Friday, November 6, 2015

Dear Abby: Katie and the Puppy Next Door by John Himmelman

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a happy week.  It has been rainy and gray here this week.  I have been avoiding the raindrops (and mud!) outside.  This gives me extra time to read.

I have a special book that I re-read this week.  It was a gift from my dear friend Oz and his family.  I love it a lot, and think you will like it too.  I wanted to share a few pictures with you.

This cute picture book is called Katie and the Puppy Next Door.  It was written by John Himmelman.  This is a special book because it is about a little Jack Russell Terrier named Katie, and her new neighbor, a red dachshund named Ruby.  Remember that I am a "Doxie-Jack" (a mix of Dachshund and Jack Russell), so this is my favorite book EVER.

Katie lives in a pretty house with three kitties that she loves.  When Ruby comes over, the kitties love her ... but Katie doesn't.  Katie doesn't want to share her kitties, her toys, or her food.  Ruby goes home after their play date - although they have not played.

 Then Ruby comes back another day!   Katie decides to be sweet and try to share.  She shares her food.  She shares her toy.  Then Ruby teaches her how to play with a toy together.  They run around and AROOOOOOO and have lots of fun together.
 After a while they get tired, and they curl up on Katie's big dog bed right along with her kitties.  And they take a nap and they are friends forever.
Now isn't that a nice story?  I love it.  The illustrations are extra cute, too.   I thought you might enjoy sharing it as well.

I'd love to hear from you in the comments.  If you have any fun questions for future posts, please share them. 

Wishing you a good weekend!

Abby xoxoxo 

Book Spotlight and Giveaweay - I'll Be Home for Christmas by Lori Wilde

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
A Twilight, Texas Novel
By Lori Wilde
Avon Romance
October 27th, 2015
Mass-Market ISBN: 9780062311412 * $7.99
E-ISBN 9780062311429 * $5.99

About the Book
Nothing says Christmas like New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde and Twilight, TX, and now Lori returns to Twilight for a brand new heartwarming holiday tale. The matchmaking members of the Cookie Club are up to their old tricks again!

Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe-a hometown guy with a restless heart-is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…

…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.

As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…

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A TWILIGHT, TEXAS series on Goodreads

About the Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.

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Praise for LORI WILDE
“Tempered with love, a caring community, a dash of suspense, and the romantic delight of a Twilight Christmas, this engaging story brims with strength and hope-definitely one to savor.”
   — Library Journal on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT

“Christmas at Twilight is a wonderful heartwarming story not to be missed. The characters are written with compassion as the love between the couple grows.”
   — RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT

“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!”
   — Robyn Carr on A Cowboy Christmas

“A wonderful story… The ending will leave readers with the desire to make return visits to Jubilee, Texas.”
   — RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on Love at First Sight

“A pair of engaging protagonists, a wealth of wacky townsfolk, and a mystery with a dangerous twist add up to a charmingly sexy tale that will leave fans smiling.”
   — Library Journal on Love at First Sight

“[T]heir personal development forms the heart and soul of the novel, a delicately revealing in-depth character study. Wilde’s clever combination of humor, sorrow and love brings a deeply appealing sense of realism.”
Publishers Weekly on All of Me

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