For those of you who don’t know, I am a “dog person”.
For as long as I can remember I’ve loved dogs – I don’t know why exactly, but I think it has something to do with their unique ability to love unconditionally, but that’s not important right now.
I’d like to tell you about a novel I wrote in the summer of 2011.
The book is called Back Seat to Justice and it actually began in 2009 as a reply to a writing prompt on a writer’s website I belong to. The assignment was to write the first chapter of a story given a few basic parameters. I wrote my chapter, it was reviewed and critiqued by the group and I then forgot about it.
Fast-forward to May of 2011, I had submitted Pump It Up to the editor for the first blood-letting and I was waiting for it to come back…in the meantime I found the unnamed chapter from the prompt and read it. I liked it, and I decided to continue with it.
So I posted chapter one on my other blog and announced that I would post a new chapter each week until the story was complete (I figured if it was good enough for Charles Dickens it was good enough for me).
After four or five chapters I started getting feedback. People were digging it—and I was having fun meeting the challenge of writing a chapter a week.
By the time it was done I felt as though I had a pretty decent story (which came as a very pleasant surprise).
My intention was to leave the story on the blog as it was and let people enjoy it for free (I never said I was a good businessman).
So what does this have to do with my love of dogs, you ask?
I’m getting to that.
I have a good friend in Rhode Island who runs a non-profit dog rescue operation called Golden Huggs Recue. She posted a video of one of her rescue missions on facebook and it impressed the hell out of me to the point where I wanted to help.
Unable to just give her cash (I already told you about my business acumen – or lack thereof) I came up with an idea.
I took Back Seat to Justice off of my blog, (except for the first chapter) cleaned it up and released it as an e-book for the low price of $.99 and told my friend that I would donate half of all the money I get from sales to Golden Huggs.
So far I’ve given her a little money, but not nearly as much as I would like to, so I’ve decided to do two things in hopes of stirring the pot a bit…
First, I’m writing this blog-post which will hopefully drum up a few new readers (I may even throw a picture of some adorable puppies in just to increase the appeal).
Can I get an “Awwwww”?
Second, I released Back Seat as a paperback with a very attractive price ($10.69) and give half the proceeds of that to GHR as well.
So – if you love dogs, or if you just enjoy a good old-fashioned crime/action/suspense/mystery story with some interesting twists and a few laughs thrown in, please consider buying Back Seat to Justice and helping Golden Huggs continue their wonderful work.
Back Seat to Justice is available in at the following locations:
Kindle – click here
All other forms of ebook including PDF for reading on your computer – click here
The paperback is available here.
So that’s that.
Thank you for reading