Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Like Wally, We're all Learning to Sit and Stay!

By Jazz Ramsey from Kylie Logan’s “The Secrets of Bones”






There is certainly nothing ordinary about this spring.  Our world has turned upside down.  Life is feeling uncertain, weird, and a little bit scary.

Believe me, I know.  Wally and I are feeling the same way.  Wally?  He’s my new puppy, and yes, I’m training him to be a cadaver dog.

He’s not quite ready yet, and that’s fine with me.  I don’t want to push him and besides, a lot of dogs don’t even get certified for HRD (that’s Human Remains Detection) until they’re two years old.  They simply don’t have the attention span before that.  Since Wally’s an Airedale and Airedales are notorious for being single-minded (some people call it stubborn), it may even take longer.

Now that St. Catherine’s, the school where I worked as administrative assistant to the principal, is closed as are all other schools here in Ohio, I have more time to spend with Wally.  We’re working on long stays, and if the weather here in Cleveland ever cooperates (it’s been a lousy spring), we’ll go the park and start scent training.

Thanks to the search and rescue and HRD group I’m in, Wally has some excellent role models.  There’s Gus, for instance, the dog I took to school for a demonstration before we all began our stay at home time.  There was no way any of us could have known that simple demonstration was going to turn into a murder investigation.  But then, no one suspected we’d find a skeleton in a long-unused portion of the building, or that one day could turn the whole school on its head.  What I’m about to discover in “The Secrets of Bones” is that even the hallowed halls of St. Catherine’s has its secrets–and some of them lead to murder.


To have a chance to win a copy of “The Secrets of Bones,” comment and include your email.  Please note: because my publisher is not currently sending out books, it may be a few weeks before the winner receives “The Secrets of Bones.”  

I'll choose a winner by end of business, Thursday, May 7.

46 comments:

  1. I know a real dog named Gus. He's scared of pretty much everything though, so he probably would be very difficult to train. Hoping you do better than the real Gus would, Wally! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  2. Thank you for the chance. This spring is definitely crazy!
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I would love to know the secret. Thanks for the chance
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I am so looking forward to reading this book as I loved the first one. Thanks for the opportunity.
    ryannaward71 at gmail dot com

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  5. Good morning! Checking in for the first time today. I'll try to remember to do that all day long. Love the story of Gus and thank you,ruannaward, for saying you enjoyed "The Scent of Murder."

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  6. My moms pug Piloto I think she’s just bad to the bone when she’s on the inside of the fence but once she gets on the other side she’s just a little chicken heart.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  7. Have had “The Secrets of Bones” on my TBR list since it was first talked about. Can not wait for the opportunity to read about the adventures of Jazz and Wally in this one. Shared every where and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected. Thank you for the chance! <3 Adore the cover!

    Have a great day! Please stay safe and healthy, but have a bit of adventure along the way too.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  8. What a great opportunity for a reader! Your books are great reads and I always learn something. Thanks.

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  9. The Secrets of Bones sounds captivating and unforgettable. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. This is on my wishlist. I think a cadaver dog is such a good idea. I've read nonfiction books about them, it's time someone wrote a mystery featuring one.
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  11. The Secrets of Bones would be intriguing and wonderful. Wally is a real character who I would enjoy reading about. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Thanks for the chance
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  13. This sounds like such an intriguing read. I've been wanting to read this series for awhile. Thanks for the chance! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. All your encouraging comments make me feel good...especially since I had some oral surgery yesterday and I'm feeling a whole lot like I've been punched in the face! Book birthday, however, does make up for that!

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  15. Sharon GuagliardoMay 5, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    You are a new author to me and this book looks really interesting. Thank you. catwoman-1 at comcast dot net

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  16. I love to meet and read new authors. In fact that was my NY resolution this year and last to read a new author every month. I am excited about this book and so glad that it is print thank you so much for the chance. ptclayton2 at aol.com peggy clayton

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  17. Sounds like a good one, I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

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  18. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  20. The book sounds great! Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993 at gmail dot com

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  21. Sounds like a really interesting book! Would love to read about the training of a cadaver dog. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I'm curious about all of St Catherine's secrets.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  23. How did you choose Wally?
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. You know, I honestly don't remember. Throughout the series, Jazz talks about her first HRD dog, Manny. When it was time for her to get a new dog, Wally just felt like the right name!

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  24. Love that cover! jjs121(at)verizon(dot)net

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  25. Beautiful Airedale cadaver dog! I love dog training and Cleveland, so this would be a terrific book for me.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. If your publisher can send internationally to Canada, count me in! tamika_co (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  27. This sounds great! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  28. Your books sound really intriguing. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  29. I would definitely enjoy reading this! Thanks for the opportunity to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  30. I would love to read this. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Looks and sounds fantastic.

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  32. I like the premise of your series. It is interesting to learn about cadaver dogs. Thank you for a chance to win! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  33. Happy Cinco De Mayo and thanks for the chance! Sounds good! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Jamie GillespieMay 6, 2020 at 3:24 AM

    This story sounds sooo good. Thank you for the chance to win! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  35. Wow, sounds like a truly realistic mystery! Looking forward to reading this series. Thanks so much for the chance!
    angelsusan77(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. on my TBR list. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  37. I love books with cadaver/rescue dogs! Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

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  38. I really love reading stories about search and rescue and cadaver dogs. So interesting. I don't have any dogs right now but I do have grand puppies. And they are so much fun to be around. I have not read the prior book so I will need to find it and get it. Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. This spring has been different. Thank you.
    Theresa Norris
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  40. I would love to read this one. Thank you for the chance!

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  41. Brittani SticklerMay 6, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Aw, I like the sounds of this one. I want to read more about Wally :)

    sticklerba (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. Thank you for the generous give a way. This sounds like it would be a truly interesting read. What a neat cover.
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  43. Sounds like an excellent book and series. I'd love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win one. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

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  44. For those of you interested in cadaver dogs and training, I published this piece over at CrimeReads yesterday, it's called How Dogs Become Detectives:

    https://crimereads.com/how-dogs-become-detectives/?fbclid=IwAR1Z_5lNojkoC4UOqiQxrLyxsCSWqolbjpjMiSTkFDfI0Xa3E9JaCSdLou4

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  45. I've emailed my winner. Will announce the name once I hear from her!

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