Sunday, October 21, 2012

"10 Reasons Why Every Writer Needs a Dog" Guest Post by Bette Lee Crosby

Welcome to the virtual book tour for 'The Twelfth Child' by Bette Lee Crosby!

I have invited her to take over a post during the tour. She is telling us about the necessity of owning a dog, something which is dear to the hearts of many of us. Thanks for stopping by!

10 Reasons Why Every Writer Needs a Dog
No, I'm not talking about a dog of a story, I'm talking about the yapping, tail wagging, love you forever kind of friend that writers should not be without. However, in deference to all my kitty-loving friends I must admit that some cats have been able to capture the same wonderful traits found in dogs.

Katie is my baby...well, she's actually a Bichon Frise, but as far as I'm concerned she's my baby. She loves me unconditionally, pines for me when I go out and jumps for joy when I return. Okay hubby loves me, but doesn't miss me if I’m gone for hours, nor does he jump for joy when I return.

Katie is thrilled with a piece of bologna..., hubby, not so thrilled.

Katie is content to sit beside me while I work...hubby prefers to watch ballgame.

Now let me share a secret, Katie is a replacement dog. She was adopted from a rescue center after my first Bichon died at the ripe old age of 18. My first dog was the love of my life and after I lost her, I was heartsick.

Although I had no interest in buying another dog, I finally decided that I could at least give a less fortunate pooch a home. While her predecessor was fluffed, puffed and adorable, poor Katie was shaved, newly spayed and looking like she'd just escaped a concentration camp could I not compare this scraggly creature to the adorable dog I'd just lost? But God in His wisdom gives dogs something that people sometimes lack...the ability to keep on trying to win your heart regardless of rejection. Within the week I was hers.

Now, here are the Ten Reasons Every Writer Needs a Dog

1) A dog needs to pee, so you are forced to take periodic breaks from the computer.
2) A dog happily listens to that revised manuscript as many times as you want to read it.
3) On a cold afternoon a dog in your lap keeps you warmer than a space heater.
4) A dog does not expect you to actually cook dinner...a slice of bologna or take out is fine.
5) You’re always #1 on your dog’s best person list.
6) A dog doesn't punch a time clock, they'll keep you company for as long as you work.
7) A dog will join you in a lazy day nap, or stay in bed beside you if you're sick.
8) A dog will prevent you from getting fat (they get half of every cookie!)
9) A dog eliminates the need for a doorbell.
10) A dog will teach you what unconditional love actually is.

But a word of warning...once you fall in love with a dog it is a forever thing! I know. Trust me, I know!

Author Bio
Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.
Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”
Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and most recently the 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award and Reader’s View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.
Her published works to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), and Life in the Land of IS (2012).  Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic. 
Crosby newest novel Cupid’s Christmas is scheduled for release in early October and following that, What Matters Most will be released in early 2013. 

Twitter - @betteleecrosby

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