Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Abby - Dachshund Memes and Funnies

Dear Friends, 

I hope you are having a good week. I just wanted to share a few dachshund funnies with you today. These are pictures I have shared at Doxieposse Pals on Facebook. (Come join us!) 

This is pretty much my philosophy of food. I am ALWAYS ready for the next meal.

This dachshund is making some lovely nose art!

Do you see it in the clouds?  Sigh!

This is just a sweet picture! What a handsome and loving doxie.

Good words to live by: I'm not short, I'm concentrated awesome!

Looks like a beagle pup -- how could anyone be mad at that face?!

This dachshund looks very relaxed!

I love this one: We were wolves once, wild and wary; then we noticed you had beds.
I have never gone this far to chase a squirrel but I have a couple of friends who might!

I hope these pictures gave you a smile. Wishing you a good day ahead!

Abby xoxoxo

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Abby - Videos Abby Likes: Lieutenant Dan, The Dog Who Is The New Cadbury Bunny

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week!  I have a nice story - and video - to share with you this week.

Cadbury had a big contest to pick a new Easter bunny this year.  They made a great choice -- a dog named Lieutenant Dan.  Lieutenant Dan is a Tree Walking Coonhound.  He was born with a deformity in his rear legs and tail, which were later amputated.  But Lieutenant Dan still lives a full and active life.  He hops (like a bunny!) and also sometimes uses a cart.  I'm really glad he was chosen as the new Cadbury Bunny!

You can visit Lieutenant Dan's Instagram here:  lieutenant_dan_the_twc

I think you'll also enjoy this short video about Lieutenant Dan.  He looks so cute in those bunny ears!

Have a good weekend with your favorite person or people!


Abby xoxoxo 

Book Review - One Little Lie by Colleen Coble

My Review
One Little Lie tells the story of Jane Harper. As a young woman she escaped from a cult with her father.  Years later, she becomes the interim sheriff of Pelican Harbor, Alabama, when her father retires.  Then in quick succession, her father is framed for theft and murder; a serial killer is loose in the area;  a documentary filmmaker, Reid Bechtol, comes to town and wants to include her in an upcoming film.  There are romantic sparks with Reid but she isn't sure whether she wants to get involved.

I wanted to read this book because I love Colleen Coble's fiction!  Her mysteries are fast paced and engrossing, and she does a great job with atmospheric romantic suspense.

This was a strong start to the new Pelican Harbor book series.  I am definitely hooked and plan to read the upcoming books in this series!  I really like Jane as a protagonist.  She is strong and brave and resourceful.  I like her loyalty to her friends and father, and her honest, direct manner.  Because of her honesty, she has a hard time with a lie from her father and some secrets Reid has kept from her.  I also like Reid, and enjoyed the way his backstory slowly was revealed.

The setting of Pelican Harbor, a small town near Mobile, Alabama, was great -- I could picture the little town from the descriptions in the book.  (And I love a southern setting!)

I recommend One Little Lie for fans of romantic suspense.  It was one of those "can't put it down" books, and I know other readers will enjoy staying up late to read it as well.

Book Synopsis

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping new romantic suspense. 

Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there’s no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy the only family she has.

After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross—especially once her father’s lie catches up with him.


Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson

Author Bio

Best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Abby - A Note to My Friends

Dear Friends,

The other night when I was on Facebook with my Momma I saw a phrase:  "What a year this week has been."  A lot has happened in the world this past week.  I am a little dog and I don't understand it all, but I know it is very serious, and it means that my Momma is spending extra time at home with me.  (This is the silver lining of the situation, if you ask me!)

I just wanted to send a note to my friends and let you know that I appreciate you all and am sending love and care.  Please be safe and stay well!

I am trying to think of one nice thing a day.  This helps.  Today my thought is this:  I am grateful that I have a soft, comfortable place here.

What are you grateful for today?  

Take care, and I look forward to talking more soon!

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson

My Review
The Happy Camper tells the story of Dillon Michaels.  Dillon leaves her dead end job and commitment-phobic boyfriend in Colorado. She heads home to Oregon, where her grandfather and estranged mother live on the family farm. After a few nights sleeping on the old sofa, Dillon's grandfather gives her a vintage camper.  This novel tells the story of how Dillon's life changes as she restores the camper into a little tiny home.  Along the way she grows closer to her family, works on the farm, teaches swim classes, and even finds a new romance.

I wanted to read this novel because I love vintage campers. I even have a Pinterest board about them! The camper in this book is a 1964 Oasis Aloha and I spent way too much time looking up photos, descriptions, specifications, and old brochures of this model.  I absolutely loved the vintage camper details in this book.  The author meticulously describes the process of restoring and decorating an old camper.  It was a lot of fun to read about!

Dillon is a very likable character.  She is warm, kind, and caring, a hard worker with a strong independent streak.  I enjoyed reading about her growth as a person.  By finding that she loves restoring campers, she also finds herself.

Jordan Atwood, who owns the small town hardware store, makes a fine book boyfriend.  He is a genuinely decent, good guy -- and to Dillon's delight he also is a vintage camper fan.  I loved the slow building romance between Dillon and Jordan, even as they dealt with the unwanted complication of her persistent old boyfriend.

The Happy Camper is a fun, upbeat read - perfect for a leisurely weekend.  It would also make a great beach read!  I recommend it for fans of women's fiction, sweet romance - and of course, vintage campers!

Book Synopsis
Home is the place to heal . . . right?

At least, that's what Dillon Michaels is hoping as she leaves her disappointing career and nonstarter love life behind to help her grieving and aging grandfather on his small Oregon farm. The only problem? Her eccentric mother beat her there and has taken over Dillon's old room. After a few nights of sleeping on a sagging sofa, Dillon is ready to give up, until she receives an unlikely gift--her grandfather's run-down vintage camp trailer, which she quickly resolves to restore with the help of Jordan Atwood, the handsome owner of the local hardware store.

But just when things are finally beginning to run smoothly, Dillon's noncommittal ex-boyfriend shows up with roses . . . and a ring.

Author Bio
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over 200 books with sales of more than 7 million, including many bestselling Christmas novellas, young adult titles, and contemporary romances. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at