Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Dogs of Clarkdale (Arizona) Dog Days of Summer



Clarkdale’s Dog Days of Summer 
 


Clarkdale’s celebration of all things canine included:
  • bobbing for hotdogs
  • Chihuahua races
  • Yappy Hour with chicken broth ice cube shots
  • and more... 

Organized and hosted by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance with proceeds to benefit the Verde Valley Humane Society.


Greyhound Pets of Arizona Greyhound rescue
Dogs Bobbing for Hotdogs


 Itsty Bitsy, a Mexican street dog rescue

Bobbing for hotdogs
Teeka enjoying a chicken broth shot




Sedona PD officers Foley  and Dalan


Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Shapeshifters' Library Book Trailer

A Movie Premiere for The Shapeshifters' Library

The Shapeshifters' Library
The Movie!
Well, sort of, the books are better but I truly love my book trailer.
Special thanks to Stacie Stopen and S Squared Productions for creating (and nursing) my wonderful book video. Stacie seemed to know just what each book was about and found some images that revealed parts of my characters, even I didn't know. Now, that is one talented videographer!

And getting to meet her offline in person at Buildin' the Dream just made it better.

Find S Squared on Facebook or their website  
Where books become art one cover or video at a time…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Movie Premiere for The Shapeshifters' Library

Tah dah!
The Shapeshifters' Library
The Movie!



Well, sort of, the books are better but I truly love my book trailer.
Special thanks to Stacie Stopen and S Squared Productions for creating (and nursing) my wonderful book video. Stacie seemed to know just what each book was about and found some images that revealed parts of my characters, even I didn't know. Now, that is one talented videographer!


And getting to meet her offline in person at Buildin' the Dream just made it better.

Find S Squared on Facebook or their website  
Where books become art one cover or video at a time…

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Heroes are Dogs


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F03C5GE?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00F03C5GE&linkCode=xm2&tag=amberpolocom-20


Some readers love bad boy heroes. Some prefer good boys. My heroes are dogs. And I mean that in a really good way.

I’ve read wonderful books where tortured werewolf heroes draw you in with their angst. My dog-shifter heroes have all the wonderful qualities of your favorite puppy. They’re cute, loyal, and protective, and fall in love at first sight. And very smart. They’re librarians dedicated to preserve knowledge and vanquish book-burning werewolves.

In “Released” my heroine finds a beautiful dog in an abandoned library. They become friends. Then the dog talks. And then the dog turns into a gorgeous, smart guy with a charming English accent. Who wouldn’t fall for him?

In “Retrieved” a hero with male cover model looks changes into a huge English Mastiff who happens to be a brilliant astro-archaeologist. Why not brains and brawn?

Book 3 “Recovered” follows a part werewolf, (a villain in Book 1) as he shepherds his Greyhound love across country to find a buried ancient library and gains his self-respect and a place in the dog-shifter world. Don’t you love a redeemed bad boy rescued by a sweet heroine?

When readers read “Released” the first book in the Shapeshifters Library series, their favorite character besides the Old English Sheepdog hero and the librarian heroine, was Pacifico Lopez, a feisty Chihuahua shifter. He created the Zoogle internet conglomerate and earned money to keep the dog shifters in premium dog food and reference books. He was smart and in “Retrieved” Pacifico started a library services company with the smartest RFID codes ever. 

At last it was time for the smallest and smartest to have his own book. And his own romance. Book 4 “Reprinted” brings to the front the smallest hero. A Chihuahua with the more intelligence and daring as he courts a lovely white werewolf who defies her family to help him track down ebook pirates in the Caribbean and uncover a lost Egyptian secret.
Reprinted 
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recovered is on sale - $.99 Kindle until 5/22



Follow Bliss the children's librarian who discovers she's a white Greyhound shifter, as she leaves her library to trek cross country  to New Mexico to find the Library of the Ancients - chased by those book-burning werewolves, of course.

Here's the more official blurb:
Recovered (The Shapeshifters' Library: Book Three)


“A fantastic novel" --Midwest Book Review
From the award-winning author of THE SHAPESHIFTERS' LIBRARY series, RELEASED and RETRIEVED, comes the long awaited third installment!
 
Bliss D. Light was just an ordinary children’s librarian until one day she discovered she could grow a tail. Now her life is filled with more magic than any of the fairy tales she tells the children who gather at her feet at the Shipsfeather library. Like many of the other residents of Shipsfeather, Ohio, Bliss is a dog-shifter, and her newly discovered ability to change from human form into that of a sleek white greyhound has left her yearning to know more about her true heritage. The answer to all her questions, she is certain, lies with the dog-shifters’ long lost Library of the Ancients and, undeterred by the fact that thousands before her have searched, she sets out to find it.
Accompanied by her best friend Harry, a disgraced werewolf/dog-shifter mix, and hotly pursued by the evil werewolf team of Sybilla and Blaze, Bliss’s quest takes her across the sacred sites and ancient mounds of the American Southwest. Though kidnapped by dogcatchers, sold into racetrack slavery and forced to fight wolf dogs to survive, Harry and Bliss never lose sight of their goal—or each other. Because the only thing more important than finding the ancient lost treasure might just be preserving what they already have found: an unlikely love that could be the first step toward bringing two ancient enemy races together.

Page Count: 264
Heat level: Sweet
Genre: Light urban fantasy
 

Did I mention I love reviewers?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Memoir Helps All Writers Reap New Ideas





Just had to share some photos from a Memoir Workshop with Ann Metlay on Friday, May 1, 2015 held at the Camp Verde Library.

Ann Metlay, poet, writer, reader, life-long teacher of writing, is the author of the short story collection It Happened in the Cottonwood Library Parking Lot offered a rollicking memoir writing workshop for writers, and for those who don’t label themselves as writers, but want to record memories, memorable moments, and family stories. An introduction to memoir with writing exercises with writing prompts to spur memories with opportunities for optional sharing.

Writers who write fiction, non-fiction and other serious words often need to reap their memories for ideas.