Sunday, March 13, 2011
My Pet Rescue Stories Have Begun!
by Lauren Vancouver, pet rescuer, whose adventures are memorialized in the Pet Rescue Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston
Hello. I’m Lauren Vancouver. I was here as a guest blogger in January, and now I’m back. Why? Because my new Pet Rescue Mystery series has debuted.
BEAGLEMANIA premiered on March 1. I haven’t had a lot of time to get out there and tell people about it, since I’m too busy saving pets. That’s what I do. But Linda O. Johnston, who has so graciously agreed to tell my stories, has been doing guest blogs and book signings--alongside pet adoption events--and more. I’m also proud of her because she is volunteering at a local pet shelter as a dog adoption counselor--although you’d think she would spend her time instead at my shelter, HotRescues. Maybe someday I’ll invite her to do just that.
She’s also the LA Pet Rescue Examiner for Examiner.com. Would you believe that she hasn’t yet featured HotRescues in one of her articles? Some of her articles are good nevertheless. You might want to check them out.
As I mentioned when I was here before, I was chosen a few years ago to run a wonderful no-kill private pet shelter in the San Fernando Valley. HotRescues is fortunate enough to have been founded by Dante DeFrancisco, the wealthy magnate who runs the large pet store chain HotPets, so unlike most shelters we don’t lack for funds. That’s the good thing.
The bad thing is that there have been some odd situations going on around me. Like murders. To recap, I’m the kind of person who likes to take charge of things, so I’ve found myself having to solve them. Especially in BEAGLEMANIA --since, of all things, the police consider me their primary suspect.
BEAGLEMANIA starts out with a puppy mill rescue, and the person who was murdered was involved with that horrible situation. He was an animal abuser. I didn’t kill him, but people knew I didn’t like him. That’s why I have to find out who really murdered him, to save myself.
In my stories, “no-kill” means pets, not people.
You can run to your nearest bookstore or go online to order BEAGLEMANIA. It’s available now. The next story will be THE MORE THE TERRIER, to be published in October of this year. I was astounded, in that situation, to learn that my old mentor in pet rescue is now an animal hoarder. She becomes the murder suspect in that story. It’s a dilemma for me, but I have to help clear her.
And, yes, I’m told that there are more murders to come...
Linda O. Johnston writes the Pet Rescue Mysteries, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries. Visit her at www.LindaOJohnston.com