more depth than I initially expected to find, and numerous scenes had me laughing and crying. Cal undergoes some great character development, and Gina is a sincere, friendly character. It is easy to root for the hero and heroine, and Tippy, and to see God working in their lives. Though this book is a bit different from some of Mentink’s, she definitely hits a home run! The second book in the series will be out in August.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Dana Mentink is a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner. She is the author of over thirty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and she has also been honored with a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense and Harlequin Heartwarming. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a naughty terrier mix with a sock fetish, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
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