~ Kelly, Reading in Black and White
"If you're a fan of chick lit or animals, two things that I personally love, then check this one out! I'd highly recommend it!"
~ Stephanie, Steph the Bookworm
"I stayed up well past my bedtime as I was truly intrigued by the characters. The charming yet descriptive use of words entangled me in their world."
~ Jayda, Two Children and a Migraine
"I love animals, so I really enjoyed this book. I also like the characters in this story. There was a little bit of drama and intrigue that made the book interesting."
~ Melina, Melina's Book Blog
"If you are an animal lover, a romantic, a techie, a tree hugger, or someone who just enjoys a book that helps you to escape the daily grind, then pick up a copy of Chez Stinky, you won't be disappointed.
~ Caren, Dakota's Den
From the Author
Why I wrote the book
More Alpine Grove?
Although each book is a stand-alone story, because Alpine Grove is a small town, many characters tend to reappear, so I think it's more fun if you read them in order. The correct reading order is:
1. Chez Stinky
2. Fuzzy Logic
3. The Art of Wag
4. Snow Furries
5. Bark to the Future
6. Howl at the Loon
7. The Good, the Bad, and the Pugly
8. The Treasure of the Hairy Cadre
9. The Luck of the Paw
10. Daydream Retriever
11. The Hound of Music
Chez Stinky is set in 1995 and the rest of the series goes into 1996. A number of people have asked why I chose to set my books in the past. The short answer is because reading about people texting each other is boring. I don't like it in other books I've read, so I chose to set my novels at a time when not everyone had a smart phone. Also plot points sometimes depend on the fact that cell phones and the Internet weren't as widely available as they are now.
A technical writer?
Kat is a tech writer and yes, I was a technical writer too when I was in my 20s. And sadly, I really did have a conversation about ginkgo with my boss. It was not one of the high points of my writing career.
The inspiration for Chez Stinky (the house)
The house in the story is loosely based on my house in Idaho when I first moved into it. And yes, the stairs really were covered with blue shag carpet because the decaying plywood was really slippery.
The dogs of Chez Stinky
For 12 years, I lived with four dogs. The "gang of four" lived to ripe old ages (12 - 15 years old), and they are still missed greatly. Tessa is based on my dog Tika who was tested for "hyperkinesis" otherwise known as doggie ADHD. Over time, Tika turned out to be a wonderful dog, but the early years were rough. Tessa's leash arrangement in the story is also based on a real thing. (I thought of using a backpack to slow down Tika long, long before dog trainers recommended it on TV.)
Small town life
Anyone who has lived in a small town has probably experienced the glacial speed of the post office. That is just as true in the town where I live in Idaho as it is in Alpine Grove. If you want to meet people, go to the PO.
If you have other questions about the book, please ask. I love hearing from readers!