I don’t know about you, but I love animals in books. I remember reading Janet Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum series and being concerned in one book that the bad guy was going to kill off her hamster, Rex. I’ve been reading a lot of JD Robb’s In Death series and Eve’s cat, Galihad, has come close to disaster a time or two. I have to say that if either of these authors would have killed off the hamster or the cat, I don’t think I could continue reading.
You read a lot about an author’s “promise” to a reader. In romance, it’s to deliver a happily-ever-after at the end of the book. I say, if you put an animal in a book, your promise should be not to seriously injure or kill the animal.
In my first two books out this spring, dogs play a part in each book. “Puffy” (see above) is Betsy’s dog in His Valentine Bride. In my book currently out…The Doctor and Mr. Right, the heroine Michelle has a Golden Retriever “Sasha.”
I love including animals because I believe how people respond to cats and dogs and rabbits and hamsters etc. tells a lot about them.
The same way, I believe that seriousness with which a person takes their parenting duties says a lot. In The Doctor and Mr. Right, Gabe was a teenage father who has raised his 13 year-old daughter by himself and has done a great job. How can you not find a guy like that attractive?
Anyway, back to the animals.
Tell me about an animal you enjoyed reading about in a book, and I’ll enter you into a drawing to win a copy of The Doctor and Mr. Right!
Remember to check back on Sunday, around 2, to see if you’re a winner!