Weather Report, Dec. 14

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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “THE FESTIVAL OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS,” BY MATT DOJNY, “THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE,” BY ELIZABETH MOORE AND “BEHOLD THE BEAUTY,” BY MONICA SHARMAN, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

The Dog Days don’t officially begin until next August, but there’s nothing to prevent us from staging a Dog Week well in advance.

When I noticed a confluence of three pet-related Snowflakes books on our selection list, it seemed only natural to put them together for a week during December, a month when more than a few puppies and kittens wind up under the tree on Christmas morning.

Even better, to borrow from the late Yogi Berra, these books have “different similarities.”

“Strays,” by Jennifer Caloyeras, is a young adult novel. “Faithfully Yours,” by Peggy Frezon, is a non-fiction collection of stories about the human/animal bond. And “Floyd the Dog,” by Donald Ford, is a collection of animal-related tales for kids.

By the way, there will be no new postings for the period from Dec. 22-28, because it seemed unfair to feature authors during that week of massive holiday distraction. They will resume on Dec. 29.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, DEC. 15-21.

“STRAYS,” BY JENNIFER CALOYERAS.

When a note in Iris’s journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law.

In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.

Writes Jennifer: “I have been the dog columnist at The Los Feliz Ledger (a local, Los Angeles paper) for over ten years. While I was researching a column I came across a non-profit organization called k-9 Connection in Santa Monica that places at-risk youth alongside shelter dogs. I thought this would make a great premise for a novel. I also had some personal experience with a pit bull that suffered from redirected aggression, like the dog, Roman, deals with in my novel.”

“FAITHFULLY YOURS,” BY PEGGY FREZON.

HPeggy Frezon 3eartwarming true stories about amazing animals and the people who love animals, with chapters on devotion, acceptance, compassion, guidance, and more. Meet everyday heroes, such as the husky who escaped his house in order to visit his owner in the hospital, the cat who ministered to stressed-out college students, the gorilla who protected a little boy who fell into his enclosure at the zoo, and the miniature horse who guides a blind teacher….as well as compassionate people who heal, rescue, protect, and care for animals. Faithfully Yours explores “the amazing bond between us and the animals we love” and how that bond mirrors and enhances our relationship with God. For anyone who’s ever experienced the life-altering love of–and for–a furry companion.”

“FLOYD THE DOG,” BY DONALD FORD

From Don, who is the poet laureate of Manlius, NY: “The book focuses on animals the world over. These short stories were accepted for publication by Floydthedog.com out of Portugal with 7,000 book club readers in 62 countries. The purpose of writing was to cause awareness for endangered animals all over the globe. “

 

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