I’m a control freak. No, really. All my toilet paper rolls are lined up like little soldiers beneath the sink in the bathroom. Spices in the kitchen cabinet are in alphabetical order. Even my bookshelves are ranked according to genre. Organization is practically my middle name—until puppy Ada Clare entered my life and changed that name to chaos.
Ada is a fuzzy-muzzled bundle of electric wires covered in black fur. She flips couch cushions onto the floor in a big nest. She can root out Chapstick like none other, remove the cap, and eat the insides. Destructo Dog doesn’t begin to describe this boxer.
I tried to control her. I really did. I watched every Dog Whisperer episode, paid frequent visits to the humane society for behavior tips, and bought every possible chew toy and doggie treat known to mankind to keep her occupied. All to no avail. It got to the point where I had to concede defeat and either pack her off to the pound or surrender my need to control my household décor.
Give up the dog or give up my Better Homes and Gardens ideals?
I kept the dog. It’s been two and a half years now and she’s settled down, for the most part. I still get dog nests and I have to lock up my Chapstick, but it’s been worth it. She’s my buddy, my watchdog, and my lap warmer (even though she’s fifty pounds).
So with my love for dogs, it’s natural that I’d include one in my new release, OUT OF THE FRYING PAN. But heroine Zula Hopkins’ canine is anything but cute. Her Fifi is a decrepit little terrier who could give the world’s ugliest dog a run for his money. Here’s a blurb . . .
ABOUT THE BOOK ~ OUT OF THE FRYING PAN
Murder in Paradise whips life into a froth for FERN and ZULA HOPKINS. When the retirement center’s chef is found dead, the two ladies get folded in with the case. Their zany attempts to track down the killer land them in hot water with Detective JARED FLYNN. Should he be concerned about their safety—or the criminal’s?
But there are deadly ingredients none of them expect. Drugs. Extortion. International cartels. And worst of all…broken hearts, especially when the Hopkins sisters’ niece KC arrives on the scene.
Life at Sunset Paradise Retirement Village will never be the same.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~ MICHELLE GRIEP
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Her latest release is OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, but historical romance is her usual haunt. THE CAPTIVE HEART releases in October. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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