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My Review & Book Release: Just Me, Wrigley by Savy Leiser

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Just Me, Wrigley (Furever Home Friends #3)
Written & Illustrated by Savy Leiser

Wrigley loves to dance! She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough.

Wrigley is a mutt; nobody knows what breed she is. When people come to the shelter looking for Dalmatians and labs and schnauzers, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn.

Can Wrigley find the confidence to accept her mixed-breed identity and dance her way into a forever home?

 

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Just Me, Wrigley is the third book in the Furever Home Friends Series. I’ve had the privilege of being able to read and review them all. As a dog lover, owner, trainer and rescue advocate I absolutely love what Savy does with these dogs, and their stories! Not to mention, I adore how she uses these dog’s stories to teach children valuable lessons! It’s done beautifully! These books can be used for parents to read and discuss the questions at the end to get their children to open up about some very important feelings children deal with today. The books could be in the library, a lot of libraries now have a children’s reading time and this would be a wonderful book to read and discuss the questions with the children. My library has a dog that comes to one of the children’s reading hours, once a week. So I’m donating the first two books for that, and I will definitely be adding this one!
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Wrigley the dancing dog becomes insecure about who he is. He feels he needs to be like the other dogs, the lab or the schnauzer, to be adopted. But in the end he learns that it’s by being true to himself, it’s then that someone notices him and wants to give him a forever home. It’s a beautiful, touching story. By the end you want a Wrigley of your own!!
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Now, I HAVE to mention the artwork!!! It was so creative and well done!! It was fun and would definitely entertain those young brains, that are so creative and notice all the detail. I kept noticing certain pictures that I thought would really look nice framed. Savy Leiser did all the art work herself and this is the first book she’s illustrated. She’s a very talented lady. Savy, I’d suggest some of these as prints for sale, or bookmarks….or something!! They’re beautiful!!
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This is definitely a quality children’s book. I highly recommended it and give it all the stars I can!!!!

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Savy Leiser Head ShotsAbout the Author
Savy Leiser is a Chicago author with a strong passion for storytelling and an itching need to correct people’s grammar. In February 2016, Savy released her first book, a young-adult comedy called The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King. Her new children’s book series, The Furever Home Friends, was successfully funded on Kickstarter, and is now available to buy! The next Furever Home Friends book will release August 11, 2018. Her newest book, a new-adult novel called Sculpt Yourself, will be releasing in fall 2018 through Represent Publishing.

Savy also works as a writer for Halftime Magazine and teaches creative writing workshops at Open Books in Chicago’s West Loop. She holds a B.A. in Communication and a certificate in Creative Writing for Media from Northwestern University. Go ‘Cats!

Savy is currently working on earning her Master’s in Writing & Publishing at DePaul University.

Savy has a serious, incurable case of dog fever, which causes her to melt whenever she sees a cute dog. Fortunately, Chewie helps keep her dog fever in check. Her hobbies include screaming at Wildcats football games, marathoning Star Trek, impulsively getting tattoos, eating donuts instead of balanced meals, writing bad love poetry, doing weird photography of dolls, and listening to 80s one-hit wonders.

Cover Reveal: Just Me, Wrigley by Savy Leiser

Today, The Furever Home Friends is revealing the cover for their new book, Just Me, Wrigley!

See the cover below!

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Wrigley loves to dance. She can shake her tail all over the animal shelter. But for some people, Wrigley’s rhythm isn’t enough. Wrigley is a mutt; she doesn’t know what breed she is. While others come to the shelter looking for schnauzers, labs, and Dalmatians, Wrigley wonders when it will be her turn. Can Wrigley find the confidence to stay true to herself and dance her way into a forever home?

Like with all Furever Home Friends books, 10% of this book’s profits will benefit no-kill animal shelters!

Just Me, Wrigley is currently available for preorder on fureverhomefriends.com, and will officially release on Amazon on Saturday, August 11!

What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Release Blitz: Zane by Christie Ridgway

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Zane by Christie Ridgway is LIVE!
Part of the 7 Brides for 7 Soldier’s Series, don’t miss out on this great standalone romance!

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Ex-soldier Zane Tucker is perfectly happy with his single life and his adventure watersports business. A gambler by nature, he figures the odds of finding a woman for forever are a lot longer than finding a woman for right now. And as a man of action and not emotion, he believes a woman with lasting romance on the mind would want someone with less hard muscle and more soft sentiment. But then his dog hurtles toward the new county librarian, yanking Zane into her delicate, pretty presence. Will they both scare her away? And why does that worry him so?

Harper Grace has a bucket list of goals to tick off and is determined to live every moment to the fullest by overcoming her usual shyness. No one will call her too timid and too boring ever again. But then a giant of a man and his equally large dog charge into her life and she can’t decide if she wants to take a step back…or step fully into Zane’s strong arms. She’s been brave enough to change her life, but does she have enough courage to risk her heart?

❤️Loved it! Read my review by clicking here!!❤️

Don’t miss any of the sexy soldiers!
Ryder – Barbara Freethy
Adam – Roxanne St. Claire
Zane – Christie Ridgway
Wyatt – Lynn Raye Harris
Jack – Julia London
Noah – Cristin Harber
Ford – Samantha Chase

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About the Author:

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.
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Zane (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers #3) by Christie Ridgway

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Ex-soldier Zane Tucker is perfectly happy with his single life and his adventure watersports business. A gambler by nature, he figures the odds of finding a woman for forever are a lot longer than finding a woman for right now. And as a man of action and not emotion, he believes a woman with lasting romance on the mind would want someone with less hard muscle and more soft sentiment. But then his dog hurtles toward the new county librarian, yanking Zane into her delicate, pretty presence. Will they both scare her away? And why does that worry him so?

Harper Grace has a bucket list of goals to tick off and is determined to live every moment to the fullest by overcoming her usual shyness. No one will call her too timid and too boring ever again. But then a giant of a man and his equally large dog charge into her life and she can’t decide if she wants to take a step back…or step fully into Zane’s strong arms. She’s been brave enough to change her life, but does she have enough courage to risk her heart?

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It’s funny, I probably never would have picked up a book from a series like this…7 Brides for 7 Soldiers…excerpt, Christie Ridgway has become one of those authors for me…where I’ll read whatever she writes! She never lets me down either. In fact, when I first started reading this I wasn’t so sure. It seemed like I needed to read the two books before it to know what was going on, because I felt a little lost….and bored. BUT that was only a short time!! As soon as Zane (ex soldier, owns adventure watersports business) met Harper (Librarian), I was a goner…actually as sooner as Harper met Zane and Gunner, his big, lovable pooch…I was a a complete goner!!!

This was such a great story!! And I LOVED the message it sent!! They both were made to feel “Not good enough” by someone they thought they really cared about in their past, and it stuck with them. They always believed that about themselves. They had to finally learn that others didn’t see them the way they saw themselves. They had to learn to see themselves through the eyes of those who loved them. I loved that!!

But the story was SO entertaining!! I found it really light reading, and I needed that. It had angst, but it had so much comedy mixed in that I never felt completely frustrated because I was too busy LAUGHING OUT LOUD!! The scenes between Zane and Gunner were the best!! There was family, friendship, romance, heat and small town gossip. This is such a fun read that I’d definitely recommend it!!! I’m not sure about the rest of the series, as it’s written by other authors. But maybe, at some point, I’ll give it a try. Now that I’m interested in the rest of the soldiers, I might want to see how things turn out for them.

Harper ~
“She was in love with the man who rescued goofy dogs and who empowered shy librarians. She was in love with a man who loved his country and his family and gave them all he had. This honest, honorable man, who she could treat with no less honor and no less honesty.” ~Zane by Christie Ridgway


Fall in love with seven sexy and irresistible soldiers who find their courage and heart tested like never before in the battle for love! This multi-author collaborative series of contemporary romance novels is brought to you by bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Julia London, Cristin Harber and Samantha Chase. You won’t want to miss a single one!

Don’t miss any of the sexy soldiers!
Ryder – Barbara Freethy
Adam – Roxanne St. Claire
Zane – Christie Ridgway
Wyatt – Lynn Raye Harris
Jack – Julia London
Noah – Cristin Harber
Ford – Samantha Chase


1E998066-D686-4827-8416-DA7557B24A0DChristie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.

Book Release Blitz: Fender by Brent Jones

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Fender: A Novel (Book Blitz)

Author: Brent Jones

Publication Date: August 21, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Drama

Blurb:  How far must we travel to find our way home?

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Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be.

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Note: Fender will be available in both Kindle eBook and paperback as of August 21, audiobook version coming shortly thereafter.

EXCERPT:

Brennan sat on the living room floor staring at his polished shoes, his back pressed against the leather sofa, a bottle of Jim Beam in his left hand, a lit cigarette in his right. Traces of afternoon sun peeked through lush drapes, adding a hint of color to an otherwise dark and empty room. He tilted the bottle back and flicked ash in an empty drinking glass between his legs, trickles of silver smoke rising up past his face. He was too stricken with grief to hear the front door open.

“You here, Bee?” Rocco entered with Franky in tow. He lowered his head, taking in the scene before him. “We’re so sorry.” He offered Brennan a sympathetic frown, his forehead wrinkled with worry. “How’re you holding up?”

Brennan flicked more ash in the drinking glass without responding.

Rocco let out a deep breath, added, “It was a beautiful service.”

Brennan kept his head down, making no effort to suggest he had heard Rocco.

“Should we come back later?”

“It’s all right if you wanna be alone,” said Franky.

Brennan raised his eyes with pronounced difficulty. He was immediately turned off by their concern, which looked a lot to him like judgment and shame. Rocco, evidently concerned about his drinking, and Franky, concerned because Rocco was concerned. “Go ahead,” said Brennan. “Say it.”

“Say what?” asked Rocco, exchanging a glance with Franky.

Brennan dropped his cigarette in the glass, raised the Jim Beam to his lips. “Say I shouldn’t be drinking again.”

“What you’re going through right now, Bee, I understand—”

“Oh, you always understand, Rocco. Don’t you? Not thisss one, though. You fucking can’t. You didn’t loosh yer family.” Brennan could hear himself slurring.

“I didn’t mean it like that.”

“He’s saying he’d be fucked up, too,” Franky chimed in. “That’s all.”

Brennan hadn’t taken a drink since the day his daughter was born—hadn’t smoked a cigarette since that day, either—and he knew drinking himself senseless was no way to honor her memory. Just this one time, he had told himself. I need this today. But so far, it had brought him no peace. It only heightened his sense of hopelessness.

A faint jingle echoed down the hallway, getting closer, a senior beagle with a limp and fresh stitches emerging at last. Franky knelt down, extended his hands. “Fender,” he said in a singsong voice, scratching behind the dog’s ears. “Who’s a good boy, Fender? Who’s a good boy?”

Fender parked himself at Franky’s feet—not out of obedience or affection, but sheer exhaustion. He was normally playful and energetic—even at twelve years old—and never allowed anyone to enter the house without barking to alert his humans. But at that moment he whimpered, sullen and subdued, rubbing his snout against Franky’s leg.

“When’s the last time he ate?” Rocco asked.

Brennan shook his head.

Rocco motioned to Franky. “Why don’t you take Fender out for a bathroom break? Maybe fill up his food and water bowls, too.”

Franky nodded and Fender followed him out of the room.

Rocco sat on the floor next to Brennan. “Listen, Bee, I get that this is tough.”

Brennan rubbed his temples and said nothing. He was a sensitive man, emotional, fragile at times, and now near speechless. He could almost feel himself shutting down, giving in to the pain, letting go of the world. It felt like he was drowning in a sea of sorrow, violent waves of grief washing over him, and he was losing the will to keep his head above water.

Rocco touched Brennan’s shoulder. “Me and Franky want to take you away for a little bit. It’d do you good.”

“Now?”

“Yeah.” Rocco motioned to the Jim Beam. “I think now’s good. You’ve been outta work for a couple months. I’ve got vacation time saved up at the office, and Franky can walk away from roofing anytime. We were thinking of taking that trip to California we’d always talked about.”

“We talked ’bout ’at shit when wurrr kidsss.”

“Yeah, I get that, but we could still do it. We’d make a road trip out of it, just like you, me, Franky, and Colin—” Rocco winced, having unintentionally drudged up the past.

“My family was just kilt in a car crasssh,” said Brennan. “And you think the best place furr me ish out on the open road?”

Rocco nodded. “I do, Bee. You need to get away and clear your head.”

Brennan listened without speaking, his line of sight again lowered toward his shoes. Tears spilled down his cheeks.

“You can’t stay here by yourself. It’s—it’s too much. It’s too much for anyone to have to handle.” Rocco glanced at Brennan through narrowed and swollen eyes. “Our hearts are heavy, too, and we all need to grieve. But nothing good can come of you sitting here alone and drinking. You need something to take your mind off it.”

Franky returned a minute later. Fender hobbled behind him, his movements labored and graceless, his eyes wet and dark. He positioned himself near Brennan in slow motion. Fender was the last member of the Glover household to see Rosie and Abby alive, and the only survivor of the crash that killed them both.

“Did he eat?” asked Rocco, gesturing toward Fender.

“Not much.” Franky changed gears without blinking. “What’d he say?” He asked the question as if he and Rocco were alone in the room.

“Bee says he’s gonna think on it,” Rocco said, standing. He looked down at Brennan before walking out. “You will give it some thought, right? That’s all I’m asking.”

The house was quiet again, but Brennan was certain nothing could silence the storm in his heart. He ran his finger over the tattoo on his left shoulder through his shirt, as he often did during difficult times. He knew its intricacies by heart—the anniversary of Colin’s death inked in a simple script. He once thought losing his best friend had prepared him for anything life might throw his way, but now he knew better.

 

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About the Author:

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. Fender and The Fifteenth of June are his first two novels.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (sometimes) vegetarian, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

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Smile, Chewie (Furever Home Friends #2) by Savy Leiser

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First off the story of Smile, Chewie was absolutely adorable. But, it was also full of lessons for children and, in my opinion, for all of us. I loved the forward at the beginning mentioning what a forever home is and how unfortunately many dogs struggle to find their forever home. Then at the end of the story she wrote some really great discussion questions for parents, kids and dogs! The questions range from thoughts about shelter dogs to thoughts about feeling self conscious, being confident. How to help the homeless (whether people or dogs, depending on how you want to discuss it), and how to help shelter dogs. Wonderful questions to help your child to think about and open up and say what they feel. Just brilliant!!

I also have to give enormous credit to Christy Schneyman for the wonderful illustrations, they are so well done and perfect for catching a child’s eye!!

I am so impressed with this book, and think that Savy Leiser did such an amazing job putting it together!! I highly recommend it! I will be purchasing a copy for my cousin’s little girl, I know she will just love it!!

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Princess Allee (A Furever Home Friends Story) by Savy Leiser

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Princess Allee starts out in the Forward saying, “A forever home is exactly what it sounds like: a home you can live in forever, with a family that will always love you unconditionally. Unfortunately, many dogs struggle to find their forever homes…As these dogs roam from place to place, they all have one wish: to find a family that will love them forever.”

What a wonderful beginning to this story. It starts out where Allee is dreaming of finding her forever home. She’s convinced that she is a princess and her forever home will be castle and she will have a crown and thrown. It’s such a cute story, and the illustrations make it that much more charming.

At the end of the story there are the questions for discussion with Parents, kids, dogs, etc. I love this aspect of these Furever Home Friends books. I think the question are well written and the story written well, so that parent and child could have a really open and heartfelt discussion. This book asked questions like, do you remember a time when things didn’t meet your expectations? How did you make the best of the situation? What are some difficulties siblings can face when trying to get along? How can they resolve them? And more! Just brilliant questions for discussions with your children. They will love talking about Allee so much, it will open them right up!!

Savy Leiser is quite exceptional at putting these books together, and I think that they are fabulously done!!! I would highly recommend the Forever Home Friends Stories. I have a few children in mind that I’m planning on buying them for.

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