Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More Shelter Love from Jennifer Probst and Beth Yarnall

Today features two fabulous authors, Jennifer Probst and Beth Yarnall. Both share touching stories about how they met their "one" puppy love. Make sure to check out Beth's contest. She's got a fun giveaway.
When my husband and I were engaged, we decided to get a dog from the rescue shelter. We decided on an adult dog, already housetrained, well behaved, with a mellow personality. We met a few dogs at the shelter but didn't click. The manager told us a new litter of puppies had just come in, and did we want to take a look? We agreed, though we were doubtful. They placed the runt of the litter in my arms. She was part hound dog, part shepherd, with a beautiful face and a nervous tick. She shook violently as I held her, overcome with nerves, and proceeded to vomit all over my shoulder.
I told my husband we had found the one.
Jennifer Probst's pup Bella.
We named her Bella and she became the bane of our existence. She made Marley look like he'd graduated with honors from dog school. She was a bit more manipulative than Marley though. When we took her to dog training, she immediately fell into line and the teacher adored her, calling her brilliant. As soon as we got her home, she laughed in our faces and peed right on the carpet in punishment for making her go through doggie school. She graduated technically, but failed literally.
Bella is nine years old now. She still chews and steals the kids' stuffed animals. Punishes us when we go away and need to board her. Steals food, raids the garbage, chews tissues, wrecks pillows, and proceeds with her life like she's still a toddler.
But we love her, and she was our first child. My husband and I say all the time when she slows down, we'll be devastated, because this little flame of life has given us excitement, drama, chaos, and tons and tons of love.
I wish all of you the same with your rescue dogs!
Bio: Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons, one 5 and one 7, keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance including The Marriage Bargain, The Marriage Trap, and The Marriage Mistake. She has been published with Gallery, Entangled, Decadent, The Wild Rose Press, and Red Sage Publishing. She has also written a children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her niece, along with a short story about a shelter dog, "A Life Worth Living." Look for her upcoming releases, All the Way, coming March 2013, and The Marriage Merger in July 2013. All of her books are available at her website.
Promoting the book ALL THE WAY
Released March 4, 2012
Tagline: Revenge is a dish best served HOT...
Blurb:  Miranda Storme never expected to see Gavin Luciano again. Three years ago, he bolted. Now he’s back, and Miranda has the pleasure of a little professional payback: a scathing review of his restaurant! With three months to turn the fortunes of his family’s struggling Italian restaurant, a bad review is Gavin’s worst nightmare. He’s determined to spend the next eight weeks proving himself to her in the kitchen… and in the bedroom!

Available via Amazon and other Online retailers.

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Who's Nicolai?

I made the rounds of cages in the no kill shelter, peering into each one. So many dogs looking for a home. I could tell the ones that had been there the longest. They’d run to the front of the cage as I walked by, begging for a treat from the dispenser outside their cage. They didn’t care about me, only the treats. They knew the drill. Why get your hopes up?

Beth's boy Nicolai
I’d feed one or two, looking for something, I don’t know, something in their eyes, something to tell me ‘this is my dog.’ As I’d move on, the dogs would go back to what they’d been doing— grooming themselves, napping, whatever dogs do.

 As I made my way down the last row I began to wonder if I’d find ‘the one’. And then I saw him. His name was Ralph. He came to the front of the cage, but instead of waiting for a treat, he turned his body to be petted. He didn’t care about the treat. All he cared about was getting some attention. And he was beautiful. By far the most handsome of all the dogs there that day.

As I rose from petting him, I saw another family point to his cage. They wanted to meet him. I watched as the shelter worker took Ralph out on a leash to meet them. They had a little girl, about five or six. Ralph jumped around, waging his tail and knocking into the girl. He was a big dog and she was afraid. I wanted to be ashamed for being glad, but I wasn’t. I wanted him. He was my dog.

After a while the shelter worker moved to put Ralph back in his cage. I stopped him and asked if the family had wanted Ralph. He told me no that he was too rambunctious for them. I asked if I could walk Ralph and the worker gave me the leash. There were so many people and other dogs around so Ralph jumped and bounced, never still. I steered him to a quiet corner. After a while he calmed down. I bent down and looked into his eyes and I just knew. He was the one.

His name is Nicolai now and he’s the best dog… mostly. He still jumps around when he meets new people, but he’s good with kids and follows me like a shadow. I can’t imagine our lives without him.
Enter to Win from Beth Yarnall

Beth is giving away a T-shirt (see the pic) and a $10 gift card to either B&N or Amz (winner's choice).

Rush~Book One in the Pleasure at Home Series

Feel a little "RUSHed"?
Debut release by Beth Yarnall
Someone is stalking Miyuki Price-Jones.
As the host of a very successful home shopping TV show that sells adult toys, Mi has become the object of an ex-con’s obsession, requiring the services of ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, Lucas Vega. As the attraction between Lucas and Mi grows, Lucas has a difficult time keeping his feelings for Mi separate from his mission to keep her safe. A mission that is more challenging than anyone could have predicted.
    Damaged by their pasts, Lucas and Mi find more in common then they could have imagined and secrets they thought would tear them apart could be the ties that bind them together forever. But with the stalker growing bolder, Lucas and Mi must learn to trust each other or risk losing more than their hearts.
One of them could lose their life.

Short bio:

Beth Yarnall
 writes suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious blog post. Beth lives deep in the heart of Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website-

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Enter to Win: How did you know your pet was 'the one'? Leave a blog comment and valid email address, and Beth will randomly choose a winner.

Grand Prizes & How to Enter

  • We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
  • We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online bookstore.
  • Also we have 2 huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for U.S. residents only.
We have a total of 59 blogs that have gotten together to help raise money for a great cause. There are going to be some awesome prizes up for grabs for people that donate money to the cause. Here is a little about the company that we are raising the money for:

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

How to donate:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter an amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the Everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make an anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
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7. Ta Da! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the U.S. or are International.
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Warning: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle receives more than one email with the same person’s name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

Come back tomorrow to visit Kayla Jameth
, who's going to give some pet tips!


  1. Aww, I got a little ready reading both stories. Both pups are GORGEOUS by the way. And congrats to you both on your new releases!

  2. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Have very much loved reading all these posts this week. Wonderful hearts. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Loved both dog stories! What a great cause, too.