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.
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.