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Monday, April 1, 2013

Guest Post: Zoe Dawson

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First, here is information on her books from the series Going to the Dogs:

(Going to the Dogs #1:) Leashed: Est. page #: 79
Leashed (Going to the Dogs, #1)
First book in the Going to the Dog series and is a short novella at 26,000 words.

Jack has some ‘splainin’ to do!

That's right! Callie Lassiter's normally well-behaved Great Dane Jack has run off and done the wild thing with the neighbor's dog. It must be puppy love! It's doubly embarrassing since she's a professional dog trainer. Of course, the neighbor would have to be hot, hot nightclub owner bad boy Owen McKay, just the kind of man Callie is determined to avoid.

Owen’s comfortable with his playboy status and the hype in the media. But the ground moves beneath his feet when he gets an eyeful of the girl next door. The Dog Whisperer never looked this good! How can he convince this wholesome honey that his player days are behind him? Maybe Jill, his Great Dane can help him with this dilemma now that she’s pregnant and Callie’s dog is to blame.

Is this bad boy a bad bet?
(Going to the Dogs #2:) Groomed For Murder:
Groomed for Murder (Going to the Dogs, #2)Est. page # (by Amazon): 190

Can a dog have a bad hair day?

Brooke Palmer owns Pawlish, an exclusive doggie spa and grooming business in upper Manhattan, but when a client’s champion poodle gets a bad poodle cut and has to undergo therapy to recover, the client sues. The lawyer they send is drop dead gorgeous, but Brooke won't be wooed by a corporate shark in a sharp suit.

Corporate lawyer Drew Hudson has better things to do then take on this ridiculous lawsuit, but since he works for the client’s husband, he has no choice. After meeting the beautiful, sweet-tempered owner, he can’t keep his mind on the silly case. But when the client turns up dog gone dead, Brooke may be a conflict of interest when she’s charged with the murder. All Drew wants to do is prove that this sexy entrepreneur is not dangerous, except to his heart.

Can she take a chance on him?

Author's website is here.
Author's page on Amazon is here.
Author's page on Goodreads is here.
The post on my blog about this is here.

And below is the guest post! :)

Is a bad boy a bad bet? By Zoe Dawson
The bad boy as a archetype makes for a great romance hero. Owen McKay in my recently released novella, Leashed is such a man. He’s played the field, too hurt at a young age to trust women, even though he had an aunt that adored him and raised him as her own.
Bad boys brood, ride motorcycles and often come from a sad, unhappy childhood. But they, as romance heroes, rise above that past, let go of their fears (yes, they have them), and give themselves over to what had once been confusing and out of their reach. Love. Instead of flaws, let’s talk about the opposite. Virtues.
Charismatic – Bad boys have it in spades. Case in point, Captain Jack Sparrow. Not only does he fluster the ladies, but he runs rings around the men. Michael Weston of Burn Notice fame. He knows how to talk his way out of almost anything. Han Solo makes Leia crazy (in a good and bad way) with that crooked smile.
Street Smart It’s that been-there-done-that-and-punched-the-guy-out thing. The bad boy knows when you’re being conned, what situation to avoid and what alley not to go down. Captain Mal Reynolds of Firefly isn’t just street smart, he’s freaking universe smart. In any scrape he gets himself into, he relies on the experience he’s garnered from all the previous scrapes he’s been in. Memphis Raines in Gone in Sixty Seconds was a car thief. He hangs up his turbo boosters to go legit until his little brother gets himself into a bad situation that requires the expertise of his bad boy brother. James Bond takes street smarts all the way to savvy. In his world, one wrong move and he’s dead.
Intuitive – He has a sixth sense that serves him in most situations because, let’s face it, bad boys tend to get caught in life and death situations. Jason Bourne can take on many, many attackers, but it’s his finely tuned sense of danger that makes him a formidable opponent. Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes is a much more physical version of the famous detective, but no less intriguing and definitely sexier. This sleuth relies on many cues to come to his conclusions as well as relying heavily on his heightened sense of deduction. Then there’s Aragorn. He instinctively knows he has to go into that cave that no person in their right mind would ever enter. He is so trusted that both of his comrades go in there with him. Insane bravery.
Sexy We do like them rugged with that scruffy edge. Indiana Jones provides that with his bad boy archaeologist. He is even recognizable in silhouette with his trademark fedora. And, what woman doesn’t swoon over a man who can use a…whip. Gabriel Van Helsing hunts vampires and other things that go bump in the night. He has a cool hat, too, that makes him as sexy as Indiana Jones. He also knows how to rock the stubble and beneath that oh-so-sexy duster are muscles, lots of ‘em. This bad boy hero is all about the gadgets. No. No. It’s not Inspector Gadget. It’s Batman or his mild mannered counterpart Bruce Wayne. Of course there is always a soft spot in our female hearts for a billionaire bad boy, but it goes up a notch when he wears body-hugging latex that molds over…well…everything ladies. Yeah, imagination is over-rated. Okay, get those eyes up.
Space captains, spies, superheroes and even pirates. A bad boy captures attention with his virtues. Tell me what other virtues you see in bad boys?
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author for Harlequin. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart. Leashed is the first book in the Going to the Dogs series.
For more information, visit Zoe on her website | Twitter | Facebook

Here is the tour-wide giveaway:

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Good luck! :)

Here's the tour schedule:

March 29th: *FanGirl Hostess- Author Interview

March 30th: *Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After- Spotlight
*Waiting on Sunday to Drown- Review of both books (Leashed
& Groomed For Murder)

March 31st: *Bookworm Brandee- Review of both books (LEASHED &

April 1st: *FanGirl Hostess- Guest Post

April 2nd: *Bookworm Brandee- Author Interview

April 3rd: *Recent Reads- review of book 1, LEASHED
*Celticlady's Reviews- Spotlight

April 4th: *Recent Reads- review of book 2, GROOMED FOR MURDER &
Author Interview

April 5th: *FanGirl Hostess- Spotlight

April 6th: *Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After- Author Interview

April 7th: *FanGirl Hostess- Review of both books (LEASHED AND GROOMED

This is a tour from FanGirl Book Tours, hosted by FanGirl Hostess (us).

Thanks for visiting me here today! :)

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