Monday, July 18, 2016

A New Start--I Hope!

by Janelle Blaystone, photographer and employee at Barkery and Biscuits, and Icing on the Cake, featured in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston



Hi, readers.  My name is Janelle Blaystone.  I'm a new resident of Knobcone Heights, California--and my story both getting and staying here is a bit overwhelming, even to me.

You see, I came to town partly on a whim--an educated whim, I thought.  My beloved dog Goliath, whom I call Go, was missing, dognapped from a dog park in Los Angeles.  Other dogs had gone missing from that park as well as additional area dog parks, and the only thing I could see that connected them was the presence of a woman named Ada Arnist. 

Ada's family is fairly prominent and has a house in Knobcone Heights.  One day, I simply headed there, on the off chance I'd see Ada in that town and find a way to ask if she knew where Go was.

Well, right away I hit it off with a guy named Neal Kennersly.  Neal works in the Knobcone Heights Resort and lives with his sister Carrie, who owns two side-by-side bakeries, Icing on the Cake, for human treats, and Barkery and Biscuits, where she sells the special healthy treats she developed in her other career as a veterinary technician.

I explained that I was a professional photographer who had come to town to grieve over my loss of Go.  And then one day Neal called and said that he had a surprise for me.  He took me to Mountaintop Rescue--and there was Go!   He had been found wandering in the area and was taken in by that wonderful animal shelter.  I actually got my dear dog back, and I was elated.

But I also ran into Ada, and made it clear I thought I knew how Go had gotten here.  And when Ada was later found murdered--well, you can guess who the prime suspect was.

Fortunately, Carrie had recently solved another murder.  Plus, the dear woman had been the one to spot Go at the shelter and believe she was introducing me to a dog similar to my lost one to help me get over my sadness.  Long story short: she not only hired me to work in her bakeries so I'd have a job while I had to stay in town during the police investigation, but she also dug into what happened to Ada to try to clear me.

My attraction to Neal has continued to grow.  And if Carrie succeeds in getting the truth out there and clearing my name, I may just remain in Knobcone Heights.  Meantime, I also do some professional photography whenever I get a chance--including trying to help promote my new friend Carrie's two bakeries.

TO CATCH A TREAT, the second Barkery & Biscuits Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was a May 2016 release from Midnight Ink. 



Leave a comment here to be eligible to win a copy of TO CATCH A TREAT.  Be sure to include your email address in case you're the winner!  U.S. residents only, please.  Winner to be chosen on July 19.

92 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. I have several of your books on my TBR pile! I love dogs and can't wait to read these books!
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  3. I love that Cover and those cute dogs...Please enter me and thanks for the preview...Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  4. Those dogs on the cover are just adorable! I'd love to read this book.
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  5. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
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  6. I love dog stories.
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  7. Wonderful feature and giveaway. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I love the nickname!! I use to have a dog called Buttons and called her Butt...!!! My mom had a fit when I would call out the door for her....she wondered what the neighbors thought!! "Here Butt, Here, Butt"!! LOL!!
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    1. Thanks, SueAnn. And Butt is an adorable and appropriate nickname! You're in the contest.

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  9. I would love to win and review just love that a pup is included. ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. I love to write about pups. You've been entered!

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  10. Dogs are the sweetest and best. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Being a lover of rescue animals (and baked goods) how could I not love this book??
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    1. Thanks! I'm with you--and you're now entered in the contest.

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  12. One off the cutest covers ever! I would love to read To Catch a Treat~ Thanks for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  13. My Mattie will love this cover. She will want to have the dogs come alive. Thanks for the giveaway !! kphans08@gmail.com

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    1. Wouldn't it be fun to have those dogs come alive? Yeah! Got your entry.

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  14. Oh my does this book sound good! I LOVE dogs, and lost my Border Collie about 9 years ago. I was/am going through chemotherapy for Lymphoma, and God must have known that I would have a fight on my hands, but, "Kirby" was my buddy and always by my side during the beginning of this horrible disease. I think your books sound great and I would love to read this one!! Thanks for the giveaway! Patty pc1977@zoominternet.net

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  15. Two of my favourite things a cosy murder mystery and dogs. Can I enter your competition please even though I am in the UK? If I can my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. So very sorry, Carol, but I'm limiting it to U.S. addresses. Thanks for posting, though.

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    2. No problem thanks for letting me know.

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  16. What a cute cover! And wondering, of course, if either bakery specializes in pet treats! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yep, the Barkery specializes in healthy pet treats. You're in the drawing!

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  17. Would love to read this. Have added it to my TBR list. brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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  18. Fun series and great cover art! I need to get these for my sister-in-law (any myself of course). Thanks for the chance to win!
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  19. Sounds like an adorable series and the cover is precious! I know I'll read this with my pup close by. He loves to visit the local bakery because they also have dog treats, not just human treats. :)

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    1. That sounds like a really good bakery! You're on the entry list.

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  20. I love that cover!
    tuckman(@)hotmail.com

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  21. A bakery and a mystery, what more could you ask for! Thanks for the chance.

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  22. Thank you for the giveaway. I love your books and I can't wait to read the latest book.
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  23. The book sounds great, and I love the dogs on the cover. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  24. I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance. dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  25. I would love to read this! Thank you for the chance! beagl72@aol.com

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  26. I have heard such great things about this series. I can't wait to read it. utaker555@gmail.com

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  27. I can't wait to read. Thanks for the opportunity. janetcwel@yahoo.com

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  28. I would really love to read "To Catch A Treat". I love dogs and love reading about dogs! Looking forward to reading.
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  29. I love your books! mcastor07@gmail.com

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  30. I love your stories and can't wait to rad thisone.
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  31. You write such fun books!

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  32. Sounds like a great book (lil_munchiekin @ yahoo . com)

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  33. I have greatly enjoyed other cozys that highlight animals in the storyline...from ghostly dogs to snippy cats. This book seems fun, too!
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    1. No surprise that I love animals in books, too! You've been entered.

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  34. Dogs and Treats in a Book? what's not to like? (especially when the book is written by Linda O. Johnston!)
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  35. Sounds like a great book minus the dog knapping!! Oh nos! Glad GO was found. I too am a professional photographer, trained at the fantastic WKU school of photojournalism. I now, however, am raising my kids and my dog, Cibbl full time and enjoying that much more after having worked the trade for fourteen years.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Sherylhbooth@gmail.com

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    1. Of course all animals in my books get happy endings, even if people get killed! And sounds as if you've been having fun. You've been entered.

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  36. thanks for the giveaway. I love dog books, if this is the second I will have to get the first. Georgia
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  37. I love cozy's with animals. This looks awesome. Thanks so much for the giveaway! rshoffa@gmail.com

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  38. I enjoyed the first book in this series & can't wait to read this one. Thanks for a great post & the chance to win. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  39. Hello Linda, Bakeries and Bisquits is a series I will enjoy reading as I loved the Pet Rescue Mysteries, wish there was a new book in that series too! Thanks for the book giveaway, Maureen

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  40. The covers of Linda O. Johnston's books are enough to have a reader pick them up to read. I am also drawn to the fact that there are animals included in the book. Thank you for including her book on your blog today. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  41. Looking forward to reading this! Cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  42. This sounds interesting! I haven't yet read any of this series but would love to! Thank you for the chanceo win!

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  43. Oops, email is jeaniedannheim@ymail.com

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  44. Thank you for having such a nice giveaway! It looks like a really good book and I am going to have to check it out soon that is for sure. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  45. Sounds interesting. I know this is one I have wanted to start and just havent. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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  46. Not had the pleasure of reading this author yet. Love stories wit animals. Hope not to late and thanks for the chance Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  47. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing! My email : vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  48. I have the first book and would love to win this one. I also have the first superstition mystery and the second is on its way.
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