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Cindy Victor
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Leo, A Greyhound's Tale, written by Cindy Victor, is a delightful...fantasy about a Greyhound who, through a puppyhood accident, is endowed with the ability to speak. After a brief racing career, Leo is adopted by a film star and his wife (a model)--and that's where the adventure really begins. . . . Says Lee Livingood, author of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies: "Greyhound lovers rejoice. Grownups and children alike will fall in love with Leo. The only disappointment was that it ended too soon. I hope Leo returns with more stories to share." Greyhound Pets of America president Rory Goree calls it "a five-paw book! Once you start reading, you will not be able to put it down!" -- From The Greyhound Review, Review by Gary Guccione

Leo, who goes by an alias because he's worried that his supercanine abilities will lead to his being the subject of scientific research, was not the fastest hound at the track, sending him to an early retirement. . . . (When adopted by the) famous Hollywood couple Douglas Drake and Amaranth Drueten, . . . Leo realizes they are not looking for a loving companion, but an accessory for photo shoots. Initially, he is not disappointed with the prospect of a celebrity life spent on satin pillows, although both Douglas and Amaranth are shallow and uncaring. . . . While this book is a light-hearted, comical fictional account, it teaches us the truth that it is not material things but courage, loyalty, and love that make life worth living. . . . I hope Leo will return with more tales to tell. I will never look at (my greyhounds) quite the same, now that I've met Leo. -- From Celebrating Greyhounds Magazine, Review by Alice O'Hearn

About the Author

Cindy Victor is the author of four contemporary romance novels, a romance novel of nineteenth-century Korea, a suspense novel set in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the novel, Leo: A Greyhound’s Tale. Her short stories and articles have appeared in the Greensboro Review, Phoebe: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Confrontation Magazine, William and Mary Review, Kansas Quarterly, Karamu Literary Magazine, South Dakota Review, Los Angeles Times, Celebrating Greyhounds, and The Pet Press. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two greyhounds, and volunteers for the Humane Society for Companion Animals, St. Paul and Woodbury.

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Excerpt from Chapter 13: The Bribe

Douglas watched as Michelle stalked up off the sand to the walking path. Then he turned hard eyes on the jogger. Then me. The jogger again. Me. Jogger. Me.

With each shift of his blue-eyed stare, he looked more fierce, and I felt more frightened. If Douglas were to assault the jogger, what should I do? Bite Douglas? I’d be signing my death warrant. Everyone knows what happens to dogs who bite the hand that feeds them.

The jogger didn’t seem at all worried. He stood there on the beach at Lake Harriet just as relaxed as a person could be. Since I was leaning against him and he had a hand on my head, I would know from his hand or leg muscles if he were even a little nervous. I wished I could be that calm. Calm and somewhere else.

The darndest thing was that I could be. As long as Douglas left me off-lead, there remained the option of my running away. But the jogger’s hand on my head spoke to me of another option. One that, if he and I lived through this morning, seemed more desirable. I could become his dog. The thought both excited me and made me feel disloyal to my beloved Kim.

Douglas started walking toward us, his eyes as cold as a morning in January. I was so nervous that I came this close to leaving the jogger with his hand stroking warm June air. But how could I abandon him, when he hadn’t abandoned me? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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