Dog Days of Summer by Joyce Moore
These truly are the dog days of summer, so my thoughts naturally wander to—what else? Dogs. I’ve decided it’s a genetic thing. I, and all my family, love dogs. The breed doesn’t matter, as long as they pant and eat and have soulful eyes. My daughter has two dashounds. My sister has a lab. I have a boxer, and did have two. As kids, we had boxers, cocker spaniels, and through the years, unidentifiable breeds, but we loved them all.
I, like other dog people, never wear black. Before I hand my canvas grocery bags to the checkout girl I brush off the bottoms, and always vacuum my car before picking up a friend for lunch. Even considering all his, life just isn’t right without a dog to greet you when you come in from work, or the gym, or the library. They can tell where you’ve been by sniffing your legs. And the sound of car keys will bring them running. As you might suspect, my love of dogs spills over into my books. There’s always a dog in my novels.
In my latest release, Jeanne of Clairmonde, the dog belongs to the queen of France. I won’t spoil the story by telling you what happens, but Jeanne does not make a good impression on the queen OR her dog. On the contrary, it just adds to Jeanne’s troubles when she’s already had enough, dealing with a handsome squire and imprisonment in an English prison.
Jeanne recently finaled in the Royal Palm Literary Awards contest sponsored by the Fla. Writers’ Assn. You can read excerpts and reviews of Jeanne of Clairmonde at her website, www.joycemoorebooks.com.
Leave a comment below on 8/21/2009 to be entered in a drawing for a free digital copy of Jeanne of Clairmonde. Joyce Moore will be drawing the winner’s name on August 25th, and will announce the winner on her Journal page of her website the same day. Good luck and happy reading.