Things are starting to move again and so last Saturday I had another volunteer gig. It took place at the McConnell Student Residence at McGill.
Lots of students took time off their studies to come and see me.
It was a lot of fun being petted by so many different hands.
Some even took out their phones and showed pictures of their dogs in different parts of the world. They all missed their dogs whether they came from Iran, Boston, Dubai, Libya, Germany or anywhere else.
It has been a while since I had children reading to me because of Covid but recently I had the opportunity to work with Daniel, a young boy who happens to live in the same apartment building as I do.
Although I liked all the children that read to me either at the library on the island here or at the library in Verdun, Daniel is my favorite. Daniel has a lot of ENTHUSIASM and an hilarious IMAGINATION but what I like the most about him is that he never forgets to PLAY.
I have noticed that adults, in particular, seem to have lost their ability to play and that makes a dog like me, who loves to play, want to go to sleep. There’s more to life than being serious all the time!
Another thing I really like about Daniel is his SUPER POWER to read my mind. He knows just when I need a break and will tell my dog mom:
I think Bau needs to run.
So, Daniel and I play a game of tag. But he is always way too fast for me.
Another neat thing about Daniel is that he uses his SUPER MIND READING POWER to say:
Bau is tired of running
And then he gives me a little pat on my head. Which I love!
We then return to our desk and I continue to listen to him read his stories. Playing for just a short time allows us to concentrate once more. I guess that’s the MAGIC OF PLAY.
Sometimes, I see Daniel in the elevator and I can’t help myself. I get so excited and want to jump on him because I’m so happy to see him even though in my dog therapy training I was told not to jump on people.
It’s really difficult for me not to express all the joy in my little heart when I see him.
Soon Daniel will be moving away and that makes me sad. Already I miss him.
It’s finally on sale – a book which I have been working on for years.
Throughout these years the book’s title has changed. It first was Only the Lonely, inspired by Roy Orbison’s iconic song Only the Lonely and which I also included as a quote in the beginning of the novel.
Then the title became The Boy Next Door but I found it told only part of the story. The Set Up was the third title but after a bit of research I found that there were too many books with that title.
Finally, I settled with Just Before Sunrise because it evokes the question: What happened just before sunrise? Which is the whole point of the story.
Right now, Bau, who has been so tolerant throughout this process is still manifesting his patience and control. He is just eagerly waiting for me to finish this post and press publish so that he can go for his well earned walk.
I am very proud to present my dog Mom’s latest novel Just Before Sunrise. It is available in bothe-book and paperback.
I hope that those of you who will read it will enjoy it.
Let loose without my leash as a reward for all my patience while I waited for my Dog Mom to finish her latest novel with its new title and blurb.
She’s warned me that although the cover is done, her manuscript is not quite ready. Not more waiting around!
A coming-of-age story with a domestic noir twist
Nadine, tired of running her call-girl agency, has upgraded to gold digger as she finds the perfect rich widower to marry. Discovering that her wealthy widower is an abuser she seduces his stepson, Charlie, to plot her husband’s murder. But things don’t go as planned and soon she is turning to her experience hiring young call-girls to find the perfect girl to save her from going to prison…
Homeless Maya is drifting on the streets, grieving the recent loss of her mother. When she is offered the opportunity to prepare a lake-side house to be used as a half-way home for delinquent girls, she doesn’t think twice.
She soon falls for Charlie, the attractive boy next door, who has a seriously dark side. She is drawn into his murderous schemes, doing anything he asks her to, risking her own safety for the promise of a future with him.
When she finds herself party to murder, and she realizes he is more concerned with his older female accomplice than with her, she must learn to trust her instincts and use all of her courage to get out of their trap alive.
An older woman, a younger man and their rocky relationship become involved in investigating the murder for which young Maya is accused of committing.
Just Before Sunrise is a story about loss and survival. About loneliness, betrayals and deadly desires.
My Doggy Mom is still working on her book. Because she wants to change the title I am forced to endure hours lying next to her as she keeps searching for a suitable one. It’s enough to put a dog to sleep. I wonder if she spent that much time searching for my name.
Doggy Mom: Well, in fact, it was easier. You are of French origin and I wanted you to have a literary name.
Bau: As if I can read French!
Doggy Mom: I thought of Hugo, as in Victor Hugo, but I didn’t think that my daughter’s friend, Hugo, would appreciate me naming you after him.
Bau: He should have been honored.
Doggy Mom: So, anyway there was Baudelaire but that was too long. So I shortened it to Bau. Here in Montreal where almost everyone speaks French, when they ask what your name is, they think I mean Beau, which means handsome.
Bau: Oh, I quite like that!
Doggy Mom: Fits you perfectly. Anyway back to my book title.
Bau: Oh yeah (Yawn, Yawn). What was wrong with The Set Up? Lots of books have that title.
Doggy Mom: That’s the problem. I don’t want my book to get lost in the slush pile.
Bau: If that’s the case, you should have checked before wasting my time.
Doggy Mom: You’re right. Learn from my mistakes. Also the title gives the story plot away.
Bau: What about the cover?
Doggy Mom: Finally, I found what I was looking for. Now, I’m just waiting for the graphic designer to get back to me. Could be a few weeks. Of course there’s going to be the extra headache of formatting my book to fit Amazon standards.
Bau: Oh, boy! I think I’m going to go for a nap. Wake me when it’s over.
My Human Mom tells me that there are a lot of steps she still needs to do before she’s ready to publish her new novel.
Here are some things which I secretly know about it:
It’s a Domestic Crime Novel (Apparently that’s her favorite type of crime novel along with Domestic Noir novels).
She tells me because there is a Femme Fatale in her novel it might also be categorized as Domestic Noir.
She’s likely going to launch it in May (That’s a long time in doggy days). That’s if all goes well!
The title is The Set Up.
Here’s a tentative blurb for it:
Homeless sixteen-year-old Maya has found the perfect summer job – getting a cottage ready to serve as a half-way house to delinquent girls. A summer job where she won’t have to wonder where she’s going to sleep for a while. Being by the lake in nature will give her time to grieve the death of her mother. Best of all, she’s met Charlie, the boy who lives in the cottage next door who gives her the attention she craves and the promise of a bright future if she sticks with him. But Charlie has a very dark side and Maya becomes involved in a murderous scheme. What will happen to Maya now that she is being blamed for the murder by the police? Who can possibly help her?
I love to listen to my Human Mom read her manuscript out loud, but honestly, I’m disappointed because I’m not even in it!
In the meantime, you might want to have a look at my Human Mom’s other books on her author page. (Every time you click on one of her books I get a treat).