Happy Friday! We have a character guest post today from a hunky ex-Navy Seal who is a character in our featured mystery Pawprints and Predicaments. That ought to brighten up your weekend. I really identify with this series because like the main character, Daphne, my daughter has been a pet sitter to work her way through school and well…I knit/crochet sweaters for my dogs. That’s it. Full confession. Have one on the knitting needles right now. Here’s a word from our author, Bethany Blake and then let’s listen to what Jonathan has to say.
Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy. 🙂 Today he is offering the chance at the entire Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery Series and some Swag to go with it!
Detective Jonathan Black is incredibly reserved. In part, it’s because he’s supremely confident. He’s been around the world a few times, saved a few lives—and, as a combat-tested Navy SEAL, lost a few friends. He tends to listen more than talk, because he doesn’t feel like he needs to impress anyone. But I managed to get him to open up, just a tiny bit, to tell you about his life in Sylvan Creek, and his complicated relationship with petsitter and amateur sleuth Daphne Templeton.
I’ll let Jonathan take it from here.
I never expected to live in a place like Sylvan Creek, where everyone, it seems, dresses their dogs in handknit sweaters. I’ve started doing it, myself, for crying out loud.
I don’t dress up my chocolate Lab, Axis. He’d be insulted. But the one-eared, drooling Chihuahua that Daphne Templeton foisted upon me shivers so much in the cold that I actually find myself buttoning him into a free-range, yak hair sweater that Daphne gave him, as a present.
Please, don’t tell Daphne that I ever do that. It’s bad enough that she’s seen me with the dog tucked into my jacket.
When I met Daphne, she was trying to obstruct justice. She has a habit of bumbling her way into situations, then trying to blurt her way out, with varying degrees of success. And, yet, over time, she’s become more responsible. While I’ve gone the other way—to a small degree.
I’m going to be honest. After a life spent moving around the world, first as a military brat, then as a SEAL, myself, I enjoy the order and peace I’ve found in my house in the woods. I spend a lot of time alone by the fire, reading. And thinking. And that’s okay.
But I’ve come to appreciate the openness and chaos that Daphne brings to my world, at least to a small degree. I’ve never met a petsitter with a Ph.D. in philosophy before, and I can’t deny that she brings an interesting perspective to any conversation.
She also drives me crazy by trying to solve crimes, and usually nearly getting herself killed in the process. Thankfully, she has a very intelligent protector, a basset hound named Socrates, looking out for her when I can’t be there. The dog and I also share a negative opinion of canine apparel.
I think that’s enough about me. If you ever come to Sylvan Creek, be careful. A surprising number of people get murdered here. And, yet, I’m glad this is where I’ve ended up, for now. Maybe for a while…
About the Book
Pawprints & Predicaments (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
3rd in Series
Kensington (February 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
The Tail Waggin’ Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who’s filming the festivities. She’s critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake—and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they’re both going to do . . .
It’s the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore—with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard—but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation—whether he wants her to or not . . .
Includes recipes for homemade pet treats!
About the Author
Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.