Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blog Tour: The Swan's Road by @garpet011

Historical Fiction
Date Published: Nov. 15, 2017
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

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In the eleventh century, Cnute, the Viking king of Engla-lond and Scandinavia, sails with his son, Harald, and his shield brothers to Rome. Thrown off course by a storm, they follow the route up the Rhine. When Harald hangs back to assist Selia, a beautiful Frisian woman, his path turns perilous. Newfound enemies, retainers of Robert the Devil, Duke of Normandy, pursue them. Harald, Selia, and their companions fail to rendezvous with King Cnute, and are forced to travel cross-country on horseback. If Duke Robert's plan to assassinate Cnute succeeds, an invasion of Engla-lond will follow. Can Harald and Selia reach Rome in time to warn the King?

About the Author

Garth Pettersen is a Canadian writer whose stories have appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. His story River's Rising was awarded an Honourable Mention for the Short Story America 2017 Prize, and his fantasy novella River Born was one of two runners-up in the Wundor Editions (UK) Short Fiction Prize. His debut historical novel, The Swan's Road was released in November 2017, published by Tirgearr Publishing.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Remy by @isaiyanmorrison #review #fantasy

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Date Published: March 6th, 2018

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For Deamhan, revenge is the best dish of all.

In 1840s Paris, vampires aren’t just at the throats of humans. Split into two warring factions, Dorvo vampires wage war against the Deamhan, their paranormal cousins created by dark magic and who feed on the psychic energy of their human victims. In this strange new world, Remy, a bourgeoisie, is sired as a Deamhan by Julian. But the intoxicating rush of becoming a powerful psychic vampire is soon eclipsed by the presence of Ruby, a beautiful yet elusive Dorvo vampire.

Betrayed by his own, Ruby feeds his undesirable urge to have his revenge against Julian and the rest of the Deamhan. But he doesn’t know if he can trust Ruby. She may have given him his freedom, but she’s still the enemy who has vowed to vanquish the Deamhan, the very same Deamhan that betrayed him. Now it’s up to Remy to decide who to trust -- and who to destroy.

In Remy, The Brotherhood Files, author Isaiyan Morrison presents a paranormal urban fantasy about fractured relationships, mistrust, and forgiveness. Here in the City of Love, it’s anything but, as Remy’s caught between two warring sides who both want him gone. Will his desire for revenge cloud his judgment? Or will he figure out who he can trust once and for all? In this wild journey from the graveyard and through the dark alleys and cobblestoned streets of Paris, Remy is both hunter…and prey.


I found this novel to be wonderfully written and full of detailed descriptions and emotion.

Connecting with the main character is key for a reader to determine whether they will not only relate, but be invested in the story itself. I believe Isaiyan Morrison managed that with his novel. 

The plot flowed smoothly and I didn't feel like anything was forced or majorly missing anything.

About the Author

A veteran of the Armed Forces, Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minneapolis.

Her passions include writing, reading, and researching historical events.

She also spends her time gardening, playing video games, and hanging out with her three cats and beloved pitt bull.

She's the author of The Deamhan Chronicles and the novel, Old Farmer's Road.

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PROMO: Sirius Hidden Truth by A. L. Long

Steamy Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance
Date Published:  February 2018

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April Barnes was a simple girl with a simple life. All she wanted was to graduate and help the world. Everything changes when her only friend Vanessa Lewis talks her into covering for her at a catering job. The minute April walked in the door, her curiosity gets the best of her and that curiosity introduced her to a world that would soon be a part of her.

The minute he laid eyes on her, there was only one thing that Dominic Prescott wanted and that was April Barnes. Hidden behind many secrets, the opportunity to get closer to her presented itself when he volunteered to teach an economics class that she was a student of.

Introducing her to his world wasn’t part of his plan. All it took was one taste and she would be forever his, or so he thought until the truth he had kept hidden away is revealed putting them both in danger.

Will she be able to accept his world or will she walk away and leave the only man she ever loved behind…


 She wasn’t sure who this man was, but she was hypnotized by his charm. Never before had she submitted to a man based on his request. With shaky hands she began unbuttoning her shirt. The fact that he was watching her made her feel even more nervous. When her shirt fell to the floor, exposing her light pink demi bra, she looked up to him, aware that the half smile on his face was because he approved. Reaching behind her back, she found the zipper of her skirt and pulled it down. Pushing the material down her legs, she let it drop to the floor before she stepped out of it. With only her bra, matching panties, and black heeled shoes on, she stood in front of him waiting for what would happen next.

When he held his hand out to her, she lowered her honey brown eyes and placed her hand in his. He captured her hand and led her to the open panel. Just inside the hidden door, the mysterious man switched on a light that barely lit the narrow hallway. April tried to see where the hallway led, but it was too dark. Feeling the change in the temperature, she began rubbing her arms to get warm. It wasn’t just the lack of clothing that made her cold; the darkness and the thought of not knowing what was in store had her shivering. Taking in her surroundings, she felt something being draped over her shoulders. As she pulled it around her, she noticed that it was a dark blue velvet cape, just like the ones the guests had worn in the ballroom.

Turning to face the mysterious man, she was about to ask where he was taking her, but before she could get the words out, he stilled her in her spot and placed what felt like a mask over her eyes. As he began securing it behind her head, he spoke in a firm but velvety voice. “One of the requirements to enter the chamber is that you will be covered in velvet. Be assured your identity will never be revealed. Can you accept these rules?’

Nodding her head, she allowed him to finish securing the mask. When he gently placed his hands on her shoulders, she turned at his will. She raised her head to his until their eyes met. The look on his face, although mostly covered, told her everything she needed to know. Placing his hand on her chin, he tilted her head and lowered his lips to hers. His tongue swept gently across her parted lips, never dipping inside. Biting her full bottom lip, he ended the kiss and pulled away, leaving her unfulfilled and disappointed.

April tried to resume where he had left off, but was denied as he placed his finger across her mouth. “We need to go,” he ordered, taking hold of her hand.

Reaching the end of the dark hallway, there was a large wooden door with something written in Latin engraved in the wood. Having taken Greek and Latin in college, she translated the words as she read them, ‘Blood of one’s desire is the root of another’s pleasure.’ She wasn’t quite sure exactly what it meant, but just the thought of finding out had her mind reeling with excitement. April watched as he placed his hand on the handle. Getting ready to pull it open, he suddenly pulled his hand back. She was confused by his movement until he looked down at her and warned, “You are to remain by my side unless you are solicited. You will address me as Sir, and most importantly, you will do as I command. Do you understand?

About the Author

Award winning Author of the Independent Press Award and NYC Big Book Award.

My love for writing began several years ago after an early retirement from a demanding job that I loved, but also hated because it consumed so much of my time. Now, I am able to focus my time on what I love. Writing romance has been a life long dream and to actually say that I am a published author is beyond what I would have ever expected.

Even though some may say I have a little naughtiness in my books, I look at it as an added bonus for my readers. After all what is a romance book without a little spice.

When I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with friends either at home or out on the town. Mostly, I enjoy a relaxing night at home where I can enjoy a glass of wine in the company of a good book.

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PROMO: Unstrung Series Blitz from Author @KendraHighley #excerpt and #giveaway

YA Sci-Fi Series Blitz

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Lexa Pate, 17-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don't make a career out of stealing other people's property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation's hit list because they've accidentally stolen the wrong thing - plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa's world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

UNFINISHED (Prequel Novella)

In a world where genetically-engineered humans serve as slave labor to “real” humans, ten-year-old Quinn is an anomaly. Designed with superior intelligence and physical attributes, he lives and trains at Maren DeGaul’s lakeside mansion, being readied for some mysterious purpose as dictated by Precipice Corporation. Despite the comfortable surroundings, Quinn is frequently pushed to his limits by his human guardians, often learning lessons in pain and loneliness.

That all changes the day they introduce him to a new artificial, one who is both his equal and his soulmate. But when Maren decides the new artificial is flawed and should be decommissioned, it’s up to Quinn to find a way to save his only friend.


Master thief Lexa Pate always prided herself on never being caught. That changed the night she freed the artificial humans of Triarch City, a people she’s still learning to identify with. Now, imprisoned by the government, she’s separated from her family—and the love of her life—while facing murder charges. What she doesn’t know is something far worse awaits her: the Quad intends to make her pay for her crimes.

After helplessly watching Lexa be captured, Quinn has to place his trust in a group of people he barely knows to save the girl he loves. The rebels outside Triarch City have the equipment—and the information—he needs to rescue Lexa. But, knowing the Quad has sophisticated brainwashing techniques, his biggest worry is who she’ll be even if they do manage to bring her home.

Pawns in a game they barely understand, Lexa and Quinn will have to use all the gifts they possess to fight the powers seeking to control them and find a way back to each other.

Before it’s too late.


Lexa Pate has been called many things: thief, artificial, lover, friend. Now, as she faces the biggest crisis of her life, she realizes there’s another title trying to define her: murderer.

After she was freed from the Quad’s clutches, Lexa thought her life would go back to, if not normal, something resembling that. Sure, the band of rebels she’s joined have ideas of freeing the world from the Quad (delusions of grandeur might be more accurate), but Lexa is reunited with the men who’ve become her ragtag family. In her new home, she’s safe, she’s surrounded by people who care for her, and Quinn is always close at hand, ready to show her how much he loves her. So why does she feel like killing him every time they’re together?

Quinn thought rescuing Lexa from the Glass House would be all he needed to find his happy ending. But Lexa’s incarceration has changed things between them, and he fears the Quad altered more about Lexa than anyone suspects. With tensions in the rebel camp rising between the humans and the artificials, Quinn knows the war will reach a boiling point soon, and he may be the only one who can stop it. But if the rebels continue to believe Lexa is dangerous, he could lose more than the war—he could lose the girl he loves.

Excerpt From Book 1

I stare blankly at the wall in my room. My Exeprin high has worn off and I changed back into my pajamas at the first chance, unable to get the chip off my mind. Our little team has ceased being annoying but forgettable and has become a critical target. Everyone from cops to bounty hunters to the Quad’s security team will be after us. All because we stole the wrong thing. Sure, we hadn’t planned to steal that particular chip, but our mistake doesn’t change one simple fact.

We are so dead.

“…run another diagnostic,” Turpin calls from the hallway. He’s been holed up in the lab with Jole, examining the data on the chip. A moment later, he knocks. Unlike Jole, he waits for me to say “come in” before opening the door.

“Hey,” he says, taking a seat on my desk chair. “You okay?”

I drop my pillow over my face. Maybe I should suffocate myself with it. “If I hadn’t tripped and set off the alarm, there’d be no trace of how the chip was taken. Now…they’ll find us.”

“Lexa, there’s no way to plan for the unknown. Besides, anyone else probably would’ve set that security device off sooner and not gotten away.”

A headache starts throbbing behind my eyes. Stars, this is the worst time to be coming off Exeprin. “I’ll remind you how you said it wasn’t my fault when we’re rounded up by Maren’s people.”

“You won’t have to,” Turpin says. “I’m the one who took the job. We go down, you can blame me.”

He sounds so dejected, I sit up, hugging the pillow to my chest. Maybe I should be scared, but a morbid curiosity about Maren’s artificials gets the better of me. “What are the new versions like? Can you tell from the plans?”

“Most of it is over our heads—the genetic engineering data is very complex—and part of the chip is heavily encoded. But I understand enough to know these are the most human-like versions I’ve seen. Circulatory systems that actually regenerate synthetic blood cells, skin cells that scab over when cut, fully functional digestive tracts. Stars, even their hair, fingernails and bodies will grow like a human’s.”

My headache intensifies. “Wait, what do you mean their bodies will grow?”

Turpin goes to my window. “Instead of making adults, like usual, these prototypes appear to be equivalent to six-year-old children. All of them with critical thinking processors akin to a person with a one-forty I.Q. The plans cover maturity cycles and learning rates by age. The only thing I can guess is that her scientists want to mimic the learning capability of a child’s brain.”

My room suddenly feels cold. “We stole the plans for a super-race of fake human beings?”

“It would seem that way. And all of them programmed to think the way the Quad wants them to think. Hyper-intelligent, but without the experience or knowledge to have true free will. I’m wondering about that, though,” he says, coming to sit on the edge of my bed. “If Maren’s playing God to this extent, how will she maintain control of her ‘kids?’ Can you imagine them as teenagers?” He gives me a rueful smile. “You’re hard enough to handle.”

I punch his arm, more out of respect than annoyance. Everything is so topsy-turvy, I wonder if I’m going soft. Soon I’ll be letting Jole off the hook for coming into my room without knocking. “Maybe it’s good we stole those plans. The new K600s are advanced enough that I can hardly tell they’re artificials. These new…things would be an abomination. A crime against nature.” I stand and pace, needing to put my nervous energy into the ground. If I don’t, I’ll blow, and I can’t afford a meltdown. “Bolts shouldn’t be so human. It blurs way too many lines, don’t you think?”

“The bigger question is what we tell our clients,” Turpin says. “Because we can’t give the chip to them. It’s too dangerous.”

He has a point. “I say we tell them the chip self-destructed as we decoded it. Who cares if they get angry. I’m less scared of them than I am of Maren.”

About the Author

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Blog Tour: Overweight to Fighting Weight read my interview with Author @AJWatson_ #giveaway #interview

Non-fiction. Weight loss and health
Date Published: 8 December 2017

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Looking to lose weight but everything has failed? Discover the physical and mental aspects of becoming a much healthier you, written by someone that dropped 80kg!

Get the weight loss system written by someone that went from zero exercise and over 175kg, to a multiple time Australian and Pan Pacific martial arts Champion.

AJ Watson has shed 80kg in his journey and for the first time shares how he did it, and what needed to change mentally and physically to achieve his goals.

This book will teach you how to:

·        understand weight loss issues

·        figure out nutrition labels

·        learn how to set goals

·        improve your motivation

·        boost your willpower

·        structure your exercise

·        become a better version of you.

AJ Watson’s approach tackles the issues from multiple angles giving a much greater level of success than diet alone. Treat yourself to a wealth of knowledge and kick those extra kilos goodbye.

AJ discusses his physical and mental states throughout his journey, and how he combated multiple challenges to attain results. Because he has been there, AJ understands the thought process of overeating, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and low self-esteem. His successes as a martial artist, coach and author are traced back to the struggle out of his lowest point.

Now you can benefit from that struggle as well.

Grab your copy today.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

This book is a system to lose weight, change negative behaviours, gain motivation and set goals to live a healthier life. So while the core goal is to shed weight, the message would be to utilise your mind to ensure you have the tenacity, drive and willpower to achieve your healthy goals.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 Not with the writing process itself, just in finding the time to sit down and actually write. I have a very busy week with full time work, martial arts coaching and starting a life coaching business. There isn’t much time left for writing but I fit it in when I can.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 I have published a fantasy/sci fi trilogy (Void War: The Gatekeeper Trilogy), this non-fiction book (Overweight to Fighting Weight), and another fantasy/sci fi/western series (Inquisitor Qyr Chronicles) with the first book ready to publish (Arson’s Canvas). I also have its sequel in the works.
I have a love for all my books for different reasons. I am most proud of OW2FW as it documents probably the biggest achievement I’ve had of losing around 80kg. I know it will help a lot of people. My favourite though would be my latest (and unpublished) novel Arson’s Canvas. I’ve enjoyed creating the characters and the world they inhabit. My first trilogy by virtue of the plot of galactic war didn’t stick to one location or planet so each was not explored as fully as I would have liked. With Arson’s Canvas the events take place in a few cities close together. I could spend more time filling out the area with interesting locations and people. This way the reader can see the direct impact of character actions on the environment and regular citizens, and the protagonists have to deal directly with the fallout. 

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 For OW2FW the movie would be biographical and over a couple decades so it would be difficult choosing someone that looks like and can act like me. I would think a couple of actors would be required due to changes in age. I also imagine a lot of CGI as I can’t see an actor willing to put on 80kg then lose it over the course of filming. I would probably divorce myself from the casting process.
Really anyone over 6ft that looks good bald and with a goatee would suffice.

When did you begin writing?

 About 15 years ago, give or take.

How long did it take to complete your first book?

 About eight years. I wrote as a hobby between other projects when time permitted. My other books were far shorter. My third for example I finished in about three months, mainly due to taking extended leave from work and spending everyday writing until I had pumped out at least 2000 words.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Not any direct inspiration to become a writer, but I have favourite authors that have influenced me. Stephen King’s On Writing has impacted my process greatly. I read a lot of fantasy as a kid such as Tolkien, Feist, Eddings etc. My tastes evolved around 17 when I started into Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Richard Layman. Now I simply look for a good tale and read a wide range of genres and authors. They all have some impact on whatever I am writing at the time, even if is simply choosing a specific word.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Re-reading a section and thinking “how did I come up with that?”
Based on advice from Stephen King, I write the first draft and then put it away for months, not thinking about it. I then read it with a fresh mind; I often forget some details and am surprised at some of the word choices, scenes and reactions. Surprising myself is great. I have thought something needs to be added or explained, and then a paragraph or two later that point is already there. I then get to decide if it stays where it was or mention it sooner.
This wouldn’t be possible without that month’s long break and I can enjoy it more as a reader than the author.

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

 Mentality of shedding weight

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 I have many writing ideas and plans, and I always seem to come up with more. This book was my first foray into non-fiction and it was an enjoyable ride. I’m thinking of other topics to write about but for now I’m focused on my next fiction series called
The Inquisitor Qyr Chronicles. It blends fantasy with some sci fi, wrapped in a detective blanket and set in a western era. The first book is Arson’s Canvas and tours a rich world filled with intrigue and running on elemental power.
Qyr is an Inquisitor for The Trust, the law enforcement agency of planet Volyce. He loves his job investigating serious crimes in a town not far removed from the frontier status during the rush for mining ore. One thing he loves more than his job is his privacy.
However that is threatened when a murderer destroys a monastery in a blast of fire only the greatest practitioners of the elements could muster.
The wanton destruction exposes secrets of several powerful organisations as Qyr conducts his inquisition. Secrets that shake the foundation of even The Trust itself.
That pales to the personal conflict for the Inquisitor. His extensive history is filled with details best left to the past. Balancing between privacy and duty, Qyr must learn the secrets of his birth before they attack the life he has built.
Who can he trust with enemies encroaching on all sides, even among those seeming to help?
Inquisitor Qyr chronicles his journey so he can understand a choice that will impact millions, and kill millions more.

The book is ready for the final draft and I’ve started on its sequel.

About the Author

AJ Watson (Tony to his friends) lives with his wife Barbara in the great state of Victoria, Australia.

AJ is a certified Life Coach and continues to expand his skills to assist others not only duplicate his successes but to clear any mental barriers people place upon themselves.

Tony has obtained a Bachelor of Computing and although he has a love of technology, he can’t help dreaming of worlds with vicious creatures and powerful metaphysics. He uses this imagination to write sci fi/fantasy novels.

Tony is an experienced martial artist competitor and instructor, having won multiple national gold medals and assisting others to do the same.

In his spare time, among other things, Tony dabbles in computer graphics and GMs many role play games with his family and friends.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Release Week: Megan the Pet Whisperer - Read an Excerpt from @pamelacfoland #excerpt #middlegrade

Middle Grade Fiction
Date Published: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Sonny’s Legacy Publishing

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Megan Thompson is surprised and happy when Dr.Newton, the Veterinarian at the Furry Friends Clinic, ask her to look after Monty, a Capuchin monkey.  Dr. Newton acquired Monty from the local zoo because he was fighting other monkeys. Despite Monty's reputation with the vet staff as being a terror, Megan knows she can win Monty over.   Megan see's the inner workings of a vet clinic, and before the three days are up she wants to help every pet she can.  Unfortunately, the vet staff sees Megan as an annoying little kid not part of the team.  Megan can't bear to hear any more talk about Cooper, a sad Shih Tzu that won't eat his meals. She knows she could help him and others at the clinic if given the chance.  How can Megan earn the staff's trust?  Will she ever be allowed to handle any other pets besides Monty?  Every kid has a summer to which they just want to go back to when they are all grown up. This is Megan's summer, this is the summer when Megan became the Pet Whisperer.


The next morning, Megan woke to her kittens racing across the bed. Peeking at the digital clock on her nightstand, she saw it was only five-thirty. She rolled on her back and tried to go back to sleep, but somehow Petey had seen her look at the alarm clock.

With a meow, he jumped back on the bed and started purring as he walked up Megan's chest. He sat briefly on her chest, staring at her before flopping against her face still purring. With his back and head against her chin, his fur tickled her nose.

“ACHOO,” Megan said, startling all the kittens off the bed.

“Sorry, guys. Petey, your fur tickled my nose. Okay, I’m up, and I know that's what you wanted.”

Megan stretched and yawned as she walked across her bedroom. She quickly put out the kittens food and then sat on the floor near them, still trying to wake up.

By 6 a.m. Megan was excited to go see Monty. She played with her kittens until she heard her parents moving around downstairs.

“I’ll be back, babies,” Megan promised as she shut the door to her room.

”Morning,” Megan said cheerfully to her parents as she entered the kitchen.

“Morning,” her dad said.

“You are up early,” her mom commented.

“Yeah, I’m so excited to go care for Monty this morning. I will get to see how a vet clinic runs, too.”

“It's good experience for you,” her dad agreed.

After breakfast and seeing her parents off to work, Megan went back to her room and dressed in jeans and a T shirt.

“Okay, kitten cats, I’m going to go take care of Monty. I have to feed him and let him play for an hour. I’ll be home by eleven for sure, and we will spend time together since I don't have to be back at the clinic until three-thirty.”

Megan kissed each of her babies and headed for Dr. Newton's office. The morning was still cool, so Megan didn't mind jogging the quarter mile.

It was just after eight when Megan pulled the Furry Friends Clinic doors open.

“Morning, Mary,” Megan said. She was happy that she had been introduced to the staff. Now she really felt like she was part of the vet’s office.

Megan approached Monty's cage. As usual, Monty was crouched on the platform at the back of his cage.

“Morning, sleepyhead. Do you want to come out and play?” Megan cooed, unlocking the cage door.

As she knelt by his cage, Monty eyed her for a moment before hesitantly approaching the door.

A client with two vocal basset hounds came into the lobby just as Monty was about to come out.

The basset hounds baying sent Monty scurrying back to the safety of his platform with a shrill scream.

“It's okay, Monty,” Megan soothed as she watched the woman with the basset hounds be led into an exam room.

It only took a moment of the lobby being quiet for Monty to come back down to the door. He stared at Megan, his big brown eyes already showed he trusted her.

With one quick leap, Monty landed on Megan's shoulder. Grabbing her hair, he balanced himself.

“Ow,” Megan cringed as he pulled her hair again and settled on her shoulder.

Once she was sure he was seated, she slowly got to her feet. With a hand on his back as she walked, Megan headed to the kitchen.

“Morning,” Cory greeted her.

“Morning,” Megan replied with a smile.

Cory took a few steps backward as Megan approached to get the toys from the cabinet.

“Monty's food is soaking, but it has only been about fifteen minutes,” Cory explained.

“Okay, we will play for a while. Thanks for making it,” said Megan.

Cory nodded and headed out of the room as another tech called his name.

Once Cory had left the room, Monty jumped from Megan’s shoulder to the counter. He opened his toy drawer and rummaged for the toy he wanted.

He found the keyring toy that he was looking for and handed it to Megan.

Megan took the toy from Monty and shook it gently in front of him so the keys rattled together.

Monty’s eyes lit up as he watched the colored keys dance.

When Megan held the keys still again, Monty took them and repeated Megan’s action. He was able to make the keys rattle, too.

He said, “Oooh, ooh, eee, aah.”

As he continued to shake the keys, he jumped off the counter and ran around the room rattling the keys and talking to himself.

Megan giggled at his antics as she watched him circle the room for the second time. As he passed her again, Megan sat down on the floor.

The next time Monty circled around, he ran up and jumped in Megan’s lap pushing the keys up to Megan’s nose.

Megan giggled again and playfully fell over backward.

Monty walked up her chest just like her kittens and rattled the keys in her face.

Megan covered her face with her hands so the keys couldn't hit her.

This action intrigued Monty. He dropped the keys and put his hands on Megan's attempting to pull her hands from her face.

Megan let him lift her hands up briefly. She smiled and said, “Boo!”

Then she quickly covered her face again.

Monty talked, “Ooh, ooh, eee, aaa, “ as he pulled Megan's hands from her face a few more times.

After the fourth boo, Monty was bored with the game and wandered over to the cabinets.

“No, Monty, come play with your blocks,” Megan said, pulling the bucket of blocks to the middle of the room and dumping them on the floor.

Monty left the cabinets and came over to where Megan sat. He dug through the blocks and found two red ones. He put one on the ground and started hammering it using the other block.

Megan watched him work and then started building a tower. She got her tower to be a foot tall before Monty took interest and knocked it over with a quick backhanded motion.

“Monty, you knocked my tower down. I was building that,” Megan laughed.

Megan built the tower again. This time he helped her put the blocks in place. Once the tower got to be a foot tall, he knocked it over again.

Megan rolled her eyes and glanced up at the clock.

“Okay, Monty, your food should be ready. Let's give you some breakfast.”

Megan got up and opened the door to the refrigerator. As she searched the shelves for Monty's containers, he came up to her side. Grabbing a handful of her jeans and then a handful of her shirt, he climbed up to her shoulder and peered in the refrigerator too.

“Good boy,” Megan praised as she grabbed the two containers from the shelf and shut the door. Monty watched from Megan’s shoulder as she combined the vegetables and fruit together and then mixed up the pellets and canned food.

Once in the lobby, Megan poured the contents of the containers in the dishes in Monty’s cage. Monty hopped into his cage eager to check out his food dishes. Megan sat on the floor in front of his cage, watching to make sure Monty ate. He dug through both bowls. Once he had a carrot piece in one hand and a pellet in the other, Monty climbed out of his cage and onto Megan's lap. Monty chewed on his chosen pieces of food for a few minutes. Then he dropped them on the floor and went to retrieve two new pieces.

Tess came up to the front to talk to Mary. “Cooper the Shih Tzu that checked in on Saturday isn't eating. What else can I offer him?”

Mary pulled his file from the cabinet behind her. After reading it for a moment, she replied, “He has severe food allergies. You can't give him anything but what his owner brought.”

Tess sighed and returned to the back.

Megan couldn't help but ask, “What will Tess do to get Cooper to eat?”

“We do several things here. Sometimes adding hot water to their food makes them eat. I'm not sure what all she has tried already,” Mary replied.

Megan nodded. Despite not knowing Cooper, Megan felt bad for him.

It had to be so scary being boarded when you're a dog. It has to be terrible to not understand when or if your mom is coming back. I will ask Tess about Cooper this afternoon and try to help.

Monty had eaten two thirds of his food. The remains of pieces were scattered across Megan's lap, but Monty had went to his platform to rest.

Megan cleaned the floor and shut Monty's cage door.

“See you this afternoon,” Megan said to Monty and Mary.

Her mind raced as she walked home. Monty is so fun to care for. He is so easy. I don't think I could ever board my kittens. They would be so scared. I hope Tess can get Cooper to eat. I know I could help Cooper if I was allowed to spend time with him.

About the Author

Pamela Foland grew up in Plano, Texas. Her love of animals started at a very young age. As a child, she was constantly bringing home stray dogs, and injured birds. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Business in 2005. As an adult, her love of animals has only grown stronger. Pamela has worked in numerous pet hotels as a dog trainer and is certified to teach pet first aid and CPR. All her experience with pets culminated four years ago when Pamela found and raised an abandoned litter of day-old kittens. Not able to part with any of these now-grown babies, Pamela enjoys going home to her ‘little munchkins’ every night. This experience gave Pamela the inspiration for her series debut, Megan’s Munchkins. Pamela will always have a special affinity with Megan, because of their shared experiences. There are few experiences in life more compelling than saving the life of another being.

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