Kids, Pets and a Giveaway!

Congratulations to Cate S! Cate, you won an ecopy of either DRAGON BLUESCATTITUDE or STARDUST MIRACLE

Yesterday, we posted a 5-star review by Amy R for Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis. Amy said, “I always like stories with kids and animals in them and this was no different.”

I’ve got one thing to say about that. Me too! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that it’s hard for me to resist covers with a dog or a cat. When my husband saw the cover for my latest book, STARDUST MIRACLE, the first thing he said was “Nice ass.” Then he said, “Is that a lab?”

And look at the cover of Dale Mayer’s novella, IT’S A DOG’S LIFE. Who can resist that face?

I do like kids in books, too. I have children in quite a few of mine. I think children can add a poignancy to a book. An extra tug on our heartstrings. Something in place to make us care for them right off.

It does seem that unless a book is a young adult, there aren’t as many kids in paranormals. And most of the animals in paranormals are the kind that can shed their fur and turn human. I enjoyed having a dragon man for a hero in my book DRAGON BLUES, but he didn’t shift from man to dragon easily. When I created him, that was my idea. And I love the dust bunny pets in the Harmony books by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz). They are the most fun creatures.

If I had to think of other animals in a book, I’d love to see a unicorn as a sidekick. Or go the Disney route and put in a frog or donkey or a fish. I have a cat, so it’s easy to imagine a hairball as a villain’s pet.

If you could choose a unique animal to be a character in a book, what would it be?

I’m giving away an ecopy of either DRAGON BLUES, CATTITUDE or STARDUST MIRACLE to one commenter. Winner’s choice. (STARDUST MIRACLE and CATTITUDE have a child in them as well as a cat or a dog.) I’ll announce the winner here on Friday.

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22 Responses to Kids, Pets and a Giveaway!

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  2. Amy R says:

    I tend to be partial to dogs since I have one. I have always enjoyed watching the Disney dog movies with my kids. I understand dogs better I guess! Horses are always fun in stories, too. I am finishing up the 3rd book in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series and there are lots of animals in that series – a talking parrot, a duck everyone wants to cook, dogs, horses, a mean old cat, etc. I think it is the puppies that get me all the time, though. I think I need to go check out Stardust Miracle. :)

  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Amy, we were always dog people (we have two dogs). I didn’t understand cats until I got one. I was lucky with my sweet cat. We wanted a friendly cat, and the minute we held her at the animal shelter, she started purring. So when she jumps on me to be petted, I can’t complain. I got what I asked for.

    A duck sounds like a fun character. I hope they don’t eat it. (If they do, don’t tell me!)

  4. Edie,

    As you know, I’ve got dogs in 3 of my books. Probably because I’m most familiar with them. So I’m a sucker for seeing one on a cover. The unicorn idea interests me but what I want really limits my ability to use a mythical animal such as that.

    In Seasons of Wine and Love I have two birds as pets but that’s about as unusual as I see stretching myself. Also not unusual, but I’m thinking I may have need for a guinea pig at some point.

    Good topic.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Finding Inspiration

  5. Lots of dogs and cats in books. I started a books years ago that had a talking parrot. The parrot was the pet of the heroine. He was a fun addition.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Cyndi, I like the idea of a parrot as a pet. And just think if he really knew what he was saying and could have conversations with the heroine… (That’s the way my mind works.)

  6. Misty Evans says:

    Edie, I love animals in books. I’m a dog person, but I used to have seven cats, so I guess I’m a cat person too. I’ve enjoyed all your books and Stardust Miracle is no exception. The animals in that story added a wonderful layer of home and love.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Misty, 7 cats!!! Holy pretty kitty! Maybe mine is an exception, but she’s a puker. I can’t imagine 7 puking cats in my house.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Stardust. I feel that this series is a great fit for me.

  7. Liz Kreger says:

    I gotta say that I’m partial to cats in books, but then I’m a cat person.

    I’m in the middle of reading a book in which the heroine’s sidekick is a raccoon. A very irritable raccoon. I think a spider monkey would be fun in a book. I also like the idea of a talking parrot. One that’s very intelligent but ready to play the “dumb bird” at any given notice. Hmmm … not a bad idea.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Liz, a raccoon could be a riot as a pet. I never thought of that. They’re natural burglars, too, so the hero/heroine could use the raccoon to ferret out stuff. (Notice the ‘ferret’ reference? lol)

  8. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    Love animals in books! I’m a cat person but haven’t put them in books yet. Several have dogs though! :) I can think of so much potential in animal stories – really there’s no limit. And you’re right up there!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Blog Tour for Family Blood Ties series – Vampire in Denial and Vampire in Distress!

  9. CateS says:

    I think a turtle would be fun…

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Cate, absolutely! My husband once stopped the car on a busy 4-lane road during rush hour traffic to save a snapping turtle that was crossing the street. The turtle’s way of thanking him was to try to bite my husband as he carried it to the field on the other side.

  10. Love your new cover! I’ve def. been putting more kids and animals in my books lately too.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Lori, I have another cover for my next one, Miracle Lane, but it’s just a screen shot now. I’m eager to get a jpeg so I can show everyone.

  11. bn100 says:

    Nice covers. A giraffe would be fun.

  12. Edie,
    LOL about your husband’s comments!! That’s so funny ;).
    I once met a junior high kid in WI who had a pet chimpanzee, and I always thought that would make a fascinating character!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Marilyn, I’ve been telling everyone about my husband’s comment. It’s such a guy thing. lol

      My husband dated a girl in high school who had a monkey as a pet. It wore diapers.

  13. No parrots for me. I worked at an exotic bird farm in high school for extra pocket money. I know a lot about parrots. A LOT. None of it pretty . . . :)

    I think I’m still getting over it . . .

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Michelle, I think you should write a book about that experience. Obviously it traumatized you. You should let the world know the real truth about evil parrots.

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