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Author: Amy Lane
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 11/14/2016
Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.
Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.
But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!
He can be the owner of a small dog.
By Amy Lane
Cats get a lot of credit for hedonism—and most of it is well deserved.
They know how to find the best spots to nap, and they have no compunction about it either. They will lay their squishy bodies on your keyboard in a heartbeat if they are ready for sits and your computer is made of warm.
And let’s not talk about how they follow you into the bathroom.
So yes—cats are the most hedonistic of the furry quadrupeds, I’m not going to argue.
But dogs are a close second.
Dogs are slightly less agile, so they’re not quite so adept at napping on our computer—or our heads, or our kitchen tables, I’ll grant you that.
But they do find the best sunspots, not only do they nap, but they sprawl. They lay on their backs, their lips drooping in a self-satisfied tooth-show of a smile. They flop over to their sides, their resounding sighs redolent of a hard day’s work, even if it’s ten in the morning. In a show of theatrics worthy of a community theatre stage, they let you know that they have earned this spot in the middle of your floor, their little legs sticking out stiffly, their mouths parted as though they are just too exhausted to not drool.
And while cats will whine at you until their food bowl is at optimum level and their soft food has been renewed to their satisfaction, dogs have a different strategy.
I’ll be sitting at my computer, after the dogs have been walked, fed, watered, and snacked, and suddenly my smallest dog will jump up and head butt my arm.
She weighs nine pounds—she’s literally about seven inches off the ground at her highest point, and that’s a pretty big jump with that much accuracy. But she’ll do it.
Again and again and again.
Because she gets more than one snack, Mom, and don’t we remember that we get more than one snack?
Okay okay okay—I’ll get you some more snacks, but I’m cutting back on your kibble!
It’s fine—we both know she wasn’t interested in kibble anyway.
Because just like the cat, she’s got way more luxurious eats at her fingertips. She just needs to prompt the service once in a while, but we already knew this wasn’t a five-star joint to begin with.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t leave handy things around the house especially designed for dogs napping. So, like, sweaters, pillows for the living room, blankets in the winter season—the cats don’t use them. The people are only there in the evening. That MUST mean they are there for the dogs! We all know that, in spite of what the pet store says, Mom’s sweater and yarn bag are so much better orthopedically than the expensive dog bed.
That Mom—she must really love us if she leaves her yarn bag around so we can lie down on it in comfort. And sometimes, just to show her love is of the gold-star variety, she doesn’t just let us sleep on her bag—she lets us crawl down her shirt and become her extra fat roll, just to keep us warm and loved in front of the television.
That’s because we’re dogs. We get special treatment because we’re worth it!
Of course, like with any five-star (or three-and-a-half star) hotel, there is a price to be paid, but you have to admit, dogs are good for it.
Unlike cats—who usually pay you with a fuzzy butt pic and a gentle claw to the knee—dogs know the true price of hedonism.
It’s companionship, loyalty, and a willingness to leap up from a sound sleep and bark their heads off at the slightest hint of an intruder—even if it’s just my husband wearing a hat and sunglasses, or the cat coming in late because she has no f*cks to give.
So, yes—cats do win the gold star for hedonism. I’m not going to argue that.
But dogs win the gold star for knowing their own worth. They are worth all of the walkies and naps in the sun and impromptu dog beds and sweet smelling baths and tummy rubs and snackies and scratches on the rump that we can fit into their busy day.
Please join Carter Embree, Sandy Corrigan, and Freckles as they discover the joys of pet ownership—and falling in love—in my new release from Riptide, Freckles.
To celebrate the release of Freckles, one lucky winner will receive Freckles in ebook and another ebook of their choice from Amy’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 19, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
About the Author
Amy Lane exists happily with her noisy family in a crumbling suburban crapmansion, and equally happily with the surprisingly demanding voices who live in her head.
She loves cats, movies, yarn, pretty colors, pretty men, shiny things, and Twu Wuv, and despises house cleaning, low fat granola bars, and vainglorious prickweenies.
She can be found at her computer, dodging housework, or simultaneously reading, watching television, and knitting, because she likes to freak people out by proving it can be done.
Connect with Amy:
- Website: greenshill.com
- Blog: writerslane.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @amymaclane
- Facebook group: Amy Lane Anonymous
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/amymaclane
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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